Thursday, June 25, 2015

Confederate Flag Controversy is About Criminalizing Dissent

That's what I saw in the commentary somewhere, and it helps explain why Republican pukes have gone along with the complete and collective stereotyping surrounding its display and all.  

"White supremacists" next target in "Global War on Terror" - In the wake of the alleged Charleston shooting, which has *all the indicators of yet another Sandy Hook-style media PsyOp*, the leaders of the virulently a... 

I'm looking forward to reading that roll, but is he saying the whole thing was a hoax and set-up

I mean, the ma$$ media would never....

NY Times staff stages mass killings! Journalism or sociopathy? 

Oh, no.

Best thing I can do is burn my Globes, I gue$$.

"S. Carolina honors slain lawmaker, pastor Clementa Pinckney; Parishioners hold prayer service at site of shooting" by Seanna Adcox, Jeffrey Collins and Jonathan Drew Associated Press  June 25, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The killings appear to be creating waves of soul-searching that are reverberating far beyond the historic black church and the state Capitol.

In state after state, the Confederate symbols embraced by the shooting suspect have suddenly come under official disrepute.

Governor Nikki Haley started the groundswell Monday by calling on South Carolina lawmakers to debate taking down the Confederate battle flag flying in front of the State House. But Alabama’s governor was able to act much more swiftly, issuing an executive order that brought down four secessionist flags Wednesday.

Oh, I see. And because my sympathies are to secede from Bo$ton, I'm a "terrorist."

In Montgomery, where the Confederacy was formed 154 years ago and where Jefferson Davis was elected president, Governor Robert Bentley, a conservative Republican, compared the banner to the universally shunned symbols of Nazi Germany, a stunning reversal in a region where the flag has played a huge cultural role.

That is what convinced me of the greater goal here. 

The iconic Confederate battle flag in particular ‘‘is offensive to some people because unfortunately, it’s like the swastika; some people have adopted that as part of their hate-filled groups,’’ Bentley explained.

The citizenry of the world is increasingly seeing the stars and stripes that way, you war-criminal cretin of the political cla$$.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not defending the stars and bars, either. I was raised in Massachusetts, New England, with all the Yankee and Union bias you would ever want to believe. The entire culture up here, including the schuls and the media, promote a superior-to-the-South, bunch of redneck racists down there mentality. Don't tell me it's not true; I've lived it!

Beyond that, we have a VERY SERIOUS ISSUE in front of us: What are we going to do with ALL the SOUTHERN BOY VETS that FOUGHT IN ALL THE WARS SINCE and that are buried in cemeteries across this nation? When are GRAVESTONES GOING TO BE REMOVED and the REMAINS DUG UP and DUMPED INTO THE SEA (you know, like what they allegedly did with bin Laden)? 


Other conservative Republicans weighed in around the country Wednesday.

Both of Mississippi’s senators and a US representative endorsed removing the Confederate symbol from the flag the state has flown since Reconstruction, even though the state’s voters decided to keep it in 2001.

Senator Thad Cochran declared his intentions a day after Attorney General Jim Hood, the only Democrat holding statewide office in Mississippi, said ‘‘You’ve got to ask yourself the question: What would Jesus do in this circumstance?’’


Where did they dig up that old fossil?

Other lawmakers and activists took aim at symbols including a bust of Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest in Tennessee’s Senate, a sculpture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the Kentucky Rotunda, the vanity license plates used by thousands of motorists and Minnesota’s Lake Calhoun.

That means all the history books have to be rewritten as well (already have been sanitized by certain chosen supremacists anyway) and unlike other certain names, those are found in my history books.

Many said change is imperative after shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old white man, was charged with nine counts of murder. 

That is when you want to hit the breaks because it is a sure sign of a larger agenda being pushed.

Roof was captured after a motorist spotted his Confederate license plate



Images on a website created in his name months before the attacks show him posing with the Confederate flag and burning and desecrating the US flag. 

So now every single person is collectively tarred with guilt because of that whatever-he-is?

In an essay on the same website, the writer wishes every white person had a chance to brutalize blacks before the Civil War. 


Roof has been appointed federal public defenders, and Justice Department officials are in agreement that the massacre satisfies the definition of a hate crime, which means federal charges are likely, according to a federal law enforcement official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.

Yeah, that gets the case under the control of the feds for the staged and scripted trial we will get (saw this up in Boston with the Tsarnaev kid), and the italics were to alert you that was web additions and not part of my print.

That replaced this:

"The words "Black Lives Matter" were spray-painted Wednesday on a century-old Confederate memorial in St. Louis, not far from Ferguson, Missouri, where the phrase took root after a white officer killed an unarmed black man last August. In Charleston, the words "racist" and "slavery" were painted Tuesday on a monument to Calhoun, just a block from where the Emanuel AME church stands on Calhoun Street.

Robert Chase, a historian at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, says the vandalism reflects anger over deep-seated racism....

He's excusing it, and so many of us alive today had nothing to do with it. And yet the agenda-pushing, divisive Jewish instrument of propaganda is pushing hard!

A few lawmakers openly defended the flag, including Republican Jonathon Hill, a freshman South Carolina representative who said it should remain above the monument to fallen Confederate soldiers, and that addressing it now disrespects the victims' families.

"Dylann Roof wanted a race war, and I think this has a potential to start one in the sense that it's a very divisive issue," Hill said. "I think it could very well get ugly. 

It's going to be a long hot simmering summer and it just started.

And the web search added this:

"Businesses also have acted swiftly. Wal-Mart, e-Bay, Amazon, Target and Sears are among those saying Confederate merchandise will be gone from their stores and online sites. At least three major flag makers said they will no longer manufacture the rebel battle flag

Meaning the price will rise, and can no longer call them brother soldiers or Americans now.

And Warner Bros. announced it will no longer license toy cars and models of the "General Lee," car with the Confederate flag on its roof that starred in the 1980s TV show "Dukes of Hazzard." 

Yeah, all those reruns -- and the movie, too -- will have to be taken of the air.

For many, especially in the South, this is all happening too fast.

Ben Jones, the actor who played Cooter on the TV series, said these symbols are under attack by a "wave of political correctness" that is vilifying Southern culture. He said Confederate items will never be removed from the Cooter's Place stores he owns in Tennessee and Virginia.

A growing number of the Confederate symbols that appear all over the South have been defaced by graffiti."

Who would want to do that?


More flags the Jewish war media is waving at us today:

"Emotions about flags run high worldwide" Associated Press  June 25, 2015

Around the world, countries have long struggled with questions about flags similar to those faced by South Carolina, which is under pressure to remove a Confederate flag from the grounds of its Capitol after shootings that killed nine people at a historic black church.

Not me. You swear allegiance to the flag, whatever flag they offer.

Here’s a look at other flag controversies that have stirred strong emotions worldwide:


With the defeat of Adolf Hitler in 1945, the Nazi’s scarlet flag with a black swastika was banned in Germany and remains so today. The banner once hung from all official buildings in the Third Reich, was waved madly by the cheering crowds that supported Hitler and the Nazis, and was an integral part of military and other uniforms. Synonymous with the genocidal policies of the Nazis, the flag, the swastika, and all other such symbols are illegal to display today, but remain favorites of neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists, both inside Germany and around the world. After the war, the swastika was chiseled out of the talons of the stone eagle on many Nazi buildings, but there is now a debate on whether the bird itself should go as well.

AmeriKa's national bird is the bald eagle.

Of course, Germany has turned things around and they are now anti-Muslim. In fact, they are now an ally of one of the most evil regimes of the 21st century (but they are excused because they are a critical lynchpin to the EUSraeli empire. Thus the installation of a tyrant worse than Mubarak after the coup).

Middle East

In the Middle East, the Islamic State has co-opted the centuries-old ‘‘Black Banner’’ to use as its standard. It carries the message in Arabic: ‘‘There is no god but God; the Prophet Mohammed is the messenger of God,’’ which has been adopted and manipulated by many jihadis who claim to be enforcing God’s law.

Did you see who helped them run it up the flagpole?

South Africa and Rhodesia

Dylann Roof, the alleged South Carolina shooter, posted a picture of himself in a jacket with the flags of the now-defunct white-supremacist regimes in South Africa and Rhodesia, which is today Zimbabwe. Before 2000, groups of whites in Zimbabwe ran exclusive clubs where the Rhodesian flag was flown, but since the anti-white wave that came in conjunction with the country’s land reform program, it is not seen anywhere. The flag of today’s South Africa was designed in a spirit of reconciliation to unite racial groups after apartheid. Introduced in 1994, when South Africa held its first all-race elections, the flag has black, green, and yellow, colors linked to the independence struggle. It also includes colors associated with flags from the time of white domination, including red and white.

Gee, I sure wish Israel hadn't tried to sell them nuclear weapons, and there are still racists there.


In the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the flag, a red crescent and star between two red stripes on a white background, is viewed by many as symbolizing a wish for separate statehood from the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus. Many in the Greek south, however, see the flag as a provocative symbol of an illegal state — and they are rankled most by a massive painting of it on the side of the Pentadaktylos mountain range next to an inscription reading, ‘‘What joy it is for he or she who says ‘I am a Turk.’ ’’ Completed after Turkish Cypriots declared independence in 1983, the flag also lights up at night and can been seen from the other side of the border. 

I was told they were all coming together.


Some Spaniards still harbor deep divisions dating from the country’s 1936-1939 civil war and use flags of that era to show support for the political ideals espoused by the war’s opposing sides. Extreme right-wing Spaniards protest using flags with Spain’s red-and-yellow colors emblazoned with a black eagle used by the regime of fascist dictator Francisco Franco. And leftists wave the red, yellow and purple flag of the Second Spanish Republic.

I don't know what else is going on in Spain right now, but I'm sure the Globe will feed you more than a mouthful of print (could turn into another part of the war).


At least the great State, 'er, Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a flag I'm proud of even if I never notice or look at it closely:

"It’s no Confederate flag, but our banner is still pretty awful" by Yvonne Abraham Globe Columnist  June 25, 2015

It took the slaughter of nine innocents, but finally, in South Carolina and elsewhere in Dixie, the Confederate flag is being treated as the throwback racist banner it is.

But while we’re on the subject of offensive flags, perhaps we should take a few minutes to contemplate our own.

Though the Massachusetts state flag is not as overtly abhorrent as the one that flies on South Carolina’s state capital grounds, it is still pretty awful.

Take a good look.

What exactly is going on here? There’s the blue shield on the white field. And a white five-point star, signifying Massachusetts’ status as one of the first states. So far, pretty standard stuff.

I'm surprised it isn't a six by now.

Then it gets weird. On the shield stands a Native American drawn in gold, a bow in one hand, an arrow in the other — its point turned down to signify peacefulness. Or is it surrender?

But wait — what is that right above his head? Why, it’s a disembodied, muscular arm, brandishing a broadsword. And beneath the whole bizarre tableau is a Latin motto which translates to: “By the sword we seek peace, but peace under liberty.” It’s a slightly more genteel version of New Hampshire’s pugilistic “Live free or die.”

It is hard to read it all together as anything but a flag designed by and for the colonial conquerors who made the Bay State, the ones who won the land — with a short time out for Thanksgiving dinner — by all but eradicating the people who got here first.

Sounds familiar, and the numbers top that other thing the Nazis did.

Or at least it is hard to read it any other way if you are one of the descendants of those who knew the upraised sword, and then the bitter peace.

Yeah, I've sadly come to find out history has two sides to it, not the one side I've been taught in my schuls and media.

Native Americans have been trying to change the flag for decades, to little effect.

Now is the time.

“It depicts oppression,” said John Peters Jr., executive director of the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs. “To have the sword over our head . . . it signifies a policy that has affected all tribes.”

I suppose the modern day version would be a drone above the stars and stripes.

The motto and the sword purportedly refer not to the victory over the native peoples but to the pilgrims’ attitude toward their imperial oppressors in England....

And Confederates would argue.... never mind!

At the time of colonization 30,000 of them called Massachusetts home. By the end of the 17th century, fully 99 percent of them had been killed by the diseases and warfare the settlers brought with them. These were ugly years, bringing the devastating King Philip’s War, and the internment even of those Native Americans who had converted to Christianity, many of whom died of starvation and exposure while imprisoned on the Boston Harbor Islands.

Yeah, I remember the history professor mentioning that regarding Columbus and the Spanish, too. Within five years almost all the people of the great Native American civilizations had been destroyed. Now THAT is a Holocaust™!

It is that ugly history Native Americans see when they look at the Massachusetts flag.

You don't have to be Native American to see it regarding this state or the nation. So conflicts with the crap shoveled by politicians and their pre$$

Over the years, controversy has flared up over the state’s official images, then died down. Native Americans had bigger things to worry about — like poverty and health challenges — not to mention more current cultural irritants, like insulting team names and stupid mascots.

That name is gonna be gone this fall!

The flag is “ugly and offensive,” said writer and activist Paula Peters, a cousin of John. “But we don’t have time every day to go over all of the insipid, insensitive, stupid things that happen. There are too many battles, and too few of us to fight them.”

OH, I know how she feels! It's only me here!

Whenever those offended by the flag have been ready to fight, state Representative Byron Rushing has pushed for legislators to revisit the flag.

I think it should be a white field with a "+ tx" sign inside a circle in the middle of it.

“There is not so much a feeling that people want to defend it, but just a reluctance among my colleagues to change it,” said the Roxbury Democrat, who took the offensive seal off his own stationery decades ago.

Rushing has long expected a group of schoolchildren to lead the charge. After all, a class from Western Massachusetts was key to getting the Mass. Pike logo changed in the late 1980s. After they brought the offensiveness of the arrow piercing the pilgrim’s hat to his attention, Rushing pushed the authority to replace it with the much friendlier and less insulting hat-by-itself.

It’s time for the kids to step up again. Or for the grown-ups on Beacon Hill and beyond to take this on.

Nothing more important to worry about?

Related: Students mount effort to save Marian Court College

Yeah, they are either doing that, digging in the dirt somewhere, or naming state birds or deserts.

Clearly, our state flag is not in the same league as the Confederate standard, the banner carried by those who fought to keep black people as slaves.

The Massachusetts state flag is more in the camp of the blindingly archaic. History has not been kind to it, each decade making it seem yet more insensitive.

This state was born and has thrived in part because of Native Americans’ massive losses. Our flag ought to reflect the huge debt we owe them. And a larger sense of who we are and want to be.

All I can say to them, the Vietnamese, the Iraqis, the Pakistanis, the Yemenis, the Somalis, the Afghans, the Serbs, the Japanese, the Cubans, the.... well, you get my point.... is SORRY!


Btw, did you SEE WHO ELSE was using the battle flag?

Never mind the truly offensive one of the early 21st century.

We should not forgive alleged Charleston shooter

In his 1976 book “The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness,” Simon Wiesenthal writes about a dying Nazi SS man who confesses to killing 300 Jews in cold blood, and asks for Wiesenthal’s forgiveness. Instead, Wiesenthal leaves the room in silence. In 1976 and again twenty years later, Wiesenthal invited public figures to comment on his actions. Desmond Tutu reminded Wiesenthal’s readers that South African president Nelson Mandela, imprisoned for 27 years, invited one of his Robben Island jailers to his presidential inauguration in 1994. “Without forgiveness, there is no future,” Tutu wrote.

Even Gandhi would agree, but the lack of an apology precludes any forthcoming forgiveness and we have seen nothing but arrogance and slander from this rotten leadership and its mouthpiece media. 

Speak of the devil:

"In US, homegrown radicals more deadly than jihadis; More fatal attacks are committed by non-Muslims" by Scott Shane New York Times   June 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — In the 14 years since Al Qaeda carried out attacks on New York and the Pentagon, extremists have regularly executed smaller lethal assaults in the United States, explaining their motives in online manifestoes or social media rants. 

Or propaganda pre$$.

But the breakdown of extremist ideologies behind those attacks may come as a surprise.

Doubt it. 

Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, anti-government fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims: 48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadis, according to a count by New America, a Washington research center.

74 dead in nearly 14 years? That's nothing! The COPS KILLED 385 citizens in this year alone and it is barely half over! 


The slaying of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, church last week, with an avowed white supremacist charged with their murders, was a particularly savage case. But it is only the latest in a string of lethal attacks by people espousing racial hatred, hostility to government and theories such as those of the “sovereign citizen” movement, which denies the legitimacy of most statutory law. The assaults have taken the lives of police officers, members of racial or religious minorities and random civilians. 

Look at them tar and STEREOTYPE an ENTIRE GROUP of people based on the ACTIONS OF A FEW! I know I saw something like that somewhere.

Btw, anyone remember Hal Turner?

Non-Muslim extremists have carried out 19 such attacks since 9/11, according to the latest count, compiled by David Sterman, a New America program associate, and overseen by Peter Bergen, a terrorism expert. By comparison, seven lethal attacks by Islamic militants have taken place in the same period.

All false flag patsies framed by FBI instigators. 

'course, both those guys making a good living off terror.

If such numbers are new to the public, they are familiar to police officers. A survey to be published this week asked 382 police and sheriff’s departments nationwide to rank the three biggest threats from violent extremism in their jurisdiction. About 74 percent listed anti-government violence, while 39 percent listed “Al Qaeda-inspired” violence, according to the researchers, Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina and David Schanzer of Duke University.

“Law enforcement agencies around the country have told us the threat from Muslim extremists is not as great as the threat from right-wing extremists,” said Kurzman, whose study is to be published by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Here we go again, a much scarier rerun of the 1990s! 

'course, CIA-Duh doesn't threaten the government at all.

John G. Horgan, who studies terrorism at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, said the mismatch between public perceptions and actual cases has become steadily more obvious to scholars.


“There’s an acceptance now of the idea that the threat from jihadi terrorism in the United States has been overblown,” Horgan said. “And there’s a belief that the threat of right-wing, anti-government violence has been underestimated.”


Counting terrorism cases is a notoriously subjective enterprise, relying on shifting definitions and judgment calls.


That means this is ALL BS!

If terrorism is defined as ideological violence, for instance, should an attacker who has merely ranted about religion, politics or race be considered a terrorist?  

Well, what is the official definition?

A man in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who was charged with fatally shooting three young Muslim neighbors had posted angry critiques of religion, but he also had a history of outbursts over parking issues. (New America does not include this attack in its count.)

That make you angry?

Likewise, what about mass killings in which no ideological motive is evident, such as those at a Colorado movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school in 2012? The criteria used by New America and most other research organizations exclude such attacks, which have cost more lives than those clearly tied to ideology.

I'll explain the italics later, and I'm not going into the Sandy Hook hoax right now. Just do the research.

Some killings by non-Muslims that most experts would categorize as terrorism have drawn only fleeting news media coverage, never jelling in the public memory. But to revisit some of the episodes is to wonder why.

I'll give you one guess.

In 2012, a neo-Nazi named Wade Michael Page entered a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and opened fire, killing six people and seriously wounding three others. Page, who died at the scene, was a member of a white supremacist group called the Northern Hammerskins. 

Actually, that got loads of coverage (and rewrites?).

In another case, in June 2014, Jerad and Amanda Miller, a married couple with radical anti-government and neo-Nazi views, entered a Las Vegas pizza restaurant and fatally shot two police officers who were eating lunch. On the bodies, they left a swastika, a flag inscribed with the slogan “Don’t tread on me” and a note saying, “This is the start of the revolution.” Then they killed a third person in a nearby Wal-Mart.

Related: Leaders of the Revolution Commit Suicide in Las Vegas

And, as in the case of jihadi plots, there have been sobering close calls. In November 2014 in Austin, Texas, a man named Larry McQuilliams fired more than 100 rounds at government buildings that included the Police Headquarters and the Mexican Consulate. Remarkably, his shooting spree hit no one, and he was killed by an officer before he could try to detonate propane cylinders he had driven to the scene.

Had something to do with immigrants, right?

Some Muslim advocates complain that when the perpetrator of an attack is not Muslim, media commentators quickly focus on the question of mental illness.

“With non-Muslims, the media bends over backward to identify some psychological traits that may have pushed them over the edge,” said Abdul Cader Asmal, a retired physician and a longtime spokesman for Boston’s Muslim community. “Whereas if it’s a Muslim, the assumption is that they must have done it because of their religion.”

That's a different part of the agenda, and notice how they limit discussion of the prescription pharmaceuticals that are a limited hangout in my mind. They certainly enable a patsy or fall guy to be more easily manipulated though.

On several occasions since President Barack Obama took office, efforts by government agencies to conduct research on right-wing extremism have run into resistance from Republicans, who suspected an attempt to smear conservatives.

It is, and you guys are playing along!

A 2009 report by the Department of Homeland Security, which warned that an ailing economy and the election of the first black president might prompt a violent reaction from white supremacists, was withdrawn in the face of conservative criticism. Its main author, Daryl Johnson, later accused the department of “gutting” its staffing for such research.

That is where the print ended, and now on to the explanation:

William Braniff, the executive director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, said the outsize fear of jihadi violence reflects memories of 9/11, the daunting scale of sectarian conflict overseas and wariness of a strain of Islam that seems alien to many Americans.

“We understand white supremacists,” he said. “We don’t really feel like we understand Al Qaeda, which seems too complex and foreign to grasp.” 

This is such garbage propaganda.

The contentious question of biased perceptions of terrorist threats dates back at least two decades, to the truck bombing that tore apart the federal building in Oklahoma City in April 1995. Some early media speculation about the attack assumed that it had been carried out by Muslim militants. The arrest of Timothy McVeigh, an anti-government extremist, quickly put an end to such theories.

And who is behind that group of guys?

The bombing, which killed 168 people, including 19 children, remains the second-deadliest terrorist attack in US history, though its toll was dwarfed by the roughly 3,000 killed on 9/11. 

See: The Midnight Ride of Tim McVeigh 

It's a long one, but worth it.

“If there’s one lesson we seem to have forgotten 20 years after Oklahoma City, it’s that extremist violence comes in all shapes and sizes,” said Horgan, the University of Massachusetts scholar. “And very often it comes from someplace you’re least suspecting.”


Related: "The New York Times says that all white people or anyone who does not approve of the US Government is a terrorist!" --

So does NBC.

You know what, NYT and NBC? 


Or WORLD WAR for that matter!

And, of course, at the bottom of it all....

"Trade authority bill wins final approval in Senate; Second measure aiding displaced workers passes" by Jonathan Weisman New York Times  June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Senate gave final approval Wednesday to legislation granting President Obama enhanced power to negotiate major trade agreements with Asia and Europe, sending the president’s biggest end-of-term legislative priority to the White House for his signature.

Senators then approved a bill that provides assistance to workers displaced by international trade accords, attaching it to a popular African trade measure that will go to the House for a final vote Thursday morning. House Democrats signaled they would support the measure, which they had voted down two weeks before.

The burst of legislative action secured a hard-fought victory for Obama and the Republican congressional leadership. It kept on track an ambitious agenda to complete a broad trade agreement joining 12 countries — from Canada and Chile to Australia and Japan — into a web of rules governing trans-Pacific commerce. Negotiators will also move forward on an accord with Europe, knowing any agreement over the next six years will be subject to a straight up-or-down vote, but cannot be amended or filibustered in Congress.

The Senate cleared the so-called trade promotion bill 60-38, with 13 Democrats joining all but five Republicans. After the Senate voted 76-22 to cut off debate on the worker aid and the African trade bill, senators agreed to pass it by voice vote....

Yeah, this is going to hurt you be you black or white in this country. That's why this cla$$ and their pre$$ are waving the Confederate flag in your face.

Final passage does not guarantee the president’s completion of the more imminent Trans-Pacific Partnership, seen as a central element of the White House’s strategic shift toward Asia. Negotiations with Europe over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership have further to go.

But the Obama administration and its trading partners saw approval of fast-track negotiating power as a vital prerequisite. Countries like Japan and Australia refused to make the politically precarious compromises necessary to complete the trade deals until they knew Congress could not amend the final agreement and ask for additional negotiations.

At the same time, the trade promotion bill, hashed out over months of arduous negotiations, adds new hurdles to the Trans Pacific Partnership. Under the legislation, the president may not even sign a final agreement for two months, and Congress cannot consider the deal for two additional months while the public gets its first complete look at the measure. That delay will most likely push any consideration of the Pacific accord well into the presidential election season, a difficult political environment in which to consider the largest trade pact since the North American Free Trade Agreement.

A separate bill bolstering trade enforcement rules — set for final passage in July — includes measures added late in the process to win conservative support, further complicating the president’s job. They include a provision prohibiting any trade agreement from forcing action by the United States on climate change and another forbidding trade accords from including provisions easing immigration and visa rules.

Awwwwww, poor a$$hole president!

The displaced worker bill addresses Democrats’ concerns. Such trade adjustment assistance programs have existed since the Kennedy administration, but pro-trade Democrats demanded a significant expansion as a price for their support for fast-track authority. The bill extends assistance through June 2022, with an expansion of the program through June 2021. That includes $2.7 billion in funds for worker retraining and education, and a provision that for the first time makes workers in service industries eligible for a program once reserved for out-of-work manufacturing workers.


Training for jobs that won't be there, yaaaaaay!


Gee, the ‘‘60-yard field goal into the wind’’ was good (what idiot said that?). They Democrats must have miscalculated, although they do it with far too much regularity for it to be an accident as Obama wins again.

See: HOODWINKED: Fast-Track Trade Agenda Moves Ahead in the Wake of Contrived Crisis

Can't believe I spent my whole morning blogging about flags!

UPDATE: Who is Really Behind Dylann Roof’s “Racist Manifesto” Website?

NDUsHouse approves expansion of trade assistance program

Overwhelmingly approved now, by both parties that overwhelmingly voted against it the last time. What a bunch of duplicitous $cum!

"Almost overnight, the push to remove Confederate symbols has accelerated to many places of power across the country. Yet, there are few sites where those symbols are in more abundance than at the US Capitol. The talk spread to the Pentagon, where officials said that military bases named for Confederate officers reflected the “spirit of reconciliation, not division.”

They want to CLEANSE HISTORY now!

Hundreds attend 1st funeral for S.C. church shooting victims

They are espousing love and forgiveness, huh (pffft)? Just take down the flag!

Now we will be treated to funeral articles for another week.

The Charleston Shooting Is Indeed A Hoax: This Is So Ridiculous - Arresting Police Officers Take Dylann Roof To Burger King (!)

What Does The Stars and Bars Represent?

That last one is a five-start special that rubbed me the right way!!!!

Mike Rivero was right on today when he said this is an attack on Free Speech, and it's all coming with pressure from the federal government.