the snark factor

Operation Green Bean

So the other night we were discussing Trump’s threat that he may have “taped” his meeting with Comey. My clever husband pointed out that they were having dinner. So he dubbed the caper “Operation Green Bean”, since the “bug” may have been hidden in the vegetable portion of their repast. I about died laughing! Should be a Saturday Night Live skit……………………….

Re: Gerald Celente

At the urging of a British cousin who lives in Brittany, I listened to an interview with this guy Celente (of Trends Journal) the other day on You Tube.

A few of his observations did ring true: Re Trumps’s nepotism; our military-industrial complex and their pointless recent bombing in Syria, as well as multiple violations of international law historically; our awful unwavering support of Israel’s apartheid state.

But Celente is a hypocrite when it comes to Trump. He apparently supported Trump’s fiscal positions as “being strong for the economy, effective for building corporate profits, the markets and tax cuts” (well, that’s what’s important I guess – for the rich people Celente rails against, anyway – wait a minute, what?). Then he calls Trump an “arrogant, empty-headed, spoiled-brat, and a narcissist who shoots his big, fat mouth off and gets other people to do his dirty work”. If he believes any of the latter is true, how could he possibly ever support him? Or did he just discover these ever-obvious realities about Trump? If so, not a word coming out of his mouth can be trusted.

With regard to North Korea I agree we should have been having an open dialogue with them all along. Unfortunately what we currently face is the terrifying reality of two governments being led by immature, irrational, and insecure lunatics – so who would be having these dialogues is the crucial question!?

But I completely disagree with Clemente’s claim that we have instigated Un’s aggressive behavior by staging naval maneuvers in the area. Un’s constant militaristic posturing and build-up of  threatening weaponry is scaring the bejeezus out of Japan and other allies in the Pacific area (and now even us folks living near Seattle). What are we supposed to do pray tell? Just sit around and keep our fingers crossed that he doesn’t get pissed off because someone looks cross-eyed at him, or cooks him a bad meal? This guy murders anyone he wants, including his family, with complete impunity – are we really supposed to assume he’s someone who will behave rationally? And he is certainly not saying “please stop doing that” in response to our naval presence in the area, as Clement claims!

I heard a lot of mixed messages in his diatribe, and frankly he sounds as much of a racist, misogynistic, loud-mouthed, conspiracy-theory-addled blowhard as Trump. (He reminds me of another blowhard we can’t seem to get rid of: Rush Limbaugh.) It’s truly troubling that this kind of garbage is reaching as far as a little town in Brittany. And if he truly believes the US govt is such a flagrantly evil empire, what’s he still doing here?
Just shut up already!

Response to Paul Craig Roberts’ article: “Is that Armageddon over the horizon?”

(Quoted sections in italics are PCR’s proclamations – my responses are in bold.)

Consider the audacity of Secretary of State Tillerson. He has spent the week prior to his visit to Moscow supporting incredible lies and false allegations that Assad of Syria used chemical weapons with Russia’s permission…”

– I’m very curious as to who else this guy thinks had the ability to fly planes over a Syrian town and drop chemicals on its population? ISIS? The opposition groups? Get real.
Did he actually SEE any of the images of people frantically treating the hundreds of victims with ventilators, washing them down with water, hoses, etc?? Or does he believe all this was this some elaborate fakery? Orchestrated by whose video-production company? 
The plane was actually seen taking off from the airbase on satellite imagery, and arriving at the city just as it was bombed. And we know there were Russians stationed at that air base, who were “politely” warned prior to our bombing to get out.
And gee it is such a surprise that Assad would do something so horrible to his own people – Again!
“Does Tillerson think that now that Russia has largely freed Syrtia of US-supported ISIS, Russia is going to turn Syria over to Washington?”

The Russian leaders, who, unlike the Western liars, speak the truth……..”

– Seriously?

“Maybe Tillerson is going to ask for asylum and get on the winning side.”

– Which “winning side” would that be??

“Washington is so arrogant and lost in its own hubris, that Washington does not understand that the years of clear as crystal lies about Russia and Russian intentions and deeds have convinced Russia that Washington is preparing the populations of the United States and Washington’s captive peoples in West and East Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan for a US pre-emptive nuclear strike against Russia. Published US war plans against China have convinced China of the same. When Russia hears these flagrant, blatant, obvious lies, Russia understands that Washington intends a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia. China has reached the same conclusion.”

– This is dangerous and inflammatory nonsense! What Kool-Aid is this guy drinking?

What are Russia and China doing? Are they begging for mercy? No. They are preparing to destroy the evil West, a collection of liars and war criminals, the like of which the world has never previously experienced.”

– Was this git born yesterday? I can think of many, many hundreds of war criminals that the world “has previously experienced“, and I was only born in 1948.

Putin has shown amazing patience with Washington’s lies and provocations, but he cannot risk Russia by trusting Washington, whom no one can trust.”

– I can’t decide whether to throw up or die laughing at this one!

“By jumping on the Deep State’s propaganda wagon the liberal/progressive/left is complicit in the march toward Armageddon.”

– In actual fact the “liberal/progressive/left” are the ones who sound the loudest alarms here in the US about any stupid and dangerous moves made by our govt and military.
This guy really has his head up his you-know-what. Does he live in his beloved Russia? If not, why not? Is it because it’s such an unsafe place to live, controlled by a sociopath who murders anyone who has the courage to speak/stand up against him? Who invades other countries just because he feels like they “belong” to Russia? Who provides those occupied satellite countries with weaponry that can shoot down a civilian airplane, killing many hundreds of innocent people? Who supports ruthless dictators like Assad because he needs to discourage his own people from challenging his own dictatorship? Who pretends not to know about, or be complicit in, gassing and barrel-bombing civilians? Who is as big a liar, or worse, as his best buddy Trump? Who actively interferes with elections in other countries? I could go on……………………..
I don’t blindly support my government in any way. And I, like the majority of people in this country, despise war, are extremely concerned about the world and everyone in it. We are horrified by the inequities and violence that are unfortunately rampant in so many places. I freely admit that the US has done some truly awful things, and hate the fact that our politicians constantly trumpet that we are “the best country in the world” etc, blah blah blah. That is so tone-deaf, inaccurate, and stupid! And there is no excuse for us to ban anyone from coming here, or build ridiculous walls to keep the “unwanted” out. If we are so “great” and “morally superior” (as Senator John McCain recently stated) isn’t it just a tad hypocritical to refuse so many refugees and other folks who want to come here?
It’s no surprise that these things anger people around the world. But we are certainly not the evil empire that PCR accuses us of being. Nor are we the only govt doing awful and destructive things in the world – obviously! It’s truly upsetting that others see us this way, and that our “leaders” are apparently oblivious to this, or don’t really care.  And those that do care are called “weak”.
The real problem here in the US is that not enough people bother to vote. Nor are we asked to vote on the most important issues. No, we’re held hostage by flaws in our system that allow an idiot like Trump to be elected, not by the people, but by an “electoral college” which was created by our founders, who believed the masses might be too ignorant to vote intelligently. So what often happens is the loudest, and usually the most gullible among us are the ones who get out to vote. Ergo: Trump. The only good thing I can say is that hopefully this mess will end the complacency we politically-lazy Americans indulge in!