Why is the Smithsonian Channel Running a Show about 9/11 After the Trump/Iran Move?? Not a Surprise When You Know This…..

~By InsightAnalytical-GRL

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Let me bring you this tidbit…the Smithsonian Channel is showing 9/11: The Day that Changed the World, right now at 11-1pm MT…followed by The Hunt for Bin Laden.  Coincidence? Here’s the whole crew…Bush, Cheney, Guiliani and all the chest-beating…

Not when you realize that the Smithsonian Channel has SOLD it’s last equity share of the channel to SHOWTIME.. back in the fall…but still gets royalty payment from programming.


Nov. 8, 2019

Smithsonian sells its stake in … the Smithsonian Channel


“In other Smithsonian news, the Board of Regents voted Oct. 21 to elect venture capitalist Steve Case as its chairman for a one-year term, effective Jan. 28. It is the first time in at least three years that billionaire philanthropist and
Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein has not served as chair, though he remains a member of the executive committee.”

AH, The Carlyle Group…famous for being the home of the Bushes with big ties to China, and Russia,  in particular, in the recent past…

The Carlyle Group Profits from Government and Conflict

(Source: Center for Public Integrity; issued Nov. 18, 2004)

From The Economist, June 26, 2003:  (free excerpt)

ON the day Osama bin Laden’s men attacked America, Shafiq bin Laden, described as an estranged brother of the terrorist, was at an investment conference in Washington, DC, along with two people who are close to President George Bush: his father, the first President Bush, and James Baker, the former secretary of state who masterminded the legal campaign that secured Dubya’s move to the White House. The conference was hosted by the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm that manages billions of dollars, including, at the time, some bin Laden family wealth. It also employs Messrs Bush and Baker.

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, when no one was being allowed in or out of the United States, many members of the bin Laden family in America were spirited home to Saudi Arabia. The revival of defence spending that followed greatly increased the value of the Carlyle Group’s investments in defence companies.

From Voltaire.net
13 November 2003

Bush, Khodorkovsky & Associates

The United States and numerous media outlets have been outraged by the arrest of Russian multimillionaire and oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky last October 25th. However, they have both failed to inform the public opinion about his financial links with the Bush family and his investments in the press. The Russian magnate is an important member of the Carlyle Group, a powerful association specialized in fund management that also administrates the fortunes of the Bush and Bin Laden families.

Two Russian businessmen, Platon Lebedev (president of the Menatep banking group, arrested for fraud on July 2, 2003) and Mikhail Khodorkovsky (president of the oil group Yukos-Sibneft, arrested for fraud on October 25, 2003) were members of the administrative manager’s office of the Carlyle Group’s investment funds, as indicated in an editorial by the Washington Post on Monday, November 10, 2003.
This is the Iraq War set-up all over again…The Smithsonian Channel seems to be engaging in blatant propaganda…it coincides with Pence et al starting the disinformation campaign trying to link Iran to 9/11.
Like many others, I am hyper-suspicious about anything the Trump Administration does or says.   So, pardon me, if the showing of these films aroused my wariness.
But, coincidence or not…


P.S. If the name Steve Case is rattling around in your brain…..he’s the former CEO of America Online (AOL) and retired as chairman of AOL Time Warner in 2003.

I Never Knew I Liked Bowling So Much…Especially Watching the Pins Fall

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

In the space of an hour today (between 2 – 3 PM MT,  September 30, 2019)…

  • Rudy Guiliani subpoenaed
  • Mike Pompeo reported to have listened in on the call between Trump and Zelensky
  • Trump reported to have “asked” for help from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to help Bill Barr investigate the origins of the Mueller report



I would say the game is on, no?

FDR’s Words: Wisdom From the Past to All Decent Americans as Trump Blows Off the Anniversary of the Start of WWII

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

A couple of days ago, on August 31, the 80th anniversary of the start of World War 2 was commemorated in Poland, which the Nazis invaded, September 1, 1939.


WARSAW (Reuters) – Germany’s president asked for forgiveness for his country on Sunday for the suffering of the Polish people during World War Two as Poland marked 80 years since the Nazi German invasion that unleashed the deadliest conflict in human history.

The ceremonies began at 4:30 a.m. in the small town of Wielun, site of one of the first bombings of the war on Sept. 1, 1939, with speeches by Polish President Andrzej Duda and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Few places saw death and destruction on the scale of Poland. It lost about a fifth of its population, including the vast majority of its 3 million Jewish citizens.


Trump, of course, took the opportunity of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian to skip out of this important event.  This may have been a good thing as he certainly would have ruined the solemnity of the occasion.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke these words as the conflict unfolded.  They are eerily prescient:

Franklin D Roosevelt

“There is a mysterious cycle in human events,” he declared. “To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.

“In this world of ours in other lands, there are some people who, in times past, have lived and fought for freedom, and seem to have grown too weary to carry on the fight. They have sold their heritage of freedom for the illusion of a living. They have yielded their democracy’.

It is time for all decent Americans to stay strong on this Labor Day, 2019.



By InsightAnalytical-GRL

It’s a dreary day here and I have been watching Nicolle Wallace  on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House, dozing off in the recliner…

Toward the end of of the show,  as Trump’s political impotence was discussed, the panel dissolved into hysterical laughter and I woke up…

Wallace went to Steve Schmidt and as he delivered one of his take downs of Trump, he asked the question, WHERE ARE THE PESOS?…the pesos that are supposed to pay for THE WALL.

Well, the in-studio panel disintegrated again into laughter and a couple of the folks picked up on that line as being a new meme…

So, here we go, possibly the first use in a blog post….



And, why not ask another question that’s been on my mind? When is Trump going to drop the idea of this stupid wall???   One might wish that Trump will


*Editor’s Note: 2 Taco Belle Chihuahuas reside in my home…one soft, the other a bobble head.  The soft one is still talking…

Parade of Marching Toilet Seats to Accompany Tanks Down Pennsylvania Avenue…Festive Seats Will Pay Homage to the President’s Mar-a-Lago, U.S. Navy Sonar Affecting Sea Life, and Historic Weaponry (Update July 4, 2019)

~~By InsightAnalytical-GRL

UPDATE:  Instead of hijacking Memorial Day, Trump has succeeded in hijacking the 4th of July, 2019.   This post seems very appropriate now.


In a supremely patriotic gesture, Donald J. Trump has decided America needs a military parade.

Notwithstanding the fact that the government is pretty much broke and now has a burgeoning deficit thanks to Trump and the GOP and that many critical government departments are withering away along with critical programs needed for the health and safety of the country, the parade is being carefully planned to celebrate America’s might.

Critics suggest that this extravaganza to feed Trump’s infantile love of a military that he never served in is a waste of money.  That being said, the Pentagon has always been very good at wasting money on its own.  Now, the Pentagon and Trump are teaming up for the mother of all examples of wasteful spending.

Who can forget the famous Reagan-era scandal about wasteful spending by our military? President Reagan put on his “outrage” performance at the time, as reported by the New York Times:

Dept. of Hundred-Dollar Toilet Seats

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17— Disclosures about the Defense Department paying hundreds of dollars for a hammer and hundreds more for a toilet seat have infuriated President Reagan, who has called the reports a ”constant drumbeat of propaganda” and not typical of the way the Government operates.

But that ”propaganda,” the President apparently forgot or did not know, originated with a commission on governmental efficiency for which he has been full of praise, the Grace Commission.  (more)

By January, 1987 the story was so big that cartoonist Herblock  produced a cartoon commentary about military spending that included a depiction of Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger with a toilet seat (tagged at $640) hanging around his neck. This cartoon, along with others, was featured in a Library of Congress exhibit in 2000 entitled “Herblock’s History – Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium–
Invasion of the corporate body snatchers.”  Herblock’s History

“Our bags are packed” — Weinberger on Star Wars program

Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger was a strong advocate of increased arms spending, including the proposed anti-missile missile program, known as “Star Wars.” The $640 toilet seat collar on Weinberger became a Herb Block fixture after disclosures of Pentagon purchases of $435 hammers, $466 socket wrenches, $600 ashtrays and $2,043 wing nuts.

Our bags are packed”–Weinberger on Star Wars program, January 25, 1987. Ink, crayon, porous point pen, opaque white, and overlays over blue pencil underdrawing on paper. Published in the Washington Post (101) LC-USZ62-126882

So, it is apparent that Trump is paying homage to that great era of military history by planning his own military parade.  And, of course, not only is it being done to please him, it will be ABOUT him.

So, in addition to trotting out a full display of our military armaments and troops by the thousands, a very special addition will be a contingent of toilet seats, harkening back to the great toilet seat scandal of 1986.  And, as a special touch, some of the seats will be designed to reflect the current President’s personal playground, Mar-a-Lago.



Official Commemorative  Mar-a-Lago Toilet Seat

A separate contingent of marchers will pay homage to the environment and will feature dolphins, who, along with whales and other sea life, are being harmed by U.S. Navy sonar.

Dolphin Toilet Seat

Sea Life Affected by U.S. Navy Sonar

But, there WILL be toilet seats that convey the history of our military, specifically the burnished-wood rifle musket and gun stocks that our brave soldiers used during the American Revolution well and into the 20th century.  This tasteful display of respect to all our heroes will be represented by wooden seats in rich, cherry tones.


Cherry-toned Toilet Seats Will Honor Soldiers of the Past

So, as the parade marches by, keep your eyes peeled for the very special marchers with  toilet seats.   Some might be carrying them, some may be wearing them around their necks so they can  swing their arms in good march time.  And, somewhere, President Reagan and Caspar Weinberger will cheering them on…along with Trump.






The GOP in 2018…Crocodile Tears

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

Oh, the horror!  The poor kids needing CHIP…oh, and the poor kids needing DACA resolved…Oh, it’s enough to bring the GOP to tears…


Oh, but REALLY, it’s the CHIP kids VERSUS the DACA kids, because the GOP doesn’t give a damn about either one of them…they are just pawns in their political games….

Congratulations, Mitchy McConnell and Donny Trump, Tom Cotton and Steven Miller…and the entire collection of vile people who comprise the GOP!





Trump Trots Out the Romanian President, But the Corrupt Power Behind the Throne is Liviu Dragnea (Who Met with Mike Flynn Just before the Inauguration)

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

Trump trotted out the President of Romania today for a show at the White House Rose Garden.  Most of the press coverage has been about Trump’s comments about James Comey, tapes, and his supposed willingness to testify under oath about all the stuff swirling around him.

The Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, was here to talk about stronger ties with Washington and how Romania was really working hard to up its spending for defense, a big thing on Trump’s mind when it comes to NATO members.

From Foreign Policy:

The Romanian President Is in D.C. to Talk Defense, But…

“Security and defense represent a key component of the U.S.-Romanian strategic partnership,” Iohannis said at a Wednesday event at the Heritage Foundation. “As a dependable ally, Romania is doing its share. This year, we have fulfilled our objective,” spending 2 percent of GDP on defense — the first, Iohannis said, to do so, noting it was at the top of his presidential agenda.

“The visit of the Romanian president in Washington is here to underline the importance of our defense and military ties and reinforce our cooperation also in terms of trade,” Victor Negrescu, a Romanian member of European Parliament told Foreign Policy. Negrescu pointed to increased Romanian defense spending, support for the installment of an anti-ballistic missile system, and the establishment of a “pro-U.S. caucus” in Romanian parliament.


But who is behind this “pro-U.S. caucus? Well, there is a power behind this throne.  The President of the parliament’s chamber of deputies is one Liviu Dragnea, who is considered to be the guy with the real power.  He organized the “pro-U.S. caucus.”  Iohannis is the head of the ruling party, but is not the prime minister.  Why? Because, as the Foreign Policy article explains, Iohannis ” would not approve a government with Dragnea at the helm, because Dragnea was convicted for his role in rigging a 2012 referendum. ”

Gee, whiz! And isn’t it interesting that, according to Foreign Policy, ” Dragnea met with Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security advisor, shortly before Trump was sworn in as president (and a few weeks before Flynn was fired in disgrace.) Dragnea is also thought to be a force behind the proposed legislation that would let politicians charged with corruption — as Dragnea himself is — off the proverbial hook; that legislation was withdrawn after thousands took to the streets of Bucharest.

Back in February, you might recall that hundreds of thousands of Romania citizens protested for in the streets for 6 nights.  The Guardian reported

’27 years of corruption is enough’: Romanians on why they are protesting

After six nights on the streets, Romanian protesters appear to have won after the government scrapped corruption legislation that ignited the country’s largest demonstrations since the fall of communism. But those who responded to a Guardian callout say it is not enough, and are demanding that the government step down.

“They are profoundly corrupt. Their first priority after taking office is to alter the most important work that has been done in Romania in the past 28 years: the anti-corruption fight,” says Andrei, a 28-year-old air traffic controller, who protested in Bucharest. “Nobody wants a reversal to the period of the early noughties where there was no consequences for organised fraud.”

Half a million Romanians took to the streets after the government put through a decree to decriminalise corruption involving sums of less than 200,000 lei (£38,000). The prime minister, Sorin Grindeanu, of the Social Democratic party (PSD) and who has been in office for less than a month, repealed the order on Sunday.


An immediate beneficiary of the decree would have been the PSD leader, Liviu Dragnea, who faces charges of defrauding the state of €24,000 (£20,000). Dragnea has said he has not ruled himself out as a future leader, but under current law is not allowed to be appointed prime minister because of his conviction.


Dragnea was among those depicted as effigies during the protest:


At the time, President Iohannis made pronouncements against this legislation, so Trump may not look on this stance favorably. However, Trump would be OK with the fact that   back in December 2016, he rejected a Muslim woman for the position of Prime Minister.

Romania’s president has rejected a proposal by the leftist party that won elections this month to appoint the country’s first female and first Muslim prime minister.

Klaus Iohannis gave no reasons for rejecting the nomination of Sevil Shhaideh, put forward by the Social Democrats (PSD), but there was speculation that it may have been due to her Syrian husband’s background.

“I have properly analysed the arguments for and against and I have decided not to accept this proposal,” the president said in a televised statement. “I call on the PSD coalition to make another proposal.”

The PSD won 45% of the vote on 11 December. Its leader, Liviu Dragnea, withdrew his own bid to become prime minister because he is serving a two-year suspended sentence for fraud in a previous election.



Of course, only a couple of months ago, the man who did became prime minister, Grindeanu, tried to water down the anti-corruption laws.

So Liviu Dragnea is doing fine behind the scenes…and he hasn’t ruled himself as being Romania’s leader in the future, despite his corruption…stay tuned.