Random Quotations – August 18th, 2016

Five items in total…

“Starting a new PAC (political action committee) is easy: Fill out some paperwork, throw up a splash-page website, rent an email list, and you’re off. It’s an entrepreneurial endeavor. Through trial-and-error, operatives test messages to see which resonate best and are most likely to get them and their vendors paid. In 2014, the Tea Party Patriots group spent just 10 percent of the $14.4 million it collected actually supporting candidates, with the rest going to consultants and vendors and (Jenny Beth) Martin, (co-founder and national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots.) Martin’s hefty salary (is) $15,000 per month; in all, she makes an estimated $450,000 a year from her Tea Party-related ventures.” – Paul H. Jossey, “How we killed the Tea Party” – Politica Magazine, August 14th, 2016.

“The Israeli Ministers of Interior and Internal Security have decided to form a team to stop the flow of Internationals who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) into the West Bank, and to expel those who have already entered the region… The team aims to gather information about these internationals and to prepare legal profiles against them in order to deport them later.” – Palestine Chronicle, “Israel plans to deport internationals involved in BDS” – August 8th, 2016.

“We don’t usually refer to ourselves as ‘media’ though in the absolute sense, we suppose we are.” – The ever-anonymous Anti-Racist Canada “collective”, August 12th, 2016.

“Any postmortem should start with the fact that there were always two Tea Parties. First were people who believe in constitutional conservatism. These folks sense the country they will leave their children and grandchildren is a shell of what they inherited. And they have little confidence the Republican Party can muster the courage or will to fix it… Second were lawyers and consultants who read 2009’s political winds and saw a chance to get rich.” – Paul H. Jossey, n:How we killed the Tea Party” – Politica Magazine, August 14th, 2016.

“It was 2009 and U.S. dignitaries were cutting the ribbon on a $14-million, U.S. government-funded naval pier in the small port city of Obock, Djibouti. Then-Djiboutian Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita called it the ‘most significant program of its kind ever undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa.’ Fast-forward seven years and massive renovations to the project are well underway. Only now, the effort is being led by the Chinese – last year, the Djibouti government kicked the U.S. military off the installation in favor of the People’s Liberation Army.” – James D. Durso, “China’s rising near this key US war base. Here’s how we push back” – Defense One, July 26th, 2016.