Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
March 04, 2016

Whereas The Paper Of Record Gauges The Big (Or Small?) Global Question

A 'newspaper of record'..

.. is a major newspaper that has a large circulation and whose editorial and news-gathering functions are considered professional and typically authoritative.

As such the trusted New York Times reliably ponders the most important topics of U.S. and global polices. Here is an outstanding example:


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After spending some 350 well chosen words examining the issue at hand, the distinguished author concludes:

So, yes, the size of Trump’s penis matters ...

We should all be proud to merit such epiphany.

I admire the ease with which Trump suborns the media to provide him their megaphone. When Marco Rubio attacked Trump's manhood there was little media reaction. Trump's response to Rubio is followed up by a series of headlines.

As one observer noted:

The Media:

"Trump is debasing American politics with his disgusting antics. Now let's replay his penis comment one more time!"

When the august NYT decides that the size of Trump's penis it is now a big (or small?) question that matters, Trump wins.

No wonder he is the last man standing while the others exit the stage.



Posted by b on March 4, 2016 at 6:20 UTC | Permalink

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Being aware all the Republican candidates are similarly endowed, does this signify a race for some bottom?

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Mar 4 2016 6:37 utc | 1

Are we officially ancient Egypt? Should I be polishing my sun mirror and buying some mummified falcon offerings? Will the new regime take gold, or will Osiris-Trump require our precious bodily essences?

That is some obelisk you have there dear leader!

Posted by: L Bean | Mar 4 2016 6:43 utc | 2

In your previous column people were criticizing Tulsi Gabbard for her military career. But it is exactly this career that gives her the balls to be treated as equal in a male-dominated world. So yes, size matters! But maybe not the size of the penis, but that of the balls.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Mar 4 2016 6:44 utc | 3

This gets just more and more disconcerting, depressing, even the witticisms and jokes are frightening.

Posted by: Quentin | Mar 4 2016 7:02 utc | 4

The Trumpster Sends The GOP/Neocon Establishment To The Dumpster

At the end of the day, the reason that the neocons are apoplectic is that Trump would restore the 1991 status quo ante. The nation’s self-proclaimed greatest deal-maker might even take a leaf out of Warren G. Harding’s playbook and negotiate sweeping disarmament agreements in a world where governments everywhere are on the verge of fiscal bankruptcy.

He might also come down with wrathful indignation on the Fed if its dares push toward the criminal zone of negative interest rates. As far as I know, The Donald was never mis-educated by the Keynesian swells at Brookings, either. No plain old businessman would ever fall for the sophistry and crank monetary theories that are now ascendant in the Eccles Building.

When it comes to the nation’s current economic wreckers-in-chief, Janet Yellen and Stanley Fischer, he might even dust off on day one the skills he honed during his ten year stint on the Apprentice.

Indeed, the sound of “your fired!” in that context would echo with high approbation down the pages of history.

Worse things could surely happen.

Number 1 worse thing ... Hillary could be elected instead of The Donald?

There is a lengthy recount of the Neocon reign of terror, starting in 1991 before this last pearl from David Stockman ... one of the first Republicrat victims of the neocons.

Meanwhile, college-educated, elite Chris Hedges quotes his main stays ...

The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism

College-educated elites, on behalf of corporations, carried out the savage neoliberal assault on the working poor. ... There are tens of millions of Americans, especially lower-class whites, rightfully enraged at what has been done to them, their families and their communities. They have risen up to reject the neoliberal policies and political correctness imposed on them by college-educated elites from both political parties: Lower-class whites are embracing an American fascism. ...

As Arendt noted, the fascist and communist movements in Europe in the 1930s

  “… recruited their members from this mass of apparently indifferent people whom all other parties had given up as too apathetic or too stupid for their attention. The result was that the majority of their membership consisted of people who had never before appeared on the political scene. This permitted the introduction of entirely new methods into political propaganda, and indifference to the arguments of political opponents; these movements not only placed themselves outside and against the party system as a whole, they found a membership that had never been reached, never been ‘spoiled’ by the party system. Therefore they did not need to refute opposing arguments and consistently preferred methods which ended in death rather than persuasion, which spelled terror rather than conviction. They presented disagreements as invariably originating in deep natural, social, or psychological sources beyond the control of the individual and therefore beyond the control of reason. This would have been a shortcoming only if they had sincerely entered into competition with either parties; it was not if they were sure of dealing with people who had reason to be equally hostile to all parties.”

I wince when I read 'lower classes' ... Hedges sounds like one of his own 'college-educated elites ...' who thrust '... a knife into the back of the underclass for their corporate masters' when he writes of the 'lower class'.

Hedges writes ...

“If Clinton prevails in the general election Trump may disappear, but the fascist sentiments will expand. Another Trump, perhaps more vile, will be vomited up from the bowels of the decayed political system.”

Other than their stage manner, I don't see a dime's worth of difference between The Hil and The Donald. And it will be The H - a more-nearly house-broken version of The Donald - who is vomited up from the bowels of the decayed political system in lieu of The D.

It certainly does seem true that fantasizing with Stockman over what The Donald 'might do' is dangerous. Hedges, quoting again ...

Richard Rorty in his last book, Achieving Our Country, written in 1998, presciently saw where our postindustrial nation was headed.

  “... once a strongman takes office, nobody can predict what will happen. In 1932, most of the predictions made about what would happen if Hindenburg named Hitler chancellor were wildly overoptimistic. ...”

I agree with Rorty on the likelihood of overoptimism on The D. in the face of the H. And also with Hedges ... “The longer the elites ... remain in charge, the worse it is going to get.” Realistically ... The Donald, The Hil ... they are going to remain in charge.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 4 2016 7:22 utc | 5

I made the mistake of streaming a bit of the GOP carnival tonight.

I believe that America has become a 3rd world country and would provide that political show tonight as exhibit A proof of that position.

I live in a banana republic, how quaint.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 4 2016 7:28 utc | 6

I count myself blessed that I have no idea what latest meme is referenced here, and forever may I remain ignorant. Although I understand the general concept of course.

But I never heard that old quandary better disposed of than by Petri Krohn @3.

Of course. If we're getting down to essentials, it's only balls that matters. Some got 'em, some don't. Pretty sure NYT don't.

Size, age, gender, none of this irrelevance matters. We and the Godfather both know what matters. Thanks, Petri.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 4 2016 7:32 utc | 7

As Twain said, if voting could change anything, it would be illegal.

This is just a clown show to make the masses believe they have control over the government. The oligarchs still pull the strings.

Posted by: Massinissa | Mar 4 2016 8:08 utc | 8

The Clinton aide, who installed her private server, has been granted immunity for his testimony. This would indicate a grand jury is seated.
As the Zen saying goes; we'll see...

Posted by: V. Arnold | Mar 4 2016 8:43 utc | 9

It should be noted, the aide previously invoked his 5th ammenment rights...

Posted by: V. Arnold | Mar 4 2016 8:45 utc | 10

War On The Rocks – McCain Surrogate/PNAC/AIPAC

Donald Trump uttered the words: "I would be neutral towards Israel" in his campaign at some moment in time. Yesterday I read an article where an open letter from a group anti-Trump Republicans was covered. Neither by the author nor by commenters was the magic word ISRAEL uttered ... just unbelievable. Look at the crowd of the first 93 signatories: the worst of the worst of interventionists, warmongers, pro-Israel, anti-Iran crowd over the past decades. Most worrisome if they see the Democratic Party under leadership of Hillary Clinton as their vehicle to extend Pax Americana.

The first names I picked out right off-hand were:
Daniel A. Blumenthal
Michael Chertoff
Eliot A. Cohen
Tom Donnelly
Eric Edelman
Niall Ferguson
Aaron Friedberg
Reuel Marc Gerecht
Robert Kagan
Philip I. Levy
Bryan McGrath
Everett Pyatt
Michael Rubin
Randy Scheunemann
Dov S. Zakheim
Philip Zelikow
Robert B. Zoellick

This is so very obvious with numerous links to the U.S. Navy [incidents of fame or infamy: Bay of Pigs invasion, Gulf of Tonkin false-flag, George H.W. Bush] and U.S. Navy pilot John McCain. Just the name Randy Scheunemann should have been a red alert. None of these people are standard "conservatives" who were once rooted in the Democratic party and there should be no shelter for them in the 21st century. The legacy of president Obama would evolve into a wasteland of fear, terror and war. Who are we kidding for Christ's sake? A few persons are deeply involved in the 911 Congressional Investigation and cover-up of certain displeasing facts. Truth once again becomes the first casualty towards another global war.

In the letter of the group's declaration, obvious alert for major bullshit and 5 pinocchios award right off the bat!

Read on in my new diary - War On The Rocks - McCain Surrogate/PNAC/AIPAC

Posted by: Oui | Mar 4 2016 10:05 utc | 11

>> Clinton aide, who installed her private server, has been granted immunity for his testimony. This would indicate a grand jury is seated.

Hypothesis: The elites are concluding Hillary can't stop Trump. Therefore, they will make this happen:
- Hillary is indicted.
- In close succession, Obama pardons her (enrages citizens) and Hillary drops out of race (mollifies citizens).
- Bloomberg, who can draw independents as well as anti-Trump R's and anti-Sanders D's, makes good on threat to enter race.

Posted by: dumbass | Mar 4 2016 10:07 utc | 13

i saw this one coming a week or so ago...when they were talking about his 'small' hands...

plumbing the depths

Posted by: john | Mar 4 2016 10:08 utc | 14

Pursuant to b's previous post: Has the Donald's Dick been weaponized?

Posted by: O Kaishunel | Mar 4 2016 12:45 utc | 15

in re 5 --

"Not a dimes worth of difference" btw. Trump and Hillary? Apparently deflation is running much faster than the Fed thinks. Given the very different demographics supporting each, one suspects there are, perhaps, some real differences.

Posted by: rufus magister | Mar 4 2016 13:28 utc | 16

Bacevich on Trump Donald Trump and the Remaking of America

For further evidence of Trump’s genius, consider the skill with which he plays the media, especially celebrity journalists who themselves specialize in smirking cynicism. Rather than pretending to take them seriously, he unmasks their preening narcissism, which mirrors his own. He refuses to acknowledge their self-assigned role as gatekeepers empowered to police the boundaries of permissible discourse. As the embodiment of “breaking news,” he continues to stretch those boundaries beyond recognition.
If Trump secures the Republican nomination, now an increasingly imaginable prospect, the party is likely to implode. Whatever rump organization survives will have forfeited any remaining claim to represent principled conservatism.

None of this will matter to Trump, however. He is no conservative and Trumpism requires no party. Even if some new institutional alternative to conventional liberalism eventually emerges, the two-party system that has long defined the landscape of American politics will be gone for good.

Should Trump or a Trump mini-me ultimately succeed in capturing the presidency, a possibility that can no longer be dismissed out of hand, the effects will be even more profound. In all but name, the United States will cease to be a constitutional republic. Once President Trump inevitably declares that he alone expresses the popular will, Americans will find that they have traded the rule of law for a version of caudillismo. Trump’s Washington could come to resemble Buenos Aires in the days of Juan Perón, with Melania a suitably glamorous stand-in for Evita, and plebiscites suitably glamorous stand-ins for elections.

That a considerable number of Americans appear to welcome this prospect may seem inexplicable. Yet reason enough exists for their disenchantment. American democracy has been decaying for decades. The people know that they are no longer truly sovereign. They know that the apparatus of power, both public and private, does not promote the common good, itself a concept that has become obsolete. They have had their fill of irresponsibility, lack of accountability, incompetence, and the bad times that increasingly seem to go with them.

Posted by: b | Mar 4 2016 14:34 utc | 17

The Jew York Times is not getting IT!

The citizens of our nation are getting IT!

The FBI conducted more gun-related background checks this January than in any other January since the system was created.

With 2,545,802 checks processed through the National Instant Background Check System, January 2016 beat the previous record, set in January 2013, by 50,326 checks. Though January’s number represents a drop from the all-time single month record set in December 2015, it is also marks the ninth month in a row that has set a record. It is also the third month in a row with more than two million background checks.

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Posted by: ALberto | Mar 4 2016 14:55 utc | 18

@ Massinissa 8

This is just a clown show to make the masses believe they have control over the government. The oligarchs still pull the strings.

YES indeed, but
Sheeple are waking up to realize they have been screwed over - so both parties are imploding. Interesting times over the next few months.

Yesterday, the not-so- tall Mitt Romney reminded and demonstrated voters don’t count. He will stop the Donald whatever it takes; the balls, size, ain’t in play only the status-quo:

Desperation Moves: Romney Plots To Block Trump

Earlier today Reuters has this:

Republicans in tailspin, group forms to draft Ryan for U.S. president

and here is where the Hiltery Emailgate investigation stands:

Judge Warns Hillary "Should Be Terrified" After Justice Grants Email-Staffer Immunity

The Donald may just be released from his pledge not to run as an Independent vs Sanders or Biden.

Posted by: likklemore | Mar 4 2016 15:10 utc | 19

My post @18

Please substitute the word militia for the word citizen.

Posted by: ALberto | Mar 4 2016 15:14 utc | 20

The MSM hates Trump,but the morons can't see that Americans hate the MSM far more.Rubio played the gross card,and the Donald calmly replied.The MSM love Rubio the boy toy for Israel and the hell bitch,also in the tank for Zion.
Go Trump.
And when the MSM points out that Shillary only won slave states,(tie in Mass and Iowa and Nev.)while Bernie won traditional dem states,her campaign will be toast.
She has no chance in the general,from my perspective.
And I think Rubio(Zionist party)will be her VP choice,ha ha.

Posted by: dahoit | Mar 4 2016 15:43 utc | 21

3;Gabbard is a Hindu nationalist with an oversized ambition,a very prominent Hindu trait.

Posted by: dahoit | Mar 4 2016 15:45 utc | 22

jfl at 5 posted from C. Hedges:

College-educated elites, on behalf of corporations, carried out the savage neoliberal assault on the working poor. ... There are tens of millions of Americans, especially lower-class whites, rightfully enraged at what has been done to them, their families and their communities. They have risen up to reject the neoliberal policies and political correctness imposed on them by college-educated elites from both political parties: Lower-class whites are embracing an American fascism. …

It is not college-educated elites (ask all those who have degrees, crippling student loans, no jobs), nor in some ways corporations (yes they outsource, maximise profits, etc.) who are responsible for the dire state of the US today.

It is a nexus of revolving power, comprised of Gvmt + Finance + Military / Security grip and production + Media, an *oligarchy* supremely worthy of regime change.

I’m all for class analysis etc. but freely mixing it with the toxic identity politics that has done so much to destroy ppl all over the world is superficial, unless one takes time to delve deep, analyse at length, define one’s terms, etc.

As for fascism (blanket term..), lower-class whites embracing it is a stereotype that isn’t of no. 1 relevance, while of course holding a fair kernel of ‘truth.’

Evident is the slow, hesitant, creeping, implosion of the US political system, with its two main oligarchic strangle-hold parties *both* in perdition, dire straits. What will eventually emerge is another topic.

Posted by: Noirette | Mar 4 2016 15:48 utc | 23

The US has reached the point where a plurality of Republicans consider Donald Trump's policy prescriptions to be preferable to 'mainstream' Republican alternatives. It demonstrates just how comprehensively a large portion of the US have been screwed over the last 30-40 years. Don't be shocked when Trump pulls a similar percentage of Democrats into his orbit during the general election.

Donald Trump is the fun house mirror reflecting the true state of the American people. If the major problems facing the average American aren't fixed within the system (at this point does anyone actually think that's still possible) then candidates like Trump are increasingly likely. Don't be surprised when one day everyone looks back and says: 'why can't we get someone who's reasonable-like that Donald Trump guy used to be...'

Posted by: WG | Mar 4 2016 15:50 utc | 24

#1 It seems the Republican world has entered a quantum world where the mechanics of small things is important.

Posted by: Bardi | Mar 4 2016 15:51 utc | 25

Bloomberg;The Nazi Zionist Jew will get less support than shillary,and is anathema to American patriots.But hey,its not a free country,you need dough to run,and he's got plenty.
Mini-me.No supersized drinks allowed.

Posted by: dahoit | Mar 4 2016 16:00 utc | 26

Trump and Sanders have the same message with a different style: F.. the US political establishment.
While Sanders addresses young educated Americans dreaming of a more just society, Trump addresses poorer Americans who have lost hopes in making a decent life. Trump sees the USA as a business enterprise that would provide jobs and prosperity to americans. People seem to like that and support him.

Neither Sanders nor Trump got money from lobbies. They are independent.
Both want an Obamacare improved.
Both accept the Iran deal even if they have reservations
Both do not consider Israel as US high priority
No wonder the 'educated' and pro-Israel media is hysterical about Trump.
Hillary is the Bush's dark sister, the mummy of Israel and up to her neck in lobbies and political maneuvers.
If she is elected, the USA may go faster on the downward slope and there would be more devastating wars. As a secretary of State she was a globe-trotting disaster, as a president she would be a curse.
If Sanders can't make it, I would certainly prefer Trump to Hillary as the next US president

Posted by: virgile | Mar 4 2016 16:12 utc | 27

What the American people must demand on all federal ballots is the choice for "None of the Above". The election for that office would be declared null and void if the count exceeds the count for all other candidates running for office. New candidates would appear on the ballot who aren't required to have an allegiance to either the Republican "red" team or the Democratic "blue" team. The American people will be motivated to vote should this powerful option of rejecting all candidates becomes available and is a check against the supremacy of political parties since they have become an anathema to good government.

The country also needs to elect the Speaker of the House of Representatives as a separate balloted position. The speaker wields great power and controls the flow of legislation in the House of Representatives and is second in line to the presidency. Such high office demands the people's consent until the rules of the House are changed to remove the speaker's partisan power to move bills through committees and relegates the position to a manager of congressional workflow as it was when the nation was founded.

All congressional offices would be vacant at the conclusion of their respective terms including the sitting President of the United States if no candidate or incumbent exceeds the tally for "None of the Above". This is not a political disaster as some would think since the bureaucracy is still in place to provide administrative duties such as dispensing social security funds, paying Medicare claims, the military, etc. for the budgeted year. America has enough laws, statutes, regulations in effect that a few months (if it takes that long) without a functioning legislature would not be catastrophic for the nation.

The real power of democracy is when the majority of people recognize their individual liberties and freedoms are being sacrificed to political parties and special interest groups so they can continue with their self-serving corruption. The people must have this option to reject the electoral system completely and that can only be peacefully accomplished by counting "None of the Above". We must end the elitists reign of terror and debt servitude by reclaiming our democracy in totality.

Dissolve it, start over!

Posted by: PokeTheTruth | Mar 4 2016 16:32 utc | 28

Americans, as Tocqueville posited have all prerequisites of a fascist man, alienated, unconnected to society and largely estranged from family usually scattered all over the country, with severed human bonds replaced by artificial precarious relationships with cartoonish flat TV characters called friends or acquaintances negotiated by money or influence, full of uncertainty, fear of authority and loathing of change, covering up horrible spiritual emptiness and loneliness with quasi-religious patriotic, highly emotional desire to belong to glorious artifact called USA.

The Trump performance on political puppets stage is nothing but an orgy of extreme ignorance and anti- intellectualism drawn from depths of brutal animalism of American fascist who rejects reason, individual morality and self-determination and craves sensation of absolute power embodied by a leader.

But Trump is not that leader. He is a phony opportunist, a sewage excretion of his personal puny psychopathic insecurities for profit and fame with no other grandiose program, idea or thought behind it. But he made himself effectively a mirror, a vomitory of a fascist American society that through him can bask in its ugliness, ignorance and narcissism of exceptional mediocrity.

Posted by: Kalen | Mar 4 2016 16:41 utc | 29

Off topic but very interesting ...

"An assassination list has been intercepted, a broad plot by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, to kill regional leaders in Iraq and Lebanon. The purpose is to drive sectarian conflict and broaden those involved in a war they fear may actually end someday, something they see as a political disaster.

The list:

Druze leader Walid Jumblatt
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasarallah
Iraqi Shiite cleric Muktada al Sadr
Former Lebanese Prime Minister (General) Michael Auon, a Christian

other names are being withheld…

The teams assigned were hired in Britain and are former operators for British and Israeli intelligence with well established legends (identities)."

source -

Posted by: ALberto | Mar 4 2016 17:04 utc | 30

#29-KALEN... Do you live in US...if yes you still can not read how upset is public majority ????what you think about current politicians.

Posted by: sejmon | Mar 4 2016 17:04 utc | 31

Posted by: b | Mar 4, 2016 9:34:12 AM | 17

That's Bacevich, the Trojan Horse, casting his vote for preservation of the status quo. His deluge of verbosity is a vehicle to conceal the fact that voiceless citizens are his preferred means of government, made (almost) clear in this extract from the second-last par of the cited text:

"Trump’s Washington could come to resemble Buenos Aires in the days of Juan Perón, with Melania a suitably glamorous stand-in for Evita, and plebiscites suitably glamorous stand-ins for elections.

By my reading he's insinuating that plebescites are undemocratic when, in fact, the opposite is true. A plebiscite is a direct vote, by The People on an issue, and the result is binding on the government.

Here's a link to the blog of Oz's most famous electoral expert and predictor of outcomes, Antony Green, on the difference between plebescites and referendums. It could have been shorter but the explanation is crystal clear.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 4 2016 17:09 utc | 32

b @17:

In all but name, the United States will cease to be a constitutional republic. Once President Trump inevitably declares that he alone expresses the popular will ...

This is hysterical "he's a fascist!" nonsense.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 4 2016 17:10 utc | 33

virgile @27:

Trump and Sanders have the same message with a different style...

No. The message is very different. Examples:
1) Trump talks about politicians as puppets and insults and demeans them. Sanders is a career politician that counts Hillary, Obama, and other Democratic leaders as 'friends'.

2) There is a substantial difference in foreign policy as The Neocon political and media establishment are not trying to derail the Sanders campaign.

3) Like most Democrats, Sanders:
- is easy on immigration because it is a source of future Democratic voters;
- is for increased gun control.

4) Sanders' reform of Obamacare would be VERY different from Trump's.

5) Trump proposes cutting taxes, Sanders would raise them - especially on the 1%.

These are just a few of the substantial differences.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 4 2016 17:20 utc | 34

It's a pity we don't weaponize OURS-- by telling the overworld what policies we expect our dongless politicians to enact. Such assertive insemination on our part might even call forth such fertile bearers of democracy.

Instead, here we stand as passive ground waiting to see what seed of noxious weed "our" candidates will tell us THEY stand for.

We must find ourselves erect and in solidarity behind a revolutionary political platform-- or admit that we have surrendered to slavery.

All humor aside, doesn't it strike you as unconscionable that we await the disclosure by cartoon characters of what they pretend to stand for? Is this the attitude of free men & women? Shame on us. Surely we can organize to rise above such feckless degradation.

Posted by: Penelope | Mar 4 2016 17:25 utc | 35

We have gone 'through the looking glass' volks ...

"TRUMP not part of secret society, Newt Gingrich confirms!"

Posted by: ALberto | Mar 4 2016 17:33 utc | 36

Let's hope that third-parties like the Greens will find a way to capitalize on the duopoly political turmoil.

Initiatives like helps third-parties.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 4 2016 17:35 utc | 37

V. Arnold | Mar 4, 2016 3:43:15 AM | 9
“The Clinton aide, who installed her private server, has been granted immunity for his testimony. This would indicate a grand jury is seated.”

Probably right. The way it works is once the prosecutor gives a witness immunity, the witness no long has 5th Amend right to keep his/her mouth shut. So this guy could be compelled by contempt of court if he refuses to answer a grand jury’s questions. Like you say in your next comment, giving the guy immunity sounds like a grand jury is imminent.

@ dumbass | Mar 4, 2016 5:07:36 AM | 13

You may be not too far off.

Here is a well written article of a couple days ago about Obama's options w/ respect to Hillary’s indictment.

If Loretta blocks a grand jury until after the convention, the Repubs would wipe the floor with Hil and the D'crat cover-up. OTOH, Comey is not going to request a grand jury unless he has a rock-solid case. So a grand jury almost guarantees an indictment. This is a no-win situation for Hil and the gang.

Week before last Biden gave a speech in Calif. Did you see the photos? It looked like a campaign speech, what with “Go Joe” signs and the whole 9 yards. He’s still in this race, covertly, right up until Loretta makes the call on a grand jury.

My best guess right now is that the general will be Biden v. Kasich. No, really. Biden v. Kasich. Remember, you heard it here first.

Posted by: Denis | Mar 4 2016 17:55 utc | 38

@23 noirette, 'It is a nexus of revolving power, comprised of Gvmt + Finance + Military / Security grip and production + Media, an *oligarchy* supremely worthy of regime change.'

Those organizations are run by the working/unemployed class?

@27 virgile, ' Both do not consider Israel as US high priority '

How do you know what priority Sanders considers Israel to be? He doesn't speak much about Israel, does he? He's Jewish and he's been a well-funded politician for his entire career. And he won't speak about Israel, about Palestine, about the wars, or about the hole in Uncle's arm where all the money goes, but he's going spend money domestically that comes ... from where? He's a prima facie contradiction. Given the leverage of the Israeli political machine in Washington, its history, and Sanders abjec failure to dissociate himself from it in any way ... no way I would vote for Bernie Sanders. Bernie|Hillary, on Israel I see no difference.

@28 ptt

I think a write-in ballot can constitute a 'None of the above' ... and if one of the names written in is written in more times than any of the elephants' or donkeys' ... an electoral victory.

@29 kalen

I wonder which of the countries in the 'five eyes'/EU would not fit de Toqueville's description of 'fascist man' at this point in time? The 'right' seems to be making inroads all over, not just in the USA.

@30 ALb

The CIA has always compiled not-so-little lists to be handed over to their boys after the coup. No reason why these plans, A to Z, should be any different, is there?

@33 jr

In all but name the United States HAS ALREADY ceased to be a constitutional republic. It is ruled by the 'unitary executive', protected by the unitary executive-appointed Supreme Court.


Yes there are differences between Trump and Hillary, between Trump and Sanders. With Hillary or Sanders you get a unitary executive run by a room full of neocons, whose policies are announced by Hillary or Sanders, and with Trump you get a unitary executive run by a group to be named later, whose policies are announced by Trump.

@35 pen

Yes indeed, Pen! please finish your thought. Furnish an action plan.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 4 2016 18:37 utc | 39

#39 jfi : "In all but name the United States HAS ALREADY ceased to be a constitutional republic. It is ruled by the 'unitary executive', protected by the unitary executive-appointed Supreme Court."

Getting awful close to the edge of the cliff, there.

Posted by: Bardi | Mar 4 2016 18:42 utc | 40

@38 Denis

I had to look him up ... wikipedia

John Richard Kasich (/ˈkeɪsᵻk/ KAY-sick; born May 13, 1952)[1] is the Governor of Ohio, first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.[2] On July 21, 2015, he announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States.[3][4]

Kasich served nine terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 12th congressional district from 1983 to 2001.[5] His tenure in the House included 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee and six years as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He was a key figure in the passage of both welfare reform and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

He was a commentator on Fox News Channel, hosting Heartland with John Kasich from 2001 to 2007. He also worked as an investment banker, a managing director of Lehman Brothers' Columbus, Ohio, office.[6][7]

In the 2010 Ohio gubernatorial election, Kasich defeated Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland.[8] He was re-elected in 2014, defeating Democrat Ed FitzGerald by 30 percentage points.

[1] "Biography | John R. Kasich Congressional Collection". 1952-05-15. Retrieved 2013-07-19.
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[4] Easley, Jonathan. Kasich makes quick rise in polls, The Hill (August 2, 2015): "in the two weeks since he launched his presidential campaign, John Kasich has bypassed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other Republicans who have been in the race longer."
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House, Armed Services, Budget, Governor, Wall Street, Fox News ... he's got 'em all covered. He'd kill 'plagerist' Joe ... if it were an elephant donkey kicking contest ... but would Trump run as an Independent? That'd be Biden. Four ... or eight ... more years.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 4 2016 18:50 utc | 41

Thank you, Dumbass. The FBI's threat to indict Hillary has been hanging fire for some time.
Has to be a way to manipulate the election, so whether it goes forward will depend on whether
TPTB think she can beat Trump.

Denis, for months I have thought that the Democratic ticket & possibly the election were Biden's
for the asking. When he "decided not to run" I even thought he might become President by a more direct route.
But now I think he's missed his moment. All events seem to be moving faster and faster-- even the zeitgeist.

I wonder if they've got anything indictable or blackmailable on Trump?

Posted by: Penelope | Mar 4 2016 18:58 utc | 42

Kalen @ 29, You may be right -- except that, most emphatically, Americans are not now "loathing of change." This is our moment to draw forth a heroic candidate-- one who truly represents the revolutionary policies of our salvation. I fear that we will miss this opportunity, but it is a sin to despair. So let us name the platform that we wish. I will start if you will continue:

We want a President who will declare that America is at peace, that we are at war with no one, that we no longer occupy any part of Europe or Japan, that we abdicate imperialism.

We want a president who declares the recognition of the sovereignty of individual nations, and of their right to exercise their own monetary and economic, and trade policies.

We need a president who wants to decentralize the American govt and budget and resource-ownership. Yes, the redistribution of wealth. Where wealth is polarized, political power must follow & this is the crux of what we must end now.

Hey, if we don't dream we'v already surrendered.

Posted by: Penelope | Mar 4 2016 19:00 utc | 43

@42 pen, 'I wonder if they've got anything indictable or blackmailable on Trump?'

'If' they do, he'll beat them with it until they wish they'd left it alone.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 4 2016 19:01 utc | 44

@43, pen

That's a good "peoples' party" approach : first the platform, then the candidate.

Agree 100% with 1 and 2. I think you've confabulated too much with number 3. How about ...

"We need a president who wants to decentralize federal power, especially the esecutive's."

After she/he has killed the CIA, NSA and FBI, of course.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 4 2016 19:08 utc | 45

@Jackrabbit 34

Yes, Sanders is more cautious and political (hypocritical) because he probably hates Hillary Clinton he sees as a republican in disguise. Trump is more blunt and impolite. They do have different strategy and style but their goal seems is to take down the old establishment and trigger a "regime change" in the USA.

@jfl 39

Sanders has not discussed much the ME issues but he has already shown that Bibi is not his friend.
I also think that only a Jewish president can dare deal firmly with Israel without been called antisemite.
Sanders Vs Israel

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last year that he would address the US Congress to make his case against the Iran nuclear deal, Bernie Sanders was the first US senator to announce that he was boycotting the speech, standing up to the leader of America's closest ally in the Middle East.
... his foreign policy credentials are suddenly under scrutiny. Critics say he is not prepared for the international stage, while suggesting that his Middle East policy is anti-Israel.

Sanders keeps his Judaism in the background, irking US Jews

The Democratic senator has not made Israel a priority, not has he developed relationships with Jewish groups or leaders; 'Being Jewish is very important to us, but Bernard is not particularly religious. He doesn't go to synagogue often,' says his brother Larry.

Posted by: virgile | Mar 4 2016 19:09 utc | 46

According to Reuters [1], General Michael T. Flynn, former director of the DIA, is advising Donald Trump, the candidate, in international politics.

Mr. Trump, known for his sensational statements, refrained from punchy statements on foreign policy issues. He described President Putin as a "very respected man ".

In 2012, General Flynn tried opposing the White House proposal to play the Daesh card in Iraq and Syria. He was abruptly admitted into retirement in August, 2014. On December 10, 2015, he participated at the side of President Putin, in the celebrations of the anniversary of Russia Today.
--This is the whole article, from

Posted by: Penelope | Mar 4 2016 19:09 utc | 47

@ Bardi | Mar 4, 2016 1:42:27 PM | 40

Quickly, look up! See those things receding from you? Actually they are accelerating away from you at an ever increasing speed, technically about 32 ft/sec/sec but an estimate is all that is necessary now. Those things going away, things like security, privacy, jobs that pay well, and a lot of other things, well, that was The Cliff and you are already over it but don't worry, falling won't hurt you at all, in fact it can be fun for a while, but don't forget it isn't the fall that will hurt you, it is the sudden stop at the end. Happy dreams.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Mar 4 2016 19:17 utc | 48

@46 virgile, 'I also think that only a Jewish president can dare deal firmly with Israel without been called antisemite.'

Maybe, but I see absolutely no reason to think The Bern is him. I see every reason to believe he ain't.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 4 2016 19:18 utc | 49

@46 virgile

... and the hypothetical Jewish messiah would promptly be labeled - not an antisemite, but a self-hating Jew. Like Noam Chomsky, for instance.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 4 2016 19:23 utc | 50

Dahoit @ 22:

Hey not only is Tulsi Gabbard a cheerleader for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP but her chief of staff Kainoa Ramananda Penaroza and office manager Anya Anthony are members of a Hare Krishna cult called Science of Identity, headed by Chris Butler aka Jagad Guru. Google their names and see what you find.

There appears to be some connection between Chris Butler and two people involved in a drug smuggling ring in the US in the 1990s that imported marijuana and hashish from the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Jen | Mar 4 2016 19:57 utc | 51

Denis @38 Judge Napolitano: Hillary Clinton Should Be ‘Terrified’ IT Guy Was Given Immunity [VIDEO]

Posted by: harry law | Mar 4 2016 20:13 utc | 52

OT While you were watching the presidential reality show, the Pentagon was busy putting boots back on the ground in Iraq and threatening to invade Syria. The American Army’s special forces unit Delta Force has begun carrying out ground operations in Iraq against terrorist group ISIS.
CNN reports that the unit has been ‘setting up safe houses, establishing informant networks and coordinating operations with Iraqi and Peshmerga units’ in the past few weeks.
Defence Secretary Ash Carter said:
“The only thing I’ll say is the Expeditionary Targeting Force (Delta) is in position, it is having an effect and operating, and I expect it to be a very effective part of our acceleration campaign,”

AHEM, you may remember that I predicted the US wd enter against ISIS.

Posted by: Penelope | Mar 4 2016 20:49 utc | 53

re 53. Frankly the situation in Syria is now so complicated, that even what Ash Carter says is no longer evidence of what will happen. No doubt the US will put in special forces, but there's a question whether the Syrian Kurds want to move outside their territory.

Posted by: Laguerre | Mar 4 2016 21:06 utc | 54

Penelope@53 In your link Carter also said:
“This force will also be in a position to conduct unilateral operations in Syria.”
What Carter is really saying is that Delta Force may be used illegally in Syria, as they have no mandate from the sovereign Syrian government, or the UN for that matter, to conduct any operations at all on Syrian territory.
Some might even say this is an American threat to invade Syria.
Russian actions, on the other hand, are absolutely legal under international law, as they are fully sanctioned by the Syrian government.
Delta force is only 200 strong in Iraq. They will need more than this plus the 50 US "advisers" in Northern Syria to win the race to Raqqa. They may try.

Posted by: harry law | Mar 4 2016 21:15 utc | 55

re 55. At the moment, US special forces are helping the Syrian Kurds. The Syrian Kurds don't want to go to Raqqa, because outside their territory. The US is a bit blocked there.

Posted by: Laguerre | Mar 4 2016 21:33 utc | 56

American middle and lower Class Whites are being screwed over by global oligarchs. The loss of jobs and status in the last two decades is causing them to die at an earlier age due to despair plus opiate and alcohol addictions.

This happened to Russian males with Vodka in the 1990s when the Soviet Union collapsed for the exact same reasons. The Harvard Boys from back then are today’s technocrats and Hillary Clinton supporters.

Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are propelled by this populist fury. If this middle class revolution isn’t directed at fixing the real cause of their loss, Wall Street, Dept. of Defense and K Street; laser guillotines will be the next big thing appearing there.

Posted by: VietnamVet | Mar 4 2016 21:55 utc | 57

@46 virgile, 'I also think that only a Jewish president can dare deal firmly with Israel without been called antisemite.'

Specious. And implicitly accepts/promotes the anti-Zionism = anti-Semitism canard that people have been arguing against for a long, long time.

There's no evidence that he would deal firmly with Israel. Boycotting a speech means little. How has Sanders VOTED on matters that are important to Israel?

Sanders has said that he would support Hillary in the general election. That says volumes. Sanders is OK with the establishment, he just seeks a better division of the spoils. If he were anti-establishment, he would be talking about politicians as puppets like Trump. (Note: Sanders makes the point only indirectly by touting his fundraising from small donors.)

If a President Sanders is not 110% pro-Israel, neocons will try to hold Sanders ties to the Jewish Community (whatever they may be) hostage. It is in THIS way that his jewish heritage may be a liability, not an asset (ability to stand up to Israel).

What we would likely get, is the same kabuki as with Obama. Public: disagreement / private: business-as-usual.

Sanders spent part of his youth on a kibbutz. That seems to be a good indication of where his sympathies lie.

PS My general point of view is that ANY duopoly candidate is a member of, or behooven to, the establishment.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 4 2016 22:09 utc | 58

Maybe Trump Fever is a kind of madness that will carry The Donald straight to the White House.

Maybe the media will turn on a dime after the Conventions, when the nominees are set in stone, and attack or diminish Trump; and it will appear as inevitable, and as effortless as that compliant publicity that built him up. The wires of the puppetmaster will never be remarked upon.

Maybe the pre-indictable Hillary Clinton will be blown out of the water by a criminal indictment before the Democratic Convention starts.

But in any case, as an American, and as a human being, I am filled with shame at the spectacle to come. Nothing good can come of it.

Posted by: Copeland | Mar 4 2016 22:31 utc | 59

There have been murmurs for some time that HC has a serious drink problem. I watched some clips of her drinking and what’s remarkable is the speed at which she knocks it back. Obama has spoken about getting drunken texts from her while she was in Colombia. And there’s a video of her falling flat on her face as she boards a plane, just the sort of thing drunks do, as all your attention is going into holding a straight line. As Michael Caine said about playing a drunk it’s all about trying to appear sober. It’s probably one of the reasons she was taken off the Sec of State job. Too many temptations in far-off hotels. Then there’s the mysterious fall in 2102, due we’re told to a “stomach virus” and how she took six months to get over it… rehab? As the pressure builds towards elections let’s hope she seriously messes up.

Amy Chozick (NYT reporter assigned to cover Hillary): Hmm. She likes to drink. We were on the campaign trail in 2008 and the press thought she was just taking shots to pander to voters in Pennsylvania. Um, no.

Posted by: Lochearn | Mar 4 2016 23:14 utc | 61

lesis @60

I can remember when NYTs allowed online reader comments attached to all articles published. Most all of the comments were negative and tended to lessen the 'spin' NYTs desired to promulgate.

Posted by: ALberto | Mar 5 2016 0:25 utc | 62

Trump is a flawed individual (hey, who isn't?) but it strikes me that what resonates with potential voters is that he has a built in BS meter which alerts him to upcoming chances for faux pas. A bit like the guy who loved the meltdown of the CDOs etc

Emilio Botin, the chairman of Santander, the Spanish bank that has enjoyed phenomenal success during the credit crunch, once said: “I never invest in something I don’t understand.” A wise man, you may think

Posted by: Cortes | Mar 5 2016 0:42 utc | 63

Take a deep breath folks, The Oligarchs know best. The "donald" WILL be tamed, money talks.

I nominate P @ 43 for president. The 3 platform statements are a wonderful start.

Unless the global economy implodes, and it could shortly, the Empire continues it's relentless path towards global hegemony. U$A, U$A!.....Barf!

Posted by: ben | Mar 5 2016 0:56 utc | 64

my take on the situation:

1. Hillary is a fine, fine candidate, except for a small matter of being a deranged homicidal maniac.

2. The largest mystery of Mainstream Mass Media: Bernie is consistently dubbed "an unelectable extremists" or something like that. According to polls, in EVERY match-up of Hillary and Bernie against a Republican Bernie is doing consistently better. Strangely enough, Hillary would be drubbed by Rubio who would be trounced by Bernie.

3. "Sanders's youth in a kibutz". David Horowitz's youth as a Black Panther did not prevent him from a carrier as professional ultra-Zionist organizing posses to hunt leftist professors. Perhaps youthful experience predicts the style of the future politician better than exact future views. Sanders developed a severe allergy to all foreign issues, I suspect that they would be handled by a vice President. That is better than a President who loves foreign issues and has fine, fine plans, except for the small matter of being a deranged homicidal maniac.

4. GOP has fine, fine candidates, except that collectively, I am not sure if they possess half a brain. Trump spouts rather randomly, which is "refreshing" compared to robotic neo-con BS, and therefore one can collect a number of reasonable sentences from his speeches. Among the top candidates, Cruz is actually intelligent, what I really mean is the devotion to moronic ideas. You can be a world champion in solving crossword puzzles while having political ideas with no sense whatsoever.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 5 2016 1:06 utc | 65

@jfl 50

If elected Sanders will become the first(?) Jewish president of the USA. It wouldn't matter if some Jews would say that he is a self hating Jew when he'll criticize Israel. They'll have to deal with him as the US president anyway.

Posted by: virgile | Mar 5 2016 1:11 utc | 66

PB @ 66 said: ". The largest mystery of Mainstream Mass Media: Bernie is consistently dubbed "an unelectable extremists" or something like that. According to polls, in EVERY match-up of Hillary and Bernie against a Republican Bernie is doing consistently better. Strangely enough, Hillary would be drubbed by Rubio who would be trounced by Bernie."

I've heard that, do you know the Poll?

Posted by: ben | Mar 5 2016 1:16 utc | 67

@66 Maybe Sanders was disappointed with life on the kibbutz? A lot of young folk went there looking for free love and ended up as cheap labor.

Posted by: dh | Mar 5 2016 1:24 utc | 68

You have to vote Trump yanks. Listen. The system is broke. You can't fix it. All that time spent bringing down the centralised soviet state economy and you're in the same place yourself now. Fed cant price fix its way out debt and maintain a war economy. Phony free markets and this edition of debt as a tool is done. So get out there, and vote Trump... Civil war is a currency we know you deal go on, vote Trump, grab the popcorn, lock the door, put on your bulletproof vest... and watch the nation do it's collective nut.

The quicker you guys ride your country to ruin the better, for us all.

Sure, Jill Stein is preferable - but in Trump you have someone who has hijacked the GOPs rigged little game, and is making the NeoCon psychos go apeshit with fear. How can that not be good...?

Vote Trump, Vote Chaos.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Mar 5 2016 1:43 utc | 69

Found the Sanders poll vs. all GOP candidates:

Posted by: ben | Mar 5 2016 2:15 utc | 70

MM2 @ 70 said: "The quicker you guys ride your country to ruin the better, for us all."

Hard to argue against the truth. The world needs the Empire to self-destruct.

Posted by: ben | Mar 5 2016 2:30 utc | 71

Re MadMax2 @70

"The system is broke ... Fed can't price fix its way out of debt ..."

Quite wrong. US can maintain high debt, in part because the owners of federal bonds do not have a truly attractive place to park few trillion dollars. Brazilian real? Stock market? Collectible art? With a few tweaks USA could even balance the budget, but balanced or not, this is not a true problem. The true problem is that on pure economics, why should anyone employ Americans, or the French, the British and so on. Tom Friedman, half-wit that he is, made a correct observation that this becomes a flat world: with advances in transportation and communication, and improvements in the infrastructure in some parts the developing world, free trade reasons to produce in USA are going away. Yet our Establishment is stuck on the idea of a constant pursuit of yet freer trade, in part because it offers huge short term advantages to our corporations.

As a result, the economy is even chugging along, by latest reports, the employment is increasing, but the trend is for low pay low benefit service sector jobs, with some plums in health and financial services. That creates a population that votes for Trump and Sanders against the good advice of almost all media.

Economy is hard to understand, and media are not of much help. If it was a disaster, perhaps there would be a "rebellion", what we have is a discontent. And when people order their political preferences (1) Sanders (2) Rubio (3) Hillary, I say, some part of the population is bewildered. Rubio is a kind of guy that could not balanced his checkbook with a gun pressed to his temple, but he manages with the help of a rich "uncle" who gives cushy job to his wife etc. Hillary balances her finances only too well. Personally, given such a choice I would examine the issues, for example, Rubio seems more homicidal, which to me is not a plus.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 5 2016 2:44 utc | 72

Piotr Berman @66: Your 'take' is as classy and erudite as ever.

MadMax2 @70: Debts that can't be paid .... well, you know. Anyway, for your endtimes pleasure:future Trump Voters in 2006: Let the MotherF*cker Burn.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 5 2016 3:12 utc | 73

I am more lenient toward NYT than most of you, but recently, they decided to add some visual humor. Here is a piece of troubling nonsense. You see, the deep wisdom is that (a) all our guys are different, for example, no two GOP presidential candidates are alike, (b) THEY are all the same.

So it is deeply hilarious how those furriners are not aware of that fact! Some Iranians fancy themselves being different than others! Ha ha ha ha ha!

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 5 2016 3:36 utc | 74

'Free trade reasons to produce in USA are going away.'

Oh no doubt, the manufacturing base is completely hollowed out, Michigan must look a war zone in parts, 3rd world in others. A victim of its own capitalist gospel.

The Fed, a private enterprise, wasn't initially sold into being as the saviour of the economy, more a guard against catastrophe. Whether it has been successful or not since inception is open to debate, it's recent role as saviour, 4 rounds of QE + 0% rates for how many quarters who can count, it's very apparent that the U.S. is saturated in debt...private debt. The economy may chug, but it won't do more. You cant sell 30 year mortgages to the new people on the moon, and I'm not sure if Bernies Food Stamps 4 Houses exchange program is gonna work either.

Or perhaps global debt slavery was the goal...? I can never tell.

Still, I believe that the US has the technological base, and massive higher education network to innovate itself into the 21st Century as a leader - if there were any leadership to spend less on the warmongering, shit stirring and general military intimidation globally, then ok... But there is not... So you should on all good conscience Piotr Berman, vote Trump, and hasten the fall.

Been a long time since '45...the last good fight the US fought. 70 odd years of good will on the back of that. But even then, Hitlers rise was well backed by Wall St so that last good fight could be argued too.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Mar 5 2016 3:49 utc | 75

@74 Jackrabbit
Many thanks, its a great choon...! And hey, I dont have a full hate on for yanks, just the establishment...ok and perhaps the attention deficit affliction the yank population seemed to be burdened with. The US Constitution is a fantastic piece of work, all the answers are there. It guarded US citizens from the same struggle against financial tyranny we see today. I just happen to think there has to be a forest fire before the re-growth...before people get reacquainted with what real value is and what true freedom means.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Mar 5 2016 4:22 utc | 76

Vote Trump and hasten the fall. Absolutenfuckinly..

Posted by: Lozion | Mar 5 2016 4:28 utc | 77

Jackrabbit @74: in that spirit, why just not "kill them all":

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 5 2016 4:29 utc | 78

Vietnam vet @ 57, "American middle and lower Class Whites are being screwed over by global oligarchs. The loss of jobs and status in the last two decades is causing them to die at an earlier age due to despair plus opiate and alcohol addictions. "

Vietnam, you are certainly correct that TPTB have informed us thru their usual media propaganda (Nothing to see here) that American mortality has increased thru suicide and alcoholism. The explanation does seem just a shade facile to me. Perhaps one of us may soon have the time to examine the facts just a trifle more: Do we actually have any facts about what they died of-- what, not even any invented data? Yet we are urged to just forget about a fall in longevity. One can think of 5 different potential causes, but w/o a medical cause of death. . . ?

Posted by: Penelope | Mar 5 2016 4:45 utc | 79

Trump's made a few silly comments about furriners. But I always find it amusing
when Americans or Europeans are labelled "fascist" just because they want to control
immigration. Who do the name-callers imagine SHOULD decide on the quantity of immigrants.
Why shouldn't the citizenry decide?

The Ford Foundation has been increasing it against the will of Americans for at least
50 years. And not content to increase legal immigration TPTB have increased illegal immigration
to a ludicrous extent. They actually put up a roadblock 40 miles from the border. That way
only those who take that particular highway are caught.

I think they should do that w banks, just let people take the money if they want, but set up
a roadblock 40 miles away to retrieve the money.

Posted by: Penelope | Mar 5 2016 4:56 utc | 80

@46 "[Sanders] doesn't go to synagogue often,' says his brother Larry. "

Neither do many Israelis, but they still pounded the hell out of Gaza.

Posted by: LindaJ | Mar 5 2016 5:17 utc | 81

@58 could not agree more. pres. bernie would be obama2.

Posted by: LindaJ | Mar 5 2016 5:22 utc | 82

All this pious faith in the Greens is really most touching. They're a thoroughly bourgeois party, drawn from the more aggressively sincere members of the creative and technical elite. When push comes to shove, they'll suck it up and keep the system running, but with a "kinder, gentler machine gun hand." Or if you prefer something more classical: "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

Take a look at the EuroGreens. The German party formed part of the coalition government in the late 90's that got involved in Kosovo. Though back in opposition now, they routinely back Merkel and the Troika's diktats of austerity under the guise of "Europeanism."

More telling, from my point of view, is the strong support they've given to the Banderist junta in Kiev, draped in similar pieties.

From they first, they gave official support and cover to the Maidan thugs. While I don't much care for LaRouche and his organization, they did provide an interesting report of debate in the Reichstag in Feb. 2014. They note the growing public unease at the activities of the fascists.

Typical was a debate in the German Bundestag Feb. 1, during which a big clash occurred between Wolfgang Gehrcke of the Linke and Marieluise Beck of the Greens: Gehrcke said that he and his party do not want to see Europeans having any relations with "these right-wing-extremist scumbags" [sic] of the Svoboda, etc., whereas Beck said this was all black propaganda from the Russian FSB intelligence service to discredit the "peaceful protests of the people." This Green siding with the Kiev rioters fits well with the fact that the Green-linked Heinrich Boell Foundation has established an "alternative Ukrainian embassy" not far from the official embassy in Berlin, as an information center and coordination venue for opposition Ukrainian groups. The Heinrich Boell Foundation is run by Ralph Fuecks, Beck's husband.

Beck routinely fronts for Kiev, which regularly lauds her for her work, including her active participation on the Maidan. Here's a little further info. on their activities from my side of the aisle, the Fourth Internationalists of WSWS. "Not only Fücks, but other Green politicians have produced hysterical war propaganda against Russia and called on the Merkel government to take tougher measures in Ukraine."

The two addressed a conference last March in Berlin, sponsored by the Boell Foundation, on the Ukraine, Russia, and the EU - Europe one year after the annexation of Crimea.

Ralf Fücks and Marieluise Beck both expressed their disappointment with the rather distant or even frigid response the changes in Ukraine received in the West. Fücks added that on the left the attitude towards Euromaidan has become a marker, distinguishing “libertarian” from “authoritarian” tendencies.

Perhaps, but not in the way he envisions, I think.

I would add that the French Greens, after a number of years in opposition, have recently returned to Hollande's cabinet. Sure, it's austerity. But it's environmentally sustainable austerity.

How do you create real change? On the streets and picket lines, from the bottom up. Provided you have leadership that springs from and remains part of the proletariat. What Gramsci termed "organic intellectuals," for all you discoursin' fellow-travellers.

That, it seems to me, is the bottom line on a very interesting piece at The Jacobin. Historian Robert Brenner discusses The Dynamics of Retreat, looking at the role of working-class organizations in rise and fall of the welfare state. Too long and too interesting to summarize, but here's a sample.

The rise of the militant mass workers movement of 1933–35 generated the kind of political conditions and radical consciousness that were, and will continue to be, the prerequisite for the formation of an American labor party.

Without this kind of struggle, the winner-take-all, first-past-the-post character of the American electoral system makes any third party, including a labor party, all but impossible.

He notes that assorted class-conscious organizations of socialists, Communists, and Trotskyists provided critical element of continuity, historical analysis, and useful strategies and tactics to UAW and CIO militants. These organizations had kept working from the end of the Great War through the buoyant glitter of the Roaring Twenties, and possessed solid cadres. This meant that the social infrastructure needed to sustain strike wave (culminating in Flint in 1937) and obtain New Deal concessions was already in place.

It takes conscious, long-term, committed work. Not "Let's get Trump to blow shit up and see what the freaking pieces look like." Like Malheur, that great exposition of precinct democracy? Or maybe like the Berlin Wall? I guess all the guard platforms would be Trump Towers. Or how 'bout Gitmo on steroids? It'll be YUGE!!!!!!

Folks had better hope we can turn America around. Implosion will be very ugly for all concerned, i.e. pretty much the planet and everything on it, and diffusing it will take finesse.

PB @ 79 --

The music was a bit hokey, but I loved the animation. Simple, bold, powerful.

I might sum up my position musically thusly -- we'll all go together, when we go.

Posted by: rufus magister | Mar 5 2016 5:31 utc | 83

@ Penelope | Mar 4, 2016 1:58:24 PM | 42

Well, the lesson from 1968 was that you don't have to be in the primaries to win a Democratic nomination. The back-room boys can pretty much chose anyone they want.

In Chicago '68 Humphrey hadn't run in a single primary; McGovern -- the anti-war candidate -- had it pretty much wrapped up. The whole smoke-filled room process is creepy but it's always been a part of "American Democracy" (tm). All the DNC/AIPAC string-pullers have to do is bugger the first-round vote, which is the whole point of the super-delegates -- control the first round.

Joe Biden doesn't need to win a single delegate in the primaries to walk out of Cleveland the Democratic nominee. And that goes for a number of other Democrats we have not heard a peep from over the last 6 months. But Biden seems to me -- given Hillary's self-imposed legal problems and Bernie's soft-Zionist, Hebrew creds and squirrely (sp?) socialism -- to be quietly sitting at the pole position.

Ditto the Repubs. When Twiddly Dee, Twiddly Dum, and Twiddly Don complete their infantile self-destruction, Kasich (maybe Romney), whose digital/penile dimensions we gratefully know nothing about, will be the back-room pick.

Posted by: Denis | Mar 5 2016 5:40 utc | 84


We could discuss how NATO used COIN and USAID to push the Federalization agenda onto a Balkanized Afghan 'State', such as it was after 20 years of meatgrinder warfighting, and was only until 2009, after which Hillary, Milliband and Karzai looted that 'humanitarian aid' stream, used to identify, iris scan then drone track all the self-identifying village strongmen, watermen and mullahs, after which NATO took to assassinating them all in preparation for Karzai's second-term signing away of all of Afghanistan's oil, gas and world-class strategic minerals (which to Karzai's credit, he said f*ck you, NATO, and then awarded the leases exclusively to India and China, ...boohoo Dickey Bird).

But I think it burns a hole deeper into understanding the Deep State, to recall that immediately upon Obamas selection to office, the Nigerian government, and perhaps other African Federal states, nationalized their nation's oil and mineral wealth out from under the people of Nigeria, (exactly as Karzai followed suite the following year), and then one of Obamas first Executive actions, was to make Clinton SecState, then launch AfriCom, operating out of EU, with now more than 54 bases and FOB intel sites throughout the African continent, metastasizing like a malignant Hodgkins disease.

Both Holbrooke and Rivers had their throat's cut on the operating table after they tried to warn the American people of the Obamoid Hope and Chains regime, now passing into history beneath the banal absurdity of a Trump:Romney WWE 'smack down of the century' carnival. And I would vote for both of them as co-Executive, like Ghani:Abdullah (see how I brought that home?) if they got into the ring for two rounds with the Big Show, before the Big Lockdown next January, when the Iron Claw finally discards its Velvet Glove ... forever.

Posted by: Peedee | Mar 5 2016 8:51 utc | 85

The Hilldog is clinically psychopathic. The millions of sub Saharan babies born with HIV thanks largely to her lobbying for big pharma to prevent the production of generic antiretrovirals by the South African government is testament to this fact. Anybody but her, please America....

Posted by: dan | Mar 5 2016 10:00 utc | 86

@67 virgile, 'It wouldn't matter if some Jews would say that he is a self hating Jew when he'll criticize Israel.'

How do you know he'll criticize Israel? Let alone end aid to Israel's Palestinian genocide? You don't. His silence has led you to believe he will. Which is exactly what it is calculated to do. Just as David Stockman is fantasizng about positons Trump might take and actions he might effect, so, too, you are fantasizing - projecting - actions you wish he'd take onto Sanders. All the people who voted for Barack Obama did the same thing. Twice. Going for it again? What's the saying about people who repeat the same procedure expecting different results?

I say all this not to attack you personally but to point out the similarities in your present position and that others took in the - immediate - past. I hit the hopium myself, often. We all do.

I think that if Sanders were to be elected POTUS the Wall Street and MIC machines would continue on auto-pilot while he would be reduced to making rewriting Obama's "can't get them from here" speeches formerly drug out to explain his myriad 'failures' - to close Guantanamo, to end the wars, to fix health care ... rewriting them to explain why he "can't get there from here" on all the visions of sugarplums he's set dancing in the heads of his supporters and keep the wars going too. The wars are the number one problem and he has just flat out refused to deal with them. So as president there will be no surprise when he continues to refuse to deal with them.

But I don't think he's going to get the nomination. I think he's going to be campaigning for Hillary instead. The plan all along has been for all his acolytes to click their high-heels and help out in that undertaking. It's hard to believe any of this is real.

But what do I know? We'll find out what happens soon enough. I'm crafting my write-ins for the House, Senate, Prez and VP and I urge all of you to join me. Looking for a high write-in/spoiled-ballot total on 1 November.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 5 2016 10:22 utc | 87

Takedown on Tulsi Gabbard

Posted by: ATW | Mar 5 2016 11:18 utc | 88

But the following facts make that distinction--the one between Tulsi Gabbard and Mike Gabbard--difficult:

-Tulsi Gabbard's campaign for the State House was apparently tied to her father's, and she defended him and his anti-gay positions in that office.

-Her campaign for City Council was promoted using a seemingly-thin non-profit run by her with her father.

-Her campaign manager for City Council was or became her father's community liason.

-Her campaign for Congress is managed by her father's old campaign spokesman, who allegedly also worked in her father's anti-gay organizations, and at least seems to have shared their views.

-Her campaign's fundraising is run by her father's old community liason.

-Her campaign has received many of its largest donations from family members and other donors to her father's old campaign as a Republican--including some with notably (although not exclusively) conservative donation patterns--and has received other substantial donations from other people connected to her father. Apparently, a substantial percentage of her fundraising comes from her father's network.

-She does not emphasize significant political accomplishments--which might give her a political identity beyond her father's network--beyond the fact that she has held these offices. Nor does she emphasize detailed or distinctive political views.

Once you start reading about the Gabbards, it's easy to find insinuations and rumors. But the above claims seem pretty hard to dispute.

** Investigative facts uncovered in 2012. God knows what others are now available.

Posted by: ATW | Mar 5 2016 11:25 utc | 89

The zio-media is questioning Sanders undying loyalty to the zionist cause. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who is advising Sanders on foreign policy, is under attack for daring to speak the truth about the Israeli-US relationship and Zionist influence on the American political system. They are targeting him as a way of questioning Sanders allegiance to Israel. No doubt the expectation is Wilkerson’s head on a spike as a show of fealty.

Bernie Sanders Is Getting Advice From Expert Who Cited Possible Israeli Ties to Chemical Attacks

Bernie Sanders Consults With Foreign Policy Expert Who Called Israel 'Predatory' and 'Detrimental' to U.S.!

Sanders getting advice from expert who said Israel may have carried out Syria chemical attacks

There’s also a hit piece in Breitbart insinuating Wilkerson is a crank and a conspiracy theorist and taking Sanders to task over his perceived anti-Zionism.

Sanders Taking Advice From ‘Crank’ Who Claimed Israel Might Be Behind Chemical Attacks In Syria

Posted by: pantaraxia | Mar 5 2016 12:52 utc | 90

Anyone confused about how it was A Hitler won election in Germany need only observe what is currently going down in amerika.
I dunno if Trump will win and in way sorta hope that he does, Clinton is the worst sort of neolib hack and sanders is her enabler.
Go and read some of Hitler's speeches and you'll find that just like trump he says things that make sense in some ways - the speaking truth to power stuff which has endeared him so much to some voters that they ignore his racist and fascist tendencies.

If I remember correctly in the 1932 elections the Nazis only won about 30% of the vote and by 1934 when Hitler made his power grab the Nazi party's star has waned considerably with germans, but both the left and center right parties had gone down with voters even more because of weakness and vacillation. All politicians had come to regarded disfavourably with the economy in the toilet and getting worse for most while a few coined it, so once Hindenburg karked it, nobody had a platform to stand up to fascism from - very much like amerika now.

In theory only someone from the right of politics can smash neoliberalism, just as the ersatz leftist parties destroyed the tenets of social justice which had been established in the developed world post ww2. When the left pulls off right wing wet dreams there is truly no one to voice an objection loud enough to have any effect.
If anyone imagines Donald trump would seriously take on the financial elite in the same way they are badly mistaken.

Whoever 'wins' in amerika, Clinton's neoliberals or Trump's rightist populism (which is really just a polite terminology for 'those fuckin fascists') is starting something ugly something which will not end quickly or painlessly.

Many german voters chose to ignore the awful stuff Hitler said about jews and other minorities, just as they ignore trump's Mexican= rapist etc. This is because they foolishly convince themselves as many germans did, that it is all rhetoric "he wouldn't actually kill/deport jews/Mexicans that would be illegal" except the person your voting for has the power to change those pesky laws.
If trump were to win an election can anyone really be confident that the collection of pimps and whores on both sides of the amerikan empire party hill division wouldn't decide that maybe they should go along with his fascism to grab a heapin' helpin' of those voters for themselves? The hack pols will climb aboard the trump bus just as the hack media is beginning to.

Whatever comes next, the world is just gonna have to wear it.

Bourgeois can never be trusted - they have sacrificed decency and justice so as to continue being comfortable too many times in too many disparate countries.

Posted by: Debs is dead | Mar 5 2016 13:07 utc | 91

@91 Did. 'Anyone confused about how it was A Hitler won election in Germany need only observe what is currently going down in amerika.'

Hitler didn't win election in Germany. He was named Chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg, just as George W Bush was named POTUS by the US Supreme Court.

Many Americans then chose to ignore Obama's statements of fealty to the MIC/CIA. Now people are ignoring Trumps fascist tells, and Hillary's as well. The USA is an inverted democracy. It already is fascist, just sotto voce, with a nice set of clothes ... no holes for horns in the hat, no hole for the tail in the pants. But the US is fascist, is totalitarian. Makes no real difference which of the present aspirants makes the cut, the fascism will deepen. So it seems to me at any rate.

Change can only come from the people at large. The people on stage are all hollow.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 5 2016 13:34 utc | 92

@ 37

"Let's hope that third-parties like the Greens will find a way to capitalize on the duopoly political turmoil."

I would rather not count on the Greens to change anything for the better. In Germany it is the Green Party that has been sharing power for decades now and they were most helpful when it came to supporting wars. They are zionist puppets and follow the orders of their masters in Washington and Tel Aviv. Sounded too good to be true when Joshka Fisher as member of the newly found Green Party appeared in Parliament in the 80ies wearing sneakers as a sign of opposition to the establishment. All a big show and now we know that they were just giving the same procedure a new face. Not a word from the Green Party in Germany when it come to the support of Nazis in Ukraine by the German government. Instead hate speech against Russia. Not a word against the Terrorist War against Syria supported by Saudi and Turkey and supervised by Israel, US, Germany, UK and France. Instead hate speech against the "dictator Assad" who is killing his own people.

What we need today is a completely new approach to governance, a total clean up of the old rubbish. New ideas, principles, renewal of the international organisations like the UN, relations between states based on international law. Do we need a huge blown up intelligence apparatus? What for? Who controls the media? Can we allow people with lots of money to control what is being said, published? This zio nazi network has to be destroyed, eliminated with its roots.

Posted by: Demeter | Mar 5 2016 14:13 utc | 93

Sanders and Trump are breaking the system. It does not matter if Sanders loses the election because the young people in America are able to say the word Socialist. These people are not talking about state control over the means of production but many of them are talking about the state taking back public goods from the private sector. And for those of you who only think of Palestine, many young people are tired of an Israelicentric foreign policy.
The fundamental problem is that the major voting bloc in the United States (45+) are all still trapped by the propaganda of their youth and in many cases adulthood. The 35 and under crowd did not grow up dealing with propaganda of the Cold War era. Many of us grew up learning about a so called "peace dividend" that never arrives. We are the children of NAFTA and the other alphabet soup trade agreements.
Our first engagement with the world was 9-11 followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, color coded revolutions, and the Arab Spring. A lot of the 35 and under crowd are starting to see through the bullshit but have had no one talk about it.
Sanders is talking about the economic side that we have endured but I do not think he has a firm enough grasp to talk foreign poilcy in depth. The Corporate Media is ready to pounce on him at any moment or just flat out ignore him then cut to another Trump rally.
Fucking Trump, the asshole is on TV 2-3 hours a day talking about nothing yet Sanders can not get on TV. He has generated overflow crowds in Oklahoma and Nebraska. On 12 hours noticed 10,000 people came out to see him in Austin, Tx and 8,000 in Dallas (the media, at least MSNBC, only reported the Austin rally). Watch Sanders in Oklahoma. He runs outside to greet the people outside and gives another speech to the overflow crowd. I mean he RUNS. The man is 74 years old and he is RUNNING to greet a crowd. The same thing happens in Nebraska. The man gets no respect from Corporate Media because he is not part of their club but he is part of the system. I think that there is a distinction there that is worth considering.
Watch some of his interviews with corporate pundits who are all part of the establishment neo-con foreign policy mindset. Sanders never fleshes out a foreign policy. Do I think that he will bring peace to the world? No, I do not. Is he good for a Palestinian child? I do not know. I doubt that he can control Israel. Who can control Israel? It'd be nice if for just once the Israelis did something about their government. Or should we just consider them "good Germans". Or a child in Syria? Who is? I do not think that he will interfere in Syria. His policy there is to let the other Arab governments to fight ISIS. He obviously does not read MoA but I think that that indicates that he will rather disengage and allow Russia to mop up ISIS.
What I am concerned about is MY child. I see a world that is dying. Global plutocrats are destroying our planet. In the Middle East they are quite literally destroying the planet with bombs and depleted uranium shells. I still have trouble getting the images of Iraqi babies born after the 1st Gulf War out of my head. Radiation is awful and so is its byproduct, lead. The US really is the new Rome. Lets line our drinking pipes with lead...what could go wrong. O yea, it fucking leeches and now our kids have nuerological problems and turn out to lack empathy. Brilliant. Fucking assholes.

Other than Iran, is there a country in the Middle East that is not a dumping ground for low level radioactive waste?
Our world is fucked.
Sanders offers some hope for the 35 and under crowd and quite frankly we are the subset that will have a slight chance to turn this planet around. Gen X and the Baby Boomers have shit on this planet enough. It'd be nice if they would stop voting for people who will continue to shit on everything and everyone but the top 1% and their couturiers.
If you do not want to vote for Sanders or the Green party then take a look at the Justice Party. If Sanders does not beat Killary I am voting for the Justice Party in November. Do not bother with a write in ballot. Vote for a 3rd party and maybe one of them will get 5%.
Sorry about the rant. I would be with JFL on Sanders if I did not have a young child. I can deal with my 50k in student loan debt and once I am done med school it'll be around 200K. We do not live in a civilized world....not that it ever existed.

Posted by: AnEducatedFool | Mar 5 2016 14:16 utc | 94

How about an independent Sanders with Cynthia McKinney as running mate? That would be something to cheer on (but I am Canadian, so I don't know much re, USA politics, only started really looking recently at the whole damn horror show of war war and more war...)

Posted by: Bluemot5 | Mar 5 2016 14:25 utc | 95

Killary is winning based on low information voters IE old people and black people. I read Ford's piece about not blaming black people because they are naturally progressive and abused. I call bullshit on that. There is a reason why the primaries are in the South and not in the Pacific Northwest and Northeast. The South is NOT progressive. Southern black people are not progressive. Their social views are in line with the Republican party.
The South is a backward place. The world would be a better place if it was decimated by a shortage of air conditioners.

Posted by: AnEducatedFool | Mar 5 2016 14:26 utc | 96

Here is the Icelandic politician that I dream will start to show up everywhere, from the Icelandic pirate party ... she thinks political duties should be a bit like jury duty, in for a short time and out again, working for the public good, and less time in means less able to be corrupted...

Posted by: Bluemot5 | Mar 5 2016 14:34 utc | 97

Bernie did say he would support whoever wins the Democratic nomination, but if there is evidence that the process is corrupt, do you think that gives him the ethical right to run as an independent?

Posted by: Bluemot5 | Mar 5 2016 14:40 utc | 98

Bernie did say he would support whoever wins the Democratic nomination, but if there is evidence that the process is corrupt, do you think that gives him the ethical right to run as an independent?

Posted by: Bluemot5 | Mar 5 2016 14:40 utc | 99

To me,Trump is the only American running.All the rest are ziowhores.period.
Repeat;The hell bitch wins republican states with a low turnout.BS wins Democratic(or ties Mass)states with high turnout.Ergo,he is much stronger in the GE than she.
But he won't beat Trump.
As far as the penis issue,sheesh,it was Rubio who broke the color line with his insinuation,and the MSM,being in the tank for little Israel,suppressed the comment.Being against Trump,they amplified his response.Very simple.

Posted by: dahoit | Mar 5 2016 14:42 utc | 100

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