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Republican House Revives 140-Year-Old Rule That Has CORRUPT BUREAUCRATS Sweating Bullets


President-elect Donald Trump has promised repeatedly to “drain the swamp” in Washington and — if we were to follow the metaphor — the Republican-controlled Congress will likely act as the pump.
Reported by Western Journalism:
While Trump has been busy laying the groundwork for clearing away the political muck, banning lobbyists from serving in his administration and pushing for an amendment to introduce term limits to Congress, among other measures, the men and women of the House and Senate will eventually do the heavily lifting.
Now, the House of Representatives may be making the biggest move yet in that direction, thanks to the revival of a 140-year-old rule.
For those of you who may have forgotten in the age of executive orders and actions, changes in federal law are supposed to originate in Congress, making the legislative branch the key to ending Washington’s toxic culture.
Now, according to The Washington Post, the GOP-controlled House has used the first week of the new Congress to reinstate the Holman Rule, an 1876 provision that can use an amendment to an appropriations bill to reduce the salary of an individual government employee to $1.
The rule would let lawmakers target civil servants who abuse their posts but still have union protections. The rule could, for instance, have been used on former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, locus of the IRS’ intimidation scandal.

John McCain Diverts Cash from Veteran’s Paychecks into Afghan Immigration Measures

RINO Senator, John McCain has once again turned his back on US military veterans, choosing instead to fund visas for Afghani interpreters and their relatives, while imposing higher health care costs on our soldiers.

The legislation, given full support by McCain and proposed by New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D) will up the amount of Afghan Special Immigrant Visas for those who have helped the U.S. soldiers as translators and interpreters. With this amendment, the number grows from 7,000 to 11,000 and the spouse and children of the visa holder may also enter the United States.

Where will the funds come from to make these new visas possible? Congress has decided to hurt the veterans by cutting their health care benefits and increasing their co-pay for the pharmacy, while using the funds saved to make the visa program larger.

This is more of the same from McCain, the vet who should be ashamed of his pilfering toward his fellow military man or woman. There were recently nine Republicans who sided with the Democrats to sell out the vets, sadly McCain was one of them.

We expect the Democrats to sell America out. It’s news when one or a handful actually vote in the interest of the American people and in a manner consistent with the Constitution and the very survival of our nation.

It’s also newsworthy to report on Republicans who join the Democrats in their sellout.

In the debate over cuts to the budget and who would be affected, the Democrats naturally targeted America’s military. They recognize and largely oppose the anti-American behavior coming out of the Democrat Senate and White House. They are not the constituency of the Democrats, at least not as far as the Dems seem to think.
John McCain Diverts Cash from Veteran’s Paychecks into Afghan Immigration Measures

American soldiers are paying for the Afghan Special Immigrant Visas program which was created in 2009, with decreases in their health care coverage and increases in their pharmacy co-pay. RINO McCain, a man one would think should stand by his fellow soldiers is backing the amended Afghan Special Immigrant Visas.

This, however, is McCain’s track record and should come as no shock. Veterans in Arizona, McCain’s home state have protested outside his office. One such protest was a demand for housing for homeless vets.

Operation Detain McCain was (sic) comprised mostly of US military veterans. They showed up at Senator McCain’s Phoenix office on September 5th, 2015,and, according to the website, to “demand that he be held accountable, arrested, tried and convicted for his shameful acts against the Veterans of the United States.” It is unclear what became of the effort.

John McCain Diverts Cash from Veteran’s Paychecks into Afghan Immigration Measures

American soldiers are paying for the Afghan Special Immigrant Visas program which was created in 2009, with decreases in their health care coverage and increases in their pharmacy co-pay. RINO McCain, a man one would think should stand by his fellow soldiers is backing the amended Afghan Special Immigrant Visas.

This, however, is McCain’s track record and should come as no shock. Veterans in Arizona, McCain’s home state have protested outside his office. One such protest was a demand for housing for homeless vets.

Operation Detain McCain was (sic) comprised mostly of US military veterans. They showed up at Senator McCain’s Phoenix office on September 5th, 2015,and, according to the website, to “demand that he be held accountable, arrested, tried and convicted for his shameful acts against the Veterans of the United States.” It is unclear what became of the effort.

Of course Sen. McCain takes issue with this characterization, preferring to cast himself as a champion of veterans issues. Recently, he has heavily inserted himself into the investigations of the extreme failings of Veterans Affairs hospitals. Many perceive these recent actions as simple political theater, meant to save face after failing the veterans by not being a steward of their cause until the VA hospital scandal became a PR nightmare.

This newest war against the vets and in favor of Afghan immigrants is once again led by McCain.

NumbersUSA explained the wide range of taxpayer-funded programs the Afghanis are eligible to receive.

“Recipients are entitled to every benefit to which refugees are entitled, including travel loans, eight months of refugee cash and medical assistance, social services, up to five years of job training, job placement, and English classes,” along with employment authorization and a Social Security number.

The SSN allows them to claim Earned Income Tax Credits and Additional Child Tax Credits. Every child born on U.S. soil is automatically awarded U.S. citizenship, thanks to liberal Supreme Court Justice William Brennan’s 1982 footnote in Plyler v. Doe. They, in turn, can sponsor “relatives” to join them in the U.S., whether or not American communities prefer to have impoverished, tribal, devout Muslims resettled en-masse into their neighborhoods. This is thanks to the 51-year long chain migration tradition of giving migrants control over U.S. immigration policy, successfully advocated by Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy and his Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

An Irish Reflection on the 2016 Election in the Colonies

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An Irish Reflection on the 2016 Election in the Colonies
Ian O’Doherty is a columnist who works for the Irish Independent. His “iSpy” column is published Monday-Thursday. On Fridays O’Doherty publishes a rather more serious column containing his opinion on a chosen subject in “The World According to Ian O’Doherty.” He was formerly with the Evening Herald.

Tuesday November 8, 2016 — a day that will live in infamy, or the moment when America was made great again?
The truth, as ever, will lie somewhere in the middle. After all, contrary to what both his supporters and detractors believe — and this is probably the only thing they agree on — Trump won’t be able to come into office and spend his first 100 days gleefully ripping up all the bits of the Constitution he doesn’t like.

But even if this week’s seismic shockwave doesn’t signal either the sky falling in or the start of a bright new American era, the result was, to use one of The Donald’s favourite phrases, huge. It is, in fact, a total game changer.

In decades to come, historians will still bicker about the most poisonous, toxic and stupid election in living memory.
They will also be bickering over the same vexed question: how did a man who was already unpopular with the public and who boasted precisely zero political experience beat a seasoned Washington insider who was married to one extremely popular president and who had worked closely with another?

The answer, ultimately, is in the question.
History will record this as a Trump victory, which of course it is. But it was also more than that, because this was the most stunning self-inflicted defeat in the history of Western democracy.

Hillary Clinton has damned her party to irrelevance for at least the next four years. She has also ensured that Obama’s legacy will now be a footnote rather than a chapter. Because the Affordable Care Act is now doomed under a Trump presidency and that was always meant to be his gift, of sorts, to America.

How did a candidate who had virtually all of the media, all of Hollywood, every celebrity you could think of, a couple of former presidents and apparently, the hopes of an entire gender resting on her shoulders, blow up her own campaign?
I rather suspect that neither Donald nor Hillary know how they got to this point.

Where she seemed to expect the position to become available to her by right — the phrase “she deserves it” was used early in the campaign and then quickly dropped when her team remembered that Americans don’t like inherited power — his first steps into the campaign were those of someone chancing their arm. If he wasn’t such a staunch teetotaler, many observers would have accused him of only doing it as a drunken bet.
But the more the campaign wore on, something truly astonishing began to happen: the people began to speak. And they began to speak in a voice which, for the first time in years in the American heartland, would not be ignored.

Few of the people who voted for Trump seriously believe that he is going to personally improve their fortunes. Contrary to the smug, middle-class media narrative, they aren’t all barely educated idiots.

They know what he is, of course they do. It’s what he is not that appeals to them.

Clinton, on the other hand, had come to represent the apex of smug privilege. Whether it was boasting about her desire to shut down the remaining coal industry in Virginia — that worked out well for her, in the end — or calling half the electorate a “basket of deplorables,” she seemed to operate in the perfumed air of the elite, more obsessed with coddling idiots and pandering to identity and feelings than improving the hardscrabble life that is the lot of millions of Americans.

Also, nobody who voted for Trump did so because they wanted him as a spiritual guru or life coach.
But plenty of people invested an irrational amount of emotional energy into a woman who was patently undeserving of that level of adoration.
That’s why we’ve witnessed such fury from her supporters — they had wrapped themselves so tightly in the Hillary flag that a rejection of her felt like a rejection of them. And when you consider that many American colleges gave their students Wednesday off class because they were too “upset” to study, you can see that this wasn’t a battle for the White House — this became a genuine battle for America’s future direction. And, indeed, for the West. (Emphasis mine)

We have been going through a cultural paroxysm for the last 10 years — the rise of identity politics has created a Balkanised society where the content of someone’s mind is less important than their skin colour, gender, sexuality or whatever other attention-seeking label they wish to bestow upon themselves.

In fact, where once it looked like racism and sexism might be becoming archaic remnants of a darker time, a whole new generation has popped up which wants to re-litigate all those arguments all over again.

In fact, while many of us are too young to recall the Vietnam War and the social upheaval of the 1960s, plenty of observers who were say they haven’t seen an America more at war with itself than it is today.

One perfect example of this New America has been the renewed calls for segregation on campuses. Even a few years ago, such a move would have been greeted with understandable horror by civil rights activists — but this time it’s the black students demanding segregation and “safe spaces” from whites. If young people calling for racial segregation from each other isn’t the sign of a very, very sick society, nothing is.
The irony of Clinton calling Trump and his followers racist while she was courting Black Lives Matter was telling.

After all, no rational white person would defend the KKK, yet here was a white women defending both BLM and the New Black Panthers — explicitly racist organisations with the NBP, in particularly, openly espousing a race war if they don’t get what they want.
Fundamentally, Trump was attractive because he represents a repudiation of the nonsense that has been slowly strangling the West.
He represents — rightly or wrongly, and the dust has still to settle — a scorn and contempt for these new rules. He won’t be a president worried about microaggressions, or listening to the views of patently insane people just because they come from a fashionably protected group.

He also represents a glorious two fingers to everyone who has become sick of being called a racist or a bigot or a homophobe — particularly by Hillary supporters who are too dense to realise that she has always actually been more conservative on social issues than Trump.
That it might take a madman to restore some sanity to America is, I suppose, a quirk that is typical to that great nation — land of the free and home to more contradictions than anyone can imagine.

Trump’s victory also signals just how out of step the media has been with the people. Not just American media, either.
In fact, the Irish media has continued its desperate drive to make a show of itself with a seemingly endless parade of emotionally incontinent gibberish that, ironically, has increased in ferocity and hysterical spite in the last few days.

The fact that Hillary’s main cheerleaders in the Irish and UK media still haven’t realised where they went wrong is instructive and amusing in equal measure. They still don’t seem to understand that by constantly insulting his supporters, they’re just making asses of themselves.
One female contributor to this newspaper said Trump’s victory was a “sad day for women.” Well, not for the women who voted for him, it wasn’t.

But that really is the nub of the matter — the “wrong” kind of women obviously voted for Trump. The “right” kind went with Hillary. And lost.
The Irish media is not alone in being filled largely with dinner-party liberals who have never had an original or socially awkward thought in their lives. They simply assume that everyone lives in the same bubble and thinks the same thoughts — and if they don’t, they should.
Of the many things that have changed with Trump’s victory, the bubble has burst. Never in American history have the polls, the media and the chin-stroking moral arbiters of the liberal agenda been so spectacularly, wonderfully wrong.

It was exactly that condescending, obnoxious sneer towards the working class that brought them out in such numbers, and that is the great irony of Election 16 — the Left spent years creating identity politics to the extent that the only group left without protection or a celebrity sponsor was the white American male.

That it was the white American male who swung it for Trump is a timely reminder that while black lives matter, all votes count — even the ones of people you despise.

You don’t have to be a supporter of Trump to take great delight in the sheer, apoplectic rage that has greeted his victory.
If Clinton had won and Trump supporters had gone on a rampage through a dozen American cities the next night, there would have been outrage — and rightly so.

But in a morally and linguistically inverted society, the wrong-doers are portrayed as the victims. We saw that at numerous Trump rallies: protesters would disrupt the event, claiming their right to free speech (a heckler’s veto is not free speech) and provoking people until they got a dig before running to the media and claiming victimhood.

But, ultimately, this election was about people saying enough with the bullshit. This is a country in crisis, and most Americans don’t care about transgender bathrooms, or safe spaces, or government speech laws. This was about people taking some control back for themselves.
It was about them saying that they won’t be hectored and bullied by the toddler tantrums thrown by pissy and spoiled millennials, and they certainly won’t put up with being told they’re stupid and wicked just because they have a difference of opinion.
But, really, this election is about hope for a better America; an America which isn’t obsessed with identity and perceived “privilege;” an America where being a victim isn’t a virtue and where you don’t have to apologise for not being up to date with the latest list of socially acceptable phrases.

Trump’s victory was a two fingers to the politically correct.

It was a brutal rejection of the nonsense narrative which says Muslims who kill Americans are somehow victims. It took the ludicrous Green agenda and threw it out. It was a return, on some level, to a time when people weren’t afraid to speak their own mind without some self-elected language cop shouting at you. Who knows, we may even see Trump kicking the UN out of New York.
Frankly, if you’re one of those who gets their politics from Jon Stewart and Twitter, look away for the next four years, because you’re not going to like what you see. The rest of us, however, will be delighted.

This might go terribly, terribly wrong. Nobody knows — and if we have learned anything this week, it’s that nobody knows nuthin’.
But just as the people of the UK took control back with Brexit, the people of America did likewise with their choice for president.

Obama’s Entire Staff PISSED After What Trump Just Did On Unexpected Visit

Looks like when President-elect Donald Trump spoke of draining the swamp, he wasn’t just referring to DC. In effect, the Transition Team has just issued pink slips to hundreds of overpaid Obama staffers who serve as ambassadors and diplomats. They were given notice to have their letters of resignation to Trump by Inauguration Day… no exceptions. Of course, liberals were outraged over this, claiming that it is unprecedented. Except that Barack Obama did the exact same thing when he came into office. The only difference being is he gave leeway to the ambassadors and diplomats so their children could finish the school year. Trump is not doing that… it’s everyone out of the pool… now.

Trump is being all business about this and I don’t blame him. He wants to replace Obama’s sycophants as soon as possible so he can get things done and start cleaning up Obama’s mess. Liberals are claiming the posts could remain vacant for months since many have to be confirmed. That doesn’t bother Trump at all… there are temporary personnel to fill the gap. There is no grace period on this directive… deal with it.

It does break with presidential tradition, but again, I don’t think that bothers President-elect Trump in the slightest. Obama has been an obstructionist all the way, so Trump doing this is no surprise. Don’t feel sorry for these people. Most are huge donors of Obama and Clinton. Many are lifelong politicos.

From Truth Monitor:

Donald Trump dropped a bombshell on Barack Obama’s entire administration just before Christmas when he fired every U.S. ambassador appointed by the current president, effective Inauguration Day.

A report published by The New York Times on Thursday night revealed that the State Department sent out a notice on December 23 explaining to Obama’s ambassadors that they will all be out of the job as of January 20.
Obama’s Entire Staff PISSED After What Trump Just Did On Unexpected Visit

Looks like when President-elect Donald Trump spoke of draining the swamp, he wasn’t just referring to DC. In effect, the Transition Team has just issued pink slips to hundreds of overpaid Obama staffers who serve as ambassadors and diplomats. They were given notice to have their letters of resignation to Trump by Inauguration Day… no exceptions. Of course, liberals were outraged over this, claiming that it is unprecedented. Except that Barack Obama did the exact same thing when he came into office. The only difference being is he gave leeway to the ambassadors and diplomats so their children could finish the school year. Trump is not doing that… it’s everyone out of the pool… now.

Trump is being all business about this and I don’t blame him. He wants to replace Obama’s sycophants as soon as possible so he can get things done and start cleaning up Obama’s mess. Liberals are claiming the posts could remain vacant for months since many have to be confirmed. That doesn’t bother Trump at all… there are temporary personnel to fill the gap. There is no grace period on this directive… deal with it.

It does break with presidential tradition, but again, I don’t think that bothers President-elect Trump in the slightest. Obama has been an obstructionist all the way, so Trump doing this is no surprise. Don’t feel sorry for these people. Most are huge donors of Obama and Clinton. Many are lifelong politicos.

From Truth Monitor:

Donald Trump dropped a bombshell on Barack Obama’s entire administration just before Christmas when he fired every U.S. ambassador appointed by the current president, effective Inauguration Day.

A report published by The New York Times on Thursday night revealed that the State Department sent out a notice on December 23 explaining to Obama’s ambassadors that they will all be out of the job as of January 20.

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While liberals are up in arms about this, a senior Trump official said there was no ill will behind this move. Instead, it was simply meant to ensure that Obama’s political appointees leave their positions on schedule, just as thousands of other government employees must do. The official added that this directive should not have come as a surprise to the ambassadors.

Past administrations have often fired all of the previous president’s “political” ambassadors, as these people were typically major donors who were nominated by virtue of close ties with the president. Meanwhile, career diplomats are typically permitted to remain at their posts.

Not this time, however, as Trump is making it clear he wants to purge the entire government of anyone related to Obama.

For those who did not take the mandate seriously, their lives will be turned upside down and they will be faced with a choice… come home to the states or pay for a place etc. out of their own pocket. They should have anticipated this move and seen it coming. They won’t get much sympathy from the Trump administration.

“When you have people out there whose only reason for being an ambassador is their political connection to the outgoing president of a different party, it’s pretty logical to say they should leave,” said Mr. Neumann, a career Foreign Service officer who held ambassadorships in Algeria, Bahrain and Afghanistan. “But I don’t recollect there was ever a guillotine in January where it was just, ‘Everybody out of the pool immediately.’”

Trump is shaking everything up nicely and putting people and politicians off balance. That’s good. Each of these people got a letter informing them of this the day after the election. Trump is treating this like a business and these people were just told, “You’re fired!” Good times.

BOYCOTT GENERAL MOTORS! GM Just Released a Plan To SELL OUT AMERICAN WORKERS & It Has TRUMP FURIOUS!

LIBERATING ELDER – Say what you want about Donald Trump, there is no honest person who could say Trump has not went straight to work on creating and saving jobs for American workers. In the past few weeks we have seen announcements from Ford, Toyota, Carrier, SoftBank among others pledging to invest more money into the US economy and create TENS OF THOUSANDS of HIGH PAYING JOBS for out of work and under employed Americans. Many of these companies, especially in the automotive sector, have chosen to abandon plans to move operations to Mexico, and instead, move to, or stay in, the good ‘ol US of A.

However, there is one car company who has chosen to spit in the face of American workers. Ironically it’s the auto giant that would have been bankrupt and sold off at rock bottom prices if the American taxpayer was not forced to ‘bail them out’ when they collapsed back in ’08. Yep, General Motors, the Corporate insiders who only exists off the theft of the taxpayer is showing Americans how little they apprecaite our generosity when they were most in need. Do you recall when Trump tweeted this when they first announced their decision to defect to Mexico:
While most auto companies met with Trump and worked out a deal where they were able to stay in the US or expand in the US creating and keeping high paying manufacturing jobs here at home, the company that was bought back to life with $17,000,000,000 of our hard earned money has decided to move to Mexico anyway.
There is a silver lining here though. WE DO NOT HAVE TO BUY THEIR CARS. All red blooded Americans should think long and hard about buying any GM brands listed below:

Chevrolet

Buick

GMC

Cadillac

Next time you are in the market for a new car, please take a minute to think about where you want your hard earned money to go. Do you want to support a globalist insider mega-corporation who sells out American workers after having their very existence salvaged with it’s taxpayers dollars and then decides to move production out of the country. Or do you want to help pay the checks of hard working Americans building quality cars here at home. The beauty of Capitalism is that it is up to us. We have the power to show GM that the only thing awaiting those who betray the American worker is Bankruptcy, and NO MORE BAILOUTS THIS TIME. If you think this is unacceptable PLEASE SHARE THIS ARTICLE EVERYWHERE SO WE CAN GET THIS BOYCOTT GOING & BRING MORE JOBS HOME!

The Obama Era is Over

by DANIEL GREENFIELD, ISRAEL NEWS November 10, 2016


Obama and his supporters loved talking about history. His victory was historic. They were on the right side of history. History was an inevitable arc that bent their way.

The tidal force of demographics had made the old America irrelevant. Any progressive policy agenda was now possible because we were no longer America. We Were Obamerica. A hip, happening place full of smiling gay couples, Muslim women in hijabs and transgender actors. We were all going to live in a New York City coffee house, work at Green Jobs and live in the post-national future.

The past was gone. We were falling into the gorgeous wonderful future of dot com instant deliveries and outsourced everything. We would become more tolerant and guilty. The future was Amazon and Disney. It was hot and cold running social justice. The Bill of Rights was done. Ending the First and Second Amendments was just a clever campaign away. Narratives on news sites drove everything.

Presidents were elected by Saturday Night Live skits.
John Oliver, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee were our journalists. Safe spaces were everywhere and you better watch your micro-aggressions, buddy. No more coal would be mined. No more anything would be made.

The end of men was here. The end of the dead white men of the literary canon. The end of white people. The end of binary gender and marriage. The end of reason. The end of art. The end of 2 + 2 equaling 4. This was Common Core time. It was time to pardon an endless line of drug dealers. To kill cops and praise criminals. To be forced to buy worthless health insurance for wealth redistribution to those who voted their way to wealth.

This was Obama’s America. And there was no going back. We were rushing through endless goal posts of social transformation. The military fell. Then the police. Now it looks as quaint as anything from the 50s, the 70s or the 80s. A brief moment of foolishness that already appears odd and awkward. And then one day nostalgic. It wasn’t the future. It’s already the past. It’s history.

Scalia died. Hillary Clinton was bound to win. And she would define the Supreme Court. Down-ticket races would give her a friendly Senate. And then perhaps even the House.

But there is no right side of history. There is only the side we choose. The Obama era was permanent. It was history.

Now it is history.

It‘s shocking ascendancy has been paired with an equally shocking descent. The Obama era is done. It’s gone. It’s over. It was wiped from the pages of history in one night that left Congress and the White House in Republican hands.

It would have been bad enough if Jeb Bush had succeeded Obama. That would have been inconvenient, but not a repudiation. Instead Obama’s legacy was dashed to pieces. His frantic efforts to campaign for Hillary did no good. The public did not vocally reject him. What they did was even worse. They brushed past him. They sidelined him. They gave him passable approval ratings while dismissing his biggest accomplishments. They forgot him. They made it clear that he did not matter.

And that is in its own way far more brutal and wounding. They didn’t just destroy the Obama era. Instead they dismissed it as if it never existed.

Obama didn’t make history after all. He wasn’t a teleprompter demi-god standing athwart of history. He was Carter and Ford. He was there to be forgotten. He didn’t change the world. He wasn’t the messiah. He was merely mortal. Just another politician who will sag and age. Who will, in the end, be photographed like Bill Clinton, lonely and lost in a world that has passed him by.

The Obama era ends not with a bang, but with a whimper. With a national consensus that maybe he didn’t really matter so much after all. And those to whom he mattered the most were his enemies determined to undo everything he did.

Obama once thought that he belonged to the ages. Now he belongs in the rubbish bin.

The Obama era (error) is Over…………..thank God.

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How protesters plan to wreck Donald Trump’s inauguration

Anarchists who believe “the peaceful transition of power is a threat to all of us” are planning to lead thousands of protesters to Washington next week to ruin Donald Trump’s inauguration.
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The group, called #DisruptJ20, is planning protests in cities nationwide on Jan. 20, but the protests in Washington would receive the most attention if the protesters’ plans succeed. Organizer Legba Carrefour told the Washington Examiner the protesters’ preparations began in June and are culminating in what they call “Operation Clusterfuck.” The #DisruptJ20 group is providing housing for 1,000 participants thus far and is working with other groups for its protest.

“We’re not making the argument that we’re going to stop the inauguration; that is a physical impossibility,” Carrefour said. “We are making the argument that we can ruin the notion that this is a peaceful transition of power.”

The first part of the plan involves blocking “all of the major ingresses into the city especially from the south,” meaning that the protesters intend to make entering the District from Virginia an “absolute nightmare” by closing highways and stopping trains headed into the city.

“You have to start looking at the idea of the metropolis is what actually furthers and enables global capitalism and the modern state,” Carrefour said. “The reason why Black Lives Matter started blocking highways was because highways and the normal functioning of the city is actually intrinsic to things like racism.”

The second component includes preventing people from attending the inauguration festivities by blockading each checkpoint to attend the inauguration. Carrefour said various groups coordinating with #DisruptJ20 are spearheading that effort, and individual checkpoints will have protesters championing various causes such as climate change and Black Lives Matter.

The human barriers created by the protesters will vary from checkpoint to checkpoint, meaning some protesters may simply stand in the way of people looking to enter while other protesters may look to do “technical lockdowns.” Technical lockdowns include such actions as the “sleeping dragon” in which two people stick their arms in PVC piping and then someone else chains or cements the inside so that removing the protesters would involve breaking their arms.

After that, the #DisruptJ20 protesters have multiple marches planned. One march will depart Columbus Circle at noon and head toward McPherson Square, a few blocks from the White House, for a rally that Carrefour said has obtained the necessary permits from the government. The National Park Service grants permits to groups demonstrating with more than 25 people on certain public lands in the nation’s capital. Three activist groups have applied for permits for McPherson Square, according to the National Park Service, but their permits were still “processing” as of Jan. 7.

While the Columbus Circle march will feature like-minded liberals unhappy with Trump, a separate “anti-capitalist” march that Carrefour said would be more “confrontational” will start from Logan Circle at 9 a.m. and go wherever it pleases. The Logan Circle march has no permit.

Less than one mile away from Logan Circle, a group called “Let America Hear Us, Roar for Trump” will demonstrate downtown near Dupont Circle. The National Park Service granted the pro-Trump group a permit for 500 anticipated participants.

Carrefour said the #DisruptJ20 group will be ready for any trouble it might encounter.

“We are preparing for the possibility of sporadic fights breaking out because people are very emotional about this,” Carrefour said. “So it wouldn’t shock us if confrontations did occur, however we do not anticipate any kind of mass melee to occur.”

Carrefour said the #DisruptJ20 crowd is not training its people in self-defense or instructing people to be violent, and he said the group is good at employing de-escalation techniques to prevent skirmishes. The organizers of the protest are planning training sessions for later this week.

If #DisruptJ20 protesters do get arrested, however, the protesters have a legal team in place. The protesters’ website provides legal guidance for participants, and Carrefour said two legal teams are assisting the group. One team will be in an office identifying the protesters headed to individual jails, while a secondary team will go to the jails to facilitate getting the protesters out of lockup.

Israel begins punishing countries who supported U.N. resolution


Israel is suspending diplomatic ties with nations that supported the controversial United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, condemning Israeli settlements on land claimed by Palestine.

Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, defended the response with Jake Tapper on CNN:
Dermer interjected, “Israel’s enemies are celebrating this resolution, that’s all you need to know.”

Israel has cut off diplomatic relations with: Britain, France, Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Angola, Egypt, Uruguay, Spain, Senegal and New Zealand, Malaysia in retaliation for the vote.

Dermer also explained how, in his view, Obama has worsened relations between the United States and Israel on the settlements:
Many have characterized this inaction by Obama in the face of the United Nations condemnation as a “parting shot” from Obama as he sees his domestic policy legacy threatened by the incoming President-elect Donald Trump. The response from many Republicans has been to vehemently support Israel, even to the point of demanding the U.N. be defunded so long as the resolution stands.

WHAT AMERICA HAS BECOME

by John Chuckman

Of course, the cozy popular myth of America’s Founding Fathers as an earnest, civic-minded group gathered in an ornate hall, writing with quill pens, reading from leather-bound tomes, and offering heroic speeches in classical poses – all resembling Greek philosophers in wigs and spectacles and frock coats – was always that, a myth. They were in more than a few cases narrow, acquisitive men, ambitious for their personal interests which were considerable, and even the more philosophic types among them were well-read but largely unoriginal men who cribbed ideas and concepts and even whole phrases from European Enlightenment writers and British parliamentary traditions.

And much of what they wrote and agreed upon involved what would prove mistaken ideas, with a lack of foresight into what the almost unchangeable concrete their words would shape. Americans today often are not aware that the word “democracy” for many of the Founders was an unpleasant one, carrying just about the same connotations that “communist” would a century and a half later. Men of the world of privilege and comparative wealth – Washington, Morris, and many others – were having nothing to do with ideas which rendered unimportant men important. That is why the country was styled as a “republic” – that most undefined term in the political lexicon, which then meant only the absence of a king with decisions made by a tight group of propertied elites.

False as they are, the very fact that there are such pleasant myths does tell us something about past popular ideals informing their creation. Now, how would any future Americans manage to weave attractive myths about a president who sits in the Oval Office signing authorizations for teams of young buzz-cut psychopaths in secret locked rooms to guide killing machines against mere suspects and innocent bystanders, often adopting the tactics of America’s lunatic anti-abortion assassins, sending a second hellish missile into the crowd of neighbors who come to the assistance of the victims of the first?

How would they weave attractive myths around the CIA’s International Torture Gulag, including that hellhole, Guantanamo, where kidnapped, legally-innocent people are imprisoned and tortured and given absolutely no rights or ethical treatment under international laws and conventions?

During the Revolutionary War, the battles were between armies, and captured soldiers were frequently granted their freedom upon their paroles, pledges of not returning to the fight. Spies were thought poorly of and often hung. Torture was uncommon and certainly not embraced as policy.

What myths can be written of two wars involving the deaths of a million or so people, the creation of millions of refugees, and the needless destruction of huge amounts of other peoples’ property, and all to achieve nothing but a change of government? Or about massive armed forces and secret security agencies which squander hundreds of billions in resources year after year, spreading their dark influence to all corners of the globe, and offering an insurmountable obstacle to America’s own citizens who might imagine they ever can rise against a government grown tyrannous? After all, polls in America show that its Congress is held in contempt by the overwhelming majority of its people, with percentages of disapproval rivaling those held for communism or Satanic rituals.

There are no myths about today’s Congressional figures. Everyone understands they are often to be found bellowing in ornate halls about points most Americans couldn’t care less about. Everyone understands that they are ready to go anywhere and say almost anything for large enough campaign contributions. That they take off on junkets paid for by groups hoping to influence votes and put faces to the exercise of future influence, trips commonly involving a foreign power trying to shape American policy. That their work is often steeped in secrecy from the voters, secrecy not governed by genuine national security concerns but by the often shameful nature of their work. That a good deal of the legislation and rules they create repress their own people’s interests and favor only special interests.

That their government regularly suppresses inconvenient truths and labels those who raise questions as foolishly addicted to conspiracy or even as treacherous. What are just a few of the events which have been treated in this fashion? The assassination of a President. The accidental or deliberate downing of at least three civilian aircraft by America’s military in recent years – an Iranian airliner, TWA Flight 800 on the East Coast, and the fourth plane of the 9/11 plot over Pennsylvania. The CIA’s past cooperation and engagement with the American Mafia during its anti-Castro terror campaign. The CIA’s use of drug trafficking to raise off-the-books income. The military’s assassination of American prisoners of war cooperating with their Vietnamese captors. Obfuscating Israel’s deliberate attack on an American intelligence-gathering ship during its engineered 1967 War. The huge death toll of locals, civilian and military, in America’s grisly imperial wars, from Vietnam to Iraq. 9/11.

I do not believe in 9/11 insider plots, but I know there has been strenuous official effort to disguise that event’s full nature. The motives? One suspects a great deal of embarrassment at demonstrated incompetence has been at work. Blowback from CIA operations in the Middle East seems more than likely. The documented involvement of Mossad in following and recording the plotters inside the United States leaves disturbing unanswered questions. One also knows that America’s establishment discovered in the wake of 9/11 the perfect opportunity for doing a great many nasty things it had always wanted to do anyway. You might say the terrorists did the military-industrial-intelligence complex a big favor. Anti-democratic measures involving surveillance, privacy in communications, secret prisons, torture, and effective suspension of some of the Constitution are all parts of the new American reality.

The FBI can record what you borrow from the public library. The NSA captures your every phone call, text message, and e-mail. The TSA can strip search you for taking an inter-city bus. Drones are being used for surveillance, and the TSA actually has a program of agents traveling along some highways ready to stop those regarded as suspicious. Portable units for seeing through clothes and baggage, similar to those used at airports, are to tour urban streets in vans randomly. Agencies of the government, much in the style of the former Stasi, encourage reports from citizens about suspicious behavior. Now, you can just imagine what might be called “suspicious” in a society which has always had a tendency towards witch-hunts and fears of such harmless things as Harry Potter books or the charming old Procter and Gambel symbol on soapboxes.

America has become in many ways a police state, albeit one where a kind of decency veil is left draped over the crude government machinery. How can a place which has elections and many of the trappings of a free society be a police state? Well, it can because power, however conferred, can be, and will be, abused. And the majority in any democratic government can impose terrible burdens on the minority. That’s how the American Confederacy worked, how apartheid South Africa worked, and that’s how Israel works today. Prevention of those inevitable abuses is the entire reason for a Bill of Rights, but if you suspend or weaken its protections, anything becomes possible.

American police forces have long enjoyed a reputation for brutal and criminal behavior – using illegal-gains seizure laws for profit, beating up suspects, conducting unnecessary military-style raids on homes, killing people sometimes on the flimsiest of excuses – having earned international recognition from organizations such as Amnesty International. The reasons for this are complex but include the military model of organization adopted by American policing, the common practice of hiring ex-soldiers as police, the phenomenon of uncontrolled urban sprawl creating new towns whose tiny police forces have poor practices and training, and, in many jurisdictions, a long and rich history of police corruption. Now, those often poor-quality American police have unprecedented discretion and powers of abuse.

Further, according to the words of one high-ranking general a few years back, the American military is prepared to impose martial law in the event of another great act of terror. Certainly that is an encouraging and uplifting thought considering all the blunders and waste and murder and rape the American military has inflicted upon countries from Vietnam to Iraq.

Where it is possible, power prefers to know about and even to control what is going on at the most humble level of its society, and the greater the power, the more irresistible the drive to know and control. It is essential to appreciate that whether you are talking about the military or huge corporations or the security apparatus, you are not talking about institutions which are democratic in nature. Quite the opposite, these institutions are run along much the same lines as all traditional forms of undemocratic government, from monarchs to dictators. Leadership and goals and methods are not subject to a vote and orders given are only to be obeyed, and there is no reason to believe that any of these institutions cherishes or promotes democratic values or principles of human rights. Of course, corporations, in order to attract talent, must publicly present a friendly face towards those principles, but that necessary charade reflects their future behavior about as much as campaign promises reflect future acts of an American politician.

Those at the top of all powerful and hierarchical institutions inevitably come to believe that they know better than most people, and those with any hope of gaining top positions must adopt the same view. For centuries we saw the great landed gentry and church patriarchs of pre-democratic societies regard themselves as inherently different from the population. It is no different with the psychology of people who enjoy their wealth and influence through positions in these great modern, un-democratic institutions. The larger and more pervasive these institutions become in society – and they have become truly bloated in America – the more will their narcissistic, privileged views prevail. Also, it is axiomatic that where great power exists, it never goes unused. Large standing armies are the proximate cause of many of history’s wars. And just so, the power of corporations to expand through illegality of every description, this being the source of the many controversies about failing to pay taxes in countries where they operate or the widespread practice of bribery in landing large contracts with national governments.

So far as security services go (the United States, at last count, having sixteen different ones), they may well be the worst of all these modern, massive anti-democratic institutions. Their lines of responsibility to government are often weak, and citizens in general are often regarded as things with which to experiment or play. Their leaders and agents are freely permitted to perjure themselves in courts. The organizations possess vast budgets with little need to account for the spending. They can even create their own funds through everything from drug and weapons trading to counterfeiting currency, all of it not accounted for and subject to no proper authority. And their entire work is secret, whether that work involves legitimate national security or not. The nature of their work breeds a secret-fraternity mindset of superiority and cynicism. They start wars and coups, including against democratic governments sometimes, they pay off rising politicians even in allied countries, they use money and disinformation to manipulate elections even in friendly governments, and of course they kill people and leaders they seriously disapprove of. Now, does any thinking person believe that they simply forget these mindsets and practices when it comes to what they regard as serious problems in their own country?

The record of arrogance and abuse by security organizations, such as CIA or the FBI, is long and costly, filled with errors in judgment, abuse of power, incompetence, and immense dishonesty. Owing to the black magic of classified secrecy, much of the record involves projects about which we will never know, but even what we do know about is distressing enough. And I’m not sure that it can be any other way so long as you have Big Intelligence. Apart from Big Intelligence’s own propensity towards criminal or psychopathic behavior, one of the great ironies of Big Intelligence is that it will always agree to bend, to provide whatever suppressions and fabrications are requested by political leaders working towards the aims of the other great anti-democratic institutions, the military and the corporations. This became blindingly clear in the invasion of Iraq and, even before that, in the first Gulf War.

America’s political system, honed and shaped over many decades, fits comfortably with these institutions. National elections are dominated by a two-party duopoly (being kept that way through countless institutional barriers deliberately created to maintain the status quo) , both these parties are dominated by huge flows of campaign contributions (contributions which form what economists call an effective barrier to entry against any third party seriously being able to compete), both parties embrace much the same policies except for some social issues of little interest to the establishment, and election campaigns are reduced to nothing more than gigantic advertising and marketing operations no different in nature to campaigns for two national brands of fast food or pop. It takes an extremely long time for a candidate to rise and be tested before being trusted with the huge amounts of money invested in an important campaign, and by that time he or she is a well-read book with no surprising chapters.

If for any reason this political filtering system fails, and someone slips through to an important office without having spent enough time to make them perfectly predictable, there still remains little chance of serious change on any important matter. The military-industrial-intelligence complex provides a molded space into which any newcomer absolutely must fit. Just imagine the immense pressures exerted by the mere presence of senior Pentagon brass gathered around a long polished oak table or a table surrounded by top corporate figures representing hundreds of billions in sales or representatives or a major lobbying group (and multi-million dollar financing source for the party). We see the recent example of popular hopes being crushed after the election of Obama, a man everyone on the planet hoped to see mend some of the ravages of George Bush and Dick Cheney. But the man who once sometimes wore sandals and bravely avoided a superfluous and rather silly flag pin on his lapel quickly was made to feel the crushing weight of institutional power, and he bent to every demand made on him, becoming indistinguishable from Bush. Of course, the last president who genuinely did challenge at least some of the great institutional powers, even to a modest extent, died in an ambush in Dallas.

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