Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Alt-Right is Dem-speak for deplorables

Having been called "alt-right" it behooved me to learn the precise definition.

Courtesy of The Week:
What is the alt-right?
It's a weird mix of old-school neo-Nazis, conspiracy theorists, anti-globalists, and young right-wing internet trolls — all united in the belief that white male identity is under attack by multicultural, "politically correct" forces. Alt-righters are primarily active online, where they taunt progressive and mainstream conservative opponents with anti-Semitic, misogynistic, or racist emails, tweets, and other social media posts[.]

Yet when I search for "alt left" or Democrat code words I find... nothing.

Hillary Clinton said half of Trump's supporters were deplorables.

From CNN, September 12 2016:
The Democratic presidential nominee sparked an uproar late Friday when she described Trump's supporters at a fundraiser.
"To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables," Clinton said. "Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it."
She added: "And unfortunately, there are people like that and he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people, now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric."
Clinton then said some of these people were "irredeemable" and "not America."

And this was a message she honed, having the previous night said much the same thing in an interview with an Israeli television station.

When pounced on by the Trump campaign, and likened to Romney's "47% of America don't pay taxes" gaffe:
"Last night I was 'grossly generalistic,' and that's never a good idea. I regret saying 'half' -- that was wrong," Clinton said in a statement in which she also vowed to call out "bigotry" in Trump's campaign.
It doesn't seem the press corps pressed her to be more exact: is it more or less than "half?"

And in my case, I was put in the ALT-RIGHT basket because I called Hillary Clinton a warmonger.
This is not boding well for those Dems supporting Hillary.
The Republicans are not as susceptible to group-think as Dems are - the Chicago Tribune endorsed Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.
There were Dems foaming at the mouth that god-forbid the Trib ever endorse a Dem for President.

But are there Democratic press outlets endorsing Green Party candidate Jill Stein for President?

From Foreign Policy, July 27 2016: Hillary the Hawk: A History
The lead is:

2002 - Sen Clinton (D-NY) voted for authorization of military force in Iraq.
After getting pushback on that vote she claimed I thought it was a vote to put inspectors back in.
She has also said I believe in coercive diplomacy.

2007 and 2008 - Sen Clinton (D-NY) disagreed with Pres Obama about striking Al-Qaeda targets in Pakistan.

2009-2013 - the Obama Administration would conduct 300 drone strikes in Pakistan.
Clinton's Department of State opposed two (2) of the strikes.

2009 - Sec of State Clinton supported the Afghanistan surge. Reportedly Clinton was more hawkish than Sec of Defense Robert Gates.

2011 - Sec of State Clinton was a strong proponent of regime change in Libya.
A primary justification she offered was to pay back allies for Afghanistan:
"We asked our allies, our NATO allies, to go into Afghanistan with us 10 years ago. They have been there, and a lot of them have been there despite the fact they were not attacked... When it comes to Libya, we started hearing from the UK, France, Italy, other of our NATO allies. This was in their vital national interest."

2011 - Sec of State Clinton endorsed Navy SEAL raid into Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden.

2012 - Sec of State Clinton proposed a covert program to provide arms to groups fighting Assad in Syria. Later there was a Congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack in which a "consulate" was suspected of funneling arms from Libya to Syria. The lack of any State Dept emails from Sec of State Clinton led to the discovery of her using private email exclusively for govt business.

Foreign Policy concludes with this:

Well, he would, wouldn't he?

Mandy Rice-Davies might be gone, but her retort lives on every time someone in a position of power utters bald-faced rubbish.
Exhibit A, from the FTa memo Mr Cryan sent to Deutsche staff last week after its shares plunged to 30-year lows. In it, he blamed “forces in the market” that were trying to destabilise the bank.

What do you say about that, Mandy Rice-Davies?
"Well he would, wouldn't he?"

Monday, October 03, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Walk-up songs

My Little Armalite

Big Wig in the Wigwam [Erskine Hawkins 1939]

Ship of Fools [World Party]

Whatever It Is, I'm Against It [Groucho Marx, Horse Feathers]

Listen Like Thieves [INXS]

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What was in those Rod Blagojevich wire taps?

As more leaks from the DNC and Hillary Clinton's private email server see the light of day, a pay-to-play ethos emerges and it's not just the White House and Department of State.

Except, four years ago former Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich reported to federal prison in Colorado for attempting to sell the Illinois Senate seat (vacated by President-elect Barack Obama).

Carefully selected clips from the wiretaps were played at Blagojevich's trials - it took 2 tries to convict him. His defense counsel wanted all the wiretaps played. Federal Judge Zagel denied the motion.

HuffPo Blagojevich Wiretaps

HuffPo Transcripts of Blagojevich tapes from trial

FBI Rod Blagojevich Public Corruption Case, March 12 2012

Journal Star Wiretap transcripts at issue in Rod Blagojevich appeal

Jump forward 4 years
Zero Hedge This Is How Much It 'Costs' To Get AN Ambassadorship: Guccifer 2.0 Leaks DNC 'Pay-To-Play' Donor List [September 14 2016]

A large number of the largest donors received senior diplomatic or political positions following thge donations, ranging from UK Ambassador to Assistant Attorney General. The DNC released a statement pre-emptively claiming that this was the work of Russia (and reigniting Trump's links to Putin).
 Let us prey. h/t Thomas Nast

A brief history of the end of summer 2016

The autumnal equinox in 2016 takes place Thursday, September 22.

Events still be placed into below timeline:
Deutsche Bank fined $14bn
Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf appears before Senate

Saturday, Sep 17
9:30am ET Seaside Park NJ: pipe bomb blows apart a trash can just before the start of a Marine Corps charity run. No injuries.
Multiple devices found in trash can but did not detonate. A fingerprint from one of the devices led to Ahmad Khan Rahami. [NJ.com]

10:00am ET / 5:00pm Syria time: US airstrike kills Syrian forces in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour at an army base on Al-Tharda mountain. The US claims they meant to target ISIS. [New York Times]
The strike was called off only when Russian commanders notified Centcom they were attacking Syrian forces.
The US airstrike was followed immediately by an offensive by ISIS.
A partial ceasefire had been agreed to by Russia and the US on Monday, Sep 19.
Russia called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting.
Syrian deaths range from 62 to 83, over 100 injured.

7:00pm CT (est) Dahir A. Adan, 22, rampaged through St. Cloud MN mall stabbing 10 people before being fatally shot by an off-duty police officer about 9:00pm CT. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

8:30pm ET Dumpster explodes in Chelsea, NYC on 23rd St between 6th and 7th Avenues.
29 injured. [NJ.com]

Sunday, Sep 18
2:30am ET Pressure cooker found by NYPD at West 27th Street.

10:50am ET Linden NJ: After a shootout Ahmad Khan Rahami was taken into custody.
2 officers wounded [NJ.com]

??? The United Nations Security Council convenes for an emergency session called by Russia.
[Financial Times] Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to UN: "I would suggest it is not accidental that it happened just two days before the Russia-American arrangement was supposed to come into force." He also accused Samantha Powers, the US ambassador to the UN, of demogoguery of the highest order.
[Counterpunch] US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers was plainly irked she would have to spend her Saturday night why the US did this. Why, from  her point of view, should the US ever have to apologize, or even explain its actions[.]
More at Lima Charlie News.

Monday, Sep 19
12:40am ET IED in backpack detonated in Elizabeth NJ.
No injuries.

5:30am ET / 12:12pm Syria: United Nations aid convoy attacked, 18 of 31 trucks hit. [CNN]
Corporate press reported the attackers used "barrel bombs," used by Assad's regime.
But upon closer inspection they are large mortars - used by so-called moderate rebels backed by the US. [American Everyman]
US blames Syria and Russia.
Syria and Russia deny attacking convoy

Reddit thread discovered where Paul Combetta of Platte River Networks asking how to do a bulk strip-and-replace of email address from a VERY VIP client.
House Oversight Committee learns of Reddit thread same day and demands Combetta appear by Friday, Sep 23 2016.
Reddit threads were deleted but not before others archived them. [Inquistr]

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Try to prove this claim:

A minimum of 2 elements to be determined before the claim can be tested.

The Chief must:
How to quantify the "walks of life" represented.
What is the time frame? From birth to now? Last 30 days?
What level of interaction required to count?
How are all of the above proved?

How does The Chief measure Donald Trump's interaction with different "walks of life?"
How does The Chief obtain the data elements to determine if the interaction was substantial enough to count?
How does The Chief vet all this?

More importantly, how does an impartial observer vet all of the above?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Yesterday's contemptibles are today's deplorables

From Business Insider:
"Clinton said on Friday evening [September 9 2016] that you could put half of of the Republican presidential nominee's supporters in a "basket of deplorables," which she said would include racists, xenophobes, and homophobes."

Saturday, September 10 she walked back part of her statement:
"But, following a firestorm of backlash, Clinton released a statement saying her comments were 'grossly generalistic,' and that she regretted denigrating 'half'' of Trump's supporters."

Kaiser Wilhelm II allegedly called Britain's forces "a contemptible little army."
The BEF ran with that, calling themselves the Old Contemptibles.
It didn't work out for the Kaiser, and it may not for Hillary Clinton.

Then on Sunday, September 11 2016 at Ground Zero ceremonies Hillary Clinton followed up her self-inflicted wound with a "medical event."

She was taken to her daughter Chelsea's apartment, and emerged later in the day to announce she felt great.
Then later in the day the Clinton Campaign released a note from her doctor that Hillary had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.
As Zero Hedge asked: isn't pneumonia contagious? Yet she was fundraising and politicking Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.