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November 2, 2018

DDT: Week 93 – Midterm Election Tensions Leading to War

“Are you both prepared for federal prison?” A reporter asked Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, two men who tried to smear special investigator Robert Mueller (left) with a fake sexual assault accusation, in a press conference. Details of that story swirl around the internet between rabid racist remarks from Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) about a shrinking migrant caravan thousands of miles away from the southern U.S. border.

Wohl, a 20-year-old DDT supporter, began the fake story on Gateway Pundit with his claim that the victim would be at his press conference. She failed to appear, and Wohl had no evidence. Earlier, women had reported to the media that they had been offered tens of thousands of dollars to lie about a non-existent assault. Investigation into Wohl and his lie revealed that his alleged intelligence firm was composed of himself, fake LinkedIn profiles, and his mother’s telephone number. The alleged assault supposedly occurred in New York City on the same day that Mueller served on jury during in Washington, D.C.

In 2017, the Arizona Corporation Commission filed a cease-and-desist order against Wohl for violating securities law misrepresenting how much money would be at risk in an investment and his company’s size in 2015 and 2016. He has failed to make the $1,371.61 monthly payments for his fine. Bloomberg reported that DDT praised Wohl’s support for him. [The hand on DDT’s shoulder in the photo belongs to another man not in the photo’s frame.]

Burkman, a registered Washington lobbyist and conspiracy theorist who raised money for Rick Gates, was identified by a woman offered money to lie about Mueller as the man behind the scam. Gates pled guilty to conspiracy and lying to the FBI. Conservatives are so terrified of possible discoveries from special investigator Robert Mueller about the Russian scandal that they are resorting to fraudulent smear campaigns as shown by this 11-minute segment from The Rachel Maddow ShowHuffPo also trailed the sordid events surrounding Wohl’s and Burkman’s fraud.

Gateway Pundit, the far-right fake news website founded and run by a gay man, Jim Hoft, has backed off on the accusations about Mueller that he published, stating that they were taking down the “information” and looking into the allegations against Wohl. An Esquire article asked what Mueller has on Burkman, known for trying to bring down Bill Clinton, if he’s willing to hire Wohl for such a risky attempt to bring down Mueller.

DDT has been very quiet about the Wohl-Burkman fiasco, but he’s talked a great deal about the “invasion” coming across Mexico from Central America. He plans to send 15,000 active military members to the U.S. southern border—the same number as deployed to Afghanistan—but no one knows what they will do, short of declaring war on Mexico. According to the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, the military cannot enforce U.S. domestic laws, including immigration law, unless Congress authorizes this action—and Congress is on vacation. On the other hand, anyone on U.S. soil can ask for asylum. Immigrants coming across a port of entry break no law; others commit only a federal misdemeanor but can still pursue an asylum claim.

In the past 20 days, the caravan of refugees has traveled about 620 miles; the walking trip to Tijuana, over 2,000 more miles, would require over two months. Before DDT deployed the troops, he was told that “only a small percentage” of migrants could reach the U.S. Even if it keeps 3,000 asylum-seekers, DDT will be assigning at least three military members to each traveler. As more red meat for his followers, DDT declared rocks equivalent to AR-15s, saying that the military should fire back if anyone throws stones at them.

Foreign countries are using DDT’s violence-laced rhetoric to shoot people on the immigrant caravan as a justification for its murders to suppress free speech, for example the Nigerian Army’s killing 45 peaceful protesters. DDT has also exonerated Israel for its killing of dozens of protesters and wounding over 1,000 others, even if they were running away or praying. And he fails to criticize Saudi Arabia for their murder of a WaPo reporter, Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident.

Khashoggi was strangled almost immediately after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, and his body was then dismembered and destroyed, according to the first official explanation from Turkey. Department of State Secretary Mike Pompeo said something vague about sanctions but added:

“[DDT] has made very clear not only do we have important commercial relationships, but important strategic relationships, national security relationships with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact.”

DDT panders to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his desire for an Israel-Saudi Arabia coalition to defeat Iran and destroy Palestinians. Also on the table is Jared Kushner’s to create a Palestinian-Israeli “peace” through threats against Palestine.

Reports that Kushner gave the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) classified information from DDT’s daily briefings have been rampant for over six months. A source said that MBS bragged he had Kushner “in his pocket.” Before Kushner lost his top-security clearance, he was particularly interested in Middle East information and may have given MBS a hit list of enemies. DDT’s sole goal in the Middle East is to destroy Iran, and he will support murderers to accomplish his desired end.

DDT has a new fascist friend leader with the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil. Called the “Trump of Latin America,” Bolsonaro ran on the same fears as DDT—crime, bad economy, etc. Hats might as well read “Make Brazil Great Again.” Retired generals will also play a large part in designing his policies as will evangelical Christians. He also pledged freedom for the people, probably correct for a small percentage of his constituency. Bolsonaro’s proposals, similar to those of DDT, include chemical castration for rapists, police impunity to kill more criminals, greater gun ownership, reduction of environmental controls, hydroelectric dams on the Amazon River, deforestation and mining on indigenous reserves, emphasis on the “traditional family,” education about Bolsonaro’s perception of economic successes and institutions during the past dictatorship, and a permissive attitude toward attacks on LGBTQ people. Bolsonaro describes refugees as “the scum of the earth” and says he would be “incapable of loving a homosexual son,” is “in favor of a dictatorship,” and “in favor of torture.”

In his promise to remove left-wing “criminals” from Brazil, Bolsonaro praised its dictatorship from 1964-1985 and allowed his followers to physically attack reporters and threaten to rape them. Ana Campagnola, a member for the state legislature in Santa Catarina, is campaigning to allow students to denounce “indoctrinator teachers” who criticize Bolsonaro’s victory. She sent her 70,000 Facebook followers a WhatsApp number for students to report “party-political or ideological expressions that humiliate or offend your freedom of faith and conscience.”

In other DDT-esque statements, Bolsonaro promised to pay down debt, trim the deficit, and reduce government. DDT’s identical promises failed: The U.S. showed DDT’s same promises to be false: the deficit for the current year will be about double that of President Obama’s last year because of tax cuts for big business and the wealthy, the deficit will soar over $2 trillion within a decade, and DDT’s government is riddled with corruption.

After 11 people were slaughtered a week ago in a Pennsylvania synagogue, faith leaders and the Pittsburgh mayor urged DDT to not disrupt the funerals, but daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner enabled him in his decision to go where he was not welcome. Following the visit, DDT again made himself the victim by complaining about the media and minimized the protest of 4,000 people as “small.”

DDT, the U.S. quitter-in-chief who dumped many of President Obama’s achievements from fits of pique, turned to attacking Ronald Reagan’s 1987 legendary end to the Cold War by pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. DDT doesn’t mind Russia interfering with U.S. elections—because Putin favors Republicans—but he follow’s National Security advisor John Bolton’s war-mongering. Even sometimes crazy and supposedly libertarian Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) opposes both the plan and Bolton. Russia denies actions that violate the agreement: DDT won’t believe that claim although he accepts Putin’s assertion that Russia doesn’t meddle with voting in U.S. In Russia this week, Bolton told the media that he thought Russia did not have “any real effect” on the vote in the presidential election.

During a visit from National Security advisor John Bolton in Russia, Vladimir Putin not only ridiculed the U.S. national seal but also said that said that U.S. global dominance is ending as DDT accelerates the problem with a string of mistakes “typical of an empire.” The usual hawkish Bolton blandly smiled at Putin during his visit and organized a visit between Putin and DDT in Paris on November 11, the U.S. holiday to honor veterans.

After announcing his plan to withdraw from the treaty, DDT said he plans to build up the massive nuclear arsenal in the United States, an action leading to another arms war.Both China and India are jockeying to take over U.S. world power. A war could make DDT think that he can suspend elections in 2020.

 

 

September 7, 2014

People of ‘Good Faith’ Who Rule by Hate, Fear

Backlash followed the mayor of Winter Garden (FL) after he asked police last week to escort a citizen out of a city council meeting because he wouldn’t stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. The mayor ignored a 1943 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in West Virginia v. Barnette in which the court disagreed with the mayor. Justice Robert Jackson warned, “[T]hose who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard.” Winter Garden officials decided that the city commission will open their meetings with “a moment of silence rather than a prayer” and “no one has to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.” Somebody read the U.S. Constitution.

The Archbishop of Oklahoma City, Paul Coakley, has come to terms with a Satanic group, the Church of Ahriman. The group returned Coakley’s consecrated communion water, and he withdrew his lawsuit against the group holding a Black Mass in Oklahoma City on September 21. In a debate about whether Christians should oppose the Black Mass, one person pondered this question about the Satanists’ actions:

“Why would people of ‘good faith’ –whatever that faith–want to harm an entire group or class of people?”

I wonder the same thing. Why would these people of “good faith” want to harm a class of people?

TV preacher Pat Robertson knows that Robin Williams would not have taken his own life on August 11 if he had not followed the gods of fame and money. All non-Christians are doomed. Williams had been suffering from depression and diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Robertson, a famous televangelist, is worth $200 million. He gets his money by telling people living in poverty to send him money. This is a response to a couple in their 80s:

“You know, you can get on the telephone, people are hiring. There are all kinds of things you can do. For example, you may have a bunch of junk lying around in your garage that you can sell on eBay, and get some money that way.There are many, many ways of making money. And you’re looking at the downside of all the bills you’ve got instead of saying, ‘God, I’ve been faithful to you. Now, I claim my blessing, and I ask you to open the windows of heaven and pour me out a blessing. Show me what you’re going to do, show me how I can move into blessing.’ So, just ask him. He’ll give you some concepts. Your mind will open up.”

Lobbyist Jack Burkman, leader of the anti-LGBT group American Decency, has called for an anti-LGBT protest at the Dallas Cowboy’s home opener in Arlington (TX) because the team signed openly-gay Michael Sam after the St. Louis Rams dropped him. Earlier this year, Burkman proposed a bill that would ban gays from the National Football League. Burkman’s openly-gay brother, Jim, thinks that his brother’s actions are “just an attention grab and a media grab to pander to those folks who pay him to lobby on their behalf.”

Pastor Robby Gallaty doesn’t need laws like Burkman proposes; the head of a Tennessee Baptist church just wants homosexuals “put to death” because God would like that. Death is the only way to punish people “infected” with sin. According to Leviticus 20, their murder is their own fault. Who needs Uganda when the U.S. has its own home-grown “kill the gays” minister?

Michael V. Williams doesn’t want to kill LGBT people, but he does want a constitutional amendment to punish them with “ten years in prison at hard labor.” He spreads his word at Preaching Politics.com and asks followers to contact lawmakers so that they can outlaw homosexuality throughout the nation. He wrote:

“Make such a pest of yourself that they’re willing to do anything just to shut you up. And remember, only vote for those who promise to adopt this amendment. We’re in a fight for survival and only one side can win. Let’s make sure it’s our side.”

Former San Diego GOP official Gary Cass, leader of the right-wing group Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, posted this on the group’s website:

“ISSI (sic) has done us all a favor. The true face of Islam is on full display even as Mohammed is burning in hell. We will have to face the harsh truth that Islam has no place in civilized society. Muslims cannot live in a society based on Christian ideals of equality and liberty. They will always seek to harm us.”

Cass continues by giving directions for how to start a “holy war” again Islam. According to this “leader,” violence is the only way to protect Christianity: he and his followers must crush the seed of Ishmael in Jesus’ name. Cass once said, “You can’t be a Christian if you don’t own a gun?”

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) plans to introduce a bill authorizing President Obama “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those countries, organizations, or persons associated with or supporting” the groups namechecked above, as well as “any other emerging regional terrorist groups that share common violent extremist ideology with such terrorist groups, regional affiliates, or emerging terrorist groups.” To paraphrase, the U.S. should bomb anyone who they don’t like and just start World War III.

Tea Partiers also have declared war on other conservatives. Uncivil war broke out in Mississippi after a Tea Party candidate lost a primary run-off to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran who asked blacks to vote for him. Roy Nicholson, the state’s Tea Party chair, led a prayer at Life Church Jackson asking God to commit violence against establishment Republicans. A bit more of his prayer:

“We’re asking, Father, that you would expose them, set division amongst them, set them one against another, bring confusion and fear into their camp, into their thinking, for the purpose of pulling them down, for casting them down out of their high offices and reducing them, Lord, to having no power in this state.”

Sometimes conservative leaders go too far for their congregation. Members of the 15,000-member megachurch with 200,000 followers online are protesting Seattle’s Pastor Mark Driscoll for a number of reasons including inappropriate use of church funds, plagiarizing, absolute control that cannot be questioned, and a culture of fear described as “spiritual abuse.” For several years, more liberal Christians have opposed his objectifying women and denigrating LGBT people, but conservatives are disturbed by his demands that church elders and their families be shunned if they don’t agree with him.

Leadership in many Christian churches at this time comes from developing a sense of persecution by anyone who dares to disagree with them. The conservative media rabidly publicizes any whiff of the so-called persecution, as with Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School (Newbern, TN), who broadcast on social media that she was “sent to the office” because one of her teachers didn’t want her saying “God bless you” in class after another student sneezed. Media attention encouraged her to expand the story by claiming her teacher told her she had no constitutional right to discuss God in the classroom before she was sent to the principal’s office and given an in-school suspension for the remainder of the class period. According to Turner, the classmates’ defense of her required other teachers to be called in to control a mini-rebellion.

Dyer County High School Principal Peggy Dodds tells a different story. There was no punishment, no suspension, no request to leave the classroom. Turner just walked out. She was told, however, that she was not supposed to disrupt the class. The teacher also reported that Turner was disruptive and aggressive. Google the story, however, and you’ll get only Turner’s version.

According to Religious Dispatches from USC, Turner’s stunt is not an isolated occurrence. Harold Cronk’s recent fictional film God’s Not Dead shows a Christian student humiliating a philosophy professor who required his freshman students to sign a pledge that “God is dead” and then converting the other students. Adolescents will enjoy replicating the film because it appears to justify resistance to authority and make them heroic through martyrdom. The fictional student in the film said about school authorities, “I want them to realize that God is in control and they’re not.”

To repeat the question:

“Why would people of ‘good faith’ –whatever that faith–want to harm an entire group or class of people?”

Because conservative religions control through fear. If you don’t do as I say, then I want to bomb you, kill you, put you in prison for ten years, or just get you fired—all in the name of Jesus and a Christian god. It’s a lesson that children learn at a very early age from the growing openly hatred in the United States for anything that they don’t understand.

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