Don’t Believe the Hype!

Posted in On Sports! with tags on July 17, 2017 by playthell

Bidding on the Sugar Ray vs Marvelous Marvin Hagler World Title Match

Reflections of a Boxing Wiseguy on Mayweather v McGregor

This seems to be the season for suckers, and bunko artists are running rampant!!! There are so many pootbutt marks around you don’t even have to be a real bullshit artists who has mastered the basic tecniques of the con to play these chumps! You can tell that from the third rate grifter who bullshitted his way into the White House!

So if milions of pooty-pops went forTrump – mostly dumb white folks pissed off that Obama spent the last eight years in the White House and is adored around the world, while Trump is a universal laughing stock – millions of white folks who yearn to see Pertty Boy Floyd get his arrogant black ass kicked are shelling out 89 and 99 dollars for the pay per view hoax. And he is gonna walk away with GRAND THEFT DOUGH AGAIN!!!! Floyd has whipped 26 WORLD CHAMPIONS; in the process making many of them look like amatuers at the apex of their prowess!

Mayweather Vs Carnelo in Vegas

Floyd  Taking Yet Another Undefeated World Champion to School

 Take my word for it folks, you are being gamed! The vulgar spectacle that masquarades as pre-fight press conferences – an artless clown show that is more embarrassing than entertaining – is a desperate attempt to sell this hoax to a public begging to be fleeced of their coin. Take the advice of a boxing wiseguy folks: KEEP YO MONEY IN YO POCKET AND WAIT FOR THIS BLACK AND WHITE MINSTRLE SHOW TO COME ON YOU TUBE!

Save yo money because I can tell you what will happen right now. A brawling, akward, stumblebum McGregor cannot hit Floyd Mayweather WITH A HAND FULL OF RICE!!!!!! That’s how good Floyd is at the art of pugilism…when he steps into the ring boxing becomes a “Sweet Science.” The objective of boxing is to hit and not get hit and FLOYD MAYWEATHER IS THE BEST THAT EVER DID THIS!!!!

My assessment of Floyd Mayweather’s place in the history of pugilism is based on SCIENCE NOT SENTIMENT!!! Thanks to the marvels of computer science we can now analyze boxing matches – live or on films – and see who hit whom when, where and how often. All of the great fighters matches have now been analyzd by Compu-Stat, which reveals that Floyd Mayweather is the BEST EVER FIGHTING UNDER THE MARQUIS DE QUEENSBURY RULES OF PUGILISM!!!! Which are the rules that will govern the McGregor vs.Mayweather rumble.

Hence the question on everyone’s lips who are intrested in combat sports is does Connor McGregor have a chance? What are the odds? Well, after all things are considered, I put McGregor’s chances of prevailing over Pertty boy Floyd as less than the chances of a SNOWBALL’S SURVIVAL IN A PIZZA OVEN!!!!

 Pretty Boy Floyd Cajoles His Next Victim!
 Photo by> Matthew Lewis/Getty Images
 A Grand Master of the Sweet Science at Work!

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York

July 2017

IN REMEMBRANCE OF MY BABY SISTER….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 7, 2017 by playthell

Finally She is done with the Troubles of This World. Now she dwells in that mysterious realm…where righteous spirits rest

A couple of days ago my baby sis, Claudia Morton, whom I loved more than any words I know can express, danced and joined the ancestors. Being an atheist, I cannot claim to know the name of “that mysterious realm where each shall take his chamber in the silent halls of death,” as the poet William Cullen Bryant put it in his epic contemplation of death “Thanatopsis.” Yet what I can say for certain is that if there is a paradise beyond this world, where good folks go when they leave us for an afterlife, Baby Sis is there.

I know this because I have never met a finer person in my life. Yet I have met people from all over the world, got to know many of them, and sometimes feel that I have greeted everybody twice. Hence, I have observed a representative sample of what the homo Sapien species has to offer. And Claudia represented the crème de la crème. She was smart, courageous, strong, generous, competent, loving and loyal. Plus she was a chocolate beauty who was elegant of style and manner like her gorgeous pecan tan mom – who shaped and cultivated her and my older sister Melba as if they were rare orchids.

Both of them grew up to be leaders in the educational professions because they deeply believed in the power of education to help all people make full and productive lives. It is a family value, passed on by two generations of female educators that preceded them. Yet beyond all these things Claudia was something different and something more, alas it must go unnamed because I can conjure up no suitable superlatives to accurately describe it – even tho I have command of the language that has nourished many the world’s greatest poets, novelists and dramatist – Shakespeare, Tony Morrison and the King James Bible.

Aside from Claudia’s magnificence as a person, there was the love and admiration she always showered on me; no big brother was ever more richly rewarded with an adoring little sister. About seven years my junior, I was twelve when Claudia was five and she would just tag along behind me all over the house and yard – we lived in Florida at the time and enjoyed spacious front and back yards. And she thought I could do anything!

When I have had some time to reflect, I will have more to say about my baby sister, for there is much worth recounting of her story. She spent her life helping others gain a better life, and there are many success stories that have resulted from her efforts. But at the moment, I must confess that I am puzzled. I am at a lost to explain by what cosmic accident I have outlived her; it seems the natural order of things is out of order…as if the sun suddenly began to revolve around the earth.

Claudia came into this world at the height of the hurricane season in Florida, and departed amidst the fireworks of the 4th of July.  It is no wonder that she was a bundle of energy that was prone to shake things up wherever she went. To make a difference.  Claudia’s memory will live forever in my heart and mind; my unbridled love and admiration for her will never die; and her departure leaves a hole in my soul that can never be filled. And I am certain that if there is any truth to the Bible, when the Saints come marching in…. Claudia will be in their number.

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Playthell G. Benjamin
July 7, 2017
Carliase Pa

The Brightest Bulb in the Box

Posted in Playthell on politics with tags on June 26, 2017 by playthell

Senator Kamala Harris and Children

Kamala Harris is Driving Racist Sexist Republicans Crazy!

Reading a lot of the disparaging comments attacking Senator Kamala Harris on the thread below this video on You Tube linked below, it is easy to understand an otherwise inexplicable conundrum: How did a dumb, vulgar, compulsive liar and megalomaniacal con man like Donald Trump get elected President?  It is because of an epidemic of ignorance such as is exhibited by the writers on this thread! Those pugnaceous airheads handicapped by racism and sexism who despite having barely made it through grade school feel free to challenge their intellectual superiors if they happen to be black or female. Hopefully, by virtue of the fact that the internet is a world-wide forum, people from all over the world, who are scratching their heads in wonder, can perchance gain an understanding of how the world’s most powerful nation could elect a politically ignorant, amoral, bunko artist as our President.

During the Republican primary elections, all of Trump’s adversaries called him “a con man without a moral center.” And they were right!  The thinkers in the Republican party like Bill Krystol, George Will, David Frum, et al are embarrassed by Trump and despise him.   And, although they have decided to capitalize on his unexpected victory, the Republican establishment – the conservative plutocrats – are contemptuous of him and consider him “white trash with money;” which also explains why white trash without money, such as many writers on the You Tube thread, love him so! It also explains why he returned their love in an impassioned public declaration: “I LOVE THE POORLY EDUCATED!!!!”

As for Kamala Harris, well she is a brilliant lawyer and court room prosecutor, a former Attorney General of California.  She has progressive California values and is doing just what Californians elected her to do: protect and defend those values. She did a splendid job of protectiong the interests of Californians when she joined with Bo Biden and Eric Schneiderman – the Attorney Generals of Delaware and New York – in prosecuting the big banks whos malpractice brought on thee economic crash of the Bush years.  And her mad skills as an interrogator are prominently on display.

Although she has been reprimanded by arrogant white Republican males on the Intelligence Committee for being too aggresive – which they find unbearable in a woman –  Senator Harris is easily the brightest bulb in the box among that confederation of muddled headed self-important mediocre white Republican boys!!! She is driving their silly asses into hissy fits – racist sexist backward churls that they are!!!

Senator Harris could well become the first female President.  She is infinitely more qualified and ethically developed than the corrupt con man and soon the be proven crook that daily debases the political discourse of our nation and befouls the White House. The election of Donald Trump is irrefutable evidence that American democracy is dysfunctional; a revelation of Thomas Jefferson’s prophecy at the founding of this Republic: A popular democracy cannot work an ignorant electorate, because they will elect and return the worst people to power.

The legions of poor and working-class whites that form the majority and most enthusiastic of Trump supporters are the least educated sector of American society; The kind of people Jefferson warned against. Hence Trump’s election represents the triumph of the untutored mob!

Let me be clear in my purpose: I am not writing this to try and sway Trump Supporters; that’s a fool’s errand. I am writing this to answer the questions of those who are honestly puzzled and alarmed by the election of an “insane clown” – who has been diagnosed by thousands of psychiatrist and psychologist as suffering from “Malignant Narcissism and “paranoia” – to the Presidency of the USA. The fact that this diagnosis is the same diagnosis given for Adolph Hitler’s mental maladies by the German Psychiatrist Eric Fromm, a refugee from Nazi genocide, at the request of US intelligence –  the Office of Strategic Services – should make us all scared as hell!!!!

Alas, since the Trumpanzee’s are innocent of real knowledge and therefore can’t tell fact from fiction, this explains the stupid headline that accompanies the video below. The fact that somebody would post this, knowing that we will watch it and see what is happening for ourselves, provides unimpeachable evidence that this is all beyond their comprehension.

Tragically, the Trump acolytes are too stupid to see that “The Donald” is contemptuous of their intelligence and regards them as “losers;” which he despises.  Donnie loves the rich and famous and does not now, nor has he ever, hung out with slubs like “Joe Six Pack” and “Dumb Dora,” who are the most devoted sector of his base.  To him such people are only fit to shine his shoes, clean his hotels and vote for him based on bogus arguments and hollow promises.  “The Donald” is all bunko!

KAMALA FOR PRESIDENT!!!! “JAIL TO THE CHIEF!!!”

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Watch Senator Harris at Work
https://youtu.be/sp3HrEzTx40

 

Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
June 26, 2017

 

A Gun Crazy President Faces Reality!

Posted in On Guns and Violence in America with tags on June 14, 2017 by playthell

Trump in a pugnacious mood firing up the crowd

“Ye Shall Reap What You Sow”

During his presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump promised the “deplorable” gun nuts that supported him en mass that he would remove all controls on gun possession in America! Well, now that a group of Republican Congressmen got shot up on a baseball field this morning, Trump’s Birthday, perhaps the twittering twit and verbose airhead – who shoots from lip without a thought – will take notice of the fact that NOBODY is safe from gun violence in a nation awash in guns!!!

If I were a Christian I would argue that it is a revelation of biblical prophecy that it was Republican Congressmen who came under fire by a gunman wielding a military assault rifle by a disgruntled citizen outraged by the Grand Obstructionist Party’s pro-rich policies. We know what motivated him because we have now see pictures of the gunman – a 66 year old unemployed white male from Booreville Illinois – on television in a Pro-Bernie Sanders campaign carrying sign calling for increased taxation of the American plutocracy.

The Shooter!

JamesT Hodgekinson: On the Front Lines of the American Class War

It is a miracle that only one Congressman – Steve Scalese from gun crazy Louisiana – was hit among the six casualties, and none was killed. If the gunman had been a better shot, or attacked from closer range, this could easily have ended up like the Orlando Massacre!  The weapon had a scope, and if the Capitol police had not responded so quickly the shooter could have picked them off like sitting ducks on a pond. Two of the people shot were capitol cops; who were badly outgunned going up against a military assault rifle with their little six shooters!  One of the Congressmen had served as a battle surgeon who served in Iraq, and he says that the way the bullets were raining down on them he felt as if he was back in Iraq.

The grand irony in this is that only Republicans were on the field, because they were practicing for an upcoming bi-partisan soft ball game featuring the Republicans vs the Democrats, and it is the Republicans that refuse to allow any kind of gun control legislation to pass.  These Republican gun nuts have been removed restrictions on people who are potential terrorists on the FBI no-fly list, and people who have been treated for mental illness. President Barack Obama pleaded with them to pass gun legislation, but they refused to even restore the ban on military assault weapons.

In view of these facts it is almost amusing to hear Republican Congressmen now whining about getting shot up; when they have been unmoved by the daily carnage perpetrated by gunman all across America that has resulted in the slaughter of thousands of innocents including children.  Hence it is amusing to listen to these hypocritical Republican assholes talk agonizingly about how they never thought something like this could happen to them.  Say What?  It happens multiple times every day: It is the chance we all take just going about the daily business of living in America

The most odious aspect of the discussion now going on in the aftermath of the shooting – and there is an embarrassment of riches amongst the banal blather flooding the airwaves – is all the talk about how special protections should be provided to Congressmen! And coming from Republicans it is shameless duplicity.  I don’t think we taxpayers should spend a dollar to protect special protection to them!  They should be exposed to the same dangers that they expose the rest of us to with their amoral folly.  For it is their shameless genuflection before the Gun Lobby and firearms manufactures that make billions selling these instruments of death!

They are deserving of our most loathsome contempt, as does the cowardly reports who now broadcast their self-righteous whining and crocodile tears without pointing out their responsibility for this tragic state of affairs, where all Americans are forced to live under the terror of gun wielding criminals and lunatics. Most appalling are their prayers, which in the absence of concrete action to remove all of these guns from the streets is blasphemy!

The empty wooden statement of Donald Trump on the shooting is beneath contempt in light of his cheerleading for the gun totin mob during the election, when he swore to block any attempt to control access to guns by Congress. And when you consider how his reckless rhetoric poisoned the political atmosphere by revving up the worse passions among the American people, heightening the probability of internecine violence, it is hard to escape the conclusion that Trump is a man with blood on his hands.

Yet, amoral bunko artist that he is, Dastardly Donnie put on his false face feigning sorrow and, speaking for the Diplomatic Room in the White House, he told the nation:

We may have our differences but we do well in times like these in times like these that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because above all they love our country. We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace and that we are strongest when we are unified.”

Trump’s speech was a paragon of pious perfunctory prattle; meaningless empty blather devoid of any mention of the need to control access to firearms and reduce the number of guns on the street.  It was an embarrassment from a man who has vowed to use the power of his office to get even more guns in the hands of gun nuts! Alas, the pronouncements of Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the Republican controlled House of Representatives, from whence any gun control legislation must originate, was no better.

We are united in our shock…. We are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. My colleagues, there are many memories from this day we will want to forget, and many images we will not want to see again. But there is one image in particular that this House should keep. And that is a photo I saw of our Democratic colleagues gathered in prayer this morning after hearing the news.

 You know, every day, we come here to test and challenge each other. We feel so deeply about the things we fight for and believe in. At times, our emotions can get the best of us. We are all imperfect. But we do not shed our humanity when we enter this chamber. For all the noise and fury, we are one family. These were our brothers and sisters in the line of fire. These were our brothers and sisters who ran into danger and saved countless lives.”

Only Terry McCauliff, the Democratic Governor of Virginia,  used this occasion to speak out ahainst America’s insane gun laws!  Alas, while the Republicans are quite adept at pious preachment, they are missing in action when it comes to passing legislation that could rescue the American people from this catastrophe of gun violence that presently engulfs this nation.  Again, there was no mention of any legislation to address this plague, just more meaningless prattle.

Choosing to play upon the emotions of Americans instead of offering a plan of action, much is being made of the fact that one Republican Congressman had his young son with him this morning.  Hence we are subjected to much expression of shock, accompanied by sentimental outrage about the ten year old “having to witness gun violence.” Well I say welcome to the realities of life for millions of Americans, whom his father continues to place in danger by supporting laws that make it easy for anybody to buy guns!

I think this the worse kind of emotional exploitation by people who are a huge and integral part of the problem.  If Republican Congressmen want to feel safe from gun violence, then let them REPEAL THE SECOND ADMEDMENT!!!!!  That is the ONLY SOLUTION to the gun plague that takes more lives on the streets of America than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan!!!

Even as I write the news has reached my ears that six more people have been shot on the other side of this vast nation in San Francisco, four have died! Already I can hear the tepid cries of pusillanimous poot-butt pooty-pop politicians bloviating about how this is not the time to discuss gun control! That’s what these spineless charlatans always say, as they offer up phony prayers in contemptable blasphemous incantations. BUT I SAY NOW IS THE TIME!!!!! IF NOT NOW WHEN?

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NOTE: In the essay linked below, I vigorously refute their sophistic arguments in favor of the SECOND ADMENDMENT: including its historical origins and reasons for maintaining it! See: A GUN CRAZY NATION at
https://commentariesonthetimes.me/…/…/14/a-gun-crazy-nation/

NOTE: This is a call to action and the case for repeal. it is ammunition for the debate: READ IT CAREFULLY, FOR IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!!!!!

Governor McCauliff’s Statement
 http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/06/14/virginia-governor-terry-mcauliffe-calls-gun-control-after-steve-scalise-shooting
Video From the Shooting Scene
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/14/politics/alexandria-virginia-shooting/index.html
An Eye Witness Report by Republican Congressman From the Scene
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/14/politics/alexandria-virginia-shooting/index.html

Mr. Cameleon and the Arabs

Posted in On Donald Trump, On Foreign Affairs, On War and Peace in the Mid East!, Trump and the Arabs with tags , on May 28, 2017 by playthell

Chillin with the King

Whatever Happened to Radical Islamic Terrorism?

Listening to the accolades heaped upon Donald Trump’s attempt at Middle-East diplomacy, I am reminded of the apocryphal tale of the talking dog.  It didn’t matter what the dog was saying; the fact that the dog was talking at all was cause for praises.  This story could serve as a metaphor or allegory for the low standard set for Trump’s performance as president.  So long as he does not utter some incoherent nonsense, make an outrageous claim, or tell a blatant lie, his public performances are declared a success and thoughtful Americas can comfortably exhale.

Yet even when the bar is set that low, a candid assessment of the President’s performance results reveals a mediocre performance at best and   a soulless, transparent charade at worse; with the President reading speeches prepared for him by others and trying to look deep.  What I saw on the podium was a clueless con-man trying to sell an impossible dream of peace and mutual friendship while choosing sides in the contentious disputes that have shaped the political realities of the contemporary Middle-East – a region rife with wars and rumors of war based on ancient disputes.

Trump’s speech was preceded by comments from King Salman, the Saudi Sovereign, which put forth their vision of the contemporary situation in the region, and appended a wish list for the US President to ponder.  The 50 heads of Muslim nations which supplied the raison d’etre for Trump’s visit, sat stiff as stuffed owls as the respectfully listened to the King while anxiously waiting to hear what Mighty Whitey – leader of the richest and most powerful military nation on earth – had to offer to their collective defense.  For the sad truth is that all of them have a Fatwa – a religious death warrant – issued by Caliph Ibrahim, the Supreme Ruler of the ISIS Caliphate.  Hence they were all dead men living on borrowed time, because their assassins will be seen as instruments of the will of Allah by the Jihadists who view them as apostates, for which the penalty is death!

Under Caliph Ibrahin….the Spawn of Saudi Whabbism

This is the Fate of Apostates!

King Salman, the absolute ruler of Saudi Arabia, presented a fawning speech that often sounded like panegyric to Trump and cast America in the role of Savior of the Saudi’s – indeed the entire Sunni Muslim world – from their enemies, whether Sunni Jihadists or the Persian Shiites of Iran.

Our meeting with His Excellency President of the United States of America, a country enjoying strong bonds of friendship and relationship with many of our countries, does reflect His Excellency’s keenness on enhancing cooperation and coordinating stances in various fields… our 55 Arab and Islamic countries attending the summit today with a population exceeding 1.5 billion, are an important partner in fighting the forces of extremism and terrorism and achieving world peace, security and stability. His Excellency holds many hopes and aspirations for cooperation with the Arab and Muslim worldAs we extend our thanks to and appreciation of His Excellency for his response to attend and participate in this summit, we reaffirm our happiness and gratitude for His Excellency’s choice of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and this summit as His Excellency’s first trip and external participation since assuming office.

As the Saudi King went on to address the issue of Islamic extremism and the scourge of terrorism, which was the central issue of the summit conference, his remarks took on a surreal quality that bore little resemblance to the facts. He declared: “We have to stand united to fight the forces of evil and extremism whatever their source, in compliance with the orders of our true Islamic religion. Islam was and will remain the religion of mercy, tolerance and coexistence..” 

To listen to the mutterings of the King, one would never suspect that Whabbism, the most extreme interpretation of Islam, was born in Saudi Arabia and spread throughout the Islamic world through the financing of Mosques and Islamic education by the Saudi government.  Hence it is no accident that Osama bin Laden, the founder of Al Qaeda, and the majority of the terrorists who launched the devastating 9/11 attack on the US were Saudi Citizens.  Yet, according to the Saudi Monarch: “The Iranian regime spearheads the global terrorism since Khomeini revolution until today. Since 300 years ago, we, in this country, did not witness terrorism or extremism until Khomeini revolution emerged in 1979.”

The fact is that the use of terrorism and mass murder as a means of spreading Islam goes back to the time of the Prophet.  The Jihad, or “holy war,” was the dominant means by which Islam was spread in the middle ages.  And the modern Jihad was hatched in Egypt during the mid-20th century through the theology of the Muslim Brotherhood and was relocated in Saudi Arabia after the Egyptian nationalist leader and military strongman Abdel Gamal Nasser hung the principal theologian of the movement Sayeed Guthb in 1966, and his brother Muhammad Guthb fled to Saudi Arabia, where he was provided the means to establish an Islamic Studies department in King Faisal University.  One of his most enthusiastic students was Osama Bin Ladan!

Hence the Saudi King’s diatribe is a lie, what he accuses Iran of is true Saudi Arabia.  There have been no terrorist attacks sponsored by Iran against the US, or any other Western country.  The Islamist terror attacks on France, Belgium, Amsterdam, and Britain, which has just experience a devastating attack by a terrorist affiliated with ISIS, were all carried out by Sunnis whose radical theology grows out of the fanatical fundamentalism propagated by the Saudis.  King Salman’s speech was self-serving propaganda, disinformation, blatant lies designed to stroke the misguided and none too bright American President, who is clueless on these questions and does not appear eager to learn because it confirms his hostile view of Iran. It is a view of Iran that has gained wide currency among Americans despite the fact that all the terrorist groups that have launched attacks in western nations are Sunnis.

Trumps long and rambling speech that followed the Kings Tirade – a strange mixture of hyperbole, fantasy, historical amnesia, denial of present realities and outright lies – Trump extended the theme of Iran as the focus of evil and source of terrorism in the Middle-East.

Starving terrorists of their territory, their funding, and the false allure of their craven ideology, will be the basis for defeating them.  But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three—safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran.

From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror. It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room”.

This Condemnation of Iran, which has just held a democratic election to choose its leader, was preceded by abundant praise for the Kleptocratic Islamic Fascist Saudi Regime which is chosen by a medieval process of monarchal sucession:

“I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived.

You also hosted me in the treasured home of King Abdulaziz, the founder of the Kingdom who united your great people. Working alongside another beloved leader — American President Franklin Roosevelt — King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries. King Salman: your father would be so proud to see that you are continuing his legacy — and just as he opened the first chapter in our partnership, today we begin a new chapter that will bring lasting benefits to our citizens.”

Nowhere in Trump’s speech does he mention the fact that all protest against the Saudi government is banned by law, and carries severe penalties ranging from mutilations to death!  The Saudi’s claim that this prohibition of dissent, which is a complete denial of democratic expression, is based on Sharia Law.  Hence the Saudi government cite chapter 4, verse 83 of the Koran to legitimize their police state tactics.  The text reads “And when it comes to them a concern for security or fear they divulge it, but if they had referred [their concern] to the Apostle and to those in a position of authority among them, those who are able to draw the right conclusion would have known [what to do]; and had it not been for the grace and mercy of God upon you, you would have followed Satan, except for a few” 

This passage was cited in a declaration of March 10, 2011 – three months after the commencement of the “Arab Spring” uprisings that swept several Arab tyrants from power – issued by the Council of Senior Religious Scholars, giving religious sanction to the Saudi government to suppress all “deviant and partisan connections and anything that leads to disunity and fragmentation of the nation.”  Which in effect means all protest against government policy.  Since unlike Catholicism or the Anglican Church there is no Pope or Arch Bishop, the “Senior Scholars” are the final arbiters of what Koranic text says. Just as the US Constitution means whatever the majority of the nine sitting Justices at the time says it means.

This is why the Saudi’s rejoiced at Trump’s statement:

I stand before you as a representative of the American People, to deliver a message of friendship and hope. That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic Faith. In my inaugural address to the American People, I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest friendships, and to build new partnerships in pursuit of peace. I also promised that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust….And so this historic and unprecedented gathering of leaders—unique in the history of nations—is a symbol to the world of our shared resolve and our mutual respect.”

In other words, you can do whatever you want to your citizens and not to worry about American interference. Before Trump could even return to American soil, the results of this new-found license from the “Insane Clown President,” as crack US journalist Matt Taibbi titled his recent book about Trump, the Sunni tyrant king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah of Bahrain, unleashed a violent attack on some Shiite demonstrators who were peacefully protesting the arrest of Imam Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of the Shiite majority for performing religious duties.  Thus far there are reports that several protestors were injured in the attack and at least two have died!  The Iranian government has issue a statement blaming Trump for the murders.  That Trump envisions this as the path to peace in the Middle-East is another sign of his cluelessness; the Editor of Foreign Policy magazine calls Trump’s shameless embrace of these autocrats “un-American.”

Hence it is easy to see why these Arab tyrants prefer Trump to President Obama, who persistently criticized their record on human rights and insisted that the extension of democratic rights to their citizens was essential to peace and prosperity in the region.  Whereas Obama emphasized the Golden Rule, Trump stressed the rule of gold:

“Now, there is even more blessed news I am pleased to share with you. My meetings with King Salman, the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince, have been filled with great warmth, good will, and tremendous cooperation. Yesterday, we signed historic agreements with the Kingdom that will invest almost $400 billion in our two countries and create many thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia.”

Upon hearing of the US-Saudi deal, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, sneeringly tweeted “Iran—fresh from real elections—attacked by @POTUS in that bastion of democracy & moderation. Foreign Policy or simply milking KSA of $480B?”

Trump also stressed a willingness to supply Saudi Arabia, and by implication the other tyrants in the room, with state of the art American weaponry:

This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase — and we will be sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies. This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a greater role in security operations. We have also started discussions with many of the countries present today on strengthening partnerships, and forming new ones, to advance security and stability across the Middle East and beyond.  Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology — located right here, in this central part of the Islamic World. This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combating radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership.”

There was much frippery about the will of God in Trump’s speech, which I am certain the conferees took with a grain of salt from this ungodly man. “Will we be indifferent in the presence of evil? Will we protect our citizens from its violent ideology? Will we let its venom spread through our societies? Will we let it destroy the most holy sites on earth?”  And judging from their blasé body language, Trump’s recounting of Islam’s glorious past in grand gluttonous phrases fared no better:

?The Middle East is rich with natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and massive amounts of historic treasures…Saudi Arabia is home to the holiest sites in one of the world’s great faiths. Each year millions of Muslims come from around the world to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj. In addition to ancient wonders, this country is also home to modern ones—including soaring achievements in architecture.  Egypt was a thriving center of learning and achievement thousands of years before other parts of the world. The wonders of Giza, Luxor and Alexandria are proud monuments to that ancient heritage.  All over the world, people dream of walking through the ruins of Petra in Jordan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization and is a land of natural beauty. And the United Arab Emirates has reached incredible heights with glass and steel, and turned earth and water into spectacular works of art.”

In a room full of murderous Sunni tyrants with a death warrant on their heads, Trump could have quit after he promised American might would aid them in their fight against Shitte Iran; supply American arms; and join them in the fight against their fellow Sunni Jihadist. And most important is what Trump didn’t say.

No mention of the vicious oppression of women and gay people.  Not a hint that the Jihadist movement is fueled by a lack of democracy and the squandering of their countries wealth by avaricious rulers whose actions are unchecked by a free press. Independent secular courts, or popular dissent.  And not one reference to the phrase “Radical Islam,” for which Barack Obama was severely criticized by Trump and his Republican comrades!  It was the most dramatic about face I have yet witnessed in an American President on foreign soil.  Hence where many in the US press are waxing eloquent about the success of Trump’s parley with the Arabs, I am reminded of the old radio detective “Mr. Chameleon.”  If I had to characterize the gathering I’d sum it up as a meeting between the Joker and the thieves.

Dead Men Standing!
Trump Closing Ranks with the Sunni Tyrants

Anyone who wishes to take the time to read my essays on the Invasion of Iraq – see “The Prophetic Commentary on Iraq,” The Arab Spring, “Sleeping in the Same Bed Dreaming Different Dreams, or the 12 essays on the Occupy Wall Street Movement, especially “Will Wall Street Rebels End up Like Jack the Bear” – will recognize that they now read like PROPHECY!  I point this out not to merely boast about my prescient powers, but to offer a good reason why you should take the prediction I am offering now seriously.

I am certain that when future historian examines the results of the policies Trump announced on this trip, they will conclude that its main affect was to help solidify and grow the Jihadist movement.  I say this because – as Professoe Luther P. Gerlach pointed out in his seminal study of mass movements “People,Power, Change” – the most powerful stimulus to a mass transformative movement for change is a real and clearly identifiable enemy who opposes their goals.  Hence I predict that the open embrace of Trump – whom many on the “Arab Street” view as the great Satan – by the tyrannical Arab regimes, will prove to be a colossal blunder that could exceed that of the Bush invasion of Iraq!

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Witness Trump’s Speech at the Saudi Summit
https://youtu.be/BoYDP2cWH-A
Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
May 28, 2017
 

 

 

 

Arabian Knights

Posted in Barack's Second Inaugaration, On Donald Trump, On Foreign Affairs, On War and Peace in the Mid East!, Trump and the Arabs with tags , on May 21, 2017 by playthell

Donnie Dancing with the Sheiks

 Building Mid-East Policy on Sinking Desert Sands

The Donald’s moves in the Saudi Sword dance were as awkward and out of step as his evolving Middle East policy. Which is a lot like building your castle on sinking sands.  If the paramount objective of US policy in the region is to promote peace, Trump could not have made a worse beginning.  Alas, the House of Saud, whose 3000 princes control everything and own most of the vast wealth created from oil revenues is one of the world’s most corrupt, anti-democratic regimes.  And unless you happen to believe that “Allah” bequeathed his “gift” of oil to the Royal Family the Saudi regime is also a kleptocracy.

It is a regime with a medieval conception of the relation of the people to the monarchy and the official religion, and it is enforced with the iron fist of the police state – all things that Englishmen in America overthrew in a war with their mother country Great Britain in the 18th century that created the United States!   And while Donald Trump genuflects before the Arabian King, his regime is widely despised by many of the King’s subjects, as well as militant young Muslims throughout the Middle East.  I believe that this Newfound relationship with the House of Saud will prove more costly to the US than it is worth.

For instance, Trump was practically giddy about signing a deal with the corrupt Saudi regime for 110 billion dollars and he says the Saudis have pledged to spend another 300 billion dollars in the US.  And while the US quietly sold even more weapons to the Saudi’s under the eight years of the Obama Administration – due to the long standing US-Saudi alliance – Trump’s slavish genflection before the King of a regime that is hated by both the secular progressive forces and the Islamic Jihadist among the Sunnis, while expressing hostile intent toward Iran, the giant Shiite nation who share a border with the Saudis, is a prescription for armed conflict throughout the mid-east region and we have yet to see what he will promise the Israelis.

Donnie Genuflecting Before the Tyranical Saudi King

Selling American Integrity for Petro dollars

After signing the arms deal Trump turned to the camera and announced that it would create “JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!   However that is problematic since the Saudi’s want many of these Americans weapons to be manufactured in Arabia. Yet it is a good bet that showering arms on the reactionary Saudi’s with no restrictions on their use could ignite a wider war than we have yet seen in the Middle-East.  And it will surely involve direct engagement of US forces in a war that could pit the US against Iran and all the anti-Saudi forces in the Sunni world, including anti-royalists’ insurgents within Saudi Arabia!   In this scenario, the 400 billion dollars that the Saudi’s have pledged to spend in the US will prove to be chump change when we subject it to a cost/benefit analysis.

We need only consider the fact that the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the war of choice in Iraq, is projected to cost a total of four trillion dollars by a Noble Prize winning economist at Columbia University.  To put this enormous sum in perspective, it is twice the amount of money that the American Society of Civil Engineers estimated it would have cost to completely rebuild the entire infrastructure of the US: roads, bridges, power grid, create a high-speed train system, etc.  And it is four times the paltry trillion dollars that Trump has request for infrastructure development. Trump has asked for.  Alas, the war that could result from the US arming the backward House of Saud with advanced US weaponry will make the conflict spawned by the invasion of Iraq look like a dress rehearsal for the real thing.

On the eve of America’s invasion of Iraq I wrote a 3,000 word critical essay titled “The Iraq Attack: Bushes March of Folly,” warning against the aggressive action and pointing out that it was based on a bogus analysis of the role Iraq supposedly played in the 9/11 attack on US soil.  That essay now reads like prophecy and can be read on this cite under the title: “The Prophetic Commentary on Iraq” at https://commentariesonthetimes.me/2009/08/07/the-prophetic-commentary-on-iraq/.

My careful analysis of the real reason for the Iraq invasion, How the Iraq War Was spawned in a Think Tank,” can also be read on this cite at https://commentariesonthetimes.me/2011/05/06/the-iraq-war-was-spawned-in-a-think-tank/.  Furthermore, my essays on the Arab Spring, which were written in real time as events unfolded, are also posted on this site under different titles, are full of accurate predictions.  Hence, I have a solid and easily verifiable record of analysis and prediction of developing conflicts Middle East.

I have cited my record of successful prediction in the turbulent Mid-East not to brag, but to point out why you should pay attention to what I am saying on the present issue.  And my paramount point here is to say that the direction American foreign policy is taking under the puppet President Donald Trump should be question not applauded, and anxiety not jubilation is the proper response to it.  After all, despite the attempt at an instant makeover, Trump is a clueless buffoon with no independent understanding of the critical issues in the Middle-East.  In truth, he is an embarrassing ignoramus and pugnacious anti-muslim bigot who just a few weeks ago was advocating killing he families of terrorists – which would have included several prominent Saudi families such as the Bin Ladins, who are very close to the Royal Families.

So what is the reason why Trump is being embraced by the House of Saud?  Well, Trump is interested in making big arms deals with the Saudi’s without any moral restraints on how or where they are deployed, and he is foolishness enough to wade into an 1800 year old conflict between the Sunnis and Shiites based on an obscure theological dispute. President Barack Obama, a brilliant and highly moral man with an in-depth understanding of the complex problems of the Middle-East, who had promised those of us who voted for him to withdraw American forces from the region, did impose moral constraints on US dealings with the Saudi’s and pursued a more balanced policy in the region to the extent that vital American interests would allow.

The difference between President Obama’s knowledge of the critical contemporary issues and their historical evolution, and Trump’s ignorance of them, explains why Trump’s first trip to the Middle East was to Saudi Arabia and President Obama went to Egypt. For a better understanding of this see: “Of All the Places in the Muslim World, Why Egypt” at https://commentariesonthetimes.me/2009/09/17/of-all-the-places-in-the-muslim-world/. Just as Bush’s failure to understand the issues around the historical reasons why Osama bin Ladin and Saddam Hussein could not possibly be allies, caused him to buy a rationale for the disastrous invasion of Iraq.  And Trump’s ignorance of the history and present conflicts in the Middle East threatens to lead us into an even wider war into the region.

A gaggle of TV talking heads are making much of how well Trump and the Saudi Royals are hitting it off.  But there is no mystery here, it can be summed up in the old addage: “Birds of a feather flock together.”  The House of Trump and the House of Saud have a lot in common.  Both revere unchecked power and a disdain for a free press, independnt courts, and protest from the people.

Both Trump and the Saudi Royals worship personal wealth, dwell in vulgar opulence without a care for the impoverished multitudes beyond self-serving lip service, and both view women as basically the property of men.  And both want to keep America on a petroleum based economy.  In view of these realities, it is wise to view “The Donald’s” diplomacy with a jaundiced eye: skepticism not jubliation should guide our conclusions.

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The Vulgar Opulence of The House of Saud

 

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How the King’s Subjects Live

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The House of Trump

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Trump’s Voters

She believes Donald Trump is her Savior

But other Poor Folks know better!

Detroit: The Decaying Post Industrial City

Urban Warriors: The Boggs Institute:

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Watch Donnie Do the Sword Dance with Saudi Shieks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f35TUFmCtYY
 Watch Trump Sing the 110 Billion Arms Deal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0Vu6djvsPk
Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
May 21, 2017

PUTIN’S PUSSY???

Posted in On Donald Trump with tags , , , , on May 11, 2017 by playthell

Trump Recieves Putin’s Messenger in the Oval Office

The Decision of Donald Trump, “The Insane Clown President” of the USA – as the crack reporter Matt Taibbi properly labeled him in his book by that name – has once again demonstrated what a clueless, megalo-maniacal, fool that he is!  The day after firing FBI Director James Comey – following his request to the Justice Department for more resources to investigate whether Trump’s campaign operatives colluded with the Russians to subvert our presidential elections in order to defeat Hillary Clinton – he invites Putin’s surrogates into the Oval Ofice.

And to add insult to injury the insane clown bars the American press while allowing entry to the Russian Press.  It is such an absurd move, a chance to embarrass the hated journalist of his own country which he misses no opportunity to iusult.  Hence the photographs that you see here were shot by RUSSIANS!!!!

This kind of outrageous behavior bespeaks a degree of hubris that is hard to match in the history of American politics, and is an invitation to disaster for his presidency. This is because this outrageous decision by Trump has already set tongues to wagging about whether “The Donald” is actually a Putin surrogate. Inquiring minds want to know!

The Russian Invaders

Russians Invade the Oval Office at Trump’s Invitation

The question at the top of EVERYBODY’S list is what is the source of Putin’s power over Trump? Rumor has it that the Russian intelligence agencies have photograph’s of “The Donald” recieving Golden showers from Russian whores during his visit to Russia when staging a beauty peagent! If these rumors are true – and he was a WILD AND CRAZY GUY back in the day – then that would explain why he behaves like Putin’s Pussy. And as tawdry as this explanation is, it beats the orther explanation for his actions toward Russia: He is the Kremlin’s candidate.

Alas, just as Shakespeare warned in Hamlet: “There’s a rottening in Denmark,” something smells to high heaven in Trumps Washington. If Trump’s behavior regarding Russia is innocent, then he is the dumbest MOFO in America!!!! Which leaves no doubt that he is far too stupid to be our President. When stupidity is combineD with arrogance and egomania we have a very toxic cocktail indeed….and if left unchecked it could bring the deth of our democracy.
An autocrat moulded in the panelled offices of corporate plutocrats, where CEO’s are dictators, Trump is unsuited by personality and experience to deal with checks on his power. Hence, instead of recognizing that his ass is in a ditch and he ought to stop digging, he continues dig the ditch even deeper….it is becoming so deep he might not be able to climb out and his increasingly moribund presidency might well be buried there.

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The saddest thing about this whole Trump/Russian affair is that there is no foreign power in the world that the US needs to maintain friendly relations with more than Russia.  In fact, I have written that the sole identifible virtue in Trump’s political posture is that he has refused to be stampeded into adopting and promoting the traditional anti-Russian attitude that is a persistent theme in American politics; an attitude that is approaching a collective hysteria.  In fact, the only thing that I can think of that would be worse than Trump’s fawning attitude toward Putin’s Russia, is if he held a belligerent attitude towards them.

For those who read my commentaries on a regular basis, it is old news that I believe our traditional hostility toward the Russians is both unecissary and extremely dangerous due to the vast nuclear arsenals both nation’s posesses.  I is also no secret that I believe American expansion into Eastern Europe via NATO, and the recruiting of former members of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact into this western military alliance is a form of clear American aggression against Russia. Hence I welcomed Trump’s vocal scepticism about the role of NATO, his empathy for Putin’s position, and his dismissal of the bogus, dangerous claim of “American Exceptionalism.”

But all of that was before the Russians hacked our election to help Trump win.  Although I do not think this is the worse transgression in the history of international relations – Americans have done far worse on numerous occasions – and should be treated as a reality check, a warning to up our game, I do care a lot about the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency and the extent to which the Russians helped bring it about.

I am also appalled and shocked by the indifference right-wing so-called “patriots” have show toward this Russian transgression.  It is clear that they have placed the narrow ideological concerns of the Grand Obstructionist Party over the fate of our nation.  To my mind their behavior  borders on treason!  And Trump’s firing of the FBI Director who was leading the investigation into the extent of collusion between Republican operatives and Russian intelligence forces in tryng to rig our presidential elections only increases the stench of treason in the air.

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Playthell G.Benjamin
Harlem, New York
May, 1 2017