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Trumps Indictment: Historical and Future Implications II

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I would love to thank the Biden regime for funneling 6 billion thru Iran to Hamas, tossing 80 billion in weapons and military vehicles to the Taliban and laundering over a 100 billion to Ukraine to sell hardware to Palestinian extremists while arresting his U.S. political opposition and declaring anyone not on the Democrat plantation a domestic terrorist with 3 letter agency fuckery...Dramatic irony is a specialty, I must admit ,for the Jim Crow. So poetic in their propaganda and skullduggery...

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However, please continue with the keyboard character assassination of Biden's political rival. The "wrap up smear" is very effective. First, spread disinformation and then write articles about it and thru visual media then referencing said articles to "appear" to show validation  The last 100 years is full of this bearing of false witness by intellectuals via media bullhorn and soon after debunked...






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October 9, 2023
HEATHER COX RICHARDSON
POSTED OCT 10, 2023

The crisis in the Middle East has continued to escalate. Since I last wrote on Saturday, October 7, the contours of the attack on Israel by Hamas have become clearer. More than 900 Israelis have been killed in the fighting, and dozens more have been taken hostage and are now being held in Gaza, with Hamas threatening to execute them if Israelis target civilians without warning. At least 11 U.S. citizens were killed in the attack.

In retaliation, Israel has struck the Gaza Strip from the air and restricted food, electricity, and fuel. Around 680 people have been killed in Gaza, and more than 187,500 have been displaced. Thousands more have been wounded on both sides.

Rumors are flying about how deeply Iran backed the attack by Hamas, and whether Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu knew ahead of time about the attack, but there is little analysis yet that is verified. At the same time, the volume of disinformation spreading suggests that the crisis is being used to destabilize the U.S. by increasing the already strong feelings about the conflicts between Israelis and Arabs in the Middle East.

And, over all, the conflict is deeply steeped in centuries of history both in the region and elsewhere as well as in longstanding cultural antisemitism, which had been on the rise and which is now, in some countries, at fever pitch.

For my part, while I am willing to try to keep people abreast of key players and events in the present crisis, I am trying to be cautious and not speculate in areas about which, as a scholar of the United States, I am not versed. The volume of hate mail about last Saturday’s letter, pretty evenly divided between those accusing me of backing one side and those accusing me of backing the other, is about the highest I’ve ever received, but I was trying simply to present the verified events of Saturday alone, with a focus on how they affected the United States.

While I can’t say much about the internal meaning of events in the Middle East, I can reflect on what is happening, on a day-to-day basis, in the U.S. in response to the crisis.

President Joe Biden has been in touch with Prime Minister Netanyahu throughout the last few days, and this morning met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer, Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall, and White House chief of staff Jeff Zientz about the situation, directing them to act with their Israeli counterparts on all parts of the crisis but focusing primarily on the missing hostages.

This afternoon, Biden called the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom to coordinate support for Israel. After the call, the leaders issued a rare joint statement, expressing “our steadfast and united support to the State of Israel, and our unequivocal condemnation of Hamas and its appalling acts of terrorism.” They reiterated that “the terrorist actions of Hamas have no justification, no legitimacy, and must be universally condemned. There is never any justification for terrorism. In recent days, the world has watched in horror as Hamas terrorists massacred families in their homes, slaughtered over 200 young people enjoying a music festival, and kidnapped elderly women, children, and entire families, who are now being held as hostages.”

They emphasized that their countries would support Israel against such atrocities, and again warned other countries against trying to exploit the chaos after the attack to gain an advantage.

At the same time, the statement continued, “All of us recognize the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people, and support equal measures of justice and freedom for Israelis and Palestinians alike. But make no mistake: Hamas does not represent those aspirations, and it offers nothing for the Palestinian people other than more terror and bloodshed.”

The U.S. is facing this crisis with a weakened diplomatic corps, a weakened military, and a weakened government.

Because of holds Republican senators have put on the nomination process, the U.S. does not have a Senate-confirmed ambassador to Israel or Egypt, the two countries that border the Gaza Strip. The nominees for U.S. ambassador to Oman and Kuwait are similarly waiting for confirmation, as is the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has held up several of the Middle East nominations, claiming that the “nominees keep lying to Congress and the American people, testifying publicly that they are committed to countering Iran and deepening the U.S.-Israel relationship then implementing the opposite policies in secret once confirmed.”

The military is also down critical leaders, as Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) is refusing to lift his hold on more than 300 uncontroversial military promotions, a hold he says is to protest Pentagon policy of permitting military personnel time off to obtain abortion care.

And the House of Representatives is without a speaker, making it unclear what, if any, business other than electing a new speaker it can conduct. The two candidates in the race for speaker—Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Jim Jordan (R-OH)—apparently hope to be elected from within the Republican conference, but neither has shown any sign of being able to find the necessary votes.

Scalise is saddled with his own declaration years ago that he was like Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke “without the baggage,” and—in addition to old accusations of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse of the Ohio State University wrestlers on the team of which he was the assistant coach between 1987 and 1995—Jordan is closely associated with the attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Republicans from more moderate districts are likely to be reluctant to back either of them.

Today, former speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suggested he would be willing to return to the speaker’s chair and noted that he had more votes than any other current Republican candidate when the extremists ousted him last week.

This evening, House Republicans met in private to discuss the speakership. They are expected to hold a candidate forum tomorrow and a private vote on a nominee Wednesday. They then hope to have a candidate to take forward for a floor vote.



Notes: https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/october-9-2023

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I would love to thank the Biden regime for funneling 6 billion thru Iran to Hamas, tossing 80 billion in weapons and military vehicles to the Taliban and laundering over a 100 billion to Ukraine to sell hardware to Palestinian extremists while arresting his U.S. political opposition and declaring anyone not on the Democrat plantation a domestic terrorist with 3 letter agency fuckery...Dramatic irony is a specialty, I must admit ,for the Jim Crow. So poetic in their propaganda and skullduggery...

In the United States, Republicans used the moment to attack President Biden. In an echo of a similar lie from Trump, who falsely claimed the Obama administration had paid $150 billion to Iran for a nuclear agreement, they took to social media in a flood to say that the U.S. had funded the attack on Israel because it had recently “paid” $6 billion to Iran.

The statement was wrong across the board: the U.S did not pay Iran anything. It helped to ease restrictions on Iranian money that had been frozen in South Korea, enabling Qatar to take control of the money and use it for humanitarian aid. In any case, the money has not yet been transferred. Still, it was a surprising decision to attack the U.S. government at a time when the country would normally be united behind Israel.

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No doubt that Iran has some part in these attacks.  Indeed Iran even has a Holiday each year to feast the final destruction of Israel. True, Hamas is similar to ISIS.  Not all Palestinians are bad news.  Also, I know very little has to why this wall around Gaza in the first place.  But I also will note that many many many Israeli continue to expand and build communes where they are not really supposed to.  Very complex issues and a power keg...........

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robert43041 said:No doubt that Iran has some part in these attacks.  Indeed Iran even has a Holiday each year to feast the final destruction of Israel. True, Hamas is similar to ISIS.  Not all Palestinians are bad news.  Also, I know very little has to why this wall around Gaza in the first place.  But I also will note that many many many Israeli continue to expand and build communes where they are not really supposed to.  Very complex issues and a power keg...........

The Hourglass Festival. Supposed plan for the complete destruction of Israel by 2040.

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October 10, 2023
HEATHER COX RICHARDSON
POSTED OCT 11, 2023

“[T]here are moments in this life…when the pure, unadulterated evil is unleashed on this world. The people of Israel lived through one such moment this weekend.”

So began President Joe Biden’s speech today about the attacks in Israel at “[t]he bloody hands of the terrorist organization Hamas—a group whose stated purpose for being is to kill Jews.”

“This was an act of sheer evil,” Biden said.

He described the slaughter in Israel in detail, noting that it looked much like “the worst rampages of ISIS,” as its fighters ravaged Iraq and Syria.

“But sadly, for the Jewish people, it’s not new,” he said. “This attack has brought to the surface painful memories and the scars left by…millennia of antisemitism and genocide of the Jewish people.”

“So, in this moment, we must be crystal clear,” he said. “We stand with Israel….  And we will make sure Israel has what it needs to take care of its citizens, defend itself, and respond to this attack.”

Biden was careful to distinguish between Hamas and the Palestinians. “Hamas does not stand for the Palestinian people’s right to dignity and self-determination,” Biden said. “Its stated purpose is the annihilation of the State of Israel and the murder of Jewish people…. Hamas offers nothing but terror and bloodshed with no regard to who pays the price.”

Former ambassador of Israel to the United States Michael Oren wrote on social media: “President Biden’s speech was the most passionately pro-Israel in history. The president stood four square behind the Jewish state and the Jewish people and unequivocally against terror and anti-Semitism, and pledged the power of the US to our defense. Our people will always remember and cherish this speech and the man who delivered it.” Israeli president Isaac Herzog agreed: “On behalf of the entire people of Israel, thank you [President] Joe Biden.”

President of the Arab American Institute James Zogby told Barak Ravid of Axios that the speech "was expected, but it was disappointing…. What I would have hoped for today is a call for restraint and for ceasefire...and a U.S. effort to play a leadership role in bringing about an end to the violence and offering some hope—both to Palestinians and to Israelis—that their security mattered, that their futures mattered," he said.

But Biden’s speech did more than simply express moral support for Israel. It outlined increased U.S. military assistance to Israel, more U.S. intelligence, and more U.S. military force in the region “to strengthen our deterrence.”

That deterrence is undoubtedly a key part of the reason for this strong statement about the U.S. stance in the region, as leaders are eager to stop the crisis from expanding. “Let me say again—to any country, any organization, anyone thinking of taking advantage of this situation, I have one word: Don’t,” Biden said. “Don’t. Our hearts may be broken, but our resolve is clear.”

That determination to limit the spread of the fighting by shoring up alliances and partnerships was behind the president’s working of the phones all weekend and was likely part of the more than three dozen meetings he and Vice President Kamala Harris have held with the national security team since the crisis began.

The effort to keep the violence from spreading will be at least part of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s role when he travels tomorrow to Israel and Jordan. The U.S. is talking to Israel and Egypt about establishing a humanitarian corridor between the Gaza Strip and Egypt that will enable Palestinians to evacuate.

The president’s speech was not without notice to Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has vowed fierce retribution against all the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for the actions of Hamas. Biden said that in a recent phone call the two had discussed “how democracies like Israel and the United States are stronger and more secure when we act according to the rule of law. Terrorists…purposefully target civilians, kill them. We uphold the laws of war,” Biden said, laws that prohibit deliberate targeting of civilians and require proportionate responses. “It matters. There’s a difference.”

Monica Alba, Carol E. Lee, and Peter Nicholas of NBC News reported the conversation was stronger than Biden’s speech indicated, with Biden warning Netanyahu that the U.S. will be watching closely for blowback to excessive force, especially if such force kills civilians.

Biden also suggested that the forces at work in Israel today could threaten us here in the U.S. He noted that the police departments, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are taking steps to increase security around centers of Jewish life. “Let’s be real clear,” Biden said. “There is no place for hate in America—not against Jews, not against Muslims, not against anybody….  [What] we reject is terrorism. We condemn the indiscriminate evil, just as we’ve always done.”

The speech undercut those Republicans who are threatening to withhold funds from Ukraine.  The White House is also trying to get the Senate to confirm Jack Lew, Biden’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Israel. This is a crucially important position in ordinary times, but even more so in such a crisis. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been holding up his nomination.

Meanwhile, Congress as a whole is in limbo as House Republicans appear to be no closer to uniting behind a speaker. Today, four of the former Ohio State University wrestlers who claim Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) covered for a sexual predator when he was an assistant coach there spoke up against his election as speaker. “Do you really want a guy in that job who chose not to stand up for his guys?” one said. “Is that the kind of character trait you want for a House speaker?”

Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) entered the Republican candidate forum today wearing a white T-shirt with a red letter “A” on it, saying she was doing so because of the backlash she faced as “a woman up here, and being demonized for my vote and for my voice.” Mace, one of the eight House Republicans who voted to get rid of former speaker Kevin McCarthy, said the A was her “scarlet letter,” an apparent reference to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel involving a woman forced to wear a scarlet A after giving birth to a child without identifying the father. MSNBC host Katie Phang called the stunt “performative nonsense,” and it does seem to indicate a preoccupation with media hits that appears to have taken over the party.  

The Republicans had another setback today when a new indictment against New York Representative George Santos added 10 more charges against him, including lying about donations to jump-start his political career and then stealing money from donors to buy designer goods and pay his own debts.

The Democrats are united behind Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).



Notes: https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/october-10-2023

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So GOP   Tuberville blocks military promotions in time of great needs.  The GOP infights cause disruptions of congress in times of great needs.  They also treaten to shut down the government in these times of greart needs  The GOP is led by NAZI goons when the country and the world needs peace and quiet more than ever. They should be ashamed of themselves.

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robert43041 said:So GOP   Tuberville blocks military promotions in time of great needs.  The GOP infights cause disruptions of congress in times of great needs.  They also treaten to shut down the government in these times of greart needs  The GOP is led by NAZI goons when the country and the world needs peace and quiet more than ever. They should be ashamed of themselves.

I was unaware the GOP are NATIONAL SOCIALISTS.

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They are extemists and to the right of extremists.  They  would just loooooooove to be able to control everything...........just like Hitler did.

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PS:  I find ti amazing that President Biden, also commander-in-chief, cannot  ''override'' Tuberville's hold on promotions

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robert43041 said:They are extemists and to the right of extremists.  They  would just loooooooove to be able to control everything...........just like Hitler did.

So calling them nazis is incorrect.
The national socialists NAZI is of the left.

Right fascist perhaps

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I dunno about this, I mean Hammas are pretty extreme, I would say barbaric.


let's be clear here though There's no difference in spraying civilians with bullets than bombing civilians from the skies

can't stand behind one side for humanitarian reasons without standing behind the other for the same reasons

that said, at least both those forms of murder are somewhat instant. cutting off fuel, 'water' and food is slow but sure (and very Stalin-esque which has its own ironies.) and funnily enough a war crime, same as bombing civilians

300 children btw, which works out as just over one murdered child per murdered festival goer. I find every part of that gruesome af

why do we allow any of it.






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lepperochan said:I dunno about this, I mean Hammas are pretty extreme, I would say barbaric.


let's be clear here though There's no difference in spraying civilians with bullets than bombing civilians from the skies

can't stand behind one side for humanitarian reasons without standing behind the other for the same reasons

that said, at least both those forms of murder are somewhat instant. cutting off fuel, 'water' and food is slow but sure (and very Stalin-esque which has its own ironies.) and funnily enough a war crime, same as bombing civilians

300 children btw, which works out as just over one murdered child per murdered festival goer. I find every part of that gruesome af

why do we allow any of it.







Bolsheviks love starving people

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As I conveyed in the Gathering Place thread, this has been bone-chilling for me. I possess Jewish heritage ( Latvia ). Yet I don't resent Palestine, and I certainly don't fault them as a whole for the malicious actions of a militant group. I sympathize with their plight. What happened to them would be akin to Native Americans being granted the rights to take back their original lands and occupy our homes. Being of Native American descent, I wouldn't be able to resent that beyond those not being able to let the past go and move forward.

And that's a part of history we all need to learn is to let the past rest in peace or war will always prevail. Because in war there are no winners, only widows.

I hate to see Israel become the monster they hate, but as long as cowardly factions hide amongst the innocent as shields, what else can be done? How many times must Israel suffer unimaginable loss before they snap and lose all reason. The images of those buildings going down like the twin towers. The music festival slaughter. The girls being forced into cars and on the backs of motorcycles. Toddlers. Babys. The elderly.

Then there's Palestine whose innocent inhabitants are paying the exact same price of loss because of a group of militants holding guns to the heads of their children.

It hurts to see, "I stand with Israel" and "I support Israel" without one word of Palestine. The war isn't between Israel and Palestine. It's between Israel and Hamas. Hamas does not represent Palestine. Hamas represents Iran who is taking advantage of a decades-old conflict to use Palestine as a shield to fulfill an agenda which will annihilate the Jews.

And then there's the innocent citizens of Iran. . .

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