Thursday, August 24, 2017

What's Real, What's Not

What's Real
What's Not
Who's A Human
Who's A Bot
We are truly at war and deception is the preferred weapon. Reality is messy and unpleasant. Our enemy seeks to create chaos by adding to our confusion and unease.
The idea is to drive us mad. Madness is the desired outcome. Madness leaves us conflicted and causes disunity. We are unable to respond and defend ourselves.
Facts keep getting in the way of those who would conquer us. That's why those folks work tirelessly to present us with lies and alternative facts. Kellyanne Conway is a real life Cheshire Cat, but she is only one face, one voice among many.
If you want to get a handle on just how many voices there are, you need to understand how viruses work. Viruses cannot survive on their own. They need a host cell to attach to. Once they do that, they propagate throughout our bodies. Viruses are transmitted by carriers. A mosquito can be a carrier.
Imagine thousands of mosquitoes carrying a virus. Kellyanne and Sean and Rush and Alex and many more are native mosquitoes setting out to infect us. They are joined by an army of foreign mosquitoes who are soldiers in the army of Vladimir Putin.
Putin is the President of Russia. We are being attacked by Russia. We are in a war with Russia and it's allies. Some of our native mosquitoes are traitors.
Foreign mosquitoes transmit the virus they carry through disinformation campaigns. Social media is the main conduit for foreign mosquitoes. Facebook is one of their favorite habitats.
In the cyber world you can enhance your army with software robots. Yeah, a bot can do the work of millions of humans. Bots are all over social media. Bots pretend to be real human beings. Bots propagate fake news and information. They can mimic people. You can find yourself conversing and arguing with bots. Some of your best friends could be bots.
On November 8, 2016 we lost a decisive battle to Russia. We lost the Presidency. The election wasn't stolen from Hillary Clinton, it was stolen from the American people. If the election wasn't stolen, Hillary Clinton would be our president today.
Let that sink in. Our elections were stolen from us. We were denied our rightful President. Everyone of us lost regardless of who each of us voted for. The election was stolen from the American people.
The Russian campaign was years in the making. We were attacked on many fronts. In the end, a sizeable portion of us were infected by a series of Russian engineered viruses. A sizeable number of us became virus carriers and helped infect others of us - usually our families and friends.
Russia also used more traditional weapons: bribery; blackmail; violence; sabotage; and coercion come to mind. Russian actors infiltrated our Congress, our political campaigns, Evangelical Christians, the NRA, Bernie, Jill, and others.
Disinformation is a form of mind control. We have become disoriented and we have turned on each other. The war continues.
Holy Moly!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Eliminate The Trump

"Man, they said we better, accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between"

Lyrics by Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen
You know who ain't spendin' no time in the whale? Jim Acosta ain't. No he ain't, but I cain't say the same for anybody else.
We all have a responsibility to speak truth to power. The members of the press, that enjoy special protection under our Constitution, have an extra special responsibility to do so. We rely upon them.
Trump has been laying on bullshit for so long we are literally buried in it. The rest of the world is up to its eyeballs in it.
We screwed up big time by electing human excrement, but even a sinner deserves a break now and then. How about giving us one? Just level with us. Tell us the truth. Screw your ratings. Screw your bottom line. Screw your corporate masters. This has been going on far too long.
We are in danger. Real danger - not the North Korea bullshit danger that you were all reporting on. North Korea didn't back down from anything today. North Korea was just pulling our chain. The real headline in North Korea is U.S. Armed Forces staying the course like they've been doing for over 50 years. Not exactly new.
The real news that has been and continues to be eluding our press is that we have a criminal in the White House, a man who has betrayed our country for profit and self promotion. The real news is that this man is part of a continuing, successful invasion and infiltration of our country under the leadership of President Putin.
There are numerous subplots to this story, but they all go back to Russia - money laundering, racketeering, prostitution, enabling domestic terrorists, fomenting political and social unrest.
Sound extreme? You bet it does because our press has not been reporting on it with the dogged attention it deserves. Trump initially failed to condemn the Nazis and the KKK and the alt right in Charlotttesville.

He criticized industry leaders who refused to work with him, but refused to say anything negative about white supremacists just as he has refused to say anything negative about Putin. We've got a president who failed to call out Nazis.
I know some people who would find that strange. They would probably be taking to the streets over it.
Yesterday, Trump reluctantly made a totally insincere statement about the white supremacists and the KKK and the Nazis. He didn't take any questions when he finished. He squirmed the whole time - probably taking a dump in his pants. The press should have thrown their shoes at him.

Later that night our Shitter-In-Chief  said he was unfairly treated by the press and Tweeted a picture of his train smashing into the press.
If that weren't enough, he also re-Tweeted a post by a right wing extremist who has been admitted to the press room in the White House.
So much for the sincerity of Trump's criticism of the Nazis yesterday - just more bullshit. Speaking of white extremists, Trump has brought them into the White House. They are on his staff.

Here's a picture of Sebastian Gorka posing with his wife Katharine Gorka at Trump's Inaugural Ball wearing the medal of Vitezi Rend. Not familiar with Vitezi Rend - look it up.
Why hasn't Trump been held accountable for all this? Ask the Congressional leadership of the GOP.
Why hasn't Congress acted? Ask the press. Trump has attacked the press all along and they might just be afraid to take him on.
So where can you go for honest news? Try Twitter. There are patriots on Twitter from just about every political persuasion taking on Trump everyday. There are also a lot of Russian infiltrators on Twitter. It's not always easy to tell the difference, but it's doable if you work at it. Here's someone I just discovered today because another poster re-Tweeted his thread.

Start reading about Robert Mueller and his investigation. He's investigating all this on our behalf. He's an honest man. He deserves our support.
What can you do? Call your representatives and tell them this has gone on way too long. A young woman was murdered in Charlottesville just four days ago. This needs to stop now. There is no place for hate in the U.S.A.
Holy Moly!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Trump's Beer Hall Putsch - By Proxy

In 1923, Adolph Hitler attempted to lead a rebellion. He failed. He was arrested and sentenced to prison. The failed rebellion became known as the Beer Hall Putsch.
Hitler eventually rose to power and the world suffered for it. Today we have a Hitler surrogate in the United States. He is a man who was compromised and recruited by Russia's President, Vladimir Putin.
Trump is our very own Moscovian Candidate. A criminal opportunist who has betrayed his country for economic reasons. A psychopath who has resonated with other psychopaths across our country.
Unlike Hitler, who actually led his attempt at rebellion, Trump has allowed proxies to stand in for him. Today Trump's putsch took place in Charlottesville, Virginia without Trump.
American NAZIs and the KKK and other white supremacists marched. They came armed with assault weapons and clubs and shields.

Last night we saw a torchlight parade in Charlottesville that could have been shot by Leni Riefenstahl.
To be clear, we have had NAZIs in the United States before. Prior to World War II the NAZI Party was organized and held rallies and even retreats for adults and children.

Today's NAZIs are part of a political coalition that is a significant part of Trump's base. Trump is so totally compromised. He can't afford to alienate his base and he can't cross Putin. When he finally speaks about this, he says nothing.
As I watch this on the TV, I am amazed by how vapid our reporting has become. Instead of castigating the demonstrators, we have an assortment of commentators whose lack of clear condemnation only serves to normalize this type of behavior.
In the last week we have literally been barraged by Donald Trump. His threats against North Korea and Venezuela only added to our confusion and anxiety. We allowed ourselves to be distracted by this. We did not focus on what truly needs to be focused on - the criminal investigation of Trump and an emerging coup.
A recent poll suggested that over half of Trump's supporters would not object if Trump said he needed to suspend the 2018 elections. I don't think we have ever suspended elections. What is happening now?
Steve Bannon is the White House Chief Strategist. He was the executive chair of Breitbart News. He is  a darling of the alt right. He has been promoting nationalist propaganda. Here he is with Dinesh D’Souza in the White House. He's promoting D'Souza's latest book - The Big Lie. The book compares Democrats to NAZIs. 

D'Souza was convicted of making illegal campaign contributions. Another picture shows him in the White House with Sebastian Luk√°cs Gorka. Gorka is deputy assistant to the President. Gorka has actual ties to NAZIs and has a questionable Ph.D.
It's not okay for White House officials to promote books, but Bannon and Gorka have no problem doing so. So much of what goes on in the Trump administration is illegal and unethical. Trump began dismantling our government from day one. He has appointed incompetents to his cabinet, with the notable exceptions of Mattis and McMaster.
Trump will be completely exposed if Muller proceeds with his investigation. People will go to jail. If the Democrats win back the House in 2018 they will Impeach Trump. What's a traitor to do?
Trump is not about to go to jail. I have no doubt he would take the country down first, but that is where he is headed unless he does something dramatic like suspend elections and take his coup public. In order to do that, he needs popular support and that's what Charlottesville is all about - an emerging army of Brown Shirts. 
I don't know if Trump can pull this off. He has the Republican Congress, but he has also been willing to alienate them recently by attacking Mitch McConnell. Why? Is he abandoning them to form his own party? He's had his own private security force all along. Now he just might be desperate enough to take the final leap. What has he got to lose?
A miraculous savior is not going to stop this. George Washington is not going to come back from his grave and clean out D.C. Our best hopes are Robert Mueller and James Mattis. Robert can prosecute under the rule of law and James can prevent the misuse of our military, but they are operating within the law and could get swept up along with everyone else.
Now's the time to ask what you can do for your country. Sitting on your butt and burying your head in the sand ain't gonna fix this. Start demanding action from our Congress. Either that or resign yourself to the possibility of living in a dictatorship.
Holy Moly!