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The Rude Pundit: Putin's U.S. Stooges Must Be Called Out

https://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2022/03/putins-us-stooges-must-be-called-out.html

The Rude Pundit
Proudly lowering the level of political discourse
3/03/2022
Putin's U.S. Stooges Must Be Called Out


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Of course, it was with the rise of Putin's pissy poodle Donald Trump (who really was once president of the United States, believe it or not) that nutzoid right-wingers could let their tricolor flag fly. By 2016, 37% of Republicans viewed Putin "favorably," a rise from 10% in 2014, with only 14% viewing him "very unfavorably," down from 51% two years before. 47% viewed him "somewhat or very unfavorably," so not even half of the polled Republicans. Trump chose Putin pal Rex Tillerson for his Secretary of State and batshit Russia lover Michael Flynn for national security adviser, and Trump vigorously rode Putin's jock for all four years of his tragicomedy of a presidency.

And now? Fuck, up until last Thursday, Putin's stooges were proliferating throughout the United States, climaxing in the deranged chant of his name at the Nazi rally called the America First Political Action Conference last weekend. Republicans recently polled said they viewed Putin better than they viewed President Biden. And while we can expect the right-wing media vulture cocks like Tucker Carlson, who always looks like he is trying to figure out where to bury the child's body, to get all high snorting uncut tyranny, it's more alarming that fringe fucks who are elected to Congress, like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, and others, give aid and comfort to the increasing numbers of Republicans who want a Putin-like government here, with Donald Trump in charge. That's the same Donald Trump who, since the invasion of Ukraine, has called Putin "smart," "genius," and "savvy," while calling NATO and the United States "dumb."

As the war gets more brutal, anyone who ever enabled this shit needs to be called out. George Stephanopoulos made Sen. Tom Cotton, who always looks like he's afraid he's going to get a call from Tucker Carlson for help burying the child's body, very uncomfortable by asking him to condemn Trump's sloppy blow job. That should be the same with every goddamn Republican. Do you agree with Trump on Putin? Do you condemn what he said? Is Trump full of shit or are you?

Because this is the kind of time where silence equals acquiescence, which, ironically enough, is what Putin had hoped would happen with Ukraine. Instead, we see the power of resistance to shift the narrative. As Russia uses banned weapons and talks about public executions, the US media can aid the resistance or give comfort to the domestic enemies.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 3, 2022, 07:19 PM (2 replies)

The Reality of War Is Dawning Across Russia

https://politicalwire.com/2022/03/03/the-reality-of-war-is-dawning-across-russia/


The Reality of War Is Dawning Across Russia
March 3, 2022 at 7:26 am EST By Taegan Goddard


New York Times: “On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry for the first time announced a death toll for Russian servicemen in the conflict. While casualty figures in wartime are notoriously unreliable — and Ukraine has put the total of Russian dead in the thousands — the 498 Moscow acknowledged in the seven days of fighting is the largest in any of its military operations since the war in Chechnya, which marked the beginning of President Vladimir Putin’s tenure in 1999.”

“Russians who long avoided engaging with politics are now realizing that their country is fighting a deadly conflict, even as the Kremlin gets ever more aggressive in trying to shape the narrative. Its slow-motion crackdown on freedoms has become a whirlwind of repression of late, as the last vestiges of a free press faced extinction.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 3, 2022, 09:40 AM (17 replies)

Russia Tried To Sell Their Oil And Nobody Bought It

https://www.politicususa.com/2022/03/02/russia-tried-to-sell-their-oil-and-nobody-bought-it.html

Posted on Wed, Mar 2nd, 2022 by Jason Easley
Russia Tried To Sell Their Oil And Nobody Bought It

Russia tried for the third consecutive time to sell its oil, and even with a discount, nobody bought it.

Bloomberg Energy and Commodities columnist Javier Blas tweeted:

There are reports of Russian tankers arriving at ports and making deliveries, but those are deliveries of pre-invasion contracts that were already paid for before Putin’s war against Ukraine.

Russia has no buyers for 2-4 million barrels a day of oil:

UPDATED: Oil traders say that Russia does NOT have right now buyers for >2m b/d of its oil exports (crude and products), and that could increase to 4m b/d or even more soon due to **self-sanctioning** (Russia exports ~8m b/d of crude and products) #OOTT https://t.co/QQLIaMuHPn

— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas) March 2, 2022


Oil and natural gas are the Russian economy. If most of the world stops buying its oil, the Russian economy will completely collapse. The Russians have admitted that the sanctions are hurting them, but what is happening in the energy market isn’t government sanctions but free-market self-sanctioning.

Buyers are exercising their free-market power not to fund Putin’s war and the murder of Ukrainians.


It is difficult to see a scenario where the Russian energy sector collapses, and the country can keep the invasion of Ukraine going.

The clock is ticking, and with each passing moment that Ukraine can keep control of its country, the more difficult it becomes for Russia to avoid catastrophic economic damage from the invasion.

Putin never counted on the fact that most of the world would decide that they want no part of funding his war.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 3, 2022, 08:41 AM (20 replies)

Neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes Is Gloating About Taking Over The GOP

https://crooksandliars.com/2022/03/cpac-eat-your-heart-out

Neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes Is Gloating About Taking Over The GOP
White nationalists like Nick Fuentes are bragging that they have more influence in today's Republican Party than CPAC. And maybe they do.
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By David Neiwert — March 2, 2022


The radicalization of the Republicans just keeps getting deeper and deeper. Already deeply enmeshed with the extremist far-right Patriot movement, the GOP is moving on to its next phase of being gradually overwhelmed by the seep of white nationalist ideas and organizing intent into their mainstream, as this weekend’s America First PAC convention in Orlando, Florida, demonstrated vividly.

As always, America First’s founder Nick Fuentes provided his audience of “Groypers” their usual white nationalist red meat: praising Vladimir Putin, joking about Hitler, applauding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, claiming that white people built America. But this year he was joined on stage by a number of elected Republicans who turned up as speakers—including Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Arizona legislator Wendy Rogers—and eagerly joined in. Rogers even called for a “newly built set of gallows” to hang Democrats with.

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As Jared Holt of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab explained at Daily Beast:

There was a period in time where associating with Fuentes and his posse’s naked extremism and hate was a mark of death on conservative political figures’ mainstream careers, and rightfully so. Though Fuentes often denies considering himself a white nationalist, he espouses the ideology verbatim in public settings often and specifically. Fuentes also regularly proclaims antisemitic beliefs; he has engaged in Holocaust denialism and once denounced far-right commentator Matt Walsh as a “shabbos goy race traitor” because Walsh, who is white, works for an outlet run by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, who is Jewish. Fuentes was a leading figure in 2020’s “Stop the Steal” election-denial movement and has been resultantly subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the Capitol riot. At last year’s AFPAC, Fuentes praised the deadly attack and told the crowd at his conference that “we need a little bit more of that energy in the future.”


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America First’s mainstream traction reflects the disturbing trend over the past year in which rather than scattering for cover as their members and cohorts were placed under arrest, extremist-right factions have doubled down and hardened their responses, encouraged by Republicans’ insistence that the insurrection was simply “legitimate political discourse.”

“These figures see the growth of the hard-right, anti-democratic faction of the Republican Party in the aftermath of January 6 as an opportunity to push their own reactionary agendas further into the mainstream,” Southern Poverty Law Center analyst Hannah Gais told Holt.

What should be a widely condemned way of thinking linked to domestic terrorism and other forms of violence should never find a home among one of America’s major political parties,” Beirich told Daily Kos. “White supremacy was the justification for so many shameful eras in our history and the fact that Republicans are unable to condemn this barbaric ideology is incomprehensible. This is a dangerous development for our democracy.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 3, 2022, 08:05 AM (28 replies)

Is feeble ole Joe talking again?



He is so good at this; took him a lifetime to hone those chops. Experience counts.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Mar 1, 2022, 10:51 PM (8 replies)

The Russian People May Be Starting to Think Putin Is Insane

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-russian-people-may-be-starting-to-think-vladimir-putin-is-insane-ahead-of-2024-presidential-elections?ref=home

The Russian People May Be Starting to Think Putin Is Insane
MADMAN THEORY
The more desperately Putin tries to demonstrate his authority ahead of elections in 2024, the more his grip on power may slip away.
Amy Knight
Updated Mar. 01, 2022 11:40AM ET / Published Mar. 01, 2022 4:22AM ET


There is a lot of talk in the West about Russian President Vladimir Putin being mentally unhinged. How could he not have known that his invasion of Ukraine would have serious consequences for his country? Or is he so obsessed with maintaining an image of greatness—especially ahead of Russia’s upcoming 2024 presidential elections—that he doesn’t care?

Either way, Putin risks losing the confidence of his people, whose economic suffering will increase as the conflict continues.

Perhaps the question of Putin’s sanity is beside the point, because there is little the West can do about it. Although both Hitler and Stalin were crazy by any psychiatric standard, they were still able to inflict horrific damage and death on millions of people. But Hitler did not have nuclear weapons, and Stalin’s hydrogen bomb was still being tested when he died. Putin’s nuclear arsenal, on the other hand, could destroy parts of the West in minutes.

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If Putin seems both narcissistic and deranged to the West, his own people may be getting the same impression, especially now that he has started talking about using nukes. And feelings of patriotism can only go so far when pocketbooks are empty. As political commentator Anton Orekh noted: “The effect of the current patriotic enthusiasm will be even shorter than after the Crimea. The economic situation is getting worse, so after some time even a victory over the Kyiv junta and the Anglo-Saxons will arouse people less than prices in stores and half-empty shelves.”

Unlike those who lived under Stalin and Hitler, Russian people today do not face death if they protest on the street, though they can be thrown into jail, as we have seen with the thousands of arrests in the past few days. Nor would Putin’s subordinates be shot if they refused to go along with Putin’s further acts of aggression. So, hopefully, Russians themselves will take action and stop their leader before “the consequences we have never seen in our entire history” are allowed to occur.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Mar 1, 2022, 06:09 PM (6 replies)

Putin's War and Biden's Presidency


Putin’s War and Biden’s Presidency
Today on TAP: Will Biden get the credit he deserves for his leadership?
by Robert Kuttner
February 28, 2022


Joe Biden has never been more impressive. I say that with mixed emotion, because I would rather be celebrating his prowess in getting Build Back Better through Congress. But you play the hand you are dealt, and Biden is playing this one exceptionally well.

In a sense, it is small comfort that Biden turns out to be a superb foreign-policy leader, because the Ukraine War is the most dire threat to world peace since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, and it’s far from clear how it will end. If it does end well, that result will be much to Biden’s credit.

He has been masterful at rallying reluctant Europeans to support Ukraine, at using release of raw intelligence reports to smoke out Putin’s intent and throwing Putin off balance, and at maximizing the use of economic weapons to punish Russia’s economy and weaken Putin’s domestic support.


In a sense, all this is what the foreign-policy establishment does best. Containing Russia is in their DNA. Yet this foreign-policy success—if it does end well—was not the work of Biden’s senior staff on autopilot. It is a credit to Biden’s own leadership.

The wild card in all this is of course Putin. Until last week, as he sent one false signal after another, observers assumed he was crazy like a fox. Now, it’s increasingly clear that he is just plain crazy. A rational leader would be cutting his losses and looking for a face-saver. Even if the West offers that, Putin may keep escalating unless his own generals desert him.

more...

https://prospect.org/blogs/tap/putins-war-and-bidens-presidency/
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Mar 1, 2022, 03:37 PM (0 replies)

International Criminal Court prosecutor plans to investigate potential war crimes in Ukraine


International Criminal Court prosecutor plans to investigate potential war crimes in Ukraine
Updated on: February 28, 2022 / 7:15 PM / AP


The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday he plans to open an investigation "as rapidly as possible" into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine.

Prosecutor Karim Khan said in a statement that the investigation will look at alleged crimes committed before the Russian invasion, but added that "given the expansion of the conflict in recent days, it is my intention that this investigation will also encompass any new alleged crimes falling within the jurisdiction of my office that are committed by any party to the conflict on any part of the territory of Ukraine."

The court already has conducted a preliminary probe into crimes linked to the violent suppression of pro-European protests in Kyiv in 2013-2014 by a pro-Russian Ukrainian administration and allegations of crimes in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, and eastern Ukraine, where Russia has backed rebels since 2014.

more...

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-ukraine-news-international-criminal-court-prosecutor-plans-to-investigate-potential-war-crimes-in-ukraine-hague/
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Mar 1, 2022, 07:00 AM (1 replies)

Top Trump Prosecutors Cited Stalled Investigation in Resignation Letters


Top Trump Prosecutors Cited Stalled Investigation in Resignation Letters
FED UP
A public records request denial doesn't usually shed this much light.
Jose Pagliery
Political Investigations Reporter
Updated Feb. 28, 2022 6:10PM ET / Published Feb. 28, 2022 5:21PM ET

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The two prosecutors, Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz, resigned after an unnecessary, month-long pause in the team’s interactions with a special grand jury, The New York Times reported last week. The duo had grown frustrated that the newly elected DA—Alvin Bragg Jr.—wouldn’t read memos about the case for weeks at a time and seemed to ditch plans to eventually indict former President Donald Trump himself, according to The Washington Post.

It turns out that, not only did Dunne and Pomerantz write resignation letters, they wrote so extensively about the slow-moving probe that the DA’s office would not turn over copies of their letters.

In response to a public records request under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, the DA’s office told The Daily Beast that the letters would reveal too much information.

“The criminal matter both individuals were assigned remains pending; as such, the public release of the letters which reflect internal deliberations and opinions about an on-going investigation will likely interfere with that investigation,” the law enforcement agency responded on Friday. “Further, the documents reference matters attending a grand jury proceeding, which is exempt from disclosure.”


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https://www.thedailybeast.com/top-donald-trump-prosecutors-carey-dunne-mark-pomerantz-cited-stalled-investigation-in-resignation-letters?ref=home
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 28, 2022, 09:03 PM (45 replies)

Biden to Deny Executive Privilege for Flynn, Navarro

https://politicalwire.com/2022/02/28/biden-to-deny-executive-privilege-for-flynn-navarro/

Biden to Deny Executive Privilege for Flynn, Navarro
February 28, 2022 at 7:31 pm EST By Taegan Goddard


President Biden will deny the shield of executive privilege for two top advisers to former President Donald Trump — his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and former trade adviser Peter Navarro — in the House select committee’s Jan. 6 investigation, Axios reports.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 28, 2022, 08:47 PM (11 replies)
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