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The Sam Seder Tim Black debate, or the Sam talks over Tim while Michael Brooks makes snarky commentary.

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By Joseph Ballin 6/29/2017 5:37 PM EST

Reader’s note: I am a fan of both Sam Seder’s The Majority Report and The Tim Black Show. I do not hold any hostilities towards either person debating in this piece and am writing this to illustrate how we on the left can find better solutions to our problems. That being said I’m biased toward Tim in this debate.

What’s the difference between a liberal and a progressive? Personally I don’t care or like these labels. Hillary described herself as a “progressive who can get stuff done.” So I couldn’t care less about those labels, but Tim goes into what I think he meant is between neoliberal corporate shills and people who want change in this country. Yes Sam is correct that the Majority Report does talk about all of the issues that Tim Black listed. So Sam goes to Tim’s youtube page and criticizes him for not covering healthcare enough. However, Sam has not watched Tim’s show and doesn’t know that he’s covered healthcare numerous times on his show. And now Sam goes into the Seth Rich / Kimdotcom territory.

The one thing me and Jimmy Dore have both been very clear on, we want evidence. We want evidence of Russiagate, evidence Assad gassed his own people, evidence for or against the Seth Rich cover up, etc. That’s reality based thinking. That’s why I’m an agnostic atheist, because I can’t prove there isn’t a god/gods, but there is no evidence that they do exist so there is no reason for me to believe in them. In fact, nothing in the universe can be proven. A fact is a statement that is taken to be true based off of evidence. It is something we collectively as a society agree what is real and fake. A theory is a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain phenomena.

Ok now that we got that out of the way let’s deconstruct all this shit. There is no verifiable evidence Russia hacked, interfered, or colluded with Donald Trump or his campaign. In fact, as president, US relations with Russia under Trump are at a record low. Trump has repeatedly attacked the government of Bashar Al-Assad and Iranian militias several times, Russia’s allies. Trump signed a treaty expanding NATO to Montenegro, something Russia opposes. He signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, which authorized $100 million dollars for the “Countering Russian Influence Fund”, to counter “Russian influence and aggression” and to “support civil society organizations in Europe and Eurasia.” It also included a measure imposing new restrictions and oversight on Russian diplomats in the United State. The Act also includes provisions that no appropriated funds may be used to support the Russian annexation of Crimea and assist Crimea, if such assistance includes the participation of Russian Government officials, or other Russian owned or controlled financial entities. It also states that no funds may be used to support “the Russian occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia” or to assist the central governments of other countries that have recognized the two territories’ independence. On top of all that, US has imposes more sanctions on Russia during Trump’ presidency. If Trump’s a Russian puppet, he’s doing a really shitty at it.

Again this is not to say there isn’t business ties Trump has to Russia, like with Deutsche bank and Trump hotels because he’s a billionaire, but he also has business ties to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Philippines, Azerbaijan, mafia, etc., but the mainstream media never mentions this. Why does mainstream media never bring up the fact General Flynn was a paid agent of the Turkish government? Why does the mainstream media not bring up the fact Trump appointed all these Goldman Sachs people because of his ties to Israel? Or China provisionally granting Trump 38 trademarks after getting elected? Or the Clinton’s business dealings in Russia? So there is enormous hypocrisy on this issue. Focus on Russia and nothing else. Why you may ask? Because starting a new cold war with Russia ensures defense contractors can make giant profit because now we have a great power enemy again. Also we can’t start a cold war with China because our economies are to tied together. It has less to do with Trump himself and more to do with more spending on the military and strengthening the police state. That’s why you don’t hear anything about getting rid of voting machines or having open, fair, and free elections.

As for the Syria gassing of 2017, the entire thing was brought up so briefly and forgotten about so quick by mainstream media and the Trump administration it really makes you wonder what really did happen in Syria. Why has there been no independent UN investigation into the gassing? There is no evidence Assad ordered the gassing of any civilians. As for the Seth Rich story, I stated on day one when I first heard about the Seth Rich murder that I found it very fishy. I have no idea is Seth Rich was the Wikileaks leaker or who killed him, but I do know a couple things. I do know Assange has hinted, but not confirmed, to Seth Rich being the leaker. Wikileaks, outside of the Garani Massacre Video which they said they would publish, but never did, has been 100% on point. So now that we got all that out of the way, back to the debate.

So Sam now brings up whether or not it’s a good thing to promote the Russia fear mongering story to split off three Republican votes in the Senate for healthcare. First of all I won’t advocate a new cold war with Russia over healthcare. Second of all why does Sam think Russia influences how Republican senators vote on healthcare. We’ve already seen the Senate healthcare bill be delayed because of how awful it is. People aren’t thinking about Russia when they think of healthcare, they are thinking of NOT DYING! Plus I would wager all that corporate cash the Republicans senators take is more of an influence than the so called Russia scandal over Trump’s head. The only thing that will force Republicans to change their votes on healthcare is though mass movements.

Now Black brings up the rigged 2016 Democratic primary and the DNC fraud lawsuit. Tim brings up exit polling being used by the US to determine whether an election is legit or bs in foreign countries. I would like to point out that irregularities in exit polling in Ukraine were cited by the US and EU for the fascist coup in Ukraine. And I would also like to point out Sam Seder has had on Greg Palast on Ring of Fire, someone who says the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged. But ok Sam I guess the primary wasn’t “rigged.”

Continuing on Tim brings why Democrats blaming progressives for the lose of Hillary Clinton. So Tim brings up Susan Sarandon and her revolution comment about Trump, stating we are seeing a revolution already taking place under Trump. Ok so I agree and disagree with Tim here. A revolution against Donald Trump hasn’t sustained itself, yet. It needs to be sustained though mass rallies every week and civil disobedience in the streets. And I believe a revolution under Trump can happen if he topples Assad and invades Iran

Michael continues to break into this heated debate to make a funny comment. Now we get back to Seth Rich. So Sam again thinks that it’s crazy to think that politicians won’t murder people to cover up corruption. I agree Tim Black that we need to ask questions. Again I’m an agnostic on Seth Rich, I don’t know who killed Seth Rich.

One of the most damming quotes from the Sam Seder vs Tim Black debate comes right around here. “She (Nancy Pelosi) is a great leader. I would not support a challenge to her” – Sam Seder. Ok so let’s give Sam the benefit of the doubt and say Pelosi wasn’t guilty for the thousands of losses of Democrats in elections over the past decade or so. So why is it Sam doesn’t bring up the fact Pelosi didn’t do shit to bring about real progressive change during her time as speaker from 2007 to 2011? She opposes single payer, she didn’t prosecute GWB, and she didn’t bring up the Employee Free Choice Act.

And finally Sam says Steny Hoyer would be worse than Pelosi. So Sam why not get rid of Hoyer? And if he’s replaced with another corporate Dem get rid of them until we get someone who will at least listen to progressives. That’s what the Republicans did with Eric Cantor and their party is stronger than ever. Tim brings up the fact Sam voted for Hillary Clinton in New York, a blue non-swing state, but he doesn’t blame Hillary for not appointing Bernie Sanders as her VP pick, which everyone agrees would have won her the election. You know why she didn’t do it? Because of spite and corporate greed. She would rather lose to a Republican than give an inch to progressives, and that’s why we have Trump.

DNC Fraud Lawsuit, most important lawsuit in the nation’s history

By Joseph Ballin

While a TYT panel dismissed this and a certain MR co-host called it “boring”, there is nothing more important and vital to our nation’s survival as a somewhat quasi democratic representative republic than our fundamental right to vote. I like millions of Americans registered Democrat (and shortly afterwords back to independent) in order to vote for Senator Bernie Sanders. However, what me and millions of other Americans didn’t realize was our votes didn’t mean jack shit cause the DNC had rigged the primary years in advance for Hillary. Oh sure Hillary didn’t win in 2008, but that was only cause Obama was just as much as a DNC insider as Hillary and both had a compromise allow Hillary to be Secretary of State and to be the nominee in 2016.

Fast forward to 2017, and the DNC rigged another race, this time for their boy Tom Perez, another Clinton loyalist, for the chairmanship of the DNC.  I supported Sam Ronan in that race, but others thought Keith Ellison would have been a better choice. Either way both are light years better than Perez. But the gravy train must keep on rolling at the DNC.

Let’s take exit polling disparities.  Keep in mind exit polls were used as justification by the American empire to overthrow the democratically elected president of Ukraine and install right wing forces pandering to Nazis. According to Richard Charnin, 11 of 26 exit polls exceeded the margin of error for Sanders, while 24 of 26 exit polls shifted to Clinton in the vote . The exit polling got so bad that they stopped doing exit polls in May, meaning Kentucky, Oregon, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and District of Columbia had not exit poll results.

And that’s not even covering that other fraud, the super delegates, denying millions of independent and other parties from voting in the Democratic primary, the throwing off of thousands of Brooklyn voters, stealing Nevada delegates from Sanders, Bill Clinton closing down a voting station in Massachusetts, anointing Hillary the winner the day before the CA primary, and I haven’t even touched the DNC emails.

This is stuff straight out of a banana republic. Until we fix our voting process we will never be free of people like Clinton or Trump (the pied piper candidate the DNC/Clinton promoted because they thought he would be “easy” to beat). In the DNC Fraud lawsuit, Bruce Spiva, lawyer for the DNC, stated that “We could have voluntarily decided that, ‘Look, we’re gonna go into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way,’” So what Bruce is saying is your vote doesn’t mean jack shit and the DNC charter isn’t worth the paper to whip your ass with. We need to expose corrupt people like DWS and Donna Brazile for the lying frauds. This why the DNC lawsuit is so vital to our democracy and I thank people like Tim Black, H. A. Goodman, Jimmy Dore, and others for covering this. Also special thanks to Jared Beck and Elizabeth Lee Beck for pushing this case. We cannot win in 2020 with a Tulsi Gabbard or a Nina Turner or a Bernie Sanders if the voting system is rigged against them.

Links:

The Democratic Primaries: No more exit polls; Kentucky and Oregon recap

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20105/in-its-defense-against-fraud-suit-from-bernie-supporters-the-dnc-just-dug-i

http://jampac.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/042517cw2.pdf

 

 

 

The GOP Fails to Steal a Seat in Maine House (Milktoast Man)

Here is the statement from our big fat governor liar on the latest GOP attempt to steal an election.

Milktoast Man

Milktoast Man, Milktoast Man, will you ever take a stand?
I ask you do you understand, you only help the Republican,

Paul LePage, is the worst governor in the USA,
The economy sucks and he’s taking more benefits away,
but you take some toast, you let it it soak in millk, and tell me what you get
A mushy mushy mushy mess, when you let that toast get wet,

No more milktoast like I said, take them out to the woodshed,
I think Stephen King agrees, but is it Toby saying more milktoast please?

I just want to know, Toby, are you a republican?

In Long Island all we really know, is that someone really screwed up,
Or made a mistake on purpose, when they picked 21 votes up!
It was the state house republicans, who voted to keep their friggin gal,
I can only wonder if you’re serving up milktoast, to try to be a pal,

No more milktoast like I said, take them out to the woodshed,
Please serve us some lean protein, I’m not saying that you gotta be mean,

I’m just saying….No more Milktoast PLEASE!

Come On, Coleman

I fully support any candidate’s rights to contest the results of any election in accordance with the laws of that state, even if that state has really f’ed up laws (which is why I support national standards for our electoral process which really wouldn’t cost as much as they say it would) But Coleman no longer has a rational argument except ‘it was so close that we need to do a re-vote’ even though the state’s laws don’t allow a revote, so essentially he has no argument at all. Of course, we all know what this is about these GOP bastards aren’t really hiding it…

“The battle in Washington is real. Every day in the Senate without Al Franken is a great day,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) recently told a Tulsa audience. Politico reported that Republicans back the idea of Coleman appealing his case indefinitely because “a long fight is worth it if it keeps Franken from becoming the 59th Senate Democrat, which would give President Barack Obama a huge advantage over the next two years.”

In light of 2000 this ranks as hypocrisy of the decade. The entire state has been recounted. The state has a very simple process of contesting and deciding contested ballots. Its over, deal with it assholes.

Un-Franken-Believable

So Al is on the verge of pulling ahead in the recount.  This link has the up-to-the-minute minutia of all the ballot challenging madness.  As of late tonight Coleman leads by 5.  He seems to have had more spurious challenges than Franken, so the expectation is that this thing will swing tomorrow.

I hate to say, but this process is farcical.  Maybe the fact that Coleman is about to go down for corruption will make the end result easier to swallow for partisan Minnesotans.  Disappointing as the Georgia Senate runoff result was, at least you come away with a clear result.  When the final difference in votes is less than 0.005%, which is where this thing is headed, maybe its time to declare “renege” and shuffle up again. Disappearing ballots, re-appearing ballots, unopened absentee envelopes… I wouldn’t have confidence if this were a county clerk’s election, much less a US Senator.

So really, the question comes down to: how far will Coleman go to keep this thing alive?  How many lawsuits, how many appeals?  Will he have to dip into his wife’s Blo & Go money?  For a possible preview of things to come, read how another grasping incumbent scrambles to keep the dream alive… interestingly enough to readers of this blog, the man’s name is Scarborough, he’s a state rep from Charleston, SC… and he’s your basic trust fund scumbag, cheating on his wife and shooting at utility workers.  Southern Gothic at its finest!