Monday, February 29, 2016

(Biggest Retailers Close All Over America As Proof of Recovery? (HINT) Middle Class OUT of Money!)  Clinton's Fake Wins Lead to SC Blowout: How Much Money Crossed Hands?  Do You Need To Ask?  (Have You Thought Deeply About Scalia's Finale?)  Van Gogh Glory

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Resigns From DNC Post, Endorses Bernie Sanders
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"You know what they did with guys like that in the old days?
They carried them out on a stretcher, folks."

And the crowd goes wild.

Just remember:

Candidates like Trump historically emerge from the hatred on the ground engendered by the entrenched wealthy elite trying to extract the last cent (as well as their right to tote any number of arms) before the country goes down.

According to their long-time strategy. Or at least that's what those ground troops have come to believe.

The gun talk is the best as far as Wonderland thinking goes.

As soon as people in the South start to be restricted on weapons buys seriously, let us know. Then we'll start quaking.

Here in the South we're quaking already at the gun nuts with their fancy holsters we run into everywhere (including the library(!) and restaurants and bars!).

Nothing new emerges here. (Except that he's not aging well. Take a close look. Also note that he must have lured wild animals to fill that auditorium.)

But . . . here's some fun.


Economic Recovery? 13 Of The Biggest Retailers In America Are Closing Down Stores

Barack Obama recently stated that anyone that is claiming that America’s economy is in decline is “peddling fiction." Well, if the economy is in such great shape, why are major retailers shutting down hundreds of stores all over the country? Last month, I wrote about the “retail apocalypse” that is sweeping the nation, but since then it has gotten even worse.

Closing stores has become the “hot new trend” in the retail world, and “space available” signs are going up in mall windows all over the United States. Barack Obama can continue huffing and puffing about how well the Middle Class is doing all he wants, but the truth is that the cold, hard numbers that retailers are reporting tell an entirely different story.
Earlier today, Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert released a letter to shareholders that was filled with all kinds of bad news.  In this letter, he blamed the horrible results that Sears has been experiencing lately on “tectonic shifts” in consumer spending
In a letter to shareholders on Thursday, Lampert said the impact of “tectonic shifts” in consumer spending has spread more broadly in the last year to retailers “that had previously proven to be relatively immune to such shifts.”
“Walmart, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Staples, Whole Foods and many others have felt the impact of disruptive changes from online competition and new business models,” Lampert wrote.
Funny how a worsening economic scene is hardly mentioned at a Trump rally - just an often-shouted vague promise reminiscent of Reagan and the Bushes to "make American great again!"

With more military spending and bombing and general bullying of the rest of the world's population. And absolutely no talk of Trump's plans to double down on tax cuts, etc., for his upper 1% bracket.

From my reporting hero, Mark Crispin Miller's blog . . .

As he emphasizes the points I was making previously (with the recently released data backing them up).

25 February 2016
Hillary’s “Decisive Victory” in Nevada Is Just One More Big Lie by the Corporate Media
This rightist commentator nails it.
The Media is Lying — Hillary Didn’t Win Nevada
By Wayne Allyn Root
I spent the weekend listening to national media commentators (so called “experts”) gloat over Hillary’s “decisive victory” in Nevada and how she is now on firm footing to win the Democratic presidential nomination. The media is committing fraud - you are being lied to.
Hillary’s razor thin Nevada victory wasn’t a “decisive victory.” It was an embarrassment that required spending millions of dollars to garner a pathetic 6,316 votes in an anemic turnout.

“Decisive victory?” The national media is committing fraud. Hillary once led Bernie Sanders by 40 points in Nevada. She led by 25 points less than 30 days ago. She won by 5 points.
But more importantly, the turnout was embarrassing, especially considering the millions spent on TV advertising. Hillary not only spent millions to draw a measly 6000 votes, overall turnout was down one third from 2008
And she lost by 70 points among voters who voted based on “honesty.” 
Hillary’s victory was more disaster than “decisive.” 
Shouldn’t the national media be reporting how Hillary’s weak, unimpressive, embarrassing victory was achieved? The American people have a right to know there was nothing fair, decisive or ethical about it.
Now let’s look c losely at how she achieved her razor-thin, embarrassing victory. This is the part where serious questions should be asked.  But of course we no longer have a professional unbiased media. We are living in a “Banana Republic” where the media is bought, paid for and in the bag for Hillary Clinton.
Here’s the part missing from mainstream media reporting - Hillary scored her win in Nevada by changing the rules at the last minute and playing “dirty politics” to avoid a humiliating defeat that might have sunk her entire presidential campaign. 
Hillary was losing with days to go. Her team was in panic mode. Remember who this is - Hillary is the most famous woman in the history of politics. Yet she was going down to a humiliating defeat to unknown Vermont socialist kook Bernie Sanders. Her entire dream to win the presidency was in danger of imploding.

Enter Nevada Senator Harry Reid.
Reid “fixed” the results for Hillary by twisting the arms of casino and union bosses
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Do you know who C. Allen Foster, the exceedingly gentle man lawyer (among the upper-crust, well-connected hunter elite) who escorted Scalia to his final prom, is? He holds a leadership position in the International Order of St. Hubertus.[1] The known facts on the mysteries surrounding Scalia's disappearance gradually come out?

Getting closer anyway.

  • Saturday, mid-afternoon: Poindexter calls local judicial officials for inquest and death certificate. After two others refuse, Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara heads for the ranch. The sheriff and the marshals there tell her there was no foul play and her presence is unneeded. She turns back and issues a death certificate by phone. All this is arguably legal under Texas law.

  • Saturday afternoon/evening: Marshals eventually move Scalia’s body to a funeral home, but only after a decoy hearse is dispatched to mislead reporters on the scene. (According to The New York Times of Feb. 21, the Marshals Service released a timeline detailing their activities handling Scalia’s death, but a search of the U.S. Marshals website and multiple phone calls elicited no such document or even confirmation of its existence. Sidestepping the way Scalia’s death was handled, a marshals spokesman told the Times: “Our folks never indicated that anything seemed amiss or unusual, but that wasn’t our role…. We weren’t there to make any determination like that, so I’m not going to be drawn into that.”

  • Saturday, around 8 p.m.: County Judge Guevara, having spoken with Scalia’s doctor directly by phone and with his family indirectly (by phone through the lawyer travelling with the justice), satisfies herself that Scalia’s health was marginal and that his family does not want an autopsy. She rules that his heart stopped from natural causes and does not order an autopsy. (So far as is known, no one asked the judge to order an autopsy. One of the justices of the peace contacted earlier said later that if it had been up to her, she would have ordered an autopsy.)
  • Read the whole schmear (so far) here.

    And then Jesse's Crossroads adds fire to the flames highlighting this most important historical background:

    27 February 2016
    Wall Street and The Clintons
    The Clintons turned the Democrats into the Republicans, while the Republicans were turning into a mob.
    Do not be a partisan for either party. Be a partisan for justice. Be committed to fairness, transparency, liberty, and the truth.
    The Banks must be restrained, and the financial system reformed, with balance restored to the economy, before there can be any sustainable recovery.

    The Clintons and Wall Street: 24 Years of Enriching Each Other

    by Richard W. Behan
    February 26, 2016
    For twenty four years the Clintons have orchestrated a conjugal relationship with Wall Street, to the immense financial benefit of both parties. They have accepted from the New York banks $68.72 million in campaign contributions for their six political races, and $8.85 million more in speaking fees. The banks have earned hundreds of billions of dollars in practices that were once prohibited — until the Clinton Administration legalized them.
    The extraordinary ambition displayed in the careers of Bill and Hillary Clinton defies description. They have spent much of their adult lives soliciting money from others for their own benefit...
    Hillary Clinton’s net worth is forty five million dollars; Bill Clinton’s is eighty million. Measured by family wealth, this puts the couple in the top 1% of American households by a factor of 16 (and they claim to have left the White House 'broke').
    The Clintons’ ambition is reinforced by arrogance. Their behavior in the Monica Lewinsky affair is only the most glaring example. Sexual frivolities while holding office are scarcely unusual, having spiced the lives of public figures for centuries, but if the dalliance is exposed, the scarlet official typically resigns in shame and scuttles into obscurity...
    That performance pales, however, compared to the Clintons’ self-serving transformation of the Democratic Party, from the champion of working people to the lapdog of Wall Street — and of corporate America in general. Cleverly the Clintons still pander to the traditional constituency, but in serving its new clientele the transformed party abandoned the less fortunate strata of American society, especially the communities of color...
    Read the entire article at Counterpunch here.

    We look, alas, for a ray of hope from our favorite editor at the Black Agenda Report, Glen Ford:

    "Black Power" has been turned on its head on the electoral front, put at the service of corporatists like Hillary Clinton. "Paralyzed by fear of the White Man's Party, Black voters find a false sense of power in clustering around the perceived 'winners'" on the Democratic Party menu. "The mantra is, effectively, 'All Power to the Democratic Party!'" – brokered, of course, by the Black Misleadership Class.

    And, to rest your weary eyes and unsettled mind . . . take an art break. I know I need it.

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