—–ON THE AGENDA—–
SALLY YATES ON THE HILL
The former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who famously refused to enforce Trump’s Muslim travel ban executive order and was fired in a statement accusing her of “betrayal” by the White House, is on the Hill today testifying before the Senate judiciary committee. What fun! She is expected to disclose how she warned the lying traitors in the White House about now ousted National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
From The Los Angeles Times.
BATTLE FOR FRANCE IS OVER, VICTORY IS DECISIVE – FOR NOW
Emmanuel Macron will be the next president of France after defeating far right fascist Moscow Marine Le Pen by a decisive margin. Vive la France! The EU and NATO go on to fight the next crisis. At the eleventh hour, on the eve of France’s legally imposed campaign black out before the vote, WikiLeaks jumped on a hack of Macron’s emails that first appeared on the American 4chan site and spread across American far-right web networks, according to Reuters. How convenient, a non-fascist exposed by Assange Inc.! Quelle surprise! It’s very dejavu – is the KGB playbook over already and they are returning to a few pages?! The Washington Post described the election eve release as “the nightmare scenario for many observers, immediately reminiscent of the American election”. And it seems to have some fingerprints attached to it as well as “The #MacronLeaks Twitter storm — notably in English, not French — largely began with the account of Jack Posobiec, a Washington-based correspondent for the alt-right website TheRebel.media,” who also served as “Special Projects Director of Citizens for Trump, the largest Trump grassroots organization in the US”. So the French think Trumpistan is not paradise on earth – quelle surprise! Just before the blackout, “the Macron campaign issued a statement saying it had been hacked and many of the documents that were dumped on the American 4Chan site and re-posted by Wikileaks were fakes.” The Daily Beast questions if the campaign deliberately planted fakes but also notes “several Office files have Cyrillic meta data. Unclear if by design, incompetence, or Slavic employee.” Intelligence is imperfect because it is a human endeavor. Mistakes are made. Catching the Russians in theirs has long been a tactic of Eastern European dissenters to expose the bullshit of the Russian, or Soviet before it, mafia state. In defeat, Putin congratulated Macron, the victor.
GOLF WRITER SAYS QUSAY TOLD HIM OF DIRTY RUSSIAN MONEY
Golf writer James Dodson was cajoled by a Trump publicist into meeting him three years ago because allegedly, “Trump loves your books” (hard to believe he reads). Boston area radio station WBUR spoke with Dodson who told them his tale of a day with the Trumps, “at his wife’s urging, Dodson agreed to leave their home in Southern Pines, North Carolina and drive to Charlotte, site of the recently reconstituted Trump National Golf Club Charlotte, in order to meet with The Donald, who was not the only star attraction. ‘Greg Norman was gonna show up, and he and Trump were gonna play the first nine of the course,’ Dodson explains. ‘I was gonna play with Eric, his son, a local congressman and the guy I assumed was his bodyguard. And then we would swap at the nine holes. I would play with Trump and Greg, and then we would have a big lunch and hear all about the club.’” Well, guess what happened! Dodson continues, “when I first met him, I asked him how he was — you know, this is the journalist in me — I said, ‘What are you using to pay for these courses?’ And he just sort of tossed off that he had access to $100 million.” Dodson said, “when I got in the cart with Eric… as we were setting off, I said, ‘Eric, who’s funding? I know no banks — because of the recession, the Great Recession — have touched a golf course. You know, no one’s funding any kind of golf construction. It’s dead in the water the last four or five years.’ And this is what he said. He said, ‘Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’” Oh, hello! Follow the money. Eric Trump denied the claim, according to The Daily Mail.
GORKA WATCH: STILL EMPLOYED, JERUSALEM POST CONFERENCE FETE
White House Chief State Terror Strategist Steve Bannon and the puppet president saved far-right neo-Nazi linked and pledged White House counterterror aide lacking a security clearance Sebastian Gorka from the dustbin of history or a golden parachute to somewhere nice, Esquire reports. Of Gorka, Esquire notes, “there is a man with the title of ‘deputy assistant’ to the president who comments frequently in the media on national security matters, despite not having security clearance and The Daily Beast reporting that he has ‘virtually zero substantive duties.’ Sounds like he fits in perfectly in the Trump administration.” Meanwhile, it seems like the morons over at The Jerusalem Post conference would beg to differ as they have chosen to fete Gorka, perhaps through some shady Russian tie as they report, “Dr. Sebastian Gorka, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, will be on stage to talk to Post Editor-in-Chief Yaakov Katz about the recent controversy regarding his past and the rumors surrounding his future at the White House. Legendary journalist Larry King will also be on hand to receive a lifetime achievement award and answer Katz’s questions about his illustrious career.” Recall, King has a show on Russian state-run RT. Why is this happening? Oh right, Trump’s America. Like any self-respecting minority this sort of inner-communal bullshit is generally preferably kept behind a curtain but yeah, here it is, traumas lead to all manner of psychologically ill-conceived forms of rationalizing, normalizing and also crazy. Sorry you have to see this and now you can never say they are all alike. According to the more level headed folks over at The Forward, the American Jewish paper, Gorka told the conference, “I have spent my life fighting against totalitarian ideologies” and “He took aim at the Forward, which he accused of ‘slander’ for revealing his membership in the Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian group that was allied to the Nazis during World War II.” The paper noted, “Gorka sought to frame the discussion regarding his affiliation with pro-Nazi organizations as part of an organized campaign by critics of Israel.” That doesn’t account for The Forward one iota. Gorka, you’re fired!
From Esquire, The Jerusalem Post, The Forward and The Forward.
RUSSIA REVOLTS: HAPPENINGS ARE HAPPENING
The New York Times reports, “Pro-Western liberals, hard-line nationalists, gay-rights activists and other Kremlin opponents gathered in central Moscow on Saturday” as the real Russian people decide they are sick of trolling civil society and have decided they would like a civic life in their country. Behold this little bit of joy from the Russian people: “The demonstrators chanted the one demand that unites their disparate causes: ‘Russia without Putin!’” And America without Trump!
From The New York Times.
LAND OF THE BLIND, THE ONE EYED MAN… IS ABROAD FOR EYE TREATMENT
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny is now sporting a Marie Colvin-style eye patch in a nod to just how badass it is to take on the Russian state and scare the sad, little man in the Kremlin. On Sunday, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported, “Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has left Moscow for Barcelona for medical treatment, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported on May 7, despite warnings from officials that he should not leave the country.” Separately, the Kremlin is pretending to go after the attackers. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports the leader of the pro-Kremlin group South East Radical Block (SERB) Igor Beketov told the American outlet “on May 5 that Moscow police contacted him ‘a few days ago’ concerning the April 27 attack in which Navalny’s face was splashed with a green antiseptic. ‘They said that we’d be called in for questioning,’ Beketov, an actor who goes by the nom de guerre Gosha Tarasevich, said in a conversation via the popular Russian social-networking site VKontakte.”
PUTIN TO OPEN INVESTIGATION INTO ATTACKS ON CHECHEN GAYS
On the heels of very public pressure from German Chancellor and leader of the free world Angela Merkel last week in Sochi, The Telegraph reports, “Putin has ordered an investigation into reports of a murderous campaign of arrests and torture against homosexual men in Chechnya”. According to The Telegraph, “Putin told Tatiana Moskalkova, Russia’s human rights ombudsman, that he would ask the country’s chief prosecutor and interior minister to cooperate with her own inquires into what has been described as a ‘purge’ of Chechnya’s gay minority”. This is quite the reversal from just last month when Russian state-run TASS was parroting the views of the Kremlin in its reports that “cited investigators as saying they had not received any complaints about the persecution of sexual minorities in Chechnya.” In near identical mimicry of Washington-esse, the Russian leader has promised “to establish a working group of investigative agencies that would be able to hear evidence and testimony,” and if, pattern holds to recent trends in the U.S. over the deaths of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement over routine stops and issues, few will be charged and even fewer convicted of their crimes.
From The Telegraph.
MATTIS IN LITHUANIA THIS WEEK
The Baltic Times reports, “US Secretary of Defense James Mattis is coming to Lithuania,” on Wednesday May 10. “The US defense secretary is to meet with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and the three Baltic defense ministers in Vilnius,” according to diplomats cited by Baltic News Service.
From The Baltic Times.
LAVROV INTRUDES ON ESTONIAN AIRSPACE
The AP reports the IL-96 passenger plane allegedly carrying Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov briefly intruded on Estonian air space Friday. “The incident was the first air violation of NATO member Estonia this year in comparison to seven similar air intrusions in 2016, according to the military,” the AP reports. “Estonia’s military later said the plane had its transponders turned on but there was no radio contact and it hadn’t filed a flight plan,” but would not confirm if Lavrov was aboard.
From The AP.
DENMARK TO STEP UP IN BALTIC REGION
Defense News reports, “Denmark is responding to a perceived elevated military threat from Russia by rolling out plans to significantly scale up its contributions to the defense of the Baltic Sea region. The new plans, which have gained cross-party support in the Danish legislature, will see a higher level of spending on enhancing Denmark’s defense capabilities in collaboration with the Nordic nation’s regional partners and NATO.” In January, “Denmark will take ‘rotational’ command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One, or SNMG1, which is one of NATO’s two standing naval immediate reaction forces in the North Atlantic region.” Defense News notes, “Denmark’s national intelligence agencies are reporting an increased risk of hybrid warfare attacks by Russia against Danish administrative and military information technology and other critical infrastructure.” The Copenhagen Post reports, “Denmark intends to once again offer its F-16 fighter jets to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing initiative in the airspace above the Baltic Region in 2018.”
UKRAINE BANS PUTIN PUPPET STEVEN SEAGAL
The Washington Post reports that Ukraine has banned Steven Seagal, the nineties action film star, for five years due to his excessive love for the Russian leader. Putin has awarded Seagal Russian citizenship because that’s how mafia states work. According to The Guardian, “The actor called Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine ‘very reasonable’. He later played with his blues band at a concert in Crimea put on by a pro-Putin biker club, with the flag of eastern Ukraine separatists flying onstage.” Ukraine has already barred another Putin stooge, French actor Gerard Depardieu.
From The Washington Post.
SENATE INTEL COMMITTEE IS NOT THE FSB
Ergo, the Trumpkins are weary of sharing their files because there is not cash or girls attached to giving the Senate intelligence committee what it wants, unlike the FSB, only trouble. There is also more trouble, however, with a failure to comply. The Guardian reports, “On Friday, Senate intelligence committee chairman Richard Burr and his Democratic counterpart, Mark Warner, warned Page that if he did not submit the relevant documents by next Tuesday, the committee would ‘consider its next steps at that time’, an apparent threat of subpoena. In a grudging reply to the Senate seen by the Guardian, Page said he would try to comply with the committee’s ‘request for even more irrelevant data’.” This is his fifteen minutes of fame and he does not want it to end!
From The Guardian.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
ACTIVE MEASURES WATCH: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Friday’s TRUMPISTAN WATCH reported on the controversial nomination of Tennessee lawmaker Mark Green for Secretary of the Army over homophobic and Islamophobic remarks, both of which are “political landmines for the Defense Department,” in the words of The Washington Examiner, which is reporting Defense Secretary James Mattis was blind-sighted by the criticism that came hard and heavy from the resistance of liberal groups and gay rights advocates. Senator John McCain, the chairman of the powerful Armed Services committee, also expressed concerns Friday, the same day Green withdrew his nomination which would have started with McCain’s committee. The Washington Examiner reports, “Two Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said Mattis appeared to have been unaware of the controversial public statements.” According to one official, “The White House did the vetting,” and another “shook his head and said, ‘apparently not,’” as to whether Mattis was aware of Green’s bigoted and racist public comments. The crux of this is effort is being made to protect Mattis over the president. Interesting times. Mattis also clearly needs bodies in place in key positions as he is stretched thin and running multiple wars while pushing back the Russian cancer on our state. Imagine the Hollywood biopics of the future! And unlike most, the horror won’t be exaggerated. Also: recall the military in America is often the vanguard of social reform in American society, racially integrating in 1948 and as retrograde as it seems now, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was years ahead of the public and politicians on the heels of the AIDS scare and the failure of an American president during the crisis to ever say the word AIDS.
From The Washington Examiner.
THE RUSSIAN MAFIA STATE AND INVESTORS, FOR MAKE “FRIENDLY”!
Bloomberg reports, “If a Russian company’s share price gets an endorsement from President Vladimir Putin, investors might be forgiven for thinking it’s a safe bet. Not when Rosneft PJSC Chief Executive Igor Sechin has it in his crosshairs.” That’s how mafia’s work! They let you build it or buy it, they like what you have, so they take it. Simple theft is a key feature of any real Russian-backed mafia state. Bloomberg takes a look at Sistema PJSC. In 2014, Putin proclaimed, “restore its position on the market and get beyond this,” so according to Bloomberg, “the market took it as a sign that the troubles of its embattled billionaire owner, Vladimir Evtushenkov, were behind him.” Reasonable. Over six months, Sistema shares doubled. However last week, Rosneft decided to sue for $1.9 billion. Within 48 hours, one-third of the company’s market value was wiped out. So thin is the grab, “many investors and businesspeople see it as primarily a dispute between two of Moscow’s most powerful men”.
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
FEAR BARRIER BROKEN LEADS TO OPEN INVESTIGATION
Comedian Stephen Colbert last week said the only thing Donald Trump’s lips were good for is as “Putin’s cock holster”. In doing so, he shattered the fear barrier over saying negative things about the dear lunatic, and did so on national television. Authoritarian regimes always try and impose restrictions on negative commentary about the supreme leader to emphasize primacy in the national story. Colbert, one of America’s most popular comedians, also showed he was more powerful than the Russians in doing so because they cannot really touch him and if they tried to, they would only destroy themselves. So, consequently, in classic Orwellian fashion, the Federal Communications Commission must investigate, as fake conservatives of the Russia Party are outraged! How can this be? A party that spent two years when we as a nation could have been formulating an international security strategy to deal with the rising threat of jihadis in the form of Al Qaeda in the late 1990s was instead dedicated to discussing, not once but over years and in excruciating, often lewdly pornographic details, the intimate details of then President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. The charge was lead by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who now sits in jail for paying off one of his victims of his side habit of pederasty, e.g. the rape of non-consenting underage boys in his pre-Congress life as a wrestling coach in the Chicago suburb of Yorkville. So, values! Remember these values – it’s not enough to rape little boys, but the nation must also be raped of its values, moral compass, integrity – which p.s. is nothing Colbert has ever done. Au contraire, he has brought us some laughter, e.g. salvation, in one of our nation’s darkest hours. His parting rebuttal to the controversy, “life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person, in their own way, is to me, an American hero.” However sex is not love, something Donald should remember as he is enjoying being fucked by Putin and allowing our nation to be fucked by Putin.
From The Guardian.
THE RESULTS: OPEN SEASON ON THE TRUMP FAMILY
The FCC will not be able to contain the floodgates now. And P.S. Welcome Putin and his yes-men to the free world mind! The New York Post reports Islamophobic and often sexist host Bill Maher who has hosted enough dingbats this year – Milo Yiannopoulos, Tomi Lahren and Louise Mensch – to make it a trend, told an incest joke about the Donald and Daddy’s Aryan princess Ivanka Friday. “A lot of us thought: Ivanka is gonna be our saving grace,” the host of HBO’s Real Time said during an interview with New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman. “When he’s about to nuke Finland or something, she’s gonna walk into the bedroom and — ‘Daddy, Daddy,’” Maher cooed, making a lewd hand gesture. “‘Don’t do it, Daddy.’”
From The New York Post.
WINNERS DON’T LET WINNERS SPOIL THEIR COUNTRY
Reuters reports, “As preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest moved into higher gear in Kiev on Friday, last year’s winner urged her fellow Ukrainians not to allow any provocations from Russia to spoil the event.” In addition to invading the eastern half of Ukraine, Russia has deliberately staged a series of provocations leading to the withdrawal of their contestant, Yulia Samoilova, from the contest after which Russia refused to air the show and lastly the announcement that Samoilova will perform in Crimea during the first semi-final on Tuesday night. We, the fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, shall not let the terrorists win! “It seems to me that we should expect more provocations (from Russia) because our victory hurt them a lot,” last year’s winner Jamala, who won Ukraine hosting rights this year, told Reuters. “And I would like to ask everyone in Ukraine to be very cautious and not to be provoked. Because it seems to me that the closer we get to the contest, the more (provocations there will be).” Reuters notes, “Jamala’s winning song was about Stalin’s mass deportations of ethnic Tatars from Crimea during the Second World War, which included her own family,” despite a prohibition on overly political songs in the competition.
IN MEMORIUM: LATVIAN ALBERTS LEGZDINS, CHICAGO FIVE FOUNDER
The Chicago Sun-Times reports on the death at 83 of Alberts Legzdins, “a soccer coach with the Lombard Park District and a production control manager at Reynolds Aluminum in McCook” who was also “back in Latvia, his homeland, a lion.” According to The Chicago Sun-Times – and our Latvian friends will have to vouch for this one – Legzdins was “A well-known musician, he couldn’t walk down a street in Riga without being stopped for a handshake or autograph.” According to Professor Guntis Smidchens of the University of Washington, “He would be a person whose face everybody knew in the country, like the Beatles or Dylan or Joan Baez”. According to the Sun-Times, “In 1961, Mr. Legzdins co-founded Cikagas Piecisi — the Chicago Five. The group’s songs spoke of freedom, pride and longing for home while adapting to new lives in the Latvian diaspora. The music resonated in his native country and with Latvians scattered around the globe after World War II. Underground recordings were smuggled in to Latvia while it was under Soviet control after its forced annexation in 1940.” Latvian Ambassador to the US Andris Teikmanis said, “The tapes were not allowed because it was American truth. It was ‘the enemy’s group’ from this capitalist world.” Others such as Catalan Lluis Llach or more famously Chilean Victor Jara speak to the magnitude of song in resistance, and certainly the United States civil rights movement has a rich history of song in protests whether it’s Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” or Nina Simone’s “Revolution” or countless others. The heart and the soul in song know what the dictator can never: the dream goes on because of where it lives.
From The Chicago Sun-Times.
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