Why George Rebane exemplifies intolerance, not leadership

Editor’s note: Here’s a post from Steve Frisch that sums up what I’ve been trying to say about our community extremists such as George Rebane for years. Nobody’s listened, including the management of The Union and KVMR, where he was invited to be a regular columinst. I’ve never met Steve in person, but he expresses the perspective very well:

The issue with George is not his ability or right, or KVMR’s right, to have him comment. George has every right to comment, and should not be censored in any way. I agree that George violated our rules of engagement when we met on air, but Paul handled that well, and followed up by clearly stating the issue on these blogs, so I am ENTIRELY satisfied.

What I do have a problem with is that IDEAS that George presents are often racist, sexist, and intolerant and the tactics he uses to make his case are slimy.

George is just flat our dishonest. He twists information, tells half truths, intentionally misrepresents data, uses questionable sources, attacks other peoples highly credible sources as biased because they are from ‘elite’ sources, and implies that his opponents are fascists, communists or socialists.

A prime example of George playing fast and lose with the facts would be his equation of the NAZI government of Germany with socialism. No credible historian would agree with George on this one: the name National Socialist German Workers Party was chosen before Hitler led it, the ‘socialist’ was added to the title to demonstrate that the party supported the Bismark era social welfare programs, and the NAZI party never supported state ownership of the means of production which is the definition of socialism.

George knows this, but he finds it necessary to equate the Nazi party with a left wing government to confuse people and make a point, that all totalitarianism is leftist. It is bullshit pure and simple.

It makes me wonder how someone with such a remarkable personal history of living under totalitarian regimes could be so blind to his own propensity to twist the truth.

George enables personal insults and name calling on his web site. If one reads Georges blog, or for that matter Russ Steele, Todd Juvinall, or Barry Pruett, it is clear that their primary interest is venting their spleens. Rarely does any topic of conversation led to any productive dialogue, never does a hand extended to find common ground yield any permanent thawing of the blog cold war, and never do the ‘moderators’ step in to discipline posters who step over the line. In my humble opinion their blogs are a form of pseudo-intellectual masturbation on their part. It is self gratification.

Finally I can not countenance a guy that calls people ‘rag heads’, equates an entire religion (Islam) with evil, calls legally born American citizens ‘anchor babies’, and calls anyone who disagrees with his far right wing libertarian economic views a communist.

This is not a voice of leadership in our community. It is a voice of intolerance.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

58 thoughts on “Why George Rebane exemplifies intolerance, not leadership”

    1. SteveF said it here (link) (where others responded; and I nominated Dick Phillips of Alta Sierra as an interesting local conservative/independent that KVMR could try out )

      Diversity, folks, diversity. Not the same ole same ole.

    1. Thank you Steve. Well expressed. This is exactly why he shouldn’t be allowed to continue to spew his twisted untruths throughout our community. If he has a voice on KVMR I will no longer support that station. We all get enough untruths from The Union, Fox, and hate radio. Enough is enough.

      1. To be clear about my position Sharon, no where do I say that his right to free speech should be restricted. He has every right to continue articulating his twisted untruth. It is our job if we disagree with him to demonstrate how and why they are wrong. I also still contend that KVMR has every right to have George comment.

      2. I do understand your position.

        I will no longer listen to this guy no matter where he pops up. Yes, he has the right to spew, but then so do I have the right to not listen. Thats all I’m saying.

        We could spend our entire lives countering The Union, Rush and Beck, and George. If thats censorship – it’s my right to censor those I don’t care to read or hear. I’ve had enough. This is not censorship across the board. That would be Un-American.

      3. Totally agreed. I think Greg Zallers advice, quoting R. Buckminster Fuller, to create the new reality is dead on correct.

        My time will go into implementing AB32, creating a new economy, and reforming our systems to make them work fairly. In the end we will bury the reactionaries.

        In the mean time I’m going to start making Oyster Stew.

  1. Having broken bread with George on several occasions, I can report that he does not have horns growing out of his skull, although he has admited that before he went white he was a redhead. That alone could be grounds for revoking his citizenship and/or deportation.

    I’ll agree with the commenters here that George lives out on the far edge of right-wing politics. Some of his posts are way beyond the pale, but other times I find myself agreeing with him. I could say the same about this and other blogs on the left end of the scale. (And don’t give me that ‘we’re in the middle’ BS. Over here, a good Republican is someone who votes the way Democrats tell him to. The hate directed at John Stoos is one example, and calls by others to boycott KVMR unless Geo. is booted is censorship pure and simple.)

    The Great California Experiment will be the test of whether George and Russ are right or wrong. With all state offices in Dem hands and the Legislature free to pass budgets without Repub votes, we will finally see if the green economy is real, or the pipe dream that the right claims it is. Why worry about a couple of voices crying in the wilderness?

    1. This rant against George is unproductive and getting old. I’d rather be debating have the Obama government is taking away our freedoms through their management of TSA. That is something we all should be scared about. (And don’t come back that Bush started TSA). The issue is now.

      1. Chris, if you don’t want to fly you don’t have to. Take a train.

        The idea that the TSA is the problem is laughable.

        Republicans (and Democrats) supported the Orwellianly named Homeland Security Act, with its extended wiretapping, reduction in public access to information, reductions in personal privacy, opening up of cyber snooping, and collection of national sales data through the Total Information Awareness program.

        Now conservatives are rebelling because their sense of personal privacy is offend because they might have to endure a pat down IF they refuse to go through a scanner? To late bozo’s, you gave it away when you gave the government the right to tap my phone without a court order! You want to fight something fight something important like that.

        Outrage over airport security is an intentionally engineered red herring designed to inflame peoples emotions against ‘big government’ for purely political purposes. It is a sham.

        If any plane goes down in the next 6 years every one of you guys will blame the Obama administrations ‘negligent lack of security’, and claim he is soft on terrorism.

    2. RL, your “Great California Experiment” is not about whether Democrats can legislate any good ideas when Republicans are supposedly sidelined. It is about whether we are capable of pulling out of a tail spin by working together.

      Partisan politicking is like chipmunks squabbling on the deck of a sinking ship. What’s it going to take to get us talking productively instead of making snide remarks while the world sinks?

    3. And don’t give me that ‘we’re in the middle’ BS. Over here, a good Republican is someone who votes the way Democrats tell him to. The hate directed at John Stoos is one example, and calls by others to boycott KVMR unless Geo. is booted is censorship pure and simple.)

      Pure pseudo-libertarianism horses**t.

  2. Bruce, I have voted Republican several times in my more than 30 years voting. At the risk of sounding like Archie Bunker, some of my best friends are proud Republicans.

    At let me tell you, they are pissed about what people like George and his ilk are doing to their party.

    If you read this blog I think you might note that there are several issues that Republicans and Democrats, and Decline to State voters here can agree on. At least we attempt to reach accommodations, and at times compromise our ‘high’ principles to find ways to move forward with solutions.

    John and I have managed to reach what I believe is a peaceful coexistence here, with agreement on several issues. John is free to comment on that as he wishes.

    Only one person I have read on this blog has suggested that George should not have a voice on KVMR. That idea was refuted here within minutes.

    As to the issue of pseudo-libertarianism, I fear you are confused. It is the George’s and the Russ’s of the country who are the true pseudo-libertarians. These are the people who accept the benefits of a larger society, but spend their time denying, attacking, and attempting to tear down the very society that is responsible for their wealth and security.

    George has even gone so far on his web site as promoting the idea of separatism as a means of solving the problems he sees coming from the ‘great divide’. The ‘great divide’ is the division of opinion about the founding of the country, its intent and how it should be managed. In a civil society we have these discussion in the open, reach compromises, and enjoy the benefit of a society of law. We don’t pick up the ball and go home.

    As a patriotic American, I wonder why we fought a Civil War over the definition of America, if later generations are going to act in a exclusionary way about people who are culturally or racially different? If you don’t think George is doing this, go to his blog and read his comments about ‘ragheads’, Muslims, and Mexicans. The great divide is code for white separatism pure and simple.

    The new pseudo-libertarians benefit from the existing social order, while simultaneously denying it has any role in creating their wealth.

    Wealth in the modern world does not come from solely individual effort. The individual does not create the product of their minds in a vacuum. They are part of a society. And the ideas that spring from the mind that create wealth are created in collaboration with others.

    Individuals use many products and processes to create wealth. Existing infrastructure, secure capital, labor, resources, pooled knowledge, public education, access to information, all of these things play a vital part in creating wealth. In many cases wealth is created by exploiting public resources, like the air, water, land and ecological processes that are jointly owned, not individually owned. Supporting the things that create wealth is the product of a society, and in a society it costs money to provide these things. The new pseudo-libertarians are promoting a policy where they can benefit from the social order, and publicly owned resources, but do not want to pay their fair share toward maintaining the society that secures that wealth.

    To me that is not libertarianism, it pure selfish greed at the expense of others.

  3. Stoos rightly uses this forum without restraint or restriction. It’s his right, with Jeff’s blessing. Just as I use my right to point out that his world view, to me, represents a boil on the ass of humanity that should be lanced often and in public. I have no qualms with how he has voted, and I don’t see him voting any differently in the future. Don’t confuse hatred with my personal obligation to point out the greedy, self promotion he typifies with his perverse view of Christianity.

    You, yourself have professed here your own hybrid libertarianism, which exemplifies most libertarian self feather-bedding at the expense of a larger overview of “the people”. Your symbiotic promotional relationship with the Union is just another example of your “objective world view”. And, of course, you have every right to profess your erratic, quasi-magnanimous cosmology.

    1. Bruce, my “quasi-libertarianism” is born out of three decades of observing the successes and failures of the two-party system. In my opinion, neither has lived up to their promises, and the current state of the economy is a rather graphic example of that. I’m getting somewhat tired of having to pay for the screw-ups of smart people on either side of the fence.

      We’ve never met, so your opinion of me seems to be based on the fact that I work for Jeff Ackerman, and therefore must be a henchman for the Tea Party-Nazi-neandertal media conspiracy to destroy the world. My friends would get a good laugh out of that.

      My opinion of you is that you seem to be a very angry person, and I can’t remember any time you’ve had anything positive to say about anything on this blog. Greg Z. is right about the fact that there is a lot of sniping and very little progress toward finding common ground to get us out of this mess.

      Which brings me back to the issue of George Rebane. If he’s as irrelevant as you all say, then why are you so bothered by him getting six minutes a month to spout his crazy ideas?

      You won. The State of California is safely in liberal hands. Get over it.

  4. I don’t comment on George “and his ilk” because to me they are irrelevant, especially on this forum. But I comment on what I see “here”.

  5. The psuedo-libertarian philosophy and its proponents matter because they are after nothing less than the supremacy of their views as law. All one has to do is watch the Mark Meckler videos. That is the America they want; a pre-Wilsonian Guilded Age rebirth of social Darwinism.

  6. I hear you Steve, but I get dirtied enough reading some of that garbage here. I’ll leave it to you to keep it in the spotlight.

  7. I work for Jeff Ackerman, and therefore must be a henchman for the Tea Party-Nazi-neanderthal media conspiracy to destroy the world. My friends would get a good laugh out of that.

    Your analogy and assumption, not mine. My opinion of you is simply based on your words and deeds.

    1. Not true. A week or so ago you painted a picture of extreme Ayn Rand libertarianism and tried to stick me with it. As for meeting you, my wife doesn’t recall your name and I don’t remember you, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Are you sure it was me and not Dixie Redfern and Bob Crabb, the poor slob who will probably get shot someday because of mistaken identity?

      1. “A week or so ago you painted a picture of extreme Ayn Rand libertarianism and tried to stick me with it.”

        Yes, and you explained your view, thus my reference to hybrid libertarianism.

        Not Dixie, but it’s possible I’m confusing the two Crabbs, although your self portraits sure look like the person I’m recollecting. Do you resemble each other? Didn’t your wife used to go to Coopers/Whiley’s etc. to get her dance on?

      2. It’s possible that we have crossed paths. I don’t know the names of half the people I talk to at those establishments of ill repute. Maybe we should wear name tags.

  8. And sure, we HAVE met. I’ve known your wife for several years and have greeted you both quite a few times when you were out and about.

  9. And my anger does not exist in a vacuum, nor does it exist as a pathology. It’s derived from the utter lack of humanity from the Right and their hilariously elite greed and self absorption. For me, lack of anger, at this point, simply indicates numbness, apathy and ignorance.

    1. You seem stuck in anger. Your flames don’t shame the right but galvanizes them while depresses the left. You can’t change things by fighting the existing reality. You have to build a new model that makes the old obsolete. (Fuller) There are lots of things to do.


    2. Bruce,
      I agree with you about anger not being pathological. Anger is natural and healthy. It alerts us, it moves us, it motivates. If anger is absent during these disturbing political times then something is very, very wrong.

    3. It’s ironic that I’m accused of being some sort of radical libertarian over here. On Rebane’s blog, it’s Mikey McD, the libertarian who is always busting my chops for being a pro-government lackey. Maybe I should bill myself as a contrarian, or just an idiot. After all, that’s what it says on my byline.

      Mostly, I defend George not because of his ideas on governance, but because he is a facinating character with a background that most of us can’t imagine. Being stuck between the Germans and the Russians while being strafed by the Americans in the waning days of WWII would certainly color your view of the world differently than growing up in suburban America. Talking with him in person is like talking to a completely different person than the one who casually tosses insults on his blog.

      I believe all people have value, and have a story to tell. It saddens me to see those who only hear opinions that mirror their own. I have friends like George, and I have friends who would easily pass as communists. I love ’em all, but I just make sure I don’t invite them to the same party.

      1. RL, I would have agreed with you, except for my personal experience.

        When I met George in person I liked him, and would have been happy to chat for a much longer period of time. He is very intelligent and funny.

        The problem is that he is two people. He immediately turned on me when we were in front of other people, and on air, and acted in an inappropriate way.

        I think civility is a virtue and give everyone the benefit of the doubt in public and social situations. I am careful about putting myself in situations where incivility is on public display. I think it is bad form and does not serve anyone well. That is why I negotiated a set of ‘rules of engagement’ to meet George on KVMR. Paul Emery was the go between, and I did not agree to appear until the rules were in place. George was very pleasant for 30 minutes in person in advance of our interview, then proceeded to break the rules and try to take advantage of the situation to question my personal and financial motivation instead of sticking to a serious discussion of the issues at hand.

        I think you can tell a lot about a person by how they act toward other people in social situations. Whenever I am going to make an important hire I try to do two things, 1) take the applicant out to dinner 2) press then on one issue where they may not see eye to eye with co-workers. You want to know what I am looking for? I am checking to see how the applicant treats service personnel, and whether or not they support their ideas or attack someone else’s.

        George proved to me that he could not act like a gentleman. That coupled with the tone of personal attack, innuendo, and ceaseless misinformation on his web site, and his lack of will to control the behavior of the people there, tells me he is really one person, hiding the real person under a veneer of old world charm.

        I have a lot of friends that think very differently than I do. None of them are rude, uncivil or dis-honorable.

      2. By the way, I don’t think you are some sort of radical libertarian, and from the tone of your messages over time I would expect to meet a very pleasant, civilized, and interesting individual.

      3. I hasten to add that George’s behavior may not be the real George beneath the veneer. He could just be misguided. This right-left polarization seems to be bringing out the worst in many people. Square one for resolution and progress is to change the way we interact in such a way as to unwind this polarization. This is what I heard in another post when Steve said, “We need to learn to share power.” I still wonder what the action plan is for us to all learn to do that.

      4. This is a good discussion. In a small town there seems to be more tolerance for intolerant or extreme political views, because we all want to “get along.” But where does it end?
        Extremism is what divides, not unites, small towns. Most of our problems are nonpartisan.
        As our nation becomes more polarized, there will be more pressure on small towns like ours politically.
        Whether you agree with the “extremism” or not, you need to understand what’s going on (hence, the reason for showing the tea party videos et al). I’m alarmed at what I see going on. “Censorship” is often a red herring.

      5. For some reason the normal immune system of communities must be weakened or inappropriate when it comes to right wing extremism. It would be worthwhile to discuss what the appropriate effective response would be to bring us back to where we listen to each other respectfully. I don’t think doing what we are doing is cutting it. I also think that there needs to be a combined effort in this regard to be successful.

      6. When I started doing It Takes a Village Idiot in 1998, I decided I wanted to do something different from most of the editorial cartoons you see in newspapers. For one, I wanted to get into the thick of it and know who the people were that I was going to be lampooning . It’s an advantage, in some respects, to be in a town that’s small enough so you can get to know the players. It’s a disadvantage in that once you do that, it can make it harder to be critical.

        It’s been a challenge that I have accepted, and I feel it gives more depth to my craft. Along the way I’ve been privileged to know a wide variety of politicians and activists, like Drew Bedwell, Peter Van Zant, Izzy Martin, the late Ernie Bierwagon and many others.

        There are always issues that divide us, but getting to know your adversaries is a first step to understanding what makes them tick. Along the way, sometimes you find you have more in common than one might expect.

      7. “It’s a disadvantage in that once you do that, it can make it harder to be critical.”

        This is really the crux of the issue, because people are afraid of “conflict” or better yet, “constructive criticism.” It’s why change is so slow until polarization reaches a pitched height, as it is now.
        Next up is going to be a tea party initiative to adopt an Arizona-like immigration statute in California. Local support already is gathering.
        It will wind up being another Prop. 23.

      8. George is struggling with the criticism so he drags out this old chart, created by libertarians to show if we’re not libertarians, we should be. Ironic that nowadays libertarianism increasingly equates to intolerant. And The Union and KVMR choose to promote such views in the sea of public opinion. To each their own.
        Next up: A tea party initiative to adopt Arizona’s immigration policies here. Is our community going to wake up?

  10. On TSA:came through Sacto airport the 23rd, flying into Phoenix, and all went smoothly with no long waits, no problems; quess I don’t look like a spy as security pretty much just waved me through once I went through the metal detector or body scanner or whatever they have there. As for Rebane, I just renewed my KVMR membership, had threatened not to if the Frisch-Rebane program on Prop. 23 had not gone through (though Rebane did noT follow the rules even then). He contributes little to my understanding, but like the publisher of our local rag, think he does something toward stimulating liberal thought and writing in the community and contributes in that way. I don’t follow his blog, or those of Steel or Pruett but would not muzzle any of them. As for Stoos, kind of like the guy, though not into his brand of Christianity, and wish he would be more careful when he starts quoting numbers and figures.

    Not as warm here in Scottsdale as I had hoped, but shopping is fantastic for this Grass Valley lady (mostly just window shopping).

  11. “This is not a voice of leadership in our community. It is a voice of intolerance.”

    This covers it! Well said Mr. Frisch!

  12. My favorite recent rants over at the Rebane’s Fantasy site:

    It was socialist farming policy that led to starvation the first years at Plymouth Colony.

    The US computed to allow China to launch a middle from a sub off Southern California in order to manipulate our currency and inflate the value of the dollar.

    I think George is Dr. Strangelove.

  13. Yeah, I know, but come on George, oops I mean Dr.
    Strangelove, how hard is it to keep from saluting the Führer?

    I hate the intuition feature on my I-pad. That should read “The US conspired to allow China to launch a missle…..”

    (Laying down a new rule here, if they can call us communists and socialists we can call them Fascists)

    1. I must admit I am torn by the comparison to Dr. Strangelove. In retrospect, and not having watched the movie in several years, I am beginning to think that the comparison to General Buck Turgidson might be more appropriate.

  14. That’s an interesting story about Rebane’s background. Interesting that he and Vonnegut could have somewhat related experiences and go two different ways. My year in post war Germany, 1955-1956 did have a profound effect on my world views. I saw first hand the permanent effects of war caused starvation on growing children, as my next door neighbor and play mate was 14, I was 11, and he was 6 inches shorter, and his dad was my dad’s 6′ 2″.

  15. It seems everybody goes to GRrrrrr thread to fight and argue and then come back here to play nice, since they know Jeff will 86 ’em if they’re rude.

    The worst they could find on this blog was a comment by me that was then plastered at least three times by the “boys”. A comment that was clarified 13 minutes later. Oooooo I’m soooooo baaaad. LOL

    1. Sharon, you are of course never bad, but you just nailed the difference between the right blogs and this blog–moderation.

  16. George Rebane is the true “the village idiot.” He writes “True to her progressive impulses, this post was not granted visibility on NC Voices,” referring to the NC Voices website’s creator. http://rebaneruminations.typepad.com/rebanes_ruminations/2016/02/dr-anna-haynes-strikes-again.html

    1. Dr. Anna Haynes, who Rebane has libeled and maligned over the years with his misogynist blog posts, created the aggregate blog site NC Voices (for free) that is much more widely read than his silly little blog. Otherwise, no one would read it. Now Rebane sees NCVoices as important after all.

    2. Rebane’s post “True to her progressive impulses, this post was not granted visibility on NC Voices” is wrong. In fact, none of the posts on NC Voices — from progressive to right wing nut — have been updated on NC Voices for whatever reason. The difference: the rest of us don’t whine, like George.

    George owes Dr. Haynes a big apology. Will he apologize?

  17. Even Rebane can’t stand his own blog “commentary.” He writes:
    “What the hell do any of these comments have to do with the topic of my post? You guys with your oh-so-clever mudballs belong in the sandbox. I really don’t have time to play this game, but if you see your irrelevant comments gone, then that means I made some time for some house cleaning. One thing is for sure, the ‘jon’ sure knows how to push all of your buttons, and your responses remind me of Pavlov’s dogs.

    Posted by: George Rebane | 21 April 2016 at 09:33 AM”

    1. And the biggest cretin of all responds:
      “Sorry George…..got lost in the threads.
      Posted by: fish | 21 April 2016 at 09:50 AM”

      GetALife.com. LOL.

      1. OMG! “I may be traveling around the Congressional District soon as a possible delegate. We will see. Posted by: Todd Juvinall | 21 April 2016 at 09:02 AM”

  18. Wow , 6 1/2 years later and I would not take a word of it back. In fact if I had to say it again my critique would be even harsher as Mr. Rebane’s positions have become even extreme.

    1. Oops, I guess that is 5 1/2 years later, consequently the rate of increase in intolerance has been even faster than I thought 🙂

  19. Agreed. George is not a role model for the kiddos he wants to take his Tech Test. Instead, he’s a model of intolerance.

  20. Here is just one more example of twisted logic:

    “Among the many failures of the Obama presidency, I believe history will record that his Chamberlainian naiveté and failures in foreign policy will eclipse the other disasters he has authored for America. More observers are starting to see the growing number of harbingers to war popping up all over the globe as America repeats its preambles to both 20th century world wars.”

    George’s big fear is that Russian and China gang up on the good old USA.

    Well George, if that was going to happen why now? The reality is the Russians and Chines hate each other and have since Mao went his own way and rejected Russian leadership of the Internationale. Today Russia and China are global competitors for hegemony in the far east, east Asia the middle east. Is the cold war even over for you George?

    There is no real comparison between pre-WWI Europe with its rise of nation states in Europe (remember Germany and Italy were not even unified states until the second half of the 19th century) the rise of nationalism, colonial competition for resources, entangling alliances, and ancient territorial disputes. That world bare almost no resemblance to the world today, with its widespread 20th century expansion of democratic governance, global markets, the triumph of capitalism as the global economic system, international platforms (admittedly dysfunctional at times) for dispute resolution, and the diminished importance of international borders.

    The world today does not look anything like the pre-WWII of yesteryear, with the rise of totalitarian states under fascism, communism and militarism in Germany & Italy, Russia and Japan respectively.

    The United States is not an isolationist backwater, it is a global superpower, projecting military power more advanced than almost any combination of its rivals, with almost undisputed command of the air and the sea, the underpinnings of modern warfare.

    Let’ stake just one example, the United States has 10 nuclear powered aircraft carrier fleets in operation (with three new ones the Ford, Kennedy and new Enterprise coming on line in the next few years, and Great Britain our closest modern ally building two, the Queen Elizabeth and the new Prince of Wales)) allowing us to project power anywhere in the world, and the combined navies of the rest of the world, including the two ‘superpowers’ George fears, have ZERO.

    To compare President Obama to Neville Chamberlain and his appeasement at Munich is perhaps the most half-assed ridiculous historical analogy one could make.

    For better or worse, Obama has been an interventionist and has consistently projected American military power across the globe in what he perceives to be our national interest. He has intervened in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Mali. The United States is the number one supplier of arms in the world supporting client states like Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Georgia, Kenya, Pakistan and Columbia.

    But George perceived Obama as a Chamberlain because in the one place he had a chance to precipitate a war with a rival nation state, Iran, he cut a deal to reduce nuclear proliferation. Every independent source conforms that Iran is spooling down its nuclear program is meeting its goals.

    Iran shipped nearly its entire fissionable stockpile, over 12 tons of enriched uranium, to Russia last month. Iran is mothballing thousands of centrifuges necessary to enrich uranium for an atomic bomb. And Iran has supposedly removed the core of its heavy water reactor at Arak, and filled it with concrete. That reactor could have produced plutonium for the other type of atomic bomb.

    In China Obama has strengthen US naval presence in the south China Sea to counter Chinese hegemony over the few islands they have been developing as air and naval assets, and committed to keeping international navigation open in the surrounding area, widely recognized as the US interest in the region. In Korea Obama has maintained our shield and collaboration with the South Korean military and as a matter of fact has more troops in Korea than his predecessor did at the end of his term.

    The US has increased the size and scope of NATO and increased both aide and military presence in the Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and Poland as a hedge against the now almost certain lifetime rule of Putin.

    The fact that George can’t see any of this, and thus makes the comparisons he does really illustrates just how caught up in old cold war paradigms he is.

    But that is to be expected–George comes out of a world where the fight was between communism and capitalism (well actually as a boy communism and fascism and his family went west with the fascists when they withdrew from Estonia), where the Russian bear stalked the woods, he built super secret spy stuff in his adopted home that he can’t talk about, and sucked off the teat of the military industrial complex his entire life, he was born of and dominated by a duck and cover world–he can not be expected to keep up with the changing times.

    He certainly can not be expected to want to use diplomacy, economic power, alliances, and coalitions, when the opportunity to push Putin’s button, attack the first African American President as a weak feckless, lazy, pansy, and promote taking out his old boyhood nemesis the former Soviet Union arises simultaneously.

    No, he will dig deep into his psyche and remember that long walk from Tallinn to west Germany and preach war.

    When Dr. Strangelove is a “community leader” I guess we need to stand up and Sieg Heil right in der Fuehrers face.

  21. Our son is old enough to read George’s blog and has. He’s a straight A student, has been accepted at Ghidotti and Jesuit in Sacramento, and he finished second in a recent countywide math contest. He’s a STEM student. But he’s going to pass on George’s “Tech Test.” I also have noticed Chris Bishop, who comments here and is the NU chemistry teacher, observe that the intolerant politics in our community do not go unnoticed by the kiddos.

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