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US ‘Lies’ Slammed After Pompeo, Without Proof, Blames Iran for Drone Attacks

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi forcefully rejected Sunday unsubstantiated charges by by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) regarding the recent drone attacks that caused serious damage...
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Volunteer pilot rescues 40 Hurricane Dorian survivors from devastated Bahamas village

About two weeks ago, Hurricane Dorian swept into the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm and wreaked havoc on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island. The full extent of the damage is still unknown;...

Donald Trump. So simple, even a caveman can use him.

You know, Propublica.com is rapidly becoming one of my “go to” sites for information. They are non proit, have great sources and present their information bullshit free. If I ever get rich and infamous, I’ll probably support them. And once again, Propublica doesn’t disappoint. In a new article, they have obtained documents, texts, and e-mails from a US House committee that shows that when it comes to Don Cornholeone, it isn’t just his personal avarice you have to worry about. It’s the personal avarice of the shadow puppet masters who influence him, especially if they have foreign connections. Bsck in 2016, when Trump had sealed up the nomination, and was readying his convention speech, one of his senior advisers on the Middle East was Tom Barrack, a heavy donor, and all purpose scumbag, who just incidentally had long standing business ties in the Middle East. Trump was readying a major speech involving sharing nuclear energy secrets with certain Middle East countries. Trump’s then campaign chairman Paul Manafort, another walking Trojan with a full load, shared a copy of the speech draft text with Barrack. Will wonders never cease? Barrack promptly shared the draft text with an unnamed foreign business associate in the region, asking him for his opinion. The source was impressed, but thought that His Lowness should add in another line or two, praising the “powerful princes of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.” Because there’s nothing a bunch of filthy rich, repressive oil shiekhs need more than a nice case of the warm-and-fuzzies, don’cha know? When Barrack received this foreign input into possible future American foreign policy, Barrack of course immediately forwarded the information to Manafort, with the suggested wording. Barrack himself seemed well aware that he was sticking his toes into a very muddy ethical pond, since he closed his text with “This is probably as close as I can get, without crossing a whole lot of lines.” But what the hell, what are moral responsibilities and national sovereignty when a few extra shekels are at stake? Manafort, probably with visions of dirty kickback sugarplums dancing in his head, pondered the situation seriously and judiciously, told the speech writer to throw in the Saudi approved lines, and  the day before the speech sent Barrack a final draft, telling him that “The language you want is in there.” This is how American foreign policy is bought, sold, and bartered in the age of Trump. Am I the only one, or are we starting to see a picture emerge here, like in one of those old magic 3-D picture puzzle books? Apparently, in the Trump White House, the only thing that isn’t for sale is the Roosevelt desk, and that’s because it’s listed as a national treasure. We already know, thanks to Robert Mueller, about Paul Manafort desperately trying to leverage his position in the Trump campaign to “make us whole” with his newly cuckold Ukrainian comrade Oleg Deripaska. And now we know that Tom Barrack was more than willing to use his influence with Trump, through Manafort, ro influence American foreign policy for his own personal gains. So, the problem isn’t just Trump’s personal avarice and greed, in wanting to turn the United States treasure into his own personal ATM, it appears now that we have a […]

Trump finally agrees to release military aid to Ukraine after apparent blackmail effort fails

The scheme that Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump have been running in Ukraine deserves to be getting more attention, and lately it has been. Three House committees are now investigating the scam in which...

Ahead of Israeli Election, Netanyahu Vows to Annex Large Swathes of West Bank ‘In...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that he plans to annex large segments of the occupied West Bank if he wins reelection next week. It's a move advocacy groups said would violate international law...
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John Bolton is toast. Wither reality?

Well, the Twitter bug bit again. About 20 minutes ago, Trump fired his national security adviser, John Bolton via Twitter, cuz,of course he did. In his tweet, Trump explained that he advised Bolton that “his services were no longer required.” This tweet was obviously thumbed in by some other, anonymous moron in the Comms shop, since if His Lowness had done it himself, it would have read “And so I shit canned his sorry ass.” Now, you all know my deep disgust and revulsion with John Bolton, yet another of the endless bumper crop of chickenshit hawks that the GOP keeps pulling up out of the patch, more than happy to pontificate sonorously while other peoples sons and daughters are shipped off to die. That being said, I’m not doing my victory dance at the news, and treating myself to a large pepperoni, with extra cheese. Because I’m too scared shitless. Since day one of the national nightmare that is the Trump administration, our only solace was that there were “adults in the room,” who would act as :guardrails” against Trump’s more insane ideas. H.R. McMaster, John Kelly, Mad Dog Jim Mattis, Dan Coats, all had real world international diplomacy experience, grounded in reality. Even Trump’s Secretary of State pick, Rex Tillerson, had extensive international experience. All of them swept aside by the endless rising tide of Trump stupidity. And all for the same reason, because they restrained him. And now, Bolton. You can say what you like about John Bolton, and all of it should be bad, but you have to say one thing. At least John Bolton had experience, both political and geo political, that was grounded in reality. He may well have been a real tough son of a bitch when somebody else’s blood was on the line, but at least he understood the concepts. Apparently, Bolton’s final mortal sin was in insisting that having the leader of the Taliban at Camp David in the week leading up to 9/11 was a nightmare scenario that would bury Trump in the optics alone. Trump doesn’t like it when his toys are taken away. But now what? Well, lets just take a quick look at Trump’s high quality replacements for previous “adults in the room.” He has a chief of staff whose basic thought process is “Let Trump be Trump, I’m just an ‘acting’ COS, so I can always take a hike if the shit gets too hairy.” He’ll install a toadying, sycophantic Director of National Intelligence who will cherry pick intel that Trump wants to hear, and not the reality on the ground. His new Secretary of Defense is so independent that he just stole $3.6 billion from his own wallet to give to the mugger to build a wall around his own house. And he has a Secretary of State who is such an incompetent dumb fuck that he actually thought that it was a great idea for Dumblefork to cross an invisible line into North Korea, while the pie faced clown in the stove pipe pants laughed his ass off at Trump for doing it. In his “Get the fuck outta here” tweet firing Bolton, Trump promised to name a replacement sometime next week. Personally, I’d be perfectly happy to see the stock market do a header from the top […]

Days Before Talks With Taliban and Peace Deal, Trump Publicly Calls Secret Meeting Off

President Donald Trump on Saturday abruptly and publicly shut down talks with the Taliban aimed at resolving the 18-year long Afghanistan War after the militant group claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on...
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‘Outright Blackmail’: Trump Admin. Reportedly Offered Captain Multi-Million Dollar Bribe in Effort to Seize...

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif on Wednesday accused the Trump administration of engaging in "outright blackmail" after the Financial Times reported a State Department official offered the captain of an Iran-owned oil tanker millions...

Irish Times: ‘How Mike Pence shat on the carpet in Ireland’s spare room’

Mike Pence apparently thought that he could game the Irish with saying a “special prayer” for them and choking up over Ireland being his ancestral home — wrong. Having been to Ireland and being of Irish descent, I can tell you that the Irish have world class bullshit detectors and they don’t mind telling you how they feel about people. To a guy like Pence, this is anathema, because he’s used to a phony front getting him where he needs to go and people being too repressed, or polite, to talk about it. The Irish did an epic troll of Donald Trump’s ineptitude in June, when he suggested that a wall was needed between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.And they are under no illusions about Mike Pence, whose visit there will be remembered, but not in the way that he hoped. Unlike Donald Trump, Mike Pence stays on script, and when he admonished the Irish to cooperate with Boris Johnson over Brexit, the party was over and Pence was toast. Miriam Lord, Irish Times: Like pulling out all the stops for a much-anticipated visitor to your home and thinking it has been a great success until somebody discovers he shat on the new carpet in the spare room, the one you bought specially for him. US vice-president Mike Pence met President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Tuesday during an official visit. His Irish hosts, up to their oxters for the last three years in Brexit worry, hoped to impress upon him Ireland’s fears about the consequences of a no-deal Brexit for the country. […] Pence, after all, is Irish American and wastes no opportunity to go misty-eyed about his love for the “Old Country” as he lards on his Mother Machree schtick on both sides of the Atlantic. He couldn’t praise Ireland enough on Tuesday – “deeply humbled” and “honoured” to be going to the hometown of his mother’s grandmother and so on. But, after he said all these nice things about the “Emerald Isle” and how much his boss Donald Trump – he sent his best wishes, by the way – appreciates us and all we do to help American security in Shannon, he delivered a very strong endorsement of Boris Johnson and Brexit. Ouch. Stupid move to make, at least phrased as bluntly as Pence did, admonishing those present that Ireland and the EU should “negotiate in good faith” with Boris Johnson. So, what does he think, they were negotiating in bad faith before? And they needed Mike Pence to set them straight? Things went downhill swiftly from there, and columnist Miriam Lord let Pence have it between the eyes with both barrels, as “Irish eyes definitely stopped smiling…he was channeling His Master’s Voice.” Yes, that’s Pence to a tee, lapdog to Donald Trump and the interests of whomever he’s a lapdog to. And this, after such a lovely morning, with Pence and his mother meeting the Taoiseach and his mother. His Irish mother, as Mike calls her. He dotes on Nancy. So he should have known that any Irish mammy will tell you if you can’t say anything good, say nothing at all. The visit went on to the much-touted luncheon-with-the-gay-guys, with Mike Pence, both mothers in tow, his biological mother and his wife, […]
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Boris Johnson may be pretending to be Churchill, but he’s running head on into...

In a mid-day speech at the House of Commons, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson explicitly tried to slip on the mantle of a later-day Churchill. He not only mentioned the upcoming departure of the United...

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