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WHO CAN WE TRUST?

With the news yesterday that the U.S. Central Command, in charge of the wars in the Middle East, has not been truthful about how these wars are going, who can we trust?  It was reported they have not been telling the truth about these wars since 2014!  When they give reports that ISIS is growing weaker and we are winning, why would we question them?  Now, we have reason to question every move they make!  This not only includes the U.S. Central Command but every government agency and even the president who knew of this deceit and are complicit in this lie.  Who can we trust?

One of President Obama’s campaign promises was to “bring our troops home”.  Obama has done the opposite.  He has expanded the wars in the Middle East.  He has sent more military to Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya.  As I have written before, Obama has expanded the war G.W. Bush started.  It is no longer the G.W. Bush war.  It is President Obama wars!  Who can we trust?

The Democratic Party has promised for years to “bring back” the middle class and achieve equality for them.  They promised to bring back the jobs that were sent overseas.  They promised to tax the wealthy and close the loopholes they use to send their money overseas.  They promised everyone would get free health care.  They promised to make government agencies more accountable.  Not only did they not keep these promises, they actually made things worse by their commitment to the corporations that “own them”!

Our two nominees for president are both liars and deceitful.  They have done nothing to help the American people but they “promise” to do everything “for the American people”!  These two nominees are the most disliked and most distrusted than any other nominees in the history of this country!  Yet, we are expected to vote for one of them.  Who do we trust?

COMCAST cable has a monopoly to service many areas of the country.  Cable users have no choice.  COMCAST keeps upping their monthly fees and adding more service fees.  You pay a “service agreement fee” for help when something goes wrong with this service and they do not honor this agreement. Their customer service jobs are outsourced overseas.  These customer service people, through no fault of their own, are not trained well and some can barely speak English.  Who can you trust?

The Corporate grocery stores are buying most of our food from other countries that have no regulations on sanitation, how it is produced, how it is packaged or how “old” it is.  Fresh caught salmon in U.S. waters are shipped to China to be packaged in these plants and sent back to the U.S. for sale!  Again, these packaging facilities have no sanitation or safety regulations. The same goes for many pork products and other foods.  Who can we trust?

The Pharmaceutical industry has prescription drugs manufactured in other countries as well.   The majority of prescription drugs manufactured in the U.S are now being replaced with prescription drugs produced in other countries.  Why?  Because corporate headquarters say those produced in the U.S. are too expensive!  They discontinue their use and leave the customer with no choice but to buy those made in other countries.  I researched a company, Aurobindo Pharma, which is in India.  I found they have been given “warning letters” by the FDA in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, 2015 and February, 2016 for failing to document positive results containing microbial growth, the quality of the sterile API and finished drug products manufactured at these facilities.  Their packaging and labeling systems are inadequate. The FDA stated “these violations are not all-inclusive of violations that exist at these facilities.”  In a June 2015 report by Boston Consulting Group focusing on the quality of manufacturing in the biopharma industry and its possible solutions, noted that “from 2010 through 2014, 11 of the top 15 biopharmaceutical companies received warning letters from the U.S. FDA. It further added that the manufacturing quality levels in the drug industry remained well below those in other industries….” My question is, what does it take to have the FDA actually “shut down” these manufacturing facilities?  The FDA sends these warning letters, yet, Aurobindo Pharma is still in business and has 21 active manufacturing facilities!  They are now the “new” manufacturer used for my prescription!  Who can we trust?

I have yet to find clothing or household items that are not made in other countries.  They are “cheap knockoffs” of very good products we used to be able to buy in America!  They are “throw away” products that are defective from the start and don’t last long!  Who can we trust?

The citizens of the United States are living in a “shadow world” where what we believe to be true is covered by the shadows of lies and deceit by the very ones we trust.

 

 

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THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

First, let me say, I would never vote for Trump…but…Wow!  It’s been quite a week of constant Trump bashing by everyone, Hillary, Democrats and even Republicans.  I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve to be taken to task for his outrageous behavior and comments.  However, I will say, I do think Trump has everyone fooled!  He may be a narcissist…but show me a politician who isn’t!  The harsh opinion that he is actually “mentally unstable” is being pushed 24/7 by the media, every reporter/journalist or news outlet that exists!  I think it’s time everyone calmed down and cut out the unsubstantiated “rumors” being repeated.  There are still three months to go before the election and who knows what will happen before then.  I have made several comments on my concern about Hillary’s physical health because she is on medication that increases her risk for a stroke or heart attack.  This is as serious as the “supposed craziness” of Trump!  Yet, I have not heard or read one word about anyone covering Hillary’s “health!  Seems to me it deserves as much attention as “Trump is crazy and unfit to lead”!  Does anyone have the courage to look into this?  No, I didn’t think so!  This whole week is much ado about nothing and will prove to be nonsensical jibberish!

I voted for Obama twice and believed what he promised in his campaign speeches. Not too long ago, I even wrote an article thanking him for all he has done for our country and I still give him credit for what he has done.  However, as time has passed, I have become more aware that his campaign words do not match his actions and I have been “fooled twice”.  Shame on me!  Obama led the voters to believe he was a “progressive” who would right the wrongs in this country and help the middle class achieve equality. It was his “Hope and Change” speech. Obama has not done that.  I am aware he has had nothing but obstruction from the Republicans on passing bills.  However, Obama did not need congress to have the Justice Department investigate the illegality of G.W. Bush’s war in Iraq.  Obama did not need congress to start an investigation into Wall Street and the banks for causing the worst depression since the 1930’s!  Obama placed former Wall Street members in his cabinet and did not replace other “conservative Republicans” throughout his administration.  These appointments have thwarted any action for “Hope and Change” in any of these government departments!  Obama’s most recent actions have left no doubt he is just another Democratic establishment politician. Obama promised to bring our troops home.  He has now committed more troops to Afghanistan, more in Iraq and more bombing of Libya.  Obama has extended G.W. Bush’s war in Iraq to more of the Middle East and beyond!  I have no doubt!  When Obama spends as much time and energy as he has on trying to get his TPP  (his legacy legislation) through congress, when he very well knows the majority of the people are against another trade bill shipping more American jobs overseas, there is no doubt in my mind.  When he agreed to oil exploration in the most pristine areas of Alaska and other states in the U.S., there is no doubt in my mind.  When he endorsed the most disliked and dishonest nominee for president in the history of our country; someone whose judgement got him into the Libya fiasco, someone who now wants regime change in Syria and more war in the Middle East, there is no doubt in my mind.  When Obama said he “could not believe Trump thinks the election will be “rigged” even after an email proved the primary was “rigged” by the DNC & DWS for Hillary.  Doesn’t Obama remember the presidential election in Florida in 2000!  I have no doubt in my mind!

Since I just addressed the “baggage” of Hillary in my last article, I will not repeat it. I will just add that the Clintons, Bill & Hillary started their “friendship” with Wall Street when he was president by repealing the Glass-Steagall Act.  They have been “milking the system” ever since.  I know Bill Clinton isn’t running for president but you can be sure he will have a “full partnership” with Hillary in her presidency should she win.  Bill can lie as good as Hillary and he uses that “asset” regularly.  Like Obama, Bill is a good orator and is able to sell anything because “he sells it as truth”.  I truly cringe at the thought of this dishonest man and his dishonest wife being in the White House once again!

It doesn’t matter if it is Republican or Democrat, the political party establishments and their presidential nominees are full of greed and power seekers who have sold their souls!

HILLARY – “The Chameleon”

 

During her two campaigns for the presidency, 2008 and 2016, Hillary Clinton has ‘”changed her “positions” to “blend in with the voters” just as a chameleon changes its color to blend in with its surroundings.  Hillary has used “smear” tactics on Obama in 2008 and Bernie Sanders in the current campaign.  Hillary and her supporters have made many false and misleading statements about Obama in 2008 and about Sanders in the current campaign.  Obama and Sanders chose to run on the issues and have never “attacked” Hillary as she has them.  This is one of the big differences between the candidates.  The following are the facts I have gathered about Hillary Clinton, “the politician” since the beginning of her political career.

Hillary was active in the Republican Party as a young woman.  She campaigned for the Republican candidate, Barry Goldwater in 1964.  Barry Goldwater was against the “Civil Rights” act.

She became a Democrat in 1968.  She married Bill Clinton in 1975.  He had a “rising” political career and became president in 1992.  Hillary was not just the wife of a politician, she was “his “partner” in all aspects of his political career, including the presidency.

During Bill Clinton’s presidency, Hillary agreed with him on bills signed and actions taken.  It was at this time they began to develop ties and “do favors” for Wall Street and the “Democratic establishment”, expecting “favors” from them in return.  Since Hillary uses the Bill Clinton presidency as part of her campaign (“fully truthful” or not), it is only fair that other accounts of his presidency be stated as well.

During the first term of Clinton’s presidency Clinton passed the “Don’t ask Don’t Tell” policy and the ratification of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement). Hillary headed a task force on a health care reform act to provide universal health coverage.  The bill failed and because of the controversy surrounding it, Republicans took control of both houses of congress in 1994.  I believe this is probably why Hillary is so against Bernie’s health care plan.  She equates it with her own failure. She is still living in the ‘90’s.

After this, Bill Clinton veered to the right in his policies.  Rather than becoming an “FDR” president for the people, he adopted the “Republican point of view.”  Clinton passed trade deals to benefit the corporations that shipped U.S. jobs overseas. Clinton also cut investment taxes for the rich. Clinton signed a measure that decimated the federal welfare program.  Clinton signed a crime bill that led to a never before major increase in federal and state prison population.  Hillary’s campaign has accepted contributions from two major prison lobbyists.

What the Clintons did for Wall Street is common knowledge but not talked about much “outside the beltway”.  Bill Clinton brought members of Wall Street into his administration and signed the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act.  A law which had kept Wall Street and the big banks in check for years.  Not one of these men have ever admitted any responsibility for their part that led to the 2008 global financial crisis. This set a precedent for the “Democratic Establishment” that allowed not only the Clintons, but every member of a Democratic administration, every Democratic member of the U.S. congress and down the line to continue the economic destructive policies and make millions while doing it.  Since Bill Clinton’s presidency, Bill and Hillary have become wealthy working with Wall Street and big banks.  They have never considered prosecution of any these financial criminals!  Now, thanks to Bernie Sanders the “cat is out of the bag”.  As a political maneuver Hillary is now going along with Bernie saying “we have to do something about this”.  Her feeble attempt at telling the voters what she tried to do about this when she was a U.S. Senator amounted to “I told them to stop it.”

Hillary said she would consult with Bill on foreign policy issues.  Bill Clinton’s foreign policy regarding the American military mission in Somalia failed as well as his failure to do anything in the face of genocide in Rwanda.  Bill Clinton did nothing about the USS Cole attack that killed seventeen and wounded 39 sailors. Bill Clinton had U.S. soldiers forcibly remove a child, Elian Gonzales, from his family in the U.S. to send back to his father in Cuba.

Bill Clinton’s policies have yet to be judged fully by historians.  However, because of Hillary’s candidacy, it has opened the Clintons “Pandora’s box” to the American people.  The true nature of the Clinton presidency is becoming clearer than ever before.  The ‘Democratic Establishment” is still beholden to the Clintons as shown by their organizations and it’s minions choosing Hillary to be the Democrat candidate for president.  The Clintons have “courted” the MSM as well and they too, are part of the Hillary campaign.  Not only that.  Many members of the Democratic establishment have publically attacked Bernie Sanders credibility as well as using “smear tactics” against him. Bill Clinton called Sanders a “sexist”, dishonest and a hypocrite in one of his campaign speeches!  Their daughter, Chelsea Clinton lied about what Sanders health care bill would do to the ACA.  It’s “all in the family”!

The “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” continues.  Hillary and Obama were the presidential contenders in 2008.  Obama became president and appointed Hillary as secretary of state in 2009. Bill Clinton gave a speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention supporting President Obama and Vice President Biden.  In November, 2013, President Obama gave Bill Clinton a special award, the “Presidential Medal of Freedom.  This is the highest honor given to civilians.  Although Obama hasn’t said “I endorse Hillary Clinton”, he has made enough “transparent” comments recently that certainly “imply” as much.

Even without Bill & Chelsea Clinton, Hillary’s campaign is full of lies, misinformation and bad judgement. According to Hillary, her “foreign affair” experience qualifies her for the office of president. Yes, she traveled a lot and met leaders of foreign countries.  However, she accomplished nothing to make America safer from terrorists.  She did not negotiate any “peace agreement between any two warring countries.  She did not change any of the human rights conditions in any of these countries.  She left the post on February 1, 2013.

Hillary’s “judgement calls” on other serious foreign policy issues are no better than the one she made when she voted for the invasion of Iraq.  She continues along the same line as Republicans when it comes to getting the U.S. involved in war in the Middle East and putting U.S. military troops in these countries. Her policy is get rid of the dictators and promote democracy in these countries. She agrees with her advisor, Henry Kissinger, a questionable former secretary of state.  She advised President Obama to get involved in Libya.  She also advised Obama to get involved in Syria. One of Hillary’s “I did this” statements, according to Jeffrey Sachs at Columbia University, “was a total misrepresentation of what she actually did. Hillary said that “at the core of the Security Council’s resolution is an agreement I negotiated in June of 2012 in Geneva, which set forth a cease-fire and moving toward a political resolution…..”.  In fact, Jeffrey Sachs wrote “Clinton’s role in Syria has been to help instigate and prolong the Syrian blood bath, not bring it to a close.” Sachs continues “In 2012, Clinton was the obstacle, not the solution, to a ceasefire being negotiated by UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan.  It was U.S. intransigence – Clinton’s intransigence – that led to the failure of Annan’s peace efforts in the spring of 2012.  Despite Clinton’s insinuation in the Milwaukee debate, there was no 2012 ceasefire, only escalating carnage.  Clinton bears heavy responsibility for that carnage, which has by now displaced more than 10 million Syrians and left more than 250,000 dead.”.

There are other “foreign policy” misrepresentations of what she actually did, Hillary claimed she was the one who started the Iran nuclear agreement, even though she was against it until congress was for it.  Hillary’s “I did this” must be scrutinized vigorously! A former Obama top military intelligence official, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former Defense Intelligence Agency head said “Clinton should withdraw from the race”.

So far in this campaign, Hillary has given many misrepresentations of what she has done, what Bill Clinton has done as president and why she is qualified to be president of the U.S.  Her campaign tactics are the same as they were in 2008.  Only, rather than Obama, they are now being directed at Bernie.  In fact, one of her “tactics” is to build a wedge between Bernie and Obama. She “gushes” her admiration for Obama and talks about the things he has done for this country.  Even those she disagreed with him on.  Gone are the days of “smearing Obama”.  She is “using” Obama to get the African American vote.  If any African American wants the truth about the Clinton’s treatment of African Americans all they need to do is read the articles published  by a respected African American woman, Michelle Alexander. She tells the “truth”.

Hillary said she agrees with Bernie about getting money out of politics. However, the DNC chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a relentless supporter of Hillary, has recently ended Obama’s ban on federal contractors donating to the party.  Bernie’s funding comes from the millions of American citizens who support him.

Hillary has the entire political, Wall Street, corporate world and media establishments behind her.  Bernie has the millions of American citizens who support him.  Hillary’s economists say “No, you can’t” and Bernie’s economists say “Yes, you can”!

 

 

 

BITS OF NEWS and COMMENTS

These days the news is so repetitive it’s hard to get your mind around just one headline.  They all deserve attention.  Some more than others.  Following are a few.

  1. Saudia Arabia/Iran: Some so called “foreign experts” say we have to maintain our ties with Saudi Arabia as well as Iran.  This means keeping the old “balancing act” going!  Every problem in the whole of the  Middle East has become so intertwined and complicated there is nothing the United States can do that will make one bit of difference.  It all boils down to a religious war that has been going on for centuries and will continue as long as there is a “Middle East”.  Nevertheless, leaders of the world are still “trying” to find a solution.  When are they all going to face the truth that there is no solution!  When is the United States going to stop aiding and abetting these Middle East countries?  How many years have we tried to help these countries in the Middle East come to some kind of peaceful agreement?  How much U.S. treasure and how many American lives have been lost in this effort with absolutely nothing in return except more turmoil?  The only rational course now is to leave the Middle East to the Middle East!  Those who propose staying involved in these wars are either politicians or the military industrial complex.  All for their own selfish purposes.  Too many Middle East cities have been so decimated by these wars there are no homes left.  In Syria, the millions who were able to leave are still trying to find a home in other countries that allow them to enter.  Now, the remaining people are not allowed to leave and are being starved to death by one or the other factions fighting!  Anyone who tells you the U.S. or any other country can find a “solution” to all these problems in the Middle East is downright lying!
  1. ISIS gives the media a new threat to broadcast every day! Republicans use these “news flashes” as fear mongering aides for their political purposes. This is in turn, makes the already fearful more hateful towards any immigrants.  It is truly a vicious circle!
  1. Billionaires are playing the stock market game while the prices drop in the U.S. with the excuse the Chinese stock market may crash!  This is just another manipulation of money to make more money!
  1. Floods, earthquakes, tornados, etc. are becoming the norm. Still, the climate change deniers are holding their ground!  One day when they lose their home and all they own to one of these events they may change their minds.
  1. Around a dozen armed men take over a “bird sanctuary” in Oregon so they can get their “15 minutes of fame”! They are “protesting” the U.S. government taxing them for grazing their cattle on federal lands (which belong to the U.S. taxpayers!).  One of the “honchos”, Ammon Bundy, received a Small Business Loan from the same government he is protesting!  There is no record of him paying this 2010 loan back.  This loan was for his “car valet” business!  No cattle there!  Two of the men who claimed they had been in the military were found to be lying!  One man has a criminal history!
  1. TransCanada is seeking $15 Billion in damages from the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed by then President, Bill Clinton. The company calls the decision to cancel the company’s Keystone XL pipeline project as “arbitrary and unjustified”. This is one good reason why the U.S. should not sign any more “Free Trade Agreements” with any other country!
  1. The presidential campaigns continue with the usual “insults” from Trump and usual lies from the rest of the Republican candidates. Hillary Clinton tries her best to blame Bernie Sanders for all the gun violence in this country!  Bernie Sanders just keeps “rolling along”, beating her in  New Hampshire by 13 points in the most recent polls.

And…it goes on and on!

 

 

 

EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME IN 2016 – SORRY!

I apologize for such a “depressing” headline.  But…it’s the truth, isn’t it?

The presidential campaign will be in full force with the same tripe coming from Donald Trump, the same lies, smears and redundancy from the rest of the Republican candidates.  The “blah blah” from Hillary Clinton, telling people what she would do for them ….. except, based on her past history, she would not!  The fight for truth and media coverage in the Bernie Sanders campaign in spite of the undermining of his campaign from the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and the Democrat “establishment”!

There will still be unarmed black men, even teenagers, shot by white police officers for no reason other than racism!  No, I am not condemning all police officers!  There are many more of them that are just trying to do their jobs while being blamed for what the racists do. To find the truth there has to be an Independent Investigative Committee that has no ties to the police department or any other city department.

The wealthy will still be getting their tax breaks and tax havens overseas!  They will still be heavily involved in the presidential campaign with their individual millions of dollars contribution or through the many established Super Pacs.  Who gets the most funds from these billionaires is a toss-up between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

Corporations will continue to ship jobs overseas to citizens of a country who have no choice but work for minimal pay in deplorable working conditions. The Federal Reserve is still in “cahoots” with Wall Street, raising interest rates to help the wealthy and make it harder for the middle class

The Republican “mantra” will still be “the terrorists are going to get you if you don’t vote for me.” Their uneducated minions will still believe all Muslims are terrorists, no matter how wrong these Republican bigots are!  Republicans are playing a dangerous game, pitting one religion against another for their own selfish reasons!

There will be more floods, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.  Again, the Republicans and their minions will call “climate change” a hoax, even as they are losing their homes and all they have to these storms.

Many journalists(?) will continue to “debase” themselves to keep their jobs.  There will be a minimal amount of investigative journalism because the truth is being circumvented.  Most of the MSM is now controlled by the wealthy Republicans who can “twist the news” to suit them.

Middle class will continue to struggle for a decent job and wage to support their families.  Although many Unions have been “busted” by Republican governors, they will continue to fight for the middle class.  This is a fight for the soul of America!

As we enter the New Year and things remain the same, remember…. we still have a president who is working to make things better for all Americans.  He is still in charge until the next president is sworn in.  It is up to us to elect leaders who truly care and put the middle class needs ahead of their own personal desires.  We must elect leaders who are not beholden to the wealthy who have a “foothold” in our lives as never before.  We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves.  The “wolves” are not at the door.  They are here!  It is up to us to stop them!

“The world is a dangerous place to live not because of people who are evil but because people won’t do anything about it.”…Mark Twain