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Nicolle Wallace: Jared Kushner Excuses 'Are Nonsensical'

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:09

NBC's Nicolle Wallace responded to the new report of Jared Kushner trying to set up a back channel communication link to Russia before they took office, saying their "explanations and excuses don't hold water" and "make no sense."

The Washington Post broke this news right before the Memorial Day holiday, "Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin."

Trump's Homeland leader John Kelly played the role of a loyal Trump soldier on the Sunday Morning talk shows by telling a shocked Chris Wallace," I mean, multiple ways to communicate back and forth is a good thing with any country, I think, and particularly a country like Russia, so it doesn’t bother me."

Sec. Kelly then told ABC' THIS WEEK, that Kushner's actions were "both normal and acceptable."

Sec. Kelly really said that.

Others like the former White House ethics counsel for George Bush called his actions treasonous.

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Death And Deportation Threats As All Hell Breaks Loose In Texas Legislature

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 10:00

Here is a video.

VIDEO: Lawmakers in Texas House scuffle during #SINEDIE on Monday.

— KVUE News (@KVUE) May 29, 2017

At 32 seconds you can see one of the Republican Reps (in a tan suit toward the front of the crowd), raise his hand to expose his handgun in a holster. He’s a little short prissy guy and loves his gun so much it’s considered obscene in 32 states and assorted territories.

This is also where Republican Rep Matt Rinaldi called ICE on the people protesting SB 4 — he assumed because they were largely Hispanic, they were here illegally.

I have to tell you something about Matt Rinaldi. He is a foul-mouthed little dip-dump who has to get an old woman to hold his hand to cross the street. He is so crude that the F word ought to be embroidered on his tie. He is generally recognized as the garden gnome of the Tea Party.

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Pianist Van Cliburn: America’s Greatest Diplomat, Cold War Era, US-Russia Relations

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 09:39

The Cold War could have ended in 1958 when Van Cliburn won the Piano Competition in Moscow. Van Cliburn was overwhelmed with Russian applause and his stage with the profusion of flowers.  

The judges asked Khrushchev if they were permitted …

U.S. Wants Control Over Anbar and Beyond – Iraq and Syria Will Prevent It

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 09:16

The U.S. is casting its net over the desert between Iraq and Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan to install military bases and power-structures that will guarantee major influence in the area for the foreseeable future. A part of that plan

Prior Knowledge of Attack: Truth Revealed: British Intelligence Received Warnings of Manchester Bomber Attack from US

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 09:15

True Publica Editor’s note: There appears now to be a reason why officials in the USA were able to name the Manchester Arena suicide bomber within four hours of the event. The FBI knew exactly who the perpetrator was and

Scarborough: Trump In Europe 'Looked Like A Goon'

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 09:00

The Morning Joe crew was angry and concerned about the damage done to the U.S. relationship by Trump during his international trip. The biggest concern was the statement by Angela Merkel that Europe was "on its own."

Richard Haas said the harm "can't be exaggerated."

"You could hear the tectonic plates of history move the other day. This was big. I think it was a combination of just policy difference after policy difference, from Russia to trade to climate, you see fundamental differences."

He said Trump had "made conditional what for so long was unconditional."

He noted that Trump's personal interactions with the other leaders "were not going well, to say the least. That's not what these people expect of an American president."

"Look at the handshake. He looked like a thug, looked like a goon," Scarborough said.

"You look at the handshake. Look at this. What a thug. What an embarrassment -- he's mauling him like an idiot. What an embarrassment to the United States. Optics matter and so do the conversations."

"If it were followed by positive conversations, you could just say he was awkward. For Merkel to say what she said shows they see no talent, they see nothing behind the eyes they can work with," Mika Brzezinski said.

Scarborough contrasted Trump's behavior in Europe with his "deferential" behavior in Saudi Arabia.

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John Sununu: Russia/Trump Story Is No Real Story At All

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 08:52

Fascinating exchange between Alysin Camerota and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu over today's CNN story that during the campaign, Russian government officials discussed having potential derogatory information on Trump and his inner circle.

Sununu, who was also famous as the co-host of CNN's Crossfire, not only brushed off the latest story, but would not concede anything disturbing of the stories connecting Trump to Russia.

Camerota starts by asking him if he's "troubled" by the latest information.

"In the 2016 campaign, that's right. I came on your show with derogatory business information on Donald Trump during the primary," Sununu said.

"Why is it a surprise? Why is it a news story that the Russians in Washington would convey the same material to the Russians in Moscow? The same story that you're quoting at the bottom of the story noted that the same sources that gave your reporter that information conceded that it was possible that the Russians were exaggerating or even making it up."

Camerota said it was a concern if the information was used by the Russians to influence Trump.

"Everybody was talking about Trump's business problem. Why is that news now again?" Sununu said.

He also pushed back on the story about Jared Kushner trying to create a back channel with the Russians.

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Former Contributor: Fox News Debates ‘Just As Fixed And Fake As Pro Wrestling’

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 08:00

Former Fox News contributor Tobin Smith explains how he was the "designated hit man" whose job it was to destroy Democrats and liberals during Fox News debates. And Fox News rigged the debates to make sure that happened.

Smith, formerly a regular on Bulls & Bears, was fired in 2013 after getting caught promoting dubious and worthless stocks for pay. So perhaps we should take anything he says about Fox with some grains of salt. But his account rings true.

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US Military Aggression against Syria: US Drops Leaflets in Tanf to Warn Syrian Military Not to Advance, Orders Retreat

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 07:53

In a blatant but not altogether surprising display of arrogance and aggression, the United States recently dropped leaflets on the al-Tanf road, warning the Syrian military to halt its advance toward Tanf and demanding a retreat.

According to reports both …

Mike's Blog Round Up

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 07:00

Stonekettle Station: Memorial Day 2017.

Southern Beale: Tin soldiers.

Bark Bark Woof Woof: JFK at 100.

Balloon Juice: Let's make Trump the new Quisling.

Campaign for America's Future: How compassion becomes contempt.

This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.

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Trump's Ludicrous Budget Is As Batsh*t Crazy As He Is

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 07:00

You might still be waiting for Reagan's VooDoo Economics to evenly distribute that magical trickle-down cash that stems from cutting the taxes of the über rich. That ass-backwards plan didn't work in the 1980's and will fail even more spectacularly in Trump's America.

While Donald deals with other matters, like Jared, the Kremlin, promoting coal power and international humiliation, the GOP is hard at work pretending to care about the health care of the poor fools who put them in office. Trump's malevolent budget adds massive amounts to the deficit by cutting taxes for those poor rich folks.

Of course, no president simply gets what he wants in his budget, Congress tears it apart, generally speaking. However this particularly awful budget is especially troubling because the Congress that will be deciding the fate of the least among us will likely keep the worst parts of it.

Most notably, he is reneging on his promise not to touch Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. He savagely robs the poor to pay the rich.

Their egregious math error was no accident.

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The Manchester Bombing Story is Becoming Absolutely Ridiculous – The Redacted Photos Prove… He Wasn’t There

American Everyman - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 06:58

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Salman’s body is now the property of the local coroner’s office, says local authorities. They will determine what happens to it. Gee, I wonder if he’ll be given a burial at sea like bin Laden. The justification for this is his family is in Libya. Somehow or another that means local authorities get to do whatever they want with his remains.

UPDATE: Please see important update at end of article

UPDATE: Check out Shawn Helton’s work on the subject of the Manchester attack. He published it right as they released the images.

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away..

Hughes Mearns

I took a close look at the photos released by authorities that claim to show Abedi in the elevator on his way up to bomb the arena. What I found was amazing.

But first…

Jonathan Turley, who used to be the kind of journalist who didn’t simply regurgitate ridiculous propaganda without question, reports suspected bomber Salman Abedi’s sister, Jomana Abedi, says her brother attacked random people in Manchester because he wanted “revenge” for all the folks the U.S. and Britain have bombed in the Middle East. He concludes that Salman is akin to al Qaeda and probably wanted 72 virgins in the afterlife or something. He never ONCE mentions the FACT that Abedi and his brothers and his father have been sent to places like Libya and Syria to terrorize civilian populations for the regime change the U.S. and Britain desperately wanted. It never once occurs to Turley to ask why this contractor would suddenly turn on his paymasters and demonize the entire Libyan community in his hometown while his daddy is reaping the benefits of Britain’s regime change operation in Libya.

I guess “they hate us for our freedom” is good enough for Mr. Turley’s “journalism” these days. It’s a shame isn’t it?

British authorities are quickly rounding up people associated with Salman Abedi. They justify this act by saying they are a “cell” and probably planned the attack along with him. More likely, they are also contractors who came back from Libya after terrorizing the people of that country into regime change and since they have first-hand knowledge of Salman’s previous work experience (including details like WHO he was working for), knowledge that would ultimately confuse the general population were it to get out, they decided to round them up and keep they away from prying media types.

“We are following up on the network, rolling it up, trying to contain it. As you’ve seen from the number of arrests, we are on the right track to try to contain it,” UK Security Minister Ben Wallace told CNN in Manchester on Friday. “In the end, you get to the bottom of a network.” CNN

Salman’s brothers and his father, who all worked for the regime change project in Libya, have been arrested. At first his father was allowed to appear on TV interviews until he said in one of them that his son did not do it. Then he was immediately arrested by our puppet regime in Libya along with Salman’s brothers. Gotta make sure they get their minds right before letting them walk the streets I guess. Ironically, it was the same puppet government in Libya that daddy helped install via his support of violent terrorist regime change.

Looks like Salman’s sister figured it out pretty quickly and got with the program before daddy did.

In the past few days, three photographs have emerged supposedly proving Salman Abedi was the Manchester bomber. One shows him on the side of the road with blue suitcase. The other two, heavily redacted, supposedly show him in an elevator going up to the scene of the attack but it does not. In fact, it shows him still on the side of the road apparently waiting for something, maybe a ride to the airport with his suitcase, on his way to see his brother whom he spoke with the day before.

I will show them to you now. They are amazing in what they inadvertently tell us about the Manchester bombing.

This is reportedly Salman Abedi sometime on May 22nd, the same day as the attack.

Notice he is wearing $300 sneakers and sporting a blue suitcase along with his backpack.

Here he is, supposedly, on an elevator (called a “lift” in Britain) heading up one flight of stairs to the arena where he is alleged to have detonated a bomb in his backpack.

“BOMBER Salman Abedi looks relaxed in a lift — minutes before detonating the home-made dev­ice which killed 22 people at Manchester Arena.” The Sun

And another from the same place.

Notice anything?

Why would they blackout the entire background? Why is the shading so close to his left leg?

Is it because he’s clearly NOT in the elevator where they claim the CCTV footage comes from?

The Sun put together this graphic showing his route to his final destination and they included an interior photo of that elevator.

If you look for a picture of him in that elevator car what you find is that altered image. Nothing else. Can’t find one with him in the elevator without the background blacked out. Why is that? What are they trying to hide. Why the hell would they do that and more importantly, why wont somebody notice it and wonder what they hell they are trying to hide.

I took a close look at the photos released by authorities that claim to show Abedi in the elevator on his way up to bomb the arena. What I found was amazing.

Look at the image of Salman on the street above. He’s standing on the edge of the sidewalk which looks like it was skimcoated with concrete or the curb was extended. Either way, it’s solid grey. Right behind him is the cobblestone roadway with the two worn white lines that are almost in the exact same perspective relative to his leg as the white paint you can see in the photo they blacked out supposedly of him in the elevator.

Again, why the hell would they black out the background in that photo? It’s ridiculous. Don’t you think they would WANT people too clearly see he was actually in that elevator?

This is bizarre. It would appear they simply took a still from the streetside CCTV video and blacked out the background so they could claim it came from the elevator. But why would they do that?

The venue is heavily covered with security cameras. From the subway all the way to the location of the detonation, there has to be multiple cameras that would have covered his approach. The one in the elevator being the most obvious.

Had they released nothing, it would have been suspicious. Plus, his association with MI-5 which is well known at this point, has generated a great deal of suspicion especially when you consider how the attack has been used to assist Theresa May’s campaign in the upcoming election. Her opponent is being portrayed as being “soft on terror” and wants to get Britain out of the Syrian regime change business while May has been a backer of it since the beginning.

Last night Theresa May’s candidacy took another major hit as she “debated” Corbyn and social media took off with Brits mocking her brutally. As she goes, so goes the militarist ambitions of the elite ruling class in the UK. And things seem to be getting worse and worse for her and this was the situation last week right before the attack.

This week, they needed something they could point to as concrete proof that Salman Abedi was the perpetrator of this attack and this is what they came up with: a couple photos of him on the elevator leading up to ground zero minutes before detonation.

The only problem is… it appears they altered them.

Well, it doesn’t “appear” they altered them, they DEFINITELY altered them. The only question is why?

Officially, they claim they did that to “protect identities of those with him”

And in both pictures, the police have blacked out the background, suggesting they wished to protect the identities of people standing next to him at the time. ” Daily Mail

These would just be random people in the elevator heading up to the arena, perhaps to pick up kids at the concert. Why “protect” their identities? From what?

That’s a ridiculous excuse and a closer examination of the images shows he wasn’t in a “lift”… he was most likely on the side of the street waiting for a ride to pick him up and take him to the airport.

The day before the attack, Salman was shopping in a little store near where he lived. There is a security camera video of that but apparently NOT one from the inside of the arena where the attack took place. Hmmm

“He is believed to have bought food and cleaning products, including almonds, tuna, scouring pads and air fresheners, at a convenience store near Granby Road, which is where he assembled the bomb” Telegraph

Air fresheners? Cleaning supplies? He’s about to blow himself up and he cares about how his apartment smells?

Air fresheners are often used inside suitcases to keep from getting that musty “suitcase smell”. Young men will also toss one into their travel case because they had to pack clothes they hadn’t washed yet. Don’t want to show up at a friend or family member’s house and open your suitcase and stink up the place.

It really looks to me that Salman had either contacted his brother or been contacted by him the day before and made plans to travel back to Libya. That explains him being seen that day with the suitcase. He was probably waiting to be picked up by his handler to go to the airport. There are flights out of Manchester to Tripoli everyday, the latest I saw was at 7:30pm local time.

They say he called his brother “15 minutes before the operation began”

Operation to do what? Arrange to be met at the airport in Tripoli?

Of course, they have arrested his brother and other family members and they are now being “questioned” by our brutal regime in Libya. I am sure full confessions are soon to follow.

But that leaves us with those photos and the questions about why they crudely blacked them out the way they did.

Those photos prove nothing and in fact, this whole thing about the “blue suitcase” leaves me even more convinced than ever that Salman Abedi was not involved in this mass casualty event. He was a patsy who’s travel back and forth to Libya and his family’s longstanding connection to our regime change terrorists in that country made him a perfect candidate for the patsy they needed when Theresa May started seriously slipping in the polls. They set him up, told him he had to go back to Libya for some kind of project they were running, gave him a plane ticket and let him make arrangements with his brother and then simply picked him up to take him to the airport and took him someplace else instead.

If they altered photos of him on the street in order to put him at the scene, that means he wasn’t at the scene and they damn well know it. That means they are covering for whomever actually planted that device at the scene and they are doing so acting as an accessory after the fact.

By altering that photo and claiming it is one thing when it probably isn’t, they doing something just as bad as if they photoshopped an image of him at the location. By doing it overtly, letting people know they tampered with the image, they hope to avoid the appearance of deceit. But in reality, they make it obvious.

As I wrote, there is no valid reason to black out the entire background of the image. Even if they did want to conceal the identities of people in that elevator, they could easily have done so by simply blacking out or blurring the image of their faces and other distinguishing characteristics.

The fact that they went through the trouble to black out the entire background tells you it wasn’t someone’s face they were trying to conceal but rather, the location where the image was taken.

As I have shown above, it looks to me like the image was of Salman Abedi standing on the street waiting for a ride to the airport. And that’s why they had to black out the whole image.

Because Salman Abedi wasn’t there.

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away..

Hughes Mearns

UPDATE: Some observant readers brought my attention to something rather odd in terms of those two photos of Salman supposedly taking a 15 second ride up one floor in the elevator. Apparently Salman is some kind of magician. I hadn’t even noticed it at first. I put together the image below after I read the comments. Nice catch folks.

UPDATE: I have now had two readers inform me that they have taken the image into Photoshop and altered the hue and intensity and contrast and done whatever and seen the corners of the interior of the elevator and thus, it proves, he’s in AN elevator. Not necessarily THE elevator.

So, not owning Photoshop, I went to TechCrunch and downloaded what they consider to be the best free photo processing software out there which appears to be something called Gimp 2.8.

I certainly not a Photoshop professional nor do I claim to be one, but I have desaturated the image, dropped shadows, adjusted the contrast and brightness and these two screenshots are what I have come up with thus far. I included the entire screenshot so you could see what I have done thus far.

As you can see… I don’t see lines defining the interior of the elevator as these two commenters suggest.

You guys can see my desktop there, you can see what I am working with in the program. Please feel free to inform me, walk me through the process of adjusting this image so I can see what you see. But for now, I don’t see what you are talking about. If you wish to walk me through the process, I would be glad to do it. thanks

UPDATE: Ok. So, one of these two readers told me to turn shadows all the way up, but I can’t find anywhere on Gimp2.8 to do that, so if anyone knows what he’s talking about, please let me know.

Now, that said, he posted his two images that he claims shows Salman Abedin on an elevator or in a corner of some type which means he’s probably not on the street like I originally thought.

And here are his photos;

It looks like he is standing in the corner of something. Could be an elevator. Does it match the one above? No it does not. Notice the two parallel brushed metal bands on the bottom right near what would be the floor. I don’t see that in the picture of the lift interior above. It could be an elevator he is in or it could be the corner of a room. Or he could be standing on the subway for we can tell.

I don’t see how someone can definitively say from this he’s in that specific lift or any lift for that matter.

I have not been able to reproduce this person’s work on my own system, so I cannot verify it’s authenticity one way or another. But it seems to me he might not be on the street as I originally thought. Still, these images certainly are a long way from placing him at the scene so my original thesis stands. Plus, they blacked out the background for a reason and it wasn’t to protect someone’s identity, even his handlers (since everyone knows you can blur images of faces so they can’t be identified while keeping the background intact that places him at the scene. If they blacked out the whole thing, it was because he probably wasn’t where they said he was)

UPDATE: The other reader who was questioning my theory has offered his evaluation of the images as well. I include it for your consideration.


JFK at 100. “Kennedy Assassinated by a Conspiracy between the CIA, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secret Service”

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 06:48

This Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017, is the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States.

JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963, as he approached the end of his third year in

US Coalition Attack on Syrian Military Forces Near Al-Tanf and the “Summit” in Riyadh

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 06:43

The Syria Solidarity Movement® (SSM) condemns the US-led Coalition attack last week on Syrian military forces inside of Syria near the town of al-Tanf. The Syrian forces were on a mission to dislodge terrorist mercenaries from a nearby position and

Russia Calls House Bill Aimed at North Korea an “Act of War.” Will the Senate Block H.R. 1644?

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 06:41

Top Russian officials are concerned that a bill passed by the US Congress will do more than increase sanctions on North Korea. Moscow claims H.R. 1644 violates its sovereignty and constitutes an “act of war.”

On May 4, 2017, House …

Breaking: Situation Escalates at Syrian-Iraqi Border. Towards a Dangerous Standoff between U.S Special Forces and Syria’s Arab Army?

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 06:39

The US-led coalition is desperately trying to prevent the Syrian government from restoring control over its borders with Syria and Iraq. Since Friday, US-backed militant groups, also known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), have repeatedly attacked the Syrian Arab

The Meaning of Assange’s Persecution

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 06:35

Nearly five years ago, Ecuador granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum at its London embassy. The original purpose of the asylum was to avoid extradition to the United States. Two years earlier, Swedish authorities had launched an investigation of

Ray Pfeifer, retired firefighter and voice for 9/11 health care, dies after cancer battle - Chicago Tribune

Google News 9/11 Feed - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 02:03

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Ray Pfeifer, retired firefighter and voice for 9/11 health care, dies after cancer battle
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9/11 responder, advocate, 59, dies - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Google News 9/11 Feed - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 00:06

9/11 responder, advocate, 59, dies
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NEW YORK – A retired New York City firefighter who spent months digging through debris after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, then became a key voice in fighting for health care for first responders while wracked with late-stage cancer himself, has died ...

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Open Thread - Apparently 'Soccer Tennis' Is A Thing?

crooksandliars - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 22:30

A sports mashup that, like Highlights for Children Magazine, is "fun with a purpose"?

It's a great way for kids and pros alike to stay motivated while practicing their passing.

Open thread below...

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