Friday, August 18, 2017

Clown alley

"EXCLUSIVE: Republican Congressman Meets With WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange" and "EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Rohrabacher Says Assange Could Be Pardoned For Info About DNC Leak Source".  Rohrabacher is one of those eccentric Republicans like Paul or Amash - there are absolutely no eccentric Democrats, who are all neolibs or disguised Republicans - whose politics is a bit unpredictable.  The obvious deal is that Assange gets out in return for proving the non-Russian origins of the material released by WikiLeaks, a fact which would be devastating to the Clintonista/warmonger narrative.  I wonder how Assange goes about proving this without disclosing his actual source(s).  It was a three hour meeting!

Assange.

"Steve Bannon, Unrepentant" (added:  if you believe all the timelines, Bannon gave this interview after he had submitted his resignation!):
"I asked Bannon about the connection between his program of economic nationalism and the ugly white nationalism epitomized by the racist violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s reluctance to condemn it. Bannon, after all, was the architect of the strategy of using Breitbart to heat up white nationalism and then rely on the radical right as Trump’s base.

He dismissed the far right as irrelevant and sidestepped his own role in cultivating it: “Ethno-nationalism—it's losers. It's a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.”

“These guys are a collection of clowns,” he added.

From his lips to Trump’s ear.

“The Democrats,” he said, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”"

Clown alley.

Tweet (Stephen Miller):
"This isn't hard to figure out"

"Trump deepens appeal to fascist right with defense of Confederate monuments" (Martin).  Buying right into the Democrat echo chamber.  I'm surprised - the socialists are usually smarter than this.  No, Trump isn't planning to win with the support of the 0.1% of the electorate that are neo-Nazis.

"Burying the Lie of the “Alt-Left”".  Discussion at Naked Capitalism (which I guess is the start of the end of comments there!).  The thing that makes the silent majority/deplorables seethe is having the elites tell them not to believe their lyin' eyes as they have made some kind of high-end political science conceptual mistake.  The alt-right must have been fighting ghosts on the streets of Charlottesville.  Pretending the conspiracy angle doesn't exist, or using the clever debating techniques of 'smart' people, no longer works.  In fact, as Bannon so well knows, it backfires.  You can 'win' every debate you enter into, and lose every election.

The Democrats could say something like "Trump thinks x, and we think he's wrong, and here's why we suggest he's wrong", but they always do it so as to assert their moral superiority over both Trump and anybody who voted for him, or considered voting for him.  It always turns into a repeat of Killary's 'deplorables' speech. They can't seem to help themselves, and when Republicans who lost to Trump pile on in the same fashion, it looks even worse.

"Richard Spencer Tells Israelis They 'Should Respect' Him: 'I'm a White Zionist'".

"Hitler was a hunter".

Tweet (Gil Hoffman):
"Israel condemns Nazis but has to put it in proper proportion, bc relations with US govt are important, minister @ayoobkara tells @knesset99."

"If you're wondering why Saudi Arabia and Israel have united against Al-Jazeera, here's the answer" (Fisk).

"War Crimes: Saudi Arabia Should Pay the Penalty for Catastrophe in Yemen" (Prashad).

"Refusing to Learn Lessons from Libya" (Carden).

Whoops!:  "NYT Shocking Report: US "Ally" Ukraine Is Source Of North Korean Missile Engines".

"C.I.A. Connections of White Nationalist Leaders and Alternative Media Figures".  I don't know about all the details, but the gist of this is certainly correct.  It is just a part of the political theater we saw in Charlottesville.

"From previously unpublished pages of Gogol’s “Diary of a Madman”"

Bannon Butts bromance.
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