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Showing posts with label Vladimir Putin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vladimir Putin. Show all posts

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Buchanan Anoints Putin A "Traditional Christian" And Heaps Praise On The Russian Leader.

Pat Buchanan and his world of "Whites Only!"

Rachel Maddow and Buchanan 2009 (1:23 minutes).

Did I write a piece this week with mention of Pat Buchanan as self-declared avowed and proud racist?

May 19, 2014....Trevor LaFuci's Open Letter To Bill O'Reilly (And To Millions Who Quietly Share His Ideology
Pat Buchanan the day after President Obama won his second term as the 44th President of the United States of America:
The Daily Currant
"...the former Nixon advisor was more explicit on the G. Gordon Liddy Show this morning. When asked for his reaction to Obama's victory, Buchanan replied brazenly: 
"White America died last night. Obama's reelection killed it. Our 200 plus year history as a Western nation is over. We're a Socialist Latin American country now. Venezuela without the oil." 
Stunned by his clear racisim, Liddy tried to walk his guest back from the ledge: 
"With what you just said right there...You seem to imply that white people are better than other people. That's not really what you're saying is it?" 
"Of course that's what I'm saying," Buchanan replied "Isn't it obvious? Anything worth doing on this Earth was done first by white people."
Neil Cavuto and Rudy "Wring my own bell" Guilaini:

Alas, Conservatives reach to a man who shows latent tendencies for totalitarianism and a longing for the "Cold War." They literally have affinity for a man who not only oppresses LGBT people in Russia, he suppresses open dissent in any form (e.g. Pussy Riot.) 

Your choice. It is ugly with either choice.

Whipped liked disobedient children "back in the day" when whipping was not against common accepted practice. 

Buchanan is the epitome of the American conservative "white crush" on  Vladamir Putin.  I can remember a time when the mere mention of Russia would conjure-up a tsunami of outcries from conservatism about the horrors of communism.  

Oh, how the nation changed with the election of Barack H. Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. Not only have militia groups and white supremacist groups blossomed like dandelion weeds in early May, the of use "slavery" as mantra from the Right is as prevalent as their former use of "fiscal conservatism."

Buchanan declares and anoints Putin as "traditional Christian." I could have missed the announcement of Putin's religions affiliation, but I doubt very seriously the Cold War communist, attends Christian services. Yet, I have seen video of President Obama leaving church service.

Pat Buchanan heaps praise on ‘anti-Obama’ Vladimir Putin for being ‘traditional Christian’ (via Raw Story )
Former Nixon aide and longtime Republican standard-bearer Pat Buchanan published a column on Friday in which he heaped praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin for being a “traditional Christian” leader who “rejects the moral relativism of the…


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Putin Shutdowns Russian Internet: "Selelctively" While Calling it " CIA Project"

Russian protesters waved this banner during December 2011 protests. (Credit: CBS News video. Screenshot by CNET's Jonathan Skillings).
Putin 2012

This is really not a good week for American conservatives. Cliven Bundy has revealed himself as a seething racist and Vladimir Putin has taken steps to stifle the Russian internet. Yes, the Right's heroes are showing their inner core. 

I wonder if Vladimir Putin is all upset about Edward. (I should have known better to ask that question) Snowden's question about Russian monitoring communication for its citizens.  do you think he is angry? How about Putin shutting-down seriously restricting the Russian internet on a piece by piece basis?  

On a much more serous basis. Why did Germany Chancellor Merkel say to President Obama, Putin seemed 'in another world'

Why are Russian security operatives occupying territories outside the boarders of their motherland? Why can you imagine the mercenaries wear masks? 

Silencing dissent? Do you really think it is within the realm of sanity to think Putin will give-up the leadership of Russia when his term of office expires?  

Russia blocks internet sites of Putin critics
MOSCOW Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:04pm EDT

(Reuters) - Russia blocked access to the internet sites of prominent Kremlin foes Alexei Navalny and Garry Kasparov on Thursday under a new law critics say is designed to silence dissent in President Vladimir Putin's third term.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with paralympic delegations in Sochi March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with paralympic delegations in Sochi March 13, 2014.

The prosecutor general's office ordered Russian internet providers to block Navalny's blog, chess champion and Putin critic Kasparov's internet newspaper and two other sites, and, state regulator Roskomnadzor said.

The move was the latest evidence of what government opponents see as a crackdown on independent media and particularly the internet, a platform for dissenting views in a nation where state channels dominate the airwaves. editor Alexander Ryklin called it "monstrous" and a "direct violation of all the principles of freedom of speech," radio station Ekho Moskvy reported. He said he did not know why the site was blocked.

The blockages will increase concern that Putin is seeking to tighten control over Russian society as he faces off against the United States and European Union in a bitter dispute over the future of Ukraine.
Read more 

Isn't it amazing American conservatives millions harbor feelings towards Putin the spans simply affinity through orgasmic longing.

Now, I must ask what is the real attraction from the American Right? While you contemplate the question you might want to checkout one who must feel he is a credible pundit: Rudy Giuliani on Putin as a leader.....

Yes, Putin the leader!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Spy Vs. Spy" Did Putin Declare He and Snowden As 'Agents?"

I fully realize many of you hold views of Edward Snowden that are diametrically opposite my position. His existential espionage and revelations related to NSA meat-data gathering, archiving and operation use quite literally places him in direct violation of the terms of his Top Secret Security Clearance. 

Snowden's frequently abused the trust of his cohorts in Hawaii via use of their system passwords. He enacted classic manipulation for purpose of acquiring information to which he did not have access, as a technician. And, he acquired secrets beyond his "need to know." for the express purpose of sharing with others who, like it or not, did not have the need to know.  If that shoe fits you or me, we have to wear it. Do we really have that level of need to know in the context that Snowden may have crippled US INTEL for decades to come? 

I seriously hope no one retorts or counters with comment about the US Constitution. With due respect to the document and its purpose in the late 1700s, it was developed at a time when the word "electronic" was not part of human language. Armed conflict in the 1700s consisted do standing firing lines with ball and musket firearms, or via skirmish ambushes with no prospects of bullets reaching the point of annihilation of society. 

And now the focus of this piece......

Putin in KGB uniform

Alas, a proper representation of Edward Snowden.  While, I strongly suspect USA Today was playing on words and on the dynamics of Snowden's pre-recorded "softest of ball" questions to Putin.

Putin as FSB director, 
1 January 1998

Before we go any farther, think for a second. Even, if you are a hardcore Snowden lover of moderate Snowden sympathizer, do you really believe Vladimir Putin would sit on that stage and answer "yes" to monitoring and archiving (storing for review and cross analyses) electronic communication? 

Come-on work with me a bit now, do you really believe there is answer other than "No." And, do you really think Putin would simply answer the question without leveraging major opportunity to international intrigue coupled with a slap against the US.  

Russian INTEL at SOCHI: Linked, Linked, Linked NBC Video.How does Putin start his response to Snowden's "slow-pitch" softball questions? 
 "Mr. Snowden, you are a former agent, a spy, I used to be working for an intelligence service. We are going to talk one professional language," Putin said, according to a translation by news channel Russia Today. "First of all, our intelligence efforts are strictly regulated by our law ...
Comrade Technician?
Really?  My reading to date has Putin as a contracted technician who leveraged his espionage skills to abscond security passwords from many co-workers. I do not recall references to Snowden as an "former agent, spy." Putin in contrast was an active KGB (KSB) agent who performed serve the Soviet Union/Russian spy agency of the level of full colonel and agency director. Of course, Putin's response, if not complete stage with Snowden's complicity (which I suspect was the case), was as a minimum focused to massage Snowden's bulging and well oiled ego.  

Let's take a ride through Snowden and Putin's exhibition.

Do you truly believe Snowden is naive enough to expect Putin to say anything other than his carefully crafted and uniquely delivered comment?  I can only surmise complicity in a video ploy that fits Putin's Cold War, psyche and efforts to revive Russia as a world power vs a regional disrupter. 

Regardless of your opinion of James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, his the chief of our intelligence entities. It is unfortunate, but INTEL in industrial nations equates to maintaining national security or, conversely, a lack there of.  CNN reported on Clapper's reaction to question of INTEL monitoring last January.
In January, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the Snowden leaks caused serious damage to U.S. security.  
"What Snowden has stolen and exposed has gone way, way beyond his professed concerns with so-called domestic surveillance programs," Clapper said then. "As a result, we've lost critical foreign intelligence collection sources, including some shared with us by valued partners." 
The nation's adversaries were "going to school on U.S. intelligence sources' methods and trade craft, and the insights that they are gaining are making our job much, much harder," he told the committee.
The matter is far more serious than our reaction to collection of Meta data.  Moreover,  NSA monitoring started in 2001 and was revealed/validated via AT&T's revelation of compliance with NSA operations in San Francisco as recently as 2006. Those reports were also initiated by a "so-called" whistleblower who did not run off to China or Russia. Snowden has admitted to seeking contractor jobs for the express purpose of seeking information against NSA operations, thus the US Government. 

If Snowden is properly classified as an "agent" as per Putin, for whom did he perpetrate his acts of espionage?  

He has, in the past, expressed an affinity for Ron Paul. Could Snowden serve as an agent for "anarcho" libertarians like Paul?   As Intel officials actually believe Snowden works: "under the influence of Russian intelligence services.”

The softball interview certainly appears as staged. Would it take much convincing to buy into my posit, Putin knew the question was coming his way?


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Karl Rove "Roves-out" More False Drivel To Fox News Viewers

Bush did it better. Seriously, Karl Rove?

Karl Rove and Fox News continue to malign President Obama with George W. Bush (of all presidents) as the whipping rod. Despite growing concern for Bush Administration and CIA involvement violations of international law (torture), we continue to hear comment and advice from the un-credible and shadowy Right. We continue to hear from GOP operatives as they disparage President Obama, despite  Bush Administration economic policy and fiscal malfeasance that contributed to a worldwide economic collapse and unjustifiable wars. From Dick Cheney, through Condi Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and the ever-present Karl Rove the barrage of inane drivel from the "dealers of doom, flows like an out of control freight train.

But, as the old adage goes...."That dog don't bark." 

Carnival barking from Rove isn't possible without a dedicated platform from which to spew rhetoric. Fox News managers and viewers partake in a symbiotic purveyor/sycophant relationship on a daily basis.  From time to time Fox programmers will schedule major right-wing operatives to feed its viewers unadulterated garbage. There are no GOP operatives more adroit at manipulation, GOP political subterfuge and outright carnival barking political garbage than Karl Rove. Rove served eight years with George W. Bush. He "no way" a credible person. Rove should have been investigated as a co-conspirator to US torture and he should have been publicly condemned for his role in the 2007/08 Bush economic collapse towards. Yet, we have to deal with his bull crap annoyances via Fox News's need to feed its viewers. What better feeding arena than Sunday Morning GOP news shows. 

Progressive social media should spread Rove's lack of veracity and manipulation far and wide.

Rove sat for Fox News Sunday (this past weekend) and laid more B/S across the ears, eyes and brains of people who obviously seek weekly doses of Obama Derangement feed. The Fox News Sunday feeding was laced with Rovian "bull" pureed with large amounts of George W. Bush fallacy.

The Tampa Bay Times investigated Rove's disparaging remarks about President Obama's handling of international crisis in the context offered by Rove: George W Bush handled such crisis more effectively
The Truth-O-Meter Says:

After Russia went to war with Georgia in 2008, the U.S. sent a "very strong message" to Vladimir Putin by sending "warships to the Black Sea" and airlifting "combat troops that Georgia had in Afghanistan" back to Georgia.

Karl Rove on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 in an interview on "Fox News Sunday"

A Russian military convoy moves past a
horse-drawn cart with local residents
outside Gori, Georgia, on Aug. 13,
2008. (Associated Press)

Mostly False

Russia and Georgia have had tense relations since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Some Republicans have been critical of President Barack Obama’s handling of Russia and President Vladimir Putin recently. The critics say that Obama has appeared weak in the face of Russia -- first, when it sent troops into the Ukrainian region of Crimea, and then when it quickly acted to annex the territory.
For instance, on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the Obama administration "is creating an air of permissiveness" toward Russian expansionism. "We do need to show long-term resolve."
Another Fox News Sunday guest, Republican strategist Karl Rove, took the opportunity to contrast Obama’s actions with those of Rove’s old boss, President George W. Bush. Rove suggested that Bush’s policies were more muscular and effective in countering Putin’s Russia.

Read more aftefr the break below


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Palin Gets Another Shot Via The Viewer Hungry Sportsman's Channel.

And this is supposed to be cool?
Guess if Don King can do it, so can
the like showboating Palin.

We are lucky our mindset is to avoid Chronic Palin Syndrome.  You and I know Palin is a false reality and a bundle of idiocy handed to the nation by a stumbling and erratic John McCain (and GOP/RNC). It isn't her fault she has been handed an opportunity to earn millions off the psyche of people who have infectious American conservative derangement. Yes, a state of mind that leads to this stuff.....

Rachel Maddow:Giuliani fawns over Putin's 'leadership'

Republicans & FOX News LOVE Vladimir PUTIN?

And being with the mental acuity to craft one;s own quips, and not playing a professional staff to provide beyond "quippy" remarks.

Well, it looks like there is enough derangement and  "Duck Dynasty" types who will sit and watch intellectual deficient entertainment for sake of a few chuckles.   

We offer a 30 second trailer of what's to come from the new Palin television show: Amazing  America with Sarah Palin.

Once the producers move through all of the gun-totting, killing animals, knifing fantasies and green screen projection of a glitzy American Flag, wonder if the show will include any minorities, LGBT and "binders of women?" One has to wonder how soon are the opening show will it take for a appearance by Ted Nugent. 

Rest assured, if President Obama took a stage with a super-imposed flag, Palin would throw a Fox News fit.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

NPR And The Daily Kos: Russian Economic Influences On Putin

If there is a serious check on Vladimir Putin, it is the Russian economy. The young "alleged" democracy (non-communist state) has uber wealthy plutocrats much like in the United States and money fissures that spread far tot eh west into many corners of Europe

I heard a recent broadcast on NPR's about Russian oligarchs who have money stashed around globe much like US corporatist with maintain offshore accounts across the globe.

NPR's Robin Young, Then & Now, and guest political analyst and author Ben Judah explore why Russia is not worried about Sanctions. The radio segment also gave me insight into the extensive financial web that has to influence Putin and his obvious longing by-gone era.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Why Russia’s Not Worried About Western Sanctions

YOUNG: Well, and you write about why Putin is emboldened to do it. You say once upon a time, Russians might have feared Cold War sanctions, being cut off of access to Western banking, for instance, but no more, because what matters to the West is money. Explain your theory about how money is playing a role here. What money? 
JUDAH: Let me explain to you how Russian corruption works. Out of every dollar stolen in Russia, the majority of that dollar will end up in Western Europe. It will end up in French chateaus. It will end up in German oil and gas companies. It will end up, above all, in British tax havens and in London property and the London stock exchange and in the London hedge funds. 
Who are the people taking corrupt, stolen money out of Russia and bringing it to the West? These people are British bankers. They're French bankers. They are German lawyers. They're accountants. These people are the Western elite. Putin knows this. He sees that in the 21st-century Western Europe, there are no sources of growth in London and Paris, apart from living off oligarch rents. 
You know, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron likes to say that Britain is open for business. Well, that sounds very charming. But what in actual fact that means is that Britain is open for the money of dictators to come and be placed and laundered in the capital, London. 
YOUNG: Elaborate on that. You actually point to three former European leaders who you say are part of this. 
JUDAH: Putin, when he came to power, Putin assumed the control of a Russia that, in many ways, had been ruined and driven into ruin by Western economic sanctions. And there was fear that Western elites were MI6, that Western elites were CIA, that they were cunning, determined, and they not only had economic power, but they were willing to use it.What Putin, who has been in power, dare I say it, for quite a long time, Putin has seen how the previous generation of European leaders turned out. Let's take the moralizing Tony Blair, invader and democracy promoter in Iraq. This gentleman now works as a PR advisor for the dictatorship of Kazakhstan. Let's have a look at Gerhard Schroeder, former chancellor of Germany. This gentleman was, of course, a very stern defender of human rights in Eastern Europe.
AUDIO Segment

Ian Reifowitz's piece for the Daily Kos provided another perspective on the power of economic influences on a relic of the Cold War.

Re-Blog from The Daily Kos

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a news conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow March 4, 2014. Putin said on Tuesday that Russia saw no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine for now, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic.  REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskiy/RIA Novosti/Kremlin (RUSSIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR3G0UM
The ruble dropped my how much?
Here come some of the "costs" to Russia for violating the sovereignty of Ukraine, as of Monday morning:
1) The Russian benchmark stock index, the MICES, is down 10% or more (it has been down as much as 11.2% earlier today), the biggest drop in at least five years (depending on the close).
2) The Russian ruble reached all time lows against the euro and the dollar. To prop it up the Russian central bank—on a "temporary" basis—raised interest rates 1.5%, from 5.5 to 7.0%, and spent $10 billion toward the same end. This will significantly hamper growth in Russia unless they lower those rates fast.
3) Shares of the corporation Gazprom, the Russian Federation's gas monopoly, are also down 10%.
4) The yield the Russian government has to pay on its state bonds is near a record high.
5) Foreign capital reserves for Russia are at a multi-year low.
The Ukrainian currency and its markets, along with stocks in its neighbors Poland and Hungary, are down sharply as well, but of course the West can help out at a relatively small cost, given the size of their economies. No one is coming to the financial rescue of Russia here. For what it's worth, global financial experts (it is hard to write those words with a straight face) are confident that they do not see the "contagion" spreading to worldwide financial markets, which are down 1-2 percent so far today.
Please read below the fold for more on this story.
The Forbes contributor makes one other excellent point. Whereas the Soviet Union was essentially economically self-sufficient when it invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, or Hungary in 1956, Putin's Russia is decidedly not, as the data above make clear. It is fully integrated into world trade markets as well, something that offers the West real leverage. Peter Weber has neatly laid out the steps the West can take, and why they can cripple the Russian economy.
Vladimir Putin may be "out of touch with reality," and "in another world," as German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted after speaking with him. In this world, however, money talks, and money may well prove to be what reins in the man who would recreate the Russian Empire.
PS-I just found this photo on Facebook:
Translation: "Supporters of Putin—with him you will not be speaking in Russian, but will be silent in Russian."