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Read it for yourselves! The spymasters’ report! TRUMP and prostitutes, Russian spies, oligarchs …

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A cry for help in Trumpland!

This 35-page “top secret” report on madman Trump’s ties to the Russians is as lurid as his hair color!

THIS DANGEROUS,  RIDICULOUS PAWN will soon be our next president!

Sad.

Click on the blue-colored link below to read the report…

– R.T.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984-Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.html

Steve parked in Rose’s space …

From The New York Times:

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InCity Book Review

Secondhand Time, The Last of the Soviets

By Svetlana Alexievich, (2016, Random House, 470 Pages)

Reviewed by Steven R. Maher

If Americans want to know why Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is so popular among his own people, they might want to read Svetlana Alexievich’s “Secondhand Time,” subtitled “The Last of the Soviets.” It’s an oral history of what happened in the former Soviet Union after the 1991 collapse of the Communist state.

In 2015 Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her previous books were first person accounts of the Soviet Union’s unsuccessful war in Afghanistan, suicide by old-line Communists after the Soviet Union disappeared and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Secondhand Time is the latest in this genre.

While a history buff, this writer has not read a lot books of disparate “first person” accounts. This book is different. In Secondhand Time, Alexievich breaks the book down into readable blocks. She interviewed former Soviet citizens about aspects of how they handled the transition to democracy and free enterprise capitalism. She puts in well placed chapters, quoting newspaper articles, citations from books and other sources to create a refreshing change of narrative. The terrible difficulties faced by the average Russian at the grass roots level during the great transition to a Western style political and economic system are at the heart of this book.

Average Russian

The phrase “Average Russian” well sums up life in the Soviet state. Except for those who worked in the “nomenclature” – the Bolshevik bureaucracy – the best most citizens could aspire to was being average. Ordinary Russians could expect to live on a subsistence diet in substandard housing. But for a people who had known nothing better, this system provided for their basic needs, and made the Soviet Union into a superpower many Russians took pride in.

This all changed when Michael Gorbachev become ruler of the Soviet Union. When he introduced the “perestroika” policy of restructuring Soviet society, Gorbachev gave impetus to a flood of reform that he soon lost control of.

While Gorbachev remains an esteemed figure in the West, in Russia today he is a reviled figure, held responsible for collapsing the socialist economy before he found something to replace it with. There was no subtlety to what happened. There was no managed transition to a market economy. One day the Soviet currency was devalued, and within days ordinary Russians lost everything.

Russians had no idea what to do, or how to function under lassie faire capitalism. What entrepreneurial skills and drive they once possessed, had been killed by 74 years of Communist rule. Their bank accounts reduced to nothing, they searched their homes for anything of value to be sold at hastily built kiosks. Highly educated Russians with PHDs and doctorates found themselves washing dishes, digging ditches and cleaning toilets. Many could not find work at all.

The lucrative state monopolies, such as the oil companies, were divvied up among the Soviet leadership, who overnight went from being supposed Communist egalitarians to capitalistic oligarchs. Large, organized crime syndicates sprung up across the nation to shake down newly ambitious small capitalists, murder ordinary Soviet citizens and feed like vampires off the populace.

Crimes rates soared. Russians who lived in a safe society found themselves coming across corpses of murder victims while walking down streets. Raw and ugly racism emerged. Tajiks – a Central Asian, dark skinned people – became the African-Americans of Russian society, manhandled by law enforcement, discriminated against in housing and jobs, and exploited for their cheap labor. The number of Russians who benefitted from the change to a market economy were few and far between.

This all took place in a society where there was no safety net for the unemployed, the old or the ill. It took Americans two hundred years to develop social security and Medicare. No wonder many Russians yearn to go back to the old USSR. These people were derisively called “Sovoks.” In America, they would probably be called “deplorables.”

Preparation for Putin

Particularly chilling to read were the cries for a Stalin-like strongman to “make Russia great again.” The recount of terrorist attacks by Chechen Islamic terrorists in Moscow reminds one of 9/11. There are sections about mothers burying children killed in Chechnya, reminding one of American mothers doing the same for offspring killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Alexiewich sees this as being within the Russian tradition of having strong Tsars. History has prepared the Russians for a leader like Vladimir Putin. It’s no wonder he has such widespread approval among the Russian public at large.

The book has several flaws. Some of the chapters are too long, and an index would have helped. Whether you are an optimist or a pessimist, this book’s subject matter is difficult to get through. But if you want to know why Putin is so popular in today’s Russia, reading this book would be a good place to start.

Jack! Always in style!

“God Bless America”

By Jack Hoffman

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By this time I’m sure you’ve all heard the stories about The Donald and the Gold Star family, the Khans, and the loss of their son. And candidate Donald Trump’s foray into foreign policy via ex-KGB operative, Vladimir Putin. Well, here is another example of Trump’s smearing of America you can tape to your refrigerator door:

At a small hoot in Florida, with Trump’s choice for VP, Mike Pence. Pence was giving the same old canned speech when a woman came up to the mic, introducing herself as a gold star mother who lost her son in Afghanistan. She barely got her question out – she was asking Pence about his response to Trump’s vile response to the Khans – when most of the audience began yelling out boos and some unspeakable words.

So what else is new?

Remember Trump saying he could stand out on 5th Ave and shoot someone – and his poll numbers would stay the same??

Well, there you have it: the Trump forces. The ones who have their flags waving and Make America Great bumper stickers.

I recall one thing most of us talked about a few years back: What Fox News was doing to the American public’s collective intelligence. People called it the “dumbing down of America.” And like some contagious disease, it still flourishes out there, in America.

Jack is back!

In just about 100 days Americans are going to elect a new president. As a public service, we’ve enlisted our ol’ political writer-buddy Jack Hoffman to illuminate/excavate Trump’s brain – or whatever’s rotting beneath The Donald’s Day Glo orange  hair-mat. So you’ll know better – and vote for Hillary!

Yep! Jack’s back at his laptop! Missed him? He was on sabbatical! His doc’s  prescribed medical marijuana…he’s in a good place…Read him in InCity Times! At least until inauguration day.

– Rosalie Tirella

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Trumpity Trump Trump!

By Jack Hoffman

From 1982 to 1990 the New Jersey governor was Thomas Kean (pronounced Kane). During this time New Jersey was about to legalize casinos in Atlantic City. Enter Donald Trump – we all know the stories about the profits he made by screwing lots of hard working folks – helping them go bankrupt.

During that same period, Trump befriended the governor or vice versa, and the gov got Trump to buy a New Jersey professional football team that eventually went belly up.

Chalk up another one for The Donald!

Fast forward to 2016. The Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, picks her running mate – Senator Tim Kaine (also pronounced Kane). He’s the former governor of Virginia.

Not more than three days after the announcement Trump, at a Miami rally, says the following about “her running mate, Tim Kaine, who by the way, did a terrible job in New Jersey.” Trump goes on: “He was not very popular in New Jersey and he still isn’t.” And there were other Trump embraceable comments about the wrong Kaine or Kean –  just pick a number. Wasn’t Trump a New York resident? Isn’t New Jersey next to New York? How could he screw up? How could he be saying “she” instead of “Hillary Clinton”? Women don’t exactly like that. They have names, Donald. And you want women to vote for you!

Here is another beauty from the Book of Trump: we all know about his respect for Vladimir Putin –  one of the “great” leaders of all time, says Trump. He labels Putin’s invasion of the Crimean part of Ukraine a good move. I would suggest to Mr. Trump the Ukraine is an ally of the U.S. And an independent country, formerly part of the old USSR and soon to be a NATO member. Catch this one! Paul Manafort ,Trump’s campaign manager, lived in Kiev for a period of time. What a team! They’re like the Washington Generals playing the Globetrotters, or better still, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello arguing about “Who’s on First?”!

I must confess: I wanted Trump to win the nomination way back when. I knew, and so did lots of folks, that a Trump candidacy would bury the Repugs for 10 years, maybe more.

Get to your bookie! Trump will lose by 10% . If he is lucky, he might win three states – Alabama for one. You can pick (maybe) two more.

BYE BYE, DONNY!