Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Obama’s Contra Death Squads Coming to Ukraine


Barack Obama has made no secret of his admiration of Ronald Reagan and now he can have his very own death squads. The day after Vice President Joe Biden, he of the shining white donkey teeth that conceal a forked tongue flew to Kiev to meet with the coup government. This coming on the heels of CIA Director John Brennan’s trip after which strange things began to bubble up like that debunked forced Jew registration leaflet and the promulgation of the anti-austerity rebels in East Ukraine were the most virulent form of anti-Semites, this despite the inclusion of actual neo-Nazis within the US backed regime of Prime Minister Arseniy “Yats” Yatsenyuk.  On Tuesday it was announced with much outrage that the body of a pro-junta politician, Vladimir Rybak (no word as of yet whether he was affiliated with either Svoboda or Right-Sector) was discovered having been tortured.  The ground has been prepped for the coming slaughter and Americans, the vast majority having no other source of information outside of the thoroughly controlled state-corporate media can park themselves upon their couches and fire up the electronic crackpipe by tuning in to CNN, MNSBC or FOX and grab some popcorn for it is time for some good ole fashion Rooskie bashing.
The US political class, poisoned by years of exposure to a toxic neocon ideology and presided over by easily offended nincompoops like Obama, Biden and their man over at Foggy Bottom, Secretary of Skull and Bones John Kerry is lusting for a new Cold War. Kerry, being the prone to chronic bouts of diarrhea of the mouth said as much when he waxed nostalgic about the good old days in a moment when the veil slipped during a speech at the State Department (from RT because something this idiotic will likely be scrubbed from US accounts):
“during the Cold War, it actually – it may not have seemed so at the time, obviously, to great leaders, but it was easier than it is today – simpler is maybe a way to put it.”
“We could make really bad decisions and still win because we were pretty much the sole dominant economic and military power around,” Kerry said. “That’s not true anymore.”
Kerry said that during the era of mutually assured destruction “choices were less varied, less complicated, more stark, more clear.” He said everything was clear cut and split into camps “communism, democracy; West, East; the Iron Curtain, the great line of divide. And many things were subsumed and quashed by that force of that bipolar world.”
In today's world, US foreign policy is more complicated as “the vast array of challenges that we face today as the world is witnessing this explosion of sectarianism, religious extremism, radical ideologies, and frankly too many failed states and failing states – a vast challenge to governance, sometimes even witnessed here in our nation’s capital”
Antiwar.com’s Justin Raimondo is as usual on the attack and he skewers the Massachusetts moron in his Wednesday column entitled “John Kerry: Clueless Buffoon” from which I excerpt:
Yes, those were the Good Old Days – when children in the schoolroom cowered beneath their desks – and we almost went to war with the nuclear-armed Soviet Union over missiles in Cuba which posed no more threat than missiles outside Moscow. Does "quaint" even begin to describe that vintage scene? It’s all so Currier & Ives.
We were the Good Guys and the Russkies were the Bad Guys – and never the morally equivalent twain shall meet! If only we could get back to those halcyon days, everything would be "simpler," says Kerry.
Having an implacable enemy of unrivaled evil supposedly bent on our destruction has its advantages – yes, a US Secretary of State actually does seem to believe this. Having nuclear-armed enemies is a Good Thing – because it makes the job of US officials so much easier. Should we support a South American dictator who murders his own people for looking at him cross-eyed – but of course we should, because he hates the Russkies! Do we really need to build more nuclear weapons than it would take to incinerate the world one-hundred times over? The answer – back then – was an obvious yes, at least to our wise rulers (who never considered how dangerous our arsenal would become once it started to age….). And how about getting involved in a war in Southeast Asia that would take tens of thousands of American lives – and easily a million non-Americans – a war this same John Kerry would refer to with unmitigated contempt as he threw his war medals right back at the Pentagon?
To think that this fool nearly became President of the United States until he was derailed in Ohio back in 2004 – Kerry is another wonderful example of the rottenness of the American political elite that rewards dishonor and incompetence and where the scum always rises to the top.
In Ukraine, acting coup regime President Oleksandr Turchynov is using the discovery of Ryback's corpse as the Gleiwitz incident that will now allow for the paramilitary forces to be unleashed - among them neo-Nazis and likely mercenaries and the slaughter is going to begin. Biden's guarantee to commit the US taxpayers as accomplices to the coming wave of murder, rape and torture has further emboldened the illegally installed puppet government. There is lots and lots of bloodshed coming soon. According to a Reuters story entitled "Ukraine's leaders say have U.S. backing to take on 'aggressors'" from which I excerpt:
Ukraine's government said on Wednesday the United States had promised to stand by it in the face of aggression, and announced that it would press ahead with a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups.
After a lull for the Easter religious holiday, officials in Kiev decided to renew what they call an "anti-terrorist operation" against separatist militias who have seized control of about a dozen public buildings in eastern Ukraine.
There it is again, the use of "terrorist" to describe political dissenters as if those whose violence in Maidan, who hurled firebombs at police and conducted a violent (US sanctioned) rampage were not "terrorists". Once again, it is the same old hypocrisy wrapped in a flag being used to sell yet more carnage abroad.
Pity the anti-austerity protesters in the East for the pogroms are coming while the stars and stripes fly over a nation steeped in the blissful  peace that is ignorance.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Welcome to Chumpland: Biden Pledges US Aid to Kiev Coup Regime


There is an old acronym that brings to mind the dismal state of affairs in America and that is BOHICA (Bend Over Here It Comes Again) and it is coming without a lubricant as smilin' Joe Biden - he of the donkey teeth - visited Kiev to shower the unelected coup regime with more US taxpayer dollars. Oh Joe, say it isn't so. Not that the majority of Americans bother reading anything that informs them of the true nature of the world, preferring to be spoonfed little sound bites of McNews from paid liars and government shills on television but if they were able to somehow bypass the propaganda I can't imagine that this would sit well. Having already been economically busted down thanks to Bill Clinton's finance industry "reforms" which really only served to rig the game for Wall Street predators, fleeced by George W. Bush for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and crushed by Barack Obama's ongoing subsidizing of Wall Street casinos with free house money now we will be sending money to neo-Nazis in Ukraine.
According to a story in The Guardian, the Vice President and possible 2016 Democratic party nominee if Queen Hillary the Inevitable changes her mind promised that:
Biden told Ukrainian members of parliament in Kiev, including presidential candidates, that the US stood with them against "humiliating threats". He added the US was ready to help Ukraine's economy but warned that Kiev must fight the "cancer" of endemic corruption.
As Biden met with the acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, in Ukraine's parliament building, US officials said the onus was firmly on Moscow to fulfil the accord meant to reduce tensions in the worst east-west confrontation since the cold war.
There are always ulterior motives behind US intentions as the government is rotten to the core with corruption and money has become the ultimate vote, even more so after the Supreme Court's recent ruling further rigging the game for the oligarchy and shutting out the peasants. There is a lot of big corporate money at stake in Ukraine and the country's geopolitical importance in pipelines and natural gas and the ability to use the US military to control the distribution routes so as to stick it to Russia weighs heavily. This isn't exactly top secret either political grandmaster Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote of the necessity to control Ukraine in his book "The Grand Chessboard" and ever since the old Soviet Union disintegrated, was looted by the IMF and US favored oligarchs the American political class and the Deep State that underlies it have been hellbent on humiliating and crushing Russia. There has been the ongoing absorbing into NATO (a Cold War relic that long ago should have been relegated to history along with the Berlin Wall) former pieces of the Soviet Empire and surrounding Russia with missile bases. It is easy to see why this does not sit well with Putin and the ability to goad the thin skinned Obama into an emotion based confrontation with the nuclear armed Russia does have official underlying policy reasons. That is not to say that it is right though nor very wise.
The short term goal I suspect is to steal the European natural gas market away from Russia with the "fracking" boom here in The Homeland and the miracle of shale oil making the US a player in global energy markets. The push for the Keystone XL pipeline continues but has been bumped until after the mid-term elections by the calculating political animal Obama and his swinish cadre of Democrats. Republicans on the other hand trumpet the miracle of jobs created by the completion of the pipeline and further domestic exploration, you know "drill baby drill!" but what nobody is saying is that little to none of what is extracted is going to be used for domestic consumption or to bring down prices once again approaching $4.00 a gallon plus despite government lies to the contrary. What IS going to happen with the increased supply is that the product will be exported - further raising prices in our star spangled lemming colony and with higher gas prices come higher food prices. Don't worry though, the government very conveniently omits food and energy costs from core inflation figures so everything is just fine.
You have to wonder at what point do Americans finally do what so many others are doing across the planet and rebel against the system. There was at least some of it during the days of the Occupy Movement but it was ruthlessly and quickly destroyed by the power of the state and the current protector of the elite Obama. With the political system no longer functional and becoming more so by the day with democracy being subverted by big money when will Americans finally get it that they no longer live in the country that they have been indoctrinated to believe that they do. The Chinese have a rather innovative idea on how to deal with corruption and politicians that can't be beaten at the ballot box - they just beat the hell out of them in the streets. Not that I am encouraging violence or anything but one of the greatest problems that exists today is that the government doesn't fear the people. The below excerpt from the popular website Infowars with the caveat that I do not consider it to be a very reliable source (too much Kochtopus and CNP propaganda) but it does have the best presentation on riots in China where corrupt officials had the living hell beaten out of them, the link is here:
 “Kill them! Kill them!” chanted mob
 Irate Chinese citizens savagely beat five government bureaucrats during an incident that escalated into a 1,000 strong riot on Saturday in another telltale sign of the Communist country’s increasing social tensions.
 The disturbance began after members of the Chengguan municipal police, China’s widely loathed bureaucrats who enforce government regulations against street vendors, began harassing and beating a woman in the Cangnan County of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province.
When a bystander, 36 year-old Mr. Huang, came to the woman’s aid by filming the confrontation, he was reportedly attacked by cops with a hammer and began to vomit blood before dying on the way to hospital.
 After word spread on social media about what had just happened, a huge mob of citizens arrived to surround the Chengguan officers, who attempted to hide in their van. “Kill them, kill them!” chanted the mob as the officers were savagely beaten with bats, bricks and stones, leaving them bloodied and unconscious.
 “Angry onlookers deflated the van’s tires, while others smashed windows and doors with bricks, rocks, and wooden sticks. The men were dragged out of the van and beaten senseless by the mob,” reports Epoch Times.
This along with a piece from the financial blog Zero Hedge where a cop is beaten to death  shows what could make the rulers in Beijing very restive and at some point the corrupt government in Washington needs to rediscover a healthy fear of it's subjects. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Biden Goes to Kiev as America Goes to Hell


Vice President Joe Biden made a highly publicized trip to Kiev on Monday in a show of support to the unelected, coup installed government of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk or “Yats” as he has become affectionately referred to by the US regime changers. The Easter “truce” was shattered when what was likely US backed neo-Nazi militias (or mercenaries ) engaged in a gunfight near Slavyansk resulting in at least three deaths. The corrupt US state-corporate media had the backs of the occupying junta in Kiev though and blamed it on Russia and that horrible, horrible man Vladimir Putin. By now anyone with an inkling of sense can fully see that just about everything that comes out in the US media are the lies of neocon propagandists itching to put some American boots on the ground in East Ukraine – just not theirs. When it comes to a cowardly lot of bitches and bastards who are always foaming at the mouth to send the sons and daughters of others to murder, torture and be killed or maimed themselves there are none more adept than the embedded neoconservatives who have like termites eaten their way into what was once an admired and honorable democracy. The neocons have company now in the liberal interventionists and their “improve or we’ll kill you” crusade to make the world into a ‘better’ place – according to their vision. Together they are a  toxic and volatile mix that may prove to be fatal barring the miraculous backing down by a renegade US government led by the petulant narcissist Barack Obama.
The poisonous hydra of the US media is doing their damned level best to continue to agitate for the confrontation – and eventual toppling of Putin which is a fantasy and the provocations continue, now there is the tale that the sanction twins Obama and the stammering goon John Kerry are going to go after $40 billion of Putin’s own dough. It is ridiculous that the parasitical global finance mafia and their military arm in Washington would go so far as to steal the money that Putin allegedly skimmed from his own people. Recall after the fall of the Soviet Union that there was a US sanctioned looting of Russia by chosen oligarchs under the cartoon figure of the drunken Boris Yeltsin. It is truly a symptom of the now cancerous late stage of looter capitalism as exemplified by the ruling class of the US of A that everything has to be monetized, including revenge.
Hell, with the way that the lies continue to pile up – including that debunked story of forced registration of Jews in East Ukraine that keeps popping up in the US media – it is questionable whether Putin even has the money in that Swiss bank account or it will be created out of thin air or otherwise temporarily shifted from the black budget to provide the illusion that will drive the media coverage. Personally, I don’t think that Putin is that fucking stupid to stash the money where it could be easily found by the jackals in Washington, London and New York. There is also once again the serious hypocrisy of the US, which has one of the most corrupt political systems that now exists with a millionaire occupied Congress having the moral high ground to wag that big red, white and blue finger at anyone. 
While Biden breaks bread with "Yats" and his neo-Nazis and fascists in Kiev the job of selling what may well be the coming slaughter by extremist right-wing militias, some who lionize the fiendish WW II Nazi collaborator and mass murderer Stepan Bandera the disinformation machine in The Homeland continues to be set on high. In the most recent whopper, the New York Times, our nation's 'paper of record' has now reached back into the Judith Miller days to sell the war on Russia via Ukraine.  Michael Gordon, a collaborator of the disgraced Miller whose work on behalf of Dick Cheney and the neocons in spreading the lies that led to the ongoing blood soaked attack on Iraq is at it again. I regularly read the work of Robert Parry of Consortium News who is a true investigative reporter of the likes that are no longer tolerated in the debased domestic media. I excerpt from his latest piece which calls into question the NYT and Gordon for what for all intents and purposes is yet another bullshit story. The Parry piece is entitled "Another NYT-Michael Gordon Special?" from which I excerpt:
There is now a pattern to New York Times “investigative” stories that seek to pin the blame on some nefarious foreign enemy, as in the 2002 article on Iraq buying aluminum tubes for nuclear centrifuges; the 2013 “vector analysis” tracing sarin-laden rockets to a Syrian military base; and now a photographic analysis proving that Russian soldiers are behind unrest in eastern Ukraine.
All these stories draw hard conclusions from very murky evidence while ignoring or brushing aside alternative explanations. They also pile up supportive acclamations for their conclusions from self-interested sources while treating any doubters as rubes. And, these three articles all involved reporter Michael R. Gordon.
The infamous aluminum tube story of Sept. 8, 2002, which Gordon co-wrote with Judith Miller, relied on U.S. intelligence sources and Iraqi defectors to frighten Americans with images of “mushroom clouds” if they didn’t support President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq. The timing played perfectly into the administration’s advertising “rollout” for the Iraq War.
Of course, the story turned out to be false and to have unfairly downplayed skeptics of the nuclear-centrifuge scenario. The aluminum tubes actually were meant for artillery, not for centrifuges. But the article provided a great impetus toward the Iraq War, which ended up killing nearly 4,500 U.S. soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.
Gordon’s co-author, Judith Miller, became the only U.S. journalist known to have lost a job over the reckless and shoddy reporting that contributed to the Iraq disaster. For his part, Gordon continued serving as a respected Pentagon correspondent.
Gordon’s name also showed up in a supporting role on the Times’ botched “vector analysis” of Sept. 17, 2013, which nearly helped get the United States into another Mideast war, with Syria. That story traced the flight paths of two rockets, recovered in suburbs of Damascus after the Aug. 21 sarin gas attack, back to a Syrian military base 9.5 kilometers away.
The article became the “slam-dunk” evidence that the Syrian government was lying when it denied launching the sarin attack that killed several hundred people.
AND
The Times reported, “Now, photographs and descriptions from eastern Ukraine endorsed by the Obama administration on Sunday suggest that many of the green men are indeed Russian military and intelligence forces — equipped in the same fashion as Russian special operations troops involved in annexing the Crimea region in February. Some of the men photographed in Ukraine have been identified in other photos clearly taken among Russian troops in other settings.”
The Times apparently accepts the photos as legitimate in terms of where and when they were taken, but that requires first trusting the source, the post-coup regime in Kiev which has a strong motive for making this argument as a prelude to violently crushing the eastern Ukrainian protests.
Secondly, one has to believe that the fuzzy photographs of the circled faces are the same individuals. They may be, but it is difficult to be sure from what is displayed. The principal figure shown is a man with a long beard and a cap sometimes pulled down over his forehead. He could be a Russian special forces soldier or a character from “Duck Dynasty.”
And the resemblance of some uniforms to those worn by Russian soldiers is also circumstantial, since military gear often looks similar or it could have been sold to civilians, or the men could be veterans who kept their old uniforms after leaving the military. The fact that these men are adept at handling weapons also could mean that they have prior military experience, not that they are still active.
For the Times to cite the Obama administration’s endorsement of the Kiev regime’s claims as some kind of verification is also silly. Anyone who has followed the Ukraine crisis knows that the U.S. government is wholeheartedly on the side of the post-coup regime, trumpeting its propaganda and dismissing any counterclaims from the Yanukovych camp or from Moscow.
The rest of the piece can be read here and I would strongly recommend the fine work at Consortium News as an invaluable resource to those seeking to understand where it all went wrong in the US of A, particularly in the huge archives section which is filled with must read stories. From the CIA assimilating Nazi war criminals after WW II to The October Surprise to Iran-Contra to the present this is an essential source of information that you will not find in establishment organs such as the New York Times or Washington Post.
Despite it's venerable reputation, The New York Times cannot be trusted and it is not because of any sort of phony "liberal" bias but an establishment bias that supports the American war machine no matter which criminal party is technically in power, allowing Gordon to continue to prostitute himself out as a mouthpiece is as damning as any bullshit on it's editorial page inhabited by the likes of set for life country clubber elite insiders the likes of Thomas Friedman, David Brooks and Nicholas Kristof.  Gordon has joined the pantheon of professional imperial bullshitters with his latest, right up there with NBC's insipid David Gregory who on Easter Sunday continued to push the hoax that was the Donetsk Jew registration leaflets after they had pretty much been exposed as a fraud. In an interesting and revealing footnote a story came out that the network had hired a "psychological consultant" for the host of their sinking Sunday morning flagship. 
The presstitutes continue to do their job in squealing like war pigs although it has yet to be seen as to how effective this latest pack of lies will resonate. Regarding Ukraine, according to a poll (that is if you can believe such things) a whopping 84 percent of Americans don’t know where the hell that it is even located on a map. I think that is way too high though, I  personally wouldn’t put it much above 70 percent or so.
Finally in a bit of great news the 2014 Boston Marathon was run today and nothing blew up, now can we just get over the whole “Boston Strong” thing? 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Preaching From the Propaganda Pulpit on Easter Sunday


Pope Francis made a plea for peace in Syria and Ukraine on Easter Sunday while the warmongers here in The Homeland took to the airwaves to sell the exactly the opposite message. You would think that the corrupt state-corporate media, the neocons and the American political class would at least honor those who wish to celebrate the Easter holiday in peace with their friends and family. In actuality, it is a great time to go on the air with dishonest interviews of characters of ill repute, peddle outrageous lies and reach the maximum desired audience so as to bring their horseshit to family dinners. Easter Sunday was no exception and the usual array of scum was present on the telescreens to preach their message of fear, loathing and vengeance. Shameful but that’s just the way that we roll in the smoking crater of what is left of America these days.
Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press with the always slimy David Gregory was none other than the US installed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of the occupying coup government in Kiev. The neocon puppet “Yats” hit all of the talking points in a command performance on what is supposedly a holy day including the obviously faked leaflets distributed in Eastern Ukraine to force Jews to register.  This is a massive whopper that stinks of black propaganda and has already been discredited - outside of the pocket media that is. "Yats" also read all of his lines and delivered them with gusto when announcing the demonized and reviled Russian president Vladimir Putin's alleged moves to reconstruct the Soviet empire, it is the latest version of that restoration of the Islamic Caliphate what was used for so long to great effect to carry out the war on Muslims. 
The "exclusive" Gregory-Yats interview was more of the same crap that has been peddled to Boobus Americanus over the US instigated situation in Ukraine. I excerpt the following from the transcript (the entire thing is here):
DAVID GREGORY: The West including Ukraine, the United States, and Russia struck a deal to calm the violence in eastern Ukraine. What's it going to take for this deal to hold?
ARSENIY YATSENYUK: Well, much depends on the Russian Federation. As Russia triggered this violence and Russia supported these terrorists, and Russia was obliged to engineer a meeting to condemn terrorists and to condemn those so-called peaceful protesters with AK-74 in their hands, shooting into civilians and shooting into Ukrainian riot police. And if Russia pulls back its security forces and former K.G.B. agents, this would definitely calm down the situation and stabilize the situation in southern and eastern Ukraine.
DAVID GREGORY: When you hear President Vladimir Putin talk about Novorossiya, “New Russia,” where he talks about Ukraine being part of Russia, does that tell you that Putin will not stop until Ukraine is part of Russia?
ARSENIY YATSENYUK: President Putin has a dream to restore the Soviet Union. And every day, he goes further and further. And God knows where is the final destination. And he was very clear, saying this stuff in his state of the union two years ago. And I believe that you do remember his famous Munich speech saying that the biggest disaster of the former century is the collapse of the Soviet Union. I consider that the biggest disaster of this century would be the restoring of the Soviet Union under the auspices of President Putin.
DAVID GREGORY:Vice President Biden will be in Ukraine this coming week. My question to you, Prime Minister: Is Ukraine strong enough militarily to stop Russia in the east? If not, what specifically will you ask the Obama administration for? Do you need modern weaponry? Do you need advanced lethal weaponry to stop the Russians?
ARSENIY YATSENYUK: We need a strong and solid state. We need financial and economic support. We need to overhaul the Ukrainian military. We need to modernize our security and military forces. We need the real support. You know, it's easy to answer the question you just asked me. How can you stop the nuclear-powered state which is Russian Federation that spent billions of dollars to modernize their military instead of Ukraine? In the last four years, the former president, together with the Russian supporters, what they did, they just dismantled Ukrainian military and Ukrainian security forces. So we need to be in very good shape in order to stop Russia. And for this shape, we need to have and to get the real support from our Western partners.
DAVID GREGORY: So you need weapons?
ARSENIY YATSENYUK: We need financial, economic support. We need to modernize Ukrainian military and to overhaul all structures of Ukrainian defense system.
DAVID GREGORY: Final question. There have been ghastly reports coming out of eastern Ukraine this week about some kind of forces forcing Jews in the eastern part of the country to register with local authorities. What do you make of this? Are these accurate? Are Jews particularly at risk?
ARSENIY YATSENYUK: We got information that these so-called peaceful protesters with light ammunition in their hands, that they sent a number of bulletins saying that everyone who is a Jew to be indicated as a Jew. And today in the morning, I made a clear statement urged Ukrainian military and security forces and Ukrainian Department of Homeland Security urgently to find these bastards and to bring them to justice.
It’s even money that the “bastards” will be some patsies who get killed in a shootout with military or security forces with incriminating ‘ties’ to Putin and Russia. The reference to the “Ukranian Department of Homeland Security” may as well be to the Ukranian Gestapo – the term “Homeland” or “Heimat” is in its true European element rather than a disease that has taken root in America. 
The whole thing adds up to Americans being on the hook to engage in still more costly and dangerous foreign misadventures. With millions of our own citizens out of work, underemployed, homeless, all of the hungry children right here in the US, a financial system that is gamed to the hilt and markets that cannot function without the government propping them up, an outdated and decaying infrastructure and yet it is acceptable to send billions to an illegally installed government in Ukraine? David Gregory is set for life as are the political class and their media court jesters but it sends a very clear message to the rest of the population and that message is “Fuck You”.  Let them eat war and beg for seconds.
Nice country, cutting food stamps and unemployment benefits for those impoverished by a system hijacked by looters that have government protection while arming neo-Nazi militias. The Jew registration hoax has real legs and one could suspect that the timing of it was purposely planned to occur during the week of Easter and Passover.  Call it “Operation Easter Outrage” and that there is no caution other than the usual rush to judgment it is because it is known exactly where the leaflets came from and that it is a psychological operation that is targeting the American sheeple. The shameless opportunist Glenn Beck’s website “The Blaze” is hammering it as well in a shining example of how low that the credibility of the flagship of the NBC ‘news’ armada has fallen. For the more upwardly mobile the cherished World War II references (with the exception of the critical fact that Russia was a US ally) appear in a piece featured in Forbes Magazine targeted towards the high finance parasite demographic that is entitled - and I shit you not - “Is Vladimir Putin Another Adolf Hitler?” from which I excerpt:
As Mein Kampf makes clear, Hitler sought to unite all the people of German speech and culture into one state, or Reich, preferably by peaceful negotiation, otherwise by war and conquest.
 To do this Hitler needed to void the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles, which Germany had signed after its defeat in the Great War of 1914-18. First he marched into the Rhineland, which had been demilitarized under the treaty, stationing regular army divisions and tanks there. The Allies–Britain and France–did nothing.
 Next Hitler marched into German-speaking Austria–an annexation known as the Anschluss. Having been stripped of their empire and reduced to an insignificant small state, the Austrians were glad to become part of almighty Reich. Again, the Allies did nothing.
 Hitler’s next claim was the Sudetenland. This was a territory on the border of Czechoslovakia inhabited by a German-speaking people who were absorbed into the new state against their will. The Allies allowed this landgrab to stand in an agreement reached at a Munich summit meeting in September 1938. This was regarded as a surrender to Hitler, but British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who negotiated the agreement, argued that Hitler was merely asserting the rights of the Sudeten Germans, who wanted to belong to his Reich.
 The falsity of Chamberlain’s position and Hitler’s deceit were proved within months. The Sudetenland’s annexation had made the Czech frontier indefensible, and in March 1939 Hitler invaded. The Czechs put up no resistance, and the rest of the country fell into Hitler’s hands without a shot being fired.
I have lived a good while now and I have to admit that I have never seen anything like the blanket propaganda that has been shoveled like so much manure into the public domain since Putin’s timely intervention to stop the Obama regime from attacking Syria based on false pretenses over a sarin gas attack that reeks of a false flag operation. One analogy that the neocons fail to mention is that Hitler could never have pulled it off without the German people falling into line and in many cases becoming his accomplices – it was accomplished largely through lies and a propaganda machine that had no equal. I would figure that the readers of Forbes would be more sophisticated than Glenn Beck worshippers but then again the entire country is now populated largely by idiots who have been fed a constant diet of lies across the entire demographic range so as to be effectively lobotomized perhaps I give the formally educated too much credit. 
And what would the Sunday morning gabfest be without Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul who just had to cynically milk the Boston Marathon bombing anniversary one more time with his dire warning that another bomb may blow up in Beantown on Monday on ABC's this Week to the delight of the grinning little shitbag William Kristol, the Joseph Goebbels of the modern era who is now a co-host.
Jesus Wept



BOSTON STRONG: A Celebration of the Police State


"It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable".

- Eric Hoffer

On April 19, 2013 the police state came to Boston. Days after the heinous act of cruelty and desperation that was the Boston Marathon bombing, where two homemade pressure cooker bombs packed with shrapnel were detonated at the finish line the order was given and the paramilitary police squads were sent into the streets in search of one 19 year old punk. Injury was followed by insult as a portion of the city was placed under an undeclared state of martial law in a preview of what in the future will become commonplace in The Homeland as conditions continue to deteriorate. The alleged perpetrators, two brothers of Chechen descent, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were rapidly identified by security camera videos taken just prior to the explosions and in a subsequent gunfight with police the elder brother Tamerlan was killed. This precipitated the lockdown and manhunt that while cleaned up and sanitized by the popular slogan "Boston Strong" to present a show of unity in the aftermath of tragedy was as much an outrage and affront to local dignity and pride as the bombings themselves. A populace that fancies itself as scrappy fighters ready to throw down over any perceived slight or indignity were driven into a state of fear and cowardice where disobedience would be dealt with at the end of a government gun.

Heavily armed, militarized and amped up thugs clad in that now so familiar black Kevlar and using armored vehicles more befitting of an actual war zone patrolled the streets and conducted warrantless searches on terrified residents who were ordered to stay in their homes. It was an astounding display of just how far that we have now been dragged down the path to full blown fascism and despite the criminality and horror of the bombing it did not merit such a huge and costly response. Perhaps it was just revenge and bloodlust but more likely it was an excuse for a live drill for the imposition of martial law. The national media ate it all up too, it was like a real life episode of The Running Man and despite the overwhelming display of government police power young Tsarnaev was found cowering in a covered boat by its owner in his own backyard. Just as those events of September 11, 2001 set into motion a series of actions that led to two ruinous and costly (or lucrative) wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan, the evisceration of American civil liberties, the unleashing of an out of control surveillance apparatus that has no accountability, the codifying of torture, a terminally damaged political system and a myriad of other indignities so too did Black Friday, April 19, 2013. It was a day when the Rubicon was crossed in Boston with the live rollout of martial law in America and the realization of Captain Bryant's implied threat to Deckard in the sci-fi classic Blade Runner that "if you're not cop you're little people".

Any shame or even questioning of the paramilitary lockdown was washed away by the healing power of "Boston Strong" which was simultaneously a balm for a city's wounds, a unifying cause as that which existed after 9/11 and a marketing opportunity. It was all things to all people and I excerpt the following from the Wikipedia page:

In the hours after the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, the slogan "Boston Strong" appeared as a highly popular hashtag on Twitter and rapidly spread around the world. An expression of Boston's unity after the bombings, the slogan showed up on T-shirts and other products, and was emblazoned on the "Green Monster" wall at Boston's Fenway Park. The Boston Bruins displayed the slogan on their helmets at their game two days after the bombings, and at the first baseball game in Fenway Park after the bombings, the stadium announcer told the crowd: "We are one. We are strong. We are Boston. We are Boston strong."

On April 17, two days after the bombings, a T-shirt vendor and another private individual submitted separate trademark registration applications to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, seeking to obtain ownership of the "Boston Strong" slogan for use on commercial products. One of the applicants said he wanted the trademark in order to prevent people from outside the Boston area from benefiting from it. A trademark attorney was quoted in the Huffington Post as predicting that the government office would deny the registration on the grounds that the slogan was already in the public domain and could not be linked to any specific entity.

The Boston Red Sox baseball team adopted it and rode that warhorse all of the way to a World Series title, after the game there were pilgrimages made by fans to the Boston Marathon finish line to kiss the street. One wonders that with all of the hype and emotion invested that if the Red Sox had lost the series would that have meant that the "terrorists" had won? It was more of the same eerie strangeness of the 21st century and any heretic who dared to question it as HBO's Bill Maher did when he said:  "You know again it was a bad day. Three people died that's terrible, more were maimed that's horrible, but unfortunately that happens every day in car accidents and everything else. I mean your city was not leveled by Godzilla". The comedian was immediately denounced  by Boston Mayor Tom Menino who hissed that the comments were "irresponsible" - as if unleashing thousands of heavily armed paramilitary forces on the citizenry wasn't.

This past week marked the anniversary of both the bombing as well as the de-facto declaration of martial law, tomorrow on Monday it will be the first race after the latest version of 'the day when everything changed' The media propaganda blitzkrieg has been unrelenting as the commemoration of "Boston Strong" and testimonials to the perseverance of the victims whose limbs were shredded (and tributes to the three who died) has reached the saturation point with the final orgy of crass exploitation likely coming on Monday when this year's race will occur. I don't even live in Boston and have been bludgeoned by it, the entire national media is in on the action including the magazine Sports Illustrated  that has capitalized on the bombing and all sports aspects related to juice their sales. But nowhere is the decidedly un-American police takeover of a portion of a major city questioned nor even mentioned aside from the passing reference to the heroic pursuit of the hunted -- it has been relegated to the same memory hole where facts that are inconvenient to the metastasizing police state are chucked into.
Not quite approaching the level of local animosity and hate directed at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is that being directed at a 25 year old man named whose idea of humor - from the account given by a story in The Boston Herald a possible act of political protest - was to place a fake "bomb" in a backpack at the finish line. According to the Boston Herald story "Man in custody following bomb scare at marathon finish line":

A man dressed all in black and chanting "Boston Strong! Boston Strong!" lugged a backpack near the marathon finish line last night - just as a bus with two-bombing survivors arrived - in a scary security breach that's raising concerns just days before Monday's race.

The suspect - identified by a law enforcement source as Kevin Edson - was arrested at about 6:50 p.m. as a bus carrying J.P. and Paul Norden - who both lost their right legs in last year's bombings - pulled up at the end of a walking relay to raise money for prosthetics.

"It was alarming. It was crazy." said Peter Brown, the uncle of the Stoneham brothers. "It was some whack job. Boston's got to do their job. It happened right after we about finished our walk. The cops grabbed him, but I'm pissed."

An eyewitness told the Herald he saw the suspect walking right down the middlt of Boylston Street barefood and shrouded in a black veil, black hat and wrapped in a black body suit, chanting, "Boston Strong! Boston Strong".

"It was something right ouf of a movie." said the witness, Matthew VanWinkle. "It was surreal-looking, to see this guy walking right down the middle of Boylston Street"

Not as "surreal" as the scene will be if there is another security breach come Monday after the outpouring of gut-wrenching patriotic hogwash and there is another real bomb or two that go off. If that happens (and we all better hope that it doesn't) then the scene will truly be like "something right out of a movie", an updated version of Red Dawn where the brute force of an occupying power crushes the locals or more appropriately a documentary about the Nazi invasion of Poland.

Mr. Edson is being held on $100,000 bail by the local authorities on charges of possession of use of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat but could be more appropriately charged with daring to defile the "Boston Strong" mythology in such a blatant and act so as to mock the unified city narrative that is a facade for the shame and cowardice of having been kicked around and bullied by the cops. Edson faces up to 20 years in the for-profit prison system and is surely being worked over by the pigs for his recalcitrance and failure to respect the ongoing ritual, once in prison he will likely be anally raped which is exactly what has happened to Americans since the phony and profitable war on terror was allowed to trump the Constitution.

Among those seeking to exploit the anniversary of the bombings for their own purposes included Vice President Joseph Biden who appeared at a ceremony on Tuesday. According to a CNN story Biden said to the crowd and media audience that:

"You have become the face of America's resolve for the whole world to see," Biden said, adding that people all around the world know the pride, courage, and resolve of Bostonians. "That's why the twisted, cowardly terrorists who acted here and in other places do what they do. They try to instill fear so that we will jettison what we value the most and what the world most values about us: an open society, our system of justice, our freedom of religion; our access to opportunity, the free flow of information and ideas."

 The terrorists, Biden said, "wanted to make America afraid so that maybe, maybe, we'd begin to change our ways. That's the objective -- the very soul of who we are. They figured if they instill enough fear, we will change. And it infuriates them that we refuse to bend, refuse to change, refuse to yield to fear.

"You are Boston strong. But America is strong. ... That's what makes us so proud of this city and this state. What makes me so proud to be an American is that we have never, ever yielded to fear. Never."

While it wasn't exactly George W. Bush standing on the smoldering debris of the World Trade Center with a bullhorn the point was made that under the existing poisoned and compromised political class of The Homeland that the police state which was birthed on that day is here to stay. Biden though is full of crap because FEAR is exactly what Americans yielded to after that pristine New York Tuesday morning back in 2001 that turned into a horror show. Joe Biden is a pathetically bad liar though because yielding to fear is exactly what Americans did after that day. 

FEAR allowed for the rollback of civil liberties.

FEAR provided the basis for an illegal invasion of Iraq, a country that did not threaten America.

FEAR unleashed the fully militarized police state on America, as seen in action in Beantown last year two days after the bombing as thousands of black clad paramilitary types ransacked neighborhoods to hunt down one punk.

FEAR provided the excuse for the NSA and it's private and foreign collaborators to usurp the Constitution and to conduct massive data-mining and warrantless surveillance on millions of law abiding citizens.

FEAR allowed for the redirection of trillions of taxpayer dollars into a monstrous surveillance machine, a Top Secret America that became a Surveillance State Gomorrah and continues to grow daily. 

FEAR allowed the Bush administration to turn the USA into a torture state and Obama is still covering up conduct that was so over the line that it rivaled that of Nazi war criminals hanged at Nuremberg.

I could continue but I don't have the time nor is there sufficient space...

Biden also paid tribute to the arrogant form of American imperialism that currently has the world on the brink of a war to end all wars thanks to the hubris, moral rot and bloodlust that permeates from the administration which he is a member of.  The applause line that "We are America, we own the finish line"  is ironically appropriate in more ways than one, the real finish line is coming as the Empire is on a collision course with nuclear power Russia as well as economic power that is China, both of whom our neocon infested policy establishment is hellbent at confronting.
The reference to the "finish line" is also fitting that after the triumphant World Series win there was that aforementioned group of revelers who actually showed up at that exact same finish line to kiss the street - they had better get used to doing exactly that if and when the martial law drill conducted last year goes live for good.

FEAR has a twin brother named SHAME and Americans should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing charlatans the likes of Biden and his ilk to have exploited the former without any semblance of the latter.