Current Political Commentary by journalist Michael Hammerschlag; Thoughts on foreign policy, Republican outrages, liberal strategies, science by 8 year correspondent in Russia/Ukraine over 22 years and longtime commentator; Website: http://HAMMERNEWS.com
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
DE-BAIT3, DE-BAIT2, TRUM-PEDOPHILE RAPE CHARGES; TRUMP TAX FRAUD, HILL AHEAD OHIO, PENCE KAINED, 1st HILL-RUMP DEBATE; ELECTION REDUX, MOST HATED?- VICTORY OF PROPAGANDA, CRAPPOLLS, FL +5 HILL, MEYERS RIPS TPD
Oct 26 DE-BAIT 3: Trump
was incoherent, bloated, reptilian, frozen on anti-anxiety meds; while Hillary looked great - 20 years younger- dressed in pristine white... but still failed to put Trump away or even down with any tremendous roundhouse or knockout blows, except one about Chinese Steel in his DC Trump Tower. TPD gave her many opportunities in his incomprehensible word salad of gibberish, but she was not on her A game. Still when you add up the sense she made with the sense he made- there
was no contest- NOTHING the pathological liar says makes sense. The 3rd debate was held in Las Vegas, whose main paper (owned by RW casino pimp Adelson), just endorsed TPD.
I think she should have called him a crook and a fraudster who borrowed hundreds of millions $ with no intention of repaying- NY AG Schneidermen may have an Oct surprise re. that or the Trump U scam. Trump could be jailed on a dozen charges- treason for encouraging Russia to hack US mail, threatening a presidential candidate for encouraging his people to assassinate Hill, bribery of Gov officials, which has bragged about (AG FL, NJ- this is only way he hasn't been jailed- preemptive bribery), cheating almost everybody he has EVER done business with. Even his new DC Hotel is on the fast track to bankruptcy- they charge over double what any other DC luxury hotel does. Trumps bubble and the tens of millions of low-lifes he has "empowered" should be popped before he creates another open sewage TV propaganda outlet. She should have addressed him with the contempt he has earned.
Wallace yammered for them to stop over-talking like a small yapping dog, but was insistent with Hill, while letting Trump ramble. He sometimes carried Trump's water so much that Trump thanked him 3 times!! 2 tough questions of TPD but didn't hold him to the truth or even an answer - Trump immediately changed the subject. Wonder if Chris has been offered a job in TPD's new network - that would be the Trump MO, and credible RW newscasters are very rare.. Of course the big news was Trump not planning the honor the results of election, "unless I win!!!", but frankly everyone should get smarter about his cheapjack ploys - the media slut just wants to stay the center of attention no matter what happens. And really there is nothing he says he actually believes- the real Trump or what he would do as Prez is still a complete mystery. WE HAVE ALL BEEN PUNKED.
Trump seemed so drugged- Jaba the Hut stayed paralyzed behind the lecturn as the debate ended while Hillary radiantly shook hands with Wallace and greeted her friends and supporters. He took a minute to emerge and still looked empty and aimless, aware he was soon going to be THE BIGGEST LOSER, a cosmic joke, that nothing he had done had budged the needle except pushing it down, and soon most of the media would ignore and avoid him... with great relief. - what will you do after the election, Donald?
Another pointless frustrating debate with many missed opportunities for Hill, but TPD again displaying his enormous ignorance and incoherence. Hill 58% winner and election all but over!
Listening to the pundits clips and excerpts, it seems Hillary did significantly better than I thought, but at this point +90% of the planet Earth WANTS HIM TO LOSE, including sane journalists, so they ARE tilting the scales... as a service to mankind. Or it's rigged, said the fool.
Hills percentage didn't seem to rise after the debate on RCP, but her swing states still are firming up dramatically, though they faded some since Oct 23! But a Sunday Oct 23 ABC Poll came out with a stunning 50% to 38% Hill lead!!! 538says there is a 12% decrease in enthusiasm in Trumpeteers as they watched his lackluster last debates, and a stunning 7% drop in likely Repubs voting in only the last week. It looks quite possible this is going to be the crushing victory I dreamed of when I hoped for a Trump victory over a year ago.
A Dem Senate looks very likely as do significant gains in the House, esp if this is a historic WAVE election, like 2006 + 2010. SENATE: RCP - +4 DEM seats: NH Hassan +2, Bayh +4.3,Duckworth +7, Feingold +5.3, NV Masto +2.3 REPUBS: PA Toomey +1.8, NC Burr +2.8, MO Blunt +1.0
Oct 19 Pre Debate : RCP - HRC +6.6%, FL +3.5, Az +.2 ;;;. 538- Hill win 87% likely
Oct 26 Polls: RCP- HRC +5.95%, FL +3.8, Az +1.2, NC +2.5, VA +8, NV +4.2; OH Trump +0.6; 538: HRC +6.4% 86% HRC Win
Oct 13: GREAT DE-BAIT 2: Hillary stumbles:
I am very disappointed- Hill could have knocked the Cheeto monkey out in
this race and won a Dem Senate and maybe even House, but she had no
game plan. SHE KNEW TPD was going to go after Bill's sex "scandals"
(most of whom haven't been proved), and she should have been prepared.
When he pivoted from his own crude piggish remarks to attack Bill, she
should have marched up to him and said with barely suppressed fury, "MR
TRUMP, I AM RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, NOT MY HUSBAND!! And your crude
ignorant piggish treatment of women is the issue- of course you want to
change the subject, but how many more of these tapes and accusers are
out there, Donaaald??????How many women have you grabbed by the ... oh I can't even say it?" The audience would have gone nuts... and
Trump's bubble would have been popped- game, set, match. Trying to be
civil with this thug is a losing strategy. DRUG TEST FOR THE COKE SNIFFING SIMP.
Instead she took the
bait and tried to defend the indefensible because little was ever really
proved against Bill; rattled by having 4 of these accuser women in the front row; then answered the email nonsense instead of just
saying: "This has been answered 20 times and I'm not doing it again" and
into attacking HIS CRIMINALITY. Borrowing hundreds of
millions over and over, with the intent to default, to not pay, to sue
is CRIMINAL FRAUD, and Trump should be arrested and charged by the NY or
other AGs. Instead her inaction let TPD escalate to claiming she was a
criminal and threatening to jail her, like petty dictator Yanukovich did
to Tymochenko, provoking the Ukr Revolt 2 years later. Dictator Donald-
IL DOUCHE. Screw this issues business- you must beat a bully down and
Trump was on the ropes, with blood in the water. The Civil War could
have been won in the first 2 battles... but McClellon was a Southern
sympathizer and ultra-cautious general. Again TPD emulating his Soviet
heros (and paymasters?).
The Gulianni/Bannon/Trump plan was actually to have the women seated in the family box to confront and accuse Bill on his way in, but Debate Commission organizers Fahrenkopft + my man Mike McCurry threatened to have security eject them, if they tried!! pigs in a poke
I think the debate actually came out
even- considering TPD's constant attacks, the moderators boxing both
candidates ears, allowing their disgust at TPD to bleed over in their
treatment of HRC. In going after Bill, Trump used Rove's strategy of
attacking your opponent for YOUR OWN CRIMES, that bizarre thing about
Hillary defending (court appointed) a rapist of some 13yo (12?) was
carefully planned to defray the INEVITABLE release of the 13 yo now
accusing Trump of rape at Epstein's Lolita Parties in NYC Federal Court.
When it does, people will THINK it means Clinton!! I CAN'T BELIEVE THE
GUTLESS MEDIA DID NOT BRING THAT UP- some talked about Jill Harth's
harassment 20 years ago, but this is directly relevant, it is all of a
piece- a pig is a pig is a PIG. HRC is afraid cause Bill also used
Epstein's chartered airline (like Prince Andrew)- if she doesn't bring
it up... TRUMP WILL- accusing Bill of sleaze there- to confuse the issue
further- you watch.
- I could do her
TPD seemed threatening on camera, but if you studied the wide shots carefully, Hillary was invading HIS space!!
His circular wandering wasn't intimidating, as some caller said, but
more akin to an elderly man's mindless random movements. Or it's the
coke!! The most amazing thing was the nice words they had for each other at the
end- "nice Trump family" as the camera showed their stricken stony
hateful stares and "Hillary is a fighter who never gives up", rendering
his "stam-eeena" BS, well, BS.
I think the many women terrorized by Trump's threats and goons will
come out of the woodwork now, like with Cosby. Trump has been doing this
abuse for 50 years!!!! Yes, they are- 4 grouper/grabber/kissing claimants so far Oct 13. Indeed, the producer of The APPRENTICE says that there are MANY MORE videos like this of TPD: "When it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebegininng," Pruitt tweeted.
Oct 9: TRUM-PEDODOPHILE:The incredible 13 year
old's NY rape suit against Donald Trump for molesting her 4 times at convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein NYC townhouse in 1994 is back in the news, refiled in NY Federal Court Trump with 15yo Invanka- "who's your daddy?" Sept 30, with a NY Federal Judge setting a hearing date Oct 7!!! Stunning media blackout on this story- especially with TPD calling Bill a rapist. The anonymous hopeful model, Katie Johnson or Jane Doe in court filings, claims the last time he tied her up and forcibly raped and slapped her at Epstein's "Lolita Parties" (and Lolita Express- a chartered flight with underaged and underdressed "stewardesses"). The Trump Models Agency, bringing in illegal immigrant girls kept in virtual slavery, has been likened to a "trafficking ring". Trump's sleazy model parties fed his noted affinity for the eye candy. Trump- Jill Harth 1990's
Epstein was convicted in Florida and served over a year in jail. 2 witnesses, one Epstein's girl "procurer", testify the 13 yo's allegations are true.
Another married woman Jill Harth who had some business dealings with him, sued Trump in 1997 for years of groping, harassing, and unwanted assaults at Mar de Largo, has a 11 minute video interview with a Guardian reporter. Ivana also accused TPD of violent rape, before she recanted. A devastating piggish audio with Billy Bush came out today: "I just grab then by the pusy- if you're famous you can do anything." Taken with his professed attraction to a 12 yo Paris Hilton, and his public desire to "date" his daughter Ivanka, "If I wasn't a married man"... these allegations are part of a piece- a depraved pig billionaire who thinks he can do anything. Repubs are finally fleeing en masse in reaction to the nuclear audio- 36 at last count as papers excoriate TPD (The Pig Donald) and Reince pulls TPD funding; here are the mechanics of Dumping Trump now, only one month before the election! Trumpanzees could really riot if he is removed, and boycott the election completely, or more terrifyingly- Repubs will all rally to Pence despite disliking his extreme fundamentalism. The Great Debate 2 could be TPD's last hurrah. Note to Icarus Trump: Bernard Kerik. the canary or the cat?-
The real estate hustler may end up winning a term in the BIG HOUSE rather than the White House, if prosecutors do their job. Donald Trump is a serious dirtbag who PLANNED to fail- why he did everything with borrowed money- he may have done it deliberately to get the valuable NOL (net operating losses) to defray all taxes- a superb Newsweek article details it: THE ART OF THE STEAL- especially why in the world the banks agreed to write off $1 bil, issue new loans, and give him $5 mil/year mngmt salary. Turns out "Kiss your money goodbye" -TPD -
the NJ Casino Control Commission came out for the deal (with loads of Trump "contributions") and the fact Trump fought for 14 years to pay foreign workers who cleared a site for him $4/hour wages.. convinced the banks that he WOULD NEVER PAY. Trump is the worst kind of scumbag- a crook who cheats everyone he deals with- and he should be jailed for blatant repetitive fraud. The NY AG could do that!!!!
---- "In all he owed more $3 billion, nearly a third of his debt secured by nothing more substantial than his signature on bank loan papers.
--Last May, Trump revealed that he took on debt with no intention of paying it all back, which strikes me as fraud. “I’ve borrowed knowing you can pay back with discounts,” he told CNBC in May, boasting “I’ve done well with debt.”
--Back then Trump threatened endless litigation unless 70 banks he owed money gave him millions more in new loans at low interest rates and provided him with $5.4 million a year for personal spending, the equivalent of $10 million in today’s money.
--What made the litigation threat credible was Trump’s refusal to pay more than 150 illegal immigrants who demolished the Bonwit Teller department store to make way for Trump Tower. A federal judge ruled that Trump conspired to cheat the workers, who never did collect all of their $4-an-hour wages despite an 18-year struggle.
--The bankers realized that a man who would endure almost two decades of litigation to avoid paying such meager wages might tie them up for eternity over the billions of dollars owed to them.
--When the New Jersey Casino Control Commission took Trump’s side against his bankers, they gave in. The banks canceled close to a billion dollars of Trump’s debts and extended new loans on favorable terms. "------
TRUMP BRIBES OFFICIAL FOR TAX BREAKS: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-donations-alan-hevesi_us_57da25b8e4b0071a6e05666b
HILLARY LEADS IN OH,NC,NV A new Monmouth Poll gives HRC a 44 to 42% lead, in Ohio but they have always been the most favorable to Hillary. Still, considering her lead in Florida seems solid, NC + NV are leaning blue, and Trump is fading as proof of his piggishness, ignorance, and crookedness spread... this is good news. See the crooked bent cops who support TPD.
PENCE KAINED LIKE AN INDONESIAN STUDENT Tim Kaine relentlessly badgered the Silver Ghost with a recitation of Trumps outrageous, abusive, ignorant, + stupid statements Tuesday night. Pence denied +100 times that Trump said or did what he HAD done, the
lying coward. Although I prefer a light hand, the useless invisible
moderator should have corrected him once or twice. Pence is a despicable
woman-hating religious extremist himself, but that never came up, with
Kaine's Catholic devoutness. Again, pundits are trying to reframe what happened
by the optics- Pence's strong performance?? He was on the ropes the
entire debate! Once upon a time, the attacker was always given the win, like in boxing, and Kaine was always on the attack- Pence had no answers, no excuses, and no real strong comebacks of his own.
Trump first was calm + controlled, but within 10 min was a bullying badgering butthead, but Clinton is staying sunny, w grit, laughing off his attacks. She's goading him- maybe Trump "paid NO tax, maybe has much less money than he claims"- draws blood. The perfect charge to someone hiding taxes, like Harry to Mitt. Also pounds him on Birther claims. TPD calls Holt wrong re. stop + frisk unconstitutional; Holt sticks to his guns that TPD supported Iraq Invasion 4x. #mkham11 "No braggadocio?"! @##$, said Trump. Is he an alien imposter? Hill dissembles- denies "TPP is Gold standard." Trump claims Hill "has been dealing with ISIS all her life" (or since 2009 when they were created). Hillary got better and better- “She doesn’t have the look. She doesn’t have the stamina."- Hills strong response about flying to 112 countries brought applause- 3 times, Trump 0, although there was supposed to be NO audience reactions. No mention of either Foundation!
Trump says that “Hillary has experience. But it’s bad experience.” Hillary finished very strong, twisting the knife of misogyny, noting that Trump has called women “pigs, slobs and dogs,” telling TPD the name of Hispanic beauty contestant that he had trashed with his crude slanders. Trump looked off balance at the end- Clinton family on stage fast, more warm + human family than Robert Palmer backup family of TPD. Hillary 60/40 but Trump succeeds in not defecating on the stage, no insane outburst. Trump does interviews in Media Spin Room, Hill immediately attends "Victory" rally.
CRAPPOLLS have Trump running even or even ahead in some swing states,
but frankly I don't believe it. According to the brilliant and
hilarious Seth Meyers (LATE LATE SHOW), at this point,
candidates are always tied: 2004, 2008, 2012 !!! But the media wants
a horse race so they emphasize these shocking polls without
mentioning Hill is still ahead by 3-5% in general votes. How
squirrelly polls are: the latest Monmouth poll has HRC +5 points Sept
20 in Florida- CNN had Trump +3 FL on Sept 14- no way there's a 8
point flip in 6 days- many don't do cell phones, or emphasize Repubs
(CNN). Meyers hammers Trump like no one has ever done on network TV
to any candidate- I watched over an hour of these clips. Again what is
screamingly obvious is the 3rd Party spoilers likely will decide this
race, and how foolish and reckless the 18-40 yo might be in... "making a statement". In every state, Hillary loses 1-4 points when Johnson and Stein are included- in CO, OH, FL it's the difference between winning + losing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBrVrTz5IKo
VICTORY OF PROPAGANDA
What is happening here is the victory of propaganda and the
failure of journalism. Every American over 40 has grown up bathed in
the RW jihad against the Clintons- $200 mil of spurious totally
political investigations where he/she/they were cleared again and
again and again... but the press DOES NOT REPORT THAT- the
discredited Whitewater scandal, the discredited
Benghazi scandal. After so much smoke, repeated ad naseum by the
media, voters are convinced there must be fire... they don't care...
they just are sick of hearing about it and turn that disgust on
Hillary, not the Repub trash-mongers or the lazy shallow press. In
the 90's, people were well aware of the unfairness of this RW
Conspiracy, why Bill's support went up during the Impeachment, but
the young are permanently contaminated and every Hater, slanderer,
and dirtbag that has perpetuated these outrageous lies became
ascendant- Rove, Delay, Gingrich, McConnell, now Trump. WAPO has the muckracking expose how Trump paid his own legal expenses from his Foundation. Jeff Greenfield thinks Trumps supposed surge will provoke Hispanics and the young to "get real" (sane) and turn out en masse. Again Florida + Ohio are key, and the SC ruling allowing the OH voter suppression laws was devastating.
On every talk show-radio + TV, pundits pompously intone 5 times
each how they are THE MOST HATED candidates ever. OK - we get it
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHUTUP! You make it self-perpetuating.
+pays $270K of his legal judgements
+bribery of Florida AG re. Trump U
1. Hillary is judged the most HONEST in the whole race. She is
ethically essentially a somewhat square simple Midwesterner.
She has worked all her life for the poor, disadvantaged, children,
women. Universal Health Care is 90% her initiative
Emails, Whitewater,even Monica are all empty fabrications that
weren't criminal and had no effect on governance.
4. The polls are
trash- I think they should be largely downgraded or even ignored.
It's impossible Clinton is running neck in neck in Texas, and Trump
is also in RI.
5. Every person who votes for (what's Allepo?)
Johnson, or Stein should over the next year, when they see the
monstrous lunacies and evil Trump promulgates, lock themselves in
bathroom and cut their wrists. You are a threat to the Republic. I'm
sure 80% of the 100K FL 2000 Nader voters feels sick about the
million people they killed in Iraq. Don't make the same mistake.
THE IMMOLATION OF DONALD TRUMP, TURKEY ROAST, DEM SHOTGUN WEDDING, ITS THEIR PARTY + I'LL CRY, ISIS, TURKEY, STOPPING TERRORISTS + RAMPAGE KILLERS, BLM + COP KILLINGS, BLITHERING BREXIT, JUNO REACHES JUPITER
THE IMMOLATION OF DONALD TRUMP, TURKEY ROAST, DEM SHOTGUN WEDDING, TRUMPS PATH TO VICTORY, CAN'T CANCEL TRUMPBUTIONS
Aug 9: As we dearly hoped the uncontrollable diarrhea mouth TPD is
self-destructing like a failing generator, casting off huge chunks of
metal that should smash other Repub Cong campaigns, maybe enough for
Dems to take back the House. If Hill plays it properly and ties his
whacko statements to the many similar hateful things prominent Repub
incumbents have said Dems have a real shot to run the table, like in
2006 (which I watched alone in a faded NH Repub mill city bar, with them
cursing + catcalling my whoops and cheers- was heading back South)-
tie TPD around their neck like an anchor: “Donald is only saying what
Repubs have always been saying... THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM,
EXCEPT HE DOESN'T HIDE HIS UGLY UNAMERICAN VIEWS !!!!”
his trifecta of imbecility; the KHANNNN!! debacle, the
Putin-invitation-treason, the Ukraine ignorance; have pushed Nat Repubs
to the edge- if the d-bag stabs 2 more sacred cows in the next week... I
think they will actually try to dump him, which may be possible:
As more and more rats head for the exits (50 foreign policy experts), Trump is looking to receive a historic shellacking- with even hard Red States like Alabama, Arizona, or Utah giving signs of voting for Hillary- at 90% Repub the incredibly RW Mormon state has a deep antipathy to the Federal Gov because of their tortured history (I profiled them + Mitt in 2012); but also are extremely sensitive to the racism, religism, and thuggism Trump has demonstrated. Because of their financial and societal success they were murdered and driven from 5 states- "The Gov of Missouri issued an order for our extermination!!", said a Mormon leader. So calls to ban + restrict religious minorities AND the virulent anti-immigrant rhetoric are deeply alarming to them- their worldwide missionary work is so successful there are more Mormons outside the US. 438 has a HRC victory at ~93%
What many people don't understand is that the Party is essentially
taken over by the nominee by the convention- it doesn't exist as a
separate entity- (s)he becomes the leader and rams through a Soviet
purge. In my 8 hour documentary on the Hart campaign in DC, I got great
footage of the campaign manager “Pudge” saying just before Super
Tuesday: “When we win, the DNC must come to US, we don't go to them!”
Which I thought was a little arrogant, but Hart had gotten McGovern
nominated, as unlikely as Dean or Bernie. Hart won 7 out of 9 states in a
great rout, if Fritz had lost Georgia (won by 2-3%), he would have
withdrawn. But even then Sanderistas, the media was massively on the
side of establishment candidate, and they spun it into a
come-from-behind Mondale victory. Hart would have still probably lost to
the (cruel) cheerful Reagan Revolution, but not by 49 states!!!
If you didn't see it, Trump's Ukraine comment was amazing- I really
think he may have confused Ukraine and the Baltics- Estonia or
Lithuania, although David Green tried to spin it into some kind of Jeddi
master strategy, the dangerous and corrupt journo practice of balancing
out candidates, as if they were both the same. This presents the
illusion of fairness, and more important for ratings... keeps the game
“He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you
understand. He’s not gonna go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it
down. You can put it down,” said the Great Pretender.
TPD's true calling Crimea, the supposed offense to most of the world, is meaningless now (except to the poor tortured Tatars)- it
was surgical .... but the vicious Donbas subversion/invasion killed maybe
16,000 with the direct intercession of 10,000 Russian tanks, missile
systems, vehicles and 14,000 Russian soldier, was an unbelievably cruel
cynical attack on their “brother” (founder) Slavs. 3 friends (+
sources) and 10 acquaintances were killed there, we just had more Ukr
soldiers killed July than in any month for a year in DNR/Russian
attacks violating the Minsk “cease fire” (and the same for civilians).
And 4-5 million made refugees in the destroyed looted area ruled by
The great RICH Frank says:
McConnell have set a tone — they are quislings. They missed any chance
to be heroes by not repudiating Trump when it mattered, before the
Republican convention. Their tone is matched by most of their peers,
including the oleaginous Marco Rubio, who offered his latest profile in
cowardice this week by floating the theory that Trump would grow in
office once he is in the White House. We’ve actually reached the point
where the Koch brothers, the rare donors who have persistently refused
to lend financial support to Trump, are the moral standard-bearers of
The fallout is: The party will be inherited by the Trump
base, a.k.a. the Palin–tea party base, that has risen from the grass
roots since 2008, when Obama came to power, and consolidated its power
Erdogan continues to annihilate anyone who has ever criticized him,
rounding up, arresting, purging, imprisoning, torturing 60,000
throughout the Universities, military, Government, press, judiciary...
making a sad mockery of the “Democrats” who stood up to and stopped the
Coup. Note many hard-core Erdogan supporters are semi-Islamic Brah
thugs, like the Revolutionary Guard in Iran. He is even crushing the
media outlets that allowed him to get his msg out on Facebook Live!!!
The whole country, I suspect, will have 20 years to rue their opposition
to this Coup because practical Democracy is dead in Turkey.
the EU must prepare for the massive flood of open visa Turks from their
Hobsian deal to reabsorb migrants, many Turks + Kurds fleeing Erdogan's
persecution- maybe 1-2 million quickly, which should make countries like
Austria, France, Germany, Belgium shudder. Right- Erdogan is reprising the Ottoman Empire or has a new Broadway musical.
After the shocking cyberhacking subversion intercession of VVP into the
American political race, he got just what he wanted- an open revolt by
the hard-core Berniecrats at the perfidy of the DNC plotters... which
they knew what was happening. Sorry folks, as nasty as it sounded, OF
COURSE they would ally with their 30 years friend, standard bearer,
persecuted, WH friend Hillary!! That's not corruption, that's POLITICS.
But the catcalls and heckling (of Warren, military leaders, and Bernie
himself!) by the West Coast contingents (Wa, Ca, Or) threatened to derail the whole purpose of the Convention- a
But by the 2nd day, aided by well written speeches
honoring Bernies significant accomplishments- Hill's free college,
anti-TPP, radical DNC platform- and some great as-kickers: Cory Booker,
Joe Biden (who came out an old man and dropped 25 years by the end),
Bill's really moving love story about what an incredibly smart dedicated
hard worker HRC was from youth (like Ted Kennedy), and that MLK cadence
preacher..... the sprawling crowd (10x more journos than delegates) was
unified in the historical wonder of a WOMAN PRESIDENT, their common
goals, and the unprecedented horror of a TPD Presidency.
ITS THEIR PARTY AND I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO
As the incredible RNC hatefest in Cleveland wrapped up with an unprecedented screech of gloom and doom, of fear and scapegoating, of breast beating patriotism by a racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, treasonous tycoon who has overturned every iteration of the American leader, violated every standard of decency and comity, a pig who has one overriding constituent- himself. The gorgeous poised Ivanka tried to humanize her crude Pop, claiming Trump will push for equal pay for women- Huh?? Did HE pay women the same as men?? Granted he did hire women throughout his career, but if you read the story about that (Vanity Fair, New York), he did so because he believed women worked much harder than men, probably because they were easier to bully (he still was The Donald). His first ever woman construction manager, for example, never married or had a family. So his supposed egalitarianism re. women was because he wanted to exploit them.
But TPD threw it all away with one of the most xenophobic speeches I've ever heard: The wolves are at the door, he proclaimed, in the form of hoards of Hispanic rapists, Muslim terrorists, BLM assassins; when the truth is ALL crime statistics are down- big time. Only one person can deliver us from these monstrous threats- the argument of every proto-facist since the Sumerians- Donald J Trump. The Donald was the Law and Order candidate (ripped from Nixon's corpse), and the America First candidate- no word on whether the non-scholar knows or cares it was a neo-facist Nazi sympathizer coward organization in WW2. Comparisons to Mussolini and Hitler are totally apt- Trump is a violently shallow, narcissistic, demagogic compulsive liar who must constantly up the ante to keep the rubes happy, throwing more Christians to the lions. He normally planned to sue, to not pay, to cheat his investors and customers from the beginning- In dealings with foreign leaders that kind of behavior could provoke a nuclear war.
Trump's ghost (only) writer of the best selling The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz, ashamed and horrified at his part in creating this nightmare in tagging along with Trump for 18 months, says Trump couldn't concentrate for 10 minutes on his questions to write the book... a shallowness and emptiness he saw again and again. Of course he's been subject to repeated threats. Trump has mixed his business and political interests brazenly and corruptly, slandering a judge overseeing a suit against his sham university; and deep fund-raising and investment connections to Russia along with Manafort, his campaign manager. In fact his adulation for brutal strongman Putin, deriding of NATO, rejection of the the EU, encouragement of Brexit, makes him a full-blown security threat to the United States... even a traitor. Russian hackers hacked into the DNC oppo research on TPD and the Clinton Foundation and probably gave that purloined info to TPD- so he was conspiring with foreign espionage. Putin has managed to shatter the EU by denying any Syrian settlement and creating the torrent of refugees that caused Brexit- NOW he's trying to diddle with the American Presidential Election!!!
The first day of the RNC was indicative: delusional characters rattling off the Party line, as the Repubs head into an Armegedal election, where they will lose 95% of Black and +80% of Hispanic (rapists). Trump has converted the Repub Party into the R-racist Party. Still stunning- have to slap my head to imagine they actually nominated this crude braying pig for President- what I had prayed for a year ago (when $1 on Trump would have paid off $100 now). Once they WERE the party of Lincoln, now the Party of equal opportunity Haters- whatever minorities you are!!! Go back where you came from, even if born in the USA. Course soon their core will be decisive minorities everywhere.. and the Repubs will become obsolete. Rudy Guiliani screeched hysterically- he apparently solved the problem of extremist Islamic terrorism because he said the words!!!
I was working on my Trump imitation and realized in his callouts to the crowd that his voice was familiar- it was the voice of the ignorant rabble-rousing brutal drunk. As for his Wife's word for word rip-off of Michelle's speech, what do you expect- she is a self-starter and did it herself- where does a person go for a bigtime national speech- GOOGLE of course!!! Manafort, the sleazy advertiser for dictators, in denying it was copied, shows that he will lie almost automatically about the most minor thing. Nobody nails the Repubs horror show better than Taibbi: -- On the primary trail we had never
seen anything like him: impulsive, lewd, grandiose, disgusting,
horrible, narcissistic and dangerous, but also usually unscripted and 10
seconds ahead of the news cycle. We could never quite tell
what he was: possibly the American Hitler, but just as possibly punking
the whole world in the most ambitious prank/PR stunt of all time. Or
maybe he was on the level, birthing a weird new rightist/populist
movement, a cross of Huey Long, Pinochet and David Hasselhoff. He was
probably a monster, but whatever he was, he was original.--
But there is a dark back story to Ivanka’s talents too. The apple of her father’s eye, she had maybe 4 plastic surgeries, and has the careful modulated voice of someone who has practiced and trained endlessly. Seeing that amazing picture of her caressing Donald’s face (at 15!) and Trump’s 4 or 5 (The Daily Show) video testimonials where he seems to be in physical pain that he never had sex with her, “If I wasn’t a married man!!” , it’s almost impossible to not believe that he subjected her to pressure to do it, which she apparently rejected. Her physical alterations must be considered in her desire to please and impress her powerful crude father.
And if Trump wanted sex from his daughter, he probably had an appetite for underage girls. There is serious evidence now about that in his relationship with convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his famous Lolita parties and plane replete with very young girls… that Trump attended and flew on dozens of times. One 13 year old girl (then) has now sued him in New Jersey alleging he raped her at a party at Epsteins NYC townhouse. Considering Trump’s apparent vast contempt for women, this is consistent. Is this sleazy trash- Sure. But this is The Donald, who should have been shamed out of the race long long ago, and HE has called Bill Clinton a rapist and Hillary a crook! Nothing is beyond the realm of possibility with him.
BO should get on the stick and do a recess appointment of Garland TX- push the damn issue- get a decisive ruling on the criminality of ALL these voter disenfranchisement schemes and then Dems might win BOTH HOUSES!! Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
WIKI TAKES A LEAK
I can't believe what they are doing- is helping elect Trump what they want? To destroy America? Russian hackers hacked into the DNC oppo research on TPD and the Clinton
Foundation and probably gave that purloined info to TPD- so he is conspiring
with foreign espionage, and to Wikileaks. I liked and voted for Bernie but OF COURSE the DNC was disparaging and plotting against him- he was an insurgent Socialist who wasn't a Democrat!!!! That's what every political org does, ally with the front runner who has 3 decades of alliances, loyalties, and friendships to call on. It's not a conspiracy, it's called politics!!!
Trump choosing Mike Pence was a stroke of genius to drive away every last woman voter- he has been a fanatic against abortion, and has warred against Planned Parenthood. He is supposed to bring along the fundamentalist base base, but is a limited guy of limited abilities- with his gleaming silver hair and silver shirt, he looked the part- very very bright!!! But he is the adult professional who is supposed to keep crazy TPD in line, and make peace with all the people he has trashed. And incidentally run domestic and foreign policy!!! WHAT???????
Progressives are supposedly disappointed in Tim Kaine, because he wasn't anti-TPP (as almost nobody was)... I thought HC would go with a Hispanic, but Kaine is the next best thing- fluent in Spanish from his Catholic mission work in Honduras, and an incredibly decent man of the people- he attends a black church, has run the swing state of Virginia, and is widely liked by most factions- perhaps his real draw, as the media pundits will never stop telling us: Hill is the most unpopular candidate ever, EXCEPT for Trump. Maybe that has something to do with 100,000 news reports about Repub fake (NON) scandals like Whitewater, Benghazi, and emails!! And the 20 reports that expose the actual results- that the Clintons have done NOTHING criminal, nothing untoward. VIDEO of Hill-Kaine in Miami
Their generalized terror against Muslims policy is crazy- but they think maximum pain for everyone will motivate more poor psycho losers into joining. I really think it's time to marshal a 100-200,000 multinational army from Europe, ME, US and exterminate ISIS- as the Frontline I saw last night says, if you want to stop these widespread attacks, go after ISIS's center of power. If the Iraq Army can do it, a coordinated worldwide response can easily do it. And do it with extreme prejudice- no prisoners- if they think such medieval butchery is neat, remove them from the ME equation forever- Al Zaqari, who essentially founded ISIS, could have been killed by the CIA BEFORE he started the Iraq Civil War (FRONTLINE says) but in another brilliant idiocy, the Bushmen, obsessed with Saddam, nixed it.
Chop up their lines of communication, pound Raqqa into a parking lot, isolate and besiege Mosul, and crush this foul manifestation of Islamic Extremism. They are spreading like cancer, and with 1.3 bill potential hosts, that's a bottomless supply, at even .01% recruits.
Course the big problem is where to stop in Syria- if Russia hadn't stuck in their dirty fingers- we could depose Assad, and install some semi-legitimate Sunni leadership, though that might make Iraq's new Gov and sectarian violence look easy. Still 1/2 mil dead and the font and example for worldwide refugee exodus. Maybe rule it by a 1-2 year Western transition Gov.
ISIS are media masters and are metastasizing throughout the world right now. Every intensive analysis says the same thing- that their legitimacy and attraction comes from their "Caliphate" which comes from their land. Take that away and their attractiveness collapses to recruits. Now they are setting up supposed ISIS provinces in Libya, Yemen, 8 other countries. I wrote a 2003 piece suggesting partitioning Iraq to prevent the looming Civil War (3 yrs later CFR head wrote similar thing in NYT + the Senate voted 80% to recommend it), discussing it back then with Sen. Jack Reed, he started talking about the "LONG WAR" with Muslim extremism (a West Point instructor, he'd voted against Invasion), and I thought Uh Oh, that could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
We may be at that point now, where these constant attacks and depredations by MusFund's kill millions over 20-30 years- much sooner if they get their hands on a nuke or effective bioweapon, which likely will happen.
TURKEY: Police disarming rebel soldier
I find military takeovers troubling and usually ugly, like Egypt, but in Turkey they've always been a counterweight 2 religious fanaticism. Now Erdogon will crush his remaining enemies and all critics and become even more of a monster than he was- 50,000 arrested, detained, fired, purged- Turkey is slipping into the grip of a dictator- think any further elections will be really “free”? If you are going to have a Coup, who have to make it successful.
STOPPING TERROR + RAMPAGE ATTACKS
There is no way to really stop a Nice attack- if there were barriers on the waterfront, he could mow down people in the outdoor st. cafes common all over France. Will we take away all Muslim drivers licenses in Europe + USA? What is needed is a powerful deterrent to Jihaddi or mass shooting killings- maximum shame, humiliation, and desecration. Smash the perps face to a pulp and spread those photos widely. With Muslim killers, display their body publicly... naked... let the public stone them and put out those videos. Muslims are extremely prudish about nudity. Bury them with pigs- again publicly with videos- that will certainly block their 72 virgins, their supposed reward for slaughtering innocent civilians!! Arrest and deport their whole family and close friends- unfair- of course, and many of these suicidal warriors don't care about their family (but they might about their friends). Once you actually do it a few times, you could fake it as long as the potential monsters believe it. Much of this would also work with any rampage killer. Orlando victims
Of course this is uncivilized and unconstitutional, BUT SO ARE THEY. We must be far more flexible, ruthless, and innovative and just make the cost too high to prospective killers. Liberals bear with me- this does work: shame works. In ancient Greece there was an epidemic of virgin suicides- city leaders carried the body though the city... naked. They stopped instantly. The alternative is throwing up our hands helplessly, doing nothing; and then rising rage, oppression and discrimination against Muslims, maybe even Dallas like retribution.... and then you have millions more Jihaddis. With 1.4 bil, 1/5 of the planet, converting only .01% would be 140,000. And if Muslims object to such shaming- tough, it is a Rorschatt test on their loyalties. We are reaching the point of critical mass, where these attacks will metastasize widely, maybe become daily nightmares... if we do nothing.
Another necessary element is reopening mental institutions and
involuntary commitment, until people are stable. Millions of paranoiacs and schizophrenics are running around the world- HALF of the latest shooters have been clinically delusional, including the Nice trucker, Munich shooter (4 German machete, gun, bomb attacks in the last week- two July 24-25), and the Baton Rouge sniper who changed his name to Cosmo and believed he was a TI- a targeted individual, someone targeted by the government with energy beams and followed by so-called gang-stalkers who mess up his life. These lunatics are now linking up with the Internet and reinforcing their insane delusions- the Navy Yard computer nerd shooter (12 dead) was a serious TI whacko- when you see him darting around the building with his shotgun, you realize in horror that schitzos make good killers. One group of TI's make a video plea to Obama to save them- he should: round them up and get them on the right meds- most of these things are quite treatable (see Homeland's Claire Danes for maybe best depiction of bipolar and manic/depressive illness)
The Trump racist rabble rousing has the terrible specter of racist or bigots starting a religious war with 1/5 of world. As terrible as these attacks are, they are like a mosquito bite compared to what could happen, if they keep conflating the handful of Jihaddi scum with the 1.3 billion decent Muslims, they will get the generational war they want. It worked pretty well for Al Zarkawi in Iraq, the founder of ISIS (current al-Baghdadi was his second in command), and even more brutal and apocalyptic. The next step and inevitable result in the Rump's sick hate-mongering is fatal attacks on random US Muslims or mosques. Eventually the jihaddis might get their hands on a nuke and then woe is everybody.
BLACK + BLUE LIVES MATTER
From my dealings with cops, I'd say more than half are bad apples, not beating or shooting or planting evidence maybe; but deeply corrupt and dishonest in constantly consistently lying- about what you did, what they think you did, what the penalty or rules are, what rights you have, etc etc. Cops are trained to always lie, to bluff, to intimidate "suspects", to ensure convictions. Over 90% of their energy is devoted to hurting you, even if you are the victim or go to them for help, both of which have happened to me. My advice to kids of any color- Never trust anything cops say, answer them briefly respectfully and SHUT UP, never get upset or angry or argue, tell them whatever they want to hear (not I HAVE A GUN!), volunteer nothing and CONSENT TO NOTHING- if they are asking, you can say NO!!!, and get away from them at the first opportunity. If you've really been the victim of a crime, report it, with the understanding that they solve very few crimes, and always carefully assessing any possible vulnerability you have, because ANYTHING will be used against you. With some rare exceptions, they are just not (in the immortal words in Serpico) "good people". It's just a dirty job, dealing with the trash of humanity, quickly, they just assume all people are trash, and treat them accordingly.
Many many police are in it for the power and thrill of constant intimidation. I've been attacked, injured, arrested by police for absolutely nothing, and I'm a polite respectful Ivy League white guy. Can't even imagine what blacks go through. Giving war vets job preference without remedial training in dealing with Citizens is terribly dangerous- they are always keyed up for war. One huge problem is car culture, where they get some sketchy radio call without pertinent details, blast out there, and explode from the car knowing nothing, but ready to do battle. Once cops were big men, tough guys, who may be brutal but had some presence and authority that let them assess situations calmly and not overreact. But many cops, particularly in these dik towns, are nerd wannabes, poorly trained, nervous, paranoid... accountants with guns... and they will kill you out of their own unjustified terror. You could hear that in the St Paul cop: POLICE PANIC- the terror that everyone is out to get you, abject fear that makes one imagine any movement is an attack or a weapon.
Militarized Cop in Missouri -
I once came across cops in Providence leading out a handcuffed black guy (maybe after some fight) and he broke away- all 4 pounced on him and started pounding him on the head with nightsticks- a sickening ring- DUNK, DUNK. I screamed at them after 15 seconds- STOP IT, YOU ARE KILLING HIM, and one looked up and screamed in complete panic: CALL THE STATION!!!! They were beating a handcuffed prisoner to death... but they were afraid! Never saw a human look so bad- he might have died anyway later.
Re. Sterling, the "homeless" guy "asking for money" at night in a slum may well have been a robber, why he felt he had to be armed. Ironic that moke gets him killed- every time a busybody neighbor calls the cops on some stupid noise complaint they might get you killed and you should make them pay. We don't know what happened- maybe he was reaching for the gun- thinking they were suffocating him like Garner. The Castille thing was just insane- his GF realizing this was her ticket to the big time in her network news report, amid her horror.
Police culture respects force, power, and violence-
so the bad cops persevere- abusive extreme or violent behavior may be
disapproved of, but no one will stop them, or report them. Snitching
just isn't done because their lives depend on their fellow cops. And
cops who use alot of force often get commendations, in fact not staying
"in charge" or "on top" of situations is a big failure and punished. One
study in SoCal showed 3% of the cops had 90% of excessive force
complaints- some had shot people 5 times, and the City had paid out
millions, but they still weren't fired (PBA rules/contracts make it difficult)!!
And the crazy totalitarian police thinking is, "If you shoot someone, be sure to kill him." That is policy and training. They shoot at the chest and shoot 4-5 times in order to make that true- likewise the unbelievable callousness about their victims, less than a dog, handcuffing and ignoring their dying victim. If the "perp" dies, he can't sue them or say what happened, and they often have a throw-down gun to fake a threat (much harder with the videos). In my very first column many decades ago when cops killed a guy armed with a tomato sauce jar (the third unarmed guy in a month), I railed against the shoot to kill policy, and said, "Surely the CIA has some weapon that can safely incapacitate a suspect." That became the Taser. Cops can kill with impunity, even now- more killed in 2015 than ever- not one convicted of manslaughter or murder. The local DA's are 97% on the cops' side- they are her/his daily allies.
I always used to get out of the car, because I know cops are shot coming up to the window, and I wanted to reassure them I was no threat. They seemed to appreciate it and relax. Also it balanced the equation with standing armed cops looming above and behind you. And removed them from snooping inside my vehicle, looking for bottles drugs, whatever. NOW they go psycho, screaming: GET BACK IN YOUR VEHICLE as if I was attacking him. That's happened 3 times, showing how wired and dangerous they are now.
Cops have long long thought of themselves as a special caste, a near holy order with the right to kill, so sure to them, citizens are just civilians and all the people they shoot by accident, mistake , or crime... just collateral damage. I'm intensely aware of that every second I deal with cops, they actually have the right to kill, like James Bond, and will almost never be punished, so SHUT UP and don't argue, no matter how in the right you are. SC Walter Scott murder -
Every state should have a Statewide shooting panel composed of lawyers judges Community leaders cops with their own prosecutor who have no connections to police being investigated. That would be a proper solution since half of all shootings by police are probably unjustified. When Cops start being punished routinely by the system, their behavior in shooting first and asking questions second will change.
In Dallas, the retaliation happen against an innocent prof. PD that apparently had taken huge strides since their cracker days and was a model for race relations. Cops might be even more jumpy and paranoid with citizens now, or maybe they will back off their reflexive brutality. After World War 2 the hundreds of thousands of black soldiers came back to be beaten, tortured, and lynched by a South that had no respect for their accomplishments or manhood.
But now, the half a million trained black vets are not as forgiving now and cops must adjust their behavior: if murders by police continue apace... murders of police might too. Copycat Effect. I heard some lowlife Police Chief Assoc mug on Fox blaming the sniper attack on Obama, cause he dared commiserate with victims of police violence. The Secret Service should put this guy in a windowless room for 48 hours since he, in this atmosphere, is directly threatening the President. assassinated Dallas cops
Regarding the MN shooting in the suburb in St. Paul, Want To Be Cops who can't make the standards of big-city police forces just keep trying and some crummy town or suburb will eventually hire them no matter how unstable or racist or troubled- 18,000 separate police forces in USA armed with billions of $ of HSA military gear- over half should be disbanded. Minneapolis has maybe 15 - 18% blacks but the rest of Minnesota is lily white (I lived there). That cop probably never dealt with a black guy and was all pumped up, excited, and frightened by it.
The latest appalling video shows crazy Miami cops hiding behind their car with a leveled assault rifle, against a black therapist on his back with his hands high in the air screaming “This man is my patient- he only has a TOY TRUCK.”, and his autistic patient playing with a toy truck, then SHOOTING him in the leg anyway, you see how out of control police are. It could be an SNL skit if it wasn't real. The moron's explanation- he was trying to shoot the autistic patient whom he thought was about to shoot the black guy... with his truck!! We need to prosecute incompetent criminal shooter cops AND the fools and liars who call the cops falsely claiming there is someone with a gun.
BLITHERING BREXIT BUFFOONS
I think Britain leaving has the potential, with the migrant crisis,
economic weakness of 4-5 EU countries, Russian embargo (cost $110 bil),
closing of borders.... to be a 2008 collapse scenario. And there is
NO REASON for England leaving- they will be hammered the most- maybe
10-15% drop in GDP. Cameron has been an incredible weasel , bringing
this issue up on a referendum only cause of his internal party politics,
then arguing against it, so he can claim to be on the right side if it
proves as successful as the Chernobyl "test".
Incredibly, as they unexpectedly won, ALL the rats jumped ship, Boris, Cameron, UKKKIPs Farage, then Boris's betrayer- the Brit extremists have made leadership of the 5th biggest economy as desirable as the Repub Speakers job in USA, till an unknown woman- Teresa May took the job- my question is: Why don't they force another election?- maybe Labor could reverse this idiocy? Then she picks Boris the Twit as Foreign Minister to deal with the Euros that he has just trashed??????
There were a huge amount of lies, from Boris the Surfer driving
around with a bus that tripled the amount sent to the EU (which England
will pay 3 times more in collapsed trade and economy), to yellow press
showing the teaming hoards of immigrants, to the insane idea that
everything would be just fine and dandy after smashing a half century
economic union rather than an economic collapse rivaling 2008. How they could have done
this titanic vote on a simple majority is incomprehensible (thank you
Cameron). Plus this rewards and encourages racist nationalists like
UKKKIP worldwide (and Putin for his murderous tendencies)- all in all, a
completely unnecessary disaster.
I bet if the Brits could do this
again, they'd vote 55-60% to stay. Puta is rubbing his hands with glee- Sanction ME, will you???
is the future with hundred of millions or billions of starving climate
refugees coming.... soon. Then all European borders will look like East
TO THE KING, ALICE: After a generation since the last spacecraft, the solar-powered JUNO (wife
of Jupiter/Zeus) spacecraft should whip into a highly elliptical polar
orbit midnight EDT around the gas giant KING of the Solar System that zips through near encounters in a hole in the violent radiation belts- Jupiter emits much more power than it receives from the sun and with 10 times more mass- it could have ignited into a sun. Juno is the fastest spacecraft ever 135K mps and must fire retrorocket 35 minutes to be captured- the polar orbit should let it overfly every spot on Jupiter. The only other Jupiter orbiter, the 1995-2003 Galileo was crippled by the failure to open of it's main dish antenna and had to send everything back 1800x slower. Because of the killing radiation, they hope to only get 37 orbits of very close passes at 2700 miles, which for the immense gas giant is within a whisker- the whole rest of Solar System or 1000 Earths could fit inside it- next time you see it's largest planetary ball in the sky (except for Venus), think about that it's 4-7 times farther than the Sun!! JUNO should investigate the Neptune sized auroras, the composition of the 1000 mile atmosphere at different heights (getting thicker + thicker- "no surface" on Jove); detailed radio and radiation emissions, and whether there is a solid core. To coin a phrase: "We Bring You the Worlds" - 3000 exoplanets discovered now by the Keppler spacecraft, inc some Earth sized Goldilocks ones!! http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pa...
1 hour JUNO doc:
For those fascinated by Space, here's an obscure but good weekly podcast about Astronomy and Space Missions- put together by the Orlando NPR station.http://www.npr.org/podcasts/47...
Rather than wildly expensive one-shot Missions to Mars, I've been advocating for a LUNAR BASE- to work on water- hydrogen oxygen hydroponic/fuel/air self-sustainability, low gravity construction of Interplanetary spacecraft, spectacular telescope site, Moon-mining, etc etc. That is the obvious next step and will fuel all sectors of space exploration rather than one-of spectaculars that must compete with the coming AGW catastrophes. I met Jim Lovell and can't believe we never went back to the Moon in a half century- watch, we WILL, when the Chinese land a man on it and claim it for the People's Republic, like they have with the entire Western Pacific Ocean. Even India has orbited an astronaut. And despite the forward march of the private Musk/Bezos space cos, I still think the first fatality on their cost-conscious rockets will tend to cripple private launches.
am thrilled Congress has demanded a Europa mission by 2022, Europa has a
60 mile deep ocean, so HAS TO HAVE life, I'm convinced. Everywhere
there is water on Earth there is life, and Europa has the same hot
smokers blasting out hot chemical stew at the bottom of the ocean...
where they now think life originated on Earth. I want to see that before
I'm gone: extraterrestrial LIFE, which will put our petty brutality in
scale- the absolute stupidity and absurdity of it. The genius Arthur C
Clarke, who invented communication satellites in 1949, knew in the 60's,
when it was a dot, that Europa was really really special. In '81 I got
to see the unreleased raw Voyager pics of these new worlds from Jupiter-
the greatest thrill of my life. Let ALL mankind go to Europa!!