October 20, 2017
Doug Bandow, fellow at the CATO Institute, pens a strong essay at Conservative HQ in which he argues that war in Korea is not an option. I strongly disagree, not because I think it is a good option but because I fear it may be our only option. Doug seems to thinkk we can just walk away at this point. We can't.
Here is my reply to Bandow's essay:
Doug, normally a brilliant thinker, is wrong here; he believes we can just walk away from this and the problem will fade. Kim Jong Un isn't going to stop pursuing nukes; it's the key to his future and to maintaining power. And that is the key; our allies in the region can't simply build their own nukes, not when Kim is building ICBM's. He wants to threaten the U.S. so he can prove to the world and to his own people he can threaten the world's most powerful country. nuclear weapons in Japan aren't going to stop that.
Doug also fails to understand that N. Korea is being protected by both the Russians and chinese, who are using the Norks as a proxy to hurt the U.S. Just as in the old Soviet days we have to win in places like this, just as we fought the Soviets in Egypt, in Chile, in Iran, in Nicaragua and El Salvador. We managed to destroy the Soviet Union by doing this, and we can defeat the Chinese and Russians if we pursue a strategy similar to the one we employed then. And do not make the mistake of thinking China isn't pursuing a proxy war against us.
Withdrawal at this point will only embolden the Chinese and Russian. They - and the world - will see us as weakness.
Here's an article about the proxy war.
Rearming Japan and arming S. Korea may have worked a decade ago, but not at this point.
Don't forget, too, that Iran and N. Korea share all of their efforts. Advancements by N. Korea mean advancements by Iran. We have to stop both of these twin serpent heads.
Distasteful and dangerous though it may be, we may have no choice at this stage. Our past Presidents and our amateur diplomats have left us with little choice.
Oh, and if Kim isn't suicidal then how do we force him to behave? Threats of war haven't worked, nor has diplomacy, nor economic sanctions. Kim is in a bind because he HAS to behave belligerantly or face being overthrown. It puts us in a bind as well, because there is little choice that gives us what we want, which is the end of the hermunculus' nuclear program. We will have to have international inspections and a strict zero tolerance policy. We can only impose that if we have a very big stick. Without the threat of invasion by the U.S. we won't get that. In fact, Kim cannot afford that at all lest he appear as weak as he really is.
War may well be our only option, or at least the brink of war. If anybody has a better idea now is the time to bring it forward.
Walter never fails to make agood points.
Antifa and the KKK as ”The old Democrat wing battling the new Democrat wing.”
A note from tim:
Kinda reminds me of Alien Vs. Predator. In the end you don't want either of 'em.
Chelsea Handler announces she's ending her Netflix talk show to 'elect more women to public office'
This from Tim:
I hear his poll numbers are rising...
When liberals mock the disabled
Good stuff! From Power Line: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/10/how-to-beat-the-left.php
real life high tech glasses like Geordi wore on Star Trek...
Blind man gets choked up seeing his family for the first time in 19 years
Having watched the Russia, Russia, Russia routine for the past year, the articles included in this Laissez Faire letter of 10/18 offers information from several sources that collectively present a highly plausible explanation for the behavior of the destructive and anti-American Democrat Party as well as key GOP operatives such as Sessions, Bannon, and even President Trump. Personally, I believe Trump has been aware of the content in the various articles referenced by Laissez Faire well before he referred to "Crooked Hillary.”
Laissez Faire Today is a part of a leading and highly respected investment advisory group called Agora Financial which justifies forwarding this edition of their daily letter without having personal validation of the content. I firmly believe that reading the article in the The Hill which is linked in the Loungo article is a must for anyone concerned about the Russian connections and/or the involvement of President Trump. The content is also consistent with the revelations from Sean Hannity in his radio and TV shows.
Hope all of you find these worthwhile,
October 18, 2017
State Dept. Claims it Has No Records of its Travel Loans to Refugees Who Need Plane Fare
OCTOBER 16, 2017
In response to a Judicial Watch lawsuit, the State Department claims in alegal documentthat it has no records involving refugee travel loans that the agency gives foreigners overseas to buy plane tickets to fly to the United States. The program is operated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an intergovernmental group that assists refugees worldwide with hundreds of millions of dollars from Uncle Sam. The money is channeled through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). In fiscal year 2016 the State Department gave IOM $477,257,564,according to the agency’s report on contributions to international organizations. That doesn’t even include millions more that the State Department gives the IOM for special refugee resettlement"platforms”that pop up throughout the year.
On itswebsitethe IOM writes that it provides interest-free loans "furnished by the Department of State” to "all refugees arriving in the United States:” Judicial Watch launched an investigation into the refugee loan program and filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the State Department last year to uncover details. In the request Judicial Watch asked for all records from 2010 to 2016 reflecting the number of Refugee Travel Loans furnished by the State Department’s PRM to the IOM per year, the number of travel loans that are defaulted upon per year and the amount of money written off per defaulted loan. The State Department failed to respond to the FOIA request by the federally-mandated deadline and Judicial Watch filed alawsuitearlier this year.
By Printus LeBlanc
Once again, the Washington Post and the CBS "news” program 60 Minutes proved journalism is dead. 60 Minutes ran a very misleading program that attempted to pin the opioid epidemic on two members of the House of Representatives.
The truth is, this epidemic is a total government failure, just not the one 60 Minutes focused on to do with Drug Enforcement Agency distributor license suspensions, which now require Attorney General approval under a new law passed by Congress. The real problem is that multiple presidents, leaders in Congress and thousands of council members have failed in their most basic duty to protect the American people from heroin that has been coming across the southern border from Mexico.
The issue raised by the report is a worthy issue. The U.S. is currently in the midst of an opioid crisis that threatens to kill more Americans per year than many U.S. wars. more...
Maybe the "lesbian bishop" should become Commissioner of the NFL, since she knows so much about clearing out seat occupancy overcrowding at public gatherings.
Socialized Medicine failes every time.
Good book review
In a seven page NY Times article from 1995, it was revealed that various famous Ivy students posed nude for "postural health photos." Perhaps this is where Meryl Streep, one of these students, learned to rationalize such behavior as Harvey Weinstein's as "normal." Here are some of the "highlights" (or lowlights).
THE GREAT IVY LEAGUE NUDE POSTURE PHOTO SCANDAL
Shocking, because what he found was an enormous cache of nude photographs, thousands and thousands of photographs of young men in front, side and rear poses. Disturbing, because on closer inspection the photos looked like the record of a bizarre body-piercing ritual: sticking out from the spine of each and every body was a row of sharp metal pins.
The procedure did seem strange. But I soon learned that it was a long-established custom at most Ivy League and Seven Sisters schools. George Bush, George Pataki, Brandon Tartikoff and Bob Woodward were required to do it at Yale. At Vassar, Meryl Streep; at Mount Holyoke, Wendy Wasserstein; at Wellesley, Hillary Rodham and Diane Sawyer. All of them -- whole generations of the cultural elite -- were asked to pose. But however much the colleges tried to make this bizarre procedure seem routine, its undeniable strangeness engendered a scurrilous strain of folklore.
END OF QUOTE
Read the whole thing. Don't worry, you won't see any nude photos in this Times article. Gee, and I was so looking forward to see Hillary "au naturel." NOT
It’s bad enough that climate alarmists have actively sought to keep those who disagree with the "dangerous manmade climate change” thesis from publishing or speaking on the subject, or having a role in public policy decisions. it’s far worse when they seek to prosecuteclimate chaos skeptics. Many organizations have been targeted in recent years by US state attorneys general and their environmentalist group allies.
Now, as Tom Harris writes, perversely named Ecojustice is trying to have a Canadian law enforcement agency prosecute theInternational Climate Science Coalition and other US and Canadian organizations for "misrepresenting the science” on climate change. This truly Orwellian "thoughtcrime” persecution and prosecution bodes ill for the most basic freedoms on which Canada and the United States were founded.
October 17, 2017
Writing at Conservative HQ Jeff Rendell makes some great points about the NFL protests and how the league will have to do much more to restore fan support. I left the following comment explaining exactly what I think is going on and how the NFL will have to make some major changes and not just try to gloss this thing over. The NFL is in a tough spot but will be in a tougher one if they continue down this road.
Here are my comments:
You know, in following Kaepernick's example, I'm gonna file a grievance against the NBA because I wasn't signed as a center for the Boston Celtics. I'm 5 foot 7, a senior citizen with a Medicare card, and I'll claim age discrimination.
From Legal Insurrection:
Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL Owners,
"Former NFL quarter Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against NFL owners because he believes they colluded to keep him out of a job due to his protests during the national anthem. Kaepernick first protested in the 2016 preseason when he took a knee during the national anthem. He claimed he protested against racial injustice across the country. The protests took off, with many players following his lead.Kaepernick hired criminal defense lawyer Mark Geragos, who has represented Michael Jordan and musician Chris Brown. CBS Sports reported this statement from Geragos: We can confirm that this morning we filed a grievance under the "
A WORD FROM TIM:
Many people said Kaperneck started this as a way to protect his job, that he would try to blackmail the NFL with this. Not so far-fetched now.
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