About Those Text Messages..

Latest propaganda in the neoliberal media has to do with a series of text messages between Kurt Volker, former US special envoy to Ukraine; Bill Taylor, chief US diplomat to Ukraine and Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union.

The media and DNC are making this sound like corruption and attempts by the Trump administration to force a commitment by Ukraine to conduct an investigation into the Biden affair and Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election in favor of Hillary Clinton, while withholding monetary aid to Ukraine unless they comply.

Let me repeat part of that. Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US election in favor of Hillary Clinton.

These text messages are yet again an excellent example of why I constantly impress upon people to read the damn source material instead of allowing the media to read excerpts taken out of context or, as in this case, not even do that. They make up the meaning completely out of whole fabric with no relation to what was actually said!

The media will post images (too small to read) and/or links to source material, trusting that the average reader/viewer will never actually view the source material. They are 99.9% correct!!! That is what is pathetic!!! Just because they post a link does not mean more than the EXTREME minority will ever read anything but their false representation!!!

So I am posting the link to the text messages here. I literally encourage you to read the entire series of messages for yourself and fact check every word I say, then offer rational, valid counter-arguments IF AND ONLY IF YOU READ THE TEXT MESSAGES!!!! You can find them right here: https://www.scribd.com/document/428681046/Volker-Texts-on-Ukraine-Shared-With-Congress#from_embed

I do not make reference to materials which are available without actually reading them, usually posting links and quotes.

So, what will you find in these text messages when the DNC spin is removed? Let me show you, word for word. My only alterations are corrections of punctuation and such. Because this is my blog and it stresses my OCD side.

[9/9/19, 5:19:35 AM] Gordon Sondland: Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo of any kind. The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky Promised during his campaign. I suggest we stop the back and forth by text. If you still have concerns, I recommend you give Lisa Kenna or S a call to discuss them directly. Thanks..

Read that again. Trump said “no quid pro quo of any kind.” This runs absolutely counter to what the media and DNC are claiming.

[8/13/19 10:26:44 AM] Kurt Volker: Special attention should be paid to the problem of interference in the political processes of the United States, especially with the alleged involvement of some Ukrainian politicians. I want to declare that this is unacceptable. We intend to initiate and complete a transparent and unbiased investigation of all available facts and episodes, including those involving Burisma and the 2016 U.S. elections, which in turn will prevent the recurrence of this problem in the future..

Seriously, does this sound like someone encouraging interference in US elections? Or more like an investigation into past interference by other parties? Because that is precisely what is occurring, an investigation into corruption.

Later, Sondland asks, “ Do we still want Ze (president Zelensky) to give us an unequivocal draft with 2016 and Boresma (sic)?”

Volker responded, “That’s the clear message so far.”

I’m going to stop with the quotes there. I know that most people are going to remain in their separate camps, never budge from their established views. Almost nobody reading this has or will read the text messages.

I also know many are going to claim more details will emerge. Just like they did with Russiagate. You know how that turned out. The ones who still believe Russiagate claim that no evidence IS the evidence. Like any religion.

The problem with more details emerging, just as with the transcript, is that the more details are revealed, the worse it looks for the Democrats. That is, to any objective observer.

One should truly be skeptical of the Democrats being so vehemently opposed to the Ukrainian investigation being reinstated and published, while concurrently wanting to use the suggestion of an investigation as grounds for impeachment. This is exactly what has led to Trump’s approval ratings escalating dramatically since this began. This process stands a very good chance of improving Trump’s chances for reelection. Meanwhile, the DNC moves ever further to the right.

So, You Want To Protect Whistle Blowers?

This past week, the Democrats filed for impeachment proceedings and have been riled up about protecting a whistle blower who reported Trump’s call to the Ukrainian president.

One interesting thing about this is that this whistle blower did not actually witness the call, from all appearances. Instead, he heard about the call from someone who heard about the call from someone who heard the call.

That’s fine. I support protection of whistle blowers in all cases. Though I already made a video examining the transcript of that call and it’s another nothingburger. Frantic ranting of deranged neoliberals literally protecting the corruption of one of their own elite. Not to mention another attempted distraction to keep from having to discuss policies or answer for their attacks on Progressive voters.

The most hypocritical thing of which I am sure you are aware is the continued incarceration of Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. The same democrats were completely silent when John Kiriakou was convicted in 2012 under the Obama administration.

Let’s compare what was revealed by each of these with the current, unnamed whistle blower.

Chelsea Manning forwarded information to the media regarding US military murder of journalists and civilians in Iraq. While these events were reported by many media outlets, what is most known about was her connection with Julian Assange, who published documents provided by Manning which revealed the murder of civilians by US military forces in Afghanistan, most notably the video which you can still view on YouTube titled “Collateral Murder”. In that video, US forces fired on 10 civilians, including two Reuters journalists and children in a van. She also forwarded documents regarding the torture of detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

John Kiriakou was a CIA analyst and counter-terrorism officer who leaked documents revealing the torture of detainees by waterboarding. It was later revealed that the case of waterboarding he revealed was not the singular instance Kiriakou knew about. That person was waterboarded a total of 83 times.

Julian Assange is a journalist and chief editor of Wikileaks. Contrary to the image portrayed in the US media, Wikileaks publishes leaked documents from countries around the world, including tens of thousands of Russian documents. Wikileaks does not hack anyone at all but receives documents from leakers who obtain the documents and provide them. Wikileaks protects their sources yet provides the evidence to the public, which have been journalistic standards for decades. Most notable have been the Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay documents provided by Chelsea Manning, above. Then the leaked DNC emails during the 2016 election cycle which revealed intentional election rigging by the DNC.

Something which should absolutely be noted about the DNC leaks. Veteran intelligence professionals have analyzed the data rate of the transfer which illustrated clearly that the emails were not hacked but leaked by a person with internal access to the emails. Julian Assange and Wikileaks have never revealed the source of the emails.

The most important thing to note is that the DNC is not a government agency. It is a private political organization. No information residing on their servers can be considered classified or in any way relating to national security. The DNC receives federal funding, provided courtesy of your tax dollars. The DNC charter contains provisions for conducting primaries fair to all candidates. Even so, they used the defense in court when sued for fraud that they had no obligation to provide a fair primary. The actual words in court were that they could choose their nominee “in a smoke filled back room”.

Kiriakou spent years in federal prison. Manning spent years in federal prison in isolation where she became suicidal multiple times due to the emotional stress. Julian Assange has spent years in virtual incarceration in the Ecuadorian embassy, knowing the US would have him deported to the US to stand in unfair, closed door trial in which the public would not be allowed to hear the proceedings. Earlier this year he was arrested by the UK authorities and is currently in Belmarsh prison, in failing health, awaiting deportation to the US. Manning is again incarcerated related to the same charges she already served time for, which is double jeopardy.

Edward Snowden was an NSA contractor who revealed the fact that our own government spies on us. All of our electronic communications are monitored and recorded at all times. For revealing that truth, he was forced into exile in Russia. This occurred in 2013, under Obama. He remains in exile in Russia to this day. Recently, the US government seized the profits from his memoir, the number one selling book in the country.

So, we have whistle blowers who have revealed mass surveillance of innocent civilians, torture, murder and illegal rigging of elections. The Democrats have not only not protected these whistle blowers but played very active roles in the charging and conviction of each whistle blower named. They remain actively opposed to the release of Manning or Assange. They remain opposed to the exoneration of Snowden.

To make this clear, the charges against Assange do not stem from the release of the DNC emails. He is being indicted for the release of information regarding the Afghanistan Papers and the video, “Collateral Murder”.

Now, compare to the current whistle blower. The DNC wants this whistle blower protected. His revelation? That Trump inquired about a dropped corruption case in Ukraine which involved the company Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, worked for. Joe Biden is seen on a widely disseminated video where he literally brags about successfully blackmailing the previous Ukrainian president to fire the prosecutor in that corruption case. Using $1 billion of your money as a bribe. Nothing about this is classified. Nothing involves torture. Nothing involves murder of civilians.

Which whistle blowers do you think deserve the most protection from prosecution?

One can also consider those who leaked the Steele Dossier to be whistle blowers. To name names, the one who leaked that to the media was John McCain. He was protected. The Steele Dossier was unquestionably a fabrication, most likely by Ukrainian officials. Trump appeared too friendly during his campaign to Russia, so Ukraine did not want Trump in office. The Dossier was used to obtain illegal FISA warrants on multiple occasions, on multiple people. Yet nobody involved was ever charged, even while the DNC and the FBI paid for the Steele Dossier, not one allegation of which was ever confirmed.

The media is in a feeding frenzy. The Democrats want to keep the scope of the impeachment proceedings narrowed not only to the transcript of the Ukraine call but to focus entirely on one paragraph of the transcript. In addition, they expect that no defense can be mounted, no witnesses, no countering documentation and no video evidence offered.

I know many people want to see Trump impeached. There are many charges for which he truly should have been considered for impeachment. The separation of families, violating the Constitution for his treatment of immigrants, war crimes (along with many others, including Hillary and Obama) are among those charges. Using the Ukraine transcript/call sets an alarmingly dangerous precedent. Once that precedent is set, it will be nearly impossible to erase. It opens the door for the Republicans to use similar charges of impeachment against future Democrat (or other) presidents. That is all aside from the fact that we wind up with Pence as president.

Some people believe this will never come to a vote but be dropped by the Democrats before it does. I personally expect the Democrats to drag the issue out, stalling all the way through 2020. No matter how we look at it, this is all theater.

The most dangerous precedent of all being set is the protection of a whistle blower based on protection of documented corruption by a DNC party elite, while whistle blowers who revealed literal war crimes and electoral crimes by our own government are punished. There is nothing about this which is democracy. There is nothing about this which is freedom. There is nothing about this which is justice.

I would say America no longer exists but that would be disingenuous. America very much exists. This is who we have always been.

Trump-Ukraine Transcript

Most people have not read the transcript being used as a rationale for impeachment, nor do they really intend to read it.

This is not a Mueller report. This is roughly two pages long.

This affects what our government defines as “democracy”. It affects your rights. It affects foreign relations. What affects our country affects the world, for better or worse.

In this video, I go through the key parts of the transcript. Including the parts corporate media have not reported on. 

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Ukraine Is A Farce, Impeachment Is A Dangerous Distraction

Before even launching into a recap of current events, let me bring up one point. People screaming for impeachment also cry about “democracy”.

Impeachment has nothing to do with democracy. It is not a democratic process. It is not a legal process. It is a political process. Impeachment does not prove a crime. That’s not the purpose. If it proved a crime had been committed, why were neither Clinton nor Nixon convicted in a court of law and sentenced accordingly?

In other countries, when they have a democratic removal of an elected president, they hold a recall election. Such as what the UK recently had. A recall election is democratic, impeachment is not. Have you heard of any other country that holds impeachment proceedings? Have you noticed that this is happening during election season, when the DNC elite refused to endorse impeachment before now? Have you noticed nobody calling for impeachment has suggested a recall election?

One goal intended with the timing of this action is to allow potentially enough time for impeachment yet not enough time before the 2020 election for the GOP to offer up an alternative with time to campaign, while the DNC has progressed deep into their campaign season.

I have pointed out many times that calls for impeachment are a distraction. They are intended to whip up emotional responses, get people mindlessly crying for “anyone but Trump”, while paying absolutely no attention to what happens afterward, no attention to what the options are.

The first thing to consider regarding impeachment is the chain of succession. What that means is that if Trump were impeached, the person to assume the presidency would be Pence. Now, if you think Trump supporters would not vote for Pence in retaliation, you’re very wrong. He doesn’t have to have a history or platform they know a single thing about. He just has to be second in command in the administration which they previously voted for.

No, you cannot remove Pence without a completely separate impeachment proceeding which would have to begin after the proceedings on Trump. No, you cannot “remove them all at once”.

Get this in your head. Pence is worse than Trump.

The other distraction intended here is that the DNC is attempting to push forward their elite and oppress Progressive candidates, especially anti-war candidates like Tulsi Gabbard.

By pushing impeachment, the DNC hopes to divert attention and discussion from anything having to do with policies. Just as they did for three years with Russiagate, which they tried to continue all the way through 2020. That didn’t work out, so they tried initiating no less than SEVENTEEN “investigations” into the Mueller investigation which investigated the FBI investigation and never offered a single shred of verifiable evidence. Media coverage of those subsequent “investigations” has fallen silent because they can’t even come up with new allegations to distort enough to manipulate public sentiment. So they have to try something new.

Which brings us to Ukraine.

Did you notice that not long ago, Ukraine was supposed to be our ally against Russia? Of course, that was when they had a president who was a literal Nazi, installed after the CIA-assisted overthrow of the democratically elected president. The elected president was friendly toward Russia, the Nazi opposed Russia. The Nazi was democratically voted out by the people of Ukraine and a new president was elected who ran on a platform of restoring peaceful relations with Russia.

So, the Deep State can’t allow that to happen. There had to be some form of response making Ukraine our adversary once again, if they so much as attempt less than militaristic opposition to Russia while sacrificing many thousands of lives in the process. Peace anywhere in the world is bad for American MIC contractor profits.

So, what are the claims involved against Trump leading to this? What evidence is there? The evidence is that he called another elected president. The claim is that an unnamed, anonymous source offering no proof, claims that Trump tried to promote Ukrainian opposition to Joe Biden by their president.

This alone tells you what the DNC is attempting to do. They are trying to install Biden in 2020. The same Biden who has shown significant obvious signs of neurological decay. This is literally an attempt by the DNC to not only discredit Trump but to elevate Biden, who is a corporate warmonger with his own illustrated racist opinions. Such as “Poor children can achieve just as much as white children.” Or suggesting minority parents all need government social workers dictating their parenting skills in their own homes. That’s called social engineering. That’s called indoctrination. That’s called fascism.

Of special note is that the Ukrainian president has stated neutrality on the issue. He said he will strive for peaceful relations with the US, no matter who the US president is. While also striving for peaceful relations with Russia. Gasp!!! No, no, no, no,no!!!! He can’t do that!!!! NO country is allowed to do that!!!! Have peaceful relations with the United States AND Russia?!!!! How will the US progress the war agenda that way?!!!! If anyone is friends with Russia, that automatically makes them our ENEMY!!!!

There is no need for Ukraine to offer anything against Biden which has not been publicly know for years. Much of it is public record and cannot be denied. It is absolute fact that the elected president of Ukraine was overthrown. Most people globally suspect CIA involvement. This happened while Biden was VP. It is documented fact that Biden never met with the president who was overthrown, yet did meet with the installed Nazi president on VERY friendly terms. It is documented fact that Biden’s son made significant sums of money from an oil company in Ukraine under the Nazi (Poroshenko) regime. Now how many of these documented facts are going to be presented or discussed by corporate media? Don’t expect any of it to be presented as fact.

Of course, if the Democrats really want to pursue impeachment on this particular issue, go ahead. They will be cutting their own throats again. The anonymous source will not be allowed to remain anonymous. They will have to testify under oath. Then they have to prove Trump attempted to obtain information regarding Biden which is not already in the public record. Then they have to prove that the Ukrainian president has a bias in favor of Trump. Then they may have to prove Trump attempted to influence the Ukrainian president to become illegally involved in the next US election.

These proceedings will be taking place under a GOP majority Senate and even have to convince any Democrats who are even slightly objective.

Of course, what they hope to achieve is keeping another pseudo-Russiagate inquiry continuing throughout 2020, which will still be ongoing during the election. Which means they have no intention of beginning these proceedings until the middle of 2020. Until then, the Democrats will be using stalling tactics and introducing numerous other issues into the proceedings.

This also opens another can of worms which is especially concerning. Allegedly the “whistle blower” wants to testify directly to Congress. Legally, there is no difference between a whistle blower testifying willingly or being compelled to do so. So, what does this mean for the anonymity and protection of whistle blowers in the future? Put this in comparison to Edward Snowden, who also wanted to testify publicly. Put this in comparison to John Kiriakou, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. So, if this person testifies, should they be charged with crimes? If not, how do Democrats justify the indictment and ongoing legal assaults of these people, including double jeopardy for Manning?

You can’t have it both ways. Either whistle blowers are protected or they are not. YOU support whistle blowers or YOU do not. You cannot pick and choose. If you want corruption revealed, you want it revealed in ALL circumstances, under ALL administrations, by ALL government officials.

By all means, let’s keep talking about this but only insofar as it attacks Trump, all the way through 2020. Let’s NOT discuss ending wars, using diplomacy, universal healthcare, reducing medication costs, ending homelessness, ending poverty, actually increasing wages, taxing the rich, reinstating Glass-Steagall, immigration reform or any of the real issues confronting us. Just keep wailing and drowning those thoughts out of your mind. Stay tuned to corporate media and keep repeating, “I think for myself, I think for myself, I think for myself.”

NOW You Have A GOOD Reason To Impeach Trump!!

Many of you have wanted a reason to impeach Trump and call him a traitor. Now you have it!!

I am referring to the charges against Julian Assange. The charges against Assange are an absolute violation of the First Amendment.

It does not matter if you agree with him, like him, etc. If you believe any of the rumors that he is a bad house guest, smells bad, is arrogant or even if you think he raped someone when you have never looked into the history of that allegation. None of that has anything to do with freedom of the press.

Guess what? You will never agree with every journalist you come across. It’s doubtful you ever criticize another journalist for saying things you want to hear. If you believe in the Russiagate religion, have you ever criticized Rachel Maddow for not “reporting” (sic) anything which throws doubt on Russiagate?

Have you ever watched the video which first brought Wikileaks to the public eye? Where US military were shown killing civilians, including two children and two Reuters journalists in cold blood while laughing? If you have never seen it, then it is crucial for your understanding that you do watch it. This is what our military covered up. You can watch the video here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0

That video is what is being termed espionage.

That video is why Chelsea Manning spent years in prison, much of it in solitary isolation, repeatedly suicidal during that time. That video is why Manning has again been arrested. Have you ever heard of double jeopardy?

That video is why Assange has spent years in the Ecuadorian embassy, knowing the US would have him extradited and charged. That video is why his prediction came true.

Assange is not being charged with anything having to do with the leaks in 2016 of the DNC. He could not be charged with espionage for that because the DNC is a private organization, NOT a government agency.

No, Wikileaks did not hack anyone. They publish documents which are provided to them by whistle blowers.

No, Wikileaks does not only publish documents regarding the US government. They publish documents from governments around the world. Yes, that includes the Russian government. If you have never seen the Wikileaks website yet have an opinion about it, you need to know just what you are talking about. Go there now. https://wikileaks.org/

No, there is no verifiable evidence that Russia had anything to do with the DNC leaks.

All evidence as analyzed by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) has determined that the DNC data was leaked, not hacked. https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/24/intel-vets-challenge-russia-hack-evidence/

The corporate media is only now coming to some minor realization that the indictment of Assange has troubling implications for them as well. Until this week, they have never once defended him and by extension you. All they care about is their profit.

So yes, obliteration of freedom of the press should be considered an impeachable offense. Yet the Democrats are not going to defend Assange. That would absolutely destroy their Russiagate narrative which they have perpetuated for 3 years at extreme cost (at least $30 BILLION) and risk of war with a country with more advanced nuclear technology than our own. Their strangle hold on power, their absolute denial of wrongdoing is more important than your right to know what our government is doing.

However, impeachment for this should not be a consideration. Absolute opposition, yes. Impeachment, no. I’ve asked before, if Trump is impeached, what then? Would that mean the charges against Assange would be dropped? Does it mean that the members of both parties and the “Intelligence” community (sic) will support our rights? Would it mean diplomacy instead of fever-pitch international tensions? Would it mean we would have no more rigging of our elections? That corporations would not hold your fate in their hands?

No, no, no and hell no.

All impeachment would mean would be an insane power struggle and your input would not be welcome in the least. First, Pence would be next in line for office. You think he is better than Trump? Have you not paid attention at all? Think the AL abortion bill is bad? Pence would be an absolute theocrat! Anti-abortion, anti-gay, pro-war, pro-regime change, pro-corporate.

For what? One year?

No, what we need is for Democrats and Independents to stand up for our rights. We need candidates who openly support Progressive policiesincluding actual transparency (not another Obama).

None of this is going away soon. The most important thing is for you to be informed and involved. Pay actual attention to what is being said and not said by your preferred candidate. Stop worshiping names!!!

BTW, if you support the indictment of Assange, that makes you a traitor as well. Because you personally oppose your own Constitutional rights. If we do not have freedom of the press to expose the wrongs of our government, then all hope is gone.

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