Kiss My Ass

We took the Soul into the dealership this morning for an inspection and took the opp to have it serviced.  We picked it up tonight and everything had been done but the inspection.  No matter, I’ll take it by the guys on the corner and say hello to the threepers.

I usually dump packages in the box and not bother postal employees at the counter, but today, I was feeling charitable and decided to take some inside.  Last week, the nice white lady handed my a basket, I put my stuff in it, placed it on the counter, thanked her and left.

Today, I encountered a young black guy at the counter, off to the side from waiting customers, just like last time.  I asked him for a basket, two steps away, and he told me I’d need to ask his supervisor, who was waiting on customers.  So, I deposited my packages on the counter, told him to kiss my ass and left.

I got lunch on the way back and the Wife told me as I walked in that I couldn’t tell postal employees to kiss my ass.  The normally unavailable postmaster had called to complain.  He suggested I drop my packages off at the loading dock out back, accessible by a buzzer.

I told the Wife I’d seen several people lose it after no one responded to said buzzer.

It is what it is and I’ll deal with it, unless I’m rubbed out by the APWU.

I texted the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club to see how things were going.  Now that leaves are up here, I need to deal with those.  I also need to get the Fun Machine and drive it some.

I made it through Thanksgiving without having to threaten to go to Liberty, but Christmas plans were accordingly abbreviated on my behalf.  I’m getting too old to pretend I believe in Jesus or deal with the inlaws.

This weekend’s snowstorm was a hoot, with the arrival of Crock-Pot Express Crock Programmable Multi-Cooker, Stainless Steel (SCCPPC600-V1).  The roads never got bad, so I hit the Food Lion just down the street about every four hours.  Chuck roast Thursday  night, chicken thighs Friday, carnitas Saturday and wings for the Panthers game.

It’s a pressure cooker with presets for various items.  Everything took 35 minutes, once pressure was reached, but the wings for 15.  The Wife told me to put the wings and sauce in the oven for awhile and that helped.

Suffered through a six pack of Natty Greene’s Red Nose.  I detoxed with Natural Light and I’m drinking Fat Tire tonight.  We’ve loads of leftovers in the fridge, so the cooker gets a break.

We made it through the smash and grabs last week in the shopping center without getting hit.  The wintertime southern exposure cooks the storefront windows, so blinds have been installed behind the display models, which are changed every three days, lest they be ruined.  We think the resulting opaqueness may have discouraged entry, that and we sold clothes to the perp’s mom.

All is not well at Golden Gate.  It turns out sharing a shopping center with a Planet Fitness is a big pain in the ass: lots of the wrong kind of people.  We’ve not had a customer get run over by a master of the universe in a Maz yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

Truth is the website is rapidly overtaking store traffic and we’re glad for it.  Fuck retail.  The customers deserve what happens to them.  Rather than deal with whatever waddles in the door, we’ll serve a highly attenuated community of loyal customers who understand and appreciate the value we purvey.

The leftover chuck roast stew and teryaki chicken wings were amazing.

The Wife really got hooked on TCM during the recent series of movies made by Hollywood blacklist victims.  And she enjoys watching the Panthers.

I don’t get too excited about football until December and wow, what a show.  Roger Goodell and Colin Kaepernick cannot undo that which these playoff hopefuls have wrought.  It all happens with such incredible speed and complexity, you need a few minutes to diagnose each play.

The highlight film of disallowed touchdown passes this year is soul crushing, when you consider the alternate universe where the refs got it right instead.

It looked Sunday like the officials were calling games too close, perhaps too keep teams in line, after the recent Oakland-Denver riot.  Indeed, Seattle’s thuggery on getting beat by Jacksonville proved the NFL’s point.

But for every lamentable action there’s a Julius Pepper and a Carson Wentz, examples of what might be and might have been.  Pathos of the gods for everyman.

I have little patience for boycotts and the NFL in particular.  The sportainment machine has thoroughly optimized the college system into producing a league of Cam Newtons, tempting the fates each week in systems like the Saints, where success is committed like ingenious crime.

I think the NFL pretty much mirrors society.  Bertrand Russell said the major challenges of an industrial society were materialism and narcissism.  Football appeals to both.

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Putin is a Great American

From the comments at Naked Capitalism:

Years ago I met an elderly formerly German gent in Santa Monica, and I like to pick brains when I come across promising grey matter upstairs, and it turned out he was one of the engineers for the ME-262 jet fighter, responsible for the swept wings concept, very impressive!

So after awhile more of scintillating conversation he says to me:

“Young man, where do you think the engines for early luftwaffe airplanes came from?”

I shrugged and said nothing, and he told me:

“They came from the USA, and the airplane manufacturers of the era were only too happy to supply the 3rd Reich with them built under contract, for a price, of course.”

I’ve finished  Putin’s Praetorians: Confessions of the Top Kremlin Trolls , which is essentially a promo for Phil Butler of Russia Insider, I think.  The Saker features prominently with intros to chapters from folks I’ve been following on Twitter and those I’d never heard of.  If Putin Trolls are a movement, the book gives it a history.

Phil didn’t ask me, but I’ve been thinking about how I came to be a Putin Troll and it goes way farther back.  As the quote above betrays, there are many reasons to believe things have not been the way they seemed for a long time.  Born in 1960, I cut my teeth on the JFK conspiracy, Vietnam war protests and Watergate.  In that sense, I’ve been a skeptic all my life.

I suppose the illegal second invasion of Iraq by W., and its subsequent chronicling by Ron Suskind incensed me, especially as he was but a bad choice over Al Gore.  Glenn Greenwald chronicled Obama’s continuation of Executive misconduct.

Phil Butler’s subjects often mention the Sochi Olympics as the first real evidence the media was in the bag against Russia.  So, when the Ukraine Euromaidan occurred some months later, alternative reports of Victoria “Fuck the EU” Nuland and US State Dept. neocons under Hillary Clinton had more credibility.

When MH-17 went down over Ukraine, sufficient evidence surfaced to frame it as a false flag blaming Russia.  To this day, I continue to see Tweets from those dedicated to exposing this false narrative.

Reports of hired neo-Nazis battling Donbass military veterans led by Russian general staff made sense, especially after Crimea voted en masse to return to Russia.  The subsequent stalemate of the Kiev oligarchs, surrender of their troops and capture of their amour convinced me of the superiority of 3rd generation warfare tactics perfected by the Russians in WWII.

Hillary went on to break Libya and Syria, so when Trump bested the GOP establishment in the Primary, I was not surprised the media went all in against him.  Indeed, Trump’s campaign promises regarding Russia put me completely at ease, as I’d come to recognize Zionist neocon warmongers and Christofascist useful idiots as the greatest threats to world peace.  His subsequent victory over Crooked Hillary meant a potential end to hostilities in Ukraine and Syria, if not Yemen.

As a skeptic of the mainstream media and educated in the ways of the neocons, I admit disappointment and bewilderment in Trump’s words and actions regarding foreign policy.  Evidence suggests that he immediately allowed the opposition to occupy the vacuum in his administration created by the outgoing regime.  His behavior is regularly appalling, designed as it seems to enrage that very opposition, except for the Zionists who control Deep State and he may deem too powerful.

In my efforts to understand Trump, I often look to Putin, who has successfully battled these same neoliberal globalists for control of Russia.  We’ve had enough time to watch Trump and his antics to see that much of what he is doing is misdirection on a level nearly beyond comprehension.  Indeed, as with Mueller and Israel, he appears to be giving Deep State and the Zionists enough rope to hang themselves.

My concern is that these are not at all the tactics of Putin, who often imprisons oilgarchs for getting out of line, and has established effective no-fly zones in Ukraine and Syria, allowing the latter to eradicate ISIS.  But then Putin has a proven military upon which to rely, whereas Trump commands an impossibly bloated, partisan and ineffectual government in decline.

I like to think Trump has the ears of Putin and Xi regarding these matters, as their enlightened self-interest motivate them to help him put an end to permanent war fueling profits for the oligarchs.

Neoliberalism/Globalism is necessarily on the wane.  This catabolic collapse poses a challenge to governments increasingly controlled by these same oligarchs whom Putin has successfully defeated.  The demise of the Left means ascension of the Right and the cause of Nationalism.  In this struggle, Putin sets the example from Europe to the USA.

Putin is a great American because his example is our future, if we have one.

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The End of Zionism

I received my copy of Putin’s Praetorians: Confessions of the Top Kremlin Trolls.  It contains the previously cited chapter by The Saker and lots of people I’ve known about.

“Sometimes it is necessary to be lonely in order to prove you are right.” – Vladimir Putin

From Moon of Alabama On Michael Flynn:

The “collusion” here is between the Israeli government and the Trump campaign. The “influence” is two part. A successful Israeli attempt to influence the incoming Trump administration and an unsuccessful attempt by Trump people to influence the Russian UNSC vote. The issue has absolutely zero to do with the U.S. election.

From Robert Parry:

National Security Adviser Flynn was pushed into a perjury trap by Obama administration holdovers at the Justice Department who concocted an unorthodox legal rationale for subjecting Flynn to an FBI interrogation four days after he took office, testing Flynn’s recollection of the conversations while the FBI agents had transcripts of the calls intercepted by the National Security Agency…

[T]he criminal charge against Flynn has nothing to do with election “collusion” but rather President-elect Trump’s aides weighing in on foreign policy controversies during the transition. And, the first initiative was undertaken at the request of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, not Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kushner Is “Senior Official” Who Ordered Flynn To Contact Russia

From Andrew McCarthy:

Trading a plea on minor charges for cooperation is a foolish gambit that badly damages the prosecutor’s case. It suggests that the cooperator must not have disclosed details about the major scheme. Otherwise the prosecutor would have charged him with it. It implies that the prosecutor is so desperate to make a case on a major target that he gave bad actors a pass on serious charges — something experienced prosecutors know that juries hate. It is even worse to plead accomplices out on false-statements counts. This establishes that the main thing the jury should know about the accomplice is that he is not to be trusted.

WSJ Editorial Board Calls On “Too Conflicted” Mueller To Step Down

Russian Olympic Committee banned from 2018 Winter Games, athletes allowed to compete as neutrals

“Declaration Of War”: Trump Jerusalem Decision Sparks Outrage, Warning Of “A Fire With No End In Sight”

He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims, hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel.

Giving the opposition rope to hang themselves is consistent with his actions regarding the FBI/CIA/GOP.

Sometimes a man must take drastic measures to rid himself of a son-in-law.

Never forget that Trump mocks Pence for being a Christofascist.

[W]hen people met with Trump after stopping by Pence’s office, Trump would ask them, “Did Mike make you pray?”

From Moon of Alabama:

The Arab public, which gets little coverage in the “western” press, is seething.

From the comments:

Well, if it were my wish for Israel to stop existing, then THIS would have been my move.

From Patrick Cockburn:

There are 200,000 Israeli settlers and 370,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem…
It might have been a good idea from the point of view of Israel and the White House to let the issue lie.

Not if your goal is to put an end to Zionism.

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Kremlin Trolls

From The Saker:

[T]wo crucial things happened in parallel: both the “Free world” and Putin showed their true faces: the “Free world” as an AngloZionist Empire hell-bent on aggression and oppression, and Vladimir Putin as a real patriot of Russia. In fact, Putin slowly began looking like a hero to me: very gradually, in small incremental steps first, Putin began to turn Russia around, especially in two crucial matters: he was trying to “re-sovereignize” the country (making it truly sovereign and independent again), and he dared the unthinkable: he openly told the Empire that it was not only wrong, it was illegitimate (just read the transcript of Putin’s amazing 2007 “Munich Speech”).

From Larchmonter445 in the comments:

Since the fact remains that there is no Truth in the Western media or Searchable on the Internet, with algorithms rigged to bury anything good or important about Russia, we only have Putin’s Trolls as guides to the Truth. The minefield, once there, is our responsibility to traverse.

So be it. We demand of them proof of their worth each time they write or speak to us and logic for their analysis. Passion, anger or grief is not enough.

Precisely, this is how global Truth-Seekers come to the Saker’s Vineyard, examine the links to other neighborhoods of information and opinion, and participate in the dialectic of forums where peers can rip away at falsehoods, inaccuracies and propaganda.

The Western Truth-Seeker is as well equipped as any to discern all the attributes of professional bullshitters, nation-state agitators and the ideologically blinded of all stripes.

And what is very apparent, seeking the Truth is becoming a crime of thought. And “sanctions” will be brought against both the sources and the consumers of Truth. There is a price to be paid.

In a world of lies and deceit, the sacred duty is to find, consume and propagate the Truth, support those that do and, often, contribute to the production of such Truth.

We are a tiny group that is representing a massive part of humanity. We do the hard work of finding, evaluating and disseminating the Truth of Freedom’s fight against the Tyranny by our governments and by the Elites who control all distribution channels except for the very few that stand against the storm of evil.

Fate has it that Russia holds the Faith and that Putin tells the Truth, and that Russians are willing to fight and die to help the weak promote the Eurasian civilizations against the void of ideologies and Satanism, be it deviant Liberalist behavior or nihilist Wahhabi terror.

We understand the struggle. We cheer the heroes. We cry for the martyrs. And we shout out our support.

Presente!

From Patrice Greanville:

You replace capitalism with genuine socialism, OR any form—cal it what you will— of sociopolitical organisation genuinely grounded in compassion, empathy, social justice and genuine democracy, plus a healthy and firm respect and love for nature…

Incidentally, the capitalist class is not the “1%”. That was merely a successful slogan born during the Occupy Wall Street movement. The actual bourgeoisie, the capitalist class dictating US/Western policy, the “anglozionist empire its tool of aggression, is comprised of about 000001% of the world population, perhaps even less, making the actual 1% almost paupers, and devoid of actual political clout.

From Azorka1861:

Vladimir Putin’s memorable speeches

Munich Security Conference 2007 – “Wars not diminishing”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4MAsIh3zMA&t=50s

Valdai Discussion Club 2014 – “New rules or a game without rules”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXh6HgJIPHo&t=8s

UN General Assembly 2015 – “Do you realise what you’ve done’”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q13yzl6k6w0&t=41s

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Muslim Dude

From Moon of Alabama:

“The former Egyptian security chief, Habib el-Adli, said by one of his advisers and a former Egyptian interior minister to be advising Prince Mohammed, earned a reputation for brutality and torture under President Hosni Mubarak…”

“Asset recovery programs never really go quite to plan. They are beset by obstacles — most often in the form of wealth squirreled away offshore and political infighting over wealth seized onshore…”

“Half my Rolodex is in the Ritz right now. And they want me to invest there now? No way,” said one senior investor. “The wall of money that was going to deploy into the kingdom is falling apart…”

To contract for building a road or public housing a company will have to find a prince or high official with the necessary clout. To get a tender signed it will have to promise, or pay upfront, a share of the expected profits. When the job is finishes it will need to come back to its protector to get its bill paid. No money will flow for the delivered work unless another bribe is handed over. Contracts are calculated with 40% on top to compensate for these necessary lubricants…

High up princes take care of lower ranking ones. Each has common folks, clans or whole tribes he is supposed to take care of. Obedience is bought by controlling the “social” spending that trickles down through this pyramid. The princes make their money by having their fingers in, or “taxing”, all kind of state businesses. It is this money that sponsors their luxurious life as well as the benefits they distribute to lower folks. This was never seen as corruption as it is understood in the west. For decades these tribute payments were simply owned to the princes. They had a birth-right to them.

MbS “corruption” ride is destroying that system without him having a replacement. Saudi Arabia has been run as a family business. Decisions in recent decades were taken by consensus. Every part of the family was allowed to have its cash generating fiefdom and patronage network. The rule of King Salman and his activist son are trying to change that. They want to concentrate all business and all decisions in one hand. But what will replace the old system?..

Mohammed bin Salman’s grand scheme of using Israel and the U.S. to fight Iran in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iran itself is unraveling.

From Muslim Dude in the comments:

The Saudi “system” was dangerous as there were no proper constitutional or legal balances to check the power of a deranged dictator. It was prone to dangerously malfunctioning. That’s what’s happened.

An 80 year old senile man has handed power to a crazy, hyped up “joy-rider”, trigger-happy type 32 year old kid.

An old man gave total power to a young mad thug.

That thug has now gone beserk and is killing, torturing, arresting, intimidating people, left, right and centre. If they do boot MBS they need to create a proper system which avoids the repetition of such a crazy scenario…

Miteb, the son of the previous King was tortured and so was Waleed bin Talal. It’s been reported from reliable twitter sources that he attempted to commit suicide by cutting his veins due to the intensity of the torture, beatings. Other princes have been hospitalized and one was in intensive care i.e. close to death…

[T]he US might be using MBS as the “bad cop” to the “good cop” of Ibn Nayef. This may have some validity as there is no report of Ibn Nayef being arrested or tortured, and in fact he was governmentally more powerful than Waleed as he was the minister of the interior and was responsible for a lot of repression and torture…

Ibn Nayef is known to be a CIA favourite…

The Saudis clearly knew that the Germans do not want any Saudi-sponsored/instigated war there. I suspect one reason why Europe is doing this is to avoid another major refugee crisis and influx of immigrants/refugees to the continent.

I don’t think there will be a war in Lebanon due to Europe and Russia strongly lobbying against it…

There have been reports of an assassination attempt against MBS in the past two or day by National Guardsmen loyal to their former leader, Mutaib.

From karlof1 in the comments:

[T]he Saudis are no longer Arab, as current Arab identity is blood-tied into demanding Palestinian Justice.

From Muslim Dude:

I suspect it’s indicative of US patronage of Ibn Nayef and that MBS can’t get him even if he wants to. This means there’s limits to what MBS can do and he won’t go beyond certain limits the Americans set out for him…

“A Saudi website has revealed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman survived an assassination attempt by five National Guard officers who used to be under the leadership of Prince Mutaib, son of the late King Abdullah and the commander of the Saudi National Guard, which includes 200,000 officers and a soldier…”

Waleed bin Talal wasn’t particularly that interested in Saudi, his mother was Lebanese and he also had some Armenian blood in him. He spent time abroad studying in the US and was quite different to the other Saudis. I think his arrest and torture is probably instigated by Trump, possibly as payback for his “obnoxiousness” to Trump and being allied to the Clintonites…

From nonsense factory:

MBS is a protege of MBZ, the UAE ruler, and is allied with Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the United States. UAE has a huge investment portfolio in the United States, and Dubai is an international destination for wealthy people; that’s MBS’s little dream, it seems. To achieve this, while retaining all the traditional powers of the House of Saud, he has to purge his opponents in the general society as well as in the House of Saud. A kind of Stalinist purge, is what it looks like. What MBS may have failed to account for is the larger and poorer Saudi population, kept under control by the religious police (mullahs) and state security apparatus. The Shah of Iran had SAVAK, which failed to keep control of the Iranian public.

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Saudi Genocide

From Ghassan Kadi at The Saker:

MBS has put an end to this, and he has put all branches of the armed forces under his own personal command and even made himself the CEO of Aramco, the world’s richest oil company with assets estimated at USD 2 Tn…

Perhaps MBS is receiving his inspiration from the Albanian born Ottoman Mohamed Ali, who was Egypt’s Wali (governor) and how he rose to power in the late 18th Century. He invited all of his rivals to a conference, a whole three hundred of them, and had them all executed.

From Zero Hedge:

Jar Jar gets his 1% ‘rainmaker fee’ standard to all US arms deals.
That’s $1.12B almost everything he needs to snatch 666 5th Ave
out of the jaws of default in 2019, but he has to make sure the
deal goes through and the arms are, in fact, purchased and then
transferred to the Al-Saud Wahabbi headchopper terrorists, that
means he has about 400 days to start a war, or he’s bankrupted…

Why is Saudi Arabia ready for war with Iran? Because Clinton lost the election, so the evil freaks in power need another thug to do their bidding for them.

From Moon of Alabama:

Some 70% of the population lives in the north-western areas which will continue to be under an extreme blockade. The most important port in their area is Hodeida which will stay closed. Back in March the U.S. Pentagon tried to get control of the port. But fighting for it would have destroyed the piers and thereby the supply route for some 20 million people. The most important airport is in Sanaa. The Saudi/U.S./UK alliance blocks even UN flights with medical supplies from using it…

Up to July 2017 the U.S.-Saudi coalition had flown more than 90,000 air-sorties over Yemen. Most of those will have involved weapon releases. Are we to believe that only 10,000 civilians have been killed by all these bombs and the additional artillery, sharpshooters and suicide attacks?..

The Saudis are starving a whole country – with avid support of the “humanitarian” western world.

From Moon of Alabama:

The tyrants of Saudi Arabia developed a plan that sells away Palestine. They see this as necessary to get U.S. support for their fanatic campaign against their perceived enemy Iran…

According to the memo the Saudis are ready to give up on the Palestinian right of return. They forfeit Palestinian sovereignty over Jerusalem and no longer insist of the status of a full state for the Palestinians. In return they ask for a U.S.-Saudi-Israeli (military) alliance against their perceived enemy on the eastern side of the Persian Gulf…

Negotiations on the issue were held between the Saudis and the Zionist under the aegis of the United States. Netanyahu and Trump’s “shared personal assistant, wunderkind Jared Kushner”, is the point men in these negotiations.

From Ghassan Kadi at The Saker:

This is all a disaster for the AngloZionists who now are falling back to their typical attitude when met with resistance: if we can’t control it, then let’s destroy it…

The main problem for the Saudis and the Israelis is that they have bad armies…

Imagine how frustrating that must be: you basically control the USA which you have turned into a vassal-state, you spent billions and billions of dollars in equipping and training your bloated armed forces, but at the end of the day the Shias are just laughing in your face…

At the end of the day the best hope the world has is that a US American patriot will see through this rather obvious plot to “wag the dog” and tell the ZioWahabis “not on my watch” like Admiral Fallon did in 2007…

Finally, the Russians could do for Iran what they have done for Syria and integrate all the Iranian and Russian air defense capabilities into a single network thereby immensely improving the capabilities of the currently rather modest, but rapidly improving, Iranian air defense capabilities.

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Trump is the Mule

From Liz Crokin:

The left and the media has been so blinded by their partisanship that they’ve failed to see that the greatest bait and switch in the history of the world is going down right before their very eyes. They’ve naively assumed that since Mueller had been a part of the swamp, he’d protect the swamp. However, just because he’s associated with corrupt politicians like the Clintons for years does not mean that he likes them or has any interest in protecting them at this point. After all, the Clintons did go to Trump’s wedding and you know what they say: keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

So the investigation is steering straight for the real guilty actors and Tony Podesta is under the gun for The Podesta Group’s involvement with selling the country’s Uranium to Russia. This will lead to the indictments of his brother, John, Clinton’s former campaign manager, and, yes, Hillary too! Now if Mueller wasn’t going after Tony, why did he step down as CEO of his company last week? Multiple sources have confirmed to me Podesta is one of the 17 sealed indictments currently sitting in DC.

From Mike Whitney:

Brennan spearheaded the anti-Russia campaign from the get-go. As early as August 2016, Brennan was providing classified briefings to ranking members of Congress expressing his conviction that Moscow was helping Trump to win the election. The former Director offered no proof to back up his claims nor has he since then. It was also Brennan who gradually persuaded Clapper, Comey and Morrell to join his anti-Russia jihad, although all were reluctant participants at first.

From Joe Lauria , removed from HuffPo :

[P]ossibly all of the Russia-gate allegations, which have been taken on faith by
Democratic partisans and members of the anti-Trump Resistance, trace back to claims paid for or generated by Democrats. If for a moment one could remove the often justified hatred many people feel toward Trump, it would be impossible to avoid the impression that the scandal may have been devised by the DNC and the Clinton camp in league with Obama’s intelligence chiefs to serve political and geopolitical aims…

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Wall Street rushed in behind Boris Yeltsin and Russian oligarchs to asset strip virtually the entire country, impoverishing the population. Amid widespread accounts of this grotesque corruption, Washington intervened in Russian politics to help get Yeltsin re-elected in 1996.

The political rise of Vladimir Putin after Yeltsin resigned on New Year’s Eve 1999 reversed this course, restoring Russian sovereignty over its economy and politics. That inflamed Hillary Clinton and other American hawks whose desire was to install another Yeltsin-like figure and resume U.S. exploitation of Russia’s vast natural and financial resources. To advance that cause, U.S. presidents have supported the eastward expansion of NATO and have deployed 30,000 troops on Russia’s border. In 2014, the Obama administration helped orchestrate a coup that toppled the elected government of Ukraine and installed a fiercely anti-Russian regime. The U.S. also undertook the risky policy of aiding jihadists to overthrow a secular Russian ally in Syria.

The consequences have brought the world closer to nuclear annihilation than at any time since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. In this context, the Democratic Party-led Russia-gate offensive was intended not only to explain away Clinton’s defeat but to stop Trump — possibly via impeachment or by inflicting severe political damage — because he had talked, insincerely it is turning out, about detente with Russia. And that did not fit in well with the plan at all.

From Pepe Escobar:

Two days ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), supported by Russian air power, finally took control of Albu Kamal – the last Daesh base in the Syria/Iraq border.

One week ago, the Iraqi Army and the PMUs reconquered al-Qaim, on their side of the border. Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the legendary PMU commander, previously had told a small group of us in Baghdad that would happen “in a matter of days”.

It ended up being four – to be exact.

The Syrian forces will now be redeployed northwest, towards Idlib, the last “moderate rebel” stronghold of that thing called Syrian Conquest Front, a.k.a. Nusra Front, a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria.

The key point is that Syrian and Iraqi forces have met at the border – with defeated Daesh jihadis scurrying around or turned into roadkill.

This is History in the making.

And right on cue, VIRTUALLY NOTHING about this REAL ON THE GROUND VICTORY OF A REAL WAR ON TERROR is being covered by Western corporate media.

From Muslim Dude in the comments at MoA:

1. Obama regime was chronically corrupt including sell of Uranium to Russia for bribes. Elements of the US military and intelligence were disgusted by this and approached Trump BEFORE the elections as a figure who could help them.

2. Trump decided to work with them and during his election campaign he deliberately made constant exaggerated claims of his supposed friendship with Putin, this was bait for the Democrats to smear him as a Putin-lover, Putin puppet.

3. Once elected, the whole “Trump is a Putin puppet” was allowed to run so that a huge demand for some sort of investigation in to Trump and his Russia links could be built. Only this investigation would in fact be used to target the Democrats and Clinton including for their corruption over the Uranium sales with the Russians.

4. This was apparently (according to these claims) the game plan from the beginning and Mueller is apparently going to work to convict Hillary Clinton and other senior Democrats.

From Grieved in the comments:

That’s why people voted for him, for the wild card factor – the desperate gamble of the poor and oppressed. It’s why poor working people play the lottery with their only disposable income. The gamble at wild odds is that Trump is the Mule, the genetic freak in the Foundation trilogy of Asimov’s, the one person who remains outside of all calculation.

He could strike, and win. And maybe not even know how big a thing he’d done. But his wife might seem perhaps especially radiant that evening, as the blood dried, and the empire struggled to gather itself into the new dawning.

From the cited Zero Hedge:

A horse having a wolf as a powerful and dangerous enemy lived in constant fear of his life. Being driven to desperation, it occurred to him to seek a strong ally. Whereupon he approached a man, and offered an alliance, pointing out that the wolf was likewise an enemy of the man. The man accepted the partnership at once and offered to kill the wolf immediately, if his new partner would only co-operate by placing his greater speed at the man’s disposal. The horse was willing, and allowed the man to place bridle and saddle upon him.

The man mounted, hunted down the wolf, and killed him. “The horse, joyful and relieved, thanked the man, and said: ‘Now that our enemy is dead, remove your bridle and saddle and restore my freedom.’ “Whereupon the man laughed loudly and replied, ‘Never!’ and applied the spurs with a will.” – Isaac AsimovFoundation

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