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Hillary Clinton exposes something or other.

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Stephen Colbert rummaging through a familiar trope — the eerie noises and conspiracy rambling questions.

Speaking of which…  Time for Point / Counterpoint:

Point — wonkette:  Hillary Clinton gave a great speech exposing Trump’s connection with the new-fangled “alt right“.
Counterpoint:  Hillary Clinton’s had one minute on the alt right in a speech, than wisely moved over to dumping on Donald Trump.
Alex Jones:  Yah!  Hillary Clinton mentioned me.  My entire media empire of radio and websites will now be devoted to Hillary Clinton mentioning me by name for the next three days!!!

Who is the “alt right”?  Apparently Breitbart, Alex Jones, David Duke, Nigel Farage, and Vladimir Putin.

Hm…  Comments:
Where is Andrew Dice Clay when you need him?
F%ing Mother Goose?

Ba de dum!

Time to reach out to… uh?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The stupid, the stupid, the stupid.

Mr. Trump began his recent appeal to black voters last Tuesday in Washington County, Wis., where 96% of the population is white. The campaign speech took place at a fairgrounds 25 miles from a largely African-American Milwaukee neighborhood that was at the time engulfed in turmoil after a black man was fatally shot by a police officer.

Mr. Trump continued his appeal to black voters on Friday at a rally outside of Lansing, Mich. In a county that is 88% white, Mr. Trump said African-Americans have “nothing to lose” by supporting him, because their plight in America’s Democratic-run inner cities is so dismal.

Next up.  Caspar, Wyoming.  Salt Lake, Utah.  Portland, Oregon.  Burlington, Vermont.

Michael Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said he has passed along requests from historically black colleges for Mr. Trump to speak. The requests were conveyed to the campaign, which didn’t respond, said Mr. Steele, who is black.

“The fact of the matter is it’s something that you’ve got to be a little bit smarter about,” said Mr. Steele, who said he would vote for Mr. Trump, with whom he said he speaks regularly to offer advice. “You don’t go to a white community to talk about black folks. Hello, it doesn’t make sense.”

Ah, yes.  Michael Steele.  The bizarre “I speak jive” Republican chairman, never mind his prior history in electoral politics was pretty devoid of black lingo.  But never mind…

Still, he’s onto something in castigating the third party run of Evan McMullin.

I don’t know where Trump can go on immigration.  I know Americans have somewhat famously short attention span on some things, but when you’ve already referenced Mexicans (illegally in the United States or not) as rapists, a “softening” of the rhetoric does… what?
(Sigh.)

The election campaign confuses me somewhat.  This comes off the heels of a “into the echo chamber” and “were gonna win, polls be damned, because of embarrassed Trump voters” [Which just might be worth a couple points] tacit.  Maybe these Breitbartian voices actually do have a pulse into real America after all?

la la land

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

How David Duke could give the Democrats a Senate seat in Louisiana.

‘Tis silly season of speculation.  By all accounts, Duke’s vote won’t carry — the one thing I can speculate is that he’ll siphon off a white racist vote that’d splinter various ways and get us a Senator Joseph Cao…

… the accidental Congressman who was the one Republican vote for “Obamacare”, or the first version.

Unless there’s some other candidate in this mass of Republicans, this name springs up as about optimal hope for someone who a sense of liberality, a moderating influence on a Republican party ambling out of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz needing to get past White America.  We could do without a month-long election process from November to December with David Duke having a platform.

Nostradamus on the coming trumpet sounding

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Hey!  Nostradamus predicted the rise of Donald Trump!

The trumpet shakes with great discord.
An agreement broken: lifting the face to heaven:
the bloody mouth will swim with blood;
the face anointed with milk and honey lies on the ground.”

Couldn’t be clearer, the many references to “Trumpet”s as representing Donald Trump.

The false trumpet concealing madness
will cause Byzantium to change its laws.
From Egypt there will go forth a man who wants
the edict withdrawn, changing money and standards.

Donald Trump is Egyptian, or is someone from Egyptian going to come in and challenge Donald Trump somehow?  I don’t get it.

This one predicts the coming issues with immigration, I think.

The republic of the great city
Will not want to consent to the great severity:
King summoned by trumpet to go out,
The ladder at the wall, the city will repent.

And, it looks like President Trump is going to get … impeached?

The great Senate will ordain the triumph
For one who afterwards will be vanquished, driven out:
At the sound of the trumpet of his adherents there will be
Put up for sale their possessions, enemies expelled.

the others

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Showing that the Green Party knew what it was doing in not jumping over to the gimmicky campaign of one celebrity candidate Roseanne Barr, we see that…

Roseanne Barr endorses fellow celebrity candidate Donald Trump.

And the fruit of her campaign comes to bear.  She has a movie out about her 2012 presidential campaign, which I saw at the time rightly described as neither relevant for a career comeback or a pertinent commentary on the political process.  I suppose the movie displays the theme of the rogue candidate traversing America, searching for America’s soul.

For what it’s worth, meet this year’s nominee of this political party.  Doesn’t have the name value of Roseanne Barr, but is a veteran of various marxist parties.

If you’re in three states, you can vote for the Prohibition Party candidate — a party which, evidently, has heeled its riff after some deaths amongst some factional leaders.

“I’m 78. The other fellows in the Prohibition Party decided it was my turn,” Hedges said. “If I don’t do it now I may never have another chance.”

And, sure, we’re rolling deep down in the decimal points, and not getting us back toward figuring the Libertarian and Green Party votes, who will make up the lion’s share of the paltry returns for third party candidates.  (Throw in the Constitution Party, which I guess you can consider the third third party — not much happening past that one).  I’m pondering how much support third parties will get in this presidential election — it’ll surely surpass 2012, but not significantly.

What will it take to get up to bring the Democratic — Republican Duopoly down to 95 percent, and the fringe-fest of third parties up to 5 percent total?

Tarpley backs Clinton; Goldman backs Trump

Monday, August 15th, 2016

ITEM NUMBER ONE:  Larouchie proves King-Maker in Texas

Just call Craig Holtzclaw the most powerful Larouche Member in American Politics.

On Saturday, Houston lawyer Shawn Thierry effectively won a state House seat by a vote of 13-11, with the deciding vote cast by a card-carrying organizer with the Lyndon LaRouche PAC, a fringe group whose politics are all over the map.

They print out cards?

There were supposed to be 27 chairs at Saturday’s vote. A few days earlier, one chair, another acolyte of Lyndon LaRouche, was stripped of his position after party officials determined he resides outside of the district he was representing. Lee Carter was thought to have a slim majority of the remaining 26 chairs.
But when the campaigns turned up to the center, personal crises had kept two of Lee Carter’s chairs from turning up. With 24 chairs remaining, things got off to a shaky start, presaging difficulties to come: When the chairs attempted to elect one of their own to preside over the meeting, the two candidates both got 12 votes, precipitating a literal coin flip. […]

But what is it Holtzclaw believes, exactly? “I am a LaRouche Democrat,” he said, as in yet another acolyte of the infamous semi-cult leader who thinks Obama is Hitler, has argued that the Queen of England controls the global drug trade, and who wants to colonize space. Ah.
Holtzclaw said he had voted for the candidates who communicated to him that they were willing to take elements of the LaRouche platform to Austin, namely, telling all those tea-party Texas Republicans that we need “big government investment in infrastructure.” That’s what LaRouche calls “the science of physical economy.”
Blackmon and Thierry, he said, had seemed to embrace that line more than Lee Carter. And that’s why she lost, in part.

We await to see if there was some “corrupt bargain” as that which was historically alleged to take place when Henry Clay swung Presidential the election of 1824 the way for John Quincy Adams.

ITEM NUMBER TWO:  Australia Votes…

In the system that brought a member of the “Motoring Enthusiasts Party” into parliament… the Citizens electoral council remains … right at the bottom

Jeff Davy — Citizens Electoral Council — 159 votes.
We now wait to see how the four candidates do in the Northern territories.

Hm… The fertile soils of Kingaroy which gave us Sir Joh also gave life to the Citizens Electoral Council which, in the 2010 federal campaign, issued a press release insisting that Prince Philip collaborated with former Nazi officer Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands to establish the World Wildlife Fund specifically to reduce global population.
More than 2000 Queenslanders voted for the CEC in the 2013 federal ballot and it was their democratic right to do so. It is also a democratic right to politely pose the question: “What on earth were they thinking?’’
And yet … is there method in this madness? Perhaps the behaviour of modern political parties is such that the electorate’s only rational response can be irrationality.

More results?

The first preference vote count to Sunday put Labor’s Damian Wood in third position with 12,160 votes, followed by The Greens’ Carol Vernon on 5,756, Christian Democratic Party candidate Wayne Lawrence on 3085, independent John Arkan had 2979 votes and Michael Gough from Citizens Electoral Council on 616.

ITEM NUMBER THREE: Tarpley and Spengler weigh in

“Accuracy in the Media” and Cliff Kincaid take on Webster Tarpley at the LeftForum… And here, it is interesting to note the direction Webster Tarpley has taken with this presidential election.  It shadows pretty well some typical Bernie Sanders supporters as they slump over to nudging Hillary Clinton support against Donald Trump… though, losing a bit too much anti-Hillary grounding.

… From hosting a cartoon on his twitter account showing Bernie Sanders as a “gate-keeper” keeping wayward leftwingers in line for the eventual corruptible Clinton… to grumbling that Bernie Sanders isn’t really going after Clinton as the corporate-ist (did he say fascist there?) she is… to now?
Twitter feed:  Morally insane #GreenParty #pseudocandidate #JillStein openly embraces #Trump #Fascism to boost her gate receipts!
Twitter feed#Psychotic #JulianAssange spook limited hangout operative for #British- #Chinese bloc backs #Fascist #Trump 2016
Twitter feed:  #BernieOrBust lack realism-#FeelTheBern failed to educate them in #Fascism & #Psychosis of #Trump, threat to #Civilization- #subjectivists

And here Tarpley is at the conventions.

Not far from where Guerrero stood in the slim bars of shade next to the Visitor Center were two signs, both of which compared Trump to a Nazi. These signs were held by members of the Tax Wall Street Party, which formed two and a half years ago and has run candidates both in New York state and in California.
Washington, D.C.-based historian and author Webster Tarpley, wearing a shirt and tie, explained that the inflammatory nature of the signs was necessary to promote his party’s goals — and goal No. 1 is to stop Donald Trump.
“The basic idea is if you’re going to fight Trump, you have to tell the truth about him,” Tarpley said — including about his potential psychiatric problems. “Trump says he suffers from a mild form of Obsessive- compulsive disorder. That would imply he’s seen a psychiatrist. We need to see his medical records, as well as his tax returns.”
Tarpley mentioned Trump’s onetime biographer, Tony Schwartz, who has lately been speaking out about Trump’s personality issues, as well as Justin Frank, author of Bush on the Couch.
“It’s an ethical dilemma because we don’t like to psychoanalyze someone from a distance. But this is the politics of life and death and needs to be confronted.”
Tarpley has taken his dim view of Trump to Jewish groups, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), some of whose members questioned Tarpley’s analogizing Trump with Nazism.
“At AIPAC, people said the Holocaust is sui generis. Fine, but you have to get the lessons from the death and suffering. Of course you don’t want to throw ‘Nazi’ around, but this is an emergency.”

Meantime, David Goldman, aka “Spengler” is backing Donald Trump.  (Spengler received some interesting bit of citation from Webster Tarpley in his 2008 anti-Obama book.)
Sooo...

Trump is vulgar, ill-informed and poorly spoken. He has no foreign policy credentials and a disturbing inclination to give credit to Russia’s Vladimir Putin where it isn’t due. But he has one thing that the fifty former officials lack, and that is healthy common sense. That is what propelled him to the Republican nomination.

So, there you go.  The two most larouchian of the post-larouchians weigh in for opposing candidates in the coming election.  Where does that leave Larouche himself, and the Larouche org?

This can’t be right, as the analysis of webcasts pour onOne questioner wondered out loud why he hadn’t heard any support for Donald Trump. […]

ITEM NUMBER FOUR:  Blather

Over the last five weeks the world has changed. Events combined with willful interventions, especially those of Vladimir Putin, have created a new global dynamic and transformed the potential for real and total victory in the immediate period ahead. Success now depends first on the adoption of LaRouche’s ‘Four New Laws,’ […]

What is urgent is the requisite creative pre-emptive action, rather than the repeated failures derived from Newton’s systemic fraud of action-reaction—a fraud that predominates in the neurotic impulses of the political and financial class of the trans-Atlantic today, and a fraud that Einstein so brilliantly exposed. Such pre-emptive action, as required by LaRouche’s Four New Laws, is the very foundation for the preliminary steps by which we eliminate the unnecessary burdens and debts of this failed system.

ITEM NUMBER FIVE

French journalist and founder of Agora Erasmus, the Belgian LaRouche movement,

Not enough attention is paid to Belgium’s Larouche organization.  But there it is, an appearance in Russian media.

And, sure.

ITEM NUMBER SIX

The Democrats have had to deal with firing Lyndon LaRouche many times over the years. But sometimes, the LaRouche Democrats win!

ANDThen came AIDS. In 1986, when right wing extremist Lyndon LaRouche launched his Prop 64 initiative calling for mandatory HIV testing and quarantining HIV-positive people in camps, Weinstein and his best friend Chris Brownlie started the Stop AIDS Quarantine Committee. They distributed more than 60,000 fliers and organized over 4,000 demonstrators to march on La Rouche’s headquarters in Atwater Village, according to gay journalist Bruce Mirken. That march and the No on 64 campaign helped defeat the measure by a whopping 71% to 29%.

It’s a goddamned shame that Lyndon LaRouche isn’t running for president this year. Based on the accuracy of his predictions over the years and his intensely cult-like following, he’d stand a pretty good chance.

HmAfter being hired for my first outdoors job I was chatting with the human resources person and somehow the topic turned to why Bill Clinton deserved a second term. So of course I calmly stated I was going to vote for Lyndon LaRouche. She stared at me as if walrus tusks had sprouted from my nostrils, paused, and then wryly asked if I was simply “stirring the pot.” I surely was, though I didn’t let on. Nor did I reveal the fact I didn’t have a clue about LaRouche’s politics, or anyone’s politics for that matter.

………..

lessons from 1972

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Pat Buchanan whines about the seeming coming defeat of Trump.

And under this logic, there’s something fraudulent and exposed in the election where George McGovern failed to beat Richard Nixon.  I mean, the two major candidates who showed some serious mojo in the Democratic nominating fight — George Wallace and George McGovern, pretty well stomped the corruptible middle establishment of Edmund Muskie and Hubert Humphrey.

Actually, George McGovern spent the nomination fight with this notion that the Wallace vote was “gettable”, the “two sides against the middle” “we see the angry vote here” idea.  It’s a logic I heard a while back from this guy — early 20s, big on Bernie Sanders, disenchanted on this election and not voting in what he considers to be essentially George W Bush versus George Wallace, and at least then (who knows now?) believing Trump would eke out a victory, suggestions from anecdotal offerings by his conservative parents who expressed positive words on Bernie Sanders’s integrity…

There’s a thing I grow weary of in listening to political analysis, armchair and professional, where the analysis becomes nothing other than a reflector of the political biases and beliefs of the analyst…

And surely Buchanan jests.  Protests and oppositions springing up from people unhappy with Hillary Clinton as president, from the political faction he aligns with as opposed to the political factions (“privileged ivy league students”) he doesn’t?  Sure.  Never happened before in previous Democratic presidential administrations… and wherefore does this abandonment of a politician come from, with the politician insulting them, where the other politician in the race is…

(sigh) courting John Negroponte and (her long-time favorite) Henry Kissinger?  [I didn’t mean to suggest that all those privileged ivy league protest majors would not be protesting in another political universe parallel to Buchanan’s angry tea party frustrates.)