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Jimmy Dore’s line about being called a grifter - “that’s right, I’m in the pocket of Big Peace”.

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Those of us living in the US have no right to condemn other countries. We live in a country that was founded on stealing, lying, war mongering, and colonizing, and we are still doing it to this very day. Anyone who thinks we live in a free country quite obviously has no idea of what freedom really is. I am also so tired of the people who are sleepwalking through life and continually buying into the mainstream narrative. Are they blind? Do they not see the prices of everything going up? The rising epidemic of homelessness? The state of perpetual fear and endless wars? The current, western way of life is so psychopathic and destructive that it beggars belief that people actually want others to have this way of life.

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Aug 27, 2022·edited Aug 27, 2022

Morals of a Einsatzgruppen Commander, no not bad enough. Morals of a Southern Baptist Preacher, nope, nope. Morals of a K-Street Consultant, sheesh, nothing seems disgusting enough. Aha! Of Course! John McCain had the shite morals and trail of evil of a John McCain!

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There are situations/incidents/reactions so ridiculous they make any serious response incoherent.

What, you're supposed to mumble homilies, bow the head on the anniversary of the death of a heartless murderer? Does death nullify all evil? Wipe the slate? George W. Bush seems to think so, but that's an easy way out, and a bad example to other mass murderers and their applauders. The dead have not been raised, and will not be. Their relatives and neighbours are perhaps still around, and they haven't forgotten. Neither should we.

And anyone who thinks taking insults and threats from idiots because you must stand up for your convictions against evil systems passed off as inevitable and just- is an easy way to make

a few bucks - doesn't live on planet Earth: it is the liars, truth benders, exploiters and manipulators who have it easy. Those cowards who ingratiate themselves with the "powerful," and have no conscience to speak of, although they speak of high principles and superior morals and values, all the time.

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Personally, I find it rather disgusting to celebrate the dead the way Hilary did on television, and a few other disgusting politians, and if anybody died who should have died, remember that they were children once themselves and someone made them very sick. Every evil that happens in this world is the result of good people not having the guts to stand up against it, John was a tragic failure of a human being that anyone supported him, shows how many other failures there are in our society. We should concentrate on cleaning up the sickness rather than celebrating the dead.

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What, we're not supposed to sing "Ding dong the witch is dead!" anymore?

The only problem is that focusing John on McCain doesn't fix the system that gave us McCain. The old creep tipped over and the system never so much as skipped a beat.

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Hi Caitlin,

Thanks for your morning shot of clarity and sanity about the world we live in today. Actually, this world is terrifying beyond words. We may not have to worry about drastic climate change with all this cavalier talk about 'winning" a nuclear war. I'm a nuclear physicist and I studied how nuclear radiation can affect and slowly kill a person - witness that Russian agent in the UK slowly dying of radioactive Polonium poisoning a few years ago.

The "empire" is on its last legs, Caitlin, you and I and Chris Hedges know this. It's scrambling for all it's worth to prevent its demise, even if it takes down the whole world with it. The coup d'etat that took place in the US on November 22, 1963, has led to where we and the world are today. JFK was truly the last non- war criminal president we ever had. Yes, he and his brother were following the dictates of the empire in harassing Castro with exploding cigars and other foolish activities, while he was establishing a line of communication with Fidel - secretly, of course, and exchanging letters with Khrushchev in an attempt to end the cold war that mass murderer, Truman, began after WWII. Both JFK and Khrushchev knew how dangerous their secret talks were, and which ended in Dealy Plaza with an assassin's bullet shot from the grassy knoll.

Thank you for bringing to our attention the crimes of empire aided and abetted by John McCain and so many others in the name of the US empire. The "chickens are coming home to roost" as Malcolm X opined on the murder of JFK. His insight applies to the terror we all face today.

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Interesting you mention the "rehabilitation of George Bush". I have been saying this for years in anger. I remember seeing him on the news with his yellow pancho in the rain sitting in between Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. Trump was in office at the time and Bush became a coddled teddy bear. We were supposed to forget about the war crimes under his administrarion, i.e., "weapons of mass destruction ploy" to take us into the Iraq war and the "rebuilding" of Iraq which never took place. We sent a few consultants there under Haliburton and the promises were never fulfilled by The Masters Of War except for $$$$ pockets.

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I always enjoy reading Caitlin's perspectives even when I disagree with her. In this case, it's so bizarre to see anyone engage in the "Pointing to Another Wrong" Fallacy: If I don't like the war in Ukraine, and support Caitlin's ideas there, then I'm just supposed to ignore the 400,000,000 forced abortions in China, and the endless censorship and mass murder that regime has engaged in. I'm supposed to let "China do China."

No. Evil is evil. Period. I don't have to adhere to obvious fallacies of reasoning to like any author.

Even so, even when Caitlin is being inexplicable, she is often brilliant about how everything coming out of the governments and complicit media is simply propaganda. I've learned a lot in reading about 100 articles from her. For that: thank you, Caitlin.

If you don't like the uni-party, like me, I recommend Tucker Carlson, Michael Malice, Russell Brand, and many others. My unifying moral ethos centers around maximizing your freedom.

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Dear Caitlin...couldn't agree with you more of the warhawking maverick from Arizona. He is one of those who is sure to have had blood on his hands. Though I have some difficulty with your characterization of those of us who have been lifelong opponents of the American Empire but who, given dire realities, support the fight of the Ukrainians against the neofascist Putin regime, as in league with that same American Empire. What I find you overlook is that some of us cling to the concept of universal human rights and who see the beyond the provocation of the USA and NATO, the kleptocracy that is Russia today and the abandonment of any pretense for standing up for anything beyond the grifting of the ruling elite in league with the despicable Putin. What exactly has Russia gained thus far with the mayhem it has chosen to rain down of the Ukrainian people? No country on the face of the Earth is without some evil people. At least many of the Ukrainians are willing to sacrifice their safety and well being for the sovereignty of their country. Zelensky did not flee. Most of his government did the same. Caitlin, I have some ancestral skin in this game, my grandparents having grown up in Zhytomer and fled Odessa for the USA in 1906 so my grandfather, married and father of two, would not be drafted into the Tsar's army on a mandatory thirty year contract. I take the freedom and the social progress of the Enlightenment more than seriously and now have lived and worked in China for the last 12 years. The betrayal of the Democratic Party in the USA by LBJ and the rest of the neoconservative and then neoliberal donor class was front and center to me from age 17. I have paid a high personal price for being one of the marginalized you referred to, losing friends during the battle for civil rights and for 12 years in the fight against the American invasion of Vietnam. I have embraced you as a treasured fellow traveller in the fight against The Machine but sometimes find it hard to understand your intolerance of those whose concern for the suffering being imposed by Russia on Ukrainian civilians informs their view that the Russian oligarchy must be defeated.

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Very good and very true I believe. I am not, however, convinced China will do better than America. We shall see. If China takes over it will in all likelihood create its own shit show.

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Not disagreeing with your evil empire thesis one bit. I disagree that we should let China be China since China with our help is on the way to exacting revenge on all those who raped China for the past 200 years. Japan, Russia, UK, Germany, and U.S.. Who flooded China with Opium and Why would China want to over supply fentanyl to us? Context, history and past behavior supply the necessary reference points for a successful anticipation of future behavior and events. China’s reading your criticism and taking notes and if you’re right about the worlds most evil empire why wouldn’t China want to take it on?

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We should never celebrate the death of anyone, but we are entitled to feel relieved that McCain can't hurt anyone any more. He was more than nasty...he was batshit crazy, emotionally unstable, a militarist whose commanding officer recommended that he get charged with treason and a willing supporter of the cover up of missing POWs in Vietnam. If he were alive today he'd be egging on war with Russia and China. He was a danger to his country and the world.

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I celebrated his death, happily admit that the man was a lying, worldwide instigator of terrorism and war. McCain and his ilk are a pox on humanity. Now we many more RINO war pushers in congress than ever before. The latest joke I heard was Eye-Patch McCain !

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The US is a glass house and the arrogance of our bureaucrats, politicians, media and too many voters says to the world “we can do what we want to you, so shut up and take it”. The Lack of introspection about the systemic refusal for our policy makers to accept responsibility for past atrocities committed like torture, indiscriminate killing of foreigners and spying on your own citizens is only topped by their response to journalists brave enough to embarrass them. I hope you are right since I inherently believe most people not in power know right from wrong and will ultimately rise up and save the world from the evil we now face. Where is Ray Epps and why isn’t he being held in solitary?

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People who study these things for a living tell us we have 3-5 seconds to keep people from moving on from our posts. I don't know of anyone who spends those 3-5 seconds looking for the F-bomb that will keep them reading, but I know many who will see one and move on. What you have to say is too important to be polluted with things that will repulse fence-sitters who would come over if they could be emotionally engaged—or were not reflexively disengaged—with your substance.

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