Which POTUS said this?

This sounds very familiar.

“All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants; the public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That’s why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens.”

Anyone care to guess the POTUS who said this?

 

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Louise Mensch writes junk

Louise Mensch Wrote One Good Article, But Everything Else Might Be Junk

For former UK Conservative MP Louise Mensch, all roads lead to Moscow. Donald Trump? Moscow’s puppet. The teenage girl Anthony Wiener is accused of sexting? Putin’s plant. Andrew Breitbart? Murdered by Putin. Wikileaks? Russian front organisation. Independent news site Propublica? Allies of said Russian front organisation. Ferguson riots? Funded by Russia. The animated gif sent via tweet to Kurt Eichenwald to trigger his epilepsy? Russia.

On twitter, she had this to say after the passing of Leonard Cohen:

“Leonard Cohen’s death reminds us that America’s enduring greatness is as multifaceted as diamond. Russia has nothing. Russia is joyless.”

Oops! Her ignorance on many subjects apparently knows no bounds. She thought Charlie Hebdo was a person, didn’t know who Theodore Herzl was but said if he used the word Zionist, she would block him. She claimed that Twitter’s autocomplete function showed that the most common search words to appear by [Labour MP] Liz Kendall’s name were ‘Nazi’, ‘Zionist’ and ‘Jews’, and that this was proof of the ‘sewer that is Jeremy Corbyn’s support’. Only problem there was that the words were from her own search history and not Twitter’s autocomplete function.

She has a new lease on life now as darling of the Democratic establishment and writer for the New York Times and Washington Post.

Mort Sahl Interview from May 1970

There’s just so much in this 51 minutes I hardly know where to start. Great interview with Mort Sahl on KPFA from 1970. This Montreal-born “social satirist” and pioneer in modern stand-up comedy winds up becoming a sworn deputy on Jim Garrison’s team investigating the assassination of JFK. To really enjoy, it helps to know a little about the assassinations, but not the details. In the interview, he gives us a bird’s eye view of those three world-changing assassinations, and what the truth behind them meant for the future of the United States and the world at the time. He saw then what hardly anyone around him cared to see. And here we are now, pretty much where he thought we would be. And he’s lived to tell the tale – he’ll be 90 in May.

They talk about other things going on at the time as well – Vietnam, Nixon, “the warfare state”, CIA coups, CIA drug-running, owned journalists, poor journalists, Nazis, and liberals. He even has a huge dig at Bill Cosby: “Bill Cosby’s a fraud.”.

Love this part:

“Q: How are young people going to save the country?

A: First thing they’ve got to do is preserve their state of mind. They’ve got to be kept from being driven mad. Being driven mad is the paranoia that happened to your parents – Communism. Communism – they did that to us therefore we can burn up their village. In order to make you Nazis, which is not your heritage, they have to make you crazy first, which is what the Germans did to youth….So you’ve got to preserve your state of mind and not go nuts.”

They’ve been trying to make people crazy for a long time now. Seems to be working and getting worse, even as more and more are waking up. I guess on balance, they just have to make sure that 1/3 of the population are nuts, then make sure those crazies get their voices heard on “THE NEWS”, and then maybe another 1/3 goes crazy just listening to them. The other 1/3? Those people are sane, but they get called crazy.“

Robert Parry on the NYT’s Tinfoil Hat

NYT’s ‘Tinfoil Hat’ Conspiracy Theory

Robert Parry provides a good overview of the “Russia did it” claims, and compares how these claims fare compared to the work he did for Frontline in 1981 on the “October Surprise”, which is a well known case where “Ronald Reagan’s campaign colluded with Iranians and others to sabotage President Jimmy Carter’s negotiations to free 52 American hostages in 1980”.

What’s pretty funny is that Louse Mensch of the NYT claims that “[n]ever in American history has a president been suspected of collaborating with a hostile foreign power to win an election.”, referring to the allegations Trump is a Kremlin stooge. However, she apparently knows nothing about American history, or chooses to be willfully ignorant. Or chooses to make sure that those reading remain ignorant.

George Galloway on ISIS

I don’t know if I’ve heard a more impassioned or more succinct summary of the “truth behind ISIS”. This is what many of us have known for years, but many more don’t know because you won’t get this from Western corporate or state media. Worth noting that Galloway was barred from entering this country a few years ago when was an MP, and, in a bizarre twist, had to have his scheduled interview on the CBC via satellite link to New York instead of CBC’s Toronto studios.

Jacobin: The Forgotten Interventions

“There is a tradition in Russia of trying to interfere in elections, their own and others,” said James Clapper. Ha! That’s pretty funny considering the United States is the undisputed champion of interfering in their own and others’ elections. Russia may or may not have a tradition of “trying” to do so, but if they do, it absolutely pales in comparison to the successes of the United States in the post-WW2 era.

The Forgotten Interventions

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PNAC and Zbigniew Brzezinski on the same page in the late 90s

“Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multi-cultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.” – Zbigniew Brzezinski – The Grand Chessboard, 1998.

“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.” – Project for the New American Century (PNAC), 1997.

Brzezinski and the signatories of the PNAC document, which include Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wofowitz, are like two peas in a pod. Oh sure, Brzezinski has served Democrat administrations while the PNAC hawks served Republican administrations, but when it comes to American foreign policy, there has only ever been one main objective since WW2: global domination. Doesn’t matter which party is in power.

What both quotes address is a problem those people had to solve in the post-Cold War 90s, which was: how do they manufacture consent at home for their project of global domination when the Soviet Union was no longer a threat? Turns out it was pretty easy after 9/11.

It would seem they’re doing it again, this time with Russia. Question is, what else will Russia be blamed for? What else is in the pipe? Can we expect another “catastrophic and catalyzing [domestic] event” which will incite the fear/revenge factor in the people needed to go into all out war with Russia? And will people take the bait like they so often do? Will it even matter if they don’t?