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March 19, 2016

A U.S. 2016 (S)Election Circus Threat

Your likely choices:

Pics via Billmon

Posted by b on March 19, 2016 at 18:42 UTC | Permalink

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Other choices: third-party, write-in, defaced ballot, stay-at-home

The money-in-politics duopoly system is rigged for the establishment. Vote accordingly.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 19 2016 18:56 utc | 1

For those who missed these ads:

In case you thought this election couldn’t get any more ludicrous, here’s a hilarious reality check.

"Is This Who We Want" - Hillary Strikes Back With Attack Ad Mocking Trump

Posted by: pantaraxia | Mar 19 2016 19:02 utc | 2

A circus with some serious consequences.

Freedom of speech will not be allowed. A movement that is well funded.

Anti-Trump protesters shut down road to Arizona campaign rally: Fox News

Protesters Try to Storm Trump Utah Rally, Tear Up Secret Service Check Points in Utah

Where are the sane heads; good men and women who are uncomfortable with these thugs but remain silent?

Oh, never mind. The U.S. Constitution was usurped on December 12, 2000 by the very entity tasked with protecting it. Recall the Supreme Court's infamous, "Stop the Vote Counting, it is too embarrassing." There and then the quaint relic was shredded. In a federal election dispute, the Congress decides. Not the Supremes.

Posted by: likklemore | Mar 19 2016 19:19 utc | 3

is this what the rise of fascism looks like?

Posted by: james | Mar 19 2016 19:29 utc | 4

We need to get the message out that Trump will use Hillary's lies in the general election! Did all these Democrats forget that Hillary was caught in BIG lies and that she LOST in 2008 in large part because of that? Look at her humiliated in a 2008 debate: We really need to tell Democrats to stop voting for Hillary in the primary because Trump is going to use her crazy lies against her in the general election. We need to spread the word that the media is helping Hillary get away with her lies right now as I expose in this video:

Posted by: Tom Murphy | Mar 19 2016 19:32 utc | 5

Posted by: benlomand | Mar 19 2016 19:49 utc | 6

Oh. I forgot to add, there is no choice.

Posted by: benlomand | Mar 19 2016 19:50 utc | 7

Posted by: james | Mar 19, 2016 3:29:34 PM | 4

is this what the rise of fascism looks like?

The rooster coming back to roost. god save Amerikka, thank you Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

"God Damn America"

Posted by: Jack Smith | Mar 19 2016 19:53 utc | 8

@ Tom Murphy 5

Trump is going to use her crazy lies

Long some good cheese, popcorn, single malt or beer whatever your preference.

Let him start here. She was 27 a young lawyer on the Watergate Committee. Hillary's Bold Lie: Her Omission That She Was FIRED From Her Staff Position on the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach President Nixon

more here:

Fact Check: Was Hillary Clinton fired from Watergate investigation?

[In order to pull this off,] Zeifman said that Rodham wrote a fraudulent legal brief, and confiscated public documents.

After the Nixon impeachment investigation was finished, Zeifman fired Rodham and said he refused to give her a letter of recommendation.

According to the Calabrese column as reported by, Zeifman said he regrets not reporting Rodham to the appropriate bar association.

So what are we to make of all this? Calabrese’s interview with Zeifman has been published around the Internet and repeated by pundits such as Rush Limbaugh and Neil Boortz. But there is nothing to out-and-out confirm Zeifman’s rendition. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t be true, but it makes it difficult to arrive at the truth.
We do have other evidence of her lying ways. I made $100,000 on a $1,000 cattle futures contract. How did I do that. Well, I read the WSJ.

Can’t make this stuff up.

Posted by: likklemore | Mar 19 2016 20:01 utc | 9

Bernie tries to make the case that the nomination should go to who wins the most delegates by primary voters BUT establishment-friendly MSM use Hillary's lead in total delegates as an excuse not to cover his campaign.

= = = = = = = =

Why doesn't Bernie criticize the media?

Why do his supporters protest Trump but not MSM?

Why won't Bernie criticize Hillary's character or her e-mails?

His lack of fight is in stark contrast with Trump and has allowed Hillary to position herself as a *fighter* that will do best for working people. Hillary frequently says: I've been fighting for [insert cause/identity here] all my life - and I've got the wounds to prove it. To which Sanders relies with: [silence].

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 19 2016 20:18 utc | 10

Great Posters and I'll be voting for Jill Stein of the Green Party. The lesser evil is still evil.

Posted by: jo6pac | Mar 19 2016 20:26 utc | 11

Posted by: Tom Murphy | Mar 19, 2016 3:32:02 PM | 5

Many thanks for yr earlier advised last month. Californians dun needs to change voting registration, I'm a registered no preference’s voters and can vote in Democratic party primary.

Instead voting for your goddamn Bernie, I’ll vote for Killary instead. In November I’ll vote for Trump against either Killary or Bernie. Most likely Killary will pick Bernie as her running mate. I'm NOT voting for Trump but against Killary and Bernie. I have no love for any Politicians but more against Democratic Party.

I'm not a minority either, many of my friends and many people I came across are in the same boat. Killary will win in California’s primary and Trump will slaughter her in Nov.

Posted by: Jack Smith | Mar 19 2016 20:36 utc | 12

Posted by: jo6pac | Mar 19, 2016 4:26:21 PM | 11

I'll be voting for Jill Stein of the Green Party. The lesser evil is still evil.

Good for you. Thanks

Posted by: Jack Smith | Mar 19 2016 20:38 utc | 13

Some (marginally) acceptable write-in candidates:

Pat Paulsen

"Picky, picky, picky"

Wavy Gravy

"A rubber chicken in every pothole!"

Alfred E. Newman

" worry?"

Posted by: Dr. Wellington Yueh | Mar 19 2016 20:39 utc | 14

Can I live with President Trump if he win in Nov?

Why not it's still better than Killary with both Houses of Congress under Repug, Repug will slaughter the Democratic Party and fully deserve it.

Posted by: Jack Smith | Mar 19 2016 20:47 utc | 15

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 19, 2016 4:18:00 PM | 10

Goooood questions. Thanks. :-)

Posted by: Jack Smith | Mar 19 2016 20:52 utc | 16

Billmon's tweets are hilarious. Worth a look if you haven't already.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 19 2016 21:13 utc | 17

james @ 4

Lets' hope that it isn't.

Posted by: paulmeli | Mar 19 2016 21:28 utc | 18

"Why doesn't Bernie criticize the media?"

Because it comes across as whining and if you're making excuses you're already losing.

Posted by: paulmeli | Mar 19 2016 21:31 utc | 19

circus, someone mention circus?

Posted by: john | Mar 19 2016 21:31 utc | 20

Lying Ted Cruz's wife is a member of the hated Globalist CFR, Goldman Sachs crook, and looking over Lying Ted's National Security Team members, one will find globalist CFR members and members of the Project For A New Zio-American Century, who are responsible for the war in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and the planned wars against Lebanon and Iran, and thus the Muslim colonization/invasion to destroy the West. I was very skeptical of Trump at first, until I heard him take up Pat Buchanan's platform, who has been proven prophetic in his warnings of what the immigration invasion, Free Trade policies of Bush/Clinton, and the AIPAC/OPEC Project For a New (Zio)American Century would do to the US, destroy it. If Trump can expose the lie of the Liberal Cultural Marxists beloved "Democracy" while exposing the Trotskyite Democrat Neocons, I'm all for him.
"The path to Liberal Democracy, is the road to oblivion"

Posted by: Selous Scouts | Mar 19 2016 21:54 utc | 21

Out of the last three Presidents of the United States of America we can realistically ask the question "Who's your Daddy?" too two of them.

Oh those gosh darn elites and their twisted sense of humor.

Posted by: ALberto | Mar 19 2016 22:03 utc | 22

Sorry, post again for those who missed it, if you can watch also Lawrence Wilkerson segment. :-)

Conference on Israel's influence: Gideon Levy

Posted by: Jack Smith | Mar 19 2016 22:29 utc | 23

I'll vote for Trump. For his reviewing of trade policies and foreign policies, stopping the flow of drugs from MX and refusing to kiss Bibi's third eye.

Ya'll can throw shoes at me later. No way on Hillary/Bernie. Also, I think Trump makes most of his money from "building things", NOT Wall Street, hence the panic from both parties.

Posted by: shadyl | Mar 19 2016 22:53 utc | 24

Nope, won't throw shoes at you but need to expand Trump..

A very smart President Abe Lincoln once said:

Labor is the Superior of Capital, and Deserves Much the Higher Consideration

"Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration..."

China is very rich today, she manufactures almost everything. Japan got rich after war2. She exports TV, stereo, electrical gadgets, cameras especially cars.... China overtook Japan. Today we manufacture nuthing but, low service jobs which Obomo boasts and brags.

We need to bring the jobs back and maybe, just maybe Trump the man, MSM and Duopoly (Dem and Repug) hates Trump. Let us not forget Trump is the 1% and liar too.

Posted by: Jack Smith | Mar 19 2016 23:30 utc | 25

I will not vote for Trump as I am a radical libertarian (Rothbardian An-Cap) who sees voting as supporting the ruling masters in their charade of a system.

However, I do intend to root for Mr. Trump as he is leading a populist uprising. He did not start the uprising -- the anger at the ruling parties --- but he is out front riding the wave. Sanders on the Democratic side was dong his best to ride the wave of Democratic displeasure but he somehow did not find the right mojo.

I have always supported the outsider who tried to go with a populist uprising to unseat the war-mongering, thieving, slave-masters in DC. But I know that if "The Donald" does make it all the way they will just do to him what they did to JFK but they won't wait so long. Trump is not a man that the military-industrial-security-political complex can rely on to keep the wars all over the world running. So he must not be at the top. Period.

Even though he will never be president (or at least not for long), I do hope he puts the fear of God into the ruling bastards in the Imperial City of DC.

Posted by: Mark Stoval | Mar 19 2016 23:42 utc | 26

My sentiments are pretty much the same as Mark Stoval's above, but Im literally on the other end of the political spectrum as a Socialist. I hope Trump trumps Hellery, who will beat Bernie either legitimately or illegititmately, it doesnt matter, she will win either way.

I would much rather have 4-8 years of Trump than 4-8 years of either Cruz, Hellery or even Kasich.

I dont think I can actually vote for him, though. Either I vote green or stay home, I can never decide which is better, but in the end, theyre both pretty similar, the way I see it.

Posted by: Massinissa | Mar 20 2016 0:13 utc | 27

@10 "Why do his supporters protest Trump but not MSM?" AGREED! I was wondering the same. The media created the Trump monster and holds most of the blame: LOOK AT THIS!:

I really don't know what the protestors think they are accomplishing when they protest Trump. We have a system, it is called voting. Their energy should go into getting Bernie the nomination and then if he loses to get Jill Stein elected. And as I agree, they could also protest the media outlets because they are the main reason so many people have been fooled. (see FAIR.or link above)

Posted by: Tom Murphy | Mar 20 2016 2:03 utc | 28

Write-in Elections

Posted by: jfl | Mar 20 2016 2:16 utc | 29

Clinton email reveals: Google sought overthrow of Syria's Assad

The unusual involvement by Google in foreign affairs highlights the difficulty of involvement in the internal politics of foriegn states. While Cohen seemed to consider his company's effort as helpful to American interests, the effort to overthrow Assad helped spur the rise of the Islamic State, which eventually filled a vaccuum resulting from Assad's loss of control over of Syria.

Posted by: virgile | Mar 20 2016 3:26 utc | 30

No wonder why China doesn't want Google there.

Posted by: Nick | Mar 20 2016 3:58 utc | 31

@30. A cohencidence as it is known in some circles.

Posted by: Ivan | Mar 20 2016 4:11 utc | 32

@18 paulmeli... looks like it to me..

@30 virgile.. thanks for that... anyone who supports google needs to reconsider the alternatives strongly... the google empire needs to be taken down with jackasses like that involved with them..

Posted by: james | Mar 20 2016 5:37 utc | 33

Dum Dee Dum Dum Dee Dum Dum

Posted by: dan | Mar 20 2016 6:16 utc | 34

Trump is fine. You have to remember that he is the target of the biggest demonisation campaign in the history of modern propaganda. There is no precedent for this assault. Down with the establishment. Move on=useful idiots. Vote Trump!

Posted by: Secret Agent | Mar 20 2016 6:45 utc | 35

@ 35. I'm sure the demonization of Putin, Assad, Gaddafi, Hussein, the Taliban, Hussein again, the Viet Cong, the Koreans, the Iranians etc, is on parity with Trump hey.

Posted by: Fransisco | Mar 20 2016 7:16 utc | 36

A very good interview with Thomas Frank
While not a fan of DT, I do think the violence and fascist angle of his campaign are wayyyy overdone by MSM - no doubt to scare people. His unpredictability is what worries the establishment (and that he might not be in debt to any of them). On the other hand, a slip of the tongue led to "hitlery"... we are all in big doodoo.

Posted by: GoraDiva | Mar 20 2016 8:52 utc | 37

I'm not sure why anyone thinks the political establishment, the media, or the wealthy elite are "against Trump", "worried about Trump", or "concerned about the quasi-fascism of Trump"; they sure all seem to be promoting him at every opportunity. Hell, last evening, MSNBC ran a lengthy biopic about the man, something they haven't done about or for any other candidate. I didn't listen to the thing, but at first assumed it was a paid commercial by the Trump campaign and changed channels. However, as I switched back and forth amongst other channels and MSNBC, I realized that it was not a short commercial, but an actual biographical program about Trump put on by the station - and it ran at least half an hour. (At that point, I quit checking. No idea how long the program ran in total.) They even suspended the usual news crawl that runs under the broadcast.

In the past months, news channels have frequently aired Trump's entire speeches. They rarely even do that for the freaking sitting president, for god's sake.

Unless the guy has way more money than anyone else on earth with which to buy such air-time, he is in reality being presented as the presumptive Republican nominee by a willing media and the body politic. They might be framing it as a "troubling development", a bullshit toss-away that they throw out to make it appear they don't like him or his tactics, but it's obvious the people in charge want this guy to be the prime focus in the minds of the voters.

And why wouldn't they? The business community (think Boeing, Monsanto, GE, Exxon, Pfizer) has been writing our legislation for decades and enriching themselves as best they can through the results; why not just get one of the corporate oligarchy at the helm to run the whole shebang?

On the other side, which one might refer to as "the distaff side" given her gender, Hillary Clinton is just as acceptable to them. And so we see (presto-change-o) that Sanders is being summarily written off already by the talking heads, although less than half the states have held primaries.

None of this is accidental or unexpected to the people running things. And Trump is playing his role of "outsider" quite well. And TPTB don't hate or fear him in the least.

Posted by: teri | Mar 20 2016 11:55 utc | 38

@30 virgile

Don't know if you noticed Eric Schmidt gets a job at the Pentagon. Google is said to have authored the CYBERSECURITY ACT OF 2015, aka the NSA Privatization Act. All the geeks at google are libertarians, and another name for libertarian is corporate fascist. They hate the idea of the government in any field they could be milking, whether it's education, prisons, the military or spying. Spying of course if Google's bread and butter. They're more innovative and competent than the drones at the NSA ... they've got people buying their own taps for chrissakes! ... and now they're taking over, with the military's 'blessing'. See if the generals don't start popping up at google now, when they walk through the revolving door. Just like at Lockheed Martin or General Atomic.

At least Microsoft was incompetent. The 'best and the brightest' work at google - they hired Bell Labs CSRL, when AT&T went more or less belly up - and the google geeks have no compunction at all in selling the rest of us out completely. Of living off our commodified carcasses. They've been doing it since the first Google search and the first gmail. Now they're in the position of stove-piping all that data straight to the entire USG ... with no notice given - the mafia used at least to deliver the kiss of death - and immunity from prosecution built-in.

@38 teri

I think of course you're absolutely right. Trump is like McCain or what's-his-name - the son of the American Motors guy - who ran last time. He's there to scare everyone into voting for the demoblican ... but, hey, if he actually wins ... born and bred in the briar patch! Fail-safe indeed!

Posted by: jfl | Mar 20 2016 12:33 utc | 39

@30 virgile

mina had a link to that same story at the mug Libya thread.

Jared Cohen is, of course, Google's 'Ideas' man. Straight through the revolving door from state.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 20 2016 12:43 utc | 40

The excellent Zero Hedge website has a video of Donald Trump from 1987 talking against the Globalist "Free Trade" policies that have destroyed our economy as the great Pat Buchanan warned the people about from before CFR Bush/Clinton's NAFTA/WTO creation and on through his 1992, 1996,and 2000 campaigns to the present. During the debates when the narcissist Jeb Bush claimed his brother "kept America safe" and Trump harpooned him by bringing up 9/11, and Saudi Arabia's involvement (google HR-428) was when I knew for certain that Mr Trump is indeed the real deal. Lying Ted Cruz has already placed Globalist CFR & Project For A New (Zio)-American Century war criminals on his staff, ready to finish their globalist plans for WWIII. Hillary is already on board with them, which was proven at Benghazi and their looting of the Libyan armories to send the weapons to their ISIS & Al-CIA-duh terrorist golems maiming and murdering Syrian Christians, Kurds, Druzes, Alawites, Yazidis, Shias, Sunnis, and any other small minority communities in secular Syria & Iraq. Donald Trump is the only one with the potential to stop them, thus why we are seeing the "Saul Alinsky" tactics from the lying Ministry Of Truth, Ministry Of Peace, Ministry Of Plenty and Ministry Of Love

Posted by: Selous Scouts | Mar 20 2016 13:18 utc | 41

The US deep state will control the next POTUS, doesn't matter who it is. Hil's would be their perfect candidate because she's already a part of the deep state.

@26 But I know that if "The Donald" does make it all the way they will just do to him what they did to JFK but they won't wait so long.

Posted by: okie farmer | Mar 20 2016 13:50 utc | 42

Correction, Jack Smith.
We still manufacture consent. :( Still the best at that kind of engineering.

Posted by: roger erickson | Mar 20 2016 14:12 utc | 43

Names are sometimes quite revealing. From the Wiki --

"The Selous Scouts was a special forces regiment of the Rhodesian Army, that operated from 1973 until the reconstitution of the country as Zimbabwe in 1980."

Posted by: rufus magister | Mar 20 2016 14:13 utc | 44

Like 2008 Candidate Obama, Trump's rhetoric is interpreted to mean different things to different people. BUT it is true that Trump is the only one who could potentially upset the status quo.

We know that Hillary or any RNC machine candidate will be 100 percent Zionist Warmonger. (like Obama turned out to be). There is no doubt. They have assured us of this.

I see a coordinated media and trumped-up protest movement against Trump. It seems that the PTB did not expect him to have lasted this long. So they are on the attack.

I expect a piece of very damaging information to come out about Trump.

Is it true that a delegation of fat cats (Trilateral Commission members; Clinton Karl Rove) met on Georgia's exclusive Island for a Trump Kneecapping Pow Wow?

Strange to me that others are seeing the media fawning over Trump.

Posted by: fast freddy | Mar 20 2016 14:13 utc | 45

36;They are foreigners.Trump is an American.
No,there has been no precedent of this bashing of a candidate by the MSM in history.And why?Because he had the temerity to say that he would be neutral re I-P.End of story.
And look at the meme of antisemitism being put forth by the Zionist rags in Britain.Cohen says he'll be a Jew at long last!Wtf?Freedland making Corbyn the antisemite.What a joke.
Hopefully Trump will tell AIPAC:If you want peace,I'm your man,If not,I'm not.Go Trump.
Looking at our MSM,almost every writer is a Jew.How is this possible?How could 4 Jews be on a SC that represents an America that is 2% Jewish?Does Obomba actually believe the most bigoted individuals in the world are capable of eschewing their prejudices?I don't.And if one doesn't believe they are prejudiced,explain their narrative of BS?
Antisemites?(how about anti Zionist) do not hate Israel,they like it as a final destination for the dual citizen traitors within.They definitely don't want it destroyed.
And until all are secure from war and violence,none will be,but hey is that antisemitic?

Posted by: dahoit | Mar 20 2016 14:27 utc | 46


Posted by: dahoit | Mar 20 2016 14:30 utc | 47

Clinton email reveals: Google sought overthrow of Syria's Assad

"Please keep close hold, but my team is planning to launch a tool ... that will publicly track and map the defections in Syria and which parts of the government they are coming from," Jared Cohen, the head of what was then the company's "Google Ideas" division, wrote in a July 2012 email to several top Clinton officials.

Classified Emails Reveal Hillary Clinton Worked with Google/YouTube to Block Benghazi Video(s)

WASHINTON - On March 16, 2016 WikiLeaks launched a searchable archive for 30,322 emails & email attachments sent to and from Hillary Clinton's private email server while she was Secretary of State. The 50,547 pages of documents span from 30 June 2010 to 12 August 2014. 7,570 of the documents were sent by Hillary Clinton. The emails were made available in the form of thousands of PDFs by the US State Department as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request.

Here is just a sample of the 30,322 emails. After the Benghazi attack Hillary's State Department emails show her administration was in contact with Google regarding a blocked YouTube video after President Obama admitted that the Benghazi attack was a preplanned act of terror.

Posted by: shadyl | Mar 20 2016 14:32 utc | 48

U of California May Ban "Anti-Zionism" on Campus, Blurring Line Between Political Speech and Hate Speech

Posted by: shadyl | Mar 20 2016 14:49 utc | 49

Trump, and reactions to Trump, are designed to do one thing, keep relevant discussions about US trade policies off the MSM. The "Global Corporate Empire" MUST pass TTP, and TTIP, to consolidate their hegemony. They, (MSM) always discuss Trump's "outrageous" comments, but never his, or Sanders, mention of terrible trade policies that throw millions of Americans out of work. Their misdirection is working, and by blaming the Sanders people for the protesters, they get a two-fer, discrediting Trump and Sanders. Bingo, driving voters to HRC.

Posted by: ben | Mar 20 2016 15:15 utc | 50

@jfl 40

Sorry I did not notice that on Mina's post in the Lybia thread.
It sounds that I am not the only one!
see Shady 48!

Posted by: virgile | Mar 20 2016 15:22 utc | 51

Here's an idea:

Citizens arrest of Hillary.
Citizens arrest of Trump.

Sanders runs against Cruz.

Posted by: Circe | Mar 20 2016 15:30 utc | 52

Ben @ 50

It is true that the undermining of Trump and Sanders serves as the distraction du jour to the benefit of Hillary (and whoever the PTB hopes to make the RNC machine nominee).

However, the TPP and TTIP would not be a topic for MSM "news" in any case. These are to be stealthily ushered in without public knowledge or consent. They are secret policies not for public consumption.

Obama is the point man on TPP. They are counting on him to do it b4 the changing of the guard. They'll get it done in the final hours of his residency - just as they had done with telcom immunity and the bank bailouts.

Posted by: fast freddy | Mar 20 2016 15:34 utc | 53

It sure looked is like the violence at the trump rallies is being instigated by purported liberals (not) who are little more than Soros/MSM/ move on brain washed fools.

Donald said he wants to ban Muslims from entering they USE until we (he) figures out what is going on

Shouldn't have said this but it's clear don speaks without thinking so I consider it pandering

Hillary said she wants to shoot down Russian jets (a go to war with a nuke power) to support jihadists in Syria who impose sharia law and torture women and children

Boy that sounds a lot more dangerous and I think Hillary means it

Posted by: Alaric | Mar 20 2016 15:35 utc | 54

What I want to know is, what all is google doing with our collected searches, youtube views, emails and IP numbers??

What ever happened to "Don't be evil"?

Posted by: shadyl | Mar 20 2016 15:38 utc | 55

Answering my own question:

The motto has had a tumultuous history within the company

Alphabet, which took over as Google’s new holding company on Friday, has dropped the tech giant’s “Don’t Be Evil” mantra from its code of conduct.

Posted by: shadyl | Mar 20 2016 15:40 utc | 56

If he doesn't get stopped before or during the convention, DT will rip Hillary apart like a boiled peanut in the general election campaign.

As far as the vaunted 'Deep State," just how many divisions or brigades can it can it bring to the fight? I can't find those numbers anywhere.

Posted by: Morongobill | Mar 20 2016 15:43 utc | 57

While serving on the Policy Planning Staff, Cohen became an advisor to Richard Holbrooke. He took several trips with Holbrooke to Afghanistan, where he helped develop some of the early strategic communications strategies.

Cohen was among the early adopters of social media in the U.S. government. In April 2010, Cohen had the third largest number of Twitter followers in the US government.

Cohen left the State Department's Policy Planning staff on 2 September 2010. On 7 September 2010, Cohen became an adjunct senior fellow at The Council on Foreign Relations focusing on counter-radicalization. He was hired as the first director of Google Ideas, a new branch within Google in mid-October 2010.

All perfectly innocuous.

Holbrooke ended up dead. Surely just a coincidence. Read his wiki. What a spook he was. Maybe started going against the grain.

Posted by: fast freddy | Mar 20 2016 15:51 utc | 58

M @ 57 said: "As far as the vaunted 'Deep State," just how many divisions or brigades can it can it bring to the fight? "

Answer: As many as needed to achieve the desired result. Ask Libyans, Iraqis etc... etc....etc. etc...

Posted by: ben | Mar 20 2016 15:56 utc | 59

@ fast freddy 58

“You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan.”

Spoken to a Pakistani surgeon who was sedating him before surgery.

And 1999 Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLBA)at the end of Clinton presidency. I always

thought Hillary's senate seat was quid pro quo.

Posted by: shadyl | Mar 20 2016 16:19 utc | 60

The Zionist-owned media buys the Presidency:

Hillary gets only positive free media on almost all networks just under ONE BILLION'S worth.

Trump gets ALL the media attention positive or negative, and you know what they say: There is no such thing as bad publicity -- all publicity is good publicity.

The most relevant steals the show every time. Consider how staggering it is that Trump received almost $2 BILLION! in free media.

But when we get to the campaign all that 2 BILLION in almost wall to wall negative coverage will be trumped by the ONE BILLION in positive coverage for Clinton that ends up showing her as the most Presidential So it's all over already. The President has been chosen once against by the rulers of the people

On the last 3rd super Tuesday we got to see every candidate: Trump, Hillary, Cruz, Rubio and Kasich speak except Sanders. Sanders was blacked out of the media and yet he was already in Arizona speaking to over 7,000 people.

The White House is already dropping hints with the media or the media is getting insider information that Obama's getting ready to endorse Clinton. For God's sakes they're pushing Sanders out the door when his supporters are everywhere trying to defend democracy. Sanders supporters are the people engaged in defending the country and risking getting punched in the face to do it. Now many will say they're trying to shut down free speech, but they believe that fascism is on the rise in America, and it's not only Trump's rhetoric and comments on illegal immigrants, Muslims and the police that indicate this; it's in the entire system. The entire system is rigged against the people and only Sanders' supporters are trying to fight the fascist system.

Regardless of the Trump Side Show, however, Hillary is the Chosen One. Trump has been the perfect tool needed to fix a Clinton presidency. Like it or not.

The Aipac conference will be a revelation on the power of Zionism.

Posted by: Circe | Mar 20 2016 16:21 utc | 61

The President has been chosen once again by the rulers of the people

Posted by: Circe | Mar 20 2016 16:23 utc | 62

Trump is wrong on iphones.

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak On Life-Changing Tech and the Encryption Debate

I am beginning to think NSA's attack of Apple has to do with Google's Nexus. Google is already an arm of the deep state.

Posted by: shadyl | Mar 20 2016 16:31 utc | 63

@57 Morongobill

As far as the vaunted 'Deep State," just how many divisions or brigades can it can it bring to the fight? I can't find those numbers anywhere.

In case you haven’t noticed the U.S. government has been militarizing the country’s police forces using the GWOT as justification. This process has accelerated since the Occupy Wall Street and original Tea Party movements put the fear of god into the elites and their congressional minions. There is a real fear of a populist backlash against the elites who have succeeded in turning America into a corporatist neo-feudal state. The popularity of both Trump and Sanders shows this fear is justified.
American police forces are increasingly being trained in Israel, in tactics such as crowd control and dispersal. The Israelis have developed an expertise in this area through their subjugation of the Palestinians. Do you think this is merely a coincidence.

Posted by: pantaraxia | Mar 20 2016 16:36 utc | 64

"Trump is wrong on iphones."

Yes he is. But trump is also a liberal democrat who is trying to appeal to voters who want surveillance so who the F knows what that guy believes.

Posted by: alaric | Mar 20 2016 17:00 utc | 65

Trump is so hated by his detractors that it's almost impossible to bring him up in conversation. It's outright voter intimidation

Posted by: aaaa | Mar 20 2016 17:01 utc | 66

The great quadrennial Circus Politic is upon the world again, refreshed, revitalised, restored to its former splendours for the edification of its celebrated citizenry of exceptional excellence. And this too, shall pass in the fullness of time.

Do any want a peek at the future? It's possible you know, but it takes some research work to get there. It is simple to do, first you take a look as to who is on the financial committees of each of the political parties, then you find out where they associate or their 'preference'. The preponderance of preference of financial committee members will indicate the party's nominee, the next largest contingent on the committee will assure the running mate if the position is contested. Somehow the final delegate count at the convention will reflect the financial committee's makeup, but you must do your research work to find out what that makeup is. The front of curtain players will supply the sparkle and drama that arrives at the final 'count', but it is ordained far in advance and visible if you know where to look.

At this point the work of deciding elections is so advanced as to be statistically indeterminable, so fine the manipulations of required numbers cannot be detected by statistical analysis. The coup d'etat was not only glacially slow as to be undetected, the replacement of governance accomplished by ideological fifth columnists infiltrating into positions of governmental management by which government was cryptically controlled. The entire structure of the prior government was dismantled and destroyed, only Social Security remains, a treasure yet to be plundered in full. And few if any are the wiser. But the circus was world class - The Roman example was well learned and still works. When the epitaph is written it will likely be - It's been, hasn't it.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Mar 20 2016 17:31 utc | 67

@67.... The privatization of social security....another hidden agenda. Wonder how they will sell it next, so far trump says leave it alone.

Posted by: Shadyl | Mar 20 2016 17:46 utc | 68

Clinton will continue the AIPAC/OPEC planned wars to destroy secular Syria, Lebanon, and the final WWIII scenario to slaughter the people of Iran as proven by her looting of the Libyan armories to ship the weapons to their terrorist golems in Syria. Cruz has already signed as you can see by looking over his newly assembled National Security Team as it contains proven Globalist CFR members and war criminals from the Project For a New (Zio)American century. The bathhouse boy Rubio was their first choice puppet, but have now switched over fully to Cruz

Posted by: Selous Scouts | Mar 20 2016 18:13 utc | 69

@jfl.. thanks for your posts and highlighting what some of us miss! your posts are often helpful and informative..

Posted by: james | Mar 20 2016 18:44 utc | 70

I am beginning to think NSA's attack of Apple has to do with Google's Nexus. Google is already an arm of the deep state.

Fact that Google is an arm of the Deep State. That young Cohen fellow is the liaison. Condi Rice had him, then they put him on Hillary. He's CFR member and Google guy. He was also attached to Holbrooke who ended up dead on the operating table according to the story.

Posted by: fast freddy | Mar 20 2016 19:31 utc | 71

First they'll get the TPP passed. Then they'll pivot to the looting of Social Security. They've got their MSM false narratives to return to (Social Security will be soon broke, so we're going to further de-fund it).

Posted by: fast freddy | Mar 20 2016 19:35 utc | 72

The word 'Legendary' here bothers me somewhat - but whatever Patrick Cockburn...


Posted by: fredjc | Mar 20 2016 20:23 utc | 73

"The President has been chosen once again by the rulers of the people"

Posted by: Circe | Mar 20, 2016 12:23:33 PM | 62

Yep! fraid' you're right.

P @ 64 said:"There is a real fear of a populist backlash against the elites who have succeeded in turning America into a corporatist neo-feudal state. The popularity of both Trump and Sanders shows this fear is justified."

Again, yes!

Posted by: ben | Mar 20 2016 20:53 utc | 74

Props to all those who pointed out the State Dept-Google nexus (no pun intended). Wikileaks has unearthed a ton of links in Ms. Clinton's email trove:

WikiLeaks ‏@wikileaks Mar 19
Hillary Emails: Google tried to boost Assad defections

WikiLeaks ‏@wikileaks Mar 18
Hillary worked with Google CEOs to keep #Bengazhi video from public

People who wonder why China needs to have a "Great Firewall" that keeps out such internet giants like Google needs to read this stuff closely.

People are being manipulated in ways that are impossible, at this point, for citizens to understand. Just like in the 1970s when the Church Committee divulged that the intelligence agencies had been manipulating the media and book publishing and even academic journals, someday (and no doubt only after some tremendously damaging crisis) we'll find out what's going on behind those closed doors where Google and the State Dept get together to further the goals of both.

Posted by: guest77 | Mar 20 2016 22:32 utc | 75

As for this bizarre election cycle - it is really one for the history books. The Republicans have created a frankenstein's monster in their anti-immigrant tea partiers and now they have lost control of it. And the pronouncements of a vapid, rich loser like Mitt Romney aren't going to convince anyone of anything.

I shudder to think of what the next 4-8 years is going to be like.

Posted by: guest77 | Mar 20 2016 22:37 utc | 76

I was going to paste more Wikileaks Google tweets, but its easier just to scan the timeline yourselves, I'm sure:

Posted by: guest77 | Mar 20 2016 22:41 utc | 77

Trumps your last chance America, otherwise you're gone - Au

Posted by: Dom | Mar 21 2016 6:10 utc | 78

Arrest Trump

LOL. Media has damned him from both the Left and the Right, but you still need to break the law first.

Posted by: farflungstar | Mar 21 2016 11:48 utc | 79

79;Funny how Trump has done nothing but say words they don't want to hear,and they want him arrested,while Obomba and the hell bitch have a legacy of blood and disaster to rival the shrub.
Todays graun said BS says he got creamed in the South but the West will be good for him.
And no one says why he got creamed in the South.
Black anti semitism.
Who cares?Minorities can't be prejudiced.Or pointing it out might cost votes for the hell bitch by alienating those voters?
The South will go republican anyway,so her strength there is actually a weakness,but hey.

Posted by: dahoit | Mar 21 2016 14:01 utc | 80

"I really don't know what the protestors think they are accomplishing when they protest Trump."

Many of the protesters are good-hearted people who think they're stopping 'fascism'. In fact they're being exploited by Team Hillary or by identity politics groups.

Posted by: fairleft | Mar 21 2016 15:02 utc | 81

I have now watched two debates w. Trump plus some of the popular video clips. I have also read his ‘positions’ on the top of goog and his site, all very slim. I know nothing much about his career etc. My take, fwiw:

- Trump is deadly serious as a candidate and is aiming to win.

- Trump is smarter, or more intelligent and knowledgeable, than he sounds. He is using his biz-man brashness, his media reality-TV show experience, to extremely good effect. His one-liners and outrageous remarks hit the sweet spot between spontaneity and calculation, difficult to bring off. His language (vocab, syntax) is where it should be. His gestures are not too bad either. - The hair has become a kind of trademark, like say a tattoo, crazy glasses, etc.

> He is responsible in a large part for turning the election into a blatant personality cult (ppl adhere as if to a famous band, actor, and judge as they would for vetting a potential neighbor / roomate / brother-in-law) and insults etc. fly. Which is in his favor, while at the same time showing up the inanity, stultefying prevarications, cover-ups, lies, supposed political correctness, of the ruling pol./corp/finance class. This may be accidental - the name of the game right now - or figured out.

- Trump has some characteristics that fit being a successful in the pol arena. These include a flavor of empathy coupled with bragaddacio. Not well controlled or assumed to be sure, present nonetheless.

As for his positions, when time.

(P.S. I do not support Trump.)

The media loving Trump = money!, he brings in ratings, revenues, augments the spectacle, the circus, etc.

Posted by: Noirette | Mar 21 2016 15:48 utc | 82

On domestic policy, the Congressional duopoly party would override numerous Trump vetoes unless he could gather popular support for a particularly popular position or two. So that shoots down almost any Trump domestic policy. But the main reason to feel good about Trump is that he might hold back the neocon imperialists. Four years of 'We can get along with Putin' would be great for the world.

Even though they might try, and it would be fun to watch, any effort by Congress to grab military/imperial policy away from Trump would probably be doomed. The system has transferred to much power to the imperial presidency over the last 70 or so years. And, for any Commander in Chief, it's pretty easy and always popular (except among the 'media') to 'do nothing'.

Posted by: fairleft | Mar 21 2016 17:33 utc | 83


This is what I wrote:

Here's an idea:

Citizens arrest of Hillary.
Citizens arrest of Trump.

Sanders runs against Cruz.

And of course Sanders will win. This

Posted by: Circe | Mar 21 2016 18:26 utc | 84

I posted by mistake before finishing my post.

This is our only hope and the lessor of all evils. Now both candidates deserve to be arrested for different reasons and you have your opinion on Trump's innocence and I have mine.

Both Hillary and Trump will usher in destruction; Hillary's type of destruction much worse.

Posted by: Circe | Mar 21 2016 18:31 utc | 85

Trump's innocence is not my opinion. It is fact.
Are you frightened, like the entrenched and corrupted elites in AmeriKa and Europe, that this man will not be in the pockets of NRA, AIPAC, the War Lobby, Goldman Sachs and all the other bloodsuckers?
Imagine...someone who challenges the status quo, only to have those hungry for change run screaming back in the other direction to...more of the same old, same old.
Trump's "crimes" are real only in your mind, because the 6 o'clock evening Zio media put them there. But don't let facts get in the way of your delusions, especially the one of Sanders having an outside shot in Hell at unseating Hillary for Dem nom.

Posted by: farflungstar | Mar 21 2016 19:37 utc | 86

@12 Jack, how many times do I have to explain my position for you to stop playing games like you saying "your goddamn Bernie?" I have continually said he is not ideal but is better than Hillary. I get it, you are a troll so you insist on voting for the worse of the two between Hillary and Bernie. And you insist on voting for her then Trump huh? So it's all a game to you. You can't vote for Bernie and then maybe Jill Stein?

Posted by: Tom Murphy | Mar 21 2016 20:00 utc | 87

@86 Trump has already had a meeting with Richard Haass so I think people are in a fantasy world about "Trump's purity" (I happened to mention Haass near the end of this video:

Posted by: Tom Murphy | Mar 21 2016 20:02 utc | 88

@9, likklemore

Clintom was not fired from her job on the Watergate commission. That is false.

Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 21 2016 20:51 utc | 89

Amazed at all the Trump shills in these parts. This is a guy who's talked about sending ground troops to Syria and killing terrorists' families. He's a fraudster who hawked fake urine tests and snake-oil vitamins through The Trump Network (TM). And you guys like him because - why? He's as shallowly antiestablishment and brutish as you yourselves?

Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 21 2016 21:09 utc | 90

Anonymous @90 "Amazed at all the Trump shills in these parts".

While I was totally appalled by a number of Trump statements and I am not partial to his style, once I read his detractors I almost love the guy. Today Daniel Drezner published a broadside against Trump on the editorial page of Washington Post. Scary stuff: he questions usefulness of NATO, the usefulness of picking fights with Russia, the usefulness of maintaining a large force in South Korea without being paid for its costs, and he thinks that rules of the international trade, particularly with China, should be changed so we can reverse de-industrialization (of course, seven syllable words are not in Trump vocabulary so I paraphrase). Drezdner actually styles himself as foreign policy academician, and indeed, he is " is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University". Not a think tank whore here! You know, some work for money but others have a genuine nymphomania.

Since Drezner did not use any course words and kept direct cites to bare minimum, to me he described Trump as a rare voice of reason in the ranks of our elite. Moreover, he deftly discredited himself. A major topic of this article is a small flock of credentialed foreign policy experts who joined Trump. And he concludes that the only explanation is that they are the lowest dregs of the trade.

"So, it’s just a matter of time before Trump gets some competent foreign policy advisers, right?


Or, at least, I’m hypothesizing that it’s wrong. To be clear, Trump will attract some advisers. Some people are begging for a foreign policy job in a Trump administration. But there’s a selection effect that suggests that the ones Trump will attract will be extremely dodgy."

Selection effect means that Trump is so goddam awful that anyone attracted to him must be extremely dodgy. But unlike some other memes espoused by Trump, the ideas like NATO and stationing troops in Korea are long past "best before" date have a consistent intellectual justification, unlike moronic discourse on "sending correct messages" and other utter idiocies that are so predominant. To make my post shorter, I will defer the example of Koreas to the next post.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 22 2016 1:48 utc | 91

The exact (alleged) language of Trump that we are subsidizing the defense of South Korea, a rich an populous country, is not the frame I would use. USA has an interest of having prosperous allies who are not intimidated by their vituperative neighbors. However, South Korea is not a pushover, like UAE that would be like a freshly born lamb next to Iran without some external support (well, UAE pays handsomely). The population of SK is double of NK, GDP per capita is perhaps 10 times larger, military is large and well armed, conscription takes three years. The border is heavily fortified. The only chink in the armor is the ability of NK to flatten the capital of SK that has 25% of the population and much larger percentage of industrial, commercial, political, scientific etc. activity.

It kind of begs the question why the urbanization of SK had that pattern, after all, 60 years ago all the big cities were much smaller than today, and the other three major cities are hundreds of miles away from the armistice line, Korea could be as prosperous as it is and safer with four roughly equal size metro areas. Even so, how does USA help? A solution to Korean problem must offer the North some "victory" that they could claim in their terms, while being even more of an advantage to the South. And the framework could be "unification and demilitarization". North would get rid of nukes and the South of Americans, no military exercises would be staged closer than 50 miles from ground and maritime borders, and the size of the militaries could be gradually and equitably reduced. Removing American forces from the peninsula would be a triumph for the Northern Communists, and removing nukes a triumph for the South.

As we all know, even a whiff of such an idea would be nipped in the bud by the current American "bipartisan" policy.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 22 2016 2:15 utc | 92


Trump's slobbering speech to AIPAC just KO'd your entire argument.

But don't let facts get in the way of your delusions Projecting much?

Trump is all in deep with AIPAC as I knew he would be. Don't say I didn't warn you....!

Posted by: Circe | Mar 22 2016 2:23 utc | 93

@ Circe 93

I was not disappointed waiting for Monday 21st, to see the real Donald Trump. Same old puke. Not just in deep with AIPAC. Trump tells AIPAC:

[I will] dismantle the disastrous [Iran] deal. Number one prioritty We gave them $150 billion and got nothing.

Hey, Donald the $150 billion is Iran’s frozen funds, and US got off cheap on the accrued interest.

=== More worrisome, Trump has been sounding off as an isolationist but take a look at his foreign affairs policy advisors:==== To know a person’s mindset look at his grand masters.

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump previously indicated that, if elected, his administration would focus on non-interventionist policies. His list of foreign policy advisers, released on Monday, says otherwise.

[..] The billionaire provided the Post with the five-member list of his foreign policy team, and it includes a string of individuals deeply invested in the military industrial complex.
At the top of that list is Keith Kellogg, a retired Army lieutenant. Kellogg is a former employee of CACI International, a “multinational professional services and information technology company” that operates across the world.
In 2004, CACI was sued by 256 Iraqis over its alleged involvement in torture, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, in relation to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

Next on Trump’s list is Joe Schmitz, a former inspector general with the US Defense Department and, perhaps even more problematically for Trump’s isolationism, a former employee of security contractor Academi, when the company was still branded as Blackwater.

Dr. Walid Phares, another Trump pick, is a professor at the National Defense University in Washington DC. Phares is a former adviser to a violent Christian militia group responsible for a number of human rights violations during the Lebanese Civil War. According to Adam Sewer, writing for Mother Jones, Phares has been described by his colleagues as "one of the group’s chief ideologists, working closely with the Lebanese Forces’ Fifth Bureau, a unit that specialized in psychological warfare."

Phares served in 2012 as a top adviser to former presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who ran on a promise to "deter Russian ambitions."

Posted by: likklemore | Mar 22 2016 3:04 utc | 94

PB, likklemore, 92, 94

The Japan Times headline I think has an accurate characterization. Trump looks beyond his ‘very good brain’ to form fringe foreign policy team. It describes the most of the group "as not well known in foreign policy academic or expert circles." I think Phares might be the exception.

Trump has previously mentioned John Bolton as someone he likes on foreign policy; perhaps he'll formally join the team soon. He could be Secretary of State.

Errata -- Kellogg was a former Lt. Gen. A retired lieutenant would really be scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Posted by: rufus magister | Mar 22 2016 3:35 utc | 95

Sorry, post again for those who missed it, if you can watch also Lawrence Wilkerson segment. :-)

Conference on Israel's influence: Gideon Levy
Posted by: Jack Smith | Mar 19, 2016 6:29:01 PM | 23

Thanks for the vids. Watched Wilkerson's the other day, reading from notes a lot of the time, but no less meaningful - through an old NeoCons eyes, you can sense the gravity in his words. And you hear it in Hilary's words: "We must remain loyal to Isreal"

...why...? You have a man who was part of the NeoCon coup 15 years asking why are we serving this beast...?

Then listening to Levy...yeah, wow. The Isrrali-American a dissenting Israeli pov. The isreali machine built to hide the truth and twist the facts...Levys take on the isreali view of Palestinians reminded me that until 1967 Aboriginals in Australia were considered Flora and Fauna... much of the same blinding entertainment-industrial complex used in Isreal is the same formula used on the west.

These are the same media systems that Trump has been using to great effect for his own and the machine's gain. No wonder the Establishment Repugs are having such a tough time of it with him...he's dug in like an Alabama Tick.

Really enjoyed viewing. Some sanity prevailing out there somehow.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Mar 22 2016 3:42 utc | 96

l @ 94: Good post. "Birds of a feather, flock together"

Posted by: ben | Mar 22 2016 3:56 utc | 97


Thanks for the back-up.

Phares will no doubt push to implement Plan B that involves using Lebanese Sunni to infiltrate Syria in the Assad take-down.

And Trump's rant on Iran sounded like it was projected by that fanatic Netanyahu. He threatens to dismantle the deal with Iran and Iran's terror network.

Netanyahu didn't attend this conference; he just had Trump deliver his speech to the letter.

Posted by: Circe | Mar 22 2016 4:02 utc | 98

I said it before and i will say it again, Trump is the "Don't throw me in the briar patch" candidate of the global plutocrats.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 22 2016 5:30 utc | 99

Wikileaks, Hillary Clinton Email Archive - NEW IRAN AND SYRIA 2.DOC

The best way to help Israel deal with Iran's growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.

It goes on from there ...

No surprise that Trump is kissing ass at AIPAC. They run the 'official' political show in the USSA. Trump's a New Yorker. He's not deaf, dumb, and blind.

A lot of people have been projecting their wishes and hopes onto Trump, aided by his underspecified policies. Lo, and behold ... they're fleshing out to be just like Hillary's overspecified policies.

The attacks on Trump's rallies are the work of the real fascist in the running, Hillary Clinton. And the pwogwessive lambs who are filling out her Sturmabteilung. She's blamed the violence on the left - the corporate media's version thereof : Bernie Sanders - as was done eighty or ninety years ago, the first time around.

There will be no one to vote for on the ballot. So ... don't do it. Don't vote for a name on the ballot. No donkeys no elephants.

Begin a new tradition with your first (perhaps) write-in election. If the future is going to be different than today something is going to have to change. Think about it ... it will occur to you that the US government is high on the list of things that must change ... must be deconstructed, root and branch, and recontructed from the bottom up ... by the people who live here at he bottom. That'd be us.

The sooner we start the sooner we'll finish.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 22 2016 12:28 utc | 100

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