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Ferguson "Witness 40" a Fraud

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/17/2014

Michael Brown lies rotting in his grave and his murderer, Darren Wilson, is free because of the testimony of one grand jury witness, "Witness 40".
The grand jury witness who testified that she saw Michael Brown pummel a cop before charging at him “like a football player, head down,” is a troubled, bipolar Missouri woman with a criminal past who has a history of making racist remarks and once insinuated herself into another high-profile St. Louis criminal case with claims that police eventually dismissed as a “complete fabrication” ...

In interviews with police, FBI agents, and federal and state prosecutors--as well as during two separate appearances before the grand jury that ultimately declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson--the purported eyewitness delivered a preposterous and perjurious account of the fatal encounter in Ferguson ...

“Witness 40”’s testimony about seeing Brown batter Wilson and then rush the cop like a defensive end has repeatedly been pointed to by Wilson supporters as directly corroborative of the officer’s version of the August 9 confrontation ...

“Witness 40”--a 45-year-old St. Louis resident named Sandra McElroy--was nowhere near Canfield Drive on the Saturday afternoon Brown was shot to death ...

Sandra McElroy did not provide police with a contemporaneous account of the Brown-Wilson confrontation, which she claimed to have watched unfold in front of her as she stood on a nearby sidewalk smoking a cigarette.

Instead, McElroy waited four weeks after the shooting to contact cops. By the time she gave St. Louis police a statement on September 11, a general outline of Wilson’s version of the shooting had already appeared in the press. McElroy’s account of the confrontation dovetailed with Wilson’s reported recollection of the incident.
Sandra McElroy is a two-bit grifter with a history of scamming people and insurance companies with fake personal injury car-accident lawsuits.

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Torture Pays Pretty Good!

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/16/2014

This is CIA torturer-ghoul Matthew Zirbel's beautiful home in Great Falls, Virginia, a leafy, hi-tone suburb just West of the CIA's Langley headquarters.
The million dollar home has “LOTS of “WOW!” You will “Oooh & Ahhh”, says this recent description on Zillow.

This isn’t the first time Zirbel’s surroundings have wowed someone. Over a decade ago, Zirbel, then a junior CIA officer, was in charge of the Salt Pit, a “black site” in Afghanistan referred to in the recent Senate torture report as “Cobalt,” where detainees were routinely brutalized and which one visitor described as a “dungeon.” A delegation from the Federal Bureau of Prisons was “WOW’ed” by the Salt Pit’s sensory deprivation techniques, and a CIA interrogator said that prisoners there “literally looked like [dogs] that had been kenneled,” according to the report.

In fact, one of the most horrifying stories – and there are many – in the Senate report on torture takes place in the Salt Pit, where Gul Rahman was murdered by the U.S. government in November 2002.

Rahman, an Afghan, was rendered to the Salt Pit in the fall of 2002 after being apprehended in Pakistan. At that time the torture center was being run by a man referred to as “CIA Officer 1” in the Senate report. News outlets have not named him in covering the report but he has previously been identified as Zirbel, after the government accidentally included his name in a report that had been declassified.

Zirbel was on his first foreign tour for the CIA and colleagues had recommended that he not be allowed access to classified material due to his “lack of honesty, judgment, and maturity,” according to the Senate report.  A Senate aide who briefed reporters about Zirbel said the CIA officer had “issues” in his background, the Daily Beast reported, and should never have been hired by the CIA.

Zirbel probably didn't do as well as fellow torture-ghouls Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, a couple of 'psychologists' who subcontracted a lot of the torture work and bagged a cool $81Million in taxpayer dollars.  Torture was good business back in the L'il Bushie years.

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Best President Ever

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/15/2014

This is José Mujica, the best President in the world.  A former tough urban guerrilla fighter against the United Snakes bankster puppet-governments with the Tupamaros, he was the President of Uruguay until he was term-limited this year.  Mr. Mujica was unique amongst all world leaders in that he eschewed the luxurious, pampered lifestyle of all other politicians and donated more than 90% of his $12,000/month salary to the poor.  He lived in a small apartment, drove himself around in an old car and did not even require bodyguards.  He was truly the sole 'peoples' President of our era.

He had the courage to grant sanctuary to 6 Guantanamo prisoners last March but also had the ethical fortitude to wait until after November's elections, when his party's candidate, Tabare Vasquez, won - thus showing the country's endorsement of his decision - to complete the process.  President Mujica was right, the Guantanamo prisoners were not 'terrorists' and are adapting to life in beautiful Montevideo, across the bay from grubby Buenos Aires, just fine.
A lawyer for one of the six ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoners given sanctuary by Uruguay says the men have been greeted with a wave of affection.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/14/2014

After giving the big banksters the keys to the FDIC vault to back their goat-entrails derivatives, our neocon/Israeli controlled Congress has turned the money & guns bazooka on the Ukraine this time, arming-up right-wing fruitcake-thieves like Dmitry Yarosh here with another $350Million tax-dollars to steal.
The US Congress unanimously approved fresh economic sanctions against Russia and lethal weapons for Kiev, defying President Barack Obama and hardening American lawmakers' response to a Kremlin-backed insurgency in Ukraine ...

The legislation authorizes -- but does not legally require -- Obama to provide lethal and non-lethal military aid to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, ammunition and troop-operated surveillance drones ...

The current legislation authorizes $350 million worth of weapons, defense equipment and training for Ukraine over three years.
Gee, when was the last time the Congress 'unanimously' approved anything?  Our rulers' bullshit machine will tout over & over that the 'new' ReePub Congress is 'getting things done!'  Well, it ain't that 'new' Congress until next month, yet the unanimity was complete - ordered by the Israelis, Vicky Nuland & her neocons in the State Dept.  The same wankers who created the current, phony Ukrainian 'government' that, by the way, STOLE the last $320Million that Congress gave them to pay their Russian gas bill, so the Europeans had to front that to them again.  Now our dysfunctional Congress, that doesn't give-a-shit about the security of the actual country it was 'elected' to serve, is giving Dmitry Yarosh and his right-wing fruitcakes & thugs all the money, guns & ammo that they can steal and sell to the highest bidder.  The $320Million will disappear and the neocons will be back for a billion more, and then more & more & more.  The little phony Ukraine war that started as a means to put pressure on Putin, and by extension President Barry, to give the Israelis the real war and resulting land-grab that they want in Syria will turn lots & lots'a PROFITZ! for the greedy scumbags and their Pentagon pals.  Enough to buy plenty of more elections to yield plenty of more phony wars.

We are ruled by the slimiest gonifs who've ever drawn breath.

I Can't Breathe, Israeli-Style

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/13/2014

This is Ziad Abu Ein, on the left, a minister (congressman) in the Palestinian Authority that Israelis insists is responsible for local governance in the West Bank that Israel is illegally occupying.  Mr. Abu Ein is being choked, like Eric Garner was, by an Israeli soldier.  He was leading a peaceful protest against an illegal settler outpost, where some Europeans, pretending to be "Israelites", are attempting to steal more Palestinian land without authorization - from anybody.  The protestors had gone there to plant some olive trees on the soon-to-be-stolen land, a symbol of peace.  Israeli security forces attacked the peaceful protestors, much like the police in Ferguson did, without cause (remember, this was a protest occurring in an area where Israel constantly complains that the Palestinian Authority is not 'policing' the area properly) and then murdered Mr. Abu Ein:
The day's events began around mid-morning when several dozen Palestinians, including Mr Abu Ain, marched from the West Bank village of Turmus Aya toward an unauthorised Israeli settlement outpost, Adei-Ad.

Several dozen soldiers and members of the paramilitary border police blocked the marchers, firing tear gas and stun grenades ...

Mr Abu Ein, who was at the forefront of the group, told reporters: "We came to our Palestinian land to plant some olive trees and they attacked us immediately. No-one threw a stone or attacked them, but this terrorist army is attacking us."

At one point a border policeman grabbed the Palestinian minister by the throat and pushed him ... Other witnesses said a soldier also pushed a rifle butt into Mr Abu Ein's chest.

[A]fter soldiers confronted the group, tear gas was fired. Three soldiers grabbed Mr. Abu Ein and he was struck on the chest ...
The Israelis are trying to white-wash this murder in their media, completely ignoring the beating their soldiers inflicted upon Mr. Abu Ein, stating that he died from a heart-attack.

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Banksters Toast Their Victory

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/12/2014

The ReePubs almost shut down the government again but next year's new spending bill, nicknamed "Cromnibus" (don't ask/who cares) passed last night with 30 Democrats jumping ship and voting with the Banksters' wholly-owned ReePub majority.  Wall Street got exactly what it wanted: 1. an alteration to the Dodd-Frank financial reform law to let banks place both standard accounts and accounts that handle riskier derivative trades under the protection of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., and 2. an 800% increase in the amount of money Wall Street scumbags can use to buy politicians so that they can write more horrible laws that allow them to steal more and ruin the economy even faster.

Of course it would have hurt mostly average Americans if the government had shut down, but it's eventually going to be even worse for those 'middle-classers' when the banksters' derivative bets, based upon, say, how the entrails of goats mirror East African commodities futures' graphs, blow up and the Fed points its money-bazooka at the banks again and lets go with another massive bailout.  If you thought the inflation was bad after the last TARP bailout, wait'll you see the next one.  That retirement nest egg keeps looking smaller & smaller.

And there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.

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The Bullshit Gets Thicker & Smellier

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/11/2014

From the Senate torture report (pp. 231-237):
On June 10, 2002, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft announced, "We have captured a known terrorist who was exploring a plan to build and explode a radiological dispersion device, or 'dirty bomb,' in the United States ... In apprehending A1 Muhajir [Jose Padilla] as he sought entry into the United States, we have disrupted an unfolding terrorist plot to attack the United States by exploding a radioactive 'dirty bomb!'"
Closer scrutiny of the full 600-page Senate Torture Report is starting to reveal bullshit on an absolutely epic scale.  This is 'terrorist' José Padilla, in 2006, when he was briefly released from solitary confinement to see a dentist.  The CIA claimed that José was SO dangerous that they couldn't even allow him to look at Amerikans outside their torture chambers - thus he was forced to wear black-out goggles.  Presumably because, just by looking at people, he could mind-control them into creating the bullshit 'dirty bomb' that the CIA and L'il Bushie's military Kangaroo Kourt said he was making for al-Qaeda.  So José was a nuclear physicist with mad skills for making portable H-Bombs?  Yeah.  Sure.  Thanks to the Senate Torture Report, we finally get to see a sample of the instructions the lying CIA-wankers say that they found on him for producing 235U (TH-35), a critical component in a nuclear weapon:
Now you have to convert your Uranium Tetrafluoride to Anium Hexafluoride - the gaseous form of Uranium, which is convenient for separating out the isotope U-235 from U-238.

To get the Hexafuoride form, bubble fluorine gas into your container of Uranium Tetrafuoride. Fluorine is available in pressurized tanks from chemical supply firms. Be careful how you use it, because Fuorine is several times more deadly than Chlorine, the classic World War I poison gas. Chemists recommend that you carry out this step under a stove hood (the kind used to remove unpleasant cooking odors).

First, transform the gas into a liquid by subjecting it to pressure. You can use a bicycle pump for this. Then make a simple home centrifuge: fill a standard-sized bucket one-quarter full of liquid Uranium Hexafluoride. Attach a six-foot rope to the bucket handle. Now swing the rope (and attached bucket) around your head as fast as possible. Keep this up for about 45-minutes. Slow down gradually and very gently put the bucket down on the floor. TH-35, which is lighter, will have risen to the top where it can be skimmed off like cream.
Got that?  You just skim off the "TH-35" like cream.

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The Bullshit Machine Is In Overdrive

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/10/2014
http://imagemacros.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/bullshit.jpg?w=720 Our rulers' media is laying on the bullshit thick, repeating over & over that the CIA was just providing Amerikans with what they wanted - protection from the nasty brown people who 9-11'd them.  But what Senator Dianne's (TWO 'n's dammit!) report really reveals is that the unlawful torture did not produce any usable intelligence because that was NOT its purpose.  The torture's goal was to increase Islamophobia and justify the phony "Global War on Terror" by cramming false scenarios, literally, up-the-ass of mostly innocent brown, Arab-type people who looked-the-part of "terrorists".  L'il Bushie, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their rulers knew that there were absolutely no facts available that justified fighting the fake Global War On Terror, which was merely a distraction so that Israel could steal more land & water in Palestine.  They knew exactly what 9-11 was, an operation by fundamentalist Wahhabi Sunni elites to cleanse Saudi Arabia of infidels.  L'il Bushie obediently removed ALL Amerikan military bases from Saudi Arabia after 9-11 and then got busy lying and blaming 9-11 on some brown peasants in Afghanistan and, even more ridiculously liberal Sunni Saddam Hussein.  The torture was merely a cover operation forcing clueless prisoners to babble talking points which  "justified" two phony wars and distracted CIA upper management from concentrating on the real perpetrators, the incredibly wealthy and powerful Saudi elites and their Israeli partners.

Since the scenario that Dianne's report is promoting: that clueless little CIA ghouls (more than a few of whom were assuaging atavistic, racist hunger torturing these innocent brown people) didn't know they were being duped, the United Snakes, just like the Nixon pardon, is "moving on" and will protect these thugs of the ruling elite like it's always done.  There will be lots of hand-wringing, pearl-clutching and patriotic posturing in arguments on the Tee-vee - but no indictments.  Japanese and German war managers were HUNG-by-the-neck until death after World War II tribunals convicted them of even lesser torture and war crimes.  But after about a week's worth the kerfuffle, Amerikans will go right back scrutinizing Bill Cosby's 1970s sexytime hi-jinks until the next moderately attractive white woman and child get kidnapped or something.

But for those who do not want to forget this and just let it go by, we have the perfect Freak Flag just for you.

The Tribal Rich Hate Social Security

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/9/2014

It's not the 1% anymore.  It's the 4-One-Thousandths-of-One-Percent.  And they hate our Social Security more than anything.
[HARTMANN] The Swiss bank UBS says that four one-thousandth of one percent, 0.004% of the world's adult population, controls $30 trillion. The GDP of the United States is $15 trillion. This is about 13% of the entire planet's total wealth. ...How do we deal with this in this age of globalization, when we have American corporations with hundreds of billions of dollars offshore, you've got American billionaires with trillions of dollars offshore? ...

[ESKOW] These people have shared values and those values are inculcated into the Tim Geithners and the Barack Obamas and the Bill Clintons — and everybody else, or most people, who move up the political ladder do so by hobnobbing with these people. And there is a very distinct tribal kind of culture that develops, with its own folkways, its own values, its own mythology ...

The culture of Washington, the culture of top politicians and the people they hobnob with and raise money from is a culture that wants to see Social Security cut, so the public has to constantly push back on that.
These people are our rulers.  The .004%.

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Be Careful

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/8/2014

As our planet over-populates and the traffic gets worse & worse, tactics designed to mitigate grid-lock, like motorcycle lane-splitting become more dangerous.  When Grady used to motorcycle around L.A. he was a very careful lane-splitter because you really can't tell when a grid-locked freeway driver is going to bail and go 'surface-streets'.  It happens fast because s/he has to jump to the next lane before the driver there has time to react and prevent it.  This guy was going way too fast for lane-splitting and paid the price - a broken wrist.  He was lucky.  He deserves a Freak Flag and if he, or a friend, sees this post, write to Freak Flag at info@freak-flag.net for a free flag.

Cops Are Mostly Useless Thugs

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/7/2014

Unless you are a charter member of the 1%, you've probably had a bad encounter with a stupid cop.  Not as bad as Eric Garner's, where you were executed for selling loose cigarettes, but bad nonetheless.  Grady was once ordered to "BACK UP!" when he was standing with his back to a road filled with roaring rush-hour commuters flying by at 60mph.  He turned around and then backed up and was arrested for being "non-compliant".  After pre-trial discovery showed that the idiotic cop was putting Grady in jeopardy with his instruction to "back up" into traffic, it was 'discovered' that the cop had been put on "extended leave" for "personal reasons" and the whole thing was dropped.  But if Grady had been compliant to this moron's order to "back up" right into traffic, he probably wouldn't be typing this post.  Foolish people who excuse Handsome Dan Pantaleo for murdering Eric Garner like to say that Garner was "non-compliant" and that anything that happened to him, up to and including death, was his fault.
The system will not change until those who want it to change have the raw power to force it to change, because it does serve the interests of its masters by destroying or marginalizing anyone who is actually a danger to oligarchical control of the system.

Race is an effective tool in this system, dividing the lower classes (and almost everyone is lower class now) against each other.  No matter how bad a poor white’s life is, well hey, he ain’t black.  He or she can feel superior to someone, can have someone to kick down at ...

[M]ost of what police are paid in is social coin: the right to demand immediate obedience and fuck people up; the solidarity of the blue line; the feeling of belonging and power, is what makes the job worth having for (probably most) of the people who are now attracted to it.

Being a thug; having social sanction to be a thug, is enjoyable to a lot of people. Since that’s what cops get to do, those are the sort of people who tend to be attracted to the job.  The police are the biggest toughest gang around, and belonging to them has most of the rewards of gang life, without the dangers of going to jail.
Grady comes from a whole family full of cops so he knows where most cops come from.

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Tony & Cherie's Xmas Card

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/6/2014

This picture, that Tony & Cherie Blair chose to send out as their Christmas Card in 2014 says so much.  First there's Cherie, with the Mona Lisa smile of a woman scorned yet still standing by her wandering husband, presumably for Queen, country and a bottomless credit line on that Amex Black Card connected directly to the Bank of England.  And then there's war-criminal and gun-runner Anthony Charles Lynton Blair.  The card's toothy glare is as close to a smile as this ghoul can conjure.  Tony's best described, these days, by Rupie Murdoch's ex-wife Wendi who love-noted Tony, the godfather of her and Rupie's child, BTW, like this:
‘Oh, shit, oh, shit.  Whatever why I’m so missing my Tony.

'Because he is so charming and his clothes are so good.

'He has such good body and he has really really good legs, Butt…And he is slim tall and good skin.

'Pierce blue eyes which I love. Love his eyes.

'Also I love his power on the stage…and what else and what else and what else...’
Tony and Cherie each like to credit their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and their deep Catholic faith for their wonderful, successful marriage - except Wendi Murdoch.  Ghouls and war-criminals often cite their personal relationship with J-Boy as the excuse for all the innocent children that they murder and Tony is no different.

This Is How South Africa Started

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/5/2014

Israel killed 2,100 mostly civilians in Gaza last summer and that, along with apartheid policies promoted by the heinous new Jewish Homeland National Law, have energized Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movements around the world, even here in the United Snakes:
The University of California Student-Workers Union, a local union of the United Auto Workers covering 12,000 teaching assistants, tutors and other students, will vote Thursday on a ballot initiative in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, the pro-Palestinian campaign that calls for a boycott of Israel. The ballot text proposes supporting the boycott until Israel "has complied with international law and respected the rights of Palestinians."

In the event of an aye vote, the union will call on both the University of California system and the UAW international union to divest from companies that the pro-BDS caucus deems "complicit in Israeli occupation of Palestine and its apartheid policies." The initiative also invites graduate students to take a personal vow declining participation in research or conferences sponsored by Israeli schools that BDS backers consider similarly accountable.
BDS campaigns in the 1980s just like this one were the beginning-of-the-end for white-ruled, apartheid South Africa.

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Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/4/2014

The grand jury whitewash/coverup of the police murder of a black man, the 2nd in a month, is so ridiculous that even a wanker at FoxNews cannot support it.  And when you're a rightist organization like the cops, and you've lost FoxNews, that's trouble.  There's so much good and hideous opinion floating around about this monstrous incident that Grady isn't going to bother adding to the pile. 

So instead, here's the latest picture from "9 Eyes", the website that monitors Google Street Views worldwide for the truly weirdest situations.  Wonder what officers Darren Wilson and/or Daniel Pantaleo would do if confronted with this situation?  Probably run for their lives.  There would be lots of shots fired, that's for sure.  Where is this?  Well, one kid is wearing an official(?) Lionel Messi #10 FC Barcelona jersey, which sells for 80-Euros (about $100) so it must be, at least, a safe enough neighborhood to wear something that pricey & desirable around.  Grady's going to guess ... Paraguay, because he was in Paraguay once and the picture reminds.  Anyone else have any ideas?

How To Unite A Country

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/3/2014

New York City's new mayor Bill de Blasio openly ran on the concept of "a city more unified".  Stating clearly that the previous ReePub mayor, Mike Bloomberg's racially discriminatory concept of 'Stop-and-Frisk the Brown People' to fight crime was dividing the city, causing overall disquiet and making things worse.  All of the ReePubs and their media, especially the 'liberal' New York Times, cried & gushed that the Liberals & de Blasio would ruin everything and that the old New York City of Bobby "Snake" Plissken would return, with the wholesale slaughter of good white folks by the colored hordes.  Well, de Blasio won the mayor's race, dropped the racist Stop-and-Frisks by 92% and the results have been rather good.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that a city his opponents once said would grow more dangerous under his watch had, in fact, become even safer.

Robberies, considered the most telling indicator of street crime, are down 14 percent across New York City from last year ...

And after a record-low 335 homicides in 2013, the city has seen 290 killings in the first 11 months of this year, a number unheard-of two decades ago ...

For Mr. de Blasio and his police commissioner, William J. Bratton, the numbers provided a kind of cushion for the criminal justice and policing reforms that both men are putting into place ...

Would a vast decline in the number of recorded stop-and-frisk encounters create an opening for violence to return? So far, Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Bratton said, the answer has been no.

Mr. Bratton said that by the end of the year there would be fewer than 50,000 such stops, down from a high of over 685,000 in 2011.
Further credit goes to de Blasio who showed more class than any politician in recent memory while announcing the large reductions in both stop-and-frisks and crime.  Instead of lauding himself in the typical ReePub 'Mission Accomplished' fashion, he chose to be bipartisan and unifying, crediting the crime reduction to a long-term trend:

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Ferguson and Palestine

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/2/2014

Five players from the St. Louis Rams exercised their first amendment rights with a "hands-up-don't-shoot" pose right before the National Anthem (more on that later) at Sunday's football game.  The disgraced St. Louis police further disgraced themselves by trying to stifle them - threatening to create a "Black List" against the NFL.  But it's not surprising that the St. Louis police would use such a silly and clearly unconstitutional tactic, they have a good teacher.  Back in August, right after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, this blog pointed out that St. Louis County Police Chief Timothy Fitch had been shipped to Israel by Abe Foxman and the Anti-Defamation League to learn Israeli police, intelligence and security tactics in order to use these same tactics, that Israel uses against gentiles in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, against people of color in places like Ferguson.  As news of this connection between Ferguson and Israeli police tactics spread, Foxman and the ADL have dragged out the ol' anti-sem "Black List" threat against anyone doing so even though it's: 1. true, and 2. Foxman & the ADL were the ones who actually PAID for the the training junkets!
Abe Foxman, whose $688,000 annual salary makes him one of the most over-paid pro-Israel lobbyists in the country, recently embarrassed himself (again) by actually releasing a press statement lecturing NFL star Reggie Bush on his Twitter feed — Bush had dared compared Ferguson and Gaza.

But it gets worse.

The Anti-Defamation League, which leverages its reputation as a fighter of bigotry to silence human rights critics of the Israeli government (thereby actually perpetuating bigotry and worse), has published a defacto blacklist of groups that dared to link Ferguson with Palestine ...

But here is where the ADL gets the chutzpah award: singled out for particular opprobrium are those who link what’s happening in Ferguson to the training of police in Israel ...

So do who do you think is responsible for an awful lot of those free police trainings in Israel? The Anti-Defamation League, natch. Which I guess is why they are condemning people as opportunists and bigots for saying, well, the obvious ...

Normally, the ADL boasts about training lots and lots and lots of police officers , which includes special trips for US police officials to Israel for training in counter-terrorism tactics (which are then deployed against American citizens.)
The parallels between people of color in Ferguson and gentiles in Gaza draw themselves.

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Another Rapist Hero Goes Free

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 12/1/2014

Grady pointed out last week that one of the best places a serial rapist could go looking for prey & raping with impunity was the University of Virginia.  But now rapists like Air Force Lt. Col. James Wilkerson here don't have to worry about the consequences of their raping because the Air Force has forced out the only chief prosecutor it ever had who actually cared about the rule of law when it came respecting justice for women against the soldiers who rape them.
The former chief prosecutor for the Air Force said ... that he was “put out to pasture” after he criticized top commanders for interfering with his efforts to convict officers who committed sexual assaults.

Col. Don Christensen served for four years as the Air Force’s top prosecutor, winning a series of major sexual-assault cases, including the high-profile conviction of Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, a decorated F-16 pilot and the inspector general of Aviano Air Force Base in Italy.

But Christensen, 53, said he recently made an agonizing decision to retire ... after being reassigned to a new position following a series of clashes with Air Force brass.

Those clashes began last year when he started speaking out — and briefing members of Congress — about his objections to the controversial decision of a top Air Force general to overturn Wilkerson’s conviction. The case set off a firestorm on Capitol Hill over rules that, at the time, empowered commanders, who served as the “convening authority” in court-martial cases, to overturn jury verdicts ...

But Christensen said his problems didn’t end there. He received instructions via email from the judge advocate general’s office recommending that he support what was then the official Air Force position on the authority of commanders to overturn verdicts. Christensen said he couldn’t do so in good conscience, and not just because of Franklin’s action in the Wilkerson case: He had also seen, in vivid terms, how the influence of commanders distorts military justice, especially in sexual-assault cases.
So a rapist like Wilkerson can join other soldier-boy hero/rapists like Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair in the Pentagon's pardoned-rapist Hall of Fame ...

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Top of the Grifter Pile

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/30/2014

Remember Tony Blair?  L'il Bushie's poodle who followed him around trying to explain his bullshit line about how, exactly, Saddam Hussein was going to attack us in "45 minutes".  In 2007, right before shit-hit-fan, Tony stepped down in disgrace, moved into the top floor penthouse at Jerusalem's King David Hotel, started fucking Rupert Murdoch's wife, Wendi, and went on the $150K-a-pop More-Wars-4-Israel speaking circuit.

Since, by most estimates, Tony's lies about Iraq resulted in the deaths of upwards of thirty-thousand children under the age of 10, it was, at first, merely ironic that the Save the Children charitable organization gave this ghoul the “Global Legacy Award”.  That irony has now been replaced by outrage.
Save the Children is trying to tamp down coverage and “contain” the damage from the award given to former UK prime minister Tony Blair by its US arm.

A leaked internal email to staff from the international charity’s chief executive Jasmine Whitbread does not indicate, however, that the charity intends to withdraw the “Global Legacy Award” Blair received at a glittering New York gala on 19 November.

On Tuesday, The Guardian reported that Save the Children staff were in revolt over the award.

“We consider this award inappropriate and a betrayal to Save the Children’s founding principles and values,” more than 200 of the charity’s staff wrote in an internal protest letter sent to management ...

But rather than right the wrong and withdraw the prize to a man regarded by many as a war criminal, Whitbread seems more concerned with suppressing criticism and press coverage ...

Since stepping down as UK prime minister in 2007, Blair has become notorious for reaping millions in shady deals with shady regimes including the Egyptian dictatorship.
Blair and his sanctimonious wife, Cherie, liked to paint themselves as a devout Christian couple.

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Just Kill 'Em in Secret

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/29/2014

Several of the United Snakes, like Ohio, are having trouble executing their citizen's these days because the awesome, supply-side, Free Markets™! fairies have off-loaded all of the pharmaceutical companies that make the nasty killer-drugs to foreigners.  And those foreign socialist-types won't countenance executions so they won't sell these drugs to the Snakes who like the executing.  So the executioner Snakes are turning to crazier and less reliable killer drug cocktails that don't work so well.  There's been some pretty hideous squirming & bleeding & dying on the ol' executioner's table which does not quite meet that 8th amendment "cruel and unusual punishment" constitutional standard.  So what's an executioner to do?
The execution of Dennis McGuire on January 16 of this year did not go as planned. Injected with an untested cocktail of drugs, the Ohio death row inmate gasped, choked, and writhed in his restraints. McGuire was declared dead after 26 minutes, having endured the longest execution in the state's history.

"To a degree of medical certainty, this was not a humane execution," an anesthesiologist testified in a subsequent federal lawsuit against the state's execution team ...

Yet state lawmakers are now rushing to pass a "secret executions" bill that would make it harder to know what really happens in the death chamber. If passed, HB663 will drop a veil of secrecy over the death penalty by exempting anyone participating in a lethal injection from public records requests that might reveal their identities or duties. It would apply to medical and nonmedical staff, companies transporting or preparing supplies or equipment used in executions, and the providers of the drugs used in the lethal injection.

Introduced just two weeks ago in a lame-duck session, the bill sailed through committee and was passed by the state House last Thursday, 62 to 27 ...

After McGuire's botched execution, a federal judge issued a moratorium on capital punishment in Ohio until January 2015. The state's next execution is scheduled for February. This imminent deadline is part of what's driving the legislature's urgency to pass the execution secrecy bill. The European suppliers of the state's preferred execution drug, pentobarbital, now refuse to sell it for use in executions. Lawmakers hope that the promise of anonymity will goad local compounding pharmacies into providing the drug.
So the two-fisted, tough-guy ReePubs who preach "take responsibility for your actions!" aren't so tough when it comes to owning up to an ugly, botched, UNCONSTITUTIONAL execution.

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/28/2014

L'il Bushie pinned down the strategy 9-years-ago: "As Iraqis Stand Up, We Will Stand Down".  And the United Snakes spent over 4-trillion-dollars (some say 6.5 but who's counting?)  coachin' up them Eye-Rack-ies.  But as soon as Prince Bandar's bad-boyz from ISIS or ISIL or Khorasan or whatever the NY Times focus groups tell Sulzberger's liars to call the insurgency this week showed up, the Iraqi troops turned-tail & ran, dropping weapons and even their uniforms along the way.  Only good thing was that the Pentagon, neocons, war-profiteers and mountebanks were exposed for the low lying scumbags that they truly are.  But, unfortunately, they're all back, lying & scamming & grifting, because President Barry can't hold them off anymore:
After learning hard lessons rebuilding foreign militaries over the past dozen years, the U.S. military is shifting its strategy against the Islamic State, choosing to train a smaller number of Iraqi soldiers rather than trying to stand up an entire army anew.

At their peak, Iraqi combat forces, painstakingly built and paid for by the United States during the last Iraq war, numbered about 400,000 troops. By the time the Islamist militant group launched its advance across northern Iraq in June, the Iraqi forces had shrunk by as much as half ...

[U.S. officials] have decided against trying to rebuild entire vanished divisions or introduce new personnel in underperforming, undermanned units across the country ...

“The idea is, at least in the first instance, to try and build a kind of leaner, meaner Iraqi army,” said a senior U.S. official, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss planning.
Okay.  All recruits will be put on the Jenny Craig Everywhere program and encouraged to consume more wholegrain bread, fruit and vegetables.

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Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/27/2014

One of the things Grady has to deal with more & more every Thanksgiving is the whole Cranberry Jellied vs. Whole-Berry controversy.  He absolutely loathes Whole-Berry - won't eat it - and LUVs him Jellied.  There are less & less people every year, especially in Southern California where Grady chillax, eating Jellied.  Getting harder & harder to even find good ol', with all sorts'a chemicals & nasty shit, Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce.  Look, I know it's bad but you only eat it once-a-year.  And a coupl'a slabs of Jellied on the far corner of the plate are the perfect finishing touch to the gravy/stuffing/mashed potatoes wort at the end of your third helping.  Grady needs this on Thanksgiving.  So today he's taking his own Ocean Spray Jellied and a melmac plate to the Thanksgiving fest and will find a discreet corner of the kitchen to slice 'em up.  Then he'll quietly bring them to his corner of the table - without saying anything - and fan 4 round slices onto his plate.  Guaranteed that a few old-timers will see this and quietly ask him to pass the "real" Cranberry sauce, which he will happily share.  There will be frowns from the hostesses but Grady believes they will countenance this impolitic manger to maintain the overall wah at table.

But this is getting harder & harder to do every year.  Grady remembers the days when you could still steal outside to a far corner of the yard where the lads were deep-frying the turkey for a cigarette and other contraband.  Those days are long gone and so soon will be the high-fructose injected charge of complex, indigestible carbohydrates flavored cranberry.  But, hey, now we've got Black Friday! (even on Thursday) and cyber-Monday and the wonderful corporate-welfare state to nurture & protect us
from all that old bad stuffAlso, too ... Apple Pay™ so you don't even have to stand in line to debit & inject your money directly into the corporations' feed-hole for some shiny bullshit Chinese trinket!


She Makes Banksters Nervous

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/26/2014

Wavy told you about Fed Bank Regulator Carmen Segarra recording conversations with Goldman Sachs managers and her Fed bosses telling her what she could & could not investigate.  The Carmen Tapes are a perfect example of banksters gone wild and reveal their absolute contempt for the law.  Now we're hearing from Alayne Fleischmann, a former Chase transaction manager who's ripping the cover-up off the JPMorgan Chase settlement that was so stinky that golden-boy Chase CEO Jamie Dimon had to "get cancer" and step down from the chairmanship of the teetering banking giant.
Fleischmann is the central witness in one of the biggest cases of white-collar crime in American history, possessing secrets that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon late last year paid $9 billion (not $13 billion as regularly reported – more on that later) to keep the public from hearing ...

Thanks to a confidentiality agreement, she's kept her mouth shut since then ...

That's why the more important part of Fleischmann's story is in the pains Chase and the Justice Department took to silence her.

She was blocked at every turn: by asleep-on-the-job regulators like the Securities and Exchange Commission, by a court system that allowed Chase to use its billions to bury her evidence, and, finally, by officials like outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, the chief architect of the crazily elaborate government policy of surrender, secrecy and cover-up. "Every time I had a chance to talk, something always got in the way," Fleischmann says.

This past year she watched as Holder's Justice Department struck a series of historic settlement deals with Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America. The root bargain in these deals was cash for secrecy. The banks paid big fines, without trials or even judges – only secret negotiations that typically ended with the public shown nothing but vague, quasi-official papers called "statements of facts," which were conveniently devoid of anything like actual facts.

And now, with Holder about to leave office and his Justice Department reportedly wrapping up its final settlements, the state is effectively putting the finishing touches on what will amount to a sweeping, industrywide effort to bury the facts of a whole generation of Wall Street corruption ...

{Fleischmann] believes the proof is easily there for all the elements of the crime as defined by federal law – the bank made material misrepresentations, it made material omissions, and it did so willfully and with specific intent, consciously ignoring warnings from inside the firm and out ...

The people who stole all those billions are still in place. And the bank is more untouchable than ever – former Debevoise & Plimpton hotshots Mary Jo White and Andrew Ceresny, who represented Chase for some of this case, have since been named to the two top jobs at the SEC. As for the bank itself, its stock price has gone up since the settlement and flirts weekly with five-year highs.
Just like the Ferguson "prosecutor" assembled a grand jury and then proceeded to confuse the shit out of them so he could get a murdering cop off ...

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Different Perspective on Ferguson

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/25/2014

What if our rulers' lick-spittle media was in another country covering the unrest in Ferguson.  Vox has a great take on this and captures that Amerikan media racist paranoia perfectly.
FERGUSON — Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive American province of Missouri, where ancient communal tensions have boiled over into full-blown violence.

"We must use all means at our disposal to end the violence and restore calm to the region," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments to an emergency United Nations Security Council session on the America crisis.

The crisis began in August in Ferguson, a remote Missouri village that has been a hotbed of sectarian tension. State security forces shot and killed an unarmed man, which regional analysts say has angered the local population by surfacing deep-seated sectarian grievances. Regime security forces cracked down brutally on largely peaceful protests, worsening the crisis.

In response, ancient American tradition called for the gathering of a community tribal council known as a "grand jury" to weigh the case. On November 24, it announced there would be no charges against the responsible security forces. The stunning decision, which reflects the opaque and mysterious nature of the "grand jury" tradition, further outraged the already despondent local populace.

America has been roiled by political instability and protests in recent years, which analysts warn can create fertile ground for extremists ...

Now, international leaders say they fear the crisis could spread.

"The only lasting solution is reconciliation among American communities and stronger Missouri security forces," Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a speech from his vacation home in Hainan. "However, we can and should support moderate forces who can bring stability to America. So we will continue to pursue a broader strategy that empowers Americans to confront this crisis."

Xi's comments were widely taken as an indication that China would begin arming moderate factions in Missouri, in the hopes of overpowering rogue regime forces and preventing extremism from taking root. An unknown number of Kurdish peshmerga military "advisers" have traveled to the region to help provide security. Gun sales have been spiking in the US since the crisis began.
The next step for Xi Jinping would, of course, be Freedom Bombs™ dropped on those "rogue regime forces" to support the "moderate" rebels and regime change.

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Like Rape? Go to UVA

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/24/2014

The University of Virginia enjoys high status for a public, state university, mostly because it's founder and chief designer was slave-owner and probable serial-rapist Thomas Jefferson.  It also has a reputation as a party-school for VERY rich and connected young, white men whose career paths to the very top of the Amerikan corporate-welfare state are well-worn.  This sort of over-privilege naturally promotes an atmosphere of entitlement and resulting culture of acquiescence to the crime of rape.
From reading headlines today, one might think colleges have suddenly become hotbeds of protest by celebrated anti-rape activists. But like most colleges across America, genteel University of Virginia has no radical feminist culture seeking to upend the patriarchy ... UVA isn't an edgy or progressive campus by any stretch ... But the dearth of attention isn't because rape doesn't happen in Charlottesville. It's because at UVA, rapes are kept quiet, both by students – who brush off sexual assaults as regrettable but inevitable casualties of their cherished party culture – and by an administration that critics say is less concerned with protecting students than it is with protecting its own reputation from scandal. Some UVA women, so sickened by the university's culture of hidden sexual violence, have taken to calling it "UVrApe."

"University of Virginia thinks they're above the law," says UVA grad and victims-rights advocate Liz Seccuro. "They go to such lengths to protect themselves. There's a national conversation about sexual assault, but nothing at UVA is changing" ...

Frats are often the sole option for an underage drinker looking to party, since bars are off-limits, sororities are dry and first-year students don't get many invites to apartment soirees ... Once successfully inside the frat house, women play the role of grateful guests in unfamiliar territory where men control the variables. In dark, loud basements, girls accept drinks, are pulled onto dance floors to be ground and groped and, later, often having lost sight of their friends, led into bathrooms or up the stairs for privacy ... against that backdrop, as psychologist David Lisak discovered, lurk undetected predators. Lisak's 2002 groundbreaking study of more than 1,800 college men found that roughly nine out of 10 rapes are committed by serial offenders, who are responsible for an astonishing average of six rapes each. None of the offenders in Lisak's study had ever been reported. Lisak's findings upended general presumptions about campus sexual assault: It implied that most incidents are not bumbling, he-said-she-said miscommunications, but rather deliberate crimes by serial sex offenders.
There will be a little noise in our rulers' media about this to assuage parents' concerns that they are paying some hefty freight, about $50K/year, to send their daughters to UVA where rapists roam free and with impunity.

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3 Feet Deep in Number 2

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/23/2014

The odor around our nation's capitol got considerably worse this weekend as the House Committee on 'Intelligence' slinked out of town and left behind the ReePub pile-of-poo report about Benghazi! they've been "investigating" for the last 2-years.  The stink's so bad that even the biggest Benghazi! screechers, like Sen. Huckleberry ClosetCase (R - S.Carolinastan) here, are 3-feet-deep-in-Number-2, calling his own fellow ReePubs "full of crap" on the Sunday morning chat shows.
As members of Congress slipped out of town Friday for a long Thanksgiving break, they left behind a report on Benghazi that might seem surprising – coming as it did from the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee.

In essence, the committee sums up its two-year investigation of the [Benghazi] attack ... by citing fog-of-war circumstances rather than politically-motivated manipulation by the Obama administration in the immediate aftermath.

Among the report’s major findings:

• The CIA ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi … and found no evidence that there was either a stand down order or denial of available air support.

• There was no intelligence failure prior to the attacks.

• The Committee found intelligence to support CIA’s initial assessment that the attacks had evolved out of a protest in Benghazi over an anti-Islam YouTube video that was roiling the region; but it also found contrary intelligence, which ultimately proved to be the correct intelligence. The CIA only changed its initial assessment about the protest … two days after Ambassador Susan Rice spoke.

• The Committee found no evidence that any officer was intimidated, wrongly forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement, or otherwise kept from speaking to Congress, or polygraphed because of their presence in Benghazi.
There ya' go.  The Benghazi! scandal has backfired on FoxNews and exposed it for the ReePub pile-of-poo that it is.

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