Folks, I’ve worked in the spin business, I know what talking points look like.
In response to Kevin “deer in the headlights” McCarthy’s mild statement that the Ukraine won’t get a blank check on his watch…..
…..Quite a number of newspapers and other MSM outlets on both coasts (yes, even the Los Angeles Times), as well as Reuters…..
…..have run, with minor variation, the following arguments:
(1) There is overwhelming bipartisan concensus to keep helping the Ukraine without any strings or limits. Anyone who goes against this is a marginal freak, basically a pedo. Why depart from concensus? It’s so nice to see Dems and “mainstream” Reps agreeing on something. (LOL, they agree on almost everything.)
(2) No matter how much money goes to the Ukraine, it’s chump change compared to the cost of fighting Russia directly.
(3) Anyone who says some aid will be misdirected because the Ukraine is corrupt (which all MSM agreed on before 2022) is a Putin stooge. Same goes for those who warn of a nuclear war. Such views are outside the scope of acceptable discourse.
(4) All responsible, respectable people…..
…..including but not limited to Brandon, beloved GOP mega-superstars Mike Pence and Adam Kinzinger, the Prime Minister of Estonia, and the folks at the German Marshall Fund (which lobbies for keeping the U.S. military in Europe, so that Germany doesn’t have to spend much on its own army)…..
…..all say what I laid out in (2) and (3), above.
(They also say the Ukraine is very important to the world order and U.S. standing in the world. Listen to the Estonian when he asks, why would any U.S. politician jeopardize the order?)
You know, if I had never been involved in the spin business, I’d say these talking points all came from the same source.
But since I’ve been involved in the spin business, I can see plainly, all these talking points came from the same source.
Who’s the source?
Could be the Ukraine’s PR firm (a registered foreign agent) in Washington, DC.
Could be some military-industrial lobby group. Could be the PR firm working together with the lobby group.
What’s really funny, is how many outlets quoted the Estonian leader.
The quotes are not all identical, the various media are obviously picking what they like…
…..But they all cite the same person… who is not exactly well-known in the USA… or anywhere.
Are you following?
Do you think multiple U.S outlets all called Estonia for a statement?
At more-or-less the same time?
(LOL, Estonia? Why not Germany or France?)
No, they did not pick up the phone. The statement was GIVEN to the Ukraine’s PR agent in DC (or whoever)…..
…..then, rolled into a fact sheet a.k.a. talking points, and “widely distributed.”
Basically, the fact sheet became the “story.” At every outlet that ran it.
Yes, journalists are fucking lazy. Who knew?
I mean, we thought they were all on the beat, hitting the street, like Peter Parker!
This is not what I learned from reading comic books!
I don’t know if I can ever look at Metropolis the same way again.
Do you see what’s going on?
McCarthy is getting put in his place by agents (de jure or de facto) of a foreign government.
And it’s not even the nicest government.
The tail is wagging the dog.
OK, so what are Republicans going to do about it?
I’ve already beaten this horse to death. They got in line, bought the Ukraine, own it and must eat it. No returns!
The Ukraine is all the Democrats have today. Everything else is going to shit. Every time Republicans will try to focus on “their agenda” in 2023 (assuming they win)…..
…..Something will come up with the Ukraine. You heard it here first!!!
Is there anything to be done?
Well, a group of House Democrats, referred to as “the Squad”, have now expanded into a platoon, with 30 signatures on a letter going to Brandon’s people…..
…..saying that while they won’t interfere with mo’ money for the Ukraine…..
…..They’d like to see the USA negotiate with Russia directly…..
…..instead of Uncle Sam’s current position, which can be summed up as:
“We’ll let our wholly-owned, bought-and-paid-for, demented brainless Ukraine sock puppet dummy gimp doll-on-a-leash, decide for itself, if it wants to work things out with Russia, while we sit over here and pretend we don’t know nothin’, not involved, humm humm dee ho!”
Folks, it has come to my attention that AOC is a retard. But, most of these people are smart enough, and their staff are smart.
In fact, these must be the smartest people in Congress.
Instead of ahem ahem, farting and coughing (with no organization, forethought, or discipline) about maaaaybe not writing a blank check for the Ukraine…..
…..when obviously that big phat check will be written regardless…..
…..they aim to change the paradigm, get us out of the box.
Probably, they want to be seen as budding young foreign policy leaders, seeing as all others have failed miserably.
Perhaps they also sense the USA will have much bigger problems, soon.
Not surprisingly, the Amazon Post is handling their statement with kid gloves. The Post found some expert at a thinktank I’ve never heard of, to say nice things about it. No Estonians.
Well, what can you expect?
Not only are they soooo darling precious, but they’re not actually threatening any Narrative or Gravy Train.
That’s really the best we can expect for now.
Perhaps, Republicans should sign on?
MAGA Walks A Fine Line
Trump was a longtime (like, decades and decades) Democrat-aligned donor.
For most of his career, he contributed nothing to Republicans (at least, not outside of New York, and I’m not even sure about that.)
Then, he hijacked the structures of the Republican party to get nominated and elected.
He was elected narrowly (lost the popular vote by a wide enough margin) using a novel strategy, appealing to the Rust Belt.
Perhaps through no effort, just because of the phenomenon, he also appealed to Alex Jones listeners and other strange people…..
…..who were/are not Republicans, or conservatives, or even (under normal circumstances) VOTERS.
He doubled up on that once in office, bringing in Kanye West and a bunch of black comedians (with all-white followings)…..
…..which had ZERO impact on the black vote in 2020.
Every hour spent on that, was a total waste. He should have been out kissing babies.
Out of office, he continued to dilute himself…..
…..backing disgusting neo-RINO phony “Dr. Oz” for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania (who Trump assumes will be loyal to Trump personally, as he has no conservative base)…..
…..and, now MAGA-land is paying for spontaneously ex-Democrat Tulsi Gabbard to crisscross the country to campaign for “MAGA candidates”…..
…..obviously setting her up as a potential vice presidential pick. (I mean, what else does she want?)
As I wrote in my last piece, and as is obvious from reader comments on this blog…..
…..this may bring in a very small number of “Bernie Bro’s” (or disaffected, former Bernie Bro’s”) and other normally-nonvoting types…..
…..as well as—strictly in Gabbard’s case—lonely trucker type, “I’d bang her” scum into the Republican fold…..
…..for about five seconds.
However, if this trend continues (it’s not quite so bad, quite yet), what it’s also guaranteed to do…..
…..is make ACTUAL conservatives (far more numerous than the sliver of Bernie Bro’s who MIGHT vote Republican)…..
…..think twice about backing Trump, or perhaps even the GOP, after 2022.
The shitshow continues.
PS: At least, MAGA got it right in Georgia with Herschel Walker. I don’t know if he is sane, but he certainly appeals strongly to the bulk of the base.
PPS: Of course, Walker, if elected, could go the way of Blackburn and Tuberville. It’s all a crapshoot. And, as I’ve said, politicians won’t save us. But, it would be nice to have some red-blooded Americans on the public scene, to be there to lead us (or at least, talk tough and get us all psyched) on the other side of what’s coming.
GOP Sues Google
The Republican National Committee (RNC) has finally sued Google…..
…..claiming (as I understand it) that Gmail allows their fundraising junk emails to go through, EXCEPT at month-end…..
…..which is supposedly the most lucrative time for fundraising.
Well, I guess they’ve done their research, but that’s not my experience.
In my experience, Gmail blocks almost all of their spam, 30 or 31 days per month…..
…..All 200 to 300 daily messages!
But, then I have to empty my spam folder every day, or I will have an annoying, astronomical number next to it.
And, forget about sifting through spam to see if anything useful got there by accident. Those days are looooong gone.
Yes, as a former donor, I get up to 300 daily fundraising spams from the Republicans.
I’ve tried to unsubscribe to… I dunno, a few hundred… but it’s hopeless.
I side with Google on this one.
If the RNC’s story is true, it is UNACCEPTABLE that Google allows Republicans to harass its Gmail account holders for 20-some days a month.
ALL of this trash should be suppressed.
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What do you make of the 101st Airborne going in and the dirty bomb the Ukes might set off to enable the US Military to make it’s move after a media lie barrage….
The 101st isn’t going to do anything. The entire division did not deploy to Romania, just the 2nd Brigade Combat Team which is roughly 4700 troops. They deployed last June as part of a scheduled rotation with the 82nd Airborne Division. Do you think 4700 light infantry troops are going to put some whoop ass on the Russians? They’ve been in Romania for 4 months. Why is this just now being reported? PR spin to make Brandon look tough.
The dirty bomb story is just noise. Not going to happen (IMO). But if it does……….
Right. Got it. Nothing to see here, folks. Keep moving. The intent of the 101st is to prevent The Allies from capturing Odessa and land locking their cash machine. Today’s 101st wouldn’t stand a chance in a conventional war against the Russian military.
Thanks for your report on this. So summer camp in Romania – sounds like fun.
Like your no nonsense style.
Just as they forced Russia into invading Ukraine with the tactical nuke at Hostomel which the Russians captured with that raid. We are watching Jeremiah 51 unfold as there are no urinals on the navy ships starting with the USS Ford. 30 The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken. Thus the WOKE military agenda was fortold 2,500 years ago. Read what God told Duduman in 86.
McCarthy will do whatever the establish neo-cons tell him – he doesn’t exactly come off as a touch independent leader – If he stood up and said “that’s it, no more money to Ukraine, we need to focus on alleviating struggling Americans first (sic)” – he would attract more Dems to vote R than Tulsie ever will – of course he would have to actually follow through as well.
Hi Jacob. It seems to me that the US lawmakers are quite happy to throw money left, right and centre, but not at home. Strange bunch. On the other hand, how far will Russia go: Odessa -Krivog Rog – Kharkov line. Or, given that they are defacto fighting combined West, will they say: ‘To hell with it, enough pussyfooting around this Z guy. We are all in, come what may?’
Thanks for reminding and flagging what we SHOULD already know about the parties being Siamesed at the Hip: I am 71, and believe it might even have been before I was born that notorious Dixiecrat George Wallace condemned the Democrats and Republicans with one short sentence: “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference.”
No real Americans back “the GOP” which is simply a grift for the gullible, as your spam folder proves.
No real Americans back the Democrat plantation which is simply a grift for the plantation shareholders.
All real Americans support Trump or whomever Trump chooses to grace with his endorsement.
Trump might actually be smart to choose Tulsi, being as she has disavowed the plantation.
PS: Another jewel — “Amazon Post” – just beautiful.
And — Trump should just retire or — try for Congress to become the Speaker of the House — that would be a brutal entertainment for corrupt Democrats… ;-))
Oh, that would be delicious!
LMAO’ed at least five times reading through the post. You, sir, are raising the bar too high! Will you be able to keep up with it? Так держать!
I am glad you made the point about the tail wagging the dog and connected it to the Ukrainian PR machine’s control over the auto-pilot MSM (hopefully my reading comprehension skills interpreted that correctly), the Alex Jones crowd gives way to much credit to the “elites” when they characterise their actions as a grand master plan that was drawn up in the 60s by a globalist cabal. The Zelensky regime is also given to much leeway when painted as an obedient puppet of Uncle Sam. Yes he knows where his bread is buttered but he is constantly cooking up his own hare-brained schemes to milk more funding from the west and the lazy media are all to willing to parrot his talking points so as to beat the deadline on their Zelensky piece before moving onto their daily Musk clickbait article. So much like the korona narrative in which the press picked their side and continued to ride the train no matter how bat-shit crazy it got, they will also ride the Kiev Express all the way to end of the line.
I think the deep state’s offramp in Ukraine will be to goad China to move on Taiwan, and once again they will have no plan on how to reign in the fallout from that clusterfuck but hey, the MIC will make bank and the collective west will be drawn further into the American bosom so who cares.
OMG….. The U.S. idiots are so desperate now….all rhe money. Weapons and Ukrainian lives lost…..U.S. will SAY ANYTHING!!! Blinken and Sullivan along with Austin entire careers on the Line if Russia wins this horrific war!!!
So right, Serena.
I wonder whether that alone is a good enough reason, even though extremely tenuous, to get the Dems out. New cabinet, possible off-ramp?
New cabinet? Gonna have to wait till 2025 for that.
Excellent summary and forecast. We are done. Stick a fork in us. A fitting end for this corrupt empire. As a country we have become morally abominable. May God have mercy on us as he pours out his cup of judgement. We have only just begun to drink from it. May we turn from our perversions and greedy
I just hope to be out of the US before the beatdown comes from God or the Russians. Or both.
Absolutely all my nerve ends are most firing QQ!!!
Excellent summary but I would like you to look at the current anti American sentiment now brewing in Europe and provide an opinion in the long term.
The people of Europe despise their elected American owned officials and their corrupt system of war criminality.
Greater and greater numbers are focussing that anger on Americans and their grubby corporate bankrupt trash.
The days of Europeans buying US treasury bonds increasing their national debt have gone and the American puppet governments now can’t walk the streets without humiliation and insult.
When America is defeated in Ukraine and Taiwan in the next five years the impact on the nation will be catastrophic as it may have to pay the $31-$50Tn back or watch bank default on a scale that makes the Great Depression look like a little bubble.
Imagine US Defence spending being reduced to $40Bn, similar to Russias, to see what the impact is on a nation built on mass murder and war crimes.
At some point the corrupt flea country club ivy university mass murdering puppets of the swamp oligarchs will suddenly realise their oligarch deviant satanic masters have left to their non extradition islands with their pension money.
There are no patriots in America just cowards watching mass murder and corruption by the most corrupt disgusting devIant perverted scum since the nazi regime.
It’s not going to end well.
still say the wild card is millions of “refugees” flooding into the EU
Hi Jacob. Appreciate your highlighting the possibility that ‘in fact these must be the smartest people in Congress’ … collectively I guess … and for bringing up this piece of (the) Ukraine related news. Just read it in FT. An interesting development … unexpected for an observer in Moscow like myself with little understanding of how ‘spin business’ works — but was it a surprise for US and DC based observers? A surprise for you specifically?
Man I am too zonked out to be surprised. Just reacting to the news torrent like a kayaker in a tsunami.
If the Collective West are in this war for as long as it takes, what is going to happen when Russia take the whole of Ukraine? Russia are in this for the long run also.
GOP victory will be hollow. They’re gonna get blamed for the Biden Recession beginning on November 9, and they can’t outspend Dems on “stimulus” which everyone will demand.
Pubs & Cons need to get off the Zelensky donkey yesterday..
There is no point in resisting recession social stimulus spending with military defense MIC stimulus spending. Ronald Reagan is long gone and the times are different.. Look what just happened to Liz Truss when she cut taxes and beefed Ukie defense spending.
They didn’t get rid of the banker bonuses!
How are they supposed to do that?
“Such views are outside the scope of acceptable discourse.”
Don’t worry about politicians in DC, they matter as much as Nero did while Rome burned. Good luck to you and your family.
Brilliant take on the “platoon”. They (or their advisers) are clearly smart enough to have deduced that the appropriations for the MIC and the associated political donations are the real purpose of the war. They are the end and the war is the means. Not the other way round. “Peace with strength” might just be a winning theme to spin.
A lot of that money will be misdirected even before it reaches Ukraine.
I think the Estonian prime minister will receive a high position in NATO, maybe she will replace Stoltenberg, and that’s why they have to make her known to the public opinion. Probably just PR. She is a woman, she most likely speaks Russian and she is crazy, but at the same time an empty suit, so she’s perfect for the job. Our president, Iohannis (by “our” I refer to Romanians), tries the same thing, by being increasingly “tough on Russia”, but the poor guy doesn’t get that he is seen as a useless armchair by pretty much all people from Washington and Brussels.
The level of government’s Russophobia in the Baltic states is probably the highest in the world, outside Ukraine of course, and it is pretty much a job description for a position in NATO or EU, so yeah, she a good candidate 🙂
How do things in/with Moldova look from the Romanian perspective now?
Like the guys working at Lou Grant’s newspaper Jacob. All journalists are just like that.😝
I don’t know if you ever got to look at this show, you arrived in the US much later I think.
But this is the mythology; and sadly so, it is mythology.
But if ever existed, it’s going down the drain along with a lot of other aspects of a marginal (perhaps) but fatal d-amount of quality, that supported a different society. With horrible flaws, but yet standing.
Now, it stands no more.
Well… i still have this mad fantasy of a 1940s man in a fedora hat… with a notepad… and he is a journalist. Hahaha.
I’m a simple soul. Every time I read a Dreizin report, I realize this. At least you have the courtesy to not beat around the bush. Really refreshing. I sometimes feel like a zen student suddenly slapped on the back by a zen master. Well, I continue with my simple life, I’ll keep on trying to be a good human, and I’ll keep on trying not to hate all these fuckers.
Just to concur, and give my sympathies to a fellow past Republican donor who is now inundated with hundreds of Republicans looking for donations. My spam folder is overloaded and those that do slip through, are quickly trashed. Gmail allows some of them to slip into my inbox. Hotmail, on the other hand, is ruthless. None slip through.
Jacob, I know you’re busy, but any new videos coming soon?
the “progressives’ ” letter for “diplomacy” in Ukraine is really fucked up:
“Every war ends with diplomacy, and this one will too AFTER UKRAINIAN VICTORY.”
That’s not the letter, that’s today’s retraction to the letter. Yeah, nuts.
The letter is not even current. From what I read, they wrote and signed it way back in June and then just sat on it.
That’s the “walking it back” spin, yes.
‘Lonely trucker type’ – “I’d bang her.” That is hysterical and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve already heard that. An ambitious wolf in a Halloween costume.
The only meaningful action that would allow real MAGA agendas to happen in CONgress is to get rid of McCarthy and McTurtle as leaders in the House and Senate after Nov 8.
Next MUST be to disband FBLies and CIa. As the case with all communist tyrans around the world, they need corrupt forces to stand on. Cutting off their limps will lead to their total collapse.
Next would be dissolve DC district so that it cannot function as a “Democrat Vatican” in USA. One only looks at Jan/6 prisoners and understand the case.
Disbanding FBLies and CIa means disbanding evil Democrat Party.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do it. and watch out for brutal bloody reactions from FBLies, CIa and DOJ for their survival.
If MAGA not doing it then they will pay with hefty price.
Wow, it all seems rather easy and straightforward, from your clear vantage point in… where are you writing from, Switzerland, Sweden?