When you’re the ordinary type of criminal, you typically commit your misdeeds in the dead of night, or at least while no one is looking. Plans are kept quiet, with only those crucial to needing to know, in the know. And if all goes well, you get away with devious acts without a soul the wiser – except, of course, you and the victim.
But if you’re a politician in the US government, your daily docket of activities typically involves crimes and scams that would land any average citizen behind bars. Such elected “officials”, being the slimiest of slithering snakes, simply announce their criminal activities to the world, and with the mainstream press in their pocket, well, it’s kudos, hearty handshakes and slaps on the back for everyone.
According to Reuters, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are asking Congress for $300 million for the FBI to combat purported Russian disinformation campaigns ahead of the 2018 midterms in November. The big ask comes about a week after leaders of the US intelligence community testified to a Senate committee about the serious of the purported threat.
Democrats are asking that the money be included in the next continuing resolution, which must be signed into law before the March 23 deadline to avert another government shutdown. Republican leaders have been noncommittal.
Reuters fails to point out that the $300 million being asked is 3,000 times more than the “13 Russian bots” allegedly spent on Facebook ads before (and mostly after) the US elections in 2016…via theduran.com
Isn’t it nice to simply announce the theft of $300 MILLION in taxpayer monies for a bait-click marketing scheme that 13 Russian nationals masterminded WITHOUT Moscow’s assistance so that individuals on social media would click on the ads and then be under some sort of Russian borscht spell, convinced to vote for a lunatic with orange hair rather than a lunatic former Secretary of State. Yes – they consider you that dumb.
And with the high esteem they hold for you, the average citizen, they now want you to believe that this Russiagate bullshit on is par with the Pearl Harbor attack and attacks on 9/11. Mercy! Such choice guano!
The claim that Russian meddling in the election is “an act of war” comparable to these events isn’t brand new. Senators from both parties, such as Republican John McCain and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, have long described Russian meddling in 2016 as an “act of war.” Hillary Clinton, while promoting her book last October, described Russia’s alleged hacking of the DNC and John Podesta’s email inbox as a “cyber 9/11.” And last February, the always war-hungry Tom Friedman of the New York Times said on “Morning Joe” that Russian hacking “was a 9/11-scale event. They attacked the core of our democracy. That was a Pearl Harbor-scale event.”
But the last few days have ushered in an explosion of this rhetoric from politicians and journalists alike. On Friday night’s Chris Hayes show on MSNBC, two separate guests — Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler and longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines — posited Pearl Harbor as the “equivalent” of Russian meddling, provoking a shocked reaction from Hayes: via theIntercept.com
(if you want to listen to an asshole speak, you can check it out here.)
And don’t forget, we have that aging cactus from Arizona, Senator John McCain, extending his love and respect for all lives with his usual demented thinking… “The only thing that will dissuade Vladimir Putin from what he is doing is when coffins come back to the families in Russia,” McCain said of Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
Yes…a human of the highest order. Sadly, he’s also a US Senator.
“When a country armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons and overwhelmed by its own exceptionalism and indispensability has political and media lunatics equating a bait-click commercial marketing scheme with Pearl Harbor, that country is a recipe for the end of the world.” paulcraigroberts.org
We watch our as elected representatives and media beat the drums of war. Once again, they either have their armored redoubts firmly secured, or haven’t a loved one in the world to care about. They are nothing more than demons.
“I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means – except by getting off his back.”
~ Leo Tolstoy
Tonight’s musical offering:
Tchaikovsky’s 6th symphony “Pathetique”. 3rd Movement (final 3 powerful minutes) – Filmed in Gothenburg, Oslo and Reykjavik in September 2011. Gothenburg Symphony and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel
(Headphones on and volume cranked to maximum for this delight!)
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