Think of Ukraine as being like the divided Germany during the Cold War, with the eastern half of Ukraine being pro-Russian and the western part being pro-Europe/U.S.. I doubt, however, that Ukraine will be partitioned like post-WWII Germany was, with Stalin taking East Germany (and East Berlin) while the western allies got West Germany (and West Berlin). And yet there is a distinct split in Ukraine between it’s eastern and western halves, with the Crimean Peninsula (once again) being a flashpoint of hostilities. This time it’s between Tsarist/Oligarch/Putin Russians in Ukraine and more freedom-loving, western-leaning Ukrainians who want democracy and freedom for all of Ukraine, instead of Ukraine being a puppet state for Putin and his crony Russian oligarch pals. So, Putin and his Russian oligarch sponsors are sending Russian troops into Ukraine, reminiscent of what the Communist Soviets did to keep Iron Curtain control of their Eastern Bloc slave states during the Cold War. Go figure, history repeating itself.
TheOracle commented on the diary post Ira Chernus: What Ever Happened to Plain Old Apocalypse? by Tom Engelhardt.
A pox on lips? Hey, we need lips. We use our lips to pucker, to buss, to kiss, to sip on a soda straw, to blow a Bronx cheer, why we need our lips. What? Oh, apocalypse. Ooops.
There is no mystery about global atmospheric warming (no matter what the deniers claim), but there is definitely a mystery about God and our relationship with and to God (atheists would beg to disagree, but this article addresses the strong anti-science evangelical presence in and support of today’s Republican Party, with Republicans doing everything to [...]
TheOracle commented on the blog post Former Enron Trader Funding PBS Series On Pensions
What’s all this hubbub about the Benedict Arnold Foundation funding attack programming on PBS meant to brainwash U.S. citizens into believing that worker pension funds for their post-work retirement years are the problem where balanced budgets are concerned? I mean, who dug up the traitor Benedict Arnold, named a foundation after him, one with the goal of attacking the fruits of American laborers, their richly-deserved retirement pension funds? Isn’t today’s Benedict Arnold essentially some traitor who’s advocating raiding worker pension funds to address budget shortfalls caused primarily by hardcore fascist right-wing Republicans calling for slashing taxes on the wealthiest while awarding corporations with subsidies and tax loopholes, literally draining our state and federal treasuries dry, all during a time of war? Republicans = Traitors = Un-American Benedict Arnolds, one and all.
TheOracle commented on the diary post Sabet sounding like Carrie Nation – instead of caring for our nation by patrick devlin.
When marijuana is finally legalized, all one will have to do is get their hands on some marijuana seeds, plant them, let them grow and then harvest the marijuana leaves in the privacy of their own home or apartment. IOW, there will be no middle man, no crime bosses skirting the anti-pot laws and making [...]
IOKKKIYAR (Republican Party’s “southern strategy” for over forty years). And what part has Gov. Chris Christie been playing in this ongoing Republican “southern strategy,” which is just another way to describe Republicans siding consistently with the slave owner class (those enjoying unlimited, unregulated access to America’s wealth) over those Americans that Republicans seek to keep [...]
TheOracle commented on the blog post More Subpoenas Drop In Bridgegate Investigation As Christie Tries To Reassure Donors
Billion dollar development project in Fort Lee, a short distance from the George Washington Bridge. A legitimate traffic study was conducted to see what impact increased traffic to and from the project would have on Fort lee roads and the lanes on the nearby bridge. Probably a computer-simulated traffic study, with the results going to the project developers/financiers, the Fort Lee’s mayor’s office, the Port Authority, the NJ Economic Development Authority and forwarded to state officials in Gov. Chris Christie’s office. IOW, a legitimate traffic study, conducted months before the September retaliatory stunt last year by Christie and his subordinates/appointees.
Oh, and who heads the NJ Economic Development Authority? Michele Brown, who while working with Chris Christie in the U.S. Attorney’s office, received a $46,000 from him. After Christie became governor, he appointed her to head the NJ Economic Development Authority for $225,000 a year. So, while we’ve heard about what Christie appointees at the Port Authority did in causing this Christie-manufactured retaliatory traffic jam, as well as what some in his governor’s office did, there’s been no mention of what part Michele Brown may have played in this. Emails? Communications between her office and Wildstein? Baroni? Kelly? Maybe even Chris Christie himself?
Because it’s my contention that the earlier legitimate traffic study gave rise to the later claim by Christie’s gang members that a “traffic study” was responsible for the bridge’s lane closures and the subsequent day’s long traffic jam in Fort Lee and across the George Washington Bridge. IOW, something put this idea of a “traffic study” in the “brains” of Christie’s people. It would be interesting, therefore, to see the results and recommendations of this earlier, legitimate traffic study, just to see if Christie’s folks took the worst-case scenario from the study and implemented it, physically shutting down two of the three lanes (“screw that computer simulation, we’re going to do the real thing to show those damn Democrats we mean business. Now, go wrap up that dead fish to put in the Democrats’ beds”).
TheOracle commented on the blog post Murdoch’s NY Post Backs Michael Moore’s Bush-Saudi 9/11 Claims
Osama bin Laden in the 1990s said al Qaeda would continue attacking U.S. interests around the world as long as U.S. forces were stationed on sacred Saudi soil. These U.S. forces stationed in Saudi Arabia were from the first Gulf War, arranged between Bush 41 and the Saudi king.
Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, was probably not the only Saudi national upset about foreign military personnel being stationed inside Saudi Arabia, no matter what the reason, no matter that the Saudi king had okayed these personnel being there. What about the Islamic religious authorities in Saudi Arabia as well as the religious-run Saudi charities? IOW, there were other Saudis like Osama bin Laden, equally angry at foreign forces being stationed on sacred Saudi soil, perceived by them as an affront to the birthplace of Islam and their prophet Mohammed, and they’d do anything to get these foreign forces removed.
1998, two U.S. embassies in Africa attacked by al Qaeda. October 2000, U.S.S. Cole bombed by al Qaeda in Yemeni harbor. September 11, 2001, al Qaeda hijacks U.S. aircraft inside the United States, using them as flying suicide bombs. A couple of days after the 9/11 attacks the Bush administration secretly flies Saudi nationals out of the United States. Several months after the 9/11 attacks the Bush administration (with little, if any, reporting) removes U.S. forces from sacred Saudi soil, finally and belatedly conceding to al Qaeda’s and Osama bin Laden’s demand.
It seems quite clear. Certain religious elements inside Saudi Arabia, incensed at foreign boots being on sacred Saudi soil, conspired with Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to get these foreign boots off Saudi soil, by whatever means they deemed necessary, whatever amount of money it took. These ultra-fundamentalist religious elements inside Saudi Arabia, therefore, funded the al Qaeda terrorist network, helped organize money transfers, facilitated travel arrangements, including establishing Saudi-financed and operated al Qaeda “safe houses” inside the United States before the 9/11 attacks.
Having Saudi-friendly GW Bush as the U.S. president just made al Qaeda’s preparations for the 9/11 attacks inside the United States that much easier. After the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration covered-up, as much as possible, how extensive Saudi Arabian involvement in the 9/11 attacks really was, including blacking out those parts of the 9/11 Commission Report that exposed those Saudi citizens and organizations supporting al Qaeda terrorist activities around the world, financial and logistical support which made the 9/11 attacks possible. President Obama, once sworn-in in January 2009, and with presidential authority, would probably have read these censored sections, but chose to keep them secret as well.
Think of these censored sections as leverage, information that can be used by any U.S. president to put pressure on the Saudi government and Saudi royal family. This information has already been used by the previous Bush administration to force Saudi royals and Saudi government officials to go after the Saudi financiers and groups inside Saudi Arabia who helped al Qaeda in the 9/11 attacks. Certain Saudi charities were given a hard look. Several Saudi royals died mysterious deaths. All done behind the scenes. All done to keep Americans from realizing that going after the al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan was just one half of the Islamic terrorist equation, that the other half of the equation had its roots inside Saudi Arabia itself, something that former president GW Bush and now President Barack Obama decided had to be kept hidden. Because with 9/11 still being a raw wound in the American psyche, left or right, if this more widespread Saudi involvement ever became known, if it was ever revealed just who inside Saudi Arabia had sided with Osama bin Laden’s goal of forcing foreign boots off Saudi soil, then the reaction of the American public might just be like going after Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks, but this time focused on Saudi Arabia itself.
“What’s New Pussycat?” (1965), Peter O’Toole, Peter Sellers, Capucine, Ursula Andress, Romy Schneider, original screenplay by Woody Allen, great music (Tom Jones sang theme song?), slapstick comedy (I remember the lady with a viking helmet, singing, and chasing people). What a contrast. Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia and then several years later in What’s [...]
TheOracle commented on the diary post The ‘War on Christmas’ and Other Ridiculous Holiday Traditions by Nat Parry.
To one and all, may you have a very merry happy Christmas holidays. There, that should take care of it, and it kind of rolls off the tongue, too. As far as what Jesus would have to say about all of this, I believe his words in “A Course in Miracles” pretty much says it [...]
TheOracle commented on the diary post Is Pope Francis a Socialist? Sure Looks That Way Here. How Refreshing! by Ohio Barbarian.
Pope Francis sounds more like a pragmatist than a socialist. Or maybe it’s just that there’s some pragmatism in socialism? Or maybe Pope Francis is a student of history or something? Because unbridled capitalism leads to unbridled greed which leads to an unbridled “ruling class” which writes the laws (which rigs the markets) that make [...]
Diebold? Computerized voting machines? Undetectable malware? Capable of changing vote counts, no one the wiser? Malware capable of altering vote counts just enough so that in close elections the “preferred” candidate (preferred by the malware implanter) has a better chance of winning the election?
TheOracle commented on the blog post Report: Governors Engaging In Crony Capitalism Disguised As Economic Development
Or “In Profits We Trust” should be printed on U.S. bills.
“Grand Theft America.” “Grand Theft Michigan.” “Grand Theft Texas.” I wish it was the name of a video game, but this has become business as usual under Republicans in general (although some Democrats are “playing,” too).
But how does this fit in with “In Profits We Trust” and why is “God” and “Profits” is interchangeable for so many? Among most religious folks, if they’re doing well financially, then there is the underlying belief that they must be doing something right, thus their deity is rewarding them with wealth, while the poor and impoverished are doing something wrong and therefore the “deity” is punishing them. To the religious folks, this is all according to “God’s will,” they’re wealthy, they’re therefore righteous, while those less wealthy and even poverty-stricken are less righteous, and obviously (to these religious folks) deserving punishment, no help, no government assistance, because in the minds of these religious folks, that would be rewarding “evil,” rewarding the unrighteous. Does this make sense? Does this help explain the psychology of today’s Republican Party and its animosity toward any taxpayer-funded government programs (federal, state, or whatever) that might give less wealthy and impoverished Americans a helping hand, a lift up, an opportunity to better their lives and those of their families? IOW (and whether they’re even aware of it or not), these religious folks (politicians or they’re wealthy financial backers, no matter what religion) believe that they’ve been “blessed” with great wealth by their “deity,” while everyone else (especially the poor in America) is being “cursed” with poverty by their “deity.” So, trying to convince any of these religious folks to redistribute some of their wealth downward to help out struggling Americans and their families is, to these religious folks, a betrayal of their “deity,” which is really Almighty Profits, Profits and more Profits.
Great Spooktacular from the Onion. So many puns, so little time.
Besides some members of the Saudi royal family helping fellow Saudi citizen Osama bin Laden with funding for his terrorist network, reportedly some major Saudi charities also helped bin Laden, using their charity network to funnel money to him and his cutthroat right-wing religious fundamentalist gang. Furthermore, we know of several Saudi nationals who set-up safe houses for the terrorists here in the United States before the attacks on 9/11/2001, one in Sarasota FL, another in San Diego CA, but were there more safe houses elsewhere in the U.S., ones set-up by Saudi nationals getting money from some Saudi royals or from Wahibbist-run Saudi charities? Maybe this unreleased, still-classified section of the 9/11 Commission Report would expose just how deeply the Saudi government and wild-eyed Wahibbists really were involved in facilitating the 9/11 attacks…and would show just how crazy invading Iraq was based on all the false claims of Iraq and Saddam Hussein having conspired with al Qaeda…it was the Saudis!!!
As far as Prince Bandar, the good buddy of former president GW Bush and the Bush family: 1) Was he the driving force behind Bush, hours after the 9/11 attacks, having Saudi nationals ferried around inside the U.S. to staging areas from which they were whisked out of the country, even as a general no-fly order was in effect for all other aircraft?, 2) Did Prince Bandar act as a go-between, after the 9/11 attacks, between Osama bin Laden, the Saudi royal family and the Bush administration over removing the U.S. military presence on Saudi soil, something that Osama bin Laden had demanded or else he’d keep attacking American interests overseas, and even attack inside the U.S. again, if these U.S. forces weren’t immediately removed from so-called sacred Saudi soil? The Bush administration quietly complied with Osama bin Laden’s demand within several months after the 9/11 attacks, 3) What input did Prince Bandar have with the Bush administration’s goal of seizing control, first, of Iraq’s oil resources, and second, of Iran’s major oil producing province that abuts the Iraqi border east of Basra Iraq, an Iranian province with oil terminals on the Persian Gulf, a province that produces 90 percent of Iran’s oil revenue (IOW, take out just this one Iranian province and one would control Iran) Taking out Iraq and then Iran sounds like something some Saudis dream about, and with help from the Saudi-friendly Bush administration, this would mean that Saudi Arabia would have effectively controlled a huge amount of Middle East oil, cornering the Persian Gulf market, in a sense.
And now Prince Bandar appears to be upset that President Obama’s administration isn’t a lap dog like the previous Bush administration obviously was, a Republican administration that groveled at the feet of the Saudi royals, like Prince Bandra, doing whatever the Saudis wanted, like the Bush administration turning a blind eye to all the warning signs of a Saudi-financed, al Qaeda-executed terrorist attack inside the U.S. on 9/11, and launching a war against Iraq in March 2003, and Bush administrations Republicans pushing for starting hostilities against Iran for so many years (only deciding against expanding the Iraq war into Iran after things went so horribly wrong in Iraq, bogging our forces down for years), with Bush apparently telling Cheney, Feith and other nutty extremist neo-con Republicans no.
Excellent analysis. In reference to your “changing of the guard” between June ’08 and January ’09, though, I’d have to say that the major contributing factor to the precipitous drop in commodity prices during this time frame was the collapse of the housing bubble, a drop by half of the stock market index, indicative of [...]
TheOracle commented on the blog post Bill Black, Carmen Segarra, and the Regulatory Failure That Is the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The Fed looks like any number of captured federal regulatory agencies, captured in the sense that their only purpose is to do the bidding of the wealthiest 1 percenters, individuals and corporations, who only want our government to be for their benefit, rigging the system, electing politicians who repeal any regulatory law that might impede their fascist greed or pass legislation allowing the wealthiest 1 percenters to keep even more of their wealth or throwing even more money their way, with the rest of America growing poorer. Damn, we’ve become a Banana Republic.
So, the Austin Powers’ movies are a spoof of Woody Allen’s “Casino Royale” which was a spoof of the James Bond movies. I don’t think I’ve ever read one of Ian Fleming’s books, but I did catch all the early James Bond movies in the theater when they first came out in the 1960s, which [...]
TheOracle commented on the diary post None Dare Call It Treason: Are Prominent Right-Wingers Plotting Overthrow or Secession? by Phoenix Woman.
I wonder if it is just a coincidence that with so many Dominionists infiltrating our military that there’s been an increase in reported rapes among military personnel (primarily of women, but also of some men, but who knows how many have gone unreported or unaddressed)? I don’t think it’s a coincidence. When I read about [...]
TheOracle commented on the blog post When the Mafia Has Better Customer Service Than You Do, You’ve Got a Problem
I like the Mafia allusion, because what we’re really seeing in Washington D.C. isn’t a “shutdown,” it’s a SHAKEDOWN, a shakedown (once again) of the 99 percent by the 1 percent. Extortion. Bribery. Blackmail. Hostage-taking. A right-wing-orchestrated shakedown, on behalf of their right-wing oligarch paymasters.
And here all this time I thought the United States of America didn’t negotiate with terrorists and/or mobsters. Will President Obama blink? Will Democrats fold? Will President Obama and Democrats give-in to Republican Mafia-lookalikes like Ted Cruz, cutting a deal with extortionists, blackmailers and hostage-takers, selling out 99 percent of American citizens, from the poorest to the middle-class? Will President Obama and Democrats let the oligarchs and Tea Party Republicans shakedown America’s poor, the elderly, young children, government workers, women, homeowners, military veterans AGAIN, like the oligarchs and Republicans in general have been doing over the past three decades, trying to kill the American dream by a thousand “cuts” for 99 percent of American citizens?
Or will President Obama and Democrats stand firm, just saying “No, hell no!!” to the right-wing blackmailers, extortionists and hostage-takers? Will they say to these Fascist Republicans no more holding of our nation hostage through contrived crises, pass a long-term budget plan, raise the debt ceiling (no questions asked, no extortion)? These Republicans have gone way too far. They’re all like little kids, seeing how much they can get away with before a responsible parent steps in and says stop, no more…and if the kid continues, then the kid gets a well-deserved spanking. IOW, President Obama and Democrats need to get out the paddle and use it if necessary.
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