Monday, July 20, 2015

Phony War Hero McCain Again Exploits POWS for Political Aganda


Senator John McCain, the poor helpless victim of an unconscionable attack on his wartime heroics by that mean man Donald Trump is talking on TV today and as has been the case for decades, exploiting his time spent as a POW for political purposes. The entire media onslaught - joined by nearly all of those who Trump is leading in the polls – is beginning to have the appearance of a setup. With the desperation of the Republican establishment to banish Trump from the debates and put up a firewall between his rise in the polls and their approved candidates, it was obvious that some dirty tricks would be needed. It was after all reported that Bill Clinton and “Jeb!” were scheming to address the “Trump thing”. If that is the case then the Donald stumbled directly into the middle of the trap and now he is being ambushed as unfit for commander in chief and very soon, as one who doesn't support the troops.

McCain, being the career politician and con artist that he is didn’t respond to Trump’s comments right away which is bizarre considering his volcanic temper. McCain has waited while the media has launched a full blown smear campaign against Trump with the worst piece of propaganda being published by the estblishment bastion the Washington Post this morning. The story which is entitled “What Donald Trump was up to while John McCain was a prisoner of war” is a textbook example of character assassination that juxtaposes pictures of the suffering POW with the happy go lucky Trump. But according to some there are reasons to question what McCain really did during the war but more on that in a little bit.

In his first response directly addressing Donald Trump's comments on his war record, Sen. John McCain said Monday that the real estate mogul should not apologize to him, but should instead apologize to the veterans captured in war and their families.

When asked Monday if he wanted an apology from Trump, McCain, whose supporters have been blasting Trump all weekend, said he doesn't need one.

"I don't think so, but I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving our country," McCain told MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

"I'm in the arena, as (Teddy Roosevelt) used to say," McCain said, skipping an opportunity to knock Trump further as his allies and other presidential contenders from Trump's own party have been outspoken in denouncing his remarks.

Trump disparaged McCain and other prisoners of war in remarks Saturday. "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."
McCain spent 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in the "Hanoi Hilton" where he was tortured repeatedly. Trump, meanwhile, received four student deferments and one medical deferment to avoid serving in the Vietnam War.

Asked if he was angry that someone who had avoided that draft was knocking him, McCain said he preferred to move past the issue.

"I put that all behind me," McCain said. "I put all that behind me. For me to get back in anger at anyone is non-productive. Our country was divided in an almost unprecedented fashion during the Vietnam War. And when I came home I was shocked. So I have worked ever since to try and heal those wounds."

McCain is being dishonest to the extreme in claiming that “I put all that behind me” because his entire political career has been built upon the cornerstone of his being captured and tortured at the Hanoi Hilton. But that may not be all that McCain has been less than honest about. According to two stories that were recently brought to my attention, McCain’s entire wartime narrative should be called into question. There is the stunning possibility that he himself may have participated in a cover up over leaving behind those who were still missing in action in Vietnam. Now I realize that to many that this is really through the looking glass, alternate universe type of stuff but if the government, the media and our corrupt politicians regularly lie to the American people about pretty much damned near everything why in the hell should anything that they say be treated without skepticism?

The two articles are very long reads but well worth the time. One is an extensive essay by Ron Unz of the American Conservative entitled “John McCain: When "Tokyo Rose" Ran for President” which is of particular interest for links to some archival footage that has been cast down the memory hole. The film clip is from a news broadcast from when McCain returned home and shows him walking on his own power – although with a limp – which flies in the face of that famous public relations shot of him shaking hands with President Richard M. Nixon while on crutches. The crutches picture makes a reappearance in the WAPO hit piece on Trump but the video footage contradicts this iconic image.

But what is even more damning is an extensive piece by Pulitzer Prize winning Vietnam war correspondent Sydney Schanberg – who was played by Sam Waterston in the movie “The Killing Fields”- reporting that Senator McCain himself bears some responsibility for leaving men behind in Vietnam. The Schanberg piece, entitled “McCain and the POW Cover-Up” is jaw-dropping and stunning and it lays out a damning case against the “war hero”. I excerpt the opening but go and read the entire thing and judge it for yourself.

John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign. Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions. McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.

Given the long history of rumors that run counter to the official narrative on the 'heroic' John McCain, he is not so much a victim of a scurrilous and unwarranted attack by Trump who never wore the uniform as is being promoted. But rather it is McCain’s own convoluted story that should be afforded the careful scrutiny and investigation that it deserves now that it has become so important anew. Given how the establishment has chosen him as their designated martyr, getting to the bottom of McCain's real history could go a long way towards determining who it is that ends up becoming president next year.  If the smear campaign succeeds and if Trump is taken out by the media swarm, it is going to seriously alter the dynamic come next November. It may even punch Hillary Clinton's ticket back to the White House if Trump's supporters are sufficiently angered and don't vote for the chosen Judas goat this time around.

Perhaps it is Senator McCain himself who has some apologizing to do to the families of those left behind but minus a serious examination his role in the POW MIA cover up the truth will always be obscured by the fog of a war that never really ended.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Press the Meat: Chuck Todd Opens Bipartisan Effort to Quash Donald Trump


Not that one should expect much from a television network that employs the likes of ‘lyin Brian Williams and the giggly horse-faced lesbian Rachel Maddow but Chuck Todd’s Sunday morning tour de force of bullshit in bashing renegade GOP candidate Donald Trump was epic. Todd – whose surname would be a much better fit if it were "Toad" – was the tip of the spear for the coming bipartisan attempt to shut down The Donald  ASAP before he gains even more momentum.

Todd’s primo spot on NBC’s Sunday morning McNews program Press the Meat or it is formally known - Meet the Press - will provide him with a perfect forum to act as a hatchet man for the Democrats with an occasional under the table Handy Andy administered to establishment ‘conservatives’. For example folks like Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Peter King,  Bob Corker and Nikki Haley - the latter two of whom were MTP guests this week.

Sunday morning was the unofficial kick Donald Trump in the balls day and the cornucopia of boot-licking lackeys and establishment friendly clowns certainly did not disappoint. Upchuck Todd even went there by comparing Trump to the notorious civil rights era villain and Alabama Governor George Wallace, a man who is still vilified by liberals nearly two decades after his death.

As reported by the conservative website Breitbart News in the story “Chuck Todd Likens Trump to Segregationist George Wallace”:

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” after playing a montage of Donald Trump on issues over the years, host Chuck Todd attacked the Republican presidential candidate and billionaire business mogul by comparing him to segregationist Alabama Democratic Gov. George Wallace.

Journalist Maria Hinojosa said, “I did my research. I went back, and I was like, ‘What did FDR say about Japanese Americans?’ He said they could never be trusted to own land, they could never be trusted to assimilate. What did Strom Thurman say in 1948, when he was running for president? That all of the bayonets of the U.S. Army will never be able to force Negroes into my home or my church. So if, and what I’m hearing from Latino leaders who I’ve been speaking to, if this was being said, these comments were being said about any other group, African-Americans, Italian-Americans, Jewish-Americans, the entire Republican Party, the entire Democratic Party, the entire media establishment would stand up and say no. And yet, the feeling is well, you know, how much can we get away with insulting Mexicans, Latinos, immigrants.”

Host Chuck Todd said, “I think the question is are the Republican leaders doing enough to distance themselves? Are they going to look back a year from now and say, ‘Boy, I should have been tougher?’ Is Jeb Bush going to say, ‘I should have just said, ‘You know, I’m not going on a debate stage with that guy?”

He added, “We’ve seen versions of Donald Trump over the years. And I just don’t mean versions of this Donald Trump, but I mean, you know, a George Wallace and things like this. This does happen. And they do strike a chord.”

Todd was slicker than dog snot on a door knob with his little trial balloon that "Jeb!" should boycott the upcoming Republican debate because of Trump's presence. Not only is Todd a turd but Maria Hinojosa isn't exactly an unbiased guest given that she is an unapologetic Latino activist who has her own show on flaming liberal propaganda outlet NPR. Hell, she might as well just be Tokyo fucking Rose or Baghdad Bob, at the end of the day what's the difference? Liberals have ZERO credibility these days because they have as the tagline for Dr. Strangelove goes "stop worrying and love the bomb". The same people who were howling for Bush's head on a pike are just fine with torture, NSA surveillance, drone strikes, war and Wall Street bailouts now that their guy is in the White House. Fuck them!

Historical writer Doris Kearns Goodwin whose best selling book “Team of Rivals” so inspired Emperor Barack Obama that he used it as the blueprint to build his first cabinet was also a guest. Goodwin’s book is an obligatory coffee table display for all of the holier than thou star-bellied Sneetches whose indigenous territory is  imperial Washington but what makes her an authority on anything that Trump may be saying is beyond me. She did however whip and play out the dreaded Hitler card as per the official MTP transcript:

The country hasn't lost if Republicans in the south start taking a leadership in this role. I found it an extraordinary emotional moment. And I think that if they can say to themselves, "We want to heal this country," they lost the war. It's good they lost the war. If they hadn't lost the war, we would have had a split country. We wouldn't have been able to fight Hitler, we might not have been able to fight the Cold War. They should value the union that we have and now begin the racial healing. It's a great thing for the country that they've taken the leadership.

Rounding out the non-sitting politician slate was some dude named Matt Bai who seems to be a blogger for Yahoo or something. Arthur Brooks, who is the head of neoconservative think tank The American Enterprise Institute was there to impress the viewing audience with his intellectual gravitas. Hinojosa’s comments about “Jewish Americans” open the door to possible anti-Semite smears to be hurled Trump's way, or at the very least, sleazy innuendo comparing him to Hitler. This is a favorite trick of the neocons - who would lose big under the pro-American Trump - which meshes nicely with what the "Team of Rivals" lady had to say. You can practically see the wheels in all of the propaganda chop shops churning: Trump hates Mexicans, Trump is a racist, Hitler hated Jews so therefore Trump must be like Hitler. Pay attention folks, this is a pattern usually reserved for the foreign bogeyman of the week but the advance work is already being done by the corrupt state-corporate media to sell it to a domestic audience.

The bipartisan war on Donald Trump is now on like Donkey Kong. If as much energy was devoted to an effort to destroy ISIS then all of those dirty-bearded savages would punching their tickets off this mortal coil now and Americans would be safe. But this is after all electoral politics and the thing that people really need to start to understand is that it is a proxy war against the American people for control over the golden money spigots. No matter how crude that he comes across, Trump is the biggest challenge to the Beltway sewer dwellers in one hell of a long time and it is imperative that he be terminated with extreme prejudice. There is even a crazy story floating around out there that the Clintons have cut a deal the Bushes to take Trump out - I mean is that mafia or what?

He may be an ass clown on the brink of David Gregoryesque proportion but Chuck Todd is working his slimy ass off to score that big invite to sip bubbly, schmooze with the rest of the D.C. royalty and laugh at Obama’s bad jokes at next year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Ratings be damned, nothing is more beneficial to the political elite than a proven snake in the grass.

St. Bernie Sanders Drops by Swanky Martha’s Vineyard to Beg for Money


It has been with bemusement and bewilderment to see many liberals lining up to back Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as an alternative to Queen Hillary. The aging Sanders - who is a proud socialist - may be drawing big crowds now but he will be crushed by the Clinton political machine like cockroach pulverized by a jackboot when the time comes. 

I have more than a few friends who are whimsical and na├»ve liberals and to them old Bernie is nearly a Christ like figure but alas they are being conned - just like they were by Obama. Sanders is really nothing more than a Democrat ringer to provide the appearance that there is a choice when there really isn’t and if liberals were to take their heads out of the Kool Aid vat for long enough to take a good look around it would be clear for even them to see.

Bernie outed himself as just another political charlatan with his visit to the tony enclaves of Martha’s Vineyard to schmooze with the wealthy elite and to fundraise. As reported by the New York Times in the story “Bernie Sanders Courts Martha’s Vineyard Donors”:

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has risen in the polls thanks in part to his denunciations of the forces of concentrated wealth, drawing thousands of liberals to hear his jeremiads against corporate power in early nominating states and liberal hubs such as Madison, Wis.

But Mr. Sanders quietly stepped off the campaign trail this weekend to visit Martha’s Vineyard, a favorite summer destination of the country’s elite, in order to mix with representatives of some of the same interests he inveighs against in his stump speech.

Mr. Sanders attended the annual Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fund-raiser on the Massachusetts island, a popular gathering that draws some of the most prominent business lobbyists and fund-raisers in the Democratic Party.

One prominent attendee, a supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, suggested Mr. Sanders’s appearance suggested he was more pragmatic than his rhetoric would let on.

“Bernie is attracting throngs and has a wave going preaching against the one percent,” said the attendee, requesting anonymity to speak candidly. “So why would he take the weekend to spend in Martha’s Vineyard with wealthy people who are donating at least $37,000 and change to the DSCC?” (That is the minimum contribution to the Senate Democrats campaign arm in order to attend the event).

The website Twitchy has a series of Tweets hitting Sanders for his pilgrimage to the hallowed land of the one percent in the post entitled “Bernie Sanders boldly declares ‘money cannot be the God of life’ while raising money on Martha’s Vineyard” which is something that any liberal idiot who actually thinks that the guy has even the chance of a showball in the foundry pits of Hades should read. I did actually drop by the orange festooned cyber-sewer Daily Kos this morning and didn't see anything about St. Bernie's trip to the Vineyard but hey, you have to keep the sheep in line until Queen Hillary is able to hone her own fake populist shtick to perfection.

Sanders’ presence at Martha’s Vineyard shows just how cynical a pack of backstabbing weasels that America’s career politicians are as well as what a bunch of chumps that liberals always will be. Listening to all of the hogwash that Bernie is the messiah who would deliver them from the clutches of capitalist evil is more pathetic than anything. It also shows a certain willful detachment from the reality that is the USA in 2015 where money is everything in politics. This is an undeniable maxim that is even true for a hypocritical old goat like Bernie Sanders.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Neocon Hack Jonah Goldberg Mocks Trump Supporters as Being in Need of an Intervention


A big name writer for a prominent national political publication has launched a scathing attack on those who support maverick Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Trump’s astonishing popularity has the D.C. establishment shitting in their britches and the protectors of the elite denizens of that big imperial city along the Potomac are circling the wagons. The Donald has been smacked down by longtime establishment pundits the likes of George Will and Charles Krauthammer - both of the Washington Post editorial page - but now a new tactic is emerging of smearing and slandering his supporters.

We last saw this dastardly plan implemented during the rise of the Tea Party when a legitimate state of distaste and disgust with Emperor Barack Obama and his corrupt regime led to a huge backlash and the GOP retaking the House back in 2010. The Tea Party folks, an eclectic mixture of libertarians, social conservatives, fiscal hawks and the remnants of the Ron Paul movement were dismissed as cranks and racists by the same bought and paid for media that is now savaging Donald Trump and his supporters. Hey, I fell for all at one time but a lot of those folks were played both ways and were unwitting pawns in the big political game of racial indignation. This cuts both ways too. 

The article in question is a scurrilous hit piece featured at The National Review online by longtime pundit and blogger Jonah Goldberg and is an example of just how low that the presstitutes and propagandists will go to protect their sacred cows. Mr. Goldberg can be described as being a member of the influential neoconservative gaggle which always promotes foreign wars no matter how ruinous and costly and with no regard to the short and long term detrimental effects on the American people. Goldberg mocks Trump and basically calls out those who have been flocking to his rallies and speeches as nothing more than suckers, rubes and chumps while calling for the “Trump-pets” to undergo an intervention similar to what would be delivered to drunks and drug addicts.

The entitled Goldberg’s poison pen is ablaze in the piece entitled “Trump Fans, It’s Time for an Intervention” from which I excerpt the following:

Truly, honestly, and with all my heart and mind think Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters are making a yuuuuuuge mistake. I think they are being conned and played. I feel like a guy whose brother is being taken advantage of by a grifter. I’m watching helplessly as the con artist congratulates him for taking out a third mortgage.

Now, before I go on, let me clarify a few things. I get it. The base of the party is angry. They’re angry about Obama’s lawless chicanery on immigration. They’re angry about the GOP’s patented inability to cross the street without stepping on its own d*ck and then having to apologize for it. They’re angry that the Left’s culture warriors are behaving like an invading army that shoots the survivors even after they’ve surrendered. They’re angry that Republicans have to bend over backward so as not to offend anyone, while Democrats have free rein (and at times free reign) to do and to say as they please.

Enter Trump, stage left. He makes no apologies. He’s brash. I can understand why some see him as a breath of fresh air. If you want to give him credit for starting a worthwhile debate about sanctuary cities and illegal immigration, fine. I think that argument is way overdone, but certainly reasonable enough.

AND

Trump supporters need an intervention. I want to sit them down at the kitchen table, reach into a manila envelope, and pull out the proof that he’s a fraud.
The most troubling defense is this claptrap that he “tells it like it is.” Well, first of all, no he doesn’t. He tells it the way you want to hear it, which is an entirely different thing. He is like William Jennings Bryan, only his cross of gold has an all-you-can-eat buffet under it, and looks remarkably like a capital “T.”

Trump is even less truly conservative, but he’s trying to speak in an even grubbier dialect of conservatism. And, having grown up in the tabloid politics of New York, he’s better at faking it.

Eventually, I suspect, this will be the cause of his undoing. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know about conservatism, and at some point he will say something that even his biggest fans will recognize as a damning revelation about the real man beneath the schtick. The only question is whether he implodes before or after he does permanent damage to the GOP’s chances in 2016.

Goldberg goes on to lay out the case that Mr. Trump is the one who is actually the RINO and not three quarters of the rest of the field including the king in waiting “Jeb!”. His piece is a litany of horseshit and cherry picking that is as shamefully misleading as most of the rest of the tripe that is cranked out by the intellectual guardians of the beltway ruling class like link sausage made out of tainted skunk meat. He is a professional drive-by shooter, a specialist in knee-capping and a practitioner of the dark artistry of ad hominem attacks but he manages to make a pretty good living at it.

One thing to remember about guys like Jo-Berg is that he is an elitist himself, the type that former Vice President Spiro Agnew once referred to as “nattering nabobs” and “effete intellectual snobs” and the one thing that such swine truly fear is that one day enough folks will wake up and begin to throw the con artists, charlatans, racketeers and false prophets who have hijacked our democracy out of power. That would then force hordes of overpaid, careerist, ass-kissing douchebags and apologists like Mr. Goldberg to go and get real fucking jobs.

Jonah Goldberg is a scummy cocksucker from the word go as well as a child of privilege and opportunity. His mommy Lucianne paved the way for this wretched propagandist with her work on the Monica Lewinsky scandal where she helped to manipulate the moronic Linda Tripp into getting that famous sperm-covered blue dress. That is the one big thing with the neocons be their surnames Kristol, Podhoretz or Goldberg - nepotism rules but that is why they would be perfectly happy with either Bush or Clinton in the White House come 2017.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Thug Factory: Another Florida State Football Player Accused of Beating Woman


In what is beginning to become a familiar pattern another Florida State Seminole football player has run afoul of the law for punching a woman out. This comes just days after the announcement that the school had cut ties with freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video of him punching a woman in the head at a bar went viral. The school has indefinitely suspended star running back Dalvin Cook and authorities are issuing a warrant for his arrest.

The latest garnet and gold clad thug was expected to play a huge role for the team this year as it tries to offset the loss of superstar quarterback and accused rapist Jameis Winston who has now taken his act south to Tampa Bay and NFL millions. Cook is also accused of beating up a woman – this one took place outside of a bar – and could end up being benched by a university that is now faced with trying to salvage it's image as being a thug factory.

The state attorney's office in Tallahassee will issue a warrant for the arrest of Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, who is accused of punching a 21-year-old woman in the face several times during an argument outside a bar last month.
Florida State issued a statement Friday afternoon saying Cook has been suspended from the program indefinitely. The university said it would have no other comment.

State attorney Willie Meggs told ESPN.com on Friday that he had met with the woman, who is not a Florida State student, and a female witness on Friday. Cook's accuser presented Meggs photos of her injuries.

Meggs said Cook, a 19-year-old sophomore from Miami, will be charged with misdemeanor battery.

"I found the women to be very credible," Meggs said.

The alleged incident occurred the night before former Seminoles quarterback De'Andre Johnson punched another woman at a different bar near the FSU campus on June 24. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher dismissed Johnson from the team on Monday night, hours after the state attorney's office released surveillance video showing Johnson punching a 21-year-old FSU student in the face.

The woman who said Cook punched her told ESPN.com that her bottom lip was split and her nose was sore the next day. The woman said she identified Cook as the man who struck her in a photo lineup with two Tallahassee Police Department investigators on July 1. She told police she wanted to pursue criminal charges against him.

The Cook incident makes it obvious that the football team is a festering nest of criminal conduct and with the latest in a string of ugly public relations scandals the football program itself should be placed under scrutiny by the NCAA. There is an obvious disciplinary problem on the team and an institution that is obviously being overly permissive in sacrificing decency for dollars needs to look into some serious housecleaning.

As the old Greek proverb so aptly states “a fish rots from the head down” and that head belongs to FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher. Somebody, anybody who is an influential booster or has some power within the college hierarchy needs to call Fisher on the carpet because at some point winning and the big television bucks need to be secondary to developing decent citizens instead of gangstas.

Oh Chief Osceola, say it ain’t so!