Of course, no integrity

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Re: Of course, no integrity

Postby Silver » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:58 am

Drudge says betrayal. When will Trump supporters wake up?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-2 ... s-finished

"Betrayal": Drudge Slams Trump Tax Plan, Says "Illusion Of Party Differences Is Finished"

Sep 27, 2017 12:47 PM

Despite the ubiquitous "tax cuts for billionaires" comments from the likes of Schumer and Pelosi, Matt Drudge has seen enough when it comes to President Trump's policies. After the leaked details of Trump's tax plan suggests a 'surcharge on the wealthiest Americans', Drudge took to Twitter...

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His website also led with a scathing headline: "More Betrayal Republican Plan to Raise Taxes."
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Drudge is criticizing the GOP for making concessions to Democrats on taxes and health care, confirming there is no longer an "illusion" of difference between the two major parties...

Something we have discussed numerous times. As Charles Hugh Smith recently exclaimed...

All the legacy claims of both parties ring false; neither party gives a hoot about the working class, small business or civil liberties. Their entire game plan is to whip up hot-button social issues to distract a fragmented citizenry and arouse last-gasp emotional loyalty to empty slogans.

Is it any wonder that people are abandoning both parties and claiming Independent status? All the core systems of the nation are failing, visibly, painfully, badly, and yet all the parties can dredge up is more of the same and TINA--there is no alternative.

The citizen who just awakened also awakened to the truth: the legacy parties have no solutions; their game plan is to milk the system as long as they can before it collapses in a rotten heap of corruption, fraud, collusion, debt and profiteering that benefits the few at the expense of the many.

When the parties do finally implode, the general mood will be: good riddance. A centralized spoils system is no longer a viable way to govern the nation. Political systems everywhere are facing a choice: Decentralize or die.
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Drudge tends to delete his tweets soon after releasing them so here it is for posterity...



Interestingly, shorly after tweeting, Drudge altered the headline on his homepage...



Regulatory 'tap on the shoulder'?
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Re: Of course, no integrity

Postby Silver » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:16 am

Make America Great Again? Not going to happen as Trump continues to consider only the elites for positions of power. I guess enough people raised a stink about Gary Cohn as Janet Yellen's replacement as Fed Chair. (Notice Trumpsters, that the Marmalade doesn't abolish the unconstitutional Fed. He's very happy for it to stay in business. This would be your hint that Trump is a Gadianton puppet if only you could come out of that deep Republican slumber you're in.)

Now the name of Kevin Warsh is being kicked around as Fed Chair. Who is Kevin Warsh? Why he's a Swamp Creature from way back. He has been a Fed governor. He has worked on Wall Street when he wasn't robbing us. But wait, there's more! He is married to the grand-daughter of Estee Lauder and his father-in-law is Ronald Lauder, who is...come on...you know where this is going, don't you...that's right, Ronald Lauder is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

So the MAGA fantasy continues while the ultra-rich laugh at the rednecks who get upset over what happens during a 3-minute performance of the Star Spangled Banner.
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Re: Of course, no integrity

Postby Silver » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:31 am

Remember when we elected the Marmalade to be the dictator of the world and we all breathed a sigh of relief because he wasn't her because we sure didn't want some crazy lady to have her finger on the button that would shoot nukes all over the world? Remember how we didn't want Hillary because she'd been paid a gajillion dollars by Goldman Sachs? Remember how the Narcissist In Chief made Clinton's speaking fees one of the swords with which he attacked the Hildabeast? No? Here, let me help you:
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Well, now Trump has more elitist CFR along with a bunch of big bank execs in his administration and he's threatening a tiny little country with destruction. Hmmm, what's that stench in here? Oh yeah, that's the smell of hypocrisy that hangs over Trump supporters. You guys voted for a disgusting man who actually calls another head of state, Little Rocket Man. That's OK, but me pointing out that Trump is a narcissist angers Trump supporters. What irony.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-0 ... as-be-done

Trump Tells Tillerson To Stop Negotiating With "Little Rocket Man": "We'll Do What Has To Be Done"

Oct 1, 2017 10:55 AM

One day after Rex Tillerson revealed for the first time that the US has been in direct - if secret - contact with the government of North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests, a stunning revelation considering that administration officials have until this point insisted that there has been only limited, indirect contact between the White House and the Kim regime, Trump, in his latest Sunday morning tirade, tweeted his Secretary of State to effectively stop negotiating with "Little Rocket Man" and to save his energy as Save your energy as Trump will "do what has to be done."

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man... Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!"

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According to a handful of kneejerk reactions by conflict analysts, Trump's statement is effectively an admission that war appears inevitable as diplomatic negotiations, largely for optical purposes, are doomed to failure. Of course, this could be just Trump's latest attempt at posturing, coupled with a resumption in bilateral escalations with North Korea. It is also a very troubling, and cavalier way to gamble with millions of people's lives.

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As reported yesterday, during a press conference on Saturday in China, Tillerson said “we are probing, so stay tuned,” when asked about how he might begin a conversation with Kim Jong-un. Following Tillerson's surprising admission of high level contact with Pyongyang, the NYT compared the secret backchanneling to a strategy used by the Obama administration to help forge what became the Iran deal – a comparison that Tillerson swiftly pushed back against. “We are not going to put a deal together with North Korea that’s as flimsy as the one in Iran,” he said. He added that the situation is different and that the North already has nuclear weapons, while Iran was still years away from obtaining them.

“We ask, ‘Would you like to talk?’ We have lines of communication to Pyongyang – we’re not in a dark situation, a blackout. We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang,” he added, speaking at the residence of the US ambassador to Beijing after a meeting with China’s top leadership. He would not say if the North Koreans had responded, beyond a heated exchange of threats in recent weeks. Trump has repeatedly threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, while the North has threatened to conduct a nuclear test over the Pacific Ocean, and to shoot down US aircraft flying in international waters if they come uncomfortably close to North Korean territory.

When asked whether those channels ran through China, he shook his head. “Directly,” he said. “We have our own channels.”Tillerson added that the most important thing was to lower the tensions between the two countries.

"I think everyone would like for it to calm down." Everyone, except for Trump it appears, who is now - at least based on his public tweeting - attempting to sabotage the diplomatic process and proceed right to the next step. Which merely further underscores why, as the WaPo reported last week, North Korea has been quietly seeking the help of Republican-linked analysts in Washington to "figure out Trump."
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Re: Of course, no integrity

Postby Silver » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:24 pm

Let's see how many Establishment figures from both the lying, traitorous Republican Party and the satanic Democratic Party give their support to the opponent of Roy Moore in his election for US Senator.

Read the article below and tell us how Trump got it so wrong and campaigned for Luther Strange. By the way, the Narcissist In Chief tried to pretend he hadn't supported Strange: "After the candidate whom President Trump backed in Tuesday's Alabama Senate primary, Luther Strange, lost to Roy Moore, Trump summarily deleted several tweets he had made in support of Strange. However, they were archived on ProPublica's Politiwhoops website.

Among them: "Luther Strange has been shooting up in the Alabama polls since my endorsement. Finish the job-vote today for "Big Luther"

And: "ALABAMA, get out and vote for Luther Strange-he has proven to me that he will never let you down!#MAGA" "
http://www.npr.org/2017/09/28/554292680 ... thers-loss )

Bob Livingston writes:
First of all, banish from your mind that the Republican Party leadership — aka, the establishment — is or has ever been conservative. They are corporatists and statists. Another word for it is fascist.

They are cronies in bed with big business, Wall Street, the military-industrial complex and Zionism (aka Israel-firstism). Same for the Democrat leadership, except for them, throw in also Hollywood, labor unions and trial lawyers along with big business and Wall Street.

So when I speak about "Republicans" here, I'm talking about Republican voters and some of the Republican-voting pundit class.

The Republican Party elite once embraced conservatives into its ranks both as voters and candidates, even if they (the elites) had no interest in governing as conservatives. In doing so, they led astray great numbers of middle class Americans, especially Christians, patriots and other good folks. One of the greatest of all the culprits in this deception was George W. Bush and his "compassionate conservatism" followed by his "War on Terror," which is a make-work scheme for the military-industrial complex, sop for the banksters, preservation of the petro-dollar and the Middle East hegemony of Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Note that in a federal government dominated by a Republican majority whether under Bush or now Donald Trump — the federal leviathan grows in power, coupled together with New World Order. Note, too, that Republican-appointed judges continue to rule in favor of the state and the progressive agenda in almost all cases. Cases in point: Bush-nominated Supreme Court Justice John Roberts ruled in favor of Obamacare and Reagan-nominated Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy ruled in favor of gay "marriage."

The Republican elite have abandoned any pretext of conservatism, choosing instead wars and big government, socialism and open borders.
Today's Republican elite — what some of the Republican voting rank and file call Republicans in name only (RINOs) — are not conservative by any definition. They have by and large embraced neoconservatism.

Neoconservatives are the proverbial "liberals who have been mugged" and are converts to pseudo-conservatism. Their true history is that the leading lights of neo-conservatism were/are ex-Trotskyites — followers of the Menshevik communist philosophy of Lenin's early Soviet comrade, Leon Trotsky. They fled the liberalism of the Democrat party when they perceived it had become soft on the Soviet Union.

They can be found of late via their Russia-phobic actions and statements, but they are the faux conservatives of the George Bush (both I and II), Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, John Bolton, Paul Wolfowitz, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, William Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Rush Limbaugh wing of the Republican Party. They are pro-war Zionists, Council on Foreign Relations/Trilateral Commission adherents who advocate using both soft and hard power to establish U.S. hegemony over the world, primarily on behalf of Israel and Saudi Arabia and the New World Order and to preserve the petro dollar and "spread democracy," which is not freedom in any sense.

They defend the eternal keeping of our soldier-children in South Korea, Germany, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and wherever a "radical Muslim" may be found.

They disparage those who speak of the District of Columbia as if it were a sewer. (It is!) And they criticize and ostracize those who want to eliminate unconstitutional and intrusive government and believe that God is the source of our rights and moral law — as the Founders did.

Judge Roy Moore, who just secured the Republican nomination for Senator from Alabama, is a true conservative who believes in God and the Constitution. That's why Mitch McConnell's Senate Leadership PAC and Karl Rove's American Crossroads PAC — along with other faux-conservative organizations — just dumped $13 million-plus to try and beat Moore and other more traditional conservatives running for Jeff Sessions' Senate seat.
The propaganda war against Moore has reached a fever pitch in the media among the Republican establishment. Rove penned an article for The Wall Street Journal in which he called Moore's election "a disastrous day for the GOP." (By 'GOP', Rove means the establishment, so we can hope.)

The CIA mouthpiece The Washington Post had two columns on Moore's victory over the establishment; one in which it claimed the country lost when Moore won, and another claiming his victory was bad for Alabama and worse for the GOP.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd claimed Moore "doesn't appear to believe in the Constitution" because he (Moore) believes our rights come from God.
Each of these stories tell the history of Moore being ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court two times, stating — falsely — that he was removed for violating the Constitution.

Moore was ousted the first time in 2003 after he refused an order from a federal judge to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the State Judicial Building. That is not why he was removed, but it was the pretext for his removal, as testimony from his hearing before an unelected, unaccountable panel of lawyers called the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (ACJ) shows. He was prosecuted in that hearing by then-Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor, an establishment-favored Republican under the control of the Rove-Bush regime.

It was this unaccountable body that removed Moore because he refused to agree to cease honoring God. And for this Pryor was rewarded with a lifetime appointment from Bush to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (and he's been listed as a potential Trump Supreme Court nominee).

The same unaccountable body essentially removed Moore a second time in 2016 by suspending him without pay after he instructed Alabama probate judges to prohibit same-sex couples from receiving marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay "marriage" in Obergefell.

Alabamians had voted overwhelmingly for a state constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage, and Moore was awaiting clarification from the Supreme Court on whether Alabama's amendment had standing.

When the ACJ refused to hear his appeals and left his unpaid suspension in place, Moore decided to resign and run for Sessions' Senate seat rather than be left in limbo without pay.

So Moore was not removed for "violating the Constitution," as the establishment mouthpieces would have you believe. Moore has been a devout defender of the Constitution and of God.

Moore believes, as Patrick Buchanan writes:
...that man-made law must conform to the "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," as written in Jefferson's Declaration of Independence.

If a law contradicts God's law, it is invalid, nonbinding. In some cases, civil disobedience, deliberate violation of such a law, may be the moral duty of a Christian.

Moore believes God's Law is even above the Constitution, at least as interpreted by recent Supreme Courts.

Homosexuality, an abomination in the Old Testament (and New Testament – BL), Moore sees as "an inherent evil." When the high court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, discovered a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, Moore, back on the Alabama court, defied the decision, was suspended again, and resigned.

Postmodern America may see the judge as a refugee from the Neolithic period. Yet, his convictions, and how he has stood by them, are going to attract folks beyond Alabama. And the judge's views on God, man and law are not without a distinguished paternity.

In his "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Dr. King wrote: "(T)here are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that 'An unjust law is no law at all.''

Many Christians believe that what the Supreme Court did in Roe v. Wade — declare an unborn child's right to life contingent upon whether its mother wishes to end it — violates God's law, "Thou shalt not kill."

Throughout our history, people acting upon such beliefs have defied laws, and are today celebrated for it.

Abolitionists, in violation of laws they believed immoral, set up the Underground Railroad to help slaves escape to freedom. King believed that laws imposing racial segregation violated the American "creed" that "all men are created equal" and acted on that belief.

Thomas Moore is considered by Catholics to be a saint and moral hero for defying Henry VIII's demand, among others, that he endorse a lie, that the king's marriage to Anne Boleyn was not adultery.

Moore's victory over the establishment has restored moral courage to foundering conservatives. Conservative candidates are coming out of the woodwork, emboldened to state their convictions and challenge the establishment. Even some conservative pundits who have been timid in the face of the elites are growing backbones and backing Moore and, along with him, principals of morality and the Constitution.

Buchanan writes:
Christianity and the moral truths it has taught for 2,000 years have been deposed from the pre-eminent position they held until after World War II, and are now rejected as a source of law. They have been replaced by the tenets of a secular humanism that is the prevailing orthodoxy of our new cultural, social and intellectual elites. If elected, Judge Moore, one imagines, will not be rendering respectfully unto the new Caesar.

Maybe Moore can help lead the Republican Party out of its worldly, godless, state of anti-Constitutional universalism, globalism and immorality.

Yours for the truth,
Bob Livingston
Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter™
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Re: Of course, no integrity

Postby Silver » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:04 pm

This is why Trump can murder and still have supporters among the children of the covenant.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-03/act-pure-evil

by Cognitive Dissonance
Oct 3, 2017 12:16 PM

An Act of Pure Evil

By Cognitive Dissonance

When I selected the name of my avatar here on Zero Hedge and began posting comments, then articles when I became a contributing editor, there was deliberate and conscious intent on my part to disturb the cognitive dissonance of the herd. Rarely do we personally grow unless sufficiently prodded with a poker.

My intent with this article is NOT to stick a finger in the wound and cause more pain. Not in the least. But "We the People" have an extremely complex, some might say insane, relationship with murder/death/kill. To put it bluntly, we have been deeply conditioned to believe certain 'types' of killing are just and righteous, therefore 'legal'. More importantly, we believe that just about the only righteous killing can, and must, be conducted by the state and its duly appointed apparatchiks.

To be even more blunt....that's screwed up. This article illuminates both the state's, and our, hypocrisy.

WARNING!! Trigger alert. Do NOT read this if you wish to remain comfortable with your belief systems.

This is being written the day after the mass shooting in Las Vegas and it in no way diminishes the horror and suffering experienced by all involved. I cannot imagine what it was like to be watching an outdoor concert and suddenly find myself under fire with nowhere to run and no place to hide.

It was truly horrific, senseless and so very sad. Or as President Trump declared in his morning after address to the nation, this was “an act of pure evil”.

There is no doubt over the ensuing days, weeks and months millions of words will be spoken and written about this singular act of violence perpetrated upon an unaware and unprepared crowd of dessert revelers. From arm chair psychologists such as this author to so called ‘experts’, we will be bombarded with one part insight to every hundred parts nonsense.

No doubt the nonsense will prevail.

I suspect some readers will not take kindly to me going off script so soon after what is being billed as a national tragedy. In my defense, the difference between me and your average sociopath politician is I am attempting to empower the reader by expanding our minds while they are trying to dis-empower the reader via carefully crafted propaganda and cognitive manipulation.

They want you to refasten your blinders while I wish to tear them off.

I absolutely guarantee you nearly every single political leader and wannabe is thinking only one thought at this precise moment. How can I use this situation to my political advantage? You cannot participate in modern day politics and not think in this manner, regardless of how good and honest you might claim to be.

When you swim in the swamp, you employ the same techniques and thought processes as all the other swamp dwellers. At best it is an occupational hazard, at worst an all consuming disease. Unfortunately very few escape with their morals and dignity intact and none succeed in draining, or even changing the flow of the fetid swamp waters.

But this isn’t the purpose of this screed at all. Either we fully recognize, and are repulsed by, the nature of the swamp and those who dwell within while taking concrete and purposeful steps to distance ourselves as much as possible from all that the swamp encompasses. Or we have learned to mostly ignore it, live with it, benefit from it or directly participate in it.

I tell myself I’m somewhere in-between, but that just might be my ego talking.

There are no innocents, only collaterally damaged individuals. But there are plenty who declare ourselves innocent, claiming the Sergeant Schultz defense of “I see nothing, I know nothing and I wasn’t even (t)here”.

I do not dispute the fact that planning and preparing for, and then carrying out, an act of mass murder and mayhem is indefensible and inexcusable. I assume the reader feels the same way I do, that the person who perpetuated this bloodshed with forethought and malice was mentally deranged and possibly even ‘evil’, regardless of the details of motive and method.

Where we might depart the same path is in how we characterize mentally deranged as defined by a nearly equally mentally deranged society. What, exactly, is the difference between a ‘crazy’ individual shooting from the 32nd floor of a hotel into a large crowd of people with conscious intent to kill and a nation’s military lobbing cruise missiles or dropping bombs onto an opposing nation’s population centers, occupied hospitals or upon other so called ‘innocents’ with the same conscious intent to kill?

Now I am absolutely positive the reader’s mind is racing through the thousand and one excuses, reasons and rationalizations we have been programmed with, and conditioned to believe and repeat, in order to justify homicide, murder really, to ourselves and to our peers in the name of ‘war’.

I get it. I understand. I am the product of the same conditioning and propaganda everyone else has been exposed to. But the question remains entirely reasonable and relevant. How is homicide by the state any different than homicide by an individual, whether on a mass or individual basis?

Once we begin to delve into this thorny issue, the next question is why do “We the People” support one homicidal entity while vigorously condemning the other?

Ever notice how violence conducted in an ‘offensive’ manner is decried as wrong and ‘illegal’, evil even, while violence employed purely in defense of yourself and those around you is accepted as reasonable and justified? After all, civilized people know there are rules to follow when conducting war. You can’t have people just killing and maiming each other willy-nilly with no rules, now can you?

This is precisely why all nations frame war, before, during and after, as unavoidable and defensive in nature. And it’s also the reason why nations routinely engage in false flag operations in order to create plausible deniability and justification for homicide in order to gain, consolidate or hold on to power, wealth and control.

I can drop 1,000 pound bombs on your head or direct a cruise missile through your kitchen window, but I can’t use poison gas, exploding bullets or other such ‘illegal’ methods of particularly gruesome homicide. As if being blown into bits and pieces by a bomb or missile isn’t particularly gruesome or horrifying.

The fact remains we can rationalize away anything we wish to justify, first as individuals and then as a herd, by simply framing the discussion in ways that fit already programmed terms and conditions that justify our actions. Helpfully (thankfully, for we as ‘moral’ individuals might balk at doing so) the programming is already determined, then promoted and placed via state sponsored education and later via the deeply influenced, if not outright controlled, state propaganda arm called mainstream media.

All that remains is for us to not only accept it, but endlessly repeat it back to others, the ultimate positive feedback loop of group-think that reinforces both our conditioning and the continuing acceptance of our conditioning. The base message is usually not that sophisticated, enabling infinite modification by each individual so that state sponsored homicide is not only acceptable, but in many situations desirable and even necessary.

Once we are able to shoehorn distasteful nonconforming tidbits into our internal narrative, we sleep better at night. Never underestimate the lengths to which we will go to believe precisely what we want to believe.

So there you have it. One ‘madman’ with several automatics and lots of ammo randomly, and rapidly, shooting at human fish in a barrel is bad, very bad. Of this there is no argument from me. But college educated chisel jaw all American hero pilots dropping 1,000 pound bombs on hospitals or strafing wedding parties is acceptable as long as he or she is following ‘legal’ orders and plays by the rules of war a la legal murder/homicide.

And if there is some unfortunate targeting snafu or human error that leads to collateral damage, well…that's just the price others pay for our gloriously righteous war against the evil madmen enemy.

I can’t wait to not only hear what the state will cook up to justify the next large scale war, but how it will be framed so you and I can swallow it hook, line and sinker, then order up pizza and beer just in time to watch the fireworks live on CNN.
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A spoon full of sugary rationalization helps the ugly murder and mayhem go down. After all we do have to live with ourselves, now don’t we?

10/02/2017

Cognitive Dissonance
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Re: Of course, no integrity

Postby Silver » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:14 pm

http://original.antiwar.com/paul/2017/1 ... war-syria/

What Did Washington Achieve in Its Six Year War on Syria?
by Ron Paul Posted on October 03, 2017

Now that the defeat of ISIS in Syria appears imminent, with the Syrian army clearing out some of the last ISIS strongholds in the east, Washington’s interventionists are searching for new excuses to maintain the illegal US military presence in the country. Their original rationale for intervention has long been exposed as another lie.

Remember that President Obama initially involved the US military in Iraq and Syria to “prevent genocide” of the Yazidis and promised the operation would not drift into US “boots on the ground.” That was three years ago and the US military became steadily more involved while Congress continued to dodge its Constitutional obligations. The US even built military bases in Syria despite having no permission to do so! Imagine if Syria started building military bases here in the US against our wishes.

After six years of war the Syrian government has nearly defeated ISIS and al-Qaeda and the US-backed “moderates” turned out to be either Islamist extremists or Kurdish soldiers for hire. According to a recent report, the US has shipped two billion dollars worth of weapons to fighters in Syria via eastern Europe. Much of these weapons ended up in the hands of ISIS directly, or indirectly through “moderates” taking their weapons with them while joining ISIS or al-Qaeda.

“Assad must go,” proclaimed President Obama back in 2011, as he claimed that the Syrian leader was committing genocide against his own people and that regime change was the only way to save Syrians. Then earlier this year, when eastern Aleppo was about to be liberated by the Syrian government, the neocons warned that Assad would move in and kill all the inhabitants. They warned that the population of eastern Aleppo would flee from the Syrian army. But something very different happened. According to the UN’s International Organization for Migration, 600,000 refugees returned to Syria by August. Half of the returnees went back to Aleppo, where we were told Assad was waiting to kill them.

What happened? The neocons and “humanitarian interventionists” lied. Just as they lied about Libya, Iraq, and so on.

While it was mostly ignored by the mainstream media, just this week a Christian was elected speaker of the Syrian parliament. The new speaker is a 58-year-old Orthodox Christian law graduate and member of President Assad’s Baath party.

How many Christians does our “ally” Saudi Arabia have in its parliament? Oh I forgot, Saudi Arabia has no elected parliament.

Why does it seem that US policy in the Middle East always hurts Christians the most? In Iraq, Christians suffered disproportionately from the 2003 US invasion. In fact there are hardly any Christians left. Why aren’t more US Christian groups demanding that the US get out of the Middle East?

The US is not about to leave on its own. With ISIS all but defeated in Syria, many in Washington are calling for the US military to continue its illegal occupation of parts of the country to protect against Iranian influence! Of course before the US military actions in Iraq and Syria there was far less Iranian influence in the region! So US foreign interventionism is producing new problems that can only be solved by more US interventionism? The military industrial complex could not have dreamed of a better scheme to rob the American people while enriching themselves!

What have we achieved in Syria? Nothing good.
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Re: Of course, no integrity

Postby Silver » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:34 pm

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/02/america- ... ess-world/

AMERICA: THE DICTATRESS OF THE WORLD
by Jacob G. Hornberger
October 2, 2017
On July 21, 1821, John Quincy Adams, who would go on to become the sixth president of the United States, warned that if America were ever to abandon its founding principle of non-interventionism in foreign affairs, she might well become the dictatress of the world.

Adams issued his warning in a speech he delivered to Congress, a speech that has gone down in history with the title “In Search of Monsters to Destroy.”

Adams was referring to the fact that the United States was founded as a constitutional republic, one whose military forces did not go around the world helping people who were suffering the horrors of dictators, despots, civil wars, revolutions, famines, oppression, or anything else. That’s not to say that America didn’t sympathize with people struggling to experience lives of freedom, peace, and prosperity. It was simply that the U.S. government would not go abroad to slay such monsters.

Here is how Adams expressed it:

Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.

Adams was summing up the founding foreign policy of the United States, a policy of non-interventionism in the affairs of other nations, specifically Europe and Asia.

And that’s the way the American people wanted it. If Americans had been told after the Constitutional Convention that the U.S. government would be intervening around the world, there is no way that they would have ever approved the Constitution.

In fact, as a practical matter, throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, there is no way that U.S. officials could have gone abroad in search of monsters to destroy. That’s because a nation needs a powerful military to go abroad and free people from dictators and despots or save people from famines or other bad things that happen in life.

When the Constitution called the federal government into existence, the last thing the American people wanted was a powerful military. They were overwhelmingly opposed to what they called “standing armies,” which was a term used describe a big, permanent military establishment. That was why there was Pentagon, no big, permanent military-industrial complex, no CIA, and no NSA for more than 100 years after the country was established. The American people didn’t want those types of governmental apparatuses to be part of our nation’s political system.

The reason Americans were so opposed to standing armies is because they believed that standing armies constituted a grave threat to their freedom and economic well-being. They knew, from both first-hand experience and through history, that dictators and despots used powerful military establishments to destroy the freedom and prosperity of the citizenry, oftentimes in the name of keeping them safe, secure, and prosperous.

So, while there was a basic military force throughout the 19th century — large enough to suppress Native Americans or even to defeat a neighboring Third World nation like Mexico in the Mexican War, it certainly was nowhere near as large enough to cross the oceans and invade and conquer European or Asian countries. The one big exception, of course, was the Civil War, but the army immediately demobilized upon the conclusion of the war.

Things started changing with the Spanish American War in 1898. There were those who argued that America could not be a great nation without owning overseas colonies, like the British and French Empires. Opposed to that sentiment was the mindset that had guided the founding of the country: that empire and foreign interventionism would end up destroying the country from within.

The interventionists prevailed. First, U.S. officials misled and double-crossed the colonies of the Spanish Empire by leading them to believe that the United States was intervening against Spain to help the colonies win their independence. It was a lie. As the colonies soon learned, the real aim was to step into the shoes of the Spanish Empire by acquiring its colonies. That’s how the United States ended with Puerto Rico, Guam, the Philippines, and Cuba.

Second, the trend toward empire as a way to make America great was followed by foreign interventionism, with World War I and World War II being premier examples.

That was followed by the conversion of the U.S. government from a constitutional republic to what is known as a “national-security state,” a governmental apparatus characterized by a massive, permanent standing military establishment and secretive agencies with the power to assassinate and spy on the citizenry, in the name of preserving “national security.”

That was followed by massive interventions “in search of monsters to destroy” through assassinations, coups, invasions, occupations, support of dictatorships, and regime change: Korea, Guatemala, Iran, Cuba, Congo, Brazil, Chile, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, and others.

Here is how Adams eloquently expressed what would happen to America if she were ever to abandon our nation’s founding principles of anti-empire and non-interventionism:

She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself, beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. The frontlet upon her brows would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished lustre the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.

No one can seriously deny that Adams has been proven correct — that America — or, more correctly, the U.S. government — has become the dictatress of the world — issuing orders and commands to people and regimes all over the world and backing them up with coups, assassinations, sanctions, embargoes, invasions, and occupations, and all headed today by a democratically elected president who has all the traditional traits of an old-fashioned dictator or despot.
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Re: Of course, no integrity

Postby Silver » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:35 pm

https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/i ... rs-to-stay

Wednesday, 04 October 2017
DHS Assistant Secretary Says Administration Supports Allowing “Dreamers” to Stay
Written by Warren Mass

Michael Dougherty, assistant DHS Secretary for Border Immigration and Trade, said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on October 3 that the Trump administration would support legislation allowing illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to gain lawful permanent status and eventually citizenship.

A Reuters report after the hearing quoted Dougherty’s reply to questioning about the Trump administration’s position on whether “Dreamers,” as those who qualified for U.S. residency under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program they are often called, should be allowed to stay in the United States.

“Under a rational bill these individuals would be able to become lawful permanent residents with a pathway to citizenship,” said Dougherty.

Reuters noted that the Trump administration ended the Obama administration-created DACA program last month. The program offered nearly 800,000 young people who came to the United States illegally as children protection from deportation and the right to work legally in the United States.

Reuters reported:

The administration said it ended DACA because Obama overstepped his constitutional authority by creating the policy unilaterally and without Congressional approval. President Donald Trump called on Congress to enact a law to protect DACA recipients, and last month angered some of his fellow Republicans by negotiating with congressional Democratic leaders on possible legislation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on September 5 that the DACA program will end in six months, giving Congress time to find a legislative solution for people enrolled in the program.

“To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone that wants to come here,” Sessions said. “As attorney general, it is my duty to ensure that the laws of the United States are enforced and that the constitutional order is upheld.”

Sessions criticized the Obama administration for implementing an “unconstitutional exercise of authority,” and he described the estimated 800,000 DACA recipients as “mostly adult illegal aliens” who had deprived American citizens of jobs and encouraged further illegal immigration.

However, Dougherty’s statement on October 3 indicated that the administration’s termination of DACA was not as thorough as most people were led to believe. He said:

In light of those [court] decisions, then DHS-Secretary Kelly [Kelly left DHS on July 31 to become White House Chief of Staff] rescinded DAPA and the expansion of DACA on June 15, 2017. Original DACA recipients were unaffected, and individuals who had received three year validity periods for DACA and the associated work authorization under the November 2014 memorandum prior to the district court injunction were allowed to maintain those approvals through their expiration, unless terminated or revoked for case specific reasons. [Emphasis added.]

As we see, therefore, the Trump administration’s actions left Original DACA recipients unaffected.

While campaigning for the presidency, candidate Trump promised that he would “immediately terminate” DACA after being elected. However, Trump’s recent statement indicates that instead of eliminating DACA, he merely wants to legitimize it by replacing Obama’s executive orders with legislative authority.

We wrote in an article on September 15 that Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the minority leaders in Congress, said that during discussions with Trump at a September 13 White House dinner, the president indicated that he would support enshrining into law protections from deportation for the young illegal aliens who have been immune from deportation under DACA.

Though Trump denied at a press gaggle the next day he had reached a definitive agreement with the top Democrats, his statements since then indicate the he is certainly more open to extending deportation protection to the “Dreamers” than he was while campaigning for the presidency last year.

Trump’s subsequent tweets represented a far departure from his previously stated positions on DACA, as well as with Sessions’ September 5 statement. He tweeted:

Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really! They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own — brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security.
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Re: Of course, no integrity

Postby markharr » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:04 pm

Silver,

Where were the running 'no integrity' threads for Barack Obama, or George W. Bush?

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Re: Of course, no integrity

Postby Silver » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:52 pm

Silver wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:16 am
Make America Great Again? Not going to happen as Trump continues to consider only the elites for positions of power. I guess enough people raised a stink about Gary Cohn as Janet Yellen's replacement as Fed Chair. (Notice Trumpsters, that the Marmalade doesn't abolish the unconstitutional Fed. He's very happy for it to stay in business. This would be your hint that Trump is a Gadianton puppet if only you could come out of that deep Republican slumber you're in.)

Now the name of Kevin Warsh is being kicked around as Fed Chair. Who is Kevin Warsh? Why he's a Swamp Creature from way back. He has been a Fed governor. He has worked on Wall Street when he wasn't robbing us. But wait, there's more! He is married to the grand-daughter of Estee Lauder and his father-in-law is Ronald Lauder, who is...come on...you know where this is going, don't you...that's right, Ronald Lauder is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

So the MAGA fantasy continues while the ultra-rich laugh at the rednecks who get upset over what happens during a 3-minute performance of the Star Spangled Banner.
Oh, OK, so maybe President Trump isn't going to nominate Kevin Warsh as the next Fed Chair after all. Good President Trump. Hold on a minute. Now the early morning Marmalade Tweeter is said to be considering Stanford's John Taylor for the position. Of course as Taylor brags on his own CV, he's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). What's that? You've never heard of the CFR? That's the organization that honest people recognize as part of the problem. They intend to destroy liberty in all nations. They are one-worlders.

The NWO isn't going to let an outsider hold any position of significance under their puppet, Mr. Tangerine. Heads, they win. Tails, we lose.

And the Trumpsters go on pretending that all is well.

https://web.stanford.edu/~johntayl/cv/T ... t-2017.pdf

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