Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dispatch from Ferguson: “They’re going to burn the city down”


The unrest is beginning again in Ferguson, Missouri - not that it ever really ended. Following up the shooting of a police officer on Saturday night there were eight people arrested Monday for allegedly throwing rocks and bottles at cops in a protest outside the police station. Despite what should have been a cooling off period after last month's protests/riots over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, the tension remains and could explode into violence at any time. It is being predicted that the entire thing could blow if the grand jury investigating the shooting exonerates Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown. In an interesting development it was reported that Wilson is now the subject of a second grand jury investigation for alleged brutality during a 2013 drug arrest.

According to a story from the website of the Los Angeles Times entitled "A tense Ferguson fears the worst is yet to come" I excerpt the following:

A tense Ferguson fears the worst is yet to come

Beauty Town has an elaborate video surveillance system that displays 16 angles of the store, but the cameras are better at capturing crime than at preventing it.

The beauty shop has been looted multiple times since a white Ferguson police officer shot an unarmed black man Aug. 9. Last week, during another round of unrest on West Florissant Avenue, a group of young men broke the front windows and raided the shelves and cash register.

Owner Shawn Kim thinks 99% of the people who live around his shop are good people.
For the rest, he’s bought a gun. Just in case.

If the grand jury fails to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown, almost everyone here thinks things will get worse.

“They’re not going to be looting next time,” said Kevin Seltzer, 30, who lives at an apartment complex near where Brown, 18, was shot. “They’re going to burn the city down.”

AND

Tensions rose further Saturday night, when officials said a Ferguson police officer on routine patrol was shot in the arm during a foot chase behind the community center. The unidentified officer was treated and released; the shooter escaped.

A few hours later, not far outside Ferguson’s city limits, an off-duty St. Louis police officer was ambushed on the freeway by one or more gunmen, who shot his car multiple times and escaped, officials said. The officer was injured by broken glass. He was not in uniform and was in his own vehicle; it was unclear whether he was targeted or the victim of a random assault.

Ferguson fears the worst is yet to come, especially if the grand jury does not indict Officer Darren Wilson. A decision is expected in November.

It has been speculated that the grand jury is unlikely to charge Wilson and the objectivity of the group has already been called into question by some.  This sets the table for a conflagration of mayhem and violence of which the August turbulence after Brown's shooting was only a preview. Such a blowup will ultimately be futile, serving only to destroy the property of locals and bring about violence and death as well as to feed the enduring racial resentment in America. There is the question of whether a brutal response by the militarized police will be brought to bear after much criticism over their previous heavy-handed crackdown. This would be a lose-lose situation for all involved and in this writer's personal opinion is unlikely. Some names that come to mind are Rick Perry, Al Sharpton and Ted Cruz. 

There will probably be no choice other than to call out the National Guard to restore order but there is the timing of when the grand jury findings will be announced. The first week in November is when the mid-term elections will be held and with the Democrats fighting pitched battle to hold onto the Senate any ugliness in Ferguson will become yet another political football. Obama will do what he usually does which will be nothing and the resulting vacuum of leadership will rapidly be filled by demagogues and race-baiters of the worst type.

Then there is the outside chance that a failure to charge Wilson will spread beyond the St. Louis area into an ugly explosion of pent up anger nationally. We could very soon have a situation similar to the late 1960's and early 1970's where race riots plagued the country. Mix in the growing discontent with a system gone rotten and it could be the perfect storm.

Strange days indeed.

Monday, September 29, 2014

TSA Gestapo Issues Warning on Phony Obama Terror Group Khorasan


The top dog of America's airport Gestapo forces, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has issued a bogeyman alert over the phony "terrorist" group Khorasan. Never mind that the existence of the crazier than ISIS (ISIL, IS) Muslim marauders has already been debunked as more political trickery by Obama to scare the bejesus out of Americans. The government is still selling Khorosan past it's expiration date in order to capitalize on America's first workplace beheading and the possibility that old men with cane swords may be lurking in the aisle seats.

According to The Hill in a story entitled "TSA chief: Khorasan a threat to US flights":

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said Friday that the Khorasan Group, an al Qaeda cell in northern Syrian, represented "a clear and present danger" to commercial flights to Europe and the United States.

"The stakes are real and the threats are high," Pistole told to members of the Aero Club, an organization that promotes the aviation industry, at a luncheon. "I see the Khorasan Group as being a very capable, determined enemy who was very much focused on getting somebody or something on a plane bound for Europe or the United States."

With about 275 airports worldwide with direct flights to the U.S., heightened security measures are being implemented at "a couple dozen" airports in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, targeting those that might be used by a terrorist to fly to the U.S, he said.

The top aviation security noted that U.S. airstrikes this week against the militant group were intended to disrupt an "imminent attack or attack entering the last phases of execution."

That horseshit all worked very well ten years ago but with the rise in social media bogus terror threats are pretty easily shot down these days. Maybe the Obama regime can bring back the color-coded terror alert charts that became such an embarrassment that they were mothballed. It is very important to put fear into the sheeple right now because the Democrats are terrified that they are going to lose the Senate and Barry has to be horrified over the very real prospect of a deserved impeachment and ouster from the White House.



"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and hence clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
- H.L. Mencken

But El Presidente continues his fear-mongering just in time for Halloween. In an epic nationally televised infomercial Obama showed up on CBS's flagship 60 Minutes last night. I am old enough to actually remember when 60 Minutes was a real news program instead of the zombie incarnation of the current era where it has become a ratings obsessed venue for government lies and celebrity swill. I excerpt from the transcript of Obama's interview (bracketed dialogue is mine]:

Steve Kroft: A lot of things going on in the world right now. A lot of them bad. You run into people on the street and they say the world is falling apart. You got Syria. You've got Iraq. You've got Ukraine. You've got Ebola. Is this the most difficult period of your presidency, the biggest challenge of your presidency, this period we're in right now?

[Translation: Nice job of fucking everything up O-bozo - how did that team of rivals thing work out for you?]

President Obama: It's a significant period. But if you think about what I walked into when I came into office, we had not only two wars still active, but we also had a world financial system, that was becoming unraveling. And we were losing 800,000 jobs a month. So you know, we've had challenges before, and we've overcome them. That's not to downplay the serious challenges that we do face right now, mostly internationally.

[Groan... there he goes blaming Bush again. Listen buddy, you own this mess now so stop whining. Who would have ever thought that the Bushreich would one day be looked back upon wistfully?] 

"This is not America against ISIL. This is America leading the international community to assist a country..."

[The "international community" including the predominant sponsors of radical Islamic terrorism in Saudi Arabia]

AND

Steve Kroft: I understand all the caveats about these regional groups. But this is an army of 40,000 people, according to some of the military estimates I heard the other day, very well-trained, very motivated.

President Obama: Well, part of it was that...

[The teleprompter must have crashed..]

Steve Kroft: What? How did they end up where they are in control of so much territory? Was that a complete surprise to you?

[Hey... I was playing golf...]

President Obama: Well I think, our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.

[Sure, why not trust the word of a serial perjurer?]

"And when trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don't call Beijing. They don't call Moscow. They call us."

[Yes, "they call us" many things, for example "the Great Satan"] 

Steve Kroft: I mean, he didn't say that, just say that, we underestimated ISIL. He said, we overestimated the ability and the will of our allies, the Iraqi army, to fight.
President Obama: That's true. That's absolutely true. And I...

[Just say it Obama - you underestimated them after you armed them] 

AND

Steve Kroft: You've got midterm elections coming up. Are you going to get shellacked?

[Bent over and butt-fucked would be a more accurate description] 

President Obama: Well...

[Whoops, the teleprompter crashed again]

Steve Kroft: Or do you think that, I mean, are you optimistic? What are the issues and what are you going to tell the American people?

[Time to get out the hip-waders] 

President Obama: Here's what I'm going to tell the American people. When I came into office, our economy was in crisis. We had unemployment up at 10 percent. It's now down to 6.1. We've had the longest run of uninterrupted private sector job growth in our history. We have seen deficits cut by more than half. Corporate balance sheets are probably the best they've been in the last several decades. We are producing more energy than we have before. We are producing more clean energy than we ever have before. I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial crisis. Ronald Reagan used to ask the question, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" In this case, are you better off than you were in six? And the answer is, the country is definitely better off than we were when I came into office, but now we have to make sure...

[What a bullshit artist, as if name-dropping Reagan is going to excuse all of his incompetence] 

Steve Kroft: Do you think people will feel that?

[The Democrats have an army of gullible suckers although it is dwindling daily] 

President Obama: They don't feel it. And the reason they don't feel it is because incomes and wages are not going up. There are solutions to that. If we raise the minimum wage, if we make sure women are getting paid the same as men for doing the same work, if we are rebuilding our infrastructure, if we're doing more to invest in job training so people are able to get the jobs that are out there right now, because manufacturing is coming back to this country. Not just the auto industry that we've saved, but you're starting to see reinvestment here in the United States. Businesses around the world are saying for the first time in a long time, "The place to invest isn't in China. It's the United States."

[China sure is "investing" in the United States, thanks to Obama and his slimy Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner we are in hock up to our ass to them]

Steve Kroft: Do you think you can hold the Senate?
[Can pigs fly?] 

President Obama: Yes. I do.

[Cut that man off! He has exceeded his alcohol limit]

Steve Kroft: You think you can sell this.

[Are there still enough suckers out there who will bite on "hope and change" hogwash?] 

President Obama: You know what?

 [I have an inkling that they are beginning to suspect that I suck]

Steve Kroft: You think you can convince people that they're doing fine, economically?

[Banker bonuses have never been better and the parties on the Hamptons and Martha's Vineyard will be like Roman orgies this year]

President Obama: Hopefully, they get a chance to hear the argument, because all I'm doing is presenting the facts.

Yep Mr. President, just like Khorasan or for that matter "hope" and "change". As the late P.T. Barnum once nailed it: "there is a sucker born every minute" and they breed like rabbits in America these days. How else could a two-bit shit salesman like Obama have ever been elected as president?

Swinish Boehner Calls for Boots on the Ground in Syria


The American political class enjoys many perks as our so-called elected representatives. There is of course the regular paycheck, enough paid vacation time to make even European socialists envious, great health insurance and a generous retirement package after a minimal qualifying period. All on the taxpayer dole too and that doesn't count the paid junkets, free meals and high paid lobbying gigs that await thanks to the revolving door between Washington and private industry. If a politician is prominent enough, they also are able to land face time in the media with the top honor being a regular on the Sunday morning bullshit circuit. Such an honor has made John McCain and Lindsey Graham into the "men" that they are.

John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House appeared Sunday on ABC's "This Week" with the cheesy former Bill Clinton flack turned celebrity pundit George Stephanopoulos where he called for American "Boots on the Ground" to combat the fanatical Islamist army ISIS or ISIL or IS. I excerpt from the transcript:

BOEHNER: If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the president says it is, I don't believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Why not?

BOEHNER: At the end of the day, I think it's gonna take more than air strikes to drive them outta there.

At some point somebody's boots have to be on the ground… That's the whole point-
STEPHANOPOULOS: American?

BOEHNER: Listen, the president doesn't want to do that.

If I were the president, I probably wouldn't have talked about what I wouldn't do. And maybe we can get enough of these forces trained to get ‘em on the battlefield. But somebody's boots have to be there.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And if no one else will step up, would you recommend putting American boots on the ground?

BOEHNER: We have no choice. These are barbarians. They intend to kill us. And if we don't destroy them first, we're gonna pay the price.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I know you've said that - assuming you're speaker next year - you'd want to have a vote on a resolution - why not now?

BOEHNER: I'd be happy to.

The president typically in a situation like this would call for an authorization vote and go sell that to the American people and send a resolution to the Hill. The president has not done that. He believes he has authority under existing resolutions to do what he's done.

Boehner is a world class weasel - he will call for a vote but only after the elections so he can save his own worthless ass.  Any 'leader' with a set of stones as well as a respect for American principles would have ensured that congress would have authorized renewed military action. Obama is acting like a king by invoking the 2001 authorization for the use of military force in Iraq in his war on ISIS.  This is a flimsy justification from a pathological liar and the fact that his regime had to actually invent Khorasan, the badder than ISIS group in order to gin up an al Qaeda link shows how this is all about cheap election year politics. Why doesn't Boehner demand some accountability from our Caesar? That is after all his f*cking job because the Constitution vests within congress the power to declare war - and only congress can do so. Boehner and his ilk are only enabling Obama and provided that Republicans are able to win the Senate - which is likely - it will be a charlatan like him who allows Barry to wriggle off of the hook of impeachment for his mounting list of high crimes.

Also it's mighty white of Boehner to volunteer the sons and daughters, husbands and wives and fathers and mothers of Americans up to be fed into the Middle East meat grinder again. He knows damned well that none of his children or grandchildren will end up coming back in a body bag or after being maimed by an IED or even worse, captured and beheaded on You Tube. The political scumbags are always the first to send others into their idiotic wars and they suffer none of the fallout. It should be enough to just continue bombing and to give the Iraqis a swift kick in the ass to fight their own damned battles without sacrificing American blood in another futile cause. The only way that ISIS is going to be eradicated is if the locals are the ones doing the heavy lifting and we see how that has worked out.

As far as "boots on the ground" haven't we heard enough of that overused, focus group tested bumper sticker slogan? Not one of these babbling idiots, from Boehner to Obama and all of the jackasses in between along with their media presstitutes can go longer than ten minutes without invoking the cliche of the year. Why not just cut through the bullshit and call it what it is which is the involvement of U.S. combat troops? My God these people have no shame.

Politicians and government lackeys are also given special status when it comes to skirting those TSA goons at the nation's airports. They never have to endure the humiliation of being forced to remove their shoes, walk over an area teeming with the foot fungus of others nor have their children felt up or grandma being forced to remove her medical diaper. They stand as much chance of being forced to submit to intimidating state thugs as their own kids do of being sent off to fight in one of their wars.

The political class in this country has become the equivalent to royalty and didn't America once fight a revolution to no longer be subjected to the whims of a king and his operatives.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Obama Khorasan Hoax is Revealed


The Obama administration’s invoking of the ultra-secretive most bad-assed Islamist terrorist group of them all - the mysterious Khorasan – has always smelled funny. That this group - which was hyped to be even worse than ISIS or ISIL or IS or whatever the Hell it is being called on any given day - just appeared out of thin air was very convenient. With the most intrusive and expensive surveillance machine in human history it is absurd to believe that such a group would not be on the U.S. radar yet it is discovered just in  time to justify Obama’s war in Syria. It has seemed like a hoax from the get go.

With the Democrats desperate to hold onto control of the Senate and Obama desperate to prevent being impeached there is nothing that sells like fear in an election year. Liberals squealed until their throats were raw over the Bush administration's politicizing of terrorism yet they are silent now that their boy is engaging in even worse tactics - at least Bush never invented a fake terror group.

Being that Republicans are perceived by voters as tougher on terrorism what better way to deflect Democrat critics than Obama yanking a phantom menace out of his ass and then attacking it for domestic political gain. It has been highly suspect from the day that the media campaign to promote it was launched but as more digging has been done it is now apparent that the entire thing is a massive Obama scam. Just one more of his trademark con jobs to dupe the American people of which there are many. The locals on the ground in Syria question the very existence of Korasan, according to a story in The Washington Post entitled “The strange story behind the ‘Khorasan’ group’s name” . It has all the hallmarks of a U.S. government orchestrated propaganda campaign, there should be laws against stuff like this.

Now, the online magazine The Intercept has a brilliant deconstruction of Obama’s selling of the new bogeyman which is a must read. The piece, written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald is entitled “The Khorasan Group: Anatomy of a Fake Terror Threat to Justify Bombing Syria”. I excerpt the following form the piece:

As the Obama administration prepared to bomb Syria without Congressional or U.N. authorization, it faced two problems. The first was the difficulty of sustaining public support for a new years-long war against ISIS, a group that clearly posed no imminent threat to the “homeland.” A second was the lack of legal justification for launching a new bombing campaign with no viable claim of self-defense or U.N. approval.

The solution to both problems was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat that was branded “The Khorasan Group.” After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat – too radical even for Al Qaeda! – administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore.

AND

This Khorasan-attacking-Americans alarm spread quickly and explosively in the landscape of U.S. national security reporting. The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake warned on September 23 - the day after the first U.S. bombs fell in Syria - that “American analysts had pieced together detailed information on a pending attack from an outfit that informally called itself ‘the Khorasan Group’ to use hard-to-detect explosives on American and European airliners.” He added even more ominously: “The planning from the Khorasan Group … suggests at least an aspiration to launch more-coordinated and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001″ (days later, Lake, along with Josh Rogin, actually claimed that “Iran has long been harboring senior al Qaeda, al Nusra, and so-called Khorasan Group leaders as part of its complicated strategy to influence the region”).

AND

So after spending weeks promoting ISIS as Worse Than Al Qaeda™, they unveiled a new, never-before-heard-of group that was Worse Than ISIS™. Overnight, as the first bombs on Syria fell, the endlessly helpful U.S. media mindlessly circulated the script they were given: this new group was composed of “hardened terrorists,” posed an “imminent” threat to the U.S. homeland, was in the “final stages” of plots to take down U.S. civilian aircraft, and could “launch more-coordinated and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001.”"

As usual, anonymity was granted to U.S. officials to make these claims. As usual, there was almost no evidence for any of this. Nonetheless, American media outlets – eager, as always, to justify American wars - spewed all of this with very little skepticism. Worse, they did it by pretending that the U.S. Government was trying not to talk about all of this – too secret! – but they, as intrepid, digging journalists, managed to unearth it from their courageous “sources.” Once the damage was done, the evidence quickly emerged about what a sham this all was. But, as always with these government/media propaganda campaigns, the truth emerged only when it’s impotent.

It is a very long piece with many links and it is impossible to do it justice here so go and check it out. It is a perfect analysis of how administration lies are promulgated by the corrupt  mainstream media and it's stable of ass-kissing pundits and treacherous hacks masquerading as reporters.

And don’t forget that King Obama summoned a number of high-profile media figures to the White House before his big speech on the bombings in Iraq and Syria. The guest list according to a story published at the  Huffington Post identified the presstitutes as:

"New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post's David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic's Julia Ioffe; Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll; The Wall Street Journal's Jerry Seib; and The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky."

All of whom have been water carriers for the Obama regime and should not be trusted if they tell you that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. They are nothing more than government stenographers but that is how it is with the rancid establishment media in America today.

There may be some level to which that slimy bastard Obama isn’t willing to stoop to but it has yet to be identified.

Cop Shooting in Ferguson Could be a Signal of Renewed Unrest


Memorial to Michael Brown Torched by Vandals

Things may be ready to heat up again in Ferguson, Missouri after a police officer was shot and wounded on Saturday night.  While the tensions have substantially died down after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August led to mass protests and the dispatching of militarized police to put down the unrest they have been percolating beneath the surface. Earlier this week a memorial to 18 year old Michael Brown was burned down leading to renewed protests. This is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode and the shooting could be the match that ignites the bonfire if the response is overly aggressive.

According to the Associated Press in a story entitled "Police: Ferguson Officer Shot; 2 Suspects Wanted":

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A search for two suspects in a St. Louis suburb that's undergone racial unrest continued Sunday after a Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm following an encounter with two men at a community center who ran from him and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a media briefing early Sunday that the officer approached the men around 9:10 p.m. Saturday because the community center was closed. As the officer approached, the men ran away. When the officer gave chase, "one of the men turned and shot," Belmar said.

The officer was shot in the arm and is expected to survive, he said. Belmar did not identify the officer or give further details about his condition. He said the officer returned fire but said police have "no indication" that either suspect was shot.

A search was underway for the suspects early Sunday in Ferguson, where some community members remain uneasy in the wake of the August shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

Belmar said he did not think the officer's shooting was related to two separate protests about Michael Brown's shooting that were going on Saturday night around the same time.

Around midnight at the police station, approximately two dozen officers stood near a group of about 100 protesters who mingled on a street corner, occasionally shouting, "No justice; no peace."
Nearby, part of a road was closed in town as police conducted a search for the suspects. Numerous law enforcement agencies were responding, and police helicopters were canvassing the area.

The officer's shooting comes after Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson issued a videotaped apology to Brown's family earlier in the week and attempted to march with protesters, an effort that led to a clash with activists and several arrests on Thursday.

Things are rapidly falling apart in the United States these days. The president is a fool, the outgoing Attorney General is a stone cold fascist, the entire system has been hijacked by scumbags and is rotten to the core with corruption. We are entering yet another endless war in the Middle East and the economy is a house of cards that could collapse at any given moment.  The spirit of fear and loathing rage through the land in a manner unseen since the 1960's and early 1970's and on Friday we had America's first workplace beheading.

It conjures up that famous old Chinese curse: may you live in interesting times.