Former State Representative Mike Jopek Exemplifies How Corporate Media Keeps Partisans Blind And Caged In Mental Prisons

by William Skink

It’s discouraging to watch so many people being led around by duplicitous corporate media, obsessively focusing ALL their psychic energy on the latest distraction. This week’s edition is TRUMP’s TAXES!!! OH MY GOD DID YOU HEAR HE ONLY SPENT…

To highlight how this works, I’m going to pick on former State representative Mike Jopek, who represented the 4th District from 2004-2011 and might stop responding to my tweets after this post:

Since Mike asked, I happily provided this link about how Deutsche Bank is laundering cartel money and helped to fund ISIS, but in the stunted mind of someone suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, Mike was only able to muster this sad response:

What Mike Jopek is referring to when he says “tax cheat-in-chief” is the ten thousand word New York Times piece about the holy grail of the resistance, TRUMP’s TAXES!!!

Unfortunately, what Mike Jopek and so many other Democrat supporters are missing as they go apoplectic over this NYT piece is the utter corruption of the two criminal syndicates operating under the guise of “Democrats” and “Republicans” and how this corrupt system is propped up by media whores like the Grey Lady, the “paper of record” that is conveniently ignoring how Julian Assange is rotting in prison because Wikileaks has done more to expose this bipartisan corruption than any of our legacy media outlets would dare.

To show you what I am talking about, let’s take a look at what Wikileaks exposed regarding how deeply Obama was in the pockets of the banksters from the very beginning. From the link:

The most important revelation in the WikiLeaks dump of John Podesta’s emails has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton. The messages go all the way back to 2008, when Podesta served as co-chair of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team. And a month before the election, the key staffing for that future administration was almost entirely in place, revealing that some of the most crucial decisions an administration can make occur well before a vote has been cast.

Michael Froman, who is now U.S. trade representative but at the time was an executive at Citigroup, wrote an email to Podesta on October 6, 2008, with the subject “Lists.” Froman used a Citigroup email address. He attached three documents: a list of women for top administration jobs, a list of non-white candidates, and a sample outline of 31 cabinet-level positions and who would fill them. “The lists will continue to grow,” Froman wrote to Podesta, “but these are the names to date that seem to be coming up as recommended by various sources for senior level jobs.”

The cabinet list ended up being almost entirely on the money. It correctly identified Eric Holder for the Justice Department, Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security, Robert Gates for Defense, Rahm Emanuel for chief of staff, Peter Orszag for the Office of Management and Budget, Arne Duncan for Education, Eric Shinseki for Veterans Affairs, Kathleen Sebelius for Health and Human Services, Melody Barnes for the Domestic Policy Council, and more. For the Treasury, three possibilities were on the list: Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, and Timothy Geithner.

Since partisans appear to be in hermetically sealed bubbles these days, I don’t expect this information will have any impact. Even when more evidence emerges that Russiagate was a criminal operation carried out by officials at the highest levels of the Obama administration, I don’t expect partisan Democrats to be able to contextualize the seriousness of what these elements within the FBI, CIA and the DOJ did, and how dangerous it will be if they aren’t held accountable.

And how can they be held accountable when the other side is just as corrupt? William Barr is a known fixer going back to the Iran/Contra days, and his daddy, Donald Barr, used his position at the elite Dalton school to get Jeffrey Epstein a job.

The benefits of understanding how far this corruption reaches is that I don’t waste as much energy following the two minutes of hate routine dictated to me by corporate media, and I’m insulated from the false solution that voting for one cartel over the other–known as picking the lesser evil–will do a damn thing to stop these sociopaths from exploiting our fear to snatch more power for themselves.

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4 Responses to Former State Representative Mike Jopek Exemplifies How Corporate Media Keeps Partisans Blind And Caged In Mental Prisons

  1. Big Swede says:

    Read this before coming here.


    I posted that last night on Facebook, and sure enough, this morning my feed is filled with people who don’t know shit about taxes retweeting the stupid opinions of other morons who also don’t know shit about taxes. This is just as annoying as last week when these same idiots all suddenly became Constitutional Scholars. Or the month before that when they were all experts on use of force laws and police tactics. Or the month before that when they suddenly got their epidemiology degrees from the University of Internet and turned into infectious disease experts.

    Holy shit, you Dunning-Krugerands are annoying. Of course the comments are all about the “morality” of paying your “fair share”. Which isn’t how any of this works in real life. Just stop it with your vapid hot takes already. You clearly have a child-like grasp of a complex topic, and your words are making America dumber.

    As a former accountant, please allow me to explain why all of today’s newly formed tax experts are fucking morons, and we should metaphorically put a brick in a sock and beat them over the head with it until they shut up.

    I’m going to keep this blog post simple. I’m not going to get into any of the specifics of the leaked Trump taxes. Why? Because:

    We don’t know how full of shit the NYT is, and you don’t do taxes based on rumors and innuendo. You do taxes based upon financial statements and the company’s books.
    This shit is super complicated and my happy ass is retired and likes getting paid more money to write books instead of reading through thousands of pages of IRS regs.
    So big picture time…

    First off, “morality” doesn’t have jack shit to do with taxation. You pay what you legally owe. Nobody willingly pays the government more than they legally owe.

    This has always been this way since America has had income taxes. There is endless court precedent. You pay what you legally owe. That’s it. If you pay less than you legally owe, then the government will fine or imprison you. If you pay more than you legal owe, the government will laugh and laugh, because you are an idiot, and you deserve to be poor.

    Every single person who barks about how somebody else should be paying more? They themselves are paying the minimum they can get away with. As they should. As should you.

  2. Greg Strandberg says:

    I deleted Facebook a month before the 2018 election and I haven’t regreted it, nor have I missed it.

    I was stupid and kept Twitter, though…at least until last month when I finally deleted it too. It’s a cess pool, a sewer, a place that fills you with anger, hate and vitriol. Do yourself a favor and do what I did – get it out of your life.

    I’ll be honest – in the month since deleting Twitter, I have gone to #mtpol a couple times to ‘check-in.’ My, is that a sad and depressing place! A third of the people are young Dem-hires from out-of-state that will be gone after November. Another third are GOP-hires doing the same thing…sending out junk all day. The other third are old has-beens and never-weres, most of them either retired or working some nonprofit job that doesn’t care that they spend all day sending out tweets that probably 5% of Montanans never see (if even that).

    In other words, it’s meaningless. Most social media is. It’s a huge bubble where you just see like-minded opinions. If something gets in that your bubble doesn’t agree with, it’s met with backlash, ridicule, and beneath the surface…fear.

    Fear, hate and anger – that’s all social media is good for anymore. I think it might actually be more harmful to your life than alcohol. You’d probably be better off without it. I know I am.

    • Tim A says:

      Here here.

      I’m increasingly viewing social media as the safety-safe of people who are so insecure and have so few productive places to put their energy that they constantly are checking their phones for people to tell them they’re right. Imagine being so needy for validation or blinded by ideology that you need a place to tell you how good you are and how bad other people are?

      There is hard science that shows the dopamine response conditions people to continue checking their phones for small “highs” through funny stories, interesting news or self-righteous viewing of others. I legitimately think it’s an illness that is strongly associated with depression, anxiety etc. Jonathan Haidt’s book “The Coddling of the American Mind” studies this in-depth with data to back it up showing the direct harms and rise of mental health problems from social media, particularly among young women.

      What else explains the fact that liberals consider themselves so intelligent and self-righteous they have no issues with completely eliminating the poor, working-class, whites, men, conservatives, Christians, Republicans etc. from all news, academia and media? Why ACTUALLY see the results of your beliefs in action or ACTUALLY help minorities when you can continue to be their “helper” through all your “activism?” It’s just another form of class warfare and white supremacy where you can be better than people for nothing other than the thoughts in your own head and unaccountable words on the Internet. It’s a form of extermination to “cleanse” the public space of “hate” which requires no work and they reap all the benefits. There is a reason the oldest texts of our civilization going back over 2,000 years warn of people who self-righteously take “good” positions in the most visible way possible. Check out Matthew 23 or the Parable of the Pharisee/Tax Collector in Luke.

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