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So What’s Really Happening In Ukraine?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 17, 2014

Hint: It’s not as clear-cut as the anchors at RT (the ones who haven’t quit in protest, anyway) make it seem.

Just as it’s hard to know what’s really going on in Latin America without a working knowledge of Spanish, it’s hard to know what’s really going on in Ukraine and Russia without at least a working knowledge of Russian. I don’t have that knowledge, but I know someone who does, and here’s what he has to say:

Suzanne Buck, Philip Munger would you PLEASE show this to the freaks who are saying Ukraine is being run by fascists now?

Look, bottom line:

Yanukovich asked the Berkut (Riot Police) to fire on the Ukranian People. The Berkut chief declined and RESIGNED which was the right thing to do. That is what the Occupy people here would have said, right?

And that caused a crisis; particularly for the “Party of Regions” which is Yanukovich’s party. The Rada (Ukranian Parliament) agreed, and so did Party of Regions with the Riot Police guy and said ” FUCK YOU – YOU CANNOT order our soldiers to fire on our people!”

Fast forward to today; in Russia the opposition news networks have been silenced – the NDAA or SOPA the Left in the US has feared was just put in place by – PUTIN! You can get Channel Rain or Echo of Moscow – but Russians and Ukrainians can’t.

So you tell these idiots at FDL they have been backing the wrong horse in this race. Dan Wright in particular. Fucking wrong from the first day he bothered to notice the Maidan.

From my friends in the U:

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Bradlee Dean And The Catholic Church

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 16, 2011

Last week, the folks of the Dump Bachmann blog got screwed by YouTube, which canceled their video accounts — and for a short while, their Gmail accounts as well.

Why? Apparently because Bradlee Dean cowed YouTube, which is owned (just as is Gmail) by the huge and deep-pocketed Google, into doing his bidding. Here’s what YouTube told the Dump Bachmann people:

We have disabled the following material as a result of a third-party notification from You Can Run But You Cannot Hide Intl. claiming that this material is infringing:

Bradlee Dean on the Catholic Church

As DB’s Ken Avidor noted back in March, Bradlee Dean Smith is known for abusing copyright laws in order to silence critics:

“This is a case where people don’t want you to see something that’s embarassing to a politician they like, so they’re trying to make it go away,” Avidor says. “It’s Orwell’s memory hole.”

It’s interesting that the video YouTube cited as the reason for their giving the death penalty to Dump Bachmann is one where Dean is, according to those that have seen it, caught telling his devoted fans that Catholicism is riddled with perversion and “old guys checking out your daughters”.

This is not the sort of thing that Dean wants to have floating around as he tries to make nice with the local Catholic hierarchy in the first stages of the plan to ramp up their push for the anti-gay, anti-marriage-equality “Bradlee Dean” ballot measure — that’s the one that was supposed to have been added to the 2012 ballot on the same day he performed the invocation that went so disastrously that it nearly scuttled the bill and caused Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers to have it struck from the official record. (Gee, wonder if YouTube will now suppress videos of that as well?)

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Keith Olbermann: Cowardly Blowhard

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 26, 2011

Joe McGinniss, a reporter an author with a distinguished track record spanning nearly half a century, has a new book out, this one on Sarah Palin.

You might not know this because the establishment press is bound and determined to suppress all knowledge of this book, save for their own highly misleading spin on it. As McGinniss stated in the FDL Book Salon for The Rogue yesterday:

So far, MSM interviewers have only wanted to say I’m reprehensible for putting things in a book about a major political figure that the National Enquirer would find salacious. Then they repeat the “salacious” bits, thereby highlighting them further, and leaving the rest of the book in the shadows.

David Folkenflik of NPR recorded a 45-minute interview with me last week. Fifteen seconds made it on to the air.

I expect no better in the weeks to come, because MSM is a herd animal. Once there’s a meme, they stampede with it and all other points of view are obliterated.

And if you expected alleged progressive heroes Terry Gross, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow to be any better, well, guess again:

Terry Gross has declined to have me on her show. As have all other NPR shows. My fifteen seconds as part of a Folkenflik report on All Things Considered is all I get from NPR. I’m told they are scared of losing more federal funding if right wing Congresspeople complain that they are “promoting” my book.

FYI, both Morning Joe and Keith Olbermann had me booked for last week, but canceled when they saw which way the wind was blowing.

I’d like people to know that about Olbermann. First, he attacked my book on Bill Maher without having read it–then, when the publicity director of Crown Publishing said to his producer that she hoped he would read it before interviewing me on his own show, he canceled me.

Rachel Maddow also refused to have me on.

You’d think that KO, Dr. Maddow and Terry Gross would leap at the chance to talk about a book that among other things discusses in detail the religious fervor and racism of Sarah Palin and her circle. But no — instead, they follow the establishment press’ lead in pretending that the book is somehow too salacious to be read. (Yes, we’re talking about the same establishment media for whom no smear against a non-right-winger is off limits. If McGinniss was writing a badly-sourced book about Al Gore’s massage cravings, he’d be warmly welcomed onto every talk show in the nation. But when he writes a very-well-sourced book about Sarah Palin and her associates, and dares to deal with the subjects of sex and race in a manner that is far more honest and sensible than the hyperventilating treatment given his revelations, he is consigned to the outer darkness, his book unread by those who most loudly attack him, despite his long and honorable track record.

By the way, here’s what KO has to say for himself when asked about this:

This from a man who has yet to read the book.

Oh, well. At least I know now not to bother with, or trust, a single thing Olbermann, Gross and Maddow do or say from now on.

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US Education: Still Way Ahead, Despite GOP Sabotage

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 19, 2011

Via Rob Levine at The Cucking Stool, we have this report from Business Week which shows yet again that, contrary to the shrill, highly-subsidized cries of those who want to dismantle it, US public education is actually among the best in the world — yes, even in fields like math and science:

The independence and social skills American children develop give them a huge advantage when they join the workforce. They learn to experiment, challenge norms, and take risks. They can think for themselves, and they can innovate. This is why America remains the world leader in innovation; why Chinese and Indians invest their life savings to send their children to expensive U.S. schools when they can. India and China are changing, and as the next generations of students become like American ones, they too are beginning to innovate. So far, their education systems have held them back.

My research team at Duke looked in depth at the engineering education of China and India. We documented that these countries now graduate four to seven times as many engineers as does the U.S.The quality of these engineers, however, is so poor that most are not fit to work as engineers; their system of rote learning handicaps those who do get jobs, so it takes two to three years for them to achieve the same productivity as fresh American graduates.As a result, significant proportions of China’s engineering graduates end up working on factory floors and Indian industry has to spend large sums of money retraining its employees. After four or five years in the workforce, Indians do become innovative and produce, overall, at the same quality as Americans, but they lose a valuable two to three years in their retraining.

This shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been seriously paying attention over the last few decades. There are those of us out there who still remember how the first Bush suppressed the Sandia Labs study he himself had requested, because it stated, contrary to Republican dogma as pushed by the agenda-driven bogosity fiesta called “A Nation At Risk”, that public schools were actually pretty darned good considering they were under constant attack from right-wing politicians and had to take the kids the cherry-picking private schools rejected.

Speaking of private schools, the charter school movement is essentially a Trojan Horse to turn public schools into sectarian private ones funded with our tax dollars — as one Michigan mother found to her sorrow.

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Monday Night News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 6, 2010

Twitter might kick Wikileaks off its site, but Facebook won’t. Might be time for me to boycott Twitter.

— That’s what you get for backing a Tea Party Republican over Jim Oberstar, you morons: The Duluth News-Tribune is shocked, shocked that their boy Chip Cravaack is against “pork barrel” spending — including the tens of millions being spent on construction at Duluth International Airport. Hey, maybe next time you won’t be so eager to do MCCL’s and the RPM’s bidding, eh?

— Lists of Wikileaks mirror sites, from La Figa via

Digby predicts it: Now that the Republicans have worked with Obama to raise the deficit, their next target is Social Security. Catfood, here we come!

Glenn Greenwald on the cowardly obedience of corporate news organizations, all heeding the USG’s call to stop truthfully calling Wikileaks a whistle-blower and instead falsely call it a “terrorist” group. Or is it that these corporate entities know that Wikileaks is threatening the established order that brings these entities so much profit?

— As Glenn mentions, those wishing to donate to WikiLeaks can still do so here, via Options 2 (online credit card) or 3 (wire to bank in Iceland).

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