Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Urban Shield: Doing unto us what we did to Iraq, Syria, etc.

     How many Americans even remember America's brutal and unnecessary "war" on Vietnam?  Even though 50,000 (fifty thousand) of our sons and daughters died in that conflict?  And that said "war" went very badly for us when a bunch of determined farmers in black pajamas kicked our butts?

     How many Americans even know that our military-industrial complex financed, encouraged and promoted Saddam Hussein's "war" on Iran in the 1980s -- even though that brutal and uncalled-for attack lasted ten long bloody years?  And that Iraq, even though it was working hand-in-hand with both America and Israel and probably most of Europe too, couldn't even manage to defeat puny Iran? 

     And journalist Steve Fournier also asks the same question about Russia.  "Would you entrust a war to an army that couldn’t defeat some of the weakest nations on earth?  The armed forces of the United States have been engaged for over a generation in warfare against governments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Syria.  They have managed to destroy lives and property in abundance and have extinguished entire ancient cultures, but they have accomplished no discernible mission.  Typically facing poorly-armed and undernourished enemies, they have been unable to record a victory since 1945.  Should we trust them to take on Russia?"  http://www.currentinvective.com/wp/?p=223

      And then there were all those bloody and unnecessary "wars" on Nicaragua, Guatemala, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Palestine (by proxy), Syria, Yemen, Chile, Korea (twice so far) and so on -- all of them now conveniently forgotten.  http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/06/white-house-says-it-will-fake-chemical-weapon-attacks-in-syria.html#more

     Hell, Americans can't even remember any of the centuries of "wars" on poorly-armed American Indians or even the three or four centuries of brutal and cowardly attacks on defenseless Black people, conveniently referred to as either "slavery" or "Jim Crow". 

      And now the same folks who brought us all those stupid and shameful "wars" abroad are now trying to bring these same stupid and shameful "wars" home here too.  Does your local police department really need a tank?  Seriously?  Urban Shield sounds pretty much like Iraqi Shield or Afghan Shield or Syrian Shield, all of which ended badly for the civilians of those countries.  Bad news for them -- and now almost certainly bad news for us too.  http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-america-armed-terrorists-in-syria/ 

    But great news for the military-industrial complex!

     And speaking of urban stuff, here's the next chapter of my recent adventures in New York City:

Day Three, Part 1:  One would think that I would have fallen asleep easily last night after taking the red-eye from SFO -- but no.   Maybe I got a few hours of primo sleep.   But whether or not sleep was involved, my wake-up call still came at 6:15 am.  http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2017/06/are-americans-even-good-people-any-more.html

          And then I discovered Hudson Street Park.  20 blocks of lovely waterfront walkways going directly from The Jane hotel to the Javits Center.  Birds actually sang!

          Then I got in free to the Book Expo's authors' breakfast on my press pass.  Karmic reward!  Sweet.  But shoulda known that the breakfast was not going to be gluten-free.  Not even oatmeal or fruit cups were involved.  Just orange juice and cream cheese for me.
         
          Damn, there's a lot of people here -- and at $70 a pop.  Who's going to speak?  Stephen King.  Anyway, here I am, sitting right next to the Random House/Penguin VIP table.  There must be at least a thousand people here.  150 tables of ten, plus a bunch of seating for groundlings in the back.

          Oliver King, Stephen's son, spoke first.  "Our family sat around and pitched one-line story lines to each other at the dinner table.  One of those story lines was about a world without women.  Our new book 'Sleeping Beauty' resulted." 


          Stephen King said, "I used to be a latchkey kid back before there were even latchkey kids -- back in the 1950s.  And my mom used to say, 'If there's no ring around the toilet bowl, you know that a woman is around'.  Men just don't do things like that.  Women are the cooling factor in society when men run too hot."  Surely Stephen King didn't just say that, that all women are good for is cleaning the toilet.  I'm sure he meant something else.  Will have to read the book to find out.

          Whitney Cummings spoke next.  "I wanted to write something that will last forever.  Books are permanent.  I'm an unapologetic book nerd.  They don't bombard you with visual chaos like social media does."  She's funny as hell, is a screenwriter for "Two Broke Girls".

          "It's totally hard to write a book.  I thought it would be fun and sexy like when Cary Bradshaw did it on TV.  But it was actually pretty frustrating.  And then there's fact-checkers.  They should go over to Fox News.  Fox News needs fact-checkers.  Leave me alone!"

          She used to be crazy.  "You can't just magically stop being crazy.  I went into therapy.  I was co-dependent, couldn't say no.  Busy but unfulfilled.  Needing the approval of others."  She gave a really humorous presentation.  Made all this terrible stuff sound laugh-out-loud funny.  "Ambian and wine is not a sustainable combination." 

         Her book is a manual about how to change your brain.  "People only show their good sides on social media but a lot of people really are in pain.  But people do want to change and grow.  This book will hopefully provide healing laughs."

          Claire Messud spoke next.  "My novel, The Burning Girl, is about two young girls and their close friendship as they pass through the storm of adolescence.  We all remember middle school.  When something doesn't make sense just think, 'Picture this as happening in middle school,' and then it will make perfect sense.  A week can contain a year's worth of emotions."

          We all put together stories to make sense of our lives, Messud told us.  "We fill in the blanks.  Many elements are familiar, universal -- what we give up to become adults, from only pieces of what actually goes on.  But a state of uncertainty between knowing and unknowing is what makes us human."

          Scott Kelly spoke next.  520 days in space, 340 of them consecutively.  He wrote a book called "Endurance".  When he was a kid, he read a book called "The Right Stuff" and immediately decided to become an astronaut.  "It surprised even me that I did this, and my book is the story of how I got there.  Today is a critical day in our nation's future.  I have looked at the earth from space.  You don't see a lot of rain forests down there anymore.  You can actually see the pollution.  Plus all the cooperation between people and countries regarding space programs shows that we can do anything if we have dreams." 

          Then Jessmyn Ward spoke about her new book, "Sing, Unburied, Sing".  "Faulkner once said, 'To understand the world you must first understand Mississippi'.  My mother was a domestic and my father was a factory worker.  I never thought I would become a writer.  Mississippi will hug you before it smothers you."  Mississippi also has some of the best bookstores there is.  Jackson, Tupelo, Oxford.  "The past bears down especially hard on the present in Mississippi.  Why?  It was heavily invested in slavery and then later in Jim Crow and Parchman Farm.  How does the past live in the present?  That's the question I constantly ask myself.  Writing is my attempt to answer this question."

          She tells us that, "Mississippi is the foundation and walls.  America is the roof.  Your home fails you, murders you.  There is terror -- and there is hope."

          Pete Souza then spoke about his new book, "Obama".  He was the White House photographer during Obama's presidency.  "So.  I miss this guy.  I took two million photos in eight years."  A nice selection of his photos were projected onto a big screen, and that was the end of the authors' breakfast.

          Then it was off to the main exhibit hall to see who was giving away free pens.  Nobody was!  I only scored three or four pens.  Bummer.

          But at the Soho Press booth I scored the new Colin Cotterill book!  And a pre-publication copy at that!  Not to mention a new Timothy Hallinan book, "The Widows of Malabar Hill" and a few others as well.

          I also got a copy of the new Joe Ide book, "Righteous," and some free macadamia nuts -- but paid three whole dollars for a tiny bag of potato chips.  Had to.  By that time I was starving.

          Bought a deli salad after leaving Javits Center and then took the 9th Avenue bus back home to The Jane.  Am going back tonight to attend the Hillary Clinton School of Lies but that will be about it for the BEA for today.  I think.

To be continued...

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Friday, June 23, 2017



Are Americans even good people any more?

        Today's proverb from my Franklin Planner says, "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."  Dwight D. Eisenhower said that.

     America is spozed to be a Christian nation and yet its military has murdered hundreds of thousands of women and children randomly in almost half the countries of the world -- and done it for fun but mostly for profit.  American "wars" on Vietnam, Iraq, Syria, Libya, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen, Palestine, Honduras, Panama, the Philippines, Cuba (the list goes on and on) have been criminally-shameful and illegal rapes and slaughters of much weaker countries, based solely on American cruelty and greed.  What would Jesus do?  Certainly not this! 
http://www.worldcat.org/title/terlena-breaking-of-a-nation/oclc/76706500

      And here at home, we Americans fight hard for our right to have guns so that we can protect ourselves against robbers and The Government, but only end up mostly killing our children by accident and committing hate crimes on purpose.  How Christian is that?

     Americans are spozed to love liberty yet we have Urban Shield and the NSA and the Patriot Act at home and the CIA and "Special Forces" assassination teams abroad, ones  that support the worse kind of dictators such as the Saudi un-Muslim mafia, the Ukraine un-Christian neo-Nazis, the Israeli un-Jewish apartheid neo-colonalists and those brutal butchers in ISIS and al Qaeda. 
http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/06/07/the-machiavellian-plot-to-provoke-saudi-arabia-and-qatar-into-a-blood-border-war/

      America is spozed to be the Robin Hood of the free world and yet we constantly take from the Poor and give to the Rich.  Counting the jobless, the homeless, those without healthcare, soldiers sacrificed to defend corporate profits, victims of yucky drinking water, victims of infrastructure failure, your aging parents, your friends and mine, etc., it looks like many more than a million Americans will die far before their time in this coming year because of the Koch brothers, the Deep State, Citizens United, the Wall Street casino where the House always wins, media "war" propaganda lies in order to sell WMDs, and the souls of the corrupt legislators that have been have been bought and paid for by these ill-gotten gains.  To say nothing of shameful Jim-Crow-style election fraud by the GOP and also gross interference in our elections by, wait for it, Israel and Saudi Arabia -- of which both Republicans and Democrats are blatant receivers of whole boxcars full of untraceable cash.

     "Among a people generally corrupt, liberty does not exist," my Planner goes on to tell me.  Edmund Burke said that.  And he was right too.  https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Money-Street-American-Century/dp/1615778055

      Are Americans only getting the corrupt and cruel leaders that they deserve?  It certainly does look that way.  And are Americans even good people any more -- to have let all this evil corruption go on for so long?  I don't even want to think about the answer to that question.  Let's think about something more pleasant instead.  Here's a report on my first two days in NYC:
 
     "Everything's like a dream in New York City" -- especially its book-publishing industry, its celebrity personalities, its amazing museums, its outstanding people-watching opportunities and its vibrant street life. 

Day One:  I leave for New York in six short hours and guess what?  Just finished going through my usual heavy-duty pre-travel panic attacks -- including the usual "I could just stay home and lose my airfare money and I would be okay with that" phase, followed closely by the "OMG, I'm so hungry and there is nothing to eat!" phase, and then followed by the "I'm gonna hide under the bed in denial" phase.  And yet here I am aboard a BART train that goes to the San Francisco airport and I'm actually okay with that -- and even excited. 

    Heading off to New York City?  Who would not be excited about that?  Museums and books.  Museums and books.  Museums and books.  And hopefully not bedbugs. 

     And now I'm on the JetBlue red-eye flight with no problems.  The service is great but the free inflight movies all seem to be at least five years old.  Mrs. Doubtfire?  Really?  Moneyball?  I played a game-watching extra in that one at least five years ago.  The Sound of Music?  Huh?  Finally settled on 27 Dresses which was entertaining and cute. 

Day Two:  Well, apparently I must have slept on the plane because there are clearly two hours unaccounted for on that flight.  But can't remember falling asleep.  But so what.  I got to JFK airport, took the subway (the E train) to 8th Avenue and 14th Street, dragged my suitcase for seven blocks and voila.  Here I am at The Jane hotel -- in the world's smallest hotel room.  Even the one I had at the Tokyo airport was bigger.  We shall see. 

     They don't call these rooms "cabins" for nothing.  Built in 1907, The Jane used to be a seaman's hotel for when sailors were ashore.  But, hey, the rate is really cheap, the staff is really nice and they don't have bedbugs.  That's what counts.  Plus I'm right near the shared bathroom.  Good to know in the middle of the night.  Plus the bathroom is really clean.  And the cabins are wood-lined and cute.

      Today was a day for walking my legs off.  30 blocks up to the Javits Center, and another 30 or 40 blocks wandering around what used to be Hell's Kitchen and now appears to be Yuppies' Kitchen instead.  And the highlight of the day?  Stopping by Soho Crime publishing house on lower Broadway and meeting one of its editors again.  Seeing all those excellent books.  Wow and double-wow!  Plus Soho is located right around the corner from a Whole Foods market.  Two birds with one stone.  Mental stimulation and dinner. 

     "Got any recommendations for a good Chinese restaurant?" I asked the editor -- the question that Henry Chang's main character in his latest Soho murder-mystery, "Lucky," hates to be asked. https://sohopress.com/authors/henry-chang/ 

     "Sure," answered the editor.  "Anything on Doyer Street is great.  Nam Wah, Tasty Hint, all of it's good."  Maybe I'll go there on Friday because tomorrow is going to be jammed -- starting with getting up at 6:15 am in order to go see Stephen King and Owen King talk about their new book "Sleeping Beauties".  Apparently its a story about the consequences of having a world without women.  Then I'm meeting a friend at 3:00 pm for rice pudding at B&H Dairy on Second Avenue, and then going to a talk by Killary Clinton at 6:00 pm.  So much fun. 

     Bottom line:  Walking around the streets of New York is a whole tourist treat all in itself and boy did I do that today! 

To be continued....

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Saturday, June 10, 2017



The real estate boom in NYC: Money-laundering's finest hour

     What!  You say that you've already been to New York City dozens of times and yet you've never eaten rice pudding at B&H Dairy on Second Avenue?  Well.  That is a fatal lapse in your education.  Fix it immediately or else.

     Back in 1965 when I was a poverty-stricken idealist living in an apartment on the Lower East Side that rented for $28 a month and when LSD was still legal, I used to save up my pennies and treat myself to a bowl of B&H's fabulous rice pudding every few months.  So when I went back to NYC for the Book Expo recently, I met up with an old friend at B&H and we talked.

      "There is new construction going on in Manhattan everywhere you look these days," she said.  "Everyone wants to invest in real estate in New York City."

     "And in Berkeley too," I replied.  "There are currently 10,000 new high-rise apartment units going up in my home town as well."  http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2017-06-09/article/45790?headline=Speak-up-on-Tuesday-for-affordable-housing-in-Berkeley--Becky-O-Malley

     "Actually, it's happening all over the world," said my friend.  "Even in the Middle East, construction is going on like crazy."   Humph.  That's just so not fair.  Look at me and look at you.  Can any of us average Americans afford to run out and build high-rise condos worth billions of bucks?  Hardly.  It's all we can do to keep from being homeless. 

     So where are all these billions -- trillions -- of construction dollars coming from?  "War profits, drug money, oil barons and sheiks.  Hedge funds.  Shadow banks."  Shadow banks?  Now there's a scary thought.  Aren't our regular banks shadowy enough as it is?

PS:  From my vantage point up on the High Line Park the other day, I counted 24 different new high-rises going up.  And from the top floor of the Whitney Museum I counted five more. 

     Ah, the Whitney.  Its Biannual Exhibit was amazing.  And one whole section was devoted to works by artists who were deeply in debt.  That's scary too.  No condo-high-rise ownership for them.  Seems like you either gotta murder babies in the Middle East, pollute the world with oil emissions and/or sell drugs to school children in order to play at being Bob the Builder in New York.  Being creative in America will only smash you headlong into debt.

PPS:  Here's a quote from Larry Fink that I stole off the artists' wall at the Whitney:  "The two greatest stores of wealth internationally today are contemporary art and apartments in Manhattan."  Fink is the head of Black Rock.  Black Rock is the world's largest shadow bank, is worth 5.1 trillion dollars and is almost personally responsible for the 2008 financial crisis with its mortgage-backed security scam.  But, hey, at least Fink is supporting the arts.

PPPS:  The media is always talking about RussiaGate. But what about SaudiGate, IsraeliGate and GlobalCorporationGate -- the guys who launder money by buying property in Washington DC, primarily on Capital Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue.
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Sunday, June 04, 2017



Hillary Clinton's BEA speech: Gettin' jiggy wit' it

     I recently saw HRC speak to a sold-out audience of over 1,000 at the BEA Book Expo at the Javits Center in NYC -- and she looked downright jiggy.  Jiggy?  "What the freak does it mean to look jiggy?" you might ask. 

     There are several definitions of the word.  "Well-dressed.  Sexy.  Nervous."   First, let's eliminate "sexy".  Even I gotta admit that Clinton was looking good but she's a US Senator for Chrissakes.  "Sexy" is out.  So that just leaves "well-dressed" and "nervous".  But she was actually sort of well-dressed -- and thankfully not in a pants-suit.  Jiggy outfit?  Check.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JcmQONgXJM

     But was Clinton nervous?  That depends.  She actually came across as being casual, comfortable, well-spoken, in control and actually even nice -- not bad for someone who was personally responsible for murdering approximately a million people in Libya and Syria -- people who would be alive today if it wasn't for her.  

      But was HRC nervous about being personally responsible for giving us Donald J. Trump?  Not so that you'd notice.  So was Hillary nervous about anything at all?  Yeah.  She as jiggy about Russia.  "I find it outrageous that a foreign country could actually interfere with American elections!"  And she actually said that with a straight face!  She must have been hecka nervous to say something like that.

     Here's the truth.  Israeli neocolonialists have been interfering with American elections for the past 25 years -- and no one in America except me has ever given a flying freak about that.  No one in Washington has ever been elected during this time without explicit permission from AIPAC, the neo-colonialists' right arm.  And Clinton is right in their pocket.  No wonder she's jiggy about Russia.  Russia didn't do it.  Hillary did.

     Or perhaps Clinton is jiggy about Saudi Arabia and all the big bucks she received from them.  But HRC didn't mention the House of Saud either.  Only Russia.  That seems hecka jiggy there too.

      All and all, it was a sweet friendly intimate evening with Hillary Clinton -- and she was definitely jiggy wit' it.  Me too.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017



The US freed Libya. So why can't I go there?

     In 2001, all we ever heard about in the media was how America was going to "free Afghanistan for democracy."  Sixteen years and several trillion dollars later, Afghanistan should be as free as a bird now, right?

     So I went to Expedia.com and clicked on "flight + hotel" to Kabul.  Nothing came up.  Afghanistan is so very free these days that American tourists can't even go there.  Hell, even war correspondents can't get in there either.  Hmmm.

     But what about Iraq, the country that America spent approximately five trillion dollars freeing from that evil dictator what's-his-name.  Plus when I was a kid, I had always dreamed about being an archeologist when I grew up and going to see places like Babylon and Ur.  Now was my chance!

     So I went on Travelosity.com and clicked on "flight + hotel" to Baghdad.  Sorry but American tourists aren't free to travel to Iraq either.

     Libya?  Same old story.  America spent a trillion or so dollars on liberating Libya from Qaddafi "for humanitarian reasons".  Well, things are so humane over there right now that not even CheapTickets.com can get you a "flight + hotel" to Tripoli.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9nvzs-PciE

      Where else has America been liberating stuff?  Ukraine?  Let's plug that one into Kayak.com and see what comes up.  Nope,  Nothing there either.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APR5E4d3GKQ&feature=youtu.be

     Yemen?  America just sold the Saudis billions and billions of dollars worth of deadly weapons in order to "liberate" Yemen's oil.  But Priceline.com wouldn't touch Yemen with a ten-foot pole.  The Saudis have already dropped 90,000 bombs on Yemen so far.  Yemenis are resisting the Saudis' offer of "freedom" just as hard as George Washington resisted the British during the American Revolution.  But then King George III hadn't dropped 90,000 bombs on Betsy Ross's head either.  No nice hotel in Sanaa for me.

     How about Palestine?  America is paying 30 billion bucks a year to help Israeli neo-colonialists "free" Gaza.  But if you type "Gaza" into Hipmunk.com, your whole computer might just blow up.  No freedom in Gaza either.  They are not even letting reporters into Gaza.  "Closed military zone."  Being a war correspondent sucks eggs these days -- let alone being a tourist.

     Syria?  Let's click on Trivago.com.  The only place we can safely go there is to Damascus and Aleppo, where Syria's so-called "evil dictator" is still in charge.  But no one can go to the parts of Syria freed up by the freedom-loving USA and their allies ISIS and al Qaeda.

     And now the American Deep State and its puppets in Washington are talking about "liberating" Russia, China, North Korea and Venezuela.  Pretty soon American tourists will consider themselves lucky if they can even safely travel to Tijuana.

PS:  According to William Engdahl's new book, The Gods of Money, World War I and World War II were welcomed and even encouraged by the US corporatocracy in order to weaken Europe.  "American leading circles around the Rockefellers and Wall Street had resolved among themselves that all potential European rivals for power would have to grind themselves down in a mutual slaughter."   https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Money-F-William-Engdahl-ebook/dp/B005Y4F4EE?ie=UTF8&keywords=jp%20morgan&qid=1464762246&ref_=sr_1_56&sr=8-56

     Now that same corporatocracy is currently plotting World War 3 in order to weaken Russia and China.  "Hey, it worked before.  Let's try it again."  And you know what this means, don't you?  After Russia and China are finally as "free" as Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza, Honduras, Somalia and Libya, there will be no more trips on the Orient Express railway for American tourists either.

PPS:  I'm going to be an American tourist myself this week -- going to New York City, staying at the legendary Jane Hotel, eating rice pudding at B&H Dairy on Second Avenue and attending the 2017 BEA Book Expo.  https://www.bookexpoamerica.com/About-Us/

     And guess who will be speaking at the Book Expo?  Hillary Rodham Clinton!  Yes, the darling of the Deep State herself will be telling us in her very own words about how "free" Libya became on her watch and just how much she would love to bomb Russia.  http://www.globalresearch.ca/manchester-alleged-suicide-bomber-linked-to-libya-islamic-fighting-group-lifg-known-to-british-security-intelligence-lifg-was-supported-by-nato-against-gadaffi/5591732 
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017



Thoughts on suddenly becoming part Cherokee

     So here's the story:  I went to Tahlequah in Oklahoma, drove up to the Cherokee Heritage Center, plunked down my thirty dollars and had my genealogy done.  Bingo!

     "You are 1/32 Cherokee on your father's side and your great great grandfather was George Ballard, and he and his father James Ballard and his father's father John Yates Ballard all walked the Trail of Tears."

       Tears also came to my eyes upon hearing this.  All those old family legends are true.  I really am part Cherokee!  However, what exactly does all this new and specific information actually mean to me personally?  How am I gonna integrate all this new information into the other parts of my actual life?

     In Tahlequah, I talked with one Cherokee man who claimed that Cherokees are actually the Lost Tribe of Israel.  Does this mean that I should move off to Tel Aviv in search of my roots?  Perhaps open a nightclub there with a Cherokee theme?

     I grew up in a typical American suburb and now live in Berkeley, an annex of Silicon Valley.  How can I fit being a native American into that cultural heritage?  And is being only 1/32 Cherokee enough to change the way that I live, how I think, who I actually am?

     Where exactly do I fit into the American reality?

     Most Americans go along with the idea that murdering babies in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia for fun and profit is a good thing, and that losing our freedom after 9-11 was the truly patriotic thing to do.  I don't buy that at all.  It's illegal, immoral and probably fattening too.  And I can't worship big banksters, Big Pharma or Big Brother either.  http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/43672-focus-the-us-is-waging-a-massive-shadow-war-in-africa-exclusive-documents-reveal  

     So.  How do I fit into today's American patchwork quilt?  Or do I?  How do Blacks, Latinos and Asians manage to do it?  I should ask them for some tips.

     And now that I'm a Cherokee too, what place-marker does that now hold in my life?  What does it mean to be an American?  http://thesaker.is/the-history-of-the-neocon-takeover-of-the-usa-a-4-part-analysis/

PS:  Back in the day, white people were allowed by law to commit all sorts of heinous crimes in Cherokee territory and not get punished.  That's why so many famous American outlaws had their hide-outs and robbers' roosts located there -- including Jesse James, Belle Starr, the Dalton Gang and Bonnie and Clyde just to name a few.  It was unfair and unjust to the Cherokee people -- a nightmare come true.

     And the same thing is happening now to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.  Israeli neo-colonialist settlers, rustlers and claim-jumpers are allowed by law to commit all sorts of heinous crimes in Palestine and not get punished.  What?  Don't Israeli neo-colonialists know that the Palestinians are the real Lost Tribe of Israel?
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