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Also there is a page about the 2004 election, its aftermath, and the lessons to be learned, and (obviously) a newer one about the 2006 election.
There is also a new page about The Great Wall Street Bailout of 2008.
There is a special subsection at the bottom of this page about Caroline Kennedy and her attempt to get a seat in the Senate based entirely on her family's wealth and influence.
There is also a subsection about MADD, which is an organization that apparently spends its time and effort on a lot of issues unrelated to drunk driving.
Note: All the material about domestic spying, normally seen in this spot, has been moved here.
And now there is a new page about Term limits for Congress.
The temporary hijrah subsection has moved to a page of its own,
Obama Led Germany Into Putin's Energy Trap. Vladimir Putin's energy war is real but undeclared. The West's counter energy war is declared but not real. Doubtful is whether the latest convoluted U.S. plan to cap Mr. Putin's oil receipts will be any different (though it's certain to spawn a lot of future Marc Riches). But notice that Mr. Putin remains careful to say Russia desires to keep meeting its gas contracts with Western Europe. It's Europe's fault that exports through the Nord Stream pipeline are halted for safety reasons, because sanctions prevent repairing a faulty compressor. Mr. Putin's Gazprom cronies cheerfully pipe up to say the second Nord Stream pipeline could quickly fill the gap if Germany's government, by its own action, had not refused to allow it to operate. Less famous pipelines, including the Yamal that runs through Ukraine, continue to carry Russian gas to Europe with the tolerance of Ukraine's leadership.
A man of accomplishment: Ron DeSantis' pitch for president. Ron DeSantis is running for president. He has as much as admitted it, although he hasn't done the obligatory visits to Iowa and New Hampshire. 2024 should be his time and it would be a waste if he didn't run. Governor DeSantis doesn't have to announce yet. The contenders for the nominations are former president Trump or DeSantis. Everybody else is an also-ran. Trump, should he decide to run, can count on residual loyalty. DeSantis can appeal to voters as a younger, more vital, less controversial, and arguably more politically savvy alternative. Trump commands attention, but that attention tends to draw focus to himself. DeSantis commands attention, but he draws focus to an issue. He can force the news media to cover anything he chooses, even when they would rather do just about anything else.
Are you better off than you were two years ago? When the Democrat Party assumed office in January 2020, we were a nation that was essentially energy independent and a net exporter of energy, we had one of the lowest unemployment rates in recent history to include many minorities groups, our borders were secure, inflation was negligible. President Biden was ostensibly elected to office to "unify" the county and tone down the rhetoric. In other words, many Americans looked to him to return the nation to "normal" and be the father figure to heal our differences. If anything, allowing the Democrat Party to assume control of our lives has caused the opposite. Our borders are porous, causing a mass influx of fentanyl which has killed thousands of our youth, violent crime in our inner cities is at an all-time high, inflation is rampant, and the country is hardly unified — and this happened in just a short two years and yet the Democrat Party is asking you as a voter to give them two more years to try to get it right! So, when you cast your vote, I would urge you to ask your self are we better off than we were two years ago. From my perspective the answer is NO, so please make an informed decision based on facts and logic.
Trump or DeSantis? Why not both? Gov. Ron DeSantis shattered the elites' virtue with the Martha's Vineyard ploy. It was delectable, but busing illegal aliens to blue states was originally Texas governor Greg Abbott's idea. DeSantis took it to another level. Is DeSantis as creative and clever as he seems to be? I hope so, but DeSantis's life has not been bombed the way Trump's has. The way I believe voters are beginning to frame their choice for the "who can save America" presidential candidate boils down to whether candidate Trump or candidate DeSantis is the indispensable choice to overcome the Deep State and the absolutely massive cheating to come. I do not think Trump is in any way a loose cannon problem that a "tempering" DeSantis would solve. To allow the media to be arbiters of what is cringe-worthy is old-school fretting that will not be helpful next time around. Donald Trump understands the battlefield as no one else. He would help mature DeSantis to be an even greater force for his own eight years. I think having both in the White House at the same time is the indispensable choice.
This thread explaining why nobody is joining the military is a must-read. The military is in trouble and its leadership has no clue. So what's the problem, exactly? You are about to read a lot of common sense packed into a few short paragraphs. It's a rare thing to see. [...]
Are Democrats Deliberately Choosing Impaired Candidates? Once could be excused. Twice is suspicious. Three times seems like a strategy. Are Democrats choosing infirm, intellectually challenged, feeble people to run for office so that they can be easily manipulated? [...] George Soros, the Obamas, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, and many other wealthy, elite, no-borders, one-world Marxist climate zealots have an iron grip on the Democrat Party from bottom to top. Are the elites deliberately choosing weak people so as to control them from behind the curtain? We know they have done that with Biden, Kamala, and Fetterman. Is this their new modus operandi; choose the weak who will bow to the strong because the weak are more palatable to voters than the strong? After all, why run candidates with minds of their own when you can run a candidate who has a mind that can easily be hijacked for radical leftist causes?
Can the GOP Accommodate Two Rock Stars? Fresh from his deft Martha's Vineyard gambit, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew into Kansas on Sunday to rally support for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, now running for governor against incumbent Democrat Laura Kelly. Saul Alinsky, the acknowledged master of forcing poseurs to honor their own policies, could not have done better than DeSantis. No political stroke in memory has succeeded in exposing liberal hypocrisy quite so effortlessly and effectively. Had the Islanders taken the 50 illegal aliens in, they might have checked DeSantis's move and saved a little face, but they didn't. They lived up to their most ludicrous stereotypes, calling in the National Guard and deporting the hapless Venezuelans to some sterile Army base on the mainland. It will be years before "Martha's Vineyard" is anything but a template for a meme or a punch line to a joke. Both Schmidt and U.S. Senator Roger Marshall had fun with Martha's Vineyard in the speeches they gave preceding DeSantis's. The SRO crowd at the Olathe (O-lay-the) Civics Center ate it up. When DeSantis took center stage, the thousands in attendance were primed. They surged to their feet and roared their appreciation. If it wasn't clear before this past week, it was clear to everyone in Olathe. Ron DeSantis has arrived.
Is the media honeymoon running out for John Fetterman? Let's not mince words: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) may not be capable of performing the duties required of him if he wins his race for U.S. Senate against Republican Mehmet Oz. This perspective comes after Fetterman, who suffered a stroke nearly four months ago, seems to be avoiding a debate with Oz before early voting begins on Sept. 19. Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV had offered to host a debate between the two on Sept. 6, but Fetterman declined. "As I recover from this stroke and improve my auditory processing and speech, I look forward to continuing to meet with the people of Pennsylvania," Fetterman said in a statement after the Oz campaign offered to debate in September. "They'll always know where I stand." Actually, voters won't know where Fetterman stands if he continues to do T-ball interviews with handpicked media members and avoids being challenged directly by Oz in a debate setting.
Germany Plays Blame Games after '16 Years of Energy Policy Failure'. Germany's economy and climate minister has angrily lashed out at Angela Merkel's party, accusing it of being responsible for "16 years of energy policy failure". While the ongoing gas crisis across Europe gets steadily worse, political tensions in Germany appear to be growing, with the country's economic and climate minister, Robert Habeck, angrily lashing out at his political rivals in the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the party of former chancellor Angela Merkel. Despite having been warned by then-President Donald Trump that relying on Russia for energy was endangering the security of both Germany and her allies, Merkel's government presided over a green agenda-fueled shift away from domestic fossil fuel production that made the country ever more reliant on gas exports supplied by Moscow.
America Delira. Travel abroad and or talk to pro-American foreigners here, and you will be surprised at what they say. It is not boilerplate anti-Americanism of the usual cheap Euro style. And their keen criticism is not just that we are $30 trillion in debt, dependent on China, with a corrupt elite, or have gone insane inventing the most lurid crimes to put away the supposedly predetermined guilty Donald Trump. Instead, they express disbelief, worry, lamentation even, that the one solid referent in the world has gone, well, completely rabid. They are terrified after the Afghanistan debacle that their old ally or new homeland, the once constant America, is delirious, incompetent, and self-loathing, and now there is no plausible alternative to the old American deterrence. So, they wonder who will resist China, Russia, Iran, or North Korea — and are silently petrified to go it alone without the United States.
Is cheaper titanium worth prolonging the Ukraine war? Last month, Fortune reported good news: 1,000 companies had followed through on their divestiture of business in Russia. Combined with the West's government sanctions, these companies' courage to do the right thing is having "a crushing impact on Russia's wilting economy," according to Fortune. But a few companies haven't followed their conglomerate brothers and sisters. Each of them is putting short-term gain over long-term loss — earning dollars now with Russia but losing the trust of dozens of other nations in the process. This short-sighted approach may cost no company more than Airbus. The world's largest aerospace company is primarily a government contractor, heavily reliant on good relations with businesses, government officials, and politicians around the world. This means keeping everyone happy — not putting one country over the rest.
What Drives Government Action? It is understandable that folks are baffled and dismayed by the news that confronts us each day. The Babylon Bee can barely keep a step ahead of the nitwittery we see playing out in real time. For example, California politicians decided to take money from taxpayers in order to buy medical insurance for illegal aliens. The federal government tossed bundles of COVID relief cash every which way, with over a billion dollars of it raining down on incarcerated convicts, including Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And we witnessed government spend billions to fight the prospect of climate change, only to create the reality of crushing inflation. Why are these things happening? Who benefits? Which politicians ran on a platform of doing any of this? And, if we claim to be a government by consent, who is it that consented?
The Great Upheaval Is Almost Here. [Scroll down] Manufacturers are hustling to engage scarce labor and increase production — but that's to fill backed-up orders. New demand is stalled, which means when the old orders are filled everything stops. It stops because when it costs so much to make new things, the resulting price is beyond what the market will bear. And so comes the crash. But it could get worse than that. Look at Europe, where it's less a question of how much it costs to make new things and more whether making them is possible at all. The lights are literally going out all over Europe. Two-thirds of the pubs and restaurants in the U.K. could close because utility bills are pricing them out of business. Natural gas and coal are sky-high. The energy markets are so roiled by the lack of fossil fuels from Russia that governments are faced with bailing out the energy firms, else a "Lehman Brothers event" wipe out the sector.
A Massive Economic Storm Is Already Overhead And Nobody Seems To Notice. The biggest recessionary factor that should have alarm bells ringing is new orders for business, especially manufacturing, which are plummeting. Manufacturing surveys from Federal Reserve Banks in New York, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Richmond show new orders for business falling fast, in some cases at the fastest pace on record. The corresponding service sector surveys show similar trends with deteriorating business conditions and declining new orders. In the New York survey, current business conditions are rated worse than any time besides the depths of the 2009 crash and the pandemic. In July, future business conditions were worse than at any point besides September 2001, when the survey was taken right after 9/11. In other words, the coming economic storm is more worrisome to manufacturers than anything besides a terrorist attack.
Can the United States Stop the March to Self-Destruction? Since the founding of the nation there has been a consensus that the demise of the United States would not come about by being conquered from without but rather by destroying itself from within. That consensus about the first-of-a-kind constitutional republic with no history of either monarchical or dictatorial authoritarianism is rapidly becoming a reality. How did this evolutionary process come to pass, and can it be stopped?
November's Choice: The New Aristocracy Or Our Traditional Liberties. The 2022 election should not simply be a referendum on individual Republican or Democrat candidates; optimally, it should lead to indicting and convicting entrenched politicians and operatives in both political parties who relentlessly rush to surrender America's sovereignty to hostile and corrupt schemers at the United Nations, World Economic Forum, and other odious globalist organizations and profit personally in the process.
Beneath campaign nastiness, [there are] legitimate concerns about Fetterman's health. Pennsylvania lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman has not fully recovered from the serious stroke he suffered in May. His campaign has acknowledged his obvious struggles with "auditory processing" and speech, but the persistence of those struggles has contrasted with the campaign's rosier predictions of a return to the rigors of campaigning, including debating his opponent, Mehmet Oz. If Mr. Fetterman is not well enough to debate his opponent, that raises serious concerns about his ability to serve as a United States senator.
Our corrupt elites reveal that what Jefferson feared has come to pass. If ever there was a time when constructive criticism was urgently required, it is now, in the summer of America's deepening discontent. One thing to criticize is that we are fast becoming an oligarchy, something hidden behind ostensible political battles that distract us, something Jefferson warned of 240 years ago. Currently, the shiny object we are being funneled to focus upon is the Mar-a-Lago raid. We cannot take our eyes off it, even as Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI director Christopher Wray tell us to stop criticizing our betters in government even as they shred the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. [...] Rivals on many issues — progressives and conservatives — likely agree that tyranny under a surveillance state is not an American ideal. That's why, the more we learn about the raid on Mar-a-Lago, the more all of us should be terrified as tyranny seemingly has come to infect the American body politic. The assault upon a popular, mega-rich former president was likely another step in the plot to destroy those who reject ruinous unregulated globalism and to stifle a reckoning, through the courts and at the polls, that is long overdue. What the Biden-Harris administration did at Mar-a-Lago may only be a taste of what it ultimately does to us all, whether we are Trump-supporters or simply proud to be free and independent Americans rather than serfs to the international and fake Illuminati.
In Protecting the KGB, Gorbachev Laid the Foundation for Putin's Gangster-State. The notorious KGB chairman Yuri Andropov recruited Mikhail Gorbachev, cultivated him, and placed him in the Kremlin leadership to ultimately take power. Once he led the Soviet Communist Party, Andropov's recruit protected and rewarded the Soviet secret police by making it off-limits to any truth-telling, accountability, or reform. Gorbachev has died, but the KGB that he nurtured and protected lives on under an ungrateful Vladimir Putin. Until the day he passed away at age 91, Gorbachev got an international pass for saving the core of Soviet power: the ever-watching secret police and its global spy and active measures networks.
MAGA and the Memory of America. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis [...] is intelligent and articulate, but what makes him probably the most popular Republican governor in the country — and why he brought star appeal to the Keystone State — is that he fights, and wins, political battles for conservative principles. Earlier this year, the Walt Disney Company — one of the largest employers in Florida, and one of the most influential corporations in the world — opposed legislation sponsored by DeSantis that prohibited public school teachers from discussing sexual topics in kindergarten through the third grade. It was a strange position to take for a business that caters to parents with young children, and an indication of how ideologically deranged corporate America has become. Not long after, DeSantis demonstrated a rare willingness to inflict pain on his political opponents by signing a bill revoking Disney's special regulatory and tax exemptions. It was a major showdown, and DeSantis is rightly proud of himself for not backing off. If only more Republicans in other states, and in Washington, D.C., followed his lead. DeSantis is proof that political power, like muscle power, grows when it is used.
The O'Keefe Project: Footsteps Getting Closer. It has been evident that the Biden Justice Department is out to get James O'Keefe and Project Veritas since O'Keefe et al. were raided last year under federal search warrants procured by the FBI. Although O'Keefe was instructed to remain mum, the authorities promptly leaked news of the raid to the New York Times. All this in the matter of Ashley Biden's diary. [...] The national security establishment has treated Ashley Biden's diary as a federal case. They have leaked confidential information to Times reporters including Adam Goldman and Michael Schmidt, both of whom promoted Russia hoax stories that won Pulitzer Prizes. Ashley Biden's diary is now subject to the Russia hoax treatment, both within the Biden Department of Justice and at its Times public relations arm. In the latest development yesterday, Florida residents Aimee Harris and Robert Kurlander pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property.
The Trump Campaign Turned Down the Ashley Biden Diary. Just the News has the story of Aimee Harris and Robert Kurlander, who entered guilty pleas to stealing Ashley Biden's diary and selling it to James O'Keefe and Project Veritas. Before they did that, Harris and Kurlander decided to try for a big payday and attempted to sell the diary to a party that they thought would be very interested in it and certainly had the cash on hand to meet a hefty price tag: namely, the Trump campaign. But the plan hit a snag. Not only did the Trump camp reject the offer, but they also recommended that Harris and Kurlander turn it and other stolen items over to the FBI. Yes, that FBI.
More on the Ashley Biden diary story. Yesterday I wrote about the two people from Florida who pleaded guilty to stealing Ashley Biden's diary. As I pointed out in that post, the reason this is being treated as a federal case is that both of them pleaded guilty to transporting stolen property across state lines. They qualified for those charges because a) the knew the material was stolen, b) they transported it across state lines and c) the material had a value of more than $5,000. But in order for Project Veritas to be guilty of receiving stolen property, the would have had to know the material was stolen. And by all accounts, the thieves who brought them the diary claimed it wasn't stolen but had been abandoned in a house where they found it. But here's where things get a bit more tricky. Project Veritas, in an effort to verify the diary was real, asked the two thieves to return to the house and gather more material belonging to Ashley Biden.
Ordinarily, The American People Benefit From Viewing Presidential Records. While the DOJ's and FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago is suspect, and currently seems to be more about protecting the Deep State than about benefitting the American people, we shouldn't forget that, under ordinary circumstances, the American people benefit from gaining access to presidential records. Since 1992, America has gone from sole superpower to bumbling fool and stupid-power, even more so in the still unfolding horror show that scares most everyone thinking clearly about Biden-Harris priorities and policies. The downward trajectory of America is undeniable and likely involves grifters in both political parties. Adjusted for rampant inflation, we are poorer, we are already drowning in debt, and we are less safe at home and abroad. Along the way, we also seem to have surrendered our "inalienable rights" and constitutionally protected freedoms to unaccountable, unelected, and arrogant bureaucrats.
Why Aren't Our Generals Learning? A third of the way into his article, "Afghanistan Did Not Have to Turn Out This Way", David Petraeus, former head of Central Command, who led forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and then headed the CIA, admits the war was never going to end. "Some senior officials, including me, had cautioned that we would not be able to do in Afghanistan what we had done in Iraq — that though we might be able to drive violence down, we would not be able to 'flip' the country, as we had during the surge in Iraq, and provide it a whole new beginning," he writes. "When we recognized that we couldn't 'win' the war, we did not even seriously consider that we might just 'manage' it," Petraeus complains. Managing the war would mean a permanent military presence in Afghanistan. There was never any serious plan to withdraw from Afghanistan. Nation building, Petraeus argues, "was not just unavoidable; it was essential".
The Point of No Return. This is an election year. But the issues this year are not about Democrats and Republicans. The big issue is whether this nation has degenerated to a point of no return — a point where we risk destroying ourselves, before our enemies can destroy us. If there is one moment that symbolized our degeneration, it was when an enraged mob gathered in front of the Supreme Court and a leader of the United States Senate shouted threats against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, saying "You won't know what hit you!" There have always been irresponsible demagogues. But there was once a time when anyone who shouted threats to a Supreme Court Justice would see the end of his own political career, and could not show his face in decent society again. You either believe in laws or you believe in mob rule. It doesn't matter whether you agree with the law or agree with the mob on some particular issue. If threats of violence against judges — and publishing where a judge's children go to school — is the way to settle issues, then there is not much point in having elections or laws.
Is Kamala Harris 'Inevitable' as the Next Democrat Nominee? Larry Elder Thinks So. We all watch the painful clips of Vice President Kamala Harris speaking publicly. It is so memeable that Blaze TV host Stu Burguiere has an entire series called "Veep Thoughts." In addition to her public speaking gaffes, Harris is a horrible retail politician and has not been able to claim a win on the border, Ukraine, or the voting rights legislation that President Biden gave her to lead. Yet radio host Larry Elder is confident that she will be the Democrats' nominee in 2024 if Joe Biden does not or cannot run. Failing that, it will be "her turn" in 2028.
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The Church of the Federal Reserve is Here to Save Us. The Federal Reserve is a fraud and has been from its inception. Its creation was via dubious means in 1913. That year was arguably the worst in U.S. history for freedom lovers — 1913 was during the "Progressive Era" and also saw the passage of a permanent income tax. Oversight of the banking industry is necessary, particularly in a world of fractional-reserve banking. Banking committees and oversight functions exist inside the Federal Government. Why was this one created as some contrived hybrid? G. Edward Griffin addressed this abnormality in his The Creature from Jekyll Island. To assess the effectiveness of the Federal Reserve, an economic review of general economic performance before and after its creation is useful. The Fed began operations in 1914. Shortly after its creation, a boom, the "Roaring 20s," occurred. That quickly ended with the greatest stock market crash in history in 1929, which preceded the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The Final Months of a Bad Employee. If you work in the business world long enough, you will notice that an employee reveals the most about his own personal work ethic, not when he starts out, not when he's angling for a bonus or promotion, but at the end, when he gets a new job and gives his two weeks' notice, or when he starts training his successor as he reaches retirement. [...] The same goes for political leadership when it has had its walking papers served on Election Day, or even when that eventuality becomes evident, months in advance. [...] In this context, we ask: how are today's Congressional leadership adjusting their behavior in light of polls that show they are on their way out? Are the Pelosi and Schumer majorities trying to win back public support by reacting to recognition that the nation desperately needs a course correction in so many ways? Or are they doubling down on the destruction causing our current problems? Sadly, there is no indication that they are interested in the concept of working for the public good until the last moment, as the Trump administration did.
Is Anyone Tracking China's Land Grabs in America? China is doling out hordes of cash to buy American real estate. Over $6 billion was spent gobbling up American land last year. One purchase raised eyebrows since the plot of land is near a US Air Force base with military drone capabilities. [...] Chinese land grabs near US military bases are unconscionable. We all know Beijing's spy network is vast and efficient. They've infiltrated Congress, cultural institutions, and higher education. We need to keep an eye on these purchases. With China smelling the weakness from this administration, they're bound to get more aggressive. They're already trying to stop an arms sale to Taiwan. They shared our information about the Russian military buildup in Ukraine with Moscow before the invasion. They know Joe won't do anything.
Actor Russell Brand calls green energy movement a scam to bankrupt farmers and grab their land globally via the Great Reset. Actor/comedian Russell Brand tore into the green energy movement, calling it a scam and alleging that it is part of the Great Reset with a goal to bankrupt farmers and grab land across the globe. Brand hosts a popular podcast where he has been exposing the Great Reset and the plight of farmers. Especially when it comes to the fertilizer shortage and predators like Bill Gates buying up farmland. Brand discussed Dutch farmers who have been protesting over climate laws being forced on them that are bankrupting their livelihoods. That includes being unable to get the fertilizer needed to grow the crops in the first place. [Video clip]
Who Gains from Ukraine? The recent meeting of the G-7 demonstrated a triumph of zeal over the members' self-interest. The seven were overwhelmed with a host of crises; inflation, energy, climate change, impending food shortage, and Ukraine offered no solution to any of the problems. Speaking of Ukraine, they agreed to impose the 7th round of sanctions and promised to keep the war going as long as it takes. [...] Despite their differences, Zelensky and Putin converge on one crucial aspect: neither wants to end this war. Ukraine earned the title of the most corrupt country in Europe for a reason. Since winning independence, corruption has been the predominant pursuit of Ukraine. Zelensky and his cabinet are not motivated by the stability and integrity of Ukraine. Instead, they are motivated by billions in financial aid. Between 2014 and 2020, Ukraine received more than $22.4 billion in and economic aid. Much of this enormous financial assistance was simply stolen by the commercial, military, and political elites.
Globalism and the Georgia Stones. On July 6, in an act of vandalism for which the culprits are still at large, one of the four "Georgia Guidestones" was blown apart. The damage was so severe that the entire monument was rendered too unstable to leave standing. For safety reasons, state officials almost immediately demolished the rest of the monument. While the Georgia Guidestones are not as well known as, say, Stonehenge, among critics of globalism they had acquired a certain infamy because of the inscriptions on the stones. Carved into four massive blocks of granite, and rendered in eight languages, this is what was on the stones: [Text omitted for brevity, among other things.] [...] But what was it about the Georgia Guidestones that made them a target? To answer this, you first have to wonder — who is more paranoid, those anti-globalists who believe an international elite is determined to erase nationalities and reduce the population of humans to "sustainable" levels, or the Malthusian-environmentalist faction of the globalists themselves, who believe the planet is on the brink of total ecosystem collapse because of too many people consuming too many resources, and this must be corrected by any means necessary?
How To Recognize Civilization When You See It. What do we mean, as individuals, when we say that someone, not a certain society, is "civilized"? Can that assertion point to anything solid beyond vague approval? This idea has proven notoriously resistant to capture.
The Hunger Weapon. Timothy Snyder, Levin Professor of History at Yale, describes what he sees as the Kremlin's plan to drive the Third World poor into Western countries to break European support for Ukraine. "Russia has a hunger plan. Vladimir Putin is preparing to starve much of the developing world as the next stage in his war in Europe. In normal times, Ukraine is a leading exporter of foodstuffs. A Russian naval blockade now prevents Ukraine from exporting grain.If the Russian blockade continues, tens of millions of tons of food will rot in silos, and tens of millions of people in Africa and Asia will starve.
Brace Yourself for the Biden Housing Bust. During the final two years of [Jimmy] Carter's term, sales of existing and new homes collapsed because the Fed was forced to raise interest rates sharply to get double-digit inflation under control. This, in turn, produced double-digit mortgage rates that priced millions of potential buyers out of the market. Like our current chief executive, Carter was delusional about the threat inflation posed to the economy. [...] If you're too young to remember the Carter era, it may be difficult to imagine double-digit mortgage rates. If so, consider what you would have said to anyone who predicted two years ago that you would now be paying $5.00 a gallon for gasoline. Likewise, the possibility of committing to a double-digit mortgage rate to buy a house may seem absurd. In 1980, however, many had to choose between doing just that and not buying at all. For some potential buyers, there was no choice. They couldn't afford the mortgage payments.
Our Founding Fathers weren't the patriarchy, they were heroes. In our country today, there are people who dismiss the Founding Fathers through the prism of 2022. If these people had their way, they would remove every plaque, statue or word that celebrates the genius and courageous acts of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence. For example, on July 3, 2019, a journalist from Vox put out this little gem: "The main benefit of the revolution to colonists was that it gave more political power to America's white male minority." I suspect that when the 56 men signed the declaration in Philadelphia in 1776 — a literal death warrant for each — "identity politics" was the furthest thing from their minds. Especially for those who were imprisoned, had their homes burned to the ground, their livestock slaughtered and their wives arrested, simply for daring to add their name to the most inspiring document known to humanity. Each of the 56 men who put that quill pen to parchment knew they were very possibly signing their own death warrants. John Hancock not only knew that but purposely increased the risk to himself. Why? Legend tells us he upped the ante so King George III "can read my name without spectacles and may double his reward on my head."
The CIA is running Ukraine's fight against Russia. A report published earlier this week provides fresh evidence that the U.S. Deep State is heavily invested in Ukraine and is going all-out to prevent the country from falling into Russian hands. Readers likely recall that despite the fact that the U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) knew months in advance that Russia was building up its forces around Ukraine in preparation for an invasion, Washington and Brussels appeared to do little to shore up Kyiv's defenses. Once Russia sent its forces into Ukraine on Feb. 24, most outside observers figured that the Red Army would make quick work of the lesser-armed and overmatched Ukrainian army.
To Avoid Civil War, Learn To Tolerate Different Laws In Different States. Most commentary on the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization — which overturns Roe v Wade — has focused on the decision's effect on the legality of abortion in various states. That's an important issue. It may be, however, that the Dobbs decision's effect on political decentralization in the United States is a far bigger deal. After all, the ruling isn't so much about abortion as it is about the federal government's role in abortion. State governments are free to make abortion 100 percent legal within their own borders. Some states have already done so. The court's ruling limits only the federal government's prerogatives over abortion law, and this has the potential to lead to many other limitations on federal power as well. In this way, Dobbs is a victory for those seeking to limit federal power.
America Is More Fragile Than the Left Understands. Our elites assume that all our nation's past violent protests, all its would-be revolutions, all its cultural upheavals, all its institutionalized lawlessness were predicated on one central truth — America's central core is so strong, so rich, and so resilient that it can withstand almost any assault. So, we can afford 120 days in 2020 of mass rioting, $2 billion in damage, some 35 killed, and 1,500 police injured. We can easily survive an Afghanistan, and our utter and complete military humiliation. There was no problem in abandoning some $70-80 billion in military loot to terrorists. Who cares that we tossed off a billion-dollar new embassy, and jettisoned a $300-million refitted air base, as long as our pride flags were waving in Kabul?
The Strange Sequence Of Events Happening Now Are Not Random. Bear with me here, and get out your tin foil hat, because I have a tale to tell you. One where I take a step back, or a thousand, and look at the strangest events over the course of the past few years, and "see" dots connecting from one to other, how one event intertwines with another, until we get here. Here being a moment in time where the man who occupies the White House, supposedly the "decision-maker" needs cheat cards to tell him when to sit, when to leave, and when to talk. Here being a time when gas prices are at a record high, with no end to the continued increases in sight. Here being a time where Americans just went through a year of being controlled, threatened and harassed because of a "pandemic," where states were locked down, businesses deem "non-essential" by state leaders and closed, and Americans forced to be masked or banned from everyday events, such as shopping for food. Here being a time when on the heels of one "pandemic" we are warned of another, and where diseases such as Polio, are supposedly making a comeback. Here being a time when things look so bad for democrats politically heading into the midterms, and BOOM, "coincidentally" there are a rapid series of "mass shootings," so democrats and republicans in name only (RINOS), take yet another step towards violating the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Great news: Merrick Garland [is] ready to enforce the law ... in Ukraine. Here in the US, we have ongoing violations of federal law in a coordinated campaign of intimidation targeting Supreme Court justices. A domestic terrorist group has already conducted attacks on pro-life centers and promises even more of them. The Department of Justice and the Attorney General have remained on the sidelines as those crimes have unfolded. Instead of dealing with federal matters within his jurisdiction, Merrick Garland has decided to spend some time in Ukraine to mull over US action on war crimes instead. Maybe Garland should have visited the neighborhoods of the justices first, eh?
View of Cleveland Fed Reserve Bank President Shows Massive Economic Disconnect in Causation. Loretta Mester is the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and appeared on CBS Face the Nation to give her opinion/analysis of the US. economic condition. The disconnect in her viewpoint is alarming and should signal to everyone how the Federal Reserve Board, just like every institution of government, has become a political agency. In her mind Ms. Mester appears to believe what she is saying, but the disconnect between her view of our status and the reality on Main Street is alarming. In this interview Mester says emphatically that current inflation is being driven by consumer demand that is outpacing supply. Not only is this view of inflation origination wrong, and has been wrong for well over a year, it is dangerous.
To Fight Marxist Education, We Need a New Kind of School. What is the antidote to "wokeism"? Knowledge. How do ordinary people resist the growing tyranny of State power? By questioning everything they're told. How can people being controlled fight back? By remembering that they alone control their thoughts. You knew these answers without my help. Variations of them are entwined with our cherished cultural beliefs. Knowledge is power. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. The truth will set you free. In the past, perhaps, these idioms were too often seen as nothing more than inspirational bromides one might find embroidered on a decorative bookmark. Now their gospel truths are strikingly clear. Stupidity breeds weakness. Obedience kills critical thinking. Ignorance invites enslavement. Wisdom ameliorates suffering. Imagine how much stronger America would be today if America's children understood these vital lessons.
Andrew Sullivan: The scolds are in retreat. Sullivan's latest piece on Substack is titled "The Vibes They Are A-Shiftin'" and that actually undersells the case he makes that the woke left (or whatever you prefer to call them) appear to be in retreat. He opens by noting that it was only 2 years ago that the world was figuratively and sometimes literally on fire. Activists were demanding police be defunded and Ibram Kendi and Robin DiAngelo were seemingly anointed as our foremost public intellectuals. Jump forward two years and things look very different.
Sorry, Democrats: Other Opinions Exist. This week, my company, The Daily Wire, premiered a blockbuster new documentary starring Matt Walsh. Titled "What Is A Woman?", the documentary investigates radical gender theory and its peculiar hold on the elites in our society — and how the insane proposition that men can become women and vice versa has become so well-accepted that even normal Americans now live in fear of questioning it. The film has been the single largest success in the history of The Daily Wire; hundreds of thousands of Americans have subscribed to view it. Yet Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregator for film and television, has not a single traditional review of the film. That's because, according to the legacy and entertainment media, the film doesn't exist. When the Daily Wire press team sent out invitations to reviewers to watch the film — knowing, of course, that the vast majority of reviewers are left-leaning and would undoubtedly pan the film — reviewers began responding with insults and declarations of preemptive hatred.
Biden's America resembles a Soviet era hellhole. I'm old enough to remember watching news reports about the Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellite states describing electricity blackouts, showing stores with empty shelves and people standing in long lines at shops to purchase scarce necessities. Commentators explained how only government officials had access to nice homes or cars and how only government employees and Communist Party members were exempt from the rules they established for the populace. I saw it for myself in the early 1960s when I visited East Germany, crossing through Check Point Charlie, into East Berlin. I visited again 20 years later in the early 1980s before the "Wall" came down. Nothing had changed in that 20-year interval. The city was still drab, people on the street dour and scruffily dressed, and store shelves still empty.
The dystopian state of our nation. The signs of decline are everywhere: violent crimes, corruption, riots, all with little or no consequences for the perpetrators, election fraud, and medical mandates for vaccines that do not work. [...] All of this is part of the left's grand plan to "transform" American society from the free nation of our founding into something resembling communist China. The one thing they did not plan on was the presidency of Donald Trump. His four-year term in the White House was unexpected because the Democrats were certain that they had that election in the bag. Hillary was on board with their globalist/Marxist plan, and they just knew that all their plans were a go. But they underestimated the America First movement and were gobsmacked by Trump's thoroughly unpredictable victory. That is how blinkered they are.
What is a woman? I worried that the just-released Daily Wire documentary on the topic, What Is a Woman?, produced and directed by Justin Folk and starring Daily Wire commentator Matt Walsh, wouldn't offer anything new. In a sense I was right. My mind wasn't changed. I went in knowing that transgenderism is deranged and dangerous, and the film confirmed my point of view. But what confirmation! Folk, Walsh, and company have put together a serious and definitive piece of work — at once a comprehensive survey, a chilling indictment, and, strange though it may sound, an often laugh-out-loud piece of entertainment.
Guns Are Not the Problem. Americans have owned guns since the founding, but it wasn't until comparatively recently that mass shootings became a concern. Guns are not the problem. Our culture is. Broken cultures produce broken human beings. For every school shooter, there are thousands of other weak, confused, mentally disturbed men who are drifting away from society. They aren't dating, aren't working, and they spend most of their time in their bedrooms playing video games, smoking weed, watching pornography, and stewing in social media echo chambers. None of this is healthy or normal, but we have been desensitized to dysfunction. [...] Your average school shooter spends months writing the script of his own little action movie that he wants to force society to watch. They are living out a fantasy of glory. The childish, sadistic theatrics of these spectacles bear the imprint of a childish and sadistic popular culture. It is absurd to suggest that the man who dresses up like a "Call of Duty" character to go kill children has not been influenced in some way by gratuitous violence in mass media.
'It Became Necessary to Destroy the Country to Save It'. Peter Arnett's celebrated quote — "It became necessary to destroy the town to save it" — was a fabrication during the Vietnam War but has a macabre application to Ukraine. American fecklessness and Russian rapacity together will leave a grease spot where Ukraine used to be. It was all tragically, idiotically unnecessary. [...] The obvious course of action in Ukraine was to permit its people to vote for a divorce, as the Czechs and Slovaks did. Instead we elected to keep the NATO option open for Ukraine, knowing that this was a red line for Russia. Never mind that Putin is a wicked fellow; he is a predictably wicked fellow with a well-defined understanding of Russian national interest, and his response to Ukraine's prospective NATO membership was entirely predictable.
What about packing the House of Representatives? In the first U.S. Congress, the members who represented the largest number of people were the Senators from the most populous state, Virginia, who represented about 750,000 people. For the current Congress, the median district of the House of Representatives includes about 750,000 people. [...] The reason congressional districts have grown to have such a large population now compared to the early Congresses is that the number of members of Congress was frozen at 435 by statute in the Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929. In 1929 the U.S. population was about 120 million. Today, the U.S. population is around 330 million, meaning that with a fixed 435 House members, district population has grown and will continue to grow until the number of House members is increased or, better yet, linked to population. [...] Having congressional districts the size of the largest state at the founding and growing means that members of Congress are more and more removed from the people they are supposed to represent. A not too surprising result of this is that members of Congress now think and act more like senators.
Uvalde and the Problem of Evil. What do people who don't believe in evil do? They blame inanimate objects. Guns. 19 years ago, a middle-aged unemployed taxi driver carrying two milk cartons full of gasoline walked onto a South Korean subway and started a fire that killed 192 people. That was not a milk carton problem. Nor was it a gasoline problem. 6 years ago, a Muslim terrorist drove a truck into a Bastille Day event in Nice, France killing 86 and wounding over 400 other people. Body parts were being pried out of his wheel wells. That was not a truck problem. Across the long stretch of human history, millions of people were killed long before the invention of firearms, in often cruder and far more brutal ways.
'Top Gun' Is Much Better Recruitment Than That Lesbian Wedding Cartoon Ad The Army Made. When "Top Gun" came out in 1986, it helped drive a surge of interest in flying for the U.S. military, including a 10 percent spike in service academy applications. [...] The Pentagon collaborated with producers on the movie, as it has with myriad other military flicks. Now, from ads lined up to accompany the movie to recruitment tables set up outside theaters, the Navy and Air Force are making no secret of using "Top Gun: Maverick" as a recruiting tool, as well they should. It's a far better promotion for the U.S. military than the embarrassing, woke garbage that equity consultants have been churning out. [...] It's painfully obvious that the point of the ad was to check boxes in the Army's department of showing how much the Pentagon loves lesbian weddings. The animation is reminiscent of a B-list kids TV show, and so is the sugary tone of the voiceover. There is zero in the video to inspire any kind of bravery, sacrifice, duty, honor, integrity, excellence, teamwork, or respect. Like the short-lived "Army of One" slogan of 20 years ago, this ad is all about being your best self and fulfilling your personal needs and desires.
The real replacement. Nigerian immigrants replacing white natives are not a problem. Welcome aboard, I say. The real problem is replacing God with government. The country's values have changed mainly for the worst over the last 70 years. That coincides with a nation that has gone from being 90% white to one that is 76%. But don't blame non-whites because the change in race is casual, not causal. America is not changing color. America is changing values. We are replacing God with communism. The little old ladies in tennis shoes were right. There was a plan to defeat the nation from within.
There is a way to stop school shootings. Willie Sutton robbed banks because that's where the money was. Shooters target schools because that's where the easy targets are. If we truly want to stop school shootings, it's past time we hardened our schools so that our children are no longer easy targets. We could learn a lot from Israel, a country that takes the protection of children so seriously that there have been only six attacks on schools since 1974. While Israeli law focuses more on repelling terrorist attacks than school shooters, their security measures work well on both threats. There are armed guards in Israeli schools. There are limited points of entry to schools. There are shelters and fences at schools and reinforced school buses. Armed guards might even accompany students on field trips. Nor do the Israelis rely on security at the school site. They also engage in behavior profiling, including monitoring the social media of potential shooters. Such measures are controversial and would no doubt encounter resistance in the United States. However, there have been 2,052 school shootings in America since 1970 (although only the smallest percentage are mass shootings of the type pioneered at Columbine; most are extensions of or the same type of violence seen in urban neighborhoods).
I Wish Our Government Understood Memorial Day. I wish we had leaders who unflinchingly defended the Bill of Rights. I wish we had a Congress that respected the constitutional limits of its enumerated powers. I wish we weren't saddled with a century of errant Supreme Court jurisprudence that has habitually refashioned the plain meaning of the Constitution's words in service to the partisan bents of its members. I wish the 16th Amendment hadn't made it permissible for the federal government to tax the fruits of Americans' labor. I wish the 17th Amendment hadn't transformed the Senate from a legislative body representing the individual states' interests into a national House of Lords representing the national security state's interests. I wish our fifty state governments fought ferociously against the federal government to protect their inherent sovereign powers. I wish the American people understood more broadly that the federal government has slowly but surely stolen from them rights and liberties that were once strictly protected from government infringement. I wish we were not represented by presidents who disloyally insist on ceding American self-determination to international governing bodies stocked with unelected bureaucrats who believe their "expertise" outweighs Americans' priorities.
The word no one mentions when discussing school shootings. [Scroll down] No one asks the central question; why are kids shooting up schools? Schools are the target. Schools are the objective. Schools are the focal point. What are schools doing that makes them so hated? You can go to any website and see the open and growing craziness within the teaching profession. There are too many cotton-candy haired narcissists who only preach a cause to their captive audience. They might preach about homosexuality. They might preach about Critical Race Theory. But it's all about their personal cause. These spokesmen for the Cause are creepy because the Cause trumps all other knowledge. Look for reading scores on the bottom shelf, just below basic math. Narcissists' teaching budding narcissists' is not a healthy diet for the soul of our country. Even the books students read are self-centered, crafted so that the reader "can relate" to the subject. So they learn not to relate to others.
Cannabis causes psychosis. Psychosis causes violence. Yep, there it is, the first reference to cannabis use by Salvador Ramos, the Texas elementary school killer. In the New York Times. Took 24 hours, give or take. ["]And Ms. Rodriguez recalled he would often talk about how much he despised his mother and grandmother, whom he told her did not let him smoke weed or do what he wanted.["] [Source] This is only one case. Except it's not. Nikolas Cruz, the Florida high school shooter, was a heavy user and told the police detective who interviewed him that he heard voices. Devin Patrick Kelley — who shot up a Texas church and killed 26 people in 2017 before blowing his head off — had THC in his system when he died. (Kelley had anti-anxiety drugs too; a lot of heavy cannabis users wind up using Xanax or Klonopin to try to tamp down their paranoia.) Darrell Brooks Jr., last seen allegedly racing through the Waukesha Christmas Parade, is a self-described stoner. Meanwhile, cities like Portland, Oregon have suffered an explosion in violence following the legalization of cannabis. Portland had 16 murders in 2013, the year before voters in Oregon approved full legalization. Last year it had 90. It's on pace to have even more in 2022. It has gone from being one of the safest medium-sized cities in the United States to one of the most dangerous. Denver has seen a similar trend.
4 Steps Every School Can Take to Help Prevent Shootings. [Scroll down] In almost every one of these shootings, and now apparently in this one as well, there have been signals that the shooter has given, mostly on social media, sometimes to friends, family members. And the problem is people see these things like pictures of him with guns saying he's going to go do a shooting. Apparently, this young man had some friends that he used to cruise around the neighborhood [with] and shoot BB guns at people's cars or at people walking on the street. Behavior like that is a signal. It doesn't mean always that there's going to be a big tragedy like this, but it's the kind of signal that somebody needs to respond to. And you cannot pass [it] off ... "Oh, well, that's just Johnny blowing off steam. He really doesn't mean that." We can't say that anymore. We have to respond. We have to get authorities involved. There has to be an intervention.
Bush Dynasty, Its Influence Fading, Pins Hopes on One Last Stand in Texas. His famous name shadows George P. Bush, the only member of the dynastic political clan now in public office, as he enters the final days of an uphill campaign to unseat Texas' attorney general. To some Texans, the Bush family name is a badge of integrity, harking back to a bygone era of rectitude and respectful political debate. To others, it is the disqualifying mark of a Republican old guard that failed the party and betrayed its last president, Donald Trump.
GOP voters and Attorney General Ken Paxton. On Tuesday, GOP voters will choose AG Ken Paxton over George P. Bush, the challenger serving as the commissioner of the Texas General Land Office since 2015. The Bush campaign has focused on the stories and allegations regarding AG Paxton's ethics. [...] So why are GOP voters looking the other way? I see two reasons: First, AG Paxton has done a good job. He has been a tough advocate for Texas and on attacking the Biden administration over the border chaos; and, Second, I think that a lot of GOP voters are very skeptical of the media. They see all these anti-Paxton stories and wonder if it means anything.
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What the Blue-State Left-Coasters Don't Understand about Culture. Yesterday, I met a man from Mumbai. He happened to mention that he was new to Idaho, so I asked how new, and it turned out he'd been here for only a month and a half. He spoke good English, and I learned he'd gone to an English-speaking school, which made his getting a job here in Idaho possible. I asked him what he thought about Boise, and he said he loved it here better than Mumbai. People don't care about you in a big city, he said. Whether you live or die makes no difference to them. But here in a little-big city like Boise, he said he could stand outside a store with a large purchase, and people would ask if he needed help. He'd already done this the day before and been asked by eight people. He'd never seen anything like it in his life.
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Goodbye Jen Psaki — no one condescends quite like you. So long Jen Psaki! As White House press secretary, you were indeed very informative: every day you provided an example of how today's Democratic Party turns normie soccer moms from Greenwich into reality-denying attack machines sputtering insults and cheering on lawbreakers because they can't face up to the unpopularity of the far-left agenda. As blathering Joe Biden retreated into the background and suggested to the world that America was in the hands of a man who should be shuffling around Sunset Acres in a bathrobe, Psaki became the face of an administration that is determined to head into the midterms like Thelma and Louise.
The return of Vindman, clamoring to start World War III. Among the most fervent war hawks in America today is Alexander Vindman, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and a former member of the NSC, who now works at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Foreign Policy Institute. His previous claim to fame was as a witness who testified about former president Donald Trump's call to Ukrainian officials in the second impeachment trial of Trump. He became an instant hero to the crowd at MSNBC and other anti-Trump major media (is there any other kind?). Vindman also reportedly claimed that Trump "bears an enormous burden of responsibility" for the Russia-Ukraine war, even though Russia's aggression against Ukraine has occurred during the Obama and Biden administrations. There was no Russian aggression against Ukraine on Trump's watch.
Party like it's 18-94! Democrats are in deep trouble 6 months away from the midterm election. How bad will it be? 2010 Tea Party bad? 1994 Gingrich Revolution bad? Try 1894. In 1894, West Virginia had 4 congressmen. All were Democrats. All lost re-election. It was part of a sweep in which Republicans gained 130 seats in a 357-seat House of Representatives. Democrats lost more than half their seats as Republicans re-gained the House — and would control it for the next 16 years. West Virginia was not alone in wiping themselves clean of Democrats. Illinois went from an 11-11 split to a 22-0 shutout by Republicans. Indiana went from an 11-2 advantage by Democrats to a 13-0 shutout by Republicans. Michigan went 12-0, Minnesota 7-0, Nebraska 6-0, New Jersey 8-0, and Wisconsin 10-0.
A Mexican cave disgorged a massive pre-Columbian crime scene. One of the left's useful narratives is that Native Americans lived in idyllic, pastoral harmony, only to have this paradise brutally destroyed by the invading Europeans and their Christian God. There's some truth (some Native American tribes were peaceful and some Europeans brutal) but that's not important for the left. Angelic indigenous people and evil Whites are the core story for them. That's why it's intriguing to learn about the fate of 150 people whose skeletons were found in a cave in Mexico. The skeletons were actually found a decade ago. Now, though, Guatemala's Institute of Anthropology and History has determined when and how these people had died. It turns out that they were victims of human sacrifice around 1000 years ago.
The World Does Not Run on Magic. At a recent hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, the CEO of Colonial Pipeline made an admission which illustrates quite well our negligence and improvidence. The company paid out nearly $5 million in blackmail money to an unknown hacker when the pipeline was shut down for several days. That, of course, was bad enough, and most of the man's testimony had to do with the technicalities of which government agency was notified and when, and what the company's computer experts did to remedy the situation. But there was another piece of his testimony, one that you had to look hard to find in the news reports. He testified that most of the men who could operate the controls on the pipeline have died or retired, so that the 5,500-mile line must rely almost wholly upon computerized systems for its operation.
5 Ways Democrat Policies Work To Destroy Children's Lives. Americans who would sacrifice anything to protect their children may be surprised to learn that their inclination is a rather modern phenomenon. For most of human history, the most dangerous period of any person's life was childhood. Only if a newborn survived the first decade of disease, warfare, hunger, and all the other mundane threats to ordinary human existence would the survivor gain any type of social recognition. O.M. Bakke explores this reality in his book, "When Children Became People: The Birth of Childhood in Early Christianity." Before the spread of Christianity transformed prevailing cultural beliefs, children had no legal standing in the pagan societies of the Roman Empire and elsewhere. In human history, it has been normal for unwanted babies to be aborted, smothered, or abandoned to wildlife. Parents could beat or kill their children at will. Children were routinely sold into slavery. And it was quite ordinary for adults to use low-class or enslaved children as sexual playthings.
They Can Print Money, But They Can't Print Food. Whenever there is some sort of a major crisis, our politicians normally attempt to solve it by spending money. But in this case, that isn't going to work. Our leaders can try to throw billions or even trillions of dollars at the global food crisis, and they may even convince themselves that they are making a difference. However, the truth is that they simply cannot create food out of thin air. As I discussed last week, we are facing a worldwide nightmare of epic proportions. Fertilizer prices have spiked to absurd levels, extremely bizarre weather patterns are playing havoc with crop production all over the planet, and the war in Ukraine has caused a growing supply crunch that will not be resolved any time soon. There simply is no "magic wand" that our politicians can wave that will make this problem go away.
What To Do About China. 1937 was the year in which if you were in Europe or America, you could sense the trouble. If you were in Asia in 1937, you would be even more worried, because that year saw Japan's second invasion of China that decade. No matter where you lived, however, you could not be sure that the worst would happen, that great armies and navies around the world would clash. There was still hope that the situation could be managed. As we now know, the worst did happen. In fact, what happened was worse than what anyone thought at the time. We are now, thanks to China, back to 1937.
Revocation of Disney's Special Privilege Does Not Violate the First Amendment. In 1967, when the Florida legislature gave The Walt Disney Company a special district, it did so to help Disney create a family friendly entertainment mecca. Walt Disney put it this way: "Over at our place, we're sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child. So in planning a new picture, we don't think of grown-ups, and we don't think of children, but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us that may be the world has made us forget and that maybe our pictures can help recall." Disney intended to avoid programming that would embarrass. He meant to preserve youthful innocence — to inspire wholesome interests, imaging, and values, indeed to celebrate them — and to thereby support and uplift families. "The important thing is the family," he said.
Mounting U.S. Debt and Misguided Foreign Policy Risk a Dollar Doomsday. The U.S. dollar is getting perilously close to losing its status as the world's reserve currency, and there is less room than ever for error on the international stage. Blunders in U.S. foreign policy are likely to have more harmful effects on both our allies and our enemies than in the past given the sorry record of the Biden administration. Should the U.S. dollar be knocked out of its position as the reserve currency, hell would break lose across global markets. With recent memories of Biden's humiliating and bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan, there is less confidence in the reliability of the United States from our allies, and far less respect and fear of the United States from our enemies. It's self-evident that the powers behind Biden favor prolonging the Russia-Ukraine war, rather than promoting an expedient end to hostilities, because the ongoing conflict dominates U.S. media and diverts Americans' attention away from disastrous domestic policies and breaking high-stakes scandals and prosecutions of Democrats and their deep state operatives.
Hypocritical Disney makes money in countries that ban homosexuality. Florida lawmakers voted to end the Walt Disney Company's special, self-government privileges, which it never should have received. Since 1967, Disney has operated its own mini-state, surrounded by Florida — much as the Vatican is encircled by Rome. The Reedy Creek Improvement District exempts Disney from certain taxes and regulations that burden other companies. This arrangement also empowers the Magic Kingdom to establish its own levies, ordinances and emergency services in and around its Disney World theme parks. Let's hope Disney enjoyed this cushy 55-year ride. Too bad its rotten corporate citizenship cost it these precious goodies.
A Fix For The Regulatory State. [Scroll down] Congress has decided that it doesn't need to take the time to read multi-thousand-page bills before passing them, so its members cannot claim lack of time as an excuse not to take up multi-thousand-page proposed regulations for ratification. To that end, a very simple statute should be put in place as soon as possible. Every new regulation by any executive agency should be ratified by a (super-?) majority of both houses of Congress and signed by the President before becoming effective. Don't complain that Congress doesn't have enough time. All that means is that they have their fingers in too many pots. [...] The Constitution was designed to limit government. Over time it has become a behemoth that swallows up everything. Every step to take a bit back is a good one.
American Churches are Killing Christianity. [Scroll down] [Matt] Walsh asks us to imagine that a "heathen horde" comes to America from a foreign land, looking to vanquish Christians and Christianity, so they look for a church where they can slaughter some Christians. A man directs them to one but the heathen are confused because the church looks more like a post office or a medical clinic. They go inside and find what looks like a "rehab center for wealthy drug abusers." The heathens enter and find people in casual clothing sipping coffee: ["]They had pictured an America filled with pious, modest, prayerful believers, but instead they find silly, shallow, oversexed nihilistic zombies who live vicariously through their phones which they have stocked with photographs of their own faces... They hear a band performing a pop song. Nobody is demonstrating anything approaching reverence. There is no sign that anything sacred is happening here, or that anyone believes it is.["]
This War is a Propaganda Campaign Wrapped in a Psyop. The country with the worst elections in the western world, whose government intervenes in foreign elections more than any other government on earth, is waging a dangerous proxy war to save democracy in Ukraine, a nation which is not a democracy by any reasonable definition. Anyone who trusts any government is a fool. Anyone who trusts the world's most powerful government is a damn fool. Anyone who trusts the world's most powerful government while it runs massive propaganda ops for a dangerous proxy war should be forbidden to use the grown-up scissors. It's impossible to overstate how completely blanketed by propaganda distortion the Ukraine war is.
Is it Compassion Or Kickbacks Driving Joe Biden's 'Stand for Ukraine'? This April 17 ABC News photo of a man petting a frightened dog with its paws wrapped around his leg beside the ruins of a home damaged by strikes amid Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine, speaks ever so loudly of the tragedy of war. Wars — no matter where they happen — always claim the lives of innocent victims on both warring sides. Yet we have countless arm chair critics from thousands of miles away virtue signalling in claiming to "stand with Ukraine" and purveyors of propaganda dominating the headlines in the Fake News of our day.
Trickle-Down Racist Antiracism. Elected governments were rare in the past. They did not appear until over four millennia after civilization first emerged in the Near East. Constitutional systems were fragile at birth. And they are on the wane today. Nation after nation seems to be devolving into autocracy. Multiethnic, multiracial consensual governments have been even more brittle and sporadic in history. The Roman, Ottoman, and Soviet empires were multiracial. But they were not consensual. Instead, they required a degree of force to ensure calm among rival tribes and warring peoples — violence that we would find incompatible with our notions of modern democracy. Today, India and Brazil are large multicultural and multiethnic democracies. But neither, so far, has guaranteed their citizens either prosperity or security. So present-day multiracial America is a great experiment in the unknown.
Prisoners of Our Own Device. World leaders are acting like trapped men. Vladimir Putin, having begun what many would consider an ill-conceived invasion of neighboring Ukraine, is speeding down a road he probably realizes ends in disaster. Yet he cannot stop or exit on terms consistent with the basis of his power because any deals with Kyiv, except accepting its surrender, would be a sign of weakness. Since Russia lacks the material strength to compel submission, the only alternatives are to keep pulling the same ineffective levers harder, whatever the cost. The casualties mount even at the center. Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu, already rumored to be in disgrace, has allegedly suffered a heart attack. Up to 150 senior Chekists are reputed to be under arrest or in disgrace. Twenty general officers are reputedly under investigation, including some close to Putin himself. While these reports may be exaggerated, the Kremlin has clearly chained itself to a runaway train.
Musk Makes the Mask Slip. Though he has just offered to buy Twitter for around $40 billion, it's far from clear that Elon Musk knows how to run a social media platform. Speaking about his bid at an event last week, Musk mused that people should be "able to speak freely within the bounds of the law." But a social media product that came to be dominated by anti-Semitism, porn, coordinated abuse, virulent racial animus, and bot-generated foreign propaganda — all forms of speech "within the bounds of the law" — would soon have little value. During the same interview, Musk announced that his "top priority" is to eliminate spam — perfectly lawful communication. Musk does not seem to have thought this through yet. Twitter is not necessarily a well-run business. Mark Zuckerberg once described it as a clown car driven into a goldmine. It has drawn scrutiny from activist investors before — a fact that likely played a role in Jack Dorsey's recent departure — and is thus in a poor position to reject Musk's offer on grounds that the company's stock is undervalued.
Confessions of a Disney writer. [Scroll down] Disney's recent commitment to "add queerness" wherever possible can't be explained as just trying to teach tolerance and inclusivity. The executives know that by showing "queerness," they are modeling queerness and encouraging kids to imitate that behavior. In fact, Disney has had issues with sexualizing children for a long time. Cole Sprouse, a former Disney Channel star, recently noted that he and his co-star brother both suffered trauma from their acting career. He added, "The young women on [Disney Channel] were so heavily sexualized from an earlier age than my brother and I that there's absolutely no way we could compare our experiences." You only need to witness the spectacular flameouts of Disney child stars Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan to wonder what traumas changed them from adorable ingenues into hypersexual vixens. Tracking the endless legal troubles, destructive addictions, and mental breakdowns of former Disney stars has become almost a parlor game, as in this depressing article, "20 Child Stars Ruined By Disney."
If You Want to Punish Disney, Take Away Mickey Mouse. In 1998, Congress passed the Mickey Mouse Protection Act. In a classic case of bipartisan corruption, the bill brought together Republicans, along with Barney Frank and John Conyers, to do a special favor for Disney and for other entertainment industry companies. The Mickey Mouse Act (formally the Copyright Term Extension Act) was one of a series of measures that took the original copyright system, meant to protect an author's rights, and instead turned it into a permanent monopoly cash cow for Hollywood studios. Mickey Mouse, a character created in the 20s, will only become public domain in 2024. That is if Republicans don't once again decide to do a special favor for Disney, Warner Bros, and a number of other massively woke and wealthy entertainment industry monsters. In response to Disney's support for pushing sexual indoctrination on kindergarteners, Rep. Jim Banks has sent a letter warning that the free ride was over.
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What Really Happened in Ukraine in 2014 and Since Then. Pundits skeptical of or even hostile to Ukraine's cause in its defensive war against Russia have different reasons, or rationalizations, for their views and hail from different points on the political spectrum. But there is one belief that unites nearly all of them: the conviction that Ukraine is not a democracy fighting for its survival but an American "Deep State" project, with a regime installed by a 2014 coup that was led by Ukrainian far-right extremists and backed or even engineered by the U.S. State Department.
Is the Federal Reserve lying about our country's fiscal health? The Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the United States that is supposed to promote actions that benefit the U.S. economy and serve the public's interests. Yet, some are suggesting that the System is failing the U.S. and its citizens, and others go further and say it is purposely lying about our country's financial health.
Thank Pence for Biden's Trainwreck. There can be little doubt that former Vice President Mike Pence thought he was doing the right thing. There are certainly many pragmatic reasons for his decision to not intervene in the electoral processes during those fateful days in January 2020. We're a year and a half into the geriatric Biden regime and those pragmatic reasons are quickly losing their luster. The nation is suffering — not from the constitutional crisis feared by the establishment but a systemic, methodical, sadistic infliction of pain and loss resulting from disasters of policy that are breathtaking in scope and frequency. It's almost as if Biden and his administration hate Americans, our Constitution, and want to extract a pound of flesh from anyone they think supported President Trump.
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The Debasement of our Professional and Political Classes. Will Republican magnanimity suffice to shame the Democrats to be more professional in the future? Or will tit-for-tat deterrent reciprocity alone ensure a return to norms? Specifically, will Biden be impeached Trump-style, after losing the House in November? Say, to give just one possible example, for deliberately not enforcing and, indeed, undermining U.S. immigration law? Will Speaker Kevin McCarthy, in Pelosi-fashion, start yanking troublesome radical Democrats off House committees? Will a conservative Robert Mueller-like "wise man" head a $40 million, 22 month-long special counsel investigation of the Biden-family influence-selling syndicate — arrayed with a "dream-team," "all-star," and "hunter-killer" right-wing lawyers to ferret out "Big Guy" and "Mr. Ten Percent" quid pro quo profiteering? Would a Republican-led House set up a special committee to investigate the racketeering and "conspiracies" across state lines that led to a near "coup" and "insurrection" marked by "the riots of 2020?"
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Russia is a fake power. Numerous analysts have focused on Moscow's campaign of disinformation to undermine the West, but they have barely noticed that the most important subject of disinformation is Russia itself. Moscow has a long record of deceiving Westerners and depicting its empire as invincible. In a previous imperial incarnation, Soviet communism and socialist internationalism were supposed to ensure salvation for all humanity. Until, that is, they were exposed as a fraud. Today's Russia has created an image of great power status, economic strength, and military power that is rapidly unraveling in Ukraine. This is revealing that the Russian state structure itself stands on rotting foundations.
Garland Feels the Heat. Attorney General Merrick Garland's swan song, we can presume, isn't exactly turning out how he had hoped. [...] According to the New York Times, Joe Biden is displeased that Garland hasn't yet charged the former president for crimes related to the Capitol protest on January 6, 2021. "[While] the president has never communicated his frustrations directly to Mr. Garland, he has said privately that he wanted Mr. Garland to act less like a ponderous judge and more like a prosecutor who is willing to take decisive action over the events of Jan. 6.," the Times reported over the weekend. Although the Times attempted to portray Biden as hands-off when it comes to the business of his Justice Department, that is simply untrue. By repeatedly describing January 6 as an act of terror and comparing the protest, which resulted only in the deaths of Trump supporters, to 9/11 and other atrocities, Biden has signaled how he expects the Justice Department to proceed. His desire to see everyone from Indiana grandmothers to Donald Trump and his family behind bars hasn't exactly been a secret.
Convention of States gaining ground. America's Founding Fathers at the Constitutional Convention knew any form of government they created would become corrupt. They had already seen it happen in numerous states. That and other failings were what led to the need for a new form of government to replace the confederacy. Those known abuses that would arise were the reason for the Amendment process being able to take two distinct routes. One through Congress, before proposed Amendments reached the states. The other was strictly through the states, giving Congress no role other than calling for a Convention of the States. The Founders, in essence, gave a third option they did not have when rebelling against Britain: The power of the states to curtail governmental abuse.
Walt Disney Company is infested with perverts — is this why the company opposes Florida's anti-grooming legislation? It is becoming clearer than ever that the Walt Disney Company, at least in its current iteration, is infested with perverts. Disney has a serious pedophile problem (among other things), it turns out, with more than 35 employees at Disney World alone having been arrested for child sex crimes since 2006. Back in 2014, CNN, of all sources, highlighted the issue. At the time, a total of 32 pedophile perverts at Disney had been convicted, and the remaining cases were pending. "Disney ... has been plagued by employees arrested for a variety of sex crimes against children, including trying to meet minors for sex and possessing child pornography," reported the National Pulse in a recent article, shedding light on why the company today is vehemently opposed to Florida's new anti-grooming legislation.
FWIW at Least Someone Said It Out Loud. While the jackboot on our neck doesn't seem to be getting any lighter, at least someone says what's going on out loud. House GOP representative Jim Jordan delivered a speech on the floor today [4/6/2022] that essentially encapsulates most of the current issues that have become the collective weight from the jackboot. Insofar as congressional speeches have value, this summary from Jordan is quite succinct. [Video clip]
The 'Don't Say Gay' Contagion Is Killing the Left - Good. I've never seen the left so completely misread the room. This issue isn't about compassion or saying "gay." Everyone feels compassion for children. I do hold visceral revulsion for adults who want to sexualize children. Thankfully my position seems to be the dominant view. But the left won't let go. Now the City of New York has produced a digital ad campaign to entice Floridians to move to New York City. [...] "Come to the City where you can say whatever you want." What? Say whatever you want, as long as you're children are still wearing masks. You can say whatever you want — unless you say what you want and use the wrong pronouns of a nonbinary-two bear dude dressed like a poodle — then you can't say what you want. Or if you complain about men in women's restrooms — in that case, you can't say what you want. Or if you're offended by people who want to sexualize children — keep your mouth shut.
The Fed Is Going to Trigger a Recession Within Six Months. The bond market is telling us that the Fed is in very serious trouble. [...] The Fed ended its Quantitative Easing (QE) program through which it prints new money and used it to buy assets from Wall Street in early March. Since that time, the Fed has also begun raising interest rates, implementing its first rate hike of 0.25% on March 17th. Historically, when the Fed begins raising interest rates, it looks to the 2-Year U.S. Treasury for guidance: the Fed tracks the yield on this bond as a proxy for where rates need to go. With that in mind, the yield on the 2-year Treasury, is exploding higher.
Biden's Lack Of Any Strategy For Ukraine Shows He's Got None For U.S. National Security Either. The White House said this week it plans to release up to 180 million barrels of oil from strategic reserves, a million barrels a day for 180 days, to help bring down near-record gas prices that were climbing before Russia's invasion of Ukraine but have since spiked. It will be the largest release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve since it was established in the early 1970s, and it probably won't work. The specific reasons it probably won't work — congestion on the Gulf Coast, a possible reduction in supply from Saudi Arabia and other oil producers, the fact that 180 million barrels over the next six months isn't enough to offset the loss of Russian oil exports — are not as important as what the announcement tells us about the Biden administration's plan for Ukraine and how it fits into an overarching national security strategy for the United States.
The New Financial World Order — The Intent of the Digital ID That Follows the Vaccination Passport. The World Government Summit 2022 took place on March 29 and 30 in Dubai, hosting more than 4,000 individuals from 190 countries including senior government officials, heads of international organizations, and global "experts." The invited participants presented ideas and worldviews from within their various fields of specialty. One presentation that needs to be highlighted was from Dr. Pippa Malmgren, an American economist who served as special advisor on Economic Policy to President George W. Bush. Her father, Harald Malmgren, served as a senior aide to US Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford. In this segment, Mrs. Malmgren says the quiet part out loud. Yes, they are no longer hiding the construct; indeed, as you will hear they are saying quite openly what the future will look like. [Video clip]
Were You Better Off with Trump? [President Trump] won over ten million more voters than in his previous 2016 victory, won almost every traditional bellwether county in the country by double digits, and expanded his share of the electorate with women and minorities. But for Biden being declared the winner by the press after four days of counting in a handful of battleground states, Trump's impressive gains in 2020 would have been heralded as a resounding endorsement from the American people. That is the part of the 2020 election story that has always bothered me most. If it were stolen, and I obviously believe it was (sorry, thought police), then the theft not only denied the American people their say in their own governance and saddled the country with a dangerous, corrupt, and cognitively declining stooge, but also unfairly recast widely successful Trump policies as having been rejected by the people. That rewriting of history is as dangerous and consequential as the election fraud itself. In tort law, there's a doctrine known as res ipsa loquitur — "the thing speaks for itself" — which permits the inference of a negligent act even without direct evidence because no other plausible explanation exists. The thing speaks for itself is how I've felt about the 2020 election.
The Unexpectedly Long War. It was a tale of two blunders. Both Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin made the mistake of believing that the Russian army could conquer Ukraine in two days. The New York Times wrote in perplexity, "In Afghanistan, intelligence agencies had predicted the government and its forces could hold on for at least six months after the U.S. withdrawal. In Ukraine, intelligence officials thought the Russian army would take Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, in two days. Both estimates proved wrong." [...] Had Ukraine fallen quickly as predicted, the world food supply would not have been disrupted to the extent it was, and neither Putin nor Biden would find themselves in their unexpected predicament. But alas! The billion-dollar intelligence agencies of both men proved fallible and left everyone adrift on a sea of uncertainty over what happens next when the other second-order effects kick in. The great powers bought a ticket to ride but still don't know where it goes.
The Six Best Conservative Governors In America. [#2] I don't think I'm overstating the situation when I say Ron DeSantis has quickly become a political superstar. Not only is DeSantis redefining what it means to be a Republican governor, he's redefining what it means to be a conservative. On his current trajectory, Ron DeSantis could well be the most important conservative voice of this generation. And keep in mind, at 43-years-old he's the youngest governor in the country, Democrat or Republican. Pick an issue and DeSantis is not only conservative, he takes an in-your-face stance on it. DeSantis didn't just call out the absurdity of the recent Lia Thompson, transgender swimmer issue, he accurately called the second place swimmer the rightful winner.
Why all of a sudden did Ukraine become the center of the Universe? The United States Congress recently offered a standing ovation to Ukrainian President Zelensky. Without a doubt, his country is virtually treated as the 51st state of the United States. Yet, the United States government deals with Ukrainian borders exponentially better than America's southern border. [...] [D]uring Obama's presidency, Ukrainians got an offer they could not refuse, and a well-oiled conveyer belt to transfer money from the West to Ukraine and back had begun. Everybody benefited from the scheme; it was so well known and accepted that even children of many swamp-dwellers in Washington were introduced to it. Nevertheless, nobody on the receiving and sending ends of the monetary conveyor dared to ask the simple question of who was the brain behind the scenes who orchestrated it. One possible answer — which could also explain why Ukraine suddenly became so valuable — is that the Russian KGB planned, implemented, and maintained the "Ukrainian" financial conveyor.
Beware of Those Indiscriminately Cheering for Volodymyr Zelenskyy. To be clear, I'm not questioning American support of the Ukrainian people. What I'm uneasy with is the blind support of the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, as if he's some kind of democracy-loving modern-day "George Washington," as FoxNews' Tucker Carlson called him on a recent episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight. With just a small amount of research, it's clear Zelenskyy is anything but a democratic leader. In a true democracy, people are free to express any opinion at any time in public and in private. They can also speak out against their political leaders and work to remove them from office if they disapprove of the job they're doing. The "democracy" in Ukraine is not at all free like that.
Tom Cotton Destroys Brown Jackson Over Support Of Suspected Terrorists. Tom Cotton would already have earned an A+ for his digging into Joe Biden's affirmative action nominee Ketanjio Brown Jackson and her disgusting leniency toward and support for consumers of child pornography. She is vile. As if Cotton hadn't done enough already, now he's going after the judge and Supreme Court hopeful for her almost-as-bad representation of suspected terrorists and detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Kudos to Cotton for having the stones to do what few GOP seem willing to anymore. Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, John Kennedy, and Marsha Blackburn have been impressive throughout the hearings as well.
The chaos that is about
to be unleashed is unlike anything that the world has ever seen before. [Threat reader] The technocrats that
had an incremental change in store for all of us but... The Canadian Trucker protests and the massive protests all over the
world against mandates frightened those who have planned this disrupting and dismantling of our world. Not to mention,
it became common knowledge who was behind this attack on humanity: @wef Personally, I have been relieved that many now
understand what @wef and @OpenSociety have been doing for the last 30 years. But this frightened them: for the
first time, @wef was commonly understood as the enemy of humanity. So what was going to be incremental is now going to be a
blitzkrieg. [...] There is no way — even with all of the cheating and scheming — that the DNC and RINO Republicans
can hold on to the House and Senate in 2022. And there is no way that they can hold on to the Presidency in 2024. So it
is now that they must begin to introduce
Anyone Else Starting to Get a Bad Feeling About All This Ukraine Worship? Two things can be true at the same time: Ukraine is being mauled by vicious invaders, and globalists are laying the foundation to leverage this crisis that they've been building up for months. The alacrity with which the establishment has thrown its full weight behind the plucky Ukrainian rebels is setting off all my alarm bells. [...] I know a stampede when I see one. We're still in the death throes of the last one, COVID-19. Before that, it was Black Lives Matter. There was also the dreaded Jan. 6 "Insurrection" and Russian Collusion in there somewhere. The ruined lives, fraud, wealth transfers, and costly infrastructure from those pushes are still stacked up all around us, but Big Global has such an effective machine in operation at this point that they can keep hitting us with ginned-up crises before we have a chance to clean up the mess from the last ones.
Turn On The Spigots. President Trump quickly and radically reversed the focus and direction of America's standing on the international stage. Yet even more quickly *President Biden has tanked America's position, drained her of her leverage, and seems content to literally have no say in events that the entire world will be shaped by. None of this to mention that in cutting off our energy production Biden's administration personally funded Putin's war machine. The solution to all of this is pretty simple, but the American people need to express the collective will that we tell Washington what to do — not the other way around. Turn on the spigots. Sell our energy to Europe and watch the price drop here at home. We can bankrupt Russia and Iran in the process. We can reduce the financial pain for every American who drives a vehicle almost overnight. We can re-employ all the pipeline workers, and leased drilling operators immediately. And we can alert the world that America is not diminished but potentially stronger than ever.
DuckDuckGone? To some users, it feels like another Big Tech bait and switch. To others, it's a case of getting half a loaf. But to many, it's a betrayal of a principled promise. The search engine DuckDuckGo will now begin making judgments about the accuracy of the information produced by its search algorithms. As Breitbart reports in "Diet Google: DuckDuckGo Will 'Down-Rank' What It Decides Is 'Disinformation,'", the company's CEO and founder, Gabriel Weinberg, posted a Twitter thread announcing that, as part of standing with Ukraine, the search engine had been rolling out search updates that down-rank sites associated with Russian disinformation. In addition to down-ranking sites associated with disinformation, we also often place news modules and information boxes at the top of DuckDuckGo search results (where they are seen and clicked the most) to highlight quality information for rapidly unfolding topics. In justifying his company's decision to wade into determining which information is "disinformation" and "misinformation" — a.k.a., censorship — Weinberg carefully reiterated his company's promise to users (and plugged his search engine): [...]
10 Realities of Ukraine. [#10] It is not "un-American" to point out that prior American appeasement under the Obama and the Biden Administrations explains not why Putin wished to go into Ukraine, but why he felt he could. It is not "treasonous" to say Ukraine and the United States previously should have stayed out of each other's domestic affairs and politics — but still do not excuse Putin's savage aggression. It is not traitorous to admit that Russia for centuries relied on buffer states between Europe — lost when its Warsaw Pact satellite members joined NATO after its defeat in the Cold War. But that reality also does not justify Putin's savage attack.
The Fed Has One Job To Do, And Blew It. Along with President Joe Biden and Congress, the Federal Reserve has a responsibility to manage inflation, a job it was established to do. And just like Biden and Congress, the Fed has failed at its job. At the Fed's own website, it states clearly what its primary job is, by law: "Conducting the nation's monetary policy by influencing money and credit conditions in the economy in pursuit of full employment and stable prices." Well, today, we have neither "full employment" nor "stable prices." On Tuesday, the government reported that wholesale prices, that is prices just a step before retail, surged 10% in February. As bad as that number was, it didn't include the huge jump in energy prices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Consumer prices rose "only" 7.9% in February. So expect them to go even higher next month. This inflation came thanks mostly to absurd policies — paying people to stay home while spending trillions of dollars of "stimulus" on federal programs not related to COVID — pursued by the Democrats who control both Congress and the White House.
Why Russia Invaded Ukraine. [Scroll down] The war in Ukraine is putting this non-secret plan into effect. It forces Russia to unite with China, which is the only power big enough to resist the pressure of Western sanctions against Russia. The burning of the economic bridges with the West makes China the only nation that can absorb the massive amounts of raw materials and grains that Russia produces. The two countries combined can scramble the post-Cold war economic and political order and create new tensions and shortages. Some speculate that the forced marriage between China and Russia will lead to a parallel financial system with the yuan as the reserve currency. The desired realignment will pit the decadent West against the post-communist East. Two distinct political blocs are forming, which will present the world with two false alternatives: crumbling liberal democracy or autocratic national socialism.
Biden and Obama Must Answer for Russiagate. What did Barack Obama and Joe Biden know about the Russiagate collusion hoax their fellow Democrats ginned up to kneecap Donald Trump — and when did they know it? How much did their chicanery contribute to Vladimir Putin's decision to invade the Ukraine? Those questions are coming into sharp relief following a definitive report by my RealClearInvestigations colleague Paul Sperry last week that places the worst political scandal in our nation's history and Putin's brutal war directly inside the White House. Drawing on a wide range of documents, many never previously reported, Sperry details how the Obama administration worked closely with the Clinton campaign and a foreign government — Ukraine — in a "sweeping and systematic effort" to interfere in the 2016 election. It turns out Democrats were guilty of every false charge they lodged against Trump.
What If Everyone Is Wrong About The Russian Military? It's tough to say if they're targeting civilians or simply launching wildly because they can't target anything — Putin being a monster doesn't help with this. But logistically, they are absolutely a joke. A competent military doesn't get a 40 mile long convey, on which most of their alleged strategy depends, stuck in the mud and out of gas for 3 weeks. What I think might be at play is pretty simple: the military leadership in Russia is just as corrupt as the political leadership, because why wouldn't it be? When the people giving you orders are dipping their hands into the pie, why wouldn't you when whatever is left gets to you? That leads to corners being cut, to laziness. [...] ake a look at any of the pictures of captured Russian soldiers in Ukraine. Do they look ripped or do they look pregnant and ready to retire?
NATO's Emerging Ukraine Strategy. For NATO, the calculus is changing. Russian military might has been exposed as far weaker than thought, and the Ukrainians have shown themselves to be fierce and committed fighters. This has emboldened western powers to provide a laundry list of armaments and other support to Kyiv. Even more importantly, the European and American public has now seen two weeks of fighting, suffering, and dying in Ukraine. While Ukraine was perceived as a far away, dispensable country before the war, it has now become the staple of the nightly news. The public is growing familiar with the country and, in particular, with the bravery and determination of Ukrainian forces and the suffering of its civilians.
The Real War. I continue to be somewhat dumbfounded that some conservatives seem to believe that Vladimir Putin is their enemy. Tucker Carlson last night explained masterfully that the real enemy of the America we grew up in — with its vibrant middle class — is coming from our ruling class. While the roots of this war on the American middle class run deep, the pace of the rape and pillage of America — morally as well as financially — accelerated in virtually exponential fashion in 2008.
Perhaps Tucker Carlson's most profound monologue ever. I won't lie: I'm a Tucker Carlson fan. He is willing to speak honestly about topics others ignore, sugarcoat, or lie about. Even when I don't agree with him, I find him worthwhile, and never more so than his Friday-night [3/11/2022] monologue about Biden's latest, terrifying power-grab and how our government is destroying the American economy. It was a tour de force, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Tucker opened with something I'd meant to write about and now don't need to: without a single pause, the Biden administration slipped effortlessly from COVID emergency powers (which are now passé thanks to polling) and is, instead, assuming war powers, even though we're not at war: [...] If Tucker had stopped there, he still would have said something incredibly important that should cause all Americans to question the power Biden has seized for himself and how, once seized, it will be kept and used in the future. But Tucker didn't stop there. He segued smoothly to the vast, unimaginable power the tech monopolies have over American minds and how they are steering us inexorably to accept treating Russia as a nation to be destroyed just because we don't like it.
Questioning Potential Jurors Undermines the Very Basis of the Jury System. [The jury] system supposes that the average citizen, chosen at random, is capable of judging the guilt or innocence of an accused solely on the basis of the evidence presented in court. To do so is the purest example of attempted cognitive rationality. Indeed, the judge tells the jury that they're to consider only what they see and hear in court, that they're to put all other information, rumor, or prejudice from their minds. If it were not possible for them to do so, then the whole system would fall to the ground. My experience, as a witness in murder trials in England, suggests to me that most people are capable, when it's demanded of them, of judging solely on the evidence put before them. As with any system that involves human beings, there must be exceptions and failures: Perfection is not to be expected. But in none of the trials in which I was involved did the jury come to a perverse verdict that flew in the face of the evidence put before them. Relevant evidence may sometimes have been missing or withheld from them, affecting their verdict, but that was not the fault of the jury.
The Great (Destructive) Reset of Capitalism. The World Economic Forum (WEF) is promoting a dystopian vision, and it is closer than you think. By 2030, it says, "You will own nothing and you'll be happy." Ownership and control will be vested in a handful of government leaders and a cabal of the wealthiest individuals in the world. You will lose more than just your possessions. Under the WEF's "Great Reset," individual freedom, personal responsibility, and opportunities for growth and self-fulfillment will be eroded away. Democracy, the free market and national sovereignty will be replaced by a new world order, stakeholder capitalism and centralized control by some NGOs, globalist corporations and the elite. Klaus Schwab, the WEF's founder and executive chairman, gloated over the pandemic: to him, it was a "window of opportunity" for this reset.
Blinken and Biden Fold, Pentagon Rejects Poland Offer for United States to Start World War III. Oh, the Biden administration is not happy with Poland. Not happy at all. Earlier this afternoon [3/8/2022], Poland called Secretary of State Anthony Blinken's bluff, over the U.S. claims that Poland was going to send fighter jets into Ukraine. This followed Sunday's announcement where Poland said the U.S. State Dept was lying. Earlier today, Poland said they would give the U.S. the planes if Blinken and Biden wanted to start World War III, but Poland wasn't going to help the U.S. create a war with Russia. This put the U.S. in a 'put up or shut up' position.
Biden's Russia-Ukraine diplomacy is a debacle. Far from rallying the free world as its leader in reacting to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, President Biden's diplomatic team has been publicly snubbed and humiliated by even putative allies. Rather than "restoring respect" for the US, as Biden promised to do, his administration has severely damaged America's standing as a country to be heeded. You would not know it from the saturation-level media coverage of the ongoing crisis, focused as it is on demonizing Putin for the crime of invading a sovereign neighbor. But without even so much as defending our own border, much less invading another country, the Biden administration has managed to alienate a large share of the world. Two serious public rebukes from allies Tuesday are signaling to the world community that America's views and initiatives don't matter as much as they used to barely over a year ago.
AWOL: Where Is the Russian Air Force? The Russian Air Force (VKS) has procured 350 modern combat aircraft in the last ten years and the question that must be on every Russian's mind in the second week of the Ukraine War is: What did we get for our money? Because by all accounts, the Russian Air Force is nearly AWOL from Russia's biggest battles since 1945. Military researcher Justin Bronk noted on Friday that "the Russian Air Force has yet to commence large-scale operations." "The continued absence of major air operations," he says, "now raises serious capability questions." It's also a safe bet that it isn't the Ukraine Air Force preventing the VKS from establishing air superiority over Ukraine.
The End of the Old Normal. The catastrophe in Ukraine was the outcome of the combined miscalculations of Vladimir Putin and Western politicians. The Russian leader embarked on a quest to restore his country's historical greatness, while the West endeavored to preserve the Global World as it was. Both sides were firmly committed to the past, one to the re-establishment of the Soviet Union, the other to the pursuit of an environmentalist fantasy that effectively made Western Europe energy dependent on the Kremlin. The outbreak of war in Europe showed that living in the past was no longer possible.
Statement On Russian-Ukrainian Crisis by Archbishop Vigano. If we look at what is happening in Ukraine, without being misled by the gross falsifications of the mainstream media, we realize that respect for each other's rights has been completely ignored; indeed, we have the impression that the Biden Administration, NATO and the European Union deliberately want to maintain a situation of obvious imbalance, precisely to make impossible any attempt at a peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, provoking the Russian Federation to trigger a conflict. Herein lies the seriousness of the problem. This is the trap set for both Russia and Ukraine, using both of them to enable the globalist elite to carry out its criminal plan.
Why Should Deplorables Fight for Those Who Hate Them? What happens when a self-anointed "ruling class" spends years demonizing its own citizens as racist, white supremacist, deplorable, insurrectionist Neanderthals bitterly clinging to their guns and their Bibles? What happens when the fools in charge censor dissent and throw their political enemies in prison? What happens when the political Establishment floods the country with illegal aliens while publicly wishing for the quick "extinction" of those proud to wave the red, white, and blue? Maybe when those same elitist snob-goblins start beating the drums of war, declare patriotic love of country acceptable once again, and call for deep sacrifices to be made in the interest of preserving freedom, the people most needed to pick up a rifle, fight, and sacrifice life and limb instead turn their backs on those who have relentlessly tormented them. Maybe America's real protectors just walk away.
VISA Suspends All Operations in Russia, We Are One Step Closer to Losing the Dollar As Global Trade Currency. Canada was the beta test when the government targeted the financial networks of the truckers and political opposition. Now, the global governing system replaces Trudeau and uses the private financial industry to target Russians instead of truckers. When I previously said to pay attention, because we are not going to like the world on the other side of a Biden, NATO, EU, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Word Economic Forum and multinational corporate victory, I was not joking. This public-private merge of government with private financial institutions will never be reversed... ever again.
A Negotiated Peace — and a Strengthened West — Might Emerge From Ukraine's Ordeal. Over the past week or so, earth-shaking events appeared to be occurring every day: the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the dramatic and almost instantaneous determination of Germany to rearm, the imposition of relatively serious sanctions upon Russia and the international condemnation of that country, and the extraordinary bravery of the Ukrainian people and the eloquence, and charismatic leadership qualities, of their president, the formerly somewhat whimsically regarded ex-comedian Volodymyr Zelensky. There are essentially three possible outcomes to this war: [...]
Here's Your 'Red Pill' Moment for the Russia-Ukraine War. President Joe Biden and the media desperately want you to believe Russia is the bad guy and Ukraine is a little angel. [...] To get your support, they need the media to sell you a bill of goods. But it just doesn't add up. First, Biden is the one who funded Russia's invasion. Biden killed our pipelines, killed coal and banned drilling, which made us dependent on Russian oil — which made Russia filthy rich and arrogant. Biden paid for this war. Second, if Russian President Vladimir Putin is the "bad guy," if Russia is evil, why is Biden continuing to buy billions of dollars of oil from Russia every day? Does this make sense? Unless it's pure "commie theatre." Connect the dots. Biden is a feeble, feckless old puppet with dementia. George Soros pulls Biden's strings. Soros is on the side of Ukraine. Soros recently said the whole world must support Ukraine. It's been reported Soros funded Volodymyr Zelenskyy and then installed him as president of Ukraine — one of the most corrupt nations on the earth.
Tedros Introduces the Globalist Plan to Take Over the World's Health Systems. As many governments are gradually being forced to pull back from covid restrictions, we have been searching for the direction of the next global assault on individual freedom and the sovereign constitutional republics of the world, including the U.S.A. We have discovered the next move of the global predators — already in progress — in their escalating assaults against individual and political freedom. The next big assault on human freedom involves a legalized takeover of national healthcare systems by the World Health Organization. This stealth attack — with its initial plans already backed by many nations — will begin full implementation in 2024 if it is not quickly recognized and fought!
About Those 'Neo-Nazis' in Ukraine... Russian propaganda efforts have redoubled since Putin launched its aggression against Ukraine a week ago. Suddenly, a host of stories has appeared in conservative media that try to rally support for Vladimir Putin because he is allegedly fighting Nazis and the New Word Order in Ukraine. [...] We could respond by advising Russia and its advocates to worry about their own neo-Nazi infestation, but since this smear has now become widespread, it is prudent to address it. The Nazi smear is a twisted but effective technique used by Russian propaganda and our left-wing media in equal abundance. Russia has been doing it since Stalin made it "a thing." This smear is effective because its victims try to distance themselves from one another and sometimes join in accusations, hoping others won't think of them as Nazis. It's also effective because it's extremely dirty. Trying to debunk it makes one dive deep into repulsive dirt.
Cleanly Washed Russian Brains. After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the country fell to a state of distress, industry collapsed, people became impoverished and desperate, as lawlessness and chaos ensued in the country. In the early 2000s, when Putin came to power, he criminalized the government and, with the help of the West, turned Russia into a giant "gas station," that is, into a source of petrodollars. Using efficient Western technology, oil and gas were pumped out of the ground, while billions of dollars lined the pockets of oligarchs that were close to Putin and other corrupt officials. Imported food, household appliances, clothes, cars and other goods appeared in stores and life of the Russian population, especially in large cities, improved. For the two following decades, the country was thriving on petrodollars, manufactured almost nothing but weapons. Like megalomanic Hitler's obsession with conquering lebensraum for Aryans to populate, megalomaniac Putin was obsessed with the idea of restoring Russia to the borders of the USSR.
Did We Provoke Putin's War in Ukraine? Whatever we may think of Putin, he is no Stalin. He has not murdered millions or created a gulag archipelago. Nor is he "irrational," as some pundits rail. He does not want a war with us, which would be worse than ruinous to us both. Putin is a Russian nationalist, patriot, traditionalist and a cold and ruthless realist looking out to preserve Russia as the great and respected power it once was and he believes it can be again. But it cannot be that if NATO expansion does not stop or if its sister state of Ukraine becomes part of a military alliance whose proudest boast is that it won the Cold War against the nation Putin has served all his life. President Joe Biden almost hourly promises, "We are not going to war in Ukraine." Why would he then not readily rule out NATO membership for Ukraine, which would require us to do something Biden himself says we Americans, for our own survival, should never do: go to war with Russia?
The West's Green Energy Delusions Empowered Putin. How has Vladimir Putin — a man ruling a country with an economy smaller than that of Texas, with an average life expectancy 10 years lower than that of France — managed to launch an unprovoked full-scale assault on Ukraine? There is a deep psychological, political and almost civilizational answer to that question: He wants Ukraine to be part of Russia more than the West wants it to be free. He is willing to risk tremendous loss of life and treasure to get it. There are serious limits to how much the U.S. and Europe are willing to do militarily. And Putin knows it. [...] Putin knows that Europe produces 3.6 million barrels of oil a day but uses 15 million barrels of oil a day. Putin knows that Europe produces 230 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year but uses 560 billion cubic meters. He knows that Europe uses 950 million tons of coal a year but produces half that.
The most fascinating thing about the Ukraine war. [Thread Reader] ... is the sheer number of top strategic thinkers who warned for years that it was coming if we continued down the same path. No one listened to them and here we are.
The Americans itching for war. The foreign policy experts promised us that President Biden would restore our standing in the world and "stand up to tyranny." Retired Admiral William McRaven said Biden would make America lead again. They were wrong, of course. The Afghanistan withdrawal was a disaster. The reliance on intelligence and security from the Taliban got Americans killed. If they were right about anything, it was about the return to American "normalcy." This was one of our biggest concerns with Biden. Normalcy in the U.S. is incompetence. It got us the war in Iraq and a ~20 year war in Afghanistan. It gave us Libya and the emergency of ISIS. This same class of experts — the ones who were wrong on Biden, wrong on Iraq and Afghanistan — are now salivating at the prospects of war with Russia.
'Madman Putin': The Globalists' Misinformation Play. Ever since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the western public has been carpet bombed with the claim that Russian president Vladimir Putin is some sort of unhinged madman. This notion is being feverishly spread by the establishment and those in its pay: the political class, the media and the commentariat, career diplomats and technocrats as well as those connected to the security and intelligence communities. The most remarkable thing about the Mad Vlad claim is that it is obviously false. Whatever Vladimir Putin may be, he is certainly no irrational madman. This much should be obvious to everyone with the eyes to see.
Ukraine Crushes Three Great Myths About Russia. The world has been fundamentally changed by Ukraine. This is true, although nearly all Western coverage has been scaredy-cat and daft. Russia expected to waltz in to Ukraine. It didn't. Russian forces have failed in all their objectives. A thousand Russian soldiers die each day of the assault. In the four days prior to this writing, 4,000 have died. This is twice the number of American deaths in Afghanistan over twenty years. (And no, Kyiv was never surrounded, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy lives. Indeed, the airport near Kyiv was retaken by local Ukrainian forces; in essence state-level reservists, who retook the airport from Russian elite troops.) What this means is that the myth of Russian might has been broken for all time. It doesn't matter if the war isn't over. This is evident from the last four days. And there really are no reserves to be thrown in. They would have been thrown in already.
Are Covid And Ukraine Unrelated? Don't Look Now, The Truth Might Come Out. Ukraine is a manageable localized problem in a distant part of the world and Russia is going to manage it. The American crisis of confidence in its own operating system is something else. Did "Joe Biden's" handlers actually want to start World War Three? They are the same posse who contrived the Russian Collusion hysteria of 2016-19, then launched Covid-19 — and the even more deadly mass "vaccination" response to it — and have now successfully goaded Russia into cleaning up the international hub of grift and mischief known as Ukraine. One thing established for sure as fact: the "Joe Biden" family received plenty of cash off that grift wagon, and those "handlers" have neatly ring-fenced it from official scrutiny. Where does that leave the so-called president of the US in the current crisis?
Russia has Forgotten the Hard Lessons it Learned Invading Finland. Russia learned some hard lessons when it invaded Finland in November 1939. Today in Ukraine, it's become clear that those lessons didn't "stick," at least not among Russia's decision-makers. In the winter of 1939, Russia — having just conquered half of Poland after Germany had already knocked that country out of the war — decided that war was good business. So they invaded Finland. In Poland, the Soviets re-took land that had been under the control of Czarist Russia for two centuries before it was divided away from Russia at the treaty of Versailles. Repeating that strategy, on November 30, 1939, Russia attacked Finland, intending to recover land that had also been part of Czarist Russia before Versailles.
Sunday Talks, Psaki Gives Away the Ukraine Game — Russia Is Needed As Fall Guy for Biden Energy Policy and Economic Damage. During an ABC interview today [2/27/2022], White House Spokesperson Jennifer Psaki gave away the game for the Biden Administration's intent on exploiting the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Keep in mind, as the Biden team were getting pummeled for negative economic outcomes, massive inflation, skyrocketing energy costs and gas prices set to double, the White House worked to create an urgent defense by manufacturing the crisis. While Joe Biden ate his pudding, the people behind the scenes told Zelenskyy and Putin that Ukraine was about to enter NATO (December 2021). The White House then seeded details through China knowing the intel would get back to Putin. Russia took the bait and intervened. The collective left (far more western leader beneficiaries on a global scale) now have a quick and strategic pivot point to go from COVID-19 as the excuse for all the economic ills, to Russia.
The American Trucker Convoy Is a Really Bad Idea. I was a strong supporter of the Freedom Convoy in Canada. I felt their cause was just and that the crackdown by PM Justin Trudeau was truly authoritarian and disturbing. The thing about that protest movement, though, was that it had a clear goal: To get rid of the federal vaccine mandate affecting truckers. While the ideological boundaries were stretched at times, it was never a question that the Freedom Convoy was fighting for something tangible and just. On that note, what is this American trucker convoy protesting? There is no federal vaccine mandate for truckers (or private employees in general) in the United States. COVID-19 mandates at the state level have also been nearly universally lifted. Further, the fact that the U.S. is a republic has always presented a far different dynamic compared to Canada's top-down, federal control of the populace. In short, you cannot have a successful political movement if it isn't focused, and if the point is just to bait law enforcement in hopes of getting attention on CNN, that doesn't seem like a very good reason for its existence.
Before We Go To War, Let's Take A Look At The Current State Of The U.S. Military. If we are going to have a war with Russia, perhaps we should determine if our military is actually prepared to fight such a war first. Unfortunately, as I will detail below, the answer is very clear. At one time, the U.S. possessed the greatest fighting machine ever assembled, but decades of neglect, incompetence and cultural deterioration have taken a devastating toll. Just look at what happened in Afghanistan. After nearly two decades of fighting, we couldn't even defeat a ragged bunch of drug dealers and goat herders known as the Taliban. In fact, the Taliban appears to be even stronger today than when we first invaded. And now we think that we can take on the Russian military? Sadly, the truth is that we aren't ready for any sort of a major conflict at this stage.
High Fossil Fuel Prices From Russian Invasion Conveniently Support Globalists' Climate Change Dreams. There are no such things as coincidences in the world of politics. Did Covid and BLM anarchy just happen to coincide with Trump's reelection year? Did JFK and reporter Dorothy Kilgallen just happen to die after running afoul with the mob? Add this next question to the list: Did Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which is leading to catastrophic gas and oil prices, just happen to make desired climate change policies a sudden reality? While the rest of the world is devolving into a left-right political debate over who supports whom, my initial response was the frightening reality that driving cars, heating homes, and growing crops was about to get a lot more expensive.
Russian invasion exposes US weakness, green lights Red China. As Russia rolls over Ukraine with the only Western response being increased sanctions, the question arises: Is this the beginning of a new world order, where nations may invade with impunity? More specifically: Will Washington and its allies react any differently if the next aggressor is China, and the next target Taiwan? Like Ukraine, Taiwan is a US security partner not protected by any formal treaty. The Taiwan Relations Act requires the Pentagon to support Taiwan's efforts to protect itself but does not mandate the US military defend Taiwan if it comes under attack.
The Collapsing Covid Narrative is Being Replaced with Putin and Ukraine. The Covid-19 crisis was a government-imposed disaster from beginning to the end. The virus — which was created by the Chinese state in cooperation with Dr Fauci and his friends — either escaped or was released from the biolab in Wuhan. The Ukrainian crisis is likewise a government induced disaster. The feckless Joe Biden, Antony Blinken and their globalist cronies provoked Putin by pushing the idea of NATO at the doorstep of Russia. This was as unacceptable to the Russians in the same way that Mexico entering the Warsaw Pact would be unacceptable to the United States. Putin asked for assurances that there will be no more NATO's countries on the Russian border. This was not an unreasonable request, but they told him to go home and pound sand. We should not be surprised at Putin's anger. If he overreacts, the ensuing catastrophe will have been sparked by the provocateurs who were needlessly poking the Russian bear in the eye. Both Covid and Russia are false narratives.
'Those Who Make Peaceful Revolution Impossible Will Make Violent Revolution Inevitable'. I will be supporting Donald Trump in 2024. The Durham revelation that the Clinton campaign spied on candidate Trump before the election and President Trump after should be enough to see that virtually everything Trump claimed was happening... was actually happening. So what does this have to do with 2024? Everything, including the election fraud of 2020. Every single American with a functioning brain knows that Donald Trump won the election in 2020 and that everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to the mainstream media to the Democrat party to Never Trumper "conservatives" conspired to steal it. And they did.
Putin may have overplayed his hand by invading Ukraine, experts say: 'Massive miscalculation'. President Vladimir Putin may have overplayed his hand by invading Ukraine as opposition to the war grows in Russia, experts told Fox News Digital. "This is a massive miscalculation," said University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Yoshiko Herrera, who is an expert on U.S-Russian relations. "This action yesterday was just another level of crazy. It's a ruination of Russia for decades, so damaging for Ukraine and so costly all around."
Slow Boiling the Western Alliance Like a Frog. Fears over over Vladimir Putin's threatened invasion of Ukraine continue to grow despite the fact that the effort would burst both Russia's military and economy, not to mention ruining its foreign relations. [...] Yet it is not only the Kremlin's behavior that has a bizarre feel to it. Despite decrying the seriousness of the situation, Western governments aren't obviously readying for a European conflict. Instead they are focusing on masks, mandates and invoking war powers to force truckers to comply with soon to be abolished Covid vaccine requirements. One would think the southern border would be secured, oil stockpiled, and STEM not CRT taught in reopened schools. But none of this is happening.
Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada should start worrying. Given the green light from Biden, Russia is unilaterally annexing only a portion of Ukraine. There's its "minor incursion." Biden is trying to talk and act tough but, of course, it's too late. [...] The "minor incursion" greenlight that Biden (Obama) and Co. just flashed dictators worldwide will reap a very grisly harvest. Why can't Venezuela grab tiny Guyana? It's minor after all. Why can't Putin enlarge his access to the Baltic at Lithuanian or Polish expense? Why can't Trudeau take back a chunk of Maine? And why, oh why can't Xi Jinping get his hands on Taiwan Semiconductor? Reflect that Putin took Crimea on Obama's watch, then takes the Donets Basin on Biden's watch. Notice a pattern here, America? We will never know what is treason and what is rank stupidity and weakness but, clearly, the Left (i.e. the Democrat masterminds and overlords) just rolled out the welcome mat for thugs the world over.
Putin is Playing Biden like a Fiddle. Vlad Putin, the evil though very calculating chief oligarch of the shriveled nation of Russia (when stacked against its predecessor, the Soviet Union), is playing chess over the fate of Ukraine, while our figurehead president and his gaggle of administration mediocrities (here being charitable) and Pentagon toadies play checkers. I'll venture this wager — though with modest reservations: Putin will bring Ukraine into his orbit without sending his troops en masse into said country. On Monday, Putin recognized Russian-dominated regions of Ukraine, followed by a minor incursion of "peacekeepers," traveling by bus, not APC. Putin doesn't need a full-scale invasion, I believe, because his approach is strategic. His eye is on the prize: take Ukraine in some shape or form (as he took parts on Monday). He's open to the means, no doubt, and if an invasion — likely surgical in nature — is his only route to achieve his ends, he'll take the gamble. The U.S. declared that it won't send troops to defend Ukraine.
An Open Letter to Justin Trudeau and the Federal Government. We are writing to you as representative pastors of Christian congregations from across the nation and as law-abiding citizens who respect the God-defined role of civil government and uphold the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the highest law of our land, which recognizes the supremacy of God over all human legislation. For the past two years, we have sought to respectfully and peaceably make known to all levels of government our profound concern about the indefinite suspension of civil liberties, coercive mandates and perpetual state interference in the life, freedom and worship of the church — freedoms guaranteed by both our inherited Common Law tradition and Charter. We have also prayed earnestly for our governing authorities, met with them, written letters and petitions, peacefully gathered for protest with other concerned citizens and in some cases filed lawsuits. We have used every lawful means at our disposal to be heard and taken seriously. Yet at every turn, we have been largely ignored, brushed aside, insulted and even told we in no way represent Canadians.
Canada Tightens the Screw. Canada's trucker protest has been inspiring. Americans, though imagining themselves a freedom-loving people, have been quiet compared to Europeans, Australians, and now Canadians standing up against draconian Covid restrictions. The truckers' protest has a combination of good optics, big numbers, a clear message, and it is causing substantial distress to the centers of power. The truckers' protest is designed to make a mess of things. By tying up critical roadways in Canada's capital and blocking ports of entry, it imposes economic pain across the country and brings attention to the cause. But it is a peaceful protest, the kind of civil disobedience about which authorities used to wax poetic, when they agreed with the message and when the conflict was located in the distant past. Real protests challenge the powerful. You can tell the truckers' protest has some teeth, because Canada's rulers have responded without mercy.
Forensic linguists say they now know the origin of the Q texts on the message board that began the QAnon movement. One of the enduring mysteries of the Trump era — 'who is Q' — appears to be solved, sort of. Two sets of forensic linguists have published two separate papers using two different techniques to conclude that Q appears to be two people: South African tech journalist Paul Furber, 55, and 4chan internet message board moderator and computer entrepreneur Ron Watkins, 34, according to the studies. 'While relying on two completely different technologies, both stylometric [quantitative study of literary style] analyses could establish that QAnon's early period on the 4chan forum, from October to December 2017, was likely the result of a collaboration between Paul Furber and Ron Watkins,' according to Claude-Alain Roten, the CEO of OrphAnalytics.
Going for Coffee Is Now a Crime in Ottawa; Police May Attack and Threaten You. One of the things that has been ironic about the police action against the Freedom Convoy in the city of Ottawa has been that the government's complaint that people were blocked from going about their daily business in the city. While areas of the city might have taken longer to get through and there was a lot of honking, no one was blocked from going anywhere. That is, until now. The city has installed checkpoints and fences, just like a police state, to prevent people from peacefully protesting. They also shut down what had been the "hottest club" in the city — the protester dance party area right in front of Parliament.
Washington and Lincoln Call the American People to Reclaim their Rights from Government. With the shock and awakening of Americans that the freedoms, rights and opportunities they had taken for granted for generations have been brazenly stripped away in the last few years, this President's Day 2022 may well be one of our most significant holidays. Presidents Day is unique among American holidays in providing the opportunity to appreciate why George Washington and Abraham Lincoln — whose birthdays fall in February — were the two greatest U.S. presidents. While Washington was the founding father of the United States, becoming the first President in 1789 after final success in the War of Independence, Lincoln would save the nation from division and collapse — bringing an end to the Civil War and the scourge of slavery as the sixteenth President in 1865. In short, Lincoln saved the republic that Washington made possible. And two remarkable men they were, whose wisdom, judgment and foresight are more relevant today than they were in their times.
Tyrant Trudeau shows his true colors. Like most liberal poster boys, Justin Trudeau's claim to fame wasn't based on his record or his talents. It was instead based on a famous father, virtue-signaling, and being a subscriber to groupthink. From climate change conferences to marches for abortion, LGBT, and even BLM, Trudeau was always an eager participant, playing the part of a "nice guy" before slobbering media personnel and cameras. But real nice guys don't feel any need to make a spectacle of their niceties. For them, the act of kindness itself is the reward. When an individual such as Trudeau dedicates most of his energy to the act, it is because he wants to conceal his hollowness. Like most method actors, Trudeau eventually became a caricature of himself.
The Decline of American Medicine. The COVID pandemic has highlighted concerning trends in the way medicine is practiced in the United States. These trends have been present for long time, predating the appearance of COVID, but their pernicious nature has become more apparent under the stresses and anxieties associated with the virus. The fundamental and most deleterious trend is the decline of the physician/patient relationship. There are many causes for this — some economic, some cultural, some ideological — but the cumulative effect is corrosive. [...] One set of challenges arises from the inescapable fact that medicine and health care are a business. Over the past decades, the physician-patient relationship has been gradually replaced by the "service line" or "supply chain" model of health care delivery, in which the physician is a fungible part, and the physician-patient relationship an optional accessory.
If We Had a Real President, Here's How He (or She) Would React to Trudeau's War on Canadians' Freedom. [Scroll down] This fictional president would remind Trudeau that the entire Anglo-American political tradition going back to the Magna Carta in 1215 has been a trajectory of the recognition of the rights of the individual, as well as limitations on the powers of government as a guard against tyrannical rulers making questionable use of vaguely worded laws in order to crush their opponents and preserve themselves in power. He would scold the Canadian for trampling upon that tradition, and quote some ringing words from Ronald Reagan or Alexander Solzhenitsyn about how tyranny crushes the human spirit and must be resisted. Then the real president would get down to business. He would issue a warning: if Trudeau seizes the truckers' bank accounts, Canadian assets in the United States will likewise be frozen until the Canadian government returns the funds to the truckers.
Well, now we've done it — we've angered the CIA. The officials said Zero Hedge, which has 1.2 million Twitter followers, published articles created by Moscow-controlled media that were then shared by outlets and people unaware of their nexus to Russian intelligence." Well, now we've done it — we've angered the CIA, and for what? For publishing views that challenge the conventional narrative, such as disputing that an invasion of Ukraine is actually "imminent" as the US State Department and its mainstream media conduits repeat day after day, or that the Covid virus was actually created in a Chinese lab, a view which has gained substantial prominence in recent months after it emerged that none other than the UK's Jeremy Farrar (also known as the UK's Doctor Fauci) played a pivotal role in stifling suggestions that this new virus might have come from a laboratory rather than emerged through natural zoonotic transmission from animals. Of course, there is no actual accusation that Zero Hedge works directly with anyone tied to Russia or its intelligence apparatus — as the AP admits [...]
Yesterday I Was Levi's Brand President. I Quit So I Could Be Free. [Scroll down] In the summer of 2020, I finally got the call. "You know when you speak, you speak on behalf of the company," our head of corporate communications told me, urging me to pipe down. I responded: "My title is not in my Twitter bio. I'm speaking as a public school mom of four kids." But the calls kept coming. From legal. From HR. From a board member. And finally, from my boss, the CEO of the company. I explained why I felt so strongly about the issue, citing data on the safety of schools and the harms caused by virtual learning. While they didn't try to muzzle me outright, I was told repeatedly to "think about what I was saying." Meantime, colleagues posted nonstop about the need to oust Trump in the November election.
Woke Hiring, Reduced American Competitiveness? When Bill Clinton supported the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which was eventually enacted in 1994, third party presidential candidate Ross Perot at the time stated that it would be like a giant vacuum cleaner, sucking American manufacturing jobs into Mexico, and to a lesser extent into Canada. [...] Again, this was started under the Clinton administration, but continued under George W. Bush and Barack Obama. How serious this has become was dramatically demonstrated by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Vital pharmaceuticals, like antibiotics and steroids are no longer manufactured in this country. The same for surgical face masks, gowns and gloves, among many other items. We had to depend on China, the source of the pandemic, and an obvious potential adversary, to supply our needs. This is obviously an unacceptable situation, but it is only the tip of a very large problem lurking below the surface. Because of the policies of a series of administrations from both major political parties, we have allowed ourselves to become dependent on offshore sources for vital materials, the lack of which threaten our very survival as a nation. We have allowed, no, virtually requested, that potential adversaries place their boot on the throat of our country.
Free Crack Pipes, y'all. We are watching a movie and we have a front row seat. We are not only witnessing the collapse of a political party, but the destruction of the global elites. Everyday, more and more truths are being revealed Everyday, more and more people are awakening. I encourage you to hold on — the best is yet to come.
Oligarchy's Response to the Freedom Convoy Bodes Ill for Them. As I write, Canadian police, many dressed in military garb and supported by armored vehicles and snipers(!), are moving in to enforce several court orders and demands of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and others that the "Freedom Convoy" of Canadian truckers stop blocking the Ambassador Bridge, the major artery between the United States and Canada, and disperse. Some of the protestors are leaving while many others are standing their ground. Will the heavy hand of the state succeed in crushing the protest? In the short term, perhaps. [...] But impotence comes in long-term and short-term varieties. Long-term, I think [Tucker] Carlson is right. Officialdom's response to the Freedom Convey is a desperate effort to put the genie of liberty back in the bottle. Ultimately, it will not work. But on the way to that failure there will be plenty of opportunities for the coercive power of the state to manifest itself.
One Way to Fix the Gerrymander Problem. Without an amendment, a 1911 statute fixed the number of Representatives at 435. With the US population then at 92 million, that meant that each Representative had about 211,000 constituents. If Congress were to expand to keep that degree of representation, then we would have 1,594 Congress-Critters. [...] We don't trust the government. It has gotten too far away from the people, and we want some real say in what's happening. Gerrymandering is just one illustration of how politicians protect themselves at our expense. Multiplying the number of seats in the House would be one way of diluting that power and restoring the House's representative role.
Truck Trudeau. In the dead of winter, thousands of Canadians have been streaming into Ottawa, led by a massive convoy of truckers protesting draconian Covid mandates that have harmed their ability to earn a living. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to meet with the protesters and slammed the freedom convoy as "an insult to memory and truth." Fils Justin thus invites memories of himself and Trudeau père. As Edward Gibbon noted, hereditary rule is always the most risible, and apart from the connection with his father, Canadians would be hard pressed to find any merit in Justin Trudeau his own self. He has no scholarly achievement, no record of publication, and no experience running business. [...] When embattled Canadians take to the streets in a peaceful protest, Justin Trudeau smears them with lies. Ottawa police are now threatening to arrest those bringing fuel and other supplies to the protesting truckers, which is not a crime. This is what happens when Pierre Trudeau's son becomes prime minister of Canada.
Biden Facing Likelihood of Impeachment if GOP Wins Back House. It's becoming increasingly likely that Joe Biden will be impeached if Republicans win back control of the House in November's midterm elections. While speaking with Just the News founder John Solomon, Texas GOP Rep. Lance Gooden, whose district has been overrun by the surge of illegal aliens, argued that Biden's failure to secure the U.S.-Mexico border has increased the likelihood that Republicans may push to impeach Biden if the GOP regains control of Congress. "I really believe that impeachment could be on the table. And I would support that, certainly," Gooden said, drawing a contrast with the two-time Democrat-engineered impeachment of Trump.
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Organized civil disobedience is the correct next response. ... to the prolonged, indefinite and deliberate abuse of exotic emergency powers inconsistent with being a free people in our own country. I don't want to go there, but it is time. We are going to have to get CCP influence out of our country. We are going to have to get Fauci and Daszak to explain what we were doing in Wuhan. We are going to have to drive Pfizer out of news sponsorship. We are going to have to extend freedom of speech to digital speech. We are going to need algorithmic transparency from Twitter through regulation. We are going to need to rein in the Feds ability to print its way into crushing the working class through seignorage and blowing out income inequality for holders of risk assets. We are going to need to scale back our military obligations so we can actually be counted upon by our partners.
All Republican Candidates Must Learn a Lesson From Arizona Gubernatorial Hopeful Kari Lake. Kari Lake is a former news anchor running for governor of Arizona as a Republican. She made national news last year when she resigned from her position at Fox 10 News in Phoenix after 22 years. In a two-and-a-half-minute video, Lake articulated her frustration with the journalism profession. She noted the lack of viewpoint diversity and talked about getting handed content that she viewed as slanted or incomplete. Her comments on the industry should have been a warning to her former colleagues. Lake knows how the sausage is made and will not get tripped up easily.
The CNN Sex Party Comes To An End. [Scroll down] An all-staff meeting the day after Uncle Fester's ouster left everyone in shock, or so they've said. It's unclear you an "open secret" that has been happening for years snuck up on anyone. There aren't many companies in the country, especially left-wing companies, that allow someone in power to date subordinates, let alone have affairs with them. So what were the CNN teleprompter readers upset about? New leadership. Under Jeff Zucker, it was pretty clear the fraternization rules were viewed more as suggestions. [...] The end of the orgy isn't what upset CNN staff, it was something even worse... for people with no scruples or talent — they are terrified that their next boss might want some accountability.
Our Elite is No Elite At All. Our current idea of ostensible elites could be defined by noting their money and influence. But money alone — even in the huge sums now found on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley — is not the only elite criterion. Donald Trump is a billionaire with much influence and lives accordingly. Yet few of our "elite" would consider him a kindred soul. Ditto Elon Musk. He is the richest man in the world. But the elite mostly despise and ostracize him. Birth itself has given way somewhat to insider influence and professional parentage. You may be a fifth-generation scion with a name such as Mellon, Vanderbilt, or Rockefeller, but if your dad was not an ambassador, your mom not a VP at CBS, your sibling not a Harvard professor or Google executive, you have fallen out of the elite.
Covid has been used as an excuse for all kinds of things, none of them good.
Democrats Are Tanking. How Has Chuck Schumer Escaped Blame? As the Democrats' political fortunes worsen, recriminations abound. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain seems to be the latest target, while centrist Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema continue to come under relentless attack. President Biden takes a daily pounding, and news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will run for another term has produced headlines like this one in Axios: "Pelosi is the GOP's 2022 Bogeywoman." It seems strange, then, that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, whose fingers are all over the mess the party is in, isn't taking more heat. Last week Politico Playbook reported that Schumer has created tension among his colleagues that has largely remained inside the tent and that no senator has articulated publicly.
It's Time for America to Leave NATO and for Europe to Resolve Their Internal Disputes. The United States should have begun the process of severing military commitments with Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. After all, protecting Europe and thus the United States against Soviet aggression was the primary purpose of NATO. But an irrational fear of a non-existent nation and its former satellites still persists and has been conferred on its much smaller and less formidable successor, Russia. Together with the compulsive need to defend a prosperous continent these two pillars still form the basis of American military planning and international policy. The divorce process should have been accelerated in 1993 when the anti-democratic European Union comprising 27 European countries and unified economic, social and security policies came into being. The combined population of these nations is 33% larger and their overall annual Gross National Product is second only to the United States. Since 1993 Europe has been more than capable of defending itself.
Texas Remains in Peril. It has been one year since the devastating blackouts in Texas, so it's time to examine whether Texas is in danger of repeating the disaster. Winterization was one of the issues raised as a cause of the blackouts. The adequacy of winterization plans for natural gas power plants won't be known until after September 2022, when a statewide mapping of the electric supply chain is completed. It's also unclear whether natural gas pipeline pumping stations have been added to the critical infrastructure list. Not being on that list resulted in electricity being cut to pumping stations last year, which cut the supply of natural gas to power plants.
Tucker Carlson has some very unexpected people watching his show. Monday through Friday, Tucker Carlson is my daily indulgence. I like that he tackles issues other major media types, even the conservatives, shy away from. [...] Whether or not you agree with Tucker, you're going to learn something watching him. Even Democrats must realize there's nothing to be had from the networks that cried "Russia, Russia, Russia" for so many years. Additionally, Biden's failures as president are so abysmal and obvious that people are going to go looking for someone who explains the implosion of their world. Whether they liked Trump or not, they must realize that, during the first three years of his administration, life was great and getting greater. After only one year of Biden, life is bad and getting worse. Rachel Maddow won't tell them the truth; Tucker will.
Protests From Out of Nowhere. After months of uninterrupted growth in state power, what we are now witnessing in the disputes rocking the Australian Open, Spotify, Marvel and the trucking world are spontaneous meeting engagements in the culture wars. It's like a chain reaction of angry people setting off other angry people. The singular thing about this development is that it would have been impossible six months ago. A psychological barrier has been breached and a taboo has fallen. The potential of this to create a cascade is considerable.
Six Takeaways From The Ongoing Ukraine Crisis. The left's storyline on Trump and Russia never held water, which is why so many of us were frustrated by the whole affair. From the beginning, there was zero evidence to support the Russia Hoax, despite claims by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and the hopes and wishes of the mainstream media. President Trump applied far more pressure on Putin and Russia via various sanctions than the Obama Administration, and now we have the Biden Administration practically inviting Putin to launch a "minor incursion" into their neighbor's sovereign land. The left told us that Trump was a "Russian cat's paw," and once in office Trump was going to allow Putin to do whatever he wanted. But that never happened because it was never true. Vladimir Putin had four years with Trump in office to try and pull the type of stunt he's currently pulling in Ukraine, but he didn't. Putin was, in fact, relatively well-behaved during Trump's presidency. But with Biden in office, Putin started to amass troops along the border less than three months after the inauguration. Putin correctly recognized that there's a new sheriff in town, and there's no reason for him to fear that sheriff.
The world's elite: Tone-deaf, willfully ignorant, or malicious? [Scroll down] As an easy example, take Mark Zuckerberg buying up property on Kauai by badgering and suing his way to forcing Hawaiian residents to give up land that's been in their families for over a century. He's created a veritable fortress of separateness, in the middle of paradise, just so his family can occasionally vacation there. The man bought 1,400 acres, beachfront, ranch land, etc. Of course, the family has bestowed some of their largesse on the natives to placate them. In fact, they donated $900,000 to the effort to get everyone vaccinated. Talk about doubling down! The problem with these rich, elite, and not-of-our world people is that they are prideful and bullheaded. If they see something a certain way, it must be so. If they view the world myopically — and their equally rich, equally out of touch amigos see it that same way — they can't understand what our little problem might be with their view.
The Most Dangerous Time. [Scroll down] The illegal government, empowered by a stolen election, which tipped the Senate from Republican + 2 to even up, allowing Kamala Harris to be the tie-breaker on all of these spending bills that already have and will continue to drive inflation to Venezuelan heights also allows for someone like Hillary Clinton to be named to the Supreme Court. This is why voting is still important and voting in 2022, if that happens, is more important than ever. Getting people out of the senate is more important than getting them into the senate, but backing someone who understands that the strength of the Republican Party in 2022 is due solely to a strong nationalist sentiment is vital. Those who just want to be establishment senators are as much the enemy of the people as communists. All of it didn't start with the pandemic that allowed for easily forged mail-in ballots, it started way before the stolen election. It started when we let communists on local school boards and election offices and it will have to get fixed there, if it is to be fixed at all.
The Most Impressive Communist-Crusher You've Never Heard Of. I first saw Olavo de Carvalho years ago on a program called Update Brazil, which covered the global fight against communism. The video is gone now, the whole channel purged by YouTube. The host was Allan dos Santos, an excellent anti-communist journalist who is now being persecuted and blacklisted by Brazil's far-left Supreme Court. Also on the show were the brilliant American analysts, Jeff Nyquist and Diana West. The fourth person was the only one I didn't recognize. An old and playful Brazilian man. He seemed quirky. Maybe a blogger and friend of Allan's. It was actually Olavo de Carvalho, who was something of a national hero and incredibly accomplished. I just couldn't tell it from his polite and humble demeanor. [...] Since then, I have studied Olavo's work, getting it translated into English, and learned something of his career. In my opinion, he was maybe the most brilliant and interesting thinker we had in the world.
Why a War Over Ukraine is Unlikely. The whole world is waiting nervously for developments in Ukraine. Masses of Russian soldiers are engaged in "military exercises" near the Ukrainian border. "Siberian regiments" are being redeployed from the Far Eastern districts, just as they were sent to defend Moscow in 1941. Russian propaganda stirs up the local population with a patriotic fervor, blaming Ukraine and the collective West for the heat of the international situation. The Ukrainian army, one of the strongest in Europe, is preparing to fight back, and the United States is planning to send eighty-five hundred soldiers to help the NATO countries in Europe.
Virginia Republican Goes Off On Democrats In EPIC Rant: 'Enough!' Republican State Rep. Nick Freitas of Virginia has had enough of Democrats accusing anyone who opposes them of racism and sexism. During a floor speech this week, he went after Democrats for this and his speech was so amazing that it got applause afterwards. Other Republicans should study this speech.
Wrong War, Wrong Enemy. In the aftermath of the humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan, America faces the looming possibility of fighting two major wars at opposite ends of the Eurasian continent simultaneously: one against Russia over Ukraine and another against China over Taiwan. Given our current disarray, the United States is in no position to fight a two-front war. Accordingly, it is our best policy to avoid conflict in both regions. The United States has no vital interests to defend In Ukraine. Should the Russians seize it, they will merely occupy a region that has been Russian since the days of Catherine the Great.
I Hope Neil Young Will Remember, Spotify Don't Need Him Around Anyhow. On Tuesday, Neil Young gave streaming service Spotify an ultimatum. "I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform," he told them. "They can have Rogan or Young. Not both." Well, Spotify chose Joe Rogan. According to a report from Wall Street Journal, the streaming giant is "in the process of removing Neil Young's music" from the platform.
Spotify sides with Joe Rogan, will remove Neil Young's music after ultimatum. The predictable conclusion to yesterday's standoff. Rogan's the most influential podcaster in America, Young's a legend who hasn't been musically relevant for decades. Oh, and Spotify paid $100 million for the rights to stream one of them. Guess which one they were less inclined to alienate. An ultimatum from Taylor Swift or Beyonce to Spotify to yank Rogan's anti-vax episodes from the platform would have been an interesting conundrum for the company. An ultimatum from Neil Young was a curiosity.
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Biden's Ukraine Scramble. It is not surprising or even discreditable that the Russian leadership does not consider the sudden secession of all of the Soviet republics except Russia to be the last word on the subject. Ukraine itself is naturally in the midst of a crisis of national identity. Approximately 17 percent of its population of about 40 million is Russian and speaks Russian and is largely concentrated near Ukraine's border with Russia. Since it has been an independent country, insofar as the Ukrainian elections may be judged to be fair, they have tended to oscillate between those seeking absolute independence of Russia and those seeking intimate association with Russia. It is not unreasonable for Russia to have reservations about the complete sovereign independence of Ukraine; nor is it unreasonable for the West to consider Russian pretensions to having a right of veto over which countries may join NATO to be intolerable.
Donald Trump For Speaker Of The House. In 1994, after Republicans took the House for the first time in 40 years, there was no question as to who would be elected Speaker — Newt Gingrich. Since his petty ouster over the 1998 mid-terms, Republicans have been saddled with one disastrous Speaker after another. Bob Livingston was next but never got the gavel because of an affair he'd had. Dennis Hastert was next, worthless as Speaker and an embarrassment after. John Boehner cried his way into the gavel, and didn't do much beyond smoking and drinking his way through his tenure. Then it was Paul Ryan, who looked at taking the job as a "favor" for the party. [...] It's unclear as to whether or not Trump wants to be president again, but what is clear is he wants to be a player. Speaker of the House would make him the ultimate player. The Republican legislative agenda would move because of him.
It's Still Timely And Necessary To Get The 2020 Election Right. The election can be overturned. Not that I imagine there's sufficient internal fortitude among Republicans to do so but, ideally, they should make the attempt. But how? The Constitution doesn't address anything remotely close to reversing a fraudulently achieved election. That's true, but then it also says nothing about the right to abortion, the government providing welfare payments to citizens (or non-citizens), government control of healthcare, the imposition of CAFE standards, or collective bargaining rules. Indeed, there is much that goes on in government that is not in the Constitution. In 1803, Thomas Jefferson worried that the Constitution did not give him the power to make the Louisiana Purchase, but today all or part of 15 states exist because of it. Like John Marshall's judicial review doctrine, which you won't find anywhere in the Constitution, things don't exist until they do. In this case, in states where fraud is proven or where voting laws were enacted unconstitutionally, the legislatures should withdraw their Electoral College votes and recast them based on accurate and lawful counting of the votes. It's true there's no existing Constitutional mechanism to facilitate that remedy, and the likelihood of a Democrat-controlled Congress doing anything to further it is less likely than a healthy college student dying of COVID, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be done.
Remember when the Great Reset was a conspiracy theory? Yes, like many conspiracy theories of the past two years, this one is slowly being rolled out by our global leaders as just simple reality. No longer a conspiracy theory. Just real. And they're not being shy about it. They like the idea of refurbishing the global economy to be more "fair," as they like to say. Yet still, the big fact checkers continue to use their favorite term for conservatives who oppose the Great Reset: they call us "conspiracy theorists." How can they still get away with using this term when we all clearly see a rollout of the Great Reset happening right in front of our eyes?
'Red-Handed' Contains 1,093 Endnotes, No Unnamed Sources. The soon-to-be-released bombshell book Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win by nonpartisan investigative bestselling author Peter Schweizer contains 1,093 endnotes totaling 81 pages of source material, Breitbart News has learned. Furthermore, the highly anticipated book relies on zero unnamed sources, making its findings — which Sean Hannity said are "going to be massive" — easier for federal law enforcement and U.S. intelligence services to track down. Indeed, Schweizer's bestselling book Clinton Cash sparked an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Schweizer, who is the president of the nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute (GAI) and a Breitbart News senior contributor, spent over a year conducting the research for Red-Handed with his team of forensic investigators, according to publishing giant HarperCollins.
Kyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage. In Shakespeare's "Othello," the character Iago famously declared that "men in rage strike those that wish them best." It was a warning that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) now understands all too well. Both Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have refused to be bullied into changing the filibuster rule — a rule that forces the parties into dialogue and compromise. Sinema supports the voting rights legislation but sees this move as endangering any chance of national healing and resolution. She stated on the Senate floor that "we have but one democracy. We can only survive, we can only keep her, if we do so together." That deeply felt speech was met with vile, threatening attacks. It appears that, in a nation addicted to rage, even those seeking an intervention can become the casualties of our political distemper.
Must-see video: In the Dutch Parliament, speaking truth to power. As with other European Union countries, the Dutch government has been reveling in the power COVID bestowed on it. In response, the Netherlands has seen huge and violent protests against those draconian strictures. I'm betting that some of those protesters were among the people who voted for Gideon van Meijeren, a young man newly elected to the Dutch Parliament. This young man, during his first appearance on the floor, managed in just two minutes to completely humiliate Prime Minister Mark Rutte. [Video clip] If we are to emerge from this attempt by the world's totalitarians (an amalgam of billionaires, millionaires, and leftists) to weaponize COVID and wokeness to end the democratic republics that have held sway for more than 200 years, and to reinstate the totalitarianism that has been the world's norm for most of humankind, the only way to do it is to push back: Refuse to be silenced, ridicule these self-styled "elite," speak the truth whenever and wherever you can, and just say "no," as Martin Luther King and Gandhi both did (and that's true regardless of how one feels about their politics).
Watch for war. What do tyrants do when their ship is sinking or, more accurately, when they realize that their house of cards will not hold up? They divert their populace by starting a war — or at least allowing one to happen. War isn't simply a way of diverting attention, either. The very fact of a war emergency makes it far easier to erode or negate whatever civil liberties still exist. Think: Patriot Act. Currently, war beckons in two places: the Russian-European border and the South China Sea and Taiwan. I'm not saying that either Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping is an aggrieved party. Both could conceivably become the Hitlers of the 21st century. But ask yourself if the floundering, self-immolating Biden-Harris administration might not rejoice at the gargantuan pass it would get if Americans — including especially conservative Americans — must focus on a foreign enemy. Gone would be the rightful concerns about vaccine madness, dementia, runaway inflation, Big Tech/Mass Media fascism, corrupt education unions, failing Democrat cities, ginned up racial hatred, attacks on the Second Amendment, the federalization of elections, a corrupt FBI and DOJ, election fraud, the Russia Hoax, parental rights and school boards, an open southern border, and on and on. Biden (and Harris, if there's room) will wrap themselves snugly in the flag and all will be forgiven. For a time.
Biden's Empty-Shelf America Is A Country Boris Yeltsin Wouldn't Recognize. [Scroll down] We admit: The supply chain breakdown is global. It can't be fully pinned on President Joe Biden and his party. But poor public policies advanced (and protected, in the case of productivity-killing union work rules) by Democrats and private-sector policies driven by big-government pressure have left U.S. retailers looking like Moscow's GUM department store failing to serve its "grim customers" in the Soviet era. Too many "incessant experiments" in the form of generous "rescue" spending that have stripped some of their incentive to work; lockdowns which bit big chunks out of the economy; and vaccine mandates and unrelenting pandemic fearmongering that have created labor shortages across multiple industries within the supply chain. Biden declared "problem solved" three days before Christmas when he said "Packages are moving. Gifts are being delivered. Shelves are not empty." Yet here we are well into 2022, and store shelves are looking worse than a Christmas stripped of its ornaments and tossed on the curb in the middle of January.
Have Americans become a people who no longer deserve their Constitution? "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people." Only moral and religious people? Who said that about the Constitution? Someone who would know: John Adams, America's first vice president and second president, who served on the First Continental Congress and helped draft the Declaration of Independence. Adams went on to say immediately thereafter, "It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." In other words, it's "wholly inadequate to the government of" an immoral and godless people. Sadly, in 2022 there's no shortage of those in America.
Temporary Empty Shelves Are Not a Supply Chain Crisis, It Is Important to Understand the Difference. Unfortunately, there is a lot of wrong information being discussed and shared. Even reputable regional media are giving inaccurate information, making wrong interpretations, and generally getting the explanations wrong. [...] All of these #BidensEmptyShelves assumptions, which are being heightened by increased attention and social media, are leading to confusion. An empty retail shelf or case for a 24, 36 to 48-hour period is not, I repeat, NOT, part of a systemic supply chain disruption. Those are mostly location and regional specific out of stock situations caused by localized events, weather and employee shortages.
What Issue Was Really at the Heart of the Civil War, and is it Relevant Today? Most Americans today have a romanticized (and extraordinarily narrow) historical understanding of the conflict that we call the Civil War. In their imaginations, it goes something like this: With passions inflamed by a moral renaissance in the North regarding the institution of slavery in the South, the two sides decided to go to war over the issue. In the end, the evil South was righteously razed by the armies of the North, and thus, slavery was ended, and the former slaves made American citizens, as Abraham Lincoln intended. If you think this an unfair caricature of the extent of the average American's knowledge on the subject, I'd wager you haven't spoken to many people under 50 about the subject.
Outstanding Summary of the Dangers We Face. Excellent summary of the State of the State by Mark Levin in two parts. [Video clips]
Savage Dad Berates 'Beta' School Board With Perfect Comedic Timing. This might be the best school board video you've seen yet. There's no information on where this took place but it really doesn't matter. It could be Anytown USA, with the growing frustration parents feel with school boards locking them out of meetings or having them arrested falsely or claiming that parents are "terrorists" who need FBI investigations. This man has had enough and his speech is so good, I'll even transcribe it for those of you who can't listen. [...] The whole audience is responding to this like a stand-up act and they're not laughing at the dad, they're laughing at the board. It's a riot. It's also worth noting that ridicule is a potent weapon against these boards that are puffed up with their own importance.
The Four Horsemen of the Left's Artificial Apocalypse. These last twenty-five years of technological development have made it possible for humans to trade goods and services, knowledge, security, spiritual connection, and entertainment without consulting politicians, bureaucrats, pop stars, or corporate boards of directors. When you see this reality for what it truly is — nothing short of a technologically enabled revolution for human freedom and independence — it becomes obvious why those with power today have embraced authoritarianism and totalitarianism wherever we look. They have everything to lose and nothing to gain from our rising liberation. Their tyranny is their only salvation. In other words, the powers that be are all deeply afraid.
Ted Cruz May Have Just Destroyed His Entire Political Career With One Bonehead Move. Ted Cruz, who ingratiated himself back into the MAGA movement, after behaving like the sorest loser in town, has just found himself on the outs again after he made a big bonehead move. While speaking about January 6th, Ted Cruz adopted the same exact tone and narrative the left has been pushing, complete with calling the folks who were at the Capitol "terrorists." What on earth was Ted thinking? Nobody at the Capitol was charged with terrorism.
Report: Fentanyl is Leading Cause of Death in Americans Ages 18-45. The leading cause of death amongst Americans ages 18-45 is the deadly drug fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because of the Biden administration's backwards priorities, a large percentage of Americans have never even heard of the drug. "We are in the worst overdose crisis we've ever been in in the United States," said Lisa Raville, executive director of the Harm Reduction Action Center in Denver. "In a magical world there would be no drugs, but we live here."
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The Flow of Money Creates a Path to One World Government. [Scroll down] America does not need to surrender her wealth, her potential wealth, our Constitutional system, or our nation-state. We are not Europe. We do not want to dispose of the foundations of our moral roots and end up as soulless atheists imprisoned in nihilism and drowning in dependence. George Washington warned us about this; so did Dwight Eisenhower and many others. We the People urgently need to demand a comprehensive plan from our public servants to re-establish the prosperity of our nation, stabilize and reduce our national debt, and establish a strong enough military defense to buy us time to get our national financial house in order. One important component of this defense is rebuilding and strengthening a strong moral core in the American people and encouraging authentic education in history, civics, philosophy, and economics.
The Truth You Never Learned about Watergate. A review of The Nixon Conspiracy: Watergate and the Plot to Remove the President, by Geoff Shepard. [...] When you read this book, you don't have to be reminded that Watergate looks like dress rehearsal or an opening act for the events of 2015 to 2021.
Linguistic Weaponry and the Rhetorical Mechanics of "Let's Go Brandon!" For those who are unfamiliar with the phrase, "Let's Go, Brandon!" has become a rallying cry for those opposed to Biden and his agenda. Only a few months after the inauguration, as the nation sat in stunned awe of the new administration's remarkable ineptitude, crowds across the nation began impromptu chants of "[...] Joe Biden" at public events. Personally, I use very little profanity and I still hold to the old idea that even if you can't respect a particular President, some respect is owed to the office. But over the course of decades, the left has worked aggressively to normalize the practice of telling the President to [get lost] (when he isn't a Democrat). Their victory was consolidated when Trump's ascendancy brought with it a 4-year tsunami of vulgarity from leftists of all stripes, bravely "speaking truth to power" by inexplicably telling others to do to Trump what Stormy Daniels did. But only months after Trump's exit, leftists lamented the new norm they created: they were aghast at Americans' lack of decorum in speaking of the President. Wherever calls of "[...] Joe Biden" arose, there were efforts undertaken to distract from them, avoid broadcasting them, or otherwise silence them. Then, in the aftermath of an October auto race, as the victor Brandon Brown was interviewed on a television broadcast, the crowd began the familiar chorus of "[...] Joe Biden." In a predictable effort to redirect attention from Biden's failure to the matter at hand, the interviewer said "And you can hear the chants from the crowd: 'Let's Go, Brandon!" In that moment, a meme was born.
Don't reinstate the ban on US crude oil exports. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm recently put an end to speculation about whether an oil export ban could succeed. She clearly stated at a meeting with the National Petroleum Council, "We are not considering reinstating the ban on exports. I've heard you loud and clear, and so has the White House." This is welcome news for the U.S. energy industry, but the secretary also urged producers to get their "rig counts up" and "take advantage of the leases that you have," sending mixed signals from the administration to industry.
Just What is Education For? [Scroll down] Senator, I have a question. Just why are we sending all our children to labor in government child-custodial facilities — er, schools — throughout their childhood? Just why is it that we have banned children from working for money and anathematized it as "child labor?" Just what is it that is so vitally important that kids can only get it from school? Apart from getting the noble and progressive regime narrative? Back in the day, in 1913, in "Why Children Work" schools inspector Helen Todd found that working children preferred to work rather than go to school. See, the kids reported that their employers treated them much better than the teachers at school. That hasn't changed.
Just What is Education For? [Scroll down] Senator, I have a question. Just why are we sending all our children to labor in government child-custodial facilities — er, schools — throughout their childhood? Just why is it that we have banned children from working for money and anathematized it as "child labor?" Just what is it that is so vitally important that kids can only get it from school? Apart from getting the noble and progressive regime narrative? Back in the day, in 1913, in "Why Children Work" schools inspector Helen Todd found that working children preferred to work rather than go to school. See, the kids reported that their employers treated them much better than the teachers at school. That hasn't changed.
Will Biden's Christmas Present To America Be World War III? Putin, Russia's "president," has had Ukraine on his brain for some time. The West, with good reason, fears he will invade the former Soviet satellite, which wants to be a part of the NATO defense alliance rather than lose its independence to Moscow. A source we trust says it could happen during the holidays, or soon thereafter, while our attention is on other matters. Should Putin storm into Ukraine, we asked, what then will Chinese President Xi Jinping do — invade Taiwan, the island nation of the Republic of China where nationalists fleeing Mao's communist sword established the new capital in 1949? We didn't like the answer, yet we knew it was coming. Xi will take advantage of the distraction and make an assault on Taiwan. We didn't ask what could happen next, because we didn't want to hear the answer. But we can't hide from the fact: The Middle East just might blow up, with Arab nations attacking Israel, at one time America's only ally in the region and always a reliable supporter at the United Nations and in international diplomacy. Then, World War III.
Recall, Remove & Replace Every Last Soros Prosecutor. Last year, our nation experienced the largest increase in murder in American history and the largest number of drug overdose deaths ever recorded. This carnage continues today and is not distributed equally. Instead, it is concentrated in cities and localities where radical, left-wing, George Soros progressives have captured state and district attorney offices. These legal arsonists condemn our rule of law as "systemically racist" and have not simply abused prosecutorial discretion, they have embraced prosecutorial nullification. As a result, a contagion of crime has infected virtually every neighborhood under their charge. Soros prosecutors refuse to enforce laws against shoplifting, drug trafficking, and entire categories of felonies and misdemeanors. In Chicago, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx allows theft under $1,000 to go unpunished. In Manhattan, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. refuses to enforce laws against prostitution. In Baltimore, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has unilaterally declared the war on drugs "over" and is refusing to criminally charge drug dealers in the middle of the worst drug crisis in American history. For a time, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon even stopped enforcing laws against disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, and making criminal threats.
Archbishop Vigano's startling warning to the American people. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is a noteworthy maverick within the Catholic Church hierarchy. He retired as Papal Nuncio to the United States in 2016 and has exposed what he sees as great scandals within his Church. This lengthy Wikipedia entry provides background. The Archbishop has issued a Christmas letter to the United States that is unusually blunt about what he sees as a conspiracy underlying the handling of COVID. The letter was originally published in Gateway Pundit, but is presented here for readers' convenience.
The Hole in the Heart of RFK Jr.'s Extraordinary Book. Before getting to the "hole" in RFK Jr.'s new book, I would like to say that his brutal smackdown of the Dr. Anthony Fauci - Bill Gates vaccine oligarchy, The Real Anthony Fauci, is arguably the century's most important book, and a page-turner on top of that. Buy it. Read it. If you choose not to, avoid holiday arguments with anyone who has. You will lose. The book has real heart.
The Fed has just two jobs, and climate policy isn't one of them. The Federal Reserve Bank, the central bank of the United States, is supposedly guided in all of its actions by what is known as its "dual mandate." By law, it is charged with maintaining price stability throughout the economy and with maximizing employment. Sometimes, these two goals are difficult to reconcile with one another. In recent years, there has been some talk in Congress of changing this and giving the Fed only the single mandate of price stability. Whatever the merits of that proposal, though, it is a far cry from what the central bank now finds itself doing, angling to issue dubious guidance for the financial system about climate change and its potential effects.
'When science mixes with politics, all we get is politics'. I just finished reading an article on the Big Think website titled, "When science mixes with politics, all we get is politics," by Professor Marcelo Gleiser, theoretical physicst, Dartmouth College. I mistakenly thought that the commentary would decry the misuse of science by politicians, but no. Instead, it decries the mistrust that we, the unwashed masses, have developed for the science establishment in recent years. Unwittingly, the eminent professor gives us yet more reasons to regard science insiders with skepticism. He does what so many of his colleagues do, which is to equate science itself, with the institutions that purport to advance science. To question politicized scientists, then, is supposedly unscientific.
More Woke Companies to Avoid: List #3. Companies across the country, and indeed from around the world, aggressively work against conservative ideals and openly display their disdain for our values. They often do so while simultaneously taking our money as we willingly play along. It's time we stopped. We find these companies in virtually every industry, and in all sizes, shapes, and colors. In a great and free country like these United States, these companies enjoy our freedom of speech, and they have every right to say and act how they see fit; within reason. Similarly, we also have the freedom to choose with whom we spend our money, and it's time we avoided spending it with these in-your-face wokesters.
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Escape: How to Evade Trackers and Tracking Dogs. I wanted to share with you a few tips on evasion and how to avoid enemy capture when you are being searched for by canines and professional trackers. As a kid, I used to track deer through the swamp. Little did I know that what I was doing was preparing myself to be a human tracker as an adult. [...] A dog can be a great friend but it can also be used against you. Dogs can be trained to track you for lengthy distances. This is why evasion tactics are covered in the SERE training. In the field application, tracker dogs are used while the trainees employ the survival skills of navigation, and how to get water, food, and warmth as they track their way through the wilderness. Proper timing is also a key factor since it's not just about survival but also about evasion. Beating dogs in their tracking is not an easy task unlike what you might have seen in Hollywood films. The dogs don't bark; they only run as they sniff and the only time the canines bark is when you are on sight. At this point, evading is quite tricky since your hideout is already revealed.
The Fed Doesn't Cause Inflation. Though the Federal Reserve, having added an unprecedented $8 trillion to bank reserves the last 15 years, certainly abetted borrowers by greatly depressing interest rates, it is not the culprit in actually spending or circulating the reserves or money created. The Fed clearly has manipulated bank reserves, distorting financial markets and calculations and depriving savers of just returns. Yet, the decision to lend remains with the banker and the decision to borrow remains with the individual, firm, and government.
Sensing Biden Inflation Weakness China Hits U.S. Supply Lines With Shipping Cargo Quarantine. When you are at war, you target the enemy supply lines. A cunning move by the smart Panda targets Joe Biden's domestic inflation vulnerability. Beijing can see Joe Biden under internal political attack caused by massive domestic inflation. China also knows Biden is weak strategically, handcuffed by the leftist demand for climate change / energy policy, and Beijing can see the administration trying to deflect from the consequences of their economic and energy policy. After the U.S-China summit, used by cunning panda to size up the potential for backlash, anything China can do to further gain dominant position is now just a matter of easy chess moves on the board of dependency.
American government poised to unleash "Angel of Death" smallpox bioweapon to create perpetual crisis. Billionaire eugenicist Bill Gates is already signaling the arrival of his next plandemic, which appears to involve the intentional release of a smallpox bioweapon. The mainstream media has been littered as of late with stories about mysterious smallpox "vials" and other things related to smallpox. We also reported about eight years ago that the federal government was stockpiling smallpox "vaccines" for some reason. Just the other day, a worker at a laboratory outside of Philadelphia supposedly stumbled upon about 15 vials of smallpox ... something inside of a refrigerator. The FBI and other federal agencies reportedly intervened and are conducting an "investigation." Then, the Daily Mail (U.K.) reported on a warning from Gates, who claims that "terrorists" are planning to unleash a smallpox bioweapon. This, according to Gates, requires that governments spend billions of dollars to "prevent future pandemics."
The Fight for Civic Nationalism. In the fullness of time, the past year may be looked upon as the year the future of America was decided in courtrooms. The Rittenhouse trial is the latest big court case to expose the massive cultural rift in the country. The Derek Chauvin trial in the summer was another example. There is the ongoing civil suit over the Charlottesville protests three years ago and the current Ahmaud Arbery murder trial. What all of these cases and some others have in common is they are tests of the civic nationalist theory of politics. Civic nationalism is the argument that a country can be organized around a set of ideas, rather than people and land. The citizens, rather than connected by blood and history, are connected by ideas. In the case of America, the organizing ideas are in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Civic nationalism, to a great degree, is a reaction to the internationalism of Western ruling elites who are post-national. The post-nationalists want to eliminate borders and the national sovereignty. In their place will be international organizations, corporate agreements, and the administrative state. Civic nationalism is an effort to confront this old enemy of civilization with a nationalism free of past baggage.
Power Shortages and Russia. Currently, there are concerns about power shortages in China, Europe and the U.S. The Chinese economy is being held back by power shortages. People in the UK are worried about increased power bills and a possible food shortage this winter. In Germany, their power plants are short of natural gas and coal and they are hoping for a mild winter. All this reminds one of the various arguments in the U.S. about Russia trying to influence our elections. These concerns remind U.S. that Russia benefits from power shortages and shortages of oil and natural gas. Vladimir Putin is a smart man. Putin puts himself and Russia first and everything he does is to promote himself and Russia. Putin, as a former head of the KGB, is an expert at misinformation and manipulating public opinion, usually without leaving tracks. The largest and most important sector of the Russian economy is the production and export of oil and natural gas. Putin is always looking for ways to improve Russia's leverage in economics and geopolitics that comes from being one of the leading providers of fossil fuels. One of the biggest threats to his position was/is a growing, thriving U.S. fossil fuel industry. Whenever the U.S. moves from being a net importer of fossil fuels to being a net exporter of fossil fuels that is bad for the Russian economy. Putin knows this.
With All Eyes on Hillary in Russian Collusion Hoax, What About Obama? During the Senate Watergate hearings that eventually brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon, Republican Sen. Howard Baker (Tenn.) asked a question that would live in infamy: "What did the president know, and when did he know it?" Now, nearly 50 years later, the question again begs to be asked. This time, about a different president: What did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it? As RedState reported late last week, Special Counsel for the Justice Department John Durham's indictment of Igor Danchenko, the principal source for the bogus Steele dossier used by the FBI as a basis for the Trump-Russia "collusion" investigation, further illustrates that Durham has his sights set on the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Hardly a shock, although the irony is beautiful: In an attempt to frame Donald Trump for colluding with Russia, Hillary, in effect, colluded with Russia. But what about Obama?
De Blasio's insane ban on propane heaters will crush NYC's dining scene. The cranks suing the city to end outdoor street dining over issues like noise and garbage can save their dough on legal fees, because City Hall is about to do the job for them. Last month, the FDNY, backed by Mayor de Blasio, irrationally banned the use of propane heaters at outdoor restaurants. (Are any of the actions by the worst mayor in Big Apple history not irrational?) The ban will likely spell the end for thousands of places that relied on extra money from outdoor seating to help make up for last year's catastrophic losses caused by the pandemic. Never mind that propane tanks used by thousands of Big Apple eateries caused exactly zero accidents last winter. Never mind that they're legal in most other large US cities. Never mind that they're allowed on our food trucks and food carts — including several on Park Place just outside City Hall, within blast range of the mayor's office. Despite all that, New York's Bravest proclaim that propane heaters "pose a high risk of death and injury." Their concern for public safety is rich when several thousand firefighters continue to refuse the COVID vaccine, thus endangering everyone they meet and forcing the shutdowns of some firehouses.
Military's Misplaced Focus: COVID and Climate Change Could Cost Us the Next War. As China tests new military technologies and brazenly encroaches on Taiwanese airspace, the United States employs its fighting forces to battle COVID and take on climate change. In his testimony before the Armed Services Committee in March, Navy Admiral Philip Davidson noted that "The Indo-Pacific accounts for 60 percent of the world's current Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and contributes more than two-thirds to the present global economic growth," further citing the trade and investment in the region as "vital" to U.S. security and prosperity. Admiral Philips described the threat posed by China's growing regional influence and briefed leaders on the measures needed to project a "combat credible deterrence." The Department of Defense should look to support the development of needed technologies and weapons as well as measures to improve combat readiness. Instead, it remains unnecessarily focused on climate change as a grand part of national strategy.
The End of Science. Rebecca West writes, in The New Meaning of Treason, that a lot of our scientists during World War 2 were communists. There are several reasons this is important, but the first is that they immediately leaked our research on atomic bombs to Stalin. They honestly believed in a "global scientific community" — that science knows no political boundaries, and that the world would be better if scientists shared all their information with each other. Somehow this would usher in an age of peace and plenty, and scientific know-how would mean food for the poor and an end to oppression. So they gave the bomb to the Soviets. To the people who used technology to keep millions in chains and torture them and starve them to death. These days, American scientists are doing the same thing, helping abusive husbands track their wives in Saudi Arabia and helping the Chinese develop social surveillance systems and biological weapons. The scientists tell you how to do something and fail to understand or care why we shouldn't do it. Or maybe it's the money.
The extraordinary power of 'Let's Go Brandon'. The great thing about it is that it's not "in your face." Despite the Washington Post trying to argue that the phrase, with its allusion to "Eff Joe Biden," is as offensive as the years of obscenities and death wishes that leftists hurled at Bush and Trump, the fact remains that, outside of political junky circles, most Democrats haven't yet grokked to the meaning behind "Let's Go Brandon." It's the conservative secret handshake.
Absurdity of the Day: The Worst Use of the "It's COVID" Excuse Keeps JFK Assassination Documents From Public View. Nominal president Joe Biden on Friday [10/22/2021] resorted to the worst use yet of the "it's because of COVID" canard that now runs rampant across our society as the go-to excuse for every form of failure to perform. 58 years after the event took place at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Biden signed an order delaying yet again the release of more than 440,000 pages of documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy on the flimsy excuse that several federal agencies involved have been unable to perform appropriate reviews due to the negative impacts of the COVID pandemic. Now, let's review the timeline [...]: John F. Kennedy was killed as the results of multiple shots fired at him from multiple directions in a crossfire in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. Again, that's 58 long years ago. COVID, meanwhile, has impacted our society for about a year and a half at this point. Thus, every one of the agencies in question — including the CIA, FBI and other federal intelligence agencies — had well over 56 years to conduct appropriate reviews of the records in question before anyone even knew what COVID means. What have they been doing all of that time, other than executing the longest coverup of a crime in American history?
Liberal Repellant: How to Keep Your Red State Red. I was talking to my sister from Greenville, South Carolina the other day and she was telling me, once again, about how all the Liberals (read Socialists, Communists, Progressives, Woke Libtards, or just Democrats in general) are moving to Greenville from up north and bringing their values (or lack thereof) with them. She was decrying their habit of driving around with one hand on the horn, ready to blow it at you or anyone else who even slightly gets in their way or simply draws their attention. And noting how as soon as they move into your neighborhood they get on the NextDoor app and start complaining about anything and everything they don't like about living in the South, never stopping once to think about the fact that if they dislike it so much, they could move back to where they came from.
A separation, if we can keep it. [Scroll down] The Constitution also separates the three branches of government, with each having unique powers specifically defined in the Constitution. For most of our history, the separate branches used aggressive self-protection to maintain and enforce their powers. The Executive and Judicial branches could not legislate. Congress was not a court. The president was the Commander and Chief but only Congress could declare war. Defined separations were the order of the day. There were many more. The Founders further secured these separations with the different ways our leaders were elected. The President would be selected by a system in which electors representing each state would have a proportional vote. The House of Representatives would be the house of the people and elected by them directly from defined geographical districts. The Senate was a body selected by the state legislatures. The election process was to be defined by state legislatures and only state legislatures, another defined separation. If we had maintained this designed separation, we would not be on the precipice of secession or civil war.
California ports, key to [the] U.S. supply chain, [are] among [the] world's least efficient. Southern California's Los Angeles and Long Beach ports handle the most ocean cargo of any ports in the United States, but are some of the least efficient in the world, according to a ranking by the World Bank and IHS Markit. In a review of 351 container ports around the globe, Los Angeles was ranked 328, behind Tanzania's Dar es Salaam and Alaska's Dutch Harbor. The adjacent port of Long Beach came in even lower, at 333, behind Turkey's Nemrut Bay and Kenya's Mombasa, the groups said in their inaugural Container Port Performance Index published in May. The total number of ships waiting to unload outside the two adjacent ports hit a new all-time record of 100 on Monday. Americans' purchases of imported goods have jumped to levels the U.S. supply chain infrastructure can't handle, causing delivery delays and snarls.
Hilarity Abounds: New National Parks Woke 'Equity Language Guide'. If the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) has its way, America's national parks will soon abound with "wokeness." America's leading parks nonprofit has released a guide on how to speak in woke terms — a veritable "Wokeness for Dummies" — including tips like no longer using the term "Americans" to describe Americans and making sure the term "white" is lowercase while "Black" is capitalized. [...] According to the guide, it can be "an important factor to someone's identity and culture" and encourages parks professionals to "recognize religious and cultural traditions other than those that typically dominate the U.S. media landscape (usually Christian holidays)." Why I'm shocked. It's okay to recognize religious and cultural traditions (you know, like Christmas and Easter and stuff). Oh — wait — other than Christian religious and cultural traditions.
Living In A Potemkin World. I never thought I would experience the dystopian "fictional" nightmare Orwell laid out in his 1949 novel. Seventy-two years later and his warning about a totalitarian society, where mass surveillance, repressive measures against dissenters, mind control through government indoctrination and propaganda designed to convince the masses lies are truth, fake is real and the narrative can be manipulated to achieve the desired outcome of those in power, have come to fruition. Everything is fake. I don't believe anything I'm told by the government, the media, medical "experts", politicians, military leadership, bankers, corporate executives, religious leaders, financial professionals, and anyone selling themselves as an authority on any subject matter. We are truly living in times of mass deception, mass delusion, and mass willful ignorance.
Texas Governor Candidate Don Huffines Pledges to Arrest Federal Agents Persecuting Parents in Justice Department CRT Probe. Texas Governor candidate Don Huffines is pledging to arrest federal agents that usurp the rights of parents who oppose the instruction of anti-white critical race theory in public schools, responding to an announcement on the part of Biden's Justice Department that it had begun a federal probe into opposition to CRT in schools. Huffines made the pledge in a statement Wednesday [10/13/2021]. [...] Huffines is challenging incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who has courted dissatisfaction among Texas conservatives for lockdown orders and falsely smearing free speech social media network Gab as "anti-semitic" at the direction of the Anti-Defamation League, a left-wing extremist group.
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Dems own Biden failures: They'll run but they can't hide from policy fiascos. As the natural consequences of bad public policy continue their inevitable assault on the American economy, Democrats with national ambitions are going to be increasingly reluctant to let voters pin Joe Biden's tail on their donkey. This may help explain why the president is not getting a lot of help, even from his own inner circle. We aren't getting the plans we were promised. Instead, we're getting thin smoke and faded mirrors that aren't fooling anyone. Joe Biden may be aging and confused, but what's the excuse for Vice President Harris' failure to address the border crisis, Secretary Buttigieg's failure to contain the shipping crisis, or Secretary Blinken's failure to bring Americans home from a war zone?
Worldwide survey has politicians as least-trusted profession. The world appears to agree on one thing. Politicians are the least trusted profession on the planet, according to a massive Ipsos "Global Trustworthiness Index" poll of 19,570 adults conducted in 28 countries. On average, only 10% of the respondents felt that politicians were "trustworthy." That negative finding ranged from a low of 3% in Argentina to a high of 19% in Malaysia. The U.S. was just about in the middle with 9% of respondents saying they trusted politicians — a finding shared with respondents in Poland, Italy, South Korea and Mexico. Politicians had some company at the rock bottom of the poll, which has been conducted since 2018. "Government ministers" are trusted by 14%, advertising executives by 15%, and journalists by 23%.
Why Shortages Are Permanent: Global Supply Shortages Make Fantastic Financial Sense. Global corporations didn't go to all the effort to establish quasi-monopolies and cartels for our convenience — they did it to ensure reliably large profits from control and scarcity. Not all scarcities are artificial, i.e. the result of cartels limiting supply to keep prices high; many scarcities are real, and many of these scarcities can be traced back to the stripping out of redundancy / multiple suppliers of industrial essentials to streamline efficiency and eliminate competition. Recall that competition and abundance are anathema to profits. Wide open competition and structural abundance are the least conducive setting for generating reliably ample profits, while quasi-monopolies and cartels that control scarce supplies are the ideal profit-generating machines. The incentives to expand the number of suppliers, i.e. increase competition, are effectively zero. America's corporations spent $11 trillion buying back their own stocks over the past decade; that's equal to the combined GDP of Japan, Germany and Italy. If adding new suppliers to the global supply chain were profitable, some of that $11 trillion would have exploited those vast profits.
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Politics in the Case of Col. Scheller. We all witnessed the events beginning with the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban followed by the chaotic noncombatant evacuation operation from Kabul's airport. It was a sad commentary on President Joe Biden's judgment because had he accepted the advice of his military chain of command (keep at least 2,500 service members in Afghanistan to stiffen the backbone of that government and security forces) this fiasco would not have happened. However, because Biden was evidently in a hurry to exit the Central Asian country (likely for crass political reasons), he rushed the exit process and a catastrophic situation emerged: the Taliban, our enemy of two decades, took over the country, now it will host a new wave of terrorism for years to come and the U.S. left Afghanistan with its tail tucked and lost international credibility. Just as that embarrassing situation emerged a Marine lieutenant colonel, Stuart Scheller Jr., at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina posted a public video on a social media website expressing criticism of senior military officials for their handling of the withdrawal and demanding they be held accountable. His superior officers immediately relieved him of command and then incarcerated and placed him in pretrial confinement.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Is The Billy Mitchell Of The 21st Century. [Scroll down] Mitchell's undoing came in September 1925 when a Navy dirigible, the USS Shenandoah, crashed during a severe thunderstorm killing 14 men. The airship had been ordered aloft as a public relations gesture during a period of severe weather over the protestations of its own Captain. Mitchell offered his opinion on this and other incidents that had previously occurred: "These terrible accidents are the direct results of incompetency, criminal negligence and almost treasonable administration of the National Defense by the War and Navy Departments." This was the last straw for the army. He was charged with insubordination, court-martialed, convicted, and suspended from duty for five years without pay.
The Wrong Man Is In The Brig — Put Biden On Trial. U.S. Marine Lieutenant-Colonel Stuart Scheller is in the brig — a military jail at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. More specifically, Scheller is in pre-trial confinement. That means he is being held behind bars pending a military court-martial. Scheller was up until recently a Marine battalion commander. He was relieved of his command following a series of public statements he made chastising military leadership for the manifest incompetence shown during the Afghan withdrawal that led directly to the deaths of 13 Marines. After his relief Scheller announced he would resign from the service and continued to speak out — in apparent violation of direct orders to stop discussing his concerns publicly. In one video, posted on September 16th, Scheller stated his intention to charge Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., head of U.S. Central Command, with dereliction of duty.
The Most Dangerous Man In America. Four-star General Mark A. Milley, 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and highest-ranking officer in the United States Armed Forces, is a walking answer to the unasked question, "What if Jim Mattis were fat and dumb?" With his fellow four-star and President Trump's first secretary of defense, Milley shares a powerful but muted arrogance, a strong but less than rabid hawkishness, a clear political ambition that nonetheless defies immediate identification, and the obvious desire to be seen as a 21st-century warrior-scholar. He does not share with Mattis the requisite intelligence to uphold these delusions of soldier-sagehood, nor the basic capacities required to competently lead men and fight wars.
McAuliffe and Democrats try to ignore their past election trutherism. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe faces a tougher-than-expected race for his old job against GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin. So, he has resorted to a tactic Democrats love to lean on now: painting their opponents as election deniers. But McAuliffe, like many in the Democratic Party, can't erase his own track record as an election truther. McAuliffe has tried to tie Youngkin to former President Donald Trump's denial of the results of the 2020 presidential election. But McAuliffe has spent nearly two decades claiming the 2000 presidential election was stolen from Democrat Al Gore, arguing the Supreme Court tampered with the results. At the 2004 Democratic National Convention, McAuliffe delivered a quote indistinguishable from Trump: "We actually won the last presidential election, folks, they stole the last presidential election."
Afghanistan: What Comes of Limited War. The recent disaster in Afghanistan, however spectacular, was part of a pattern, the pattern of failed American interventions since the Second World War. Previous misadventures might not have entailed needless bungling of the kind just displayed over a few days to an astonished world. No one expected the withdrawal of military forces before civilians, in such hasty neglect that vast quantities of armaments were abandoned to the enemy and American and allied Afghan civilians left to their fate. [...] And yet this failed mission is really the last element of a series. Since the 1950s, America has intervened in defense of other nations under attack (South Korea and South Vietnam), or to liberate a nation recently conquered or seized by coup (Kuwait, Grenada), or to change or provide relief from an existing regime (Iraq, Panama, Somalia, the Balkans, Libya).
Have You Noticed Modern Presidential Assassins Have One Thing in Common? Have you noticed only beauty queens and criminals seem to have middle names? Sara Jane, as we called her in the months ahead, was a West Virginia native who gave up her nursing studies and, over the years, five husbands. Turns out, she was also a leftie. You may have noticed California has a surfeit of them, still. Like many folks who get in big trouble, they're typically already on authorities' radar. [...] Later, Moore expressed regret. She got life anyway which, as you may have noticed in modern America, doesn't really mean life. It means about 30 years. On Dec. 31, 2007, at age 77, Federal Inmate No. 04851-180 was released. In 2019, she was jailed for six months for failing to inform her parole officer of a foreign trip. She was the first prominent would-be presidential assassin totally released. It seems like Americans, or at least some of their appointed officials and boards, are in a forgiving mood. If events proceed as expected, three more will soon have their liberties restored — Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, Sirhan Sirhan, and John Hinckley.
Repeal the 17th Amendment. [Scroll down] But the more fundamental point is that repeal of the 17th Amendment would return us to the structure of federalism devised by the Founders to limit federal power and preserve our liberty. The current U.S. Senate elected pursuant to the 17th Amendment has 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats and 2 independents who vote with the Democrats. The Vice-President is a Democrat who can vote to break a tie. According to Americans for Tax Reform, Republicans control 30 state legislatures in states with a combined population of 185,164,412, while Democrats control 18 state legislatures in states with a combined population of 133,888,565. Under the system originally devised by the Founders, the U.S. Senate would be overwhelmingly Republican — with at least 60 GOP senators. The Founders made the amendment process difficult, and rightly so. Should the Republicans takeover the House and Senate in 2022, repealing the 17th Amendment should but probably won't be a priority.
Politics and the Politicization of the US Military. Americans traditionally have been wary of a large permanent military establishment, believing it to be a threat to democratic institutions. This attitude goes all the way back to the Founding Fathers who deliberately kept the army small, preferring to rely on local militia in case of an emergency. This was done to prevent the army from being used to repress the rights of any individual state during the long and ongoing battle over the issue of states' rights; the echoes of which still reverberate to this very day. The past nine months' events show how wise this attitude was.
The Deep Optimism Manifesto. The world is far better off than most people think. By moving a billion people from poverty to the middle class, we have automatically moved more subsistence farmers into homes with electricity, gas stoves, and mobile phones. By focusing on long-run economic growth, we automatically solve our environmental problems. We will end this century with many fewer poor people than we started.
Bush and Milley Have Chosen Obama's False History of America. It has been the project of the political left for quite some time to convince Americans that there is nothing exceptional about their country. To "fundamentally transform" a culture, you must first poison the roots of what has already been growing. So for a century, Marxists have disparaged American history as steeped in genocide, imperialism, and avarice. They have exploited the imagery of virtue and vice to convince moral people that their nation rose from immorality. This has reached its logical apex with the historically illiterate 1619 Project, supported by elite news publications and academic institutions, reimagining America's birth as bathed not in liberty, but rather enslavement. Killing American history is not just a matter of destroying our collective identity as Americans, but also the vehicle for undermining notions of personal freedom.
We Need to Talk about Pakistan. An examination of the history of Pakistan reveals several disturbing consistencies. In Pakistan, few 'elected leaders' ever complete their tenure in office. These 'leaders' are either executed or jailed after Pakistan's deep state stages a coup. The more fortunate manage to bribe their way out in exchange for being 'exiled' to a foreign country, where they live in great luxury. Occasionally, army generals from the deep state who led coups to become leaders themselves become victims of a coup led by other factions. If the deep state does not eliminate them, the Islamists supported by factions in the deep state conduct an assassination. The Pakistani deep state consists of the armed forces, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and the judiciary. The deep state in Pakistan has ruthlessly used iron-fist tactics at regular intervals, to serve as severe warnings to 'elected' leaders who presume that their elected office gives them a license to develop a mind of their own. The knowledge that they can be summarily dethroned or even eliminated perennially looms over every elected leader in Pakistan. Hence, they operate with the utmost caution, never daring to disturb 'equilibrium' as determined by the deep state.
Why I don't have faith in John Durham. [Scroll down] In the waning days of the second Bush presidency, the attorney general assigned Durham to investigate the destruction of tapes of interrogations at Gitmo. No charges were filed. The final report remains sealed. Eric Holder assigned him to look at the actual interrogations. Same result. No charges. After a couple of years looking into the use of the FBI to spy on Donald Trump and the Russiagate hoax, he got a minor conviction of one lawyer and has now indicted Michael Sussmann, a partner at Perkins Coie who has since left the firm. Compare and contrast that to the speed with which the FBI set-up and forced General Flynn to cop a plea. Sussmann is a safe catch. He is big enough to close the case. He will keep his trap shut. We joke about Arkancide but it is real and Sussmann ain't stupid. Neither is John Durham.
'Nothing Can Stop What is Coming.' What If Nothing is Coming? [Scroll down] Arizona's election audit is dragging on, and "any day now" sufficient evidence of fraud will supposedly be released to overturn that state's election results, triggering similar results in other states. Yet after ten months there is no end in sight, just pleas to be patient and wait. And what if evidence of fraud or outside interference is produced? Then what? The media will ignore it and anyone who dares to discuss it will be labeled a QAnon domestic terrorist and attacked with the ferocity of someone recommending ivermectin for COVID. Will state legislatures decertify their electoral college votes? Will Congress decertify the presidential election? Will the Supreme Court get involved? No, no and no, based on common sense and their past performance.
If Junior Officers Had Botched Afghanistan, They'd All Be Fired Right Now. [Scroll down] Who planned the Afghanistan withdrawal? Where within the civilian-military leadership does the buck really stop? Were planners and ground commanders constrained by unreasonable political considerations that increased the risk? If so, did our military leaders inform their civilian superiors of that increased risk? Someone decided to withdraw U.S. military forces before we successfully evacuated American citizens and our Afghan partners. Someone decided the "retrograde operation" should be conducted during the summer "fighting season" in Afghanistan while the Taliban was expanding their control across the country. Someone decided relying on the Taliban for security around the airport was a good idea. Someone believed the Afghan army could stand up to the Taliban after U.S. air support and U.S. operational intelligence networks were withdrawn. Someone thought the will of the Afghan government was sufficient even when told otherwise by the Afghan president.
The Democrats Hypocrisy Caught On A Cell Phone Video Before The MSM Camera Crew Went On Air During The 9/11 Ceremony. Joe and Jill Biden first visited Ground Zero in Manhattan, where the World Trade Center's twin towers once stood before the attack. Biden was also joined by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton at Ground Zero. It was really strange that only the Democrat Presidents were at Ground Zero yesterday, and Bush, who was actually the president when 9/11 happened, appears to have been shunned, and put out in a field in PA to give a speech that no one even saw, instead of at Ground Zero in Manhattan, while Clinton who had nothing to do with 9/11 was at the WTC, and Obama. Not to mention, Trump was not at the service either.
Keeping the National Flag at Half-Mast Indefinitely a Crass Political Move. Elections will always bring about new and unexpected wedge issues during the campaign. I don't think anybody could have predicted that the status of the Canadian flag on federal buildings would come into play though. The decision to fly a national flag at half-mast is not one to be taken lightly. It is an expression of collective sorrow on the part of a nation. There are well-established federal protocols for when the national flag is to be lowered and for how long. The flag is lowered upon the deaths of senior members of the British royal family, former prime ministers, governor generals, and other people whose passing is considered to be of national significance. The prime minister has the discretionary ability to have the flag lowered for unique tragedies as well. Few Canadians felt that it was inappropriate to lower the national flag in response to the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves deemed to belong to children at the sites of former residential schools. When the flags came down on May 30, however, nobody realized that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had bizarrely ordered the lowering to last for an indefinite period. As we approach the four-month mark with our national flags at half-mast, Canadians are beginning to ask when the flags will be going back up.
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9/11 memorials are a reminder of how far the country has fallen. On the 20th anniversary of 9/11 Saturday night, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, his NYPD commissioner of the day, Bernie Kerik, members of SEAL Team Six that killed Osama bin Laden, and other veterans of the war on terror gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for a night of bittersweet memories. [...] Nasty trolls on Twitter who were not at Cipriani described the speech as a drunken rant. They couldn't have been more wrong, but it shows the depths to which haters will stoop to besmirch what was a beautiful night for the heroes of 9/11 just blocks from "the first battleground in the last 20-year war on terror," as [Bernie] Kerik put it. Feelings were raw just two weeks after President Biden's botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. The city that said it would never forget its 9/11 heroes had spent 18 months demonizing the NYPD. And Nancy Pelosi had taken Giuliani's usual spot in the front row at the Ground Zero memorial Saturday morning, a sign of the disrespect now heaped on the former mayor. What was the divisive House speaker from San Francisco doing on hallowed ground, anyway?
China is in deep trouble and bound to get worse. Is China the next superpower? Is the media's depiction of the country as a ten-foot giant really accurate? That's dubious. For all its bluster on the global stage, China is a giant in trouble. Here are some of the reasons we know: Perhaps the biggest problem in China is its erstwhile "one child" policy, which created many single, self-absorbed adults with poor social skills and an entitlement mindset that included no great desire to marry young and bear the financial burden of offspring. China switched to a two-child policy and recently revised it to allow three children per family. But it's too little, too late. The best result is that in about 20 years, the Chinese population will probably be more than halved anyway, instead of something worse, and the elderly will be a great burden on their single offspring and the economy.
The curious case of the missing resignations. One of the strangest things about the Afghanistan debacle is that in spite of extraordinarily harsh criticism worldwide, nobody has resigned, and nobody has been fired. Many assume that this is so because the failure is President Biden's, but in thinking this, they are simply wrong. Consciousness of failure is only one of many reasons for resignations from high government positions.
Do Your Duty as an American and Do Not Comply. We live in a time where politicians seem to believe that they are the ultimate authority in the United States and that with a wave of their hand and a scratch of their pen, they can enact unassailable dictates that you have to follow. This is so far from the truth that you could fit a solar system between them. There are many laws in the land, with different states containing different laws to follow. But, the supreme laws are the ones enshrined in the Constitution. If any laws are issued that conflict with this supreme law of the land, then those laws are invalid and do not have to be followed. This isn't just the opinion of a freedom-loving American with a penchant for bucking authority, it's also the opinion of the Supreme Court.
20 Years after 9/11 — Are We Better Off? When the hijacked planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that first 9/11, the Taliban were in control of Afghanistan and providing sanctuary for al-Qaida. Today, the Taliban are in control of Afghanistan and providing sanctuary to al-Qaida. What then did our longest war accomplish? The Afghan army and government we stood up and sustained for decades has collapsed. The U.S. military has withdrawn. U.S. citizens and thousands of Afghans who fought alongside us have been left behind.
Biden's shameful Afghanistan disaster has made America look weak, spineless, cowardly, and disloyal. This Saturday is the 20th anniversary of 9/11, one of the darkest days in American history. To mark the occasion, President Biden will travel to Ground Zero in New York where the Twin Towers were destroyed, to Virginia where a plane was flown into the Pentagon, and to a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where Flight United 93 also crashed after an on-air battle between terrorists and hero passengers. This would be a sombre enough experience for any American President given that nearly 3,000 people were killed on that infamous day back in 2001 which represented a terrible failure of US intelligence.
Mediocrity Reigns. [Scroll down] Another mediocrity involved in the Afghan debacle is General Milley. He is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. People may remember him from his appearance in front of Congress earlier in the summer. He was kitted out like a third-world dictator with a chestful of ribbons and medals. The general spent his time fighting back tears as he told the congressional committee of his struggle with white rage. Milley, another product of New England, is a Princeton man, where he graduated with a degree in politics. Then it was a master's in international relations from Columbia and then another master's from the Naval War College. His military career has mostly been about avoiding any real danger and making sure the people above him are happy with his personal service.
National Review and Other NeverTrump Mags Sold Out for Google Cash. Most Americans who identify as conservative share a slate of views: They want a secure border and a massive reduction of immigration, an end to foreign wars, and the halt of critical race theory and LGBT indoctrination in schools. Such Americans believe there is sufficient evidence to prove the 2020 election was stolen; they feel the mainstream media exaggerates the threat of COVID-19 (which they hold to have been released by China) in order to justify vaccine mandates and other freedom-restricting policies. They are tired of the "racism," "hate speech," and "bigotry" being slung to attack anyone holding views once considered the norm in this country, and, as a result, are sick of political correctness.
Joe Biden and Gavin Newsom Urgently Need The Politics of COVID as a Tool For Distraction. Biden's inflation is crushing the middle-class. Gas prices are intentionally skyrocketing. Obama Term-3 policies are destroying jobs and the working class. The southern border is in crisis; widespread illegal immigration is alarming. Biden's Afghanistan strategy was/is [very bad] (by design). Thirteen U.S. service members were killed by JoeBama policy. Leftist promoted wokeism as a social engineering tool is running amok. Schools are a battleground between parents and Obama's union orcs. Joe Biden himself is a hot mess of incompetence and dementia on a scale they can no longer keep hidden. And the poll numbers for Biden overall are showing it. The JoeBama crew must bury all of it by weaponizing the use of COVID-19 fear. There is no other issue large enough to protect the JoeBama agenda without using COVID. COVID-19 is the only political tool with the outcome to keep all other purposeful crises under control. That urgent narrative is what's behind this little soundbite segment from the professional media proletariat. [Video clip]
Joe Biden and the Consequences of Lost Global Trust. All societies are based on trust. It doesn't matter how the society is organized. It could be a democracy, king and country, or even a totalitarian dictatorship. What matters is that the people of that society have trust in their system and in their leadership. Without that trust there is chaos. The imbecilic way we withdrew from Afghanistan has created a monumental crisis, not just domestically, but for the entire world. Everywhere now, within and without, trust in United States has been irretrievably lost. We are now at a pivot in time around which all of history is in rotation. As a result of the stupendous incompetence of the Biden administration the world will never be the same.
What makes the world go around? [Thread reader] While the media keeps you fixated on J6, Covid, and how it's always Trump's fault, you might want to ask about these things. The Biden admin is run by all the same people as the Obama admin. [...] In order to understand what happened in the span of 1 week, when Biden pulled out of Afghanistan & Pelosi rammed through the $3.5 [trillion] budget which is the Green New Deal, you have to look back in time. Remember the GND, forces the US on EV's which run on lithium batteries. In 2011, then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, worked on the Silk Road Initiative. It connects China to many countries & helps them become #1 super power through trade. It also grows the economies of Afghanistan, Pakistan & more enemies to the US. [...] While the US military was involved in conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, our gov (US taxpayers) also paid for the geological surveys of in Afghanistan and found over $1 [trillion] in rare earth minerals, including lithium, which is needed to make batteries that are needed for EV's.
Something Is Wrong with America's Top Commanders. Recently the Office of Naval Intelligence, in reaction to the Kabul news, warned all its active duty and retired service members that they must not criticize their Commander-in-Chief Joe Biden. The office correctly cited prohibitions found in the Uniform Code of Military Justice barring any disrespect shown to senior government leadership. That is true. And indeed, the U.S. Marine Corps just relieved from active duty a lieutenant colonel who posted a video accurately blaming the military and civilian leadership for the Afghanistan nightmare. But until January 20, retired top brass had constantly smeared their elected commander-in-chief with impunity. Recently retired General Michael Hayden retweeted a horrific slur that unvaccinated Trump supporters should be put on planes back to Afghanistan where they presumably would be left to die. Hayden earlier had compared Trump's border facilities to the German death camps. Other generals and admirals in 2020 variously called their president an emulator of Nazi tactics, a veritable Mussolini, a liar, and deserving to be removed from office sooner than later. None of these retired politicized four-stars faced the sort of repercussions that the Office of Naval Intelligence just warned about.
Afghanistan fiasco may have been the result of blackmail. Why would our military commanders willingly give up Bagram, a strategic airport built by the Russians, and why would they willingly leave $85 billion in military hardware behind? Why would they leave thousands of Americans stranded behind enemy lines while providing the Taliban a "kill list" of those Americans left behind? Unlike previous withdrawals, where it is customary upon withdrawal to first evacuate our citizens, and then destroy the equipment and blow up the bases, we did the opposite. We did not evacuate our citizens. We did not destroy the equipment. And we did not blow up the bases. We have learned that the Biden administration cut off all communication with the anti-Taliban resistance group, the National Front. Although Ali Nazar, head of foreign relations for the group, has said he "tried to reach out," there has been no response from the Biden administration. Glenn Beck recently reported that his mission to rescue Afghan Christians has been blocked by our State Department and the White House, and he fears that they may be burned alive or crucified by the Taliban. Are we to believe that our military leadership, led by four-star generals, is so naïve and incompetent? Highly unlikely!
The Afghan War Isn't Over Until We Rescue All Those Left Behind. In what can only be called a shocking lack of self-awareness, President Joe Biden this week bragged about his "extraordinary success" in Afghanistan. Now his handlers and the Democratic Party are urging Americans and, of course, the media to "move on." But there is no moving on from his botched departure from Kabul, whose ill effects will be felt by Americans for decades. Far from a success, the "evacuation" was in fact an ill-planned, incompetently executed, chaotic dash to cram as many human beings as possible onto planes and transport them away from Kabul. The new talking point is that "only" 100 or so Americans may have been left behind, despite Biden's explicit promise that none would be. The media, which for several days seemed actually to be doing their job, are now falling in line with the new White House-Democratic Party spin. Afghanistan is now a yesterday story.
In Afghanistan, we've opened the gates of hell. The Afghanistan fiasco is the worst strategic blunder since 1938: the year that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain waved around a copy of the Munich Agreement and proclaimed "peace in our time." Chamberlain's failure to understand the enemy gave Germany the space it needed to invade Poland — the event that marked the start of World War II. Chamberlain resigned in 1940 when his political support evaporated. Winston Churchill assumed power, ultimately snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. President Joe Biden's debacle will have no such savior; the Islamic jihad isn't that kind of war. Instead of getting us out of Afghanistan, and bringing peace in our time, he's opened the gates of hell. In one disastrous and grossly ill-conceived strategic move, Biden has armed and empowered the Taliban and elated every Muslim fanatic from Morocco to Mindanao.
Is Our Military Woke, Broke or Both? The fall of Kabul is not the end, as Joe Biden seems to think, of the Afghanistan nightmare. It is the beginning of a never-ending bad dream. Biden and the Pentagon have managed to birth a new terrorist haven, destroy much of U.S. strategic deterrence, and alienate our allies and much of the country. In the hours after the horrific deaths of 13 servicemen, we have been reassured by our military that our partnership with the Taliban to provide security for our flights was wise. We were told that the terrorist victors share similar goals to ours in a hasty American retreat from Kabul. We were reminded that Afghan refugees (unlike U.S. soldiers) will not be forced to be vaccinated on arrival. Such statements are either untrue or absurd. [...] The Pentagon needs to stop virtue signaling about diversity days, culturally sensitive food for Afghan refugees, and rooting out supposed white conspiracists. Instead, can it just explain why the Bagram Air Base was abandoned by night? Why suddenly are the terrorist Taliban our supposed "partners" in organizing our surrender and escape?
[The] U.S. [is] In More Trouble Than At Any Time In Its History. Candidate Joe Biden said last October that we were nearing the "most important election of our lifetime." He was right. What made it so crucial was keeping him out of the White House. President Joe Biden is visibly exhausted. His mental decline that began long before the 2020 election appears to have now gone straight over a cliff. The first seven months of his term have depleted him so thoroughly that the toll taken by eight years of the modern presidency look mild in comparison. His errors and poor judgment continue and compound. Never in possession of an abundance of sound thinking, he's been drained of what little wisdom he ever had. And he's only going to get worse. Biden's record of failure is well-documented. He's been a train wreck in progress for decades. Just added to his resume of misery is the ongoing catastrophe in Afghanistan where Americans have been murdered and abandoned; historic inflation that threatens economic growth; a workforce that feels work is optional; dire conditions in which businesses can't find enough workers; an open wound on our southern border; and a greenlighting of terrorism both in the U.S. and abroad.
Cui Bono? Who Benefits From the Afghanistan Withdrawal? If some policy benefits your country most, you should, within moral bounds, pursue it. If your enemies benefit most, you should avoid it. I'd be curious to learn what answer proponents of America leaving Afghanistan — conservative or liberal — would give to the question, "Cui bono?" I can say that until this moment, I have not read or heard a single cogent argument from proponents of American withdrawal as to how exactly it benefits America. "Twenty years is too long," or its variant, "we have to end these endless wars," the most commonly offered argument for withdrawal, has nothing to do with benefiting America. It is an emotional sentiment, not a rational argument. The withdrawal has already cost us in a single day more service members' lives than we lost on any one day in Afghanistan since June 2014, seven years ago.
Good Leadership Leads by Example, Not by Coercion. It is not a good indicator when troops must be reminded that they are not allowed to speak critically about the military's civilian leadership. It is not a good sign when a USMC Lieutenant Colonel feels compelled by the horrible events in Afghanistan to speak out publicly and risk ending what has otherwise been a successful career of faithful, war-time military service. [...] Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lohmeier, USAF, and Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller, USMC, can now be listed among those patriots who have pledged their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" to the American citizenry and those core values that have defined their military service. Why has speaking the truth, and doing so with the service branch's best long-term interest in mind, become a career-ending decision? It is curious, isn't it? None of these "reminders" were issued while President Trump held office. Then, there were no prohibitions against an active-duty military member's "disrespect" to "government officials." No, those people (for example, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman) were "whistleblowers" with only the highest conceivable, most earnest, and most honorable of intentions to save the Republic from the bad orange man.
General HR McMaster Reveals Deep State's "Coded Language" While Responding to Afghanistan Terror Attack. There is only one fitting response to last week's heart-wrenching suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul: America must get out of Afghanistan as quickly as possible, and stay out, for good. Nothing good has come of America's involvement in Afghanistan, and nothing more will come out of it, except more flag-draped coffins. Sickeningly, the US security state responded to last Thursday's attack with a borderline glee. Sadly, ISIS-Khorasan's (ISIS-K) gruesome attack served the forever-war lobby perfectly, as it used the tragedy to launch a final Hail Mary bid to prolong America's interminable, objective-free crusade in Southwest Asia. In the process, the globalist war lobby revealed one of the most cynical, sinister components of a playbook it has run for two decades — a playbook that capitalizes on public ignorance to conflate wildly different groups and oversell totally unproven claims in the service of perpetuating endless warfare.
These reports out of Kabul are too awful to believe. American troops are due to leave Afghanistan on Tuesday, even though uncounted Americans are stuck in the country. And by stuck, it appears that our American government is deliberately denying them access to Kabul airport. This isn't a wild rumor. Instead, it comes from two eminently reliable reporters (Lara Logan and Emily Miller) and from Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL. [...] At this point, there are only two conclusions that can be drawn from what's happening in Afghanistan, beginning with Biden's decision to jettison Trump's careful plan and continuing through to the present day: (1) Everyone in the White House, the State Department, and the Pentagon is so incompetent that a roomful of drunk kindergarteners could have handled the withdrawal from Afghanistan better than they have, or (2) What we're witnessing is deliberate. I can believe that of Biden, who is a Chinese puppet. That the Pentagon brass would engage in this conduct means that they too are on the Chinese payroll which is a very distressing thought. Alternatively, it's deliberate because these people have been so steeped in America-hatred that they are willingly sabotaging America to destroy it. They are the contents of the Trojan Horse.
Is Afghanistan the Next Killing Field? America's abrupt withdrawal from Afghanistan portends a humanitarian disaster of unknown proportions. [...] The term "killing fields" refers to the disastrous power vacuum created in Cambodia in the 1970s. That vacuum was filled by Pol Pot, communist leader of the Khmer Rouge regime. He rapidly put in a plan that included the arrest and butchering of those he suspected of connections hostile to his regime. A quarter of the Cambodian people — more than a million — died, either by execution or lack of medical care and food. A similar power vacuum has been created by the Biden administration's deliberate policy of abandoning Americans left behind in Afghanistan. Those who have assisted America in any way are also without recourse. Further, a vast supply of military equipment is being left behind, armaments that will assuredly be used by the Taliban and their allies against Americans and their sympathizers.
The fatal failure of Gen. Mark A. Milley over closing Bagram Air Base. Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, must go. President Biden claims that the military advised him to close Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and instead use Kabul's airport to evacuate Americans. They were the ones who said the Afghan army would hold, that the pullout would go smoothly. If Biden is telling the truth, this disaster is on Milley's watch. Or Biden is lying (the more likely scenario, based on what sources inside the administration are saying) and Milley failed to do his duty and push back against a commander-in-chief who is making deadly decisions. Either way, he is derelict in his duty — and must either take responsibility for what went wrong or tell Americans the truth about their president.
The military brass may regret firing Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller. Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller was fired for speaking the truth about the fact that the top brass in the Pentagon never pay for their bad decisions, even as the ordinary men and women get no quarter for their errors. As soon as he's free, Scheller intends to change that two-tiered system. In fact, we've been watching unfold for some time in America a two-tiered justice system. In the civilian world, one tier, the higher one, is for leftists and the other, the lower one, is for conservatives. It started in politics. We've all noticed that Republicans who err got fired. Meanwhile, leftists who violated the law (e.g., Hillary) never got fired. The only exception was the #MeToo movement, which was obviously targeted at Trump but instead did nothing more than destroy a handful of prominent, but sleazy, leftists. Biden, despite a credible sexual assault charge and a compulsive need to paw and sniff little girls, was untouched.
The Declaration 2.0 (Revised). [Scroll down] The history of the present POTUS is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. He has usurped the nation's highest office, and because of his mental unfitness for that office, is the puppet of an illegitimate and hidden Cabal that has destroyed the bonds of trust most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden our Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them, and hath meanwhile ignored restraints issued by coequal branches of government not under his direct political control. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
To survive, we must fire them all. The last Democrat president to surrender like this was Jefferson Davis. The survival of America depends on firing them all. The good, the bad, and the indifferent must all go because we must send a clear signal to the mediocrities running the military and the Department of State. The message must be failure gets you canned. We failed 20 years ago to do so, and it cost us dearly. 9/11 resulted in no firings. Instead of dismissing the people in charge of an intelligence community that failed the nation, Bush 43 appointed a 9/11 commission, which included many of the people responsible for the 9/11 whiff. The commission was a bipartisan [sham] and coverup. After months of interviews, it concluded that the FBI and CIA had "not well served" Presidents Clinton and Bush.
Disney's Shame. We have come a long way from Walt Disney, in the wrong direction. The phenomenon of woke capitalism is hard to understand, but it seems clear that companies will not stop promoting leftism until they feel pain at the bottom line. I encourage you to contact the companies involved here, express your disgust, and where appropriate, take your business elsewhere.
The Biden Administration Should Just Knock Off the Press Briefings Until They Get the Story Straight. If the last week is an example of the adults being in charge, we should all pine for the guy who fired off mean tweets and sent the Ayatollah's favorite terrorist home in a tiny box. The Biden administration press briefings from the Pentagon and White House today upended any messages CENTCOM or President Biden conveyed yesterday. Perhaps we are witnessing peak incompetence. Or maybe lying all the time is getting confusing. This morning Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby had a bizarre exchange with Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin. Griffin asked Kirby how the administration was confident the Taliban had no role in the suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport. She inquired if General Kenneth McKenzie ruled out this possibility because the U.S. is dependent on them for security at the facility.
Twenty-five minutes to infamy. On what was arguably the worst day of Joe Biden's presidency, he was scheduled to address America and the world at 5 P.M. on August 26, 2021. We'd been told earlier that day that the president and commander-in-chief was going to address the bomb that killed Marines and a Navy corpsman in Kabul. Biden was 25 minutes late. That delay is not trivial. It has direct consequences on an ever-present 24/7 strategic threat that Russia, China, and North Korea pose to America. All three have "ready now" ICBMs with multiple warheads aimed at targets in the continental United States. I know this because I was President Reagan's principal director of mobilization planning and requirements in the Pentagon at the height of the Cold War. [...] It may appear to be just a typical Biden trivial time-delay moment. However, the entire American strategic deterrence posture, especially during the Cold War, was measured in thirty minutes. That was the time of flight for incoming missiles to destroy us. Today, I suspect the time is even shorter. Regardless, the fundamental building block to make sure we would never be attacked was competent, determined presidential leadership with the "football" launch codes to unleash hell on our enemies. If anything leads Russia, China, or North Korea to believe strongly that President Biden is not mentally together — and his 25-minute delay may have proven that — America is in even greater danger than we thought.
Trump: Biden Handling of Afghanistan : 'Dumbest Move' Ever Made Perhaps in the History of Our Country. As the U.S. casualty count is trending in the wrong direction in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden is taking heat from all sides for the handling of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Central Asian nation. During an appearance on FNC's "Hannity" on Thursday, former President Donald Trump, Biden's predecessor, called the move by the Biden administration to withdraw military forces before evacuating non-military personnel the "dumbest move" in perhaps the history of the country.
Biden Turns Afghanistan Into A Slaughterhouse, Taliban Into A Military Superpower. A day after at least 13 U.S. soldiers were killed at the Kabul airport, it's still unclear how many Americans will be abandoned in Afghanistan by the Biden administration. What we do know, though, is that most of the U.S. weaponry in the country will not be recovered. It's as if Joe Biden himself was the military procurement chief for the Taliban. Until Thursday [8/26/2021], there had been no U.S. combat casualties in Afghanistan since February of last year. But a bloodbath that the entire world outside of the White House saw coming arrived, and it became the deadliest day in the country for American troops since 2011, when — yes, that's right — Biden was vice president. Homicide bombers and gunmen, reportedly from that brood of terrorist vipers called the Islamic State, killed at least 60 Afghans in addition to the American servicemen, and wounded more than 140. These horrific deaths and dismemberments are squarely on Biden, who rejected military leaders' advice, has resorted to blaming the victims, and once again demonstrated that he has miserable, if not depraved, foreign-policy instincts.
If You Think Afghanistan Is a Disaster You're Missing the Big Picture. Get Ready to Be Told It Is the New Berlin Airlift. While most of the world looks on in horror at the epic incompetence of Joe Biden and his sycophants in creating and carrying out a once-in-a-generation tragedy in Kabul, the foundation is being laid to convert this goat-rope into a major Biden political success. The first hint that that came to my attention was from Politico's Alex Thompson. He observes that White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain retweeted a comment from a Twitter user with 257 followers.
Sometimes there really is a conspiracy to theorize about. It has been claimed that the phrase "conspiracy theory" was invented by the government to discourage the questioning of official explanations for important events, especially the JFK assassination. Whether that was the real origin of the phrase or not, it is clear that the charge is plainly being used for that purpose: to dissuade any alternatives to the party narrative for major occurrences such as election fraud and the origin of the Wuhan virus. The more we find out about the most significant events of today, especially the virus, the more we see a gigantic, long-term, sophisticated, and extremely disciplined coordination. With newly released emails, knowing the real authors and background of major studies, previous strategy papers, and videos outside the mainstream until now, the wargaming of pandemics, the financial support of agencies, laboratories and studies, and the timeline of the vaccines and related patents, the enormous COVID conspiracy is coming into view. There is so much organized intrigue now; how could anyone believe there aren't any conspiracies?
Hey Dems: What Price Your Deep State Pals Now? The U.S. has 17 — seventeen — intelligence agencies. Do you think that helped or hindered in the runup to the Afghanistan debacle?
The Deep State and Afghanistan. What if some people who pull strings were so angry about our Afghan exit that they said, "Okay, you want a withdrawal? We'll give you a withdrawal you'll never forget." [...] [Lara] Logan's claim is that the U.S., insofar as worldly entities go, is practically omniscient and omnipotent. Our National Security Agency (NSA) watches continuously like an all-seeing eye and "is known as the crown jewel of intelligence collection in the world," as Logan puts it. "There isn't a digital signature in existence that they don't collect and store and analyze and have algorithms and everything else to sort through," she continued, expressing that there's no way the intel agencies "missed this" (what would transpire). Logan also "posited that the NGIA [National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency], which controls government satellites and other resources, has been watching the Taliban taking control of abandoned U.S. military equipment; bringing it back east into Pakistan," writes Fox News.
Chaos on the Ground, Collapse at the Top. The failure of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, though great, is of comparatively minor importance when compared to the manifest collapse of the Washington intelligence, diplomatic, and military institutions on which national and Western security depend. This transformed what was potentially a local debacle into a strategic crisis of the first order. The fact that no senior official was fired and the administration insists on characterizing obvious ineptitude as resolute excellence underlines, rather than belies, their delusional character. But it fools no one except a dwindling number of media hacks. We see you Joe — and so do the Taliban, the NATO allies, and, worst of all, America's most dangerous foes. Thus self-blindfolded, Biden's Washington stumbles toward three crises: the August 31 troop evacuation deadline set by the Taliban; the forthcoming meeting demanded by major allies; and the inevitable challenge from China.
In Afghanistan, the fix is in. Americans are trapped in Afghanistan with diminishing chances of escape, our military is essentially trapped at Kabul airport, tens of thousands of Afghan citizens have been getting on flights that will see them end up in America, sharia and all, and the Taliban is on its usual murderous rampage. The worst thing of all, according to Lara Logan, is that we're being told there's nothing to be done... and that's a lie. [Tweet] The question, of course, is why we're being fed this lie saying that Afghanistan must collapse and America must take in tens of thousands of people who completely believe in sharia law.
Chaos and Confusion in Kabul. Either Joe Biden, his advisors, and our military are woefully ill-informed, or they are purposefully lying to the public about the situation on the ground in Afghanistan. Either way, Americans of all political views should be aghast. First, the fact that the administration has told U.S. citizens to leave the Kabul airport and "shelter in place" — effectively, "go somewhere else" — or move to neighboring provinces or other locations without safe escort is simply inexcusable. I am among the scores of private citizens and ad-hoc organizations trying to help rescue our colleagues in Afghanistan. We have known for days not only that rapidly deteriorating security has been a continuous problem outside the airport but also that the Taliban has been targeting people who are waiting outside with beatings and burning of documents. They are also conducting door-to-door searches in neighborhoods looking for American supporters and perceived opponents.
Dead Superpower Walking. The War on Terror began with men plunging to their deaths from the highest floors of skyscrapers hit by airplanes; it ended with men plunging to their deaths from the undercarriage of a US airplane taking off from what's left of "Hamid Karzai International Airport" (the signs will be coming down even as you read this). [...] The United States is dead as a global power because of this kind of indestructible stupidity. [...] Meanwhile, back at the palace in Kabul, the Taliban commander giving a victory speech is Gholam Ruhani, released from Gitmo (under Bush) because he said his "only wish" was to return to Afghanistan to (per the Department of Defense documents published, natch, in a London newspaper) "assist his father, who is sick, in operating the family appliance store in Kabul". I don't know what appliances they sell at Ruhani & Son over at 237b Sword of the Infidel Slayer Street, but evidently they're enough to take out the global superpower. On social media, the wags are having great sport with Joe Biden's recent taunt that no American needs an AR-15, because, if you want to defeat the mighty US government, you're gonna need fighter jets and nukes.
Who Exactly is Being Evacuated from Afghanistan? The US military is certainly evacuating "people" but why are only 15 percent of evacuees Americans? Who are the other 85 percent? Obviously not Americans. The Daily Mail is more specific, "Hero airmen reveal they flew 823 Afghans out of Kabul including 183 kids after scrapping red tape to cram record number of people on C-17 jet." Any Americans or just Afghans? They went on, "The US has removed 9,000 people since Sunday but only around 1,000 of those are US citizens." It seems Americans are not high on Biden's evacuation priority list.
The Drossy Touch of Joe Biden. Almost everything Joe Biden has touched since entering office has turned to dross. None of his blame-gaming, none of his distortions, none of his fantasies and unreality can mask that truth. Seven months ago, Afghanistan was relatively quiet — with about 10,000 vestigial NATO troops, including 2,500 Americans, anchored by the Bagram Airfield. They were able to provide air superiority for the coalition and Afghan national army. With air power, NATO forces, if and when they so wished, could have very slowly and gradually withdrawn all its remnant troops — but only after a prior departure of all American and European civilians, coalition contractors, and allied Afghans. The transient calm abruptly imploded as soon as Joe Biden recklessly yanked all U.S. troops out in a matter of days. Many left in the dead of night, leaving no one to protect contractors, dependents, diplomats, and Afghan allies. In Biden's world, civilians protect the last Western enclave while soldiers flee.
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Back to the Past for America's Freight? In a typical year, freight trains in the United States move about 1.7 billion tons on over 140,000 miles of track. The massive tonnage hauled by freight rail every year means that most American consumers own goods transported on freight trains. Yet, despite the importance of freight rail to American consumers and the broader economy, the Biden administration has proposed several potential changes that could undermine the profitability of freight rail companies and enhance government control of the industry. Given the importance of freight rail, any government intervention could have catastrophic effects for consumers. Policymakers only need to look at the history of freight rail in the United States to understand why increasing government control of freight rail could be profoundly damaging.
This should have been done a week ago:
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The Drooling Class. In one fell swoop, the administration left billions of dollars of military equipment in the hands of the barbarous anti-American Taliban; broke the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance by bugging out without warning to its members who were in Afghanistan in support of our mission there; left as many as 50,000 Americans and tens of thousands more of our Afghan allies to the not so tender mercies of the enemy; and on Friday Biden lied about it all. It's not that most of us wanted this Afghan Mission Impossible to continue forever. It's just that there's a right way to do it. President Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a well-conceived plan. It included preconditions on the Taliban and the removal of all U.S. military equipment and civilians before any group withdrawal.
Dear President Biden,. I wouldn't normally write. Watching your policy agenda fail is something I enjoy, but this isn't policy, this is lives. [...] First, you are Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces of this country, and this country has the strongest military in the history of the planet. There is literally no reason to cower in fear of a band of luddite zealots. You shouldn't have pulled out our troops before bringing out our civilians and Afghan allies, nor should you have closed Bagram Air Base, but you have to know that by now. If you don't, you should resign immediately as you are beyond incompetent and an active danger to the people of this country. Since Hamid Karzai Airport is so small compared to Bagram, our ability to get people out is severely limited. Send troops to retake Bagram. This will speed up the process and make supplying people on the ground easier. I know there is risk in retaking anything, we could upset the Taliban. But here's how you do it. You tell them we are doing it, that we're going back to Bagram, and if any of their fighters so much as jaywalk in front of our personnel going there, every single one of them our troops come across will be killed and we will bomb the absolute hell out of every single place they are from the air, particularly their leadership.
Aftermath of an Afghanistan Debacle. In Afghanistan, the mission failure appears complete. The trillion-dollar project to plant Western democracy in a Muslim nation historically fabled for driving out imperial intruders has crashed and burned after 20 years, and the Taliban are suddenly back in power. After investing scores of billions in training and arming a force of 350,000 Afghani troops, the U.S. could not stand up an army and a government that could survive our departure. And the final U.S. departure from Hamid Karzai International Airport may become, like JFK's Bay of Pigs, a synonym for American debacle. Nor is the failure ours alone. Many of our principal allies were heavily invested. The British are now attempting to bring their people out of Kabul under the same conditions as ours.
Three and a Half more Years of Biden-Harris. The takeaways from Afghanistan, which were the takeaways from Vietnam, are 1) We can't fight other people's wars for them; 2) we can't social-engineer backward countries into being card-carrying members of the "community of civilized nations" (a dwindling club as-is); and 3) we must rediscover this truth: A country exists to safeguard and promote its national interests. A nation isn't a philanthropy, a police force, or both. America doesn't exist to police and/or "transform" the world.
US general tells British special forces: Stop rescuing people in Kabul, you're making us look bad. I understand that the commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division has told the commander of the British special forces at the Kabul airport to cease operations beyond the airport perimeter. Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue has told his British Army counterpart, a high-ranking field-grade officer of the British army's 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, that British operations were embarrassing the United States military in the absence of similar U.S. military operations. I understand that the British officer firmly rejected the request.
After the Debacle: Six Concrete Steps to Restore U.S. Credibility. The indelible images from Kabul this week have done serious damage to U.S. credibility abroad. The Chinese Communist Party media mouthpiece, the Global Times, has already used the chaos in Afghanistan to warn Taiwan that the United States cannot be counted on to come to its aid when China eventually attacks the island. There will be ample time to assess how things went so wrong so quickly for the Biden administration in this still-unfolding crisis. We fully support our diplomats and troops as they execute their mission to evacuate U.S. citizens, allied diplomats, and the United States' Afghan friends over the coming days and weeks. Rather than get drawn into a political blame game over the harrowing scenes the world is watching on TV, we believe it is far more important for the United States to immediately take steps to shore up its alliances and diplomatic standing, especially in the Indo-Pacific region. Fortunately, there are efforts that can be undertaken without delay to reassert U.S. leadership.
Biden Can't Escape Blame for Afghanistan Fiasco. The American-nurtured Afghan military of the last 20 years that had suffered thousands of prior casualties evaporated in a few hours in the encirclement of Kabul. Enlistees apparently calculated that their own meager chances with the premodern Taliban were still better than fighting as a dependency of the postmodern United States — despite its powerful diversity training programs. Forces more powerful than the Taliban, in places far more strategic, will now leverage an ideologically driven but predictably incompetent administration, a woke Pentagon and politically weaponized intelligence communities. Why not, when President Joe Biden trashes both American frackers and the Saudis — only to beg the Kingdom to rush to export more of its hated oil before the U.S. midterms? [...] And why not, when our own military jousts with the windmills of "white supremacy" as Afghans fall from U.S. military jets in fatal desperation to reach such a supposedly racist nation?
Fire the military and intelligence bigs who bungled Afghanistan — now. There are many lessons to learn from the disastrous US pullout from Afghanistan, but there is one that we should take home right now: Failure must be punished. The United States has been in Afghanistan for almost 20 years. It has been obvious for the last few years that we would be leaving soon. Former President Donald Trump wanted to leave Afghanistan, but the generals managed to slow him down and wait him out. Instead of making plans, they stonewalled. When President Joe Biden ordered them to get out, there wasn't a lot of time for planning, but they managed to get what they did wrong. US forces fled Bagram under cover of darkness, with no warning to anyone. (But botched even that, turning off the lights as they left, which gave looters free rein for many hours before Afghan officials showed up.)
6 Reasons China, Not Just Taliban, Benefits from US Exit From Afghanistan. [Scroll down] China now could have access to oil, copper, and rare earth minerals in Afghanistan, experts say. The communist regime also will want infrastructure, roads, and railways to access mining areas. The connection would be part of China's "Belt and Road Initiative," a multi-trillion-dollar strategy of investing abroad to gain influence over other countries. "China benefits immensely" from the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, said Marco Rimanelli, a professor of political science and international security at Saint Leo University in Florida. "By expanding the Belt and Road Initiative, the Chinese are using a form of predatory capitalism by making nations completely dependent on China," Rimanelli told The Daily Signal. "Once a country is unable to pay back its debts, China tries to extract political concessions." China has used this model to gain leverage in Africa and in Latin America, often in smaller countries with extensive natural resources.
Lara Logan confirms what we feared about Afghanistan. Biden's pullout from Afghanistan has been the worst managed event in American history. With Saigon as an example, the administration knew exactly how bad it would be. There's a lot of finger-pointing going on now but, at bottom, people are wondering if the unconditional Taliban takeover, including the trapped Americans, is a deliberate policy. On Tucker Carlson's Wednesday show, Lara Logan said, "Yes, it is. This was what the government wanted." [...] [Unlike Japan,] We never flattened Afghanistan. Instead, we imposed ourselves on top of a medieval Islamic country, including the whole LGBTQ+ madness. It worked for those already geared to Western values and those looking to take American money. The Afghan military, many members of which were brave fighters, clearly would never be ready to lose their training wheels — with our military being the training wheels. Some of you may remember this video, which embodies problems of both culture and competency: [Video clip]
Assabiya Wins Every Time. Democrats and Republicans are right to blame each other for the fall of Kabul. It's a loss for America's bipartisan foreign policy establishment as a whole. For nearly two decades Washington sent thousands of Americans to their deaths and spent trillions of taxpayer dollars to wage a strategically pointless war. And because both sides of the political divide should be held accountable, military as well as civilian officials, too, it is unlikely that anyone ever will be. Since everyone is to blame, holding anyone accountable implicates everyone. The reality is that America lost its war in Afghanistan more than a decade ago, roughly around the time when CIA officers began bribing aging warlords with Viagra. The Americans knew all about the young boys the tribal leaders kept in their camps; because the sex drug helped Afghan elders rape more boys more often, they were beholden to America's clandestine service. Losing Afghanistan then is the least of it. When you choose to adopt a foreign cohort's cultural habits, customs for which the elders of your own tribe would ostracize and perhaps kill you, you have lost your civilization. Yet military strategists, political pundits, foreign correspondents, and even historians will spend the next several decades wondering how a gang of rough Pashtun tribesmen galvanized by a fundamentalist version of Islam managed to defeat the most advanced military in the world.
Afghanistan's Tragic Collapse And The Death Of U.S. Influence. It's one thing to lose a war intentionally, quite another to botch it so badly that it damages our relations around the world. But thanks to the epic ineptitude of the Biden administration, our military leaders and dysfunctional intelligence agencies, that's exactly what has happened. The news couldn't be more depressing. Our president's response was, no joke, a strongly worded letter to the Taliban from our United Nations ambassador. At the same time, our own State Department informed U.S. citizens now stuck in the capital of Kabul that they should make their way to Karzai Airport if they can, but that the U.S. can't guarantee their safety. Even as the horrible images of the Taliban's takeover come tumbling in over social media and news sites, the harm to the U.S. and its global reputation has been significant. The Taliban has already started killing people, including a woman for not wearing a burka, while making up more comprehensive death lists of those who will be summarily murdered once it takes total control.
If You Live in Taiwan, Time to Worry. Taiwan needs to worry about American reliability. Unlike Afghanistan, where the United States had committed its forces for two decades, Taiwan has no U.S. forces and no assurance that the United States will come to their defense if attacked by China. The United States has a bad habit of walking out on its allies and friends. The list is long. It includes Vietnam and Cambodia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and Iran. In all of those cases, one way or another, the United States, for its own reasons, took a hike. Obama pulled U.S. troops from Iraq, opening the door to Iran. While the United States has a few thousand soldiers still in Iraq in training and advisory capacities, they're under siege and it's unlikely the United States will protect them. In fact, President Joe Biden has said the United States will end combat missions in Iraq by the end of 2021. Unless U.S. troops are pulled out in the middle of the night, as they were in Afghanistan, they'll quite possibly have to shoot themselves out while exiting.
The 'Thank You for Your Service' Red Pill. One thing we need to examine is our dogmatic praise of the military and its members. For the last 80 years, since the great shift to the post-World War II order, the military has become a hallmark of the American regime. But this was not always the case. Praising a professional military, especially a massive, standing army in times of peace, would have been antithetical to American virtue to most Americans living during the first 150 years of our history. During the founding, for instance, professional soldiers were seen for what they are: mercenaries. We debated some after establishing our regime about if and how much we needed some small portion of a professional cadre of soldiers, but I have never come across a founder who did not see professional soldiers essentially as scum. Ours was to be a republic, and republics cannot use mercenary armies. The hallmark of the American military was the citizen-soldier — the direct opposite of the professional. The logic is simple. There is something less than admirable about someone who would fight and kill for a living.
The very center of all US problems is the rejection of Christianity. Christianity has always been hand in hand with the greatest empires. The abandonment of Christianity has always led to the collapse of any nation or people or family or person who abandons it. This is an axiom. [...] Christianity itself is the most difficult way of life to live. Any other religion is far, far easier, because they don't require of the faithful what Christ does: everything. Many people use "Christianity" as a brand to justify their own existence and behavior. Look at Imposter Joe, for example. He claims to be a "devout Roman Catholic", yet he supports gay marriage, abortion anytime anywhere, and acts like a pedophile at times. He is false. He probably doesn't think he is false, and many who prefer him because of political (not religious) reasons will participate in perpetuating the delusion. But "by [his] fruits", we see he is no follower of Christ, he is instead, a hijacker of Christ, using the Lord's good name to get ahead politically among seculars.
The Pandemic Gave Americans A Taste Of Government 'Help' And They Didn't Like It. It's fair to say Americans, especially the pre-revolution colonists, have always had a healthy skepticism of government. What's frightening is some days we seem dangerously close to losing the unique quality that separates this country from every other. The Washington Examiner's Byron York posted last week in his Daily Memo some interesting data that tells us a lot about Americans' attitudes about their government. He tracked a long-term Fox News survey in which respondents are asked which message they would send the government if they had the chance: "lend me a hand" or "leave me alone." Over the course of the last decade, only in August 2020 did a majority (57%) say it would ask for government help. In that same poll, 36% said "leave me alone." This year, however, the numbers were flipped — 47% said "leave me alone" while 44% still wanted aid.
Our Ridiculous Way of Fighting Wars. As we look at the disgraceful coda of the Global War on Terror and the tens of thousands of our countrymen who have been maimed or killed with scant results, it is clear to all but few (sadly, those few seem to occupy a lot of Defense Department jobs and think tank posts), there must be a better way to fight our wars. If we look to history, and even demands from the anti-war Left, we might find a better way forward. [...] Which "victory" was more decisive: World War II or Vietnam? Are we to believe that timelines are beneficial to every type of work (construction, budgets, school testing, sports), but when it comes to deploying our military efforts that is the one thing that somehow needs zero accountability for how long it takes?
Tucker Carlson: We must hold someone accountable for what is happening in Afghanistan. There's a pattern, if you look around for a moment, you may notice things that add up: gas lines, inflation, spiraling crime, collapsing cities. If you're over 40, it could look familiar. It's the 1970s, but without the free speech and Brezhnev running our government and, as if it could get more perfect, now we may have another fall of Saigon. Remember the fall of Saigon? If you were watching television in April of 1975, April 30th, you remember it well. It was the single most humiliating day in the history of the United States abroad. American officials fleeing in terror as a peasant army swept through the capital city, desperate civilians clinging to the struts of helicopters as they took off from the roof of the U.S. embassy. It was a complete disaster. It was a total ignominious defeat. We'd spent more than a decade in Vietnam and in the end, we lost. So no matter how you felt about that war, it was painful to see it happen and nobody wants to see it again. Last month, Joe Biden promised we never will see it again.
Why Everything We Thought About Drugs Was Wrong. Over the last 20 years the U.S. liberalized drug laws. During that time, deaths from illicit drugs rose from 17,000 to 93,000. Two and a half times more people die from illicit drug use than from car accidents; five times more die from drugs than homicide. Many of those people are homeless and die alone in the hotel rooms and apartment units given away as part of the harm reduction-based "Housing First" approach to homelessness. Others are children found dead by their parents on the floors of their rooms. Many progressives today say the problem is that we didn't go far enough, and to some extent they are right. A big factor behind rising drug deaths has been the contamination of cocaine, heroin, and counterfeit prescription opioids with fentanyl. Others say that concerns over rising drug deaths are misplaced, and that alcohol and tobacco kill more people than illicit drugs. But drug deaths were rising in the U.S. long before the arrival of fentanyl, and most of the people who die from tobacco and alcohol do so in old age, not instantly, like they do when they are poisoned or overdose. Of the nearly 90,000 people in the U.S. who die of alcohol-related causes annually, just 2,200 die immediately from acute alcohol poisoning.
Accountability for Afghanistan. It is probably too much to expect that there will be accountability for the debacle in Afghanistan — we have a Democratic president, after all. But we can still hope. We can turn to the foreign press for their perspectives on what is happening. France24 posted this video of chaos at Kabul's airport: [Video clip] [...] One country that isn't withdrawing its people is Russia. They expect to get along just fine with the Taliban.
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Where was the US Navy when Iran Took Over the Strait of Hormuz? Neither Congress, nor President Biden, nor even the U.S. Navy has registered interest in the following alarming developments in the Gulf of Arabia, first reported by Israeli intelligence. On Tuesday, August 3, at least six ships off the coast of the UAE in the Gulf of Oman suddenly announced via their Automatic Identification System trackers, nearly simultaneously, that they were "not under command." In other words, they had lost power and could no longer control their steering. Shortly afterward, Britain's maritime trade agency reported a "potential hijack" unfolding off the UAE coast. One of the stricken ships, the Asphalt Princess tanker, was boarded by operatives suspected of being Iranian troops, seized and towed into Iranian waters, and then released the following day. This was not the first attack against a tanker off the UAE in the Gulf of Oman. Iran apparently used one or more armed drones to carry out a deadly tanker attack the previous Thursday against the Mercer Street in those same waters.
'Preppers' Quietly Stock Up for the 'Perfect Storm'. A crippling ice storm that left Travis Maddox and thousands of other Missouri residents without power in 2007 had an "almost apocalyptic feel to it." "No one could move. It just shut the whole region down for two weeks. I wasn't as prepared as I thought," said Maddox, a burly man of 43, sporting a long black beard, T-shirt, cargo pants, and baseball cap, while tending his garden. Those two weeks made Maddox realize that being prepared — "prepping," as it's called today — was the key to a life of self-reliance and personal freedom. As an Eagle Scout, he never forgot the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared. "To me, the ultimate level of prepping is being self-sufficient. You're still being modern, but you're in control," Maddox told The Epoch Times on Aug. 5.
British Commentator's Monologue on the Nature of Freedom Will Make You Stand up and Cheer. I've never heard of Neil Oliver before today, but I am now following him on social media and I can count myself as a bonafide fan after reading his Twitter timeline and watching this incredibly moving and salient monologue on the nature of freedom. Oliver is an archeologist and podcaster out of the United Kingdom. [...] But it's not his accent or his smooth, calming tones that are most engaging. Oliver's most recent weekly monologue on freedom and the nature of freedom is a must-watch for everyone, but especially those who believe freedom is a privilege that can only be meted out with the guarantee that nothing bad will ever happen. Oliver's monologue is quite Mike Rowe-esque, and should be shared everywhere.
Why Managers Fear a Remote-Work Future. In 2019, Steven Spielberg called for a ban on Oscar eligibility for streaming films, claiming that "movie theaters need to be around forever" and that audiences had to be given "the motion picture theatrical experience" for a movie to be a movie. Spielberg's fury was about not only the threat that streaming posed to the in-person viewing experience but the ways in which the streaming giant Netflix reported theatrical grosses and budgets, despite these not being the ways in which one evaluates whether a movie is good or not. Netflix held firm, saying that it stood for "everyone, everywhere [enjoying] releases at the same time," and for "giving filmmakers more ways to share art." Ultimately, Spielberg balked, and last month his company even signed a deal with Netflix, likely because he now sees the writing on the wall: Modern audiences enjoy watching movies at home.
Will China bail out Biden? Renmin University professor Jin Canrong has Washington's attention. The senior director for China at the US National Security Council, Rush Doshi, cited him two dozen times in a new book entitled "The Long Game: China's Grand Strategy to Displace American Order." Professor Jin's warning on Friday [7/30/2021] at the "Observer" website that US inflation might lead to the bankruptcy of the US government will be read carefully in Washington — especially because Jin claims that China can help America out of its economic problems. "The United States is in a state of mental transition," the Chinese academic averred, citing the late Elizabeth Kübler-Ross's five stages of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. America was in denial three years ago, and shifted to anger, but "some sane people may be ready for the third stage," and "be ready to bargain."
Did Karl Marx Really Know What He Was Talking About? [Scroll down] Perhaps Marx's communist economic model reflected how he lived his personal life. To put it bluntly, Karl Marx was a lifelong free-loader, was always in debt, and was constantly begging for money to pay his bills from his mother, his wife's family, and from a generous, rich Friedrich Engels (whose father was a rich industrialist!). So, while Marx was busy attacking the industrialist class, he was living off the money of a rich industrialist, an extraordinary brazen act of hypocrisy by the "leader of the proletariat." Although he lived in poverty in a poor section of London, Marx had a family maid, Helen Demuth, although he really couldn't afford one. In 1851 while Marx's wife was away on the Continent begging for money, Marx impregnated the maid and fathered an illegitimate son, Fredrick Demuth, who Marx never saw and totally abandoned. It gets worse. To cover up Marx's betrayal of his wife, professed principles, and public image, Engels agreed to pose as the father of Marx's illegitimate son and paid off the maid to keep quiet.
Slouching Toward Dictatorship. "Progressives" (the quotes flag the falsehood behind the label) are corrupters of reality who think nothing of corrupting even science in order to achieve their goals. Taking no lessons from history and drunk on political power, they move ahead to make the state command every aspect of our lives in the mad obsession to own us. Their contempt for reality punches us with "justice" that kills babies because they happen to be on the wrong side of a mother's abdominal wall. It thumps us with "reasoning" that makes killing a non-human creature a criminal act and killing a human being legitimate because Homo sapiens is not on a list of endangered species. And so it is that the government in an America adulterated by "progress," exercising a power taken from its people by eviscerating the Constitution, has the "authority" to control every aspect of our lives. And that includes everything we own and everything we need to stay alive.
Conservatism Is Over: A New Vocabulary for a New Right. [Scroll down] Surveying American life and government in 2021, the failure of American conservatives cannot be denied. What we lost was precisely the vision of American governance and virtues that Benjamin Franklin warned us would be a struggle to maintain. Equality under the law? Despite successes in recognizing the humanity of previously oppressed minority groups, the free market has enabled a crass commodification of legal representation that ensures many Americans must routinely settle for inferior counsel. Another sign of bias in the legal institutions is that informed citizens who aren't lawyers can reliably predict the outcome of key cases merely by learning the number of the circuit court before which they will be argued. But the betrayal of equality under the law isn't only evident in formal court proceedings — it can be seen in things like the increasingly discriminatory affirmative action policies in higher education, or the Biden Administration's overt racial favoritism in allocating COVID relief funds.
There's Something Happening Here... There is an undercurrent going on that is felt but not seen at this time. Stills's words expressed great dissatisfaction with the national government, estrangement of government from the discontented, and a sense that the government is ignoring and does not care about the masses. There is a real sense of physical threat by the progressive government against the people. And there is a real arrogance by the powerful government elite that the populist masses, including the patriots, just cannot do anything about progressive abuse of power. A real sense of estrangement, isolation, and unfairness that the outsiders felt in the '60s, is what the patriots (conservatives/Christians/constitutionalists) feel today. There appear to be many events happening all at once and closely linked that give hope. And the people are aware and noticing.
Taiwan Is Next, but Should We Care? Taiwan is a small island state (about 24 million inhabitants) in the western Pacific. There, Chinese nationalists, led by Chiang Kai-shek, took refuge following the fall of China to Mao and the Chinese communists in 1949. Since then, Taiwan has remained a contentious issue for Beijing's communist government, which has vowed to "reunite" Taiwan with mainland China either peacefully or through force of arms. But let there be no doubt: Taiwan is one of the brightest lights of freedom and prosperity in the world. Fully democratic, Taiwan routinely holds free and fair elections. Taiwan elected a female (Tsai Ing-wen) as the country's (yes, I will refer to Taiwan as a country!) president in 2016 and remains staunchly anti-communist. President Tsai was reelected in 2020 with a historically strong majority. Taiwan boasts a significant free market economy, producing the 20th-largest GDP globally — incredible for such a small population. And Taiwan's per capita income ranks with that of the United States.
What Is to Be Done? Restore Federalism and Elect DeSantis as President. One of the things the Left hates most about the United States of America is that there are 50 of them. A leftist revolution is more easily accomplished in a country in which power is already consolidated in a single place among a small group of people. Despite the vast territory of the Russian empire under the last of the Tsars, Lenin was able to hijack the initial anti-Tsarist revolt and turn it into a Bolshevik seizure of power. Over the course of the centuries, similar things have happened in France, England, and Germany. [...] The system of checks and balances instituted by the Founders cooled the passions as it was designed to do, rejecting the "fierce urgency of now" in favor of gradual change. From 13 east-coast colonies to 50 states, marked by deep regional differences, America weathered the storms of civil war, anarchism, socialism, National Socialism, and communism without succumbing to any of them. But the hammering on the gates of our republican democracy has only grown louder and more insistent.
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when they see the people who replace him.
When 'Woke' is More Sacred than Old Glory. On my desk is a framed political cartoon with the caption: "Burning the American Flag is a form of free speech? Try burning a rainbow flag and see if that too is considered a form of free speech?" You could replace "rainbow flag" with "BLM flag," or even "Antifa flag." The cartoon lances the recent rise in free-speech hypocrisy that promptly abandons the First Amendment and drums up hysterical charges of "hate speech" when certain sacred cows du jour are so much as mildly criticized. In the Left's campaign to "fundamentally transform" America and rid it of soi-disant racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other perceived ills, certain symbols — the American flag, and a panoply of images of western culture — have been isolated as representative of "the white patriarchy," deserving of derision and destruction. Therefore, it has become perfectly acceptable to desecrate them. At the same time, it has become hateful to even give a disapproving look to banners or murals representing the LGBTQ+, militant black groups, or anything remotely leftist. "Woke" symbols are untouchable; free speech [notwithstanding].
Liberals do have more mental health issues. [Elizabeth] Condra offers few opinions as to why liberals have more mental health issues, such as "an unrelenting focus on oppression, verbal violence, and microaggression." And while I do agree with her analysis, I think it's an even deeper issue. Conservatives are inherently more grateful for the country we're born into. It's in the very name we call ourselves: we want to "conserve" our country. Progressives want it to "progress" into something else. Conservatives are more focused on micro-values (improve myself to be the best I can be) and liberals on macro-values (improve society to be the best it can be). The problem with focusing on macro-values is it's a lot harder to change society. I have massive influence over my own disposition and perspectives, but I have little effect on society at large. Conservatives are more logical. As much as I might want to change society into improving, I know that logically I can control only myself and perhaps influence those around me. So I am not depressed when my efforts at producing a "utopia" fail. Conservatives have more traditional values. And, perhaps, those values have been around for centuries because they make a happier society, not just due to the evil "patriarchy."
America's 'forever war' is here to stay. America's withdrawal from Afghanistan is already leaving chaos in its wake. The power vacuum will be exploited by the Taliban, Islamic terrorists, Russia and China. The disregard for America's strategic interests and the resulting human calamity could end up matching President Obama's callous dismissal of the ISIS threat. These days, both Republicans and Democrats think blasting a policy of "forever wars" makes for a good line. The refrain may score cheap points with voters, but it also telegraphs to the world that America is increasingly conflict-averse and tired of leading on the world stage. Make no mistake: an increasingly aggressive Communist China waits in the wings to assume that mantle.
A brilliant Twitter thread perfectly explains what drives today's conservatives. Darryl Cooper, AKA MartyrMade, is a researcher, writer, and podcaster who has put together one of the most brilliant Twitter threads you will ever read. Over the course of 35 tweets, he examines fact after fact from the last five years to explain why conservatives — the people who used to believe in our government, in law enforcement, in the election process — have become cynical, disillusioned, and prone to accepting conspiracy theories to explain the manifest breakdowns in the American system.
Great Thread on How the Election Was Rigged, and How the Nation Was Stolen. [Scroll down] Not a single person has gone to jail. Even Kevin Clinesmith, the fall guy — and no one believes he forged that document without orders from Comey or McCabe or Lisa Page — got community service, and what was, effectively, a one month suspension of his law license. Not a single other person paid any price. And we're supposed to keep believing in the government, huh? We're supposed to keep enlisting in the military? We're supposed to keep obeying the laws? We're supposed to keep believing the FBI and law enforcement? We're supposed to keep returning "guilty" verdicts at trial when the Ruling Class tells us to? Why? The Ruling Class ignores the laws.
Does the Biden Administration Understand Inflation? There seems to be a lot of confusion today about inflation. Pick up the paper or follow an internet site and you will read that the inflation rate this year is expected to be 2% or 3%. What they really mean is that prices are expected to rise 2% or 3%. But is that inflation? Inflation is an increase in the money supply. So why is the difference in definition critical? Prices rise because of inflation; they are the result of inflation but they are not inflation, nor are they the cause of inflation. This is important because the government is the only one that can increase the money supply. This is done in a number of ways, but for the moment just think of it as printing more money. That is what countries have done when they ran out of money; they just printed more money until it came to the point where their money was almost worthless, where a wheelbarrow load of money would just barely purchase a loaf of bread.
The Costs of Biden's Big Government. The Biden administration submitted its first 10-year budget to Congress last month. The budget projects average annual economic growth for 2023 through 2031, after it's done with all the stimulus spending in 2021-22, of 1.9%. What does 1.9% growth mean? Economist John Cochrane, of Stanford University's Hoover Institution, notes that from 1950 to 2000, the U.S. economy grew at 3.5% per year. Average real income over that period grew from $16,000 per person to $50,000. Suppose instead of 3.5%, growth over that period of time was 2%, asks Cochrane. With average growth of 2% instead of 3.5%, a $16,000 income would have grown over the 50 years to $23,000 rather than $50,000. In recent years, since 2000, average growth has been more sclerotic, in the range of 2%. What's the problem? Too much growth of government, says Cochrane.
America's Ruling Class and China's Ruling Class Are More Similar Than You Think. In the oft-cited issues of the day, we discuss censorship in public spaces, corporate and military institutionalized wokeness, Critical Race Theory indoctrination of our youth in publicly-funded government education centers, upending traditional cultural norms, domestic surveillance of political opposition, an election no one is permitted to question, enormous spikes in murders and drug deaths across every major American city coupled with the demonization of law enforcement, a financial sector that is increasingly working against the interests of working and middle-class Americans, and a manufacturing base that has been sold off to our greatest world rival, the People's Republic of China (who bears responsibility for a deadly worldwide pandemic that likely emitted from their dangerous lab experiments in Wuhan). If you dare to speak out about any of the above, you risk ostracism, reputational attacks, career termination, banning from public discourse, removal from payment processors, and in the most extreme cases, prosecution. Why is this happening? Because there is a 1% in America that wields powerful influence over the rest.
Why This Veteran Worries Wokeness Is Poisoning Our Military. Jason Beardsley served his country in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army Special Forces before taking the helm as executive director of the Association of the United States Navy. Today, he's speaking out to urge military leaders to focus on their primary mission of defending America — not advancing the left's woke agenda. Beardsley recently wrote a commentary for The Daily Signal about the challenges of readiness and morale in the U.S. Navy. "Wokeness is well on its way to poisoning our military, even as it claims the military is moving toward utopia," Beardsley says. He tells The Daily Signal that his own military experience taught him radical ideas like critical race theory have no place in our armed forces.
In a cancel culture, anonymity must be a civil right. Anonymity, in ordinary times, is a tough topic to wrestle with. These days, however, it's easy: Dissent, and thus democracy, will only survive in today's culture if anonymity is preserved. That's why the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision striking down California's donor-disclosure law was correct and crucial. In Americans For Prosperity v. Bonta, the court struck down California's law requiring all charities and other nonprofit organizations to disclose their donors. California, in defending its law, was in effect trying to demolish the precedent set in NAACP v. Alabama, in which the court barred Alabama from requiring the NAACP to disclose all of its members. Freedom of association is a fundamental right protected by the Constitution. Supreme Court jurisprudence holds that if a government wants to regulate it, the government needs a compelling interest, and the regulation needs to be narrowly tailored. California's law clearly didn't meet these standards.
Is It a Conspiracy Theory to Say All This Racial Discord Is Intentional? What do CRT, the 1619 Project, BLM, and white supremacists have in common? All promote the depraved idea that some Americans are sufficiently different from others not to have a common interest in a unified country, a melting pot of immigrants of all races and ethnicities connected with the binding force of nationalism. The left denounces nationalism repeatedly even though it is the sole force that holds an entity like the United States together. [...] Vladimir Putin, the first suspect who comes to mind, grew up in an empire that stretched from Central Europe to the Pacific Ocean. [...] Putin now looks at the United States to see a multiracial and multi-ethnic nation that is very similar to the former Russian Empire in terms of everything except the binding force of nationalism — the idea that an American is an American regardless of what he looks like or where his ancestors came from.
Will EU Christophobia Drive Hungary Out? Respect LBGT rights or get out of the EU, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte instructed Hungary's Viktor Orban at last week's gathering of the European Union in Brussels. According to Reuters, attendees described it as the "most intense personal clash among the bloc's leaders in years." What caused the clash? Hungary just passed a law that bans schools from using materials seen as pro-homosexuality. According to the AP, the new law "prohibits sharing content on homosexuality or sex reassignment to people under 18 in school sex education programs, films or advertisements." Rutte eagerly related details of his confrontation with Orban: "It was really forceful, a deep feeling that this could not be. It was about our values; this is what we stand for." "I said, 'Stop this; you must withdraw the law, and if you don't like that and really say that the European values are not your values, then you must think about whether to remain in the European Union.'"
Has the Military Lost Middle America? Traditionalist and conservative America once was the U.S. military's greatest defender. Bipartisan conservatives in Congress ensured generous Pentagon budgets. When generals, active or retired, became controversial, conservative America usually could be counted on to stick with them. Flyover country supported marquee officers such as Gen. Michael Hayden, Gen. James Mattis, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Gen. David Petraeus and a host of others when the media went after them for alleged unethical conduct, financial improprieties, spats with the Obama administration, or accusations of using undue force or hiding torture. When Democrats railed in Congress about the "revolving door" of generals and admirals leaving the Pentagon to land lucrative board memberships with corporate defense contractors, Middle America, rightly or wrongly, mostly yawned. Yet traditional America also assumed its military leaders were largely apolitical and stayed out of politics.
China vs. America. There can be little doubt the United States is now in a contest with China over which will be the most important country in the world. In important respects, we are replicating the German challenge to the United Kingdom prior to World War I and the renewed German challenge of the 1930s, or the Soviet challenge for 45 years after World War II. As China grows stronger and bolder, and especially as the United States fumbles its way through periods of great distraction and internal political strife, the Chinese — like Hitler — become more brazen and provoking.
What does woke heart surgery look like? As a practicing cardiovascular surgeon for 25 years and member of both organizations, I look with deep regret upon the embrace of woke ideology and obsession with skin color. It will lead, I suspect, to diminished membership appeal and prestige, a distracted focus and mission, and less respect for surgical heritage, in time, in both organizations. The elite surgical leaders, working within academia, have ignored the surgical majority in the ACS who do not support this political dogma or identity politics in general. As a kind of secular religion, woke ideology dictates that a person (in this case, a surgeon or a patient) is considered not as an individual, but rather as a member of a group, a category, based on skin color or sex or both. Woke ideologues reduce all persons in society, it seems, to the simple binary categories of white and non-white skin color, which are defined further as oppressor and victim groups, respectively. A person as an individual becomes irrelevant. The profession of surgery, in my opinion, needs to disregard this harmful ideology, preserve meritocracy, and maintain race and sex neutrality.
Should children be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? The United States flag is a symbol for freedom, and freedom is essential to life. It stands for individual rights, and individual rights are essential in order to pursue happiness. When I pledge to the flag, in my mind I know that I am pledging to the original ideals put forth by the founding fathers: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Therefore, it is logical to say that you're teaching children about the fidelity that the Pledge represents — the fidelity of the concept of individual rights. By reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Americans promise to be true to these ideals, not to take freedom for granted, and to remember the countless men, women, and children who have given their lives through the centuries so Americans can live peacefully today. When children recite the Pledge, they are given the opportunity to think about their roles as citizens, the founding principles of their country, and may be incentivized to think more about the meaning and significance of the Pledge.
America Needs Critical Infrastructure Training. The United States has 16 key critical infrastructure sectors, each one providing a vital service to the country. These include the chemical sector, the communications sector, IT and transportation, to name just four. As the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns, the "incapacitation or destruction" of these sectors "would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof." Distressingly, the "incapacitation" or "destruction" of at least one of these key pillars looks increasingly likely. Every 39 seconds, somewhere on the planet, a cyberattack occurs. The United States is now the most targeted country in the world. Last year alone, the United States was the victim of 65,000 ransomware attacks; that's more than one every eight minutes.
JoeBamanomics — An Honest Outlook of Inflation and What is Coming. Despite the deflective talking points by the professional financial pundits this massive spike in inflation is entirely predictable due to Biden economic policy and Biden monetary policy. Keep in mind the FED has already said in April they would "support inflation" but that's because while they will not say it openly they know there's no way to stop it. The massive inflation is a direct result of the multinational agenda of the Biden administration; it's a feature not a flaw, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with COVID. Also keep in mind the first group to admit what is to come are banks, specifically Bank of America, because the monetary policy is the cause.
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General Insists Military's Not Woke, Just Wants to Study 'White Rage'. After claiming to be "personally" offended over accusations the drag queen-loving U.S. military is woke, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley said, "I want to understand white rage, and I'm white." Oh, okay, because that's not woke at all. [...] Okay, just for starters, only an idiot would see skin color as a factor in the January 6 protest in and around the U.S. Capitol (which was mostly peaceful, per the corporate media's own definition) January 6 protest in and around the U.S. Capitol, but here's a question that should put a chill up everyone's spine: Why is the U.S. military brainwashing our troops with the openly racist ideas behind Critical Race Theory that push the wild and wicked claim people with white skin are inherently evil and racist oppressors? I'll tell you what this sounds like to me. Like the U.S. military is studying up on its next enemy, and not to "understand" this enemy. No, to dehumanize this enemy in a way that will justify making war against this enemy. This is exactly what happened at Waco in 1993.
Ingraham: Congress should halt military funds after Gen. Milley's support for 'far-left Marxist ideology'. On Wednesday [6/23/2021], Laura Ingraham, host of "The Ingraham Angle," blasted General Mark Milley for propagating a "far-left Marxist racist ideology" in the U.S. military over his support of Critical Race Theory. Milley testified before the House Armed Services Committee and was questioned concerning diversity training and racism within the ranks of the military. He stated that he found recent attacks on the military over those issues "offensive." Milley voiced his support for Critical Race Theory and he blamed the Jan. 6 riot on "white rage." "I do think it's important for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read," stated Milley seemingly insinuating that troops were closed-minded and uneducated. "The fact is, Milley has made his choice," noted Ingraham." And he's chosen to indulge the radical whims of Democrats. He'll do everything they tell him as long as they keep the military-industrial complex flush with cash."
A Terrible Day for the Republic: Biden and His Top General Strike at America's Foundations. In testimony before the House Wednesday [6/23/2021], Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked about the military's new emphasis on politics and critical race theory. Milley's testimony is telling in many ways. He didn't deny the military is pushing CRT and its ideas down the ranks. How could he, with so many whistleblowers calling his military out on it? The nation's top general leads in this segment by suggesting that he's merely studying critical race theory and wokeness to understand them as a military leader should study ideas to understand their nature and whether they pose a threat or not. That would be fine, even commendable, if it was true. As Sun Tzu wrote, know your enemy. But then Gen. Milley, America's top soldier, gets within inches of trashing the United States Constitution, which he swore an oath to defend with his life.
What will become of the useful idiots? As the Marxist revolution oozes forward, I occasionally wonder what will happen to the useful idiots when the commies seize absolute power in this once great Republic. I believe that most AT readers are familiar with the term, but for those who need a brief refresher, a useful idiot, as defined by Wikipedia, "is a derogatory term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause's goals, and who is cynically used by the cause's leaders." In my opinion, this definition can be applied to a majority of the young, brainwashed radicals who have no idea about the true history of Marxism...or the real history of their native land that they're working so hard to destroy.
The DeSantis doctrine. The term 'Florida man' usually comes loaded with negative connotations, but not if you're talking about Ron DeSantis. The first-term Republican governor's approval ratings have reached 64 percent; a recent poll had him at 55 percent, still high for an unabashed conservative in a swing state. Enterprising apparel companies are already selling 'DeSantis 2024' gear — and a Trafalgar poll of likely contenders (excluding Trump) shows DeSantis leading the pack with 35 percent support among Republican voters. The Florida governor also bested Trump in a straw poll conducted during June's Western Conservative Summit in Denver.
Cancel Amazon Prime. Today is Prime Day. [...] The holiday was invented by a corporation in honor of itself, to enrich itself. It has existed for six years and is observed by tens of millions of people worldwide. [...] Prime is Amazon's greatest and most terrifying invention: a product whose value proposition is to help you buy more products. With 200 million subscribers worldwide, it is the second-most-popular subscription service on Earth, poised to overtake Netflix in the not-so-distant future. This popularity is both extremely logical and a little perplexing. When you subscribe to Prime, you're paying to pledge your fealty to a single company's ecosystem — something that consumers once wanted to avoid. You're paying to have your every purchase cataloged — also something consumers aren't wild about, at least in theory — so that Amazon can use that information to sell you, and people like you, more goods. You're paying to become part of a system that is purpose-built to keep you paying, forever, and to keep Amazon growing, forever, [...]
Petition to Remove Admiral Michael Gilday as Chief of Naval Operations. Our military is under attack by "anti-racism" activists whose message is that white America is racist. "Critical Race Theory" is the academic discipline that is used to justify the attack. Critical Race Theory is a hateful Marxist fiction that maintains America is evil because the majority of its citizens are white, and that its Constitution is evil because it was written by white people. The agents of this dogma, including those lecturing at the Naval War College, teach that white people — from the Founding Fathers to the 200 million white people in the country today — are oppressors, who are an internal enemy[.] Critical Race Theory began by destroying the moral integrity of colleges and corporations. Now its target is the U.S. Navy. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday has told the third of a million naval personnel that they should be reading and learning from Ibram X. Kendi, a mediocre, fact-challenged university professor who has become the go-to "anti-racism" expert for America's woke elites.
'Where Are The Admirals? Where Are The Generals? Where Are the Veterans?'. On 17 August 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower prescribed a Code of Conduct for members of the Armed Forces of the United States. The purpose was to inform each service member in a combat unit about their basic responsibilities when engaged in combat or if they were captured by enemy forces. [...] Given the inherent and undeniable virtues of this colorblind, merit-based system based upon shared values, the Armed Forces of the United States travel a pernicious and destructive path if they embrace Critical Race Theory, with its core belief that America and her citizenry are irredeemably racist, along with the tenets of "white supremacy," "whiteness," "white privilege," "white fragility," and "systemic" or "institutional racism." Critical Race Theory does not build up, it tears down. There is nothing aspirational or uplifting about it. And as a springboard to establishing "diversity" as a goal unto itself, as its own concurrent priority, inculcating those values into troops will not equip the military to succeed at its first, and most important goal, which is to fight and win in armed conflict.
Candace Owens and Brandon Tatum Are Not Who They Pretend to Be. [Scroll down] I have said it in my past writings. the Black community is not a monolith; there are many shades and structures of the Black community, just as with any other community. It is the political Left and Right that wants to reduce the depth and breadth of our contributions to the nation and the world to a monolithic structure. Just as the Black community is not a monolith, neither is Black conservatism. I enjoy listening to viewpoints among the various aspects of Black conservatism the same as I do hearing the viewpoints among legacy conservatism and the new young cons. Why are the differences accepted in one camp, but impossible to conceptualize in another? What I will focus on is what results from platforming the disingenuous, and we are seeing this disingenuousness in Owens' behavior of late. What results is a loss of credibility, and a rejection of the concepts on which you are supposed to be an authority. This is bad not just Blacks in general, but for conservatism specifically.
Woke, Inc: Why I'm blowing the whistle on how corporate America is poisoning society. I used to think corporate bureaucracy was bad because it's inefficient. That's true, but it's not the biggest problem. Rather, there's a new invisible force at work in the highest ranks of corporate America, one far more nefarious. It's the defining scam of our time — one that robs you of not only your money, but your voice and your identity. [...] I'm fed up with corporate America's game of pretending to care about justice in order to make money. It is quietly wreaking havoc on American democracy. It demands that a small group of investors and CEOs determine what's good for society, rather than our democracy at large. This new trend has created a major cultural shift in America. It's not just ruining companies. It's polarizing our politics. It's dividing our country to a breaking point. Worst of all, it's concentrating the power to determine American values in the hands of a small group of capitalists, rather than in the hands of the American citizenry at large, which is where the dialogue about social values belongs. That's not America, but a distortion of it.
Leftists are a minority... so why do they keep winning? The truth is, normal, happy, well-adjusted people don't really care about politics — or care only when they are forced to by rioting mobs of looters in their cities. Normal people of any and all colors don't want to tell you their pronouns, chemically castrate their sons with puberty-blocking drugs, or defund the police. They're neither oppressors nor oppressed. They just want to live their lives in peace, attend their kids' soccer or baseball games, and enjoy summer afternoons grilling[.] Therein lies the problem: it turns out that, with a very few exceptions, the absolute worst people on the planet — the kind of people who were hall monitors in high school and enjoy creating and enforcing petty regulations on their fellows — go into politics. These are the entitled few who believe that rules and regulations are for other people, never for themselves — the grifters, tax cheats, and adulterers who run for office instead of working for a living.
Critical Race Theory Will Destroy Our Military. As a young Marine Corps first lieutenant assigned to an infantry battalion in the late 1980s, I had charge of the unit transport section of operators, mechanics, and supervisors tasked with taking care of our fleet of combat vehicles. [...] Everything just worked and worked well. Why? Because they were all Marines, wearing the same uniform, supporting the same combat organization, serving the same country. They all had been through the same training. They had to measure up to the same standards. They had to make the same cutoff scores for promotion. They humped the same combat loads, ate the same field rations, fired the same qualifications at the rifle range, suffered the same annual refresher training for proper use of gas masks. They worked the same long hours in hot and sweaty, cold and damp, sunbaked or frigid or windblown field conditions, tolerated the same irritating micromanagement, and enjoyed the same positive leadership interventions from higher headquarters. [...] It was wonderful. I can't help but wonder what it would have been like if each person in that section had been pitted against each other, assessing his fellow Marine's trustworthiness or reliability or capability based on the color of his skin.
The case for Congressman Trump. In his article "Will Trump run in 2024? A fascinating clue from Don Jr.," Thomas Lifson sets forth a credible scenario in which Trump is keeping his options open, while a possible presidential successor, Florida governor Ron DeSantis, proves his bona fides. If no messy skeletons jump out from DeSantis's closet, he is a dream presidential candidate: brilliant, patriotic, practical, and empathetic. Should that come to pass, Trump would give another gift to America.
No Leaders Attended the G7 Summit. [Scroll down] And that brings us to the picture of the G7 leaders on the beach in Cornwall. Nobody who watches the film of these people arriving, coming down the boardwalk carefully spaced, hygienically elbow-bumping in lieu of shaking hands, and finally taking up positions for their photo op — nobody would believe these people are world leaders. Because they aren't. They aren't running the western world. They are run by the people who really are running the western world — people whose names we don't know. The people on the beach in Cornwall are there simply in recognition of the working man's need to see an elected head of state. They are actors.
Four Ways I Am Preparing For The Dollar's Collapse. In the era of financial and societal insecurity, I have taken it upon myself to best prepare for the unknown. Will inflation wipe out my savings? Will the price of common goods become unaffordable? Will the effects of Critical Race Theory implode on our shared cultural and societal underpinnings? These are critical questions with serious repercussions if and when the answers come to fruition via the affirmative. In the event there is a massive fallout, whether from inflationary pressures or a collapse of civic coexistence among the alleged classes of the oppressed and oppressors, it is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. I would prefer I never discharge my firearm, and despite the bland taste, I would much rather dine on soon-to-be-expired cans of beans out of parsimony than out of necessity. However, if catastrophic changes sweep through the country and those items are vital for either short-term or long-term survival, then it is literally the difference between life or death.
Social Mobility is a Lot Less Mobile Than We Thought. Inequality is the worst thing in the world. Even my racist neighbor at the top of the hill with his BLM "Equality Hurts No one" yard sign knows that. And we have gubmint programs to the tune of 36 percent of GDP per annum working like mad to un-hurt people from the horrors of inequality. Only, writes Gregory Clark in The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility, all that lovely lucre hasn't made much difference to social inequality. The scions of the elite pretty much stay in the elite. Almost everywhere in the world, from way back.
The Coma Before the Storm. [Scroll down] Grandpa Badfinger is a rickety joke, bumping elbows with his younger fellow-incompetents at the G7, wandering about mindlessly chasing moths until his ridiculous wife, with her ridiculous "Dr.", wrangles him back into the hapless pack. You look at this sorry set of leaders of the formerly-free world and the vibe you get is "exhaustion." There's no energy, no drive, no hope. Boris Johnson, formerly a man, explained to a bored UK that that "nations coming out of the pandemic need to 'build back better' in a 'greener,' 'more gender neutral and perhaps a more feminine way.'" Hack clichés are their solution, but these relics have nothing else. They are weak and stupid and they represent a spent elite that cares about nothing except just a little more time holding fast to their uncertain sinecures.
Once You Realize The US Government Is An Organized Crime Syndicate, Everything Makes Sense. CDMedia wrote weeks ago that our sources informed us the alleged 'ransomeware' attack on the Colonial Pipeline was not a foreign operation, but likely executed by domestic entities for monetary, or political gain. Some have entertained the thought of internal strife between U.S. government agencies, essential criminal gangs, reaping the benefits of organized money laundering on a massive scale. Now we learn the FBI reportedly seized the millions of Bitcoin paid by Colonial pipeline for the alleged ransom. Was the hack was solved so quickly because there's a power struggle between the FBI and the CIA going on? In that story, did the CIA hack the pipeline and the FBI decide to punish them? In Russia this is common. Different security agencies of the Russian secret services are in regular competition for illicit gains. The FSB regularly takes over businesses to reap ill-gotten profit. Corruption is what the Russian system is built upon. This is what Obama and his minions have brought here. Think about it, if parts of the U.S. government are in bed with the Chinese Communist Party, looking to rape the American people of trillions of dollars, agriculture, energy, and so on, then the entire Russia! Russia! Russia! hoax makes perfect sense. Blame it all on the rival criminal gang!
Living With the Limits of Our New Clerisy's Knowledge. [Scroll down] Unfortunately, the new clergy seem too fallible to take on trust. They flip-flop on expert advice and one scientist denounces the other on YouTube. Once things seemed more cut and dried. Once we were at the End of History. Science could predict the future more or less and the public hoped with increasing accuracy. Ever since the 17th century, the expectation was that the scientific revolution would supply the answers. [...] In the coming years, the new clerisy will come forward with even more global solutions, endorsing trillion-dollar multidecade proposals in the fields of climate engineering, genetic alteration, and artificial intelligence. In each case the public will be asked to trust the science — to put all our eggs in the expert basket.
Why the government cannot answer the UFO question. The anticipated release of a government report about UFOs (or UAPs) later this month has created a lot of public discussion about what might be included in that report, and perhaps more importantly, what might be excluded. But in the end, the government does not know, nor can it, what the UAPs really are, or are not, because they are a paradox. [...] That paradox is this: any nation (or organization) that possesses the technology to do what the UAPs are reported to do would have in its hands such power, such force, such a threat that no one could oppose it. Yet we see no evidence of any nation wielding such power, an inaction that would be highly implausible were they to have it. Another paradox is that the development and manufacture of such technology would require enormous scientific infrastructure.
Fighting Woke Capital. If were trying to define this term and understand what it means, it's rooted in the fact that the biggest businesses, the most powerful institutions, the most powerful banks in this country have aligned themselves against us. Now that is an obvious fact, you see it in a number of ways. A couple of years ago Stacey Abrams said, about a Georgia abortion restriction, that this was a bad bill because it was bad for business. That was the argument of our new corporate, neoliberal class. And she was right. This is something that those of us on the right have to accept. When the big corporations come against you for passing abortion restrictions, when corporations are so desperate for cheap labor that they don't want people to parent children, Stacey Abrams is right to say that abortion restrictions are bad for business.
'Woke' Asset Managers Rip You Off — Using Your Money. If most Americans noticed at all the election of at least two climate-focused dissidents to ExxonMobil's board, they certainly missed the significance. But they may soon notice as ExxonMobil and other companies knuckle under to climate activists, leading to higher energy prices for American consumers. Note the little victory dance by three massive asset managers — BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street — in the Wall Street Journal. Their votes elected dilettante climate activists, who own approximately 0.02% of the oil giant's shares, because "Exxon's yearslong refusal to make board directors available for frank conversations irked investors." Yeah, right. Big Finance pulled the rug out from under Big Oil for one simple reason: To feather its own ample nest, using your money.
Biden's 'Made in America' Tax Plan Destroys Any Incentive for Anything to Be 'Made in America'. The United States has spent the last decade-plus destroying most of the reasons to create Intellectual Property (IP) in the United States. This is more than a mite problematic — given we are in the nascent stages of what will increasingly be an Information Economy. Where more and more of what we do will be digital and thus require more and more IP. The US has three branches of government. All three have been actively attacking IP and its creators.
The Great Conservative Migration. In fact, my wife and I were part of the migration. We lived for 36 years in American Siberia — otherwise known as Minnesota. Politics in Minnesota has always been dominated by the Democrats. However, in recent years it has taken a decidedly radical turn. When Keith Ellison — former supporter of the Nation of Islam and attorney to cop killers — was elected attorney general, we knew it was time to leave. This anti-Semite, race baiter, and woman abuser was now the state's top law enforcement official. What could possibly go wrong? One year after we left, the George Floyd riots happened. That's what could go wrong. We moved to the small town of Star, Idaho. I call Star the nicest refugee camp in the world. It's a community of new housing subdivisions, wonderful schools (that don't teach Critical Race Theory), numerous churches, and friendly people. It has also doubled in population in the last 10 years — almost entirely from west-coast transplants.
The U.S. Military's Love of America: We need to find a way to get our country back. Most of our uniformed service members — and most Americans — believe in the fundamental goodness of our great country. And they want to preserve it. But fighting for what is right means first understanding the truth about what is happening. We have the world's most powerful military and it is an all-voluntary force. We all took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We believe in the sanctity of that oath. All of our civilian and military leaders take the same oath. Today we are confronted with a very serious domestic enemy which, if left unchecked, will threaten our way of life and our ability to remain a beacon of freedom and a leader of the free world. The threat has been allowed to exist in our educational systems over many years and has gained additional support and momentum with recent left-leaning media which shapes public opinion.
Joe Biden is the last person in America who will criticize China.
The Middle East Dispute Is About Religion, Not Land. If you've seen videos of recent attacks on Jews in New York City, Los Angeles, London and elsewhere, you may have missed a very revealing aspect of those attacks. They were almost always — as they have been for decades — accompanied by curses such as, "[...] the Jews." Now, given that the perpetrators are almost always Muslims — whether immigrants or children of immigrants from an Arab or other Muslim country — two questions present themselves: Why attack American or French or British Jews? And why curse "the Jews"? In other words, given that the recent wars have been between Hamas and Israel, why aren't these attacks outside of Israel on Israelis and Israeli institutions? And why level curses at "the Jews"? The answer is this: The Muslims who seek Israel's destruction do so because Israel is Jewish, not because Israel occupies the West Bank or Gaza.
Ridicule is an Important Weapon, Keep Throwing Sand in the Machine. Ridicule is an important weapon. The left is overreacting to sunlight because they know the machinations behind their ideological endeavors are based on fraud. In this brilliant piece of agitprop, the White House situation room looks at the landscape.
The Two Uncle Joes. [Scroll down] American military battle readiness, ingenuity, and cunning have been the core of our national defense spanning our entire history, from Steven Decatur and William Tecumseh Sherman to Chester Nimitz and George S. Patton, Jr. Yet today our own politically driven Uncle Joe, with support from his newly appointed military commissars such as DoD Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, appears far less concerned with training and operational readiness than with mindlessly obsessing over the chimeras of right-wing extremism in the ranks and climate change. I can assure Secretary Austin that yes, climate change will be a factor if an American city goes up in a mushroom cloud because our commanders were too busy trying to figure out a policy for how trans officers should be addressed or directing servicemen and women to the cause of saving the earth for Gaia. A million degrees Fahrenheit is most definitely a significant change in climate, Mister Secretary. You got that right!
Scott Atlas: The Last Word. The coronavirus pandemic has been a great tragedy, there can be no doubt about that. But it has also exposed profound issues in America that now threaten the very principles of freedom and order that we Americans often take for granted. First, I have been shocked at the enormous power of the government, to unilaterally decree, to simply close businesses and schools by edict, restrict personal movement, mandate behavior, and eliminate our most basic freedoms, without any end and little accountability. Second, I remain surprised at the acceptance by the American people of draconian rules, restrictions, and unprecedented mandates, even those that are arbitrary, destructive, and wholly unscientific. This crisis has also exposed what we all have known existed, but we have tolerated for years: the overt bias of the media, the lack of diverse viewpoints on campuses, the absence of neutrality in big tech controlling social media, and now more visibly than ever, the intrusion of politics into science. Ultimately, the freedom to seek and state the truth is at risk here in the United States.
Newsmax Reporter: "Colonial Pipeline "Hacker" Story Doesn't Add Up". When this "Russsian Hacker" pipeline story first broke, I did a piece on how MANY people online didn't buy it. They felt like there was a deeper plot afoot. And now, more folks are saying this — even reporters over at Newsmax. The reason being is because since this so-called "hack" happened, Biden has now caved to Russia in a big way — as a matter of fact, it's so big, that if Trump ever pulled off a move like this, he'd likely be impeached. But suddenly, the party of "Russia boogiemen" no longer cares about "Russia boogiemen."
Donald Trump Should Not be the 2024 Republican Candidate. [Scroll down] While the manifestly unconstitutional Civil Service Act creates a lot of headaches, there's one thing that can be done immediately. All "civil servants" who have been employed for longer than, let's say, five years, must be reassigned, preferably to an office at least a thousand miles from their present station. This "stirring" will lead to a mass exodus of federal employees, most of whom should not be replaced. This is crucially important in the DC area. Those people cultivate news and business contacts so they can be enriched when they leave Uncle Sugar's employ. And, as before, all security clearances must be suspended or revoked upon separation from government service. Finally, President DeSantis needs to identify which "Republicans" cry loudest. Their districts, along with those of the most powerful Democrats, should immediately receive "Most Disfavored Nation" status when it comes to government contracts. This is fully legal and will cut the opposition off at the knees.
Top Retired Officers Are Right: Biden's Leftism And 'Woke' Military Threaten U.S. Security. The letter was not couched in military jargon or bureaucratese; it was plain-spoken and blunt in its concern about America's course. It starts with a call for protecting our free and fair elections, but then turns toward the ominous political and cultural trends of recent years. No need for a translation: ["]Aside from the election, the current administration has launched a full-blown assault on our constitutional rights in a dictatorial manner, bypassing Congress, with more than 50 executive orders quickly signed, many reversing the previous administration's effective policies and regulations. Moreover, population control actions such as excessive lockdowns, school and business closures, and, most alarming, censorship of written and verbal expression are all direct assaults on our fundamental rights. We must support and hold accountable politicians who will act to counter socialism, Marxism, and Progressivism, support our constitutional republic, and insist on fiscally responsible governing while focusing on all Americans, especially the middle class, not special interest or extremist groups which are used to divide us into warring factions.["]
Two Actions [the] US Must Take in [the] Wake of [the] Colonial Pipeline Crisis. After a group of cybercriminals known as DarkSide succeeded in causing massive disruption in the southeast with its ransomware attack on May 7 — which wasn't resolved until Wednesday evening — it became clear that U.S. infrastructure remains at risk. The stakes are extremely high. In our highly interconnected world, cyberattacks against critical infrastructure can leave us highly vulnerable. As we saw with this DarkSide incident, a ransomware attack can cause immense (but fortunately short-term) economic disruption across a large segment of the country. But state-based cyberattacks from countries like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea could lead to loss of property and even life.
This Time Israel Should Finish Off Hamas. It is time to put paid once and for all to the evil terror organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad that have been attacking the heartland of Israel virtually ever since Israel freely gave Gaza to the Palestinians, first to the Palestinian Authority and then to Hamas after they murdered the PA officials in a mini-civil war and took over the territory as a fanatical dictatorship. Every few years Hamas (and their now-billionaire leadership) seizes on something, some issue on the Temple Mount, a neighborhood where, in their view, too many Jews are moving in, and start a missile barrage, aiming to hit as many innocent civilians as possible and ignite the "Arab street." The current barrage, thanks largely to Iran, is the biggest ever, with modern weapons that can reach the entire Jewish state with significant payloads.
Biden needs to tell Democrats that Hamas is the bad guy. "Israel has a right to defend itself," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday [5/13/2021], as America's staunchest Middle East ally faced criticism for its retaliations against rocket attacks by Hamas. It's an anodyne statement from the Biden administration with two problems. First, it fails to state clearly that Israel is defending itself against a terrorist instigator. Second, too many officials in Joe Biden's own party don't actually believe that Hamas is the bad guy here. Before its recent attack on Israelis, Blinken and Biden seem to have laid out a somewhat reasonable strategy: Support the more moderate Palestinian Authority and marginalize Hamas. The Palestinian Authority is corrupt, to be sure. But it at least does not view its political purpose through the lens of maximal Jewish blood.
Monopoly: An overview of the Great Reset — Follow the Money. If you've been wondering how the world economy has been hijacked and humanity has been kidnapped by a completely bogus narrative, look no further than this video by Dutch creator, Covid Lie. What she uncovers is that the stock of the world's largest corporations are owned by the same institutional investors. They all own each other. This means that "competing" brands, like Coke and Pepsi aren't really competitors, at all, since their stock is owned by exactly the same investment companies, investment funds, insurance companies, banks and in some cases, governments. This is the case, across all industries.
Clean House in 2025. When President DeSantis is sworn in at 12:00 pm on January 20, 2025, he should give a short speech and by 12:10 be firing people. Lots of people. Okay, it might not be the current Florida governor — we do know it's not going to be Gov. Nikki! Haley (R - Establishment) or Kristi! Noem (R-NCAA) — but whoever beats Kamala Harris like a drum needs to come into the Oval Office ready to clear-cut the bureaucracy. Just level it. Every keen observer understands that Donald Trump's first and foremost failure as president was personnel. He did not get it right until the end, and then it was far too late.
Americans Becoming Sovietized? Here are 10 symptoms of Sovietism. Ask yourself whether we are headed down this same road to perdition.
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Federal Reserve turns the dollar into toilet paper. Toilet paper was much on the mind of Americans Wednesday when Boston Federal Reserve chief Eric Rosengren told MarketWatch that today's higher inflation is as temporary as last year's shortage of paper products. The toilet paper they were thinking about, though, was the green stuff in their wallets. Rent asking prices rose an all-time record 17% between the first quarter of 2020 and the first quarter 2021. Home prices rose 12%, used car prices rose 26% and freight costs rose 17%. That's the biggest year-on-year jump on record for rent and used cars, and a near-record for homes and freight. Recent data are even worse; used car prices are up nearly 20% during the first four months of 2021 alone, and gasoline is up 55% during the same period.
It Got Serious In A Hurry. This exchange of imaginary money supposedly creates wealth effects that have replaced boring old savings, capital investment, and entrepreneurial activity as drivers of the economy. Asset prices elevate, the government's GDP statistics hum while its inflation statistics slumber, and the rest of the world accepts FDIs for real goods and services. There's even snake oil peddled by PhDs that blesses all this: Modern Monetary Theory. Wealth for all — without boring old work and deferred gratification — is just around the corner. From the dwindling ranks of the reality-bound come those inevitable objections. The key word in fiat debt instruments is debt, which carries an obligation to pay it back sometime in the future. They can't honestly pay back the debt they have now, why are they adding to it? The key word is honestly. The plan is to issue so many FDIs that they depreciate the value of existing ones, making them easier to pay back. None dare call it a swindle.
They Were Promised a Socialist Paradise, and Ended Up in 'Hell'. On a bright August morning in 1960, after two days of sailing from Japan, hundreds of passengers rushed on deck as someone shouted, "I see the fatherland!" The ship pulled into Chongjin, a port city in North Korea, where a crowd of people waved paper flowers and sang welcome songs. But Lee Tae-kyung felt something dreadfully amiss in the "paradise" he had been promised. "The people gathered were expressionless," Mr. Lee recalled. "I was only a child of 8, but I knew we were in the wrong place." Mr. Lee's and his family were among 93,000 people who migrated from Japan to North Korea from 1959 to 1984 under a repatriation program sponsored by both governments and their Red Cross societies. When they arrived, they saw destitute villages and people living in poverty, but were forced to stay. Some ended up in prison camps.
Talking the Talk on 'Climate Change'. What are we to make of an article by William Hague, a former U.K. Foreign Secretary from 2010 to 2014, that predicts Britain's armed forces may one day be sent into action abroad to safeguard the natural environment from such predators as oil companies and loggers? [...] That prediction is startling from several standpoints. To begin with, it could be read as confirming a frequent left-wing allegation — hitherto hotly denied by the British and other Western governments — that in the two Gulf Wars the West intervened not to prevent Iraqi aggression or to stabilize the Middle East but to get its hands on Arab oil. I don't think that's true, as a matter of fact, but if it is, it's a big admission and a big news story. And it was merely the first of several startling predictions.
Our Country Was Founded by Geniuses, but It's Being Run by Idiots. The eminently quotable Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said sometime back: "Our country was founded by geniuses, but it's being run by idiots." I heartily agree, and the problem is not self-correcting. The principles behind the formation of America's government were and are exquisite, but the American government, like all forms of government, is corrupt as [it can be]. This isn't an extraordinary statement. Exquisite things often break, and even the noblest of institutions become distorted over time until the original purposes for their creation are eclipsed (and often contradicted) by the personal motives of the men running those institutions into the ground. This phenomenon is apparent anywhere there is power.
Power back to the people. According to conventionofstates.com, which tracks the progress of resolutions, 15 states have approved calling for a convention of the states to reign in what they believe is out-of-control government. The support of 34 states is needed. Thirty-eight states are required to ratify any proposed amendments. The website says seven states have approved a resolution in one of their legislative chambers and 22 state legislatures will consider doing so this year. The Founders saw state conventions as the ultimate safeguard against government overreach and a necessary workaround should Congress exceed its constitutional authority, which supporters of state conventions believe it has. [...] I have been on the side of the cautious on this issue, but as I see President Biden issuing record numbers of executive orders, bypassing the authority of Congress, and Congress on a spending binge that is driving the debt to record and unsustainable levels, perhaps threatening our very survival, I have come to the conclusion that nothing but a carefully organized and controlled constitutional convention can return power to where the Founders intended it to reside — with the people. The reason government has become so dysfunctional and unwieldy is that it has for too long exceeded the boundaries originally set for it.
Using Progressive Means to Restore Liberty. Globalism is the antithesis of nationalism — or should I say, patriotism. CEOs of major corporations act like oligarchs who can do as they please as long as they have government on their side. So, they donate hundreds of millions of dollars either directly or indirectly to the party of government and tilt the electoral process toward their friends in high places. What's more, many of those big corporations have gone woke in an effort to please their Democrat allies. In the aftermath of the recent intervention by much of corporate America into the controversy about Georgia's election law, many conservatives are awakening to the magnitude of this problem. Scores of millions of Americans feel helpless in the face of this overwhelming threat posed to our liberty.
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Is America Led Today By Anti-Americans? [Scroll down] What other nation has provided the same measures of personal and political freedoms and material blessings for 40 million Black people as has the United States? If people of color are treated "as less than human" in America, as Harris says, why are so many people of color seeking desperately to get across our Southern border to build their future here? What is the real truth about race in America that goes unmentioned in the mainstream media's endless hunt for encounters between Black men and white cops? The main perpetrators of violent crimes against Black Americans — are other Black Americans. Black men, ages 16 to 40, are 3% of the U.S. population but commit roughly a third of America's violent crimes. Defund police, restrict police, remove police and you will get more of what the police prevent — crimes, especially violent crimes, in your community.
Archbishop Vigano rips Vatican conference with Fauci, says Holy See 'servant of the New World Order'. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò said an upcoming global health conference at the Vatican — with guests such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, Deepak Chopra and Chelsea Clinton — constitutes "the umpteenth scandalous confirmation" of Pope Francis leading the Catholic Church astray. A new op-ed by the Catholic Church's former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. blasts the pope and his allies within the Church for betraying the faithful by cozying up to "representatives of Big Tech ... a whole slew of abortionists, Malthusians, and globalists known to the general public." "The Holy See has deliberately renounced the supernatural mission of the Church, making itself the servant of the New World Order and Masonic globalism in an antichristic counter-magisterium," the archbishop wrote Tuesday for LifeSite. "The submission of the Cathedra veritatis to the interests of the Masonic elite is manifesting itself in all its evidence, in the deafening silence of the Sacred Pastors and in the bewilderment of the People of God, who have been abandoned to themselves."
How Much Ruin Do We Have Left? As Americans know from their own illustrious history, any nation's well-being hinges on only a few factors. Its prosperity, freedom, and overall stability depend on its constitutional and political stability. A secure currency and financial order are also essential, as is a strong military. Perhaps most important is a first-rate inductive educational system. Of course, nothing is possible without general social calm (often dependent on a reverence for the past) and secure borders. The ability to produce or easily acquire food, fuel, and key natural resources ensures a nation's independence and autonomy. Unfortunately, in the last few months, all of those centuries-old reasons to be confident in American strength and resiliency have been put into doubt.
How Empires End. [Scroll down] Chances are, future leaders will be just as uninterested in learning from history as past leaders. They will create empires, then destroy them. Even the most informative histories of empire decline, such as The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon, will not be of interest to the leaders of empires. They will believe that they are above history and that they, uniquely, will succeed. If there is any value in learning from the above, it is the understanding that leaders will not be dissuaded from their aspirations. They will continue to charge ahead, both literally and figuratively, regardless of objections and revolts from the citizenry.
Comedy Is a Dictatorship's First Victim. Humor has always been one of the first targets of a dictatorship. It is no surprise that in America, comedians can no longer function because of rampant political correctness. Thus, according to Mel Brooks, "we have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks."
Not Dead Yet. Our nation began with an initial declaration of independence and now every law and executive order from this administration is leading us toward dependence — debtor dependence, energy dependence, and government dependence for the begged permission to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. The list of grievances and offenses are staggering and too numerous to mention and if one does, they are censored or banned by the government's confederate oligarchs of Big Tech. It's a depressing situation and the truth of the matter is a sobering one. The diagnostic is that in the predawn darkness of the morning of November 4, 2020, the American Republic flatlined. The nefarious and somewhat dubiously defined Deep State does not want it revived. We've got some work to do.
Every Physical Silver Ounce Has Been Sold Up To 1000x. The silver price is today half of the January 1980 level. That was the peak at $50 which silver reached again 31 years later in 2011. But alas, the bullion banks, aided by the BIS (Bank for International Settlement) and central banks have again managed to push it down again and today silver is only $26.10. The current silver price has nothing to do with supply and demand. In a real market the Price of Silver would be substantially higher. In a fake market, the manipulators have no problem to suppress the price by selling virtually unlimited fake paper silver. [...] If a salesman has a demand for 1,000 items of a product of which he possesses the only one available, he will first rub his hands and then perform a victory dance. He knows he will achieve an astronomical price. And that is exactly what would happen in a free silver market. But since the paper silver issuers know that they are dealing with totally clueless buyers who don't understand that there is no silver, they will continue to stuff the gullible buyers with more fake silver. That is, until the buyers wake up and ask for delivery to find out that the silver vaults are empty.
Federalism In The Form Of Strong Governors May Be Our Only Hope. I am not a Constitutional Scholar, but it seems to me that absent the specific granting of authority to the federal government, that the states have legal control. Here the author is most exercised by the 17th Amendment (direct election of senators), but the trend has been clear since the War of The Rebellion; the accretion of power by the federal government and the creation of a vast regulatory state by exercise of this power.
The Federal Reserve Should Not Finance Insane New Spending. Since the onset of the pandemic, Congress has been spending more money than ever. The pandemic hit when it was already projected that in fiscal 2020 the federal budget deficit would once again top $1 trillion. On October 16, however, USA Facts reported that the 2020 deficit was $3.1 trillion. That's more than twice as much as the previous record of $1.4T set in 2009 in the wake of the financial crisis. On April 12, the Fiscal Times reported that the deficit for just the first six months of fiscal 2021 was $1.7T: "In March alone, the deficit came to nearly $660 billion, driven in large part by $339 billion in pandemic-relief payments to individuals." On top of that, the feds just enacted a $1.9T stimulus bill, and on March 31, Pres. Biden proposed his "infrastructure bill" that will run to $2.3T in new spending, and more new spending is promised. A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon Americans will be thinking that no one in D.C. cares about the federal deficit anymore, and that the "deficit hawk" is no longer an endangered species but is extinct.
Russia Stuff And Our Corrupt Rulers. This is all very depressing to see — the utter mendaciousness of our ruling class: elected representatives of the American people, appointees, the military establishment, the intelligence community, and last but far from least, the media. The corruption is so sweeping that you're left almost breathless. And they're utterly feckless, to boot. Let's start with Gilbert Doctorow [and his article,] Bombast From Washington: Joe Biden's Russia Sanctions. Doctorow first explains that nobody who understands the current shape of the world is taking those sanctions seriously. Putin himself is obviously unfazed. The DC armchair imperialists have crossed a red line, and Putin has responded — as Doctorow explains in a Postscript to his original article: [...]
Chauvin: The Case Against the Mob. One of the main arguments being advanced by Eric Nelson, sole attorney for Derek Chauvin in his trial for the murder of George Floyd, is that the hostile crowd itself prevented the officers from attempting to perform CPR in the last minutes of Floyd's life. Even the prosecution's "use of force" experts admitted repeatedly on cross-examination that a hostile crowd would justify Chauvin keeping Floyd restrained until an ambulance arrived. An officer's duty to provide care is overridden by his duty to keep himself, the suspect and the bystanders safe. As was evident from the videos (and admitted to by the bystander witnesses), they were shouting obscenities at the police, threatening them with bodily harm and, in a few instances, had to be held back from rushing the officers. And of course, because of the presence of the angry crowd, the EMTs themselves did not stick around to provide care, but did a "load and scoot," heaving Floyd into the back of the ambulance and driving three blocks to get away from the mob on the street. They didn't even want to work inside an ambulance near this feisty group. As it becomes increasingly obvious that the belligerent onlookers themselves may have gotten George Floyd killed by creating a dangerous situation for the officers, media commentators leap in to do backup work for the prosecutors by sneering at the idea that the officers might have felt threatened by a few rowdy teenagers.
The Real Reason for Daunte Wright's Death. Daunte Wright, or at least the life he led, killed Daunte Wright. He wasn't pulled over because he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror. He was pulled over because he had expired tags on his license plate. Then it was noticed that he had air fresheners hanging from his rear view. Then it was noticed he had an outstanding warrant. Then it was noticed he resisted arrest. Then it was noticed he got back in his car and drove away from the police. Which he had done before, as it turned out; Wright had fled from officers in June. The circumstances from which that police encounter arose make for scintillating reading. He was reported to the police for waving a gun around, and when the cops showed up it turned out Wright didn't have a permit for the gun. He ran away. And he was cited and ordered to appear in court. He didn't, which occasioned the warrant for his arrest. That's not all that appears on Wright's record. There was the February arrest for aggravated robbery. There was a disorderly conduct charge arising from a 2019 incident. There was the guilty plea in late 2019 to possession and sale of marijuana. And there was an arrest warrant for armed robbery; [...] In other words, this is someone who chose to be a penny-ante John Dillinger. He ended up with the full ante.
Why Does Society Revere Drugged Up Black Criminals? Breonna Taylor. Dijon Kizzee. Jacob Blake. Daniel Prude. Rayshard Brooks. George Floyd. Each name is or has been a rallying cry for both Black Lives Matter and every believer of the manufactured narrative that blacks are oppressed by a white supremacist system and then killed by racist police. Had any of the aforementioned names been born of European descent and followed the same life trajectory, they would have immediately been discarded into oblivion after their unremarkable demise. They would be lucky to even have garnered a footnote in the annals of police interactions. It's not hard to see why. Drugs, violence, and chaos are not the recipe for emulation. However, our culture has chosen to make the deceased, black "victims" our focal point of idolatry, grievance, and remembrance. What other culture has ever sunk to such depths?
Understanding How 'Critical Events' Lead to People Getting Killed by Police. Most people would consider the death of George Floyd or Daunte Wright to be a critical incident. They would make that rash assumption because they are "critical" to our political environment. Many pundits and businesses are piling on because the same faulty assumption is applied to voter integrity laws passed in Georgia and under consideration in other states. No one should be rash enough to discount the importance of these events. But the term "critical incident" refers to a completely different concept — one that can inform how we address and prevent such public events. The process of "critical incident analysis" is a method of examining a series of events to identify where a single critical intervention or altered critical choice would have brought the whole "chain of events" to a different conclusion. Daunte Wright's death cries out for such an analysis.
How not to get killed when stopped by a cop. I'd like to take a rational look at the confrontations among cops, motorists, and pedestrians. When we see incidents of cops shooting blacks (which are the only shootings the media cover), one thing becomes clear: resisting arrest often ends up with a loss of life. Something else is obvious: when a cop is the one losing his life, it's practically overlooked by the media. When a police officer, whether during a traffic stop or a street stop, is making an arrest, the person being arrested has no right to resist. If that person believes it's an unlawful arrest, he can make that argument at the station house or in a courtroom. However, let's be clear about this: the cop has the legal authority to make the arrest, simply based on the penal law. Moreover, once the officer has uttered the words "you're under arrest," the only right that person has, under the law, is to submit to said arrest.
Is A Cultural Revolution Brewing In America? There is a whiff of unease in the air as beneath the cheery veneer of free money for almost everyone, inequality and polarization are rapidly consuming what's left of common ground in America. Though there are many systemic differences between China and the U.S., humans in every nation are all still running Wetware 1.0 and so it is instructive to consider what can be learned from China's Cultural Revolution 1966-1976. China's Cultural Revolution was remarkably different from the Party's military-political victory of 1949. Where the political revolution was managed by the centralized hierarchy of the Communist Party (CCP), the Cultural Revolution quickly morphed from a movement launched by Mao into a decentralized mass movement against all elites, including Party and state elites which had been sacrosanct and untouchable. The Cultural Revolution is not an approved topic in China today, and that alerts us to its importance. Although ostensibly launched by Mao (as part of his 1966 purge of Party rivals), the Cultural Revolution very quickly devolved into a decentralized, semi-chaotic movement of Red Guards, students and other groups who shared ideas and programs but who acted quite independent of the Party's central leadership.
It's Time to Call the Bluff of These Woke Corporations, Here's How to Make Them Pay. Yesterday, news broke that somewhere around 100 companies joined a private conference call to discuss how to combat red states that dare have reasonable regulations around voting. This is, of course, all stemming from the lies surrounding Georgia's recent election reform law. [...] Well, let's give them their wish. Mitch McConnell should call up Joe Biden and say he's got a deal on raising the corporate tax rate as long as it's only on the Fortune 500. Leave the small and moderate-sized businesses that are currently being squeezed by these monopolistic behemoths out of it. Let the woke, virtue-signaling among us see what it's really like to live under unfettered, Democrat rule.
From American Dream to American Nightmare. Our society has devolved into an oligarchy since The Epic of America was published in 1931, where a powerful few rule over a willfully ignorant many through propaganda, mistruth, fear, and an iron fist. [...] The real questions are why did the American dream turn into an American nightmare and is there a pathway back to the kind of country our forefathers created? There are numerous reasons why the country has fallen far from its original conception as a proud defiant Republic to its current state as a dying empire of depravity, decay, debt, and decadence. The conspiratorial creation of the Federal Reserve and implementation of a Federal income tax in 1913 marked a true destructive turning point for America. These two choices, implemented by greedy bankers and sleazy politicians, put the country on a road to perdition. They centralized the power of money printing and confiscation of our wages at the point of a gun.
Guns of April and Global War. In the thirty years since the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States has squandered much of its time as the world's sole superpower. Rather than winding down NATO's mission in a post-Soviet world, the West redirected and revitalized the alliance after 9/11 into a global military engagement against "extremism," with the U.S. fortifying its role as the world's policeman. And rather than using the end of the Cold War to balance budgets and fix America's unstable financial footing, the U.S. aggressively burdened itself with new and unsustainable levels of debt. In effect, the U.S. rejected the possibility of multipolar peace, assumed the role of global hegemon, and never saved up for a rainy day.
The Left Doesn't Want You to Believe in DeSantis Claus. Is the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination already over? "60 Minutes" seems to think so. They did a dishonest hatchet job on one governor, leaving all the others jealous that the media doesn't think enough of them to try and destroy them before they become Joe Biden's nemesis. That governor is Ron DeSantis of Florida. "60 Minutes" didn't attack Greg Abbott of Texas. They didn't attack Kristi Noem of South Dakota. They didn't attack Doug Ducey of Arizona, or even Brian Kemp of Georgia. "60 Minutes" admitted which Republican fuels its nightmares by attacking Florida Man Ron DeSantis. Governor Ron DeSantis is just 42 years old. He may only be 5-feet-9-inches, but Florida's 46th governor is currently America's wise giant. He's the most popular and the most successful governor in the land. DeSantis is the governor who is calling the shots for all the others. [...] The state's media have been trying to hit him just about every day. They're not targeting him because he's bad. They're targeting him because he's right and he terrifies them and the Democrats.
The Hard Road. The current regime in D.C. has some issues, to put it mildly, and its handlers are busy working to shore up its power. Creating a faux internal enemy with the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, H.R. 1 election rigging, gun control, lawless immigration, Puerto Rico and D.C. statehood initiatives and a rash of executive orders are all part of a plan to give the Left unassailable political dominance and implement permanent one-party control. The regime is moving fast, aware that traditional America is disorganized. They realize that this sleeping giant will eventually awake, and they are racing to put in place the cage to contain it before it does. History doesn't always repeat itself, but you can make it rhyme if you try. In 2010, the Tea Party grassroots movement halted the Obama Administration's overt agenda to radically transform America. It wasn't the GOP establishment, the RNC leadership, or the politicians who made the Tea Party the destroyer of utopian fantasies — it was the people. More specifically, it was the little people — the grassroots. The working class, the independent-minded conservatives, and the rowdy not-in-my-house Americans took back the House of Representatives and staved off the Democrats' planned transformation of America in a 2010 version of the spectacle we are seeing today. We need to take the lessons learned from that grassroots Tea Party effort and make them rhyme in the present.
The End of an Era, or the Return to an Earlier One? [Scroll down] Now, one of the key factors on everyone's mind with last year's lockdowns, particularly for the kids, is their total isolation with respect to school and after-school activities. These constraints are bubbles within bubbles that utterly inhibit all exposure to the natural world as well as direct personal interactions. Part of that is enforced by an ever-increasing sense of danger in the urban environment where crime and degradation are expanding. Flashing back to mid-20th century and before, kids could be 'feral' without any serious consequences as Mother Nature was steadily upgrading their sense of what being truly alive is all about. If true, I believe there will be a steady shift to more conservative thinking as the autonomy and liberty of those new locations quietly enhances what was once a common denominator across this vast country.
The Kind of Leaders Needed to Save America. First and foremost, the movement needs leaders who follow the True North principles of conservatism — principles based on the genius of America's founding and on the many lessons we've learned since; principles that have made this nation exceptional for nearly 250 years. They include the idea that the federal government was created to protect fundamental freedoms and rights such as life, property ownership, freedom of speech and religion, the right to bear arms, and the right to be treated equally under the law. They encompass the concept that the government works for the people, not the other way around, and that taxes should raise the minimum revenue necessary to fund only the constitutionally appropriate functions of government. They also include the notion that the greatest driver of prosperity for all citizens is the free enterprise system.
America Must Go Beyond Wishful Thinking About China. Ever since President Richard Nixon's infamous 1972 trip to China, the West has deceived itself into believing that being nice to Red China is a win-win proposition. The policy's underlying reasoning was that opening China up would expose the communist nation to freedom, which would induce its dictators to change and do what is best for the Chinese people. Alas, how wrong the West has been. The wishful thinking revolved around several myths about China. The first myth is that by introducing a free market system into the country, the leadership would gradually adopt a capitalist-like scheme that would be communist in name only. The West has long asserted that the Chinese have abandoned Marxist ideology and embraced world markets. However, the Chinese have never stopped insisting that they are genuinely communist. The more the West claims that China is not communist, the more the Chinese openly say they are. The recent hardline developments of the Xi dictatorship have dashed the hopes of Western optimists. Hong Kong and the persecution of the Catholic Church now offer bitter testimony that nothing has changed.
The Fed vs. the Real World. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has made some interesting statements in recent weeks about the Fed's view of inflation. In summary, Chairman Powell has stated that overall inflation remains below the Fed's 2% long-term objective, and that while reopening of the economy could produce price increases later in the year, inflationary pressures from rising prices are likely to be neither large nor persistent. Given the transient nature of these effects, and a long history of deflationary pressures in the U.S. and around the world, Chairman Powell believes that inflation isn't something to worry about. And in any event, Chairman Powell reassures us that the Fed "has the tools to deal with that [inflation]" should it rise above long-term target levels. These statements stand in increasingly sharp contrast to the real world in which ordinary Americans live.
How 'It's Covered by Insurance' Wrecks Health Care. A 58-year-old patient came to see me one Monday morning not long ago. He was like so many in his age group — he had spent the weekend getting in a week's worth of exercise. His left knee was sore, and he wanted an MRI. He was not a professional athlete with a huge stake in his physical well-being, and he had not fallen on it or twisted it; it was simply sore from his three-mile jog on Sunday morning. "It's covered by insurance," he told me. Never mind that there was no medical indication to qualify this particular hurt for an MRI. Never mind, too, that he has a $5,000.00 deductible on that policy. Never mind, also, that his knee would very likely heal quickly with the simple intervention of rest, ice, and maybe some physical therapy.
Woke Wars: Say the Magic Word! Do you think that last week was Peak Woke? What with Delta's genius CEO Ed Bastian falling into line to criticize Georgia's new election laws, What with MLB pulling the all-star game from Democratic Atlanta, What with Amazon joining in the fun. And then there is the ticklish question of The Dam Busters movie. I probably saw the movie, way back. But did you know that the pilots of 617 Squadron had a black labrador, and its name was... unmentionable? Tell me: is the Woke Capital thing due to Big Business getting bullied around by lefty activist groups threatening to make trouble? Is it CEOs getting a quiet word from Our Nance and Chuck E. Schumer? Is it the wokey ladies in HR? Or is it just Big Business trying to stay out of trouble? The world would really like to know.
Where There Is Chaos. We have been diligently working on film production efforts in the midst of an industry meltdown. But that's actually good for a company such as 12 Round Productions. The days of super blockbusters are not economically feasible in a theater industry decimated by Covid restrictions. It is a time of scrambling in the film industry to produce and distribute films with Covid restrictions. Now is the time to get our message out to the masses. This environment forces productions to seek out low and ultra-low budget films for the streaming services. The sort of films that can be made for $500,000 to $5,000,000. The box office for the last week I saw was $28 million across all films for the entire week. Two of those that were moneymakers were legacy animated films. The message to be concluded from that, is that people were taking their children to see films now that the theaters are opening to a greater degree.
Who Killed George Floyd? In the death of George Floyd, the State of Minnesota has charged former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin with second-degree murder and former officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao with aiding and abetting that murder. But, as will be shown in detail below, the physical, scientific, and electronically recorded evidence in the case overwhelmingly and conclusively proves that these defendants are not guilty of the charges and, in fact, played no material role in bringing about Floyd's death. Instead, the evidence proves that, when he first encountered the police, George Floyd was well on his way to dying from a self-administered drug overdose. Moreover, far from publicly, brazenly, and against their own self-interest slowly and sadistically killing Floyd in broad daylight before civilian witnesses with video cameras, the evidence proves that the defendants exhibited concern for Floyd's condition and twice called for emergency medical services to render aid to him. Strange behavior, indeed, for supposedly brutal law officers allegedly intent on causing him harm.
There's No Way to Disprove That George Floyd Died of a Drug Overdose. George Floyd, a violent criminal who had robbed a pregnant woman at gunpoint, and a drug addict, is dead. That much is clear. What is also clear is that George Floyd's death was exploited to incite the massive BLM race riots that killed and wounded many people, destroyed lives, wrecked communities, tore apart a nation, and helped the Democrats take power. The show trial now comes down to a very simple question, a few really, but one of the basic ones is what actually killed George Floyd.
How Stupid are American Voters? Very! Perhaps stupid is not the right word. Gullible is not right either. It's really hard to pinpoint the main reason behind the disastrous state of our country but the cold hard fact is that many Americans have fallen for two of the biggest hoaxes perpetrated by the left, the media and corrupt politicians. It's too simple to blame the voters of any particular party when the main culprits are the individuals who just can't be bothered with politics. They don't want to get involved so they don't vote yet they complain when their taxes go up or their civil rights are taken away. American voters have rarely come out in huge numbers on Election Day. But last year for the first time in many decades, millions of people whose eyes had been opened to the hoaxes of covid-19 and global warming went to the polls but the damage had already been done. The left had been planning a coup many years ago because they had control of the mainstream media to spew the politics of fear and envy and of course the stay at home voters allowed the Manchurian candidates to seize the legislatures, city councils and school boards.
Pence "Laying Groundwork" For a 2024 Presidential Bid? Two media reports [Here and Here] about former VP Mike Pence considering a potential run for President in 2024 present the most laughable political hypothetical in recent memory. Particularly, and specifically, because even President Trump would likely not include Pence in a short list of people for endorsement.
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As We Look For Others. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem's recent self-disqualification as a potential leader bids us recall that the public will follow only those who actually lead them by personally defying the oligarchy. Focusing on themselves is the worst thing that they can do. Noem had seemed to be such a leader. [...] When the test came, she failed it. A bill passed overwhelmingly by her legislature would have prohibited biological males from competing on girls' and women's teams. She declared eagerness to sign it. Then, the usual corporate executives threatened South Dakota business with boycotts, and the Chamber of Commerce transmitted the pressure. Her claim to have followed the advice of unnamed "legal experts, legal scholars," was standard responsibility-shifting.
The Trump-Hate Coalition Is Crumbling. It is remarkable to see how quickly the unified opinion against former President Trump and for the alleged necessity of removing him from the White House has cracked apart since that goal was achieved. Following the inauguration, there were endless purposeful assurances that the former president would be pursued to the ends of the earth for his iniquity. Even hard-bitten Fox News commentators like Brit Hume felt compelled to toe the line and denounce claims that the election had been rigged as discredited bunkum. Questioning the integrity of the election result was considered tantamount to an attempt to continue the quest for insurrection, and questioning whether Trump had attempted to generate an insurrection was itself a racist offense. The president-elect assured us that the January 6 assault on the Capitol was a white supremacist attack bungled by white supremacist Capitol police. Racism, like treason with Russia four years before, was everywhere.
Real Five Laws of American Politics. To summarize:
The Seventh Crisis and the Millennials. Over the course of recent decades our country has endured an assault on its institutions, its traditions, and its good and decent people. This relentless assault has driven the country into a grave crisis, causing it to pass through a great gate of history. This crisis will be momentous, consequential, and we will be profoundly changed by it. Our nation has experienced similar existential crises before in the American Revolution, the Civil War and the Great Depression/World War II. Each of these crucibles brought about wide-ranging transformations. As events have accelerated in the past several years, there appears to be little doubt the nation has entered another such crisis.
Women should not deliberately be sent into combat. I know I will upset many readers with this column, but I speak from experience. Women should not be combat soldiers on purpose and should not have combat commands, either. This has suddenly become a pressing matter because Biden just nominated women to those positions. I used the phrase "on purpose" because we can't always predict where fighting will occur. Women in the military must, therefore, be trained and equipped to fight as effectively as possible. However, we must not throw them into harm's way as a matter of course.
The Nature of Chinese Contempt for Us. Last week in Anchorage, Alaska, Chinese diplomats dressed down Biden Administration Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Both seem stunned by the Chinese broadsides. Apparently, as elite Americans readily confess to inherent white supremacy and racism — highlighting the complaints of BLM and Antifa — the Chinese are happy to agree that such admittedly toxic Americans should not dare to criticize China's racist policies. Not since newly elected President John Kennedy was humiliated at the Cold War Vienna summit in June 1961 by USSR strongman Nikita Khrushchev have American diplomats been so roughly manhandled by a Communist government. China's defiant provocations are not just verbal. Nor are they aimed only at our high officials.
Whenever You Disagree with Liberals, You're a Conspiracy Theorist. The fact is that, unlike Jimmy Carter, Reagan and his advisers, including the formidable Jeane Kirkpatrick, knew who our friends were — and who were our enemies — and he backed this knowledge up with a willingness to use force. That is the only basis for a foreign policy that will ever work. Now, with Joe Biden, we have another Carter-style president who doesn't know friend from enemy and who wouldn't act if he had to. That's just the kind of policy that brings on a confrontation, and one is coming because our enemies, sensing weakness, will press Biden as far as they can.
On China, Biden Is an Empty Suit. The Biden administration continues to show itself to be an empty suit on foreign policy. In the wake of the crisis, er, challenges on the southern border, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez called Biden "the migrant president." After President Biden confirmed in an interview that yes, Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "killer," Putin wished Biden good health and challenged Biden to a "basically live ... open, direct discussion." Add China to the list of countries making us a laughingstock. The opening remarks of last week's meeting between the Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan with China's foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi in Alaska clearly reveal that the Biden administration lacks a credible, substantive China policy. There were several key takeaways from that meeting. [...]
Taming the Chinese Rare-Earth Tiger. Synonyms for REE include rare-earth metals (REM), rare-earth oxides (REO), and lanthanides. Unless writing technical papers, distinguishing among the various synonyms isn't worth the effort. In general, REE are 17 elements that are critical in our high-tech world. REE are not rare but are typically not found in significant concentrations anywhere in the world. For example, large ore deposits with concentrations above 6% are virtually unknown outside South Africa's closed Steenkampskraal mine. Refining REEs presents its own problems, since the refining process often produces significant amounts of toxic and radioactive waste, like thorium and uranium. The takeaways are (1) feasible mining concentrations of REEs are scarce and (2) refining REEs imposes environmental risks.
Don't investigate this. The Washington Post reports that "momentum is stalling amid congressional efforts to swiftly investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol." Good. The Democrats want to use the riot for political purposes. They hope, with assistance from the always-obliging media, to present it as the tip of an insurrectionary iceberg spearheaded by hardcore Trump supporters. To this end, Nancy Pelosi favors a 9/11 style commission. She would like this small riot, in which only a handful of people died, to live in infamy the way the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, in which thousands of American perished, does. But comparing Jan. 6 and 9/11 is absurd on many levels. For purposes of determining the need for a a commission, a key difference is this: It was clear after 9/11 that the U.S. needed to overhaul its approach to combatting the persistent threat of international terrorism. We even created a new cabinet level department for this purpose.
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