"... the two capitalist parties are united in insuring the vital interests of American imperialism." House Democrats ratify $733 billion for US military: WSWS

Yep!

... the two capitalist parties are united in insuring the vital interests of American imperialism. They can squabble mightily about comparatively small amounts of money while rubber-stamping three-quarters of a trillion dollars to sustain the biggest and most lethal military machine in world history.
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... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi & co. will be ratifying higher military spending and further cuts in domestic social programs, while refusing to use the financial crunch as leverage against Trump’s vicious attacks on immigrants and more broadly on democratic rights.

House Democrats ratify $733 billion for US military

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So did I: "Reviewing thousands of documents from the time, The Times reported that Biden preferred expanding affordable housing in suburbs as a tool of integration over busing ...."

I disagree with Joe Biden on plenty of things, but I want to be clearly on the record that the way to keep Joe from becoming the President is not by twisting the positions he held into something they were not.

Busing sucked as a remedy. Housing integration was exactly the right answer and still is. That goes for more than just racial integration too. It goes for economic-class integration. Regardless of race or ethnicity, all poor kids should be in better schools and housing. We shouldn't have economic redlining.

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Ignorant conflation of right-wing Zionism and Semitism is losing, and that's a great thing!

The more they complain, the more you know we're winning.

Anti-Semitism event at Justice Department turns into pro-Israel rally

Yes, those who are anti-Palestinian have no place in decent society. Being anti-Palestinian, being a supremacist Jew, is inherent racism and ethnic bigotry that deserves condemnation, deserves boycotting, deserves divesting, and even sanctioning when it becomes war crimes, genocide, and other crimes against humanity (which it has).

Supremacist Jews try to make out that the only Semitism is supremacist-Jew Semitism and that the only Palestinians are just as racist as are those supremacist Jews. Don't be an idiot. Don't fall for the supremacist Jews' narrative, hypocrisy, and crocodile tears.

There are anti-right-wing Zionist Jews. When it comes to biological Semitism, They are every bit as Jewish as those right-wing Jews. There are also plenty of Palestinians who don't have a racist or anti-Semitic bone in their bodies. They simply want fundamental fairness, which they haven't had at all at the hands of the right-wing Zionists: inherent racists.

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There's plenty I like about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but there's one thing above all else she needs to change about herself or ruin things

I agree with things Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says, and I disagree with things Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says. Where I disagree with her has zero to do with her ethnicity.

She needs to stop her knee-jerk reaction of labeling everyone who disagrees with her a racist.

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Warren & Netroots Nation = Zionism. Will Warren get a free pass on Israel war-crimes and Apartheid, Mr. Senator Sanders?

Yada yada yada bunkum: 2020 Democratic hopefuls: party needs to embrace progressive ideals, not Trump voters

Speaking of roots: Netroots Nation Ignores Israel-Palestine

Senator Warren’s progressive supporters demand accountability for her rightwing pro-Israel positioning

... she has been almost silent on international issues and has rarely spoken out on questions of war and peace that are also important to her progressive base. As MW has reported, she literally ran away from commenting on the Israeli attack on Gaza.

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Walmart & Warren: The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) is heavily censored/blocked by the MSM, as is this blog. Here are a couple of WSWS articles you might be interested in.

As a Christian website making clear that Jesus advocates pacifism, we aren't Trotskyists. Trotskyists are violent revolutionaries. We believe violence is a dead end. If Trotskyists were Bible oriented, they'd be Old Testament only and really followers of Moses, who advocated total genocide. However, that doesn't mean everything Trotskyists say about the establishment is false. The vast majority of their complaints against capitalism are completely valid.

Here are some snippets of WSWS articles that make strong points:

17,000 Walmart workers strike in Chile

Walmart is the largest private employer and the largest company by revenue on the planet. Operating 11,368 stores in 27 countries, Walmart has 2.3 million employees—1.5 million in the US alone—and had a record revenue last year of US$500 billion. This figure compares to Chile’s annual GDP of US$298 billion and is nearly 10 times its tax revenue.

The Walton family, heirs of the multinational, have a net worth of $175 billion, according to a February report by Bloomberg that found that the company had made $14 billion dollars in profit since the beginning of the year. This is the result of an increasingly aggressive quest for cash by finance capital that seeks to extract profits by further destroying the living standards of workers everywhere.


Elizabeth Warren espouses economic nationalist policies aligned with Donald Trump

Bloomberg News published a report July 5 headlined, “Elizabeth Warren is winning grudging respect among some on Wall Street,” which quoted a number of bankers and hedge fund bosses, mainly supporters of other Democratic candidates, who “expressed sympathy for her calls to bolster regulation after the financial crisis, within reason, and for her concerns about income inequality.” The article continued: “There are worries among the Wall Streeters that if the wealth gaps keep growing it will trigger a more radical backlash—what they ominously called the pitchforks.”
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She paints a picture of a world divided between “authoritarian” capitalism, exemplified by China and Russia, and “democratic” capitalism, in which she includes the United States, the countries of the European Union, and US allies like Japan, South Korea and Australia.
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She criticizes the results of the “endless war” in which the US has been mired throughout the Middle East. Much of this seems to be wisdom after the fact. Warren has no political record of opposition to imperialist war. She went to work in Washington in 2008-2009, during one of the bloodiest periods in Iraq, without any known dissent. She boasts of working closely with Barack Obama during the period when he was escalating the war in Afghanistan, continuing the bloodbath in Iraq and initiating drone strikes on a massive scale.

In 2016, after remaining neutral in the race between Sanders and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, Warren campaigned aggressively for Clinton in the general election, despite Clinton’s identification with the US-NATO bombing of Libya and her demands for a more aggressive intervention in Syria. After Trump’s election victory, Warren sought appointment to the Senate Armed Services Committee—an effort to fill out the national-security side of her political resumé in preparation for a future presidential campaign—and she traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan with Republican war hawks John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
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The contrast between “American” workers and not-so-American corporations is a staple of Trump and the trade unions, both of them engaged in a deeply reactionary effort to pit American workers against their class brothers and sisters in other countries. ...
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... Her usefulness as a weapon against Sanders explains much of the media backing Warren has received in recent months.
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In her New York Times feature story, Warren declares Teddy Roosevelt to be her favorite president. The choice is a politically calculated one. Roosevelt was a Republican who clashed with the giant corporations—gaining the nickname “trust-buster”—in order to better defend the capitalist system. He was above all a strong advocate of an aggressive foreign policy, first rising to prominence as a war hero in the Spanish-American War, then a fervent advocate of US entry into World War I.


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Jeffrey Epstein: Shades of the deep-state Franklin pedophile cover-up

UPDATED

That Epstein was perceived as being intelligence-linked was made clear in Acosta's comments when being cleared by the Trump transition team. He was asked “Is the Epstein case going to cause a problem [for confirmation hearings]?” … “Acosta had explained, breezily, apparently, that back in the day he’d had just one meeting on the Epstein case. He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had ‘been told’ to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. ‘I was told Epstein belonged to intelligence and to leave it alone.’”

Did Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein Work for Mossad?

I titled this post, "Jeffrey Epstein: Shades of the Franklin pedophile cover-up," because it is a proven fact that the deep state used the under-aged to have secretly recorded sex with powerful people to blackmail them into submission and compliance.

UPDATE:
Also read: "Spying for Israel Is Consequence Free"

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The CIA Impunity Act: Aided and abetted by US Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA)

[The CIA] has enlisted a select group of senators and representatives to help expand the universe of individuals who are protected, making members of the press who cover intelligence matters more vulnerable to prosecution.

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, was involved in adding language to expand the IIPA to the Intelligence Authorization Act moving through Congress.

“Schiff is once again putting the interests of the intelligence agencies in concealing their misdeeds ahead of protecting the rights of ordinary Americans by criminalizing routine reporting by the press on national security issues and undermining congressional oversight in his Intelligence Authorization bill,” declared Daniel Schuman, who is the policy director for Demand Progress.

Schuman added, “Schiff’s expansion of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act beyond all reason will effectively muzzle reporting on torture, mass surveillance, and other crimes against the American people—all at the request of the CIA. Schiff is clearly the resistance to the resistance, and he should drop this provision from his bill.”

The CIA put their specific request for what language they would like amended in writing and sent it to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Their request was essentially copied and pasted, with no changes, into the intelligence bill.

“Undercover agency officers face ever-evolving threats, including cyber threats,” the CIA argued. “Particularly with the lengths organizations such as WikiLeaks are willing to go to obtain and release sensitive national security information, as well as incidents related to past agency programs, such as the RDI investigation [CIA torture report], the original congressional reasoning mentioned above for a narrow definition of ‘covert agent’ no longer remains valid.”

“This proposal would provide protection for all undercover agency officers by allowing for the prosecution of individuals responsible for disclosing the identities of those officers, regardless whether the undercover officer serves inside or outside of the United States,” the agency additionally stated.

Schiff supports the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and shares the CIA’s view that WikiLeaks is a “non-state hostile intelligence service,” not a media organization.

In 2018, when Assange was willing to speak with investigators about the Russia probe, he replied, “Our committee would be willing to interview Julian Assange when he is in U.S. custody, not before.”

“I deplore the potentially treasonous disclosure of classified and sensitive national security information, and urge the Department of Justice to bring any responsible party to justice,” Schiff stated in 2010.

Invoking WikiLeaks And Torture Report, CIA Pushes For Expansion Of Secrecy Law To Stifle Public Criticism

Press freedom:

Schiff formed the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Caucus for the Freedom of the Press in 2006[32] aimed at advancing press freedom around the world. The Caucus proposed the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act and it was originally introduced to Congress by Schiff and Rep. Mike Pence (R., Ind.) and by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.) on October 1, 2009, in response to the murder of Daniel Pearl by terrorists in Pakistan.[33][34] The legislation requires the United States Department of State to expand its scrutiny of news media intimidation and freedom of the press restrictions during its annual report on human rights in each country.[35] After its introduction, the act passed through the House of Representatives with a vote of 403 to 12 and passed unanimously in the Senate; however, a provision requiring the Secretary of State (in coordination with the Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and in consultation with the Undersecretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy) to establish a grant program aiming to promote freedom of the press worldwide was removed in the Senate.[34][36] On May 17, 2010, President Barack Obama, accompanied by the Pearl family, signed into law the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act.[37] [source]

It's a comedy act.

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I was waiting for the truth to come out. Michael Isikoff has been thoroughly debunked (again): "Trump-Russia dossier journalist [Michael Isikoff] says Russia planted story about Clinton hitmen killing Seth Rich

The man who first reported on the discredited Steele dossier has a brand new conspiracy theory about Russia. The idea that DNC staffer Seth Rich was killed on the order of Hillary Clinton was invented by – guess who?

Yahoo News Chief Investigator Michael Isikoff, who is also the co-author of hit Russiagate book ‘Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump', has a new example of how the nefarious Russians supposedly subverted democracy in the US.

According to him, it was Russian intelligence that started a conspiracy theory about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich on July 10, 2016 during an apparent botched robbery.

Unfortunately for Isikoff, who has become an absolute nut, the website (that proves the Russian government was behind the story) is a joke.

In addition, there remains no clear evidence that Seth Rich was as the MSM has painted him or that his parents really knew Seth's mind. Maybe Seth was as the MSM has claimed; but, so far, it's been mostly a "just trust us" narrative.

On the alleged Russian hacking of the DNC, Binney v. CrowdStrike is not the whole ball game

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US federal judge has told the Justice Department it must stop alleging that a Russian firm accused of election interference was funded by the Kremlin or face "a range of potential sanctions"

"US judge ruling debunks Mueller report for claiming false ties."

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