May 292024
 


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Biden Seeks War With Russia To Boost Approval Rating – Seymour Hersh (TASS)
NATO Training for Nuclear Strike on Russian Territory – Top Official (Sp.)
US Endgame in Ukraine — War Without End, Amen (Patrick Lawrence)
A Pervasive Fear Settled In: Dems Are Absolutely Freaking Out Over Biden (ZH)
Russia’s Unmatched EW Success Against Western Weapons in Ukraine (Sp.)
US Military Experts: NATO Can’t Take on Russia or Prevent Ukraine’s Defeat (Sp.)
Zelensky No Longer Legitimate Leader of Ukraine – Putin (RT)
Judge Aileen Cannon Denies Jack Smith’s Request for Gag Order vs Trump (ET)
Trump’s Final Argument Must Be Clarity to Chaos in Merchan’s Courtroom (Turley)
You Can’t Convict or Imprison Based on the Words of a Convicted Liar (Taft)
Trump, Biden Escalate Attacks on RFK Jr (ET)
Israeli Spy Chief ‘Threatened And Stalked’ ICC Prosecutor – Guardian (RT)
Germany Drops Controversial Military Draft Plans (RT)
Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World (Prashad)

 

 

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“..a president of war always gets better ratings than a president not at war..”

Biden Seeks War With Russia To Boost Approval Rating – Seymour Hersh (TASS)

US President Joe Biden may want to go to war with Russia to raise his approval rating ahead of the presidential election in the country, US Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh said in an interview with Davidekyo YouTube Channel. “I don’t know why. But one thing I can tell you about presidents – they (members of Joe Biden’s administration – TASS) have noted that the presidents like Lincoln and Roosevelt who win wars, become famous presidents, great presidents. So they always have that itch, and particularly a president of war always gets better ratings than a president not at war,” the journalist opined.

In late April, Joe Biden signed a bill passed by Congress to resume arms deliveries to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The package was worth $95 billion. It includes $61 billion for Ukraine. The statement released by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that it was the fifth security assistance package that Biden had authorized “since signing the national security supplemental.” According to Blinken, the weapons from previous packages have already been handed over to Kiev. Washington “will move this new assistance as quickly as possible,” the press release said. Russian President Vladimir Putin has reiterated that sending more weapons to Ukraine will not bring a change in the situation on the front, but will merely drag out the conflict.

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Go. Away. You are nuts.

NATO Training for Nuclear Strike on Russian Territory – Top Official (Sp.)

NATO is training to strike Russian territory with nuclear weapons near its borders, the head of the border service of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), Vladimir Kulishov, told Sputnik. “Near the Russian border, NATO’s reconnaissance activities are increasing, the intensity of operational combat training of the alliance’s troops is growing, during which scenarios for conducting combat operations against the Russian Federation, including the launch of nuclear strikes on our territory, are being worked out,” he said. The top official added that the situation requires “taking appropriate steps to protect and secure our borders.” Russian border guards together with the Sever Battlegroup have thwarted 29 attempts of Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups to infiltrate Russian territory in the Bryansk, Kursk, and Belgorod Regions as well as the Crimean Republic since February 2022, Vladimir Kulishov told Sputnik.

Meanwhile, the number of missile and artillery strikes on Russian territory is increasing and drone attacks on Russia’s military, transport, energy and social infrastructure are becoming more intense, Kulishov said, adding that the victims of such terrorist attacks are mainly civilians, including the elderly and children. He also noted that in 2023, more than 5,500 attempts to enter Russia by individuals associated with international terrorist and extremist organizations, as well as special services and armed formations of Ukraine, were prevented. Russian border guards downed over 1,300 Ukrainian drones that violated the Russian border in 2023, striking more than half of them by means of electronic warfare, the head of the Border Service of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), Vladimir Kulishov, told Sputnik.

“Means of combating unmanned aircraft systems have long been used by the border services … In 2023, border guards shot down over 1,300 drones that violated the state border from Ukrainian territory, with more than half by electronic warfare equipment,” Kulishov said. The development of unmanned aviation and marine systems and anti-drone technologies will remain promising areas of technical equipment for border authorities, he also said. Since the start of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine in February 2022, Russia has destroyed Ukraine’s 23,600 drones, 500 surface-to-air missile systems, 590 military aircraft, 270 helicopters, 15,890 tanks and other armored vehicles, 1,200 rocket launchers, 9,200 field artillery weapons and mortars, as well as 21,400 tactical vehicles, the Russian Defense Ministry said in early May.

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“What happens when a powerful nation cannot afford to lose a war it has already lost?”

US Endgame in Ukraine — War Without End, Amen (Patrick Lawrence)

[..] the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU)’s rapid retreat bears a strong whiff of final defeat wafting in from not so far off in the distance. “Several Ukrainian combat brigades have not defected, or considered doing so,” Seymour Hersh, quoting his customary “I have been told” sources, reported in his newsletter last week, “but have made it known to their superiors that they will no longer participate in what would be a suicidal offensive against a better trained and better equipped Russian force.” Brigades average 4,000 to 5,000 soldiers each and can run to 8,000 or even more. Hersh’s report suggests that a considerable number of Ukrainian troops, and maybe a very considerable number, are now effectively in mutiny against the AFU’s high command. In evident response to Russia’s swift new incursion and the direction of the war altogether, the well-coordinated if not very artful American propaganda machine has begun preparing the public for a wider war that is to extend, as a matter of policy and military strategy, into Russian territory. This effort began with a New York Times interview with Volodymyr Zelensky, which was videoed and published in last Wednesday’s editions.

This document is plainly intended to appeal to kale-consuming, Biden-supporting liberals who must be assured of the Ukrainian president’s just-like-us humanity and good judgment. He talked about his children and his dogs — there must be dogs in this sort of imagery — and how he reads fiction every night but is too tired to get very far. But the core point, beyond the window dressing, was to insist that it is time to begin bombing Russian territory and that the Biden regime must reverse its prohibition of such operations. A key passage: “So my question is, what’s the problem? Why can’t we shoot them down? Is it defense? Yes. Is it an attack on Russia? No. Are you shooting down Russian planes and killing Russian pilots? No. So what’s the issue with involving NATO countries in the war? There is no such issue. Shoot down what’s in the sky over Ukraine. And give us the weapons to use against Russian forces on the borders.”

Zelensky, a television actor we must not forget, has played this role on numerous occasions: Badger us for tanks, planes, long-range artillery, and missiles, the script written in Washington reads, and we will hesitate briefly before granting you your pressing needs as you defend democracy, the free world, and all those other “values” in the Cold War inventory. Two days later, two, the Times reported exclusively that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, returning from “a sobering visit to Kyiv,” has of a sudden decided it is indeed time to broaden the war in the direction of a direct confrontation with Russia. The byline on this piece is worth noting: It belongs to David Sanger, who typically writes this kind of deep-inside piece because he is by all appearances so unwholesomely deep inside. “There is now a vigorous debate inside the administration over relaxing the ban,” our David reports, “to allow the Ukrainians to hit missile and artillery launch sites just over the border in Russia—targets that Mr. Zelensky says have enabled Moscow’s recent territorial gains.”

See what I mean by artless? The one-two of this perception-management op has all the finesse of the old MAD magazine. I am beginning to take offense, honestly. If I am going to be subjected to incessant propaganda, I demand, I absolutely demand that it is sufficiently sophisticated to be at least entertaining. In between the Zelensky interview and the Sanger report, the Russophobes in Congress wasted no time tucking into this operation. Michael McCaul, the Texas Republican who ranks with Tom Cotton among the prominent dummköpfe populating Capitol Hill, pounced partisanly last Wednesday. McCaul, who chairs (I can hardly believe this) the House Foreign Affairs Committee, stood before a map that showed — my best count — 50 or so targets in Russian territory. And there he went for a twofer, arguing in favor of removing restrictions on the deployment of U.S. weapons while turning the question into a boringly pointless attack on the Biden regime. Have a listen:

“We have a really bad situation going on, as you know. This is a sanctuary zone they [Russians] have created…. However, your administration and Jake Sullivan [sic] have restricted the arms use so that Ukraine cannot defend itself and fire back at Russia. That’s why I mandated the attacks in the supplemental [the aid package Biden signed into law last month], the long-range, the short range, and the HIMARS that your administration is tying their hands arms behind their back.” Never mind the incoherence. A sanctuary? The Russians have created a sanctuary on their own soil? What kind of language is this? What is running through McCaul’s odd mind, the Cambodian border in the spring of 1969, Operation Menu? Let us all declare we feel unsafe as we realize what these people are talking about and what they are risking. Any allowance for expanded use of U.S.–made weapons against Russian targets, which will require American personnel on the ground in Ukraine, will unambiguously escalate the proxy war into a direct conflict between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. Quagmire, anyone?

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“..If the frame of this race is, ‘What was better, the 3.5 years under Biden or four years under Trump,’ we lose that every day of the week and twice on Sunday.”

A Pervasive Fear Settled In: Dems Are Absolutely Freaking Out Over Biden (ZH)

While keeping in mind the old adage “It’s not the votes that count, but who counts the votes,” Democrats are absolutely freaking out about what a dumpster fire Joe Biden is heading into the 2024 election. According to Politico, “A pervasive sense of fear has settled in at the highest levels of the Democratic Party over President Joe Biden’s reelection prospects, even among officeholders and strategists who had previously expressed confidence about the coming battle with Donald Trump.” And while Democrats have spent 2024 on a “joyless and exhausting grind,” now, nearly five months away from the election, “anxiety has morphed into palpable trepidation,” according to more than a dozen party leaders and operatives who spoke with the outlet. “You don’t want to be that guy who is on the record saying we’re doomed, or the campaign’s bad or Biden’s making mistakes. Nobody wants to be that guy,” said one Democratic operative close to the White House, adding that Biden’s terrible polling “are creating the freakout.”

“This isn’t, ‘Oh my God, Mitt Romney might become president.’ It’s ‘Oh my God, the democracy might end.’” the source added, dramatically. The freakout comes as Trump leads in 5 key states, while young and nonwhite voters are shifting allegiances. And while the White House isn’t yet facing reality, Democratic strategists are telling it like it is… But Democratic critics of the campaign’s approach — while agreeing that abortion should be a winning issue — said they’re challenged when pressed by friends to make the case for why Biden will win. “There’s still a path to win this, but they don’t look like a campaign that’s embarking on that path right now,” said Pete Giangreco, a longtime Democratic strategist who’s worked on multiple presidential campaigns. “If the frame of this race is, ‘What was better, the 3.5 years under Biden or four years under Trump,’ we lose that every day of the week and twice on Sunday.” -Politico. And then we have this suspected offworlder, former Clinton strategist James Carville, who says Democrat messaging is full of shit:

Politico then notes that Trump has been eating away at Biden’s lead in ‘safe’ blue states, conducting what they called “psychological warfare” in New York, California and New Jersey (dramatic!). Trump, meanwhile, has already started his incursion into safe blue states. His campaign’s psychological warfare in New York, California and New Jersey — where House districts will determine control of Congress’ lower chamber — is spiking Democrats’ already-elevated blood pressure. “New York Democrats need to wake up,” said Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine. “The number of people in New York, including people of color that I come across who are saying positive things about Trump, is alarming.” Meanwhile, Trump is crushing Biden when it comes to fundraising – having raised $25 million last month, not including a record-setting $50.5 million haul from an event in Palm Beach, Florida.

“The list of why we ‘could’ win is so small I don’t even need to keep the list on my phone,” one Democratic adviser told the outlet. And of course, the Biden campaign is playing dumb (or they’re just dumb. We’ll go with that.): “Trump’s photo-ops and PR stunts may get under the skin of some very serious D.C. people as compelling campaigning, but they will do nothing to win over the voters that will decide this election,” said campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz. “The work we do every day on the ground and on the airwaves in our battleground states — to talk about how President Biden is fighting for the middle class against the corporate greed that’s keeping prices high, and highlight Donald Trump’s anti-American campaign for revenge and retribution and abortion bans — is the work that will again secure us the White House.” Keep telling yourself that, Kevin.

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Jamming works.

Russia’s Unmatched EW Success Against Western Weapons in Ukraine (Sp.)

“Russia has the most capable electronic warfare systems in the world with the longest range and most powerful GPS and radio frequency jammers of any nation,” David T. Pyne, an EMP task force scholar and former US Department of Defense officer, told Sputnik. Pyne said he had been impressed by “the speed at which Russian long-range jammers have been able to adapt to jamming new US and NATO weapon systems that have been introduced into the [Ukraine] conflict.” Russian EW systems “have proven effective at causing 90% of guided missile and drone systems supplied by the US to Ukraine to miss their target, most importantly HIMARS [High Mobility Artillery Rocket System],” according to the ex-Pentagon officer. He suggested that Russian GPS jammers “will likely prove increasingly effective against the recently supplied extended range US ATACMS [Army Tactical Missile System] missiles as well.”

Additionally, Russian jamming systems “are likely proving increasingly effective against US supplied Ukrainian air defense systems including Patriot and Hawk [interceptor] missiles enabling Russia to increase its air superiority over Ukraine,” – something that is contributing significantly to the ongoing offensive by Russian troops in several areas of the front line, Pyne stressed. Earlier this month, the Washington Post, citing Ukrainian commanders and a Ukrainian military research project, reported that the Russian army’s jamming systems had disrupted the accuracy of some of Ukraine’s US-supplied precision-guided weapons, prompting Ukrainian forces to stop using them on the battlefield.

The US and its NATO allies stepped up arms deliveries to the Kiev regime shortly after the Russian special military operation began. Moscow has repeatedly warned that such deliveries would only exacerbate the conflict in Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, for his part, said that any cargo containing weapons for Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russian forces.

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“All the [NATO] countries would have to switch their economies over from a service economy to a full production wartime economy. And they’re not capable of it..”

US Military Experts: NATO Can’t Take on Russia or Prevent Ukraine’s Defeat (Sp.)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told The Economist on May 24 that Western countries should lift their respective bans on Ukraine using their weapons inside Russia. The newspaper alleged that Stoltenberg’s target was US President Joe Biden’s policy of limiting Ukraine’s use of ATACMS long-range missiles and other weapons inside Russia except for Crimea and the nation’s new territories admitted in September 2022. On May 27, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) – the consultative interparliamentary entity – passed Declaration 489 which urges the bloc’s members to “lift some restrictions” on the use of their weapons by the Kiev regime against Russia’s “legitimate targets.” NATO PA representatives from nine countries have reportedly not supported the initiative. Earlier, Italy and Germany spoke against the proposal that could lead to the outbreak of a major war between Russia and NATO.

The Biden administration has not granted Ukraine a free hand in using its arms against Russia, either. “The United States has made it clear that it too does not support the lifting of restrictions using American weapons,” Scott Ritter, a military analyst and former US Marine Corps intelligence officer, told Sputnik. “There is some debate, discussion and dialog inside the United States to reverse this policy. But, at the present moment, the United States continues to impose restrictions.” However, it’s up to NATO member states to decide whether to authorize the use of their weapons by Ukraine against Russia, despite Stoltenberg’s calls or NATO PA’s non-binding declarations.

Ritter pointed out that “NATO as an institution is not preparing for a larger war with Russia.” He referred to the fact that so far NATO has conducted a policy to avoid escalation of the Ukraine conflict and prevent a full-fledged confrontation with Russia. The crux of the matter is that NATO member states are unprepared for a war with Russia, according to Michael Maloof, former senior security policy analyst in the US Office of the Secretary of Defense. “All the [NATO] countries would have to switch their economies over from a service economy to a full production wartime economy. And they’re not capable of it. They can’t sustain it. It would take years for them to do that,” Maloof told Sputnik.

“I think you’re going to see European countries [leaders] like [Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor] Orban and others that are probably going to begin to chime in here to say, you know, we’ve had enough of this. I think Italy is already beginning to make noises in the same direction as well as Germany, in addition to Orban,” the former Pentagon analyst continued. The pundits believe that support for the use of NATO-grade weapons by Ukraine stems from the transatlantic alliance’s desperation over the Kiev regime’s continuous military failures. In early May, French President Emmanuel Macron told The Economist that Paris could put boots on the ground in Ukraine if frontlines are broken and Kiev officially requests such assistance. Almost at the same time, UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron told Reuters that Britain had given the Kiev regime permission to strike targets on Russian territory with weapons it provided.

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“..the only legitimate authority in the country now belongs to the Verkhovna Rada, its legislature..”

Zelensky No Longer Legitimate Leader of Ukraine – Putin (RT)

The only legitimate authority in Ukraine is now the parliament, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday after Vladimir Zelensky’s official term as the country’s head of state expired last week. Speaking at a press conference following a two-day official visit to Uzbekistan, Putin stressed that there is no article in Ukraine’s constitution that says anything about extending the powers of the president, and suggested that a deep legal analysis of Zelensky’s status should be carried out. Zelensky has argued that his powers as Ukraine’s leader are extended due to the fact that the country is currently under martial law and that no presidential elections can be held during wartime.

However, Putin has noted that the Ukrainian constitution does not make any mention of presidential elections being suspended and only explicitly prohibits holding parliamentary elections, meaning that the term of the Ukrainian Rada can be extended in such circumstances. Putin admitted that Ukraine’s mobilization law does specifically state that no presidential elections may be held during wartime, but stressed that nothing is said in this law about extending the president’s term in office. Putin argued, citing Article 111 of the Ukrainian Constitution, that in light of this, the supreme presidential power should be transferred to the parliament’s speaker, and that the only legitimate authority in the country now belongs to the Verkhovna Rada, its legislature.

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All gag orders must be scrapped. The Supreme Court must ban them.

Judge Aileen Cannon Denies Jack Smith’s Request for Gag Order vs Trump (ET)

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Tuesday denied a gag order request submitted by special counsel Jack Smith in former President Donald Trump’s classified documents case. Over the past weekend, Mr. Smith’s team asked Judge Cannon to impose a gag order after President Trump had claimed that recently released discovery documents showed that the FBI agents were armed and were prepared to shoot him during the August 2022 search of his Mar-a-Lago property. The FBI last week, however, disputed those claims and said the documents merely suggested the agents were following bureau rules around search warrants. In a paperless order, Judge Cannon denied Mr. Smith’s request without prejudice because, according to her, it is “wholly lacking in substance and professional courtesy.” She added that the special counsel’s motion also “did not adhere to … basic requirements” and that “any future, non-emergency motion brought in this case—whether on the topic of release conditions or anything else—shall not be filed absent meaningful, timely, and professional conferral.”

“Sufficient time needs to be afforded to permit reasonable evaluation of the requested relief by opposing counsel and to allow for adequate follow-up discussion as necessary about the specific factual and legal basis underlying the motion,” Judge Cannon added. Mr. Smith’s team argued that the judge should move to restrict President Trump’s speech after he made the aforementioned claims about the FBI search. “The Government moves to modify defendant Donald J. Trump’s conditions of release, to make clear that he may not make statements that pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents participating in the investigation and prosecution of this case,” the filing from Mr. Smith said. After Mr. Smith’s motion to place the order on President Trump, his attorneys responded by saying that the special counsel should be sanctioned because he allegedly violated a rule that says both parties must confer before such filings are made.

“For the reasons set forth below, in light of the Office’s blatant violation of Local Rule 88.9 and related warnings from the Court, the Court should strike the Motion, make civil contempt findings as to all government attorneys who participated in the decision to file the Motion without meaningful conferral, and impose sanctions after holding an evidentiary hearing regarding the purpose and intent behind the Office’s decision to willfully disregard required procedures,” President Trump’s lawyers wrote on Monday. Trump attorney Todd Blanche asked prosecutors in the case to wait until Monday to meet, which Mr. Smith declined because of President Trump’s public comments. “As we also tried to explain earlier, our judgment was that the situation your client has created necessitated a prompt request for relief that could not wait the weekend to file. We understand your position and represented to the court that you do not believe the government has engaged in adequate conferral here,” special counsel prosecutor David Harbach said in a letter to President Trump’s attorneys.

Mr. Smith’s team said that President Trump’s comments should be limited by the court due to an attack on an FBI field office in Cincinnati, Ohio, in August 2022. They claimed that the attack occurred after President Trump allegedly made inflammatory comments after the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search, which occurred that same month. Last year, President Trump pleaded not guilty to 37 criminal counts related to his handling of classified materials after he left the White House in January 2021, as prosecutors have alleged that he also refused to turn them over to federal officials. They also argued that the documents contained classified information regarding nuclear secrets, defense capabilities, and other details. Earlier this month, Judge Cannon suspended the trial date indefinitely and noted that there are a number of outstanding issues that need to be resolved, including how to handle classified evidence under the Classified Information Procedures Act.

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Merchan is part of the prosecution..

Trump’s Final Argument Must Be Clarity to Chaos in Merchan’s Courtroom (Turley)

With the closing arguments set for Tuesday in the trial of former president Donald Trump, defense counsel are in a rather curious position. There is still debate among legal experts as to the specific crime that District Attorney Alvin Bragg is alleging. Trump’s lawyers are defending a former president who is charged under a state misdemeanor which died years ago under the statute of limitations. It was then zapped back into life in the form of roughly three dozen felonies by claiming that bookkeeping violations — allegedly hiding payments to Stormy Daniels to ensure her silence about a supposed affair with Trump — were committed to hide another crime. But what is that second crime? Even liberal legal analysts admitted that they could not figure out what was being alleged in Bragg’s indictment. Now, after weeks of trial, the situation has changed little.

Originally, Bragg referenced four possible crimes, though he is now claiming three: a tax violation or either a state or federal campaign financing violation. The last crime is particularly controversial because Bragg has no authority to enforce federal law and the Justice Department declined any criminal charge. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) did not even find grounds for a civil fine. Judge Merchan has ruled that the jury does not have to agree on what that crime is. The jury could split into three groups of four on which of the three crimes were being concealed and Merchan will still treat it as a unanimous verdict. The jury has been given little substantive information on these crimes, and Merchan has denied a legal expert who could have shown that there was no federal election violation. This case should have been dismissed for lack of evidence or a cognizable crime. The jury will be reminded that the burden is on the government, not the defense.

However, the presumption of innocence is often hard to discern in criminal cases. Most jurors believe that clients are sitting behind the defense table for a reason. That is why many prosecution offices have conviction rates in the 80%-90% range. That presumption is even more difficult to discern when the defendant is named Trump and the jury sits in Manhattan. Three-legged Stool A classic closing pitch by lawyers is to use a physical object like a three-legged stool. If any leg is missing, the stool collapses. In this case, the government needs to show that there was a falsification of business records, that the records were falsified to conceal another crime and that Donald Trump had the specific intent to use such “unlawful means” to influence the election. Even a cursory review of the evidence shows this case does not have a leg to stand on.

The First Leg: Falsification of Records The dead misdemeanor that is the foundation for this entire prosecution requires the falsification of business records. It is not clear that there was such falsification or that Trump has any knowledge or role in any falsification. Witnesses testified that Trump would sign checks prepared by others and that the specific checks in this case were signed while Trump was serving as president. Some of these checks, labeled “legal expenses,” were allegedly for attorney Michael Cohen to pay off Stormy Daniels. Most importantly, Jeffrey McConney, the Trump Organization’s retired controller and senior vice-president, testified that it was not Trump who designated these payments as “legal expenses.” Rather, the corporation used an “antiquated” drop-down menu where any payments to lawyers were designated “legal expenses.” There is a plausible reason why payments to an attorney were listed as legal expenses.

The government also cites the designation of payments to Cohen as part of his “retainer,” which included reimbursement for the payment of the Daniels non-disclosure agreement. However, that designation was the result of discussions between Cohen and former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, who is sitting in a jail cell in New York City. The government could have called Weisselberg, but did not. The government has made a big deal over the fact that retainer agreements are supposed to have written contracts. However, that was the failure of Cohen, who was later disbarred as an attorney. For a businessman like Weisselberg, monthly payments to an attorney could have seemed perfectly logical. Once again, there was no evidence that Trump knew of how the payments were denoted.

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“..it was Blanche’s allusion to prison that got the defense attorney in trouble because jurors don’t sentence the guilty defendant..”

You Can’t Convict or Imprison Based on the Words of a Convicted Liar (Taft)

The Trump NYC bookkeeping trial is almost in the books. In closing arguments, which began on Tuesday morning, Trump attorney Todd Blanche stirred controversy when he told jurors that they couldn’t convict or imprison his client based on the testimony of the prosecutors’ star witness Michael Cohen because “He’s literally like an MVP of liars.” Blanche told jurors, “Then he came in here, he raised his right hand and he lied to each of you repeatedly. You cannot send someone to prison; you cannot convict somebody based upon the words of Michael Cohen.” It wasn’t the line about MVPs that convinced the malleable judge to do the prosecution’s bidding; it was Blanche’s allusion to prison that got the defense attorney in trouble because jurors don’t sentence the guilty defendant. The judge will gladly do that when Trump is convicted of this farce. “You know that making a comment like that is highly inappropriate,” scandalized Judge Juan Merchan tsk-tsked to Blanche.

“It is simply not allowed. Period. It’s hard for me to imagine that was accidental in any way,” he lectured. He admonished the jury to pretend they didn’t hear and will give jurors a special instruction to hate Trump even more when he gives jury instructions. I’m only half joking. Certainly, you’ll recall a similar outburst by the judge when prosecutors put on mattress actress Stormy Daniels to describe her alleged sexual tryst with Trump. Her detailed testimony was spun as one might imagine a porn movie scriptwriting session might go. There was no outburst by Merchan, of course, only a timid burp about how it might have been too much for the jurors to hear. More tellingly, Daniels had no juicy details to say when she was asked about how her nondisclosure payments were marked in the Trump Organization books, which are at the center of the case. She was there solely for scandalous color commentary to titillate the jury.

Indeed, when Blanche talked about Daniels in his closing, he told them she extorted Trump and then said, “At the end of the day, what really happened is that somebody offered more money to Ms. Daniels.” And then, “Somebody offered to pay her legal fees if she got out of the NDA she signed with Mr. Cohen,” he told jurors. Daniels reprised her alleged 2006 story before the 2016 election after the “Access Hollywood” recording by Billy Bush (yes, that Bush family). In 2018, Cohen offered to tear up his agreement with Daniels. As Tiffany, Eric, Don Jr., and Lara Trump looked on, Blanche told jurors that there were 10 specific areas where there was reasonable doubt to find his client not guilty. Number 10 was that Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, was “the human embodiment of reasonable doubt.”

• Michael Cohen created the invoices.
• There’s no evidence Trump knew the invoices were sent.
• There was “absolutely” no evidence of any intent to defraud.
• There was no attempt to commit or conceal another crime.
• There was “absolutely” no agreement to influence the 2016 election.
• AMI would have run the doorman’s story no matter what if it was true.
• Karen McDougal did not want her story published.
• Stormy Daniels’ story was already public in 2011.
• There was manipulation of evidence.
• Michael Cohen. “He’s the human embodiment of reasonable doubt.”

Plus, Blanche argued, Cohen repeatedly lied “under oath” to courts, his wife, and his banker. Prosecutor Josh Steinglass went into the evening with his closing argument going through the prosecutor’s entire case timeline to convince jurors that something is there to convict Trump on. At one point Steinglass pinpointed what he thought was a key moment in the trial when he claimed that David Pecker, the former National Enquirer publisher and the trial’s first witness, conspired with Trump in a meeting to kill stories to help him. Catching and killing stories is not illegal, by the way, unless they can tie it to another felony, which they claim is breaking campaign law. Indeed, Steinglass insisted, that meeting “may have been the very reason why Trump won in 2016.”

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“I’m a threat to his presidency,” he said. “This is a three-man race, and I intend to win.”

Trump, Biden Escalate Attacks on RFK Jr (ET)

Conspiracy theorist. Anti-vaxxer. Dangerous. Spoiler. Since Robert F. Kennedy Jr. entered the 2024 presidential race in April 2023, critics have described him in many ways. In the early stages of Mr. Kennedy’s campaign, he was mostly ignored by President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee. Former President Donald Trump praised him and called him a “a very smart guy, and a good guy.” Rhetoric from Democrats and Republicans shifted when Mr. Kennedy opted to leave the Democratic primary last October and run as an independent candidate. Now, less than six months before Election Day, Mr. Kennedy’s campaign is gaining momentum and causing concern for the camps of both Presidents Biden and Trump. He is a distant third in national polls, but he is drawing support from conservatives, independents, moderate Democrats, and libertarians.

And with that, officials from the two major parties and the two opposing campaigns are escalating their attacks. In an early April video on Truth Social, President Trump called Mr. Kennedy “the most radical left candidate in the race” before adding, “he’s got some nice things about him, I happen to like him.” The former president remarked that Mr. Kennedy will take votes away from President Biden “because he’s much better than Biden.” “If I were a Democrat, I’d vote for RFK Jr. every single time over Biden, because he’s frankly more in line with Democrats,” President Trump said, adding that RFK’s candidacy is “great for MAGA” and “he’s a better man than Joe Biden.” Later the same month, President Trump posted another video on Truth Social delivering harsher remarks, calling Mr. Kennedy “a Democrat plant” and “a radical left liberal” who is in the race to help President Biden get re-elected.

“A Vote for Junior would essentially be a WASTED PROTEST VOTE, that could swing either way, but would only swing against the Democrats if Republicans knew the true story about him. Junior’ is totally Anti-Gun, an Extreme Environmentalist who makes the Green New Scammers look Conservative, a Big Time Taxer and Open Border Advocate, and Anti-Military/Vet,” President Trump wrote. The video aired a few days after a Quinnipiac University poll showed that 44 percent of Republican voters found Mr. Kennedy favorable compared to 11 percent of Democrats After a voter rally in New York last month, The Epoch Times asked Mr. Kennedy why he thought President Trump’s attacks had increased. “I’m a threat to his presidency,” he said. “This is a three-man race, and I intend to win.”

Democrats claim Mr. Kennedy is a “stalking horse” for President Trump and is financed by MAGA donors to prevent President Biden from winning a second term. Republicans paint him as a “radical, far-left liberal” who is only in the race to keep President Trump from returning to the White House.

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ICC is fair game now?

Israeli Spy Chief ‘Threatened And Stalked’ ICC Prosecutor – Guardian (RT)

The former chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, Yossi Cohen, allegedly “threatened” the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to drop a war crimes probe launched in 2021, an investigation by The Guardian claimed on Tuesday. Sources told the outlet that, several years ago, then-Mossad director Cohen attempted to threaten the former ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in a series of secret meetings. Cohen’s covert contact and pressuring of Bensouda took place in the years leading up to her decision to open a formal probe into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in the occupied Palestinian territories, the report said, citing multiple anonymous sources. Mossad’s objective was to “compromise the prosecutor or enlist her as someone who would cooperate with Israel’s demands,” as well as pressuring Bensouda to abandon her investigation, the article stated.

Bensouda reportedly briefed a small group of senior ICC officials about Cohen’s attempts, expressing concern about his “persistent and threatening nature.” Sources familiar with Bensouda’s disclosures to the ICC confirmed that Cohen had threatened her multiple times, with one of the officials saying the Mossad chief had used “despicable tactics” against Bensouda as part of an ultimately unsuccessful effort to influence her. The behavior was likened to “stalking.” According to accounts shared with ICC officials, Cohen allegedly told the ICC prosecutor: “You should help us and let us take care of you. You don’t want to be getting into things that could compromise your security or that of your family.” aIsraeli intelligence agencies conducted a covert “war” against the ICC for nearly a decade, aiming to derail investigations into alleged Israeli war crimes, the outlet said.

The revelations come as Bensouda’s successor, Karim Khan, last week applied for an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant based on the probe launched in 2021. Khan said there were “reasonable grounds to believe” that top officials were guilty of “war crimes and crimes against humanity” in the Gaza conflict. Khan also said he was seeking warrants for three senior members of Hamas. Israel is not a member of the ICC and does not recognize the jurisdiction of the court. Both Israel and its main ally, the US, have condemned the ICC announcement, with some US lawmakers calling for sanctions on The Hague court. Earlier this year, Israel also faced accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest United Nations court.

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“..Germany should become “war-capable” and “get used to the thought” of a potential conflict in Western Europe..”

Germany Drops Controversial Military Draft Plans (RT)

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has dropped controversial plans to reintroduce conscription in the country and indicated a move towards a voluntary service scheme, Der Spiegel reported on Monday.The key points of the military service reform on Monday were outlined by Pistorius during a behind-closed-doors presentation to the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the weekly said, citing sources. The revised scheme does not mention the word “conscription,” and is focused on incentivizing young people to join the nation’s Armed Forces – the Bundeswehr, it added. Over the past month Pistorius has repeatedly stated that Germany should become “war-capable” and “get used to the thought” of a potential conflict in Western Europe, citing the threat supposedly posed by Russia, among others. In April, he announced that his ministry “considered that compulsory military service will be reintroduced” as part of an ambitious Armed Forces overhaul.

Under the plans presented by the minister on Monday, all 18-year-olds will be required to answer a questionnaire from the Defense Ministry about their physical condition. The military would then seek to entice those considered worthy to join the army through incentives that would potentially range from free driving licenses to student loan discounts. Military service itself would last 12 months, according to Der Spiegel. The scheme was backed by Pistorius’ SPD party, which had reportedly grown tired of the minister’s belligerent rhetoric. “We agree on the vast majority of points,” SPD General Secretary Kevin Kuhnert said after the Monday meeting. The plan essentially follows what was described by German media as the “most cautious” of the three options reportedly presented to Pistorius by his ministry last month. The other two involved some form of mandatory conscription, either for men or for everyone reaching the age of maturity, regardless of their sex.

The defense ministry had initially warned that the “most cautious” option could also be the least useful one for the military. Now, the variant is reportedly described as “the least promising in terms of meeting the needs” of the army in the ministry’s internal documents. The officials are worried that it would not attract “a sufficient number of applicants,” according to Der Spiegel. The German Armed Forces suffer constantly from a lack of personnel. In March, the parliamentary commissioner for the Bundeswehr, Eva Hoegl, said in her annual report that some 20,000 positions within the Armed Forces remain unfilled and numbers continue to fall due to a “very high” dropout rate. According to Der Spiegel, some 181,500 soldiers are currently in service. While the government’s plans envisage a rise to 203,000 by 2031, the weekly warned that the total may drop below 180,000.

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I had a brother at Khe Sanh
Fightin’ off them Viet Cong
They’re still there, he’s all gone

Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World (Prashad)

On the evening of 14 May, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken climbed onstage at Barman Dictat in Kyiv, Ukraine, to pick up an electric guitar and join the Ukrainian punk band 19.99. Ukrainians, he said, are ‘fighting not just for a free Ukraine, but for a free world’. Blinken and 19.99 then played the chorus of Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’, entirely ignoring the implications of its lyrics – much like Donald Trump, who, to Young’s irritation, used the chorus in his 2015–2016 presidential campaign. In February 1989, the day after Young received the news that his band’s tour in the USSR fell through, he penned the song’s lyrics, resting on his criticisms of the Reagan years and the first month of George H. W. Bush’s presidency. While it sounds patriotic on the surface, that song – like Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’ (1984) – is deeply critical of the hierarchies and humiliations of capitalist society.

The three verses of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ paint a picture of despair (‘people shufflin’ their feet/ people sleepin’ in their shoes’) defined by the drug epidemic plaguing the poor (a woman ‘puts the kid away/ and she’s gone to get a hit’), the collapse of educational opportunities (‘there’s one more kid/ that will never go to school’), and a growing population that lives on the street (‘we got a thousand points of light/ for the homeless man’). Springsteen’s song, written in the shadow of the US war on Vietnam (‘so they put a rifle in my hand/ sent me off to a foreign land/ to go and kill the yellow man’), also captured the strangulation of the working class in the US, many of whom were unable to get a job after returning from a war they did not want (‘down in the shadow of the penitentiary/ out by the gas fires of the refinery/ I’m ten years burning down the road/ nowhere to run ain’t got nowhere to go’).

These are songs of anguish, not anthems of war. To chant ‘born in the USA’ or ‘keep on rockin’ in the free world’ does not evoke a sense of pride in the Global North but a fierce criticism of its ruthless wars. ‘Keep on rockin’ in the free world’ is pickled in irony. Blinken did not get it, nor did Trump. They want the allure of rock and roll, but not the acidity of its lyrics. They do not understand that Neil Young’s 1989 song is the soundtrack of the resistance to the US wars that followed against Panama (1989–1999), Iraq (1990–1991), Yugoslavia (1999), Afghanistan (2001–2021), Iraq (2003–2011), and many more.

Blinken went to Kiev to celebrate the passing of three bills in the US House of Representatives that appropriate $95.3 billion for the militaries of Israel, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the United States. This is in addition to the more than $1.5 trillion that the US spends on its military every year. It is obscene that the US continues to supply Israel with deadly munitions for its genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, including the $26.4 billion it promised to Israel in the new bills while feigning concern for the starvation and slaughter of Palestinians. It is ghastly that the US continues to prevent peace talks between Ukraine and Russia while funding the former’s demoralised military (including $60.8 billion for weapons in the new bills alone) as the US seeks to use the conflict to ‘see Russia weakened’.

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    Henri Matisse The pink studio 1911   • Biden Seeks War With Russia To Boost Approval Rating – Seymour Hersh (TASS) • NATO Training for Nuclear St
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 29 2024]

    #159912
    tboc
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    on the service economy:

    Upstairs Downstairs was a chronicle of the service economy of an earlier time.

    Upstairs Outdoors is the service economy of today.

    here in the South there was a name for the ones in the upstairs plantation service economy. The difference today is the complexion of the house servant, and the servants voted to secure that social position. What is the same is that the house servant and the field hands still occupy the same social position and the field hands are looking to become house servants.
    Then as now the folks upstairs are the niggardly.

    #159913
    tboc
    Participant

    and the house servants are still uppity

    #159914
    Dr D Rich
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    ****************serviceman******************

      Blinken did not get it, nor did Trump. They want the allure of rock and roll, but not the acidity of its lyrics. They do not understand that Neil Young’s 1989 song is the soundtrack of the resistance to the US wars that followed ….

    No it wasn’t.
    Anyone else who ascribed lofty notions to Neil Young’s songwriting is trippin’ on the same shit as good ol’ Neil
    Who’s bamboozling with this attempted hagiography on that angry crank?
    Could Neil’s motivation to write such lyrics have been to sell more records to both confused sides of the political spectrum?

    Better yet, watch the new movie “Civil War ” starring Kirsten Dunst and Wagner Moura then tell me who the Entertainment Industry is targeting for vilification with the movie’s depiction of a United States President?

    Joe Biden or Donald Trump or Robert Kennedy jr?

    A timely release, don’t you think, amidst the 2024 Presidential election campaign while one of those candidates endures multiple trials under the prosecutorial eye of his opponent.
    Nice

    #159915
    tboc
    Participant

    and there remain a few runaway slaves
    just call me Jim

    Dr D Rich, Young named an album after where i live – “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”

    #159916
    Dr. D
    Participant

    On British radio: “Britain is already at war with Russia, they just haven’t told you.”

    https://x.com/robinmonotti/status/1793568491456668057

    “They’re determined to get us into a war with Russia, but thankfully we have a leader in Putin who [won’t, shows restraint]”

    They believe not only that’s why Sunak called elections, but he wants to lose the election and not be a war PM, perhaps he disagrees on the direction. So who’s calling the shots? “Well it’s not Sunak and Starmer….”

    “I’ve seen a report that we have nothing (NOTHING) against Russian air missiles.” (UK)

    Next problem: So we already see Sunak isn’t PM but Cameron is. It happened just one day, and they are already holding elections to make it official. Also because Cameron is clearly radically veins-in-my-teeth pro war. So in what sense is this an “Election” at all? Nope, it’s not one.

    “Can Trump be trusted after he said ‘I love Wikileaks’, and then proceeded to try and imprison Julian Assange for 175 years?”

    No, he can not. Are we getting the point that Trump is not the solution yet? Are we getting the point that POLITICS is not the solution yet? You’re not going to vote your way into or out of this. In fact, pretty sure we have NOT been voting our way IN to this: the EU for example is decisively NOT voted – they are appointed. We just DID have an election…and both the former president everyone simply refused orders. Just refused. AND refused to be fired, removed, re-assigned. AND the Speaker of the House supported that AND the Speaker presently took only two seconds to reverse all his positions that voted him speaker…just like the Speaker before him. They also “refuse orders” … the orders being their own signed promises.

    But we’ll just vote in a NEW speaker? Number 4 or number 130? Biden isn’t running things now, clearly, but for different reasons than Trump wasn’t running things 4 years ago. WHO is running things both times? The Permanent State.

    So there’s your answer: can we “Politick” or vote out all past and present CIA directors, FBI directors, State Department heads, DoD, Education, environmental, health ministers? All at once? Apparently not. Well they’re your government, anyone we see by name is a mere illusion. Buttigeig didn’t even know the budgets, the numbers, the rules. Why? He doesn’t do any of that, NOR ANYTHING AT ALL. He can stay home for a year on maternity, no one notices.

    So here we are with Trump, we’re going to “Vote him in” … for what?

    Anyway, yes, they’ll make up finding him guilty, he’ll stage a plane crash, and we’ll have neither candidate running. Can we expose this yet? YOU are the government, not them. YOU are responsible, not them. THEY aren’t supposed to be doing basically anything: YOU are. Now I know the problem right now is, if you try to do anything they’ll stop you and arrest you, that is, you’re one government and they are another, both claiming to be primary. And yes, having a Trump doing this to them is helpful and better than not having it. But if they don’t follow orders – about anything; about elections, about Commander-in-Chief war withdrawals — what’s the point of giving orders?

    …The point is to have US see that they don’t follow them. That’s why. To have US see that they are a completely rogue, extractive, extortive, unaccountable cartel with no practical purpose or legitimacy. In fact, they are ANTI-Practical, getting us into wars we not only don’t want, but can’t even understand, destroying people, ruining the country. …And even destroying themselves, as per Hunter as example. If you love the Bidens, cut them off. Stop the money. Ashley will thank you.

    Can Trump be trusted? Who cares? Don’t you see these other problems have to do with YOU running yourself, believing yourself, and being moral and practical yourself? If you individually do that, maybe, but if we ALL do it it’s fixed. With or without Trump. That’s why the government is US, We the People, and if we the People are immoral, shiftless, lying, lazy, criminal louts, you can’t ELECT your way into someone better than “we” are to hit everyone with a bat and make them better than they actually are. We inevitably elect some of the WORST of society to government, never the best that anyone in history has seen even once. …And that’s the American Principle and the American Way. You can go the other way and establish Kings if you like, but I’ll fight you on it.

    “Trump outside New York courthouse ahead of closing arguments”

    More astonishing, BIDEN outside NYC courthouse. Hey, wait: you said you had nothing to do with this. It wasn’t political at all, Trump had committed a crime-that-no-one-can-define. And that’s a STATE law. So why are you down here as if it’s political and you had everything to do with it?

    “a president of war always gets better ratings than a president not at war..”

    Like inflation they are misunderstanding this. At cycles UP that might be true, at cycles DOWN it’s the opposite. Just like IF “inflation” is caused by speculative demand (passingly true as people stacked inventories in 1970) THEN higher rates will stop it. However, IF “inflation” is caused by money printing, or a shortage of goods during war, then higher rates do nothing or aggravate it. Same here. IF the society is in a trusting mood, THEN you can betray their trust like a 2-bit con man. IF THEY ALREADY DON’T TRUST YOU, — AND – you try to hook them for that extra $100 grand, THEN they will call the policeman on you and chuck you out, come what may. …Even if they don’t want to and could slide by otherwise.

    “US President Joe Biden may want to go to war with Russia to raise his approval rating”

    Okay, next problem: how can this be true if we already know we’re already at war with Russia, already since 2022 or even 2014? Then it therefore has nothing to do with Biden or elections. There’s some local weather, but that’s just them popping an umbrella and has nothing to do with anything. It can’t, right?

    Why? As above, PRESIDENTS DO NOTHING and don’t matter. Therefore their election or not doesn’t matter. Even the election SEASON doesn’t matter. What they discuss MIGHT matter, but usually doesn’t. Like the DNC is on abortion when they had 50 years to pass a law and right now have full ability at State level. All a diversion.

    “Near the Russian border, NATO’s reconnaissance activities are increasing, the intensity of operational combat training of the alliance’s troops is growing,”

    Okay, THEY ARE KNOCKING OUT ALL RUSSIAN ICBM RADAR. I heard they just hit a second site, not double-checked. Also said that these radar stations are not able to be of use for the local theatre in Ukraine, only for over-the-horizon, and that may be true. Therefore, the ONLY purpose is to blind Russia for a ICBM first strike.

    Or to make Russia so alarmed something terrible happens naturally, which isn’t much better. Thankfully, behavior of Russian ministers show they are NOT alarmed by this but feel it under control, which is barely reassuring.

    They are daily bombing Russian cities by all means at their disposal, and Russia is sanguine about it because it’s a war, but I wouldn’t get complacent. They think “Well, we bombed them with one hand grenade and a $50 drone, so what’s the difference with a 2,000lb ICBM on the Kremlin, right?” No, those are different. Maybe they shouldn’t be, but they are.

    From Mish and elsewhere: 10% effectiveness of Western missiles because of jamming. So it’s a crap shoot, they’ve got nothing where there’s air defense, so they’re shooting where there is no full air defense: the vast expanse of open Russia. As that clip above, as Alistair, as Ritter say, everyone agrees, FRANCE is bombing Russia. Directly. BRITAIN is bombing Russia. Directly. They have the weapons but not only, provide all the men, teams, targeting, from the warehouse to the Boom. No Ukrainians anywhere, nor can there be. Too much training and risk.

    a considerable number of Ukrainian troops, and maybe a very considerable number, are now effectively in mutiny against the AFU’s high command.”

    They are brave and gruesome, but dumber than a camel. EVERY order from Kiev makes no sense. EVERY time they hold on to everything, get surrounded, and kill every man. This mutiny is about Syrsky AGAIN keeping men East of the river, merely so he can say they’re defending, were AGAIN they all got cut off and surrounded. Who are you talking to? Who are you trying to convince? It’s as if, if they can just show some brave Custer’s Last Stand, the entire U.S. will fully mobilize in 6 hours and drop a million men on the border. No, they called it his “Last” stand for a reason. The West has been abundantly clear they are offering and supplying nothing but certain death. You apparently are abundantly clear you like it and like losing. So? Lose then, I don’t care.

    “There is now a vigorous debate inside the administration over relaxing the ban,” our David reports, “to allow the Ukrainians to hit missile and artillery launch sites just over the border in Russia”

    “WE are already at war with Russia” They’re just now telling the public, June or July.

    Hey, Javelin, NATO training, that’s WWIII Jack. Abrams tanks, that’s called WWIII, Jack. F16s, that’s called WWIII, Jack. Having a No-fly zone with Russia, that’s WWIII, Jack. Sending long-range missiles to Moscow that might be nuclear-tipped. ….That’s NOT called WWIII, Jack, we don’t know what you’re talking about.

    In good Nazi fashion, they call for us “Not to be afraid of our power” and to “Have the WILL to Power” have enough WILL, (in good occult, New Age style, “Power of Positive (magical) Thinking”) to Dream of Winning. It only takes WILL.

    No, it takes GUNS. And I’m not “Afraid” of war or anything, I’m happy to go to war but you’re just a psychopath who is also a moron and will lose. I neither prosecute psychopathic wars of aggression, and if I do, I most ESPECIALLY don’t lose them. But that’s what Nazis like you guys do. That’s why you are mentally ill and should be arrested and committed, although I fear your existing crimes preclude that and will be sentenced to prison or death instead. Have a nice day.

    “• A Pervasive Fear Settled In: Dems Are Absolutely Freaking Out Over Biden (ZH)

    WHICH Dems? Yeah, the foot soldiers on the ground are, but that’s only because they’re not being told we’re not going to have an election. There is no election, therefore, nothing to worry about. If there were, you would see action at higher levels. We don’t, so there isn’t. The End.

    “Polls Show Biden Still Has Sizable Lead Among Those Who Will Be Counting The Ballots” –BBee

    Let’s put it this way: Alistair says UK news is that Israel is running this genocide because they feel “We’re already at war with Russia”, that is, “We’re in World War Three” and therefore history will show their behavior to be minor and a footnote in the big scheme of things. Same here. IF we’re in WWIII – and THEY control whether that’s true or not – THEN not having an election or erasing American Democracy altogether is a footnote, a minor issue, don’t you see? We’re about to have MUCH bigger problems than that.

    …They’re going to make sure of it.

    ““will likely prove increasingly effective against the recently supplied extended range US ATACMS [Army Tactical Missile System] missiles as well.”

    …Yeah, we don’t have any of those. We stopped production years ago. Also Patriots, which is just as well since they don’t work away, even against the SCUDs the were designed for.

    ““All the [NATO] countries would have to switch their economies over from a service economy to a full production wartime economy. And they’re not capable of it..”

    Same comment, Alistair, I think. Europe has zero support for SITTING, much less for fighting a war. How do you define “Way-below-zero” for conscription? They don’t have oil, coal, steel, intelligence, skills, but the FIRST thing you need is WILL. Remember, wars are about making the other person give up. Not WANT to fight. Well, problem solved: Russia already won! On that count at least. Europe has no will for ANY fight of ANY kind. And the U.S. either, although slightly less as although we’re probably less into it overall, the force of the coasts and the ability to raise x100k men in the ranks is slightly higher. Depends how you count: we’re less into it but can field more death anyway.

    Point is: none of this will matter, you can’t make the populations of the U.S. and Europe fight a war. They’ll fight you instead.

    “• Judge Aileen Cannon Denies Jack Smith’s Request for Gag Order vs Trump (ET)

    Cannon is astonishingly generous and maybe she should be, but even she can’t go that far.

    “Judge Merchan has ruled that the jury does not have to agree on what that crime is.”

    Well, I guess this is a popularity contest then. No crime? No problem! Find him guilty anyway! Of what? Who cares? And as we saw a few months ago with the “Fine” on Trump, inc, How much? What’s the sentence? If his “Crime” is jaywalking since you won’t define it, does he get life in prison? If his “Crime” is murder and insurrection, do we give him 30 days? You have to know the crime to know the sentencing.

    N. O. P. E. “We Make S—t Up!!!”

    “• Trump, Biden Escalate Attacks on RFK Jr (ET)

    As above, RFK’s purpose in life is to confirm there is no political solution. So we get him and he’ll start wars with Russia, Israel, and a host of other nonsense. Nope. I can get raped by the other two candidates just fine, thanks.

    “• Israeli Spy Chief ‘Threatened And Stalked’ ICC Prosecutor – Guardian (RT)

    Amazing article, nothing to add. Totally true I’m sure, and even more. Now why is it in “The Guardian” the most useless, most lying, most MI6 papers of all MI6 papers? Because the West is actually throwing Israel under the bus and cutting a deal with … someone else… which is why Soros is paying ANTI Israel protests?

    Hard to imagine, and will burn the endless line of “Joos run da world” people here, but: Oil. Gas. Transit corridors to the East. The End. Newsflash: THEY’RE NOT RELIGIOUS. They’re atheists or Satanists. THEY’RE NOT JEWISH. They sacrifice the Jewish population at every turn, whenever they can, with perfect glee. “Those were the best times of my life” George Soros said, “a Jew”, about rounding up and killing Jews for the Nazis as a child. “Ah! The good old days!”

    If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, you don’t round up and kill Dallas Cowboys fans. Because that’s YOU. …You only do that if that’s THEM; somebody else, a group that you’re not. Soros and all these guys pretend they are Cowboys fans because they can infiltrate, murder the fans, steal their stuff, and have a nice alibi.

    And here with all Israel. It was fun stealing that ship and killing all those people. But, all good things come to an end: there’s more money in Leviathan and pipelines to India, with a 2nd Suez canal surrounded by Gazan beach condos, so oh well. Doesn’t mean we don’t kill all the Palestinians first before destroying Israel and handing it all to Jordan tho’.

    “Pistorius has repeatedly stated that Germany should become “war-capable” and “get used to the thought”

    They cannot. They are too small and have no resources. They can take the nearby nations and get larger, but that would take multi-decades with huge internal conflict. That’s actually what the Euro-project is, for Germany to finally conquer Europe, but same thing happened: no control, internal conflict, gridlock. Germany fought a diplomatic, paper war this time, so they won a merely paper victory. That Mark II transfers (I always forget the name) aren’t going to be paid. Italy is never going to pay that to Germany, just like the last 20 centuries, nor is anybody else. You Germans worked hard and sold them that for nothing.

    “Military service itself would last 12 months, according to Der Spiegel.”

    Hahhahahaha! Sure, pal. And first to be called up and shot for the rest of your natural life. How about no.

    “• Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World (Prashad)

    Maybe they or their staff DID understand. That’s more interesting.

    #159917
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Donald Trump tells @Timcast that he is giving “very serious consideration” to pardoning Julian Assange

    Ha ha, Trump won’t pardon Assange, we went through this last time he was elected, he was riding the coat tails of Wikileaks, but in true American form, didn’t deliver. Trump is a liar and a fraud, he is Israel first and will sell the USA down the river. Why fall for the same trick twice, it just makes you look stupid.

    #159918
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Trump outside New York courthouse ahead of closing arguments: “Make no mistake about it, I’m here because of crooked Joe Biden. The worst president in the history of our country is destroying our country. This country is being destroyed rapidly, not slowly, rapidly, on…

    And it started with the 2 trillion you handed out, then the Covid shite you did, then all the tarifs you put in place to tax the people of the USA. America first, you are Jew first. BUT, I will be pleased to see the USA destroy itself, couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people, so I give you my useless support, me not being a voter, thank god, here in China we have serious government, not Noddy government.

    #159919
    Michael Reid
    Participant


    West Collapsing On Itself, Rest of World Moving On

    Dmitry Orlov discusses the state of the world
    and that we have passed the turning point.

    The West is collapsing on itself
    and the rest of the world is simply ignoring it
    and moving on.

    The U.S. elections are a clown show
    and the U.S. is going to slowly collapse.

    He doesn’t believe there will be a Third World War.

    He comments on Russian sanctions
    and the West’s confiscation of Russian assets,
    the shuffling in the Kremlin’s cabinet,
    the future of Ukraine, the multipolar world,
    Unitcoin,
    and how Washington’s strategic initiative to dismember Russia will FAIL!

    His biggest fear is China losing access to cheap energy which would affect the entire world.

    Dmitry Orlov: West Collapsing On Itself, Rest of World Moving On

    #159920
    zerosum
    Participant

    Everything is different this morning.

    Did the gov just admit some secrets?

    • US Endgame in Ukraine — War Without End, Amen (Patrick Lawrence)

    Any allowance for expanded use of U.S.–made weapons against Russian targets, which will require American personnel on the ground in Ukraine, will unambiguously escalate the proxy war into a direct conflict between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. Quagmire, anyone?

    #159921
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Go. Away. You are nuts.

    You really need to have total belief in the NATO rulers and their desire to avoid nuclear war to make that statement. I wonder where that confidence comes from, certainly not from what they say or do on a regular basis, so it must be “Dr D spiritual”?

    #159922
    Oroboros
    Participant

    • NATO Training for Nuclear Strike on Russian Territory

    Presidementia Pedo Jo-Jo needs a Big Bluff

    The Russians don’t bluff

    The entire Pedo Jo-Jo cabinet are war criminals and should be hung from the lamp posts down Pennsylvania Ave in front of the White House.

    But the Duh’merican Sheeple are retarded beyond redemption and Orange Jesus isn’t going to make much difference.

    The die is cast, the West is the result of Incest.

    Intellectually, culturally, psychologically and spiritually Inbred Cretins and Morons who are circling the Drain of historical irrelevance and ignominious disgrace.

    God shed His Disgrace on thee…..

    RIP (not)

    Duh’merica in a Nut Shell

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    #159923
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Hollyweird Perversion

    Can’t be unseen once seen

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    #159924
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Duh’merican Military Industrial Mafia prototypes new SuperDuper Secret Combat Truck to fight the Russian Menace

    The Empire of Lies Lies Lies flexes it’s muscles

    Hahahahahahahahaahahahahahaahahahaha!

    Stop, yer killin’ me

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    #159925
    zerosum
    Participant

    They/everybody, knows what to do to win.

    “It’s not the votes that count, but who counts the votes,”

    Hurry up and do it.
    ————–
    electronic warfare systems

    Russia knows how to make US smart bombs/defense shield/iron dome, become dumb.

    • Russia’s Unmatched EW Success Against Western Weapons in Ukraine (Sp.)

    ———-
    DEMOCRACY

    The result of the jury will upset 50% of the population.

    ——-

    BREAKING NEWS:

    “All the [NATO] countries would have to switch their economies over from a service economy to a full production wartime economy. And they’re not capable of it..”

    • US Military Experts: NATO Can’t Take on Russia or Prevent Ukraine’s Defeat (Sp.)

    (DID NATO JUST ADMIT THAT THEY ARE IN A PROXI WAR WITH RUSSIA?)

    ————

    • Zelensky No Longer Legitimate Leader of Ukraine – Putin (RT)

    (therefore, who will respond/talk/negotiate/represent the proxi leadership? NATO OR USA?
    ———-

    #159926
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Ho-hum

    Typical Empire of Lies incompetence on purpose

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    #159927
    Oroboros
    Participant

    You Will Own Nothing… And Be Happy

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    #159928
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Next Step in this progression will be the Police getting Russian FPV drones and just blowing up the “problem”

    Kaboom

    Just another grease spot on the side of the road. JAGSOTSR

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    #159929
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Maybe transforming Eurotardistan back to the Middle Ages has some pluses

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    #159930
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    @tboc

    Hey! One or two degrees of separation.

    I’ll give Neil Young credit for one “hey, hey my my”
    thing…..deliberately ambiguous lyrics.
    Cryste the man howled with a voice residing somewhere between Bob Dylan’s unfortunate warbling and these two Bobcats engaged in a polite discussion.

    Bob and Neil’s greatest contribution to Mank (kind) is the high hope they gave the uniquely disabled singing impaired humans out there.

    #159931
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #159932
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Well, I guess this definitively answers the question: Who is smarter, men or women?

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    #159933
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Rock on in the Free World Duh’merica

    Rock on……..

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    #159934
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Karma?

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    #159935
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Woketard insanity headed for a Rendezvous with Destiny ….

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    #159936
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Segue

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    #159937
    zerosum
    Participant

    Robert Dinaro rants against Trump.
    Afraid of “People Power”
    Afraid of losing his “democracy”

    #159939
    zerosum
    Participant

    Should “fact Check” or some gov agency do something about the lies/misinformation (ie. Biden, Denaro, etc.), gonna lose your democracy if you vote for Trump

    #159940
    jb-hb
    Participant
    #159941
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    parallel universe

    “Welcome to the Best President Fan Club! Here, you, John Q Citizen, will get a chance to participate in a non-binding vote by paper ballot, hand counted. Results will be published the first week of November in our monthly newsletter. Our curated list of candidates is no limit to your desires. Write in whomever you wish! And we’ll actually publish those results, too!”

    Let the statistically significant results flow.

    #159944
    zerosum
    Participant

    Trump says, “System is rigged, Legal system is rigged.”

    Yep!

    The system is rigged to favor those in power. The legal system, the police system is there to support the laws made by the rich in power.
    ———–

    #159945
    zerosum
    Participant

    Unanimous guilty decision required for each count/charge.

    Jail time can be applied for any or only one guilty decision.

    Make everybody happy that they/their opinions won

    #159946
    zerosum
    Participant

    Punishment for hate crime is more than murder of 36,000 committed by Israel

    #159947
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Interesting thing I noticed on Youtube.

    I was commenting on a video about boomers vs migrants (it is coming down to a choice of who we budget for)

    I explained to a GenXer who was worried that benefits would be cancelled right as our generation is about to start receiving them — uh, didn’t the S&L bailout in 1990 clue you in where we were headed? Weren’t we ALL saying to each other about social security and pensions “we’ll never see that” starting in like 1987-present???

    It kept getting deleted – rather quickly.

    This only motivated me to see what was going on, so I tried a few more replies, rephrasing what I had to say in different ways.

    I’d been making a generational analogy, that GenX should be the Grey Champion, be Gandalf, pulling the Balrog down into the abyss with him so the rest of the party can go on. An analogy to choosing to lead or vote for the benefit of future generations instead of siding with the Boomer policies in hopes of sharing their benefits.

    Soon as I omitted the Gandalf analogy, the new post didn’t get auto deleted.

    Thinking about this, I figure it’s because I’ve downvoted and shitposted the hell out of all Amazon videos regarding their Lord of the Rings of Prime abomination, so Lord of the Rings keywords get my replies autodeleted on Youtube now.

    So anytime I make a statement by analogy involving Lord of the Rings, it is deleted because I am on a list as a tiny mosquito like annoyance to Amazon, I guess.

    Somebody out there thinks of EVERYTHING as 5th gen warfare. Petty, petty petty idiot assholes.

    As far as countries having to decide between boomers and migrants, it’s irony turned up to 11. The boomers, wanting to heap themselves with trophies and medals for being the Bestest Evar Generation You Bigots, have shown their total full spectrum superiority over all past and future generations through MAXIMUM openness and MAXIMUM generosity. There’s no way to beat preferring infinite strangers over your own people, especially over your own children and grandchildren.

    But now there’s a material decision to make – will the Boomers, in their last hours of being at the driver’s wheel, choose benefits for their own generation or maximum virtue signaling, not only at other generations’ expense, but their own?

    Boomers, you’re down to deporting 20 million people OR having Z’ers dump you still alive in a ditch or gutter with some newfangled re-definition of “care” being mouthed. (who did we learn from? we learned from you!) All these costs simply cannot be borne by your society. It’s either free walking-around money, cellphones, housing, medical care, and education for infinite strangers or retirement and nursing homes for yourselves – what’s it going to be?

    #159948
    zerosum
    Participant

    MUST TRAIN TO BE READY TO FIGHT OUR ENEMIES
    (WHO ARE THE ENEMIES THAT WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE ?)
    https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-announces-11b-for-military-aircraft-training-1.6904946

    Canada has announced an $11.2-billion contract to improve training platforms for the military, including the purchase of 70 training aircraft for the Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) program.

    Defence Minister Bill Blair made the announcement at the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries’ annual defence industry tradeshow (CANSEC) in Ottawa. According to a news release from the Department of National Defence, the training aircraft will be split into fleets including two-seat turboprop training and aerobatic low-wing aircraft, helicopters and Dash-8s.

    #159949
    jb-hb
    Participant

    “This Is Insanity”: Judge In Trump Case Issues Unbelievable Jury Instructions
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/jury-begins-deliberations-trump-hush-money-trial

    “there is no need to agree on what occurred – and can disagree on what the crime was.. this means that they could split 4-4-4 and he will still treat them as unanimous.”

    I’m still trying to figure out what the crime is. I guess the jury is too.

    Like, look, just please imagine a crime FOR us and whatever crime you think there was, just say yes, okay? Then I’ll just tally up anyone who says yes and call that unanimous.

    Shouldn’t the specific crimes committed be blazoned everywhere, unavoidable, on every news channel, in every anti trump article comment? Why can’t I find a basic, concise, clear-cut explanation of wtf this is about?

    #159950
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Just to make this clear: Unanimity does not require agreeing on what the crime was

    #159951
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Whenever I get in an argument, I try to state where I stand clearly and plainly.

    For instance, if I am in an argument about Ukraine, I say

    “Look man. The US overthrew the Ukraine govt back in 2014. I watched the US State Dept do a press conference about the leaked recording about spending 6 billion to overthrow the country, the recording in which they said which people they wanted to put into power. Cosmic Coincidence, those people were the very people who DID end up in power. Any understanding of the Ukraine conflict that ignores this is seriously flawed out of touch with reality. I saw it with my own eyes. You can watch it too, bro. It was on fucken Cspan, bro.”

    Right? I state my case. My case is, after all, the strongest part of.. my having a case.

    I am glad I didn’t follow this Trump Trial before the past couple days. What a total waste of time and attention. There are PLENTY of anti-trump posters in zerohedge comments – they’re everywhere – and the closest I could find to a clarification of wtf is going on was:

    “The felony in question is falsification of business records. That is what they unanimously have to agree on. What they don’t have to agree on is what crime, if any, Trump wanted to cover up”

    Wait, the business records that said “legal expenses” that should have said “hush money”? Misdemeanors that are out of statute of limitations? Those are the felonies that the jury is being asked about, and collusion to cover up the misdemeanors/felonies, which would constitute the felony aspect of this, are off the table? Wait, what???

    What. The Fuck. Are. The. Specific. Things? I am super lost here. The idiocracy trial is absolute genius by comparison, because they have a specific charge “bro didn’t pay the hospital bill”

    If someone was like Alan Rickman in Die Hard – lay a pistol on the table in view of the person answering the question, asked calmly one more time. Seeing the pistol, one should be able to formulate a coherent answer, surely?

    This is like in 2016-2017 on the 100th day of waking up to NPR saying 17 intelligence agencies have Trump redhanded, gotta trust us, we have sources. Lifetime of loving and listening to NPR. Cannot take it anymore. Don’t care what you say anymore. Double don’t care after it went to impeachment and was a nothingburger. Got to assume everything you say from now on is just meaningless gibberish. Voting for Trump in his orange suit and 6×6 cell I guess because you cannot or will not speak actual English.

    #159952
    citizenx
    Participant

    Can Trump be trusted…?

    Trump, Epstein’s buddy Trump? Oh Sure.
    He can be trusted just like the Democrats can be trusted to continue sending Billion$ of dollar$ to the Jewish Dictator Zelensky to ‘save Democracy’ through never ending proxy war$.

    Something- something about a limited hangout pretending the two party system is not a uni-war-party.
    Because, you know, Donald really really cares. Trump had nothing to do with the lockdowns, inflationary free money, the ‘vaccine’ warp speed, or assasinating Qasem Soleimani.

    So pleased to hear Trump has denounced the safe and effective jabs, the injuries and deaths from it, and the ensueing insanity he helped perpetuate. Has Trump ever apologized and said “I was wrong and I’m sorry”? About anything?

    Trump the Messiah, saving retards daily.

    we went through this last time he was elected, he was riding the coat tails of Wikileaks, but in true American form, didn’t deliver. Trump is a liar and a fraud, he is Israel first and will sell the USA down the river. Why fall for the same trick twice, it just makes you look stupid.

    Yep, apparently retards just want to believe…

    Who is smarter, men or women?

    US college degrees by gender– hahaha- now define “a woman” – never a dull moment from retarded Liberal bleeding Feminists.

    Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World

    Kneel Young- the cancelling hypocrite who made a parody of himself ?
    Time for Kneel to wear another mask, get his 20th booster, and begin his Vaxxine Aids tour eh ?
    Aboot time for Justine Turdoh and the Waffen SS to join along on the Global Tour for the Freedumb Vax injured. Because there was never a forced mandate. No Rape by Vaccine. My body my choice.

    Like it never happened.

    #159953
    citizenx
    Participant

    His lifeless eyes-

    COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Mandates Continue to Kill First Responders at a Frightening Rate
    72 firefighters have died recently

    Colberts lifeless eyes… Liberal sub-human scum cult Leader… true propaganda…sickening.

    COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Mandates Continue to Kill First Responders at a Frightening Rate

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