12/6/16
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Trump Assembles a War Cabinet to Meet Foreign Threats

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

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With the selections of General James N. “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense and Lt. General Michael T. Flynn as national security adviser, President-elect Donald J. Trump has indicated that he is prepared to meet foreign threats from Russia, China, and global Islam. Indeed, Flynn argues in his book, The Field of Fight, that the U.S. is facing a “working coalition” of enemies that includes radical Islamists, Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

The subtitle, How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, suggests that radical Islam is the main enemy. But the content of the book suggests something else—that Russia and China are behind this “enemy alliance” of countries and movements trying to destroy us.

“We face a formidable group of terrorists and hostile countries, and we’ve got to be better prepared to compete or we will need to be ready to destroy them,” says Flynn.

Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has been known for his criticism of President Obama for failing to identify radical Islamists as the enemy. But his book expands the list of enemies to Russia, which seems like a strange pick since Flynn had appeared at the Russia Today (RT) propaganda channel’s 10th anniversary celebration in Moscow, sitting next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Flynn’s co-author, Michael Ledeen, dismisses concern about Flynn’s attendance at the RT dinner, saying, “He attended a conference in Moscow, and ended up sitting next to the Russian dictator.” That conference was sponsored by a Moscow-funded channel described as KGB-TV by a leading Soviet defector because of its transmission of Russian government propaganda and disinformation.

Ledeen said that Flynn’s critics should read their book to understand his real views on Russia, and that he is not being soft on the Russians.

In an interview, Flynn disclosed that he had previously made another surprising appearance in Russia and “was the first U.S. officer ever allowed inside the headquarters of the GRU [Russian military intelligence].” He explained, “I was able to brief their entire staff. I gave them a leadership OPD. [Professional development class on leadership] and talked a lot about the way the world’s unfolding.”

Whatever he told the GRU and whatever the motivation for accepting a paid trip to Moscow to celebrate RT, Flynn’s book does in fact identify an “enemy alliance” against America, with its “most active and powerful members” being Russia and Iran. He sees “an alliance between Radical Islamists and regimes in Havana, Pyongyang, Moscow, and Beijing.” He calls it “an international alliance of evil countries and movements that is working to destroy us.”

Did he warn Russia against becoming another Evil Empire when he lectured the GRU? If so, they are ignoring Flynn, since the Russian/Iranian/Syrian alliance is consolidating power by moving through Aleppo, and may ultimately threaten Saudi Arabia.

Making America great again may require a military confrontation with Russia and its client states in the region.

Making America great again may also require confronting China, whose communist rulers are so sensitive about their own illegitimate rule that they are objecting to a telephone call between the President-elect and the President of Taiwan (Free China).

One thing not in dispute is that Flynn thinks that the administration he served, headed by Barack Obama, tried to accommodate our enemies, selling out American interests in the process. Consider these quotes from the book:

  • Obama “has shown great sympathy for anti-American ‘revolutionaries,’ and abandoned friendly tyrannies such as Hosni Mubarak’s Egypt and Zine Ben Ali’s Tunisia.”
  • “Obama has done his damndest to forge alliances with Hugo Chavez, before his death, the Castro brothers, and Ali Khamenei, but they and their cronies have all responded by redoubling their efforts to defeat us.”
  • Obama turned his back on the pro-democracy Green Movement in Iran because he was “heavily invested in secret outreach” to the Iranian regime.
  • Obama “has tiptoed around open criticism of Vladimir Putin’s many aggressive actions.”
  • The Obama Administration’s “open hostility to Israel” has been damaging to U.S. national security.

Flynn writes that “I find it simply incredible that an American president should believe a strategic alliance with Iran to be more attractive than our traditional embrace of Israel.”

As an intelligence officer, Flynn must understand this is not just “incredible” and the result of accidental policies, but rather a deliberate effort to undermine the United States and its traditional alliances. Indeed, if Flynn wants to turn things around, he will have to lead a purge of the Clinton and Obama agents in the Pentagon and other agencies who have been deliberately withholding information about the nature of the threats and how our lives are in peril from an “enemy alliance” that Obama has been supporting as President of the United States.

Flynn’s own DIA was previously home to one of Fidel Castro’s top spies, the DIA’s senior Cuban analyst, Ana Belen Montes, who was charged with having served as a Cuban agent from 1985 to 2001.

Flynn ran the Pentagon’s spy agency from July 22, 2012 to August 7, 2014, and he says some material was left out of the book for security reasons. Yet, he drops a blockbuster on page 143, writing about a “Russian connection” to radical Islam.

Here’s what he says: “As is so often the case when looking at the battlefield, I also found a Russia connection. When the Soviet empire fell, there were a lot of unemployed KGB officials scrambling to make a living. They were a perfect fit with the terror networks, had few moral compunctions about cooperating with violent anti-American organizations (they’d been doing it for decades), and over the few years many of the KGB’s safe houses, station headquarters, and secure communications networks were put at the disposal of terror groups.”

For whatever reason, Flynn does not draw a direct line between these KGB officials and the former KGB officer, Vladimir Putin, running Russia. But he notes that “Putin has done a lot for the Khamenei regime” in Iran.

Flynn says we need an ideological offensive against our enemies, of the kind run by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the CIA against communism. The Achilles heel in this analysis is that the OSS and CIA were infiltrated by enemy agents, and the collapse or fall of communism was a strategic deception. To make matters worse, we recently learned that Obama’s CIA director John Brennan had voted for the Communist Party ticket in 1976 and was nevertheless hired by the agency in 1980. It’s clear that standards for hiring intelligence officers have been dramatically lowered.

The DIA spy, Ana Montes, was herself a left-winger and a campus radical before she joined the Pentagon spy agency in 1984. She was a “true believer” in communism, as a book about the case documents. She wrote DIA policy papers playing down the threat posed by Castro’s Cuba.

“Communism lost mass appeal when the Soviet Empire fell,” writes Flynn. But this is not really the case, as we have seen in the sympathetic coverage of Castro after his death. There are still more than 100 communist parties around the world, including a dozen in the United States. China, North Korea and Cuba are still officially communist countries. Venezuela and Nicaragua are run by Marxists.

In facing this “formidable group of terrorists and hostile countries,” Flynn calls for a “better strategy” and “better intelligence,” but admits that in terms of a U.S. response, “We are slow, and we can’t keep secrets very well…”

“The CIA, FBI, and NSA have over their lifetimes each discovered several individuals who, for monetary or ideological reasons, committed espionage on behalf of foreign nations,” notesDr. Jeffrey T. Richelson. “Those individuals have included Aldrich Ames, James Nicholson, Edward Lee Howard, Jack Edward Dunlap, William H. Martin and Bernon F. Mitchell, and Ronald Pelton.”

We could add former CIA and NSA analyst Edward Snowden to the list.

The biggest in the history of the DIA was Montes, who is not mentioned in the Flynn book.

Nevertheless, Flynn’s book is a welcome change from the head-in-the-sand attitude of so many in and out of government who have failed for a variety of reasons to talk about “moles” in our intelligence agencies, and who refuse to acknowledge foreign threats.

Flynn says he was fired in 2014 as director of the DIA for telling a congressional committee “that we were not as safe as we had been a few years back.” General Mattis was relieved of his command by the Obama administration because he was “hawkish on Iran,” The New York Times reports.

The success of the Trump administration in foreign policy will depend on whether General Mattis, Lt. General Flynn, the designated CIA director, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), and other national security officials, are able to enforce loyalty to America in the bureaucracy and weed out the spies.

“America First” has to be more than a campaign slogan; it has to be a requirement for U.S. foreign policy and applying for a federal job.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected] View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

12/6/16
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President Trump, We’re With You! Louisiana Here We Come!

By: Lloyd Marcus

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During his amazing speech at his Thank You USA Rally, president elect Trump said what Americans have been desperately longing to hear since the day mega-millions cast their vote for Obama.

For too long Washington has tried to put us in boxes. They separate us by race, by age, by income, by geography, by place of birth. We spend too much time focusing on what divides us. Now is the time to embrace the one thing that truly unites us. You know what that is? America!” http://bit.ly/2h67Skz

Imagine the awesome impact of these unifying words had they come out of the mouth of Obama 8 years ago, America’s first black president.

As a black man who despises the Left’s on-going campaign to keep Americans divided into supposed victimized voting blocs, Trump’s words were beautiful music to my ears.

President Trump also humbly said We the People are the movement and that he is only the messenger. Trump called upon us to help him make America great again; make America first.

I am with you Mr President. My Conservative Campaign Committee is on our way to Louisiana. http://eepurl.com/crnO3z The Left is desperately trying to deceive Americans into believing Trump does not have a mandate to hit-the-brakes and turn America’s bus around from continuing down Obama’s road to making America last. Therefore, Democrat’s have pumped over $2 million into the December 10th U.S. Senate Louisiana runoff race between Republican John N. Kennedy and Democrat leftist-radical Obama minion Foster Campbell.

The mission our CCC team has chosen to accept is to go into Louisiana and secure a rock-solid in-your-face victory for Kennedy. Thus, Kennedy’s strong victory will help thwart the Left’s lie that Trump does not have a mandate. Any help you can give us would be awesome; phone-from-home and etc. mailto:[email protected] The election is less than a week a way.

Oh, our CCC team also plans to enjoy some great Louisiana gumbo.

“I’m melting!” cried the Wicked Witch after Dorothy threw a bucket of water on her. http://bit.ly/2g66FYZ It appears buckets of millions of anti-Hillary pro-Trump votes have not been able to destroy America’s Wicked Witch of the West, Hillary Clinton. This deplorable woman simply will not go away.

While Jill Stein is the public face of the 3 state recount scheme to steal the election from We the People, Hillary is behind it. Leaving no unprecedented conniving stone un-turned to thwart the will of voters, Wicked Witch Hillary has implemented, “Operation Rub-Out the Electors.” Her people sent threatening letters to electors trying to bully them to go against the will of voters in their states by not voting for Trump on December 19th. http://bit.ly/2fXUtpP Imagine Wicked Witch Hillary’s behind closed-doors temper tandem, “Screw you voters, I’m taking this @%&#@*% election!”

Hillary’s delusional plots to overturn the election are also about branding Trump’s victory illegitimate; furthering the Left’s lie that Trump does not have a mandate. And may I say the Left is pulling out all the stops to destroy/undermine Trump’s presidency even before the man is inaugurated. You can not turn on your TV without being bombarded with a tsunami of news shows attacking Trump, putting a negative spin on his character, decisions and intellect.

This is the same media that gave Bill Clinton a pass, claiming any president offered oral sex from an intern would have gleefully accepted it. The same media that had no problem with Obama lying to Americans about keeping their doctor http://bit.ly/1bIzuBy and giving our enemy $150 billion to fund terrorism. http://bit.ly/1nszOOb The same media that could not care less about Hillary’s documented lies, multiple crimes and scandals. http://bit.ly/2aZng0o

Wacko black Democrat talking head operative Symone Sanders was on TV claiming Trump saying “make America great again” is racist, taking us back to slavery. http://bit.ly/2fY03Zk This woman is insane. She is spewing the absurd crap from the Left we have been putting up with for 8 years.

Meanwhile, political brainy-acs on both sides still do not understand why We the People excitedly rallied behind alpha-male Trump. All we wanted was a leader with the courage to say, “Enough!”

Ms Sanders and her ilk should be rejected and thrown on the putrid smelling junk-heap of Leftist divisiveness to rot in the bright sunlight of freedom, liberty and national brotherhood. Folks, I am so done with these evil people on the Left.

We the American People have your back President Trump. Go for it brother! We are with you all the way! Thanks and God Bless!

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Chairman: The Conservative Campaign Committee
http://www.lloydmarcus.com/

12/5/16
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Can Trump Stop the Jihad on U.S. Soil?

Cliff Kincaid | America’s Survival

The author of “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad,” talks to America’s Survival President Cliff Kincaid about President-elect Trump’s plan to stop the Islamic terrorism on American soil. Leo Hohmann is an investigative reporter with WND.com.

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12/5/16
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The Myth of Racist America

By: Lloyd Marcus

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Be honest. In your real-life everyday American experience is racism an issue? I am confident the answer is no. And yet, the Left (Democrats, Black Lives Matter, Hollywood and mainstream media) have convinced many that America is a hotbed of racism where black boys are gunned down by cops for simply “walking black.” Words cannot express my contempt for the Left’s ongoing campaign to spread lies to generate racial hate and divide Americans solely for selfish political gains. The Left poisoning young black minds with their lie that white America is their enemy robs blacks of realizing how blessed they are to be born in the greatest land of opportunity on the planet.

Cops shooting blacks are rare. When a cop does shoot a black, the cop is usually black or Hispanic. On the other hand, blacks are routinely killing each other in record numbers in major cities run by democrats. http://on.wsj.com/29CZPI1

Is there racism in America? Absolutely! Racism will exist along with every other sin under the sun until Jesus takes us home. But, is racism really an issue in the lives of most Americans? Absolutely not. Despite the Left’s efforts to make everything about race, the truth is Americans of all races work and play together extremely well.

Black seniors are prone to experiencing “racism paranoia.” I am in my late sixties. Did I just say that out loud? I remember suffering racism in my youth. Consequently, there have been situations in which I found myself anticipating racism only to be greeted with warmth and hospitality. I know blacks my age and older who are suffering racism paranoia; imagining racism in every situation, accusing innocent white store clerks and etc.

It is amazing how the Left so easily uses racism paranoia and lies to keep blacks believing their lie that white America hates them. For example, an over sixty year old relative of mine says she supports Black Lives Matter because of racism targeted at her late husband 60 years ago. Her reasoning is absurd. Shouldn’t having a black man in the WH tell her America is not the country it was 60 years ago? And yet, she enthusiastically devoured the Left’s divisive poison like a brain-dead zombie hungry for brains.

The tragedy of her irrational thinking is it keeps blacks voting for democrats. Despite 50 years of democrats controlling cities and promising to make things better, blacks are suffering more than ever; 40% of black males drop out of high school http://bit.ly/2gyYsKQ, record black unemployment under Obama http://bit.ly/1VJG0jM, and 72% of black kids are raised in fatherless households. http://bit.ly/1VJG0jM A whooping 93% of black homicide victims are killed by other blacks. http://bit.ly/2cDnB5k

Remarkably, stupid blacks are still allowing the Left to con them into supporting Planned Parenthood, an organization founded to exterminate blacks. http://bit.ly/1ngNDtO Please forgive me for calling them stupid. But their willful ignorance has as my late mom would say, plucked my last nerve.

It is extremely disturbing that black racism against whites has become in vogue; considered cool and enlightened, a virtue of authentic blackness. The Left says if you are black and do not harbor resentment against whites, you are either an Uncle Tom idiot or suffering with Stockholm Syndrome. The Left says whites who do not feel guilty for their birth (white privilege) are redneck, inbred, fly-over-country racist – ripe for government mandated reconditioning/sensitivity training. Don’t laugh folks. This is the evil the Left has been instilling in our kids for decades from kindergarten through college. http://bit.ly/2gyJmoM

Why has white America tolerated Leftist public education abusing their children; teaching them to feel guilty and ashamed of who they are?

Isn’t it interesting that our Leftist controlled government has bullied us into celebrating Homosexual Pride; claiming homosexuals were born that way. And yet, that same government tells white Americans it is racist and soon to be criminal to take pride in the way they were born; the race God chose for them.

Hollywood produces movies based on the premise that all whites are racist. A lovable, funny black lead character humorously points out white racism, while endlessly joking about how stupid and lame white people are. White characters enlightened of their racist instincts vow to do better. One final joke about stupid white people. Laugh, laugh, laugh! The End. Roll credits.

In 2008 white America overwhelmingly voted to elect the first black president. They were, in essence, saying lets heal this racial divide once and for all. The dirty little secret is the last thing the Left wanted was to bring the races together as one American family. I wish I could get more of my family and other blacks to realize that the American Left are nothing more than cold calculating political grifters, (con artists). These political con artists cruelly exploited the good and trusting nature of Americans by using Obama’s skin-color to silence any opposition to him implementing their far-left radical agenda.

Consequently, Obama has behaved like America’s first king. He ignores the Constitution and laws at will. Republicans are petrified to oppose him. Still, the mainstream media lied, convincing Americans that racist Republicans opposed Obama at every turn.

Realizing they had been conned into electing the Left’s socialist/progressive Trojan Horse, concerned Americans formed the Tea Party. The mainstream media immediately launched its campaign to brand the Tea Party racist. In the minds of far too many black Americans, the media’s false branding stuck.

The Left despicably continues to use the Myth of Racist America to make blacks hate and fear whites and police.

The Left is going crazy because Trump does not submit to their decreed rules of engagement and dictates for acceptable republican behavior; walking on eggshells careful not to offend Leftists. I employ each and every decent American to follow president elect Donald Trump’s lead; call out evil and stand up for what is right. There’s a new sheriff in town.

Folks, I am a black man who loves him country. I know I am incredibly blessed to be born here. My simple desire to see fellow blacks abandon the democrats’ stifling deplorable “you’re a victim lie” and pursue their dreams. Freed black liberal plantation slaves such as I pose a major threat to the Left’s Myth of Racist America; keeping other blacks in check.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Chairman: The Conservative Campaign Committee
http://www.lloydmarcus.com/

12/5/16
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Beware of the Patent Bubble

By: Dolly Greenspan

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Does anybody even want to think about this?

I’m certainly not going to win any popularity contests for writing this article.  The last thing anybody wants to talk about after a presidential election is a patent bubble.  After all, most of us took a nice stock market beat down during the recent housing bubble and mortgage crisis.

For the past 40 years, intellectual property,  technology development, and invention ideas have been the driving force behind the United States and much of the world’s developed economy. Companies like Apple, Amazon and Amgen have been the leaders in wealth creation. Biotech, software, and communications systems have made fortunes for many and changed the world we live in.

It has resulted in a mad rush to capitalize on the “next big thing.” And that is creating a global patent bubble.  The chase of Intellectual Property (IP) has created the next “irrational exuberance.”  If the term rings a bell, it’s because it was the phrase that Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan used when warning about stocks being overvalued during the DotCom Bubble of the 1990s.

Since Microsoft burst onto the scene, IP has been seen as the next gold rush. Companies, venture capitalists, private equity shops, and universities worldwide are searching for new patents and copyrights that will create killer returns.

Patent Bubble Numbers Don’t Lie

The prices being paid for patents are all over the place. In 1975, more than 80% of an S&P 500 company’s net worth was based on tangible assets (real estate, machinery, receivables, etc.). By 2010, that number has completely flipped to 80% of the net worth being based on intangible assets (patents, goodwill ,etc.).

The numbers are clear. Intellectual property  now accounts for over 38% of the U.S. economy, but interestingly only 12% of exports. If that’s not the start of a patent bubble forming, I don’t know what is.

It seems that the race to patent a product has overshadowed the product itself. I am not discounting the importance of patents, however, when almost 40% of the economy is about protecting the right to make a product (rather than the product itself), there is something wrong.

95% of Patents Don’t Make a Dime

The common perception is that patents are a path to riches. If an inventor or entrepreneur files a patent, he can then build a successful technology company under the protection of that patent and eventually sell out to companies like Apple and Facebook.

Nothing can be further from the truth. A patent does not create a shield or grant you freedom to operate without competition. It gives you a tool to attack a competitor that you believe is infringing on your patent. Enforcing your patent is typically a nightmare, even for well funded corporations.  It can take up to 5 years and cost up to $5 million to actually win a patent litigation.  And that’s if there isn’t an appeal. And you better pray that the company infringing on your patent isn’t too comfortable in a courtroom.  They can make your life a living hell and make you wish you never filed for a patent in the first place.

Ever Heard Of The Tulip Bubble?

The Tulip Bubble is regarded as the first record of a widespread financial bubble in history. In the early 1600s, Tulips were newly introduced in the Dutch Republic and investors scrambled to get on board. At the peak of the bubble a single tulip bulb could sell for ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. Tulips were the fourth largest Dutch export! This was at a time when food and clothing absorbed almost the entire bulk of national income. In this environment where most people had barely enough to eat, it was simply bizarre that a useless luxury item absorbed such a huge chunk of Dutch wealth. Then in 1637 the bubble burst and the price of tulips fell to 1% of their former value. The Dutch economy crashed and the consequences were felt throughout Europe.

The bursting of the Tulip Bubble didn’t just affect those who owned and traded tulips. It caused a deep recession and a liquidity crisis in the Dutch Republics. The tulip bulbs were leveraged by finance, just as we leverage homes and commodities in the United States today. When a widespread bubble bursts, it up-ends the balance sheets of the entire nation.

The price of tulips never recovered, as you can see for yourself at any WalMart in Spring. You can buy them by the dozen for under five bucks.

The Crash of 1929 and the Mortgage Crisis Were Bubbles

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The great Stock Market Crash of 1929 was brought on by similar forces. Investors were making huge returns all through the 1920s. The stock market was the place to be if you wanted to get rich quick. People borrowed heavily to purchase shares. And then it all came crashing down.

The Mortgage Bubble, which burst in 2008 showed us the same pattern again. Following 1999, when the Tech Bubble burst, the safe place to put your money was into homes. Prices were bid to unsustainable levels. All of it was commodified for investment purposes. When it crashed, almost every major bank in the U.S. and Europe found themselves in negative territory. On paper they were bankrupt. They owned a bunch of mortgages tied to homes with inflated values. The government had to step in with cash to keep the banks afloat.

The bursting of the Mortgage Bubble led to the deepest economic downturn since 1929 and its aftermath is still felt throughout the U.S. economy.

The Patent Bubble Will Hurt the Entire Economy

It is my opinion that when the Patent Bubble bursts, it could be far worse than the housing bubble.

Today, a company’s most valuable asset is  its intellectual property. Their wealth is in their patents. These patents are held on their balance sheets as intangible and undisclosed assets. They attract investment, issue bonds, and obtain credit based upon those numbers.

These patent bubble assets are not liquid and they do not trade easily. It isn’t like selling a publicly traded security. Patent assets do not trade frequently and don’t have any valuation consistency.  If a company fails, it is forced to liquidate these patent assets at fractions of their assumed value.  When Kodak filed for bankruptcy, experts were predicting patent portfolio sales of $1.8 billion to $4.5 billion.  They sold between $94 million to $525 million.  Quite a difference. There was nothing unique about the way Kodak was valuing its patents. They were just following accepted accounting principles. Imagine Kodak happening over and over again. It would create an international liquidity and balance sheet crisis.

Don’t Confuse Inflated Prices with Economic Growth

Too much money chasing the same sector results in price inflation. Those inflated prices are always unsustainable. When this patent bubble bursts, it will hurt the entire economy.

This is the opposite of productive investment, which has given us tremendous growth and a high standard of living. Investment in goods and services for reasonable returns is vital to economic growth. Investment in paper monopolies, patents and copyright, can be good for the economy. But when it gets out of balance, as it is now, it can lead to very bad economic outcomes for the global economy.

Why isn’t anybody sounding the patent bubble alarm?

When bubbles are on the rise, a tremendous amount of wealth is created. Even a pure Ponzi scheme created plenty of profit for the early investors. During the Housing Bubble, many on Wall Street and in government knew that housing prices were unsustainable.  Even Federal Reserve made comments suggesting that the economy was now “different” and there would be a soft landing.

Well the economy wasn’t different. Ponzi Schemes and bubbles always end the same way. Traders like Nassim Taleb, who wrote the influential book “The Black Swan”, and made a killing by investing against the home mortgage industry, were laughed out of the room. They were called alarmists or even branded as negative and destructive. But of course, Ponzi Schemes always fail. Everybody wants to believe it is different this time. But, it never is.

There is one thing for sure. We are in a Patent Bubble right now and history always repeats itself.

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12/3/16
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Dangers of Requiring a Loyalty Pledge

By: T F Stern | Self-Educated American

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While finishing off the day, going over entries on Facebook, there was one particular link which immediately caught my attention.  Someone had established a page imploring folks to ‘Pledge your Loyalty to Donald Trump’ as we enter this new era for America.

There were T-shirts with this logo pledging loyalty to Donald Trump splashed across the front, symbols of our undying devotion to the man who has promised to “Make America Great Again”.  The way they see it Donald Trump is our hope, our one and only hope to save the country.

adolph-hitler-the-fuehererMy thoughts instead turned to a much darker period of time; pre-WWII Germany when Adolph Hitler promised to restore Germany from the brink of bankruptcy into a nation all could be proud of, make the Fatherland great again.  The Hitler Youth saw him as a father figure, god-like and worthy of the title Fuhrer.

The rest of the world didn’t share Germany’s blind obedience to the Fuhrer; instead they saw him as a threat, something to be dealt with, even if it meant going to war.  Far too many died to stop a nation willing to do the bidding of a narcissistic ego maniac who grabbed the reigns of government and captured the hearts with promises of national pride and greatness.  No, this kind of loyalty must be avoided.

pledge-of-allegianceOur loyalties are to the Constitutional Republic which protects our individual God given rights from power seeking men who achieve high office.  Our Flag is a symbol, a means of displaying all that is good about our country.  It isn’t a banner declaring any particular party or individual as supreme leader; but some folks can’t understand or get their arms around the idea of a nation that relies on self governance, instead looking for a great leader to guide them and rule over them.

Sorry; but my allegiance is limited to the concept of individual liberty and is given to no man.


t-f-stern-1Self-Educated American, Senior Edi­tor, T.F. Stern is a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer, self-employed lock­smith, and gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since January of 2005.

12/3/16
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Will history record this as The Great Trump Robbery?

***NOTE: Jill Stein’s Green Party is dropping its court case to force a recount in Pennsylvania, saying that it’s unable to afford the $1 million bond set by the Commonwealth Court.

Conscience of a Conservative

No one on the front lines of the conservative movement seem to be aware of what is going on during the post-election Trump victory party. While the over enthused Trumpeters are preoccupied with opening their Christmas presents, neither Drudge, Breitbart or Fox News have bothered to check their calendars to see the looming deadline of the December 19th meeting of the Electoral College and compare that to the timeline of the recount effort in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Some very crafty undercover Hillary operatives have devised a plan to upset the presidential election and turn American History inside out.

What seems to have escaped the brilliant minds of the mainstream conservative media is the fact that Hillary Clinton has aimed at a Hail Mary attempt that may actually succeed in nullifying the electoral ballots of the 55 delegates from Wisconsin (19), Michigan (16) and Pennsylvania (20) by forcing a last minute recount that will most certainly not be completed before the federally mandated December 13th deadline. The consequence of this action will be that the electoral votes from these three states will be forfeited. The recount effort is a ruse and a smokescreen to distract the victors. Hillary Clinton’s real plan is to stall the recount until it is too late to complete before the federal deadline.

The second Left-wing flank attack on Donald Trump’s 306 electoral votes comes from the deluge of intimidating threats directly aimed at some of Trump’s delegates. So far the rumor has it that almost 15 of them have indicated they will not vote for Trump when the Electoral College meets on December 19th. While various parties representing Donald Trump and the Republican Party are filing lawsuits to stop this attack in Michigan and Wisconsin, the state of Pennsylvania has announced that the deadline for requesting a recount has expired. But this hasn’t deterred the Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein camps from filing their own lawsuits to force a Pennsylvania recount. Looking at the numbers it thus appears that subtracting the 55 delegate votes from the states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania will reduce Donald Trump’s total to 251, well below the 270 votes needed to win. If the rumors prove to be true about the number of “unfaithful electors” who plan to renege their pledge to vote for Trump then Trump’s total drops even more to 236 votes. If those 15 “unfaithful electors” actually switch their votes to Hillary Clinton then her actual total of electoral votes jumps from the 232 she won on election day to 247 and she beats Donald Trump by 9 votes.

So maybe its time to put the cork back in the bottle of Champagne and get out the gun oil and clean up your weapons because we may wind up with a full-blown uprising before Christmas.

A long time ago a very astute Washington observer once said, “In Washington, the conservatives get the rhetoric and the liberals get the action.” And before that candid revelation was inscribed, George Santayana, a Spanish-born, American philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist, wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Hey, Breitbart, hey, Drudge, its time to wake up and start spreading the alarm. The biggest robbery in history is taking place right under your noses. My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.

12/2/16
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For Gen. Mattis as SecDef, Mission is Iran

By: Denise Simon | Founder’s Code

Outside of all the hype of the moniker of ‘mad-dog’ and with a call sign of ‘chaos’, there is much more to be known and understood about General Mattis and what his immediate objectives will be when confirmed as Secretary of Defense.

 

Mattis served on the Board of General Dynamics and is a Visiting Fellow of the Hoover Institute. With his dedication and loyalty to all those that have and are wearing the military uniform, Mattis is also on the Advisory Board of Spirit of America, an organization dedicated to the success and conditions of all service personnel.

Mattis supports a two-state solution for Israel, something that will never in opinion be a viable peace alternative. The General has also given praise to John Kerry for his attempts at a Middle East peace program. While noble, that dog wont hunt either.

James Mattis will be assertive on matters with Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. He tells us that under the management of Barack Obama and his weaning power from the Middle East, the United States is suffering from ‘strategic atrophy’,

It is notable that General Mattis has a personal library of more than 7000 books and while in active service published a reading list for his Marines. Indeed, Mattis is a scholar of history that includes previous wars, tactics, military leadership and results. That does tell us he has a wide and deep comprehension for understanding fully the past yielding probable and realistic estimates for the future of global equilibrium.

Related reading: France’s History of Terror, Murder and Iran

Through his military life, Mattis has encountered Iran intervention, terror, lies and tactics in countless war theaters. When it comes to Iran, the outset of his mission as Secretary of Defense will be the measured and required stipulations of the Joint Plan of Action (nuclear deal) with Iran and that will be coupled with Iran’s military influence and intervention in all the Middle East theaters of war but will also include Iran’s influence in Latin America and Europe.

All military leaders want talks, deal and diplomatic programs to be fully exhausted before the armed forces are called in to clean up messes where those other efforts have failed. For this reason, the General agrees in part with the Iran deal in spirit but there are countless violations and the financial infusion received by Iran at the hands of the United States under Barack Obama and John Kerry, supplemented by the trade and commerce plans have given rise to further concerns for Mattis. Not only does Israel feel minimized and threatened by Iran, but many other nations do as well due to the continued aggressive behavior of Iran so key Gulf Nations will have a robust role in coming months.

Iran is watching and doing so closely and their threats launched by words and deeds are likely to escalate. For Iran there is hard power and soft power and then power by proxy, such is the case in Latin America, Syria and Iraq, at least. Going back to 2008, Iran’s footprint across the world has not changed and in some regions has only been more stubborn, obvious and apparent. Dealing with the matter of Iran would begin to restore a balance of peace, or will it, can it?

Congress just cleared unanimous votes on sanctions for Iran. Iran has been proven to violate the terms of the JCPOA that included findings from German Intelligence.

With the ink barely dry on the deal between the U.S. and Iran to prevent the Islamic Republic from securing nuclear weapons, a new German intelligence document charges that Iran continues to flout the agreement. Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said in its annual report that Iran has a “clandestine” effort to seek illicit nuclear technology and equipment from German companies “at what is, even by international standards, a quantitatively high level.” The findings by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany’s equivalent of the FBI, were issued in a 317-page report last week. German Chancellor Angela Merkel underscored the findings in a statement to parliament, saying Iran violated the United Nations Security Council’s anti-missile development regulations. “Iran continued unabated to develop its rocket program in conflict with the relevant provisions of the UN Security Council,” Merkel told the Bundestag.

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Recorded on  July 16, 2015 – Hoover fellows Charles Hill and James Mattis discuss the Iran deal and the state of the world on Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson. In their view the United States has handed over its leading role to Iran and provided a dowry along with it. Iran will become the leading power in the region as the United States pulls back; as the sanctions are lifted Iran will start making a lot of money. No matter what Congress does at this point, the sanctions are gone. Furthermore, the president will veto anything Congress comes up with to move the deal forward. This  de facto treaty circumvents the Constitution.

If we want better deals and a stronger presence in the international community, then the United States needs to compromise, and listen to one another other, and encourage other points of view, especially from the three branches of government. If the United States pulls back from the international community, we will need to relearn the lessons we learned after World War I. But if we engage more with the world and use solid strategies to protect and encourage democracy and freedom at home and abroad, then our military interventions will be fewer. The United States and the world will be in a better position to handle problems such as ISIS.

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The Denise Simon Experience – 12/01/16

The Denise Simon Experience

Hosted by DENISE SIMON, the Senior Research / Intelligence Analyst for Foreign and Domestic Policy for numerous flag officers and intelligence organizations.

SEGMENT 1:  Air Force Col. Rob Maness (ret) joined Denise on the discussion of Trump’s agenda for his first 100 days, including the VA, sequestration, Supreme Court, tax reform and Executive Orders.

SEGMENT 2:  Bruce Thornton, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institute and Professor of Classics and Humanities at California State University discusses who Fidel Castro really was and the Cold War and current implications of his regime.

SEGMENT 3 & 4:  An interview between Bill Kristol and General Petraeus.

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Fake News Sites Continue False Claim about the Iran Nuke Deal

By: Roger Aronoff | Accuracy in Media

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The mainstream media and President Obama have made a considerable issue out of the dissemination of fake news leading up to the election, even going so far as to hint that Donald Trump’s victory might have been owed in part to the work of the fakers. On cue, The Washington Post recently published a story citing anonymous sources that claimed the fake news was the product of Russian propaganda. Yet Fortune magazine concluded that the Post’s “analysis was fairly weak,” and “Much of [the evidence] seems flimsy at best.” That didn’t stop the Post from blaming Russian propaganda, based on biased evidence and anonymous sources.

As AIM’s Cliff Kincaid recently explained, Facebook and Google are looking to create an algorithm that eliminates fake news on their websites. To do so is to risk disproportionate discrimination against information from outside the mainstream, including conservative and left-wing blogs, points out The Hill. “Critics also charge that the ‘fake news’ trope obscures the fact that the mainstream media have their own problem with false or misleading stories,” writes Cathy Young in The Hill. Kincaid also cites something called the First Draft Coalition, a sort of Ministry of Truth comprised of media organizations that we are supposed to trust to produce content free of fake news.

In fact, many of these so-called reputable news organizations are responsible for what is perhaps the fake news story of the decade. The story involves one of President Obama’s major foreign policy legacies, the Iran nuclear “deal.”

For about a year now, we have been pointing out that the Iranian nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran, is in fact, not a deal at all. There is an English language version, which the American public has seen (except for the side deals that were kept hidden from Congress and the American public). Also, there is an Iranian version passed in their Majlis, or parliament, which is considerably different.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) told The Washington Post Fact-Checker back in January that the Majlis passed “not the original JCPOA text, rather Iranian demands that were added to it. No one can call that Majlis resolution an approval of the JCPOA.” Still, the Post’s Fact-Checker, Glenn Kessler, ultimately downplayed the difference between the two agreements. What remains in both cases, American and Iranian, is that similar texts of the deal weren’t signed by the parties—meaning they aren’t agreements at all. Yet countless media outlets refer to this political arrangement as “signed.”

Like many in the media, the Post continues to misrepresent the Iran deal. Besides the Fact-Checker piece, a November 29 Post editorial refers to when the deal was “struck,” while urging Trump not to scrap it. An article in The Hill newspaper cites CIA director John Brennan urging the same, and saying that tearing up the deal would be “disastrous,” and “the height of folly.”

The media are obviously aware that this is not a signed deal, yet they keep calling it one as if that is an insignificant detail. Why? I believe it’s because they see their role as trying to help President Obama secure his legacy as the Nobel Peace Prize winner who was able to finally tame the Iranian theocracy, and save the world from nuclear destruction. But propping up a sham deal is more likely to have the opposite effect, long after Obama is gone from the White House.

Iran remains belligerently focused on ridiculing Americans and citing Iran’s victories in killing our citizens. Recently, according to Front Page Magazine, “deputy commander in chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC), Hossein Salami, claimed that ‘In 1983, the flames of Islamic revolution flared among Lebanese youth for the first time, and in a courageous act, a young Muslim buried 260 United States Marines under the rebels east of Mediterranean Sea.’”

The Iranian regime has threatened to “react” to any breach of the agreement by a President Donald Trump, but did not specify what type of reaction. However, according to Breitbart, Ayatollah Khamenei published the book Palestine shortly after the JCPOA agreement was announced, “in which he argues that Iran has a role to play in the destruction of Israel, and so must work to create and possess the strongest weapons possible.” Clearly, Iran desires the bomb, if it doesn’t have it already, and no one should assume that they wouldn’t use it against the U.S. or its allies.

But at least under Trump, we apparently will soon have a CIA director who fully understands the situation. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) was picked by Trump to head the CIA in his new administration. Pompeo led the push last year for the Obama administration to show Congress the signed deal with Iran. After resisting, the State Department finally acknowledged the truth: “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” wrote the State Department’s Julia Frifield. Rather, it is a set of political commitments.

In response, Pompeo posted the State Department letter and a strongly-worded statement on his congressional website: “‘For the State Department to try to defend the unsigned and non-binding Iran nuclear agreement by calling it a ‘political commitment’ is about as absurd as the terms of the deal itself,’ said Pompeo, who serves on the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

‘Instead of forging an agreement with Iran that will protect Americans and prevent the world’s largest state sponsor of terror from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the Obama administration caved to Iranian bullies and serial nuclear cheaters. Unsigned, this agreement is nothing more than a press release and just about as enforceable.’”

Reuters is one of the latest to have called this a “signed” deal. Other media outlets, including Politico, McClatchy, The New York Times, and even the New York Post, have called it a signed deal.

“If there is no signed agreement, even the feeble conditions placed on Iran by Team Kerry’s negotiators are unenforceable,” wrote Lori Lowenthal Marcus in September 2015. She was one of the first reporters to point out that this “agreement” is not signed.

The Wall Street Journal actually issued a correction in October of last year for calling the deal a signed one. Yet many other media outlets continue to falsely state that it is.

This is why Iran continues to humiliate President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry with impunity, such as when the Iranians held American sailors at gunpoint. It is because they can. For the U.S. to attempt to say that Iran is violating the agreement, we would have to show that they actually agreed to something. Where is the proof? Kerry ended up thanking the Iranians for releasing the sailors.

“Instead, from ballistic-missile tests to increased support to Hezbollah, Bashar al-Assad, and the Houthi rebels in Yemen,” writes Fred Fleitz for the Center for Security Policy, “Tehran’s behavior in the Middle East has significantly worsened. Just in the last year, Iran has captured and held at gunpoint ten U.S. sailors and fired anti-ship missiles at American and UAE ships. Is this what a new era of cooperation with Iran was supposed to look like?”

Fleitz points out that The New York Times is promoting fake news in an effort to save the deal. He writes that the Times recently presented the National Iranian American Council, “the head of the Iran lobby in the United States,” as a bipartisan group of experts pleading with Trump to keep the Iran deal.

In October, President Obama called for “truthiness tests” on the Internet. Now, with the election over, Obama is obsessed with untruthful reporting. “If we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems,” said Obama.

Obama, in this case, is right. But the true propaganda is not coming just from fake news sites—it is also coming from his administration, as well as from the mainstream media itself.

The media, whether blaming Trump for decisions not yet made, or obscuring the facts behind the Iran deal, continue to publish fake news stories that don’t pass the smell test. Will Google and Facebook design an algorithm that eliminates the influence of these mainstream media stories? That’s doubtful. As much as the mainstream media wish to blame Russian propaganda for spreading lies on the Internet, it is the supposedly impartial journalists who are doing so as well.


Roger Aronoff is the Editor of Accuracy in Media, and a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi. He can be contacted at [email protected]. View the complete archives from Roger Aronoff.