Mcfaul and Obama Plane

Yes, Ambassador McFaul uses this photo as his cover photo on Facebook. This is especially entertaining when one looks at the history of the Ambassador.  For further proof, just go read old issues of The Exile (back when it was actually worth a read).

In regards to Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi (the founders of the paper).  They never seemed to really love Russia.  It seemed more like it was their very own playground where they didn’t have to grow up.  No wonder both are now the very same people they once so loathed.  In saying this, I would suggest their outstanding book, The Exile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia.  They did some outstanding work exposing what was really going on in Russia in the 90s.  And no, I don’t believe that Vladimir Putin chased them out of the country.


Name: James Kirchick

Place of Birth: ?

Resides: Greater Boston area

Date of Birth: 1983

Religion: Jewish?


Education: Yale University (Undergraduate Degree)

Languages Spoken: English (native), and claims to know German and French.

Published In: The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, The American Interest, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Columbia Journalism Review, Prospect, Commentary World Affairs Journal, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal,The Los Angeles Times,Ha’aretz, The New York Sun, The New York Daily News, The Hill, Washington Examiner, and The Advocate.

Awards: Excellence in Student Journalism Award and the Journalist of the Year Award from National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Association.

Associated With: Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD – Since November of 2011).  *Note: He is not listed on their official list of fellows.  This is a neocon think tank.

Association with Russia: Rant on RT that has made him a darling among gays and neocons alike.

Famous For: Labeling those who don’t agree with him as anti-semitic (including his self-created nemesis Glenn Greenwald – a Jew), Smearing Ron Paul, and admitting to being a lonely gay man.

Threat Level: Absolutely none.  His rant actually caused this famous piece from the Russian blogging world.  The title reads, “Why Nobody Likes Gays”.  

Potential Love Interest: John Aravosis.  Both have made Masha Gessen look like a United Russia spokeswoman as of late.

Update: MSNBC’s very own Lawrence O’Donnell gave Kirchick a standing ovation on his show for standing up to Vladimir Putin.  This is the O’Donnell that calls himself “a practical socialist“.  As opposed to an unrealistic or impractical one.  This is the same O’Donnell who verbally attacked Julia Ioffe.

Ioffe is a well-known Russophobe who is tied to The New Republic much like Kirchick.  She also posts pictures to her Instagram account of gay men under titles like, “Justmarriedfuckyeah” or this post that shows that she just might be a 12 year old boy.  One of her closest friends in Moscow is Mike, a gay American journalist.  Care to figure out who that might be?  By the way, the RT segment brought Ioffe “pure, unalloyed joy“.  Russophobes, such as Ioffe, must throw in words like “unalloyed” because their work is empty.  Void.  Hollow.  Missing anything other than what the establishment wants out of them.

*NOTE: Inspiration for this post came from this excellent RT piece.


A simple Google search leads you to the resume of Russophobe Stephen Blank.  Mr. Blank will correct it if he believes in transparency.  He states that he was an Assistant Professor of Russian History at the University of Texas.  Then to the right he lists its location as San Antonio.  A very big mistake at best.  The University of Texas is one of the top schools in America.  Its location is in Austin, Texas.  The University of Texas at San Antonio is where he taught.  A massive difference to the American intellectual elite.

His claim that he is fluent in both Russian and French is possible, but questionable.  Fluency is hard to define, but it is virtually impossible to find a Westerner who hasn’t spent many years in the Russian speaking world who can even approach a level of Russian that rivals that of a native.  The current U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, is famous for his struggles with the language.  The most famous being this obscene tweet.

If you want an example of an American who speaks incredible Russian you can look at former U.S. Ambassador John Beyrle.  Ambassador Beyrle has been spending time in the former Soviet Union for decades.  He is a student of the language and of the culture.  Yet, even his Russian is not without grammatical faults that every non-native speaker will struggle with for their entire lives.  So, to state that you are fluent in Russian as a non-native speaker is brash at the very best.


I am working on a very lengthy piece involving one very odd U.S. taxpayer funded opposition face – Vera Kichanova.   Involves White House meetings with Susan Rice, a shady international American gay right’s activist who helped create a Russian political party, strange claims of being involved in gay bashing by this… , hanging around CIA created institutions, supporting Navalny (a nationalist), and more.  This all involving a 22 year old!


“Enter Carmel Lobello. During her years working in both LA and New York, Carmel has styled many people you’ve heard of, you like, maybe you hate and/or admire, she has worked as the Fashion Director for Death+Taxes Magazine” *Source


The below commentary is in regards to this story from The Week.

The corporate media is lazy when it comes to Russia.  Expect to see it all when it comes to those chosen to write about the evils of Mother Russia.  An author that doubles as a camp counselor (Holdenried) is laughable.  Using a college intern, who probably can’t find Russia on a map, to spread Russophobia is brazen.  But turning a fashion stylist into a Russian expert overnight is new territory. 

Mind you, this is not a fluff piece.  This is not a warm feel good story about a lost kitten who finds its way home.  No.  This is a head on assault.  Allegations of innocent men being put away in prison.  Of a world leader intent on jailing those that he disagrees with.  All here.  All from a fashion stylist.

Carmel Lobello is new name when it comes to English language coverage of Russia.  There is a good reason for that.  See, Carmel Lobello is a fashion stylist who somehow has found herself writing for The Week as the business editor.  She has no page (the number one Russian social networking site).  Her friends’ list on Facebook is void of actual Russians.  Instead it is the usual list of struggling hipsters you so often see from those who land in journalism these days.  We do know that she attended Emerson College in Vermont.  Looking through the possible courses she might have taken there I see not one that touches upon anything Russian.  There is also nothing about her past that makes one think she speaks Russian or has even spent a day in the country.  Hold on.  It gets even better.  A Google search finds that Lobello has written more articles dealing with sperm than with Russia.  She seems more interested in sperm donors and digesting semen than Russia.  Another article related to digesting semen if you dare.

Now, lets not stop there.  Lets just see what Lobello makes of Russia. Part of her story brings into question the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.  Russians, even those who do not support Putin, are stunned as to why Washington and London hold Khodorkovsky up as a martyr for a free and just Russia.  In Russian poll after Russian poll, Khodorkovsky can never crack the 10% mark (link credit goes to Anatoly Karlin) when it comes to percentage of Russians who view him as a political prisoner.  Don’t forget that Khodorkovsky’s bank (Bank Menatep) used state funds to purchase Yukos for the sum of $350 million.  Unusual when you take into account that market cap. was more like $9 billion.  More unusual, when you see that a much better bid by a rival bank was for some reason not allowed.  So, essentially, Mikhail Khodorkovsky robbed the Russian people in order to gain Yukos for himself.

Most discussion of Khodorkovsky ends here.  What many still do not realize is just how much danger he presented to Russia.  At the time of his arrest, Khodorkovsky was in the middle of a US-backed coup d’etat to capture the Russian presidency.  His was also in the process of selling 40% of Yukos to Chevron or Exxon Mobil.  By doing this he would have given away Russia’s most valuable export – Oil.  The winner would have been American oil companies.

Carmel Lobello also asserts that, “many innocent people are going to jail for white-collar crimes.”  Yet, she provides not one example!  Not a one!  These are serious allegations.  No links.  No names.  Nothing. 

How does an editor allow this story to get placed on a corporate site?  Is it possible that Carmel Lobello was told to write a negative Russian story?  Of course, we will never know.  What we do know is that real journalism died years ago in corporate America.

Note* Carmel Lobello is active on Twitter so I asked her if she knew Russian or had ever been to Russia.  She still hasn’t responded. 

 A lot of what we [NED] do was done 25 years ago covertly by the CIA. – NED founder, Alan Weinstein, in 1991 Source

Date: July 17, 2013

Location: Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building (United States – Washington, D.C.)

Time: 4:00 PM EST – Panel Discussion.  5:30 PM EST Reception and Awards Presentation

Sponsored By: National Endowment for Democracy

Contact: Jane Riley Jacobsen, 202-378-9604 or

Event Funded By: Mostly from the United States Congress paid for by American taxpayers.

Key Players: Vera Kichanova (Award Winner) and Judy Shelton (Presenter)

Stated Purpose: NED will honor three outstanding young people who are working in extraordinarily challenging environments to create a democratic future in their respective countries. Source: NED event page.

Dossier: Past Russian recipients include: Ludmilla Alekseeva, Arseny Roginsky, Aleksei Simonov, Mara Polyakov, and Anna Politkovskaya…Kichanova’s presenter, Judy Shelton, serves on the editorial board of the Cato Journal.  The Cato Institute has been one of the NED’s harshest critics in the past…The likes of John McCain and Hillary Clinton have presented awards in the past…Washington Post Blog ran an interview with her.  Susannah Jacob (the blogger) appears to be a college student from the University of Texas.  She also appears to have no background with Russian politics.

Threat Level: Close to zero.  Kichanova basically documented her funded trip on her social networking pages.  Photographs of her proudly visiting media groups that were originally created by the CIA makes her impotent in any legitimate movement.  Best bet for her backers is that she gets arrested.  Bigger questions are why would the Cato Institute be involved with a NED supported activist and why would The Washington Post use a college student to interview a Russian activist?