August 29, 2017

Today's absurdity

Dana Mathewson

Should probably have said "today's first absurdity," but I haven't been looking that hard. Captain America wants... Don Lemon to run for President. Yep, that's what he says.

Right here on our show. . .

Man, that makes me want to reach for the bourbon bottle, but it won't be Happy Hour here for another 40 minutes yet. . .

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Seizing that which we Hold Dear

Timothy Birdnow

The recent spate of iconoclasm against Confederate monuments is being heartily justified by both Democratic politicians and the news media, yet these same voices were singing a different tune just a short while ago. Anyone remember the flap over the artwork that Congressman Lacy Clay hung in the Capitol?

Back in January California Rep. Duncan Hunter drew cheers from conservatives when he took down a piece of, uh, artwork that was hung by Congressman Clay after the Ferguson riots. The student artwork depicted police as pigs in what was clearly an attempt to offend, yet Clay thought it worth desecrating the Capitol hallway with this. Hunter, disgusted by this brazen display of disrespect for authority, simply removed the offending piece.

Please note - Hunter did not destroy the painting or vandalize it; he simply returned it to Clay, who put it up on the wall in his office.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

"Clay told the Post-Dispatch this week that he would not take the painting down because it depicted the artist’s reality of his life, and because the First Amendment protects provocative art."

And in fact the good Congressman from St. Louis took it much further:

""By his unprecedented and unconstitutional action, following criticism of the artwork by Speaker Ryan and several GOP Members, the Architect of the Capitol acted to suppress the free speech rights of my constituent, and they have also sent a chilling message to young Americans that their voices are not respected, their views are not valued, and their freedom of expression is no longer protected in the U.S. Capitol."

So removing an vile and offensive painting from inside the Capitol is unconstitutional, but tearing down statues of Confederates isn't?

Clay led the charge to remove a Confederate statue in Forest Park in St. Louis, one that had been in place for decades. It was a part of our history.

Clay told the Post-Dispatch:

"Now is the time to replace the Confederate Memorial, as iconic as it is controversial, from its perch in Forest Park, Divisive, alienating, racially charged symbols do not accurately represent the goodness and fullness of the people of the city of St. Louis.”

And he, along with the rest of the Congressional Black Caucus, don't seem to see the hypocrisy. Like the pigs in George Orwell's Animal Farm, some are more equal than others. One wonders if the pigs in the painting do not really represent the more equal than others mentality of the race hustling industry?

Frankly the African American community should welcome these monuments as a living reminder of their deliverance from bondage. The Confederacy was as much a part of their history as it is of whites. And dishonoring Confederates dishonors those who defended their homes - including the black Confederate soldiers and the Native Americans who allied with the Confederacy.

But this is not about protecting tender sensibilities so much as exorcising the memory of a nation. The Left wants a new America, one that was born just a few short decades ago and is very different from the one we knew.

When the city of Mecca fell to Muhammad's followers (after Muhammad broke the treaty of Hudaybiyyah and seized the city) one of the first things he did was to destroy the statuary to the pagan gods of the Quraish. This extended to the Ka'aba, the holy building itself:

Ishaq:552 "When the populace had settled down, Muhammad went to the Ka'aba and compassed it seven times on his camel, touching the Black Stone with a stick. Then he went inside the Temple. There he found a dove made of wood. He broke it in his hands and threw it away."

Ishaq:552 "The Ka'aba contained 360 idols which Lucifer had strengthened with lead. The Apostle was standing by them with a stick in his hand, saying, 'The truth has come and falsehood has passed away.' Then he pointed at them with his stick and they collapsed on their backs one after the other."

Ishaq:85 "The people were afraid to demolish the temple and withdrew in terror from it. Al-Walid said, 'I will begin the demolition.' He took up his pickaxe and walked up to Allah's House saying, 'O Ka'aba, do not be afraid. O Allah we intend nothing but good.' The he demolished part of it near the two corners."
What precisely was Muhammad doing when he took up his pickax and began doing demolition work? He was destroying the memorials of the pagan peoples to erase their heritage. The Islamic world has been doing this ever since.

See, it wasn't enough to try to persuade people that his was a better way - the people wouldn't listen. So Muhammad and his followers had to destroy all memory of a time before his coming. The destruction of memorials has been an ongoing effort in Islam ever since.

Consider the desecration of Haiga Sophia when the Turks finally took Constantinople; they turned it into a mosque, wrecking statuary and overlaying the ornate paintings and plaster work so as to "disappear" the Christian memory. Consider the Taliban's destruction of statues to The Buddha, priceless artifacts that can never be replaced.

Oh, by the way, CAIR is fully in support of removing the Confederate war statues.

Muhammad was hardly the first to discover the utility of erasing a nation's history. The ancient Chinese military philosopher Sun Tzu once famously stated:

"Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear"

And if you can destroy that which a People hold dear you can mortally wound them. Statues and monuments are vitally important to the transmission of a culture, because they remind a People of who they are and who they once were. It is not necessarily a celebration of virtue; certainly the Auschwitz concentration camp was not bulldozed because the public loved it. Auschwitz still exists because it serves a very important purpose, a remembrance of those who were murdered and a reminder to the public of what could happen again if they forgot.

And what did America of old hold dear? Well, the Civil War was a seminal moment in our nation's history, and both sides took pride in what they accomplished. Even if one makes the assumption that the South was fighting to protect slavery (a wrong assumption) one must also look to the justifications for secession in the first place. The central government was growing too intrusive and powerful, and the South valiantly tried to restore the principles of limited government and states autonomy. They failed but they made a valiant effort. The Civil War was a disagreement over the role of government in life, and both sides were equally passionate. In many ways it was our finest hour, a time where all Americans had to live up to their values.

That is precisely why the Left is adamant about ridding the nation of the last vestiges of the Civil War. It is a constant reminder that America wasn't always a collectivist entity with an overly intrusive behemoth running our lives. Like the Muslims seeking to make the past disappear, our friends on the Left want the old America to disappear down the rabbit hole.

So we should not be too surprised by liberal hypocrisy in this issue. They want new legends, new heroes, new artwork, and they have never been obsessed with what Emerson called a "foolish consistency". Consistency is for their opponents. They have something better - they have a shiny dream. Dreams often lack consistency.

For this reason alone we should defend these statues and memorials as devoutly as the Left seeks their removal. They are part of who we are, and a People should not forget that. Forgetting makes us a malleable clay to be molded in the hands of tyrants.

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Maybe it isn't all "The Swamp's Fault"

Jack Kemp
Get Ready: Trump, Republicans Preparing to Fail at Tax Reform Next
By Peter Heck | August 29, 2017, 12:00am

It’s somewhat amusing and somewhat infuriating to hear Trump apologists on the right complain about the lackluster Republican leadership in Congress as being responsible for the startling lack of any significant legislative accomplishment in the Trump administration to date. Because, if you will recall, the entire reason Republicans needed to support Trump over his more conservative primary rivals, we were told by these same apologists, was Trump’s uncanny ability to "close the deal.”
Whereas Cruz, Rubio, Walker, or even Carson, would "sell out to the swamp,” Trump would get the job done.
Border wall? Not a brick laid.
Obamacare? Still destroying people’s lives and livelihoods.

And next up on the disappointment tour appears to be the promise to simplify the tax code and reform the oppressive tax burden faced by citizens:

President Donald Trump is planning to kick off one of the most important sales pitches of his presidency this week — getting Americans fired up about rewriting the U.S. tax code. But there’s no plan to sell.

Basic questions remain unanswered. Will the changes be permanent or temporary? How will individual tax brackets be set? What rate will corporations and small businesses pay? Instead of providing details that could help build support for a bill, the president will largely rely on the same talking points he and his advisers have highlighted since January.

Funny thing about getting a deal made – you have to propose a plan or there’s nothing to deal with. One of the most revealing exchanges during the whole primary election debate spectacles was when Senator Marco Rubio challenged Trump to expound upon his healthcare plans. He didn’t have any. He just promised that he would – and they would be spectacular.


Eight years or fifty, the fact is that the philosophical paradigms that animated the Republican and Democrat parties are completely exhausted, both having virtually no bases in reality, and the results have exhibited themselves in two ways: one is capitulation and the other is violence.

The absurdities--insanities, actually--of the Left invite a tyranny the rudderless Republicans have little taste for resisting.

We are in a situation not unlike that of the French Revolution and its progeny of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

I feel an article coming on...

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Gorka Speaks Out

Jack Kemp

  Peter Barry Chowka

Recently departed Deputy Assistant to President Trump Dr. Sebastian Gorka appeared on Brian Kilmeade’s Fox News Radio program on Monday morning, August 28. Free to speak his mind now, he had a lot to say about his seven-month tenure working on foreign policy at the White House, what’s going on there now, and his plans for the future.
After former White House Chief Strategist Steven K. Bannon left his job on August 18, it was just a matter of time before Gorka. who reported to Bannon, followed suit. As a Trump campaign foreign policy advisor and prominent surrogate during the 2016 race, and during his tenure at the White House, Gorka stood out as a fierce and articulate defender of Donald J. Trump, regularly appearing on TV and challenging hostile hosts at CNN and MSNBC.

Gorka was born in London in 1970 to Hungarian parents and began his career as a foreign policy and anti-terrorism analyst in Hungary from 1992-2008. He has been an advisor on foreign policy, terrorism, and Islam to various U.S. academic and defense institutions and he became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2012. He is the author of Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War (2016). His archived website from 2016 is here.
Gorka has been targeted by the Deep State media for his strong views that ran counter to the Obama Administration’s, and he has been labeled as a far-right ideologue and even a Nazi sympathizer. However, as the left’s slings and arrows continued even after he left the White House, a detailed defense of Gorka, "The political lynching of Sebastian Gorka” written by Michael Rubin, a self-admitted "Never Trumper,” was published on August 27 in the Washington Examiner and is recommended reading.
On Monday afternoon (August 28), Fox News emailed a news release with some of Gorka’s quotes from the interview that morning with Kilmeade. Commenting on his resignation (others insist he was fired), Gorka said:

The fact is I knew after the Afghan speech [by President Trump on August 21] that the anti-MAGA (Make America Great Again) forces were in ascendance. Not one mention of radical Islam in that speech that was written from the president. So last week I emailed General Kelly [White House Chief of Staff], I said I wanted to meet with him today on Monday because I will be resigning effective Friday, last Friday. I spoke to him on the telephone on Friday and said that I am resigning today and I reinforced that with an email. That’s how it happened because I realized I work for Steve Bannon, he’s gone and the wrong people are at the helm of policy issues. We will right that ship from the outside but for the time being the best I can do is to be effective as a private citizen.

Kilmeade asked Gorka what he thought of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments on Sunday that were interpreted as critical of or distancing himself from President Trump:

I’m a bit puzzled. I don’t expect counter terrorism expertise from a former oil industry mogul, but to say that the President speech on Afghanistan shouldn’t be about radical Islamic terrorism, it should be about all forms of terrorism. Brian, I would like to hear the Secretary tell me about all the animal rights terrorists or the White Supremacists terrorists that are coming out of the Hindu Kush or Tora Bora. I’m a little bit confused by what he said because it doesn’t make any sense.

As the Fox release put it, Gorka also commented "on reports of insubordination within the White House:”

There is a broader issue here a really serious one. The GOP thinks they won the election on November 8th and they are very, very mistaken in that. Donald Trump may have been the formal Republican candidate but he wasn’t the establishment’s candidate. He wiped the floor with all the establishment candidates who never took him seriously. You know who won the election, a real-estate mogul from New York called Donald J Trump. If the GOP thinks they won the election they will be sorely disappointed and they will pay the price come the next election. So, they need to wake up and smell the coffee grinds. It’s the anti-establishment movement the people in America including the "Blue Collar” Democrats who said enough is enough; left and right have not served us well for at least 16 years. We are going to shake this town up and that is what the President is, he’s a fabulous disruptor and God bless him but the GOP needs to wake up to what happened in America on November 8th because it’s not going to change, it’s going to get stronger

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Here is Gorka's letter of resignation courtesy of Breitbart:

Dear Mr. President,

It has been my high honor to serve in the White House as one of your Deputy Assistants and Strategists.

In the last thirty years our great nation, and especially our political, media, and educational elites, have strayed so far from the principles of our Republic’s Founding that we faced a grim and godless future.

Your victory last November was truly a "Hail Mary pass” on the way to re-stablishing America upon the eternal values enshrined in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

It is, therefore, all the more difficult for me to tender my resignation with this letter.

Your presidency will prove to be one of the most significant events in modern American politics. November the 8th was the result of decades during which the political and media elites felt that they knew better than the people who elect them into office. They do not, and the MAGA platform allowed their voices finally to be heard.

Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will "Make America Great Again,” have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months. This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week.

The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of "radical Islam” or "radical Islamic terrorism” proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost.

Just as worrying, when discussing our future actions in the region, the speech listed operational objectives without ever defining the strategic victory conditions we are fighting for. This omission should seriously disturb any national security professional, and any American who is unsatisfied with the last 16 years of disastrous policy decisions which have led to thousands of Americans killed and trillions of taxpayer dollars spent in ways that have not brought security or victory.

America is an incredibly resilient nation, the greatest on God’s Earth. If it were not so, we could not have survived through the unbelievably divisive years of the Obama Administration, nor witness your message to roundly defeat a candidate who significantly outspent you and had the Fakenews Industrial Complex 100% on her side.

Nevertheless, given recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House.

As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.

Millions of Americans believe in the vision of Making America Great Again. They will help eventually rebalance this unfortunate temporary reality.

Despite the historically unprecedented and scandalous treatment you have received at the hands of those within the Establishment and mainstream media who perennially see America as the problem and who wish to re-engineer our nation in their own ideological image, I know you will stay the course for the sake of all America’s citizens.

When we first met in your offices in New York, in the Summer of 2015, it was instantly clear that you love the Republic and will never give up once you have committed yourself to victory.

When it comes to our vital National Security interests, your leadership guarantees that radical Islamic terrorism will be obliterated, that the threat of a nuclear Iran will be neutralized, and that the hegemonic ambitions of Communist China will be robustly countered.

I and like-minded compatriots will be working on the outside to support you and your official team as we return America to its rightful and glorious place as the shining "city upon a hill.”

God Bless America.

In Gratitude,

Sebastian Gorka

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August 28, 2017

A Beautiful Day to Help Veterans in Need

Jack Kemp

Sunday was a beautiful day - to visit a self-storage facility in New Jersey. Well, that's true if the self-storage facility is the place where Backpacks for Life founders Sgt. (Ret.) Brett D'Alessandro, an Afghanistan veteran, and his woman friend Alexa Modero - and their parents - were preparing a large number of backpacks to give out to homeless veterans. I also got to meet the Marine's dad, Greg (I hope I spelled that right), his brother - and his mother who I last saw back in 2015 at Fleet Week in New York when we got some simplistic advice from the loudmouth 89 year-old former Dodger manager, Tommy Lasorda, a veteran who never left the States during his post-WWII service. See

There were also some local families which showed up volunteering to pack socks and toiletries and note pads into various backpacks. Brett and I worked on securing thick string black bracelets, a popular item these days. The deployed Marine came out in Brett when he told me that these (nylon?) bracelets could be quickly unraveled and used to tie down a tent flap in the cold and possibly save a life. Backpacks For Life had previously expanded their operations to include backpacks for homeless women veterans as well and now were changing the contents of those based on both feedback from women vets and cooperation with other charities that supply items to women veterans. The charity has also expanded to help find veterans housing and jobs.

I should add here that the term "homeless" is too cut and dried, as there are veterans who are in danger of losing their homes but do not have the $300 or so to file foreclosure papers to officially give up their homes - so many charities cannot or will not help them because their charity's written legal papers state they only help those "officially" homeless. Brett recently changed Backpacks For Life's registration to now include helping those at risk of becoming homeless as well. Backpacks For Life has also helped veterans in other states, such as a vet in North Carolina who needed money to take a required preliminary class before entering a job training program.

I also spoke with Alexa Modero who told me about a cooperative effort where Backpacks for Life used some of the monies donated to them to hire adults with from the North Jersey Elks Developmental Disabilities Agency to do some of their work. She told me that Brett first went to visit the organization with his service dog, the mentally challenged workers fell in love with Brett's dog. The visit made their day. Alexa told me that the with all the events they've had in the last few years, they have better learned exactly what homeless (and near homeless) vets need. You can read articles Alexa has written at the Backpacks For Life website here   and here  where Alexa explains how the charity was able to supply a veteran with a donated Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning system.

A few days ago, I sent Brett and Alexa a story from the NY Post  about a documentary film called "Served Like a Girl," about women veterans who have been holding an annual beauty contest in Las Vegas and the challenging issues those women deal with. I would add that I see the beauty contest not as a self-indulgence but rather as a ritual homecoming ceremony reintegrating these veterans into American society after being far removed from it in a war. The article mentions the problems these women have overcome (one contestant had two lower legs blown off with a bomb) and, although the article didn't say this outright, the contest is a major chance for these women veterans to gather, share stories, and tell one another the ways they have discovered to get help unique to their situation as women veterans. I also talked with some of the women volunteers about another documentary, "Lioness," the story of some women Army veterans who went house to house with male soldiers in the Middle East, the women doing body searches on Muslim women, looking for weapons. I think the volunteers learned a little bit about what it is like for a woman to be in a war zone, the ones for whom they were filling up the female specific backpacks.

Brett D'Alessandro told me that Backpacks For Life used to accept general donations of boxes of seperate types of items from one organizaiton. Now the donating charity organizations are asked to prepack an assortment of items (the ones needed are supplied to them in a list from Backpacks for Life), such as toiletries grouped in individual small plastic bags. This saves a lot of time in sorting and cuts down the hours that Brett, Alexa and their parents have to spend doing basic sorting and packing, freeing them up for other tasks - and have some time off. But corporations have donated items that they alone sell. For example, the My Pillow company donated a number of travel size pillows Backpacks For Life.

Last year, I visited one of Backpacks for Life's events called a "Stand Down" in New Jersey. That is the type of event where the backpacks that were being filled up this weekend will be distributed to homeless veterans. Last year homeless vets were bussed in from other locations to each receive a backpack. The next Stand Downs will be held soon in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Albany (New York) and Camden (New Jersey). Check out for updates.

The following story is far removed from U.S. veterans but I believe it represents the spirit of what I saw and experienced this past weekend.

While watching casual but well-dressed people pack things for the veterans, a personal family story of my father's came to me. Forgive me for using this personal story, but I believe it is a fitting comparison.

My late dad was a veteran of the Polish Army in WWII and came to America with virtually nothing. He and my mother opened a small store in the Bronx and prospered. One day, a European immigrant came to my father at his store, claiming to know my dad "from the Old Country" and all but demanded that my father take him downtown to help him fill out some government registration forms as a new resident of the country and state. My father first told him that he honestly did not know this man, but the man retorted, "You came to America and you are now a big shot who is too good to help out someone else?" My father weighed this insult and understood that even though this man was very gruff and probably was unknown to him, this immigrant really needed my dad's assistance and had nowhere else to turn to, as he knew very few people in America. So my mother took over running the store early one day soon after that and my father accompanied this stranger downtown to fill out whatever Federal or local documents in English which the stranger probably didn't understand the words or the concepts required to complete himself.

The people who came to load backpacks last Sunday had a similar attitude to my late father's. They, too, did not think they were too good to help someone who needed a hand to function in a different kind of New World for them, the New World of no longer being a member of an active military service unit where fellow members "had your back." These veterans were now struggling to manage in a very complex, fast paced civilian America with too many rules and not enough cohesion among citizens who may have last seen a veteran when they went to the airport. This desire to help is the same type of response that then Afghan returnee Brett D'Alessandro had when he saw a homeless veteran in Rhode Island, talked to him, and gathered up some supplies in a backpack which he gave to the grateful veteran, leading to the creation of Backpacks for Life This is the spirit that makes America great. 

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For the Sake of Ten Good Men...

Timothy Birdnow

When Hurricane Katrina hit the unprepared city of New Orleans the Democrats had a field day in blaming then President George W. Bush - despite the fact that the Mayor of New Orleans was a Democrat (since jailed for corruption, I might add) and the Governor of Louisiana was a Democrat as well. Katrina was one of the things that hurt Bush's approval rating, because he was blamed for slow action (despite being asked by the local authorities to not act immediately) and the media called him a racist. A Katrina only comes once in a lifetime.

Or does it? Hurricane Harvey is as destructive and the Democrats are gearing up to bludgeon the President. Leftists work this way; they rarely come up with new tricks. Of course, the Republicans have never figured out how to deal with these old tricks.

According to an article in Heavy:

"Furthermore, Houston residents were given mixed messages before the storm struck. The Republican governor suggested evacuation, but the Democratic mayor and a Republican judge overseeing the city’s emergency operations suggested otherwise and didn’t order it, urging people to stay put instead. The decision was complicated, others say, by past evacuations that caused problems of their own and by the sheer population size of the city. However, it was no surprise that Houston might flood. CNN noted that Houston "is known for its susceptibility for flooding because of its flatness.”

Hurricane Harvey was an unparalleled challenge for Texas. The National Weather Service said the storm was unprecedented and catastrophic. At least five people have died (two in Houston flooding), more than 1,000 were rescued, and some 911 calls went unanswered. The rain was still coming. Dr. Greg Postel, hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel, said the Houston floods "could be the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history.”

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Notice how they drag some minor Republican official into this; they can't let the Democrats take the blame for failing the public.

But unprecedented? Apparently the National Weather Service (who is undoubtedly gearing up the "global warming" canard) do not remember the hurricane of 1900 which completely demolished the city of Galveston. It was every bit as bad as Harvey.

A final thought; the lesbian Mayor of Houston once demanded that pastors turn over copies of their sermons to government censors. Hmmm. Maybe if she hadn't stopped the religious leaders from praying for the city disaster would not have so overtaken it.

Just saying...

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Hypocrite McCain on the Sheriff Joe Pardon

Timothy Birdnow

Here is popinjay Senator John McCain’s statement on President Trump's pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio:

""No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted with the privilege of being sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold. Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders. The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”"

End excerpt.

So the media's favorite senile uncle thinks this is a travesty, does he?

First, John McCain clearly thought he was above the law when he got caught in the Keating Five scandal. What was that, you ask?
It was dirty money stolen from Savings and Loan depositors by Charles Keating. According to Salem News:

"These five senators were accused of improperly intervening before the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB) in 1987 on behalf of Charles Keating, chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, which was a target of a regulatory investigation by the FHLBB. The FHLBB subsequently backed off taking action against Lincoln. By failing to take action, Lincoln was able to operate for two more years until its collapse in 1989, at a cost of $2 billion to the federal government. Some 23,000 Lincoln bondholders were defrauded and many elderly investors lost their life savings.

McCain and Keating had become personal friends following their initial contacts in 1981, and McCain was the only one of the five senators with close social and personal ties to Keating. McCain considered Keating a constituent as he lived in Arizona. McCain, his family, and their baby-sitter made nine trips at Keating's expense, sometimes aboard Keating's jet. Three of the trips were made to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain did not pay Keating -- some $13,433 -- for some of these trips until years after the trips were taken, after he learned that Keating was under investigation. Between 1982 and 1987, McCain received $112,000 in political contributions from Keating and his associates. In addition, McCain's wife Cindy McCain and her father Jim Hensley, invested $359,100 in a Keating shopping center in April 1986, a year before McCain met with the regulators. In 1989, the Phoenix New Times writer Tom Fitzpatrick called McCain the "most reprehensible" of the five senators.

The Keating Five were investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee. The Committee's work, however, was made difficult because at the time there was no specific rule governing the propriety of members intervening with federal regulators. During the investigation, McCain said, "I have done this kind of thing [intervene] many, many times," and said the Lincoln case was like "helping the little lady who didn't get her Social Security." In 1991, after a lengthy investigation, the Committee cleared McCain of impropriety but said he had exercised "poor judgment." Some of the Committee members were concerned that letting the senators off lightly would harm their own reputations. Nevertheless, the existing Senate rules did not specifically proscribe the actions taken by DeConcini, Riegle, Glenn, and McCain. After the finding, McCain admitted his poor judgment and would write in 2002 that attending the two April 1987 meetings with Keating was "the worst mistake of my life."

In January 1993, a federal jury convicted Keating of 73 counts of wire and bankruptcy fraud. Keating was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison but served just 50 months before the conviction was overturned on a technicality. In 1999, at age 75, he pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud. He was sentenced to time served."

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And the good senator then introduced campaign finance legislation to cover his dirty tracks, something sought by the Democrats.

He's been playing ball with the Democrats and news media ever since. Still-in-Saigon John talked his way out of deep trouble with Keating and still double talks.

So why, I ask, is McCain given a pass but fails to extend such courtesy to Sheriff Arpaio?

What did Arpaio do" He enforced Federal statutes, that's what he did. And a leftist judge, a Clinton appointee, didn't like it. Unlike John McCain, Arpaio was convicted for doing his job. McCain was let off for unethical and possibly illegal behavior for his own personal ends.

Yet McCain has always been an advocate of pardons - for millions of illegals who have invaded the United States and stolen jobs and social services. McCain has long advocated amnesty in any number of ways, and what is an amnesty but a pardon on a massive scale?

Where was John McCain when Barack Obama made innumerable dubious pardons? Here is an astonishingly long list of pardons given actual criminals by Obama, pardons that Mr. McCain did not concern himself with when they happened. He worried nary a wit when Obama pardoned the traitor Chelsea Manning or the terrorist Oscar Lopez.

And McCain dares, DARES to speak about the "rule of law" when he advocates for the lawlessness of illegal aliens! The President is clearly invested with the right to make such a pardon. The good Arizona Senator acknowledges this but seems unwilling to accept it.

John McCain has made a career out of attacking his own side to curry favor with the Democrats and the media. He is a two faced hypocrite, and one would think in his final days of life (and the prognosis for his type of brain cancer is poor) he would want to set some things right. Sadly, McCain sold his soul to ambition long ago.

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Far-Left Bullies suppress civil rights in California

Dana Mathewso

The "heckler’s veto” is not recognized in American law, but it is increasingly becoming a fact of life in American cities. The hecklers are always from the far left, and they generally come armed. This is a scandal of major proportions, but is rarely recognized as such.

Article here, and highly recommended:


These episodes amount to a coup, be it uuniversities or cities

This from Dana:

At least an attempted coup. And the Right is, once again, giving in to them.

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Hurricane Harvey Bringing Klan to Texas, says Wapo

Dana Mathewson

Give. Me. A. Break.

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No Vote Fraud?

Timothy Birdnow

No vote fraud? Yeah; right!

If this sort of thing is happening in all major Democrat-controlled cities in America, what does it do to our government?  How many races are affected, even if it did not win the Presidency for Hillary Rodham Clinton?  How much has vote fruad distorted the American political process?

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Driving the Majority into the Shadows

Dana Mathewson

What's going on on the Left, I am learning (from David Horowitz's chilling book "Big Agenda") is that whites are to be minimized. Everyone else -- blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, North Koreans and whatever -- are lumped under the rubric of "people of color," and set against whites. Especially white males, who are established as The Oppressors, with everyone else (those of color) as The Oppressed. That's why the Democrat Party has for many years now refused to properly identify "illegal aliens" as such. Or Islamic terrorists, for that matter. I could go on, but you see where it's leading.

I recommend Horowitz's book, but NOT as a bedtime read!


That is why I call it Black Supremacism, or Black Privilege. It's not just the black community, but all minorities. If you remember talk show host Sue Payne overhearing two officials speaking about how "New Americans would navigate, not assimilate, and take over the host" and that they would create a country within a country "pushing the citizens into the shadows"? That is pretty much the plan, marginalize the majority in this country and eventually make them second class citizens, rather like non Muslims in Islamic countries. And by the majority I don't just mean white people, but anyone who accepts the principles and values of the old America, the one that was the envy of the world and the fondest dream of people everywhere. America was free, prosperous, happy, and wildly successful. Yes, a few were denied participation in the past, but that has changed, and the more it changes the worse these people hate America. They want it gone.

There is nothing more reviled than a benefactor. One resents someone with greater gifts who shares with you, because it reminds you that you are not a success. The black community is full of rage in large part because so much was GIVEN them, so much that they didn't earn for themselves. They FEEL second class because of it. They see racism everywhere not because there is racism everywhere but because they know they have what they do because those arrogant, condescending white people gave it to them.

Well, they have a point. It's why I speak of black privilege; we had LBJ's "War on Poverty" to the tune of $22 TRILLION dollars, and while it was not a set aside for minorities alone it was primarily aimed at assisting them. And what does the black community have to show for it? The top gift was the utter destruction of the black family. We have had all manner of programs, from "race norming" of civil service exams (the practice of granting extra points to minorities for being not white - a practice they denied they did for decades. Isn't it funny that the Post Office and other government agencies are staffed primarily by minorities) to the Fair Housing Act (which fundamentally changed the way the State interacts with the individual and which changed property rights into property privileges, which can be revoked), to massive amounts of money for education, both at the lower levels and for special college tuition programs. Job quotas "women and minorities encouraged to apply" and that sort of thing. We have Medicaid and other forms of medical welfare. We have SSI, AFDC, school breakfast and lunch programs, and innumerable other programs aimed primarily at assisting people of color.. A minority who stays out of trouble, does not sire a child out of wedlock, and who seeks an education can write his or her own ticket in modern America.

Meanwhile, white males are the only demographic with a downward trend on their life expectancy. Why? Because they have to do all the work to support everyone else and are told they are dirtbags in the process.

I ask you, how is it that black people have seen demographic growth when they are supposedly so discriminated against? Wouldn't true oppression mitigate against this? Mind you, this while the black community is undergoing massive losses from black on black crime and large scale abortions. Black and Hispanic numbers are growing as a percentage of the population. If America is such a horrible place to be a minority why is the black community not shrinking? That is what usually happens to the truly oppressed.

Again, the goal here is not equality but supremacy. Angry at the craven nature of "white privilege" and resentful of having to accept handouts, many black people - especially young ones who have been miseducated by our leftist government run schools - want to push the majority into the shadows in retribution for the slights they perceive. There has been no forgiveness for slavery, in spite of the fact that so many Americans died to put an end to it. There has been no gratitude for the trillions of dollars spent on behalf of the minority community, or for the way America fundamentally transformed to accommodate minority rights. The GOP is particularly abused here, as THEY were the ones to pass the Civil Rights Act and promote minority rights and they are blamed for the Klan and white suppression. You can't win!

Two wrongs do not make a right. If racism by whites was bad (and I say was; how many interracial couples are there these days, for instance? Fully 87% of the public approves of interracial marriage, as opposed to 4% in 1958) why is racism against whites any better? This will not redress the wrong, but rather simply make a whole new wrong and start the cycle of hatred and violence over.

White privilege, black privilege? Why don't we all just thank God for the privilege of living in the greatest nation ever seen on this Earth. Gratitude is woefully lacking in modern Americans. It's time we start thinking like Americans and stop fighting the wars of a long gone era.

Selwyn Duke had a great piece about this. Read it here.

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Callous CALAS activists against the poor

Paul Driessen

People have been leaving Guatemala and heading to the United States for years, because this poor Central American country has too few good jobs. So after Tahoe Resources bought the mine in 2010 and created 7,600 direct and indirect jobs, a radical anti-mining cabal led by Oxfam America naturally launched an often-nasty campaign to shut it down … and send the families back into joblessness and poverty.

They didn’t even claim mining operations posed unacceptable health and environmental risks. They claimed the mine owners violated local people’s and indigenous groups’ human rights – by failing to consult adequately with a tribe that lives miles away from the mine. CALAS is their local front group. But the real powers, strategists and funding sources are Oxfam , the Moriah Fund, Fund for Global Human Rights, European Union … and United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture! So now failure to consult is torture! This unbelievable story needs to be told.

Callous CALAS activists against the poor

Anti-mining groups "protect” local tribe against phony risks by trampling on Guatemalan workers

Paul Driessen

Not long ago, supposed "environmental justice” concerns at least involved risks to mine workers and their families. The risks may have been inflated, or ignored for decades, but they were a major focus.

In one case, a state-run mine and smelter had fouled the air, land and water with toxic contaminants in a Peruvian town for 75 years. Environmental groups raised few objections – until a U.S. company bought the properties and began installing modern pollution controls, implementing worker health and safety practices, cleaning up widespread lead dust, and initiating numerous community improvement projects.

Suddenly, anti-mine activists descended on the town. They blamed the company for decades of pollution, claimed corporate officials weren’t acting quickly enough, ignored government foot-dragging on its commitments, pressured banks into cutting off loans to the company, and eventually shut everything down. Thousands of workers were left jobless. The activists and news media celebrated their victory.

Today, mining operations in Guatemala have become ground zero for campaigns in which pollution and human health are largely irrelevant, "indigenous people” are the new politically favored "victims” of multinational mining companies, rigged "consultation processes” have become the tactic du jour, and mine workers are among the new "oppressors,” whose health and living standards are now irrelevant.

Not only do radical "keep it in the ground” protesters pay little attention to where essential raw materials come from, so long as their favorite tech toys magically appear in retail outlets. They almost flaunt their callous disregard for families that had been dirt poor before a modern mine brought jobs and comparative prosperity – and will be destitute again after the outside agitators have shut the mine down and moved on to their next target. A case in point is the Escobal silver mine near San Rafael las Flores, Guatemala.

Since buying the mine in 2010, owner and operator Canada-based Tahoe Resources has invested more than $1 billion into the mine’s operation and related infrastructures– plus another $10 million upgrading hospitals and schools, planting 32,000 trees, and launching vocational, entrepreneurship, health, nutrition and other programs. More than 1,600 mining jobs and 6,000 indirect jobs brought many millions of dollars in salaries to the region. Locals launched over 100 new businesses. Life was getting better.

Company officials say the mine is designed and operated to meet the highest Guatemalan and Canadian health and environmental standards, and there has been no evidence of air or water pollution during Tahoe’s tenure. Anti-mining activists nonetheless launched campaigns against it as soon as it was licensed.

Incessant protests and confrontations, arson incidents, forcible detention of miners and police by activists, and assorted legal actions fueled tensions. The agitators are determined to prosecute Tahoe in multiple courts, persuade banks not to extend further credit to the company, send its stock values plummeting, and block Escobal mining operations permanently.

What will we do if they shut the mine down? locals ask. Without these jobs, we will be poor again. Our businesses will close, our children will have no future, and people will have to go to the United States for work – just like before the mine created jobs that brought workers back to the area.

The agitators’ newest tactic is to enlist indigenous tribes, claim companies failed to consult adequately with the tribes under Guatemala’s community consultation and plebiscite "consultas” process, use ballot initiatives to claim people around the area overwhelmingly oppose the mine – and rage that the local people’s and indigenous groups’ human rights have been violated, in gross miscarriages of justice.

The blatant dishonesty of this process is underscored by the fact that every consultas held between 2011 and 2016 resulted in 93to 100 percent opposition to mining. Indeed, the process was cleverly designed and then hijacked, manipulated and rigged by outside activists and their local allies to foment opposition to mining activity and eliminate mine-dependent jobs, rather than assess true community sentiment.

Banners depicted a sample ballot marked "NO” and proclaim that shutting down mining is "necessary for life.” Ballots were explicitly worded to solicit negative responses. Even worse, many ballots highlighted the "No” vote in yellow, suggesting to voters it was the "correct” answer. The dishonesty is even deeper.

Community meetings held before the vote were little more than disinformation and agitprop sessions, designed to advance the anti-mining sentiments of activists from wealthy nations. Mine owners, foremen, environmental directors, community development coordinators, even workers and their families were not invited or permitted to participate. They could not correct misinformation; ask or respond to questions; explain health, safety and environmental safeguards; discuss economic, employment, living standards and other benefits to the community; or otherwise ensure fair, balanced, complete and open discussions.

Workers and others who wanted to speak out at other times were greeted with threats and intimidation.

The deck was stacked. The well-funded and coordinated agitators behind the consultas had no interest in ensuring that local people were actually consulted and given opportunities to learn the facts. Their goal was and is to block mining projects, regardless of how many jobs would be created, living standards improved, and health, safety and environmental safeguards implemented by mining operators.

Can anyone recall a case where activists ultimately supported a mining project, following consultations or improved mining practices? I did not see it happen in Peru, and it is not happening in Guatemala. The agitators simply change the issues, ramp up their demands and move the goal posts.

The anti-mining agitators do not care whether a consultation process is fair, open and complete; that a mine would be safe and non-polluting; or that it would ensure good jobs and improved schools, hospitals, homes, living standards and opportunities for thousands. They simply do not want mines in any targeted area, anytime or under any conditions.

Their current ploy is to say that Guatemala’s Ministry of Mines did not consult adequately with Xinca tribal groups that live miles from the mine, before it issued the mining license. The Guatemalan courts agreed with the activists – and shut down operations.

If the closure becomes permanent, 7,600 workers would be left jobless and their families destitute. Their growing anger, frustration, hopelessness and sense of betrayal are reaching a boiling point. Several miners recently went on a hunger strike, to protest what the activists and courts have done. Will Guatemalan, Canadian, U.S. and international jurists, legislators, journalists and real human rights advocates pay any attention? Call for social and environmental justice? Time will tell. But don’t hold your breath.

The entire operation was orchestrated by several local pressure groups, led by CALAS – the Centro de Acción Legal Ambiental y Social de Guatemala: Guatemalan Center for Environmental and Social Legal Action. However, the real organizing, money and strategizing came from far outside the country.

The real power behind the throne has been Oxfam America, joined by a cabal of likeminded American, Canadian and European pressure groups, all of which masquerade as "civil society” and "environmental justice” organizations – and their financial backers. Together, they have poured millions of dollars into the anti-mining, anti-worker, Keep the Poor Impoverished campaigns.

From 2009 to 2015, Oxfam pumped over $9 million annually into its Central America/Caribbean programs. The New-York based Moriah Fund contributed nearly $15 million over a ten-year period to these and other international NGOs, while the Fund for Global Human Rights added over $3 million.

Unbelievably, the European Union contributed more than $17 million to Guatemalan pressure groups between 2007 and 2011! And to top it off, the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture is another major sponsor – using U.S. tax-dollar donations to the UN. How the heck did "failure to consult” become "torture” – akin to what the SS, KGB, ISIS and other criminal outfits routinely engage in?

For callous CALAS and its allied pressure groups and despicable benefactors to violate the human rights of so many Guatemalan working class families is bad enough. Do the courts really have to pile on?

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (, and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death and other books on the environment. A new updated Spanish eBook translation of Eco-Imperialism will be available by September 1. (August 2017)

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Hot and Peppery

Jonathan Dickinson

As a man I hesitate to revel in another man being hit in the, well, you know, but sometimes we must make exceptions in this life. A wonderful postscript is that he was arrested at the bus station trying to get back home to Ohio, after posting videos of the incident and bragging about taking it to the cops.


And I forgot to mention but you might have noticed that the guy who helped him up was wearing a Kaepernick jersey.

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August 27, 2017

SJWs want veterans ‘banned’ from 4 yr. colleges

Jack Kemp

Gee, I wonder if they mean Pres. Ulysses Grant (West Point), Pres. Jimmy Carter (U.S. Naval Academy), President Eisenhower (West Point) and numerous others who weren't elected President.
Clearly these so called Social Justice Warriors are fascists.
SJWs want veterans ‘banned’ from four-year colleges — and veteran responds forcefully
Jon Street 8 hours

The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs approved of someone posting a flyer on the school’s campus that says veterans should be "banned” from four-year colleges and universities.
The flyer is the first issue in a newsletter series that is titled "Social Justice Collective Weekly.” A spokesman for UCCS said the newsletter is not affiliated with the university and that any student can post flyers on bulletin boards around campus. But, as KKTV-TV noted, the school does have to approve any flyers that are posted around the campus. Now, in light of the fact that campus officials approved the flyer, the school is trying to distance itself from the message in the flyers.
According to KKTV, the flyers make extremely broad generalizations about those who fought to protect the freedoms of millions of Americans. The pamphlets claim that "many veterans openly mock the ideas of diversity and safe spaces for vulnerable members of society.”

The message goes on to say that although "many veterans utter the mantra that they, ‘do not see color,'” veterans socialize themselves "into the military culture that is of a white supremacist organization.” As a result, the flyer reads, veterans "have been permanently tainted.”

But the creators of the flyers did not stop there in criticizing the very people who sacrificed their lives for this country. They later claimed that veterans have an "overwhelming presence in the classroom,” that can "distract other students.” Particularly, the flyers state, this is true for "vulnerable individuals such as LGBTQQI2SAA” because those people "have been known to be the butt of insensitive jokes made by veterans.”

Perhaps the most outrageous allegation of all made against veterans is that they are "usually” associated with extremists right-wing groups.” The flyers specifically name the Tea Party and the National Rifle Association as among the "extremist right-wing groups.”

Read it all

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Death Cultist Calls for Trump's Impeachment

Daren Jonescu

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reichis calling for DonaldTrump's impeachment "as soon as possible." His argument, in a nutshell: Trump is almost as deranged and mentally unstable as…Robert Reich.

Here is his initial argument in his own words (from an August 18 blog post):

Let’sbe clear. There is already enough evidence to impeach Trump on grounds of abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

There is already enough evidence of mental impairment to invoke the 25th amendment.

I know, Republicans are in control of Congress. But this is no license for Trump to destroy the nation we love.

I know, removing Trump would mean having Mike Pence as president. But a principled right-winger is better for America and the world than an unhinged sociopath.

"Abuse of power," "mental impairment," "unhinged sociopath." Well, well. Might we take a moment, then, to do the very unprogressive thing, and apply these same kettle-judging standards to the pot?

"Let's be clear," as Reich would say. There is already enough evidence to commit Robert Reich to an insane asylum on grounds of sociopathic delusions of grandeur and intent to commit geronticide.

Here is how Reich, also a key advisor to President Obama, explained to an enthusiastic groupof university students several years ago how an "honest" political candidate would speak "the truth" about health care to a campaign audience:

On health care, look, we have the only health care system in the world that is designed to avoid sick people. That's true, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to try to reorganize it to be more amenable to treating sick people. But that means…you young healthy people, you're going to have to pay more [for something you neither want nor need].

And by the way…if you're very old, we're not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for those last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months -- it's too expensive, so we're going to let you die. [Emphasis added]

If for some reason you have remained essentially confused about the true meaning and nature of progressivism, I draw your attention to the final words of that passage: "it's too expensive, so we're going to let you die."

Who is "we" in that statement? And where does that "we" get the moral authority to commandeer goods and services produced and provided by other citizens (health care) and then decide for a whole population who should be "given" those goods and services and who should be denied them?

Whence derives the authority of that "we" to decide that health care should be forcibly withheld from the old and infirm -- that they should be systematically sent to an early grave against their and their families' wishes -- strictly on the basis of "our" impersonal budget calculus regarding the health care industry "we" have commandeered?

Sadly, the modern world is so immersed in this progressive mindset that even many so-called conservatives seem to have a hard time recognizing the enormity of the evil connoted by such statements.

To describe the mental state indicated by Reich's words on health care as criminal insanity would be charitable. What it is, to state the matter plainly -- that is, without any of our standard progressive euphemisms -- is what the ancient Greeks called the tyrannical soul, tempered only by the innate insecurities of the sniveling bureaucratic mind. That is to say, his words, and the assumptions behind them, indicate the combination of power lust and fundamental hatred for humanity that is born of a soul morally corrupted by irrational fear and a spoiled child's desire to control others.

For a man of this sort to call into question another man's fitness for public office, or to describe that other man as a "clear and present danger," would actually make a great comedy routine, akin to Charles Manson warning his daughter that her new boyfriend seems a little weird -- if we didn't live in an age in which men like Reich were actually taken seriously by the press, quoted as authorities, invited to speak on college campuses, and engaged as advisors to presidents.

In light of the gravity and respect with which such a man's statements are currently treated in the public square, there is nothing funny about the situation at all.

A soapbox preacher for a global death cult, who in a more rational age might easily be dismissed as a slavering lunatic, is now questioning someone else's fitness for office. And many normal people -- your neighbors, coworkers, and friends -- are listening to him soberly as though he speaks with moral authority.

Where has America gone?

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Prophecy of the Copybook gods

Helen Dyer forwards ths. It is a quote from the book The New World Order by A. Ralph Epperson, written in 1990. Epperson is a conspiracy theorist, but he had so much of this pegged:

The old world is coming to an end. It will be Notes from Tim
replaced with a new way of doing things.
The new world will be called t
he "New World
This new structuring will re-distribute property
from the "have" nations and will give it to the "havenot" Global Warming "mitigation" is one example.

The New World Order will include changes in:
the family:

homosexual marriages will be legalized;
parents will not be allowed to raise their
children (the state will all women will be Gay marriage is the law of the land, and the schoolchildren are increasingly under government watch.
employed by the state and not allowed to
be "homemakers"; divorce will become exceedingly
easy and monogynous marriage
will be slowly phased out;

the workplace:
the government will become the owner of
all of the factors of production; the private
ownership of property will be outlawed; Recently a farmer had to pay millions in fines for ploughing his own land, inadvertently violating the
religion: "Navigable Waters Act" because puddles occasionally form.

religion will be outlawed and believers
will be either eliminated or imprisoned;
there will be a new religion: the worship
of man and his mind; all will believe in
the new religion;

The United States will play a major role in bringing it to
the world.

World wars have been fought to further its aims.
Adolf Hitler, the NAZI Socialist, supported the goal of the

The majority of the people will not readily accept "the
new world order" but will be deceived into accepting it by two

1. Those in favor of the changes will have become seated
in the very thrones of power, generally without the
public realizing that fact;

2. The "old world order" will be destroyed piece by piece, NSA data collection was "nibbled" out to protect us from terrorism, for instance. We now no longer worry about
by a series of planned "nibbles" at the established cameras watching us; our phones, our computers etc.

The Communist Party is actively supporting the changes
to the "new world order."

The basic tenets of Christianity, which were the base for
the "old world order," will have to be eliminated.
If the slower, methodical techniques of change do not Charlottesville, Ferguson, etc.
function, violence will be introduced and controlled by the

The people of the world will give up their freedom to the
"controllers" because there will be a planned famine, or some Interesting; the "Great Recession" appears to be a other serious occurrence, such as a depression or war planned thing - read Masters of Audacity and Deceit by Bill Been And what of the many wars of late?

End excerpts.

It is interesting that this fellow was able to predict this. I think he is a bit too conspiratorial; there may not be a "hard" conspiracy but a soft one as the same people run everything (The Establishment, the deep State, what have you) and they went tothe same schools and read the same literature. They think alike. That said, it really doesn't matter if it is a hard or soft conspiracy for the end result is the same - those of us in flyover country are watching as they systematically implement an agenda antithetical to our beliefs, to our history, and to our way of life.

For some reason these peoplel think this is a paradise. But it is a hell, a horror that can only end in the most vile dictatorship in human hisory and in bloodshed on an unimaginable scale.

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August 26, 2017

Sympathy for the Devil at the Washington Post - Literally

Dana Mathewson

This is what we're up against. Words absolutely fail me. . .

From the article:

"Behold the words published by WaPo this very day informing us that Satan is good...

'The Satan of Modern Satanism is a metaphorical icon for Enlightenment values. Satanism adopts a mythological backdrop that we feel is more befitting to modern culture than the monarchical, feudalistic, theocratic superstitions of old. The Satanic Temple, far from endorsing crass nationalistic tribalism, actively fights for individual sovereignty and secular values.'

Now check this out. Not only is Satan good, Satan is awesome!

'Finally, it must be said that nothing could be more antithetical to modern nontheistic Satanism than racist ideologies. We embrace a large diversity of individuals from a wide spectrum of political and cultural backgrounds, but we’re all unified by our respect for individual rights and pluralism. It is axiomatic within Satanism that individuals must be judged for their own actions and for their own merits.'

The audacious lies, the moral and historical illiteracy, are, naturally, of the forehead-slapping variety. Although it is simply a fact that Christians practicing Christian beliefs, that Christians who properly interpreted scripture became the heart and soul of the American abolitionist movement, it is also true that it was through the words and actions of devout Christian William Wilberforce that, after thousands and thousands of years of slavery, civilization's eyes were finally opened to the basic idea that slavery is an evil, a concept no one had ever considered previously. Nevertheless...

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Wine Filter to Prevent Hangover?

Dana Mathewson

Anybody want to field-test this and report back to me?

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Gorka Is Out At The White House, leaving almost only liberals

Jack Kemp

I still think Trump needs and loves the adoration of middle class working men and women, but unless a bunch of squishy RINOs are voted out of the Senate and House in 2018 (and it could happen) he will continue to be like Gulliver being tied down by the Lilliputians.
Gorka Is Out At The White House, Leaving Trump’s MAGA Team in the Hands of LIberals
By Steve Berman | August 25, 2017, 09:19pm | @stevengberman

The Federalist is reporting that Sebastian Gorka, one of Steve Bannon’s acolytes, has resigned his position as Deputy Assistant to President Trump.

In a blunt resignation letter, the national security and counterterrorism expert expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the Trump administration. "[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote. "As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”

Apparently, Trump’s Afghanistan speech was the last straw for Gorka.

"The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of Radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost…

Gorka will live to fight for MAGA another day. But the MAGA he was fighting for is more than a slogan. To President Trump, it was just a slogan–one that Reagan used to win in 1980. In a turn of the Bannon knife, Gorka let Trump know who he thinks put him in office.

"Your presidency will prove to be one of the most significant events in modern American politics. November the 8th was the result of decades during which the political and media elites felt that they knew better than the people who elect them into office. They do not, and the MAGA platform allowed their voices to be heard,” he wrote, adding, "Millions of people believe in, and have chosen, you and your vision of Making America Great Again. They will help eventually rebalance this temporary reality.”

Yeah, Mr. Gorka. Keep believing that the "temporary reality” will be rebalanced. This isn’t The Force and Trump is not Anakin Skywalker.
The president is now surrounded by liberals (with Stephen Miller as the lone holdout). He unfailingly attacks Republicans for not doing his bidding, but generally leaves Democrats alone. Trump will hoist the debt ceiling, pump billions into his wall, sign any health care act that crosses his desk (I’d wager he’d sign single payer), and continue all the policies of his predecessor in relation to Iran and North Korea.
In the Middle East, Trump’s deal-making will likely end in failure. The cuts in the administrative state will only last as long as he’s in office, and whatever bench appointments he can get approved in four years will be far less than the last two presidents–unless he works with the Democrats.

The only rebalancing we’re likely to see is one to the left. But we’ve been wrong before, so we can hope.


From Jack:

Actually, I think that people at Erick Erickson's website the Resurgent are a bit too critical of Trump for not being perfect. Trump is reviewing the need for the U.S. to have a strong domestic steel industry, among other things, and not be dependent on foreign producers for the steel in our tanks and ships, etc. But the Resurgent raises valid points, even if they overstate them sometimes.


I read that Gorka was away on a trip for the president, returned and found out that the Chief of Staff had revoked his security clearance. About all you can do at that point is pull out the resignation letter that all government employees have available from Day One.

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Fulton Sheen's Day of Reckoning

Joseph Leatherwood

I am always reminded of a Bishop Sheen sermon he gave in the 1950s, yes I watch his reruns: the sermon was about America's constant revolution, our ability to remake our selves, but hang on to God and tradition.

Bishop Sheen thought this a great thing except he had a direr warning - when we reach the day (limit) we start destroying tradition and history and morals, the revolution would become more important than God ("dictatorship of freedom") and our shared national traditions and culture... would disappear in the whirlwind...

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