The constantly-evolving, living, breathing definition of fascism

Even though my posts have slowed to barely a trickle, as most readers know, I’m no fan of Trump.

Nor is Reason‘s Nick Gillespie, whose latest piece totally cracked me up:

Donald Trump, the most-unlikely and least-liked president in the history of the United States, had barely celebrated his first 100 days when calls for his impeachment started flying faster than Anthony Weiner dick pics at a Girl Scout cookout. For the good of democracy, don’t you see, the Republicans must not only be kicked to the curb in the 2018 midterms, but the president himself must be thrown into the street, just like he once tried to evict that old lady from her house in Atlantic City!

Read it all, as it’s as insightful as it is hilarious.

Inept and politically stupid as Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey was, the ludicrous way the left is overreacting all but outdoes him, and once again plays right into Trump’s hands. That as president Trump had every right to fire Comey is beyond dispute, yet we are being told that it means the end of “everything we hold dear.” As Dan Rather continues to note on Facebook, not only is the Comey firing comparable to Watergate, it’s even like World War II, the Kennedy assassination, and 9/11:

I find myself returning in my mind to dark days from the past, trying to remember how we as a nation felt, when Pearl Harbor was attacked, when Kennedy was shot, when Watergate took down a President, when terrorists rained terror from the skies. We somehow overcame. And I do believe that we shall overcome, someday. Perhaps, hopefully, someday soon.

But in the end, prayer will not be enough. Action, sustained action, will be required.

Yow! Whoda thunk it?

Another noted leftist scholar sees the Comey firing as a form of deadly fascism:

The firing of Comey is an audacious turn toward fascism that must be stopped before it’s too late. We are now fighting for our lives as we know them. There’s no time to waste.

Really? Because Comey’s gone we’re now fighting for our lives? Especially considering that I’m a veteran of the AIDS era, perhaps I should be paying more attention.

Being an old geezer at 62, I am old enough to remember a thing called Bush Fascism. In fact, I remember writing several posts on the subject. Naturally, Bush was supposed to be canceling the elections imposing martial law, scrapping the Constitution, and all the rest of it.

But the firing of an FBI Director?

As fascism definitions go, it’s a brand new one.

And just think about this one. Not long ago, President Obama was being urged to fire Comey, but he failed to do so.

I guess we had a close call. At the time (2016) no one realized how close we came to fascism. Nor did they realize how by the simple act of leaving Comey in office, Obama saved the Republic.

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“I Used To Believe…”

14-Year Veteran Undercover Cop Exposes Truth About The Drug War: “I Used To Believe I Was Doing Good”.

“When I went into policing I thought addicts had made the mistake of trying drugs and had no willpower to stop. Actually, problematic drug users – or at least all the ones I knew – were self medicating. Most of the heroin users I knew were self-medicating for childhood trauma, whether physical or sexual. As an undercover officer I spent a great deal of time getting to know these people.

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I have been saying that for over 12 years.

What I’m looking for now is a Christian explanation for making war on abused children.

I posed the “Christian” question to some “Christian” blogs. It just made the Christians angry. The thinking likely is “We are Christians. Therefor any program we favor is by definition – moral.” Thus I’m questioning the unquestionable.

But take heart my friends.

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” – Max Planck

The same is true for new moral truths. Like the abolition of slavery. Or Prohibition can’t work.

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American Historical Figure Most Like Trump?

I’d say Joe Kennedy. Both turned Prohibition Profits into big real estate ventures. Trump, however, is not making the same mistake Joe did. He is not giving the administration of the country to his kids. He is (mostly) doing it himself.

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Comey’s Bank – FTM

What? You say you have never heard of FTM Bank? It is the oldest bank in the world even if it is not officially chartered. FTM is Follow The Money.

Well, former FBI Director James Comey sure had his eye on the money. From Zero Hedge commenter PrayingMantis comes this comment which is a little over the top in expression but basically correct about the facts.

… comey was board member of HSBC … this is the Klinton Foundation & Drug Cartel’s ‘bank of choice’ … imagine that, a director and board member of HSBC, which is tightly connected to the Klinton Kartel Foundation … https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/10/hillary-clinton-foundation-donors-hsbc-swiss-bank
“Clinton foundation received up to $81m from clients of controversial HSBC bank”

https://www.clintonfoundation.org/search/node/HSBC

… It’s like a revolving door of money and special projects that the bank and the Klinton Foundation were involved in.

… This is the same HSBC that was accused of laundering drug cartel money, and was heavily involved in the LIBOR scandal, and who knows what else, and all the while, the chameleon was part of the HSBC bank’s senior leadership … and comey dodged the bullet on this money laundering scandal too … (btw, HSBC used to be known as HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) HSBC’s banking power “laundering millions of dollars for drug lords and gangs including Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel. A drug cartel suspected of killing at least 10,000 people within the past 10 years. With that, they washed money for terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, Russian mobs, assisted countries like Iran, Sudan and North Korea to avoid sanctions, and helping too many people hide their cash from taxes.”

Maybe William Colby wasn’t so crazy after all when he said:

“The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.” – William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

Any business needs to keep an eye on government. The government has many ways of hurting businesses. Donald Trump was going to appoint a mob casino lawyer as Drug Czar. And then the lawyer decided against it. Something or other about “family”. Hopefully Donald is looking for someone not so obvious for his next choice. Or maybe he is going to drain the swamp.

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What happened is less important than what people want to have happened!

I don’t blog much, but occasionally I get really pissed off with nowhere else to go, and this is such an occasion.

I am almost beside myself over something, and I don’t know what to do about it. For years now (and especially for the past few months) I keep hearing people say that Hitler was elected!

He was NOT! I have known this since I was a kid, and it is not open to argument.

Yet, earlier tonight I heard the claim again, solemnly intoned in a professional documentary:

“Hitler won the election.”

Which wouldn’t have been so bad but for the fact that last week I got into a big argument with friends who had insisted Hitler had been “elected democratically.” I insisted that he had not, they insisted that he had, and it felt like an episode of the Twilight Zone.

It is one thing to argue over opinions, but this is a historical fact. Sometimes I get really depressed and wonder What is wrong with people?

The “Hitler won” argument has gotten really loud because of Trump’s election (as if that should change past history somehow).

God how I hate how the human mind “works.”

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This Used To Be Your Brain On Drugs

This used to be your brain on drugs.


(About 30 seconds)

This is the current edition.


(About a minute and a half)

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He Knows

To run a Black Market you need the cooperation of government.

When the government stops cooperating the Black Market ends.

See Prohibition, Alcohol

MS13 is a US Government production

And funny enough I’m not the first to notice.

“If the trade is ever legalized, it will cease to be profitable from that time. The more difficulties that attend it, the better for you and us.” — Directors of Jardine-Matheson

This is part of what Trump said 27 years ago :

In a speech delivered at the Miami Herald’s Company of the Year Awards luncheon, Donald Trump condemned the “war on drugs” as “a joke” and called for the legalization of drugs. “We’re losing badly the war on drugs,” he said. “You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.” So reported the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on April 14, 1990.

Isn’t it funny that what he knew 27 years ago he has totally forgotten. Maybe some one got to him.

“The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.” – William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

Not too long after making that statement he died in a boating accident.

Maybe Trump is trying to avoid a boating accident.

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The Enforcers

Zero Hedge takes a look at the police state.

“We’ve reached the point where state actors can penetrate rectums and vaginas,where judges can order forced catheterizations, and where police and medical personnel can perform scans, enemas and colonoscopies without the suspect’s consent. And these procedures aren’t to nab kingpins or cartels, but people who at worst are hiding an amount of drugs that can fit into a body cavity. In most of these cases, they were suspected only of possession or ingestion. Many of them were innocent… But these tactics aren’t about getting drugs off the street… These tactics are instead about degrading and humiliating a class of people that politicians and law enforcement have deemed the enemy.”—Radley Balko, The Washington Post

When I was growing up in the 50s it was the Nazis who did this sort of thing – at least that is what the war propaganda movies showed. The message was – America is better. Citizens have rights.

Not any more. The enforcers know how to take your rights from you. “I smelled marijuana” is enough.

Or. “That looks like drug money to me.” Fortunately money is presumed guilty. And the money gets tried in court. Preposterous you say? Look up “civil asset forfeiture”.

We used to understand that government corrupts everything it touches. We used to be rabid about small government. We gave that up for easy solutions – enforcers will enforce morality.

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The Czar And The Casino

Trump’s pick for Drug Czar, Tom Marino, has had a few problems:

In 2007, Marino resigned from his position as a federal prosecutor after it was revealed Pennsylvania casino owner Louis DeNaples put down Marino’s name as a reference on a gaming application at the same time Marino’s office was investigating DeNaples for ties to organized crime. After his resignation, Marino went to work as in-house counsel for several DeNaples businesses. In 2010, during his first run for Congress, Allentown’s Morning Call reported Marino’s resignation came as he was being investigated by the Justice Department for his ties to DeNaples. The investigation was closed when Marino resigned, the report said.

Some interesting casino searches:

“resorts international” “castle bank” richard nixon

william mellon hitchcock resorts international

money laundering in casinos examples

meyer lansky resorts international

meyer lansky oss

Update: 29 April 2017 1921z

Some of Donald’s casino associates.

Update: 4 May 2017 1559z

Tom Marino has withdrawn himself from consideration as Drug Czar. Evidently there is a sickness in his family. Which means he “needs more time with his family”. The article does highlight his casino connections.

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A New Deal?

I saw this headline at Breitbart Iran’s Ahmadinejad Sees no Threat From U.S., and it got me thinking. Maybe a deal has been worked out. Everybody can have a pipeline.

Note the updates in the “pipeline” comments. The Israeli pipeline directly to Europe (through the Mediterranean) may have been the catalyst for a change of heart all around. As in – “Why don’t you guys stop fighting and focus on making what money you can instead of trying to run the table. You can’t run the table. The Israelis are coming.”
 
 
 
 

Israel Gas Pipeline

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Inconvenient Facts

The secret of Black Markets is Government prohibitions.

To run a Black Market you need the cooperation of government.

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A comment I made in a this discussion.

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Carrie Fisher Tribute

I remember when Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds were having fights in the press.

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Putin Says: More False Flag Chemical Attacks On The Way

You may recall my recent post that indicates the “gas attack” in Syria was a false flag attack. Or at minimum that a lot of the aftermath of the attack was staged.

Now Vladimir Putin is suggesting that more false flag attacks are on the way.

With Rex Tillerson on his way to Russia, moments ago Russian president Vladimir Putin shocked reporters when he said that Russia has received intelligence from “trusted sources” that more attacks using chemical weapons are being prepared on the Damascus region, meant to pin the blame on the Assad government.

“We have information from various sources that such provocations — and I cannot call them anything else — are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including in the southern suburbs of Damascus, where they intend to plant some substance and blame the official Syrian authorities for its use,” Putin told a briefing.

Russian President Putin announced that Russia will officially turn to the UN in the Hague for an investigation of the chemical weapons’ use in Idlib. Moscow has dismissed suggestions that the Syrian government that it backs could be behind the attack in Idlib province.


That is going to put a hitch in the rush to war campaign.

Except that we don’t need a chemical weapons excuse. White House Reveals New “Red Lines”: Assad’s Use Of Barrel Bombs Could Lead To More Strikes. It looks like ordinary bombs will be quite sufficient.

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So What The H Is Going On?

Europe gets its natural gas from Russia. Russia plays politics with the gas. Europe would like an alternate supplier. Those supplies would have to come through Syria from Saudi Arabia and Qatar to make the cost of the pipe line low enough.

Russia’s pal Assad is against that. Because it would weaken his pal Russia.

Iran may be let in on the Russian pipeline planned through Syria in exchange for help in the war. And Iran has geostrategic things in mind too.

There are of course way more complications. But I think that is the main driver.

Here is a map of the expected pipeline.

Syria Pipeline

And an article about the map.

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The New Red Line In Syria

The New Red Line in Syria – Barrel Bombs.

That danged Assad again. We are against his inhumanity. And the inhumanity of ISIS.

Fortunately we are backing the “moderates” in the war. Who ever they are.

But we are definitely against Assad and the Russians.

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The Latest FAKE

Watching all the news of the gas attack in Syria, I was especially impressed by the guy hosing off the “Sarin gas” from a body while at the same time others (unprotected) were carrying the body away.

They have been playing that clip every time they talk about the gas attacks.

That is the first obvious tell of FAKE.

You can see it at about 17 seconds into this video.


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The video is from CNN.

Update: 7 April 2017 1759z

I’m going to be updating this as bits arrive. Here is one:


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Sarin gas – technical & biological

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Sarin Gas Attack

Image released by the Syrian White Helmets which shows rescue workers handling victims with their bare hands and inadequate gas masks, undermining claims of sarin usage

From: Evidence Calls Western Narrative About Syrian Chemical Attack Into Question

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From Russia Today 13 Sept 2013: Children in Syria chemical attack video ‘moved between locations’ before ‘staged’ filming

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From Zero Hedge 8 April 2017: Michael Savage Turns on Trump, Says Syrian Gas Attack Was False Flag Operation

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My take so far:

It is pretty clear that it has been quasi-secret American policy to support the “rebels” while decrying them. The Saudis are our best buds – you will recall.

So far I am not seeing any reversal of that policy. Objectively we are backing ISIS with this move (bombing Assad’s airfield) while pretending to be against them.

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Former CIA Officer: “The Intelligence Confirms The Russian Account On Syria”

Though Bannon and Kushner are often presented as rivals, the source said, they shared the belief that Trump should tell the truth about Syria, revealing the Obama administration’s CIA analysis that a fatal sarin gas attack in 2013 was a “false-flag” operation intended to sucker President Obama into fully joining the Syrian war on the side of the rebels — and the intelligence analysts’ similar beliefs about Tuesday’s incident.

Instead, Trump went along with the idea of embracing the initial rush to judgment blaming Assad for the Idlib poison-gas event. The source added that Trump saw Thursday night’s missile assault as a way to change the conversation in Washington, where his administration has been under fierce attack from Democrats claiming that his election resulted from a Russian covert operation.

The only problem with this report is that the person giving it is anonymous. So it could be total fiction. Or it could be real.

Here is some more:

In both cases – 2013 and 2017 – there were strong reasons to doubt Assad’s responsibility. In 2013, he had just invited United Nations inspectors into Syria to investigate cases of alleged rebel use of chemical weapons and thus it made no sense that he would launch a sarin attack in the Damascus suburbs, guaranteeing that the U.N. inspectors would be diverted to that case.

Similarly, now, Assad’s military has gained a decisive advantage over the rebels and he had just scored a major diplomatic victory with the Trump administration’s announcement that the U.S. was no longer seeking “regime change” in Syria. The savvy Assad would know that a chemical weapon attack now would likely result in U.S. retaliation and jeopardize the gains that his military has achieved with Russian and Iranian help.

What Is Going On In Syria?

Russia has claimed that Assad’s air force attempted to bomb a “rebel” (al Qaeda? Al Nusra? Isis?) ammunition depot that apparently contained supplies of Sarin nerve gas. Neither the US government or the American media has presented any arguments to counter that hypothesis. The New York Times banged the war drum as loudly as possible in the days after the incident. And now, of course, Trump Central has fired $60 million worth of cruise missiles at Assad’s main air force base. Assad’s spokesmen denied responsibility for the attack and the Russians are still asking for conclusive evidence via the UN Security Council.

The current incident appears to be — or was engineered to be — a replay of the August 2013 gas incident that left President Barack Obama looking weak and indecisive for not carrying out retaliation against Assad “crossing a line in the sand” against human decency.

And so you have Mr. Trump, who may feel now that he cannot afford to appear weak and indecisive — above all other considerations, including the truth about what really happened at Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib province of Syria. So he bombed an airport, after warning the Russians to remove their personnel from the vicinity. In the event that the world ever does learn what actually occurred at Khan Sheikhoun, and the truth turns out differently than the current narrative, Mr. Trump can say, “We only bombed some Syrian air force infrastructure… no biggie… no women and children harmed.”

10 April 2017 0547z

          From 28 April 2016 – Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels

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Donald Trump asserts his authority over his allies

But so far, the only people who actually use these weapons, and have been identified by the United Nations for doing so, are – the jihadists.

10 April 2017 2120z

          From 29 January 2013 U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’

Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad’s regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country.

A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme ‘approved by Washington’ is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.

11 April 2017 1044z

Former DIA Colonel: “US strikes on Syria based on a lie”

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A Russian site with a video of “dead” victims in shrouds. Some of the victims seem a tad lively. Where the video was shot is not clear. I found the original link to the video here.

12 April 2017 1850z

          Video Shows White Helmets Staging Fake Rescue In Syria – published 27 Nov 2016


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Video of the controversial aid group Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the “White Helmets,” has leaked showing the staging of a fake rescue. The video shows White Helmet workers and a trapped “victim” getting into position and preparing for a scene, laying completely still as the camera move around them.

Then the action kicks into gear with a flurry of activity and shouting off-camera with the “victim” suddenly screaming in agony as White Helmet workers/actors remove debris from his body and carry him away.

14 April 2017 1320z

Top Missile and Chemical Weapons Expert Debunks Trump’s Claims About Syrian Chemical Weapons

15 April 2017 2154z

Video Shows Tampering with “Evidence” of Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack


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I’m A Lesbian

In the name of truth, justice, and the American way, it is well past time that I outed myself.

I’m a lesbian.

I love women.

Orally and with my built in strap on.

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Addiction Is A Symptom Of PTSD

We know a lot more about PTSD than we used to. I want to focus on one of the symptoms. Addiction.

Dual Diagnosis:

Many individuals with PTSD will turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to numb their pain or to gain some measure of control in their lives.

National Center for PTSD:

Some people try to cope with their Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms by drinking heavily, using drugs, or smoking too much. People with PTSD have more problems with drugs and alcohol both before and after getting PTSD. Also, even if someone does not have a problem with alcohol before a traumatic event, getting PTSD increases the risk that he or she will develop a drinking or drug problem.

Addiction Center:

Following a traumatic experience, the brain produces less endorphins, one of the chemicals that help us feel happy. People with PTSD may turn to alcohol and other mood-enhancing drugs, which increase endorphin levels. Over time, they may come to rely on drugs to relieve all of their feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability.

Behavioral Health Evolution:

Among people seeking treatment for substance use disorders, it’s estimated that nearly one in three are suffering symptoms of PTSD. Rates of alcohol and substance use disorders among those diagnosed with PTSD are also strikingly high.

Dr. Lonny Shavelson found that 70% of female heroin addicts had been sexually assaulted in childhood. So yes. “Rates of alcohol and substance use disorders among those diagnosed with PTSD are also strikingly high.”

What brought all this on was the announcement of a Presidential Commission to study the recent wave of opiate deaths in America. What are the odds that this commission, headed by that renowned expert on drugs and substance abuse, Governor Chris Christie, will even give a nod in the direction of PTSD? Roughly zero.

I should add that long term PTSD is a genetic disease triggered by trauma.

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An Old Fashioned Space Launch

The good stuff starts at about 29 minutes into the video. Loved the cheering at MECO (Main Engine Cut Off).

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There Are A Few Problems

overlapping-crises

From: The Overlapping Crises Are Coming, Regardless Of Who’s In Power

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