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Bernardo de La Paz

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Member since: Fri Jul 16, 2004, 10:36 PM
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Lived most of my adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Left a piece of my heart there.

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Origins of the term October Surprise; Election AND 52 American lives hung in the balance

Alleged chronology (Wikipedia)
March 1980: Jamshid Hashimi, international arms dealer, is visited by William Casey (Reagan/Bush Campaign manager) at Washington's Mayflower Hotel, who asks that a meeting be arranged with "someone in Iran who had authority to deal on the hostages".
March 21, 1980: Jamshid Hashimi and his brother Cyrus Hashimi meet at the latter's home.
April 1980: Donald Gregg, a U.S. National Security Council aide with connections to George Bush, meets Cyrus Hashimi in New York's Shazam restaurant, near Hashimi's bank. Former Iranian President Abolhassan Banisadr said in his 1991 book My Turn to Speak that he had "proof of contacts between Khomeini and the supporters of Ronald Reagan as early as the spring of 1980.... Rafsanjani, Beheshti, and Ahmed Khomeini played key roles."
Last week of July 1980: At a meeting in Madrid arranged by the Hashimi brothers that includes Robert Gray, a man identified as Donald Gregg, and Mahdi Karrubi, William Casey says that if Iran could assure that American hostages were well treated until their release and were released as a "gift" to the new administration, "the Republicans would be most grateful and 'would give Iran its strength back.'" Karrubi says he has "no authority to make such a commitment."
About August 12, 1980: Karrubi meets again with Casey, saying Khomeini has agreed to the proposal. Casey agrees the next day, naming Cyrus Hashimi as middleman to handle the arms transactions. More meetings are set for October. Cyrus Hashimi purchases a Greek ship and commences arms deliveries valued at $150 million from the Israeli port of Eilat to Bandar Abbas. According to CIA sources, Hashimi receives a $7 million commission. Casey is said to use an aide named Tom Carter in the negotiations.
September 22, 1980: Iraq invades Iran.
Late September 1980: An expatriate Iranian arms dealer named Hushang Lavi claims he met with Richard V. Allen, the Reagan campaign's national security expert, Robert "Bud" McFarlane, and Lawrence Silberman, and discussed the possible exchange of F-4 parts for American hostages, but Lavi says they asserted they "were already in touch with the Iranians themselves". (Silberman, Allen, and McFarlane deny they met with Lavi, but reporter Robert Parry obtained a copy of Lavi's 1980 calendar after Lavi's death, which corroborated the Iranian's account.)
October 15–20: Meetings are held in Paris between emissaries of the Reagan/Bush campaign, with Mr. William Casey as "key participant", and "high-level Iranian and Israeli representatives".
October 21: Iran, for reasons not explained, abruptly shifts its position in secret negotiations with the Carter administration and disclaims "further interest in receiving military equipment".

October 21–23: Israel secretly ships F-4 fighter-aircraft tires to Iran, in violation of the U.S. arms embargo, and Iran disperses the hostages to different locations.
January 20, 1981: Hostages are formally released into United States custody after spending 444 days in captivity. The release takes place just minutes after Ronald Reagan is sworn in as president.

Taking their cue from the President, House Republicans threatened to block continued funding for the inquiry unless the Democrats agreed that Bush had not gone to Paris. Although Bush’s alibi for the key weekend of Oct. 18-19, 1980, was shaky, with details from his Secret Service logs withheld and with supposedly corroborating witnesses contradicting each other, the Democrats agreed to give Bush what he wanted.

A BAC 111 aircraft, which had been reconfigured to carry a sufficient amount of fuel to travel 3,600 miles, left Andrews Air Force Base in the late afternoon of October 19, 1980. The aircraft's destination: Paris, France. The Passengers aboard the aircraft included the command pilot U.S. Navy Captain Gunther Russbacher, Richard Brenneke and Heinrick Rupp, on the flight deck; and in the cabin was William Casey, soon to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Donald Greggs, soon to be the ambassador to South Korea; and George Bush, the future Vice President and President of the United States and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. There were also Secret Service agents aboard the aircraft.

This is the weekend - three weeks before the November 1980 Presidential Election, that Bush has claimed he spent at Andrews Air Force Base.

Testifying to this flight is Russbacher, the pilot. The Navy pilot is currently at Terminal Island, a federal prison, awaiting an appeal on a charge of misuse and misappropriation of government properties, misuse of government jets, and misuse of government purchase orders for purchase of fuel. He was also a member of the Office of Naval Intelligence and worked with the Central Intelligence Agency. Russbacher's alias is Robert A. Walker. Russbacher now becomes the second crew member of that flight to testify to this clandestine episode that may have changed the politics of this nation and which has been labeled the "October Surprise". Brenneke was upheld by a Federal jury when he testified about the flight. After his testimony he was charged by the Federal Government with perjury, but a Federal jury acquitted him upholding his testimony that the flight actually took place. The trial was held in Portland, Oregon last year.

Russbacher, in an exclusive interview, states that Bush stayed at the Hotel Crillion in Paris. Russbacher has stated that more than one flight was involved, but that this was the initial flight at which time an agreement was made between Bush and Casey and the Government of Iran to delay the release of American hostages in Iran until after the November 1980 election. Former President Jimmy Carter and several Congressmen are now asking for an investigation into the "October Surprise".

According to Russbacher statements, Bush stayed only a couple of hours. He attended a meeting at the Hotel Crillion and at the Hotel George V. Russbacher, Brenneke, and Rupp stayed at the Hotel Florida. Bush did not return on the same BAC 111 aircraft or return with some of the people he had flown with to Paris, but instead Russbacher flew him back in the SR71. The aircraft was refueled about 1800 to 1900 nautical miles into the Atlantic by a KCl35.

The returning flight with Bush landed at McGuire Air Force base at approximately 2 a.m. on October 20. Russbacher states that Bush, while in Paris, met with Hashemi Rafsanjani, the second in command to the Ayatollah and now the president of Iran, and Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian businessman who was extremely powerful. Arrangements were apparently made to pay Iran $40 million to delay the release of hostages in order to thwart President Jimmy Carter's re-election bid. The $40 million was the beginning of terms that created the Iran-Contra scandal that is now being reopened by Congress.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon Feb 20, 2017, 06:21 PM (1 replies)

Breath deeply. Worry about things you can change, and then do something. Observe the rest.

Maintain calm awareness.

Be poised to shift stance quickly.

Don't fight fears or worries. Whenever fears and worries rush in to overwhelm you, just say to yourself "Oh, hi. You again." Then mentally in your mind open a window and let a breeze waft them away. Direct yourself to something that needs to be done, not as a distraction, but as a way to maintain progress forward.

We will survive. We will persist and persevere.

You, me, DU, Democrats, the USA, this beautiful world. We will persist and triumph together.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sun Feb 19, 2017, 07:17 PM (2 replies)

Trudeau blames corporate elites for rise in global public anger [Wealth inequality]

(emphasis added)

Justin Trudeau is blaming corporate and government leaders for the spike in global anger rocking world politics, warning that low wages and the shift to precarious part-time work is at the heart of why citizens are opposing traditional powers.

Speaking at the St. Matthew’s Day banquet – an elite, black-tie event in Hamburg with a tradition that dates back centuries – the Prime Minister said companies contribute to public anger when they post record profits on the backs of workers who are underpaid and overworked.

“It’s time to pay a living wage, to pay your taxes, and to give your workers the benefits – and peace of mind – that come with stable, full-time contracts."


It is that type of language that has led Mr. Trudeau to be labelled the “anti-Trump,” a term used Friday on the front page of Germany’s Die Welt newspaper. The paper also declared Mr. Trudeau the “sexiest politician alive.”



In my opinion, wealth and income inequality need to be addressed sooner than later or else there are going to be revolutions. The disparities are becoming untenable.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Fri Feb 17, 2017, 10:08 PM (12 replies)

Social and fiscal conservatives hate liberals for two different reasons.

Politics is at least two-dimensional, so the "liberal vs conservative" rhetoric is inadequate on the face of it straight from the get-go.

A further problem is that many people indulge in binary thinking. They view themselves as "pretty good" but think that any liberal must be really very extremely bad because, you know, they're liberal.

Both liberals and conservatives, of all stripes, will fall back to a base of justifying their positions on the basis of Freedom.

Social conservatives hate liberals (especially social liberals) because to varying degrees they think they are decadent condemnable creatures who are leading society to the breakdown of the family, destruction of morals, and to hellfire and brimstone ala Sodom and Gomorrah. Some of them haven't even got to the point of accepting miscegenation (race mixing through marriage).

Fiscal conservatives hate liberals ultimately because of viewing things through the lens of the idea of voluntary versus involuntary charity. To varying degrees, they view government spending on poor people and social causes in any form (like public education) as taking from responsible people and giving it to irresponsible people. They frequently have an exaggerated view of the percentage of income that comfortably well off people spend on charity, or would spend if there were almost no taxes. They also tend to have no clue about the cumulative and synergistic effects of a thousand little disadvantages people might experience growing up and in their lives.

Of course, too many social liberals and fiscal liberals have correspondingly distorted views of conservatives.

Social liberals appeal to individual freedom, personal liberty.

Social conservatives appeal to freedom against the forces of darkness, as they see it.

Fiscal liberals appeal to the freedom from crushing disadvantages, for example FDR's third freedom: freedom from want.

Fiscal conservatives appeal to the personal freedom of giving to charitable causes only as much and in ways a person chooses.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon Dec 26, 2016, 05:42 AM (0 replies)

Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Fri Oct 28, 2016, 12:51 PM (0 replies)

Trump is only the last stage: Nixon --> Gingrich --> Rove --> Palin --> tRump

President Nixon created the polarizing "Southern strategy" and appealed to the "silent majority".

Gingrich introduced scorched earth / take no prisoners politics including the government shutdown.

Rove perfected polarization seeking to obtain a rock solid 51% rather than a shaky 60%.

Palin made incompetent ignorance a Republican common-place.

Donald J tRump, birther con man in chief, keeps digging down to ever more deplorable depths.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon Oct 10, 2016, 01:38 PM (1 replies)

GOP would have to saw off their Rump with a rusty hacksaw.

The traditional GOP has been brow beaten into a corner since the days of Newt Gingrich.

Now they can't get rid of the Ts / Teas / tRumps any easy way.

They surrendered their party to extreme polarization and ignorance and bigotry. They can't get it back.

Their best option is to abandon the Ts en masse and form a new party. Not one of those existing joke and nutty Tea-like "Constitutional" or "Conservative" parties.

The best thing the Democrats can do with a broken GOP (aside from all the obvious things like SCOTUS) would be to put through a new hard-nosed Voting Rights Act, without sunset provisions.

The next thing would be to permanently put state districting in the hands of independent commissions, but that would mostly require winning state Legislatures. That is more likely with Republicans fractured up and down the line and it would be much easier to capture state Legislatures with a new national Voting Rights Act.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon Oct 10, 2016, 08:04 AM (0 replies)

(Check your pocket) 21st century women are not allowed to look like Barbie Dolls?

Check your pocket. It contains 74 year old high tech invented by a Barbie Doll who was 20 years ahead of engineers of her time. And she is not the only highly intelligent woman who has chosen to be very attractive and sexual.

Any woman who chooses to look like a Barbie Doll can't be intelligent and feminist?

You judge books by covers only?

Yeah, you're getting backlash because of your illogical attitudes that also seem to be unenlightened.

At the beginning of World War II, actress (actor, in today's terminology) Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, which used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers. Though the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s, the principles of their work are now incorporated into modern GPS, Wi-Fi, CDMA and Bluetooth technology, and this work led to their being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

But, ... you want to control how she would choose to look and dress.

Lamarr's earliest inventions include an improved traffic stoplight and a tablet that would dissolve in water to create a carbonated drink. The beverage was unsuccessful; Lamarr herself said it tasted like Alka-Seltzer.

With the ongoing World War, Lamarr was inspired to contribute to the war effort, designing a jam-proof radio guidance system for torpedoes. With the help of composer George Antheil, they drafted designs for a new frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum technology that they later patented.

Lamarr and Antheil realized that radio-controlled torpedoes, which could be important in the naval war, could easily be jammed, thereby causing the torpedo to go off course. With the knowledge she had gained about torpedoes from her first husband, and using a method similar to the way piano rolls work, they designed a frequency-hopping system that would continually change the radio signals sent to the torpedo.

Their invention was granted a patent on 11 August 1942 (filed using her married name Hedy Kiesler Markey). Yet, it was technologically difficult to implement, and the U.S. Navy was not receptive to considering inventions coming from outside the military at the time. Only in 1962, at the time of the Cuban missile crisis, did an updated version of their design appear on Navy ships.

Perhaps your technical accomplishments exceed hers?

Your attitudes are those of men and their female collaborators who wish to control the sexuality of women. Women (and men) have every right to be sexually aware and active. But tRump has revealed himself to be a sociopathic predator who takes without permission.

In early 1933, at age 18, she starred in Gustav Machatý's film, Ecstasy (Ekstase in German, Extase in Czech), which was filmed in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Lamarr’s role was that of a neglected young wife married to an indifferent older man. The film became notorious for showing Lamarr's face in the throes of orgasm

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Oct 8, 2016, 04:20 AM (1 replies)

Scrap tax deductions; Only direct Govt payments are accountable and transparent to the public.

The scandal is that the tax system is rigged to give hidden subsidies to the rich and the corporations.

There should be no tax breaks for anything besides basic citizen breaks, like interest payments on mortgages on primary residences.

Every other monetary aspect of government policy should be handled by direct payments where the benefit is public and accountable.

Hidden tax benefits are a very corrupt cause of the corrosively massive inequality of wealth and income.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon Oct 3, 2016, 10:00 AM (0 replies)

He has a choice: Litigate it, foment a pitchfork & torch rebellion, or look deep inside & accept it.

Guaranteed it will not be the last option.

He might try a scorched earth policy and try to make the obstructionism against Obama look tame.

He might try to split the Grumpy Old Paleface party and lick his wounds reminiscing about his Twitter-hall Putsch.

He might write "Mein Twitter Struggle" in his jail cell serving time on tax evasion, bribery, charity fraud, candidate declaration form fraud, and embargo busting, and plot there a Trump 2.0 with Roger "Goebels" Ailes, Roger "Himmler" Stone, and Stephen "Heydrich" Bannon.

He might be busy with a fire sale of assets when Putin pulls the strings of his Russian oligarchs and calls in tRump's loans.

He might end up selling toy jet planes in infomercials on late-night TV.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Oct 1, 2016, 02:29 PM (0 replies)
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