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Eugène Delacroix The Good Samaritan 1849

 

Which Movie Will It Be? (Jim Kunstler)
The Trump Conviction Presents a Target-Rich Environment for Appeal (Turley)
Of Course They’ll Put Trump in Jail (Victoria Taft)
Rand Paul Warns Of “War In The Streets” Coming From Trump Verdict (MN)
Top Judge Blocks Complaints Against Trump Judge Aileen Cannon (ET)
Biden Denies ‘Pulling the Strings’ in Trump’s Criminal Conviction (ET)
Dear American (Paul Craig Roberts)
Jury Selection Begins In Hunter Biden Gun Trial (ZH)
Germany Begins To Militarize: When Have We Seen This Before? (Amar)
US Close To ‘Fatal’ Miscalculation – Moscow (RT)
China Explains Snub Of Zelensky ‘Peace Summit’ (RT)
Ready Reckoner For Killing – The Raisi Assassination (Helmer)
US Force Scott Ritter Off Plane to Russia, Seize His Passport (Sp.)
Deaf and Blind: The Maladies of American Diplomats (Patrick Lawrence)

 

 


“..a gesture that is sure to live in infamy..”

 

 

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Obama 1992

 

 

Greenwald

 

 

 

 

“..the next day in the White House when “Joe Biden” was asked to comment on it as he shuffled away from the podium, halted, turned, and smirked silently at the cameras, a gesture that is sure to live in infamy.”

Which Movie Will It Be? (Jim Kunstler)

The ninnies of Bidenworld seem to not understand that by subjecting Mr. Trump to a kangaroo court they’ve made him the kind of outlaw that Americans revere above every other archetypal hero. He’s the new American Robin Hood, the people’s outlaw — with “Joe Biden” relegated as the wicked Sir Guy of Gisbourne, master of foul play and servant of the evil regent Prince John (Barack Obama). The galvanizing moment in this melodrama was not the verdict in Judge Juan Merchan’s kangaroo corral of a court, but the next day in the White House when “Joe Biden” was asked to comment on it as he shuffled away from the podium, halted, turned, and smirked silently at the cameras, a gesture that is sure to live in infamy. The fun should really kick off when the judge gets to sentence Trump-the-Outlaw July 11, a few days before the Republican convention. Life in some New York state pen? A year on Rikers Island? House arrest? Who knows. But you can bet that just like Robin-of-Locksley, Donald-of-Mar-a-Lago will manage to slip out of his captors’ clutches and cleverly vanquish them.

In a sane world, of course, the US Supreme Court would be entreated to adjudicate this gross insult to due process as spelled out in Section 1 of the 14th Amendment. “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” But you might have noticed that this is not a sane world, at least not these days, and not a few supposedly sober analysts, such as Jonathan Turley of George Washington University, claim that a SCOTUS review is a long-shot — which only confirms the reigning insanity since it’s hard to imagine a more compelling moment for the SCOTUS to carry out its fundamental duty: to elucidate the meaning of our Constitution and resolve disputes arising therefrom.

Now, it looks like what we’re seeing after a few days for the shock to wear off, is a mighty righteous rage arising among the faction designated as “Red” — that is, the anti-Woke, anti-Globalist, anti-neoMarxist, anti-Deep State blob, anti-Lawfare, anti-Democratic Party chunk of the adult US population. It amounts to a recognition that we are already in some kind of civil war, and that the tactics of “Joe Biden’s” party must and will be opposed by all means. The SCOTUS is the last resort of legal means for redress in this matter, and they would punt this duty at great peril to the country. To clarify just what this matter is: “Joe Biden’s” White House and Department of Justice conspired with New York County (Manhattan) authorities to maliciously construct and execute a court case made of patently false charges against their principal political adversary, and with a cavalier disrespect to both state and federal law.

As such, the “Stormy Daniels Payoff Case,” as it’s known, is just the latest ploy in a long train of lawless gambits starting with RussiaGate in 2016 (the “Steele Dossier” and all) that have left hundreds of high appointed officials in the federal bureaucracy (plus many retired from it) liable to severe criminal charges ranging as far as sedition and treason. RussiaGate may have started its life as a typical campaign prank by doofuses in the Hillary Clinton organization, but it turned seriously sinister when it was adopted by the FBI and the CIA to execute a plan to harass and defenestrate the elected president, Mr. Trump.With each subsequent prank, to distract from and cover-up their crimes, the same group of officials has committed more crimes, to the point that the federal government now behaves like a gigantic mafia, dedicated to nothing but crime of one kind or another. The Democratic Party has become this mob’s protective order; the old mainstream media its mouthpiece; and the people of this country increasingly its victims.

Naturally, these criminals are now desperate to avoid having to account for their crimes, which is exactly and explicitly what Mr. Trump promises to make them do.So, there it is: a criminal regime versus the people defended by their outlaw hero. Does the SCOTUS want to aid and abet this gang of criminals — led by the way, and just so you know, by Barack Obama and his Kalorama coterie, John Brennan, Mary McCord and her Lawfare coterie, Hillary and Bill Clinton and their henchmen, and scores of additional DC lawyers, fixers, and judges — or, will the SCOTUS avert an epic crisis of legitimacy by stepping in to quash the ridiculously fake New York case just concluded? If they demur in some cowardly blur of excuses, then it’s onto the next truly nation-ending stage of this game.

The “Joe Biden” regime would like nothing more than an outbreak of civil violence they can blame on “right-wing extremists.” In fact, they could and probably will gin that up themselves, just as they transformed the Jan-6-21 mass protest against widespread ballot fraud into a “MAGA insurrection.” You are also certainly aware of the sinister millions, mainly young men from faraway lands, who “Joe Biden” imported across the border the past three years. And you might imagine how they could be put to use against American citizens, along with the Democratic Party shock troops known as BLM and Antifa. Summer’s here and the time is right for fighting in the streets. And, of course, even if the SCOTUS puts an end to this latest bit of Lawfare fuckery, the “Joe Biden” crew can always opt to just up and kill its opponent. Nothing is beneath them now. But when that happens, we’ll be in a very different kind of movie.

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“..if Biden wins the election before this conviction is overturned, history’s judgment will be deafening.”

The Trump Conviction Presents a Target-Rich Environment for Appeal (Turley)

The conviction of former President Donald Trump in Manhattan of 34 felonies produced citywide celebrations. This thrill-kill environment extended to the media, where former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace that it was “majestic day” and “a day to celebrate.” When I left the courthouse after watching the verdict come in, I was floored by the celebrations outside by both the public and some of the media. The celebrants would be wise to think twice before mounting this trophy kill on the political wall. The Trump trial is a target-rich environment for an appeal, with multiple layers of reversible error, in my view. I am less convinced by suggestions that the case could be challenged on the inability of Trump receiving a fair trial in a district that voted roughly 90 percent against him. The problem was not the jury, but the prosecutors and the judge. Some of the most compelling problems can be divided into four groups.

The Judge – Acting Supreme Court justice Juan Merchan was handpicked for this case rather than randomly selected. This is only the latest in a litany of Trump cases where Merchan has meted out tough rulings against Trump and his organization. With any other defendant, there would likely be outrage over his selection. Merchan donated to President Biden. Even though the state bar cleared that violation based on the small size of the contribution, it later stressed that no such contributions were appropriate for a judge. We learned later that Merchan has contributed to a group to stop the GOP and Trump. Merchan’s daughter is also a Democratic organizer who has helped raise millions against Trump and the GOP and for the Democrats.

To his credit, CNN legal analyst Elie Honig has previously said that this case was legally dubious, uniquely targeted Trump and could not succeed outside of an anti-Trump district. On the judge, he recently challenged critics on the fairness of assigning a Biden donor who has earmarked donations for “resisting the Republican Party and Donald Trump’s radical right-wing legacy.” He asked “Would folks have been just fine with the judge staying on the case if he had donated a couple bucks to “Re-elect Donald Trump, MAGA forever!”? “Absolutely not.” What is equally disturbing is the failure of Merchan to protect the rights of the defendant and what even critics admit were distinctly pro-prosecution rulings in the trial. It is not just the appearance of a conflict with Judge Merchan but a record of highly biased decisions. In watching Merchan in the courtroom, I was shocked by his rulings as at times incomprehensible and conflicted.

The Charges – A leading threshold issue will be the decision to allow Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to effectively try Trump for violations of federal law. The Justice Department declined any criminal charges against Trump under federal election law over the alleged “hush money” payments. The Federal Election Commission likewise found no basis for a civil fine. With no federal prosecution, Bragg decided to use an unprecedented criminal theory not only to zap a dead misdemeanor into life (after the expiration of the statute of limitation) but to allow him to try violations of not only federal election law but also federal taxation violations. In other words, the Justice Department would not prosecute federal violations, so Bragg effectively did it in state court.

Even when closing arguments were given, analysts on various networks admitted that they were unclear about what Bragg was alleging. The indictment claimed a violation under New York’s election law 17-152 that the falsification of business records were committed to further another crime as an unlawful means to influence the election. However, in a maddeningly circular theory, that other crime could be the falsification of business records. It could also be violations of federal election and taxation laws, which Trump was never charged with, let alone convicted of.

[..] The Supreme Court has repeatedly emphasized that the requirement of unanimity in criminal convictions is sacrosanct in our system. While there was unanimity that the business records were falsified to hide or further a second crime, there was no express finding of what that crime may have been. In some ways, Trump may have been fortunate by Merchan’s cavalier approach. Given that the jury convicted Trump across the board, they might have found all of three secondary crimes. The verdict form never asked for such specificity. These are just a few of the appellate issues. There are other challenges, including but not limited to due process violations on the lack of specificity in the indictment, vagueness of the underlying state law and the lack of evidentiary foundation for key defenses like “the legitimate press function.” They are the reason why many of us view this case is likely to be reversed in either the state or federal systems. None of that is likely to dampen the thrill in this kill in Manhattan. But if Biden wins the election before this conviction is overturned, history’s judgment will be deafening.

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“Leftists currently going after Trump have pierced attorney-client privilege and destroyed lawyers for representing the wrong client. They will think nothing of putting Trump in jail. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m not.”

Of Course They’ll Put Trump in Jail (Victoria Taft)

Why wouldn’t Judge Juan Merchan finish the job and add to the left’s glee in calling Donald Trump a “convicted felon” by sentencing him to jail? That fact that Trump’s sentencing is on July 11, mere days before the Republican National Convention, would not impede a judge who, according to Trump attorney Alina Habba, covered his mouth to laugh during his sentencing. It would be no impediment to the hand-picked jurist who allowed prosecutors to hide the underlying “crime” for the entire trial, hide witnesses, and overrule the majority of the defense objections in this goat rodeo. What would stop him from jailing Trump? The case has horrified believers in the rule of law, without which you cannot have a civil society. It has horrified people who barely paid attention to the trial but gave this judge the benefit of the doubt. Tens of millions of Americans know that this trumped-up case means prosecutors wouldn’t hesitate to do the same to them. Nobody is above the law, but Donald Trump is under it, as has been stated a lot recently with good reason.

Obama’s former Svengali, David Axelrod, told HBO’s Bill Maher that he didn’t think it was a wise idea to put Trump in jail because “it would be worrisome for our country” and “MAGA nation would go nuts.” “I think there is something about jailing a former president, especially on something like this [and] worrisome for our country,” he gamely said. “And I would really be shocked if this judge gave him a prison sentence for this.” We’ll wait for Axelrod’s look of surprise when Trump is sentenced to jail. But don’t be misled. Axelrod knows that Democrat cranks like Bennie Thompson, he of the January 6 Commission, and other dumb representatives introduced a bill to strip “convicted felon” presidential candidates sentenced to jail from getting Secret Service protection. So they want to kill him, too. In the same way the feds got Michael Cohen to plead guilty to elections violations to get a shorter sentence, on unrelated charges, they’ve teed up this case. They’ll send him to jail. I’d be glad to be wrong.

Would Hillary Clinton stand up for the rule of law for Donald Trump? Of course not. She made up stories about him being a Russian spy and then wrote them off as legal expenses. Clinton used campaign funds to pay for the Steele dossier, and used a Russian spy to make up a document calling Trump a spy! She used her campaign coffers to pay for this, calling them legal expenses, but was fined $8,000 for violating campaign finance laws. Trump used his own money to pay off Stormy Daniels through his attorney in 2017 to “influence” the 2016 election, then grossed up and plussed up the money to pay Michael Cohen for legal fees for his work, and he is probably going to jail. They had to make up stuff to smear Trump. There were hundreds of violent riots at which police officers and Secret Service were injured and hospitalized. Kamala Harris gave them bail money in the unlikely event it was needed. Antifa and BLM tried to attack the White House. And nobody who encouraged unrest – like Harris, Maxine Waters, and Chuck Schumer – was held to account. Trump called for a peaceful rally and made an alleged “bad” phone call and they impeached him.

Would people who tried to frame Donald Trump, a man running for president, as a Russian spy hesitate to throw him in jail? [..] Professors, court watchers, former federal prosecutors, former attorneys general, and people who deal in the legal space all the time blithely assure us with bromides. Sending him to jail is highly unlikely. Sending Trump to jail would be hard for a judge to justify. It would be very hard to send a former president to jail on a records offense. It would create a constitutional crisis. They haven’t noticed that the left has destroyed all norms. Leftists currently going after Trump have pierced attorney-client privilege and destroyed lawyers for representing the wrong client. They will think nothing of putting Trump in jail. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m not.

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“I worry about strife. I worry about war in the streets. I worry about 50 percent of the public believing that the court system will be used against them..”

Rand Paul Warns Of “War In The Streets” Coming From Trump Verdict (MN)

GOP Senator Rand Paul has warned that the fallout of the weaponisation of the justice system against Donald Trump could lead to “war in the streets.” Appearing on Fox Business, Paul was asked “What is your reaction to the conviction?” The Senator responded that it is “a sad day in America,” adding “what I worry about is something even bigger than Donald Trump.” “I worry about strife. I worry about war in the streets. I worry about 50 percent of the public believing that the court system will be used against them,” Paul further urged. “I worry when half the country thinks they won’t be treated fairly, what happens and how people react,” the Senator continued. Paul also pointed out how Hillary Clinton was treated completely differently when she was charged over her email server. “If you look at records violations and you look at Hillary Clinton, $8 million expense, and they slapped her on the wrist cause she got an $8 thousand fine,” Paul asserted. “I think Donald Trump is the only person ever prosecuted for this particular crime,” Paul further suggested, stating that there are probably thousands of cases of records violations in New York that never go to court.

As we highlighted yesterday, Bill Maher has predicted that if Trump is sentenced to any prison time, there will be a civil war that will quickly evolve into a race war because of MAGA supporters. As we highlighted earlier this week, former US Attorney for the District of Utah Brett L. Tolman is adament that Judge Merchan will give Trump jail time. “This judge has considerable power now, on July 11th he has the power to take Trump forthwith, he can take him, put him in custody right then and he can do it for whatever period of time,” said Tolman, warning that despite there being a range of sentencing, “the rules are out the window, who knows what this judge will do.” “I predict he will give him some jail time, I think he will fine him, he’ll give him a stern lecture and then he’ll promptly plan his retirement and a book deal,” concluded Tolman.

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Oasis in the desert.

Top Judge Blocks Complaints Against Trump Judge Aileen Cannon (ET)

The chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has blocked complaints against the judge overseeing one of former President Donald Trump’s criminal cases. Chief Judge William Pryor Jr., in a newly released order dated May 22, instructed the circuit court’s clerk to stop accepting new complaints against U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon after the clerk was flooded with complaints. “Since May 16, 2024, the clerk of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has received over 1,000 judicial complaints against Judge Cannon that raise allegations that are substantially similar to the allegations raised in previous complaints,” Judge Pryor, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, wrote in the order. “These complaints appear to be part of an orchestrated campaign.” Judiciary rules enable each judicial council to act when a series of “many essentially identical complaints” from different people flood into the circuit in which the council is based.

The council can instruct the circuit clerk “to accept only a certain number of such complaints for filing and to refuse to accept additional complaints. Judge Pryor recommended to the council that it instruct the clerk to stop taking additional complaints against Judge Cannon, and the council adopted the recommendation. Judge Pryor entered the new order on behalf of the council. Federal law lets people file complaints against federal judges over judicial misconduct, which includes treating litigants “in a demonstrably egregious and hostile manner” and “making inappropriately partisan statements.” Some activists and others have complained about Judge Cannon’s ruling against special counsel Jack Smith, who is prosecuting President Trump. The rulings have resulted in the trial against the former president being pushed back multiple times.

After Mr. Smith’s team on May 31 asked for an immediate gag order on President Trump, for example, Judge Cannon on June 2 directed President Trump to respond and said the government could issue a reply to that response on or before June 21. Misconduct can not include the correctness of a judge’s ruling or allegations about delays, “unless the allegation concerns an improper motive in delaying a particular decision or habitual delay in a significant number of unrelated cases,” according to judicial rules. The order does not apply to four of the complaints lodged against Judge Cannon, according to Judge Pryor. The judge said he reviewed those complaints and dismissed them because they “lack[ed] sufficient evidence to raise an inference that misconduct has occurred.”

Many of the complaints that flooded in are aimed at the rulings or other actions of Judge Cannon in the case against President Trump, which centers on his handling of documents containing sensitive information. President Trump was charged with Espionage Act violations and obstruction in the federal case. He has pleaded not guilty. “Although many of the complaints allege an improper motive in delaying the case, the allegations are speculative and unsupported by any evidence,” Judge Pryor said. “The complaints also do not establish that Judge Cannon was required to recuse herself from the case because she was appointed by then-President Trump.”

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True, it’s not him pulling the strings. He wouldn’t be able to find them.

Biden Denies ‘Pulling the Strings’ in Trump’s Criminal Conviction (ET)

President Joe Biden has dismissed the notion that he was “pulling the strings” in the criminal cases against former President Donald Trump, who had been found guilty of 34 felony counts. During an exchange with a Fox News reporter outside the White House on Friday, President Biden was asked if the criminal conviction helped his political rival in the election, to which he replied: “I have no idea.” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy followed up by asking President Biden if he is concerned about facing criminal charges once his presidential term ends. “Not at all,” the president answered. “I didn’t do anything wrong. The system still works.” When asked about President Trump’s assertion that he was “pulling the strings behind the scenes” to hurt him politically, President Biden laughed off the claim, saying: “I didn’t know I was that powerful.” President Trump was found guilty on May 30 in a case in which he was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records to conceal non-disclosure payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels as part of a bid to influence the 2016 presidential election.

This marks the first criminal conviction of a U.S. president. The former president denounced the verdict outside the courthouse, calling it a “rigged trial” and an attempt by the Biden administration to hurt a political opponent. “The real verdict is going to be Nov. 5, by the people,” President Trump said. “We’ll keep fighting, we’ll fight to the end, and we’ll win.” Minutes after the jury returned the verdict, an avalanche of donations to the Trump presidential campaign caused the donation page to temporarily become unavailable. The following day, the Trump campaign announced a record one-day fundraising haul of nearly $35 million. President Biden said Friday that it was “reckless” for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee to call the trial rigged, arguing that the case was heard by a jury of 12 Americans selected through a process in which President Trump’s attorney was part of.

“Donald Trump was given every opportunity to defend himself. It was a state case, not a federal case,” the president said in a May 31 address at the White House. “The jury heard five weeks of evidence. And after careful deliberation, the jury reached a unanimous verdict. They found Donald Trump guilty on all 34 felony counts,” he added. President Biden said that, like everyone else, the former president was afforded the opportunity to appeal the court’s decision. “That’s how the American system of justice works. And it’s reckless, it’s dangerous, and it’s irresponsible for anyone to say this was rigged just because they don’t like the verdict,” President Biden said.

“The justice system should be respected, and we should never allow anyone to tear it down. It’s as simple as that,” he added. President Trump’s sentencing—which is set for July 11—will come just four days before the Republican National Convention where he will be formally designated as the Republican presidential nominee. His legal team has vowed to appeal the verdict, while House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said the U.S. Supreme Court should get involved and overturn the conviction, arguing that the circumstances of the case have led to an erosion of public faith in America’s justice system. While there are no laws barring President Trump from running for the White House as a convicted felon, an overturned verdict before Election Day would likely boost his chances of victory.

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“..future historians will ask why the people did not protest their pending annihilation..”

Dear American (Paul Craig Roberts)

Dear American, Do you realize that the Republican Speaker of the House, the House Democrat minority Leader, the Senate Majority Leader and the Senate Republican minority leader, along with an almost unanimous Congress have committed you to the support of the Israeli Genocide of Palestine, both the people and the country? “Our” representatives told Netanyahu that “we (meaning the US) join the State of Israel in your struggle against terror.” For eight months Israel has been terror bombing and destroying everything in Gaza, and “our” leaders see the slaughter of women, children, hospitals, all infrastructure as a “struggle against terror” rather than as an exercise of terror.The Congress of the United States, supposedly our representatives, but in reality the representative of Zionist Israel, has invited Chief Genocide Leader of the World Netanyahu for whom arrest warrants are outstanding to address the United States Congress.

The US Congress is doing this because the US Congress, especially its “leaders,” are paid by Israel Lobby campaign donations to defend the indefensible–the Genocide of the Palestinians and the suppression of all criticism of Israel. This will be the fourth time that Netanyahu has addressed the US Congress. Only Senator Bernie Sanders objected: “Netanyahu is a war criminal. I certainly will not attend.” The rest of Congress is comfortable celebrating a war criminal for whom an arrest warrant is issued by the Hague-based International Criminal Court.

Dear American, Does it bother you that “our” government has put our approval on genocide and has endorsed in our name the Genocide of the remnant of a peaceful people who Israel has demonized in order to steal their country? Dear American, Are you aware that you are about to be taken into nuclear war over the borders of Ukraine while your own undefended, wide open borders are welcoming in 3.6 million immigrant-invaders each year? Dear American, Are you aware that President Trump has been convicted in a Democrat Joseph Stalin type show trial of a non-existent crime? Dear American, Are you aware that the New York justice (sic) system is the most corrupt of any on planet Earth? The New York justice (sic) system could not find justice if there was a quadrillion dollar reward. Dear American, Do you comprehend that you live in a country that is collapsing at light speed, morally, politically, economically, socially, militarily?

Dear American, Has it occurred to you to wonder why, while the streets of Budapest, Hungary, are filled with hundreds of thousands of people protesting the coming war with Russia that Biden is bringing us, there is no protest activity in America and elsewhere in Europe, and not a word in the media, and no opposition in Congress to the destruction of the Western world that war with Russia will bring? Dear American, My questions are for aware people, a status for which few Americans qualify. If Human history continues, which at this point of time seems doubtful, future historians will ask why the people did not protest their pending annihilation. How was it possible that entire populations could be so brainwashed that they were removed from the reality of their own destruction?

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“The prosecution does not plan to bring out the entire infamous laptop..”

Jury Selection Begins In Hunter Biden Gun Trial (ZH)

Of all the things Hunter Biden has been accused of, and recorded himself doing, he’ll be in a Delaware courthouse this week on three federal felony gun charges. Jury selection begins in the case brought against him by special counsel David Weiss, who has charged the First Son with making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm, making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a licensed firearm dealer, and one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Hunter bought a Colt Cobra revolver Oct. 12, 2018 – during which he “knowingly made a false and fictitious written statement, intended and likely to deceive that dealer with respect to a fact material to the lawfulness of the sale of the firearm … certifying he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, and any other controlled substance, when in fact, as he knew, that statement was false and fictitious.”

Specifically, Hunter answered ‘no’ when asked if he was “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.” Eleven days after Hunter bought the gun, his brother’s widow, Hallie Biden, threw it in a dumpster behind a market near a school. An elderly man discovered the items and police later obtained them from him. Authorities placed the items into “an evidence vault” and no charges were brought. Searches of Mr. Biden’s account, undertaken as federal agents investigated him for tax crimes, uncovered evidence that led to the firearm charges. That included pictures showing drugs and texts relating to how Mr. Biden was using drugs. He later wrote in his memoir that he was addicted to drugs during the period he bought and owned the revolver. Maximum prison time on all charges could be up to 25 years (we’ll wait for you to catch your breath), and each count carries a maximum fine of $250,000 and three years of unsupervised release.

The trial begins almost a year after Judge Maryellen Noreika blew up a sweetheart plea deal, which would have conveyed broad immunity to Hunter on a wide swath of unrelated potential criminal charges. The deal sought to cap a five-year investigation into Hunter’s tax affairs and business dealings. After the plea deal unraveled, David Weiss requested and was granted “special counsel” status by Attorney General Merrick Garland.

During the trial, prosecutors will not be allowed to let the jury know about Hunter’s 2014 discharge from the Navy after testing positive for cocaine, nor his salacious child support case for his out-of-wedlock daughter in Arkansas. Judge Noreika also said that Weiss only has to show that Hunter was addicted to drugs, not that he was on them the day he purchased the gun. The prosecution does not plan to bring out the entire infamous laptop containing details of Hunter Biden’s life but will introduce certain portions. Noreika ruled that Hunter Biden’s team will be able to question aspects of the laptop in front of the jury. The laptop, which leaked in 2020 just before the presidential election, was decried as Russian disinformation by 51 former intelligence officials. Noreika also ruled that the special counsel cannot mention Hunter Biden’s pending federal tax trial in California during the trial in Delaware, which is also part of Weiss’s investigation and scheduled for a September trial. -Fox News

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“..We are in the long term now, and the contours of the new Germany are emerging.”

Germany Begins To Militarize: When Have We Seen This Before? (Amar)

Recent German history is marked by two dates – 1918 and 1945 – that stand for extraordinary, catastrophic failures of, among other things, militarism. Most countries have militaries, many have substantial ones. But militarism is, of course, something else: In essence, the term stands for a syndrome: a type of politics and culture – an integrated Zeitgeistpackage, if you wish – that harmfully exaggerate the public importance, social prestige, and political power of a country’s military. Both pre-World War I and pre-World War II Germany were clear cases of this political pathology, and both paid dearly for it, with massive defeats in wars started – first with significant input from others, then entirely on its own – by Berlin. History can be a harsh teacher, and in this case, the lessons that Germany brought on itself were not only painful, but they also got successively worse: 1918 was a severe setback that led to regime change, deep economic crisis, and lasting instability; 1945 was a total defeat that came with national partition and a robust geopolitical downgrading that was to last forever. Or so it seemed.

When the two Germanies that emerged after 1945 united in 1990, everyone with any sense of history knew that things would change again. It is true that in purely constitutional terms, the new Germany is merely a bigger version of the former West Germany; the former East Germany was simply absorbed. Yet in every other respect – including political culture, geopolitics, and, quite fundamentally, what it means to be German – that bigger version of old West Germany was on a timer: In the short term, post-unification Germany phase one (just a bigger West Germany) was bound to be transitory, just like, for instance, post-Soviet Russia phase one (the 1990s). And as with post-Soviet Russia, the really intriguing question has always been what phase two would look like, while those who thought they knew in advance risked being humbled by history. (Remember that once fashionable idea that Russia was “in transition” to becoming a geopolitically docile copy of an imaginary Western standard model? No? Don’t worry. No one else does either.)

Now, however, it’s 2024. Over a third of a century has passed since German unification. Gerhard Schroeder and Angela Merkel, the quintessential leaders of that deceptively abiding phase-one version of post-unification Germany are history. We are in the long term now, and the contours of the new Germany are emerging.

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“..Russia could react asymmetrically to a Ukrainian attack on its nuclear deterrence, as Moscow would hold the US responsible..”

US Close To ‘Fatal’ Miscalculation – Moscow (RT)

The US is close to making a “fatal” miscalculation in its attempts to deal with Russia and the Ukraine conflict, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has warned. The senior diplomat commented on Monday on the reported US decision to let Kiev use American weapons outside what Washington considers Ukrainian territory. The move is supposedly limited to a small piece of Russia’s Belgorod Region relevant to hostilities across the border in Ukraine’s Kharkov Region. ”I’d like to warn American actors against miscalculations that can lead to fatal consequences. For some unclear reason they underestimate how serious a response they could face,” Ryabkov told journalists. Up to then the stated US policy had been to ban such attacks, to prevent triggering “World War III.” Kiev has said it is disappointed by the change, as it wants permission to fire long-range American weapons deep inside Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of “serious consequences” of potential long-range strikes “considering the [countries’] parity in strategic weapons.” Ryabkov urged American policymakers to “spend some of their time, which they probably waste on computer games, judging by their air-headed approach to serious issues” on considering Putin’s words.The official also warned that Russia could react asymmetrically to a Ukrainian attack on its nuclear deterrence, as Moscow would hold the US responsible. Officials in Washington “have given Kiev a permit for any crimes, any action, and do nothing to curb provocations by their clients… But the US does not get this for free and will feel consequences,” the deputy FM warned. Ukrainian sources have claimed to the media that Kiev targeted two early-warning radar stations in Russia last month, allegedly damaging one. The facilities in question are designed to detect intercontinental ballistic missile launches and provide a response window to the Russian leadership.

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Biden will be absent as well, sends Kamala.

China Explains Snub Of Zelensky ‘Peace Summit’ (RT)

The Chinese government has said it will not be taking part in an upcoming Swiss-hosted conference on the Ukraine conflict, as the conditions necessary for such an event have not been met. Beijing has repeatedly stressed that any summit on settling the fighting between Russia and Ukraine must include “three important elements,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said during a media briefing on Monday. Those terms are recognition of the event by both Moscow and Kiev, equal participation of all sides, and a fair discussion of all peace proposals. None of the three conditions are likely to be fulfilled at the gathering, Mao explained, and therefore it would be “problematic” for China to participate in the summit – due to take place at the Burgenstock Resort near Lucerne on June 15 and 16.

The spokeswoman stressed that Beijing’s absence from the Swiss event does not mean a lack of support for peace between Russia and Ukraine. Mao went on to suggest that some countries who are sending delegations to the conference are not actually interested in ending the fighting. China has never “fanned fire or fueled the flames” when it comes to the Ukraine hostilities, Mao stressed, while expressing hope that all sides can understand China’s stance regarding the conference. On Sunday Ukraine’s leader, Vladimir Zelensky, lashed out at Beijing over its reluctance to attend the gathering in Switzerland, claiming that China has become “an instrument in the hands of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin” as he tries to discredit the conference.

Russia has not been invited to the summit, which is expected to address Zelensky’s so-called ‘ten-point peace plan.’ The scheme, among other things, demands a complete withdrawal of Russian forces from all territories that Ukraine considers its own, for Moscow to pay reparations, and for Russian officials to present themselves to war crimes tribunals. Russia instantly rejected the proposal as “unacceptable” when it was first floated by Zelensky in late 2022. According to Moscow, the plan disregards the situation on the ground and is a sign of Kiev’s unwillingness to seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RT last week that it was “absurd” to hold a summit on settling the conflict without Moscow’s participation. “This conference is completely without prospects,” he stressed.

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Differents accounts.

Ready Reckoner For Killing – The Raisi Assassination (Helmer)

It was a frustrated Sherlock Holmes who told Dr Watson: “You will not apply my precept,” he said, shaking his head. “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” That was in 1890 in the Arthur Conan Doyle story, “The Sign of Four”. Application of this Holmes rule of detection and deduction to the circumstances of the crash of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter on May 19 is now producing the inescapable conclusion that Raisi, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and the six others on board their aircraft were killed by the actions of one or both of the pilots, who intended their own suicide and the killing of their passengers. This appears not to have been the conclusion of the Iranian Air Force commanders who paid a condolence visit to the families of the pilots on May 21, two days after their deaths.

But with the release last week by the Iranian Army’s General Staff of its second report on the fatal crash, the elimination of weather, machine failure, external missile attack, on-board bomb, electronic sabotage, and pilot navigational error is now complete. Together with the first General Staff report, the detailed Teheran television interview of Raisi’s chief of staff, Gholam-Hossein Esmaeili, and the eyewitness testimony by telephone from the crash scene by the Tabriz ayatollah, Mohammad Ali Al-Hashem, the evidence remaining is that the highly experienced chief pilot, Colonel Seyed Taher Mostafavi made three mistakes — the first, to fly into the cloud bank after he ordered the others to climb above; the second, not to detect on his radar and other instruments the sharp mountain peaks in close proximity to his flight course at 2,200 metres; and the third, to crash in horizontal orientation, not vertically nose first. Hattricks are rare, but they are never mistakes, never accidental.

[..] This is how the eyewitness in the third helicopter, behind Raisi’s aircraft, described the altitude, cloud and weather conditions: “Esmaeili:..There was fog on the ground, but not in up the air where we were advancing with the helicopters. However, in one small compacted area, there was a small patch of clouds above a cliff. In terms of height, this cloud was at the same height as our flight’s height. It was there that the now-martyred helicopter pilot [Mostafavi], who was also the commander of the fleet, told the rest of the pilots to ascend above the clouds. We were third behind the president’s helicopter. We rose above the clouds and advanced for approximately 30 seconds. Our pilot suddenly realized that the main helicopter carrying the president was missing.” Esmaeili said the pilot of his aircraft estimated that 90 seconds had elapsed between the radio contact of Mostafavi giving the order to climb above the cloud bank and the “disappearance”. “…we also have no radio contact with it anymore. So I asked him when was the last time contact was made? The pilot answered, ‘A minute and 30 seconds ago when the pilot [Mostafavi] told us to ascend above the clouds.’”

Esmaeili is explicit. It had been Mostafavi who had been at the controls of Raisi’s aircraft and who gave the order to the others to climb above the cloud. Esmaeili also revealed the direct testimony of Al-Hashem, who was thrown clear of the helicopter fuselage at the crash and was not reached by the fire which consumed the other passengers in the cabin. “After some tries, calling the cellphone of the captain [Mostafavi] accompanying the president, someone picked up the phone. It was Ayatollah Hashem, the Friday Imam of Tabriz. He told us that he was not feeling well. He didn’t tell us anything special. I asked him what exactly had happened. He told us that he didn’t know what had happened, and when asked about his whereabouts, he said that he didn’t know. He only described what he could see, described to us what he saw, for example, how he was surrounded by trees. I asked him about the condition of the others, the Ayatollah replied that he’s alone and couldn’t see anyone else and he’s alone.”

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Next up: Doug Macgregor.

US Force Scott Ritter Off Plane to Russia, Seize His Passport (Sp.)

Ritter was slated to participate in the annual St.Petersburg International Economic Forum as a guest speaker. “As I was boarding my flight out of New York I was pulled aside by three CBP officers, who seized my passport. When asked why, they said orders of the State Department. No further information was provided. My bags were removed from the flight, and I was escorted out of the airport,” the former US Marine intelligence officer told Sputnik. Scott Ritter added that his passport was not given back. He said he will appeal the decision. Ritter believes US authorities are afraid of his participation in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

“Is this done under the First Amendment to the US Constitution or the Fourth?” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asked sarcastically, commenting on Scott Ritter’s removal from his flight to Russia and the confiscation of his passport The First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees, among other things, non-interference with the freedoms of speech and assembly, while the Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and detentions. SPIEF is the largest annual Russian business event in the economic sphere, and is attended by dozens of politicians and entrepreneurs from around the world. This year, the forum will take place on June 5-8.

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A real life story.

“Mr. Kennedy’s thoughts on U.S. foreign policy,” as The Times’s obit explains, “were partly shaped by discussions with his captors.”

Deaf and Blind: The Maladies of American Diplomats (Patrick Lawrence)

Here is a modest proposal, nothing too radical, just good sense. Turn over Antony Blinken and Jake Sullivan to the Iranian authorities on the understanding the two statesmen, very loosely defined, would spend 444 days at the U.S. embassy compound in Tehran. Let’s think of it as a reenactment. Said premises, long a mess of barbed wire, weeds, brambles, mold and anti–American graffiti, is now a museum. The Den of Espionage, as it is called, is dedicated to the shameful history of U.S.–Iranian relations leading up to that fateful day, Jan. 16, 1979, when the shah was deposed by a nation that had had enough of him. Those unkind Iranians had to rub it in: The old graffiti is now covered over with mocking murals featuring Mickey Mouse and McDonald’s. All the better, I say. My theory is that the Biden regime’s secretary of state and national security adviser would return from their year and 79 days in the embassy—sitting on the floor, sleeping in the offices, washing their socks in bathroom sinks, the whole nine—transformed almost beatifically into… into statesmen of high purpose and deep insight, the two being devoid of both as we have them now.

I am inspired to these thoughts by a good obituary The New York Times ran in its May 18 editions on the death of a good man named Moorhead Kennedy. Moorhead Kennedy’s blood ran very blue: Upper East Side childhood, Groton, Princeton, Harvard Law, a career in the Foreign Service. Having learned Arabic, he was something of a Middle East man, his assignments over the years including Yemen and Lebanon. And then destiny placed its gentle hand on Kennedy’s shoulder: He was on a temporary assignment as economics attaché in Tehran when the fecal matter hit the fan. And so Kennedy was among those 52 Americans—diplomats, others in civil service jobs—who spent the famous 444 days captives of militant but nonviolent, I would say altogether righteous students who had broken down the embassy gates and climbed over its walls. They were of many stripes, secular and religious, but they were all repelled by the shah’s coercive insistence on Westernizing Iran in the worst kind of way—“Westoxicity,” as it came to be called.

Many of them spent their days poring through the embassy files and diplomatic cables to reconstruct just how, covertly and criminally, the U.S. had been attempting to overthrow the Iranian government for the second time in 26 years. I recall years later seeing black-and-white news footage of the hostages as they filed up the stairs to board an Air Algeria flight home on Jan. 20, 1981. One of the diplomats turned back a few steps short of the cabin door, shouted something the film did not record, and gave the Islamic Republic and all its citizens a great big middle finger. Ah, yes, I recall thinking, with what dignity are we represented to the world. nMoorhead Kennedy would have had as much reason to vent his anger as that vulgarian on the stairs. He was blindfolded and tied to a chair when students filed into his office. But something happened to Kennedy during the long months that followed. He began talking to those who had stormed the embassy. And most of all, he began listening to them.

I have long argued that the first signs that an imperium is in decline are when it goes blind and deaf; it can neither see others for who and what they are nor hear what they have to say. Kennedy proved to suffer from neither of these symptoms. As he later recounted his experience in an interview with a small public-affairs journal in Connecticut, Kennedy seemed to have brought a singularly open mind to what was supposed to be a brief assignment filling in for an absent colleague. “I was very interested in seeing a revolution in progress,” he told a reporter from CT Mirror in 2016. “It was a very fruitful time until, all of a sudden, I heard a shout from the Marines, ‘They’re coming over the wall!’ And then a whole new experience began.”

There is a wonderful photograph of Kennedy atop The Times’s obit, taken in the embassy during his captivity. It shows him sitting at his desk, calmly reading with his fingers to his chin. On the floor beside him are two colleagues whose beards make them look like they are among Kennedy’s captors. On his desk you see the paraphernalia of makeshift meals: a jar of mustard, a jar of Sanka repurposed as a sugar bowl, a box of Cocoa Krispies. I suspect Kennedy’s apparent composure had something to do with that unshakable aplomb you often find in American bluebloods. It is odd now to think you are looking at a man midway through a life-altering metamorphosis from which he had the integrity never to turn back. It was in the embassy that Kennedy began to reflect on what he was doing as an American foreign service officer and to conclude that what he was doing was emphatically not what he ought to have been doing because the nation he served had it all wrong. “Mr. Kennedy’s thoughts on U.S. foreign policy,” as The Times’s obit explains, “were partly shaped by discussions with his captors.”

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    Eugène Delacroix The Good Samaritan 1849   • Which Movie Will It Be? (Jim Kunstler) • The Trump Conviction Presents a Target-Rich Environment for
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 4 2024]

    #160383
    Dr D Rich
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      “Leftists currently going after Trump have pierced attorney-client privilege and destroyed lawyers for representing the wrong client.”

    She misses the far larger point.
    Most lawyers won’t touch a client or a case with a ten foot pole that might compromise their reputation in the community where they practice.
    These lawyers think they’re shrewd not cowardly.

    “They” took Ritter’s passport….on his way to Russia, whom the United States considers a belligerent in the The Ukraine war.
    Zhakarova doesn’t know nor give a shit about Ritter.
    The bigger question is what took them so long.

    “They” took my passport in 2015 and still haven’t returned or replaced it. OTOH I wasn’t traveling to Russia or China.

    BTW, Ritter still hasn’t leveled up his role in Lira’s murder. Here’s his chance.
    Birds chirp.

    Gen. Flynn: “Traitor. Enemy. Disgrace. Liar. These are all the things they’ve called me. They’ve been lying about me almost as long as they’ve been lying about President Trump”

    From me to you: “Welcome to the club. May you enjoy obscurity and ignominy.”

    #160385
    aspnaz
    Participant

    “..if Biden wins the election before this conviction is overturned, history’s judgment will be deafening.”

    Will it, really? I very much doubt it, the USA has been spreading corruption around the world for many, many decades, it has been fixing its own elections forever, it has been murdering people forever, even Trump murdered people as POTUS, and the people basically don’t care; the sofa has kept the American mind in limbo.

    Nobody outside America will care what happens at the election apart from a very few that think it might make a difference; they are probably in America. The USA will be forgotten, the world will move on and, without having built grand monuments to themselves, like the British, Spanish, Romans etc, the people of the world will just forget the American empire and there will be no trace of them after a couple of decades, after the last rendering of “Snatch that Bitch by the pussy” is played by some rabid teenager in Harare, Zimbabwe – by then twinned with New York and Chicongo (yes, three twins is woke math) – trying to piss of his parents.

    Maybe the Japanese will remember you because of baseball, but they may also forget you because of the nuclear murdering you did, tricky one.

    #160386
    aspnaz
    Participant

    “I could have Done it, but I felt it would have been a Terrible Thing… and then this Happened to Me. So I May Feel Differently About it now…”

    I wonder what Putin would have done? I suspect it would have been very different from Trump’s actions. Trump is not mentally fit to run a huge bureaucracy like the US government. He is not mentally equipped to run a huge politically corrupt mob like congress. He is simply not equipped to be the leader of a nation, he is too naive and too loud mouthed, letting everybody know his plans then being surprised that they fail.

    #160387
    aspnaz
    Participant

    “I worry about strife. I worry about war in the streets. I worry about 50 percent of the public believing that the court system will be used against them..”

    Looks like Ritter is one of the early ones taken out by the Biden admin. No recourse to law, simply had his passport confiscated, like they do in China, but at least you have to break the law in China. In the USA you just have to be a Mr Nasty to the admin and you are extra-judicially removed.

    I love it, I just fear I do not have enough popcorn.

    #160388
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Dear American, Do you realize that the Republican Speaker of the House, the House Democrat minority Leader, the Senate Majority Leader and the Senate Republican minority leader, along with an almost unanimous Congress have committed you to the support of the Israeli Genocide of Palestine, both the people and the country?

    Of course they do, but they are Americans …. ooops, I labelled them, now I will have Benton the Jew on my case.

    #160389
    aspnaz
    Participant

    The US Congress is doing this because the US Congress, especially its “leaders,” are paid by Israel Lobby campaign donations to defend the indefensible–the Genocide of the Palestinians and the suppression of all criticism of Israel.

    PCR, you failed to mention that most of the donations come from Jewish American billionaires – primarily Jewish, but they like to live in America, so they take on the American nationality. Without the big coffers in the USA, the Israel project would have died a long time ago. Let’s not beat about the bush, the funders of the Gaza genocide are the rich American Jews.

    #160390
    aspnaz
    Participant

    PCR also failed to remember that Trump supported Johnson’s deal where he handed US government money to Ukraine and Israel, the Israel component bein gto support the genocide. Yes, Trump supported the genocide back then but is now pretending that he would stop it were he POTUS. Stop it in the same way as he insisted that Johnson get some movement on immigration before signing cash over to his favourite genocide?

    Trump is a political actor, he will let you down like he did last time, his voters are the majority sofa-morons.

    #160391
    aspnaz
    Participant

    “Is this done under the First Amendment to the US Constitution or the Fourth?” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asked sarcastically, commenting on Scott Ritter’s removal from his flight to Russia and the confiscation of his passport The First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees, among other things, non-interference with the freedoms of speech and assembly, while the Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and detentions. SPIEF is the largest annual Russian business event in the economic sphere, and is attended by dozens of politicians and entrepreneurs from around the world. This year, the forum will take place on June 5-8.

    Once they got Trump they got confident, more of this shite is coming and it will be everywhere within the month, everybody in the Biden admin will be taking out their enemies and adversaries. It is difficult to see how this will evolve, but you can already see that the law is now nothing, it is being ignored and the Trump deplorables are the ones who will get it in the neck.

    #160392
    tboc
    Participant

    “Almost Everything You’ve Noticed Change In America Can Be Traced Back To Barack Obama”

    The entire history of western Europe has been played out during the last ten years on the Western Front between California and the borders of Russia. When a population reads history as the victors they are sure to read their nobility and excellence into the facts. The despotic internecine horror of the European crowns is plainly written and available to all humans on planet earth. As surely as the rebellion of the thirteen colonies and the Constitution of the United States of America was an effort to escape the mayhem of Europe there were those who desired to wear the crown present in Philadelphia in 1776. The whole purpose of the Federalist Papers was to obfuscate the fact that the crown would be present or there would be no Consitution.
    Mr. Trump is the Thomas Moore of the present moment.

    That an action is profitable does not make it noble. A culture that defines rapine as industry has always turned inward in time as lust overcomes reason. When Thoreau was incarcerated for failure to pay the poll tax Emerson asked, “Henry what are you doing in there?”. Thoreau responded, “What are you doing out there?”
    Will you stand for self governing humans building a self governing nation or will you stand with the Crown?
    Will you continue to play “Gotcha” as if counting psuedo intellectual points is meaningful or will you read history and the current moment accurately? Your life, your fortune and your sacred honor or slavery for your grandchildren, choose carefully. Change the world? Change yourself. For the love of truth and justice.

    #160393
    tboc
    Participant

    ““Almost Everything You’ve Noticed Change In America Can Be Traced Back To Barack Obama”

    what i meant to say was, read some history asshole!

    #160394
    John Day
    Participant

    Gilbert Doctorow, Freedom of speech in the U.S.A.? Think again!
    https://gilbertdoctorow.substack.com/p/freedom-of-speech-in-the-usa-think

    However, the follow-up news on the Yandex-Dzen website regarding events in Scott Ritter’s plane yesterday is still more damaging to my vision of free speech in the U.S.A. at present. One other passenger was taken off the plane by U.S. government officials to prevent his appearing at the St Petersburg Economic Forum: Judge Andrew Napolitano.

    Judge Napolitano is the moderator of the very widely watched interview program “Judging Freedom” which is disseminated on youtube as well as on the main social media. He is a very responsible and informative critic of U.S. foreign policy, as are his regular guests. He is at the higher level of intellectual discourse a peer to the journalist Tucker Carlson who caters to the hoi polloi. He also is known for defending Donald Trump’s positions on a variety of issues.

    The deprivation of travel rights served on Judge Napolitano is a gross infringement of freedom of speech that the Biden administration cannot live down. All talk from the Oval Office of defending American democracy is shown through actions like these to be crass lies and utter hypocrisy.

    #160395
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @aspnaz

    Of course they do, but they are Americans …. ooops, I labelled them, now I will have Benton the Jew on my case.”

    You should be grateful for the services rendered.

    #160396
    Michael Reid
    Participant


    It’s what they do

    I cannot stress this enough —
    many of the core functions of government —
    DoD, FDA, CDC, NIAID, USAID, State Department, CIA, NSA, DHS —
    are not dumb or incompetent
    but actual criminal syndicates.

    So too the WEF, WHO, Wellcome Trust,
    and BMGF are not dumb or incompetent
    but actual criminal syndicates.

    https://tobyrogers.substack.com/p/piping-hot-truth-biscuits-june-3

    #160397
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “”This trial was full of such contradictions & violations of due process that one hopes the [SCOTUS] will understand & take it up”

    All theatre. Does this not look under control to you? Polls go up, on a new speaking tour over it. More people are alerted and up to speed.

    ““..if Biden wins the election before this conviction is overturned, history’s judgment will be deafening.”

    Because it’s all a show to begin with, they’ll arrange something. Cue Merchan is really not a judge, is caught with DiNiro and 5 baby corpses. Something rad.

    ““Leftists currently going after Trump have pierced attorney-client privilege and destroyed lawyers for representing the wrong client. They will think nothing of putting Trump in jail. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m not.”

    It’s important for us to SEE him being put in jail, or at least walked up to the door and Saved! At the last minute! Why? Human attention. And among other things, to set precedent. They still haven’t arrested HIllary yet, as they saw how that went with the public. Maybe the public is more understanding now.

    “Many Of The Attendees Ended Up Working In The Barack Obama Administration”

    Yes, and that’s why we call him a Socialist, but of course a lot of those attendees are useful idiots who will be first against the wall if the Revolution succeeds. Because Obama is really CIA from birth (via his mother, does no one ask how he can live in a prohibited war zone(s) and grow up with banker Geitner?) and they’re really in service to Global Billionaires who intend to use Socialism to sell and reverse every promise of Socialism. As always, always since Marx himself. That’s why billionaires paid him and published his books. Same here.

    It’s not complicated except that they corrupt the language we use to speak about it: Kill people, steal their stuff. Obviously they’re not going to want that, so tell them any dumb s—t you have to and betray them a minute later, leaving them in a ditch. Most basic plan known to mankind. They’d tell you Santa Claus was here in this ditch, but you wouldn’t believe that so we tell you you’re saving the earth and promoting Communism which will give your friends living wages. And health care. For the DNC, wrong on both counts.

    “• Rand Paul Warns Of “War In The Streets” Coming From Trump Verdict (MN)

    Well that’s odd, he should know better. I wonder what they’re up to if Rand is pitching into this narrative. …I mean, OF COURSE they’re going to stage MAGA false flags, surprised not already and that may show who’s in charge here. But saying so helps them pull it off.

    “there will be a civil war that will quickly evolve into a race war because of MAGA supporters.”

    Yes, and why did you say that since it’s foolish and embarrassing for you in the first degree? The meta-meta on that is that all MAGA, all right, all GOP, all America ARE racist PoS, coast to coast. Do you actually believe that? Or is America one of the LEAST racist countries, as when you actually take comparative numbers worldwide, and not just Japan, Korea, China, Asia, who are loudly and deeply racist, but Europe, Africa, etc too.

    Don’t believe me, believe your own lyin’ eyes: America is so racist 10 MILLION people broke the law to get here only last 3 years. They are SPECIFICALLY racial: tons of Africans, Central Asians, now Chinese, and of course lots of Hispanics (whatever that means). We’re so racist they expect to have happy, successful lives working here, even as felons without papers ALSO. Again, I’M not saying that: THEY are saying that. With the blood of their lives.

    Apparently they would know, being down on the ground, and think you, Mr. Reporter, Mr. Maher, Mr. Paul, could not possibly be more full of s—t. Are you going to believe this dimwits or people who are living it?

    “• Biden Denies ‘Pulling the Strings’ in Trump’s Criminal Conviction (ET)

    Why have that headline? His DoJ “Fixer” was posted directly into the DA’s office the day before the case started and is behind him on camera the day after the verdict. “Al Capone says he’s innocent!” No kidding, so how is that news? It’s not: it’s spin to help Al Capone, make him seem innocent victim of abuse.

    ““Donald Trump was given every opportunity to defend himself. It was a state case, not a federal case,”

    Both of these statements are false. Thanks for not bringing it up, NPR reporter at Epoch Times. Do you usually post false things without commenting on them?

    “Do you realize that the Republican Speaker of the House, the House Democrat minority Leader, the Senate Majority Leader and the Senate Republican minority leader, along with an almost unanimous Congress have committed you to the support of the Israeli Genocide of Palestine,”

    Oh yeah, we know. You know who else is slated for a genocide? US. That’s why we don’t go up there, or not without a better plan. As a rich, connected guy you may not realize that, even for all your chatter. What do you think 60,000 deaths a year in opioids alone is? All loved, arranged, overseen, helped, and approved. We’re in millions each year adding the other avenues, like in Ohio. How about killing 25M children, 75% which are black babies? Golly Batman, is that what’s called a “Genocide”?

    So as I said, you can not LIKE it, but you d—n well better have a strategy before you go up there. They WILL shoot you and gas your children. Didn’t Eisenhower, Patton, Butler, and the boys all prove that as far back as 1934? C’mon, One-Hunned Years, I need you to get up to speed here.

    “• Jury Selection Begins In Hunter Biden Gun Trial (ZH)

    This must matter and be another Reality TV show for us because it’s been popping up in media. That’s like the ads for the new series. Not a show? Then name me who’s in jail. …It’s a show.

    “• Germany Begins To Militarize: When Have We Seen This Before? (Amar)

    You’re kidding, right? With what? They also have no men now, and no prospective recruitments. Anywhere, even if they asked hard and paid well. Nada.

    “• US Close To ‘Fatal’ Miscalculation – Moscow (RT)

    I’m very certain they will respond now, but it won’t be “Fatal”, although it will scare our leaders senseless. Not us. We DGAF. And we’re getting bombed and killed now, what’s the dif?

    “• China Explains Snub Of Zelensky ‘Peace Summit’ (RT)

    That’s not really the story. Ze was so broken up about it, he flew to the Philippines and got in China’s face while telling Asia what to do, how it was gonna be. Riiiiiiiight. “Making Friends and Influencing People.”

    “Ready Reckoner For Killing – The Raisi Assassination (Helmer)

    If Raisi is dead, they can’t kill him again like Solemeni. Much more useful. Do they have a bunker somewhere to keep him, or is he on the beaches of Cyprus like Prigozhin? Sherlock sounds cool, but what you’re saying is: you know every fact, and there’s no thing you can’t think of. The world is made entirely of facts you don’t know, and new things you never heard of. The “Sign of Four” could be attacked by alien space lasers, or a weapon one could make in 1890 but hadn’t been invented yet.

    “• Deaf and Blind: The Maladies of American Diplomats (Patrick Lawrence)

    More theatre, it’s been said constantly that this was a staged arrangement. There is a special hint in “Economic Hit Man” but he didn’t elaborate since he was already in too deep and actually hid in the jungles of South America for like 3 years after this book. It’s said elsewhere. But WHO decided to allow and stage the flip of Iran? France? It’s certainly someone not on the usual map. I’m not sorry since it’s a huge blot on our record and more or less confirmed Poppa Bush arranged to hold the hostages ‘til after he election (then Iran-Contra, to run CIA weapons) – which is ITSELF only like Nixon doing the same thing in ‘Nam.

    If no one can even speak-the-name, who are they? Breakaway secret base in Antarctica? I mean, in the sense that they CAN’T hint and name-drop them since no one knows “these people” exist in the first place? Always wondered. Also that’s still going on now. Iran does Iran things, but then on occasion, like with Trump and the drone, something far-out right field occurs that makes you think there’s a sub-power and society hiding inside. The greater Iran elite are aware of them but…let them just run around? Que Pasa? Someday I’ll know, but right now I only know enough to ask the question.

    Kirill Podivov: There is an aerodynamic effect of being in direct proximity with the ground that makes flight easier. We don’t use it for us because it’s not safe.

    Maldives: Facts and evidence. Science doesn’t use those. And clearly neither does anybody else. I fell for it too, but I also checked because it’s required of you to do the basic work to have your facts and hold your arguments. On this basic, 10-second sanity check, it was already clear it’s all bulls—t. That’s how little is required of us.

    Painting: looks like elephants are more racist and intolerant than humans. No surprise. “Ecological” Humans who want to kill other humans for being bad have never spent a day in nature. They are elucidating from a station of complete ignorance. Like Iran, spend 444 days in a hut with other natives and tell me what you learned. About life, nature, and savagery. Note: we ARE the animals, for better or worse. We ARE Nature.

    #160398
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Yes Michael Reid. Actual criminal syndicates.
    They steal. Kill. Blackmail. Destroy their enemies.

    People are getting dark thoughts
    https://open.substack.com/pub/kimberlysteele/p/there-will-be-blood?r=nv8me&utm_medium=ios

    #160399
    zerosum
    Participant

    Controlling the messengers.
    Controlling the message

    Dear American, Are you aware ….

    Dear American

    My questions are for aware people, a status for which few Americans qualify.

    If Human history continues, which at this point of time seems doubtful, future historians will ask why the people did not protest their pending annihilation.
    How was it possible that entire populations could be so brainwashed that they were removed from the reality of their own destruction?
    ————–
    Illusions
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/what-real-purpose-swiss-peace-conference-ukraine

    the “peace summit” might actually be a war summit, a sales pitch to 80 countries on the necessity of taking far greater risks to stop Russia from declaring a strategic win in the region.
    ———
    Illusions
    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/canada-leads-efforts-to-return-abducted-ukrainian-children/ar-BB1nAgod?ocid=msedgntp&pc=U531&cvid=669bc148fc1f496e8d96ff064946d7c2&ei=52

    The Canadian government’s press service confirmed Trudeau’s commitment, noting that he will reaffirm Canada’s support for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s efforts toward a just and lasting peace.
    This includes Canada’s co-leadership of the International Coalition for the Return of Ukrainian Children and its co-chairing of the Peace Formula Working Group Four, which focuses on the return of prisoners of war, unlawfully detained civilians, and illegally deported children.
    ———–

    #160400
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Notice how there has not been any mass group of Jews coming out in moral outrage against the murder of the Palestinians? Have you noticed that? The Hungarians express their moral outrage, but not the Jews, the people closest to this crime.

    Why no moral outrage? The Jews portray themselves as the helpers of the downtrodden etc, yet when it comes to killing the Palestinians they are all just fine with it. Why do they not have any moral outrage, is it because the Jews consider the Palestinians to be animals? Do all these nice friendly American Jews actually harbour racist thoughts where they believe that only Jews should benefit from moral outrage? Are they supporters of the apartheid state of society in Israel?

    The “anti-semitism” crusaders are actually the true racists among us, they are the ones making out that whites are bad supremicists. It is not the blacks, it is not the latinos, it is not the asians, it is the Jews. Yet so many of the white americans seem to think that the Jews are great … so where is their morality, where is their concern for people of other races, where is their concern for the mixed society of Israel?

    They are racial supremicists, they believe themselves to be the new “master race” and they will destroy anyone who comes between them and their goals. The master race does not have moral outrage for lesser races, just ask the Nazis, they believed in their superiority, the Jews are the same. When the Jews cry out for a reduction in racism, they do not cry out for others, no, they cry out for laws that protect just them, their precious “anti-semitism” laws, because they don’t care about anybody else; why should a black person benefit from Jewish moral outrage.

    No, you have the ultimate supremicists in the Jew.

    #160401
    John Day
    Participant

    Nuclear weapons more dangerous than climate change – Trump
    The former president dismisses Joe Biden’s view that global warming is the greatest risk to humanity
    https://www.rt.com/news/598688-trump-nuclear-weapons-threat/

    #160402
    WES
    Participant

    Turley the Democrat:.

    One shouldn’t ever forget Turley is a Democrat.
    He has been commenting every day on the Trump show trial.
    His purpose is to give legal credibility to the Trump show trial.
    Notice he hasn’t been correct about anything.
    There is a reason for him being consistently wrong.
    It is called lawfare propaganda!

    Trump will be jailed for life, days before the RNC conference.
    Congress will remove Trump’s name from the ballot after the sentencing.
    Trump will not be the RNC nominee.
    Trump will not be on the 2024 ballot.
    SCOTUS has already ruled that the appeal process for Trump must first wander through the NY state Court system.
    A direct appeal to SCOTUS is just dangling a false hope to soften the blow of reality.
    SCOTUS has already washed it’s hands in advance of this dirty political move.

    Biden smirked because he knows the deep state fix is finally in.

    #160403
    jb-hb
    Participant

    A few things jumped out at me when I watched this video. “The War on Normal Guys”

    1. By the end of the video, a normal guy has been found guilty and the sentence is essentially, “He shouldn’t exist anywhere” The methods used to bring him to this point are incredibly similar to those used in The Gulag Archipelago when deciding who to round up and find guilty to send off to the Gulag.

    Strikingly similar. “Associations with” and who one is “adjacent to” always very important. If you have any contact with someone who is “rumored to” or “suspected of” or “thought of” in a bad way, it’s taken as proof of your guilt – all those suspecteds, thoughts, and rumoreds that supported the decision ALSO having come from you…

    2. It struck me that the mental process we are walked through here is exactly like what we’ve seen in mass media and tech media for years now. The particular person doing it is garbage-tier, but the methods are exactly the same. I go over to older relatives’ houses who, 1st priority, make sure I’ve received the latest NPC download. They walk me through mental pathways very, eerily similar to this.

    This is how shit is being RUN at least to some extent. And I suspect this makes it very difficult for normal reasonable people to end up in decision making positions at any level, which is why everything is crazy.

    3. bravo ShoeOnHead. She’s come a long way since complaint videos about The Last Jedi. Her line by line “WTF, bro???” Is like every internal monologue for everyone not to the left of Mao these past 8 years, but made amusing. I felt like this video summed up the last 8 years of public life for America somehow.

    #160404
    WES
    Participant

    With Trump on his way out, the war in Ukraine will now heat up.
    Switzerland peace = war.
    F16s are coming.
    NATO troups are now pouring into Ukraine.
    Russia will need to hold out until after the November 2024 election.
    War president Biden will stage a remarkable re-election comeback.

    #160405
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Paul Whelan a real Marine is still incarcerated in Russia.
    We’re at war with Russia in defense of The Ukraine ruled by Zelensky.
    How have Ritter and Napolitano been allowed to move to and fro Russia while Lira is dead and Whelan still in prison?

    #160406
    jb-hb
    Participant

    My predictions:

    1. Trump will go to jail. Because it would be cool to have that.

    2. Trump will be pardoned in time for the debate

    That way, Trump will have to go around being a “pardoned jailbird felon”

    Appeal/Exoneration could be blocked or slowed down because hey, he’s already pardoned.

    Exoneration after pardoning could be made very low-key in the media vs a Trump exoneration that frees him from jail. It’s the Dems’ absolute best strategic move right now.

    #160407
    John Day
    Participant

    Ben Davidson discovers The Ethical Skeptic’s analysis, likes it and cites it.

    #160417
    zerosum
    Participant

    A winning strategy
    https://www.npr.org/2024/06/04/nx-s1-4991917/biden-executive-order-asylum-migration-border
    New policy suspends asylum claims for most migrants entering the U.S. unlawfully
    JUNE 4, 202412:00 PM ET

    Sergio Martínez-Beltrán

    #160418
    WES
    Participant

    Zerosum:

    In other words Biden hasn’t changed anything!
    The border is still wide open!
    Biden still FedEx’ing people to wherever they want to go in US.
    Providing free welfare/housing.

    A bit like Republicans threatening to write a stern letter to defend their nominee )Trump.

    #160419
    zerosum
    Participant

    WES
    I deduct that you read between the lines.
    🙂

    #160421
    zerosum
    Participant

    This latest, titled Special Report on Foreign Interference in Canada’s Democratic Processes and Institutions, is the most alarming of the lot. It’s a dreary enumeration of profound ethical and possibly criminal transgressions committed by Canada’s senior politicians, mostly but not exclusively by the governing Liberals. It’s by no means certain that NSICOP had the Liberals in mind in its reference to MPs who have “worked to influence their colleagues on India’s behalf and proactively provided confidential information to Indian officials.”

    https://www.nsicop-cpsnr.ca/reports/rp-2024-06-03/special-report-foreign-interference.pdf
    Terry Glavin: It isn’t ‘foreign interference’ if the culprits are willing MPs
    Opinion by Terry Glavin
    (No mentioned of Freeland, USA, or Israel)

    #160422
    jb-hb
    Participant

    More military aircraft activity over Denver than usual today.

    Usually we only get F18 Hornets and the odd helicopter like a Blackhawk or a Chinook, occasionally an Osprey. There’s a regular route the F18’s run to Centennial and back home that goes right over me.

    F16’s today. Multiple instances. Wonder if those guys are headed to Ukraine soon.

    #160423
    zerosum
    Participant

    It’s a dreary enumeration of profound ethical and possibly criminal transgressions committed by Canada’s senior politicians, mostly but not exclusively by the governing Liberals.

    NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called the allegations ‘very serious,’ suggesting those found guilty should be kicked out of Parliament.

    #160424
    aspnaz
    Participant

    jb-hb said

    A few things jumped out at me when I watched this video. “The War on Normal Guys”

    The war on normal has been happening for a very long time, led by the media and Hollyweird.

    One of our left wing friends recommended we watch a TV program called “Baby Reindeer”, so thepiratebay.org provided us with a source for the first two episodes. It is so awful that we could not make it through the second episode; it is a story about an incredibly weak man, someone who cannot make up his own mind about anything, being stalked bu a short, fat dumpy, ugly mentally-deranged woman. I don’t know who made the series, but the guy is also having some sort of relationship with a tranny man. But, the link to reality is that this weak man is a bar tender, part of the old traditional man activities. The whole show is so cringeworthy that we could not continue, my wife said “I don’t like Baby Reindeer” and it was removed from my hard drive. It is complete shite.

    We have gotten used to such terrible output from the media, insulting us and trying to persuade us that weird is the norm. It is all about feelz, not about reality. I don’t know what it is about people promoting their feelings above their survival logic, but it seems to happen more and more these days. And influencers online are some of the worst, they have loads of followers who need a Trump-hate fix every day, so they find a weak non-Democrat person to bully, their bullying is then fodder for their mindless followers. The influencers know that promoting feelings is their way to survival, their survival logic is just fine, but the followers who bring them money are sofa morons. It is the usual evil of crowds, except that left wingers seem much more motivated to destroy the good people in order to get a few extra sofa-morons than center or right wing people are motivated to defend the good people.

    The power of advertising; appeal to the lowest common denominator in order to maximise your followers and hence maximise your youtube income and your pathetic ego, built on weirdos and basement dwellers.

    #160425
    aspnaz
    Participant

    I see the Jews have taken over Mexico with the first woman PM, and such a Mexican sounding name; Sheinbaum. Nothing like money to get what you want and the Jews have plenty of money to buy the white supremicists and, apparently, the Mexican elections. Where they don’t have enough muscle, they use the US government’s employees to provide the extra manpower.

    Historical judgement of the USA will be that it is just another country to have been taken over by the Jews, the USSR having been the most famous one in the past. You cannot have a successful county where the rulers consider the citizens to be morally inferior, not entitled to the same morality as their fellow Jews, so Mexico will feel the heat and will decline as its wealth is stripped for the benefit of the tribe.

    #160426
    Dr. D
    Participant

    I watched ShoeONHead but was already lost in the first 90 seconds. Because: all names, no facts. Innuendo. Does not compute. Yup, that was true right through to 25 minutes. Guys spent his life digging on some rando’s social and channel. Found literally nothing. Conclusion: He’s Guilty Anyway! Of everything in my Mind!

    (Shhhh: he’s W – H – I – T – E . Just like I am. that means HE’S racist, whote supremacist, PoS who should be drummed out of polite society aka “All Existence”, while I, also on YoubeTube, also with questionable posts, also WHITE, should… Hold on, what was I saying again?)

    Here’s the problem: It’s impossible to make fun of, or even connect blows to people who have no self awareness. I know we all THOUGHT that was true, but now, 10 years later, we’ve proven it isn’t. There is no possible conclusion EXCEPT that they are NPCs, incapable of human thought or empathy, because otherwise, they would have child-like human logic, and the awareness of a 2-year-old, that can understand hypocrisy. And Justice, btw. Ye Justice Warriors who would fail Justice class in Kindergarten.

    I dunno. Yes? But it’s also so common I don’t really have a reaction? It’s not even special like narcissists? Not intelligent? It’s not the banality of evil, it’s like the stupidity of evil? People who used to beat horses because they were there, in the pen, lookin’ sulky after a hard day’s work with no feed. Yup, that’s what we do ti people from Tennessee, and everybody else in America except my five friends…but I’m lookin’ at their Twitter nightly…and they, they a-gonna screw up, I just KNOW IT!!!

    (Dear Diary: So exciting, my heart is just all a-flutter over Wendigo n’ pals! XOXOXO) Okay, question is: they are chrinically delays development. Not yet three at 23. How do you make them adults?

    #160427
    zerosum
    Participant

    Not reccommended for ammateur lyars.

    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/freeland-says-committee-finding-that-some-mps-aided-foreign-interference-concerning/ar-BB1nCc2P?ocid=msedgntp&pc=U531&cvid=f7cb8ad8355040cabc1f354c4e240b15&ei=12

    Freeland says committee finding that some MPs aided foreign interference ‘concerning’

    “It is a serious, serious problem that there are MPs in our House of Commons who are part of this,” Freeland said in French under questioning about the report at her weekly economic news conference Tuesday morning.
    Story by Mia Rabson

    #160428
    Dr. D
    Participant

    It would take all week to explain the very subtle ways you got everything wrong about American Jews, and also Americans in general. Let’s just point out: Jews, tops in all Civil Rights events, for generations, usually as lawyers, defending all minorities, blacks, gays, free speech, etc. That’s not a secret, so like literally they are all about helping the downtrodden underclass. That’s exactly WHY it’s so shocking to see the opposite with the ONE issue. But whatever, all individuals and groups are like that, especially the Anglos and the Chinese, so…

    “America” can’t be put into ANY category, since we are so large we are always both FOR and AGAINST all things. Like WWII: For, right? NOPE. Papers said we should be, took herculean efforts to get us involved at all, and many were anti-war right to the end. Just that, like Eugenics and “Kill all the Jews” (Which we were FOR) suddenly a day AFTER the war, no one was against it, just like no one had ever been FOR Eugenics, Genocide, nor ever put Hitler and Stalin on the Cover of TIme Magazine Man of the Year.

    There’s the reality, there’s the press coverage, then there’s the historical, um, MYTH. All three are completely different and flop back and forth in hours. “My Body, My Choice, 2020” “We’ll never join the rich king’s stupid wars, war is really by capitalists on the proletariat, 1914.” Uh-huh.

    RIght now, it’s no problem to find people who would kill everyone on the other side, red or blue, people who are pro peace, people who are pro war, and people who are radically ANTI-War … But only up until five minutes ago, and only for nation’s with Blue on the flag. …War is still an evil Capitalist Plot on the Proletariat, but only not when it’s BlackRock buying and dumping toxic waste in Ukraine.

    …Here’s the difference: THAT’S NOT UNUSUAL here. The “unusual” part is, to some extent they’re REPORTING it, to divide us, … but as you see, only in very special and specific ways, because everyone who is not a reporter communist, is stupid and evil. But MY war is special and good.

    So, go on with “Americans are for war” Really? WHICH Americans? Because the campuses just lit up, and they can’t recruit. Americans are FOR Jews. Really? WHICH Americans, because it looks like Congressmen both left and right are about to lose their seats over this. THey’re PROTECTING Jews? Gosh, but sentiment and actions against Jews are rising. So they’re AGAINST Jews? Nope, the rise is barely a blip, still basically way, way within all historic norms and safer than most places in history.

    Maybe the point here is They’re always Lying. The media said it, therefore it was false. C’mon, you know and say and point out, joining chorus with me, every day, 365 days, that they are lying, and bringing your own examples. So take your own advice: About America, they are lying. Because they SPOKE, that’s all you need to know.

    SO taking quite a steady tower of observations, adding all up to a heavy conclusion is not well-advised. Because each Jenga block was further off level than the last, BECAUSE THEY’RE LYING. They speak English, therefore, what they said was a lie.

    Just leave it there. Careful.

    #160429
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/politics/lilley-canadians-should-know-which-mps-are-involved-in-foreign-interference/ar-BB1nD07W?ocid=msedgntp&pc=U531&cvid=8b28fff91f404fe7a088c39780f11a6a&ei=24

    Canadians should know which MPs are involved in foreign interference
    Opinion by Brian Lilley

    The report explains that MPs have often shared information on their own colleagues to foreign governments, knowing that information would be used to pressure a fellow MP to change their position.

    “Providing foreign diplomatic officials with privileged information on the work or opinions of fellow Parliamentarians, knowing that such information will be used by those officials to inappropriately pressure Parliamentarians to change their positions,” the report states.
    We could be asked to vote again in an election without knowing if we are voting to support someone who is putting the best interests of a foreign country ahead of Canada’s best interests.
    (Anti war, Peace, cease fire, need more support)

    #160430
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Thanks Dr D & aspnaz – it was somehow banal/not noteworthy but yet very noteworthy and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

    Boring yet terrifying? He didn’t surprise me, but when his climactic moment arrived and it was: “Normal Guy should not exist anywhere” my jaw dropped anyway.

    I imagine some hierarchy of social media people obeying some sort of AI heuristics. The AI chooses targets (where have we heard of that before…) a garbage tier level dude gets his assignment, the target is struck on lowest-level priority. (“Good Morning, Garbage Tier Comrade. Your assignment for today is ___”)

    AI reassesses, decides if the previous action was a test bed for future action, has the same guy re-attempt, has a higher tier person run a new attempt informed by the previous one, schedules it for a delayed re-attempt, drops it indefinitely but open for review.

    Normal Guy has an unwanted “vibe.” No specific thing done wrong. But overall, taking associations, his general personality and profile into account, he’s taking up oxygen that could be better used by frendlies. We might be able to leverage the space he’s in with someone else in it, but his profile/score says he’s not very useful. That’s practically as bad as being hostile. It’s the reasoning an AI hooked up to social credit score would be using.

    I could imagine this – a continual activity, just mowing the lawn, everybody clocking in and out 40 hours a week, doing the things they do, the AI feeding them stuff to fill their day. Some sort of supplemental pay sort of like UBI and an expectation that they’ll generate the rest of their income via their youtube or other activities.

    It’s so relentlessly unintelligent, it encourages my pattern recognition towards paranoia. The “reasoning” seems very much like what Chat GPT uses when it is vomiting up search results.

    #160434
    John Day
    Participant

    Crossing The Rubicon https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/crossing-the-rubicon

    Gilbert Doctorow, Freedom of speech in the U.S.A.? Think again!
    In various essays over the past year, I have said time and again that in the United States citizens enjoy vastly more freedom of expression than in Europe, where I am living… Meanwhile Europe celebrates its “solidarity,” as I noted yesterday, and has zero tolerance for those who do not agree with their governments’ foreign and other policies.
    Yesterday’s events at an airport in the USA shattered those illusions about American freedoms…
    ..However, the follow-up news on the Yandex-Dzen website regarding events in Scott Ritter’s plane yesterday is still more damaging to my vision of free speech in the U.S.A. at present. One other passenger was taken off the plane by U.S. government officials to prevent his appearing at the St Petersburg Economic Forum: Judge Andrew Napolitano.
    Judge Napolitano is the moderator of the very widely watched interview program “Judging Freedom” which is disseminated on youtube as well as on the main social media. He is a very responsible and informative critic of U.S. foreign policy, as are his regular guests. He is at the higher level of intellectual discourse a peer to the journalist Tucker Carlson who caters to the hoi polloi. He also is known for defending Donald Trump’s positions on a variety of issues.
    The deprivation of travel rights served on Judge Napolitano is a gross infringement of freedom of speech that the Biden administration cannot live down. All talk from the Oval Office of defending American democracy is shown through actions like these to be crass lies and utter hypocrisy. https://gilbertdoctorow.substack.com/p/freedom-of-speech-in-the-usa-think

    Doctorow updates that story as Napolitano interviews Ritter on his show today. Ritter warned Napolitano, who disembarked:
    The sequence of destruction in any Russian response to NATO-directed attacks on its heartland
    Ritter is repeating what has been intimated by Vladimir Putin, Sergei Lavrov and other Russian officials, namely that Russia is prepared to strike back at the producers of these long range weapons, at those who are providing targeting packages to these weapons from their bases in Europe and the USA. Ritter then assumes this will necessarily proceed directly to reciprocal massive nuclear exchanges between the United States and Russia which will put an end to human civilization…
    ..I would like to propose a very different scenario basing myself on what I hear on Russian talk shows from top experts. And I juxtapose what these Russians are saying with the realities of U.S.-European mutual defense and of intra-European defense thinking that I see around me here in Belgium, including at the club luncheon on which I reported yesterday.
    The first point is that the most likely revenge attack by Russia for any missile strikes on its cities or critical civilian and military infrastructure will be….a massively destructive attack on Kiev…
    ..The reason is that hitting Kiev, decapitating the Ukrainian government, will result in the least possible blowback. It will not lead to a nuclear war. Europe and the USA do not give a damn about Ukrainian lives, so the cost to Russia of such a strike will be nil.
    Moreover, striking Kiev will be a demonstration to Europe and to the USA that they are not bluffing, that they have the determination to go all the way in their confrontation with the West to safeguard their sovereignty and national existence. It will be implementing what the political scientist Karaganov was proposing many months ago, whether it is carried out with conventional or tactical nuclear weapons.
    If nonetheless, strikes on Russian assets in the RF continue, the next point of attack by the Russians will be the marshalling centers in Poland which receive weapons and other military supplies from the United States and European NATO countries for delivery to Ukraine. One key airport is named in this connection. Why Poland? Because the rest of Europe is hardly likely to come to its aid.
    Continuing up the escalation ladder, I believe that the Russians will then, and only then, attack military factories and bases in Germany, the United Kingdom, France. Like the leaders of these countries, Russia does not really expect the United States to come to their aid and honor its Article 5 obligations under the NATO treaty.
    Only in the last instance will Russia attack the United States using its strategic nuclear arsenal, meaning only if it is under direct nuclear attack from the USA. This, notwithstanding the clearly stated Russian understanding that behind all of the European provocations against it stands Washington, the hegemon and puppet master. The United States will be the very last to come under Russian attack precisely because the nuclear exchange that comes will be suicidal for both sides.
    This, I think, is also the understanding that the Biden administration has. But their expectation is that both sides in a Russian European war will be decimated, freeing the United States to defend its global hegemony by taking on and defeating China. In this, I firmly believe Washington is mistaken. Europe will be destroyed, Russia will be victorious, because its arms are superior, and its troops are now war hardened. The United States will have lost its European colonies and will be up against the Russia-China alliance alone. https://gilbertdoctorow.com/2024/06/04/10461/

    Martin Armstrong, World War III by 1st Week of September 2024?
    We are on the edge of World War III because Western nations are nearing default on national debts. They NEED war as a distraction. The West has already declared war on Russia to try to prevent civil uprisings of a debt crisis of historic proportions. China sold $53 billion of US debt in the first quarter. They would be INSANE to buy any debt from any Western government at this stage. https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/geopolitical/world-war-iii-by-1st-week-of-september-2024/

    This is a “controversial statement”. Nuclear weapons more dangerous than climate change – Trump
    The former president dismisses Joe Biden’s view that global warming is the greatest risk to humanity https://www.rt.com/news/598688-trump-nuclear-weapons-threat/

    #160435
    John Day
    Participant

    Polls taken immediately after Donald Trump’s conviction show there has been no negative impact on his support and even a slight increase in favorability, especially amongst independent voters. (So no November elections?) https://modernity.news/2024/06/03/post-conviction-polls-show-increase-in-support-for-trump/

    Social media users praise UFC icon Khabib Nurmagomedov for confronting Trump over Gaza war
    Former US president said ‘I will stop the war’ when asked by UFC legend to end the carnage, but many remain doubtful as to whether the Republican will follow through if elected https://www.middleeasteye.net/trending/donald-trump-ufc-khabib-nurmagomedov-israel-gaza-war

    Filing under “HUH?: “Israel Should Stop” – Zelensky The Ukrainian leader has raised concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza https://www.rt.com/news/598674-ukraine-israel-stop-zelensky/

    Rumors trickle in about hundreds of dead NATO forces, including officers and technical specialists, from missile strike on logistics hub in western Ukraine.
    https://www.defensemirror.com/news/36902/Kinzhal_Missile_Strike_on_Ukrainian_Logistics_Hub_for_Western_Weapons

    ‘US slap’ for Russia: HIMARS destroyed S-400 on Russian soil
    The Ukrainians successfully struck a Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system in the Belgorod region, utilizing GMLRS missiles from HIMARS launchers. This strike reportedly destroyed at least two missile launchers and a command center, with coordination assistance from U.S. “advisors.” https://bulgarianmilitary.com/2024/06/03/us-slap-for-russia-himars-destroyed-s-400-on-russian-soil/

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