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trump14A false flag attack is a covert economic, military, or terrorism attack intended to deceive the public into believing that a particular political party, group, or nation is responsible, while concealing or disguising the actual purpose and perpetrators.

 

The Nazi Party in 1930’s Germany were fond of false flag attacks as a means to gain or expand their power, or to justify suppression of the opposition, and used them often. Among the earliest and most notorious among them, the Reichstag fire in 1933 was committed by the Nazi’s and attributed to German Communists working in concert with Russian Bolsheviks.

 

The Reichstag fire was the trigger event that led to the Enabling Act of 1933, which granted to then German Chancellor, Adolf Hitler, plenary powers to enact laws and policies without requiring deliberation by the legislature. For example, the granting of federal pardons by the president is a plenary power: it requires no consent by the other branches of government. The Enabling Act in turn resulted in the suspension of civil liberties and the protections of law for German citizens, in the mass arrests of Communists and Socialists, and in the summary execution of opposition political and party leaders. It was also the signal event in policies of marginalization and institutional reprisals against European Jews, which led ultimately to the Holocaust.

 

For a false flag attack to be effective, a number of predictive and confirming elements are generally present:

 

1) Repeated assertions that the nation’s economic well-being and security is under threat, usually both internally and externally, from identifiable hostile groups (e.g., the “Deep State”, illegal immigrants, Islamic Terrorists, faithless treaty partners). These assertions are generally accompanied by claims that the existing governmental and social institutions are incapable or of countering those threats and protecting the nation and its citizens.

2) Preconditioning the public using intensive propaganda to focus its attention on threat and to inculcate fear of attack. This generally includes suppression of legitimate news sources and journalists and instituting a favored, state-sponsored media.

3) Exploitation of existing internal social tensions and conflicts including economic, political, social and religious divides.

4) Discrediting of governmental and social institutions and leadership (e.g., law enforcement, the military, the courts, political parties. and media).

5) Claims and charges of conspiracy against the nation by sinister internal and external groups and individuals.

6) Claims and charges of unfair attacks on the legitimacy of a popular head-of-state or charismatic national leader by social institutions, media, and opposition leaders, among others.

7) Assurances via propagandistic, state-sponsored and sympathetic media sources that only a strongman or charismatic nationalistic leader can save the country from its enemies and prevent further attacks.

8) Demands by the strongman or charismatic nationalistic leader for extraordinary emergency powers, which may include suspension of civil liberties, suspension of political parties, mass arrests and detention of citizens, suppression/suspension of opposition media, and suspension of elections.

9) Claims and assurances that additional attacks have been thwarted or prevented due to “special vigilance” by the strongman or charismatic nationalistic leader. Special vigilance may include promoting and embracing nationalistic militias to protect the citizens and ensure order. Of course, special vigilance was only made possible by enactment of extraordinary emergency powers, which in turn results in charges of treason levied against targeted groups and individuals.

10) Initiating a Reign of Terror to destroy all remaining opposition and unaligned political power.

 

Predictive elements (1-6) of the foregoing list have already been established. Confirming elements (7-10) have yet to occur. Which means that the count-down for a false flag attack by the current charismatic nationalistic leader occupying the White House is at T-minus-Zero.

 

Do not think for a moment that Trump is incapable of a false flag attack. In response to widespread, virulent criticism of his European tour and the already infamous Surrender Summit with Vladimir Putin, President Trump has once again doubled-down on his errors-of-stupidity and thumbed his nose at his critics by inviting Putin to the White House in September.

 

That behavior is entirely in keeping with the ego-driven behavior of a malignant narcissist as previously examined by this writer in The Trump Presidency: A Clear and Present Danger (Part 1)

“A person with malignant narcissism represents a danger to others because their behaviors have the potential to destroy social groups, families, communities and nations. […] Malignant narcissists have no moral code and do not recognize the presence of a moral code in others.”

 

By inviting Putin to the White House – after the indictments of twelve Russian intelligence officers, after Helsinki, and after considering the notion of turning over American citizens to a foreign adversary for interrogation – Trump’s message to the Congress, his critics, and the country is quite clear: “I can do anything I want. You’re criticisms are meaningless to me. Your fears and misgivings are meaningless to me. Your moral codes and laws are meaningless to me. There is nothing you can do to stop me from doing ANYTHING I WANT.”

 

In fairness, he has a point. So far, both Democrat and Republican leaders have proven themselves moral cowards, utterly incapable of taking any meaningful action of any kind against an out-of-control president. Hey! There’s an Enemy at the Gate. You need to man-up and stand the line. It’s just our country that’s at stake!

 

What Trump wants, what he expects to get using the presidency as a step-stool, is the rewarding cookie jar of total, dictatorial power, so he can rob the country of its wealth in the same way that Putin and his kleptocratic kronies did to Russia. He is willing to sacrifice the security of the country and the lives of as many people as it takes to accomplish that goal. Ten-thousand lives. A hundred-thousand lives. A million lives. Ten million lives. They’re all just numbers to Trump. No magnitude of crime is too great for a man with neither moral compass nor moral code.

 

And he has a model in mind. One that he knows works.

 

As far back as 1990, Trump kept a copy of Hitler’s collected speeches My New Order by his bedside. As reported by Marie Brenner in Vanity Fair:

“Donald Trump appears to take aspects of his German background seriously. John Walter works for the Trump Organization, and when he visits Donald in his office, Ivana told a friend, he clicks his heels and says, “Heil Hitler,” possibly as a family joke.

“Last April, […] Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. […] Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.”

As explained by Business Insider, the import of those speeches for Trump was learning how to manipulate the public.

“Hitler was one of history’s most prolific orators, building a genocidal Nazi regime with speeches that bewitched audiences. He learned how to become a charismatic speaker, and people, for whatever reason, became enamored with him,” Professor Bruce Loebs […] told Business Insider. […] “People were most willing to follow him, because he seemed to have the right answers in a time of enormous economic upheaval.”

 

It is not only Hitler’s oratorical style that Trump has learned from and been copying, it’s also his path to power. As explained by Fintan O’Toole in The Irish Times:

“But when you’ve done all this, there is a crucial next step, usually the trickiest of all. You have to undermine moral boundaries, inure people to the acceptance of acts of extreme cruelty. […] Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group. This allows the members of that group to be dehumanised. Once that has been achieved, you can gradually up the ante, working through the stages from breaking windows to extermination.”

 

Hitler’s despised out-group was, of course, the Jew. Trump’s is, without question, the Muslim. Since 2014, Radical Islamists have killed more than 7,278 people and injured more than 8,494 in 215 separate terrorist attacks in 40 countries. That’s 15,772 total casualties – men, women and children – dead and wounded in 4-1/2 years. Demonizing the Muslim will be an easy sell for Trump.

 

Given the many terrorist attacks by Radical Islamists around the world, a false flag attack attributed to Islamic Terrorists will be very easy for the public to believe. Depending on the magnitude of the false flag attack, it may even give Trump an excuse to call for extraordinary emergency powers. A coordinated dirty-bomb attack, or release of a weaponized pathogen, in a dozen metropolitan areas around the country provide but one scenario. There are a dozen others. Extraordinary emergency powers might include mass arrests, mass incarceration, seizure of the financial assets of wealthy individuals and businesses, and even the declaration of martial law. It’s also a good excuse to nationalize the Big Banks and Wall Street. After all, that’s where the money is.

 

A false flag attack doesn’t take an army: it only requires a handful of loyal soldiers. And it has the added advantage of further discrediting our law enforcement and intelligence communities (the “Deep State”), who will have failed to keep the country safe. Trump can, and will, justify firing any number of people on that basis. Then he’ll put sycophants like Congressman Devin Nunes into important positions of power and levy conspiracy charges against honorable public servants like Comey, Mueller, Rosenstein, McCabe, Boente and Strozk. Count on it.

 

A false flag attack also provides a platform for further suppression of the media and for blaming opposition political leaders of obstructionism in defending and supporting the nation’s enemies. It’s a good excuse to levy charges of treason against journalists and political leaders and throw your enemies in jail. Count on it.

 

The granting of extraordinary emergency powers would require a cowardly GOP Congress and stupidly conservative Supreme Court. Currently, Trump possesses both, at least until the mid-terms. If he loses the Congress, he knows his troubles will only multiply. The way for Trump to focus the nation’s attention away from his many crimes; the way for him to protect himself, his children and their spouses from the courts and the prisons, the way for him to protect and expand his wealth – one that will demonize the Muslim and galvanize the electorate in support of his Presidency and his party – is a false flag attack.

 

When his back is against the wall, a malignant narcissist is capable of anything. A false flag attack is well within his range of options. And rest assured that Trump is following a model he knows will work.

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lewisI suppose it’s a good thing that outlets like CNN are looking like maybe, just maybe, they’ll be perhaps a little more honest and reality-based in talking about Republican pols, incumbents and otherwise, this time around. Even “maybe, a little” would be a big improvement over 2016.
 

A Republican congressman from Minnesota has a long history of making deeply misogynistic comments on the radio, including lamenting that women can no longer be called “sluts.”
 
CNN’s KFile reviewed several months of audio from Rep. Jason Lewis on the “Jason Lewis Show,” a syndicated radio program Lewis hosted from 2009 until 2014 with the tagline “America’s Mr. Right.” In one instance, while arguing that “young single women” vote based on coverage of birth control pills, Lewis said those women were not human beings and were without brains…
 
“Well, the thing is, can we call anybody a slut? This is what begs the question. Take this woman out of it, take Rush out of it for a moment,” Lewis said in a March 2012 episode. “Does a woman now have the right to behave — and I know there’s a double standard between the way men chase women and running and running around — you know, I’m not going to get there, but you know what I’m talking about. But it used to be that women were held to a little bit of a higher standard. We required modesty from women. Now, are we beyond those days where a woman can behave as a slut, but you can’t call her a slut?”
(CNN)

As far as his campaign, so far Lewis seems to be essentially playing a sort of prevent defense, not saying much in public and not doing anything too high-profile as a legislator. That could well change, at least as far as him running his mouth goes, if his seat continues to look like a fairly likely flip. Or perhaps he’s already just pretty much given up. It doesn’t appear to me that he likes being in Congress as much as he did his previous gigs.
 

And that was followed up on June 14th, when Congressman Lewis tweeted after his taking part in the “Can opioids save the GOP from losing the midterms?“ event.
 
Gosh, a new “Advisory Committee” ?
 
Does President Trump think he needs another “Advisory Committee” ?
 
Let us remember that President Trump already issued an executive order on March 29, 2017, establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. As such, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has begun instituting procedures aimed at monitoring and managing opioid prescription usage but Congressman Lewis wants a “Advisory Committee” to provide them guidance.
(MN Political Roundtable)

Update: CNN has released more. I do feel for the people assigned to listen to those tapes of Lewis’s show. It’s gotta be an ordeal. But they’re making a sacrifice for the greater good.
 

That same month, Lewis added the welfare state has in some ways been worse for the black community than Jim Crow, calling black people “addicted” to government programs.
 
“What the welfare state has done to the black community, a hundred years of racism could not do,” he said. “A hundred years of racism could not break it up, it could not destroy black families. Jim Crow could not do it. But what dependency has done, is has caused unwanted pregnancy, illegitimacy. It has told young black males that they are dispensable, they don’t need to hang around when mom needs support or whatever and it has destroyed — and not just black communities, but any urban community, and so what you’ve got here is now they’re addicted. Large swaths of Hispanic communities, black communities are addicted to these, these subsidies.”
(CNN)

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Berniecrats Anonymous 12-Step Program

by Invenium Viam on July 17, 2018 · 0 comments

1. We admitted we were powerless over PC – that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that an Independent Vermonter greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to Bernie as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of Hillary Democrats and other non-Bernie Democrats.
5. Admitted to Bernie, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of their moral inferiority.
6. Were entirely ready to have Our Revolution remove Boomers’ and Centrists’ defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Bernie to remove all their shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons who had harmed us and became willing to let them all make amends. Except for DWS. Not her.
9. Let such people make direct amends wherever possible, except when to do so would further injure our fragile self-esteem.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and, when other Democrats were wrong, promptly said so.
11. Sought through Instagram and Snapchat to improve our consciousness of Our Revolution, as we understood It, praying only for a Blue Wave for us and its power to carry our candidates.
12. Having had a Political Correctness Reawakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other Democrats and to force them to practice our principles in all their affairs. Still, if we lose the mid-terms, we’re all gonna go home and sulk.

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Farm Bill keeps crawling along

by Dan Burns on July 17, 2018 · 0 comments

corn“Next week” in the article means this week, now. It still seems likely that something very much like the Senate version of the bill – that is, no SNAP cuts or “work requirements”, about the same or even in a few cases slightly higher spending on conservation programs overall, etc. – is what will ultimately get through Congress. I don’t know whether Trump would sign that. My guess at this time is that he will, with little if any fuss, because he just doesn’t care about it beyond just wanting it out of the way.
 

The House could take an important step in moving farm bill talks forward next week by voting on a motion to proceed to conference — but Thursday (July 12) provided the latest indication that bad blood between House ag leaders is one of the many issues yet to be sorted out in the coming weeks.
 
House Ag Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) met Wednesday for the first time in eight weeks, according to Peterson…
 
Peterson indicated to reporters that the face-to-face got heated. “I was not easy on him, and I told him bluntly what I think, which I always do,” he said. “He didn’t like it, but I said I’m just telling what I think and I’m trying to be helpful.”
 
“We get this thing into conference next week and if people become sensible it won’t take long to do this,” Peterson said in a jab at House Republicans.
(Politico)

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Sports betting & jet set preachers

by JeffStrate on July 10, 2018 · 0 comments


 
This segment from the upcoming August 2018 edition of Democratic Visions stands on its own with no explanatory copy needed about Mike “Stretch” Gelfand or his ruminations about sports betting and of the private jet preachers sucking big bucks from Christian evangelical faith communities to spread their version of The Gospel.  Mike splashes tart vinegar on two of these popular pulpit scammers.
 
We do these programs with lefty volunteers and no budget through Southwest Community Television at Bloomington Community Access Television, BCAT. Democratic Visions is carried by community access channels in Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Edina, Richfield, Bloomington, Champlin, Anoka, Andover, Ramsey, St. Paul, Minneapolis and, soon, St. Louis Park.

 

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Righteous lawsuits galore vs. Twin Metals

by Dan Burns on July 6, 2018 · 0 comments

sulfideWhatever it takes, to crush the Twin Metals proposal, is justified, from any and all environmental, economic, and ethical perspectives.
 

A group of nine northeastern Minnesota businesses and an environmental group sued the U.S. Department of the Interior (June 21), seeking to overturn the reinstatement last month of two federal mineral leases to a company seeking to build a copper-nickel mine near the border of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
 
The plaintiffs, which include a number of canoe outfitters and a resort around the wilderness, argue that the reinstatement of the leases to Twin Metals Minnesota was unlawful, and poses an immediate threat to their businesses, the outdoor recreation economy and the environment.
(MPR)

In addition to galvanizing our members to contact their members of Congress, The Wilderness Society filed a lawsuit June 25 challenging the Interior Department’s recent push to open the area’s fragile ecosystem to sulfide-ore copper mining.
 
We were joined by 2 other conservation groups opposed to the Interior Department’s reinstatement of two expired mineral leases held by Twin Metals Minnesota, a foreign-owned mining company, on Superior National Forest lands.
(The Wilderness Society)

On June 25, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the sulfide-ore mine proposed by Twin Metals, a subsidiary of the Chilean-owned mining conglomerate Antofagasta.
(Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness)

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A Second American Civil War for Independence Day

by Eric Ferguson on July 3, 2018 · 1 comment

Artist's conception. Not actually an Alex Jones listener

Artist’s conception. Not actually an Alex Jones listener

I first heard verbally that the nutcase right had a new conspiracy theory that liberals are going to start a civil war on July 4th, which as I write this, is tomorrow. Damn, I haven’t even dug out my musket and bayonet yet! Anyway, I found the source, the source of so many tinfoil hat conservative conspiracy theories, Alex Jones (hat tip Johnny Wendell at Daily Kos).

 
Sane people know not to believe any of the craziness Alex Jones spews, but many trumpers believe him, including the Russian President of the United States, Trump. I don’t know what is more disturbing, that Trump and other bigoted lunatics believe him no matter how many times he’s proven to be making it up, or that some of them seem to want a new civil war. There’s an element of the extreme right that doesn’t want to start it, not because they don’t want it, but rather because everyone is the hero in his own story, which means they want us to start it. Mocking them is much more fun and much less deadly, so no. Hey guys, how are we going to start a war when you have all the guns? Could you share? Just to make the odds more even?

 
Of course, the Confederacy did get impatient waiting for the Union to invade and just went ahead and started the first civil war, so maybe best not to encourage them.

 
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2018: Year of the Post-postfeminist DFL

by Invenium Viam on June 29, 2018 · 0 comments

Where the boys are
Someone waits for me,
A smiling face, a warm embrace,
Two arms to hold me tenderly…
Connie Francis, 1960

 

In early February of 2016, Gloria Steinem and Madeline Albright told young women that it was “their duty to support Hillary Clinton” in her presidential campaign.

 

“We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done,” Ms. Albright, the first female Secretary of State in US history, said of the broader fight for women’s equality. “It’s not done. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”

 

A day earlier, Ms. Steinem had stumbled badly on the HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher when she suggested in an Overtime segment that younger women were backing Mr. Sanders just so they could meet young men. “When you’re young, you’re thinking: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,’ ” she said.

 

Those remarks drew an immediate, widespread and hostile reaction from young women across the country.

 

“Shame on Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright for implying that we as women should be voting for a candidate based solely on gender,” Zoe Trimboli, a 23-year-old from Vermont who supports Mr. Sanders and describes herself as a feminist, wrote on Facebook. “I can tell you that shaming me and essentially calling me misinformed and stupid is NOT the way to win my vote.”

 

Word. Keeping it real myself, I have to admit to a brief moment of schadenfreude. Having gotten an earful a time or two for insensitivity to the challenges facing women in a patriarchal society, most recently from my wife and daughter over the recent revisiting of the Bill Clinton / Monica Lewinsky scandal, I was kind of happy to see a feminist leader of the stature of Steinem get flamed. If anyone should get a pass for saying or doing something stupid, she should. They’re probably going to erect statues of Steinem in campus quadrangles around the country. Books and plays will be written about her life and leadership. They’ll name high schools after her. And after she passes, a movie will be made of her life and struggles entitled simply, ‘Gloria.’

 

The most I’ll ever get is an epitaph on a headstone that reads, ‘He tried hard not to be an sh*thead.’ Unless I outlive my wife and daughter, that is. Not likely.

 

As a political junkie, I noted this kerfuffle at the time as a potentially significant event demographically. After all, young women among the Mil-Gen′s who were voting for the first time in 2008 supported Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. Later, in 2016, polls showed they strongly supported Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, prompting the reaction from Albright and Steinem and the counter-reaction just described. I began to wonder if these facts were a bellwether of an attitudinal change in gender relations; hence, a change in gender politics. I wondered if they weren’t early evidence of a post-postfeminist ethos forming among young Democrats.

 

Then came the revelations about Trump the pussy-grabber and serial womanizer. Then came the Women’s March. Then came Cosby, Weinstein, Lauer, Roy Moore, Louis CK, and dozens of others. Somewhere in there came the accusations locally against Rep. Tony Cornish, State Senator Dan Schoen, and US Senator Al Franken. All of which fit perfectly with the focus of Fourth-Wave feminism as defined by feminist writer Prudence Chamberlain: economic and social justice for women and opposition to sexual violence and sexual harassment. Nope, I thought, 2008 and 2016 were just the anomaly of two charismatic male candidates opposed by a uninspiring female candidate with a militant sense of entitlement and a caustic demeanor on the stump.

 

But the proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

 

Getcha Mojo Below the Fold, Moe

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trump13According to this, yeah, he might. And I for one certainly don’t put any insanely stupid thing beyond him.
 

President Trump has repeatedly told top White House officials he wants to withdraw the United States from the World Trade Organization, a move that would throw global trade into wild disarray, people involved in the talks tell Axios…
 
Why this matters: A U.S. withdrawal from the WTO would send global markets into a spiral and cast trillions of dollars of trade into doubt.
 
– It would also blow up an institution that for 70-plus years has been a pillar of global economic and political stability.
 
– The consequences of a U.S. withdrawal are so profound that, like Trump’s senior advisers, the trade community hasn’t seriously entertained the possibility that Trump would try to withdraw.
 
-A top trade lawyer in Washington said: “We think he’s nuts, but not that nuts.”
(Axios)

The article does note that withdrawal would also require approval from Congress. But you know as well as I do about how prone they’ve been to standing up to Trump on matters like these (until next January, anyway, we hope).
 
Regarding the photo, how can anyone not pick up on the overwhelming fear, greed, and corruption in that face, whatever its expression at any given moment?
 

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About the Janus ruling

by Dan Burns on June 28, 2018 · 2 comments

scotus2A couple of items:
 

A 2015 study found strong empirical evidence that unions may help children move up the economic ladder.
 
According to the study, the New York Times reports, “Children born to low-income families typically ascend to higher incomes in metropolitan areas where union membership is higher. The size of the effect is small, but there aren’t many other factors that are as strongly correlated with mobility.”
 
The positive impact of unions on children’s upward mobility isn’t exclusive to low-income children, the Times reporters note, and they extend beyond families with union workers to nonunion families too.
(Jeff Bryant/OurFuture.org)

After holding steady for decades, the percentage of American workers in all jobs who would say yes to join a union jumped sharply this past year, by 50%, says a new, independent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The evidence is clear: The popularity of the labor movement is surging as more people want to join unions than ever before. Every worker must have the freedom to negotiate in a union over pay, benefits and working conditions.
(AFL-CIO)

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