The Mainstream Media is Completely Out of Touch

March 26th, 2015

Bad enough that they follow Fox News Headlines, but Fox never addressed the possibility that the co-pilot was insane or a terrorist.

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By Jeff Koopersmith

26 March 2015 WASHINGTON DC – It is disturbing enough that cable news has surrendered to the measly talents of Rodger Ailes and Fox News – following their outrageous “Breaking News”  items (three of fours days old) like a baby in a wet diaper, but this does not mean – “Stop Thinking” – it means PLEASE THINK – and tell the truth, and the possible, and potential.

Highest on the list this week is sickly slick and off-the -cuff coverage of the 150 some odd people killed in an “unexplained” air crash in the French Alps.

The first thing I did was wonder about the possibility that terrorism was involved. With one shot, terrorists from the Middle East could hit four of the biggest NATO nations – the USA, France, Spain, and Germany – killing innocent men women and children on the steep slopes of a heretofore unnamed mountain.

I tweeted this possibility long before anyone else as far I can determine two days ago – yet it took more than 48 hours before editors in newsrooms across this nation had the guts to discuss this – only in 5-10 second bites and then move on to all the other – didn’t-make-any-sense ideas from so-called experts on aviation. Today they actually “dared” to tell the story of the co-pilot that killed them all.

Only when the cockpit microphone tapes were heard did anyone realize or contemplate that this was no ordinary plane accident – if there is such a thing. Here was a thus-far unvetted pilot with little experience and a German sounding name who intentionally locked the cabin door and threw the no-penetrate switch at the same time leaving the commanding pilot out in the aisle smashing whatever he could get hold of to bash down that door.

Let me add here that such a switch is a moronic idea in the first instance. Couldn’t the geniuses designing these solid doors anticipated that one of the crew could be a terrorist or just plain insane? Haven’t they watched enough NCIS or Criminal Minds programs to cultivate such horrible imaginings?

What should have been done just after 911 was to give crew-members a third code – perhaps shared half-and-half between senior crew members (one set of numbers for each) that would override the final switch that kept this captain standing in pain and shaking in vain trying desperately to save those poor people who most likely saw it coming.

Yes, I can visualize is – can’t you?

Such a final switch flip is needed when the enemy is outside the cockpit doors trying to get in. But no one thought about the enemy already in the cockpit?

What a terrible waste of life – due primarily from the thoughtlessness of aircraft and security engineers.

And in the end – what difference does it make if only a third code – known specially just to pilots was the answer? That could have saved all these souls.

Think people think.

And you sleepy news editors – you have some smart people – even the on-air-personalities. Talk with them when something like this happens. One of them might have offered that a co-pilot-gone-nuts was a primary consideration – not the last.

I did.

In Defense of Liberalism

March 24th, 2015

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In Defense of Liberalism

An Annual New Year’s Essay from American Politics Journal

By Jeff Koopersmith

Dec. 31, 1998 (APJ) — In 1996, around Christmas time, I wrote the original version of this essay.

It was updated last year.

Now another year has passed, and our editors thought I should look at it again for 1999 — keeping a tradition.

First things first.

I remain proud to be a “liberal.”

Very proud.

On this, the first day of 1999, whether, Christian, Jew, Muslim or Buddhist, ask yourself a simple question: “Would Christ have registered as a Republican?”

Of course not. Especially in 1999.

This collection of editorials, news, updates and research we call American Politics Journal are presented to the reader as an unabashed defense of democracy and liberalism as its highest pursuit.

I have stood by for nearly 20 years and watched the fiber of this nation begin to collapse — not from lack of “family values” but from the oversold tales of a small minority of fundamentalist right-wing conservatives and pseudo-Christians claiming, simply, “that Americans lack ethics.”

Men like William Bennett, William Kristol, Ralph Reed, Tim Russert and Sam Donaldson — who know nothing about poverty and the misery it causes — tell us that we need to “get Biblical” in order to get moral.

Tommyrot!

Today, The Christian Coalition, largely responsible for blaming societal problems on the lack of “family values” — a buzz-phrase for religious zealotry — remains under indictment through litigation aimed at its illegal support of Republican candidates. The Justice Department continues its criminal investigation of this group on charges of money laundering and other illegal campaign activities during last year’s election as well.

But this year, the Christian Coalition lost members in droves as well.

Things are looking up.

But even as the Kings are revealed as having no clothes, I also believe that the disappearing American dream — if it ever truly existed — is waning due to the frantic pursuit of unprecedented wealth by the few with so very little compassion for the many.

What caused this is fodder for volumes of material. Suffice it to say that the so-called Reagan Revolution — unrecognizable even by Ronald Reagan himself — spun out of control.

So wildly did it swerve that the Democrat party of today Has become a mirror image of the Republican Party of yesteryear!

Instead of a battle cry for increased popular productivity, the “message” was somehow twisted into “You’d better make more money now and faster or you may be out on the street.”

“…and you’d better do it alone!”

Thus, when one overhears a conversation among college seniors today, it’s unlikely to be about traditional collegiate liberal viewpoints and a matriculation made to “change the world for the better” but, more likely, a discussion of how to make the most money in the shortest possible time.

In fact, The Newt Gingrichs and Pat Buchanans of our world, spurred by the Christian Coalition’s former Director, Ralph Reed, have perverted the truth about American’s compassion, and twisted the minds of good “God-fearing” citizens by blaming the women’s rights movement, minorities, gays, undocumented workers, “illegitimate children,” the television and film industries, and victimless crime for our national ills.

This year, after 75 months of digging, they finally laid the blame Bill Clinton for the demoralizing of America using unproved, untested “facts” that Clinton lied under oath. As a lawyer, I can tell you that he did not lie nor commit perjury under oath. He came close but never crossed the line. He will never be convicted, nor will he ever sign a censure.

In truth, it is unbridled greed, born of a seriously flawed corporate and Republican political “ethic,” that has caused the most intense polarization of rich against poor since the end drew near for Czarist Russia. And it is this avarice that has targeted Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Nothing less, nothing more.

The good news is that Americans evidence unparalleled uneasiness about this “me against you” philosophy so deftly sold them by the “new right” snake oilists and fundamentalist religious groups.

They know that something is rotten on Capitol Hill, but most are hard-pressed to articulate it.

That is why American Politics Journal was born: to help focus these issues and to put complex issues into day-to-day, entertaining language.

But make no mistake, we are dead serious about our editorial stance.

Almost all political and attitudinal polls suggest that support for right-wing philosophies is now on a steep decline, but voters — willing to try anything — still rewarded the most “conservative” wing of the Republican party with a modicum of control over the Congress. I write “modicum” of control because it is obvious that the younger, right-wing members of the congressional classes of 1992, 1994 and 1996 and 1998 have not been able to complete their agenda for their variety of balanced budget or their brand of new tax cuts.

More important — they have not been successful in destroying President Clinton and the Presidency itself.

They never will be.

The pinchbeck of the Gingrichian GOP “Contract With America” — which was never signed or seen by even a small percentage of Americans — has in most part been breached, not only because of Democrat legislative interference and defense, but from GOP party infighting with wiser and more moderate Republicans who are themselves uncomfortable with this new craven ideology.

A Contract “On” Americans is more like it.

And there was more good news this year — Big Business is rethinking its support of whippersnapper Republicans. The smartest of corporate leaders I talk with see that polarizing rich against poor, have against have-not, white against black, American against Mexican is certainly not in their best interest.

Instability in the marketplace is the worst possible atmosphere for continued profitability.

However, this is not to say that right wing conservatism is dead. Hence years ago, I began, in earnest, to criticize, albeit sometimes too passionately, the direction toward which many Americans are being dragged through deception and, even worse, manipulation of truth.

It has cost me. But not enough to stop. I have reveived death threats. My family has been terrorized, and certain members of the government would love American Politics Journal to be “disappeared.”

Few journalists, editorialists and essayists are openly writing from the liberal viewpoint. In this last year, only one noteworthy television journalist — Geraldo Rivera — was actively pursuing fair coverage of the latest coup attempt by Congress.

Put quite simply, the highest-paid journalists are afraid to lose their jobs in corporate media hallways controlled now almost entirely by the right wing. Thus, we offer this daily, wholehearted if not linguistically flawed, view of America and her politics from the back benches and the dark alleys of reportage.

I am not a great writer or thinker. I’m often a hypocrite. I too love the things and beauty that money can buy.

I, like the Christian Coalition, wish that American families could all stay together; that women did not have to, or want to, work while their children were young; that crime did not exist except in the insane, and; that we all saw each other every week in churches, synagogues, mosques and temples.

I wish that some people, bereft from simply living, did not turn to drugs for solace.

But wishing is not real.

Truth is.

That is what separates the leeches from the doers. I am a doer. The Christian Coalition is an institutionalized leech — threatening congress with its very life, blackmailing members to vote their way “or else.” As God predicted, evil will come cloaked in goodness.

As we become more erudite and the world shrinks ever-quicker, the pressure on the average man and woman increases a thousandfold. A world where we can watch a war 12,000 miles away live and in real time is one surely fraught with complexity and so much misinformation as to addle the mind of even the most astute.

A world overwhelmed by poverty of money and soul, where the majority of people go comparatively hungry, is suffocating for most of us — including me. We become inured to the tragedy around us. And the Republican Party, eager to permanently fix our blinders, helps us to do just that.

I was reminded of this last year as I read a snotty little note in the New York Times from Ms. Abigail Thernstrom — the Harvard-employed woman who thinks “Blacks are getting too much attention.”

She was congratulating herself for saying that General Colin Powell owed nothing to affirmative action. What an outrageous statement from this ghoul who was wonderfully chastised in front of millions by the President only a year ago.

Let me again ask Ms. Thernstrom: “Did the decades of struggle by Martin Luther King, and ordinary white citizens like my mother or myself, result in nothing? Do you think General Powell would have been made an officer in 1918? How about 1928 or 1938?” It was the atmosphere so courageously crafted by Dr. King and others which stood Mr. Powell in such good stead. If he had been born a decade earlier or four decades later, he would not have been The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

That is for certain.

Blood was shed during the civil rights era, but not much flowed over white skin.

Ms. Thernstrom, like the right wing of the Republican Party, is a sorry bigot who sells evil in place of compassion. She is a privileged White woman fighting so hard to sell her insipid tomes. She, like many of her ultra-right Republican sisters, preach hate while pretending to educate.

How dare she instruct the destroyed on their great “opportunities” by using a sell-out, Colin Powell, as an example – a false idol — a specious icon of a Black man who can get ahead without quotas or affirmative action or whatever label you choose! Colin Powell — A Black Republican — is a living oxymoron like his comrades-in-disgrace, Ward Connerly and J.C. Watts, who openly fight against their own people in order to secure a place at the all-white country club called the GOP.

Are you a madwoman, Ms. Thernstrom — or simply an overeducated naive whore for conservative ideas long dead and dying?

Our human tendency is to hide, to seek comfort in our own, and protection in what it ours. It is this weakness — shared by all mankind — upon which religious fundamentalism and right-wing fanatic “evangelism” seek to capitalize — most often without planning or even realizing they are doing so.

But certain leaders, like Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Reed and televangesnake Pat Robertson know exactly and quintessentially what they are doing, and how to do it. They know how to bait and use people like Thernstrom, Connerly and Powell. Certainly their formula was stumbled upon — much like a baby discovering ice cream. But if was perfected as well, just as Hitler honed his propaganda in 1935.

Once Newt Gingrich, Bob Barr, Henry Hyde and “the boys” found Nirvana in pitting us, one against the other, in the face of a designedly ever-shrinking pie, the masses, unthinking, hung onto the message like a gutter dog on a old soup bone. But then, this year, they went too far. They attempted to throw out a duly elected President based on entrapment — pure and simple — by the hoodlum prosecutor Kenneth Starr.

Well, Mr. Starr, you have your cake. Now choke on it.

I have spent most of my life, from age sixteen on, involved in politics — first as a volunteer, then as a professional, and finally as a financier of Democrat candidates and ideals. I have also worked with and for moderate Republicans and count many as friends. I recognize that many Democrats are also part of the problem, and fuel the fire of discontent. Republicans do not have all four corners on sowing greed and non-compassionate conduct — maybe only three.

However, it is Republicans who speak in the name of “family values,” yet practice the opposite by offering succor to the already rich — if only to gain more power. It was Newt Gingrich who preached family values while allegedly charging prostitutes on his American Express Card and reportedly serving his putative spouse with divorce documents on her thought-to-be death bed.

It is Henry Hyde, who lied to his constituents by omission — time and time again — about his ruinous affair with Mrs. Cherie Snodgrass — an affair which ripped her family asunder and ruined her husband’s life. It is Charles Canady, the rabid Florida moralist preacher who reportedly had an affair with the married Mrs. Becker and that forced her and her husband Robert into divorce court — another marriage destroyed. I spoke with Mrs. Becker. She was weeping and begged me to leave off — she had a teenage daughter. I did, until the story broke. . Then there’s the California Republican Congressman soon to be outed by Larry Flynt for having oral sex with a male in an alley and then fleeing the police as they closed in on him and finally arrested him — an arrest that was quietly “fixed.”

And there are more. Many, many more.

Yet it was these same men — merely suffering under general human frailty — who were the very cause of the suffering of Bill, Hillary ad Chelsea Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, her family and all of their their friends. Republicans continue to claim that Bill Clinton has brought this upon himself. But that is simply not true.

Let me ask you: how many of you would rush to the press, or to an acquaintance’s wife, to tell her of her husband’s infidelity? How many of you would then revel in it — only months later saying “It’s not about sex — it’s about perjury!”

How evilly convenient.

It was never about sex. It was about unseating a twice popularly-elected President who threatened big business with universal health care. It was about unseating a President who did not agree with William Kristol’s New Moralism. It was about unseating a President who did not worship at the false altars of Pat Robertson and his henchmen Ralph Reed and Jerry Falwell. It was about bribing a woman — Paula Jones — to sue the President for millions of dollars in, of all things, a federal civil rights suit! Civil rights, now embraced by the right wing, is today defined as extortion. It was about “hiring” the awful Linda Tripp to entrap her friend Monica Lewinsky into a series of moves designed to force the President to lie and to lie under oath.

But he didn’t fall for it. He knew what was up. He played their miserable game.

And he won.

It is the heart of the ultra right who deserve to be impeached — and impeached by their GOP colleagues for attempting an unconstitutional assault on the United States by plotting a coup against the White House. That’s what happened to Andrew Johnson. That’s what happened to Bill Clinton. Johnson won in the end, and so will Clinton.

Someone, somewhere — most probably a historian — thought they could rewind history and replay the Johnson impeachment trial — but with a different ending. It didn’t work. That “historian” was Newt Gingrich. He now sits alone planning his new “business” — monkey business, we’d guess.

Part of me feels that Republicans, so tired of being a shrinking minority in the early part of this decade, fabricated the notion that the United States is some terrible place to live — especially for the white middle class.

What else could they do but lie to gain power?

The truth is that this country is only a horrible place to live for those without means — minorities, women and gays — ever set upon by ignorant whites. And our women, who have endured countless rebuffs and insults to their intelligence and abilities — what are they even doing in the Republican party?

Have they given up or given in?

The truth is that America is a Garden of Eden compared to the rest of the planet! We have the lowest taxes, the greatest opportunity, the fairest of cultures, the warmest of hearts, the bravest of people — all while maintaining the highest relative standard of living on earth.

This has been the case for a long time — but less so since Republicans took the congressional helm. For they have twisted our fortune and made it their own in absolute disregard for truth.

They tell women that using contraceptives is “murdering their babies.” They say that “partial birth abortions” to save a deformed child from a back ward life is “killing.” They say that a woman’s right to choose is “murder.”

For those of you who have not had the privilege or inclination to travel outside our borders, I urge you to do so. Look about the world, search out its wealthiest cities and most dreadful slums. Linger in these places. Do not go abroad merely to sight see, but to learn about other countries — their tribulation and victories.

It is a humbling experience, and one that might shame those of you who complain so loudly about our lack of values. Compared to most of the world, our values, family and otherwise, are most high.

And when you come home, be sure to visit our American slums, the barrios on the Texas/Mexican border. The slums surrounding Palm Beach, Florida. Talk to émigrés — legal and not — and ask them how and why they came to our shores. Make acquaintance with Black and Hispanic families. Meet and talk with a gay man or woman.

Ask a thief why he steals. Ask a drug addict why he uses.

Do you really believe they’ll tell you that they chose this life?

In short, open yourself to information and contact with others unlike yourselves.

If you’re a “conservative’ Republican now, you’ll be ashamed.

Then, red-faced, ask yourself: “What would I do under their circumstances?”

You will be surprised at your indignation.

I assure you — the more you heed my suggestions, the hollower the words of the pseudo-Christian right and the frantic Republican stalking horse will sound.

Don’t believe me.

Don’t believe Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay or Ralph Reed.

Don’t even believe your parents or your best friends when they preach that which divides rather than that which unites.

Go out yourself and seek the truth. It is then that you may discover the true meaning of Christ, the Bible, the Torah, Buddha, the Koran and other great and small religions, leaders, teachers and Gods.

It is then that you will discover the beauty of our constitution. For all share a common ideology or theology — and it is not, as right wing fanatics would have you think, “caring about, but not caring for your fellow man.”

It is the Constitution, flaunted sinfully by the ultra right, that will, in the end, save rather than convict Bill Clinton.

One need only look at his or her own relationship to his family to see the fallaciousness of caring about but not caring for people. Imagine caring about — but not caring for — your children, your parents and siblings.

Just as a newborn cannot fend for himself, many through no fault of their own cannot care for themselves. This might be because of lack of opportunity due to racism or religious persecution. It might be from lack of intelligence, illness or even insanity. It might be born from hopelessness or helplessness.

It may be from the stunning blow of poverty that smacks three-year-old ghetto kids as they stare out the front window at their neighborhoods while leafing through your old discarded copy of Town & Country.

However and wherever, one cannot assuage need for care by simply stating that one cares.

This is what Republicans ask you to do. That is what they do. It is their only choice, because in order to give all Americans an equal playing field we would have to spend enormous amounts of money, money Republican incumbents are “hired and bribed ” to protect.

When have you heard a story about welfare bashers adopting a Black crack baby in order to preserve its life?

You’ll hear the Republican leadership constantly quote the “Founding Fathers” as if they were Gods. You will hear them invoke the words of Thomas Jefferson, and avid slavemaster, in their zeal to convert you to an 80 hour-a-week workaholic, laboring for the “man” that feeds the GOP its campaign cash and stops by Democrat treasuries as well.

And now that Americans are beginning to sense the false prophet’s words, The Republican National Committee, leaderless, seeks to cloud your minds again — this time with $100 million worth of lawsuits, investigations, false indictments, lives destroyed and wives shattered, children humiliated, and nations dissolved.

And for what? To be the top cops for a gang of multinational thieves more bent on luring the global economy than hugging their sons and daughters.

It sometimes seems impossible — this battle to convince Americans that there is more than money, more than military might, more than “getting what you deserve,” to define a good life.

This atmosphere of greed began in California under Republican sponsorship of tax cuts that devastated public education and social services for the poor and middle class. It was called “Proposition 13″ and it made 50% cuts in Californian’s property taxes in 1976 and was nothing more than a payoff — a bribe to Californians in exchange for turning their backs on the weak and unfortunate. “Prop 13″ is proof that even Americans can be cajoled into doing something that is neither right nor judicious — and certainly devoid of any “family values”

All that was California experimental fascism is now gone. The Democrats swept every important election in 1998 and will sweep in 2000 as well. Californians learned quickly that they do not want to live in a Neo-Nazi-controlled state governed by the likes of Pete Wilson.

A black man among white leaders said it best: Vernon Jordan, a true symbol of tolerance and opportunity and a man denigrated unjustly by Ken Starr, called Prop 13 “America’s Dirty Little Secret — Racism.” He was razor right. But now America’s dirty secret is forked. It aims not only at minorities, but also at the poor — white or otherwise. It is unacceptable to be poor in America. “There is no reason for it,” says our friend Mr. Gingrich.

While his more moderate pals like Senator Orrin Hatch are hawking Bible-based music CD’s for profit, Henry Hyde has pledged us another year of character assassination, despicable behavior and racist polemics. He and people like Dan Burton vow to spend another $50 million to “get the president” and the Democrats.

You see, I believe in cliché, and hackneyed thoughts when they are appropriate — That our nation, our world, is one big extended family, where everyone’s victories and defeats are visited on the other.

Nothing less could be true.

Americans know this, and that is why we send more money and people abroad to help the helpless than any people on earth. It is also why we send bombers to cripple evil.

We seem to know the misery of others, yet often forget the misery of our own.

Isn’t that just like us?

Krauthammer Lies Again – To Bill O’Reilly – Another Ambisinistrous Delusion at Fox

March 17th, 2015

Krauthammer Lies Again -To Bill O’Reilly 

Another Ambisinistrous Delusion on Fox News.

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Another Ambisinistrous Delusion on Fox News.

Neither O’Reilly Nor Krauthammer can prove their lies are truth

BY Jeff Koopersmith

Charles Krauthammer

The creepiest neocon of all time.

WASHINGTON DC 17 MARCH 2015 - And there lies the key to Fox News and Right Wing strategy.

Lie about anything that can never be proved, one way or the other.

On March 16, the Evil-Intentioned Charles Krauthammer once again re-spun his web of lies about Hillary and Bill Clinton regarding Mrs. Clinton’s private e-mail which I have told you, once and again, was a great idea owing to the proven non-security of the United States’ computer array which appears to allow foreign nations and hackers to download secret intelligence and more.

Whether or not this was ordered by Republicans hoping to destroy their opposition and the President is still under investigation – but I am certain that GOP candidates and incumbents must have played at least a cheering role in many hacking contracts either directly or indirectly by contact with top malfeasors in the the field.

You will never hear O’Reilly or Krauthammer mention these whispers -nor that the GOP and/or the Tea Party might have hackers knowingly employed or secretly “volunteering” within the midst of those organizations without their knowledge. I can’t be certain – but rumors among those in the know abound and it’s unusual, is it not, to witness only Democrats and leading members of that Party being accused of horrors in Congressional Committees – and by the likes of Darrell Issa and Tom Cotton – among others.

Krauthammer told O’Reilly that ” It’s the 1990’s all over again”. Oh really? – Well then I am more certain that the majority of Americans who vote must now be extremely satisfied with the Administration’s performance and that their adoration of Barack Obama continues as it did with Bill Clinton until departed the White House with positive “numbers” in the stratosphere.

Bill O'Reilly

The laughingest fraud on cable television – ask anyone under 70.

 

In fact, the more the Snorting-Republicans continue with these witch and warlock hunts, the more it will drive voters away from them – all but the most hate-filled and racist ones that is. And don’t get me wrong. I have dozens of Republican friends and acquaintances who are not wild boars bent on rooting out magically disappearing smut from any source whatever.

This was a Senator Joe McCarthy trick, and we all remember where that left him – or do you Senator McConnell?

If not Google it.

The only thing the Clinton’s “dragged out” was the Lewinsky scandal which was not a scandal at all until the right wing facist press began hunting them down as if they were two-bit pimps, planting rats in their midst, lying over and over, and then – to everyone’s shock – actually filed Impeachment Papers against Bill Clinton regarding his private life – not his white lies about that life.  Of course, Bill Clinton was not removed from office. And, of course the GOP was humiliated again.

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Yet Krauthammer is correct in one sense – Just as it played out in the 90s – The people involved in the latest sophomoric tragedy trumped up against any Democrat target available will disappear into a similar nightmare to Ken Starr’s and dozens of other liars and hangers-on that were part of the Impeachment ruse –  tried and failed.

As to the several other forged “scandals” that the GOP has and will cook up about Bill and Hillary Clinton – like the impossible Whitewater activities which amounted to nothing and only made organizations like “Judicial Watch” which people with minds call “Prejudicial or Artificial Watch” look like the unprofessional stinkers they were then and are now – The Clinton’s, in fact, “dragged” nothing out, nor stonewalled anyone accept those plotting against them and conspiring not only to destroy their impeccable reputations but also to conspire against the Presidency itself.  They were, however, “dragged” through the mud for as long as possible.

Can you say De Ja Vous?

A ruined reputation and exiled in Malibu.

Ken Starr -A ruined reputation and exiled in Malibu.

One out and out lie that the aging Krauthammer told O’Reilly yesterday re the Lewinsky scandal was that President Clinton accused Monica Lewinsky of being “a stalker.”

The truth is that a former Clinton aide claimed in an email to a well-known journalist, that Clinton told him Lewinsky herself had  told him this and “complained that she was being called ‘the stalker’ at the White House … and that if he didn’t have sexual intercourse with her she’d tell people that they did anyway.”  Nice huh?

I know of no public or private mention of this fact, but a prime journalist like Krauthammer should do his homework.

Krauthammer wraps up his lie-pie with this stupe-pinion – that the E-mail (non) scandal “Has Legs”. I suppose Charles thinks that is a cute term but it’s written or said,  “got legs” Chuck – and besides, it doesn’t have any legs.

Here are Krauthammer’s laughable reasons for these fictional “legs” – which i guess meant in 1920, that the lies about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail would “continue for years”.

1. “You can have three separate committees of Congress issuing subpoenas.” But fails to mention that those Committees are controlled or bludgeoned by the nut-ball Tea Party and the other Republican Party to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances before she even tells voters she is running for sure.

2. Then – as usual – Krauthammer gives himself a weak-kneed “back-door” and goes on to big-ears Bill saying “It may not be a story every day going on from now on in the median term, but it will not go away. It will keep popping up as these subpoenas and lawsuits go public and get to a crisis between now and election day and that’s why she can’t dodge it.

Wishful thinking Kraut?

Well, Krauthammer is being figuratively honest in his second harangue because he stupidly lays out in enough detail – the entire Republican strategy to capture the White House and who knows what other federal and state elective offices in 2016.

The GOP with the disloyal cooperation of the Tea Party goblins will present a new fake scandal monthly, then weekly, then daily as time goes by and the presidential round comes closer.

All of these phony fables will never have crossed American’s minds as scandals and will not be followed up because they will be impossible to prove.

To Republicans today, Justice means nothing – but the appearance of pursuing justice is everything.

Long after Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer are relegated to the trashcan of history, some graduate student will present a thesis comparing Fox News, Charles Krauthammer, Rush Limbaugh and the Czar of Liars – Fox Chief Roger Ailes with Senator Joe McCarthy.

McCarthy heaven help him – will be embarrassed.

 

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Ah, Charles Krauthammer on Hillary Clinton’s E-Mail – “The Scum Also Rises”

March 16th, 2015
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If he had a brain, he lost it long ago. Another Fox sellout who has no connections that can inform him

By Jeff Koopersmith

It’s my job to fight neo-facist scum for the majority in my country who don’t want that heretic infections burning in our political or governmental souls.

If you trusted Charles Krauthammer to guide you, you would find this is his sole obsessive purpose. I am not certain why and I hope he conducts his terrorizing because he needs the money form the Washington Post and Fox News and whatever idiot publisher puts his tripe in bookcases – especially school libraries where it is sure to be read by some poor friendless nerd while salivating  – Some Cheney-like figure who hasn’t a soul but does have exaggerated plans for his future that will cost you not him. His first Pulitzer finalist but not won was in 1986 Pulitzer said: “Charles Krauthammer of The Washington Post – For his gracefully written and clear commentary on a variety of issues.  Gracefully written?  Gee what happened, did he make a deal with Satan over the ensuing thirty years?

Only 27 years ago, in 1986, Krauthammer finally got his hands on a Pulitzer – this time: For his witty and insightful columns on national issues. Ah, is that what humiliating people is about today – Being witty?  Certainly not Krauthammer these days – more like: For “a horror of half truth” with a stuck on the end sniggle of wit.

I truly wish the Pulitzer Board would withdraw his “prize” –  as he is a blight on what once was a wonderful organization honoring worthy people – not like Krauthammer – open to say anything for the right sized check.. Krauthammer does not think anyone can write their truth as they see it about him.

But I must say I getting sick reading his slime. Sick.

I do have to give on bit of Gestapo credit to Chuck Krauthammer – National’s fan extraordinaire. Only he would think of opening a piece on Hillary Clinton with these words:

Charles Krauthammer
By Charles Krauthammer Opinion writer March 12 (The Washington Post)

“She burned the tapes.

As if that is what he enjoy to engrave on her headstone.

With that he hatefully links Hillary Clinton with the shame of the nation to Richard Nixon – who was not forced to resign simply because he or his lapdog secretary erased some audio tape, but because he was simply a horrible and criminal man who had little right to finishing another term as President of United States – and yeah – I know, China – well Nixon didn’t do that – our old friend and bed-liar Henry Kissinger who did that. Thanks to God his final chapter is coming.

Worse, Krauthammer spits that Hillary “learned” from Nixon when she was a young’in on the House Judiciary Committee investigating Nixon. Not everyone is like Krauthammer a mean-spirited ego-maniacal run of the mill opinion writer who picks up awards because everyone feels sorry for such an ugly, ugly man.

If it’s a Democrat – Krauthammer has nothing good to say – but he is silent on the current parade of neo-Nazis now running the House and Senate thanks to the trailer park Tea Party and a gaggle of billionaires who use them and who want nothing from us but to leave them to their own “deviousness” that plunged the world into a multi-year depression that still hasn’t recovered – nor had its most terrible impacts. That will come soon enough – but Krauthammer will blame that on Obama – not on Dick Cheney who should be in prison for what he wrought.

You can refer back to a previous column of mine this month where I explained why I think Secretary Clinton decided to set up her own very secure server. See http://americanpolitics.com/2015/03/13/hillarys-e-mail-server-zzzzzzzzzzzzzz/

Of course, The Kraut does not go very far with the email ploy, what he seeks to do is follow orders from his handlers (Fox News?) or (?) which use his questionable talents to harm everything progressive.

Krauthammer is the perfect prick for this saddle soaping work. He is mean-spirited, self-loathing, and as phony as a magician, but not as entertaining.

Who he does entertain are deathbed octogenarians and neo-Nazis who eagerly read his pap and gawk at him on Fox. I know, I am not supposed to go after Krauthammer – he is in a wheelchair, and that is a terrible cross to bear when you are also a classic over-appreciated asshole and one great reason this country is close to a civil war re “Need vs. Greed.” Krauthammer is on the greed side. And, by the way, takes his clues for FDR about hiding his physical disability – am I mean enough now?

Of course the Clinton Foundation contributions are personal. There isn’t a presidential-related charitable organization that has done so much for all of the world – not just the people of nations that Krauthammer approves of.  Thus, if the foundation took donations from Arabs, or Islamist, or Chinese – it is tainted.

What a pitiful moron.

To top it off Krauthammer uses Bill Safire another oversold smut peddler who might be that best example of an idiot neocon since Senator Joe McCarthy was hunting for Commies under every bed- even as many died from his mania, from grief or by their own hand.

Of course Krauthammer doesn’t think he’s ever humiliated someone enough to force them into suicide. Yet, I’ll wager he has, He almost takes my own life every time I realize that The Kraut won a Pulitzer in a nation that was once totally far-sighted and ready to help anyone who might need it – not lynch them.  Krauthammer is so seventy-years-ago it is a disgrace to his profession – hit-man.

Safire said that Hillary Clinton was a “congenital liar”- when she was First Lady and Krauthammer underlines this despicably to make his nasty and fraudulent statement look supported – and by whom?  The laughing stock of reality.

Hillary Clinton did owe any of us an “explanation” of why she had her own mail server.

The simple answer is that our own CIA, NSA, NCID, FBI  Homeland Security etc. people can’t do their job because of budget cuts from the neocons and therefore email and other information stored in American government “servers” are hacked daily.

So, perhaps Hilary was smart installing her little computer – which is all that a server is. It didn’t attract the attention of nut jobs  had her email account been:  SecretaryOfState.Gov as the Evil creep Krauthammer implies without knowledge or courage.

Yes, that’s the right Krauthammer – ” the server containing the e-mails — owned, controlled and housed by Hillary Clinton — “will remain private.” Meaning: No one will get near them. yes, no will get near them – and that’s how it should be. Why don’t you publish your email over the past 100 years Krauthammer?  I am sure it would keep us all laughing and weeping for you at the same time.

And read this Kraut pap verbatim:

“This she learned not from Watergate but from Whitewater. Her husband acquiesced to the appointment of a Whitewater special prosecutor. Hillary objected strenuously. Her fear was that once someone is empowered to search, the searcher can roam freely. In the Clinton’s case, it led to impeachment because when the Lewinsky scandal broke, the special prosecutor added that to his portfolio.” – Charles Krauthammer 12 March 2015, Washington Post - owned by a sort-of department store maven.

Every defense lawyer worth his or her salt knows that opening one’s life to a federal prosecutor – or most any prosecutor can lead, almost assuredly, that the investigator will find, or make up something to prop up a weak or no case at  all. And to drag that vile creep Ken Starr into the mix is typically Krauthammer who didn’t even have the spine to mention that loser’s name – who is now hiding out in Malibu at some third class law school. Why not add some of the antics of Hitler as well Chuck: That would get your type of  reader’ s attention and maybe another Pulitizer award.

Let’s say Hillary did keep her mail private. Now that is simply impossible to understand. After all, this woman has been blamed for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi which could, of course,  not be true. And now she has to speak up for her and her family’s foundation to a group of do-nothing members of congress. Well, maybe “do-nothing” is not the correct characterization – perhaps it a “Make Sure nothing is done for anyone but warriors and arms manufacturers” – and not too much for warriors.

Krauthammer might not have labeled Hillary Clinton a liar if she told us that she kept her own email server because she didn’t trust cretins like Darrell Issa and Tom Cotton et al,or spies like Mr. Snowden or the very active Chinese, British, and German intelligence fiends who are constantly testing our Intel’s back doors. How could she do that? – she loves her country – and has given up a great deal of her life to us, to us –  for very little recompense save for the past several years where her popularity and her husband’s allowed them to make a pile of money – which, I suppose, Krauthammer is envious.

Then the biggest laugh – that the Secretary of State is simply an “employee”.  I don’t think so Krauthammer – and I don’t suppose you are an employee either – you probably have your own communications corporation – Krauthammer Irrational”.

So mini-minded Krauthammer says her “answers” Clinton’s answers are farcical – as if she wasn’t being pinned to the wall by the most farcical group on earth – the modern news media who has the nerve to call themselves journalists when they are in fact unprepared to pen a good freshman essay in middle School.

The point of National Archive regulations is NOT to ensure government transparency as Krauthammer well knows, although he claims that.  Regulations, especially by the Archive,  are made to be bendable and even ignored and are written by other silly-minds who compose them in the clerks offices. Her lawyers have not to stonewall all the fake subpoenas launched by idiots in congress and the media knowing they have no legality – They must instead ask for felony indictments on those abusing – raping – the system simply for their own political or monetary wellbeing ergo – to destroy the chances for Mrs. Clinton’s election to the presidency. Now that is a felony . Look it up.

Krauthammer write “the damage is done.” Yes, it is Mr. K.  The damage to your own reputation continues to erode the reader’s confidence in a terrible mind.

What isn’t finished is the price you pay for writing such garbage and not being able to rise higher on the decency scale rather than sit in a filthy pit filled with vipers from the right. -Real vipers – not the usual alzy McCain types.

Straight off the Fox New SCRIPTS, huh Krauthammer, who then asks about her “record”.  I thought he was going to tell us that she had a long arrest records or worse, but no:

“What record? She’s had three major jobs. Secretary of state: Can you name a single achievement in four years? U.S. senator: Can you name a single achievement in eight years? First lady: her one achievement in eight years? Hillarycare, a shipwreck.

I could name fifty you guttersnipe.

Chuck adds that Hillary Clinton is running on two things: gender and name.  What a disreputable thing to say – and of course just a another lie from the King of Lies.

Gender is not to be underestimated. It will make her the Democratic nominee. The name is equally valuable. It evokes the warm memory of the golden 1990s, a decade of peace and prosperity during our holiday from history.

No, not a holiday from history Mr. Krauthammer – a holiday from neofacist pigs who will destroy America with their unceasing avarice and carelessness with the lives of our boys and girls fighting and risking life and limb in trumped up “wars” and the following destruction of an entire region and its history while millions of the poorest flee their homes and live in cheap tents on the desert floor.

To attempt to “finish her off” The Kraut writes

“Now breaking through, however, is a stark reminder of the underside of that Clinton decade: the chicanery, the sleaze, the dodging, the parsing, the wordplay. It’s a dual legacy that Hillary Clinton cannot escape and that will be a permanent drag on her candidacy.”

Yet Hillary Clinton was not a symptom of that decade. She tried so long ago to provide health care to the poorest Americans and was burned at the stake by people like Charles Krauthammer.

She did not engage in chicanery – only in protecting herself and her family from scum like Kenneth Starr et al. She was not sleazy was she Herr Kraut!? And none of that will be a drag on her candidacy because the American people even the trash you seem to cater to so often – don’t feel the way you do. They adore Bill and Hillary Clinton because their aims are progressive and decent.

You goals, on the other hand, are to humiliate and lie about people you wish were your friends and not, instead,  the scum you hang with. My God man – didn’t you learn anything from your parents or your religion?

Oh yes – and to follow his hero – Bill O’Reilly – prevaricator extreme – Krauthammer offers us a true leftist and progressive and someone I have the deepest respect for – Elizabeth Warren – who would take his suggestion that she was a cure for Hillary as nauseating.

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Ted Cruz – How did Ted Graduate from High School?

March 16th, 2015

Cruz Running for President is akin to The Lone Ranger hanging out with an “Injun”

Senator Ted Cruz thinking of quitting?

Senator Ted “The Brain” Cruz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry,we don’t know. Yet he is to be admired for his squeaking ability!

Ted Cruz interview?

Typically, out of the box Cruz attacks President Obama.

He added this creates no jobs – but ….

Read On and see the thruthiness of this next video!

Video or Ted Cruz avatar arguing about Texas’ Greatness

See Cruz Avatar – he’s the stubborn and silly one.

 

(Brought to you by Senator Rand Paul) – That’s all we can guess as how it got here.

If You Think March Madness is Your Thing – Try Capitol HIll

March 16th, 2015

The Republican Capitol Hill Club is in fact on Capitol Hill.  As in the Republic-controlled Congress, this is a place to meet people who give candidates campaign cash while getting drunk and eating well.  Don’t knock it – it’s a throwback to IKE – who warned us about the people who go there now.

No Tea Party guys here

The stately awning of the Capitol Hill Club – Tea Party members are not permitted

Especially on SE First and “D” Streets. The Republican National Committee HQ building housing its private club – with the best crab cakes and crabs on the East Coast The Capitol Hill Club.  Other than eating and getting drunk, nothing much goes on in the building worth noting, but Tea Party wants to put a shooting range in the basement and a hot tub on the roof.

The laid back mood of the the Capitol Hill Club

Complete with photos of good Republicans and bad.

Yum Yum

Con-Ettes are the newest additionl to the Capitol HIll Bar and volleyball rom.

You cannot fuss about the Con-Ettes – the conservative side of the Capitol Hill Club’s bowling and volleyball arena on the roof of the auspicious club.

Har har Lighting by Tea Party

No one showed at this weeding because it was a secret and agreed with Obama’s poicy on Disco weddings.

You can’t argue that the Bride of Nerdingham does not have a great back and makes her Big Macher - GOPer look like a tiny fool. This was their first dance.  No one attended the wedding party, because they forget to inform anyone. Nothing new for the GOP.  We welcome you to Munchkin Land!

HILLARY’S E-MAIL SERVER – “zzzzzzzzzzzzzz”

March 13th, 2015

BY: Jeff Koopersmith

Do you think I'm stupid?

What a bore – and how stupid can news people be?

Could there be a more boring topic that news media across the board can’t stop screeching about – Yeah, Hillary Clinton’s email server – which these fools think is actually in her basement somewhere.

The goons also think that email CANNOT be erased from a server. Oh, Really?

Check again CNN and Fox and all you other so-called reporters.

Of course – everything can be erased – the Department of Defense was the leader in erase-tech for years.

Here’s what I think. When Hillary became Secretary of State at a time when the world started to go mad, she used her head and, realizing that the likes of Mr. Snowden and a dozen other hackers, had already drained most all our Intel agencies of whatever they had on their “secret” servers.

It made sense to Secretary, soon Madam President, Clinton, that she could keep her email far safer by quietly and without much ado install an email server in an unknown locations with no government or agency tip-offs in the mix.

If that’s what she did – it’s exactly what I would have done.  And, if I’m correct she couldn’t very well tell that to hokey Trey Gowdy who would immediately call Sean Hannity to tell him a “secret”.  So Hillary probably bit the bullet and went along with the monsters in the mainstream and able media.  She did well – I think I would have walked out on some of those ridiculous questions spawned from nothing newsworthy in the small minds of News producers and editors.

I am also fairly certain that this tactic was far safer than using the State Department e-mail system.  And, by the way, there was no LAW about doing this.  The National Archives – not exactly a heavy hitter in the world of intrigue in The District – liked employees to make certain that the Archives got copies of everything. Maybe someone there was selling them?  Or maybe they were trying hard to preserve history.

Whatever.

I’ve spoken at some length with Bill Clinton before he was President and I can tell you he’s one of the smartest men around – and he wouldn’t marry a Loon – as O”Reilly calls anyone who does not agree with O’Reilly.  Hillary may be far smarter – smarter than the National Archives – and certainly smarter than anything or anyone the Tea Party spawned of late or ever.

I’m no genius – it took me all this time to figure it out for myself. Maybe Wolf Blitzer will use it some time.

What IS a IXOOST?

March 13th, 2015

Maybe the most outrageously fine cell dock speaker for a man cave or museum

BY Jeff Koopersmith

A Review

So. quite by accident I came across a web site called IXOOST and prayed someone would send me several thousand dollars to buy one of their offerings. Here is one of them. Yeah, it’s a dock for your cell phone.

VERY-COOL-SPEAKERS-USE

But don’t stop here, be sure to move through the IXOOST.IT web site to really blow your mind.

Warning – This outfit is not for the faint-hearted or the hard pressed.  I won’t go into the prices here but they are readily available on the web site – and in English.

So what is that shape anyway. For those of you who use your local mechanic like me, ask those racing enthuisiasts who will tell you that it is a beautiful exhaust manifold that hugs the dock exquisitely. So the name ex-oos…

I have not spoken to either Matteo Panini or Mirco Pecorari the two behind the dock  They are both from Modena, an Italian engineering and racing capital, and represent what they call a mating of ideas and design. Matteo seeks to inject “Modena-ty” into his projects and Mirco is an aircraft designer with over 500 planes to his name.

And..if you are into flying and airplanes don’t fret because IXOOST also makes the Radial6 which is – you guessed it – flying machine parts!  It’s the more expensive and exclusive part of the line – but no pilot should have anything else.

Take a look.  I never take contracts to review the unusual, or to pan it.  You can rely on that.

JMK

Halifax Bank Makes a Laughable Error – Heartbeat Code for ATM?

March 13th, 2015
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“Gee! This darn thing is a little heavy!”

 

By Jeff Koopersmith

Is your heartbeat the key to secure banking? – No!

The BBC, in fact, covered this ridiculous idea today – It is  Halifax Bank’s silly idea to have their customers wear a wrist band (all the time it seems?) which monitors one’s heartbeat – kind of a Rich Band rather than wrist band – a good idea for people with heart conditions to wear and have monitored by a cardiologist.  The only thing more annoying might be that you have to recharge the wristband each night –  or your pals put it on a dog to mess with you as it records their woofing beats!

What’s invaded the minds of these bankers?  Anyone who has studied biology in the 9th grade knows that the heart vary almost always.  Thus, if you have your beating heart pattern stored in the Halifax Bank’s “Cloud” chances are the beat it gets through Bluetooth device on your wrist will not match the one frozen in the Halifax stratosphere.

Not to impugn this Bank .  I think Halifax is simply using this idea for a Free Media campaign. Let people like me write about how idiotic the idea is, and you get a free ad for the bank!

Simple – and not so dumb, huh?

 

Will and Should the U.S. Attorney General Prosecute the “Rogue Senate 47”?

March 12th, 2015

In addition to the Logan Act, other criminal avenues exist

congress half or which destorys

We applaud Israel and then put her in greater danger – that’s the American Totalitarian Way!

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By Jeff Koopersmith
Editor Emeritus

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should be investigating the clique of rogue ultra-right U.S. Senators that organized the “Senate 47” letter to Iran signaling that the forty-seven Republican senators are more ready to go to war and risk American lives in the desert than to apply further diplomatic action with that nation. Perhaps they have not as yet begun – but perchance the FBI will read this piece:  The “Senate 45” have violated more than one law in my opinion and in doing so put the region and the United States in mortal danger.

Each time I watch Fox News – which is quite often as I like to keep up with what I believe are worst media enemies of the people – I feel great anxiety for my grandchildren and what they might face should the trumped up movement by half our population toward the ultra-right continues much longer.

It is for the well being of our children, and their children that I believe the Administration should take this appalling action by the Senate 47 and use it to smarten-up the ultra-right wing within the Republican Party as well as give breathing room to those Republicans who maintain some sense of equity and have been elected to fight for more responsive and less expensive government while at the same time taking care of those Americans and others less prepared to deal with the harsh realities of this 21st century and what might come next.

There is no room for nutty ideologues in American government at this juncture.

In fact there is a great need to clean them out because they are simultaneously causing distress within our domestic population as well as to our allies and other national leaders around the world.

The things they stand for, the crazed despots who entered Congress and elsewhere in state and local governments simply from backing by men and women dedicated, it seems, only to money. are far too dangerous and numerous today to be human.

This letter to Iran, sent behind all our backs, that the young Turks of the far right of the Republican party, may have done enormous damage and may have accomplished far worse than they could anticipate through their zealous actions aimed at humiliating the President and the State Department and every correct-thinking American who knows the important role diplomacy plays in our security.

And no – this is not 1930s Hitler where there was no instant communication, no great espionage abilities, no space-placed and other types of drone and, no Homeland Security that cannot easily be fooled by a tyrant sneaking around to cause havoc. We are not the British trying to deal with a maniac – we are a strong nation trying to give the world time to consider arming every nation with a beef with nuclear warheads.

Yes, we have witnessed just such a move in Georgia and the Ukraine recently. However the difference is that we knew what was happening even before it occurred and had it threatened us or our allies Mr. Putin would have been met with forces unparalleled in history.

My own hard-earned education allowed me to examine the Federal Law to find out what “The Founders” and subsequent American leaders thought about such a wild deviance from normal, even precious, practices within the Federal Government that have catapulted the United States into its current but now deteriorating reputation as the trusted leader of the free world, a nation to seek sanctuary from evil, and the giving-est people in history.

One thing I know for certain. America’s reputation has not been injured by Democrats and progressive action. It has been eroded by warmongering and greed resulting from neoconservative and now totalitarian thought spreading from the right. Ask any thoughtful European who is not a neocon and they will tell you the same.  I spent seven years in Europe living full time and listening around me and I know about that which I write here.

Despite many mistakes over our own history including several misplaced offensive wars, Americans were once proud that they took on external as well as internal miseries – perhaps too slowly – but finally successfully in many cases.

All leaders make mistakes, but few have lead nations of the caliber of the United States as a consequence. And few have had to do so under continuing racist pressure from the media, cheap-shot internet sites that whine about Wall Street’s ills, and maniacs like Rush Limbaugh who bank millions telling lies to the American people.

This week we Americans have been introduced to the despicable rapscallion members in the ultra-right in our Congress who now, in fact, control both the House of Representatives and the Senate although the Republican Party itself tries hard to deny this..

The fraudulent propaganda of the small but powerful fascist media has successfully turned half the American population against the tenets of post-WWII Americans as best demonstrated by the civil rights movement of the 1960s and continuing; the offer of affordable higher education; the love of music and art; and, a sense of imbued fairness in our public and private discourse.

This change from care to hate among 30% of our people has not occurred from the normal aging of our population which sometimes includes a  move toward more conservative opinion than at a younger age.

It has occurred because our population, over 50 years old, and not highly educated, has been subjected to a nonstop litany of right wing lies that have frightened previously more liberal blocs who now, with no inherent ability to digest and study complex critical thinking, take the ideas of entertainers like Bill O’Reilly, Dinesh D’Souza, and thousands of other cranks, mavericks and oddballs – as truth.  What is wrong with us?

The leading force and the smartest among them is one Mr. Roger Ailes, the chief of Fox News and other Rupert Murdoch owned enterprises.

Ailes sees himself as deliver from what he considers “handouts”. He believes primarily in making money and he has carefully chosen to cater to a select viewership for Fox’s News and Business programming on the older end of the age scale rather than the younger.

In this way he attracts old soldiers, older women, older men, and even some very successful lawyers and jambalaya singers , although most stay away from him and from Fox.

Fox has no massive internet presence that provides information. It is  to provide propaganda from the right side of the aisle and provoke any progressive thinker that dare questions their motives. Its on-air personalities – including those who Fox labels progressive are nothing of the sort. The progressives Fox trots out to do battle with 300% more conservatives,  are normally weak-minded, or desperately in need employment which is understandable. The Internet has changed the number of positions available to liberal or conservative for a chance to appear on-air news and finance shows as informative personalities.

Fox is also filled with friends of Roger Ailes on air and off. His “Brain Room” where right wing propaganda is conceived, written, and produced is, in fact, full of quite bright, well-educated and creative people. However, their abilities are aimed at crushing progressive thought and ideology in favor or what some might call just plain Greed and humiliation of the poorest among us..

What is more frightening however is that Fox News does indeed control many hundred thousand votes in this nation through manipulation of facts and creation of fantasy.  The apers who they have spawned can, and have, turned the tide in many congressional and even statewide elections. They are now graduating to attempt to control the White House choice in 2016.  Just ask one of the Fox Old Men – Mr.Britt Hume about the time, not long ago, when he gave Fox News credit for Republican victories.

Fox commandants are wily.  They  did not severely attack Barack Obama until it was clear that he would win the White House. Since then, in 2008, Fox News has, on an almost continual 24 hour a day basis lynched this president and anyone who supports him within and from without the government.

To me that is proof of a Fox-earned Golden Certificate of Racism. And Fox’s non-stop attack on social security, welfare, teachers, unions, immigrants, and more have resulted in humilating those not on the fictional “Easy Street” that Fox pretends we would have if only we could send “them” back where they came from until “they” wait in line for years to come to America.

Fox, as a primary leader in right wing propaganda is responsible for much of the change in American attitudes – such changes to my mind, and the majority of Americans not changes for good.

Those Republicans who are described as neocons – (new to conservatism) have become so mean-spirited even though the majority of them are highly educated.  But they look at the United States and nationalism as the most important element in controlling the population here and around the world. Their interest is not democracy. It my mind it is totalitarianism or worse – a yen to return to the Gilded Age where the poor and unfornate “knew their place.”.

Remember only a few of the strongest and wisest Republican senators refused to sign a direct letter, sent secretly behind the President’s and all of our backs, to the leadership of Iran. This letter, which in essence said – “either you do what we tell you to do or we and our allies will begin destroying your nuclear facilities notwithstanding the “collateral” damage that might occur.” In short – “we’ll bomb you back to the Stone Age and anyone who gets in our way. too bad, they will die.”

Meanwhile our Secretary State John Kerry has struggled to come up with a mutually gratifying agreement that would allow Iran to use nuclear power for its people, but disallow the pursuit of nuclear weapons to use on us or our allies.

The ultra-right wing of the Republican Party which controls that political party today, does so often by blackmail.

These men and women seem not to believe in diplomacy to solve any problem –  international or otherwise, all problems of great complexity, and issues of true potential and incredible destruction.

They live in a hallucinatory world lead by the likes of aged Senator John McCain and a host of low level, mostly retired hawks born from the military who now often work for industry. By appearing on right wing talk shows thereby succeeding only in hearkening the warning of wiser Generals like President Eisenhower, also a Republican, who counseled us more than once that such men, part of the “military-industrial complex” who President Eisenhower believed  might be the most malicious threat America from within.

His fears seem to be coming true.

As a Baby Boomer I can tell you in all truth that I hardly recognize my own country today – and this feeling is shared by tens of millions of us born between 1944 and 1964.

What kind of nonsense is this when the Iranians are right now sitting with our American teams of diplomats trying to work out an agreement that could assure the world that Iran had no interest in nuclear weapons as they have said – and only wish to continue with nuclear power projects would which allow them to export whatever oil they may have in reserve.

Today Iran sits under harsh, but called for, punishments which severely restrict their finances and the well-being of the Iranian population. Iran made its own bed in majority starting in the 1960s, the following ouster of the Shah of Iran (our ally) and the Islamification of that nation. Yet perhaps this bid by John Kerry and his people will act to put the brakes on nuclear insanity and give all sides a chance to rethink outrageous positions?

Worse or us, and for them, Iran began to meddle with neighboring nations, exporting and funding terror, as well as threatening to wipe the state of Israel off the face of the earth.  They gave the neocons here an excuse to go wild.

What is quite interesting is that Iran warred with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq toward the end of the 20th Century, but the US supported Saddam against Iran, and then turned around during the Bush Senior years to defend Kuwait against Saddam’s military foray so as to obtain for himself a warm-water port to export Oil.  Hilariously one can see anywhere online photos of Dick Cheney high-fiving Saddam who then became our mortal enemy almost overnight and his anger and personal frustration with President Bush the elder, some say was the cause for Bush the younger to invade Iraq after 911 even though no Iraqis were found have been part of the attack on the American homeland.

We play a sort of supporting role here before September 11th by picking fights with Iraq in the 1990s and threatening the stability of the Region largely populated by Islamic families who had little or nothing in comparison to the majority of Americans and the populations of our Western Allies. This of course is no reason to aid in the blowing up of embassies, the killing of marines, the exporting of IEDs “made in Iran” and the rest. Yet we are no “angel’ when it comes to warring interference with the nations of the world even though we could excuse our operations after World War II as saving the earth from communism which I have read about in depth – being convinced that for some immature nations communism might be the best stepping stone for eventual

For seven years the likes of Rush Limbaugh and worse – Roger Ailes & Co. the Fox News bandits whose leadership is now counted on to elect even more young cons to important and critical offices.

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                           Senator Tom Cotton – The “Senate 47″ Rodeo Clown

 

The Letter the Senate 47 snet to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

This is the letter that the forty-seven United States Senators sent to the Supreme Leader of the Republic of Iran without the American President’s knowledge. It smacks of the same idiocy I have seen throughout the most hawkish ranks of the government – and a reason to dismiss the Republicans who signed it as unprepared for their responsibilities. It is not a reflection on those who voted for these men and women – it is a mirror of the hatred that ensued and grew after we elected an African-American President as sure as I am alive.

HERE IS THE FORTY-SEVEN SENATOR’S LETTER:

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini –

It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system. (An insult to their intelligence – not a great thing to write when an agreement of this import is being discussed at the highest levels of our government and other allied government of the United States)

Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two (is that a typo or the typical Tea Party error) features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress.

BELOW IS IN ESSENCE WHAT THEY HAVE TOLD THE PEOPLE OF IRAN

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Treaties and Agreements

First, under our Constitution, while the president negotiates international agreements, Congress plays the significant role of ratifying them. (Congress may play a significant role – but not THE significant role – in fact the citizens of the United States play the most important role in law and in reflection)

In the case of an agreement, the Senate must ratify it by a two-thirds vote. A so-called congressional-executive agreement requires a majority vote in both the House and the Senate (which, because of procedural rules, effectively means a three-fifths vote in the Senate).

Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement. (The use of the word MERE here is to downgrade President Obama’s and Secretary Kerry’s and staff roles in this months-long treaty negotiation over how best to protect the American people and the region from bursting in a nuclear build up on all sides who can afford it.)

Second, the offices of our Constitution have different characteristics.

For example, the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms (which of course means nothing in this regard). As applied today, for instance, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most (many) of us will remain in office well beyond then — perhaps decades. (There is a ludicrous statement. For all we know – every republican up for election (one third of them) will be voted out of office because of their irresponsibility in 2016 and certainly the chances of a Republican being elected President is today – quite low from registration alone)

What these two constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei(purposeful error in spelling Khomeini to humiliate the Iranian leadership?). (And; Are they sure about that? Perhaps the agreement which these senators have never seen or have the ability to understand today, might become an agreement between the U.S. the allies, and the President of Iran, who under Iranian law can make such agreements.)

The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time. (Of course this is not a discussion about an “agreement” yet even it was, anyone taking such an action has lost the ability to think, at a time of peace between the parties. No new president will most likely never revoke even such an agreement. This would be akin to luring Iran and others in the region to “Nuke Up” and cause what could be worldwide destruction through war)

Next are my mostly wishful or naive, or far too hard-hitting, suggestions to the Administration about the lies and half-truths from the Senate designed to frighten the American People and dissolve American and Iranian efforts toward peace:

These suggestions are encased in this Suggested letter from our President of the United States to Iran:

Ayatollah Khomeini –

I have been informed that your leadership and you as the Supreme Leader of Iran have received a letter from less than half the United States Senate saying, in part, that any agreement with the President of the United States or his designates will not be ratified (approved) by the United States Congress and particularly the U.S. Senate which is now controlled by men and women who are widely regarded as dangerously damaging to world peace and ill-equipped to make such judgments with regard to the plan now being discussed between American and Iranian delegates in Switzerland today. They, on both sides, have worked assiduously to overcome the few and several disagreements surrounding a final, and acceptable first to me, version of such treaty.

I apologize for the Senate letter, and the use of humiliating terms to describe the machinations and content of these negotiations and negotiators as well as the essence of American Law.

Never before in modern history have members of congress attempted to inject and obstruct complex negotiations designed to benefit both the United States and the party with which we negotiate – in this case, Iran.

Aside from these points, the Federal Law invites me to inform you that should the Attorney General through investigations by the FBI and other intelligence agencies find that this communication to you was part of an intentional conspiracy to overthrow this or any government, or a plot to force Iran into speeding its actions to obtain, and enable Iran, to deliver nuclear weapons regional or internationally, I will commence whatever action I can to stop this immature and senseless ship from sailing much further during our negotiations.

In addition:

Under the following laws, those responsible for drafting and sending this absurd letter to you – which is a direct attack on the constitutionally allotted power of the Presidency of the United States could be subject to arrest and imprisonment, we will further investigate who, what, where, and why such a letter to Iran was sent in dark of night.

I am personally not an expert in these criminal legal regards, however as you may have seen, even large New York and other news sources have attacked these senators for this outrageous intervention in a sensitive and highly important negotiation, so profound that these senators interventions could be interpreted as follows:

The Logan Act

(18 U.S.C.A. § 953 [1948]) is a federal statute making it a crime for a citizen to confer with foreign governments against the interests of the United States. Specifically, it prohibits citizens from negotiating with other nations on behalf of the United States without authorization.
Of course the neocons only read the first sentence and will usually claim that there illegal contact with other nations are “NOT AGAINST THE INTERSTS OF THE UNITED STATES – but this does not let them off the hook. What may, is that the Logan Act has never been used to indict a member of congress or any American thus far something the right wing media is pounding into American heads as I write.

TREASON, REBELLION, AND INSURRECTION

U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 115 › § 2381
18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason

Current through Pub. L. 113-296, except 113-287, 113-291, 113-295

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States

U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 115

Under Title 18 of the U.S. Code:

“Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

Again, it is clear that the high and utmost courts of the United States could find that these senators interfering with our mutual negotiators could be construed as giving Iran succor, as she is under heavy sanctions from the allies, and could very well be engaged in rebellion or even insurrection against the authority of the United States and its law by giving aid, comfort, or both to the pro nuclear faction of Iran that has more than once called for the nuclear arming of your nation.

These forty-seven Senators are unquestionably rebelling against my authority as President to halt rather than continue our diplomatic work – toward mutual fruition of the agreement we now discuss in Genève.

Thus these same Senators are engaging in at least partial rebellion against the laws of the United States and moreover the stated intentions of its founders by giving only the Executive Branch the power to engage in agreement negotiations and only at the end of such, to present said agreements to the Senate for approval based not on political power grabs of one party or another ( Here the Republican Party), but must be based on critical and truthful findings by the Senate of such import that such an agreement will or most likely could cause harm and destruction to United States citizen(s)and our interests.

Of course my conclusion here could be proved by Iran alone if Iran departs the agreement talks and then continuing, openly or secretly, to produce and be able to deliver nuclear weapons to the soil of America or its allies – and I trust this will not happen, and am glad to have heard that Iran is not taking these congressional thugs seriously.

This situation is far worse than regrettable – it approaches inane.

Thus, in this manner, the Senators involved are also rebelling and perhaps even fertilizing insurrection among sectors of the American population who tend to follow neo-fascistic tenets or worse – the suggestions of radio and television “stars” who have no idea of that which they speak about nor what the consequences of such actions could eventually be.

In essence the rebellion and insurrection clause of our law could be comforting to Iran, other U.S. opponents worldwide.

In a way, we send a message to home-grown American rebels who are lured into tragic situations by prevarication posed by Fox News et al, manned really by comedians that pose as newsmen or intellects or experts, which they are not.

Other U.S. law could push certain senators toward prison:

U.S. Code › Title 3 › Chapter 4 › § 301
3 U.S. Code § 301 –

General authorization to delegate functions; publication of delegations

“The President of the United States is authorized to designate and empower the head of any department or agency in the executive branch, or any official thereof who is required to be appointed by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to perform without approval, ratification, or other action by the President”
(1) Any function which is vested in the President by law, or
(2) any function which such officer is required or authorized by law to perform only with or subject to the approval, ratification, or other action of the President: Provided, that nothing contained herein shall relieve the President of his responsibility in office for the acts of any such head or other official designated by him to perform such functions. Such designation and authorization shall be in writing, shall be published in the Federal Register, shall be subject to such terms, conditions, and limitations as the President may deem advisable, and shall be revocable at any time by the President in whole or in part.

Those laws above failing to induce prosecution by the Attorney General or other perhaps the following may allow this:

U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 115 › § 2384
18 U.S. Code § 2384 -

Seditious conspiracy

“If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

The illegality of seditious conspiracy to oppose by force, prevention, hindrance, or delay may cause U.S. high courts to hold the signatories of their communication to you and Iran mentioned above to cause their arrest – and in so-doing cause addition unrest, even calamity, in the domestic United States by Americans you might know as Neocons, Warmongers, Corporate Arms interests, or Tea Party aficionados to take up arms against the United States from the United States as well as a conspiracy to attempt to have Iran turn her back on the peace agreement re nuclear arms that we both may realize is in our mutual interest.

Another law could also imprison these Senators:

U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 115 › § 2385
18 U.S. Code § 2385 -

Advocating overthrow of Government

“Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

(One could easily demonstrate that the collateral impact of such a letter as sent by the Senate 47 would be the potential destruction of the United States – either by Iran herself, or internally from those either supporting Iran, a variety of Islamic terror organizations, and domestically from those who are deeply unhappy with the government as it stand today.)JMK

AND SO ON: Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

And further:

U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 115 › § 2387
18 U.S. Code § 2387 -

Activities affecting armed forces generally

(a) Whoever, with intent to interfere with, impair, or influence the loyalty, morale, or discipline of the military or naval forces of the United States:

(1) advises, counsels, urges, or in any manner causes or attempts to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty by any member of the military or naval forces of the United States; or

(2) distributes or attempts to distribute any written or printed matter which advises, counsels, or urges insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty by any member of the military or naval forces of the United States—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

As you may know this is already occurring due to Republican cheerleading to disrespect the Presidency. Almost any day you can see several supposed “experts” suggesting the worse about Iran and American efforts to come to an agreement that would stop nuclear arms pursuits in Iran and the region at this juncture.

Lastly The Ninth Amendment in the United States Bill of Rights is perhaps applicable in this sense:

THE NINTH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

NON-ENUMERATED RIGHTS

The Bill of Rights among the U.S. Constitution are amendments to bring our American constitution forward and to protect the rights of others that are not therein mentioned specifically.  I believe and many Americans agree that the actions taken by ultra-hard-liners on the right are targets of that 9th Amendment.

The 9th Amendment is rarely written about or the source of litigation, but it could come into play if the Senators who wrote to the Iranian leadership re the nuclear peace talks are arrested – in part or in whole for threatening the very peace.

The Ninth Amendment had been mentioned infrequently in decisions of the Supreme Court Justice Douglas, writing the opinion of the Court, asserted that the “specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and substance.”

The Justice mentioned the text of the Ninth Amendment to support the thought that these penumbral rights are protected by one Amendment or a complex of Amendments despite the absence of a specific reference.

I quote a leading American jurist: “The language and history of the Ninth Amendment reveal that the Framers of the Constitution believed that there are additional fundamental rights, protected from governmental infringement, which exist alongside those fundamental rights specifically mentioned in the first eight constitutional amendments. . . . To hold that a right so basic and fundamental and so deep–rooted in our society as the right of privacy in marriage may be infringed because that right is not guaranteed in so many words by the first eight amendments to the Constitution is to ignore the Ninth Amendment and to give it no effect whatsoever.”

Some Americans and legal scholars believe that the 9th Amendment protects Americans from interlopers attempting, for political and power-grabbing reasons to cause a kind of detonation in the normal and accepted operations of the government not included specifically in more pointed laws than the ones I have pointed out in my letter to you.

Thus, Americans themselves are protected from poseurs and interlopers who attempt to humiliate one or more of the powers invested in our government via our Constitution – in this case The Presidency. The United States Constitution is a document that I take quite seriously and have taught at university.

Thus, I write to you, in Iran, personally and openly, to demonstrate to you – whether these laws are used to arrest the development of further intrusions in the powers of the Presidency or not, that I abhor the activity by over-zealous right wing politicians or those who are elected by similar thinkers or no thinkers at all, as you wish.

I want you to know that this is not only a complex matter, this silly letter – but one that you should ignore. The ridiculous threats encompassed directly or parenthetically in the letter you received from these senators , I believe threatens us all.

This letter nor the signatories have any force in law and are certainly not instructive in the rules of human decency.

To flaunt potential deaths and other harm – for what might become no reason at all – to tens of thousands of Americans or Iranians is perhaps the most irresponsible trespass or human decency and the art of diplomacy this nation has witnessed in more than 100 years.

I cannot apologize for these imprudent men and women, but I will promise that even though your people and mine might be tough negotiators we will not end our pledge to negotiate with your selected diplomats and others hoping to gain peace through discussion not war or threat thereof.

I and the majority of Americans do not wish war with Iran or any nation or people. My wife and my daughters, and your family as well should be able to rest easy in a peace we can, together, give them.

I hope this letter truly and without any attempt to humiliate you or Iran or the Iranian people will help your analysis of our position and of some of our flaws and  laws that supercede them.

We do not allow for any citizen – elected or not – to interfere internationally in that which they obviously cannot fathom.

While some on the right compare me to old and departed men prior to World War II who thought only diplomacy was important, as you know I stand ready to defend, by any means, our citizens and our allies. However I believe that discussion and agreement is far more tenable than the latter choice.

It is true that mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress is of tantamount importance – but hardly-veiled threats are never part of diplomacy in matter of such importance.

Many of us have made the error of intimidating or bullying others during our lifetimes and later regretting it.

I assure you that I will do whatever is needed to make certain that the 47 signatories to this document sent you without my knowledge – certainly because I would never have approved doing so.

I am dismayed by those elected officials who would rather choose to have our soldiers killed or be killed to get the right-wing’s business, as it is, done, rather than discuss and accomplish a lasting peace for as long as is possible, and hopefully endlessly, without jeopardizing either side of this or any issue.

Sincerely,

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