A NAZI EMPIRE (How can this argument be wrong, when it feels so Reich?)

From David Talbot’s critically acclaimed history, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government:

“Gehlen’s dream of reconstituting Hitler’s military intelligence structure within the U.S. national security system was about to be realized.” (p. 269)

“The Gehlen Organization saw the Cold War as the final act of the Reich’s interrupted offensive against the Soviet Union.” (p. 277)

A couple of years into this self-inflicted history course on which I’ve embarked, one critically acclaimed, impressively researched book after another informs me that, for decades, the U.S. deep state rescued and shielded thousands of high-ranking Nazis.

These new recruits of the national security state — keen to continue their war against the Russians — were not “just following orders,” and they were not just minor figures in Hitler’s Reich. By all accounts, they were zealous true believers and held positions of authority, including in the Gestapo and SS. Many of these deep state-embraced Nazis personally committed acts of torture, conducted scientific experiments on prisoners, and were directly responsible for scores of thousands of deaths.

At least one of these men, Dr. Franz Six, was one of the principle architects of the Final Solution.

To be clear: the powerful heads of the CIA and FBI, Allen Dulles and J. Edgar Hoover, weren’t simply looking for Cold War allies. They were actual Nazi sympathizers, and in some cases, their very close friends. Dulles and Hoover used their considerable power and influence to shield their Nazi cohorts from the Nuremberg Trials, the U.S.S.R., the Europeans and Americans, Congress, the Justice Department, presidents, and the press.

Secret Kings of the U.S.A.

And if you’re not overly familiar with the indelible stamp/stain that Dulles and Hoover left on our nation’s history, you should at least understand that two, just two, unabashedly bigoted men — a globetrotting spymaster and a civil rights-crushing thug — dominated U.S. foreign and domestic security policy for decades… each overseeing his own, personal, unaccountable, relentlessly criminal fiefdom, like a modern-day lord…

(Or an extremely well-positioned Nazi, back in the day.)

Like secret kings of the U.S.A., they could have human beings disappeared as easily as they could have government files detailing the heinous crimes of their high-ranking Nazi friends disappeared.

(And they apparently did a great deal of both.)

Dulles and Hoover represented the interests of insatiable oligarchs, who vociferously complained that Franklin Delano “Jew-sevelt” had put the United States on the wrong side of WWII. And they resolved to undo FDR’s presidency, directly contravening the President’s orders — in order to rescue Nazis and keep the war against Russia going.

They subverted the presidency of Harry S. Truman, also, because even though he’d embraced and officially launched their new “cold” war, he, too, was a Democrat — and the neo-fascist cabal was more closely affiliated, at that time, with the Republican Party.

(The situation today, with Trump in the White House, is somewhat reversed.)

And they ran their own, off-the-books, highly illegal foreign policy establishment… until the arrival in the Oval Office of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who they operated like a sock puppet. In Ike’s own words, these unrepentant Nazis and American neo-fascists turned his presidency into “a legacy of ashes.”

In his famous final presidential address, calling out the “Military Industrial (Congressional) Complex” — ever malleable, Ike was persuaded to drop “Congressional” from the speech — Eisenhower tried to warn the American people about the threat this cabal posed to our very liberty.

Although he’d spoken in appropriately dire terms, Eisenhower’s speech was too little, too late. He’d already effectively handed over his presidency to these profiteering sociopaths — resulting in coups, assassinations, and wars across the globe — auguring decades of foreign policy nightmares to come.

The Moral Problem

In their internal communications, the Dulles brothers and their disciples were clear that the only obstacle toward achieving their ends was what they termed “THE MORAL PROBLEM.” They had little use for politicians, journalists, citizens, or soldiers who believed that morality should enter into U.S. policymaking.

And they strained to persuade American presidents and allied world leaders that the West shouldn’t think twice about using nuclear weapons – in all kinds of situations.

The French, in particular, were appalled. However, Dulles had President Eisenhower declaring publicly that using the hydrogen bomb was no different than using “a bullet.”

Just another bullet…

And speaking of bullets, the Dulles mob would arrange, in time, for the assassination of a United States president — an idealistic, young, Catholic president whose presence in the White House was an affront to the Protestant cabal (mind you, I’m not suggesting they killed JFK because of his religious sect; that just made it easier for them).

Unlike 9/11 “Truther” claims, the more one looks into this “conspiracy theory,” the more compelling the evidence is that the U.S. deep state, led by Allen Dulles, killed our president. Mostly because JFK was trying to end the Cold War and making diplomatic overtures to the Russians. But also, I suspect, because Kennedy had fired Allen Dulles after the Bay of Pigs disaster (when JFK didn’t take the CIA bait and commit the United States to a military confrontation with the U.S.S.R.).

(The upstart, who did he think he was – the democratically elected President of the United States?! Allen Dulles and the rest of the grown-up world knew who was really in charge: the cabal. The very same cabal that then presided over the Warren Commission that investigated Kennedy’s murder… with unchallenged impunity and not a lick of shame.)

The neo-fascists haven’t looked back since that Dallas motorcade. Full speed ahead.

Still fighting the Nazis’ old war — leaving millions of corpses in their wake (in Korea, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, the Americas, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East…) — our nation’s intelligence establishment has been deliberately hyping the threat posed by Russia for decades… hunting for “Red October.”

Meanwhile, the increasingly lawless corporate state has glutted itself on obscene profits from financialized fraud and permanent war, in the process befouling and corrupting everything from our most cherished institutions — political, religious, educational, journalistic, and economic — to the planet itself.

The Nazi Pedigree of America’s Power Elite

Like the Wall Street bank run by Prescott Bush (GWB’s grandfather) in the 1940s, the titans of U.S. industry were largely sympathetic to Hitler’s Reich. Many continued doing business with Nazi Germany even after the U.S. had entered the war.

IBM, Kodak, the Coca-Cola Company, and the Associated Press were only the tip of this Reich-supporting, Wall Street iceberg.

The robber barons had been dealt real setbacks by the American labor movement, which was led by patriotic American communists and democratic socialists (back when Americans were permitted to think for themselves, before holding unpopular opinions about political/economic systems became grounds for dismissal, demonization, and worse).

But such people as these — the Kochs of their day, sociopathic, profiteering oligarchs — don’t give up easily, no matter how many presidents they have to deceive, manipulate, openly defy, or assassinate.

Setbacks or not, they usually get what they want.

And what does that look like? An unending holocaust of death, human misery, terror, and despotism.

Let’s review the history, shocking and depressing as it is:

An explicitly amoral, literally traitorous, neo-fascist cabal, with its hands on most of the levers of power in the American government/military/intelligence apparatus — and astonishing influence, if not outright control, over Western media — assiduously and covertly folded thousands of literal Nazis into the secret heart of our power structure… and Italy’s and West Germany’s (though France and England balked, at the time, siding with the U.S.S.R. on the question of whether Nazis should be prosecuted for their monstrous crimes — or rather, as Dulles and Hoover would have it, rewarded with important jobs in national security, U.S. government-purchased mansions and sailboats, and tickets to the World Series.).

These ruthless American warmongers covered up their Nazi allies’ old crimes while zealously facilitating new ones… in Iran in 1953, in Guatemala in 1954, and on and on, year in, year out, butchering millions and thwarting democracy wherever it raised its pretty head (terrifying to them)… in the name of “fighting communism.”

Like the War on Drugs, with its anti-black/Southern Strategy raison d’etre, the Cold War proved to be a complete and total sham. The “Domino Theory” was a fraudulent means to an unspeakable end: conquering and enslaving the world.

And the fascists are still up to their same old tricks today, in Syria, Brazil, Ukraine, Venezuela, Honduras, Nicaragua, Yemen, and beyond. (In Yemen alone, millions of people are on the brink of starvation, thanks to U.S. foreign policy.)

With spies in the White House and across the bureaucracy, these sociopaths have demonstrated, time and again, that they have nothing but contempt for democracy, morality, or the rule of law.

Domination by force is all they know.

Along with James W. Douglass’s JFK and the Unspeakable, John Loftus’s America’s Nazi Secret, Eric Lichtblau’s The Nazis Next Door, Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree, and Jeff Sharlett’s The Family, David Talbot’s book should be required reading in every high school and college in this nation.

Because when literal Nazis and their philosophical counterparts take over the internal mechanisms of the country, eventually our society comes to reflect that.

(It’s our country’s SOUL we’re fighting for… as well as whatever we can salvage of the future.)

The new fascist establishment, like the old, works exclusively for corporations, oligarchs, and plutocrats. It continues to practice Divide & Conquer, persecuting the marginalized and oppressed, with the masses vilifying each other first.

And their all-consuming project still threatens the future of billions of human beings…

Especially indigenous and dark-skinned peoples, any and all who are not of Western European ancestry.

Non-white, non-Protestant Christian, indigenous human beings are the first ones targeted by our political establishment. Indeed, the racism of our government is unmistakable, as our history amply demonstrates.

And the mass-murdering establishment’s champion in 2016 — it needs to be understood — was unquestionably Sec. Clinton, a career racist, warmongering demagogue, institutionally and politically. (That said, Donald Trump has proved pliable and useful enough to the cabal… even if he’s not the front person they desired for their grotesque enterprise.)

Today’s fascists, like yesterday’s, are still clawing and flailing madly at world domination, destroying far more than they conquer.

And they are still working to extinguish democracy in any form, corrupting our media and political institutions as they go, and dividing us along as many lines as possible, the better to conquer us.

They are still blithely amoral, perfectly willing to resort to ethnosectarian cleansing — usually through their terrorist, mercenary, and neo-Nazi proxies, but with “first-world” bombs and soldiers, if necessary — so long as they believe that genocide will advance their geopolitical aims… the aims of a corporatist, white-supremacist, Christian-Dominionist empire.

A Nazi empire.

Same as it ever was.

(Only this iteration is the one that’s wrecked the planet’s ecosystem and likely doomed us all.)

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John Bolton is behind the times.

NSA John Bolton’s recent threats to the International Criminal Court are appallingly bellicose and obscene, but in truth his threats of sanctions and travel restrictions fall well short of what U.S. law permits.

Does no one remember the “INVASION OF THE HAGUE ACT” (American Service Members Protection Act) passed by the U.S. Congress in 2002 and signed by that year’s “not fascist” Commander in Chief?

That law, politely not mentioned today in the breathless reporting of Bolton’s ugly threats, authorizes the U.S. government to militarily invade international criminal tribunals in order to protect American war criminals from being tried and convicted of their crimes (like Gen. David Petraeus whose “Troop Surge” resulted in the ethnosectarian cleansing of millions of Baghdad’s Sunnis, as reported by Reuters: the deadliest year of the entire war for Iraqi civilians).

Like the rest of the world, I found that post-9/11 development in our polity terrifying and shocking.

But not nearly as terrifying and shocking as today’s silence on the subject of the “Invasion of the Hague Act” (as the law was immediately dubbed by those who’d read it).

The greatest danger to us all: the corporate media goes on pretending that evil and fascism just arrived in Washington, DC, with Trump’s election. They continue covering up the monstrous crimes of Trump’s patently evil, neo-fascist predecessors, with the blood of millions on their hands.

The establishment continues laboring double-time to make everything about Donald Trump — so Washington can go right back to mass-murdering, torturing, rule of law-obliterating business as usual, the moment the fool is out of office… not that that agenda has slowed much with Trump in office, as evidenced in Yemen, at least.

Trump is both an impediment to their project and a useful distraction. He helps the mainstream remain blissfully unaware, with regard to POLICY. He helps provide the illusion that our institutions are healthy — and not fascist.

That’s Reality TV for you!

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Good journalism about the Syrian conflict is rare (so treasure this wee compendium).

I’m happy to share Vijay Prashad’s excellent article, which provides a useful overview of the current situation, politically, with Syria and its neighbors, as the next horrific battle looms in Idlib — the last stronghold of al Qaeda, ISIS, and affiliated Salafi militant groups armed, financed, coordinated, and given diplomatic cover by Riyadh, Doha, Washington, DC, and Tel Aviv.

But not Ankara, not anymore… which is why Turkey’s Prime Minister, Mr. Erdogan, has lost favor in the West: he stopped supporting our Mujaheddin when the costs of that support, domestically, became too much for his government to bear. The CIA could no longer use Turkish soil to train and funnel terrorists into Syria, a significant turning point in the war.

Prashad’s article is one of the few that deals at all with the Western origins of the conflict in Syria — something more Americans need to comprehend.

I’ve tackled this issue more than once, linking to information directly implicating Washington, DC, in this regime-change campaign (with particular thanks to Seymour Hersh’s “The Redirection,” published in The New Yorker, way back in 2007).

Here are some of my better efforts, for what it’s worth, complete with links to other Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and mainstream news organizations like The New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Reuters, etc.:







The following is excerpted from the first linked blog of mine, in this list. The rest you can peruse as you will, if you’re interested in what U.S. foreign policy looks like to those on the receiving end: ethnosectarian bloodletting on a massive scale, backed occasionally with Western air support…

A historical reminder: It was Washington that arranged for al Qaeda “to throw bombs… at the Syrians” in the first place.

Keen to start a war…

“Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House… ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians…”

– from Seymour Hersh’s article “The Redirection” ( The New Yorker, 3/5/07)

More than a decade after it was written, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s 2007 article still sheds an enormous amount of light on how the catastrophe in Syria happened in the first place.

George W. Bush and Saudi Prince Bandar, hell bent on regime-change in Damascus, decided to flood Syria with al Qaeda and other Washington-supported, radical Salafist militants keen to bring ethnosectarian cleansing to a nation at peace:

Mujaheddin 2.0

That’s why Syria’s 2011 “Arab Spring” was marked by so much violence and massive suicide-bombings in the early goings. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Israel, and the United States had joined forces to hijack Syria’s peaceful uprising and trigger a violent response from Damascus — which unfortunately succeeded, after previous Western efforts to stir up ethnosectarian conflict within the country had failed:


A decade after this morally grotesque policy was hatched, something like half a million Syrians are dead and 10 million refugees have fled their homes. And the U.S. political-military-media establishment continues hammering our post-Bush presidents to betray their best instincts (and break their campaign promises) in order to keep the slaughter going.

Donald Trump, like President Obama before him, has repeatedly tried to turn away from the bloody neocon agenda. But neither Obama nor Trump could count on a lick of support on that war-eschewing front from mainstream Americans or our corporatized media: http://invitation2artivism.com/?p=2781

When it comes to resisting our warmongering establishment, U.S. presidents are on their own.

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Courting WWIII, and the world STILL doesn’t know who is in charge of U.S. foreign policy…

Near the end of Barack Obama’s presidency, his administration made real strides toward ending the carnage that Washington had unleashed in Syria with Mujaheddin 2.0 — arming, coordinating, and supporting ethnosectarian militias in Syria, including some of the world’s most notorious terrorists.

In a show of genuine statesmanship, President Obama and Sec. John Kerry managed to negotiate a credible cease-fire agreement with Moscow and Damascus.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: That cease-fire agreement, painstakingly won, was obliterated by rogue elements in the Pentagon, which the next evening launched the United States’ first-ever air assault on a Syrian military base, killing scores of Syrian soldiers.

The President had negotiated for peace. Neocon warmongers in the Pentagon had circumvented him and scuttled that peace.

This appeal from VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) offers yet more evidence that the dynamic in Washington, DC, hasn’t changed so much, from Obama to Trump. The same cardinal rule applies: the deep state always reserves the right to unaccountably veto any decision a president makes.

And what the deep state wants is war. And it will not tolerate any effort, even coming from the U.S. government, the Oval Office, to avert that war.

These are the madmen our last several presidents have been alternately enabling and occasionally resisting.

Like President Obama, Donald Trump tried to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria… only to be effectively vetoed by the deep state (false flag op, histrionic media coverage that can’t wait for a little thing like evidence, and bombs away! Suddenly, the MSM finds Trump “presidential”…).

Like Obama, Donald Trump made an effort to end the United States’ policy of providing arms to Washington’s regime-change proxies in Syria, the “moderate rebels,” — al Qaeda, ISIS, and affiliated Salafist militants.

Like Obama, Trump has been subverted by the neocons in his administration and the military, and pressured into reversing himself, so the war can continue indefinitely.

From the VIPS’ memorandum to the President:

“The Israelis, Saudis, and others who want unrest to endure are egging on the insurgents, assuring them that you, Mr. President, will use U.S. forces to protect the insurgents in Idlib, and perhaps also rain hell down on Damascus.  We believe that your senior advisers are encouraging the insurgents to think in those terms, and that your most senior aides are taking credit for your recent policy shift from troop withdrawal from Syria to indefinite war…

“The prospect of direct Russian-U.S. hostilities in Syria is at an all-time high.  We are not sure you realize that.

“The situation is even more volatile because Kremlin leaders are not sure who is calling the shots in Washington.”

[The same people as always: unaccountable, warmongering fascists. They turned Obama's tenure into a genocidal, bloodletting mess. They're determined to do the same with Donald Trump. Both men ran against the neocons as presidential candidates. Both found out in a hurry how impotent an office the presidency really is, when it comes to foreign policy.]

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Surprisingly, the anonymous op-ed in the NYT that’s got everyone buzzing actually supports what a few of us foreign policy wonks have been saying from the start:

It’s not a bunch of responsible, principled statesmen versus a neo-Nazi/caveman president that we’re dealing with in the Trump Era. Rather, it is a cabal* of unaccountable, deep-state fascists (with millions of corpses in their wake) versus a wholly unscrupulous, egomaniacal, infant president, with easy-to-spot-but-not-yet-honed fascist tendencies… difficult to control and an impediment to their project.

He’s bad for business, and they know it. He exposes and discredits them.

You can’t call it “Resistance” when the individuals grappling with Trump assert in their anonymous op-eds and demonstrate with their actions that they fully support the same corporatist/plutocrat agenda that “The Donald” is pushing — if not an even more extreme agenda, including passage of the slavery-overlooking, regulation-nullifying Trans-Pacific Partnership.

And the cabal clearly wants a global confrontation with Russia and China; a suicidal confrontation that Trump appears inclined to avoid: “the one ray of light in this gloom,” per Noam Chomsky.

Modern fascists want Donald Trump out of the way because he’s so very inept at representing their interests… and so frequently off-script.

Because of that massive ego of his, Trump wants to be seen as independent, a diplomat, a “deal” maker, a good guy, a liberal, a conservative, reasonable… a Grand Wizard for Improving Race Relations:

“Ambassador Omarosa, are you ready to declare that ‘Blue Lives Matter?’ Ambassador Kanye, OFF WITH KAEPERNICK’S HEAD!”

Trump, the pandering demagogue, wants to be all things to all people… because he’s a childish, megalomaniacal dipshit.

And since before Trump even took the oath of office, the unelected, mass-murdering, torture-happy cabal that opposes him has been clobbering him silly with the media they control… and with the help of a dazed and disoriented liberal class, surprisingly susceptible to xenophobia and neo-McCarthyist propaganda.

Modern fascists have been frantically trying to corral and break President Obama’s successor, who is most assuredly NOT the new president they were counting on in 2016.

The fix was in, but it wasn’t enough, thanks to that undemocratic relic, the Electoral College. Contrary to all predictions — and despite a lot of rigging and manipulation, which had done considerable harm to our democracy — the deep state did not get Hillary Clinton in the White House in 2017. Neo-fascists were denied their champion, someone who had zealously supported their monstrous agenda for many years.

They’ve been frenzied, ruthless, and desperate since that electoral upset, scrambling to reverse Trump’s victory — doing incalculable damage to our political and media institutions along the way.

These lunatics are, in fact, risking a third world war over “collusion” charges that, even if true, are so piddling as to be “laughable,” as Noam Chomsky has clearly stated. And the claims are also immensely hypocritical, considering all of the coups and election-rigging shenanigans the U.S. has pulled in the world, decade in, decade out.

Including in Russia.

As many have by now observed, the nominal left has been making quite a spectacle of itself, lining up to support these blood-soaked neocons, who constitute some of our nation’s most overtly fascist war criminals, among the worst malefactors in our entire history, including:

- the authors of the GWB torture program, including waterboarding, extraordinary rendition, and black sites;

- the propaganda spewing mass-murderers of Iraqi, Syrian, Libyan, Ukrainian, and Yemeni civilians;

- the covert intelligence agency maniacs who have created a second Mujaheddin, committing yet more acts of genocide in the Middle East (aimed at regime-change in nations allied with America’s geopolitical rivals);

- the intelligence agency spooks who illegally spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee to prevent their horrific war crimes from being revealed (and subsequently lied about it);

- the intelligence agency spooks who illegally spied on all of our communications (and subsequently lied about it — and then nullified the Fourth Amendment, anyway);

- the racist law enforcement thugs who indiscriminately rounded up hundreds of American Muslims after 9/11 and jailed them for nothing, denying them their phone calls, lawyers, and civil rights for weeks, before admitting that none were linked to terrorism;

- the authors of the drone assassination program that has killed thousands of civilians, including American citizens and their children, uncharged with any crime; and finally,

- the keeper of the “Kill List” that rendered habeas corpus and the Constitution moot.

The “enemy of my enemy is my friend,” you say?

“Bull-SHIT!” I respond. These blood-drenched war profiteers are not our friends.

David Frum is not your friend, Robert Mueller is not your friend, Michael Hayden is not your friend, William Kristol is not your friend, Victoria Nuland and Robert Kagan are not your friends, John Brennan is not your friend, James Comey is not your friend, Crowdstrike is not your friend, Jeff Bezos is not your friend, the New York Times is not your friend, CNN is not your friend…

These serial propagandists and modern fascists are delighted with all the support they’ve received from mainstream Americans and the former left since Trump’s election. But they are only using that support to further an agenda that makes Trump look like an amateur by comparison. And next to them, Trump is truly a neophyte in the fascism department — a confused, impetuous, practically-innocent-in-his-corruption child… by comparison.

Here’s an analogy with a STAR WARS theme, in case you’re as bored as I am, at this point:

It’s as if Jabba the Hutt somehow got elected President of the Galaxy (after Leia, candidate of the 99%, got cheated in a rigged primary) – and after the election, the “rebels” all ran to Darth Vader and Palpatine, the losing candidate, for succor.

“At least Darth Sidious isn’t a misogynist, like that slimy, orange Hutt, with his slave girls!”

But I’ll take the Max Rebo/Sy Snootles band and the Rancor over the Death Star and serial genocide, every time.

Call me silly, but I refuse to support the agenda of Sith Lords. Even if Jabba is vile and ooky.

It doesn’t mean I want to be chained up in my skimpiest outfit and plopped in front of the great slug. Or that I’m willing to overlook or tolerate his gangsterism.

I just don’t want to be Palpatine’s fatuous puppet, unwittingly helping him enslave the galaxy.

One Jar-Jar is enough.

* That’s how Sec. of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, described the neocons, years ago: a “cabal.” A small group of extremists seized the reins of U.S. foreign policy after 9/11 and haven’t let go since. Which is why millions of predominately Arab-Muslim people have been butchered by our government since 9/11, for no reason beyond the geopolitical goals of these law-shredding madmen.

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“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” – Upton Sinclair

Thank you to the Jimmy Dore Show for this excellent segment!

Here we have CNN, the Washington Post, and FactCheck.org transparently doing the Koch Brothers’ bidding — and in the process, further degrading the state of American journalism.

Americans could be saving trillions of dollars, per decade — and saving nearly 50,000 lives per year — with a single-payer healthcare system like the rest of the civilized world enjoys.

Yet the media of the .01% tells us the opposite is true. And they deliberately distort the facts of a scientific study in order to make their fraudulent case.

Aside from the shoddy ethics involved, this conduct is so amateurish and obvious, it’s almost as if they’re trying to discredit the media as an institution!

Not that the Kochs would mind that result, in the least.

And they had to just love Jake Tapper’s cheap shot at typical “politician” Bernie, “not entitled to his own facts.” (By implication, just another DC grifter, still promising “unicorns”…)

A sinister laugh rises from Koch Manor: “Yes, my MSM-inions, destroy the left! Destroyyyy!!! Bwaa-ha-ha-ha-HAAA!”

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A Space-Opera Interlude Part 2: The Force Continues (because man cannot live on politics alone)

Invitation2Artivism — This time, it’s personal.


Three years later, the Empire struck back… and like the rest of the world, I was gob-smacked.

Not only do tauntauns “smell bad” (bombshell), but Darth Vader turns out to be Uncle Ben’s brother… or something like that.

“I think it’s even better than the first one,” I said to my dad on the way out of the theater. Yoda the Jedi Master had not disappointed. He’d actually lived up to the novelization, which I’d read before my first opportunity to see the film.

“Whoa, there,” Dad cautioned. He was older, wise in the ways of the world, and knew about overenthusiasm.

I paused and considered. Maybe the first Star Wars was better. I missed the banthas and jawas in this movie… and poor Greedo (so fried).

But the AT-AT “snow-walkers” were cool as heck! And so were the bounty hunters! And the Star Destroyers’ pursuit of the Falcon! And Boba Fett, Cloud City, Luke vs. Vader, etc.!

The George Lucas spell had a vise-like hold on me, there was no disputing it.

Even after watching the ewok-strewn mess that was “Return of the Jedi,” I was still sold on the franchise.

Still feeling The Force.

Even after that godawful performance by Ian McDiarmid in “Jedi” as Emperor Hackneyed Palpatine. Cackle, cackle, cackle…

Jabba’s palace and the film’s opening, including the Rancor, rescued that film. Plus the cycle-speeder things zipping through the forest. And the Admiral.

Even if the film was patently idiotic, by the end.

It was still Star Wars. Legit enough.

“Luke. Take this mask off, so I can see you with my own eyes. Not a black man’s.” (Sorry, James Earl Jones!)


But I was still sold.


ALTERNATE VERSION (updated 9/20/18):

In the previous installment, going for humor, I may have given the wrong impression about Christmas in the O’Donnell household. In truth, I spent many Christmases and birthdays opening gifts that were right on the money. It wasn’t all tube socks, pasta, and Stretch Armstrong dolls.

To be completely fair to Mom and dad, they often dazzled on gift days, resulting in my gradual acquisition of many Kenner products — by which I mean dozens of Star Wars figures, three spaceships (tie fighter, x-wing, and Bespin Cloud Car), a Dewback lizard (awesome), a Jawa Sandcrawler (awesome awesome), and more… including a cross-section of the Death Star, complete with orange trash compactor and a rubbery/plastic-y, green denizen of the trash compactor’s brackish waters (waters not included, no battery necessary, Styrofoam “trash” definitely included, in blue, grey, and yellow chunks).

So far as Christmas of 1977 goes, I did not embellish in my previous entry: Mom and Dad got it wrong. It happens. Bunky got the Star Wars figures and a Landspeeder, and I got… other stuff.

But Mom and Dad were only human — not wookiees, after all, no matter how long and hard I prayed for that.

Mom should be singled out for special credit in helping me get my first “Jawa” SW figure. Apparently the robed, sparkly-eyed, 3-inch tall figure was extremely popular, hard to keep on the shelves. It took months, as I recall, for me to lay my hands on one, but Mom was a true partner in that Jawa hunt. We eventually got there.


And let it be said that even wookiees aren’t perfect. Just Chewbacca (perfectly awesome).

[It is apparently the case, for me, that the mere presence of wookiees improves a film to no end, resulting in my belief that “SOLO: A Star Wars Story” just might be the "best SW film yet!" (It features more wookiees per minute than any previous SW film.)]

FINALLY, AND FOR THE RECORD: When it came to material needs — and a fair number of wants — I did just fine, growing up. Thanks, Mom and Dad. Heaps. Your macramé and microchips sustained me, as did American Express, LJ’s pizza, and a chiropractor whose name I cannot remember. And Mo, your soldering was so much better than mine that I was finally deemed fit only for stretching out 10’ lengths of cable, snipping, and binding. Thanks, AJ Microtech!

(I’ll add that I also proved utterly hopeless at cleaning pool filters: blasting away at the filth-between-folds for hours, two-three times as long as my more capable siblings, achieving less than half the cleansing effect, year after year… hopeless.)

But now, returning to matters of importance…

S T A R   W A R S –  The Next Chapter (I mean for me, personally)…

One new entry every three years, the original trilogy finished. It was all over by the time I graduated high school (only just barely).

And the Force remained fantastic… ish.

I mean Empire had great heart, great effects, was narratively daring, and continued the vibe — at 13, I was more or less elated — but Jedi was a bit of a bed-shitting, what with the Ewoks, Doofus Han Solo, and Ian McDiarmod’s hackneyed Darth Evil performance…

And suddenly everyone in the film is related!?


(“You’re my sister. And Darth Vader’s our father… and about all those kisses we’ve shared…”)

I left the theater grateful that Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio didn’t turn out to be Luke’s father’s old droids…


(At least midichlorians hadn’t hit the scene yet.)

To be fair, nearly-Jedi Luke vs. Jabba, Mr. Fett, et al, was OK, fine spectacle, if silly. And the Gamorrean guards, Bib Fortuna, Rancor, Sail Barge, Admiral Akbar were kinda’ cool, too.

Same for Max Rebo and his quartet (I forget the name of the hep space-cat that didn’t make it to the first gig… but he turned out to be some kind of Sesame Street/Muppet Show reject, once that terribly “special” edition of the film was churned out, years later).

Mon Mothma and the space battles and the father-son lightsaber clash were all pretty good… but the series was clearly running out of gas.

Even so, I couldn’t wait to see where the series was going next!

Only I would have to wait… for quite some time.

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“Please USA save us from Russia!”

Thank you, Washington Post, for what might turn out to be the most incredible RussiaGate story of all!

Like the Steele Dossier* with its “pee pee” tales and the (far more credible) hush-money-for-sex reports, this scoop has salacious details — which should make it a big hit.

However, being a RussiaGate story, it also features the words “no evidence.” (That phrase, in such articles, means that institutions like WaPo and the NYT — despite all appearances — still remember what “journalistic integrity” means… and I confess I find that a tiny bit reassuring.)

But now that “Nastya” has been arrested for using the nation of Thailand to host “sex seminars for… tourists,” you’ve got to love her Hail Mary entreaties to “U.S. intelligence agencies” and NBC.

And her desperate plea: “Please USA save us from Russia!” (We can talk about evidence later, just get me out of jail!)

They say “Democracy dies in darkness” — that’s WaPo’s slogan, anyway. (I like it: sunlight is the best disinfectant.)

But democracy, it seems, also fares poorly under circus-like conditions that put Vegas to shame for frivolous garishness.

As entertaining as it may be, this report is just another example of tabloid journalism serving the neocon/WWIII-courting agenda; one more iteration of the establishment lowering its traditional standards in order to herd Donald Trump further into the neocons’ warmongering camp.

And to bamboozle the populace by demonizing one of America’s primary geopolitical rivals… even though that rival has been far more responsible than our nation — and immensely less destructive — over the past few decades.

It’s dangerous what we’re mistaking for “news” these days. And that most people don’t see the neo-fascist agenda that’s pervaded our institutions.

Yet here we are.

* linked to the Russian and British governments as well as the 2016 presidential campaign of Jeb Bush (who bequeathed it to HRC’s campaign following his defeat in the GOP primary)

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Worst. Citizens. Ever.

Responding to a comment at CommonDreams.org, I may have finally articulated something intelligible, as follows (earlier in the thread I may have face-planted a bit, rhetorically, but here’s where I redeemed myself):

You’re entirely correct about the proclivity of the right-wing, not the left, toward violence. And yes, indeed, I saw the ugly messaging from Tea Party types following President Obama’s election. Some of the more fringe messages were blatantly racist, while others went so far as to threaten violence. It was disgusting. That’s why I responded to those protests with the following original political cartoon: http://invitation2artivism.com/?attachment_id=731

However, the American right was just experiencing its political awakening at that time, utterly disillusioned after eight neo-fascist, morally grotesque, and calamitous years of George W. Bush, who’d been aided and abetted by virtually every American institution going. (All of our institutions finished the Bush years sullied and changed – dramatically, for the worse.)

But the Tea Party’s two primary messages at that time, before they were co-opted by FoxNews and the corporatists, were: 1) Don’t destroy Medicare (a traditionally liberal position); and 2) Don’t bail out Wall Street on Main Street’s back (also a liberal, perfectly defensible position).

I’m not saying we had to “bake pies,” but if we’d subverted efforts to divide us by making common cause with the right around those two issues (and ending the wars, where there was also much agreement), the establishment would’ve had a much harder time completing their coup against the middle class and rule of law.

If we’d worked together, perhaps the post-Civil Rights Era economic gains of African-American households would not have been erased by robo-signing, institutionally racist Wall Street criminals (who Obama saved, needlessly, with $16 trillion of taxpayer money, per Forbes, reporting on the GAO’s audit of the Fed, while creating millions of homeless Americans).

And the ACA might even have had a public option, or better, if we had treated these (very flawed) conservative political neophytes with civility and patience. Like human beings. Like our brothers and sisters.

Maybe we could have even prevented Obama from slashing Medicare – if we were adult enough to work together.

But that’s not what modern Americans do. We swallow propaganda tailored for our group and hate, hate, hate… those who vote for the other, virtually identical, political party… and foreigners galore: Russians, Venezuelans, Syrians, Iranians, Palestinians…

We hate whomever our corporate-owned media and corrupt politicians tell us to hate.

If we remotely understood what Abraham Lincoln meant about appealing to “the better angels” of each other’s nature, rather than declaring all who disagree with us “deplorable” and treating them like devils, we might still have some remnants of a democratic, open society. We might not be tearing ourselves to pieces over partisan propaganda in the info-tainment era.

Instead, we allowed ourselves to be divided and conquered, as Obama became torture-legalizing, citizen-assassinating, Mujaheddin 2.0-creating, society-surveilling Bush on Steroids: http://invitation2artivism.com/?p=1491

And FYI, President Obama also ceased the DOJ’s monitoring of dangerous, violent, right-wing groups in America, which has had disastrous effects on our society.

Obama never acted as if he had a left flank to protect, only a right flank. His Chief of Staff notoriously called progressives “retards” and his administration treated the left worse than it treated KKK types. That kind of appeasement is dangerous, and in many ways, all of these capitulations led us to Trump.

And while spending his presidency delivering for neo-fascists and sparing the extreme-right wingers, Obama worked assiduously to brutally, violently, illegally crush left-wing policies and activism. It wasn’t Bush or Trump who obliterated Occupy Wall Street with an illegal, brutal, 18-city crackdown. And it wasn’t the GOP that rigged their 2016 primary, denying the majority of lefties – and the country – President Sanders, instead of the current trainwreck president.

And it was Obama, too, who pulled off the improbable miracle of rescuing the genocidal neocon agenda and the unsustainable, financialized economy of fraudsters, just when both were in tatters. The next crash will be larger and more permanent, thanks to Obama.

The mainstream “left” come across as total hypocrites, excoriating Trump (the scumbag) while mythologizing Democrats who’ve done virtually all the heavy lifting in normalizing neo-fascism.

Until we start acting like grown-ups and working together, the 1% will keep shredding our futures and burning our planet.

We need to stop pretending that mass-incarcerating, serial racist, genocidal Democrats are so different from their Republican counterparts. Until we stop talking about personalities and start talking about policies, politicians like Trump will become the norm.

And that’s our fault as much as it is the establishment’s.

Worst citizens ever.

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“Those who have been truly silenced in the ‘Trump era’ are those who were critical of the seemingly perpetual U.S. government war machine since the invasion of Iraq.”

Spot-on, Mr. Husseini.

The anti-war left has been silenced. That’s precisely what has happened to us. For all intents and purposes, we no longer exist.

The “Trump era” marks unthinkable gains for the neocons, steamrolling progressives and turning mainstream liberals into warmongering propagandists for the Deep State.

Early in Trump’s time in office, the establishment demanded the ouster of his administration’s most prominent, anti-neocon “isolationists” because… Russia? And whaddaya’ know, those Trump-appointed opponents of the neocons lost their senior-level positions and were succeeded by the likes of… John Bolton and Mike Pompeo!

Because the establishment always gets its way, in these post-democracy times in America. People vote for one thing and get the opposite, no matter what.

Barack Obama ran against the neocons in 2008, just as Trump did in 2016, yet both presidents ended up giving the neocons practically everything they demanded, early on in their respective administrations — which is why half a million Syrians died for nothing and slavery made a huge comeback in Libya on President Obama’s watch… and why millions of Yemenis are on the brink of starvation TODAY.

Thank you, President Obama… thank you, Donald.

(Americans, where are you? WHO are you?)

The neocon atrocities keep piling up, making our country the most feared and distrusted nation in the world.

This is what happens when the mainstream no longer gives a damn about the Military Industrial Complex’s genocidal conduct over the last several decades.

This is what happens when average, everyday Americans — nominal “Christians” and “Liberals” — decide to ignore rampant, torturing, Muslim-slaughtering illegality on the part of the Deep State.

In the mainstream’s defense, I fully acknowledge that the vast majority of this monstrous, Nazi-like conduct has been swept under the rug by our corporate/neo-fascist media and badly corrupted institutions, like the U.S. Congress and presidency. Whether the treasonous high-criminal is Dick Nixon, Ronald Reagan, “Poppy” Bush, Bill Clinton, Bush/Cheney, or Barack Obama, our institutions always “LOOK FORWARD” when American elites foment coups, steal elections, murder millions, plunder trillions, assassinate, torture, and apply genocidal sanctions, murdering hundreds of thousands of babies

But generally speaking, the mainstream quit paying attention years ago, after the Vietnam War.

As if to illustrate the point, many in the mainstream seemed just fine with Wall Street sycophant and neocon stalwart, Sec. Hillary Clinton, a career racist demagogue, rigging her way to the Democratic nomination — Hillary Fucking CLINTON, a completely amoral politician who has done more for the neocons’ bloody agenda (and Wall Street and Saudi butchers) than any of her ilk save for Bush/Cheney!

This is what happens when phony liberals deny the left its TRUE CANDIDATE, the shamelessly, brazenly robbed 2016 primary winner, Bernie Sanders, who the polls showed mopping the floor with Trump by double-digits — and probably restoring Democratic control of the Congress with his single-payer healthcare touting coattails.

This is what happens when the mainstream keeps going back to the same institutions that have done nothing but LIE to us and turn liberals into extreme right-wingers over the past few decades.

Not only did the NYT and WaPo lie us into war with Iraq, burying the facts, they constantly distort facts, when it comes to their foreign reporting. Most of their unquestioning “Good German” readers still believe that Hugo Chavez was some kind of “dictator!” That Dilma Rousseff was “corrupt” and her ouster constitutional! These deluded dupes believe that Julian Assange has been hunted and persecuted because he’s a “rapist” and not because WikiLeaks has repeatedly exposed the high crimes, corruption, and treachery of our leaders and world-dominating institutions…)

Nominal liberals, groupthinking and hunky dory with neocon policy, have arguably become worse than Donald J. Trump: race-baiting demagogue, outrageous misogynist, and compassionless egomaniac.

They are outraged over hush money paid to a porn star, but they don’t make a peep when U.S. sanctions murder hundreds of thousands of children under five.

Or when a Democratic president nullifies habeas corpus, assassinating Americans uncharged with crimes, with ZERO due process. Calling it “legal.”

While Trump continues to subvert, defy, and disappoint the neocons — when he isn’t giving in to them (which also happens; Obama deja vu) — nominal liberals have become unquestioning supporters of RussiaGating NAZIS (worse than Nazis – NEOCONS: the Muslim-slaughtering monsters who are in the vanguard of the empire that is killing our planet; THE faction that has revived fascism and dismantled the rule of law, hollowing out economies the world over, including ours, leaving millions upon millions of corpses in their wake, the vast majority civilians… women and children).

The neocons and their “liberal” minions (like the Democratic Party, the WaPo and NYT, Mr. Colbert, Ms. Maddow, Bill Maher…) have recklessly courted a third World War.

They have succeeded in dragging our society down with them largely because of the power of HATE (of the “Two Minutes” variety).

Because the mainstream-left has allowed Trump’s repellent hideousness to impair their critical thinking skills and turn them into exemplars of the worst traits we associate with Trump: xenophobic, bellicose, irrational, easily manipulated, and self-indulgent beyond any concern for who gets hurt.

Addicted to propaganda, feeding off their emotions, mainstream liberals have apparently not learned to distinguish between the institutions that have incessantly sold us wars on lies (and I mean for decades, Tonkin through baby incubators through WMD through Sarin gas through RussiaGate through…)

…and the journalists who still have an ounce of integrity.*

Sam Husseini is one of the latter.

And his thesis is spot-fucking-on.

* Consortium News, Max Blumenthal, Moderate Rebels (podcast), Chris Hedges, Glen Ford/Black Agenda Report, Glenn Greenwald, Global Research, Caitlin Johnstone, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, The Jimmy Dore Show, Katie Halper, Vanessa Beeley, Aaron Mate (The Real News), Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright, Patrick Cockburn, John Pilger, Mahmood Mamdani, Tariq Ali, Ralph Nader, The ACLU, Jeremy Scahill, WikiLeaks, Briahna Joy Gray, Greg Palast, David Swanson, Dr. Cornel West, Prof. Stephen F. Cohen, Eva Bartlett, Rania Khalek, Seymour Hersh, Naomi Klein, KPFA (SF Bay Area), Oliver Stone, Electronic Intifada…

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