Category: Off Topic

Russian Election Meddling Documented!

For months we have all been force-fed a story few of us can digest about the hacking of the Democratic Party’s email servers, presumably by Russians commanded by Vladimir Putin himself. It is unclear how the contents of the DNC emails were supposed to have swayed the US electorate. Was anyone shocked to learn that Mrs. Clinton’s campaign managers were manipulative creeps? The current brouhaha is utterly trivial compared to the extreme, direct interference by US campaign professionals in the election that solidified Oligarchy in the former Soviet Union. A team of US political consultants operating clandestinely in Moscow...

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‘Thinking the Unthinkable’

The headline on Thomas Schelling’s obit in the NY Times dubbed him “master theorist of nuclear strategy.”  Schelling proved to be far saner than the three ogres mentioned as his fellow theorists: “After spending a year studying nuclear weapons at the RAND Corporation in 1958 and writing ‘The Strategy of Conflict’ (1960), he took his place as a leading theorist of nuclear war and peace along with the RAND intellectuals Herman Kahn and Albert Wohlstetter, as well as Henry A. Kissinger, the director of the Defense Studies Center at Harvard.” The role of these experts in the 1950s was...

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Lao Tzu’s Advice Falls on Deaf Ears

December 19, 2016   As the Electoral College anoints President-Elect Trump, we turn to The Way of Life by Lao Tzu: “A leader is best when people barely know that he exists; not so good when people obey and acclaim him; worst when they despise him. ‘Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you.’ But a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will all says, ‘We did this ourselves.'” “When people lost sight of the way to live came codes of love and honesty. Learning came, charity came, hypocrisy took charge....

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Kimberly!

December 15, 2016  Fox News analyst Kimberly Guilfoyle is reportedly a strong candidate to be President-elect Trump’s press secretary. When I was District Attorney Hallinan’s press secretary, Kimberly and Jim Hammer were prosecuting the infamous “San Francisco Dog Mauling” case. We worked together closely and got along fine. Here we are with Hallinan, striding to meet about 40 reporters and their camera crews to announce SFDA’s charging decision: murder. For a while, I really did have the DA’s back.  —Fred...

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Chicago PS

Clara Bingham’s recently published oral history, “Witness to the Revolution,” includes a chapter on the trial of the “Chicago Eight” (reduced to seven after Black Panther leader Bobby Seale insisted that the court had no jurisdiction over him and he was bound, gagged, and hauled away). In a file cabinet unopened for years I found a folder marked 12/69 containing three teletyped Associated Press dispatches from the trial, and this droodle of Judge Julius Hoffman done when I was in his courtroom testifying.     Leonard Weinglass, a very good criminal defense lawyer, was trying to establish that police in Chicago had been intent on a riot occurring during Democratic Party convention. I testified that two cops had warned Tom Hayden, not in a friendly way, that the feds were planning an incitement-to-riot case against him. I could truthfully affirm that I’d never seen Hayden and Abbie Hoffman et al conspire in the months preceding the convention to incite a riot. Their hope was for a large demonstration.  I did see them plotting to lure “the kids” (Rennie Davis’s contemptuous term)  to Chicago with false promises of Credence Clearwater Revival. But the prosecution didn’t ask about that. This is from the AP dispatch by Tony Fuller: “Gardner said that during the convention he was the editor of the Ramparts Wall Poster, a one-page newspaper which was circulated among the...

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