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Greg Palast

Greg Palast
Greg Palast, Investigative Reporter

Friday, June 23, 2017

On This Date In History -- New Feature

On This Date in History...

President Lyndon Johnson met with Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin at Glassboro, New Jersey, in an effort to diffuse tensions in the Cold War.  Results were less than satisfactory, however, as Viet Nam and other issues continued to divide the two great nations.  

Certainly the hope was that one day Russia, or the Soviet Union, would be partners in peace around the world.  Fifty years later, the Soviet Union is no more, but a former member of the KGB, and now leader of a resurgent Russia, seeks to create a network of alliances and influence to counter perceived threats from the West.

Whatever the ills of Russia, and there are many, the world must find a means to mutual respect so the people of the world can be safe.   

A recurring feature of The Musical Patriot


Source:   History Channel


Left to right:  Aleksei Kosygin, Lyndon Johnson
courtesy Wikimedia

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Georgia Sixth District Election Post Mortem

New Video Link for Today

The link below should take you to a video excerpt from MSNBC's "Morning Joy" program with investigative reporter, Greg Palast.  This report documents the throwing of legal voters off the voting rolls in Georgia.  

To be fair, I do not hear the numbers in this report which of themselves would have swung this election to the Republican.  On the other hand, the investigation of dirty deeds in Georgia has really only just begun.  And, by the way, the person who initiated the purge efforts in Georgia just won the latest election for U.S. Representative from Georgia. 

May truth win out, and in a near time.  

http://www.gregpalast.com/palast-msnbc-joy-voter-suppression-accusations-gop-persist/

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Panoply of Subjects

Still Here
Nature watches and waits.


If reading is an adventure, I have been on something of a trip these last weeks.  Subjects have run the gamut from the rise of medical consumerism to the loss of Internet privacy, and back to a rare disorder called something like Canavan disease.

Particularly interesting was the work of a futurist who around 2000 predicted the decline and fall of the American "empire."  I'll have more on this subject soon.

For now, June is busting out all over, as they say, with unusually high temperatures accompanied by cheerily warbling birds (and a desultory standing crane).

With June has come the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in with new and stunning revelations of a Nixon administration attempt to do physical harm to Daniel Ellsberg.

This has lead to inevitable comparisons with today's scene in Washington.  Which, actually, leads me back to the futurist, who, it seems, predicted a Trumpian figure many years ago.

It is a multifarious world, but as I am seeing more clearly, a good world at base.  I look forward to being able to present evidence for all this in the future.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Washington Post (Dana Milbank) has offered the following information to let us know what we have been missing while distracted by the Comey/Sessions testimonies.  Certainly, let us not minimize the importance of these hearings.  But let us be aware of the far-rightist agenda of this Republican Congress (with some brave, notable exceptions).

Here is the opening of this recent article from The Post:


Monday was the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that left 49 dead. Saturday will be the second anniversary of the church shooting in Charleston, S.C., where nine were murdered at Bible study.

In between these two somber remembrances, House Republicans will be commemorating the occasion in their own way: They will begin work relaxing restrictions on firearm silencers — thereby making it easier for shooters to shoot without being noticed.
Classy.
To this injury, the legislators add insult with the bill’s name: a provision of the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act” called the “Hearing Protection Act” — as if it were subsidizing earplugs. That’s like calling legislation that expands the availability of machine guns the “Carpal Tunnel Protection Act” because it spares would-be shooters the repetitive motion of trigger pulling.


N. B  The Musical Patriot accepts no advertising.  However, it is felt that The Washington Post and The New York Times and certainly Newsweek all deserve a certain kind of support just now.   

Friday, June 09, 2017

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The Proper Perspective

Sitting in the coffee shop on a warm day, drinking iced green tea, gives time for reflection.  Also, having a few days away from newspapers and news media has brought a respite from horror and alleged terror.  Banner headlines of murder and mayhem make it challenging to keep a healthy perspective on a life lived well.

Knowing of the high level of corruption in U.S. elections makes for an interesting perspective, however.  It is a perspective which does contribute to sanity, if one can keep the perspective.  First, it allows one to be confident that the majority of Americans would never have voted for the person who went into the Oval Office in January.  Second, no matter how necessary and useful ever so many left-leaning groups are, we don't need to rely on a construct which has these groups -- splintered and divided as they are -- carrying the water by themselves.

This is to say the truth is bigger and deeper than a multitude of specific issues such as e-mail hacking by foreign governments, or the latest intrigue at the White House.  What a dither and waste of time all this is for a great nation.  It is a circumstance created by the greed system, otherwise known as the profit system.  For the marionettes of mendacity and avarice did conspire to ruin an election.  This can be shown.

Under these circumstances a certain detachment from the rush of news is inevitable -- and welcome.  The battle must be joined, then, at the point of veracity -- the stolen election of 2016.  It is at this nexus that we can meet and figure out how to set things aright.  

Monday, May 29, 2017

There Will Be No Blue Wave in 2018, Says Salon Writer

Article expresses doubt about Democratic prospects in 2018.  Is it (the article) realistic?

Ultimately, you the reader must be the judge.  But the writer makes a persuasive case that Democrats cannot count on a simple wave election in 2018.  And why not?

The reason, says the writer, is that America's problems go deeper than mere electoral politics.

To a large extent I agree with this assessment.  However, the picture -- though dire -- may not be as hopeless as it appears.  Or perhaps more accurately, the problem is not as complex as it appears.

For as readers here know, America did not vote for the Republican far-right the way the media has made it appear.  With nine methods of vote suppression at work, it became impossible for unwitting Democrats to win.

Where, then, does the direction finder point?  It points certainly in the direction of a corporatized media with deep ties to the profit system, a system whose health depends on friendly politicians of both parties.

This time of ours, then, is a moment of opportunity.  For those who have the strength and ingenuity to help create a new vision for America, there is a wonderful chance to create a new framework of justice and economic success for all.


There Will Be No Blue Wave in 2018 Says Salon Writer

Friday, May 26, 2017

Democratic Governors Association Gets It Right

Voter suppression tactics, not Russian hacking, stole the election for Trump

Below is an excerpt from an e-mail I recently received from the Democratic Governors Association.  This group of fine Democratic governors tells the truth about Election 2016.  It is evidence that the so-called resistance to Trump needs to move to states under Democratic control.  

_______________________________________________________________________


Voter suppression helped give Trump the presidency, Friends: 
A new report shows that Wisconsin's voter ID law suppressed MORE THAN 200,000 VOTES, while Trump won by less than 23,000Voter suppression helped Trump take the presidency, and now he's doing everything he can to undermine our democracy.

... And Republicans in Congress are rolling over and letting Trump's corruption go unchecked.

Voter suppression could cost us our democracy if we don't fight back!

Our Voter Protection Project is on the ground fighting to restore voting rights and build a Democratic firewall against Trump's destructive policies....


______________________________________________________________________


The e-mail was part of a fund-raising effort.  








Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What Is the Plastisphere?

All-ages video

Whatever it is, it does not sound good.

Find out more here.





T his video shows in clear terms the dangers of our plasticized world.  The facts here show why concern for the environment can't wait.

N.B.  I don't know anything about the contest mentioned at the end or the organization.  But the video is high quality and speaks well for those who made it.  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Brief Statement About the Russian Investigation

As longer-term readers here will already know, as odious as any foreign intrusion into our election system would be, it bears repeating now that neither Russia nor any other country "hacked into" last November's election.  While I agree that Russia did try to influence the election, ultimately their efforts fell short, as Hillary Clinton won around two million or so more votes than did Our Military Leader (OML).

What did happen was a huge Republican effort to suppress votes wherever they could.  This effort has been detailed most extensively by Greg Palast, well-respected international investigative journalist.   This suppression of the vote was large enough to affect the outcome in several states so as to make it appear OML won the Electoral College.   I believe history will show he won neither the popular vote nor the Electoral College.  (Link to the Greg Palast site appears to the right on this blog.)

Recently, the Democratic Governors Association sent an e-mail referencing this vote suppression activity on the part of the Republicans.  This was good to see, for it means our leaders are beginning to wake up to the fact that this was not a legitimate vote.  


Photo Courtesy < Ushanka.net >.    Ushanka




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

OML and Dementia

Allegations that Our Military Leader (whom I have identified as "OML") has dementia have been around for awhile now.  This is not a subject I have seen the need to report on here -- until now.

Like the author of the article highlighted below, I have had close relatives who progress through the stages of dementia.  I have also seen the symptoms in co-workers.

While OML clearly has personality and character issues, even more important could be dementia.  Certainly, the matter is not proven.  But the article referenced gives a good opening to the subject.

I will continue researching the matter. 


Dementia at the Top

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Trump White House Said to Be in "Crisis Mode," Senate Scrambles to Interview Deputy Attorney General

Quickly

Fast-developing Events in Washington, D. C.,  Today


For those interested in the morning's activities, it was a busy start to the day.

The Hill has a good summation of the day so far.


Latest On the Situation in Washington

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

What We Face Is a Constitutional Crisis: Sen Blumenthal

via CBSN

Says there must be a special prosecutor.

New York Times Is Reporting Sessions Was Tasked With Making Comey Case

...according to CBSN


This would create "a cause and effect," says CBSN analyst, Zeke Miller.

The word impeachment is being raised.

The question is What is the alternative to impeachment?  If the OML (Our Military Leader) will not resign, what other action could be taken?

Remember, it is CBSN who has raised the issue of impeachment.

We do not yet know whether normal American governmental processes are viable at this time.  It is going to be up to responsible Republicans to lead us out of this -- if the government is to retain any credibility at all.   CBSN is indeed mentioning Republicans now raising questions about the Comey firing.





Legitimacy of Trump Questioned By CBSN

A CBSN commentator is saying the firing of FBI Director Comey, especially at this time, raises questions of the President's "legitimacy."

Questioning the actual legitimacy of this President has been exceedingly rare in the major media these last weeks.

It has been my question for months, as readers here well know.

The major media is welcomed into the fold of Questioners.    

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