This week's Free Parking examines McConnell's family and money ties. He's one dirty bird.
The story seems to begin in 2005 when Jim invested in Facebook and joined their board. At an international tech summit in 2009 he met Kremlin backed Yuri Milner, a Russian tech entrepreneur, along with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman (MBS).
Milner and Breyer began working together through Milners company, DST, and then circuitously, Milner bought stock and later a board seat at Facebook and Twitter. Consequently, Russia owns 8% of Facebook and 5% of Twitter with Putins agent on those social media boards.
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Leo Tolstoy
The earth has, at most, 12 years to stabilize the worst effects of our changing climate. The Republicon controlled government scoffs and demands we use more fossil fuel.
Trumps GOP controlled government has declared that human life is worth nothing but money from the sales of deadly weapons is worth everything.
Our 2016 election was stolen by foreign governments and we ignore the fact that Trump is an installed puppet and revile the victim of the theft as being a poor candidate or corrupt without evidence.
Throughout written history women and girls have been enslaved, raped, beaten, tortured, humiliated, sold, given away and murdered for being female. The recent SCOTUS appointment indicates that this wont be changing for some time to come.
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This next couple of weeks are going to be tough to live through. I hope we all have some soothing technique that will help get through this time of waiting. Of course, there's the calling all walking and all of that, but underneath, it's the waiting.
Paul Manaforts guilty plea to conspiracy against the United States laid out his scheme to steal the 2008 Ukrainian election where he installed Putins man, Yanukovich. It was simple and effective: Accuse the female politician of crimes she didnt commit and install a puppet to remove Russian money-laundering/human rights sanctions.
Court documents show that Manafort used media, including Robert Mercers Breitbart News, to plant false murder conspiracies against Yulia Tymoshenko, a staunch human rights defender. Manaforts job was to politically destroy Tymoshenko and make Viktor Yanukovychs real corruption palatable enough to be overlooked by Europe.
Fast forward to 2016 and Manaforts same smearing techniques were used by Trumps campaign against Hillary Clinton. Putin detested Secretary of State Clinton because of her fierce advocacy for human rights. He didnt want her as president and spent time, money and immense energy to put his puppet, Trump, into the Oval Office.
We are living under a fake president who is being given all the authority and honor a real one would receive. He has made a mockery of our Constitution and called our White House a dump. He has created division among Americans and sullied our message of inclusivity so completely that we should give the Statue of Liberty back to France.
A recent NBC town hall featured young people representing various segments of society, and many discussed their immense scorn for the election process. Rather than becoming educated about candidates policies, they felt a need to be inspired to vote. They felt Hillary Clinton, the fully qualified, first woman candidate for president was uninspiring, and didnt vote.
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Even though research says we can't reach the 32%, but I keep writing to the issue.
Here's to ripening fruit from the Mueller investigation. 8 out of 8 guilty pleas so far.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Mark 8: 36
This profound question deserves an answer. Today as we look at the political world that governs our very lives we see legislators who willingly sell our liberty for their own profit. As I write this, we dont know if Brett Kavanaugh (age 53) will be given a lifetime appointment to our highest court; but through true political courage, we are learning what kind of man Brett Kavanaugh is.
Mercifully, not every senator is for sale. Senator Cory Booker put his political career on the line by telling the truth; Republicons were hiding Kavanaughs true biases by labeling them confidential.
Contrary to Kavanaughs sworn testimony, his true beliefs are now known: birth control is abortion; EOE is just set asides for minorities; Roe v Wade is up to new interpretation. Even more alarming and damning are emails he wrote stating he knew he was circulating stolen Democratic senate staffers documents to Republicon political operatives.
What we now know: Brett Kavanaugh is cravenly, nakedly power hungry and he lies, cheats and steals to get what he wants. What he wants is power over others. He wants women, all races, all colors and LGBTQ to bow down before him and his white brethren; and as the majority SCOTUS vote, he will get it. What we will get is the doo whack-a-doo.
In August 1920, women won the right to vote. By 1970, only one woman was in Congress. This year more than 300 women are running for federal offices and more than 30,000 have shown interest in running for all offices in the country.
The repudiation of women in 2016 by selecting a corrupt man over a fully qualified woman was eye-opening; so eye-opening that millions of women protested and are now campaigning for offices all over the U.S. There will be many victories for these women and some will be life changing. Black women are the most highly educated segment in America and their leadership can only bring a new level of equality and fairness in local, state and federal offices.
Free Parking August 15 2018
When the rain comes, it dont fall on one mans house. Bob Marley
Follow me down memory lane to 1996 when the Democratic slogan was Bridge to the 21st Century. Al Gore followed with Prosperity and Progress in 2000. We, as a country, had money in the bank, our debt was paid down and scheduled to be paid in full in a few years, we had lived through a relatively peaceful eight years and were being diligent about our national security.
Gore was intently focused on future technology and education for the new Green Society of solar and wind technologies, phasing out planet-killing coal and oil. Yes, we were going to avert the climate crisis we are now experiencing, and keep building a society that would provide prosperity for all.
But here we are today, speeding down the Highway to Hell. A stolen election here, a stolen election there and pretty soon you have a fascist government run for the benefit of corporate owners and their cronies, demanding the rest of us grovel and fight for scraps dropped on the ground.
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Are Americans being brainwashed? The latest Department of Justice indictment charges 12 high-ranking military officers in Russias elite cyber-war unit with psychologically manipulating unsuspecting Americans by way of social media trolls and bots.
More than 100 years ago, Ivan Pavlov discovered that with training and reinforcements, you can teach a dog to salivate at the sound of a bell, rather than salivate at the sight of the food itself. After Pavlovs death, a psychologist named Watson expanded this research to include human experiments, showing that various behaviors can be induced in people in the same way dogs can be trained to salivate at the sound of a bell.
The bells rung by the Russian military and Donald Trump are racism, bigotry and misogyny; promising red meat of violence and power over others to those who are inclined to violent, deplorable behavior and speech. The bells incessantly rung by Fox News are Nazi, white supremacist code words; consequently, we are seeing increasing incidents of white people harassing or murdering people of color, LGBTQ, women, refugees and various immigrants.
The results sought by these destroyers of democracy arent just increased violence and chaos; ultimately they want to rob and plunder our treasury and land, then rule by any means. By pulling constitutional threads apart, the fabric of our glorious Melting Pot of the World will soon be in tatters. These traitorous enemies know that people divided cannot fight the true enemy, tyranny.
Tyranny originally meant illegitimate and has come to mean oppressive and cruel government. We see despotic governments around the world. Who would have ever thought tyranny would come to America? But here it is, wrapped in the flag.
We do not have to sit idly by and accept this progression from democracy to totalitarianism. We still have a few tools left in our constitutional toolbox.
Our main tool is the ballot box. We must protect our rights to vote and to have our votes accurately counted. The Russian-owned GOP wont protect us, so we must be hyper-vigilant. Check www.voterview.ar-nova.org to make sure youre registered. Register others! Vote!
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Free Parking July 11 2018
We will take America without firing a shot we do not have to invade the United States, we will destroy you from within. Nikita Krushchev, Nov. 18, 1956
2018 celebrated one heck of a 4th of July. To celebrate 242 years in existence, nine Republicons traveled, hat in hand, to Russia. Was it to receive their assignments and money wrapped in newspapers? Is there anything left to call the Republicon party but traitors? Their timing can only be construed as spitting in the eye of democracy. The true horror is that while U.S. public media is trying to normalize their abhorrent, aberrant behavior, news media in Russia are mocking those members of Congress as weak.
We seem to have slipped down a rabbit hole and ended in an alternate universe where 45 percent of the voting age public disapproves of investigating who tampered in our election both at home and abroad and Republiconned voters approve of Russians more than Democrats.
What happened to our veterans who fought and then lived to tell the tale of their friends and strangers deaths in war? At one time, they would have risen to stop acts of treason. Now they seem happy to sip on the tears of those who care, using derogatory terms to emphasize their scorn.
Again I am reminded of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The Hutu, the uneducated majority, hated the Tutsi because they perceived them to be elite by virtue of education. Hate speech radio was officially sanctioned and the Hutu were armed with machetes provided by greedy weapons makers. The constantly broadcasted hate speech bubbled over motivating brainwashed mobs to kill their next-door neighbors. In only one hundred days 800,000 people were slaughtered, including 75 percent of the Tutsi, and more than one million Hutu were accused of rape and murder during the genocide.
Our country is being ripened for civil war, genocide then oligarch rule. Were watching the kidnappings of refugee children, NRA condoned school shootings, discriminatory murders and incarceration of black people, and stripping women of the rights to their own bodies and lives.
Melania says she doesnt care. Do You? Register others! Vote!
Free Parking June 13 2018 -- The cost of Trump to the Right AND the shift from democracy to dictator
This week I offered two different columns--most of this stuff just writes itself. So here is the printed version that made it into the paper and then I'll print out what didn't get any ink or cyber time. My mind is working overtime and I am gobsmacked daily by how people/media seem to try and make all this seem normal. Our flag flying next to a murderous human rights criminal's flag is an insult to all who died defending it. But, I digress.
We Arkansans just got kicked in the teeth by our hero president, Trump. Our state is set to lose almost a half billion dollars income this year because of his beautiful trade war tariffs. Of that money, its going to cost us workers $261,000,000 this year. 4,400 Arkansans will be laid off from their jobs and Arkansas unemployment rolls will grow exponentially. Thanks Trump.
Gas prices, the cost of food, medicine and housing continue to rise with no end in sight. Meanwhile Trumps family, friends and administration are spending our money faster than we can earn it. His cabinet has spent millions upon millions of our hard earned dollars on themselves, while continuing to cut our services, as though the money in the US treasury belonged to them and not us taxpayers. I guess we could call ourselves Trumps Chumps.
His trade wars are causing prices on everything to rise, costing American jobs and company profits with broad tariffs and counter tariffs. I guess Trump doesnt know that the Great Depression was deepened by a trade war anymore than he knew the War of 1812 didnt include Canada.
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This has been an emotionally difficult week. Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, both suffering from depression, committed suicide. A refugee father whose child was ripped from his arms at the US/Mexico border committed suicide from horror and despair.
Statistics show US suicide rates are the highest since the Ronald Reagan era. Despair permeates the atmosphere. Republicons have defunded Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP); now Trump wants to reinstitute the pre-existing conditions clause to determine insurance accessibility and rates. Many people will die from Trumps cutting off access to healthcare. The tragedy of this is, insurance needs to broaden to actually include mental health services.
Because our health care system is in disarray, many who suffer self-medicate with opioids, alcohol, prescription drugs and methamphetamines as a way to dull the pain of life.
The tension this administration brings to everyday life is becoming unbearable; doctors note that more and more patients are citing the cause of their mental distress as the uncertainty and chaos produced by the tweets and contradictory statements, the obvious corruption of Trump and his cabinet and the crumbling civility in our society.
Hannah Arendt, a survivor of the Holocaust, watched her country slip from chaos to authoritarianism to brutal, murderous dictatorship in only a few short years. She wrote that because the changes seem gradual, its important to publicize the changes.
Im sure the people of 1934 Germany felt the same tension and fear that permeates our society today. Trump generates chaos as a distraction from his real intentions. He doesnt want to be president; he wants to be a dictator.
The latest debacle at the G-7 summit is so deeply concerning that I am reminded to publicly note the latest alarming change. Donald Trump has cut us off from our friends and allies and is aligning with the malignant dictator of Russia and the madman dictator of North Korea. If Trump has his way, well become Russias satellite in George Bushs Axis of Evil.
Like Cassandra at Troy, I am sounding the alarm. We are moving rapidly from a democracy to a dictatorship. Does anyone care?
Sixty-one percent of American adults are so ill-informed they dont know there have been any criminal indictments in the Russian affair, much less 19 indictments and five guilty pleas. One perpetrator is already in prison and George Papadopolous is awaiting sentencing for conspiratorial and treasonous actions. Paul Manaforts first trial is scheduled for July 24 and evidence of the many Trump cabal crimes could be exposed.
Memorial Day has come and gone; basically now a three-day weekend with mattress and car sales. A stunning number of Americans have little knowledge of WWII, that the Holocaust occurred, that millions of people were heinously murdered by Nazis and that millions more died stopping them.
In Germany, where the Holocaust occurred, it is a felony to deny the horror inflicted by their fellow citizens. What Holocaust memory remains in the US is the perverted, hated Nazi symbol proudly displayed by ignorant, hate-filled people.
Germanys 1934 descent into inhumanity began much like our current depraved slide; blatant lies, demonizing the press, ritualized dehumanization and cruelty toward minority groups. In Rwanda, the 1993 genocide began with hate speech radio, imported machetes by hate-mongers and it ended with 800,000 Tutsi being hacked to death by their next-door Hutu neighbors.
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