Author: Donn Marten

Torture is Just the Way We Roll in the USA! USA! USA!

“Goddamn, motherfucker got blood all over my best clown suit.”

-Captain Spaulding

With all due respect to Maine Senator Angus King on the CIA torture report he is dead wrong: that is exactly who we are. “Did we torture people? Yes. Did it work? No” King, a Maine independent who caucuses with Democrats, said on CNN after the release of the heavily redacted, watered down sample that was the executive summary. Flying in the face of King’s pronouncement is the grim and sordid evidence provided by a Washington Post/ABC News poll that showed that 59 percent of Americans are down with torture of the same type that had Nazi war criminals hanged at Nuremberg. “This is not America. This is not who we are,” King said. “What was done diminished our stature and enflamed [Islamist extremists], terrorists around the world.” But it is not the Islamists that we should be worried about – it is the red, white and blue clad flag-suckers who are the cheerleaders of the fascist state of the new American century.

Somehow the neocons have managed to return to prominence within the hallowed halls of a besmirched U.S. government and a propaganda machine of which Joseph Goebbels himself would be in awe of. Fox News bimbo hostess Andrea Tantaros had a unique but predictable take on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture programs, which included among other sick and degenerate acts – pureeing food and anally“feeding” it to a detainee and threatening rape of family members.

“The United States of America is awesome. We are awesome, but we’ve had this discussion” about torture, Tantaros said. She lamented, “the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are;” rather, “this administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome.” This is because “they apologized for this country, they don’t like this country, they want us to look bad. And all this does is have our enemies laughing at us, that we are having this debate again.”

But of course that is what Fox News would say for like their network prototypes Goebbels and Julius Streicher it is a powerful megaphone for the most evil and vile impulses of a particular authoritarian segment of the populace. While America will never go full blown Nazi – it is just too ostentatious and crude – the techniques of the masters have been refined for the information age. Fox routinely trots out vermin the likes of Dick Cheney, the Grand Poobah of the torture state (did he actually masturbate over those videos?) and other neocon filth to make the case for morons obsessed with the ludicrous “ticking time bomb” scenario. It is also Fox that served as the delivery system for one of the most sinister of the post 9/11 efforts to effectively brainwash the star-spangled sheep into the acceptance of torture. The television series “24” with Kiefer Sutherland starring as America’s favorite Nazi, Jack Bauer was a smash hit in a terrified, revenge crazed country determined to exact a terrible vengeance for the taking down of those precious towers.


The New Hammerhead was a perfect cowboy. He was vicious & stupid & ignorant of everything except his own fears and appetites. He beat the mortal shit out of anything that made him uneasy, for any reason at all. The Hammerhead was a perfect warrior. He defended the flag. Any flag. He learned to understand words like “orders” and “patriotism”, but the secret of his success was an animal taste for blood. He thrived on motion. But he was brainless; he had to be aimed.

-Hunter S. Thompson

A Brief Interlude: In Jack’s Country

The pain was immense for the crumbled heap on the concrete floor, the sweaty blond man just didn’t stop…”ok you fucker…you goddamned filthy sand nigger, you fucking piece of shit…I am going to peel you before Allah”

“Not enough jagoff?? I’m gonna bring your son in here, fuck him in the ass, whack him into bloody pieces, make him into soup and make you eat him goddammit…now one more time…WHERE the fuck is it???”

“Where sand nigger? Where is the fucking bomb, the ticking fucking time bomb motherfucker….”

“Fuck you heathen” hissed jack as he grabbed a steel chair, twisting like a ballet dancer as he pirouetted seamlessly and smashed the chair into the man’s back….sending him crashing into the reinforced concrete wall, a Rorschach spot of dark arterial blood was upon the wall as the man bounced back to land at the feet of the avenging angel in black.

“For God”…screamed Jack as he brought the chair down again. The man was now only whimpering….

“For Country”…..Jack executed a powerhouse karate kick that snapped the man’s neck and separated the jaw, teeth skittered across the piss and blood slicked floor, the jaw sort of flip flopped in place, held on by a piece of flesh….

“And for John Wayne You filthy Muslim Cocksucker!” shrieked Jack with spittle flying from his lips, hyperventilating he brought the chair down again….again….again….the sick sound like wet smacking meat, like Rocky using the beef carcasses for workout bags….he brought it down fifteen more times then dropped it….fell to his knees in a pool of blood and viscera.”

“Then, panting and drooling he undid his belt, opened his pants and masturbated into the mess before him. God bless America, our safety is once again assured by our courageous guardians.”

The torture infomercial was a smash hit for years on Fox and conditioned Americans to accept torture and the ridiculous James Bond style doomsday scenarios that were constantly invoked by the Cheney gang. Later replaced by the Obama era refinement of Showtime’s “Homeland” along with Iranian sleeper agents embedded within the government. The enemies change along with the times and so does the official propaganda.

Outside of “24” and “Homeland” and their runs on the electronic crackpipe the meme that torture was acceptable found a place in big time Hollywood movies with the acclaimed “Zero Dark Thirty”. The movie, which garnered a fistful of Academy Award nominations was the story of “Maya”, an intrepid and relentless female anti-terrorist crusader and her role in tracking down the bad-assed bogeyman Osama bin Laden. As stories have emerged following the release of the torture report it has become clear that not only was the lie about torture working total bullshit but the story of “Maya” herself is too.


“The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that.

We know that no one ever seeks power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”

– O’Brien

The tale of “Maya” is a curious one indeed given that the actual person that the “Zero Dark Thirty” character was based on, Alfreda Frances Bikowsky aka the “Queen of Torture” is a mysterious figure whose identity has been protected throughout the phony war on terror. Thanks to Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept who outs her in a damning piece entitled “Meet Alfreda Bikowsky, The Senior Officer At The Center Of The CIA’S Torture Scandals” the identity of the “bitch on wheels” is now known. I excerpt the following from Greenwald’s piece:

NBC News yesterday called her a “key apologist” for the CIA’s torture program. A follow-up New Yorker article dubbed her “The Unidentified Queen of Torture” and in part “the model for the lead character in ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’” Yet in both articles she was anonymous.

The person described by both NBC and The New Yorker is senior CIA officer Alfreda Frances Bikowsky. Multiple news outlets have reported that as the result of a long string of significant errors and malfeasance, her competence and integrity are doubted — even by some within the agency.

The Intercept is naming Bikowsky over CIA objections because of her key role in misleading Congress about the agency’s use of torture, and her active participation in the torture program (including playing a direct part in the torture of at least one innocent detainee). Moreover, Bikowsky has already been publicly identified by news organizations as the CIA officer responsible for many of these acts.

The executive summary of the torture report released by the Senate last week provides abundant documentation that the CIA repeatedly and deliberately misled Congress about multiple aspects of its interrogation program. Yesterday, NBC News reported that one senior CIA officer in particular was responsible for many of those false claims, describing her as “a top al Qaeda expert who remains in a senior position at the CIA.”

NBC, while withholding her identity, noted that the same unnamed officer “also participated in ‘enhanced interrogations’ of self-professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, witnessed the waterboarding of terror suspect Abu Zubaydah and ordered the detention of a suspected terrorist who turned out to be unconnected to al Qaeda, according to the report.”

The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer, writing yesterday about the NBC article, added that the officer “is still in a position of high authority over counterterrorism at the C.I.A.” This officer, Mayer noted, is the same one who “dropped the ball when the C.I.A. was given information that might very well have prevented the 9/11 attacks; she gleefully participated in torture sessions afterward; she misinterpreted intelligence in such a way that it sent the C.I.A. on an absurd chase for Al Qaeda sleeper cells in Montana. And then she falsely told congressional overseers that the torture worked.” Mayer also wrote that the officer is “the same woman” identified in the Senate report who oversaw “the months-long rendition and gruesome interrogation of another detainee whose detention was a case of mistaken identity.”

That Ms. Bikowsky was present during the torture sessions begs the question of what exactly were the objectives? Were the victims being tortured in such a manner to make them provide false information that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11? While Bikowsky’s conduct and presence are more than a bit mysterious there is one critical question where nobody is prepared to go? Was her “screw up” that blocked critical intelligence that could have stopped the attacks and prevented the day when everything changed the bumbling of an arrogant egomaniac or something far more sinister?

Dick Cheney spent a hell of a lot of time at CIA before and after 9/11 and it is a legitimate question to ask as to whether he knew Bikowsky. Sources have referred to her as a “bitch on wheels” who seems to have been in place at a crucial failure point at a key time to have prevented the attacks. The Homeland is now over thirteen years past the demarcation point of a free society and well into the post-democratic era and any questioning of the events of 9/11 are treated as blasphemy against a national religion. There was a time when it wasn’t tantamount to treason to ponder the role of Cheney, the neocons and certain foreign elements in executing that transformative event. Now, using the always reliable public mockery and scorning of heretics of the temple of fascism erected out of the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center with the overused but tired lable of “conspiracy theorist” and the updated version which is “truther” such questioners have been silenced. There has however never been a legitimate investigation of what happened on September 11, 2001 and the government officials who were on watch at the time – such as Cheney -are treated like elder statesmen instead of traitors and war criminals. We may never have the answers but given the ease in which the transition to a national surveillance/police state and the launching of the war on civilizations it sure smells like a coup d’etat to me. But that is a story for another time.



“The reason why Dick Cheney is able to go on ‘Meet The Press’ instead of being where he should be — which is in the dock at The Hague or in a federal prison — is because President Obama and his administration made the decision not to prosecute any of the people who implemented this torture regime despite the fact that it was illegal and criminal,”

-Glenn Greenwald

Emperor Barack Obama continues to protect the torturers and Bush administration figures whose massive “failure” resulted in the worst “terrorist” attack in U.S. history as well as the murder of over 3,000 people. To this day – January 10, 2015 – Obama has done not one goddamned thing to roll back the crimes of his predecessors in the Bush- Cheney administration. Therefore he is complicit in their crimes yet there will be no justice in this country as long as the official conspiracy theory of 9/11 goes unchallenged. And don’t look for anything but more war, torture, surveillance and stripping of civil liberties once Obama has departed. He was a practicioner of the Fozzie Bear version of fascism but his successor won’t be. The neocons are already hedging their bets with major candidates of both parties and the future is grim once they have returned to power with an ax to grind.

The preservation of the self-proclaimed divine right of the state of Israel to carve out lebensraum was the organizing principle of the PNAC neocons and the Netanyahu regime. Bibi has waited it out and will soon be rid of the hated Obama and have a pliant idiot – perhaps Mitt Romney – who will dial up those long overdue airstrikes on Tehran. This week’s brutal assassination of a number of cartoonists and writers at the French “satirical” newspaper Charlie Hebdo even has liberals enlisting in the great war on civilizations and the Republicans have just assumed control of Congress. South Carolina’s strident (and likely sexually blackmailed) Senator Lindsey Graham has just issued a vow of allegiance to Netanyahu. According to Sheldon Adelson’s Israel Hayom, the Palmetto State princess dismissed the lame duck Obama by proclaiming that “Congress has Israel’s Back” and “I think the U.S.-Israel relationship’s anchor tenant is the Congress.” In that statement Graham let it slip that there is indeed a Deep State and with such obvious treason on the lips of an influential Senator it certainly would not be beyond that shadow government to pull off a bold operation like 9/11. Torture is nothing compared to the audacity of such a grand scale false flag event.

So the torturers will continue to live in comfort, never having to worry about the prison terms that they so richly are deserving of for their unspeakable acts of depravity.  Rectal feeding? What sort of a fucking twisted, perverted mind would come up with something like that? Was it too impractical to just subject the prisoners to something like maybe scaphism which is defined as:

Scaphism, also known as the boats, was an ancient Persian method of execution designed to inflict torturous death. The name comes from the Greek word skaphe, meaning “scooped (or hollowed) out”.

The naked person was firmly fastened within a back-to-back pair of narrow rowing boats (or a hollowed-out tree trunk), with the head, hands, and feet protruding. The condemned was forced to ingest milk and honey to the point of developing severe diarrhea, and more honey would be rubbed on his body so as to attract insects to the exposed appendages. They would then be left to float on a stagnant pond or be exposed to the sun. The defenseless individual’s feces accumulated within the container, attracting more insects, which would eat and breed within his or her exposed and increasingly gangrenous flesh. The feeding would be repeated each day in some cases to prolong the torture, so that dehydration or starvation did not provide them with the release of death. Death, when it eventually occurred, was probably due to a combination of dehydration, starvation and septic shock. Delirium would typically set in after a few days.

In other recorded versions, the insects did not eat the person; biting and stinging insects such as wasps, which were attracted by honey on the body, acted as the torture.

Death by scaphism was painful, humiliating, and protracted. Plutarch writes in his biography of Artaxerxes that Mithridates, sentenced to die in this manner for killing Cyrus the Younger, survived 17 days before dying.

Now that would be a wonderful punishment for a sick, twisted pig-fucker like Dick Cheney since he would probably actually enjoy the rectal feeding and sado-sexual aspects of official United States government sanctioned “Advanced Interrogation Techniques”.


Democrats Laying the Groundwork For 2016 Catastrophe

Democrats may have gone to bed crying softly into their pillows in the wee hours of early Wednesday morning last week but awoke determined to double down on exactly what it was that got their clocks cleaned in the first place. You would think that after receiving such an ass-whipping that there would be some sort of soul-searching and a recalibrating of the party strategy prior to 2016. But we are talking about the blue jackass party here so the only logical thing to do with the iceberg in sight is to order the engine room to crank it up to ramming speed. Thursday the Senate Democrats once again elected Harry Reid to be their leader.

The intrepid Reid’s fingerprints were all over the great beat down of 2014 and early indications are that they will also be on the amidships torpedo hit in two years if Queen Hillary the Inevitable gets rejected in her Quixotic grab for power. Republican strategists must be salivating at the prospect of Democrat self-immolation – that is if they can stop bickering among themselves and take advantage of this rare historical opportunity to deliver the killing blow to their nemesis.  The scheming Karl Rove once spoke of a “permanent Republican majority”, he could never deliver it though. That prophesy is within reach if all that the GOP does is simply stay out of the Democrats way as they continue to march off the cliff like blue-bellied lemmings.

According to a story from the website of The Washington Post entitled “Sen. Harry M. Reid sees dissent but holds onto Democratic leadership role”:

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid faced the first internal opposition to his grip on power Thursday as at least six Democrats rejected his bid for another leadership term during an emotional meeting following last week’s drubbing in the midterm elections.

Quelling a small but vocal rebellion, Reid (D-Nev.) won reelection to another term atop the caucus, now as minority leader after eight years in the majority. But his victory came only after a 31 / 2-hour meeting that became a forum for political grievances and a rollout of an expanded leadership team meant to balance the caucus’s ideological and regional diversity.

Four straight election victories had produced unwavering support and increasing power for Reid in the Democratic caucus, but the repudiation on Nov. 4 tested his clout.

On Thursday, he listened to his critics complain about the party’s campaign agenda, and some demanded that he steer away from confrontation with Republicans.

But Reid had no trouble securing the leadership spot because hell, if you are in a hole just keep right on digging until it becomes a grave. This should do wonders for the party base which in a rejection of both failed President Barack Obama and the thorough rot of the party leadership stayed home in the mid-terms. There is already more trouble brewing with the desperate Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana getting behind a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate next week. The Democrats are also scrambling to ensure that there will be no real reform of the NSA Stasi’s domestic surveillance and data-mining programs. This will endear the party to environmentalists who will vote Green in 2016 as well as principled progressives who will likely vote likewise or just stay home. It is fascinating to watch this slow motion train wreck because the party is determined to stay the course leading to political extinction.

Reid’s smoothest early move has been to eliminate an anti-Hillary voice in giving liberal heroine Senator Elizabeth Warren a “special” leadership post as an “envoy” to the party base or in cruder terms, a Judas goat. A column from The Boston Herald, “Harry Reid plays Elizabeth Warren like a chump with new post” sees this as the Machiavellian political masterstroke that it is.

It’s an offer she couldn’t refuse — but should have.

Harry Reid and his loser Democratic colleagues dangled a meaningless leadership post in front of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and she took the bait.

Hillary Clinton must be getting a big, loud laugh out of this one. Warren is the biggest threat to her path to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and now the Massachusetts senator is on the party’s leadership team. The same team that just got smoked by the voters.

How can Warren lead a liberal insurgency against Clinton when she’s no longer an insurgent? A few weeks ago she was getting headlines calling out the Senate for being sexist. Now the headline is, “Warren takes Senate leadership post.”

Taking Reid’s offer is a risky move for the freshman senator’s future. If Democrats lose big again in two years, she will get part of the blame. After all, she is the “strategic policy adviser for the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.”

It brings to mind Lyndon B. Johnson’s classic comment that he’d rather have him “inside of the tent pissing out than outside of the tent pissing in”. So it is all in on a proven bad game plan in order to feed the lust for power of the Clinton mafia who may have a crackerjack political organization but a bad product that may not be able to close the deal with voters. The much hyped war on women figures to be a big part of Hillary’s 2016 campaign but consider all the good it did last week when it went up like a big, stinky bag of flaming dogshit parked on the doorstep at DNC headquarters. But hey, this is just how the Democrats roll anymore.

After the Tuesday massacre Obama wasted no time in continuing to alienate progressives. He nearly immediately announced that more troops would be sent to Iraq and has spent the past week slithering around the Pacific selling the highly secretive TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) which is another job killing corporate giveaway. He has also renewed the vitriolic and lie-filled Putin bashing after a brief hiatus in a signal that the great neocon rebooting of the Cold War is on again. The reviled Russian leader is leaving early from the G20 summit in Australia after being set upon by the yappy little attack poodles of Uncle Scam, notably the fascists Tony Abbott and Stephen Harper, either of which cold stand in for Norsefire Party Chancellor Adam Sutler in the movie “V For Vendetta”.

The imminent TPP deal is especially vile in that it indicates a degree of collusion between Obama and newly crowned Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who are on the same page when it comes to screwing Americans over for their corporate benefactors. McConnell is taking fire from the right though so he has now launched the smokescreen of Obama’s “War on Coal” after dear leader wandered off the reservation with his recent climate deal with China. This is the truest barometer of just how batshit fucking crazy that America has become in that every goddamned thing has to be a “war”. There is the war on drugs, the war on terror, the war on women, the war on obesity, the war on Christmas and far too many other “wars” to list here. What it all amounts to is a war on everything that was once decent in this country as well as a final pitchfork in the ass of anything that it was alleged to have once stood for. Why not just admit it that the war on stupidity was lost long ago. Our pathetically failed political system is a damning testament to that.

So now the perfect storm is coming for the Democratic party as it currently exists under the abominable master plan of running as less overtly fascist Republicans and cherry-picking special interest groups for votes. The turnout in the mid-terms was reportedly the lowest in 72 years and there is a reason for this that goes beyond the obvious voter suppression tactics and deluge of corporate money. As I recently wrote in my piece “The Democrats Got What They Deserved” the party has grave problems right now due to years of rottenness, fecklessness, deal-cutting and betrayal under Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. The term “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” has been used by the right-wingers with great effect when it came to demonizing the French for their less-than lockstep support of neocon wars of aggression. It could more appropriately be applied to the Congressional leadership of the Democrats, particularly with Mr. Reid who is already carving out a big wedge of limburger to nosh on in the new GOP controlled Senate.

The American nightmare continues but don’t expect to wake up anytime soon because now all that the Republicans have to do is keep it together and cobble together a message that appeals to a slightly wider demographic and they will control the political system for generations. They may not even have to do that considering that the Democrats are hellbent on hitching their wagon to that “drearily soulless, principle-free, power-hungry veteran of DC’s game of thrones” who is Hillary Clinton. It was her hubby who wedded the Democrats to corporate and Wall Street interests and only fitting that she will be the one who finishes the job of destroying the party that used to stand for FDR style economic fairness before it sold it’s wretched soul and sold the rest of us down the river in the process.

Democrats Got What They Deserved

Guess I got what I deserve

Guess I got what I deserve

Kept you waiting there, too long my love

All that time, without a word

Didn’t know you’d think, that I’d forget, or I’d regret

The special love I have for you

My baby Blue

-Badfinger “Baby Blue”

It was a very cold morning indeed on Wednesday November 5, 2014. It was a day of reckoning for a Democratic party that had just suffered an electoral bloodbath as savage as a Rob Zombie slasher flick. The thorough drubbing of the blue jackass party was not unexpected given mounting ominous signs as well as the increasingly unpopular President Barack Obama who is at best a complete fraud. While triumphant Republicans are touting the stomping as a repudiation of the hated Obama what goes unsaid is that the results are a rejection of a Democratic party strategy based on running only slightly to the left of their more overtly fascist counterparts. Democrats have come to stand for absolutely nothing outside of what it takes to save their own miserable skins and are a shell of what the party once was when it championed a vibrant middle class that was the envy of the civilized world. The chickens finally came home to roost on Tuesday but they may as well have been vultures descending to pick the remaining flesh from the rotting corpse of a major political party.

Not only did the GOP gain control of the Senate but picked up House seats and won a number of what were to be close Governor’s races. Florida’s reptilian Rick Scott beat back a challenge by former Republican Charlie Crist and union busting thug Scott Walker — who survived a recall attempt — won reelection in Wisconsin. This was a year in which a woman who is a proud hog-castrator actually won a Senate seat in Iowa which speaks volumes about the political system in America today. Professional obstructionist Mitch McConnell easily prevailed in Kentucky and now will become Senate Majority Leader replacing the insipid Harry Reid which is probably the best thing that can be said about the elections. Reid’s fingerprints are all over the disaster as are those of fellow Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi who really planted the seeds for the debacle back in 2006 with those five little words that “impeachment is off the table”. By establishing that the Democrats had zero interest in extracting the necessary accountability from the historically criminal Bush-Cheney regime and it’s despicable gaggle of war criminals, 9/11 profiteers, torturers, thieves and murderers, the chain of events leading to Tuesday’s bludgeoning was set into motion.

The Democrats are now at a crossroads in that they are becoming the political equivalent of the Ebola virus and are turning off more voters by the day, especially independents and progressives. Sure there was the usual voter suppression, laws designed to prevent non-white people from voting and of course the billions of dollars spent by pigs like the Koch brothers and their ilk to rig the game. Such things tend to happen in our star-spangled banana republic where greed, cheating and hypocrisy are the coin of the realm. While outrageous and decidedly undemocratic they however tend to serve as a crutch in the ongoing failure to address the real problem in that despite much lip-service the Democrats buried the dagger in the backs of the working class years ago. By failing to even attempt to appeal to certain segments of the population (“Reagan Democrats”) that were easily plucked by Republican demagogues like the low-hanging fruit they are the party betrayed core principles of economic fairness and helped to put the American dream on life support. The late, great Joe Bageant wrote much on this and his work should be required reading for any who seek to understand how we came to be in this dismal state.

Were the Democrats to actually become serious advocates of the poor and downtrodden and denounce the destructive forces of late stage predatory capitalism and imperialism, people would turn out to vote in such numbers that no amount of dirty money or voter suppression could overcome it. But then again if my aunt had a pair of balls she’d be my uncle. The Democrats – under the current leadership – will never eschew corporate money nor take a moral stand on anything outside of their phony identity group politics. It is always easy to preach the message of equal rights for all and then proceed to sh*t on every last one of those who were gullible enough to believe it after the votes have been counted. It sure as hell didn’t work out on Tuesday and it won’t work in 2016 either. Enough people are now able to see through it as the dishonest horseshit that it always was. Just ask Hispanics who were counting on serious immigration reform from Obama and his party.

There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth on the so-called left but little to no real acknowledgement of exactly why voters have come to dislike and distrust the Democrats. I have a number of liberal and progressive friends who either stayed home out of disgust with the Dems to punish Obama or went to the polls and voted for libertarians, Greens and no party affiliate candidates. I really don’t expect Democratic party bosses to get it before next election in which the coronation of Queen Hillary the Inevitable has been preordained since 2008 and they will only insist on pushing a failed product that has fewer buyers now than ever.

Now the Democrats are turning on each other like starved weasels trapped inside a raw sewage pipe after getting walloped and trying to shed their own culpability. According to the Washington Post, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s staff is caterwauling about a lack of support from Obama while David Axelrod went on MSNBC and called for a house cleaning. The circular firing squad is already forming but there is no honest discussion over what it is about what is truly wrong with the Democratic party. It is a deep state of denial bordering on fugue and there is no easy fixing of this hot mess in time for the next round in 2016 which the talking heads are already masturbating over. Democrats may have gone to bed crying softly into their pillows in the wee hours of early Wednesday morning but awoke determined to double down on exactly what it was that got their clocks cleaned in the first place.

In what should be an ominous sign for Democrats, not even Bill Clinton could salvage their hopes when he was trotted out a few weeks ago to stump for candidates like the doomed Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky. Despite mass denial among party loyalists it may not be a good idea to bet the farm on Hillary being able to deliver as expected in two years. The Clintons used to be fresh back in 1992 when they were the sign of a new generation assuming it’s position atop the nation’s political establishment and were adored by millions then. That however was one hell of a long time ago. Today Bill and Hillary Clinton are symbols of a terminally corrupt, atrophied, insider packed political class who have zero chance at connecting with the younger generation. Obama pulled it off six years ago but like everything else that the prince of petulance has touched it all turned to sh*t leaving those millions of potentially long term energized voters up for grabs. So much for Advertising Age’s 2008 Marketer of the Year.

The Republicans as always are prone to overreach and could very well self-destruct in a state of raw hubris. This is especially so with the new Senate providing even more power to insane warmongers like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two fanatics who seem to be sexually aroused over any possibility of freshly spilled blood. There will be no end to war with the Republican majority and come early next year it is inevitable that Bibi “the chickenshit” Netanyahu will be greeted by thunderous applause like a conquering hero in front of a joint session of Congress. There will be a scuttling of any talks with Iran, a renewed push for a catastrophic confrontation with nuclear armed Russia over neocon operations in Ukraine and those oh so precious “boots on the ground” will be marching in Iraq in vastly increasing numbers. But a GOP blowup isn’t likely in that the Democratic establishment is just as enamored with war, the destruction of civil liberties and corporate looting as their more ostentatious counterparts. Hell, the first thing that Obama did outside of kissing the asses of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner after the apocalypse was to announce that more troops were being sent to fight the bad ass bogeyman ISIS.

There is a word that can be used to describe any who are optimistic that the Democrats will be able to turn on a dime and quickly return to power in 2016 and that word is “fools”. It is astonishing that such a reversal of fortune has taken place in less than a decade but for the most part that bog of shit and quicksand that Dems are being sucked under by is entirely of their own creation. They stood by Obama as his hatchet man Eric Holder passed out get out of jail free cards to Wall Street criminals, over the drone strikes, the kill list served up with his breakfast, the extrajudicial murder of American citizens, ginned up wars based on lies, a bullshit health care “reform” effort that was nothing but a big, sloppy kiss to insurance parasites with plenty of tongue, NSA surveillance and data-mining and the moral outrage of backing neo-Nazi death squads in Ukraine. So fuck them, they earned every bit of that ass-whipping and now before the bodies from the massacre have even cooled are getting in line for seconds.

What is truly unbelievable about the Democrat’s 2014 implosion is that it has paved the way for the unthinkable in that the Bush crime family now has a clear path back to power. Were this a work of fiction the title of the final installment of the trilogy of terror would be “The Bush Supremacy”. Who would have believed that such a thing could ever happen back in 2008 but such are the unintended consequences when “impeachment is off the table”.

Obama’s Chickens Coming Home to Roost in Kiev

While having lunch at a local eatery on Thursday, the television was on and the area news channel was spewing the same lies and State Department talking points on the vilified Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The patrons at the lunch counter were all staring into the electronic crackpipe as they mentally digested the daily dispersal of bullshit while I nearly choked on my 5.99 blue plate special meatloaf. Things have never been what they are sold as in Ukraine, anyone who is inclined to stay informed can easily do so in the era of the internet and social media. But despite the overwhelming propaganda that has been disbursed in the insane and desperate efforts to shore up the useless Cold War dinosaur NATO and wage a neocon concocted proxy war against Putin, events in Ukraine appear on the brink of getting very interesting.

Journalist Michael Collins, in a piece published at OpEd News entitled “Fascists Units and Regular Army Head for Kiev-Maidan Anti Gov Protests” writes of events on the ground as defeated junta troops and fascist thugs are returning to Kiev in droves. They are angry that US-EU-NATO Axis of Aggression backed junta has betrayed them. I excerpt the following at length from his excellent piece:

Ukraine may be headed for another round of Maidan Square protests that dwarf those seen in February. Regular army soldiers and special fascist punisher battalions are leaving the battle field with a very bad attitude toward the government of United States puppet, President Petro Poroshenko.

Things are not going well for the United States backed government in Kiev, Ukraine. Early last week, President Poroshenko spoke confidently of wrapping up the so-called Anti Terrorist Operation (ATO) in the eastern part of the country by August 24, Ukraine’s independence day. Instead of a victory parade after pummeling the large eastern cities of Donetsk and Lugansk into the ground, eastern resistance forces upstaged the Kiev celebration. The militia of the Donetsk Peoples Republic marched captured Kiev army troops down the main street of that city in their own independence celebration. Poroshenko’s conquest was foiled.

By the end of August, the Ukraine central government could no longer deny significant military losses at the hands of the resistance in the eastern part of the country. Thousands of government troops have been trapped in resistance cauldrons. Army forces face a stark choice: surrender and hand over your weapons and equipment or attempt to fight your way out and die. In the Southern Cauldron, most of the six thousand Ukraine troops were injured, killed, or surrendered. That process has repeated itself over the past few weeks in other battles and cauldrons.

As Kiev’s military disaster became more evident, President Poroshenko spoke of a Russian invasion, at least that’s what the mainstream media tried to sell us. However, this was an exaggeration based on a translation error or misunderstanding. The Kiev government needs the Russian bogeyman to explain the rapid change from promised military victories to resounding defeats at Krasnyi Luch, Ilovaysk, Lugansk, and Donetsk.

While Poroshenko blames the Russians and the U.S. and EU shamelessly echo the allegations of a Russian invasion before their NATO meeting, the soldiers of the Ukraine have their own strongly held beliefs. This documentary news footage reveals makes clear the depth of the feelings of betrayal. They’re angry and they plan to join the protest already underway in Kiev’s Maidan Square, the sight of the violent riots that chased the elected President of Ukraine across the border to Russia.

Protests in Maidan Square in early August turned violent. That action was quelled and the square was cleared of protesters, to some extent, by August 9. Quickly, people returned to protest the failed policies of the government.

The threat of real army troops joining the protests may spell the end of the U.S. backed Poroshenko government. It has the potential to turn the capital into a bloodbath far in excess of anything seen in the lead up to the U.S. backed coup of late February.

A commentator pointed out that the original protesters committed acts of violence with fires, rocks, and anything they could get their hands on to literally beat Kiev security forces. This time, the protesters will have guns.

Nazis have historically found the old “stabbed in the back” fairy tale to be particularly useful in justifying their violence. They are heading to Kiev now, bloodied and humiliated by an insurgency that was largely motivated by survival and they are pissed. It is an interesting play on the finale of William L. Shirer’s classic history of the Nazis which started off with “The war came home to Germany”. Just substitute “Kiev” for “Germany” and enjoy the show as mobs will again fill the Maiden only this time it will be the asses of the U.S. puppets Arseniy  “Yats” Yatsenyuk and Petro “the Chocolate King” Poroshenko whose heads they will want mounted on pikes.

Obama and his neocon infested State Department have really created a mess in Ukraine and El Presidente’s stopover at the great NATO conference this week continues to underline the fact that one of the U.S. chief executive’s critical job requirements is to pimp for American defense contractors. Just like in the great Nicholas Cage movie “Lord of War” in the critical scene where Cage’s international arms dealer Yuri Orlov explains to Agent Jack Valentine who has appears to have finally got his man: “..the biggest arms dealer in the world is your boss, the President of the United States, who ships more merchandise in a day than I do in a year.”  This is what Barry is slumming around with Eurotrash like Fogh Anders Rasmussen and his ilk for, it’s just more out front now – and then there is of course the golf course. The pigs of NATO are conveniently holding their big whoop-de-do this year at the Celtic Manor Golf Resort where they can spend plenty of time jacking-each other off between holes.

Friday also was the day that a cease fire agreement was reached in Ukraine, seems like Porshenko is ready to cry uncle and start planning his escape before the rabble is surrounding his palace. Both he and that chicken-legged little twit “Yats” are likely in full Martin Bormann mode because hell is coming back to the Maiden. I excerpt again from Collins’ excellent piece “Fascists Units and Regular Army Head for Kiev-Maidan Anti Gov Protests”:

The head of Right Sector, one of the fascist political organizations, announced that today his party would join the Maidan protests demanding accountability from the standing government for shortcomings that contributed to defeats in the east. Just two weeks ago, Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh, had called for protests in Maidan as a result of discrimination against his organization. Yarosh was the protest leader who lead the refusal to honor the deal that would have ended the February Maidan protests peacefully.

Right Sector’s Azov Battalion is one of several punitive battalions attacking civilian centers in the eastern Ukraine. Aidar, Dnepr, and Donbass are other punitive battalions. As George Eliason pointed out in his first hand account of events in Novorussia (i.e. eastern Ukraine), the punitive battalions perform a Punisher/Cleansing function “from village to village and city to city after [they are] cleared of militia. Their only purpose has been the mutilation and mass murder of defenseless, unarmed people” ( Sep 2). These are the very troops leaving the battle front in the east, carrying their weapons with them, to join the new Maidan protests.

The courageous George Eliason, an American who lives in Ukraine has provided in his latest dispatch a good idea of the type of sadistic vermin and scum that are coming home to Papa Poroshenko in his piece “My Encounter with Ukrainian-American Nazi Mark Paslawsky: What He Died For” which is also at OpEd News along with George’s other fine work. In his piece George describes the harrowing situation in Ukraine, which is nothing like the electronic sewage that is fed to Americans by a corrupt, corporate state media. In particular the “punisher” units that Collins writes of. I excerpt from Mr. Eliason:

The Donbas Battalion and Symeon Sementchenko are not regular army, nor have they been directly involved in heavy combat until recently. Donbas battalion is a Punisher/ Cleansing Battalion that goes from village to village and city to city after it is cleared of militia. Their only purpose has been the mutilation and mass murder of defenseless, unarmed people.

In my articles updating the events of the war I have mentioned the mass murder, torture, and mutilation Sementchenko’s Donbas battalion has left in its wake on a number of occasions. It is responsible for cutting the hands and feet off live people before killing them.

In the village of Snowy they took males age 14-60 suspected of sympathizing with the referendum or militia (now Novo Russiya Army) into the street and shot them in cold blood. They routinely tortured people for information. In the town of Friendly, the Donbas battalion shot into the houses and murdered everyone they thought were sympathetic to the referendum.

In early July, Oleg Dube, one of Donbass Battalions more committed volunteers fighting “separatists” had a falling out with Sementchenko because of the murder and cowardice displayed by the battalion in Nikolaeka. On his facebook page on July 7th he wrote : When they entered Nikolaevka, there were only unarmed townspeople there. They knew going in there was no militia. He describes the battalion filled with cowards shooting everything that moved and throwing grenades into the houses, cellars, and every structure, killing everyone and everything they came across.

Sementchenko attested to the authenticity himself by posting his answer to Oleg Dube. “Who is in the Military Prosecutor’s Office? In wartime such allegations are unacceptable. Religious strife in the battalion will not be tolerated.” He then stated that if people believed it, they were losing the information war.

Oleg Dube was arrested and detained in Izyumske. Later on to make a point to the battalion, Sementchenko reportedly made him kneel in front of the battalion and urinated on him.

The grotesque nature of the neo-Nazi murderers and torturerss that the Obama administration has backed is a shameful blot on the pissed-away for chump change legacy of this once great country. Not even Bush and Cheney ever went so far as to back neo-Nazis as Obama has but when a top adviser is the psychotic anti-Russian fanatic Zbigniew Brzezinski it is not hard to understand how a man with no soul like Obama could be the U.S. president who would bring back the horrors of Nazism to Europe.

And where in the fuck are those satellite images of the shooting down of MH17?


(Image: Graham Phillips)



Israel’s Embedded American Operatives Aided the Slaughter in Gaza

Extremist Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu enjoys an overwhelmingly accommodating media in the United States along with a contemptible Congress packed with corrupt and cowardly weasels, lickspittles and nut case religious zealots whose dedication to a foreign country stabs their actual constituents in the back. The fealty that Netanyahu receives from this lamentable “co-equal” branch of government was evident when he received 29 standing ovations during an address to the U.S. Congress in 2011. He also is able to play the corrupt state-corporate media like a Stradivarius in order to receive an unprecedented forum on U.S. national television to push his lies and propaganda to sell the product that is the slaughter of women and children in Gaza.

In the early days of Operation Protective Edge – one of those deceptive military style names that sell so well to star-spangled schmucks in the Homeland – Bibi was a fixture on those Sunday morning “news” shows that are nothing more than propaganda organs of the warfare state. His genocidal policies are routinely given cover by “America’s most trusted name in news” and mealy-mouthed celebrity pundit Wolf Blitzer, a former AIPAC lobbyist whose objectivity is non-existent when it comes to defending extremist Israeli actions. His ridiculous feature on exploring the “terror tunnels of Hamas” last month was as ludicrous and phony as when Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault.

Much of the power of “King Bibi” in the domestic U.S. comes courtesy of foreign agents such as AIPAC and the larger Israel Lobby but also a well-financed, integrated network of American “Christian Zionist” churches and organizations that assist in melding Israeli aggression and the ongoing quest for Lebensraum with end times eschatology. This is the bastardized biblical reinterpreting  in which Israel will play a major role of the return of Jesus Christ to the planet Earth as espoused in the mega-selling Left Behind series of apocalyptic pulp novels.

Foremost among the Christian Zionist organizations is CUFI or Christians United for Israel led by Texas radical cleric John Hagee. There is no more important bastion of the chicken-fried brand of cracker “Christianity” to the mustering of the flock to carry the torch for Netanyahu’s war crimes in America. The annual CUFI summit was just held last month in Washington and attracted the exalted high priests of Israeli supremacy and the genocide necessary to deliver to Bibi everything that God once promised and then some. The heavy hitters being the Grand Poobah of neocon propaganda William Kristol, the fiendish Iran-Contra criminal Elliott Abrams, former CIA Director James “World War IV” Woolsey and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer who has been seriously referred to as “Bibi’s brain”.  Additional guests of dishonor at this sordid soiree were the typical extremist Republicans, in particular the increasingly unstable Senator Lindsey Graham, batshit crazy Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, Senator Jim Inhofe who is squealing like a stuck pig about ISIS destroying an American city and the wettest of wet dreams of Christian fascists who have long been awaiting the arrival of their führer: Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

David Wiegel writes of the event for Slate in a piece entitled “Inside the Most Insanely Pro-Israel Meeting You Could Ever Attend” from which I excerpt the following:

The supporters of CUFI moved up the convention center escalators and took their seats for a plenary session. Onstage were the first guests, all recognizable from Fox News—Weekly Standard editor-in-chief Bill Kristol, onetime CIA director James Woolsey, and the Council on Foreign Relations fellow Elliott Abrams, a presidentially pardoned veteran of foreign policy disasters on two continents. Sitting right next to them was John Hagee, the burly Christian Zionist pastor who founded CUFI in 2006 He leaned into a microphone, passionately explaining why supporters of Israel should not be tricked by casualty reports.

“Since July 8, more than 1,000 rockets have been launched into Israel by Hamas from Gaza,” said Hagee, who speaks with a captivating rumble that could make a brunch order sound like a lost gospel. “Two-thirds of Israel’s population has had to run to bomb shelters, having 90 seconds to save their lives.”

The objective of Hamas, said Hagee, “is to win the media war with dead civilians. We’ve come to Washington to ask our government to stop demanding for Israel to show restraint.”

More than 4,800 evangelicals and Jews broke into applause. Some raised their arms and turned up their palms; a shofar-maker from New Jersey blew on one of his horns.

“If a foreign power had launched 1,000 rockets into America, we would be pulling the gates of the White House down,” said Hagee. “Let Israel finish the job. Let every rocket be dismantled. Let every tunnel be destroyed.”

Hagee had set the theme: This year’s CUFI conference, followed by its members’ lobbying trips to Congress, would pressure the Obama administration not to broker an early cease-fire in Israel. The people of Israel would not suffer so that “John Kerry could win his Nobel Peace prize.” (Hagee made that joke again at an evening, music-and-dancing stuffed CUFI celebration, which started with a taped message from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.) American evangelicals needed to imagine themselves as Israelis, praise the “miracle” of the Iron Dome missile defense system, and understand that the Jews had a biblical mandate to the entire Holy Land.

“I’ll bless those that bless you and I’ll curse those that curse you,” said Hagee, quoting from the book of Genesis. “That’s God’s foreign policy statement, and it has not changed.”


That was backed up by the speeches, and by the hallway conversations. Israel was one war away from destroying Hamas—unless John Kerry stopped it. Iran was one missile away from a second Holocaust—unless the Obama administration acted. On Monday night, Hagee gave a special award to Republican super PAC donor Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, who turned and thanked the mostly Christian audience for backing Israel.

“If you had been there during the Holocaust, you would have stood up and fought for the Jewish people,” said Miriam Adelson. “And maybe the Holocaust wouldn’t have happened.”

“I’ve never had a greater warm feeling than being honored by Pastor Hagee,” said a beaming Sheldon Adelson.

But the honors were mutual. Speaker after speaker gave the evangelicals ammunition for the next time someone criticized the Gaza operation, or shamed Israel over the body count.

“Here’s a message for America: Don’t ever turn your back on Israel, because God will turn his back on us,” said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. “More Germans died in World War II than American soldiers. That didn’t make the Germans right.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who debuted at the conference in 2013 and got its loudest ovation this year, walked the crowd through all the Obama administration betrayals. Remember, how Kerry had warned that Israel could become an apartheid state—a “slander and a lie.” Remember how Kerry had acknowledged the BDS movement and angered Israel’s leaders. The Obama administration was naive; CUFI wasn’t.

“It is Hamas who is putting women and children on top of the rockets,” said Cruz, “because they value the missiles and rockets more than they value their own civilians.”

It could have been scripted by Joseph Goebbels and choregraphed by Leni Riefenstahl and it was taking place right here in America in the city of sin on the Potomac, not far from AIPAC central command. You have to give it to Netanyahu,he is a chronic and dedicated meddler in U.S. domestic politics and is able to consistently get his message out despite the lies, spin and demagoguery. What often goes unmentioned is the work of thousands of activist electronic shock troops in the cyber wars who churn out racist screeds and blog posts, invade comment threads and engage in coordinated blog swarms to spew accusations of anti-Semitism at critics.


Sometimes this backfires as it did a few weeks ago when The Times of Israel was forced to retract a blog post by an American-Israeli calling for the genocide of the Palestinians.  In a deranged screed that was published by The Times of Israel and then rapidly removed after mounting outrage triggered by the ill-advised posting by Yochanan Gordon. The piece also appeared at The Five Towns Jewish Times, a Long Island based newspaper and website founded by Gordon’s father. Both sites rapidly issued apologies for the piece and should have hanged their heads in shame for ever allowing such a thing to slip by their editors. But that is only based on the assumption that such sentiment is not widely held and it was only the brouhaha that led to the retractions.

In his outrageously over the top screed, entitled “When Genocide is Permissable” Gordon made light of an ongoing humanitarian catastrophe, trivializing it with sports references, in particular NBA basketball:

I wasn’t aware of this, but it seems that the nature of warfare has undergone a major shift over the years. Where wars were usually waged to defeat the opposing side, today it seems – and judging by the number of foul calls it would indicate – that today’s wars are fought to a draw. I mean, whoever heard of a timeout in war? An NBA Basketball game allows six timeouts for each team during the course of a game, but last I checked this is a war! We are at war with an enemy whose charter calls for the annihilation of our people. Nothing, then, can be considered disproportionate when we are fighting for our very right to live.

The Times of Israel’s statement was:

This blog post, which was described by our Ops & Blogs editor as both damnable and ignorant, blatantly breached The Times of Israel’s editorial guidelines.

We have discontinued the writer’s blog.

But the Times allowed a similar post which was couched in biblical language to remain.

Erwin E. Blank writes in his piece entitled “1 Samuel 15:18”:

1 Samuel 15:18-Samuel said, “Is it not true, though you were little in your own eyes, you were made the head of the tribes of Israel? And the LORD anointed you king over Israel, 18and the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are exterminated.’ 19“Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD?”…

The great big book of evil, hatred, persecution, death and violence is always whipped out to justify extermination and conquest by these people and you have to admit that it is a great scam in favor of Israel. Which is why it is so important that the Netanyahu regime continues to feed their utterly dishonest and hateful bullshit to the American rapture-heads whose lack of intellectual curiosity and fanatical dogma leads to the best certitude a continued boatload of sheckels can buy. There will be many of them as well as dollars and perhaps even comped hand jobs from hookers at the Las Vegas Sands courtesy of Bibi’s buddy, the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Shelly has already vowed to pump billions of his loot into the upcoming 2016 U.S. presidential elections so he can see Tehran reduced to a glowing pile of nuclear embers before he departs this mortal coil. The Times of Israel has nothing on Adelson’s Israel Hayom which in terms of pure, dehumanizing agitprop has no equal and would have even given Julius Streicher’s notorious Der Stürmer a run for the money back in it’s heyday. Adelson is at the top of the food chain in American political influence when it comes to forcing the agenda if right-wing Israeli supremacy down the throats of U.S. voters.

But I digress…

Gordon and Blank have much company at the Times of Israel when it comes to American based, genocidal zealots. For example there is also a nutcase who writes there named Michael Lumish who  expressed similar sentiment in a post on his own blog, a no-frills, amateurish piece of crap imaginatively called Israel Thrives. In his piece entitled “Jews Need to Bomb More Nursery Schools in Gaza” the author writes:

And not just nursery schools, of course, but elementary schools, as well.

We need to bomb schools and hospitals.

It is exceedingly important that Israel bomb the holy crap out of hospitals… and nursing homes.

We need to bomb nursery schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.  Wherever people are the weakest in Gaza, that is what we must bomb.

And when I say “bomb” I do not mean one little bomb.  What I mean is flatten.

Of course, were it not for the fact that so many Arabs believe they have some Allah-ordained right to kill Jews then Israel would not need to bomb nursery schools and hospitals and nursing homes or any place else where Hamas uses old people and sick people and women and children as a means to defend themselves and their rockets.

Israelis uses rockets to defend their women and children.

Hamasniks uses women and children to defend their rockets.

The bottom line is this, however, if Arabs don’t want war they should not wage war.

So long as the Arab majority insists upon bombing the tiny Jewish minority in that part of the world then the Jews of the Middle East are going to defend themselves and what that means is fighting back and what that means is dead Arabs, including children, because civilian populations ALWAYS suffer in war.

To take Lumish’s argument that “civilian populations ALWAYS suffer in war” to its logical conclusion it could actually be interpreted that Hitler’s rounding up and slaughter of 6 million Jews (along with millions of others) during World War II was a just cause. You know, in times of war “civilian populations ALWAYS suffer” so fuck them. But pointing out any of the contradictions, hypocrisy and similarities between Netanyahu’s Israel and Hitler’s Germany (and there are many) is like casting pearls before swine. The piece is outrageous and while the author belatedly added the term “semi-snark” to the title because he is a coward lacking the stones to stand by his convictions do not make it any less vile than the calls for genocide run by the Times of Israel.

Lumish’s bio at the Times of Israel states that he: “is a PhD in American history from the Pennsylvania State University and has taught at PSU, San Francisco State University, and the City College of San Francisco.” AND ). “He has in recent years given conference papers on American cultural and intellectual history at The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences in Dublin, Ireland, as well as at the Western Historical Association in Phoenix, Arizona and the American Cultural Association in New Orleans, Louisiana.” I wonder if any institution that invites this guy to speak or otherwise participate in research studies might have second thoughts if they understood that he moonlights as a propagandist for a notorious child murderer.

Also, for a man with such credentials in education it is rather bizarre that he would be calling for the Israeli bombing, or has he puts it “flattening” of schools. But it is something far deeper with people like Lumish and his ilk – it is about the eradication of a people. Goebbels would be proud.

Some of the actions of the domestic Israeli operatives (which could be accurately referred to as sleeper cells) go far beyond just activism and advocating for the extermination of a people into outright skullduggery.  Just last week an expose by the website Common Dreams reports on the actions of man referred to by the handle of HamBaconEggs” or “Jason Beck” but both are two of a number of aliases or screen names as posted by the website. The scam involved the creation of a number of “sock puppets” where he would appear on articles, post outrageous anti-Semitic statements and then do combat with himself in order to discredit the site itself. It was a pretty sophisticated operation as is detailed in the special investigative report at Common Dreams entitled “The Double Identity of an “Anti-Semitic” Commenter” from which I excerpt:

Like many other news websites, Common Dreams has been plagued by inflammatory anti-Semitic comments following its stories. But on Common Dreams these posts have been so frequent and intense they have driven away donors from a nonprofit dependent on reader generosity.

A Common Dreams investigation has discovered that more than a thousand of these damaging comments over the past two years were written with a deceptive purpose by a Jewish Harvard graduate in his thirties who was irritated by the website’s discussion of issues involving Israel.

His intricate campaign, which he has admitted to Common Dreams, included posting comments by a screen name, “JewishProgressive,” whose purpose was to draw attention to and denounce the anti-Semitic comments that he had written under many other screen names.

The deception was many-layered. At one point he had one of his characters charge that the anti-Semitic comments and the criticism of the anti-Semitic comments must be written by “internet trolls who have been known to impersonate anti-Semites in order to then double-back and accuse others of supporting anti-Semitism”–exactly what he was doing. (Trolls are posters who foment discord.)

The impersonation, this character wrote, must be part of an “elaborate Hasbara setup,” referring to an Israeli international public-relations campaign. When Common Dreams finally confronted the man behind the deceptive posting, he denied that he himself was involved with Hasbara.

The piece is long and fascinating, it offers a rare glimpse at the elaborate network of Israeli cyber operatives in the U.S. so please take the time to read it and pass it around. The best way to deal with these people is to get the word out about their dishonesty and false identities. Again the expose is called “The Double Identity of an “Anti-Semitic” Commenter” and can be found at Common Dreams.

Those of us who are veterans of the blogosphere going back years – in my case nearly a decade now – have seen exactly what Common Dreams writes of. The “Hasbara” effort to influence U.S. opinion to support Israeli human rights abuses and garner support for an  increasingly fascistic and closed society that is thoroughly examined in Max Blumenthal’s seminal book “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel”. The efforts to spread propaganda and disrupt honest debate in America by Israel-first loyalist embeds has evolved greatly since the days of Megaphone with the advent of social media – but then again so has the ability to counter the campaign of disinformation, hatred and lies by Americans who have a functional moral compass.

This small sampling of de-facto foreign agents operating within the U.S. provide the grunt work for the “stars” of the Israel backed, anti-Muslim hate machine that continues to pollute America. With Gordon, Lumish and HamBaconEggs performing similar dirty work to pro-Nazi saboteurs in the run up to World War II it allows the rock stars of the evil anti-Muslim crusade to assume center stage. Some of the luminaries are Brigitte Gabriel, Pamela Gellar, Republican Congressman Peter King, former Congressman Allan West, the aforementioned Michelle Bachman and a galaxy of others including the most sinister of all in HBO’s celebrity host Bill Maher who couches his ferocious hatred of Muslims in his proclaimed atheism (I am skeptical that he is) and provides that crossover appeal to the liberals and easily influenced low-information types by concealing his hatred in jokes.

There is an underlying ideological infrastructure for Muslim hating that benefits Israel with such groups as Jihad Watch led by extremist bigot Robert Spencer. His group’s work was a huge influence on Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik who in 2011 gunned down 69 people in cold blood, most of them teenagers at an isolated youth camp. The pro-Israeli anti-Muslim industry thrives in America and is covered in detail in reports like the Center for American Progress’s “Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America”, as well as Public Eye’s “Manufacturing the Muslim Menace” and anti-Muslim groups are also tracked by the Southern Policy Law Center.

The tentacles of the right-wing Israeli octopus may be slithering throughout America but the head of the beast lies within the land that Netanyahu has poisoned as surely as Hitler did in Germany.



One of history’s greatest ironies is that the country which was created post WW II as a refuge from persecution and genocide has come to mimic Nazi Germany in so many ways today. The theft of the land from the Palestinians and their abhorrent refusal to not honor the will of God – who of course gave it to Israel if one is prone to believe all of that religious horseshit (I am an atheist) ensured that there would always be a plague upon the land of resentment and the oppression of those who dare to challenge the divine mandate. The great mythology of a chosen people always will lead to violence, persecution and ultimately slaughter. Nazi soldiers embarked on their epic spree of conquest under the banner of “Gott Mit Uns” as an underlying foundation of Aryan supremacy. To a lesser (at least to this point) expression of a God given superiority is that highly potent intoxicant brew of “American exceptionalism” which so many a neoconservative have sipped from the poisoned chalice of our own imminent damnation. Once a people takes upon itself the mantle of holy providence all who are deemed to be inferior or “untermensch” as the Palestinians are seen to be, are legitimate targets for extermination.

The degree to which eliminationist language and dogma have gripped Israel under the rule of the crazed Netanyahu regime is startling and not only can you read it in the writings of the aforementioned propagandists but it has taken control of the very souls of the people there. Take for example the glee that some Israelis took when they dragged out their chairs and refreshments upon a spot of high ground to cheer as Bibi’s bombs blew up innocent women and children in Gaza. I excerpt the following from a story in The Guardian entitled “Israelis gather on hillsides to watch and cheer as military drops bombs on Gaza”:

As the sun begins to sink over the Mediterranean, groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain down on people in a hellish warzone a few miles away.

Old sofas, garden chairs, battered car seats and upturned crates provide seating for the spectators. On one hilltop, a swing has been attached to the branches of a pine tree, allowing its occupant to sway gently in the breeze. Some bring bottles of beer or soft drinks and snacks.

On Saturday, a group of men huddle around a shisha pipe. Nearly all hold up smartphones to record the explosions or to pose grinning, perhaps with thumbs up, for selfies against a backdrop of black smoke.

It is a jolly good show as directed by Netanyahu and underwritten by Uncle Scam courtesy of the American taxpayer playing out under the protection of the Iron Dome sphere of protection, a “great achievement” as Bibi calls it. Such a system only serves to put an exclamation point on the ethnic cleansing operations in Gaza in that Israel is able to conduct it’s cowardly attacks with complete impunity.

The viewing of the carnage in Gaza as entertainment, like a sporting event or the cheap thrill of reality television here in The Homeland is an example of the transformation of the oppressed into the oppressor. The people in Gaza have no chance or if they do it is about as much as the occupants of the Warsaw Ghetto had before the order was given to send in the goons. The acceptance of the Palestinian people as sub-humans and the bloodlust evident in a large portion of the Israeli population is eerily similar to that of rank and file Germans when the Jews of Europe were the hunted. In a 1996 book written by American Daniel Goldhagen entitled “Hitler’s Willing Executioners” the author examined the complicity of ordinary Germans in the Nazi genocide. Such an effort to dehumanize and eradicate a people from the planet doesn’t take place in a vacuum, the society which perpetrates it must itself be one debauched by the most evil final evolution of racism so as to accept it if not to actually provide the impetus for it to occur.

Goldhagen wrote:

For what developments would a comprehensive explanation of the Holocaust have to account? For the extermination of the Jews to occur, four principal things were necessary:

1. The Nazis – that is, the leadership, specifically Hitler – had to decide to undertake the extermination.
2. They had to gain control over the Jews, namely over the territory in which they resided.
3. They had to organize the extermination and devote to it sufficient resources.
4. They had to induce a large number of people to carry out the killings.

Could just as easily be applicable to Gaza and other ongoing extremist Israeli actions by simply changing out a couple of words.

1. The Israelis – that is, the leadership, specifically Netanyahu – had to decide to undertake the extermination.
2. They had to gain control over the Palestinians, namely over the territory in which they resided.
3. They had to organize the extermination and devote to it sufficient resources.
4. They had to induce a large number of people to carry out the killings.

The book and author were vilified by some for daring to suggest that the “final solution” could not have occurred were it not for the saturation level of anti-Semitic hatred within the German culture. Max Blumenthal is drawing much vitriol for his “Goliath” Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” which serves as the bookend of Goldhagen’s work. The racism and hate have now come full circle and the one thing that extremist right-wing Zionists and their U.S. based fifth-column hate even more than they hate the Palestinian people is the truth. That he has caught as much hell from the so-called left shows that how deeply that the U.S. establishment is complicit in the ongoing genocide. Even the liberal hero Senator Elizabeth Warren is in the Israel amen choir as journalist Glenn Greenwald points out in his column at The Intercept entitled “Elizabeth Warren Finally Speaks on Israel/Gaza Sounds Like Netanyahu”. Warren’s comments should serve warning that she, like Obama, is a Judas.

Blumenthal continues to deliver that truth, spraying it like holy water upon vampires. While Netanyahu was exploiting the tragic murder of three Jewish boys to whip the Israeli’s into a lynch mob frenzy with all of the skill of a seasoned KKK grand dragon, Blumenthal wrote the piece calling bullshit on the dog and pony show. I excerpt the following from his piece at Electronic Intifada entitled “Netanyahu government knew teens were dead as it whipped up racist frenzy”:

From the moment three Israeli teens were reported missing last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country’s military-intelligence apparatus suppressed the flow of information to the general public. Through a toxic blend of propaganda, subterfuge and incitement, they inflamed a precarious situation, manipulating Israelis into supporting their agenda until they made an utterly avoidable nightmare inevitable. Israeli police, intelligence officials and Netanyahu knew within hours of the kidnapping and murder of the three teens that they had been killed. And they knew who the prime suspects were less than a day after the kidnapping was reported.

Rather than reveal these details to the public, Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency imposed a gag order on the national media, barring news outlets from reporting that the teens had almost certainly been killed, and forbidding them from revealing the identities of their suspected killers. The Shin Bet even lied to the parents of the kidnapped teens, deceiving them into believing their sons were alive. Instead of mounting a limited action to capture the suspected perpetrators and retrieve the teens’ bodies, Netanyahu staged an aggressive international public relations campaign, demanding sympathy and outrage from world leaders, who were also given the impression that the missing teens were still alive. Meanwhile, Israel’s armed forces rampaged throughout the occupied West Bank and bombarded the Gaza Strip in a campaign of collective punishment deceptively marketed to Israelis and the world as a rescue mission.

It is an outstanding piece and an expose of the complete depravity of Netanyahu who is growing ever more desperate and dangerous and now is facing complaints from members of the Israeli government that his kill crazy rampage in Gaza wasn’t sufficiently violent to slake their thirst for blood. Bibi unleashed the demons with his cynical use of the murders to trigger pogroms and revenge killings like the torture-murder of that 16 year old boy who was beaten, forced to drink gasoline and burned alive by hooligans incited by his demagoguery. Then the military action began and the body count began to multiply as Bibi slithered around American media outlets with his despicable comments about “telegenically dead” bodies implying that the parents in Gaza actually wanted to have their children ripped to shreds by flechette shells.  The star-spangled sheep eat it up too, so clueless that they are as to the true nature of our “special relationship” with God’s chosen land and their willful ignorance, apathy and own racism make them complicit in Netanyahu’s ongoing destruction of the Palestinian people. Things won’t change either now that the next two and a quarter years in the USA! USA! USA! will be dominated by the elections and which candidate will be the best one to enable the genocide and if old Sheldon Adelson gets some serious bang for his bucks will vow to nuke Tehran before that miserable, corrupt Hebrew toad croaks.

The eliminationist rhetoric will continue to ooze from every pore of Israel’s American propaganda apparatus and once mingled with our own red, white and blue strain of racism mutate into something very potent and even more explosive, the fear-mongering over the latest bad ass Islamic bogeyman army ISIS will serve as an accelerant. That such vile sentiment enjoys the forum that it does in the “mainstream media” is evident as to the barrenness of America’s own soul and the embracing of the worst elements of Zionist racism is a fornication between parasites. America is already well on on the way to that great scrap heap of ruined empires that are strewn throughout history no amount of providence nor exceptionalism will stop it. Hubris and an acceptance of enforcing a false superiority at the end of a gun or whatever the weapon of the times may be never works and when aligning policy and public sentiment behind a murderous monster like Benjamin Netanyahu the demise will only be hastened.

I met a traveller from an antique land

Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:

And on the pedestal these words appear:

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

– Ozymandius

by Percy Bysshe Shelley



Democrats: The Lesser of Two Evils Is Still Evil

As the old saying goes, “the greatest trick that the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”. It is remarkable as to how applicable that this saying is when applied to President Barack Obama. Obama was widely hailed as the man who would lead the nation out of the dark wilderness of the Bush-Cheney years of war, torture, mass-surveillance, destruction of civil liberties and grand scale theft by the jackals of high finance. Now it is apparent that Obama is not only a fraud but is arguably far worse than Bush and Cheney because because he kills with a smile, in particularly when it is the extrajudicial murders of American citizens who just happen to be on the “kill list” that is brought to him alongside his morning orange juice.

Fozzie Bear fascism has been a hot seller in the USA! USA! USA! under Obama and far too many fail to realize that there has been not only a seamless continuity bridging the road to hell of Bush-Cheney but actually a codifying of their worst policies. President Barack Obama and his criminal administration have enabled the worst thieves on Wall Street, enhanced and expanded the NSA’s surveillance and data-mining operations, enabled and supported war criminals conducting ethnic cleansing and murder operations in Gaza and Ukraine and currently has the country on a path to World War III with Russia.

The corrupt state-corporate media never calls bullshit, instead covering up for the worst of Obama’s policies and acts while focusing on minutiae, spinning identity group issues so as to cover his previous indifference – for example to gays – and painting him as a victim of a deeply entrenched racist opposing party hellbent at undermining his agenda. Nothing could be farther than the truth – Obama is carriyng out his exact aganda and outside of the political circus of the dueling cults of the red elephant and the blue jackass there is rock-solid bipartisan support for what reallyi matters to these people: war, fascism and wealth extraction.

With the dismal failure of the media to provide honest coverage it is always great to see grass roots groups who are dedicated to freedom, justice and dignity getting their message out. As George W. Bush once flippantly remarked – “you need to catapult the propaganda” he was onto something.

Following up on an article that I recently wrote on a Florida activist group’s efforts to get out the word on the U.S. support of Israeli war crimes and genocide in my piece “Florida Group Bypasses Media to Get Word Out on Israeli War Crimes” I am proud to have been able to participate in an email interview with members of St. Pete for Peace. The group is currently engaged in an informational campaign to spread awareness that the Democrats are truly no better than their more overtly fascist counterparts when it comes to the business of America: WAR. The group is also running a contest “NOT The Lesser of Two Evils” which this writer strongly encourages that you take a look at.

DONN MARTEN: Why is St. Pete for Peace doing this contest?

CHRIS ERNESTO: The contest was designed to get people to think about the still rampant believe among many liberals and progressives that the Democratic Party is better than the Republican Party.

For almost 12 years St. Pete for Peace has been presenting facts to dispel this myth, but we felt we needed to take it up a notch and challenge people via this contest. The contest is also designed to give people an outlet for expressing their disgust with the one party system here in the US.

DONN MARTEN: You say that Democrats are just as egregious as Republicans. Why is this?

CHRIS ERNESTO: St. Pete for Peace is non-partisan, which means we can be objective, unlike most people who label themselves Democrats or Republicans. Because of this objectivity, it’s been very easy to conclude that Democrats are at least as egregious as Republicans.

Look no further than Barack Obama’s foreign policy. We believe war is the worst possible thing that can happen in society. In part because war inevitably includes death, suffering, poverty, sexual assaults, depression, homelessness, child abuse, environmental destruction, drug addiction, disease, misery, anger, and much more, all of which is bad.

Many people believe Obama less of a warmonger than George W. Bush, but Obama has dropped bombs on 6 countries compared to the 4 countries bombed under Bush.

And Obama has simply replaced US boots on the ground with drones, mercenaries and Special Ops. In fact Obama has deployed US Special Forces to 134 countries – compared to 60 under Bush.

He has significantly increased the US military footprint in Africa – at least 27 African nations now have a US military presence.

He has waged war on Libya without congressional approval, he tripled the troops in Afghanistan, he sharply escalated the drone wars in Pakistan and Yemen, he’s continued the proxy war in Somalia, he tried to start a war in Syria, he supports Israel’s war on Gaza (as did every Democratic US Senator), and now he’s started another war in Iraq. And yes, it is a war in Iraq – anytime you drop bombs in a country it is a war.

Obama’s Bush-like rhetoric regarding Iraq is particularly disturbing. You would think Dick Cheney is writing the president’s speeches again when you hear Obama mocking Americans by saying the US is just sending military “advisers” to Iraq to stop ISIS because they are a threat to national security. He even has the nerve to package US airstrikes as a “humanitarian” effort. What’s next, having an orgy to encourage celibacy? Or having a keg party to promote sobriety?

It’s bad enough that Obama’s followers give him a pass on his hyper-violent foreign policy and the corresponding deceit, but for them to sit back and remain silent as Obama and the US are on the same side as ISIS in Syria and now are bombing them in Iraq is sickening. But the Democratic Party knows their constituency will just covers their eyes and ears. They know their voters prefer to be willfully ignorant.

And to top it off, the Obama administration is supporting neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Can you imagine what Democrats would be saying if a Republican president supported neo-Nazis? But again, their guy does it and they either deny it or look the other way.

St. Pete for Peace knew Obama was not a person of peace after reading his words in 2002 in which he stated, “I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war.” Can you imagine if he replaced the word “war” with “child abuse” or “sexual assaults”? Are child abuse and sexual assault worse than war? Of course not, since all wars include child abuse and sexual assault, as was stated earlier.

For years we’ve heard Democrats say they “can’t risk having a Republican in office” for fear of what that might mean for domestic issues. We believe it’s time for people in this country to look past their own noses for a minute and to consider what the party they voted for is doing to other people around the world.

And to those people who claim that John McCain or Mitt Romney would have bombed even more countries than Obama has bombed, well, Obama has already bombed two more countries than Bush bombed, so that claim is baseless.

DONN MARTEN: So, is it just Obama’s foreign policy that makes you believe he and the Democrats are at least as bad as Republicans?

CHRIS ERNESTO: Definitely not. The Obama Fact Sheet on the St. Pete for Peace website maps it all out. It includes news reports from the past six years detailing things Obama has done. Here are some of the lowlights.

Obama has a “secret kill list” that he discusses on “Terror Tuesdays”, and he has assassinated at least 4 US citizens without trial.

Obama fully defends the NSA spying program and mandated the Insider Threat Program, which orders federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues.

He has waged a war on whistleblowers like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.

He signed the Monsanto Protection Act into law, giving Monsanto complete legal protection as they poison our food and crush family businesses.

He has deported a record-2 million immigrants.

He did a TV commercial for “clean coal”, he touted nuclear power even after the Fukishima disaster, and said that offshore oil drilling is safe even after the Gulf oil spill.

He is pushing the TPP, which is essentially NAFTA on steroids.

He sold $30 billion worth of weapons to the Saudi Arabian dictatorship.

He defended body scans and pat downs at airports.

He signed the Patriot Act extension into law.

He planned $355 billion for a nuclear weapons program.

More than 7,000 people were arrested during the Occupy protests under his watch.

Many people say that the Republican Party is scary and dangerous. We agree, so why has Obama given Bush and Cheney absolute immunity for everything they’ve done?

Obama keeps pushing the perilous notion of “American Exceptionalism” and the false, jingoistic concept that the US military is a force for good and is “protecting our freedoms.” Following the disastrous Bush years, Obama could have easily taken the US down a different path but he has instead pushed the same ideals as Bush, just in a more intelligently spoken, charming way. Manifest Destiny and xenophobia are principles that could have been laid to rest, or at least diffused. Instead, Obama and Democrats have normalized them.

DONN MARTEN: OK but if a Supreme Court Justice retires while Obama is president, you’d have to admit this would be better than a Supreme Court Justice retiring when a Republican were president, right?

CHRIS ERNESTO: The Supreme Court has the final say in the law in the United States, a self-described “country of laws.” If the United States were a democracy, the people of the US would get to vote on who becomes a Supreme Court Justice. And the people of the US would be able to throw out of office a person who’s on the Supreme Court. But we don’t because we don’t have anything close to a democracy. Given the recent passage of Citizens United and McCutcheon, the only people who will be elected into Congress or the White House will be those who raise the most money, and the vast majority of that money will come from corporations, not everyday people. Similarly, corporate money, not a particular party will determine who becomes the next Supreme Court Justice, regardless of who’s in the Oval Office.

But even if it did matter, can you live with yourself knowing that you voted for a murderer just because you think she or he may possibly appoint someone to the bench who is more aligned with your domestic views? What message does it send to our children if we say it’s OK to vote for someone who murders just because you may get something out of it?

DONN MARTEN: What about gay marriage? Obama has done better than a Republican president would have done on this issue, correct?

CHRIS ERNESTO: During his first term, when Obama was opposed to gay marriage, St. Pete for Peace was supporting actions and groups who believe in full equality for everyone. Prior to his re-election, Obama obviously was told he needed the votes of the LGBTQ community, so he changed his position. Of course this is good news, and you see what can happen when the President does the right thing — being pro-gay marriage is now cool. Wouldn’t it be nice if he did the same thing for other issues, like how the FBI uses false sting operations to target Muslims in the US, or how police in this country have become so militarized that young black men and protesters are treated like 2nd class citizens?

DONN MARTEN: But Democrats are better than Republicans on gun rights and a woman’s right to choose, doesn’t that matter?

CHRIS ERNESTO: If a Republican President tried to overturn Roe v. Wade there would be millions of people on the street. People would stop going to work, the economy would slow down and there would be a near revolution. The same holds true for if a Democratic President tried to overturn the 2nd Amendment.

Both parties know this. So, when the Republicans need to energize their voting base, they start telling people “Obama wants to take away your guns.” Democrats do the same with the abortion issue.

On a state level, it is a different story, but when it comes to Congress and the White House, the issues of guns and abortion are simply a way to maintain the Republican vs. Democrat paradigm, and to trick people into plugging their nose and voting for “the lesser of two evils.” But it’s just a ruse.

DONN MARTEN: OK, regarding your contest, how will the winner of the contest be selected?

CHRIS ERNESTO: A committee from St. Pete for Peace will read through all of the submissions and determine which response best describes why Obama and the Democrats are “NOT the lesser of two evils.” All entries will be viewed anonymously and extra weight will be given to brief responses – we’re looking for talking points more so than essays. You can enter the contest at

DONN MARTEN: Finally, Chris, if you only had 10 seconds to challenge a Democrat today, what would you say?

CHRIS ERNESTO: Hop to it, Democrats, or you’re going to make many of us cheer for an all Republican Congress and hope that the next President of the United States is a Republican. At least that way, maybe Democrats will become “antiwar” again.

The only true “hope” and “change” will come to America when people begin to turn off their television sets and find out the real truth about who is really running this country. It is because of groups like St. Pete for Peace and other dedicated activists, independent participants who put country before party and alternative media journalists, bloggers and media savvy volunteers who are able to circumvent the corrupt state-corporate media to spread the word that all is not as it seems.


LINK: Tampa Bay Independent Radio Station WMNF 88.5 interview with Dina Formentini of St. Pete For Peace.

The Road to Reagangrad: God Bless America and Nixon

Taking the high pitched roar of right-wing caterwauling over Rick Perlstein’s outstanding new book “The Invisible Bridge” as a ringing endorsement I ponied up the coin and purchased a copy. Mr. Perlstein has written two previous books on the rise of the modern American right, the Barry Goldwater centered “The Coming Storm” and the classic “Nixonland”. I have decided to review the book myself as I read it as well as adding my take on the material. I will be writing on at least one chapter per week and this is the first installment in what will be what I have called “The Road to Reagangrad” series.

The book, which has a full title of “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan” deals with a crucial period in our history as the USA!, USA!, USA! got it’s ass kicked in Vietnam leading to the cynical revisionism that still has the psychic wounds of that goddamned disaster ready to pop up at any time – like a bouncing betty whenever it is politically expedient to tug on the trip wire. The country was torn asunder during the period covered in “The Invisible Bridge” and the penultimate cynic Richard M. Nixon latched onto the return of prisoners of war which he exploited to the hilt. Reagan, who ran through Perlstein’s previous books like a snake slithering through the tall grass burst forth into national demigod status by exploiting the same cultural divisions from the 1960’s that Nixon did and “The Invisible Bridge” is a fascinating work in which The Gipper began to move into the limelight after Watergate sank Tricky Dick. Perlstein has done a truly great deed with his fine work on this part of our national history that began the moral and intellectual decline that has arguably created every serious problem that we face as a nation today in 2014.



Richard Nixon has never been one of my favorite people anyway. For years I’ve regarded his existence as a monument to all the rancid genes and broken chromosomes that corrupt the possibilities of the American Dream; he was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad. The Nixon I remembered was absolutely humorless; I couldn’t imagine him laughing at anything except maybe a paraplegic who wanted to vote Democratic but couldn’t quite reach the lever on the voting machine.

-Hunter S. Thompson

The first chapter in “The Invisible Bridge” has Nixon still riding high in the aftermath of his historical 1972 presidential election wipe-out of the hapless Democrat George McGovern. The official title, “Small and Suspicious Circles” focuses on Nixon’s disgusting and divisive “Operation Homecoming” in which he sought to accumulate political capital for his agenda by spinning the ass-kicking inflicted upon America in Nam as honorable in his typical divisive fashion. I excerpt the following from Perlstein:

It began twenty days after the president’s speech, at the airport in Hanoi. What the Pentagon dubbed “Operation Homecoming” turned the network news into a nightly patriotic spectacle. Battered camouflage buses conveyed the first sixty men to the planes that would take them to Clark Air Base I the Philippines; a Navy captain named Galand Kramer unfurled a homemade sign out the window, scrawled on a scrap of cloth: GOD BLESS AMERICA & NIXON. The buses emptied; officers shouted out commands in loud American voices to free American men, who marched forth in smart formation, slowing to accommodate comrades on crutches. ON the planes, and on TV, they kissed nurses, smoked too many American cigarettes, circulated news magazines with their wives and children on the cover, and drank a pasty white nutrient shake whose taste they didn’t mind, a newsman explained, because it was the first cold drink some of them had had in eight years. On one of the three plances they passed a wriggling puppy from lap to lap. “He was a Communist dog,” explained the Navy commander who smuggled him to freedom in his flight bag, “but not anymore!”


In days to come cameras lingered on cafeteria trays laden with strawberry pie, steak, corn on the cob, Cornish game hens, ice cream, and eggs. (“Beautiful!”) sighed a man in a hospital gown on TV to a fry cook whipping up eggs.”


The next stop was Travis Air Force Base in California, where for twelve long years the flag-draped coffins had come home. Now it was the setting for Times Square 1945 images: wives leaping into husbands’ arms; teenagers unabashedly knocking daddies off their feet; seven-year-olds bringing up the rear, sheepish, shuffling – they had never met their fathers before. From there the men shipped out to service hospitals around the country, especially prepared for their return with color TVs and bright yellow bedspreads to mask the metallic hospital tone; once more words like “God-God-God” and “duty-duty-duty” and “honor-honor-honor” and “country-country-country” echoed across airport tarmacs.

The POW’s for the most part eagerly performed in Nixon’s great dog and pony show to spin the loss of the war into a glorious and righteous cause. This would later morph into the commonplace “they didn’t let us win” whining and the right-wingers now forty years running crusade to destroy the free press. The loss in Vietnam was largely blamed on civilians, hippies, liberals and the media rather than to just accept the fact that it was an illegal war, based on lies and only benefitted the blood barters in the defense industry and the shameless fraud politicians like Nixon, Reagan and their ilk who took a shit on the war dead outside of their precious pilots who shot down and taken prisoner after their war crimes of bombing innocent women and children. Americans for the most part lined up to swallow the bullshit biscuits back then and they still do so today with the endless wars of the star-spangled Homeland of Oceania USA.

In Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse Five the author uses the books of a fictional science fiction writer named Kilgore Trout to insert social commentary into his overall story. One of ‘Trout’s’ tales addressed the strange contradictions of a society that will accept with open arms one who kills civilians with state sanction during wartime while ostracizing one for silly, superficial reasons:

This, too, was the title of a book by Trout, The Gutless Wonder. It was about a robot who had bad breath, who became popular after his halitosis was cured. But what made the story remarkable, since it was written in 1932, was that it predicted the widespread use of burning jellied gasoline on human beings. It was dropped on them from airplanes. Robots did the dropping. They had no conscience, and no circuits which would allow them to imagine what was happening to the people on the ground.

Trout’s leading robot looked like a human being, and could talk and dance and so on, and go out with girls. And nobody held it against him that he dropped jellied gasoline on people. But they found his halitosis unforgivable. And then he cleared that up, and he was welcomed to the human race.

“The Gutless Wonder” spoke to the hollowing out of America’s souls by the trivializing, politicizing and packaging war as a product. Nixon was a master at this and Operation Homecoming was a harbinger of all of the dishonesty of 2014 with the regime of Barack Obama who becomes more Nixionian by the day selling horseshit to justify recommitting U.S. military forces to Iraq and pushing ever closer for a ruinous war with Russia. Not even Nixon was that crazy and despite his bellicose rhetoric I don’t believe that Ronald Reagan believed in a winnable nuclear war with Russia as Obama and his deranged State Department apparently does. And neither Nixon nor Reagan actually backed actual neo-Nazi worshippers of Hitler (although Nixon aide G. Gordon Liddy copped to being one in his autobiography “Will”) as Obama has done in Ukraine. Notable is that Fox News’ Roger Ailes cut his teeth in the business of selling the big lie under Nixon.

But not all Americans bought the “Operation Homecoming” hogwash, at that time we actually had a functional national media. Perlstein cites columnist Pete Hammil who:

On Valentine’s Day in the liberal New York Post, pointed out that the vast majority of the prisoners were bomber pilots, and thus were “prisoners because they had committed unlawful acts” – killing civilians in an undeclared war. He compared waiting for the POWs to come home to his “waiting for a guy up at Sing Sing one time, who had done hard time for armed robbery”

Perlstein also writes of the growing backlash against Nixon’s phony Vietnam revisionist carnival of perversion to put a glorious sheen on Vietnam:

But in the New York Times, columnists like Tom Wicker rued “the warped sense of priorities on the home front” that allotted so much more attention to “these relatively few POW’s than the 50,000 dead boys who came home in body bags, some of them with smuggled heroin obscenely concealed in their mangled fleas,” and “for whom the only bracelet is a band of needle marks.” He noted that the administration had frozen funding for treatment of drug-addicted veterans and in its fiscal 1974 budget proposed to arbitrarily limit the allowable number of patients in veterans hospitals. Meanwhile the Times editorialized that in the “succession of hand salutes, stiffly prepared statements, medical bulletins, and canned handouts concerning the joys of steak and ice cream” of Operation Homecoming, the “hard-won” lessons of Vietnam are in danger of being lost.” Which, on the merits was sound editorial judgment. For that had been Richard Nixon’s intention for the POW issue from the start.

The typical grifters and profiteers were also cashing in by selling POW bracelets and other kitsch to the masses of asses. They were the forebears of the bottom-feeding parasites who were hawking the Bush era decks of playing cards with 52 members of Saddam Hussein’s regime, the George W. Bush action dolls and the media war glorification movies and television shows like the dangerous and insipid Fox torture infomercial “24” and later Showtime’s ludicrous “Homeland”.

I again excerpt from the book:

Matchbooks, lapel pins, billboards, T-shirts and bumper stickers (“POWs NEVER HAVE A NICE DAY!) proliferated; fighter jets made thunderous football stadium fly-bys; full-page ads blossomed in every newspaper, urging Hanoi to have a heart and release the prisoners for the sake of the children.

The business of America after all is war and that remains a constant. But more were beginning to smell a rat with Nixon’s big con per Perlstein:

On February 21 the newspaper of record, noting how the POW’s praise for Richard Nixon sounded suspiciously close to the administration’s own catchphrases, reported that the “military’s repatriation effort was carefully programmed and controlled” by a team of nearly eighty military public relations men. The Washington Post’s ombudsman, Robert C. Maynard, echoed the argument the next morning in an essay headlined “Return of the Prisoners: Script by the Military.” “Not surprisingly, “ he concluded, we received a number of paeans to ‘honorable peace’ and could only wonder how that phrase happened to be among the first to pop out o fthe mouths of men in captivity for such long periods of time.” He also said, “They return to a society more surely programmed in ‘them-against-us’ terms than the one they left.”

One of the returning POW’s honored by Nixon was a certain admiral’s son whose name conjures up every rotten thing that America has come to stand for as we have become a warmongering bully abroad, a police state at home and have transformed from a democracy into a plutocracy. John McCain had it both ways – garnering favorable treatment at the Hanoi Hilton by making propaganda videos for the commies and then returning to participate in Nixon’s own dishonest propaganda operation at home. Today McCain is one of the lingering toxic byproducts of U.S. involvement in Vietnam as well as the failure to reach that necessary national reconciling of our collective sins, choosing instead to fall under the siren song of the snakeoil salesman Ronald Reagan.

The first chapter of “The Invisible Bridge” closes with an orgy of adulation for the POW’s and their right-wing supporters at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The event, packed with celebrities such as actors Lorne Greene of the television horse opera Bonanza and one Marion Morrison (more recognizable by his stage name John Wayne) and hosted by Reagan himself who as the Governor of California would offer up a glimpse of the demarcation from reality that took place in the 1980’s once Reagan had ascended to the presidency. Perlstein writes:

Lorne Greene gestured for silence. The guests of honor marched forth in grand procession, two by two with their consorts, as the band struck up the anthem “Stout-Hearted Men”: “Start me with men who are stout- hearted men, and soon I’ll give you ten thousand more”.

The men held longest in Hanoi finally took the stage. “Let it loose!” Greene commanded. The crowd rose as one. Their ovation lasted eight minutes.

The evening’s host took to the podium. Governor Regan’s final peroration was addressed to the men: “You gave America back its soul. God bless a country that can produce men like you.”

Then Reagan hit the road to peddle the potent elixir of American exceptionalism that allowed him to change the trajectory of the country and which to this day threatens to end it once and for all.

Next: The Road to Reagangrad: Oatmeal Meat