Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Palestinian Extinction .

" Palestine"
 where  Jewish - Muslims
would have lived in harmony was

creation of 
of failed British Colonialism.
 Donald Trump's moving the US embassy to Jerusalem .Its was unavoidable .  We have seen its consequences already . This week the eruption of Palestinian protests , and more dead Palestinians . It has become a downward spiral for them . The Arab themselves seem to have abandoned them , there is hardly much recognition of the United Nations . My honest feelings here . I wished that  Palestinians would have their country . (1)>>Questions? Where do you put them ? Do carve out Israel ? remember Israel has been taking away lands that are "claimed" by the Palestinians like the Golan Heights for decades. I think the Arabs who call themselves "Palestinians" may have inherited some ancient biblical curse . I have always been intrigued with the Palestinian and Israeli situation. We have two vary similar peoples . The "Jewish" state came out of Diaspora out of Nazi Germany , the "Palestinian" Arabs who occupied the land for the least 1400 years were suddenly up rooted in 1948 to make room for a vast displacement of peoples of Jewish refugees. While the creation of the modern state of Israel was nothing more than a fulfillment of centuries long Zionism  , (2)>>pro-western Christian Evangelical promptings of delusional biblical prophecies . Both the Israelis and Palestinians are both born out of refugees, they came from the same stock of the Patriarch Abraham , pray to the same god . Yes, they have biblical hatred of each other that would rival any story out of the Bible .  Now that the Jewish decedents have returned  to the promised land , they are now doing to the Palestinians what the Nazi's did to them . The Palestinians are facing extermination  . Gaza is nothing but a ghetto a ruin heap, poverty , desolation while the occupying power Israel dominates with apartheid tyranny .  For a great number of years, I have been interested to know why the Palestinians are suffering the way they are. What caused this continued oppression to rain down upon them? It seems like a curse .
The Biblical Philistines ? .
Modern Palestinians "claim" to have been in the Levant from the beginning. Much of PLO movement  , and its Constitution is based on the nationalism of the word Philistine .While much can be associated with the "word" . Palestinians are not Philistines . As far as both names of these two peoples , these names are not in any sense of describing races of peoples . The Ancient information both biblical and ancient non-biblical seem to be used as a (3)>>derogatory word for a group of people First, the Philistines were Aegean (or Cypriot) sea peoples who migrated to the southern coast of Israel/Canaan in the 12th century BC. (3.1)>>It is unclear what relationship they bear with the Philistines who are mentioned in Genesis, hundreds of years earlier. In short, they were not a Semitic people, as the Israelites and Arabs were. Second, from the 8th-5th centuries BC, they were crushed or ruled by the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians, ultimately being absorbed by these populations and entirely disappearing from history. In other words, there was a distinct, end of the line for the Philistines roughly 2,500 years ago.Third, six hundred years after the extinction of the Philistines, and after putting down a Jewish revolt, the Romans changed the name of Judea to Palaestina (in Latin) in order to discourage Jewish patriotism. So, there is absolutely no lineal or ethnic connection between the (earlier) Philistine people and the (later) land called Palestine. In fact, the Philistines had previously lived in the western part of the country, on the Mediterranean coast, whereas Palestine originally referred to the eastern part of the country, on the West Bank of the Jordan river.Fourth, some Muslim leaders have claimed that there was a continuous Arab presence in Palestine dating back to Muslim conquests in the 7th century AD. But this dubious claim, even if true , would still mean that the continuous Jewish presence in the land predated the first major Arab presence by at least 2,000 years, and it would also underscore the fact that there is no connection between the later Arabs and the earlier (extinct) Philistines.
How British Colonialism created the "Palestinians" & " Israelis" 
Ninety-six years ago , on November 2, 1917, British imperialism in Palestine began when Lord Balfour, the then British foreign secretary and former prime minister, sent a letter to Baron Rothschild, one of the leaders of the Zionist movement. This letter became known as the (4)>>“Balfour Declaration”.In that letter, Balfour promised British support for the Zionist programme of establishing a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. This pledge of support was made without consulting the indigenous Christian and Muslim inhabitants of Palestine, the Palestinian people. And it was made before British troops had even conquered the land [ remember "Palestine" has been conquered , re-conquered over many thousands of years , while it was originally part of the history of Judaism  , it was up the last 1300 years that the region was dominated by Arab Muslim conquerers . The British broke the Muslim dominance  with the break up of the last Muslim empire  of the Ottoman Turks.] The British rule over Palestine lasted roughly thirty years, from 1917 until 1948. In a country that has three thousand years of recorded history, thirty years is a tiny fraction. If we conceive of three thousand years on a scale of one day, the period of British rule takes barely eight minutes. In comparison, Turkish Ottoman rule over Palestine, which lasted four hundred years, takes an hour and forty minutes. Yet the influence of these thirty years was deep and wide-ranging. For its first six years, Israel was as good to the Palestinians as Britain was. There was a genuine effort on behalf of the Israelis in charge of the Palestinian territories, especially under Moshe Dayan, to be so-called good colonialists.But all that utterly changed after the war of 1973, and a terrible ugliness of Israeli colonial rule was born. There are many reasons for the difference between the relatively benign rule before 1973 and what happened after: the economic oil crisis, the shrinking of the Palestinian labor market, terrorism, the two intifadas. The list goes on. But one of the main reasons behind the change was that Israeli settlements were built in the West Bank and Gaza. (5)>>British colonial rule in Palestine never threatened to displace the indigenous population and to disinherit it (though it did infamously prohibit Europe’s displaced Jews from entering Palestine). But Israeli colonial rule did threaten and disinherit the Palestinians, and continues to do so.
Modern Palestine .The word ‘Palestine’ and what comes along with it has for far too long been under attack, cursed, slammed and denigrated. Numerous prominent human rights authorities, advocates, and scholars have claimed that Israel’s policies and actions with respect to the Palestinian people have amounted to a form of genocide. There are a lot of words that one could use to describe the collective punishment of a stateless people living in what a top United Nations official describes as an “open-air prison,” The Gaza Strip has also been subjected to three ruthless Israeli military offensives, in 2008, 2012 and 2014. The cost has been devastating, in terms of civilian casualties as well as infrastructure. Thousands of Palestinians have been slaughtered with the most horrible weapons, including remote-controlled bulldozers that demolish their homes over their heads, and drones that fire missiles onto crowded streets and into apartment blocks, schools, clinics and hospitals. Gaza has been showered liberally with depleted uranium, white phosphorus and cluster bombs.    And to a greater percentage, it has worked.

NOTES AND COMMENTS: 
(1)>>Questions? Where do you put them ? . The Saudi Peace Plan of 2002 could have furnished a basis for a partition-based solution, because in its original version, it did not include the “right of return.” However, after the Arab League amended it and grafted the “right of return” onto it, it became a non-starter (see MEMRI TV Clip No. 6031, Former Lebanese President Émile Lahoud Reveals How The Right Of Return Was Forced Into The Saudi Peace Plan In The 2002 Arab Summit (Archival), Dec. 11, 2014 to May 22, 2017; see also Professor Itamar Rabinovich’s analysis of that summit, The Warped Saudi Initiative, Haaretz.com, April 7, 2002).(2)>>pro-western Christian Evangelical promptings of delusional biblical prophecies .The decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, rather than as an issue to be decided in negotiations, drew condemnation from heads of Christian churches throughout the world, including Pope Francis. It widened the rift between American Christian evangelicals who support Israel’s hardline policies and the Christians in Israel and the West Bank, who identify politically as Palestinians. And, since even the most moderate Palestinians insist that the capital of a future Palestinian state will be in Jerusalem, it enraged the Palestinian community and raised the possibility of a new outbreak of violence in the Holy City. President Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December made little sense to most Middle East experts. His own national security team opposed the decision. But for many white evangelical Christians, 81 percent of whom voted for Trump, it was great news.(3)>>derogatory word for a group of people . Though the definite origins of the word Palestine have been debated for years and are still not known for sure, the name is believed to be derived from the Egyptian and Hebrew word peleshet. Roughly translated to mean rolling or migratory- (3.1)>>It is unclear what relationship they bear with the Philistines .Much of what we know about the Philistines comes from Egyptian and Assyrian texts as well as the stories told in the Hebrew Bible. The Book of Joshua claims that the cities of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ashdod, Gath and Ekron were controlled by the Philistines about 3,000 years ago. The Philistines themselves left no texts and, as such, much of what we know about them comes from the people they encountered. These texts often describe them negatively and today the name “Philistine” is sometimes used to describe someone who is warlike or who doesn’t appreciate art or culture. Its really a "crude" word , it can be equated to a racial slur , one of the oldest . Again  One of the earliest mentions of the Philistines is recorded by the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses III (reign ca. 1184–1153 B.C.) who engaged them in battle. In a papyrus Ramses III boasts that “the Philistines were made ashes” by the Egyptian forces, a claim that modern-day scholars doubt.Stories in the Hebrew Bible say that the Philistines clashed with the ancient Israelites many times. One of the battles supposedly took place between a Philistine force led by the giant man named Goliath and an Israelite force that included a man named David who would go on to become king of Israel. In the story David kills Goliath with a slingshot and the Israelites go on to rout the Philistine force. Whether David or Goliath ever existed — or if a series of wars between the Philistines and Israelites occurred — are matters debated by scholars.  (4)>>“Balfour Declaration”. how his "declaration" all those years ago had altered the destiny of so many people is amazing. It was the catalyst to middle-east mayhem .The Balfour Declaration was hardly an aberration, but had, indeed, set the stage for the full-scale ethnic cleansing that followed, three decades later. (5)>>British colonial rule. The British mandate was supposed to deliver independence to Palestine through the establishment of representative institutions. It was never meant permanently to thwart Palestinian national aspirations. Nor was it ever envisaged that the British mandate would end with a catastrophe in the form of the expulsion of the majority of the Palestinian people from their homeland.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Why the Iran Deal Matters.

Netanyahu prior to Trump getting out of Obama 
legacy Iran deal . Suspiciously shows
"evidence" of Iran producing
weapons of mass destruction .
  Netanyahu did his unreal presentation about Iran’s nuclear program. Again drawing the red line which harkend back in 2015  Netanyahu did lobby Congress against a White House-backed nuclear deal with Iran. Israeli criticisms of the nuclear accord have grown louder in recent days as public and private comments from U.S., Iranian, and (1)>>European negotiators have suggested that a possible deal is in sight. According to multiple reports, the two sides are nearing an agreement that would put a 10-year restriction on Iran’s uranium enrichment program. If Iran complies over a decade, enrichment limits would be lifted over a five-year period .Netanyahu blasted the prospect of such an agreement at an Israeli military base Tuesday, vowing to do “everything that I can to prevent” it. “I will go to Washington to address the American Congress, (2)>>because the American Congress is likely to be the final brake before the agreement between the major powers and Iran,” the prime minister said. President Obama ignored Netanyahu Pulling out of the "Iran deal" is going to have some ramifications . As I write this , as I see it. President Trump's maneuver sounds vary suspicious from all angles . First it is obvious as I will explain that Trump catered to the Israeli government. 
 Pleasing the Israeli camp .
 Donald Trump’s announcement to exit the Iran nuclear deal could have been scripted by Benjamin Netanyahu. Word. For. Word.Trump’s motive may have been to obliterate his predecessor Barack Obama's foreign policy legacy. But for his team of advisers who prepared the announcement, the target was not just the deal: it was Iran.This is a victory for Netanyahu and the Iran war hawks in the Republican Party . (3)>>A few years ago I was a bit furious about the deal . I did not like the thought of 300 billion dollars going straight to Iran. You all know what a rich country America is , that we can dish out cash to any foreign government .Yet we can't seem to find 300 billion dollars to help our own citizens here . Well that was my own prognosis back then. Now I have change my mind to a certain point . Now I see that the Trump administration is kissing ass to Netanyahu's every whim . Netanyahu has a reputation osome how goading the American government to war for him . Decades ago he had along with the Bush administration collaborated and sold to the American public that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction" . (4)>>Netanyahu's plea was so convincing after the events of September 11th , 2001 that in three years the American forces did re- invaded Iraq, the overthrow of Saddam Hussein was a literal imperialist dream . There was the oil first of all that would occupy the Bush cronies like Chaney , yes nation rebuilding . Meanwhile Netanyahu danced that he eliminated Saddam . The American government forked up over a trillion dollars , sweat, blood of American men & women . Netanyahu made a similar plea about Syria, Assad . Luckily that the Russians intervened in Syria , prevented another invasion of American military.  We don't want another war in Syria , or any kind of negative relations with Iran . 
The Middle-East is at stake!
Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reads “Fire and Fury,”
 the Michael Wolff exposé
on President Trump's
strange journey to power,
 in Tehran Friday. 
Energy industry insiders say Trump's tough stance on Iran will probably keep oil and gasoline prices higher than they would otherwise be.At least some of that oil will now be pulled from the market — at a time when oil prices are already rising because of production cuts by OPEC and Russia as well as instability in Venezuela. The theocrats in Iran have been moderated by President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who seek a better relationship with the United States and Europe. Trump’s position against the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and blocking of the financial measures that are our obligation under the agreement have pushed Iran to closer cooperation with Russia. Meanwhile , Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and other members of the U.S. delegation arrived in a tense Jerusalem on Sunday to celebrate the relocation of the United States embassy.President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital last year and pledged to move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. That will officially happen Monday at a ceremony attended by Ivanka, Kushner and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The U.S. withdrawal and the possibility of an eventual collapse of the deal raises concerns about escalation, even war — particularly if Iran is seen as resuming its pursuit of nuclear weapons and Israel retaliates.Tensions between Israel and Iran already are high over Iran’s efforts to expand its military presence in Syria and air strikes attributed to Israel that killed Iranian fighters there, prompting threats of reprisal by Tehran. Netanyahu says he’ll counter “Iran’s aggression ... even if this means a struggle. Strangely still all this is going on , nearing the May 14, Israel’s 70th anniversary, the U.S. ceremoniously opens its new embassy in Jerusalem, in line with Trump’s recognition in December of the city as Israel’s capital. Notwithstanding the many warnings and concerns about a new outbreak of violence in the Middle East, he kept his campaign promise .

NOTES AND COMMENTS:

(1)>>European negotiators .The foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany are preparing to meet with Iranian officials  to determine how the agreement can be preserved without the United States’ cooperation. The fundamental challenge is finding a way to ensure that Iran still derives enough economic benefits from the agreement to override its interest in pursuing a nuclear weapon. European politicians are ready to take radical measures to realize that objective — but European businesses might not be. EU leaders are determined to thwart Donald Trump, save the Iran deal, and, perhaps, begin formulating a new foreign policy that might allow the bloc to assert more independence from the basket case on the other side of the Atlantic.(2)>>because the American Congress. Ending the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran would unequivocally, materially worsen both our near-term and long-term interests across the globe.Many neocons in the Trump administration would likely then begin threatening military strikes again—which would push the mullahs all the more rapidly into a crash course to develop a nuclear deterrent as quickly as possible.This would unequivocally be antithetical to U.S. and Israeli security interests. Going to war with Iran before it reaches this threshold would turn the current inferno of the Middle East into a veritable smelting furnace that would likely consume U.S. interests beyond recognition.  (3)>>A few years ago I was a bit furious about the deal . Iran deal cost the U.S.? Keeping adversaries like China and Russia at the negotiating table was likely expensive – even though both have much to gain from the relaxation of international sanctions on Iran. Both look forward to ramped-up arms sales and increased trade with Iran, but even so, neither China nor Russia hands out diplomatic wins to the United States without some payback.  Nobody knows the total amount of frozen assets, but it’s probably about $100 billion. Estimates go as high as $150 billion, the number some critics of the nuclear deal use to make the “windfall” coming to Iran seem larger than it probably is.President Donald Trump spouted about 300 billion if you compare the money he gave the Saudis last year . I was really against the deal back in 2015 , I felt back then that we as a nation could spend that money on Americans . 300 billion dollars could just end all poverty in the United States if it were spread out to the states as one example . Our nation is so rich that we can just give out this money to any nation  , but we are taxed for it . (4)>>Netanyahu's plea was so convincing. Israel’s extreme right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a habit of repeatedly claiming without any evidence that his enemies supposedly have weapons of mass destruction. But a look at some of Netanyahu’s public speaking over the past 30 years shows that he has a long history of crying wolf.In a dramatic speech on April 30, Netanyahu used stage props and a cartoonish PowerPoint presentation to falsely claim that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program and that it had been concealing.In this September 2002 congressional hearing, Netanyahu openly called for war on Iraq and insisted that a U.S. military invasion would be hugely beneficial for the entire Middle East.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Giuliani's Revenge .


Rudy Giuliani may be more
damaging to President Trump.
Welcome to more bombshells . I have often wondered (1.1)>>if President Donald Trump is "jinxed" in some way ? Folks I am starting to feel sorry for the man . ENTER Rudy Giuliani's public comments seemed to have thrown Trump under the bus. Trum’s decision to hire Rudy Giuliani as his personal attorney appeared to backfire spectacularly on Wednesday night as the former prosecutor veered off script during an interview with Sean Hannity, as Giuliani undercut the president’s public statements on several issues, including his relationship with his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen and (1.2)>>the ouster of former F.B.I. Director James Comey. But the most startling disclosure was Giuliani’s assertion that Trump not only knew about Cohen’s $130,000 payment to buy the silence of adult-film star Stormy Daniels about her alleged affair with the president, but that he reimbursed Cohen for the hush money—potentially implicating Trump in a violation of campaign-finance laws. The president's critics have said that these latest revelations if anything strengthened the case .
  NOW if there is a violation of federal law here now both the (2)>>President and Giuliani insist that the payment had nothing to do with the campaign the president said in a series of tweets today that this was a payment made to basically prevent someone from from making what the president considers false allegations about a sexual affair and that it was done through a what he called a fairly common arrangement for celebrities and people who are wealthy a nondisclosure agreement payments made and in return the person who has a claim to make is silent there are some legal critics of the president who already have objected to the payment from Michael Kohn to stormy Daniels as a violation of campaign finance law who say that trumps acknowledgment that he reimbursed a (2.2)>>Cohen for the payment and and statements made today by Giuliani basically saying imagine if this had come out in the weeks before the election during the last debate what that would have been like that the combination of those things strengthened the case that that this payment was a violation of campaign finance law they say that it's clear that the money was paid to her as a way of trying to influence the election by keeping her silent it was a way of trying to influence the election it's  unclear where this goes from here there are there are complaints have been filed there are complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission that often take quite some time to resolve I mean they're measured sometimes in years so it's not that any action is imminent on that there are also been lawsuits filed by storming Daniel's whose real name is Stephanie Clifford one of those lawsuits has been put on hold by a judge the other was just filed is unclear how what what has been said in the last day might affect the Mueller investigation . President Trump however is vary confident about Rudy , “Rudy is a great guy, but he just started a day ago,” Trump told the White House press pool on Friday morning as he prepared to fly to Dallas to address the National Rifle Association. “He really has his heart into it, he’s working hard, he’s learning the subject matter. And he’s going to be issuing a statement, too, but he is a great guy. He knows it’s a witch hunt. That’s what he knows. He’s seen a lot of them, and he said he’s never seen anything so horrible.” At this point, Trump entered into a discussion of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails—it was, after all, a day ending in “Y”—before returning to Giuliani and reiterating his point: “He started yesterday. He’ll get his facts straight. He’s a great guy.”

What Giuliani knew prior to Trump winning.

Now, Giuliani is taking on the high-profile job of helping lead Trump’s legal team combating that investigation — and other lawyers say his past activities could present conflicts, depending on how Mueller proceeds. Giuliani has been a long time friend of Donald Trump going back to the business dealings with the Trump Organization . Its rather interesting that (3)>>Rudy Giuliani has made rather suspicious statements during the election  .In an 2016  interview with “Fox and Friends,” a giggling Giuliani, who's a top Trump adviser, hinted at the prospect of “enormously effective” surprises that the campaign has up its sleeve.“We’ve got a couple of surprises left,” he said. “I’d call them surprises in the way that we’re going to campaign to get our message out there — maybe in a little bit of different way.”“You’ll see and I think it will be enormously effective.” Again, Rudy Giuliani told Fox News’s Martha MacCallum on Oct. 26 that Donald Trump had “a surprise or two that you’re going to hear about in the next two days.”“I’m talking about some pretty big surprise,” he said.Two days later, (4)>>FBI Director James Comey revealed to Congress that his agents had resumed their investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, after agents in an unrelated case discovered emails that could potentially be relevant to the server case.  In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Giuliani said no, and that he in particular had no heads-up on Comey’s big reveal. He said his cryptic prediction of a surprise was about a Donald Trump advertising blitz in the final days of the campaign, and he had not talked to current FBI agents in the last eight to ten months. When we talk about election rigging, we might speculate on CNN’s Don Lemon highlighted that clip Thursday night to argue that someone within the FBI may have tipped Giuliani off to the letter ahead of time. It also prompted veteran journalist Wayne Barrett to produce a lengthy investigation into Giuliani’s ties to the FBI’s New York office, which he worked closely with as a former federal prosecutor and mayor. While (5)>>Giuliani didn't hold a formal position in the Trump presidential campaign, he often opened for Trump at rallies in the final months of the race, a role which would have had him in contact with top campaign operatives. He's acknowledged he was in touch with FBI officials during the 2016 campaign and said the bureau’s rank-and-file were “boiling” over about the Clinton email investigation. Mr. Giuliani was a pugilist in a city of political New York city brawlers. But far more than his predecessors, historians and politicians say, his toughness edged toward ruthlessness and became a defining aspect of his mayoralty. One result: New York City spent at least $7 million in settling civil rights lawsuits and paying retaliatory damages during the Giuliani years. Giuliani may have his revenge, he Campaigned like a dog for Trump and Trump gave him the fickle middle finger, treated him badly and gave him a back alley Job, and to tell the truth Giuliani needed revenge and so do . Now President Trump needs the best legal team , Stormy is a raging . President Donald Trump’s legal counsel is in chaos.“I can’t believe that that actually just happened,” Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “I mean, what we witnessed by Rudy Giuliani may be one of the worst TV appearances by any attorney on behalf of a client in modern times.”





NOTES AND COMMENTS:
 (1.1)>>if President Donald Trump is "jinxed" in some way ? So FAR Donald Trump has had few successes that could be credited to him , but on the other hand he has had bad luck to push back the Russian collusion theory from eating him with scandal . First he can't keep his mouth shut , he is going to a downward spiral with litigation because he has an unbalanced problem with is Legal Team.  (1.2)>>the ouster of former F.B.I. Director James Comey. When back in 2016. FBI Director James B. Comey decided that “no reasonable prosecutor” would file charges against Clinton over her use of a personal email system, Giuliani — a former federal prosecutor himself — went ballistic.  He had a verbal brawl with CNN’s Chris Cuomo about that subject. Giuliani insisted on a conspiratorial theory about Clinton’s exoneration that is hard to briefly summarize; suffice it to say that his scenario requires either clairvoyance or time travel.(2)>>President and Giuliani insist that the payment had nothing to do with the campaign.  Rudy Giuliani’s revelation that President Donald Trump reimbursed his personal attorney for a $130,000 payment to a porn star to keep her quiet about an alleged affair is raising new legal questions, including whether the president and his campaign violated campaign finance laws.The former New York City mayor insisted on Fox News Channel Wednesday night that the payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels was “going to turn out to be perfectly legal.”“That money was not campaign money. Sorry, I’m giving you a fact now that you don’t know. It’s not campaign money, no campaign finance violation,” he said.While Trump could legally make contributions of any size to his own campaign, his campaign cannot accept loans of any size from outside contributors; and if Cohen made a $130,000 payment to Daniels with the intention of aiding Trump’s candidacy, and was subsequently reimbursed, then that payment would constitute an excessively large loan — and the Trump campaign’s failure to report it would have been a campaign finance violation.  (2.2)>>Cohen for the payment. Michael Cohen for a $130,000 settlement with an adult-film actress — despite Trump’s assertion last month that he was unaware of the payment. Giuliani said it was his understanding that repayment from Trump came in a series of transactions after the election that he believes were completed in 2017 but could have included a reimbursement in 2018.  (3)>>Rudy Giuliani has mad rather suspicious statements . Like Trump strangely shared Trump view of election rigging   In 2016 Giuliani at first argued that the candidate was merely speaking about bias in journalism, telling CNN’s State of the Union: “When he talks about a rigged election, he’s not talking about the fact that it’s going to be rigged at the polls. What he’s talking about is that 80% to 85% of the media is against him.” Giuliani support for Trump underestimated the Polls , a NBC/WSJ poll showed Clinton ahead nationally with 48%, Trump with 37% and the Libertarian and Green party candidates with 7% and 2% respectively. In a new Washington Post/ABC poll, Clinton had only a four-point lead, but nearly 70% of voters said Trump had probably sexually harassed women. A CBS poll showed Clinton up 46%-40% in 13 key states, with a 15-point advantage among women. The Question how Hillary " Really -Really" lost the election should have been more under scrutiny . In such a Deep State you can't have a perfect less bias investigation . How much Giuliani knew way beforehand is vary much amazing , its been public record .(4)>>FBI Director James . See my past blog post https://theun-politics.blogspot.com/2018/04/comey-memos-and-book-overview.html on Comey's book and Memo : "As the election approached, FBI director James Comey made public his bombshell letter saying that Ms Clinton would face another email investigation. Two days before that, Mr Giuliani talked about “a surprise or two you’re going to hear about in the next few days. We’ve got a couple of things up our sleeve that should turn things around". (5)>>Giuliani didn't hold a formal position in the Trump.  ACCORDING the 2016 New York Times ,  Shady Rudolph W. Giuliani, was facing a flood of questions about whether his business dealings should disqualify him from being named President-elect Donald J. Trump’s secretary of state, Mr. Giuliani’s business ties are a major red flag. He built a lucrative consulting and speechmaking career after leaving City Hall. His firm, Giuliani Partners, has had contracts with the government of Qatar and the Canadian company that is building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and Mr. Giuliani has given paid speeches to a shadowy Iranian opposition group that until 2012 was on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

REMEMBERING ART BELL.

King of the Late night Radio show , big conspiracies , UFOs , Bigfoot &
Paranormal . Was a kind of "Creature Features" for the
late niters . 
Staying up late , tuning in on the Radio back in the 1990 through the 2000s was a wee bit of a challenge , you also had to put  the collage radio KSCU -103.3 FM if your antenna was good to pick up a barrage of Synthpop - darkwave -goth music . Even with a good radio the AM frequency would pick up the Art Bell Show live from Nevada .Throughout the ‘90s and early aughts, should you scan the AM dial in the dead of night, you may have caught a deep-throated announcer bellow a bevy of phone numbers over The Moody Blues’ “Ride My See Saw” for people to call to chat with Art Bell.  Last Friday Art Bell passed away at age 72. The radio program he founded, Coast to Coast AM which is still on the air if you can locate a good local channel .(1)>>Coast to Coast AM broadcast weeknights 1 to 5 a.m. on the East Coast, taking over a block once commanded by CNN interviewer and Garlique enthusiast Larry King. Signing on with Giorgio Moroder's "Chase" from Midnight Express every night, Bell was the type of guy who’d entertain any — and I mean literally any — idea, as long as it would make for good radio. Coast to Coast might feature an interview with a mainstream pop scientist like Michio Kaku one night, only to hit listeners the next night with Richard C. Hoagland’s theories about ancient moon civilizationsWhen it came to fielding listener calls, Bell was a firm believer in the “no screening” approach, rejecting the industry standard in talk radio. The current host of the show, George Noory, said in a statement: “Art was a legend – a radio icon who went against the grain and developed an amazing show ... His impact on my life is beyond words. He will be missed, but I know he is now on another journey.”


NOTES AND COMMENTS:
(1)>>Coast to Coast AM. “Coast to Coast AM” airs on more than 600 stations nationwide and is broadcast Monday through Sunday from 1-5 a.m. ET, according to Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, the leading audio company in the United States.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Comey Memo's and Book OVERVIEW.

Can Comey and his testimony
be "believed"? 
James B. Comey typed up what may be one of the greatest set of cover-your-ass memos in political history. James Comey’s book is called A Higher Loyalty reportedly makes no secret of the disdain in which the former FBI director holds the president who fired him. Comey compares President Trump to a mob boss, calling him a liar living in a “cocoon of alternative reality” and a man who is “unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values.” But judging from his blockbuster interview with ABC News he dealt  Hillary Clinton's election no mater what he said. (1)>>Hillary's e-mails were the subject of nearly a decades long investigation . You read me right "decades" & of wasting tax payer money up to 2018.  Nothing was found that compromised the security of the United States all the hype was that she held classified info on her personal server , OK big deal . James Comey might now be a hero like , he wants to come clean  , but he is nothing but a Republican fink.  Kellyanne Conway, a top counselor to President Donald Trump, said that former FBI Director James Comey "swung" the 2016 election, referring to (1.2)>>Comey's October 2016 announcement that he had re-opened the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server just days before the presidential election, which many believe helped Trump win "This guy swung an election," Conway told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" . "He thought the wrong person would win."Conway's remark contradicts the White House's longstanding position on Comey's controversial move, which they say had no significant impact on the election. Reading Comey,his subsequent interviews  like on the Rachael Maddow show {MSNBC } did not convince me of his integrity , even though he's now a Trump pariah.  But remember that Trump repeatedly praised Comey's decision back then , saying he (2)>>"did the right thing" by notifying Congress of the investigation's revival.  Even Days before the election, Trump argued it "took guts" for Comey to "make the move that he made in light of the kind of opposition that he had where they're trying to protect her from criminal prosecution." As the election approached, FBI director James Comey made public his bombshell letter saying that Ms Clinton would face another email investigation. Two days before that, Mr Giuliani talked about “a surprise or two you’re going to hear about in the next few days. We’ve got a couple of things up our sleeve that should turn things around". I really believe that Donald Trump wanted to prosecute and jail Hillary . Comey was paying lip service to Trump trying find the smoking gun , which prolonged the inept investigation into Hillary botched e-mails. Comey administered an extraordinary tongue-lashing to Clinton and her aides, rebuking them for being "extremely careless" in the handling of classified information and saying the presumptive Democratic nominee should have known an unclassified email system was no place to conduct sensitive government business. The FBI director pointed out that the probe was tasked with examining whether Clinton or her aides had mishandled classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way.The findings of the FBI probe immediately detonated on the campaign trail with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump crying foul. (2.1)>>"The system is rigged. ... Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment," Trump tweeted. He later issued a statement in which he claimed U.S. "adversaries almost certainly have a blackmail file on Hillary Clinton," which he said "disqualifies" her from the presidency. The bottom line  that the idea that "adversaries have a blackmail file ..." seemed more to pertain  more to Donald Trump whose Russia pre-Presidential dealings were a bit shady . Donald Trump's own Russian connections were closely related to business , beauty pageants.  As Comey said , explained he thought the most salacious details about the infamous (3)>>Trump-Russia dossier could possibly be true, a potentially damning inference against a president who has long denied any links to Russia and called the dossier “fake news.”Comey, speaking to ABC News in a an interview , detailed the story of when he first made President Donald Trump aware of the dossier compiled by a former British intelligence officer and its damning contents. Trump, at the time, had yet to be sworn into office and was still president-elect.Along with claiming Trump and his former campaign were heavily linked with Russia to win the White House, the dossier also said Trump had hired prostitutes , had slept on at the Moscow Ritz Carlton during Trump’s trip there for the Miss Universe pageant in 2013.Trump was defiant about the dossier’s most salacious detail and asked Comey if he thought the billionaire real estate mogul needed “hookers.” Right now as I write this , the Dossier has descended into another great conspiracy . Dossier writer reportedly wrote another, different memo, which has not reached the public. It details how Russia believed it was able to stop Trump from naming former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney—a noted hawk on Russia—as secretary of state in favor of a more pro-Russia representative. ↦ Here is the Irony ,Trump eventually went with former Exxon Mobil chief Rex Tillerson, who has a long-running relationship with Putin. The flip brought John Bolton  back , one of the crazies of the Bush era to replace Tillerson , who a long time war hawk who advocated bombing Iran .
A Higher Loyalty ?
Now that James Comey wants to explain himself. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and
Comey just released Memos . 
Leadership is Comey’s story of what he did and why.From a fact-checking point of view, there isn’t much to debunk. Dates check out, titles are accurate, his recounting of events follows widely reported and accepted benchmarks. That’s in contrast to some of the botched details in journalist Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury account of life in the White House. While The question of which "loyalty" amuses me . Like what I explained above regarding the Hillary investigations were a waste of government time .Comey writes that he felt confident reopening the Clinton email probe days before the election because he assumed Clinton would win, and if the new investigation was revealed after her victory it might make her seem “illegitimate.” He says the same thing about keeping Russian meddling quiet, certain it wouldn’t matter when Hillary became his boss a few months later. Setting aside the irony of Comey setting out to legitimize the expected Clinton presidency only to hurt her, what’s most disturbing is the blatant admission that a partisan calculus was a part of his decision making in any way.  Recently the  Republicans in Congress demanded the release of James B. Comey’s memos about President Trump, threatening Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, with a subpoena if he failed to share the highly anticipated documents written by the former F.B.I. director.President Donald Trump spent the weekend accusing the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of being a (4)>>"liar and leaker," a claim that the Department of Justice is reportedly looking into.The Justice Department's Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, has opened an investigation to determine whether James Comey improperly disclosed classified information, according to the Wall Street Journal. Whether it should have been classified is a separate question. But it makes Trump’s accusations against Comey somewhat less potent.


Additional notes : 
Comey's MEMOS are located at this web site . 
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4442900-Ex-FBI-Director-James-Comey-s-memos.html
NOTES AND COMMENTS:

(1)>>Hillary's e-mails were the subject of nearly a decades long investigation.  What was really behind the "investigation" on Hillary's e-mails  is twofold . They extended nearly seven years, ended abruptly .[ The  “Benghazi Timeline,” which was originally published Oct. 26, 2012, but it has been updated numerous times as an independent report and multiple congressional reports have been issued —  by the House Select Committee on Benghazi. ] The long basically  feet dragging investigation is puzzling . The first period was an investigation into Hillary Clinton   trying to find dirt on what exactly took place in regards to Benghazi Libya , there was a lot of finger pointing , perhaps it was an attempt to link President Obama {as commander -in - chief } as the responsible party . While Obama made a horrible decision on not sending any help to the embassy staff in the end of the whole Benghazi quagmire Hillary Clinton took the blame herself . The second round of the investigation opened up exactly when she was running for President, and the focus has been on her statements in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attacks — rather than on Obama, who won his reelection. As part of the House Benghazi committee report, Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Pompeo issued an addendum with their views. In it, they blame Clinton for being among those who misled the public “rather than tell the American people the truth and increase the risk of losing an election.”    (2)>>"did the right thing"       Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then a top Trump campaign surrogate, also praised Comey's move, telling Fox News in late October and early November, 2016, that Comey "had an absolute duty … to come forward with the new information" and that he "did the right thing."  (1.2)>>Comey's October 2016 announcement .In October 2015, President Obama  that Clinton's personal email server “is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered,” and the following April, a few months before Comey’s press conference, Obama  of the Clinton email controversy that Clinton “would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy.” Both of these statements gave the appearance to many observers that the President had prejudged legally relevant aspects of the investigation. And, of course, Clinton is also the nominee of the President Obama's own party.(2.1)>>"The system is rigged. ... Its REALLY beyond strange how candidate Donald J Trump somehow "knew" of election rigging , he bragged about it so much  . I wrote a piece and posted on my blog prior to  that, I believed the election was rigged for Hillary Clinton in some way . I would have not guessed that It was the opposite to my speculation, but the DNC was rigged enough to ouster Sanders for the DNC nomination , but frankly I don't know why Sanders ran on a Democrat platform , he would have done better as a Independent , probably won . As For Trump ,  I am pretty certain that there were "some" Republicans in some sort of collusion to make him win the Republican Party nomination . It was not so much "Russians" in "FOX Holes" if you understand the term { FOX-holes as in FOX NEWS } the Trump win of the nomination throws out the Russian meddling out the window as much as a "inner Party conspiracy" on controlling the Electoral Collage , manipulating the vote from within the nation . Right now we are being bombarded with the Russian collusion theory , being told we have proof as in Mark Zukerberg FaceBook gathering of data profiles , but that only showed that Facebook collaborated with the Trump bandwagon to "influence" voters , but this was shown as evidence that Russians did it via fake news ads { Remember the word "Fake news" was a Trump's hammer to CNN} now somehow applied to political ads .  (3)>>Trump-Russia dossier could possibly be true. See [ Dossier - The Moscow Project https://themoscowproject.org/dossier/]  And in the aftermath of the publication of these explosive findings—as nothing less than the legitimacy of the 2016 U.S. presidential election was impugned; as congressional hearings and F.B.I. investigations were announced; as a bombastic president-elect continued to let loose with indignant tirades about “fake news”. Mr Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, had vehemently denied the claim, made in the report.  (4)>>"liar and leaker   As legal scholar Jonathan Turley notes, "that could be viewed as incriminating fired FBI director James Comey, not just in leaking sensitive information but also in lying to Congress."As Turley and others have noted, Comey was asked under oath in May 2017 whether he had ever authorized anyone to leak information to the press. Comey's answer was an emphatic "no."If Comey wasn't entirely truthful then, it wouldn't be the first time he's played fast and loose with the facts.