Eleven Blasphemous Thoughts for the Current Russo-phobic Season by Paul Street

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, June 9, 2017
June 10, 2017

Summer’s here and the time is right for sacrilege in the streets. Here are eleven blasphemous thoughts for the current Russo-phobic season, likely to be a real carbon-cooked scorcher.

Wouldn’t That Have Been Russia’s Job?

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Obama: A Hollow Man Filled With Ruling Class Ideas by Paul Street + Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama and the Limitations of Liberal Criticism

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, June 6, 2017
June 8, 2017

A “Hollow” Man Who Was “Unwilling to Fight the Good Fight”

What on Earth motivated the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and law professor David J. Garrow to write an incredibly detailed 1078-page (1460 pages with endnotes and index included) biography of Barack Obama from conception through election to the White House? Not any great personal affinity for Obama on Garrow’s part, that’s for sure. Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama is no hagiography. On the last page of this remarkable tome, Garrow describes Obama at the end of his distinctly non-transformative and “failed presidency” as a man who had long ago had become a “vessel [that] was hollow at its core.”

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Chris Hedges, Medea Benjamin, Jill Stein and Margaret Kimberley at The Left Forum 2017: Reality Check: Time for Radical Resistance and Green-Left Collaboration

Resist sign, Supreme Court news conference to call for the reversal of President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and immigrants from several Middle East countries

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with Chris HedgesMedea Benjamin, Jill Stein and Margaret Kimberley

Other Voices, Other Choices on Jun 3, 2017

Session 4 Panel Abstract:

The converging crises of fascism, endless war, climate change, mass migrations, and economic/racial/gender oppression create unprecedented urgency for united, radical action – in the street and in the voting booth. At previous Left Forums – and over the past many decades – progressives have debated the merits of working to “reform” the Democratic Party versus building a united independent radical political front.

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How I Lost by Hillary Clinton, reviewed by Guadamour

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by Guadamour
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 4, 2017

“The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.” — Mark Twain towards the end of 19th century

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Ten Days in May: The TPAMП in Comey’s China Shop by Rob Hager

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by Rob Hager
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 22, 2017

Pending the Special Prosecutor’s criminal investigation, Congress needs to take urgent action under Article 25 of the Constitution to deal with the more immediate danger of Trump’s future irrational behavior.

Harvard Law professor Larry Tribe, the leading Constitutional scholar and practitioner of his era, advised Congress to “grow a pair” and impeach Trump. Tribe and colleagues had already initiated litigation against Trump under the Foreign Emoluments Clause for his business empire’s conflicts of interest involving foreign countries which could potentially feed what Tribe calls Trump’s “bottomless money pit.” This litigation could take years.

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Strutting Fascism And Swaggering Militarism By Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
Originally posted June 12, 2008
May 20, 2017

“We work for the moral and traditional values which Socialists neglect and despise….”

–Benito Mussolini

It’s their strutting. That detestable image of the strutting that links them, the strutting and prancing Fascists and their swaggering and parading military cousins, up front for their conveniently concealed corporatist controllers. A strutting and swaggering couple they are, Fascism and the entrenched class of war. Their distorted visions of gallantry and nation come so naturally to both. The spick and span generals, employers of mercenaries and killers, chin in, chest out, and their majors and their colonels (especially the generals in the offices and the majors in the tents), thick chests covered with ribbons and medals and rows of multicolored decorations—awarded for killing. And the political Fascists! Defiant chins thrust forward, hard fists clinched, swaggering and prancing and strutting across the stages of piazzas nations and continents—in support of the killing.

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Left Liberals and Counter-History by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 14, 2017

I read a Facebook post by an American Liberal comparing the refusal of the French Far-Leftist Jean-Luc Melanchon to choose between Emmanuel Macron and the rightist Marine Le Pen as President of France to the Left’s rejection of the German Social Democrats on the eve of WWI, resulting, ultimately, in the emergence of Naziism. He cited other similar cases where Communists of the 1920s and 1930s who refused to distinguish between the far right and those “insufficiently to the left”, ie. Social Democrats, thus paving the way for the fascist right and the rise of Hitler and Mussolini. He cites also the case of Fausto Bertinotti in Italy who withdrew his support for the center-left government of Romano Prodi and paved the road for the disastrous return to power in Rome of Silvio Berlusconi. This indeed sad history is compared to the choice (non-choice) between Clinton and Trump. And thus the nightmare of Trump in the White House.

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Impeach Trump for the Right Reasons by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 10, 2017

The Constitution suddenly seems to have bestirred itself and declared itself, through its many Washington spokespeople, to be in crisis.

I’m sorry, interjects the world, but what the hell took you so long?

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Abby Martin and Greg Palast: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters

Abby Martin and Greg Palast: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters

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with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
gregpalast.com
April 25, 2017

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Apr 25, 2017

With all the discussion of the contentious 2016 election, the most shocking fact is often ignored: that millions of people had their votes stolen through malicious, means. The Republican Party is currently working to purge millions more voters leading up to the 2018 election.

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Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of Blaming Russia and WikiLeaks for Clinton Loss + WikiLeaks’ Release of the Largest Leak of Secret CIA Documents

Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of Blaming Russia and WikiLeaks for Clinton Loss

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Democracy Now! on Apr 10, 2017

http://democracynow.org – As President Trump’s presidency nears its first 100 days, Trump and his campaign are facing multiple investigations over whether the campaign colluded with Russian officials to influence the 2016 presidential election. In a Democracy Now! exclusive, we speak with a man who has been at the center of much discussion of Russian election meddling: Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.

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Chris Hedges: This is a Very Dangerous Moment in American History

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with Chris Hedges

VulgarTrader on Apr 9, 2017

Chris Hedges discusses Trump, NATO expansion, and the co-opting of the so called “resistance.”

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Michael Hudson: Democratic Party Hired CrowdStrike As a Propaganda Organization To Make Accusations Against Russia

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
April 3, 2017

TheRealNews on Apr 3, 2017

Michael Hudson explains that the Senate hearings on Russia are an effort by Democrats to torpedo improvements in Russia-US relations and lack any real evidence of Russian meddling.

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Crash of Trumpcare Opens Door to Full Medicare for All by Ralph Nader + 2 Video Reports

Single payer healthcare now!

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 29, 2017

You can thank House Speaker Ryan and President Trump for pushing their cruel health insurance boondoggle. This debacle has created a big opening to put Single Payer or full Medicare for all prominently front and center. Single Payer means everybody in, nobody out, with free choice of physician and hospital.

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The Answer Is: Medicare for All

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Democracy Now! on Mar 27, 2017

http://democracynow.org – On Friday, House Republicans failed to muster enough support to pass the GOP healthcare plan, which some call Trumpcare. In response, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create a single-payer healthcare system. Several progressive groups are backing a single-payer system, including the Working Families Party, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, CREDO, Social Security Works and National Nurses United. For more, we speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. She is a professor at CUNY-Hunter College and a primary care physician. She is also a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

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Trump is Obama’s Legacy. Will this Break up the Democratic Party? by Michael Hudson

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson, March 23, 2017
March 26, 2017

Nobody yet can tell whether Donald Trump is an agent of change with a specific policy in mind, or merely a catalyst heralding an as yet undetermined turning point. His first month in the White House saw him melting into the Republican mélange of corporate lobbyists. Having promised to create jobs, his “America First” policy looks more like “Wall Street First.”

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