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President Obama in Arizona Today

The AZ ballot will take some time to complete, if you plan on waiting for Election Day. I spent a few hours doing my own research before returning my completed ballot by mail. Votes for Judges, Corporation Commission, school funding and other critical issues are on the ballot. Katie Hobbs, our current SOS has done a great job in protecting our vote.

Thank you President Obama


https://www.azcentral.com/

11/2/22

Obama Returns to AZ
LIVE coverage and articles
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EJ Montini has been very negative about Katie Hobbs, she was not his chosen candidate. I'm reminded of a song, "Which Side Are You on Boys?".

No thanks for EJ Montini, AZ Republic. He is entitled to his opinion but not driving down voter turnout. imho

"Russia Insider, founder Charles Bausman"

I've saved this article for a reason.

https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2021/09/23/jan-6-video-suggests-russia-insider-entered-capitol

SPLC Southern Poverty Law Center

Jan. 6 Video Suggests "Russia Insider" Entered Capitol


September 23, 2021
Michael Edison Hayden

Russia Insider founder Charles Bausman breached the walls of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, according to research conducted by a Europe-based open-source intelligence (OSINT) group into video captured during the insurrection.

The findings by the OSINT group build on Hatewatch reporting showing that Bausman traveled to Washington, D.C., on the day of the insurrection, then disappeared from his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and reemerged in Moscow. In the months since, he has served as a talking head on Russian television, commenting on American affairs with a reactionary point of view. Hatewatch previously noted that Bausman claimed on a Russian Orthodox Christian-themed television station to have stopped short at the Capitol’s balustrades without entering the building. Footage obtained by the OSINT group, in which a man bearing a strong resemblance to Bausman is visible inside the Capitol, appears to contradict his account.

The OSINT group, whose members choose to remain anonymous, goes by the name “Blue Hatz.” A person who operates a Twitter account associated with the group described them to Hatewatch as “an independent international team of 15 ‘OSINTers’ and investigators from Europe, Russia, Ukraine and US” who have been using found footage to identify those who breached the Capitol building on Jan. 6. In the Russian television interviews, Bausman claims to be a journalist covering the events of Jan. 6, rather than a pro-Trump demonstrator. But the man the OSINT group believes to be Bausman – shown in side-by-side images in a tweet they published – can be seen wearing a red, Trump-branded hat, blending in with other supporters of the 45th president inside a hallway. The video shows the man strolling and taking video with his cell phone as rioters move through the Capitol building.

Hatewatch emailed Bausman for a response to the OSINT group’s findings, but he did not reply. The enigmatic propagandist has not spoken to Hatewatch since more than a year ago, when we first started reporting out his connections to other American white supremacists. Then, he told Hatewatch from the door of his Lancaster home that he did not want to speak to the media. Hatewatch sent the apparent images of Bausman inside the Capitol building to five people who interacted with him in and around Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he lived from November 2018 until shortly after Jan. 6. All five of them told Hatewatch the man pictured in the footage unearthed by the OSINT group looked like Bausman to them.

“[We agree] that this is Charles. When I looked at the photo again it appears he is inside the [Capitol building]. I wonder if the FBI identified him?” one of the sources wrote to Hatewatch by text.
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Peter Thiel's plan to buy elections

He is starting in Arizona as was reported by another DU poster on Wednesday. After reading her post, I made a small donation to Katie Hobbs for Governor. I have also made donations to Senator Kelly. Campaigns, short of an angel investor, will need to manage advertising dollars while investing in GOTV efforts, imo.

Peter Thiel's carpetbagger support for flakey masters and flakey lake was reported in another thread earlier this week. Theil (paypal billionaire) is a CPAC, tRump loving opportunist. Peter holds both US and German citizenship.

https://news.yahoo.com/peter-thiel-candidates-more-unabomber-020152975.html

Peter Thiel's candidates in Arizona

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Ted Kaczynski was not a hippie who broke bad, as some assume, and his manifesto wasn’t some extremist interpretation of 1960s whole earth environmentalism. Anyone who has bothered to read even just the first few pages of his manifesto will know that Kaczynski was a fanatical culture warrior and reactionary conservative, both socially and technologically.

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Bring Brittney Griner Home

I just wanted to thank all those working on her release.

If you have seen the Russian movie "12", you will understand why I am concerned about her long term well being and the prospect of a "fair" trial and sentencing. As a Phoenix Mercury fan and fellow American, I want her back in action sooner rather than latter.

Movie 12 (found on the internet)

12 is a 2007 legal drama film by Russian director, screenwriter, producer and actor Nikita Mikhalkov. The film is a Russian-language remake of Sidney Lumet's 1957 film 12 Angry Men, which in turn was based on Reginald Rose's 1955 stage play, Twelve Angry Men, itself based on Rose's 1954 teleplay of the latter's same name. Wikipedia
Director:Nikita Mikhalkov
Produced by:Nikita Mikhalkov, Leonid Vereschtchaguine
Screenplay by:Nikita Mikhalkov, Alexander Novototsky-Vlasov, Vladimir Moiseenko

Brittney Griner

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/mar/19/brittney-griner-russia-us-state-department?msclkid=f25625d0a95111ecacda8bc618014648

Russia wants to use Brittney Griner as ‘negotiating chip’, says Democrat

Mar 19, 2022

Tim Kaine believes basketball star’s detention is to make her ‘part of this chess game’

A senior Democratic senator has said he believes Russia wants to use the WNBA star Brittney Griner, who has been held in Moscow for more than a month on accusations she smuggled drugs into the country, as a “negotiating chip” regarding the war in Ukraine.

Brittney Griner faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of bringing drugs into Russia
US basketball star Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia extended until May
Read more
“I think there’s no doubt that her detention, and then this continuation of the imprisonment, is all to try to make her a hostage and a part of this chess game,” Tim Kaine, of Virginia, told Full Court Press in an interview scheduled to air in full on Sunday.

“Vladimir Putin and the Russians want to use her as a negotiating chip and what a horrific thing to do to someone,” Kaine said.

Griner, 31, plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA but plays in Russia during the US offseason. She is a two-time Olympic champion.

How the CIA's Hunt for a Russian Mole Blinded It To Putin's Rise

If you enjoy spy thrillers, as I do, this rather long, and detailed article (long and detailed is a good thing) is well worth the read.

For those who are interested, Yahoo has added a new reader comment feature on its news page. MSN.com has had this feature available for months now.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/cias-hunt-russian-mole-blinded-103000064.html

Time
How the CIA's Hunt for a Russian Mole Blinded It To Putin's Rise
Robert Baer
Sat, May 21, 2022, 3:30 AM

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The CIA, along with other American intelligence agencies, has dazzled the world over the past several months. First, in the months leading up to the invasion, the U.S. used satellite imagery to continually insist Putin was planning an invasion, even when he denied it. Now, stories are emerging of Ukraine using U.S. intelligence to target Russian generals and warships. There are even suggestions that the U.S. has flexed its muscles by intentionally leaking its involvement.

But we shouldn’t let our pride over what we do know drown out of concern for what we don’t know. For example, we had we had no idea how weak Russia’s military actually was, that it had become a Potemkin village that couldn’t fight its way out of a Ukrainian paper bag. Consider General Milley’s prediction that Kyiv could fall within 72 hours. We didn’t know just for example, that thanks to corruption the Russian army relied on faulty Chinese tires.

And yet, what we don’t know about Putin and Russia goes so much deeper than that. In the 90s, the CIA completely missed KGB hardliners plotting against Gorbachev, then Yeltsin. And then, most importantly, it missed the rise of Putin.

Although Putin has become one of the most powerful men in the world, to this day we still don’t have an authoritative, firsthand account of how he got to where he did. We don’t know, for example, who in the KGB backed Putin and what was expected of him after he got to the Kremlin. Without even these most basic facts, how can we expect to have any sense of whether his fascist rhetoric about nuclear weapons or further territorial expansions is real or just bluster?
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Vadimir Putin Sits Atop a Crumbling Pyramid of Power

An excellent article that begins with a history going back to the 1600’s. I’ve included only a snip at the end of a very long and worthwhile read, imo.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/vladimir-putin-sits-atop-a-crumbling-pyramid-of-power/ar-AAUmGHH

GuardianUK
Vadimir Putin Sits Atop a Crumbling Pyramid of Power
2/27/22
Vladimir Sorkin
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Putin’s inner monster wasn’t just brought up by our Pyramid of Power and the corrupt Russian elite, to whom Putin, like the tsar to the satraps, throws fat, juicy bits of corruption from his table.

It was also cultivated by the approval of irresponsible western politicians, cynical businessmen, and corrupt journalists and political scientists.
“A strong and consistent ruler!” This bewitched them. “A new Russian tsar” was, for them, something like Russian vodka and caviar: invigorating!
During this period of time, I met many admirers of Putin in Germany, from taxi drivers to businessmen and professors. One aged participant in the student revolution of ’68 confessed:
“I really like your Putin!”
“And why exactly is that?”
“He’s strong. Tells the truth. And he’s against America. Not like the slugs we’ve got here.”
“And it doesn’t bother you that, in Russia, there’s monstrous corruption, there are practically no elections or independent courts, the opposition is being destroyed, the provinces are impoverished, Nemtsov was murdered, and TV’s become propaganda?”
“No. Those are your internal affairs. If Russians accept all of that and don’t protest, that must mean they like Putin.”
Ironclad logic. The experience of Germany in the ’30s didn’t seem to have taught such Europeans anything.
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In support of the Russian and Ukrainian people-Maya Angelou


https://poets.org/poem/still-i-rise

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou 1928-2014

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.






Shout out to CNN

I've been watching CNN in the mornings for years. These are the people that keep me coming back:

Poppy Harlow, Jim Scuitto, Jim Accosta, and
Brianna Keiler

I always cringe when I read a post that blames all media journalists for political woes.

Oklahoma inmate Julius Jones is scheduled to be executed today.

Vomiting and Convulsing, is that inhumane treatment?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/oklahoma-inmate-julius-jones-is-scheduled-to-be-executed-today-the-state-s-governor-still-hasn-t-decided-if-he-ll-spare-the-man/ar-AAQRGok?ocid=Peregrine

Oklahoma inmate Julius Jones is scheduled to be executed today. The state's governor still hasn't decided if he'll spare the man.

kmclaughlin@businessinsider.com (Kelly McLaughlin)

11/18/21
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"Thousands of people across Oklahoma, the country, and the world have called on the governor to prevent Oklahoma from executing an innocent man,"Amanda Bass, one of Jones' attorneys, said in a statement shared with Insider on Thursday. "Our hope is that the Governor will ensure that this execution does not go forward given the many concerns about the execution process and Mr. Jones's case."
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Dale Baich, another of Jones' attorneys, told Insider in March that evidence in the case was "flimsy," and, according to the City Sentinel, Jones' family has said Jones was home eating dinner at the time of the crime.

Jones' scheduled execution comes weeks after another Oklahoma inmate, John Marion Grant, vomited and convulsed as he was executed. Grant was the first execution in Oklahoma in six years.

Read the original article on Insider

Chinese journalist imprisoned for her ground-breaking coverage of the Wuhan COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/chinese-journalist-imprisoned-for-her-ground-breaking-coverage-of-the-wuhan-covid-19-pandemic-is-close-to-death-reports-say/ar-AAQoCsW

Business Insider

Chinese journalist imprisoned for her ground-breaking coverage of the Wuhan COVID-19 pandemic is 'close to death,' reports say

ashoaib@insider.com (Alia Shoaib)

11/6/21

Zhang Zhan was sentenced to four years in prison for her early coverage of COVID-19 in Wuhan.

Her family warned that Zhan is close to death from a hunger strike and will not survive the winter.

International groups have called for her release and said her sentence is a "shameful attack on human rights."

A Chinese citizen journalist jailed for her reporting in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic is at risk of dying from a hunger strike, reports say.

Zhang Zhan, a 38-year-old former lawyer, was sentenced to four years in prison in December after she traveled to Wuhan in February 2020 to document what was happening on the ground.

She had posted on social media about government officials detaining independent reporters and harassing the families of COVID-19 patients.
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