u.s. puppet

Trump is Unworthy to Shake Angela Merkel’s Hand, Anyway

It was reprehensible DJT didn’t shake Merkel’s hand today. 

But she’s the better for it. 

The leader of the free world shouldn’t have to touch that goon.

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‘We Reject Sanctions & U.S. Threats Against DPRK!’: Mass Rally and Demonstration in Pyongyang

Pyongyang, August 9 (KCNA) – A Pyongyang city mass rally was held at Kim Il Sung Square on Wednesday to fully support the statement of the DPRK government.

Attending it were Kim Ki Nam, Choe Thae Bok, Ri Su Yong and others, Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the C.C., Korean Social Democratic Party, officials of the Cabinet, public organizations, ministries and national institutions and institutions and industrial establishments in the city of Pyongyang and working people and youth and students.

The DPRK government statement was read out by Ri Su Yong, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), member of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the C.C., WPK.

Kim Ki Nam, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, member of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, addressed the meeting.

Noting that the U.S. and its vassal forces recently cooked up “sanctions resolution” over the DPRK’s test-launch of ICBM by abusing the name of the UN again, the speaker condemned it as an unprecedented unethical deed and an intolerable hideous state terrorism aimed to completely violate the DPRK’s sovereignty and rights to existence and development.

He said: The U.S., the most shameless gangster-like state, framed up the “sanctions resolution” with dastards acting as voting machine without any principle. This is no more than desperate efforts of those frightened at the might of the DPRK which rose to the high strategic position as a nuclear power of Juche and world-level military power.

The DPRK’s access to the strongest nukes and rockets is a legitimate step to defend the destiny of the country and nation and ensure the right to the independent development. The imperialistic U.S. styling itself as the “only superpower in the world” would cook up such dirty criminal documents, daring not to provoke the DPRK though it mobilize all its vassal forces. Such reality clearly proves that our Party’s line of simultaneously developing the two fronts is the eternal banner and invincible weapon for peace and prosperity.

The hostile forces have so far cooked up UN “sanctions resolutions” several times, faulting the DPRK’s exercise of just rights. But any sanctions and pressure could not browbeat the DPRK but hardened its independent faith and resulted in increasing the might of its self-development.

We will further increase the might of justice to wipe out the source of all injustice and evils now that the gangster-like acts of the U.S. have reached the height, and clearly show what miserable and wretched fate those standing in the way of the DPRK will have to face.

The neighboring countries which blindly followed the U.S. as its puppets, away with elementary justice and etiquette, will never be able to evade the responsibility for having coiled up the situation on the Korean peninsula and endangered peace and security in the region.

Though the U.S. and the groups counting on it are getting so frantic, the DPRK remains unshaken as it is possessed of the strongest nuclear weapons and ICBM, the speaker said, calling on all the people to staunchly struggle for the final victory in standoff with the U.S.-led imperialists and building a powerful socialist nation under the ever-victorious guidance of respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

Then, representatives of various circles made speeches.

Speaking on behalf of the Korean working class, Pak Hyong Ryol, manager of the Pyongyang Cornstarch Factory, expressed fully support for the DPRK government statement which categorically rejects the “sanctions resolutions” cooked up by the U.S. and other hostile forces over the DPRK’s ICBM test-launch.

On behalf of the agricultural workers, Jong Yong Suk, chairwoman of the Ryokpho District Cooperative Farm Management Committee, expressed the resolve to foil the enemies’ vicious sanctions and blockade with increased agricultural production, bearing in mind that rice just means socialism and bullets and bombs for wiping out the enemies.

Representing the intellectuals, Kim Chol Ho, dean of faculty of Kim Chaek University of Technology, said that the intellectuals would smash the enemies’ iron net of sanctions with world-startling sci-tech achievements in keeping with the present situation where the U.S. imperialists made such unprecedented provocation as totally checking the DPRK’s normal trade and economic exchanges.

Speaking on behalf of the youths, Mun Chol, first secretary of the Pyongyang City Youth League Committee, said that the young people in the country would become five million human bullets and bombs and nuclear warheads to blow the U.S. from this planet.

Then, followed a mass demonstration.

Its participants marched in fine array to the tune of brass band music, holding placards with such slogans as “Let’s become bullets and bombs devotedly defending respected Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong Un!” and “We fully support the statement of the DPRK government categorically rejecting the 'sanctions resolution’ against the DPRK!”

Rachel Maddow, Trump’s 2005 Taxes, and a Reminder about Watergate

So, half the Internet lost its damned mind tonight, howling that Rachel Maddow didn’t produce the silver bullet that would bring down the DJT White House in the course of one broadcast. 

It’s too early to tell whether DJT’s 2005 tax returns she obtained via Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston are part of a larger forthcoming leak, whether DJT leaked them to Johnston himself, or what, exactly, the deal is. 

However, it’s worth highlighting and circling and writing in neon that Watergate entailed dozens of reports over roughly a year. Neither Nixon–nor Agnew before him–were brought down in one 60 minute segment.

Maddow did a fine job of underscoring why DJT’s tax returns from any year might or might not indicate whether he either colluded with the Russians or whether he is beholden to foreign banks and why all of this is a matter of national security. 

I keep saying this, but it’s worth reiterating: the Boomers brought down Agnew and Nixon and ended the Vietnam War. This is our Watergate/Vietnam War and we’ll  likely be at it for years. 

It sucks SO hard, but that is the reality. 

We either fight smart and hard and think longterm or the American experiment dies on our watch. 

I firmly believe we’ll rise to the occasion. 

DJT Consistently Defends Putin But Attacks Obama: The Latest on the Russian Hack

As most of the planet knows by now, DJT went on his vilest tweet screed yet early this morning EST, falsely accusing President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the election and insisting PBO is a “Bad (or sick) guy!” and that this is “Nixon/Watergate”.

Then he threw a tantrum about Arnold Swarzenegger quitting “The Apprentice”.

Two things:

1) If your administration were really under attack by the prior one, would you immediately pivot to a television show you executive produce?

2) We’ve known for a year now that DJT projects. Whatever he accuses his opponent of doing, he invariably has done himself. I hear the wire tap accusation as a subconscious acknowledgement that, of course, the Russians hacked the election, as all 17 U.S. Intelligence agencies have maintained for months. The “sick” accusation is both malevolent and fascinating: does DJT on some level know he’s mentally unwell?

I’d care more except a sitting President SHOULD NEVER increase the risk of physical harm to his predecessor. Like I said, this is his vilest Twiter screed to date.

DJT consistently both defends Putin and attacks Obama. How much more obvious can it be that all 17 U.S. intelligence are correct and that the U.S. election was significantly compromised by Russian hacking and protracted interference?

As I tweeted in response, “It kills you he’s both Black & vastly more intelligent than you, doesn’t it? And he’s respected in a way you’ll never be.”

It’s my most retweeted and liked tweet to date.

Day #44, Saturday March 4, 2017.

I hate this shit so much.

Science! Because Soon This Administration Will Insist Goblins Hide Among Refugees and Leaches Cure AIDS

Today huge swaths of the world–*the world*–took to the streets to march for science in an event called, appropriately enough, March for Science. Today is Earth Day, too, and everything meshed quite spiffily. 

I was too ill to attend Seattle’s march but a number of my friends attended and one marched in my name and sent photos because he’s one of the very best humans. 

On social media, I viewed photos from marches all over the globe and found them so invigorating. 

But here’s the thing: IT’S 2017 AND PEOPLE ARE MARCHING TO CONVINCE THEIR GOVERNMENTS THAT SCIENCE IS REAL AND NECESSARY AND THAT WITHOUT IT ALL CARBON-BASED LIFE FORMS FACE IMMINENT EXTINCTION. 

It’s as if we’re kids having to convince our parents we need sleep and three square meals a day. 

This shit should be obvious. 

Given the way things are going, I suppose we can expect a “Women are People, Too!” march this time next year.

On the 15th anniversary of US bombing of Serbia and as new even more ominous dangers arise in Ukraine and Crimea, it is important to remember history.

Wall Street dominates peoples through the destructive strategy of “divide and rule.” In the Balkans and in Eastern Europe this has meant policies aimed at breaking solidarity among different nationalities and religions by imposing sanctions and economic destabilization and by funding right-wing and fascist organizations and granting immediate recognition to their regimes.

It was U.S. and EU criminal policy that broke the Yugoslav Federation into six unstable, impoverished micro-states. They executed this crime by bombing Bosnia in 1994 and carrying out a 78-day bombing in 1999 of Serbia, especially the Serbian province of Kosovo. These wars aimed at expanding the U.S.-commanded NATO alliance into the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics. Despite U.S. and German commitments to the Soviet Union to not expand NATO one inch further if Soviet troops were withdrawn from East Germany, NATO has now expanded to 12 countries in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics.

After the massive destruction of schools, hospitals, industries and communication in Yugoslavia in 1999, in the imposed ceasefire and in UN resolution 1244 Washington still agreed that Kosovo is historically part of Serbia and would remain an autonomous part of sovereign Serbia, although under US/NATO occupation and administration. In 2008, in violation of this signed UN agreement, the U.S. recognized the puppet government it had set up and its illegal declaration of independence of Kosovo. The overwhelming majority of the people of Serbia of all nationalities opposed this theft of Kosovo by NATO; they continue to raise the slogan: “Kosovo is Serbia.”

—  Sara Flounders, International Action Center co-director, on the 15th anniversary of NATO’s criminal bombing of Yugoslavia