Gina Haspel

THIS ONE IS A TRIP. 

i can't think of a recent director with more blacked out lines on a resume.

ONE HAND: A VET OF THE AGENCY THAT WOULD BECOME THE FIRST FEMALE DIRECTOR OF CIA. 

OTHER HAND: DECLASSIFIED INFORMATION ABOUT HER IN A BLACK SITE IN THAILAND RIGHT AFTER 9/11 CARRYING OUT EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION AND THEN BURNING THE TAPES. 

BOTTOMLINE NO ONE WHO HAS BEEN AT CIA FOR 30 YEARS HASN'T SHOVELED THEIR SHARE OF SHIT ON MULTIPLE CONTINENTS IN THE CLANDESTINE SERVICE. 

AGENCY GAL THROUGH AND THROUGH AS DISPLAYED HERE WITH HER EXCHANGE WITH SENATOR HARRIS

FEAR NEVER WINS.

THERE IS TOO MUCH TO BE HOPEFUL FOR. 

“We need to go forward, but progress isn’t always a straight line or a smooth path.”  - BARACK OBAMA

Charlottesville

Donald Trump abdicated our National Moral Benchmark with his comments after Charlottesville. 

We are like an air hose disconnected from its source blowing in the wind. 

"Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick." - Theodore Roosevelt

An absolute must listen to 'The Daily' this morning. A recount of bullet points from our history with North Korea from 1994 to present day by former Secretary of Defense Willam Perry under the Clinton Administration. The change in course following the 2000 Presidential election is particularly jaw-dropping. To say there isn't a real difference between modern Republicans and Democrats (i.e. 'they are all the same corrupt politicians') is completely ridiculous. The Bush Doctrine completely changed the course of history with North Korea. Hawks and Doves.   

The Daily Aug. 10th 2017

Annie Jacobsen

Annie Jacobsen writes books and contributes to the Los Angeles times. She is an extremely committed investigative journalist. She takes fringe issues head on. She is a digger - completely inspiring. She is a combination of Mulder and Scully. I read Area 51 and it was awesome. Phenomena sounds fascinating. It investigates government investigations of Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis. She spoke with RadioWest in Salt Lake this week. 

#PODSAVEAMERICA #PODSAVETHEWORLD

Pod Save America

A great current events discussion podcast that is the brainchild of Crooked Media

Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor and Jon Lovett  

These guys worked in various capacities in the Obama Administration namely speech writing, communications and foreign policy you can read about their details above. 

Recently, they started a foreign policy focused podcast called 

Pod Save the World

Hosted by Tommy Vietor

The most compelling parts of these discussions beyond the guests is the work. When they take us through policy discussions they generally reference their work experience inside the Obama White house and it is fascinating. they were so young - it must have been incredible. 

Here are some great episodes recently including an awesome discussion with

Deray McKesson   and his efforts organizing BLM and his new Resistance Manual 

Here is a great discussion with Cody Keenan Obama's last Chief Speechwriter, Favreau's successor. Particularly the story about how Cody got the nickname "Movable Feast". What an experience. Keenan is staying with Obama to help write his memoir. 

Here is a great discussion with Jake Sullivan on the Iran Deal Negotiations. 

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Last night, President Obama said a grateful goodbye to the American people. He was as inspiring as ever and he gave me new hope. Looking beyond the next four years or eight. Rather focusing on everyday involvement. The fundamental pillars of democracy are always worth fighting for. He laid out a simple four point outline of civic duty. In other words, how does democracy work? 

Equal Economic opportunity for All.

Moving beyond Racism.

GOVERNMENT as a vehicle for the betterment of all peoples lives.

Democracy is threatened when we take it for granted.  

 

Our proudest title, one we all share : CITIZEN. 

 

Thank you Mr. President for all your work. You inspired me to be the best version of myself. 

I can't wait to stand next to you and your family whatever you do next. 

Here are a couple of my favorite memories from the Obama years. (thus far)

2004 DNC Keynote Speech

Yes We Can Speech 2008

2008 DNC Speech

I took these on August 9,  2010 on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles. I remember the Hope posters were everywhere. I pulled over and took these because of the one coming down. It felt like a metaphor for where America was with regards to the first term and the administration's priorities. As if the hope was still there but starting to decay. The President had descended back to a mortal figure. 

I took these on August 9,  2010 on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles. I remember the Hope posters were everywhere. I pulled over and took these because of the one coming down. It felt like a metaphor for where America was with regards to the first term and the administration's priorities. As if the hope was still there but starting to decay. The President had descended back to a mortal figure. 

2012 Victory Speech.

Newtown. 

2017 Farewell Address. 

Hello, Goodbye (A fond farewell to a friend.)

I am not angry. Or am I? 

No. I haven't been. It must be my white privilege. The gift that keeps on giving. 

I have been sad. So sad. During Hillary Rodham Clinton's concession I wept out all the anxiety, fear and disbelief from election night. As she stood there in front of two men. One her husband, the 42nd President of the United States. The other, her running mate, the Junior Senator of Virginia. 

She shed her labels one at a time like old skin cracking away. Flaking off in pieces.

"Corrupt" "Insider" "Greedy" "Secretive" "Too This" "Too That" "Fake Southern Accent" "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" all of it. 

As she spoke, which was one of the most important political speeches I have ever witnessed, I saw her turn to stone, put her arms above her head with her wrists together forming a foot hold for the next woman to use as her final step as she ascends to greatness. May the next woman be the honorable person we need, right when we need her. May she come quickly. 

And as for him, the one who won. The one who pounded the shrill drum for the paper thin parade of fear, dishonesty and disconnection, I wish you all the best on your journey. You are my president now. And Dempsey's. And Leigh's. And our family's. And our friends'. May you burrow deep into the depths of your own mind to find compassion, reason, justice, intellect and humility. 

Because it is so easy to say "you don't speak for us" 

But we have a process. A bedrock. A foundation. I am a democrat. Not by party but by principal. I honor my right to vote - free of all the noise and currency that attach to that honor like velcro. 

You sir, consolidate all my beliefs and priorities. In fact, the road to progress has never been clearer. When I felt the darkest after your victory,  I was met with creativity and inspiration that originated deep in my soul.

It's time to talk to each other. It's time to listen to each other. 

Not what you want to hear, but what is difficult to hear. It is time to meet that difference with dignity. We are only as divided as we let ourselves become. The truth is we are not that different. We are all human beings.

It's time for action. It's time to build. It's time to create. 

Tomorrow the sun will rise. Dempsey will wake up and tip toe into our room like a mouse, ready to take on her day. We know what to say and we know what to do.