Captain Kirk:  According to him, there’s a creature of some sort down here, a humanoid.
Mr. Spock:  Lieutenant Uhura communicated that information. I ordered re-confirmation on our sensors. They indicate no living creature on this planet. I suggest, Captain, that you’ve been lied to.
Lazarus: Captain, you yourself said there were no other explanations. Why do you give credence to this man?
Mr. Spock:   I fail to comprehend your indignation, sir. I’ve simply made the logical deduction that you are a liar.

Star Trek The Alternative Factor 1967

Just two days ago we posted on the appearance of the FreeStacy Movement in the pages and website of USA today (Alexa ranking is 316 worldwide and 70 in the US with 116,407 sites linking in.)

I daresay there might be a few people around the country who will be hearing about #freestacy and Robert Stacy McCain for the first time today. That’s what happens when one of the top 70 websites in the country writes about it.

So congratulations to Twitter, Anita Sarkeesian and company. Your new Trust and Safety council continues to get more and more national and even international fame.

48 hours later just a few hours before my plans to take DaWife to Maine resulted not in me outside of Knight’s quilt shop in a rocking chair reading the collected CS Lewis as my wife shopped but at a rest stop full of syringes on the ground outside of Chelmsford watching assorted tractor trailers and waiting for AAA to tow us home the CEO of Twitter was gracing the today show saying this

The key exchange being this:

Matt Lauer: Let me ask you point blank, does twitter censor the comments of its users, does it hide what it would consider inflammatory comments whether they be social or political?
Jack Dorsey: Absolutely not,

Given that the CEO has publicly said this on a national TV show I went back to tweetdeck to check on Robert Stacy McCain to see if his account has been restored.

jack is a liar

It has not been.

Now I suppose one can try and parse that statement claiming that as Robert Stacy McCain has been suspended he technically is no longer a user so a “user” is no longer being censored.

But given the evidence I’m with Spock the logical deduction is he is a liar and not just a liar but a liar willing to lie to a national audience with a straight face.

I’m surprised he’s not running for office.

Update: A question for Matt Lauer. Jack Dorsey lied to your face and to your audience on national TV. What will you do about it?
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You wouldn’t know it, since the U.S. news media is obsessed with the primaries, but the biggest story of the hemisphere is taking place right now in Brazil.

Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, who everybody calls Lula, served as President of Brazil from 1 January 2003 to 1 January 2011. He rose from the most abject poverty, became a union leader, was one of the founders of PT – Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers’ Party) which in turn launched the Foro de Sao Paulo, and is regarded as a hero of the Left around the world.

After his term was over, his designated successor, Dilma Rousseff, became president, and, to make a long story short, Brazil runs out of other people’s money, the country is in a deep recession – if not a flat-out depression – and both Lula and Dilma are under investigation for corruption: Among other charges, Lula on money laundering in a shady deal involving a triplex penthouse overlooking the beach, Dilma for syphoning funds to her party from the government-owned Petrobras oil company in the aptly-named Operation Car Wash (Lava Jato).

Last week the authorities did something that truly surprised me: They raided Lula’s house, dragged him to headquarters, questioned him for hours and then released him. Think of it as an Ozymandias moment, Brazil style.

The next day Dilma and Lula were waving to PT supporters from the balcony of Lula’s freshly-raided home.

But that wasn’t enough: Dilma went in-your-face and named Lula to her top Cabinet post of Chief of Staff. Under Brazilian law, cabinet members can only be tried in the Federal Supreme Court – where eight out of the eleven members were appointed by Lula or Dilma. Some thought that may also mean Dilma would resign and leave him in charge (which I view as unlikely). Dilma went ahead and swore in Lula as her new Chief of Staff, but FORTY MINUTES LATER a judge suspended the appointment, on grounds that

his appointment prevented the “free exercise of the Judiciary Power, the operation of the Federal Police and of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office.

Bam!

While this went on, all media outlets, not only in Brazil but throughout Latin America, aired, non-stop, the audio of a legally bugged telephone conversation in which Dilma tells Lula that she was sending him a copy of his official appointment for him to sign “in case of need.” Over a million and a half demonstrators took to the streets clamoring for Dilma’s impeachment.

No matter how you cut it, the two are in hot water.

There are rumors of a military coup, which the military have denied, and the country is in turmoil while the zika virus spreads and the Summer Olympics are scheduled to open in Rio de Janeiro on August 5th.

The bottom line:
Brazil, South America’s largest country in land mass, population and economy, is at a decisive moment in its history. This is a test to all of Brazil’s institutions. How Brazil’s institutions handle this situation will not only determine the country’s destiny for the remaining of the 21st century, but will also influence greatly the future of its neighbors.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Richelieu: I am France, I am the state your majesty. Let us say it now privately so that we never have need to discuss it in public. I am France Louie I am the state. These men have set themselves above me. It is I Louie and not you who sit upon them in judgement. I render that judgement now.

The Three Musketeers 1948

If you are part of the niche of people who follow the political news rather than live a normal trying to get by in the Obama economy like most Americans you would think that the world was about to end.

The “Donald Trump” panic is everywhere on every TV station, in the newspapers and all over Washington.

Apparently all of the powerblocks, the movers and shakers and the people who make their fortune in government is convinced that the country that survived Pearl Harbor, the Nazi’s, the cold war and 9/11, not to mention 8 years of Barack Obama doing his best to kill it, can not survive the possibility of four years of Donald Trump.

The irony of course is that this unified panic where you have headlines both on the left and the right proclaiming Trump must be stopped, where you see liberal talking heads and conservative talking heads trying to create a meme of Trump violence (even though the left are the one rioting) deriding him and where you see big money donors on both sides huddling in a frantic effort to keep him from the nomination proves just one thing.

Ted Cruz was right.

Senator Cruz has spent years talking about the “Washington Cartel”, whose primary purpose was to insure that they hold wealth and power. He has argued that while they might compete for majorities or the sake of getting a larger share of said wealth for their own side, as long as they are able to distribute said wealth and power to their allies and friends they are happy.

Donald Trump throws a monkey wrench into this entire system:

What happens if those positions go not to a party man, but to a Trump man? What happens when the head of an agency like the GSA doesn’t owe his position to a party or to a donor but owes it to the Donald™ and it time to make a ruling that affects the party or could affect a chance in a big donor’s fortunes? Even worse for the GOP what happens when Donald Trump remembers who treated him fairly and with respect and who did not? There are few men in the this history of the world that can hold a candle to Lyndon Baines Johnson in terms of ego and remembering a slight but I suspect Donald Trump is one of them.

The Washington Cartel hate Ted Cruz because he was willing to call them out for what they are and was determined to advance policies that would benefit the vast majority rather than simply give lip service to their concerns while doing the will of the donor class that actually rules them.

Only now do they realize that while Senator Cruz would fight them and foil some of their schemes from the Global Warming farce, to Amnesty and Obamacare, in the end a Cruz presidency would leave their system largely intact, albeit more responsive to the actual people.  He would be a single player an annoyance that could be tolerated for a time.

Donald Trump knowing the system from the inside and having profited from it can do far more damage and his willingness to shoot from the lip can expose the whole rotten system top to bottom.  He is a wild card, totally unpredictable.  Granted if in office he might be willing to deal and give the donor class what they want in exchange for his own priorities but once the curtain is pulled aside and the wizard exposed, people won’t forget he is there, particularly since unlike Senator Cruz, Trump has a reach beyond those of us who pay attention.

The cartel has an unpalatable choice, Ted Cruz, my guy who they hate,  who will fight them, foil them but keep them largely intact, or Donald Trump who will likely work with them but would not only expose them but usurp their power to people loyal to him causing long term and possibly irreparable damage.

And while a few realistic ones (read Lindsey Graham) and recognized this and acted, even now they many are clinging to John Kasich as their savior like a man waiting to see if he can win Powerball before telling his wife he gambled away the mortgage money.

I’m a Ted Cruz man, I’ve been a Ted Cruz man for months and I urge voters in the remaining states to give him their overwhelming support.

But I will say this, if Mr. Trump secures the nomination, for all my concerns about him (I’ve likened voting for him to playing Russian Roulette) the sight of the various elites in government, media and culture in dead panic will be a pleasant consolation.

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