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Rachel Maddow Blows The Lid Off Niger Green Beret Deaths

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      Rachel Maddow Does It Again!

      Blows The Lid Off Niger Green Beret Deaths

      Rachel Maddow reveals "baffling" Trump decision that may have led to deadly ambush


      By Ray Cunneff

      October 20, 2017

      MSNBC's Rachel Maddow had a particularly extraordinary program last night (Thursday 10/19). The bombshell Wisconsin voter suppression story (see below) was rivaled by Rachel's stunning revelations concerning America's interests in Central Africa.

      Maddow's uncanny ability to "connect-the-dots" and develop a cohesive narrative may help explain the deaths of the four Green Berets in Niger (and why Donald Trump seems so reluctant to discuss it).

      Hint: Trump administration's "bewildering", "inexplicable" decision to put Chad on the travel ban list.

      The Trump team never seems to consider cause-and-effect consequences of their often arbitrary, ill-considered decisions. To this date, no one has been able to properly explain why Chad went on the travel ban (apart from speculation related to Tillerson's Exxon/Mobil regional interests).

      Trump's 12-day's-belated phone call to the widow of one of the fallen soldiers, Sgt. La David Johnson, has dominated the headlines since the news was first revealed. The president reportedly told Johnson's wife that her husband "knew what he signed up for" and appeared not to know the soldier's name.

      This comes after Trump made false claims about how his predecessors handled the death of U.S. service members, and hid behind the death of Chief of Staff John Kelly's son in Afghanistan, in what appeared to many another Trump distraction, a magician's misdirection.

      “Something about what happened in Niger has caused this president,

      apparently instinctively, to divert the conversation from

      what happened to those soldiers”.

      -Rachel Maddow

      But Maddow was able to stitch the story together:

      A month after being inexplicably put on the Trump travel ban, Chad, our primary military ally in the region, pulled its troops out of Mali and Niger and may well have inadvertently set the stage for the ambush of our servicemen.

      By virtually all accounts, this massacre by at least fifty ISIS-related troops represents a major failure of both U.S. support and Intel. And when help finally arrived, it was the French and a private contractor that came, too late, to the rescue.

      And now, more than two weeks after the fact, there is still no detailed account of how this happened. When asked if the Pentagon had been forthcoming about the circumstances of the ISIS ambush, Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said "Of course not".

      When asked what steps he would be willing to take to receive the information he's demanding on the attack, McCain said "It may require a subpoena".

      On CNN earlier today, retired Major General James “Spider” Marks vented his frustration:

      "What was the purpose, what was the objective of this engagement? At the end of

      all of these, every time there is a death, you know, there is an investigation.”

      "What were the intelligence assets available for the Africa command to approve this engagement?

      And I would never second-guess those decisions. When you do your forensics on all of this,

      there are higher priority targets someplace else that were taking intelligence collection

      assets away, that the folks on the ground had been given a good snapshot

      that this was a permissive environment."


      "So the team worked desperately. You can only imagine they were fighting for each other

      – there is incredible confusion, they haven’t seen anything like this in the previous

      29 patrols they have conducted in the area. They are outgunned, out-manned by

      ISIS fighters. They don’t know what’s going on. At the moment of the engagement,

      they don’t know what is taking place other than they are being shot at.”


      Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright died in the October 4th attack, after consulting with local leaders in Niger as part of the effort to combat terrorists, in what was believed to be a routine mission.

      Sketchy initial reports suggested the 12-member US team was leaving a meeting in unarmored pick-up trucks when they began taking fire from small arms, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, according to a US defense official. After-action report: four dead, two wounded. (At least one member of Niger armed forces may have been killed as well.)

      It remains unclear why Sgt. Johnson's body was not recovered, nearly a mile away from the battlefield, for 48 hours.

      Or who recovered it.



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      The Trump Administration’s Power Over A Pregnant Girl

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          I'm not too sure why NYT offered this up as an OP-ED, but, here it is just the same. The trump calamity in the WH is apparently going to drag this young woman's case out until her pregnancy's well into 2nd trimester, too late for an abortion.
          They'll then pat her on the head and stick her, 8 months preggers, on a bus back to Mexico. That the executive branch is making these kinds of decisions when lower state level powers had already handled it, is proof positive of their motivation.

          Power to the old white guy with the squirrel living on his head and his band of billionaires. For, that is the only power that matters.

          https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/opinion/trump-pregnancy-abortion-.html?utm_content=buffer88e43&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer&mtrref=t.co&gwh=E509DDAB5E8120ACC2ED51AC132FA872&gwt=pay&assetType=opinion

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          Someone Needs To Ban That Man-Child In Oval Office From Twitter

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              Either we have someone sitting in the Oval Office who has the mentality of a six year old child or worse, we have someone who is mentally ill and constantly attacks others who call out his many lies. Why has Twitter allowed this sick old man to continue to use Twitter to demean and attack people when that is not supposed to be allowed and can end up in getting an account suspended?

              Unbeknownst to Trump, Rep. Wilson is NOT killing the Democratic Party but just adding another voice to those already who call out Trump for his inadequacies and incompetence.

              For those who wish to keep an eye on Trump's tweets then just check out the site below.

              http://trumptwitterarchive.com/


              https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-...

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              SENATE PASSES BUDGET THAT SLASHES MEDICARE AND MEDICAID

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                  Senate Republicans pass budget that will add $1.5 trillion to deficit, slash Medicare and Medicaid

                  As expected, this tax plan benefits wealthy Americans and hurts everyone else as it cuts more health care, adds to the deficit, and gives big tax breaks to Corporations.

                  The measure is estimated to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years, and contains about $4 trillion in spending cuts.

                  The Senate’s plan passed along party lines, with 51 Republicans voting in favor of the bill, and all Democrats voting against it.

                  “This nasty and backwards budget greenlights cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in order to give a tax break to big corporations and the wealthiest Americans,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said.

                  ALSO SEE Independent economists on why they aren't buying Trump's tax plan promise

                  http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/senate-republicans-...

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                  Missing In Action....

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                      What was a nice story for the morons over at Fox News. They went with a story that saw a military veteran create a wonderful piece of glass work that he hoped to give to the President to honour Trump.

                      Former Navy Seal, two purple hearts, missing in action twice and all this despite health issues......72 year old John Garofalo is everything those apple pie and star spangled banner types at Fox News just love......

                      Isn't that just lovely.

                      However, it turns out that Mr Garofalo and Trump have more in common than just love of country and love of flag......turns out that neither Trump nor Garofalo for that matter served in Vietnam.

                      The Navy Times contacted Mr Garofalo and it soon turned out his story was a little overblown......by a lot

                      http://americannewsx.com/hot-off-the-press/john-ga...

                      But when The Navy Times contacted John Gar0folo, he broke down and admitted he’d lied about serving in Vietnam, receiving a Purple Heart, and being a Navy SEAL. He said he’s been making these claims for years.

                      In a telephone interview, he said, “It got bigger and bigger. What I did I’m ashamed of, and I didn’t mean to cause so much disgrace to the SEALs.”

                      The Navy Times looked him up and found he was in the Navy from 1963-1967, but he was an aviation boatswain’s mate who helped maintain onboard aircraft. Furthermore, John Gar0folo only received one award: The National Defense Service Medal.


                      I am shocked and appalled that Fox News would not fact check their stories before going on air and..........Only joking.

                      We expect this type of nonsense from Propaganda driven Fox News.

                      http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/19/correction-ve...

                      Correction: Veteran, glass artist falsified his military record

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                      Report: Voter Suppression Gave Trump Wisconsin (and Possibly The Election)

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                          Report: Voter Suppression

                          Gave Trump Wisconsin

                          (and possibly the election)

                          By Ray Cunneff

                          October 19, 2017

                          A new study, completed by Kenneth Mayer, a University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Political Science, details a survey in two large Wisconsin counties that asked whether respondents were either prevented or deterred from voting due to a new Voter ID law in effect for the first time in the 2016 election.

                          As reported in a follow-up expose for the November-December issue of Mother Jones, investigative journalist Ari Berman explores an aspect of the 2016 election that has been largely ignored amid the controversies surrounding internal Democratic National Committee politics, leaked e-mails, insecure servers, and what is now recognized to have been Russian interference - voter suppression.

                          Berman reports the results of the survey were shocking: More than 11 percent of respondents said they were deterred, and that 6 percent, more than half of the nonvoters, were prevented entirely.

                          Voters were asked why they didn’t vote, how engaged they were in the election, what types of ID they had, how confident they were in the final vote count, and their general demographics. The survey never required any respondent to answer who they may have voted for.

                          The most alarming part of the findings was how disproportionately the Voter ID law affected low-income and minority voters. More than 21 percent of households under $25,000 yearly income were deterred. That number dropped to just over 7 percent for those above that income line.

                          The line of demarcation between white and black voters was even more stark, with just 8 percent of white voters reporting trouble and 27.5 percent of African-Americans reporting the same. Had those voters been able to vote, turnout would have increased by 2.24 percent.

                          To extrapolate the numbers, by a conservative estimate, 69,440 voters were disenfranchised entirely by the new Voter ID law. Donald Trump’s margin of victory in the state was less than a third of that.

                          Kenneth Mayer:

                          “We have hard evidence there were tens of thousands of people who were unable to vote because of the voter ID law”.

                          Ari Berman:

                          "The lesson from 2016 is terrifyingly clear: If voter suppression can work in a state like Wisconsin, with a long progressive history and a culture of high civic participation, it can work anywhere."

                          http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/voter-...

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                          Born Of A Toxic Nostalgia

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                              Face facts there are states within the US that are lost to the new world. I say the new world and I should be more specific, it's the present day. Lost in this modern age and wedded to notions and thinking that belongs in the annals of shame. But no, these folks right now are having their day and seemingly in control of society many would find that difficult to argue against.

                              Given the current state of disarray within US politics and the stark reality that reality is now questioned fervently by those who decided to invest their political futures to those who pander to those very subjective realities. A virulent strand of mindlessness and a delivery system all set up in the form of a once great political party, the party of Lincoln. A decades old fissure erupting in the late 2000's and now a critical mass has been achieved.

                              Those states embracing their own demise by embracing the party that offers little to their most loyal, most mindless supporters and voters. They claim that they are the party of country and patriotism yet turn a blind eye to their very own treasonous minds and treacherous dealings with America's greatest foes.


                              Someone kneels during the anthem in silent protest and the worst of America's own self rears up seeing those who kneel as traitors to flag and country and the military. Of course have their leader disrespect the troops the flag and military solemnity to measure dicks with his fluffer and all round plastic patriot jock Sean Hannity.....

                              Ok, let's break this one down.

                              Here's the late great Robin Williams during one of his many USO shows...

                              When the bugle sounds...


                              Now let's see how two self proclaimed patriots behave.....



                              You all see that patriotism??

                              Wonderful wasn't it.....amazing how a man entertaining troops in a foreign land knew to stop when those notes started playing....That's respect.


                              What 45 and cohorts like Hannity and all those other enemies of America are guilty of is an anger at others when they themselves are guilty of being Un-American.


                              But it is this type of utter hypocrisy that on one hand is typical of those truly chickenshit 'patriots' who actively avoided the dirty work of American wars but who now believe that they know who is being patriotic and who hates the country.

                              Those states who continually send the divisive politicians to the big house on Capitol Hill to defend their beliefs that America is lesser, lesser than what it was. Feeding upon a diet that their heritage and their way of life is in peril......They aren't entirely wrong, their old prejudices and hates are dying out slowly but surely and whether they like it or not they will be left behind by the rest of the US and by the world at large.




                              America is only seen as great when its diverse population is raised up, not one person, culture or ethnicity forgotten. The entirety of America is not measured by confederate flags, monuments and old racist dogma soaked in the gasoline of burning crosses but by those who stand against them. It is the voices of those who stand against the voices of the past and those whose voice is silent in protest but imagery ignites a conversation about social justice.


                              Pretend patriots on the other hand well they don't like that which they cannot control and blatantly use a fake love of country that is born of a toxic nostalgia that is Anti-American.

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                              Right Wing Fake News About California Wildfires

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                                  Right Wing Fake News

                                  About California Wildfires

                                  Competing Conspiracy Theories

                                  Both Target Mexicans


                                  By Ray Cunneff

                                  October 19, 2017

                                  Right-wing websites, Steve Bannon's Breitbart and Alex Jones' InfoWars are aggressively floating a conspiracy theory blaming a Mexican immigrant for having started the wildfires that have killed at least 40 people and destroyed hundreds of homes in northern California.

                                  Jesus Fabian Gonzales, who “often sleeps in the park and is well-known to law enforcement”, was arrested Sunday after starting a small fire that he lit to stay warm, and one that “was so small a responding sheriff’s deputy was able to mostly put it out before firefighters arrived.” Gonzales was taken into custody without incident for one count of arson, but by Tuesday a number of right-wing conspiracy sites were authoritatively posting sensationalist headlines, including one that stated that the “Homeless arsonist behind Calif. wildfire that killed 40 people is an illegal alien”.

                                  Breitbart and InfoWars offered no evidence to link the man’s arrest to the fires and their accounts of the man’s arrest were disputed the same day by Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano:

                                  “There’s a story out there he’s the arsonist for these fires. That is not the case. There is no indication he is related to these fires at all,” Giordano said in a news conference also broadcast on the department’s Facebook page and area TV stations. “I just did want to kill that speculation right now so we didn’t have things running too far out of control.”

                                  Even nuttier right-wing website, Chuck C. Johnson's Got News has blamed the wildfires on the Mexican drug cartels' attempt to gain control of the legal California marijuana industry. This story apparently reinforced the ongoing prejudices of other right-wing, fake news sites because The Gateway Pundit, Proud Patriots and Freedom Daily picked it up.

                                  The only common denominator in both conspiracy narratives is a campaign, based on nothing, to fan the flames (quite literally) of hatred toward Mexicans.

                                  Fact-checker Snopes picked up on the story, finding it preposterous enough to devote a page to it, politely declaring it "unproven". From Snopes: "

                                  "The Got News article can most charitably be described as thinly sourced, claiming that anonymous law enforcement officials and cannabis industry leaders believe that cartels “had a hand” in starting the historically destructive fires. However, there is no statement attributed to anyone, even an unnamed person".

                                  Investigators have yet to determine what sparked the Northern California fires. But a review of emergency radio traffic recordings found that fire crews were dispatched to at least ten locations in Sonoma County in response to reports of sparking electrical wires and exploding transformers as high winds pummeled the area on the night of Oct. 8th, the San Jose Mercury News reported. The first fires were reported about the same time, the newspaper said.

                                  The Got News story quoted an October 13th, 2017 New York Times report:

                                  "Fatal fires that have consumed nearly 200,000 acres in Northern California, devastating the region’s vineyards particularly in Napa and Sonoma Counties, are also taking a toll on a fledgling industry just months before its debut: recreational marijuana."

                                  And that was all the right-wing xenophobes needed.

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                                  WH: Kelly Felt Trump's Remarks To Widow Were 'Respectful'?

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                                      Unbecoming of a Marine,is a charge I think , Gen. Kelley is displaying ....why?, it's seems, he's simply staying loyal to 45, by going along with the line...45's phone conversation to a black gold widow was respectful .

                                      Going back to the campaign , 45 insulted the Khan's son's ultimate sacrifice for our nation ..whilst he WEASELED OUT OF DUTY!, during the Vietnam war!


                                      it's really sickening to hear his supporters defend his blantant and frequent lie after lie!

                                      45's certainly WISHING he's in the same class as #Real president Obama.

                                      It seems to me a black marine veteran, the current occupant of the White House is reluctant to fully recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by non- White citizens

                                      I remember this

                                      The biggest disgrace is the feckless GOTP boy's obvious failure to criticize 45's unpatriotic actions and words ...

                                      Disgraceful

                                      Semper Fi!

                                      LCPL Dayne Griffith

                                      HD. July 6,1991.

                                      2nd Lt. A.Griffith

                                      USMC Active 2016~

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                                      Opinion | Small Things Aren’t Small: More Pushback Against Trump

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                                          I have tried to ignore today’s events that concern Trump. I failed. The picture below just brings out all sort of emotions. A mother with her young daughter weeping at the flag-draped casket of her husband Sgt. La David Johnson.

                                          This wife, mother who expecting another child received a call from Trump. Was it a call of condolences and sympathy? Frankly, I can’t say it was. What is being reported in the Washington Post, gives us an account of a very uncaring individual, making a comment: “must have known what he signed up for.”

                                          Can we take a moment to consider that statement? Unlike The Idiot In Chief, he indeed understands what he signed up for. He fully understood when he raised his right hand and said the following:

                                          I, La David Johnson, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed.

                                          This young father, husband, Soldier understood his oath far better than one Donald J. Trump. This man made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. His wife, the mother of his children, also made sacrifices. The separation, the acceptance that he wanted to serve his country, and they lived with a man who loved his family and his country. They no doubt prayed every day for him to be safe and that he would come home to once again hug and kiss them, and talk about what transpired during his time away. Yes, they both knew the danger, but they also accepted the fact that what Sgt. Johnson was doing what he wanted to because he had the desire to serve his country.

                                          Sgt. Johnson is a rare breed. He didn’t think about himself. He didn’t complain about what was wrong in the world. He set out to make a difference, he decided the best way he could do that was to join the military. But, he didn’t stop at being a regular soldier. He wanted to be part of an elite group, so he went on to become Green Beret, which required him to work that much harder, endure the demanding training that is needed to be part of an elite group of our Military’s Special Forces. Many try, but few actually succeed. The fact he did tells us something about his character.

                                          Something that Trump has no inkling of, for if he did, he would have known not to say what he did. But, when you are as ignorant as he is, so self-absorbed that when asked about the mission, all he can say is I this, I that, I, I, me, me this from a fraud of a human. The audacity to speak to a grieving mother, wife, in the manner reported, demonstrates his ultimate lack of empathy, and the totality of his callous heart.

                                          Now, Mrs. Johnson becomes something she didn’t want, she is now a Gold Star Wife. There are many here who are members of that exclusive group. I cannot imagine it is something they put down as a goal they wanted to achieve. It is an honor they accept reluctantly, one that is reserved for the sacrifice their loved ones made, but, I firmly believe they would rather not be a member of this exclusive group. Yet they are, and now, so is Mrs. Johnson.

                                          So when I read about how Trump mangled this situation, what Jennifer Rubin laid out in her column today is fit and well worth repeating:

                                          The country needs to collectively come to grips with Trump’s unfitness — and remember that voting for a miserable human being for president isn’t justified because he’ll sign a tax cut or appoint a judge. Those who have enabled him deserve our scorn.

                                          This man does not deserve to sit behind the Resolute Desk. For the simple reason, he has no idea what it means to: “Support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”

                                          Sadly, Sgt. La David Johnson not only understood, but he made the most significant sacrifice in proving it.

                                          Rest in peace Sgt. Johnson, and Thank You.


                                          https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp...

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