Under Trump: Whatever Israel Wants; Israel Gets:

p1030537It is pretty sad when a country has to have dueling foreign policies with the proponent of each one trying to outdo the other. John Kerry who just told us that Israel by continuing its building of settlements is obstructing the two state solution and imperils the chance for peace. He fails to mention that we have just inked a new deal with Israel which has us giving it 3.8 billion dollars in aid a year each October as a starting figure. (There are many more millions hidden in other budgets.)

If we truly believed Israel was endangering Americans and others in its determination to destroy any hope of a two state solution or peace why are we giving it so much money? Should we have made it a condition precedent to any further aid that it cease the settlements? Why should Israel listen to us when it gets the money unconditionally no matter what it does or we say?

We’ve been here before. Remember Romney telling us that he was a great buddy of Bibi Netanyahu when he ran for president. Recall the Republicans inviting Netanyahu to speak before Congress so that he could undermine President Obama’s Iran deal. To think we complain about the Russians suggesting that foreign governments should not interfere with American elections at the same time we had a leader of a foreign government boldly doing it.

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Is This Freddy’s Revenge: Ralph DiMasi the Last Stand Up Guy

ralph-dimasiRalph DiMasi (pictured left at his arraignment by the Herald) has become a Whitey associate. That’s what the headline in the Boston Herald said:”Whitey cohort charged in 1991 murder of bank guard.”  Perhaps we can add that murder onto Whitey’s long list.

Of course that is nonsense. Ralph had as much to do with Whitey as the innocent bystander Michael Donohue had. Donohue, who happened to be giving a ride to Brian Halloran, was murdered when Whitey gunned down Halloran on the Southie waterfront, now known as the Seaport District, in front of  the Pier barroom.

Ralph happened to have gone from Southie over to Linda Mae’s on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester with a guy named O’Brien who was buying a birthday cake for his nine-year old daughter. Ralph was part of a Indian Al’s group trying to take over some gaming business from Gerry Angiulo  who hired Howie Winter (how come he’s never been charged with any of the many murders he did?) and the Cowardly  Murderman aka Martorano to eradicate the members of that group.

The Perfidy of the Federal Justice System: Extorting Guilty Pleas from Teamsters

(`) Joe BltzI was in federal court in Boston speaking with a well-known and highly respected defense counsel. He said to me: “this is a dangerous place to be.”  He, better than most, knew how treacherous it is when it gets you in its grasp.

I was thinking of that conversation when I read about the Teamster guy who just pleaded guilty. It was 62-year-old Mark Harrington the secretary-treasurer of the union. Harrington said at the time of his plea that he did not think what he did was a violation of the law. He said he changed his plea reluctantly so as not to go to prison.

He was indicted for extortion. It is alleged that he told the Top Chef company producing a show that if they did not hire Teamster workers they would picket them. When the company began filming in Milton some of the pickets “chest-bumped and stomach-bumped” crew members of the company; they used racial slurs, homophobic slurs and profanities. They blocked cars. Some tires were slashed and Teamsters were seen standing near the cars. They were charged with conspiracy to extort and attempted extortion in order to obtain wages for Teamsters. The punishment for such crime is imprisonment for up to 20 years.

Merry Christmas

birth-of-jesus“But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zachary, for your petition has been heard and your wife Elizabeth shall bear you a son and you shall call him John.” 

Inquiring how the angel knew this, the angel said: “I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you the good news.”

In the sixth month Gabriel was sent by God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth  to a virgin named Mary who was betrothed to a man named Joseph of the House of David. The angel said to her: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.”

Mary was frightened but Gabriel said: “Do not be afraid for you have found grace with God. You shall conceive and bring forth a son you shall call Jesus who shall be a great man to whom the Lord will give the throne of David and he shall be king over the house of Jacob and his kingdom shall not end .”

General James “Mad Hog” Mattis: A Typical Trump Appointment

theranos-holmesAs a Marine my initial impression was that Mad Hog was a good appointment as secretary of defense. I had read somewhere after it was first announced that he was not like the other generals who left service in retirement. He was substantially different. A bachelor and a scholar of military history. The article I read spoke of his independence and unwillingness to be like those who sold their souls to the industries surviving on military contracts.

I heard he had a stellar reputation. He reportedly served the American people from 1969 to 2013 a period of 44 years. It was actually 41 years because he did not go on active service until 1972.  He retired on May 22, 2013, three and a half years ago. I pictured him sitting at home studying his books and living on his $237,144 yearly pension while shaking his head at those other greedy bastards who sold themselves to the highest bidder. A true patriot and man of the people.

The Unpresidented President-Elect, The Trump Card, and the Hunukkah Tree

hannukah-treeYes Dorothy, there is a word unpresidented. The Trump, who many gaze on with starry eyes to the extent that they now view America’s sworn enemy Vladimir Putin in a more favorable light than their own countrymen because Trump told them to do that, will expect them to correspond their thoughts with his thinking. They would argue that when Trump tweeted that “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act” that the use of the word unpresidented is correct. After all, the Trump is never wrong.

By the way, did I detect a sign of hope in the Trump’s statement? He did not threaten China with some draconian act. That is certainly a surprise. Did he get the bluster blown out of him when China sent a message to him that it wasn’t interested in his trying to play the Taiwan card? Was the research drone stolen in order call the Trump’s card and see if he would raise? Did it call his  bluff and he folded his hands showing himself to be little more than a wind bag?

The New Think – America and Russia Are the Same

NavyTrump is suggesting that there is little difference in values between America and Russia and those in his chorus have suddenly taken up his chant.  Who do you think Ronald Reagan was referring to when he said: “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”

Ronald Reagan had no interest in going it alone. He was not leaving Europe and the allies in the Far East to their own devices. He never put a price on free people by asking if they were paying enough money. How on earth did the Republican fall so low.

Some of today’s trumpeteers blowing the horn for Russia would certainly have to wonder what Reagan meant when he said: “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr.Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!'”