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NO DEAL: Kremlin rebuffs Kerry, won’t budge on Crimea referendum
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and we have the results for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.
“Despite a voluminous and often fervent literature on “income distribution,” the cold fact is that most income is not distributed: It is earned.” – Thomas Sowell
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” – Sir Winston Churchill
“Political corruption, social greed, and Americanized quasi-socialism can ruin even the most wonderful places. California proved that.” – Tiffany Madison
“GRAPESHOT, n. An argument which the future is preparing in answer to the demands of American Socialism.” – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
This week’s winner, The Right Planet’s Bill Maher’s Bulls**t, is a wonderfully enjoyable rant on socialists and how they – pardon the expression – think. Here’s a slice:
One of the reasons why I don’t post much on the unhinged daily rantings of socialist-loving agitators like Bill Maher, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, and the like, is I believe their whole schtick is simply an orgy of gluttonous ad hominem, served fresh with platefuls of red herring and non sequitur, for the express purpose of setting up straw man and gotcha arguments, in order to put the accused into an unfavorable light, no matter how they may respond.
It’s a veritable logical fallacy feast, ya’ll!
From my point of view, characters like Bill Maher are just purposefully employing logical fallacies to score points with their socialist-loving and LoFo (low-information) loyal viewers. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it can be quite effective at influencing public opinion at the socio-cultural level, especially with the sheeple … who are exposed to copious amounts of collectivist propaganda–courtesy of the socialized educational system and a sycophantic media. The pitting of one group or individual against the other is a politically motivated and constant theme with the Maherons of the world.
Bill Maher et ilk are the sorts who say, “Don’t look over here at the real problem, look over there, and … oh, by the way, did I tell you the TEA Party is racist?!” I mean, Maher is a comedian, you know. Although I do realize that is up for debate. But I digress, ladies and gentlemen.
That’s why it was good to hear a guy like Bill Kristol, who I have my own issues with from time to time, just come right out and call “bullshit!” Folks like Bill Maher have been trying to smear the TEA Party as racist since day one. One must ask themselves why the Maherons of the world are so desperate to create something that just isn’t there. Could it be that they cannot not debate the merits of the argument concerning the destructive collectivist policies of a one Barack Obama and his minions–policies they wholeheartedly support?
This “TEA Party is racist” lie the socialists keep pushing goes all the way back to the run-up on the vote for the Healthcare bill–when former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, with her giant gavel in tow, arrogantly marched arm-in-arm with her Democrat comrades into a crowd of mostly white TEA Party supporters–an obvious attempt at goading the crowd. Why else would a group of congressional Democrats march arm-in-arm sporting a giant gavel amongst a group of people protesting their draconian healthcare legislation if it was not to illicit some sort of negative reaction or hostile response?
Much more at the link.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Zombie with Progressive Racism: The Hidden Motive Driving Modern Politics submitted by The Razor. Unlike a lot of Zombie’s stuff, this one isn’t the usual photo-journalism, but a must read look at a force in modern politics I bet you haven’t considered.
Okay, here are this week’s full results. Simply Jews is on vacay and voted, but only for Council posts since he was having too much fun to get to our non-Council nominees. Rhymes With Right was unable to vote, but was not affected by the 2/3 vote penalty.
- *First place with 3 1/3 votes! – The Right Planet – Bill Maher’s Bulls**t
- Second place with 2 2/3 votes – Joshuapundit – The Mysterious Case Of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370
- Third place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – The Noisy Room – A Russian Buffet Of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Moments
- Third place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Bookworm Room – Proposed changes to the SAT show that the Left is gaming the system to bring egalitarianism to the inegalitarian world of higher education
- Third place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Liberty’s Spirit – From “War on Women” to the New Inane, “Ban the word Bossy”
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Colossus of Rhodey – Evil Is ‘Very Relative’
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Ask Marion – Fomenting Revolution in the Ukraine
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Independent Sentinel – Chilling: President Obama Threatened Several Governors This Week
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Simply Jews – Apropos Crimea…
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Glittering Eye – When Branches of Government Collide
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote – GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – New World Disorder
- *First place with 3 1/3 votes! – Zombie – Progressive Racism: The Hidden Motive Driving Modern Politics submitted by The Razor
- Second place with 2 2/3 votes – Sultan Knish – The Black Hitler of Harlem submitted by The Noisy Room
- Third place with 2 1/3 votes – Freedom Outpost – Pat Caddell: “John Boehner has been Purposely Suppressing Anything on Benghazi” submitted by Nice Deb
- Fourth place with 1 1/3 votes – Bret Stephens/WSJ – Anatomy of a feckless Presidency submitted by Liberty’s Spirit
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote – Dave Barry/TIME – Dave Barry Learns Everything You Need to Know About Being a Husband From Reading 50 Shades of Grey submitted by Joshuapundit
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote – Michael Totten – Pity the Vassals of Moscow submitted by The Watcher
- Sixth place with 2/3 vote – Washington Free Beacon – Soros Money Linked To Controversial FCC Newsroom Study submitted by Ask Marion
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – War On The Rocks – Navy and Marine Power from the Sea submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Charles Krauthammer/Washington Post – The Wages Of Weakness submitted by The Independent Sentinel
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By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Yahoo! News: People walk by a poster reading “Fascism won’t succeed. Everybody to the referendum!” in Sevastopol, Thursday, March 13, 2014. Crimea plans to hold a referendum this Sunday that will ask residents if they want the territory to become part of Russia. Ukraine’s government and Western nations have denounced the referendum as illegitimate and warned Russia against trying to annex Crimea. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
What you don’t hear about is the violence taking place – the murder and persecution going down. It doesn’t make for good headlines, so the press doesn’t bother. But the Conservative blogosphere will. One of the very best out there is Weasel Zippers who shows us this: Pro-Ukraine Group Surrounded And Attacked By Pro-Russians In Donetsk; Three Reportedly Killed:
Conform or die – it’s the Communist way. Donetsk is not in the Crimea, it is in East Ukraine, where Putin is getting ready to dance. It’s all foreplay for the invasion to come:
This video was shot after competing demonstrations from the opposing sides. A small group of pro-Ukranians was surrounded by the “pro-Russians” and attacked. The police had to come to their rescue to protect them. But the pro-Russians continued to pelt the pro-Ukrainians as well the police with everything from bats to chairs as they chanted “Russia!”.
At around 17:00. the “pro-Russians” break the police barricade and manage to stab and kill at least one man. There are reports of two others dead during the attack, but these reports have not as yet been confirmed.
Pro-Russian protesters are now killing their opposition in Ukraine. This is not a peaceful occupation. (Photo Reuters)
Sovereignty, human rights, freedom… these are just words to Putin and mean nothing to him. He views the Ukraine as part of the Soviet Union. His storm troopers are still occupying the Crimean Peninsula. Now, an illegitimate referendum will be held Sunday, falsely touting the free choice of the people of Crimea to vote for joining the Russian Federation. No doubt, the vote will be rigged by Putin. It’s no choice at all really. Crimea has been annexed. It doesn’t matter that over 90% of the Ukraine voted for independence in 1991. It doesn’t matter that the invasion and the forced vote are illegal. What matters is Russian expansionism.
There are things we can and should do in protest. We should try and give aid to the Ukraine, but without Obama’s shenanigans of handing over unspent funds for the military to the IMF. We also don’t need the likes of Lindsey Graham helping Obama sway Boehner on the IMF. Funds should only be allotted after we take a hard look at whether the funds are actually there to give — which given our debt and our penchant for over spending, is doubtful. The $3 billion just approved for the Ukraine on the global stage, went straight to – wait for it – Russia. This should not be allowed to happen. All the Western powers are doing is giving lip service to supporting the Ukraine’s independence. It’s monstrous hypocrisy. We should impose strict sanctions on Russia and withdraw from the disastrous New START Treaty. We should beef up our allies with missile defenses as well. What we should not do, is send troops, not unless we want a new hot war on our hands. You can be sure that whatever Obama and Kerry are threatening, it has no bite and little of it will materialize, while none of it will truly hurt Russia.
Kerry is an ineffectual fool. He’s out there threatening Putin that he has until Monday to back off. I’m sure the ex-KGB taskmaster is shaking in his stylish jackboots over Lurch’s threats. Kerry is blustering that Russia doesn’t have the troops to go into East Ukraine. Hold your laughter… let’s have a look at what is really going on, shall we? From Zero Hedge:
As you can see, Mother Russia is more than capable of taking East Ukraine – it won’t even strain her forces. Lurch needs to concentrate on making ketchup and leave geopolitics and war to the experts.
With the referendum vote this Sunday, Russia has amassed thousands and thousands of troops and heavy artillery along the Ukraine’s eastern border in at least three regions as of yesterday. Things are really heating up, while the world seems to be powerless, more or less, and is just watching the Russian bear getting ready to forcefully bring East Ukraine back into the Soviet fold.
While Germany’s Merkel stridently insists this will hurt Russia economically and politically, I contend they don’t care. It is also likely that this will hurt the EU, as Russia controls most of the oil and gas lines. It is one of the reasons they must keep the Ukraine. Russia has little to fear in regards to real retribution for their actions. No one did much when they took Georgia and no one will do much now. Russia has assessed that most countries and especially the US are weak – not only militarily, but economically. They just don’t have the means or the stomach to stop Russia from doing whatever the hell she wants right now.
Estonia has issued a warning that Russia is getting ready to invade East Ukraine. Russia warned that Ukraine’s government has lost control of the country, fueling concern the Kremlin may extend a military intervention. The Cold War is heating up.
A number of other interesting details are occurring while all this is going on. For some reason, there are a number of people in the US who are falling head over heels for Putin’s propaganda. This is something Obama uses as well… saying one thing, while the opposite is true. The invasion is to ‘protect’ the people and the entire opposition is fascist. This is pure propaganda and the Russian Communists have done this before, many times.
Russia is now banning websites that are critical of their government. Think it can’t happen here? Think again. This type of action is common in the run up to war and/or in a clamp down on the masses:
Russia on Thursday banned several websites notable for their criticism of the government and a blog run by prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny as the Kremlin intensified its crackdown on independent media amid tensions over Ukraine.
The government communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said Grani.ru, Kasparov.ru and Yezhednevny Zhurnal (Daily Journal) have carried incitements to unlawful behavior and participation in unauthorized mass gatherings. It said the ban was requested by the Prosecutor General’s Office and Internet providers are now under instructions to implement the block.
Kasparov.ru was run by opposition figure and former chess champion Garry Kasparov. Along with two other websites, it carried scathing criticism of President Vladimir Putin’s government, including its action in Ukraine, where Russian troops have taken control of the Crimean peninsula. On Sunday, Crimea is set to hold a referendum on joining Russia, which has been rejected by Ukraine and the West as illegitimate.
Navalny’s blog also was banned Thursday over the alleged violation of the terms of the two-month house arrest that he is currently serving.
The action against independent websites came a day after the owner of Lenta.ru, a leading online news outlet, fired its editor over coverage of Ukraine.
Next up, the Kremlin website has reportedly been hit with a powerful cyber attack. Hackers knocked out the Russian presidency’s website several times on Friday and brought down the central bank website. Whether this is true or not is anyone’s guess. No one is taking credit, so I guess we will see.
Which brings us to banking. According to Zero Hedge, for the week ended March 12, Treasurys held in custody by the Fed dropped to $2.855 trillion: a drop of $104.5 billion. This was the biggest drop of Treasurys held by the Fed on record, i.e., foreigners were really busy selling. It is thought that China and/or Russia are dumping US Treasuries and the markets are very, very jittery. I wonder if this is the beginning of the big US currency dump? The next few weeks should be a wild ride. In Crimea, there has been a run on the banks. A bad situation there, is about to get a whole lot worse. It would also seem that Putin is cleansing his borders of troublesome foreigners, under the flimsiest of pretenses. He’s spring cleaning, before he expands.
As Putin readies for a further Ukrainian invasion, watch closely. We hear platitudes from the Obama Administration, but very little in the way of real repercussions. With the last super power on the planet taking all military options off the table, whose to stop the Russian bear as she rolls further into the Ukraine? We are watching the USSR get the old gang back together and that’s just the beginning for the Communists who intend to keep their comrades safe, warm and controlled. They’ve taken their cue from Obama’s Responsibility to Protect Doctrine.
By: Brent Parrish
The Right Planet
When I spoke to Trevor Loudon here in Indianapolis a few weeks ago, we both agreed that fall of the Berlin Wall was just that–meaning, it was just the dismantling of a structure that represented the divide between East and West. And certainly, at the time, many people, such as myself, viewed it all as an event we never thought we would see in our lifetime. Certainly, the images of jubilant Germans reuniting for the first time in decades was overwhelmingly emotional and an incredible sight to behold. The consensus of the day was the Cold War had officially ended. Unfortunately, it was all just a ruse.
You didn’t think all those card-carrying Communists and fellow travelers just cashed in their chips, do ya? Yeah. Oh, sure, some of them did. But Communism, i.e. Socialism, i.e. Fascism, i.e. Collectivism, is a religion. And religions die hard … real hard.
In my research into the psyops employed by the Soviets, I discovered ancient Chinese military philosopher Sun Tzu’s famous treatise on warfare, The Art of War, was required reading for our Russian comrades. Conversely, I know a few veterans have told me Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is–or was–required reading for the U.S. military as well. Anybody who knows me, knows I’m a big fan of Sun Tzu myself–at least as it pertains to Strategy, Operations and Tactics.
One of Sun Tzu’s maxims states in Chapter I, Laying Plans: “22. If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.” Appearing weak when you are strong is an effective strategy for lulling the enemy into believing that they have nothing to fear or worry about. And it’s all based on one of the most important maxims, Chapter I, “18. All warfare is based on deception.” Yuri Bezmenov (a.k.a. Tomas Schulman), a KGB defector to the West in 1970, clearly points this out in some of his books, interviews and presentations. The Soviets prefer to call their deception and subversion “active measures”–the praxis of psychological and political warfare.
One of the most important KGB defectors to the West was Anatoliy Golitsyn. In his book, New Lies for Old, written in 1980 and published in 1984, Golitsyn predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall, the KGB changing their name and restructuring (as they have done many times in the past since the Cheka and Dzerzhinsky’s reign of terror), the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin–all of this some 10 years prior to the actual events taking place. Independent analysis of Golitsyn’s predictions claim a 94% success rate. He was either a prophet with supernatural abilities, or Anatoliy Golitsyn knew the future plans and ultimate goals for the phony downfall of the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc satellites. It was all designed to lure the United States and the West into believing that the Soviets had lost the Cold War. (I will be exploring this in much greater depth in a future article.)
The late Edward Harle (a.k.a. Christopher Story) discusses some of the background on Anatoliy Golitsyn, and Golitsyn’s books News Lies for Old and The Perestroika Deception with William H. McIlhany in the videos below: