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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet. 

If Trump is sworn in as president, there will be a terrorist attack on U.S. soil within his first 100 days. [Editor’s note: Or anytime early in his term; the results would be the same.] In response to this terrorism, pundits will say America must rally behind the president, that we must put the disputed election, the CIA intelligence of tampering, the bruised egos and hurt feelings behind us and come together to fight the outside threat. And we’ll do it, and Trump will no longer be the unpopular buffoon in office with a giant asterisk and no mandate. He will be entrenched on the throne.

The attack will happen either because groups that have been plotting for years recognize the first days in the reign of a uniquely unqualified puppet of corporate interests as an opportunity (see here), or it will occur with the complicity of Trump’s corporate interests and their shadowy intelligence services in order to shore up support for their uniquely unqualified stooge.

The daily revelations of Trump’s ties to Russian intelligence services and business interests, as well as his appointment of Russian “Order of Friendship” winner Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, make this dire prediction plausible.

Why? Because it’s happened before.

In the fall of 1999, just months after then-unknown former FSB agent Vladimir Putin had been sworn in as prime minister of Russia, someone began bombing apartment buildings. Over the course of two terrible months, hundreds of people died in the series of explosions around the country and thousands were injured. As Masha Gessen tells it in her book The Man Without a Face, “panic set in all over the country.” The majority of the country assumed Chechen terrorists were responsible. Paranoia became the national mood and vigilante surveillance the national pastime. Into this chaos stepped Vladimir Putin.

“Putin made one of his first television appearances,” Gessen writes, “‘We will hunt them down,’ he said of the terrorists. ‘Wherever we find them, we will destroy them. Even if we find them in the toilet. We will rub them out in the outhouse.’…His popularity began to soar.”

Putin never looked back. Over the next 17 years, Putin ,  the uniquely unqualified newcomer to political office , became a global authoritarian. Russia was never the same.

Since those fateful days, experts around the world have come to agree that the Russian government was complicit in the terrorist bombings that swept Putin into power.

In the U.S., reporters as ideologically far apart as the National Review and the New York Review of Books have come to the same conclusion.

From the National Review:

“The evidence is overwhelming that the apartment-house bombings in 1999 in Moscow, Buinaksk, and Volgodonsk, which provided a pretext for the second Chechen war and catapulted Putin into the presidency, were carried out by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).”

From the New York Review of Books:

“The evidence…makes an overwhelming case that Russian authorities were complicit in these horrific attacks.”

Primarily and most astonishingly, the evidence is simple. The FSB was caught red-handed planting bombs in an apartment building.

Again, from the National Review:

“…a fifth bomb was discovered in the basement of a building in Ryazan, a city southeast of Moscow, and those who had placed it turned out to be not Chechen terrorists but agents of the FSB. After these agents were arrested by local police, Nikolai Patrushev, the head of the FSB, said that the bomb had been a fake and that it had been planted in Ryazan as part of a training exercise. The bomb, however, tested positive for hexogen, the explosive used in the four successful apartment bombings.”

And from the New York Review of Books:

“In case that isn’t enough, there’s also conclusive evidence the FSB had advanced knowledge of the previous bombings, and at the very least, refused to step in to stop them. And hexogen, the ingredient found in all of the bombings, as well as the sacks in Ryazan, could at the time only be obtained from government facilities controlled by the FSB.”

So, to summarize: In 1999 the FSB, the same organization now suspected of tampering in the U.S. election to tip it in favor of Donald Trump, was caught in the act of planting bombs in civilian apartment buildings in Russia in order to sow chaos and consolidate power for its disputed leader of choice.

Surely, we’d never accept such a blatant power grab or allow ourselves to be manipulated so easily here in the U.S. Surely there’s no way that the people complicit in bombing their own people would be left free to hold onto power, and even if they were, that we would let evidence of them tampering in our own presidential election slide? Right?

Travis Nichols works for Greenpeace. He is the author of Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder and The More You Ignore Me.

IMAGE: Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on as he delivers his annual New Year address to the nation in Moscow, Russia, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin 

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108 responses to “Terrorism: A Dire Prediction For Trump’s First 100 Days”

  1. Godzilla says:

    There has been a terrorist attack in every single year of the Obama Presidency. If there is another major one during the first 100 days of Trump’s Presidency,it is because of the failed policies of Obama and you loser Liberal’s. He will have inherited Obama’s failures!!!!!! Sound familiar?

    • Buford2k11 says:

      exactly…The Republican Terrorist Party, has attacked our own government, relentlessly…and PBO has done his best to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, of which the Trump Administration in conjunction with the Terrorist republican majority in congress will not defend this nation as per their Oath of Office…

      • InformedVoter says:

        What a naive post. The 9-11 attacks occurred because of the decimated intel from ole Billy Boy, who spent his briefing hours getting his briefs pulled down.

        • Andor Trayven says:

          Horse s—. Clinton WARNED W about the dangers, and once again the dimwitted Republicans dropped the ball. It is always pathetic to watch right wing idiots try so feebly to rewrite history. With your Orange idiot in charge, it will be some small comfort to watch you morons get what you deserve, good and hard.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Nothing but drivel from low information folks like yourself.
            NO, Clinton’s team did not warn GW other than say something like “you know there are lots of enemies of our country”.
            Gee, with hard intel like that, how could GW have missed the attack?
            I liked the way you immediately went into name-calling mode. In debate circles, that’s a sure sign that a side is losing their cause when they start calling names.
            And to help show how naive you are, just think about it. It took almost 2 years to put together the 9-11 attack. That means that all the work and planning took place during old Billy Boy’s term. So, if old Billy Boy’s intel team was doing such a good job, how come they didn’t detect this during those two years?
            Duh, because they didn’t!

          • InGen12 says:

            In August, 2001, Bush was on a 4 week vacation at his ranch in Texas, when he was warned by Intelligence that an attack was being planned, Bush did NOTHING about this intel, instead continuing his 4 weeks of vacation. A week after returning to Washington from vacation, 9/11 occurred.

          • InformedVoter says:

            That’s the problem with you low information folks. It was a nice work of fiction that you provided a link to, but that’s all it is, a theory and fiction.
            The real problems occurred because old Billy Boy spent more time with his briefs down than listening to the briefs. He decimated the intel corp overseas and it led to tons of erroneous reports and issue of potential threats.
            By the time GW’s team straightened out the mess, it was too late.
            The myth about 9-11 warnings was started with the Michael Moore fictional movie about 9-11. Your side wished to believe his yarn and thus the lies about the origin of 9-11 get perpetuated.
            But why don’t you look at Benghazi. Many more statements that an attack was imminent. Calls for added security among them and then the order to stand down.

            You can quote opinion works all you wish, but just because you low information dudes keep repeating lies, doesn’t mean that they’ll ever become the truth.

          • Jim Samaras says:

            Yeah, maybe Trump should be listening to Bills’ intelligence team instead of ignoring this one….lol

          • InformedVoter says:

            BS, Clinton never warned anyone of anything, especially HilLIARy that he was messing around.
            The GOP didn’t drop the ball at all. You won’t be able to produce any credible source and you know. The myth is founded in Michael Moore’s mockumentary on 9-11, in which even he claims was fictional.
            If you wish to took for warnings ignored, look no further than Benghazi. Multiple requests for added security, plus all the warnings, and finally the “stand down” order given.
            The 9–1 attacks were the result of Billy Boy decimating the intel corps.

        • Buford2k11 says:

          you are wrong…Bush ignored the intelligence…all of the facts are there for the reading…you are pushing a false story…

          • Jim Samaras says:

            Oh really? Had he ignored the one about WMD’s we wouldn’t be talking about this.

          • Independent1 says:

            Lie by Lie: A Timeline of How We Got Into Iraq

            The blame for Iraq does not end with Cheney, Bush, or Rumsfeld. Nor is it limited to the intelligence operatives who sat silent as the administration cherry-picked its case for war, or with those, like Colin Powell or Hans Blix, who, in the name of loyalty or statesmanship, did not give full throat to their misgivings. It is also shared by far too many in the Fourth Estate, most notably the New York Times’ Judith Miller. But let us not forget that it lies, inescapably, with we the American people, who, in our fear and rage over the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001, allowed ourselves to be suckered into the most audacious bait and switch of all time.

            The first drafts of history are, by their nature, fragmentary. They arrive tragically late, and too often out of order. Back in 2006, we attempted to strip the history of the runup to the war to its bones, to reconstruct a skeleton that we thought might be key in resolving the open questions of the Bush era. As we prepare to leave Iraq, we present that timeline to you again. offers a greatly expanded (if now technologically outdated) version of this timeline, one that is completely sourced to primary documents and initial news accounts. It was our hope to make this second draft of history as definitive as possible. So that we won’t be fooled again.


          • InformedVoter says:

            All the facts are there IN the Michael Moore mockumentary of 9-11. There were regular warnings of the world being a dangerous place, but NOTHING to suggest 9-11. Even Moor’es movie trailer claims ii was a work of fiction.
            There were stronger and more warnings for the Benghazi attack including the request for added security.
            You can claim the facts are there for the reading, but you won’t be able to produce any that are credible.

        • Jim Samaras says:

          Now Trump is suppose to listen to the same a$$holes? Every day Ha!

        • Independent1 says:

          What a load of crap!! 911 happened because George and Dick were derelict in their duty and denied the CIA the time to stop an attack they were warned about 7 times in less than 4 months!! It had nothing to do with any failed intelligence!!!

          Once again you prove yourself to be a lying sack of crap!!!

          • InformedVoter says:

            Must you prove you’re both low information and misinformed with every post you make?
            The myth that GW was warned was started with the Michael Moore mockumentary about 9-11. Other than the usual warnings about the world being a dangerous place, there were no CREDIBLE intel reports. Why? Because Billy Boy was too busy getting his “briefings” by having his briefs pulled down!
            I have not seen the Moore film, but I’ve been told that the credits have the usual mis-claimer that “this is a fictional tale, any similarities between the film and actual characters is purely coincidental and unintentional”.
            See what happens when you rely on MSNBC, CNN and “news reporters” like Rachel Madcow?

          • Independent1 says:

            Just more of your outright lies!!

          • InformedVoter says:

            You just keep spewing more left lies.
            In retrospect, Benghazi had more warnings, calls for added security, etc.
            The security problems that LED to 9-11 were the DIRECT result of Billy Boy’s decimating the intel of the USA.
            You can quote all you wish from the sites that have been labeled as extremely left biased and being accurate only about 50% of the time.

          • Independent1 says:

            Just more fabrications of reality.

            GOP investigator: ‘Nothing could have affected what occurred in Benghazi’

            Turns Out Benghazi Bad Boy Trey Gowdy Did a Bad Job with His Benghazi admits Pentagon could have done nothing

            No stand down order or military missteps in Benghazi attack, GOP-controlled intel panel finds

            Captured Benghazi Mastermind Says Attack Was Revenge For Video

            Ambassador Stevens twice said no to military offers of more security, U.S. officials say

          • InformedVoter says:

            After President Trump takes office, the investigation into Benghazi will be reopened.
            The sources you take delight in quoting are Soros paid for propaganda segments that were done to protect HilLIARy. These sources counted on HilLIARy winning, seems they, like you, believed the fake polls, and so the investigation would be buried.
            I just love that you keep reverting to the same sorrowful sources that have failed you and your crowd in the past.

          • iamproteus says:

            After four investigations by the Armed Services Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, Intelligence Committee, and Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the GOP wasn’t satisfied and subsequently initiated a fifth at an expense estimated at more than $7 million. This investigation reaffirmed the findings of the previous four that there was no wrong-doing on the part of Ms. Clinton and no “stand down” order from anyone. And now you demand ANOTHER??!! WTF? Good grief, man…turn it loose. Ever hear of the futility of beating a dead horse?

          • InformedVoter says:

            And how many investigation did it take to finally nail Capone?
            Let’s look at the trail: HilLIARy refusing to testify over and over and then lying during the testimony. The AG restricting the investigation. Then there’s the books written by the contractors who were told to stand down.
            And don’t forget HilLIARy’s record of lying, like the tarmac, and the lack of classified information, etc.
            By all means, she needs to be investigated, but alas, Obama will pardon her. But his pardon will not eliminate the investigation into the Clinton Crime Foundation.

          • Independent1 says:

            What a load of horse manure!! Your BS just never ends.

            Since when has Fox News had anything to do with Soros??

            You are such a lying piece of crap that you need to stick your head in a toilet to rinse off the turds.

          • InformedVoter says:

            You lefties keep re-writing history and then quote the fiction as being truth. What’s next? That Jimmy Carter negotiated the release of the hostages? That Debbie W-S did not resign because of the leaked email showing her fixing the primaties?
            The list goes on and on.
            I never claimed FOX was Soros based.
            The books from the contractors refute most of what your posts claim.
            Now that Lynch is not there to interfere, we might actually get the truth about Benghazi.
            We already know that Billy Boy was responsible for 9-11.

          • Independent1 says:

            Whatever the lefties have done it’s far better than this:

            Testaments to the Very Unsuccessful History of GOP Governance Which All Americans Should be Aware Of

            The GOP has succeeded in achieving the following distinctions of failed governance over the past 110 years by governing:
            .all 10 states today that Gallup-Healthways deems are the most miserable states toe in with the worst quality of life*;

            · all 25 states today that WalletHub deems have the largest percentages of people broke and on the verge of bankruptcy;

            · all 25 states today that WalletHub deems have the lowest personal consumption spending per capita;

            · 24 of 27 states that lists as having an auto fatality rate above the national average of 10.3/100,000 pop.;

            · all 15 of the states that CBS News found for 2014 were the hardest states to find a job in;

            · 21 of the 24 states with more than 12% of their population living at or below the poverty level.

            · all 15 of the states where people are projected by the CDC to not live past age 77 (and to die as young as age 74); and are the states where people live an average of 2-6 year shorter lives than people who live in Democrat-run states. And yes, some of that is due to demographics,but a great deal is due also to GOP-governed states generally having poor police and fire protection which results in added violence and homicides; and poor healthcare delivery systems which result in more people dying prematurely
            and even at birth or giving birth; and more people living in poverty and unemployment and therefore not getting the food, medications and care that they need to just stay alive;

            · all 10 of the states that the FBI’s statistics show have the highest rates of violence by gun; and 18 of the 20 states that the FBI has identified as having the highest firearms-related mortality rates;

            · 22 of the 26 states with the highest percentage of residents identifying themselves as being divorced;

            · at least 8 of the 10 states consistently being identified as being the most overall-violent states in America to live; including the state which has had the most cities identified in the FBI’s 100 most dangerous cities to visit list (Florida with 11); and Florida is the only state in the nation with more than 8 cities on the FBI’s 100 most dangerous cities list;

            · 11 of the 12 states the CDC has listed as having the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in America;

            · 9 of the 12 states with 6 or more public servants per 10,000 public employees convicted of corruption; and 8 of the 10 states that Gallup has deemed as being the most corrupt states in the nation;

            · 12 of the 15 states that get back the most federal aid for the tax dollars they send to Washington;

            · by far the fewest states that get less federal aid back per taxes they send to Washington (3), while there are 14 Democrat run states that get back less than 90 cents/$1 back and are essentially providing the tax dollars to keep America running;

            · In a way that all 10 of the counties in America that CBS News deemed as being ‘The Toughest Places to live” are in GOP-governed states; and 6 of those counties are in the state of Kentucky which is represented in the Senate by
            Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

            · In a way that 14 of the 17 recessions and all 3 depressions America has experienced since 1900 began under a GOP Pres.; while all 3 presidents in office more than 6 years without a recession starting are Democrats: LBJ, Clinton & Obama;

            · In a way that the stock market has actually seen negative gains (losses) under 42 years of GOP presidencies since 1930 (according to a Barclay’s analysis) while the market has seen gains of over 300% during 44 years of Democrat presidencies;

            · In a way that America’s GDP has averaged a paltry 2.6%/yr annual grow under GOP Presidents since 1900 while a much more robust 4.3% annual GDP growth under Democrat presidents;
            In a way that dumbs down the American economy such that under GOP presidents almost ½ the number of jobs are created as under Democrat presidents (Reagan & the 2 Bushes created 24 mil jobs; Carter, Clinton and Obama created 40 mil in fewer yrs in office);

            · In a way that even Lawrence Wilkerson (Colin Powell’s previous Chief of Staff) stated to a group of Republicans in a speech this spring in Texas, that if it wasn’t for all the tax
            dollars California and New York send to Washington for GOP states to suck back in aid, America’s southern states would look like Bangladesh.

            * Note that for 2015, according to Gallup-Healthways: John Kasich governs America’s 2nd most-miserable state and Mike Pence governed America’s 3rd most-miserable state.

          • InformedVoter says:

            You keep making stupid comparisons between the states and using drivel sites to try and prove OPINION.
            So if the red states are so bad, then why do the blue state folks move to the red states when they retire? or grow weary of paying taxes up their butts (like NJ just passing a 23 cent/gal gas tax and then stopped salting their roads).
            The list is endless. The red states DO have a quality of life that matches those of the blue states.

            Millions would never live in blue states that you claim provide a high quality of life.

            All this does not alter the fact that you lefties, under the guidance of the PC police constantly re-write history to make things seem better for lefties.

          • Independent1 says:

            More total hogwash!! The major reason people move from blue states to red states when they retire is because they look for where there’s warmer winters; and sadly people in Dixie have been stupid enough to constantly vote against their own best interests and vote in Republicans who enslave them in poverty.

            But then, people like you don’t have a high enough IQ to see through the GOP’s charade!!

            Gallup ranks Indiana as one of nation’s most miserable states

            Indiana ranks No. 3 in ‘most miserable states’ list

            NDIANAPOLIS – For all of the positive national press Indiana,
            Kentucky and Ohio seem to receive on a regular basis, a recent breakdown of the Gallup-Healthways 2014 Well-Being Index makes the region look less appealing.

            Analyzed by Yahoo’s 24/7 Wall St. blog, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio landed among the nation’s 10 most miserable states, according to key measures of the index.

            Areas such as poverty, unemployment, obesity, mental health, smoking habits, vaccination and insufficient sleep were highlighted in Yahoo’s ranking.

            Indiana fared worse than Ohio, ranking number 3 on the list with a 31.8 percent obesity rate, among other measures.

            Ohio ranked fourth on the list that also included Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan, Alabama, Arkansas and West Virginia.

            For Ohio that meant a 16 percent poverty rate, 7.4 percent unemployment rate, 30.4 percent obesity rate, and 23.4 percent of adults with a smoking habit.

            Neither state could beat Kentucky with its 18.8 percent poverty rate, 8.3 percent unemployment, and 33.2 percent obesity rate.

            As a matter of fact, the only state to do so was West Virginia, a state that sat at the top of Yahoo’s worst list for six years, with a 35.1 percent obesity rate.


          • iamproteus says:

            Indie, this idiot is a total waste of time (not to mention a waste of skin). He is not interested in the truth; only what supports his position. Truth isn’t even in his vocabulary. I don’t know if he’s stupid, ignorant or willfully contrary, but whatever it is, he is totally worthless except to serve as a bad example. He can’t even discern the difference between fact and opinion. Unfortunately, he isn’t the only one.

          • InformedVoter says:

            You just keep posting garbage. If it WAS for the weather, they could retire to CA or HI, since these are blue states and they have warm weather.
            The truth is they relocate to red states to escape the extremely high taxes and the quality of life.
            It’s been well documented that the red states have a lower cost of living and a longer lifespan than the blue states.

            Why pick on Indiana? Why not talk about Illinois? Highest crime/murder rate. Highest property taxes, lowest educational ratings, etc.

            Two can play this game.

            What’s alarming is that the jerks who flee blue states for red states then try to change the landscape of the red states to match the blue state they just abandoned. Talk about crazy for shooting themselves in the foot!

          • Independent1 says:

            Pick on Illinois, highest crime and murder rate – absolutely total nonsense and pure hogwash!! Illinois is 14th in the nation in crime and murder rate. In fact, Chicago has a lower murder rate/100,000 population of about 98/100.000, which is far less than cities like Houston, TX, Little Rock, AR, Birmingham, Al, Shreveport, LA, Memphis, TN, Phoenix, AZ and others in red states that all have over 110/100.000.

            Here’s a list of the ten most violent states in the U.S. and Illinois isn’t on it (and remember, NM has been run by the GOP for about 10 years):

            All 10 of the states with the most gun-related violence are GOP-run states Analysis by 24/7 Wall Street – 2013
            Homicides/Assaults/Violent Crime

            And yes, many people from blue states are suckered into moving to states like Florida because of the lower tax rates, only to do so at the risk of their lives. Operating states on the cheap with low taxes has been shown to do nothing but result in people dying younger than they would have if they’d stayed in a blue state. So yes, they’ve ended up paying lower taxes only to cut years off their lives.

            -All 15 of the states with the lowest life expectancy in the U.S. are RED STATES?? Such that there is a large disparity in longevity between Red States and Blue States: on average, residents of blue states live 2 years longer than residents of red states. To the extreme, the Blue State residents of 9 states with longevity projected to 80 and older, live as much as 5-6 years longer than the residents of the 4 shortest-lived GOP-RUN STATES of MS, WV, AL & LA. Follow this: starting with longevity projections for red states of 75 in: Miss., W. Va., Ala. & LA.; to 76 in: Arkansas, Kentucky & Tennessee to 77 in: S. Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio & N. Carolina.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Of course I pick on Illinois, Obama’s home state where he is only known as a community organizer. So Illinois, a state with the strictest guns laws, has one of the highest gun shootings in the country. They rank 3-5 in murders, and other violent crimes, by absolute numbers. You can try to twist your crooked numbers, that have been cooked by the same idiots who say unemployment is only 4.6% instead of 11%, but then you’ll just make yourself look more foolish than you already have.

          • Independent1 says:

            And just more of your total hogwash. Total numbers hasn’t got anything to do with it IDIOT!! Chicago has more people than most 5-6 red states combined. Only low IQ idiots like yourself don’t realize it’s not total numbers but the percent of populations that show how homicidal and corrupt places are – and by percentages red states lead the nation in homicides, violence, premature death by every means you can name and every other vile statistic imaginable!!

            So grow up and go to school and stop acting like the 2 year-old that you clearly are!! Get an education somewhere nitwit!!!!

          • dtgraham says:

            Sometimes I don’t know how you stand it. Sometimes it seems as though almost everything they believe is factually incorrect. A very large portion of the American media is dedicated solely to Republican/conservative disinformation bullsh!t. Facts and the big picture, broader perspective on things be damned. People believe it and think that it’s the normal media that can’t be trusted, because that is what’s drummed into their heads constantly.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Total numbers certainly have something to do with it.
            If the red states are so horrible, then why do you “idiots” relocate to them in droves when you finally get tired of being taxed to death for nothing?
            Chicago and Illinois are the pits because of all the crime. And they have the strictest gun laws around. They continue to have violent crimes committed almost as much as the other blue states of NY and CA.
            So tell me again how great it is to live in a crime-filled, violence prone state!

          • Independent1 says:

            And by the way, unemployment has been calculated the same way since the 1940s, so if Illinois’ unemployment rate of 4.6% was really 11%; then Reagan’s lowest attained unemployment rate of 5.2% was really closer to 13%. So once again, go get an education and grow up.

            There are a lot more people today, even percentage wise, who are legitimately out of the work force because they don’t have to work, than there ever were during Reagan’s time. The percentage of America’s population who earn over 150,000/yr today (and whose spouses may not need to work or the whole family – like Trump’s) is far greater than it was during Reagan’s time. And don’t forget about the 100,000/month baby boomers who are legitimately retiring month after month yet are included in the BLS’ statistics of those no longer in the work force. (Of course they’re not in the work force – they’re either to wealthy to need to work (income inequality since Reagan has skyrocketed) or they’ve determined to retire and are traveling the world).

            So a much larger chunk of the people no longer in the work force today – are there because they’ve become so wealthy they don’t need to work (than there ever were before) or they’re in the ever growing truly retired people which the BLS claims could supposedly be working!!

          • Independent1 says:

            Sorry, I don’t deliberately bring up websites set up to publish right-wing propaganda nonsense!! What’s published on the ‘natural news’ website is just like what’s published by the right-wing ‘Council for Immigration Studies’ website – PURE BS!!!

          • InformedVoter says:

            You lefties religiously follow Rachel Madcow, etc. and suck up the lies the NYT and Wash Post publish and believe the lies the government publishes.
            But, lord help you, there’s no way you could really become INFORMED and actually look at news and information sources that might show you how low information you are.
            And you wonder why social-psychologist refer to your crowd as low information.
            Why am I not surprises you guys lamely use the same false sources for your facts and then you wonder why you get bested in a discussion.

            OK, have it your way. The economy is doing great and everyone is happy about the way things are going. Oh, I guess you guys forgot to tell the voters who can decipher BS from the left and truth from the right.

            If you wish to upset a conservative, you tell them a lie (like you do). If you wish to upset a liberal, you tell them the truth (like I do).

          • Independent1 says:

            Here’s a graph that shows you one of the many reasons why the percentage of Americans no longer in the work force has grown and it has nothing to do with lefties fudging the numbers – it’s because Reagan started the income inequality skyrocketing so the percentage of people becoming so rich they don’t need to be in the work force has also skyrocketed – and maybe a much larger percentage of others don’t report they’re in the work force because they run their own businesses under the table.

            (Note how the monies going into the pockets of the upper 10% started skyrocketing around 1982 – the red line (a little more than a year after Reagan took office.)


          • InformedVoter says:

            OK, so the top 10% started to outpace the bottom 90% during Reagan’s years. But, wait! Look how Obama fixed that problem! NOT! Under Obama’s terrible economic policies, the top 10% REALLY outpaced the bottom 90% so much so that the bottom folks took a greater hit that anytime in HISTORY. And look what Obama did to the national debt. He doubled it! Yes, a great economic policy,
            The positive business outlook survey has an optimistic rate that has not been calculated since 2004! Even after Obama won, it has not been this high.
            President Trump campaigned on being a business man and he could awaken the sleeping economy (<2% annual growth). Voters grew weary of being told how many are rich (like your stat) and how the economy is healthy and then looking at their plight and thinking "why are they lying to us?".

            Here's more information about the real unemployment rate.

          • Independent1 says:

            ” But, wait! Look how Obama fixed that problem!”

            Talk about being lied to and fed propaganda!! There have been NO Obama economic policies dummkopf!! Obama has not set any economic policies since saving America from a full fledged GOP created depression!!

            Since Obama has taken office the GOP pledged to sabotage the economy and do everything it could to make Obama a one-term president – and sadly the American public has helped them do that. Even when the Dems had enough control of Congress to get some few things done (for a few months in 2009), Mitch McConnell wielded his fake filibuster power to prevent even favorable budget and jobs creation legislation from getting passed and the GOP has not only refused to address any of Obama’s jobs legislation, it has refused to take up tax reform and to even pass one of his budgets since 2010. And the GOP has actually controlled spending since it took over the House in 2011. So the blame for the continued skyrocketing of inequality is squarely on the GOP!!!!!!!

            So like I said, you’re nothing but a propaganda believing fool!!

          • InformedVoter says:

            NO Obama policies? Then, pray tell, who was running the country? Duh! Yes, Obama had economic policies and they were among the worst in history. He doubled the debt from 10 trillion to 20 trillion. Unemployment has gotten worse. 95 million Americans not working. <2% annual growth. The list is as endless as HilIARy's lies!
            As Obama himself said, "we paid too much attention to bathrooms and forgot about the economy". His words, not mine!
            Obama saving America from a full-fledged depression? Give me a break! At best Obama was below average, why do you think his ranking is 31-38 best president.
            Obama said, in 2014, "I'm not on the ballot but my policies are" and his policies were slaughtered.
            So under Obama and the Dems (you know, the working man's party -that's a joke) the rich got MUCH richer and the poor got significantly poorer. You can lie all you wish, but the voters saw through the lies and clobbered Obama in 2010 and 2014. The only reason Obama got elected either time was because blacks are racist and came out and voted for a black. Again, Obama bemoaned that blacks who voted for him twice did not come out and vote for HilLIARy.

          • Independent1 says:

            No Obama policies that affected spending to a great degree or made the income inequality worse – that was all thanks to the GOP’s refusal to address tax reform or enact legislation that would have created jobs and things like increasing the minimum wage.

            In fact, the only piece of legislation Obama got enacted that impacted income inequality and taxation was getting the tax cut for people earning over $400,000 rescinded which actually did slow down the income inequality a little. But virtually every other piece of legislation Obama proposed to help workers and help decrease the income inequality skyrocketing was shut down by Mitch McConnell and his 425 plus fake filibusters!!! And the GOP insisting on inflicting austerity on the country via every piece of legislation they could get enacted.

          • Independent1 says:

            GOP Obsession With Austerity Is to Blame for Sluggish Economic Recovery

            Fiscal austerity in the wake of the Great Recession -imposed by Republicans on the federal, state, and local levels—is responsible for the sluggish pace of economic recovery since 2009, states a new paper that undercuts conservative attempts to pin the blame on President Barack Obama.

            “By far the biggest drag on growth throughout the recovery from the Great Recession has been the fiscal policy forced upon us by Republican lawmakers in Congress and austerity-minded state legislatures and governors,” wrote Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), which put out the analysis on Thursday.

            Because the “ability of conventional monetary policy to spur recovery following the Great Recession was more limited that in any other post-war recovery,” Bivens explained, increases in government spending and federal aid to states were necessary to help working Americans following the recession that began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009.

            Given the degree of damage inflicted by the Great Recession and the restricted ability of monetary policy to aid recovery, historically expansionary fiscal policy was required to return the U.S. economy to full health,” said Bivens, who is EPI’s research and policy director. “But this government spending not only failed to rise fast enough to spur a rapid recovery, it outright contracted, and this policy choice fully explains why the economy is only partially recovered from the Great Recession a full seven years after its official end.”


          • Independent1 says:

            And despite the GOP’s 24/7 efforts to sabotage the American economy, Obama OUTPERFORMED everything Reagan accomplished even though deficit spending fell faster under Obama than at any other time in American history, while Reagan threw deficit spending at the economy for 8 years tripling America’s debt by increasing our debt more in 8 years (by adding 2 trillion dollars when it hadn’t even reached 1 trillion in over 200 years) than the previous 6 presidents combined!!

            Economically, Could Obama Be America’s Best President?

            With the stock market hitting new highs, some people have already forgotten about the Great Recession. Recall 2009. Things looked pretty bleak economically.

            But the outlook has changed dramatically in just 4 years. And it has been a boon for investors, as even the safest indices have yielded a 250% return (>25% annualized compound return:)


          • InformedVoter says:

            Why do you keep demonstrating that you’re in self-denial, meltdown mode?
            Obama added MORE to the national debt than all 43 prior presidents combined, and that’s counting the wars prior to Obama taking office!

            No, the economy did not falter because of anything anyone did except for the experts Obama put in charge of the economy. The blame clearly lies on Obama’s legacy.

            As soon as the ACA gets ripped out, the only legacy Obama will have is that of being the first black president. What a dubious honor. And his performance gets him ranked 31-38, on the same level as GW, BUT ahead of Carter. Some honor.
            And GW had to fight the MSM for all 8 years, while Obama had the MSM carrying water for him to bolster him up.

            His presidency was largely a failure from economics, race relations, world diplomacy, and world safety. Yup, a great legacy indeed.

          • Independent1 says:

            Talk about being in denial and a pathological liar to boot!! You are mentally deranged and really need to seek an insane asylum somewhere!! You are clearly too mentally unstable to even continue blogging with– go get lost somewhere where they will believe your lies upon lies!!!

  2. Otto T. Goat says:

    If there is a terrorist attack let’s hope it resembles the Pulse Nightclub massacre.

  3. Charles L. Richman says:

    There is always a threat of foreign & domestic terrorist attacks. May we always be prepared to defend ourselves.

  4. Dan S says:

    Now won’t we all feel safer with Trump at the helm ? ????

    • dbtheonly says:

      At least that’s what he’ll tell us.

      • Dan S says:

        I know it’s widely expected with a novice President who won’t attend the daily intel meetings we’re definitely going to be a ripe target ???? for another 911. Somehow if they hit Trump Tower in New York I won’t feel as bad than if they struck say the Empire State Building. After an attack be prepared for Martial Law & the further erosion of the freedoms we’ve taken for granted

        • dbtheonly says:

          The target depends on whether it’s a real attack or something made up so Trump can look good.

          I can’t help thinking about Syndrome from the Incredibles movie. A staged attack so he can prevent it & be the hero,

  5. yabbed says:

    Trump in his ignorance of foreign policy has condemned this nation to disaster. To align himself with our greatest enemy in the world and imperil our democracy for personal power and financial enrichment is treason.

  6. apzzyk says:

    One of the problems is that we do not have a standard definition of ‘terrorism’. So far, during the past 10-15 years, terrorist acts have been ones usually involving firearms or explosives, which are really limited in their scope, but before that we had ‘eco-terrorism’ where people just usually burned down structures without the loss of human life which were just intended to discourage the building of other similar buildings, such as ski condos, in ski areas. I would classify the ‘bonus army’ and its occupation of DC early in the 1930’s as a ‘terrorist group’ that committed a terrorist act by coming to DC to demand that Congress pay over immediately the bonuses for their service during WWI sooner rather than later. In this case, the only real violence came when MacArthur ordered his troops to fire on the bonus army and destroy their encampment on the DC Mall, and when news of this reached the people, the members of the bonus Army and other WWI vets got the money they were promised, and in an attempt to keep it from happening again because of the disruption and bad press that it caused, the VA was created to give those wounded the medical care they needed at public expense. That was over 80 years ago.
    Now, with the lessons of 80 years ago forgotten by the current congress forgotten, for many vets who are officially eligible for VA care but are not getting the care that we have legally earned – called an ‘entitlement’ by the Congressional leadership – the VA has become not only irrelevant, but actually dangerous to our health. I am one of these, and I have heard some advocacy for a something of a repeat, so some would come by public transportation, others in their private cars up to and including large motor homes, take up all available parking and totally jam the halls of Congress demanding that changes be made immediately so that we could get the care we were promised when we entered the military service. This would be an act of terrorism by simply attempting to exercise our First Amendment right to seek redress of grievances, but by simply having the number of people in DC we could bring the government to a halt until we were heard and actions were taken by Congress to grant us relief. Would legally shutting down govenment for 6-8 months be an act of terrrorism?
    The problem is that not only has the VA become a problem for the people that it is supposed to serve, but so have other parts of government. With a President Trump and the people that he wants to appoint to high positions in government, the government services that all people in the US depend upon are not going to improve, but are probably going to get worse without such forms of ‘terrorism’. With US citizens bringing government to a halt, which is the intent of the named terrorst groups, there will be no need for them to do anything except sit and enjoy the show.
    The last group to do anything similar to this were the members of the Tea Party, which seemed to be a populist and spontaneous group, but were reallly sponsored by the very wealthy to promote their cause of paying much lower taxes, but the new groups would have the opposite intent – to increase the size of government so that it could actually fulfill its legal obligations, and increase the revenue of the government without further borrowing – which would mean increasing taxes so that we would have a chief executive who actually paid his fair share of taxes to fund these government obligations. I am saving my pittance of a .3% increase in my VA disability pension and collecting contributions so that I will be able to take several more disabled vet to such a gathering or reunion if it actually happens. How do you move hundreds of 30 feet long or longer motor homes from streets which should carry traffic?

  7. Andor Trayven says:

    Forget terrorist attacks. The Orange Idiot will have us in a war with iran inside of a year and at war with the world inside of two. Maybe when the bombs start falling on US soil, the incredible morons who put this apocalyptic monster in charge will finally get a glimmer of what a world-shattering mistake they made.

    • johninnv says:

      No….afraid not….they are so gullible that they will be told to be “glad we have a strong(man) leader in this time of terror” ….and they will believe it and will, just to make sure everyone remembers how great Trump really is and that racism is alive and well, will add some additional denigration of our first black president into their statements. Something like “Sure glad we have Grand Wizards Trump, Sessions and Bannon to lead us in this war against people of “other” colors/faiths/origins instead of that weakling Hussein Obama or that “woman”.

  8. Jim Samaras says:

    From the evidence presented over the last few months it’s more likely a terrorist attack would be a product of the democratic party!…..then left for Trump to clean up and discover the truth.

    Any “predictions” presented by this left wing a$$wipe should be filed under the rest of the predictions the MSM has bombarded us with:

    Trump will never beat out 16 other “more qualified” candidates
    Trump will never make it to the first Republican debate
    Trump will never be the nominee
    Trump will never make it after saying “that”
    Trump will never have a path to the presidency
    Trump will never be president

    Give it up! You’ll be as safe as in your mothers arms under the Trump administration

    • greenlantern1 says:

      The left led Nixon’s “hard hat” riot?

    • Independent1 says:

      Maybe you can explain why conservatives have become such fascists and are determined to act like 2 year-olds. Grown ups recognize that they can’t always get their way but today’s conservatives insist on acting like 2 year-olds who will only play if they can get their way. Clear evidence of this is the coup being staged in North Carolina by a bunch of juvenile legislators who have worked to destroy our democracy by acting like spoiled brats because their fearless leader was ousted in the 2016 voting. When are today’s conservatives going to grow up and stop acting like children??

      And if there was ever a clear example of an absolutely gullible two’s you!!

      • Jim Samaras says:

        Yeah, they’re starting to sound like you Hillary crybabies after the election


        • Independent1 says:

          Why am I not surprised by the gangster/mobster type response from you which is what all conservatives of today are turning into – nothing but narcissistic crooks!! Let’s not play the game fair and compromise and work issues out, let’s just lie, cheat and steal and change the rules so we can have everything OUR WAY!! Even though history has shown that YOUR WAY is a disaster for America, it’s economy and the majority of its people!! You are such a despicable piece of garbage that it’s astounding!!!!!!

          Let’s see what your attitude is in 6-8 months when Trump’s and the GOP’s moronic economic initiatives throw America into a recession and maybe a depression along with the world, and even you start feeling what it’s like to live in truly down and depressed nation. let’s see what you’re moronic responses are then.

          • Jim Samaras says:

            Got it all out now Inde? All I’m saying is give the guy a chance to get things done. You really have no choice but to anyway. In case you haven’t noticed he’s not your traditional republican and will be more benevolent in his dealings than you’re willing to give him credit for. Let’s see how a Trump presidency plays out before all these dire predictions tear our nation apart.

          • Independent1 says:

            Problem is that Trump could create more damage to America and the world in his 1st 100 days than could ever be repaired in your or my lifetimes or maybe ever.

          • Independent1 says:

            And I forgot to mention, that if you and your right-wing buddies who support Trump think you even have an inkling of what he will end up doing in his first 100 days, you’re living in La La Land. Even Trump doesn’t know what he’ll do because he’s a reactionary – look at what he’s done just with the China incident of them taking one of our drones; he’s almost created a major international incident.

            And it will be more of the same starting 1/20/2016 if the Electors are idiot enough to confirm his election. He’s a psychopath!! Look how he reacted to a young woman who simply said she wasn’t sure he would be fair to women – for no good reason he attacked her on twitter in the middle of the night which ended up with her getting numerous death threats from Trump idiot supporters like you.

            So if you’re looking to destroy America, keep living in your La La Land and believing in that monster named Trump.

          • Jim Samaras says:

            Prepare to be amazed at the way China begins sucking our c^cks after the inauguration…international incident….hahahahaha. You libtards are funny with the sky is falling sh^t

          • Do you have one of those, Jim? And why do you feel compelled to keep mentioning your genitals like that. Your parents did an awful job bringing you up, and you’ve utterly destroyed what little dignity you had remaining as of last year. Your comments about your “cock” are crude and will be a stain on your record with consequences unknown in the next world.

            But you don’t care because you no longer have a grasp of what appropriate behavior and speech is all about. Your parents grieve for your conduct which reflects badly on them.

          • Jim Samaras says:

            It gets my point across Aaron with a bit of levity. Lost your sense of humor have you or are you such an educated aristocrat that a little sophomoric humor “disgusts” you? You must be bored going over comments on articles from almost three weeks ago

          • You have a point? We would like clarification because so far you’re in a daze. Levity? You find Trump’s romance with Putin, or malicious interference in other countries’ computer systems humorous?
            You’ve a warped mind, Jim. To remind you again how warped, reread a previous comment of yours:
            “Prepare to be amazed at the way China begins sucking our c^cks after the inauguration…international incident….hahahahaha. You libtards are funny with the sky is falling sh^t”
            I suppose you find that funny as well. Are you an adult, or a juvenile?

        • Independent1 says:

          The graph below doesn’t lie!! It shows clearly how devastating GOP governance is to America’s economy; and it exposes the GOP lie that Reagan was some kind of wonder child when he was just one more GOP disaster: jobs and GDP growth under Reagan didn’t even exceed those under Nixon and every Dem President shown on the graph outperformed Nixon in jobs and GDP growth.

        • Independent1 says:

          And here’s just an example of the dirty tricks Republicans in Michigan pulled in their lame duck session after the election. Just one more example of the little children doing everything to cheat they’re way into stealing even more from people who can least afford it (the equivalent of truly despicable, hateful mobsters no different than the Italian Mafia):

          Tried to strip police and firefighters of retirement health care.

          Pushed to privatize and cut even more from teacher retirement benefits.

          Gutted unemployment insurance funds to pay for more corporate tax cuts.

          Threatened to pass strict voter ID laws to make it harder to vote.

          Failed to extend transparency laws to cover the governor’s office and legislature.

        • Independent1 says:

          An no one’s being a hypocrite: Today’s Republicans have taken every form of governing that was commonplace decades ago and taken everything to an extreme form of corruption!!!

        • Independent1 says:

          And here are just some of the many examples from independent survey groups showing just how disastrous GOP governance has been to virtually every state it governs. Isn’t it just marvelous to think about the GOP working to create all the following disastrous statistics for all of America over the next 4 years!!!!!!

          ·.All 10 states today that Gallup-Healthways deems are the most miserable states to live in with the worst quality of life*;

          .All 25 states today that WalletHub deems have the largest percentages of people broke and on the verge of bankruptcy;

          · All 25 states today that WalletHub deems have the lowest personal consumption spending per capita;

          · 24 of 27 states that lists as having an auto fatality rate above the national average of 10.3/100,000 pop.;

          · All 15 of the states that CBS News found for 2014 were the hardest states to find a job in;

          .All 10 of the states that the FBI’s statistics show have the highest rates of violence by gun; and 18 of the 20 states that the FBI has identified as having the highest firearms-related mortality rates;

          .21 of the 24 states in America with more than 12% of their population living at or below the poverty level (more than 2/3 of GOP-run states have poverty rates over 15%).

        • Independent1 says:

          Why do you suppose that America ranks so poorly today in the world in healthcare outcomes and longevity of life – America is now 50th in the world in longevity??

          One reason is because GOP-run states are by far ranked as having the worst healthcare delivery systems in the nation, with Texas winning the honor of having the worst healthcare delivery system for 2014 and 2015.

          Some of which is the reason that GOP-run states have longevity rates overall that are worse than many 3rd world countries and on average are 2-6 years lower than for people living in Democrat-run states.

          Isn’t it just thrilling also to think that if the GOP goes ahead with it’s moronic ideas on Social Security and Medicare, which will not only pull the economic blanket out from under the majority of America’s seniors it will cut healthcare from millions also, helping the GOP drive the longevity in America probably lower than even people living in virtually every 3rd world nation on the planet!!

          Just some things to think about there lowlife!!!

        • Budjob says:

          It’s not about being “Hillary crybabies” ! However it is about a real threat to OUR Democracy due to the racist/fascist/neo Nazi policies of an unqualified,incompetent,inept individual with the mentality of a ten year old child!

          • Jim Samaras says:

            You sound like you’re ready for a rubber room. See what he does then complain.

          • Budjob says:

            Yeah,and you sound as if theist part of you ran down your Mother’s leg! See what he does,and then complain,that’s what the world said about your buddy Adolph! Study your history Bub! You just might learn something! But,then again,Tramp supporters don’t learn anything!

        • Jmz Nesky says:

          Hypocrite? If you turn around and say the word Hypocrite back ward then it will reveal just what type of dumb ass you really are.

    • Independent1 says:

      People will be safe? Really? Like I said, you are as gullible as a 2 year-old.

      Here’s just a few that prove that statement is being made by a total idiot!!

      Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy

      Trump’s ego will make world more dangerous

      GOP senator: Trump will make world more dangerous

    • Timothy Love says:

      Just like we were told we would be safer with Bush Jr. Remember, he did not win. He lost by the biggest margin I can remember. Nearly 3 million votes. But then again those votes don’t count because they aren’t yours. We need a new term ” heartland elites”.

    • iamproteus says:

      Trump wouldn’t “discover” anything….he’d just make something up. It’s much easier that way and idiots like you wouldn’t question it.

    • Thoughtopsy says:

      That fact that you use “MSM” as if you can’t trust it, rules you out as a sane person.

  9. greenlantern1 says:

    Remember the “hard hat” riot under Nixon?
    A Trump riot?

  10. dtgraham says:

    Trump’s first 100 days:

    ~ Call up Japanese PM and ask if they’ll sell their Great Wall for use on the Mexican border.

    ~ At the behest of Don Jr., award the man who shot Bambi’s mother the Presidential medal of freedom.

    ~ Call the Kremlin. Ask for help remembering his e-mail password.

    ~ Assure nation that he can run both his businesses and the country perfectly. Then get confused and declare bankruptcy on the wrong one.

    ~ Change the U.S.Treasury’s phone number after China forwards 1 trillion dollar U.S. debt to a collection agency.

    ~ Build a wall around Broadway and have the cast of Hamilton pay for it.

  11. Trump, the GOP, Right Wing Media, rampant police brutality, opioid addictions, gun violence—these are just the tip of the ice berg.
    With Trump’s ego and rhetoric, he has set in motion changes and currents which may very well lead to untold misery.

    And what do the the mentally enfeebled and largely spiritually deficient hope to gain by this new climate of hate and fear which Trump has ignited? Regaining low-skill jobs and keeping out those in dire need to escape war and famine?

    Christianity is getting a black eye, undeservedly, by the actions of Trump, the GOP, and their supporters.

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