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Boris Johnson embarrasses himself once again, calls Jeremy Corbyn a "mutton-headed mugwump"

Boris Johnson (L) and Jeremy Corbyn (R) Ben Cawthra / Global Look Press
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a 'mugwump' who fails to understand Britain must be strong in the world, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.

The personal attack on Prime Minister Theresa May's main rival has been branded 'childish.'

Writing in the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper, the foreign secretary said the Labour leader had little ability to deal with complex international issues like Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and North Korea.

The term 'mugwump' refers to someone who is politically aloof, and stands apart from party politics.

However, if you are a fan of the Harry Potter books and movie franchise, Johnson's name-calling could be considered a complement.

In J.K. Rowling's magical universe, the "supreme mugwump" is the title given to the head of the International Confederation of Wizards.

Equally complementary is the word's origin as a Native American term from the Algonquian tribe meaning "great chief."

Comment: Here's Johnson's full quote:
"They watch his meandering and nonsensical questions and they feel a terrible twinge of human compassion. Well, they say to themselves: he may be a mutton-headed old mugwump, but he is probably harmless."
Old Borris has no business referring to any other person on the planet as meandering or nonsensical.


Paul Craig Roberts: Trump now a captive of the Deep State

When the gullible and insouciant American public and the presstitutes who participate in the deceptions permitted the Deep State to get away with the fairy tale that a few Saudi Arabians under the direction of Osama bin Laden, but without the support of any government or intelligence agency, were able to outwit the entirety of the Western Alliance and Israel's Mossad and deliver the greatest humiliation in history to "the world's only superpower" by making the entirety of the US government dysfunctional on September 11, 2001, Washington learned that it could get away with anything, any illegal and treasonous act, any lie. The gullible Western populations would believe anything that they were told.

Not only insouciant Americans, but much of the world accepts any statement out of Washington as the truth despite the evidence. If Washington said it, Washington's vassals in Germany, France, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Belgium, and Japan assent to the obvious lie as if it were the obvious truth. So do the CIA purchased media of these vassal states, a collection of whores who prefer CIA subsidies to truth.

Mr. Potato

France's Macron latest victim of MSM 'fake news' on Russia and RT's non-role in Western elections

© Pascal Rossignol / Reuters
Emmanuel Macron (C), uses a megaphone to talk to Whirlpool employees in front of the company plant in Amiens, France, April 26, 2017.
French Presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron's team banned RT from his campaign headquarters last weekend. But even NATO's think tank can't find evidence of RT bias against the candidate. The affair shows the power of media embellishment, distortion, and overstatement.

It's the old pub quiz standard: "What's the biggest country in Europe?" Blinded by the usual political definition of the continent, the contestant usually hums and haws, stumped on Germany or France. And is then startled to discover it's Russia.

A few rounds later, another poser is frequently lobbed in. "What's the biggest country in Asia?" Cue much conferring as the assembled brain boxes deliberate over the acreage of India and China. Of course, they are then stupefied when the answer is Russia again. Over the post-tournament drinks, talk turns to the country's sheer magnitude, and there may even be a few resolutions to visit.

You see, this is probably Russia's central problem in Western minds. The place is colossal, immense and vast. And this scares folk. What's more, it means you can convince ordinary punters that Russia is a tremendous threat, even when all credible logic suggests otherwise. Such as the current madness surrounding elections in the "liberal democratic" world, which we are encouraged to believe are increasingly manipulated from Moscow.


Pentagon reports 2 US troops killed, 1 wounded, fighting ISIS in Afghanistan

© Lucas Jackson / Reuters
Two US special forces troops were killed, and one wounded on Thursday while conducting a joint US-Afghan raid in the Achin District in Nangarhar Province, according to the Pentagon.

The two service men were killed, and one wounded, while carrying out a special operations raid against Islamic State fighters on Wednesday night. Eighteen IS fighters were allegedly killed in the gunfight.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said on Thursday the incident took place in the southern Nangarhar province.


White House briefs Senate on N. Korea, may get terrorism designation

© Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
US President Donald Trump's strategy on North Korea aims to pressure Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear and ballistic missile programs by tightening sanctions, and Washington is open to negotiations, the Trump administration said Wednesday.

The US stance, which appeared to signal a willingness to exhaust non-military options, was put forward in a statement following an unusual White House-hosted briefing for the entire Senate.

"The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. We remain open to negotiations towards that goal," a joint statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said.

Snakes in Suits

The New Democratic Order System of Cabals

John C. Bogle
Back in February, former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle received an advance payment of $65 million dollars from Penguin Random House, which is owned by the German multinational media conglomerate Bertelsmann. Obama, who has been on the receiving end of more Wall Street, Hollywood liberal and Silicon Valley technocrat support than any politician ever, is cashing in like Bill Clinton only dreamed he could. Last seen hugging and kissing Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel before he left office, Obama is in the limelight partying of late with Lord Richard Branson first, then on Marlon Brando's exotic island, and just recently on music mogul David Geffen's superyacht Rising Sun, along with superstars Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks. The rumor Obama's original super-fan Oprah Winfrey was onboard only serves to complicate what might otherwise be an alphabet soup of rich people in some tabloid. But Obama with Geffen strikes a resonant chord.

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David Geffen
David Geffen is probably one of the two or three most powerful figures in media and entertainment. His estimated personal wealth exceeds $6 billion, but his being labeled as one of the "Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America" also bears on this report. Like so many of the key figures who influence our world today, Geffen came out of virtual nowhere in the mid-1970s, to leverage immense power in America. He is one of the reasons Barack Obama gained control of "the message", the reason the music industry bashed Donald Trump, and one of the reasons the so-called "gay mafia" came to prominence. Geffen is also interesting if we factor in the "Pizzagate" slimy assertions that came to light via WikiLeaks and Clinton campaign boss John Podesta. The telltale shadows of Geffen's sexual relations with teenage boys and the past testimonies of shamed Digital pioneer Marc Collins-Rector (Buzzfeed found the lost Hollywood's sex scandal fall guy) taint the billionaire's "genius boy" image. If you wanted to cast a movie star for a film about the global mafia, Geffen's sexual propensities would make a perfect sub plot. But the man who helped Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg found DreamWorks SKG exerts the force of a Hollywood propaganda gangster. Just look underneath a Tom Hanks film plot for your themes.

Heart - Black

Rising from the dead: Paul Wolfowitz is optimistic about Trump

Iraq might descend into "chaotic violence"—or worse. The broader Middle East could "go to hell" all over again.

If the United States doesn't step up under President Donald Trump, Paul Wolfowitz warns in a new interview for The Global POLITICO, our weekly podcast on world affairs in the Trump era, it would represent an "opportunity" blown, a missed chance that would result in "lost American influence" and a win for "hostile actors."

Wolfowitz, a hawkish Republican known as the architect of the Iraq war for his role in advocating President George W. Bush's 2003 invasion, rarely wades back into the public fray these days over the troubled Middle East, and he insists he's well aware that the American political consensus—in both parties—is now very much against deepening involvement in the region. "I don't think we're up to heroic ventures in the Middle East," he tells me.


Philippine defense minister: 'The Russians are most effective in Syria'

© Sputnik/ Maxim Blinov
Russia has proven to be an effective force throughout the Syrian crisis while US pro-opposition stance is a recipe for chaos in the war-torn country, Philippines' National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told Sputnik on Thursday.

"The Russians are most effective in Syria. The Russians tried to side with the government of [President Bashar] Assad, when the Americans start to side with the rebels. Why do they have to side with the rebels? When they win, there will be chaos," Lorenzana said on the sidelines of the Moscow Conference on International Security.

The Philippines had no interest in being involved in operations of the US-led coalition in Syria, he added.

Mr. Potato

Boris Johnson suggests US pressure could force Britain to join anti-Assad airstrikes

© Russell Cheyne / Reuters
Britain could bomb the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad without first gaining the approval of MPs, says Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, adding it would be very hard to resist US pressure if the White House asked Britain to take part.

Johnson's comments on Thursday follow the recent US bombing of an Assad forces airbase in Syria in response to a deadly chemical incident which the UK and US are attributing to the Syrian government.

The British Parliament held a vote on whether to bomb Assad's forces in 2013 after an earlier alleged chemical attack.

The government of then-Prime Minister David Cameron lost on that occasion after being outflanked by then-Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Comment: So Boris just admitted Britain is a US puppet.


India test-launches its intermediate-range nuclear-capable missile Agni-III

© AP Photo/ Manish Swarup
India successfully test-fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-III on Thursday, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the national Defense Ministry agency responsible for military research and development, confirmed.

The launch took place at 9:12 a.m. local time (03:42 GMT) from Abdul Kalam Island, off of the Odisha coast.

The Agni-III, which was developed by the DRDO, has a strike range of more than 3,000 kilometers (over 1,860 miles) and is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads.