Sunday, February 19, 2017
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Behold Trump White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon by Nadev Kandar for Time magazine.

Then, behold Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett by Nadev Kandar for the New York Times Magazine. 

That's right. It's the same photographer at "work" -- political work, though, not photojournalism. Indeed, what a difference a photographer's raw politics makes. Every trick in the lighting and processing book is on display here. Bannon gets the Lucifer lights; Jarrett gets a Debbie Reynolds glow. 

And not just Jarrett, by the way. Using similar photographic wiles, Kandar created a rather massive "Inauguration Gallery" of "Obama's...

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It is rare and reviving sight in Washington, DC. to see honor and duty and moral clarity drive a political measure.

I refer to House Resolution 21, recently introduced by the truly honorable Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and explained in the video below to call upon the US military to correct the great and terrible wrong it perpetrated on brave and loyal US Marines who came under enemy attack in Afghanistan one day in March nearly ten years ago.

On that day, Marines met an enemy attack with appropriate force and survived. It was the attacks by their own commanders in the aftermath that opened wounds that have not yet healed. For the men of Fox Company and their families, these wounds continue to cause professional and personal setbacks and suffering. Rep. Jones' resolution asks that the military publicly acknowledge the fact that these Marines acted appropriately and without fault in order to restore the reputations stolen from them by irresponsible military commanders, even to this day.


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At a "photo op" on March 26, 2012, President Obama and Russian President Medvedev were finishing a private exchange about NATO missile defense. 

According to the Washington Post's source -- "an ABC News producer, who said she viewed a recording of the discussion made by a Russian camera crew" (now in Siberia?) -- the exchange began before the familiar clip of tape above.  

Obama: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space.” Obama was apparently referring to then-outgoing prime minister/incoming Russian president, Vladi­mir Putin.

Medvedev: “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you . . .”

Obama: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility." 

Medvedev: "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir."

The POTUS had just assured the Russian leadership that Obama's election season posturing was nothing more than that;...

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In the most nasty way, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" has announced that Kellyanne Conway, a top advisor to President Trump, will not appear on the show again because, co-host Mika Brzezinski said, "she's not credible anymore," 

And so, MSNBC follows CNN into this new and, frankly, terrifying realm of news control pioneered by news controllers -- media figures who have eschewed all pretense at news gathering on behalf of the public for 1) the role of judge and jury on what constitutes "credible" and 2) news censor when it comes to the what the public is permitted to see and hear from the Trump administration. 

How did this all get going? Last week, it was CNN damning...

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Another post for the desk drawer.

On p. 193 of Radical Son, Horowitz mentions an article he wrote about a Moscow/Peking land dispute, which, I find, appeared in Ramparts in June 1969 (key word: Ussuri ). The Black Panther magazine wrote something else on the topic, inspiring Horowitz to go over to the Panther offices, which he had never before visited -- due, he tell us, to his "aversion to the Panthers' violent dogmatism."

Remember: As he has often written, Horowitz didn't "discover" the violent activities of the Black Panthers until after the 1974 murder of Betty Van Patten.

The author of the Pather magazine article turned out to be Bob Avakian,...

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