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NUMBER OF STORIES ABOUT NEWS THAT DOESN’T SUCK: 6

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–ON THE AGENDA—–

BOLTON IN MOSCOW AS RUMORS OF TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT SWIRL

The Telegraph reports, “Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton is travelling to Moscow to discuss a meeting between the US president and Vladimir Putin that could coincide with the World Cup final.” Nothing like taking in a match with the enemy aggressor fucking your nation over in summer! The Telegraph adds, “The timing of the summit has raised questions about whether Mr Trump, who bragged this month about bringing the 2026 World Cup to North America, could defy expectations and visit the Russian capital for the denouement of the 2018 tournament. Benjamin Netanyahu is also considering coming to the game, and Mahmoud Abbas has already accepted an invitation from Mr Putin to attend, raising the possibility of an Israeli-Palestinian summit at the international sporting event.” Sure, why not!? We are already getting fake North Korean denuclearization so why not throw in a side of fake Middle East peace? The press will fall for it and promote it, they always do. The Telegraph notes, “Mr Bolton will meet with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday, the Russian side said this week.” This is when Bolton will receive his marching orders.

From The Telegraph.

 

—–BREAKING—–

 

TRUMP ISN’T COURTING PUTIN, HE’S A LITTLE BITCH ON A LEASH

CNN reports, “With a sudden flurry of plans for high-level contacts between Washington and Moscow, President Donald Trump appears to be telegraphing an upcoming meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin — a controversial push to engage the Kremlin at a time when relations between the US and key European allies are rapidly souring.” Shit, you don’t say? So before you read on, know these things about Washington: 1) the ethos, in the words of every wise man in Washington, is to “kick the can down the road,” 2) everyone is waiting for November to let democracy play out, 3) these first two factors coupled with Mueller’s investigation means the Kremlin is in a hurry to take the wheels off and destabilize everything. So against this backdrop, “Trump and Putin are planning to meet around the time of Trump’s trip to the UK and the NATO summit in mid-July, two diplomatic sources familiar with the matter told CNN last week.” While “No official announcements have been made about a Trump-Putin meeting,” CNN adds, “One diplomatic official told CNN that the Trump administration wants the meeting in Washington, but Moscow has insisted on neutral ground. The official added that Vienna is the likely location.” CNN notes, “The uptick in coordination by the two countries comes at a curious time for the US, as relations with Europe continue to deteriorate amid escalating tensions over trade, climate change and the Iran Deal.” Curious or completely obvious? Recall the goal of active measures is to capture the state: foreign policy, defense and the economy. What’s left? Defense. Think about it and what can and will come next.

From CNN.

 

HELSINKI OR VIENNA?

POLITICO reports, “The White House is blocking off three days on the back end of President Donald Trump’s mid-July trip to the United Kingdom and Brussels, leaving room for a potential summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.” POLITICO adds, “Plans for a potential sit-down are still being finalized, White House sources warned. But the current front-runner venue under consideration for the meeting, a source familiar with the planning said, is Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The location would offer Putin his desired neutral ground in a country close enough to Russia that he could return to Moscow in time for the final World Cup match on July 15.” Why is Putin afraid of leaving Russia or going too far? Why is Putin calling the shots? Why is the White House warning instead of merely informing? One person familiar with the planning told POLITICO, “everyone’s preparing as if it’s Helsinki”.

From POLITICO.

 

RUSSIAN MAFIA STATE USES EMIN AGALAROV TO SEND MESSAGE TO TRUMP

The Daily Beast reports, “Emin Agalarov, the Russian pop star-slash-oligarch offspring who helped arrange Donald Trump Jr.’s infamous Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer promising damaging information about Hillary Clinton, is leaning in to his bit part in one of the most surreal political scandals of the Trump era with his newest music video.” The Daily Beast adds, “The video, filmed for Agalarov’s single ‘You Got Me,’ riffs on the alleged existence of a kompromat videotape in Kremlin’s possession depicting what a former FBI director once characterized as ‘prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow.’” TRUMPISTAN WATCH has met Emin and was fixated on him for years in a fake ironic crush, years before anyone in the former USA and much of the world had heard of him around the dossier’s release, going back nearly a decade now. TRUMPISTAN WATCH can tell you for certain that he is not an obvious jerk or arrogant asshole more like a bored, clueless rich kid who is pretty affable albeit a talentless wannabe celebrity lacking in charisma. Also no way is he clever enough to come up with something like this that reeks of KGB mafia state bullshit where, “Among other things, the video features a Donald Trump look-alike partying in a gilded hotel room with bikini-clad pageant contestants, Emin clandestinely slipping ‘Ivanka Trump’ a briefcase of intel, a faux Stormy Daniels ripping vodka shots in a club with a faux Hillary Clinton, and Kim Jong Un as a computer hacker erasing all evidence that Trump was ever there.” Behind every Agalarov are two of the most important mafiosi in Moscow, Semion Mogilevch and Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov; this is the Russian mob sending a message to Trump and that Aryan princess Ivanka of his: we own you. This is way more than merely trolling as some analysts have suggested.

From The Daily Beast.

 

RUSSIAN PROXY REGIME IN WASHINGTON ATTACKS NATO MEMBER NORWAY
Reuters
reports, “Norway, which shares an Arctic border with Russia, lacks a ‘credible plan’ how to meet NATO’s spending target, U.S. President Donald Trump said in a letter to the country’s prime minister, the Norwegian daily VG reported on Tuesday.” Excuse moi? The Lubyanka shitstain did what?! On whose orders? Do you realize Trump is no way devoting an iota of the half a brain cell he has to thinking about Norway and NATO, there is just no way. Reuters adds, “Oil-rich Norway has committed to buy more than 50 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin as part of efforts to beef up its air forces, and contributed troops to NATO’s mission in the Baltics, but Norway should do more, Trump was quoted as saying.” Ok ok, fuck you too Russia!

From Reuters.

 

ACTIVE MEASURES WATCH: TRUMP THREATENS AMERICAN COMPANY
The Washington Post
reports, “President Trump on Tuesday threatened the iconic motorcycle company Harley-Davidson with severe taxes and predicted a public revolt that he said would eventually put the 115-year-old firm out of business, blasting the Wisconsin company for a plan to move some operations outside the United States as a way to avoid getting caught in the middle of an escalating trade war.” Recall the goal of active measures is to capture the state: foreign policy, defense and the economy. TRUMPISTAN WATCH no longer quotes Trump tweets so as to deprive the fake Russian bullshit president of the oxygen necessary to continue on with his illegitimate tyranny but The Washington Post notes, “Trump also accused Harley-Davidson, without providing any evidence, of intentionally misleading Americans by saying the firm was moving some operations out of the United States in response to new tariffs imposed by the European Union.” The Washington Post adds, “He alleged that Harley-Davison’s Monday announcement that it would move some more operations outside the United States was long planned and that it was using Europe’s new tariffs as an excuse. He threatened to hit the company with an unspecified tax if it attempted to sell motorcycles in the United States that were made outside the country.” The Washington Post notes, “Harley-Davidson had long planned to open a new plant in Thailand, a decision that predated the trade war between Trump and the leaders of a number of other countries. But the firm said Monday that it was shifting more production overseas specifically to blunt the impact of the tariffs imposed by Europe.”

From The Washington Post.

 

ACTIVE MEASURES WATCH: FIRST LAYOFFS OF TARIFF WAR ARE HERE!

The Washington Post reports, “The first casualties of President Trump’s trade war are 60 workers at Mid-Continent Nail, America’s largest nail manufacturer. They lost their jobs on June 15 at a factory in a part of Missouri that voted overwhelmingly for Trump. The whole company could be out of business by Labor Day.” Heckuva job, Trumpie. Remember, you reap what you sow. The Washington Post notes, “The Trump administration has argued that these tariffs will save jobs and that the cost to America will be minor. But now there are real job losses. Now there is a human face to the pain that so many trade experts have been warning about.” The Washington Post adds, “In Missouri, a state with a close U.S. Senate race, the layoffs are already becoming a hot election issue. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is planning a visit to the nail plant on Friday.” Of course the fake Russian bullshit president “Trump campaigned on ‘jobs, jobs, jobs.’ He promised to be the ‘greatest jobs producer God ever created.’” Guess what? Like everything else, that is a scam and a lie. The Washington Post notes, “The Tax Foundation predicts 48,585 job losses from the tariffs Trump has already enacted on imports of washing machines, solar panels, steel, aluminum and $50 billion in Chinese products. That figure would soar to over 250,000 job losses if Trump moves forward with tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese products, the Tax Foundation said.” The Washington Post adds, “Europe, Canada, Turkey and China are targeting their tariffs at towns that voted for Trump,” which is very smart. Meanwhile at the Department of Commerce, TRUMPISTAN WATCH is hearing word of full time reassignments to tariff exemptions, a form of busy work designed to disrupt the ordinary flow of business as usual just as T Rex’s “FOIA surge” was at the State Department.

From The Washington Post.

 

DARKNESS AT NUNES’ CRUSADE TO DESTROY MUELLER’S INVESTGATION

CNN reports, “House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is showing no signs of de-escalating a conflict with the Justice Department over the Russia investigation, hitting the department late Tuesday with an expansive new requestfor ‘any contacts’ between FBI intelligence sources and over a dozen Trump campaign associates”. CNN adds, “The new request seeks information not only on ‘FBI informants,’ but also on ‘undercover agents, and/or confidential human sources’ who interacted with former Trump associates before July 31, 2016 — the start of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.” CNN notes, “The list of Trump associates Nunes indicated he’s interested in includes: Michael Caputo, Sam Clovis, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Corey Lewandowski, Stephen Miller, Peter Navarro, Sam Nunberg, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Walid Phares, Joseph Schmitz, Roger Stone and Donald Trump Jr.” So note: that’s the protection racket.

From CNN.

 

DEATH CULT GOP ON HOUSE JUDICIARY ADVANCES BILL TO GET FBI DOCS

Courthouse News Service reports, “A House Judiciary Committee bill intended to force the Justice Department to turn over documents the GOP wants on the FBI’s investigation of the 2016 election advanced Tuesday against a backdrop of bitter infighting.” Trump uber alles is the new motto of the GOP death cult as Courthouse News Service adds, “The measure, H.R. 938, was passed by the committee 15-11. The bill’s Republican authors Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio,” both die-hard regime loyalists, “have long argued that both the DOJ and FBI have held back on counterintelligence surveillance reports compiled on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.” Courthouse News Service notes, “At first, the resolution only requested ‘some’ documents held by the agencies, but midway through Tuesday’s hearing, Rep. Jordan amended the bill, requesting that ‘all’ documents be turned over instead. The same applies for any ‘defensive briefings’ collected by the FBI or DOJ regarding investigations into Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to the amended bill. The sudden change in language threw the hearing into several rounds of chaotic debate.” Courthouse News Service adds, “From the outcome of the 2016 election – Democratic Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Republican Matt Gaetz of Florida argued for several minutes over whether Trump ‘stole the election’ – to screaming matches over points of order to booming calls for ‘parliamentary inquiry!’ both sides rounded out the debate with more bickering over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment and ongoing investigation.”

From Courthouse News Service.

 

SONIC ATTACKS AGAINST DIPLOMATS SPREADING WORLDWIDE
Gizmodo
reports, “For more than 18 months, US diplomats have come down with similar illnesses that include mild brain damage and hearing loss after they claim to have heard unusual sounds. The incidents began in Cuba but reports have now spread to other countries. As authorities have ramped up efforts to treat any potential cases, almost 200 people have reportedly come forward to be tested.” Gizmodo notes, “Some American diplomats reported hearing strange sounds, of which an audio recording was later released to the public. Symptoms varied between victims but the list included ‘hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, balance problems, visual difficulties, headaches, fatigue, cognitive issues and sleeping difficulties.’ Since then, we’ve seen reports of diplomats falling ill in China.” Gizmodo adds, “On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that 26 Americans have been ‘medically confirmed’ to have been injured in wave of incidents, and diplomats who have served in at least seven cities in four countries have sought testing.”

From Gizmodo.

 

EIGHT BIG TECH COMPANIES MET WITH INTEL OFFICIALS OVER ELECTIONS

The New York Times reports, “Eight of the tech industry’s most influential companies, in anticipation of a repeat of the Russian meddling that occurred during the 2016 presidential campaign, met with United States intelligence officials last month to discuss preparations for this year’s midterm elections.” The New York Times adds, “The meeting, which took place May 23 at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., was also attended by representatives from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Oath, Snap and Twitter, according to three attendees of the meeting”. The New York Times notes, “The company officials met with Christopher Krebs, an under secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, as well as a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s newly formed ‘foreign influence’ task force.” The New York Times adds, “the people who attended described a tense atmosphere in which the tech companies repeatedly pressed federal officials for information, only to be told — repeatedly — that no specific intelligence would be shared. The tech companies shared details about disinformation campaigns they were witnessing on their platforms, but neither the F.B.I. nor the Department of Homeland Security was willing or able to share specific information about threats the tech companies should anticipate”. The New York Times notes, “One attendee of the meeting said the encounter led the tech companies to believe they would be on their own to counter election interference.” Of course a huge “Part of the problem, officials say, is that the White House has expressed little interest in the problem of Russian interference, and that the apathy has had a trickle-down effect.” Why would they? There are no more illusions as to who the fake Russian bullshit president works for.

From The New York Times.

 

UKRAINE WARNS RUSSIA PREPARING MAJOR CYBER ATTACK

Reuters reports, “Hackers from Russia are infecting Ukrainian companies with malicious software to create ‘back doors’ for a large, coordinated attack, Ukraine’s cyber police chief told Reuters on Tuesday. The hackers are targeting companies, including banks and energy infrastructure firms, in a roll out that suggests they are preparing to activate the malware in one massive strike, cyber police chief Serhiy Demedyuk said. Ukrainian police are working with foreign authorities to identify the hackers, Demedyuk added.” Reuters notes, “Law enforcement and corporate security teams around the world pay close attention to cyber threats in Ukraine, where some of the most destructive hacks in history have originated.” It is Russia’s laboratory and testing ground for attacks it plans to launch elsewhere. Explains why Ukraine is the frontline between civilization and barbarism and why they fight so hard and are willing to send their sons and daughters to the front line to fight and kill to eradicate this evil from their country; they know the price after Soviet occupation of what Russia does to humanity, namely it eradicates it.

From Reuters.

 

RUSSIAN HACKER PLEADS NOT GUILTY, CASE FOLLOWED BY RUSSIAN STATE

Russian state-run Sputnik reports, “Russian citizen Yevgeniy Nikulin, accused in the US of hacking social networks, including LinkedIn, refused to admit his guilt during hearings, his lawyer Arkady Bukh told Sputnik on Tuesday.” Pleading not guilty is not the same thing as actually being not guilty. Manafort does this too, after all.

From Russian state-run Sputnik.

 

NAVALNY LOSES LATEST SUIT BROUGHT BY KREMLIN OLIGARCH TRASH

Meduza reports, “Alexey Navalny has lost another defamation lawsuit brought by a billionaire. A Moscow district court ruled on Tuesday that Navalny defamed Mikhail Prokhorov when he claimed in a recent Anti-Corruption Foundation report that Prokhorov bribed then Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin by paying three times the market value for his Italian villa. Prokhorov insists that he paid a fair price (35.5 million euros, or $41.4 million), and Khloponin’s spokespeople say he paid all the necessary taxes on the sale.” Bullshit.

From Meduza.

 

* DENMARK MAY BLOCK NORDSTREAM2 FOR HUMANITY, RUSSIA FREAKS

Russian state-run Sputnik reports, “Denmark may block or suspend the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said after meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Groysman in Copenhagen on Tuesday.” Thank you Denmark! Do it for humanity and fuck ‘em because across the freedom loving Baltics, there is one toast everyone knows because TRUMPISTAN WATCH taught it to everyone from there to the Black Sea and it goes something like, “Fuck you Russia!”

From Russian state-run Sputnik.

 

—–INDICTMENT ROCK CITY—–

 

* BUFFALO SOLDIER
POLITICO
reports, “A federal judge on Tuesday rejected former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s challenge to the authority of special counsel Robert Mueller.” Of note, “The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III dashes the hopes of many allies of President Donald Trump’s that Ellis would deliver a crippling blow to Mueller’s office and undermine the legal legitimacy of his appointment.” POLITICO adds, “During oral arguments last month relating to bank and tax fraud charges against Manafort, Ellis skewered the special prosecutor’s team, suggesting they were on a crusade aimed at impeaching Trump. The president leaped on the critique, reading it aloud from a stage during a speech in Texas.” Yeah so sorry not sorry that one is not going to work out for the fake Russian bullshit president either.

From POLITICO.

 

—–CAMP IVANKA: FROM THE KIDDIE INTERNMENT CAMPS—–

 

* CALIFORNIA JUDGE RULES FAMILIES MUST BE REUNIFIED IN 30 DAYS

BBC News reports, “a California judge has ruled that all families of undocumented immigrants separated at the US border must be reunited within 30 days. San Diego judge Dana Sabraw also said that children under the age of five must be back with their parents within 14 days as he granted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed over the family separations.” BBC News notes, “Court papers filed by the ACLU on Monday contained numerous accounts of parents unable to locate or communicate with their children after they were separated by border officials.” BBC News adds, “Speaking at a news conference in Brazil on Tuesday,” fascist occupying regime toady and fake “US Vice-President Mike Pence warned undocumented immigrants not to ‘risk the lives of your children’ by trying to enter the US illegally.” BBC News notes, “During a conference call with US media on Tuesday, the US health department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) confirmed that 2,047 migrant children were currently still in the care of the agency.” Not even in Beslan were so many children kidnapped. Welcome to the terror state of Trumpistan. It is only beginning.

From BBC News.

 

* 17 STATES SUE THE REGIME OVER FAMILY SEPARATIONS
BBC News
reports, “Seventeen US states have sued the Trump administration over its ‘cruel and unlawful’ break-up of migrant families. Democratic attorneys general from states including Washington, New York and California launched the lawsuit.” BBC News adds, “On Tuesday, Massachusetts, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia plus the District of Columbia were the other states suing President Donald Trump’s administration.” BBC News notes, “In legal action filed with the US District Court in Seattle, Washington, Mr Trump’s 20 June order to keep migrant families together was also described as ‘illusory’.” BBC News adds, “It is the first legal challenge over family separation from the states, which argue that the Republican president’s executive order denies migrant families due process and the right to seek asylum.” BBC News notes, “Tuesday’s lawsuit states that Mr Trump’s order does not mandate the end of family separation and says nothing about reuniting families who have already been separated.”

From BBC News.

 

* THE ERA OF PHYSICAL BLOCKADES HAS ARRIVED
Reuters
reports, “Small groups of protesters in cities across the United States are camping outside offices used by federal immigration agents, seeking to disrupt deportations in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tough stance on illegal immigration.” Reuters adds, “The protests, which began last week in Portland, Oregon, were spurred by news and images of migrant children from Central America being separated from their parents after crossing the U.S. southern border under Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy, organizers said. The protests have since spread to New York City, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Diego and Chicago, among other cities, causing minor disruptions to immigration officials”. Reuters notes, “The so-called Occupy ICE protests are modeling themselves on the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in 2011. The New York City encampment began last week, with protesters blocking some of the vehicle entrances at an ICE facility. The agency decided to suspend transporting immigrants to the building on Monday”. Meanwhile “Groups that provided legal services to immigrants said they saw the protests as well intentioned but harmful to their clients,” as, “Ravi Ragbir, the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition, said some hearings postponed today would not be rescheduled until August and that they have pleaded with the protesters to try other tactics.” Reuters adds, “In response to the criticism, the New York protesters had moved their signs, food supplies and tarpaulins across the street by Tuesday morning.”

From Reuters.

 

AS HAS THE ERA OF PHYSICAL BRUTALITY TO IMMIGRATION LAWYERS

The Daily Beast reports, “An immigration attorney said an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer broke her foot and locked her in a room early Tuesday morning in Kansas City, Missouri. Andrea Martinez told The Daily Beast she was dropping off a 3-year-old immigrant at an ICE facility to be reunited with his mother before they are to be deported to Honduras. Martinez said she was accompanying the boy, his pregnant mother, and his mother’s boyfriend—all of whom are undocumented—into an ICE field office, but Martinez was denied access. That’s when Martinez said she was ‘knocked to the ground and bloodied’ by an ICE officer.” The Daily Beast adds, “A few dozen activists accompanied Martinez and her law partner, Megan Galicia, to protest the deportations. Initially, Martinez said she thought the boy would be reunited with his mother in the parking lot of the ICE office. Instead, ICE officials decided to reunite them inside the building, away from protesters and cameras, according to Martinez.” The Daily Beast continues, “Martinez said that is when she and Galicia tried to follow their 3-year-old client into the room in the building where he would be reunited with his mother. An ICE officer blocked them from going inside, she said.” Martinez tells her story, “He slammed the door on us,” adding, “The ICE officer pushed us out and didn’t let us follow our three-year-old client into the lobby, and then pushed me to the ground. I was wearing high heels, so that’s when my foot was fractured and my leg got all bloody. And then my pants ripped. But then he called me back in and detained me for another forty minutes or an hour.” Meanwhile, “Martinez said in a statement the ICE officer called the Federal Protective Service and ‘continually looked at my phone to make sure I wasn’t recording him.’” Martinez adds, “He locked me in an office where I couldn’t get out and he didn’t let me call 9-1-1 or use the phone or anything,” noting, “ I told him, ‘I’m bleeding, I’m bleeding, can you at least get me a first aid kit?’ And he said, ‘No, it’s not severe enough.’ And then my foot started swelling.” The Daily Beast reports, “Martinez said she was taken to the emergency room on a stretcher. The woman’s partner, Luis, was subsequently detained, Martinez said. ‘They still have Luis detained, which is a big concern because they had told us yesterday that they were not going to be detaining Luis,’ she added. Martinez said they have put Luis into removal proceedings.”

From The Daily Beast.

 

—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–

 

YOU CAN HIDE BUT YOU CAN’T RUN: FRED FLEITZ, RACIST EXTREMIST SCUM

Mother Jones reports, “Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Fred Fleitz, the chief of staff to national security adviser John Bolton, had previously been associated with anti-Muslim views, most notably as the co-author of a report he wrote with critics of Islam that called for some Muslim Americans to be stripped of their citizenship. Coming under fire for his connection to this report, Fleitz, a former CIA analyst, has tried to distance himself from it and its more extreme co-authors. But a review by Mother Jones shows that Fleitz has repeatedly cozied up to critics who go beyond denouncing radical Islam to assailing Islam overall.” Mother Jones notes, “In April 2017, for example, Fleitz retweeted a call to ‘boycott’ Homeland, the Showtime cable drama, after Mandy Patinkin, an actor on the show, said that in the current season white male government officials and the US military establishment were the villains, not the Muslim community. A Fox News story inaccurately claimed that Patinkin had maintained, “White Men in Gov’t, Military Are the Problem.” And conservatives on Twitter urged a boycott of the show. Fleitz joined in and retweeted a post that used the hashtag #IslamCult,” because it is not as if Fleitz’s name and legacy, like that of his boss John “the bitch” Bolton, is forever attached to the GOP death cult now. Mother Jones adds, “That same month, Fleitz appeared on the Breitbart radio show hosted by Curt Schilling, the conservative host and former baseball star. In a discussion about political correctness in education, Schilling called Islam a ‘very violent religion.’ Fleitz replied sympathetically: ‘We’re just not allowed to talk about radical Islam honestly in this country. Our young people are growing up—they have no idea of the threat that they’re facing from this ideology that’s not going to go away.’” The extremist Fleitz is connected to the “Center for Security Policy, a right-wing think tank that the Anti-Defamation League once accused of promulgating anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. Fleitz served as senior vice president for policy and programs there between 2013 and 2018. It was for the center that he co-wrote that controversial report in 2015 that urged US officials to remove citizenship from Americans who seek ‘to insinuate shariah-compliant norms into civil society.’ Fleitz denounced that particular portion of the report in a June 2 tweet. ‘I do not and have never supported this,’ he wrote.” However embarrassed he might be by the attention now, however, “at the time the report was issued, Fleitz did not publicly object to collaborating with persons who have decried Islam and promoted extreme anti-Islam conspiracy theories. On January 16, 2015, Fleitz attended a National Press Club event pegged to the launch of the report, which was titled ‘The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement.’” You can hide from the past but you cannot outrun it; you read what you sow.

From Mother Jones.

 

DEPARTURES: ECONOMIC ADVISOR HEADS FOR THE EXITS

POLITICO reports, “Everett Eissenstat, a senior White House official who represented President Donald Trump at major international meetings, including this month’s dramatic G-7 summit in Canada, is leaving the administration next month.” What you don’t want this shitstain damaging the patina on the CV? POLITICO notes, “It’s the latest high-level staff departure from the White House in recent months. His departure further diminishes the White House’s policy chops,” which was never first rate with “the best people,” as is known. POLITICO adds, “The announcement comes just weeks after Shahira Knight, the NEC’s top domestic policy adviser, announced plans to leave the White House. Knight, who is a candidate to replace the White House legislative affairs director, Marc Short, decided to stay on temporarily in the aftermath of NEC Director Larry Kudlow’s recent heart attack.” That heart attack by the way came a day after Kudlow took to national TV to attack Canada for reasons he will have to explain to his children should he ever recover. POLITICO notes, “When Eissenstat departs early next month, he’ll take with him a wealth of trade policy expertise at a time when the issue is at the center of a fierce debate in the White House.” Who is ready to watch the economy crash and burn from the inside? Hint: not this guy! POLITICO adds, “International officials grew to like and trust Eissenstat, a fact that some of the hard-line nationalists in the White House were suspicious of.”

From POLITICO.

 

—–DISINFO WARS—–

 

EVIL MAFIA STATE RUSSIA USED A POLICE SHOOTING FOR PROPAGANDA

CNN reports, “It was the height of presidential primary season, just a few weeks before the Republican and Democratic conventions, but on July 7, 2016, most Americans woke up to a story other than the election leading the news. An African American man had been shot and killed by police in a Minneapolis suburb the night before.” CNN recalls, “his name, Philando Castile, would be echoed around the world,” due to a video posted to Facebook of the police killing. Of course because the Russian mafia state is pure evil, “First, a video streamed through the platform — and then, trolls using it from thousands of miles away.” CNN adds, “Around 8 a.m. ET on July 7th, less than ten hours after the shooting, a Facebook page began running ads targeted at people living near Minneapolis and promoting an event called ‘Justice for Philando Castile.’” But “something didn’t feel right.” Of course “the activists really know each other,” and, “if we don’t know each other, then we know someone who knows someone.” And so it goes “No one in the tight-knit community of activists seemed to know who was behind the campaign.” CNN notes, “Whoever was behind Don’t Shoot responded. They didn’t say exactly who they were but they named-dropped some local groups they said were helping out with the protest,” and after checking “with those groups,” turns out “they hadn’t heard of Don’t Shoot either.” And “The event continued to spread on Facebook.” CNN adds, “Fearing things could get out of hand,” the real local “activists held a meeting” in a south Minneapolis basement. Local activists told CNN “they began messaging the page again. By that point they had learned the website associated with the Facebook page was registered to a seemingly false name and address.” One of the activists told CNN, “We decided to present them either the ultimatum of either handing us administrative access to the event page or we were going to dissuade people, through a press release, through whatever means we had, of showing up to this event.” CNN adds, “It seemed as though Don’t Shoot had given in. They handed over control of the Facebook event to the local activists.” And so, “The event went ahead on Sunday, July 10, without incident.” CNN notes, “When Valerie Castile, Philando’s mother, learned about Don’t Shoot’s Russian roots, she was annoyed her son’s death had been used by the campaign.” Now listen to these words from the mother of someone killed by police to appreciate how big of a shithole Russia is and always will be by contrast: “We stand by truth and justice. That’s what this country was built off of”. No matter what happens in the former USA, it will always be worse in Russia, always.

From CNN.

 

NPR SUED MILLIONS AROUND SETH RICH CONSPIRACY THEORY STORY

The Dallas Morning News reports, “Dallas-based investor Ed Butowsky is suing NPR and reporter David Folkenflik for $57 million in damages after Folkenflik reported that a federal lawsuit stated that Butowsky had worked with the White House to influence a retracted Fox News report that enflamed conspiracy theories about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich.” The Dallas Morning News recalls, “Fox News published and then retracted story in May 2017 which hinted that Rich sent internal DNC emails to Wikileaks, stating that the report didn’t meet their editorial standards. D.C. police believe Rich’s 2016 death was a robbery gone wrong.” The Dallas Morning News adds, “Butowsky, who has been a guest on Fox News, filed the lawsuit Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The lawsuit said Butowsky has suffered loss of business and mental and physical suffering because of the alleged defamation.” Unlike faux news Fox, “Isabel Lara, NPR senior director of media relations, said Folkenflik and the network stand behind the reporting.” The Dallas Morning News notes, “Butowsky paid private investigator Rod Wheeler to investigate the murder with the permission of Rich’s parents. He met frequently with Wheeler and Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman including in one meeting with then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Folkenflik reported.” The Dallas Morning News adds, “Butowsky said Zimmerman’s retracted story should be reinstated.” Wheeler later said the quotes attributed to him were made up and sued.

From The Dallas Morning News.

 

—–THE GREAT GAME: BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS + FOOTBALL—–

 

* STEALTH #FREESENTSOV PROTEST IN MOSCOW

Reuters reports, “Street activists unveiled a 1.5 meter-tall mock-up World Cup trophy bound in barbed wire and carrying the slogan ‘#Free Sentsov’ a reference to Oleg Sentsov, who was jailed in 2015 on what he calls political charges.” Reuters recalls, “Sentsov has been on hunger strike since May 14 in a bid to highlight the World Cup host’s human rights record while it is in the global spotlight, and to win the release of other jailed Ukrainians.” Reuters adds, “Photographs posted on social media showed soccer fans posing with the mockup trophy on Nikolskaya, a pedestrianized street from Red Square to the old KGB headquarters at Lubyanka, that has become a late-night party area during the soccer cup.” How sad is Russia? You party near KGB because everything is and the same shit is going on as it was in the Soviet Union minus the bread lines?

From Reuters.

 

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