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July 30, 2016

Is the DNC eating its young?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 1:44 pm

Ah, the Democratic National Committee — they have just overstepped their mandate. Again.

Ever since the Repubs blatantly stole the 2000 election for George W. Bush and his posse of snobby elites, we’ve totally come to expect all sorts of flat-out shameless hanky-panky from the Grand [snake-Oil] Party. But to see hanky-panky coming from the Dems as well? Not so much. Those were our guys, playing for the home team, supporting the salt of the earth, defending the working class. We used to think that the Democratic Party was above that kind of stuff.

But not any more. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45092.htm

Now we’ve got the DNC fudging up elections from New York to California just like they were GOP corporate-fascist shills riding into town on elephants instead of donkeys. Who would have thought?

“But give us an example, Jane,” you might say. Here’s a good one. The guy in charge of voting in San Diego has just admitted that ballots cast for Bernie Sanders have been changed to ballots cast for Hillary Clinton — and they were changed by using White-Out. Yes, you read that correctly. White-Out. Really? http://sourceplanet.net/politics/sanders-ballots-covered-with-white-out-confirmed/

And then there is the strange case of Congressman Alan Grayson, the people’s choice for Senate in Florida. Grayson does all the things that we Democrats love — stuff like supporting America’s working class and keeping Wall Street from throwing us out of our homes. Booyah for him! But does the DNC support him? Hell, no. That would be too obvious. Instead it supports his rival in the primary, Patrick Murphy. Even President Obama is now campaigning for Murphy. Huh? http://trofire.com/2016/07/20/dem-establishment-afraid-alan-grayson-potus-makes-campaign-ad-opponent/

Murphy used to be a Republican until he re-registered as a Democrat in order to run against Grayson. No wonder the DNC loves Murphy!

Not to mention all those WikiLeaks e-mails detailing how the DNC eats Bernie Babies for lunch. http://observer.com/2016/07/wikileaks-proves-primary-was-rigged-dnc-undermined-democracy/

And now we are going to be stuck with either a Clinton Dynasty for president or Donald Trump. Greatest nation in the world? I think not.

But by far the worst of all this Democrat hanky-panky is how DNC is now eating its young — happily chomping down on the Millennials like they were gummy bears or Fritos. All we had to do was watch its convention to know that. Bon appetite, DNC. https://news.vice.com/article/new-york-lawsuit-voter-registration-problems-primary

And now the Millennials also hate you, DNC — as well they should after the DNC has done everything it can to disenfranchise the “Bernie Babies”. But twenty years from now, when the Democratic National Committee is some sort of decrepit non-relevant dinosaur and all alone, only then will it be sorry that it ate its young. http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/14/dont-call-him-bernie-anymore-the-sanders-sell-out-and-the-clinton-wars-to-come/

PS: The DNC isn’t the only one to be eating its young these days. Congress, NATO, bankers, Israeli neo-colonialists, US-backed ISIS, Exxon, etc. are also really good at eating our young too. Did you know that Exxon was aware of the dangers of climate change as far back as 1968? To these elites, our children are just so many gummy bears. http://usatoday.ddns.net/news/brave-pols-take-the-right-stand-20-lawmakers-demand-human-rights-and-justice-for-palestinian-children

PPS: In early August, I’ll be attending the American Bar Association convention in San Francisco. Which reminds me that a hecka lot of young lawyers newly minted from law school are Millennials too — and they are devoted to upholding the Constitution. So, DNC, you had better watch out. And, GOP, you too have been warned. No more free lunch for either of you. http://www.americanbar.org/calendar/annual.html

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July 19, 2016

Black, old & poor Americans: Would you feed or defend them?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 10:12 am

I’m currently reading Sebastian Junger’s book, Tribe, and on page 110 he says that the difference between human beings and other primates is that we humans systematically share our food and “altruistic” defense — whatever that is.

According to Junger, “The earliest and most basic definition of community — of tribe — would be the group of people that you would both help feed and help defend.” Now where, exactly, does America lie on that particular spectrum? Apparently, we’ve gots almost no community at all! Apparently national unity is dead in America.

If we are ever going to make America great again then, according to Junger’s criteria we need to include feeding and defending our fellow Americans in that equation. And, boy, is that never gonna happen! Just look at Ferguson, Dallas, Katrina, Baltimore and Philando Castile. Just look at all the cuts to food stamps and attempted cuts to Social Security.

Just look at all the starving and homeless people we Americans pass on the streets of our cities every day. http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/14/dont-call-him-bernie-anymore-the-sanders-sell-out-and-the-clinton-wars-to-come/

Just look at how America spends its wealth “defending” people in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. but doesn’t spend hardly anything defending poor people or Black people or old people who are living right here at home. http://www.mintpressnews.com/us-led-economic-war-not-socialism-tearing-venezuela-apart/218335/

Would anybody in White America feed and defend a Black man or Black woman these days? Or even a Black child? And now our corporate-bought Congress is trying to do away with MediCare, has already foreclosed on our homes and wants to cut Social Security all to Hell too. Face it, guys. Almost no one with any power here in America is going to defend or feed you if you are Black or if you are Old or if you are Poor. Get over it. You are not part of the tribe. http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/37851-lost-in-the-military-industrial-complex

Black people get attacked by police. Old people get attacked economically. Poor people are being chased out of town. Only rich people in America seem to belong to a tribe. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45092.htm

Junger goes on to warn us that “Modern society has gravely disrupted the social bonds that have always characterized the human experience.” What? Now Americans aren’t even human either? Apparently not.

PS: On a personal level, who would you yourself feed and defend? How far does your own tribe extend? Would you feed and defend a woman? A child? A senior citizen? How about a Muslim? A Jew? A Black person? An Asian? Someone who lost their job to corporate outsourcing? An American? Any American?

PPS: On a national level, voters in this election cycle are finally stepping up to defend old, Black and poor Americans — finally realizing that they could be next in the corporate cross-hairs.

Remember how traditional conservative Establishment Republican candidates used to fear that angry Tea Party candidates would steal their seats? Well, now traditional conservative Establishment Democrat candidates are starting to fear that grassroots movements like the Bernie Babies are going to steal their corporate-owned seats too.

For instance, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who has sold out to Wall Street and War Street on just about every level, is now being seriously challenged by Tim Canova https://timcanova.com/. And Alan Grayson, a friend of you and me (not Wall Street), has taken on Dem kiss-ass Patrick Murphy — and Grayson has tremendous grassroots support from grateful Americans who still love their country more than $$$. https://senatorwithguts.com/

Establishment (sell-out) Dems, you had better watch your backs too. There are still a lot of us Americans left who can’t be bought out by Wall Street and War Street. Yay!

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July 15, 2016

Trump’s Acid Test?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 10:27 pm

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Donald Trump is either “on the bus” or about to be thrown under the bus.

In 1964, Ken Kesey proclaimed “either you’re  on the bus or off the bus”. Tom Wolfe chronicled this for “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” so if the Republicans who have long opposed the use of LSD pull a switcher and don’t nominate Trump, Republicans will suddenly know how an LSD trip feels. Things are not what they seem.

How can someone with enough delegate votes to cinch the nomination be cheated out of what he has earned (feel the burn?).

The establishment according to the Merry Pranksters was evil and corrupt and to be completely distrusted and subverted. Trump may soon concur.

If a real estate huckster gets stung by a slick political maneuver…will then, the hippies who may still be alive say “turn about is fair play!”?

If Cleveland 2016 is a replay of Chicago 1968, will some anti-Trump activists become the equivalent of The Chicago Seven or will they be hailed as the ultimate pranksters.

Recently, KCBS news radio ran a story informing listeners that preparations are being made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. They said the festivities would be held in 2018. WRONG!

The Summer of Love was 1967 and the 50th anniversary should be held in 2017, if correct math is applied.

If the next president sends US troops to Syria perhaps the new Summer of Love festival could feature massive Stop the War demonstrations?

We’ve noticed recently that radio stations using the talk show format are giving away concert tickets. Maybe top 40 radio will make a come-back?

Would Trump see a switcher as being “pretty trippy”?

Would real veterans of the Merry Pranksters think such a con job on Trump was very funny?

If Trump does get the nomination would Republicans be “on the bus”? Or would they proclaim Trump as a modern freaked-out outlaw?

Will Trump use a psychedelic painted bus to campaign and travel?

Would he promote it as the Magical Mystery Tour 2.0?

Have Republicans used profiling to determine that Trump must be thrown under the bus and be denied the nomination?

If San Francisco makes the Summer of Love 2.0 into a tourist attraction, how many original members of the Merry Pranksters will participate?

Is one of the Merry Pranksters an alum in the process of attempting to become a US Senator from Hawaii?

We have it on good authority that Trump is using a lottery system to dole out all expense paid trips to the Republican National Convention.  Have you seen anything in the mainstream media about that?

We have predicted numerous times that JEB would be inaugurated in January of 2017.

If we are right … you read it here first.

If we are wrong … this column will not matter one bit.

And now, the disk jockey will play Janice Ian’s “Society’s Child” for all the Black Lives Matter supporters.

We have to go watch the movie Bus Stop.  Have an end of the line type week.

July 13, 2016

Moral injuries, our vets’ latest open wounds

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 2:48 pm

I understand that, in times of war, soldiers might sometimes get their legs blown off — but did you know that soldiers can sometimes get their souls blown to bits as well? And that sometimes it can hurt as badly as any open wound to the body? Yes, this is actually true. http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2016/06/home-soldier.html

Recently I attended a talk by Marine chaplain Fred Tittle. His subject was “Moral Injury” and apparently he now sees a lot of that kind of suffering at the VA clinic where he works.

Here’s what Google says about it: “Moral injury is now being recognized as a signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but with roots as old as war itself. Veterans who have participated in or witnessed intense human suffering and violence may experience moral injury which extends beyond psychological effects to a veteran’s spiritual, emotional, and social belief system. This has a major impact on veterans’ mental health and their interactions with loved ones, community, and service providers.”
https://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/2015/08/05/moral-injury-and-veterans-symposium

Apparently places like Mai Lai, Abu Graib, Haditha and Bagram are as bad for the souls of our soldiers as IEDs are for their bodies. Power may corrupt — but fighting in an immoral “war” corrupts one’s soul absolutely. http://ericmargolis.com/2016/07/send-our-war-criminals-to-the-hague-court/

When Bush lied through his teeth in order to destroy Iraq and Afghanistan, he forced a moral injury down the throats of America’s soldiers as well. When Obama lied through his teeth in order to destroy Ukraine, Libya and Syria, he too forced moral injuries down the throats of America’s soldiers. And now those same soldiers, having now returned home as vets, are suffering deeply for these leaders’ gross abuse of their powers.

What to do about it? How about saying, “Never again!” and finally putting an end to gross and immoral “wars”. That’s a start. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/war/just/what.shtml

PS: Let’s also consider moral injuries on a larger scale. Did Eichmann suffer a moral injury when he ran his Nazi concentration camps? Does Netanyahu suffer a moral injury when he sends young Israelis to kill women and children in Occupied Palestine? Did Clinton suffer a moral injury when she came, she saw, he died? And did that Roman soldier suffer a moral injury when he stabbed Jesus with his spear? And what about the corporations who pollute our air — because they are legally “persons” too — will they suffer moral injuries as well?

If you are a cold-hearted bastard and do evil deeds, are you committing a moral injury to yourself? Or is it only a moral injury to those under you, the ones who are forced to carry out all this evil? And is “I was only following orders” really a valid excuse for landing a mortal blow to your soul?

And when the entire human race is extinct due to “war” and pollution caused by “war,” will it be too late for anyone to suffer a moral injury?

PPS: Veterans for Peace is holding its national convention in Berkeley, CA this year. Oliver Stone and Helen Caldicott will be speaking. Be there or be square? Be there — and be in the ranks of some of the most moral people in the world. http://www.vfpnationalconvention.org/

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July 7, 2016

Books, wars & Br-exit: Is “Cali-exit” next?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 10:48 am

I just love going to book conventions — and I bet you would too. As many free books as you can carry home in your suitcase? Visiting a city that you would never otherwise consider going to? Meeting interesting authors and hearing what they have to say? What’s not to like!

Plus, as a war correspondent, I can easily visit many of the places where all these “wars” are actually originating from. Why go all the way to Syria or Yemen or Gaza and get shot at when it’s much easier to go to the very places where those bullets that the neo-colonialists shoot are actually being made and the bombs they drop are actually being paid for instead — the United States of America. Plus it’s a hecka lot cheaper and you don’t have to fly as far.

The American Library Association convention was in Orlando, Florida this year — and it was Big Fun. Almost every major publisher was represented in its huge exhibit hall and there were librarians everywhere, the salt of the earth. Surprisingly, a main publishing theme this year seemed to be books about fleeing North Korea. And fleeing Afghanistan. And fleeing K Street.

One especially interesting freebee was Julissa Acre’s new book, My (Underground) American Dream, a page-turning story about how Acre rose from being an undocumented immigrant to becoming a Goldman Sachs vice-president. She also talked about how undocumented immigrants pay over 20 billion dollars yearly in various taxes and Social Security charges — for services that they can never receive. https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/julissa-arce/my-underground-american-dream/9781455540242/

And my favorite publisher of all time was at the convention too — Soho Press. Always the best. Best books, best authors, best after-parties! https://sohopress.com/

I also spent time flogging my latest book, the library edition of Mecca & the Hajj: Lessons from the Islamic School of Hard Knocks. High point of my efforts? When some distinguished curator of a Middle Eastern collection at a well-known university library actually showed interest in it! “This book reads as if Mark Twain had gone on Hajj and then written up his adventures. It’s deep, meaningful — and hilarious,” I said. He promised to read it. Yay! https://www.amazon.com/Mecca-Hajj-Lessons-Islamic-School/dp/1533396159/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

And speaking of war, don’t let anybody fool you about Br-exit. The Brits didn’t leave the European Union because they were racist. They left because they were sick and tired of paying for Bush’s wars, Obama’s wars and possibly Trump and Clinton’s wars. “NATO? I’ve got better things to do with my money than use it to support Nazis in Ukraine and ISIS in the Middle East.” It’s the wars, stupid.

And speaking of Br-exit, a whole bunch of Californians are also starting to feel the same way about the good old USA. “Why do our schools have to deteriorate and our bridges crumble just because Obama or Clinton or whoever wants to sell us yet another war?” Why indeed. http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/37536-the-pentagons-real-trategy-keeping-the-money-flowing

Perhaps it’s time that we consider a “Cali-exit” election too.

But then I read Andre Vlechek’s article on Br-exit and, as usual, he nailed it. “Everybody in Europe now wants more, more and more. Screw austerity! ‘Give us more benefits! Provide us with better wages, job security, and shorter working hours!’ What is shocking is that (oh so innocently!) those demands are only made for the chosen bunch – for the Europeans and North Americans – not for the rest of the globe that is actually paying the bill…. And has been paying it for hundreds of damned years, suffering horribly from everything, from slavery, colonialist plunder, genocides triggered by Europe, terrorism against its liberation struggle, to the multi-national corporate looting.”

According to Vlechek, nobody mentions the cruel “austerity” programs that Syrians, Libyans, Yemeni, Ukrainians, Africans, Indonesians and Latin Americans are now suffering at the hands of Europe and America.

Nobody mentions that Europeans and Americans are complaining about their “austere” standard of living, but that it is actually based on the fact that the rest of the world is barely living at all so that Europeans and Americans can have what they have now — only by sucking the rest of the world dry. http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/01/brexit-let-the-uk-screw-itself/

Perhaps we lucky ducks of European descent should just stop whining and make sure that everybody in the entire world has the same standard of living as us — whatever that may turn out to be. Let’s work to make the entire world “great” again.

How to do that? You’ll find all the ideas and instructions you would ever need just by going to your local library and checking out some books. And of course you can always order my book Visions of a Lost and Future World from Amazon. That too will help. https://www.amazon.com/Visions-Lost-Future-World-Stillwater/dp/1532803850

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July 3, 2016

July 4th in Damascus: Syrian lives matter

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 2:44 pm

July 4th in Damascus: Syrian lives matter

July 4th in Chicago: Senior citizens’ lives matter.

July 4th in Kabul: Afghan lives matter.

July 4th in South Bronx: Homeless lives matter.

July 4th in Benghazi: Libyan lives matter.

July 4th in Jakarta: Sweatshop workers’ lives matter.

July 4th in Juarez: Mexican lives matter.

July 4th almost everywhere: Women’s lives matter.

July 4th in a Florida prison: Leonard Peltier’s life matters.

July 4th in Saigon: Vietnamese lives matter.

July 4th in Ferguson: Black lives matter.

July 4th in Congo: Miners’ lives matter.

July 4th in Nigeria: Oil workers’ lives matter.

July 4th in West Africa: Child slaves’ lives matter.

July 4th throughout the world: Babies’ lives matter.

July 4th in Port au Prince: Haitian lives matter.

July 4th in Arizona: Immigrants’ lives matter.

July 4th in Odessa: Ukrainian lives matter.

July 4th in Sanaa: Yemeni lives matter.

July 4th in Orlando: Gay lives matter.

July 4th in Sandy Hook: Students’ lives matter.

July 4th in Texas and Oklahoma: Young women’s’ lives matter.

July 4th at Wounded Knee: Original Americans’ lives matter.

July 4th in Honduras: Ordinary lives matter.

July 4th in Berkeley: My life matters.

July 4th in Flint: 99% lives matter.

July 4th in Baghdad: Iraqi lives matter.

July 4th in Warsaw: Jewish lives matter

July 4th in Gaza: Palestinian lives matter.

July 4th in Tibet: Buddhist lives matter.

July 4th in Mecca: Muslim lives matter.

July 4th in Bethlehem: Jesus’ life matters.

July 4th in Europe and America: Yes, even imperialist neo-colonialist fascist lives matter too — but only to the extent that they honor the lives of others as well.

All humans have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — not just American and European demi-god wannabees.

 

June 28, 2016

Frozen: My trip to Orlando, Florida

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 10:12 am

When you fly into Orlando and your plane is coming down out of the clouds, the very first thing that you see is total greenness — and lots and lots and lots of lakes. There are lakes everywhere in Orlando, even mini-lakes right in the middle of downtown.

After arriving at the airport, the first question I asked at the information counter was, “How do you get to the Pulse nightclub?”

“You take an Uber.” Can’t do that. Gotta have an iPhone to call an Uber and all I have is a bedazzled go-phone. “Well, then you pay $60 for a cab.” Can’t do that either. “Then you’d better take the # 38 bus.” Done. And it only took me two hours to travel ten miles. But it was worth it. Totally. You have to actually be there for the immensity of this tragedy to really sink in.

The police had just opened up the crime-scene street the day before and already there were hundreds of balloons and bouquets of flowers on the site. So sad. Such a waste. I’m not even going to go out on a limb here and mention my conspiracy theory that the increase in homosexuality in America, like the increase in autism, is chemically-based, happens to us when we are babies and that somehow Big Pharma is involved. Because this horrendous crime isn’t about homosexuality. It is about hate.

I’m just going to say that hate and haters have no business spewing vitriol all over the shirts, pillowcases, skinny jeans and towels of America. Haters need to take their dirty laundry someplace else.

I wish that the Pulse nightclub massacre had never happened. And that no other such useless, unproductive and scary massacre in America will ever happen again.

Then I went off to Walt Disney World. Disney has four kingdoms in Orlando. Which one to choose? I wanna go to Small World again! I’m an idealist. That’s the kind of world that I want to live in, not the real world — where we have two forms of fascism to choose from in November, each one worse than the other. Clinton or Trump? Has America really been forced to come to this?

Anyway, I decided to go to Epcot because I’d never been there before. And it’s a good thing that I did — because otherwise I’d never have gotten a chance to meet Elsa, the Snow Queen!

But, unlike Elsa, America has now become frozen with hate. But there is hope. Elsa was able to change. Perhaps America can too. But we all have to work at it. It’s so much easier to kill than to be nice.

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June 19, 2016

Omar Mateen & the US State Dept: Two peas in a pod?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 4:16 pm

Here we go again. The American military-industrial complex is once again dropping really broad hints that stepping up its illegal “war” on Syria would be really really nice. They are hoping that it might be a lot nicer than their recent illegal “wars” on Libya, Iraq, Ukraine and Afghanistan — but don’t hold your breath.

In a charmingly blood-thirsty article in the New York Times entitled, “51 U.S. Diplomats Urge Strikes Against Assad in Syria,” we are told that almost the entire U.S. State Department is rooting and hoping and praying for a chance to bomb the Hell out of Damascus. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/17/world/middleeast/syria-assad-obama-airstrikes-diplomats-memo.html?_r=0

That idea sounds just about as stupid as the one that Omar Mateen recently had. Apparently someone at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando truly pissed Mateen off. Mateen went out and bought a bunch of guns. Mateen blasted the Hell out of that nightclub in Orlando. Mateen killed a whole bunch of innocent people. Problem solved.

And apparently someone in downtown Damascus has truly pissed off 51 State Department “diplomats” too. 51 State Department “diplomats” are now planning to go out and buy a bunch of guns. 51 State Department “diplomats” plan to blast the Hell out of President Assad’s government. 51 State Department “diplomats” plan to kill a whole bunch of innocent people. Problem solved.

But guess what? Killing innocent people never solves anything. Duh. Plus what if the come back as zombies? Or even brain-dead “diplomats”. http://www.cbs.com/shows/braindead/

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June 18, 2016

THE ROVING REPORTER AT LARGE

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 11:59 pm

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It has occurred to me that there is an important story being ignored by all except the World’s Laziest Journalist.

This story involves an historic first that would be a shame to deny the future historians and present readers of political pundits.

Perhaps it has to do with fear of writing something that will only be interesting if someone else writes about it or the blessing of recognized news reporting does the first exposure of a marginalized subject.

It probably has to do with the contrary opinions about transgender olympics, bathrooms and denial of children to change their sex based upon media depictions of appearances and stereotypes rather than considering biological realities and the pursuit of Happiness.

Happiness can’t be based on truth so it must be based in shocking lies that can never be undone.

Who cares anyway if a castrate wants to revert to original identity or whether a prepubescent wants to dress up without knowing what sex is (or why they want to dress up) or what love is?

Why even write about truth and lies as morality has nothing to do with reality. Reality is what you make up on the fly.

Denial is much easier to defend than reason or touchy feelings. Touchy feelings are easier to adopt and accuse others of hate for not going along with a different opinion or viewpoint.  Besides, it is messy to write about genital mutilation in the name of dysphoric stereotypical and often hysterical gender roles.

The historical first is simply the truth from an old transsexual who accepts what people think they are rather than again pretend to be magically restored to where they were before barbaric sex reassignment surgery.  It surely isn’t transgenderism which rarely goes to sexual mutilation and obsessive interest in fake genitals.

No, the real historical first is that an individual can live with the dual truth with courage and be the first to qualify for the honorable office of Senator of the United States.

If this playful pundit is wrong then prove me wrong. If this pundit is right then journalists have a duty to report on what  the first transsexual has done in qualifying as  candidate for US Senate, making it on the ballot in Hawai’i for the November 8, 2016 election.

This achievement is only of interest to the johnny-come-latelies who will wait until the pioneer wins to write a single line of history.

No sense reporting on history until after the results as it might encourage other marginalized people to engage in democracy.

Perhaps that is what is really unacceptable.

A First for the USA?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 2:33 pm

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When The Amalgamated Conspiracy Theory Factory intern announced plans to travel to Hawai’i in an effort to become the first transsexual to secure a nomination to be a candidate for US Senate, we wished Karla tons of good luck confident that her position in the history of politics was guaranteed because of the competitive nature of journalism today.

After receiving some enthusiastic and upbeat updates, we pondered the situation.  The World’s Laziest Journalist has always held a strong drive to have a cartoon, poem or story published in The New Yorker magazine.

Since the main stream media seems to be stonewalling the historic aspect of the Gottschalk for US Senate campaign, (check out their Facebook page of the same name), we realize we may have the opportunity to pitch The New Yorker for a chance to do a profile of the first senate candidate who is a transsexual.

We will dash a query letter ASAP. Meanwhile, we have to focus on some mundane chores, such as polishing  a new Conspiracy Theory that postulates the idea that D.B. Cooper was a rogue CIA agent who raised untraceable money in order to subsidize the Watergate caper.

(Note: Thomas Eagleton’s medical records, which the burglars took or stole or obtained, threw the McGovern campaign off balance from the beginning and they never regained their momentum and, thus produced for Nixon the most lop-sided presidential victory in American History.)

If Hillary picks Senator Warren as a running mate, will conservative pundits label it as a “Laverne and Shirley” episode?

Will a dead-locked Republican Convention beg Jeb to accept the nomination and break the logjam?

Will young republicans be as adverse to a Trump nomination as young democrats were opposed to Humphrey in Chicago back in 1968?

Does the Senate have separate restrooms for men and/or women?  Or, are they exempt from Obama’s executive orders?

… to be continued

June 17, 2016

If you’re going to Orlando, wear purple flowers in your hair…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 4:13 pm

How convenient for America’s deep state that Muslims and gays have become such targets of hate. “Better them than us!” Logically, Americans should all be totally hatin’ on the new surveillance state and the new billionaire state and the new police state that America has degenerated into — but Americans have been conditioned to hate Muslims and gays and women instead. How convenient.

On June 22, I leave for Orlando, Florida in order to attend the American Library Association’s annual convention. To paraphrase that old 1960s song, I will be wearing purple flowers in my hair. And a hijab too! Plus I’m already a woman. http://2016.alaannual.org/

But I’m sure that I’ll still be perfectly safe in Orlando. Why? Because the media and the cops and the FBI won’t be after me because I won’t be fitting their profile for what a mass shooter would be like.

Unlike Lee Harvey Oswald, Omar Mateen, Mohamed Atta, etc. I don’t have a history of working for the military, the CIA or any other top security agency or defense contractor. Nor have I been highly-trained by professionals in the fine art of effectively firing deadly weapons. I leave that to Blackwater and the Marines. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-12/orlando-shooter-worked-security-company-which-tranports-illegal-immigrants-deep-insi

Unlike that guy who killed John Lennon, I don’t have friends in high places.

Unlike September 11, 2001, Boston or Sandy Hook, I haven’t announced any military drills or fake “exercises” to take place while I’m in Orlando.

Unlike the Columbine, Sandy Hook, Red Lake, Virginia Tech, Charleston, Aurora, Navy Yard, etc. shooters, I won’t be taking any prescription-drug anti-depressants approved by the FDA.

Unlike witnesses’ descriptions of multiple shooters involved in the San Bernardino, JFK, MLK, RFK and Paris shootings, I’ll be traveling alone. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/06/12/orlando/

Unlike the American deep state and Israeli neo-colonialists, I won’t have a strong motive and won’t benefit from either a terrorist attack or any other type of act that deliberately stirs up hatred. I’m really a pretty peaceful person, really. https://www.sott.net/article/320084-Another-FBI-patsy-Alleged-Orlando-shooter-Omar-Mateen-was-known-to-FBI-for-3-years

So I think I’ll be safe in Orlando next week. Especially if I wear some purple flowers in my hair.

PS: With regard to the Orlando fatal massacre, Clinton has just vowed to keep “war” off the streets of America — hopefully not in the same manner that she has kept “war” off the streets of Libya, Palestine, Ukraine, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Kosovo, etc.

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June 12, 2016

Whack-a-Mole: Old school politicians vs. the new voter revolt

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 8:45 pm

First we Americans got stuck with McCarthyism, wherein out-of-line voters had their lives completely destroyed if they even thought about speaking up. American voters were shamelessly intimidated. The RepubliDems were large and in charge.

Then came Chicago back in 1968 — when rioting police basically beat all out-of-line voters to a pulp.

However, the RepubliDem old-school political machine did learn to become a bit more subtle after that — but not by much. Ronald Reagan, their next fair-haired boy, was called the “Teflon” president because no matter what kind of crap he pulled, he always got away with it. Why? Because Wall Street and War Street and the mainstream media always had his back. And their propaganda machine, instead of the cops, now beat out-of-line voters to a pulp. And that seemed to work even better.

Reagan would do stuff that looked and smelled like dog dookie, but a fawning press would rush to assure us voters that the crap we were being forced to swallow was actually candy and cake. And even to this day, Americans are convinced that Reagan is a god — not the devil incarnate that he actually was.

And most Americans wanted Gore or even Nader for president in 2000. But we got Bush-Cheney shoved down our throats instead. Of course there were a few whimpers here and there back then (I myself whimpered a lot) but the Republican high command told us that this new line of bull-crap was all for our own good. And the Democratic high command bobbled their heads in agreement.

And then the MSM told us that 9-11 and the “war” on Afghanistan and the “war” on Iraq weren’t Bush’s fault. And of course, most Americans still believed the MSM.

Then along came Obama, ready to play ball. “No more war,” he told us, fingers crossed behind his back. And we believed him too — because, in America, words speak louder than deeds. http://mycatbirdseat.com/2016/06/94852-democrats-are-now-the-aggressive-war-party/

But what about the 2016 election? American voters are finally starting to wise up. “All that glitters is not gold,” they are finally noticing at last. The next generation of American voters is no longer drinking the Kool-Aid. And so the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee are now being forced to join hands and start playing “Whack-a-Mole” — attempting to suppress voter revolts as they spring up, again and again, first in one place and then in another.

Trump wins the nomination on an anti-war platform that includes making peace with Russia and letting Syria work its own problems out? “How can we take it away from him?” screams the RNC. “What war-mongering party hack can we put in his place?”

Sanders, that peace-loving man of the people, is about to win the nomination? “How can we stop him from that?” squawks the DNC. No problem. Just ask the voters in Arizona, California and New York how the DNC did it. They just cheated, lied, committed election fraud and cut Bernie entirely out of media access. Voila!

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/37325-stealing-california

http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/06/where-are-the-missing-california-primary-votes/

http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/arizona_secretary_of_state_confirms_fraud_during_primary_vote_20160401

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/06/nyc-board-of-elections-suspends-2nd-official-delays-hillary-clinton-v-bernie-sanders-results-certification/

https://johnlaurits.com/2016/06/09/take-heart-berner/

http://universepolitics.com/2016/06/08/trustvotedotorg-lawsuit-june-6/

And now Whack-a-Mole has been activated yet again and Clinton is being shoved down our throats too. But here is the real question — just exactly how much longer can the RNC and the DNC keep playing Whack-a-Mole before American voters really really revolt?

PS: Here’s a comment from my son, posted on social media the night that the MSM, Wall Street and War Street whacked us California voter-moles over the head in order to give Clinton her big win:

“If Hillary is going to get even a fraction towards what this world needs in a leader, she’s going to have to pull out some sh*t that she really hasn’t shown yet, because all I’ve seen so far is glad-handing, false face, pandering (oh damn girl, what’s that in your bag, is that f*cking HOT SAUCE? OMG, sold!), selling out, unyielding war-mongering, reinforcing a RACIST SYSTEM and BUILDING ON IT. She has shown me nothing that makes me feel like politics are mine. Or my generation’s. Or my children’s generation. It’s f*cking bad-ass that she’s a woman. But she is the wrong woman.”

I’m with him!

PPS: Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, just schooled us Americans with this obvious home-truth: “The two major parties want to offer voters a choice of the two most disliked politicians in America. Lesser evil gets worse every election.” https://twitter.com/DrJillStein/status/740936884004761601?s=02

If we want a woman in the White House, then why not one who will actually be a good role model for our daughters — such as Dr. Stein or Elizabeth Warren? Instead of one who gloats about killing Libya and keeps illegal e-mails in her basement so she can avoid getting caught? And we all know that Bill will run the White House anyway.

I’d rather have Sanders — or even Trump — in the White House than that.

PPPS: Electing RepubliDems again and again is the very definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over, always getting the same crappy results — and yet still expecting good results.

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June 10, 2016

Kriegeinzfluenz Part II Zeitgeist Propaganda

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 4:34 pm

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There is a crisis in philosophy!

This has been the cry since Socrates was buried by Plato’s Republic. It is echoed by Ayn Rand’s acolyte Leonard Peikoff in “The Ominous Parallels” wherein the rise of National Socialism (Nazism) is undertaken and then given as a warning to America, in 1982, portending a new socialism and dictatorship in the overthrowing of the republic.

Despite some limited binary options given, there is something to heed. Objectivism or subjectivism, as though they are separate and mutually exclusive is a philosophy filled will paucity of cogitation. (See my previous publication of Binary Minds:Insect Politics)

The problem, he says, is Aristotelianism against or in contrast to Kantianism. Reason verses Feelings.  Both are operative in every human and is the great discovery of self in a world outside but part of self. We both engulf and are engulfed by both.

So, since Socrates was defamed, I will ask in his stead : What do you mean by Reason (Objectivism)?  What do you mean by Feelings (Subjectivism)?  What is “good” and what is “bad”?

It is reported in history that the Academy had an inscription “Know Thyself” but rarely reported that it followed up with “Master Thyself”.

How does one know themselves without self-examination or master themselves without judging, through ratiocinations over what is found in ones self, and exercising self-discipline?  I advert they don’t and that is why freedom also has duty.

Dignum et justum. Dignity and Justice. Conscience and Actions. We are responsible for what we think and do whether we think or do anything.

Daniel Berrigan would likely call the lack of action as the “Crimes of Silence”.  In our modern corporate politics this becomes the need of addressing the politicians who feel that the ethics of amorality are basic and allow for negotiating with lies, stealing and cheating to gain their objectives.  They wear down opponents through lobbyists. The passage of time and generations with the only goal to be re-elected or elected to higher offices.

The most successful lobbyists are the cacophony of violent street mobs backed by multiversity military contracts for the redistribution of labor and wealth. The greed of the elite comes full circle with the abandonment of any philosophy counter to greed so that insider trading, public research dedicated to private profit and the autocratic force of government for the unethical becomes acceptable as the young sell ideals for sinecures and comforts.

What is unethical?  Is this merely a holdover from catholicism’s reign of centuries of Pope’s declaring ex cathedra the will of God?  Or is it merely the product of the servile fear of losing ones property, position or life? Is it inevitable?

I postulate it is the conundrum of being stuck in either/or, yes or no barriers to seeing that, more than a middle ground, only a limited understanding of oneself (and the fear to go deeper or suppression of self examination) that rejects reason and flails about in irrationalism and oceans of contrary emotions.

This leads to a shutdown of freedom and reason that results in bowing to tyranny as the only answer for a social compact that is not so messy as a true democratic republic actually requires to remain dynamic and of, by and for the people.

Mere cognitive dissonance without the courage to keep going to find solutions that are compassionate as well workable without despotism is abandonment of both humanity and reason.

The founders of America knew this, the current age seems to have forgotten and with this passage over the Lethe of forgetfulness we sink into oligarchy.

“A Republic, if you can keep it”, admonished Benjamin Franklin in full awareness of the compromises that were already the seed of civil unrest with regard to at least slavery.

Have you read John F. Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage”?  You might be surprised at who he mentions. Sam Houston who was very popular until he stood for conscious equality under the Constitution and lost his seat and political life. Taft was another. Each story was not about the loss incurred but the courage to stand for what was right against popular sentiment to the contrary.  Just like today.

A political philosopher, philosopher pundit, must stand courageously pointing to a future that includes self- sacrifice and some selfishness.

Selfishness? Yes, for we cannot go without air for more than 10 minutes or so, without water for 3 days or so and without food for 40 days or so.  Selfishness or survival, you decide.  This, I think, is the only way to interpret “enlightened self-interest touted by Ayn and her follows in “objectivism”.

Remember also the elder who gives their sustenance to a young mother and her babe.  The starving inmate of a concentration camp who gives that another may live. Survival is only adequate rationale to a point.  It is not a slogan.

We must confront metaphysics personally, we must confront epistemology rationally in order to understand ethics. Politics may for some, the philosopher politician to be sure, be their definition of ethics, but these ethics must be judged against the affect and effects on justice.

Perhaps, this is only the ethics of a lawyer who wishes to serve the social healing of unbridled freedom without regard for consequences, to bind the wounds given by greed and forsee the future of what we do and how it will determine the fate of seven generations after us.

I call this attempting to do and be good. That is why I am running for public office (US Senate) not for prestige, emoluments or power of money or military.  Simply to craft a philosophy for future generations through reasoned acts to bring about the true union we have and the hopes of all the founders of this remarkable United States of America.

Don’t blow it, dear contemporaries in simply being right or wrong for all time and demanding perfection now.  Come, let us reason together.
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June 7, 2016

“America’s bombing the shite out of the Middle East,” sez Madam Jane

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 4:26 pm

“It’s not easy being the world’s greatest psychic,” Madam Jane confided to me over coffee at her place this morning. Madam Jane is our neighborhood’s resident fortune-teller.

“The New York Times claims again and again that it is the Russians who are bombing hospitals in Syria, that it is the Taliban who are blowing up hospitals in Afghanistan, and that it is ISIS that is blowing up hospitals in Iraq,” sighed Madam Jane, “but the New York Times can’t see what I see.”

Okay. I’ll bite. “What do you see?”

“Doom! Doom and death! And rivers of blood. I can’t sleep at night. These images haunt me.” Actually, M.J. did look a hot mess. Circles under her eyes. Aged before her time. “I just keep seeing women and children being blown up in the Middle East by American bombs.” http://chasfreeman.net/americas-continuing-misadventures-in-the-middle-east/

“What? Are you saying that the New York Times got it wrong?” Again?

“It is what it is,” replied Madam Jane. “And for every bomb that America clandestinely drops on mothers and babies in the Middle East? Each of those bombs also represents yet another American child who won’t have a school to go to, or yet another American bridge that is rotting from the inside, or yet another library without books or….”

“Madam Jane! Get some sleep! Please.”

PS: According to journalist Patrick Cockburn, “The Iraqi army backed by Coalition airpower recaptured the city of Ramadi from Isis last December, but more than 70 per cent of its buildings are in ruins and the great majority of its 400,000 people are still displaced…. The notorious remark of a US officer about the town of Ben Tre in Vietnam 50 years ago – that ‘it became necessary to destroy the town to save it’ – could equally be applied to Ramadi.” http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/air-strikes-isis-iraq-and-syria-city-ruins-ground-troops-alternative-a7052481.html

PPS: According to brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor, the left side of the human brain has a tendency to produce a whole bunch of angry thoughts. By nature, none of us are Mother Theresas. But the good news is that each of our angry thoughts only lasts 90 seconds. 90 seconds of venting is very common in our left brains and we humans really do need to let it all out — but anything over 90 seconds of expressing anger is just plain wallowing in it and is a total waste of our time. http://drjilltaylor.com/book.html

So the next time we feel really angry, just let it all out — and then move on to something else. Do you hear that, Pentagon? Stop wallowing and grow up. Just let it go! https://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight?language=en

PPPS: Why is America sending troops to attack Syria right now? But not sending them to attack Libya or Saudi Arabia — where ISIS and al Qaeda are actually coming from? The narrative of America’s foreign policy seems to have been designed by blind men. Libya is a major source of weapons and terrorists right now — and so is Saudi Arabia. Turkey and Israel are also running terrorist rat lines. Yet the United States is sending troops to attack Syria — the main country standing up to ISIS and al Qaeda right now? The people who design our foreign policy seem to be either completely in the dark or really, really bad at their jobs. http://yournewswire.com/dalai-lama-putin-is-right-u-s-created-isis/

Their blindness and/or inefficiency is putting America at risk.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. But what is their story?

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May 30, 2016

Amazon, Chicago, our future & the amazing book revolution

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 2:46 pm

Do you like to read books? Kindle? FaceBook? Any kind of reading material at all? Do you hang out at your local library and frequently check stuff out? And do you also dream of writing and publishing your very own book someday as well — with your name on the front cover and your photo on the back and your actual words on the pages inside said book? Hey, why not.

These days this dream can easily come true — because right before our eyes (literally) there has been a huge publishing revolution going on in the past few years. Now anybody can write and publish a book. Anybody. Here’s how you do it:

1. Write the book. Start on the first day of January and write just one page a day. By December 31, you will have written 365 pages. Booyah.

2. Go to Amazon’s CreateSpace venue and pop your text into their format. They do the rest. And they actually publish your book and list it on Amazon as well — at no cost to you. How do they do that?

3. Order yourself a copy and then actually hold your very own book in your hands.

Back in the Middle Ages, books were rare and wondrous things, selling for thousands of dollars. Not just anybody could write or even read or own a book. Times have changed since then. A lot.

When I went to BookExpo America in Chicago in early May, there were all kinds of people selling all kinds of books. And I was also happily hawking my latest book there too. Here was me, standing outside the McCormick Place exhibit hall, holding 200 bookmarks containing blurbs about my book, and trying to work up the nerve to force them onto people standing in line to get into the Expo. “Pleeeeeze take my bookmark?” Oh, okay.

And now I’m trying to be brave enough to hawk my book to you as well. “Pleeeeeze buy my book?” It’s called Visions of a Lost and Future World and is the story of a small clan of pre-Columbian American Indians who somehow become immortal and then spend the next grim millennium witnessing the horror and brutality of man’s incessant inhumanity to man. http://www.amazon.com/Visions-Lost-Future-World-Stillwater/dp/1532803850/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

And, unfortunately, after “war” ravishes our world and also pollutes it beyond redemption, this little clan is forced to witness the end of the human race as well. Sucks to be us.

So. Now you know how to get out there and become an author yourself. And if I can do it, then anyone can. And also buy my book. Please?

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May 25, 2016

Lost in Chicago with a Palestinian holocaust survivor

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 9:02 am

One would think that getting around Chicago by riding its elevated train system would be like a piece of cake. All you gotta do is pay your fare and then get from Point A to Point B. But one would not be counting on my highly-elevated ability to get lost. Anywhere. From Antarctica to Alaska, from the Melbourne to Mecca, from Walgreens to Walmart (except I never go to Walmart because they rip off the working class), I can still manage to get lost — and so Chicago’s “L” system proved to be no different from anyplace else.

But when I found out that Mariam Fathallahan, an 86-year-old survivor of the 1948 Palestinian holocaust, was speaking in Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago, I decided to take a risk. This was a rare opportunity to hear her speak, so I jumped on the Green Line of the “L”. And jumped off again — onto the Red Line. “You need the Blue Line to get out to Park Ridge,” someone finally told me, “but not the Pink, Orange or Brown.” They got a pink line in Chicago? How cool is that!

So I got off that train and onto another train and then onto another train again. And ended up at O’Hare airport. But finally found the right station and then street-hiked east for a mile. So far so good. Only got lost three times. And when I got to the event, there was lots of free food! Hummus and falafels. Well worth the trip.

Over baklava, I got to talk with this refugee from the 1948 Palestine “Catastrophe” — and she was delightful. Jews don’t have a lock on delightful older holocaust refugees who have lived through Hell and survived, moving on to become wise people who are anti-war right down to the tips of their toes. http://www.candlesholocaustmuseum.org/ Many Native American holocaust survivors are like that as well. And also survivors of Reagan’s 1980s ethnic cleansing of the Maya in Guatemala. But I digress.

As the evening wore on, it started raining cats and dogs outside and had gotten really really dark so I had to leave early so I could find my way back. But I heard later that the rest of the presentation went well. http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/local/palestinian-refugees-talk-about-living-without-a-state-at-columbia/article_19d69746-d60a-5208-9230-29cde5acdd00.html

Amena Ashkar, Fathallah’s translator and also a refugee who was born in the camps in Lebanon, had really interesting stuff to say. “When Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982, their main purpose was to get rid of Palestinian refugees,” and thus continue the Israeli neo-colonialist brutal ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Having survived one holocaust already, Palestinians were then subject to yet another holocaust in Lebanon.

“Does Israel have a right to exist, you might ask me?” said Ashkar, “and my answer is this: Do I also have a right to exist as well?” Someone else added that it is definitely not cool to ask a rape victim if she recognizes the rights of her rapist. http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/05/21/widening-cracks-zionism

So in the dark of night and pouring rain, I stumbled around the suburbs of Park Ridge, totally and hopelessly lost — until I finally saw a faint light in the distance. It was a Walgreens! “You walk a mile south then cross a bridge over the freeway and then walk a mile more,” said the friendly and helpful clerk. Great, just great. And then I also found out that parts of suburban Chicago have no sidewalks.

And somehow I finally made it back to the South Loop Hotel and took a hot bath. http://www.chicagosouthloophotel.com/

But how many Palestinian holocaust refugees today even have that option — to take a hot bath?

PS: One of the main reasons that I truly dislike the Clinton-Trump presidential ticket is because they both seem to be taking great glee at the thought of killing even more women and children in the Middle East than have already been maimed, slaughtered or made homeless by American-made bombs. Don’t all those millions of victims of the Bush-Obama-Clinton-Trump doctrine in the Middle East hate us enough already? http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/05/bernie-comes-to-vallejo/#more-62696

PPS: I’m not the only one that gets lost easily. America too has lost its way. Instead of heading toward the bright boulevards of Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness and the Golden Rule, my country has completely lost its way inside a labyrinth of dark alleys that go nowhere — and have scary names like “Regime Change” and Genocide” and “Homelessness” and “Outsourcing”. https://consortiumnews.com/2016/05/17/the-danger-of-demonization/

PPPS: News just in from my Syrian friend that yet another massive suicide bombing by ISIS/al Qaeda just took place in Syria. And the American neo-con RepubliDems are now jumping with joy. “Soon Syria will be another Libya!” they whisper behind their hands. And at the rate that Wall Street and War Street are supporting al Qaeda and ISIS, America will soon become another Libya too. http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-wests-massacre-of-the-innocents-in-syria/5525865

“It’s really bad over there today,” writes my friend. “And the West’s pro-zombi media is celebrating their ‘victory’ on the ‘infidels’! But the pattern is so simple though: Whenever the Syrian Arab Army and their allies win against the ISIS and al Qaeda terrorists and armed gangs, then the terrorists target the civilians, not the army! They are blackmailing the Syrian government and army by targeting the people.

“I can imagine the Saudis, Turks, Qataris and whoever else is behind them [American and Israeli neo-colonialists!] saying to the Syrian officials in the negotiations: ‘If you won against our militias or if you are not going to surrender, we gonna order them to slaughter more civilians — and the Western media won’t even mention Syria’s dead (or our crimes).’

“I wish that these criminals would not be allowed to get away with their crimes. And I also wish to witness their judgement day for the horrors they have inflicted on Syria.” Me too!

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