Thursday 28th of January 2021

joe biden is god...

It appears that Donald Trump never understood the discreet notion of political verisimilitude — or the art of telling enthusiastic fiction while appearing truthful. Comments by Jules Letambour...

Genially bombastic, Trump took the believable elements out of his utterances, saving time, going directly to the twittering chase with his ideas — crazy or not. He did not know how to lie when he told the truth — and often he told what he thought was the truth… Dumb! In politics never tell an absolute truth, anyway. Trump was never a politician nor was he going to be. Joe Biden has been a career politician since he did not go and fight in Vietnam (5 times a draft dodger) for whatever reason...

A lie like the "Saddam has weapons of mass destruction” needs some “previous truth” such as “Saddam is not a nice guy” or “Saddam is a ruthless despot” or "Saddam kills his own people” which would be enough to sow some solid disgust into the mind of people but not enough to go to war. Thus you need to make the people swallow the WMDs fakery, by giving some plausible information to the media that would make them tighten their butts. 45 minutes before Trump, oh so sorry, I meant Saddam could destroy Cyprus! Imagine! Fear! FEAR!… It’s a major fraud, but we accept it (note: they did not accept it on this site. Gus told me he knew by 2001 that the fix was on to get rid of Saddam, using crookery  — say the weapons of mass destruction was it). Trump did not trust the story either. The technique of fudging such lies is not new. It has been used by rulers ever since there was one, in order to go to war against another country. We invent the enemy. It's good for the cannon merchants… In the case of the 2020 presidential elections, Trump WAS the enemy.

Brainwashing people from infancy is also a major trick of the bullshit trades, political and religious… Economics is more flexible as long as you have enough to hold a barbecue on Sunday.

In the “free  world” we are now less susceptible to the obvious porkies, so the tricks are getting more sophisticated. Meanwhile, most Muslims live in a simple delusion without any single caveats. Believe in Allah or we chop your head off. Don’t do cartoons about the prophet… These instructions are efficient but still are delusions. Such religions rely on fanciful narratives based on a “superior” being reinforced constantly by theatre of fear (and sometimes of love once the fear of the devil has been exhausted) rituals, while politics needs to manage the lies with a lot more care — as politics relies on being ruled by “ordinary” humans (with a bit more sociopathy than most of us) with which we can disagree or not, without hellfire. No-one can disagree with “god". Simple. Boom. This is why in the past, kings and queens allied themselves to the divine to maintain the illusion of superiority. And they still do...

In democracy, we have to balance human ideals of freedom, truth and equality using knowledge and imagination AT A HUMAN LEVEL. It’s a big ask and many stupid dudes will try to bring “god” into it… Throw these religious nuts out. OUT. OUT. Biden being a “Catholic” is thus a major worry… but he is a “consummate” politician, so all is forgiven.

In politics, a lot of lies are going to come your way, some so subtle you might think these are the truth… By now we swim in fake news coming from everywhere, yet the most insidious are the editorials and opinions in most (all) media, which present a slanted view of events, often with omission of certain facts… And some late night hosts such as Stephen Colbert are Trump-bad/Biden-great addicts — and while these comedians can be very entertaining, they forget the reality: Biden lies as much as Trump, whether his lies are in our favour or against us.

We can hope for improvements under Biden but “be prepared" to blame the Trump if no improvements are made and things go arse-up. Sure, there will be some ameliorations in some subjects and ideals such as sciences and health, but it’s most likely that some of these improvements will be at the expense of others, especially if your live in the Middle East — say Syria...

Broadly speaking,…, this particular principle amounts to little more than an insistence on the prime necessity for truth whenever possible. A lie when it is needed will only be believed if it rests on a firm foundation of previous truth. 

J C Masterman

Masterman — master of deception by double-cross.

Here to continue with Biden, we need to survey his shifty positions. In regard to the WMDs of Saddam, he told us he was “convinced” about the existence of the WMDs (possibly because of CIA reports, blah blah blah), while we, ordinary folks with a slide rule, a flower pot and half-a-brain, could see that the whole thing was a crock. The evidence did not stack up. the whole shemuzzle WASN’T CREDIBLE… So why did Joe — a seasoned democratic political beast — believed the crap told to him by the Bushit Republicans? His job was to OPPOSE the Republicans. One can only speculate about it, but my bet is that Joe knew (he had to know — otherwise he was a complete fool) that the stint was a crock. As mentioned too often on this site by my friend Gus, in warfare 101, one does not attack an enemy that has WMDs when you don’t know where these are. So we could guess whichever way things went, Joe would eventually apologise to the mothers of soldiers who had been killed in action, why "saying" he begged forgiveness for a wrong judgement. Crocodile tears. This smells of sulphuric verisimilitude with a smile —  not far from these preachers who have extra-marital affairs and when found out, beg for forgiveness — and for more cash from the flock to pay for the sin (and the lawyers)…

So what about it, Biden, the Catholic, who is told by his religious beliefs that killing is a no-no? Pass the violin to serenade the dilemma between politics and religious beliefs… Joe is a hypocrite… a good one at fudging the mayonnaise… 

So what about the Libya disaster? Joe Biden told us in 2016, that he was totally against the venture. He was proud that not a single soldier was lost either. But so far, Obama has not confirmed nor denied that Joe was against the destruction of Libya in 2011. Should Obama tell us that Joe was against the stint, Obama would likely tell a BIG lie. Thus Joe went with the invasion planned by Obama and Clinton. HE NEVER SAID A WORD AGAINST IT in public. Thus we should assume that he went along with it but, later on, tells us that “he was against it”, which according to Ron Paul is complete bullshit. 

Same with Syria: not a peep from the President in waiting, and I, Jules Letambour, am 90 per cent convinced that one of Joe's “negotiation” style with Assad, will be to bomb Damascus due to whatever red line (fake, but useful to define a moral position). The Russians might destroy all the remnants of US troops in Syria if this happens and WW3 will be on the way… Don’t blame Donald for this, please.

In Ukraine, Biden told BIG porkies about Shokin… This is where his "son of bitch” accusation comes in. Shokin was getting information about the Bidens' crookery in the Burisma’s financial affairs. Thus Biden as Vice-President had the official clout to tell Poroshenko to fire Shokin or he would not get a $1billion gift for Ukraine… The money or the investigator? What sort of ultimatum is that? Boom goes Shokin, who by the way is now suing Biden for the loss of his job! Biden could have got away with this crap, IF HE HAD NOT BRAGGED ABOUT IT LATER ON… If you do some crookery, please, DON’T BRAG ABOUT THE RESULT...

So Biden has been — and is a fabulator — while being a “nice guy” because the porkies he tells are the one we expect from a traditional moral political point of view. This is where Stephen Colbert is in love with Biden. Over the years, Joe, like the professional politician he is, has learnt to make brilliant speeches like the one accepting his media-appointment as the new ruler of the free world and demanding “unity". Anyone of the professional politicians on either side of the fence, except Trump-the-self-server real estate agent who isn't a politician, could have made this speech. I can see Romney, Rubio, and all the other sycophants in all parties making a plea for unity, peace and colourblindness. The same speech may have been written and made by Kennedy, Lincoln and Washington, after they would have got rid of their slaves… But as far as bordering on the vacuous with little political weight apart from dismantling Trump’s legacy, it was up there with the best tearjerker.

Yes, many fair-minded people support Biden because he is a beacon of decency, truth and supports a few ideals, including “belief” in sciences and anti-racism. Trump was a boor with big boots and no understanding of sciences or style, but with Biden prepare yourself to be disappointed. There will be some pluses on the downhill way...

Biden's brilliant speech will mean nothing, on the day he starts to bomb something.

Jules Letambour.
hiding from Covid-19 and the masks' cops in the Jura, France.

you're fired!

Jules Letambour: this is a good one:


Trump tells the USA : "you're fired!"







a shrunken majority that could be lost...

Confronted with a shrunken majority, House leaders are discouraging fellow Democrats from taking jobs with the incoming Biden administration — out of concern that Republicans could nab any vacated seats, sources told The Post on Sunday.

Insiders variously accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) of urging Dems to stay put to preserve their fragile majority.

“Nancy is telling House members, ‘Now is not the time to leave,'” a Democratic Party official who’s been briefed by Democratic congressional reps said.

But another House insider said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is urging Democratic congressional reps to stay put, and told the Biden transition team not to poach its members because of the party’s slim majority following the Nov. 3.




cartoon strip...

Illustration at top: The Katzenjammer Kids by Rudolph Dirks, published in The Examiner, San Francisco, in early 1900. These mischiefous kids destroyed stuff for fun. Katzenjammer or "the howling of cats" is the kind German word for "hangover"... The kids were on the footsteps of Max und Moritz, by German cartoonist Wilhem Busch.

biden's begging bowl...

Here’s the deal: Because President Trump refuses to concede and is delaying the transition, we have to fund it ourselves and need your help. If you’re able, chip in to help fund the Biden-Harris transition.” So tweeted Joe Biden last week. His campaign has also sent out emails begging “grassroots supporters like you… to power us through this critical moment”. There is something absurd about the president-elect grifting from car workers and nurses to help him move to the White House.

Normally, the process is federally funded. This time, the money – $10m – has been blocked because the General Services Administration (GSA), the organisation responsible for handing it out, has refused to recognise Biden’s victory. The begging bowl approach has become common practice in recent years – Donald Trump raised $6.5m in 2016. The Biden campaign has apparently already solicited $8m from corporate backers. It’s a questionable development.

Such pleading erodes the distinction between campaigning and governance. It provides partisan funding for what is part of the state. At a time when America is so polarised, such funding makes it more difficult to be a “president for all Americans”. It further privatises governance, leverages the power of lobbyists and special interests and undermines the authority of the president-elect: the most powerful figure in the world begging for your loose change.

Trump’s refusal to accept the election result and the farcical conspiracy theories peddled by his lawyers are undermining US democracy, but in the long term there is something deeply corrosive about turning transition into a crowd-funded partisan process.

• Kenan Malik is an Observer columnist


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cleaning the decks...

President Trump announced the pardon of his initial national security adviser, the retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, on Wednesday.

“It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family,” the president tweeted. He noted a holiday timing: “I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”

Flynn originally resigned amid reports he had misled Mike Pence, then the incoming vice president, during the 2016-2017 transition between administrations. He later pled guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his communications with Russia’s envoy in America, Sergey Kislyak, after drawing the attention of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 

Flynn’s downfall was perhaps the most significant of the winding “Russiagate” saga that dominated much of Trump’s term and now remains a source of furor on the right. After Flynn exited the White House in February 2017, what followed was a complex array of legal twists and turns, including a move to withdraw his plea, the later intervention of Trump’s attorney general William Barr, several sentencing delays and Flynn’s sacking of his own counsel in favor of Sidney Powell, now a celebrity attorney most recently involved in Trump’s doomed effort to reverse the results of the 2020 election.

Trump’s pardon on Wednesday was a downright expected open salvo, that is, in a possible flurry of clemency actions initiated by the president in the concluding days of his administration. Such action by Trump could plausibly include an attempt to pardon himself, something legal experts are hardly unanimous is even allowed. 

Of the president’s various political contacts, ex-Trump consigliere Roger Stone, ex-Bush aide Lewis Libby, and ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich have notably been given an out from the justice system. Stone’s troubles were Russia-related while the latter duo was made up of figures from past political eras that attracted Trump’s sympathy. It is not clear if Trump will try to wipe the slate clean for his former top campaign men Paul Manafort (under a legal dragnet for separate, murky Russia ties since Trump took power, and who was briefly incarcerated) and Steve Bannon (recently indicted in an unrelated matter) before all is said and done.


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The FBI should never have charged Flynn...



Trump to Nominate Bank Watchdog in Potential Blow to Biden

President Donald Trump signaled he intends to nominate the acting Comptroller of the Currency to a new five-year term, potentially complicating plans a Biden administration would have to impose tougher regulations on Wall Street banks.

In a Tuesday statement, the White House said it intends to submit Brian Brooks’ name to the Senate for confirmation. The highly unusual move -- coming just weeks before what’s likely the end of Trump’s time in office -- could force Joe Biden to rely on never-used legal authority to try to remove Brooks and replace him with a more aggressive watchdog.

(Many media outlets called the presidential election for Biden, who would take office Jan. 20. Trump is challenging the election results, alleging widespread fraud, and has not conceded.)

Though the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is a division of the Treasury Department, it’s outside of the Treasury secretary’s direct control. Still, the law says a comptroller can be ousted by the president “upon reasons to be communicated by him to the Senate” -- a power that’s gone untested.

Most of the major regulations for U.S. banks are written and approved in collaboration among the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the OCC. Having Trump people atop any of those agencies could have a major impact on how much rulemaking could be done by Biden appointees.

The FDIC is already expected to be run by Chairman Jelena McWilliams, a Trump pick, until 2023, and Fed Vice Chairman for Supervision Randal Quarles can stay in his role until late next year. The OCC was thought to be the only slot immediately open for Biden to start remaking banking policy.

Brooks wouldn’t have much time to be confirmed before the president-elect is sworn in on Jan. 20. Brooks must face a hearing before the Senate Banking Committee and needs to be approved by that panel before his nomination could be considered by the full Senate.

It’s unclear whether Trump and Senate Republicans could organize all of that and marshal enough votes. They’ve already been stymied in the controversial confirmation process of Fed board nominee Judy Shelton, as Republicans concluded Tuesday that they lacked sufficient backing to advance her nomination.

Brooks, who became interim head of the OCC in May, has leveraged experience he gained at San Francisco-based cryptocurrency company Coinbase Inc. and other firms to push a financial technology agenda. He was also the former top lawyer and a board member at Fannie Mae.

“If confirmed, I will work ceaselessly to ensure the agency continues to fulfill its critical mission,” Brooks said in a Tuesday statement.

While the Fed is generally considered the most powerful of Wall Street’s regulators, the OCC has the most on-the-ground examiners working inside major banks. It also imposes some of the biggest sanctions on lenders that are accused of violating rules.


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Brian Brooks seems to be a nice banker...

biden's sins absolved as false by instagram


Back in December...


Instagram is Using False “Fact-Checking” to Protect Joe Biden’s Crime Record From Criticisms

The Facebook-owned platform’s denunciation of a well-established view of Biden shows the dangers of internet censorship and the fraudulent use of “fact-checking.”


By Glenn Greenwald


A long-standing and vehement criticism of Joe Biden is that legislation he championed as a Senator in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly his crime bill of 1994, contributed to the mass incarceration of Americans generally and African-Americans specifically.

Among the many on the left and libertarian right who have voiced this criticism (along with President Trump) is then-Senator Kamala Harris, who said during the 2020 Democratic primary race that Biden’s “crime bill -- that 1994 crime bill -- it did contribute to mass incarceration in our country.” When Hillary Clinton was running for President in 2015, Bill Clinton, who as president signed Biden’s bill into law, told the NAACP: “I signed a bill that made the problem worse. And I want to admit it.” 

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) told Biden during a 2019 presidential debate: “There are people right now in prison for life for drug offenses because you stood up and used that tough-on-crime phony rhetoric that got a lot of people elected but destroyed communities like mine.” Booker then said in an interview with The Huffington Post that that Biden’s “crime bill was shameful, what it did to black and brown communities like mine [and] low-income communities from Appalachia to rural Iowa,” also denouncing it for “overwhelmingly putting people in prison for nonviolent drug offenses that members of Congress and the Senate admit to breaking now.”

In 2016, author and scholar Michele Alexander argued that Hillary did not deserve the votes of black people due to her and her husband’s support for numerous bills, including Biden’s 1994 crime bill, that led to the mass incarceration of African-Americans. Harvard’s Cornel West said in 2019: “When [Biden] says [the 1994 crime bill] didn't contribute to mass incarceration, I tell him he has to get off his symbolic crack pipe."

While that debate over the damage done by Biden’s crime bill has long raged in Democratic Party politics and the criminal justice reform movement, it is now barred from being aired on the Facebook-owned social media giant Instagram, or at least is formally denounced as disinformation. With Joe Biden about to enter the White House — one that will exercise significant influence in determining Silicon Valley’s interests, will be filled with tech executives, and was made possible in large part by Silicon Valley’s largesse poured into the Biden/Harris campaign — Instagram has arrogated unto itself the power to declare these well-established criticisms of Biden and his crime bill to be “False” and having “no basis in fact.”

As first noted on Monday by former Sanders campaign organizer Ben Mora, Instagram publicly denounced as “False” a post on Sunday by the left-wing artist and frequent Biden critic Brad Troemel, who has more than 107,000 followers on that platform. Troemel’s post said nothing more than what Biden’s chosen running mate, Kamala Harris, has herself said, as well as numerous mainstream media outlets and countless criminal justice reform advocates have long maintained.

Troemel posted a 1994 photo of a smiling, mullet-sporting Biden standing next to then-President Bill Clinton. The photo contained this caption: “Find someone that looks at you the way Biden looked at Clinton after Clinton signed Biden’s crime bill into law. Bringing mass incarceration to black Americans.” This was the same photo and caption which an anonymous Trump supporter under the name “realtina40” first posted back in June.

Shortly after Troemel posted this on Sunday, Instagram appended a note in red letters, with a warning sign that read: “Learn why fact-checkers have indicated that this is false.” That was followed by a note plastered over Troemel’s original post with the title: “False,” and which claimed “independent fact-checkers say this information has no basis in fact.” The same thing was done by Instagram to the original post from “realtina40” back in June.

This is not the first time Troemel has been censored by Instagram for posting criticisms of Biden. In response to questions, he told me he first earned the “false” label when posting a meme in April which he had created that mocked Biden’s campaign messaging. Instagram’s retaliation happened after the Biden campaign loudly complained about Troemel’s satirical ad. Biden campaign operatives falsely blamed the Trump campaign for having created it, and then induced Twitter to censor it. 

As Troemel told me: “Here you can see Dems using the Russia-tinged cover of disinformation as a way to discredit any and all criticism of Biden found on social media.” When Troemel re-posted that meme last month with the clear notation that it was satirical, Instagram began “shadow banning” him: severely limiting the reach of his posts. It was those events — all involving Troemel’s criticisms of Biden from the left — that caused Instagram to heavily scrutinize his postings, culminating in its blurring of his latest post with a “False” label that contained these well-documented criticisms of Biden’s crime bill.



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