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September 13, 2016

Washington Post - Mocking Conspiracy Theories While Creating Their Own

The Washington Post makes fun of the spouting of conspiracy theories over Hillary Clinton's health. "Hehehe - just look at those crazies":

Body doubles, secret doctors: Clinton conspiracy theories blossom after pneumonia diagnosis

Before Sunday morning, the conspiracy theories collected under the hashtag #HillarysHealth were numerous.
For a few hours, Clinton's stagger toward the van that took her to her daughter's New York apartment was interpreted as proof that the worst conspiracy theories had been right — and just as importantly, that the media had covered them up.

The accusation of covering up such theories was something Washington Post editors could not stand. They immediately found one to give credit on their own:

The man who discovered CTE thinks Hillary Clinton may have been poisoned

Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who has made the NFL so uncomfortable with his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brains of deceased players, suggests that Hillary Clinton’s campaign be checked for possible poisons after her collapse Sunday in New York.

The only question: Whodunit? Easy for the Washington Post: "Putin, Putin, Putin, Trump ..."

He wasn’t giving up on Twitter, adding that his reasoning is that he does not trust Russian President Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee who has expressed admiration for Putin.

Days before this latest episode the Fred Hiatt Funny Pages, aka WaPo Opinions, had originated another wild Putin/Clinton conspiracy idea:

The Russians attempt to throw the election. They might try to get Trump elected. Alternatively — and this would, of course, be even more devastating — they might try to rig the election for Clinton, perhaps leaving a trail of evidence designed to connect the rigging operation to Clinton’s campaign.

So, according to Anne Applebaum, the Russians want Trump elected. Alternatively they don't want Trump elected. They would therefore take care to elect Clinton. So whatever the outcome: Putin did it. And why would he do that? Because "Putin, Putin, Putin, Trump ... ." Isn't that enough reason?

Such writing follows the "North Korea Law of Journalism" as Adam Johnson aptly named it. It says:

Editorial standards are inversely proportional to a country's enemy status as it relates to the U.S. State Department.


Election time is always a silly season in U.S. media. But I do not remember any campaign as utterly silly as this one. This "Putin did it" mania about anything that might ever happen is existential madness.

Besides - it is sad to see a once serious Washington Post drowning in a self created swamp of gossip and gutter journalism.

Posted by b on September 13, 2016 at 6:54 UTC | Permalink


"Putin is evil" is the main official mantra.
"Putin did the evil" is the main official conspiracy theory.

Posted by: From The Hague | Sep 13 2016 7:20 utc | 1

There are serious flaws in an electoral system if a foreign government can have the degree of influence they WP asserts.

The media in America want a horse race. I am certain that if they were more objective, Hillary would be leading by ten points or more, and people would lose interest.

That would be bad for business.

Posted by: ralphieboy | Sep 13 2016 7:48 utc | 2

If you think the articles are disturbing then try reading the comments. I scanned through the 100 most liked for each article and I've come to the conclusion the average reader of the Washington Post lives in a fantasy world. Be afraid, be very afraid.

Posted by: WG | Sep 13 2016 8:06 utc | 3

Haven't ya seen the old photo of the Clintons and the Trumps partying out?

She's throwing it big time -- the rich will win! (either way)

Bernie and old Democratic Party values were the real target of these Plutocrats.

Meanwhile back in the old country, where reality has a slightly stronger grip on things public, Jeremy Corbyn finally pushes the silver stake into war criminal Tony Blair's 1990's coup of the Labor Party.

Will the 'Bern' be back?

Not if Donald and Hillary have anything to do with it.

He's all 'bernt out' over Hillary C.

Posted by: x | Sep 13 2016 8:18 utc | 4

Considering the juvenile nature of Mrs Clinton's inane outbursts from the beginning of her life in public office, and the likelihood that her worst criminal excesses will land her in jail, should she be considered as successor to the title (currently held by Paris Hilton), as the Birdbrain of Alcatraz?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Sep 13 2016 8:46 utc | 5

"Alternatively — and this would, of course, be even more devastating — they might try to rig the election for Clinton, perhaps leaving a trail of evidence designed to connect the rigging operation to Clinton’s campaign."
Which is a nice way of deflecting accusations if the Clinton campaign actually tries to rig the election and is found out.
Heck, having WaPo seriously considering this possibility would nearly convince me they will try to rig it and are just putting this "Putin did it" bullshit as a pre-emptive measure.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Sep 13 2016 9:18 utc | 6

Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who has made the NFL so uncomfortable with his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brains of deceased players, suggests that Hillary Clinton’s campaign be checked for possible poisons after her collapse Sunday in New York.

This actually isn't as goofy as it sounds. Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) can be caused by discontinuing/changing Parkinson's drugs or - in some cases - poisoning. Sepsis can also cause it. After an altered mental state, the next two symptoms are muscle rigidity and hyperthermia. She was definitely planking when they tried to move her, her knees eventually buckled (cogwheel rigidity) and she was 'overheated' on a rather pleasant 79F day in NYC. She did not appear flushed and overheated (= heat stroke), but rather pale.

This could also have been the beginning rigidity-phase of a Parkinson-induced tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure instead of NMS, but I don't believe she could not have recovered that quickly. There are a whole host of neuroleptic medications known to cause NMS, especially the high-potency ones.

I don't know if NMS at this stage (initial onset of rigidity/hyperthermia) can be resolved quickly enough with re-administration of the neuroleptic agents, dopamine agonists or benzodiazapines to make the person appear somewhat normal an hour or so later. People tend to call for help or show up in an ER after they're well-involved - it's a seriously life-threatening condition. Of course: if you suspect Putin, then the doctors can quickly zero in on the usual sneaky Russian bag-o-tricks rather than wasting time on diagnosing well-known movement disorders or considering drug side-effects.

I can't help but dwell on Parkinson's and related neurological ills specifically for the reason that neocon tabloids like WaPo and the NYT are so damn dismissive of it. Looks like 'journalism' has now been reduced to defending yourself when the tide of critical thinking on social media goes against your nonsensical explanations or tired narrative you've attempted to peddle in your increasingly irrelevant rag.

Posted by: PavewayIV | Sep 13 2016 9:25 utc | 7

John Kerry, take him as he is, does come out with some spot on remarks,

'This election has become an absolute farce'


'It's getting harder for our narrative to stick out there'

With a grin of course


Every time we tell a lie we seem to be getting caught.

Posted by: Gravatomic | Sep 13 2016 9:31 utc | 8

Posted by: WG | Sep 13, 2016 4:06:50 AM | 3

RE: WAPO commentators

Is that .morticia poster still there? Used to watch it weave lie after lie. Assad the bastard baby butcher barrel bomber.

I don't even load the page anymore as I already know exactly what I'm going to read.

Posted by: Gravatomic | Sep 13 2016 9:35 utc | 9

b, '.. it is sad to see a once serious Washington Post drowning in a self created swamp of gossip and gutter journalism'

It's like Bell Labs, b. The institution from which the name derives is long gone.

I saw a youngster wearing an Abercrombie and Fitch tea shirt the other day. 'They' used to be the suppliers of $1000 dollar fishing poles and wildly over-priced 'safari' equipment to people with too much money in the former capitalist dream time, when ordinary people made $5000 in a year ... 'they' went belly up for a few decades before someone revived them again, as T-shirt purveyors in their new life, apparently. I don't know the real 'value' of the former Abercrombie and Fitch ... it was of the 'if you have to ask what it cost you can't afford it' variety, I suppose, a sort of 'gold standard' of conspicuous consumption. The NYTimes and, I also suppose, the WaPo, used to be analogous in the media field, 'if you have to ask if the news is "fit to print", or relevant, or truthful' you're running with the wrong crowd there, too.

But the WaPo, certainly, owned by Mr Amazon Jeff Bezos, the WSJ, owned by gutter baron Rupert Murdoch, and the NYTimes, still owned by a 'Sulzberger', but of the made-over neo-con brand, are all different institutions than the 'once serious' ones we knew if not loved. They are to journalism just as Clinton/Trump and the rest are to politics.

If Rip Van Winkle had fallen asleep twenty years ago and awakened today, he'd think he'd died and awakened in a cartoon ... the Simpsons, I again suppose. As responsibility for our constructed reality bubbles up to fewer and fewer hands they do seem to be the hands of a clutch of sicker and sicker, richer and richer, more and more vapid people. They've become like the air we breathe and the rain that falls, too hot or too cold, to much or too little, polluted and unhealthy.

It doesn't have to be like this, we can say no to Clinton, no to Trump, and no to the all living dead zombie 'brands', come back as body-doubles of 'themselves'.

Posted by: jfl | Sep 13 2016 10:40 utc | 10

"David Duke is evil" is a mainstreammedia mantra.

"Donald Trump likes the evil David Duke" is a mainstreammedia conspiracy theory.

Posted by: From The Hague | Sep 13 2016 11:18 utc | 11

I feel compelled to read Anne Applebaum's articles whenever I come across one. There are emotions elicited by her conjectures that I simply do not feel in normal day to day life. It's like taking drugs as a teenager, as you realize your mind is capable of things you never thought possible.

Posted by: IhaveLittleToAdd | Sep 13 2016 12:05 utc | 12

Haha, the only way forward now is backwards. WaPo, NYT, CNN, BBC and their ilk should now openly admit its loss and request the internet be sterilised enough to suit the establishment narrative it's told to trumpet.

Hillary has known for some time though...

2011 - We are losing the information war.
Clinton promptly volunteered that America is in an "information war and we are losing that war," and furthermore, that "Al Jazeera is winning".
"Let’s talk straight realpolitik," Clinton went on. "We are in a huge competition" for global influence and global markets. China and Russia have started multi-language television networks, she pointed out, even as the US cuts back in this area. "We are paying a big price" for dismantling international communications networks after the end of the Cold War. "Our private media cannot fill that gap."

I laughed when I read this a while back. In the effort to strip all public service back, the neolibs disarmed themselves. Dec 2014 - BBC and the Neo-liberalist experiment eating itself from the inside + Cuts, Cuts, Cuts

The Empire and its lackeys had a proper head start of a number of decades, but did not prepare for the inevitable cop on and catch up of those it had previously mindshagged in the TV based information war.

And if they weren't prepared for that natural development, how prepared could they be for the paradigm shifting battle on the blogosphere and social media. The western neolib establishment is attempting a blanket narrative instead of trying to fit in to a new international order...but there will be no comeback for the old ways.

This process is, as Schumpeter termed it, Creative Destruction. I find all this quite amusing, as the attempt at total state control is always doomed to fail in the face of 'the real economy' - the collective human spirit.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Sep 13 2016 12:52 utc | 13

I think she was feeling crummy and took a few shots of vodka,before the 9-11 to perk herself up and instead,being sick,made her drunk.
That's why they went to Chelsea's,instead of the ER(blood work)to sober up with coffee.
A serial liar lies serially,its their nature.
And Wapos(NYTS also) readership is down to Zionists and their league of duped voters.

Posted by: dahoit | Sep 13 2016 13:22 utc | 14

netflix has finally closed comments section o its youtube WHITE HELMETS trailer

Posted by: brian | Sep 13 2016 13:36 utc | 15

Saudi boms on yemen are real
even on the eid
any idea if the places are KSA's or Sudan? and where the pilots stem from?

Posted by: Mina | Sep 13 2016 13:57 utc | 16

About silly season... it is not that intelligence revealed in news stories goes down, but the stories are more annoying, and are crowding out stories that could cheer us up. I noticed a story from London in a Polish portal, and apparently it went totally ignored in the English language press, while it was reported in Peru and Mexico. At a construction site in London people found a barely enough animal that was so covered with dried mud that the species could not be identified. After taking it to an animal clinic and thorough cleaning, it was clear that this is a cute fox pup.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Sep 13 2016 13:58 utc | 17

Everyone is jumping on the Hillary-is-not-well! bandwagon.

The "diagnosis" of pneumonia is accepted without question. Despite all the past lies and the deceit and the wierd way that Hillary's health issue(s) have burst into public view.

I have put forth a theory that I think fits the facts best. We'll see if it pans out over time.

But whether her exit is via a staged health issue or a real one, I think Hillary's exit will mean a landslide win for Tim Kaine. A nation relieved of the burden of choosing between two terrible candidates will thus provide the mandate necessary for continued expansion of the empire (via trade deals and proxy war).

Even NBC, a pillar of Democratic support, is now questioning her health and how it was handled.

Get to know Kaine:

>>In 2015, Kaine criticized Obama's approach to the Syrian civil war, saying that the establishment of humanitarian no-fly zones would have alleviated the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

>> In July 2016, Kaine said that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was "an improvement of the status quo" ... Later that July, Kaine said that he could not support the TPP in its current form [mirroring Hillary's position].

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Sep 13 2016 14:10 utc | 18

What is wrong with this piece is that it buys into the bogus "conspiracy theory" meme. Oh yes, it is so wrong for us peons to try to understand the story behind the story, much less the story behind the story behind the story. We must remain chained down in Plato's cave, or else in cure the wrath of the 'adults in the cave'...

Posted by: paul | Sep 13 2016 14:20 utc | 19

I love the Law of Journalism graph. Those last 5 seem to cycle around these days depending on the latest enemy du jour. Maybe Obama needs to pull a Bush and create/declare a new Axis of Evil by throwing them all together.

Posted by: Curtis | Sep 13 2016 14:45 utc | 20

totally awesome b. and everyone in the world should be able to vote in the global hegemon's elections. oh gawd! that would destroy the sanctity of voting! barf.

Posted by: jason | Sep 13 2016 14:59 utc | 21

Can't believe my eyes:

Washington Post ‏@washingtonpost · 51 minutes ago
"Don’t compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. It belittles Hitler." via @PostEverything

It's true:

Posted by: From The Hague | Sep 13 2016 16:05 utc | 22

@PavewayIV 7

Could Hillary have Lewy body dementia?

Symptoms inlude: "Visuospatial difficulties, including depth perception, object orientation, directional sense and illusions may occur.

Autonomic dysfunction, including blood pressure fluctuations (e.g. postural/orthostatic hypotension) heart rate variability (HRV), sexual disturbances/impotence, constipation, urinary problems, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), decreased sweating/heat intolerance, syncope (fainting), dry eyes/mouth, and difficulty swallowing which may lead to aspiration pneumonia."

Problems with movement including tremors, stiffness, slowness and difficulty walking may also occur.

For advanced regular Parkinson's disease the use of glutathione injections can reverse the symptoms within about 30 minutes:

There is also a lot of research on mitochondria support using Nicotinamide Riboside and Pterostilbene along with polyphenyls to suppress CD38 NADase.

This links to neurological diseases via incorrect protein folding:

Posted by: Krollchem | Sep 13 2016 16:08 utc | 23

I encourage everyone to spam this harpie's Twitter feed with a dose of reality.

Anne Applebaum Twitter

Even Anthony Weinerr is sticking the stake in.

Posted by: Jules | Sep 13 2016 16:09 utc | 24

As we all knew, same organization that banned Russia from olympics..

WADA allowed Williams sisters & gymnast Biles to take banned substances – leaked report

Posted by: Reppz | Sep 13 2016 16:21 utc | 25

HRC's Handler by Collapse Is Not Huma Abedin

Handler / unidentified woman is not Huma Abedin, could be a medical assistent / nurse / personal agent ...

Feeling "faint" .. HRC leaves the 9/11 ceremony with her (medical) assistent next to her and is she monitoring her pulse?

Posted by: Oui | Sep 13 2016 16:30 utc | 26

Doesn't appear to be her personal physician Dr. Lisa Bardack.

Dr. Bardack and HRC's 'Clean Bill of Health'

Posted by: Oui | Sep 13 2016 16:31 utc | 27

Ah great, the pathetic corrupt anti-doping organization blame....RUSSIA for hacking, seriously? This racism is sick!

Headline in the MSM: "Wada confirms attack by Russian cyber espionage group "

Posted by: Reppz | Sep 13 2016 17:11 utc | 28

dahoit @14 - you might be onto something here b/c apparently she doesn't drink enough water -

Posted by: h | Sep 13 2016 17:14 utc | 29

- But the WaPo is currently part of the "Clinton machine".

Posted by: Willy2 | Sep 13 2016 17:18 utc | 30

Who owns the Washiton Post? Isn't that Amazon-Man? In any way, the owners are part of the problem, not of the solution. The only thing the WaPo is good for, is to start a fire. But not the BBQ grill, because the ink they use is likely toxic because it has to be as cheap as possible.

Posted by: Stillnottheonly1 | Sep 13 2016 17:28 utc | 31

Ok, I understand that it is fun to speculate about Clinton and her weirdness, health and otherwise. On the otherwise side, sometimes blatant hypocrisy trumps all else. Today a couple of articles from Fort Russ were a fun read. Whether either is worth taking seriously, I have no idea. But, since one affects the above speculation frenzy, and the other speaks to blatant hypocrisy, I thought sharing them here might be fun?

Let's see how this can get mangled, shall we?

Posted by: rg the lg | Sep 13 2016 17:43 utc | 32

rg the lg @31 - If the D's were going to vote to remove H and/or H chose to step down, both of which in my opinion will happen when Hell freezes over, I don't see Biden taking the helm either. Kaine I certainly do but Sanders rightfully earned it.

Posted by: h | Sep 13 2016 18:13 utc | 34

wapo - war and propaganda orifice..

Posted by: james | Sep 13 2016 19:29 utc | 35

Shalom Auslander is the author of the best-selling "Foreskin's Lament"

Posted by: RudyM | Sep 13 2016 19:31 utc | 36

totally off topic: Billmon is no longer one of my heroes... what the hell happened to him?

Posted by: crone | Sep 13 2016 19:51 utc | 37

in the "North Korea Law of Journalism" chart Israel is missing, because even "rock-solid, smoking gun (!) evidence" concerning it isn't reported by MSM

Posted by: claudio | Sep 13 2016 22:52 utc | 38

b please comment on this:

If it is true, it is one of the most incredible masterstrokes of foreign policy in human history. Russian troops guarding the Castello Road. Roll that around your tongue a little. White Helmets? UN Peacekeepers? American troops? Moderate jihadists? Turkish troops? Saudi Arabian troops? Men from Mars?

No. Russian troops. And not too terribly many of them. And guess what? Apparently Kerry signed off on it. Which explains why it isn't publicized, to say the least.

And now we know why the moderate jihadists wouldn't sign off on it. Because guess what? They don't want to fight Russian troops. Gosh, I wonder why not.

An absolutely brilliant thing. I am incredulous that Kerry was allowed to agree to it.

Posted by: Burt | Sep 14 2016 0:58 utc | 39

@36 crone

I hadn't realized that he'd had a new reincarnation as a twit until b posted some of his stuff a year or more ago. Quipping one liners eventually makes you a one-line mainliner, I suppose. He quit at the top of his game ... then fell off the wagon ... now his new medium has effected his message. You are what you tweet, I guess.

Posted by: jfl | Sep 14 2016 1:34 utc | 40

@38 It is pretty much the best deal that Kerry could hope to get considering the facts on the ground.

There is simply nothing that can be done now to prevent the Syrian Army from retaking all of Aleppo, short of Obama sending in the US Marines.

Which isn't going to happen.

So there is nothing else that Kerry can do except arrange for the "moderate jihadi" forces to leave the city in something resembling order (even if without weapons).

The USA will now order "their rebels" to drop their weapons and exit Allepo via the Castello Road, and they'll be told in no uncertain terms that they are not to poke the bear as they trundle out.

Do that and Kerry can arrange for them to be re-armed and then sent back into battle somewhere else.

Refuse the order and they'll die to the last man, which is an outcome that suits American aims..... err.... how?

Apparently more than a few have decided upon the latter course of action, which would suggests nothing more than that They Were Never Reliable Toys To Begin With.

Q: And what does Washington do when its toadies refuse to toe the line?
A: Well, the Beltway has never had much use for "sentimentality".

Posted by: Yeah, Right | Sep 14 2016 1:43 utc | 41

Burt @38: It is true. And a few hours ago the Russians came under (harmless) fire from truce violators.

Yeah, Right @40: Great post!

Posted by: fairleft | Sep 14 2016 2:37 utc | 42

So OT, but this is so mainstream news/propaganda funny. I added some pre-clarification to the actual Reuters headline:

[Jihadist-ruled subsection of] Aleppo council rejects Russian presence on road to be used for aid

Jihadist council president "Brita Hagi Hassan... also said that the party supervising the road must not open the shipments ..."

Posted by: fairleft | Sep 14 2016 2:49 utc | 43

Putin is definitely a premier statesman of our time, but US media risks rewarding him with a God-like status. Decline of the West is a natural and irreversible process, and blaming Putin for its ultimate destruction would appoint the President of Russia as the Greatest Man of All Time.

Posted by: telescope | Sep 14 2016 3:41 utc | 44

On WaPo and its ilk:

Too many otherwise intelligent people still keep lending Pravda on the Potomac a modicum of legitimacy by occasionally reading it or browsing the website.

Let's stop feeding Bezos' and Murdoch's presstitute trolls once and for all.

Posted by: Quadriad | Sep 14 2016 6:00 utc | 45

@fairleft | Sep 13, 2016 10:49:26 PM | 42

Correct link.

Posted by: Jack Smith | Sep 14 2016 6:27 utc | 46

Obama insult Putin bigtime.

" Obama slams Trump’s appearance on RT, compares Putin to Saddam Hussein "

Posted by: Klein82 | Sep 14 2016 6:46 utc | 47

John Helmer's latest on Clinton corruption:

Favour for Hillary Clinton - Did she take money from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska for favour in General Motors-Opel deal?

Posted by: John Gilberts | Sep 14 2016 7:23 utc | 48

Snowden spread conspiracy theories against Russia now,

Posted by: Cezer | Sep 14 2016 11:12 utc | 49

Obama may help Hillary in her failing to regain voters' trust , but he can't help her failing health.
Another health episode between now and election day and she is finished.
Shouldn't the democrats look for another last minute candidate?

Posted by: virgile | Sep 14 2016 11:55 utc | 50

Russian Foreign Ministry: Russian - American agreement on Syria must be published to exclude misinterpretation of content.

Posted by: Vortiae | Sep 14 2016 11:57 utc | 51

in re 11 --

Yeah, just because Duke has endorsed him and continues to gush about him. How dare one call a racist bigot deplorable! Pence can't bring himself to do it, that would validate the criticism. So reality is denied.

Posted by: rufus magister | Sep 14 2016 12:24 utc | 52

Yeah, let's go with uninformed speculation of crowd-sourced crackpots about a patient they have not examined. We'll overlook the lack of medical training. Once one has grasped enough of the chaff, an excellent straw man can then be constructed.

Posted by: rufus magister | Sep 14 2016 12:26 utc | 53

52,53;Zionist hysteria.
They say Obomba has a 58%(ABC)approval rating?Did they ask non minorities?And for what would he have that rating?Obombacare is sinking like a rock,the world is in flames,the economy,while not quite as abysmal as the shrubs,hasn't once created enough jobs to match workforce increases,the nation divided as never before,and he is approved?
More self serving poppycock from zion.

Posted by: dahoit | Sep 14 2016 14:19 utc | 54

dahoit 54. The media is lazy. It's far easier to step out into the city to perform an echo chamber interview/poll than to do real journalism. Years ago two African-American sociologists went from NY out to Appalachia and said the face of the poor wasn't black, it was white. In 2008, Team Obama concentrated on the cities because of the high populations and minorities. Pennsylvania was one state where they did this. The guns and Bibles people in the rest of state didn't matter.

Posted by: Curtis | Sep 14 2016 15:33 utc | 55

@rufus magister #53:

Yeah, let's go with uninformed speculation of crowd-sourced crackpots about a patient they have not examined. We'll overlook the lack of medical training.

Best Available Evidence: Hillary Clinton Has Parkinson's

Looks pretty conclusive to me, and not uninformed at all. I thought you liked Russia Insider.

I don't see how anyone can look at those videos of Hillary and not immediately conclude that she has a neurological disorder. Parkinson's seems most likely, given our being limited to "crowd-sourcing", because Hillary and her staff are as deceitful about her health as they are about everything else. Even if she only has pneumonia, she should drop out, because her campaign told two different stories about why she collapsed on Sunday.

It’s Time to Bring Back Bernie

Hillary Clinton has disqualified herself to be President of the United States because she is incapable of telling the truth about anything. There is no such thing as truth or transparency in the Clinton persona and campaign; everything is an ongoing experiment in perception management.

Posted by: Demian | Sep 14 2016 15:59 utc | 56

It was only a matter of time before the Putin poisoned Killary meme would pop up.

--- Putin is a master, with polonium in tea. Or sushi. Or whatever, darts or sumptin’, he kills his opponents. He loves Trump! ---

The use of Putin as an ‘outside’ ogre-enemy exploited for distractions is understandable.

Yet, at the same time, it is a curious admission of insecurity and vulnerability.

Hinting or stating that a Foreign Power could influence or rig US elections implies that it is fairly easy to rig US elections (which actually is the case but not something one would expect the likes of WaPo or the NYT to admit), that the nasty arm of Russia can creep into what .. ? Thousands of voting machines, counting mechanisms/procedures, and officials, pols, who would just slump defeated, stupefied, and accept incredibly ‘strange, unexpected’ electoral results without a hint of disquiet never mind rebellion.

Which implies that those in charge of elections, and the electorate itself, are zombies asleep at the wheel, that no computer security whatsoever exists, any hacker(s) can determine what happens in a country of 300 million plus. If anyone could be a candidate for that honor it would be Julian A. and not Vladimir P.

Killary being poisoned (though this is getting into weirdo fantasy land) would show that she doesn’t have enough ‘efficient’ protection (which again may actually be the case.)

That part of the electorate adheres to such fantasies (I’m imagining Killary supporters dumbed-down to the max..) goes to show that they believe like totally and accept that the reigning dynastic kleptocratic powers in the US are akin to a criminal syndicate, which is enmeshed with other criminal or dodgy entities and actions (> war on terror - drugs - etc. Israel, KSA+Gulfies, etc.) and that it is perfectly legitimate to view and analyse domestic politics such as national elections under such a light. Of course they are only protecting their positions and pay..

*sidebar*: Amazon, Google and Apple are or have become ‘giants’ because….they pay no taxes. So Bezos owns the WaPo.. fill it in.

Posted by: Noirette | Sep 14 2016 16:37 utc | 57

From the movie "Asterix and Obelix":

- Objection, demand, protest! I accuse the Gauls in the abuse of magic elixir !!!!
- Have you taken it yourself?
- What’s the difference? I didn’t win, anyway!

Posted by: Ixtlan | Sep 14 2016 19:24 utc | 58

By the way, some calamities are not attributed to Putin (yet?). I wrote that my subscription price for NYT paid for itself as I could learn about the creepy clown problem. I wanted to refresh the citation by searching Google News, and I see that it is being noticed in more and more places. Results of the search NOW:

Story image for creepy clowns from BBC News
Creepy nocturnal clown sightings leave US police baffled
BBC News-2 hours ago
Dozens of reported sightings of lurking creepy clowns have been flooding US police stations this summer. Children claim the clowns have tried ...

More creepy clowns reported in Georgia
The Mercury News-3 hours ago

Story image for creepy clowns from The Week Magazine
Why are creepy clowns terrorizing America?
The Week Magazine-6 hours ago
Our collective worst nightmare has come true. Evil clowns are roaming our neighborhoods. They're wielding machetes. They're luring our ...

But there are also skeptics:

No credible threat from clown pranks, LaGrange police say
Local Source-WRBL-4 hours ago
Creepy sightings? Coulrophobia? It's enough to make a clown fight ...
In-Depth-CNN-7 hours ago
Story image for creepy clowns from The Keene Sentinel
The Keene Sentinel
Roanoke County police say creepy clown sighting unsubstantiated
Roanoke Times-1 hour ago
A much-shared social media post of a clown who appears to be lurking in the .... Reports of creepy clowns lurking around children have been ...

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Sep 14 2016 19:32 utc | 59

While clown problem is not the fault of Russia, tacky cars blighting the streets were:

A Russian Girl Covered Her Mercedes In One Million Swarovski ...
Jalopnik-Sep 24, 2014
Woman covers Mercedes with Swarovski crystal. Now, that's a bling ...
Tech Times-Sep 23, 2014
Mercedes covered in a million Swarovski crystals dazzles in London 23, 2014
Russian Woman Blings Up Mercedes with a Million Swarovski ...
International Business Times UK-Sep 22, 2014
Diamonds are a girl's best fender: Russian woman has entire car ...
Highly Cited-Metro-Sep 22, 2014
Story image for girl swarowsky car from Daily Mail
Bye, BAII BYY, bye! Russian student's pimped-out Mercedes CLS ...
Daily Mail-Oct 16, 2014
Britain's 'most vulgar' car, a Mercedes CLS 350 encrusted with one million Swarovski crystals has been sold on eBay for more than £150,000.

It is worth to note, as RT did, that while the girl in question is a Russian speaker, she is a citizen of Moldova.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Sep 14 2016 19:38 utc | 60

CNN just ran a story about UK Commons MPs report that says Cameron responsible for IS rise in Libya.
1. As usual, the fault is blamed on intel (learned from Bush/US media?)
"erroneous assumptions and an incomplete understanding of the country and the situation"
2. At least the report says that regime change was the primary object and not what to do afterward (just like Iraq)
3. Their FCO (which sounds like our State Dept) makes lots of excuses for what happened.
4. He was killed by "supporters of the de facto government". Really? According to their chart, there are three govts in Libya. The defacto govt was overthrown.
5. But ... hey! ... Libyan oil production is down thus preserving Saudi Arabia's share of the market sort of like Iraq rejoining OPEC after the war to ensure the Saudis rule the oil game.

Posted by: Curtis | Sep 14 2016 20:12 utc | 61

Piotr Berman@60 - "...While clown problem is not the fault of Russia..."

Really? Can you prove that Piotr, or is this just your unsubstantiated speculation? What are your international clown detective credentials, if I might ask? It's not that I don't trust you, but I would have immediately thought either Moldovia or Russia were secretly at the root of the U.S. clown problem. I have a link somewhere...

Posted by: PavewayIV | Sep 14 2016 23:25 utc | 62

I would think this would be the only medical opinion that matters, as the provider is the only one to have actually examined the patient.

Let us all contrast this, if we may, with the current state of information on The Duckhead's health. The campaign officially doesn't know who the doctor was, but NBC News reported that The Donald Duck told Dr. Oz it was Dr. Bornstein. You might recall he recently wrote (while a Trump lackey waited) an effusive letter vouching for the health of his patient. Something to the effect of "fittest mogul to ever be become President", I think it was.

Posted by: rufus magister | Sep 15 2016 1:32 utc | 63

Did someone mention Zion, the beautiful city of god? Hallelujah, brethen, hal-lel-ujah.

Posted by: rufus magister | Sep 15 2016 2:53 utc | 64

Killary is dying. There's rumours she is already dead.

Posted by: Nick | Sep 15 2016 7:31 utc | 65

Nick says:

Killary is dying. There's rumours she is already dead

nah, she's fine, good as new...

i saw her picture in a magazine.

Posted by: john | Sep 15 2016 9:28 utc | 66

thnx john 66. Even the media (C Vega of ABC) noted the "timing" of having Hillary (retouched pic?) featured in a magazine called Women's Health.

Posted by: Curtis | Sep 15 2016 14:47 utc | 67

hey, dahoit: "Obomba" is good. But here's a dare for ya: Write one post without "zion" in it. Make it worth your while? Well, people might just read it...

Posted by: Gene Poole | Sep 15 2016 15:10 utc | 68

Isn't this convenient. Even though the frail state of the declining health of the former Secretary of State is a matter of endless speculation, The Duckhead's chief spokesfraud, Conway, asserts Mr. Trump has some weird sort of expectation of privacy regarding his health.

This seems a piece with Trump the Younger opining that the release of the tax returns of the pater familias would be a distraction from the important issues that The Donald's campaign raises. Like xenophobia and misogyny.

Yes, I would think the facts that he's not worth what he boasts he is, has some unsavory business partners, and skimps on the charity (his foundation uses largely other people's money, not Trumps's) would be a distraction from hateful rhetoric aimed at the usual subjects (assorted people who didn't count in the good ol' days, back when America was great).

I've hesitated to use the "f-word" re The Duckhead, but the alt-right looks to be potentially be the intellectual and practical muscle needed to push the "The Donald Trump (TM) Militia to Make America Great Again (TM)" over into fascisn.

Posted by: rufus magister | Sep 16 2016 3:55 utc | 69

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