11/30/16

The Moral Sickness of the Left

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

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Donald J. Trump is labeled by CNN as a liar on a regular basis, while the dead communist tyrant Fidel Castro is lauded as a revolutionary hero. American reporters are in Havana, Cuba to film people crying on their way to honor a dictator who had recommended that the Soviets launch a nuclear attack on the United States.

Our media never fail to demonstrate that there is no limit to how low they can sink. The sickness in the media is only matched by the pro-Castro sentiments in people like Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate working with Hillary Clinton to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election. Stein remarked, “Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!”

Virtually all day long on Monday, CNN was broadcasting the “news” that Trump had “falsely” claimed that millions had voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. CNN had not bothered to provide to its viewers the 45 pages of documentation of Trump’s claim from the Trump transition office. Instead, CNN simply dismissed it out of hand.

CNN correspondent Jeff Zeleny reported, “Donald Trump is showing signs tonight of being a sore winner. The president-elect is suggesting with zero evidence to back up his claim that he won the popular vote,” and that “he’s a victim of widespread election fraud.”

Zero evidence? That’s a matter of opinion. Viewers had no way of knowing that the Trump transition team had provided 45 pages of documentation.

Contrast how quickly our media were able to “debunk” Trump’s claim to how long it took them to determine that the attacker at Ohio State University was an Islamic terrorist. On Tuesday morning, Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times, sent an email to subscribers listing various headlines from the news, including that “A man drove a car into a crowd of students at Ohio State University and then attacked bystanders with a butcher knife, injuring at least 11. Officials are investigating whether terrorism was a motive.”

This kind of formulation is not only an indictment of the media, which knew the facts about the Islamic motivations of the terrorist by that time, but also of the anonymous “officials” supposedly investigating “whether terrorism was a motive.”

Why are the media so quick to denounce Trump and so eager to whitewash radical Islam?

This sickness in the media is matched by the reaction of leading “progressive” organizations to Castro’s death.

Black Lives Matter says, “There is an overwhelming sense of loss, complicated by fear and anxiety. Although no leader is without their flaws, we must push back against the rhetoric of the right and come to the defense of El Comandante.”

Black Lives Matter supports convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur, who is listed by the FBI as a domestic terrorist with a $1 million bounty on her head. She is living in Cuba under the protection of the Raul Castro regime.

Global Exchange, a group co-founded by Medea Benjamin, who is also the co-founder of CodePink, noted “with sadness and respect the passing of Comandante Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz.” It added, “His life has been in the service of humanity. His leadership in the Cuban Revolution can never be forgotten. The peoples of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States are beneficiaries of Cuban internationalism—a unique internationalism not based simply on theory but on practice, sacrifice, and love.”

Ironically, Global Exchange claims to be “an international human rights organization.” The group makes money from trips to Cuba.

Not to be outdone, the Cuban Communist “news” organization, Prensa Latina, highlightedhow Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) had praised Castro, saying, “President Castro was a recognized world leader who was dedicated to the Cuban people.”

Lee was a secret member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, a spin-off of the Communist Party USA. She was Barack Obama’s Western Regional co-chair during the 2008 presidential campaign.


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.

11/29/16

Castro Hated America and Killed Kennedy

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

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Since The New York Times seems preoccupied with the concept of “fake news,” the death of Communist dictator Fidel Castro provides an ideal opportunity to go back in time and examine how the Times helped bring this tyrant to power through lies and deceit. Castro hated America and Americans, especially President John F. Kennedy. He hosted Soviet nuclear missiles that targeted the U.S. for destruction and sparked the Cuban missile crisis.

Strangely, President Barack Obama has shown callous indifference to the anti-communism that used to dominate the national Democratic Party, and seems oblivious to the evidence that Castro was involved in the assassination of President Kennedy, a Democratic Party icon. “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him,” said Obama’s statement about the death of the dictator.

More “fake news” from the liberal media has consisted of whitewashing or ignoring Castro’s sponsorship of terrorism inside the United States, through such groups as the Weather Underground, the Black Liberation Army, and the Puerto Rican FALN, as well as the substantial evidence about his role in the Kennedy assassination. Castro not only had foreknowledge of the plot to kill JFK but was actually behind it, most likely with Soviet backing.

The Cuban-backed FALN claimed responsibility for over 140 bombings in the U.S. FALN terrorist leader William Morales and Black Liberation Army cop-killer Joanne Chesimard are still being protected in Cuba by the Castro regime. Joe Connor, whose father was murdered by the FALN Puerto Rican terrorist group, notes that President Obama’s first Attorney General, Eric Holder, offered executive clemency to 16 FALN terrorists when he served in the Bill Clinton administration as deputy attorney general. President Clinton also pardoned two members of the Cuban-backed communist terrorist Weather Underground: Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans.

A U.S.-based group called the Venceremos Brigade was run by the Cuban intelligence service, the DGI, and included several members of the Weather Underground. Young people on the trips were indoctrinated in the communist philosophy, given terrorist training in Cuba, and advised by Soviet and Cuban intelligence agents.

The Weather Underground was responsible for more than 30 bombings in the 1970s, many of them directed at police and police stations. Terrorist leaders Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, who helped launch Obama’s political career in Chicago, still have not been prosecuted for their alleged roles in the 1970 bombing murder of San Francisco Police Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell. A bomb filled with heavy metal staples exploded at the police station and ripped through his body. He was in the hospital for two days, bleeding from his wounds, before he finally died.

In our column, “Why the Communists Killed Kennedy,” we examined the evidence of the Castro role in the murder of JFK. The Soviet KGB also had a role, through meetings with JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico and his defection to Soviet Russia. They then tried to mask their involvement through a disinformation campaign called “Dragon Operation,” an effort to shift blame for Kennedy’s murder away from the communists.

The Cubans wanted Kennedy dead because he had opposed the Cuban revolution, tried to overthrow Castro, and tried to have Castro assassinated. In his last prepared speech before his death, Kennedy declared that he was determined to stop communism’s advance around the world by making the U.S. into the strongest military power on earth.

Former CIA officer Brian Latell’s book, Castro’s Secrets, discloses intelligence information that Castro knew that Oswald was going to kill President Kennedy. A former Marine turned Marxist, Oswald was a member of the pro-Castro Fair Play for Cuba Committee.

We’ve noted in the past that Humberto Fontova’s book, Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant, explains how Herbert Matthews, the Times correspondent in Cuba at that time, brought Castro to power. “This is not a Communist revolution in any sense of the word,” Matthews wrote in 1959. “In Cuba there are no Communists in positions of control.” Matthews added, “Fidel Castro is not only not a Communist, he’s decidedly anti-Communist.” But in a national broadcast on December 2, 1962, Castro declared, “I am a Marxist-Leninist and will be one until the day I die.”

President Kennedy’s widow, Jackie, had singled out The New York Times for criticism for helping bring Castro to power. Her views were documented in the book Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. She cited Ambassador Earl E.T. Smith’s book, The Fourth Floor, on how the U.S. State Department had paved the way for Castro’s takeover. The title is a reference to the officials responsible for Cuba policy who were on the fourth floor of the State Department. Smith argued that Assistant Secretary of State Roy Rubottom, and his associate William Wieland, had to be aware of Fidel Castro’s communist affiliations. Wieland was the State Department’s chief of Caribbean affairs and a friend of Herbert Matthews.

Accuracy in Media (AIM) founder and chairman Reed Irvine noted, “It was Matthews who built up Fidel Castro and is often credited with having made his takeover of Cuba possible. Matthews was never identified as a Soviet agent, but there is no doubt that his work was of great value to the Soviets, whether he was a dupe or an agent.”

At a 1979 AIM conference, Ambassador Smith explained how The New York Times had rescued Castro from obscurity and how Matthews had likened him to Abraham Lincoln.

Demonstrating that he has not abandoned the Marxist ideology he adopted as a young KGB officer, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a statement saying that Castro was a “remarkable statesman” and that Cuba had “become an influential member of the international community and serves as an inspiring example for many countries and peoples.” Putin added, “Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia. He made a tremendous personal contribution to the establishment and progress of Russian-Cuban relations, close strategic partnership in all areas.”

That relationship, according to the evidence in such books as Communism, the Cold War, and the FBI Connection, by former FBI agent Herman Bly, included the assassination of a U.S. president. But the possibility of a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, coming so soon after the Cuban missile crisis, is why the communist connection to Russia and Cuba would be played down. Bly wrote, “…I believe the heads of the FBI, CIA, and President Johnson wanted the Oswald case brought to a conclusion as fast as possible as they did not want another crisis with the Soviet Union so soon after the Cuban missile crisis.”

It’s one of those inconvenient facts that our liberal media want desperately to ignore. Plus, they are still attracted to the notion that Castro, rather than being a cold-blooded killer, was a romantic “revolutionary” who brought health care and educational opportunities to his captive people.

We can understand why Putin doesn’t want to highlight the communist role in Kennedy’s murder. He’s trying to play nice with the U.S. Government to get financial advantages. But why would President Obama, so many progressives, and the liberal media want to pay homage to the killer of a much-beloved American president?

“Today,” Obama said on Saturday, “we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.”

A “friend and partner” with a regime that sanctioned the murder of an American president?

Mr. Obama, have you no shame?


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.

11/28/16

Trump Won, But We’re Not Done!

By: Lloyd Marcus

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Between eating Turkey, passing out, and eating more turkey, plus pumpkin cheesecake (a dollop of whipped cream on top), I caught the news on TV. It seemed the lead story of every broadcast was Trump is an uncouth two-faced SOB. The incredulous mainstream media is going to bombard us for the next four years, spinning every news story to further the Left’s despicable lie that stupid racist whites elected America’s version of Hitler.

The Left has already begun doubling down on it’s efforts to demonize conservatism and block every attempt to reverse Obama’s illegal far-left radical transformation of our once great nation.

Heads up folks. Step one in the Left’s War Room playbook is to discourage us; convince us that Trump is a fraud who will betray his voters. This is why we are seeing so many Leftist talking heads, the NY Times and other democrat operatives disguised as media claiming Trump is backing away from his campaign promises. Don’t fall for it folks.

These people on the Left are relentless and evil. Yes, I said evil. Most of what they stand for and desire to do is consistently anti-God, anti-America and anti-traditional family and values. They always send the message that God’s original plan and purposes are stupid. They have a much better more sophisticated idea for the way things ought to be. But, I digress.

Even as I speak, Hillary’s camp is still insidiously scheming to steal the presidential election from We the People in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. http://bit.ly/2gpd4vA

In an unprecedented sleazy attack, Hillary’s thugs sent threatening letters to electors to bully them into breaking tradition and the law by voting against the will of voters in their states. Hillary’s thugs are trying to strong-arm electors to vote for Hillary on December 19th rather than Trump, the peoples’ choice. http://bit.ly/2fIBDX6

The Clintons are like Jason and Michael Myers in those Friday the 13th and Halloween movies. No matter what was done to kill Jason and Michael; hit them with a train or cutting them up into little pieces, somehow they came back to life. Thus, I am holding my breath until after December 19th. Then, I can rest assured that Hillary is truly politically dead and Trump can begin fixing Obama’s mess; making America great again.

Since 2012, I have served as chairman of The Conservative Campaign Committee. CCC was birthed out of Tea Party Express. CCC’s brilliant executive director, Joe Wierzbicki and president Ryan Gill saw the need for a PAC laser-focused on electing conservatives; mostly House and Senate races. They asked me to come on broad as chairman of CCC.

I like to think of us as the “Wild Bunch”, the title of an old movie. We produce TV and radio campaign ads and utilize social media. We go the unusual extra mile of providing boots on the ground initiatives; organizing phone-from-home, rallies and standing on street corners waving signs; not my wife Mary’s favorite thing because she hates cold weather. We pride ourselves on squeezing every ounce of juice out of our resources, talents and efforts. Win or lose, we know we gave it our all.

Mary and I are still on the road. Post election, our CCC team is working on the Louisiana Special Runoff Election through December 10th, and then on top of that the push-back by Democrats to try and steal the election in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, and then the 100 Day Plan, Supreme Court battles (go Ted Cruz!) and so much more… http://www.conservativecampaign.org/

My bottom line is yes, Trump won, but we’re not done yet folks. The Left is not going away, abandoning its evil mission to transform America. Think of them as villains Jason and Michael Myers, impossible to permanently annihilate. The Left will relentlessly seek to discourage us at every turn. Even before his inauguration, the Left has begun its shock-and-awe assault to destroy Trump’s presidency. It is vitally important that we remain unaffected by media spin. We must stay engaged, alert and prayed-up.

Like the Carpenters’ song, “We’ve Only Just Begun” the monumental politically bloody battle to reverse Obama’s evil transformation of our country. Crazy people are dangerous. Thus, be prepared for the crazy Left to come at Trump and normal thinking Americans with every evil scheme/attack their perverted brains can conceive.

Three Leftist black thugs beat up an elderly white man including kicks to his face for voting for Trump. http://bit.ly/2g1lpcL A group of Leftist blacks beat up a black female Trump supporter and told spectators not to call an ambulance for her. http://bit.ly/2eYO6nA Black Lives Matters have doubled down on assassinating police. Unprecedented, there have been 60 police officers fatally shot this year, 20 in ambushes. http://fxn.ws/2fVqjan This is pure evil from the pits of hell folks.

We must be ready to legally push back. Quoting English military and political leader Oliver Cromwell, “Trust in God and keep your powder dry.”

My fellow patriots, yes, Trump won. But we have many more miles to go before we can sleep.

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

11/28/16

Smokescreens and deception hide the purpose of Hillary’s vote challenge.

By: Nelson Abdullah | Conscience of a Conservative

Democrats love contested elections because there are so many ways they can steal them. And so many ways for them to win some advantage point with them. There also happens to be two major developments going on right now regarding this election. Without addressing them both at the same time in the same story the point of the recount issue by itself is meaningless. The current effort to recount the votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania is a distraction and a smokescreen for the Democrats real purpose. The Trump delegates in the Electoral College are under siege to change their votes and this recount push is certainly not helping them maintain their positions. This recount effort is really being used to demoralize them. The Democrats also have everything to gain by creating doubt and confusion with voter recounts. Read this opening paragraph about the 2008 U.S. Senate race in Minnesota from Wikipedia.

After a legal battle lasting over eight months, Al Franken from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) defeated Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in one of the closest elections in the history of the Senate. Al Franken took his oath of office on July 7, 2009, more than half a year after the beginning of his term on January 3, 2009. By the way, Al Franken won after several hundred absentee ballots mysteriously reappeared after being discovered at the bottom of someone’s desk.

The Democrats have already admitted they have thousands of lawyers standing by to challenge the election results. If the recount issue is allowed to hold up the final election results it may delay the Electoral College vote on December 19th. If it winds its way into the courts, that keeps Barack Obama in the White House until it is finalized. That also puts a lot of pressure on the thin GOP Senate majority to postpone the nomination hearings of Chief Judge Merrick Garland that Obama made to the Supreme Court. If that happens then it is very possible that the liberal Democrat that Obama nominated will be confirmed, either by the Recess Rule or by a frustrated Senate. If so, score a major win for the Democrats, even if Donald Trump is eventually sworn in.

My gut feeling is the big push for a recount is a smokescreen and a distraction to the Democrats real purpose. That purpose is to demoralize the Trump delegates to the Electoral College. These elected delegates are already being besieged with death threats to make them change their vote when the Electoral College meets on December 19th.

This fact doesn’t diminish the importance of the vote recount and the national Tea Party has called for loyal Trump supporters to act as witnesses in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania when the recount takes place. Read more on their web page:

http://www.teaparty.org/trump-strategy-stop-clintons-stealing-election-202831/

It wouldn’t be the first time Democrats have tried to steal an election with a recount. They have done it many times before by getting dead people to vote and busing in illegal voters that are not hampered with voter ID restrictions. And believe me, it won’t be over until the fat lady sings Trump’s victory song or the Patriots run out of ammunition.

My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.

11/28/16

Kudos On Producing A Generation Afraid Of Post-It Notes

By: John | New Zeal

“Protesters” in Portland, Oregon attack a family for having the American Flag displayed on their vehicle.

Edgewood College is a private Catholic liberal arts college located in Madison, Wisconsin. Its motto is “Heart Speaks to Heart.” This past week, those hearts have been speaking to one another of fear and perceived hate crimes. The vile culprit, as revealed by Campus Reform, has been revealed as the following…

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING IMAGE MY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR ALL VIEWERS. IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE, PLEASE FIND YOUR CLOSEST DESIGNATED SAFE SPACE:

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For those of you that are still present, it might also be pertinent to share what was cruelly written on said Post-it which was stuck on the inside window of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion:

Suck it up pussies! 🙂

Of course in such dire times of hatred the Vice President for Student Development, Tony Chambers, was quick to issue a sternly written letter.

“Unfortunately, in a targeted act of intimidation and cowardice this past weekend, someone chose to post a sticky note message on the inside window of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion(ODSI) in Predolin Hall. A great deal of fear, sadness, and anger among students, faculty, and staff resulted – especially for those that gather in the OSDI space. The message was hateful and harmful toward members of our community. It violated every value that this institution considers to be at its core. A group of cross-functional college staff representing campus security, student conduct, human resources, Title IX enforcement, and diversity and inclusion measures convened Tuesday morning to discuss how to address the hateful message. The group determined that the message constituted a Hate Crime, based on the guidelines from the Jeanne Clery Act and state law.

The notice goes on to state that the campus has been reported to the Madison Police Department and includes contact information for anyone with information about the culprit. Seriously, is this what higher education has devolved into in the past decade? We have created the perfect population of meek drones that shut down over words and run to the nearest authority figure for help. Just think how well they will function in an authoritarian state where the populace is expected to follow every rule without question and report on anyone (including friends, family, and neighbors) that do not fit the mold of the collective. Not only have we allowed this to happen, we paid said institutions vast sums of money to do so leaving either ourselves or our children deeply indebted financially to the Department of Education.

So what do we do now? Seriously, I’m looking for suggestions to keep my head from exploding. The comments section below would be a great place to start.

11/27/16

Leading Pro-Palestine Communist Trains Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal

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A seasoned Communist Party USA activist has been lending her revolutionary expertise to the often violent “peaceful protesters” seeking to permanently shut down the nearly completed and highly strategic Dakota Access Pipeline.

Communists from all over the world have converged on the DAP site, near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, over the last several months to support tribal people from several states as they seek to further weaken an already struggling US economy.

Judith LeBlanc

Judith LeBlanc

Judith LeBlanc, Massachusetts raised, but a member of the Caddo tribe from Oklahoma, has been working with the protesters from the very beginning. This has been through her leadership role in the militant dominated Native Organizers Alliance.

The Native Organizers Alliance has been supporting tribal leaders as they develop strategies to counter the powerful economic elites behind the Dakota Access Pipeline…

Judith LeBlanc, director of the Native Organizers Alliance, has been working to support native leaders as they develop strategies to continue to challenge these powerful forces. In mid-September she helped lead a four-day training at Standing Rock with tribal officials, native-led non-profits, and local community and political leaders on power mapping, strategic campaign planning, and direct action.

Judith LeBlanc, far left

Judith LeBlanc, far left

Says LeBlanc:

For me, it’s a blessing in a moment like today to be the director of a national network of native groups, leaders, and organizers who are supporting grassroots native community organizing, the Native Organizers Alliance. As my Mom always said, “It is not enough to be right.” If you believe you are right, then get organized.

Earlier this month, Judith LeBlanc and three other “native women leaders”: Eryn Wise of the International Indigenous Youth Council, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) and member of the 2016 Democratic Platform Committee Deborah Parker (Tulalip Tribes) staged a sit-in at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, then led the crowd of about 1,000 people down the streets of Washington, even passing by the newly opened Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

LeBlanc has been a Communist Party USA leader since the 1970s. She has held several leadership positions in the party and has worked in leadership positions in the peace movement.

She has also spoken several times before the United Nations, mainly in support of the Palestinian cause, which she has championed for several decades.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat kisses the hand of an unidentified member of a delegation of representatives of international communist organizations that visited him at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday Oct. 13, 2002. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Judith LeBlanc, Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat, 2002

Palestinian Ambassador to UN Riyad Mansour and Judith Le Blanc, 2010

Palestinian Ambassador to UN Riyad Mansour and Judith Le Blanc, 2010

The Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are being guided by serious communists and terrorist sympathizers.

Labor for Palestine, another communist controlled group, has been active in the North Dakota protests.

Labor for Palestine at Standing Rock

Labor for Palestine at Standing Rock

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When the protesters turn to violence or sabotage, as they almost certainly will, there is a fair chance that the inspiration will come through the Palestinian connection.

Law enforcement needs to get on top of this situation quickly before someone is killed, or a serious act of sabotage or terrorism is committed.

Trevor Loudon is the producer of a new documentary exposing Marxists and Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers in the US government: The Enemies Within.

Watch the trailer here:

To order this important documentary, please go here.

11/26/16

Weekly Featured Profile – Tom Burke

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Tom Burke, aka Tomas de Bourgha, has been a leader of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! in Chicago and Minneapolis,

He now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In the 1980s, Tom Burke was involved in the Maoist Freedom Road Socialist Organizationand their college front group the Progressive Student Network. He helped lead the 1990 split in Freedom Road which led to the formation of their rival Freedom Road Socialist Organization FightBack! faction.

Tom Burke was an activist with Humanity Allied Against Racist Mascots and the pro-Irish Republican Irish American Student Association.

On April 3rd, 2008, Tom Burke of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! endorsed Bail Out the People Movement‘s “March on Wall Street”;

Because we must demand that the needs of the people come before the greed of the super rich. Millions are jobless and homeless, and millions more will be living on the streets if the government continues to waste trillions of dollars on saving wealthy bankers instead of saving people.

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement in support of Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship with presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack…

Tom Burke signed the statement.

On September 24th, the FBI raided the homes of twelve FightBack! supporters activists across the USA, looking for links to foreign terrorist organizations. Burke was one of those whose home was raided and who is being investigated by the FBI.

70 student activists from all over the country arrived in Gainesville, Florida to attend the annual Students for a Democratic Society National Convention on Oct. 27-28, 2012.

Tom Burke, of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, was also on one panel.

Afterwards, Burke said, “Speaking to the SDS Convention was a powerful experience. I spoke about the FBI raids and grand jury repression, including members of SDS. I relayed my student experience with the Divest Now! campaign to smash racist Apartheid in South Africa. Then, with the Progressive Student Network in the 1980s, we organized campus protests against CIA recruitment. We acted in solidarity with the revolutionary movements of Nicaragua and El Salvador. In 1991, the PSN helped organize mass rallies to oppose the first U.S. Gulf War on Iraq.”

Burke continued, “Today’s student activists have known nothing but the U.S. always being at war. I spoke and emphasized the importance of supporting liberation struggles in Colombia and Palestine today, to stop U.S. intervention.”

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Grand Rapids, Michigan-based activist Tom Burke, one of the lead organizers for what’s billed as the Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the RNC, says the protest has two aims. “One is it helps to build movements in this country by tying local groups to national issues. Secondly, it has an impact on the elections because the media starts to cover what the protesters are saying. We have a very different agenda than the Republican Party— and this year, in particular.”

(Tom Burke|more…)

11/26/16

Elite Media Plot New Censorship Regime

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

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Under the guise of suppressing “fake news,” the elite media and their allies are creating a censorship regime to ban legitimate conservative news from platforms like Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

In a November 19 editorial, The New York Times complained about “millions of people” having been taken in by “fake news stories,” such as that Pope Francis had endorsed Donald Trump for president. Think about this claim. For over a year Pope Frances has been denouncing capitalism and calling for open borders. Trump had been openly critical of the pope. If anyone believed the pope had suddenly endorsed Trump for president, they were living in a fantasy land. It’s extremely doubtful that millions believed such rubbish.

But the Times went further, citing a “BuzzFeed News analysis” finding that “during the last three months of the presidential campaign, the 20 top fake news stories on Facebook generated more engagement—shares, likes and comments—than the 20 top stories from real news websites.”

Forget for a moment about what constitutes “real news.” Does the Times really want to cite BuzzFeed as a respectable source of news and information? Didn’t President Obama once joke about the site in the context of noting that when he was growing up in Hawaii, a “buzz feed” was associated with smoking marijuana?

I visited the site on Thanksgiving Day and found such stories as, “The Naked Rowers Are Back And Their Butts Are Ready To Fight Homophobia.”

It’s nice to see that a left-wing journalist, Robert Parry of Consortium News, has written a piece noting that the Times, with its focus on “fake news,” is seeking nothing less than censorship of the Internet. He dismisses the notion that “fake news” was exclusively pro-Trump, saying, “I also know that Clinton supporters were privately pushing some salacious and unsubstantiated charges about Trump’s sex life, and Clinton personally charged that Trump was under the control of Russian President Vladimir Putin although there was no evidence presented to support that McCarthyistic accusation.”

Parry then adds, “The simple reality is that lots of dubious accusations get flung around during the heat of a campaign—nothing new there—and it is always a challenge for professional journalists to swat them down the best we can. What’s different now is that the Times envisions some structure (or algorithm) for eliminating what it calls ‘fake news.’” That structure is being set in place by Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, in association with Google, whose parent company chairman, Eric Schmidt, worked hand-in-glove with the Clinton campaign. Google has already been caught altering search engine results to benefit Clinton during the campaign.

Parry cites examples of what he calls “fake news” carried by the Times and asks, “So, should Zuckerberg prevent Facebook users from circulating New York Times stories?”

Parry notes that “the Times and other mainstream news outlets—along with some favored Internet sites—now sit on a Google-financed entity called the First Draft Coalition, which presents itself as a kind of Ministry of Truth that will decide which stories are true and which are ‘fake.’” He says, “If the Times’ editorial recommendations are followed, the disfavored stories and the sites publishing them would no longer be accessible through popular search engines and platforms, essentially blocking the public’s access to them.”

He links to a Reuters article noting that “Facebook and Twitter have joined a network of over 30 news and technology companies to tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on social media…” Reuters said, “Members of the group include the New York Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, Agence France-Presse, and CNN.”

It’s much bigger than that. This group even includes a division of the Qatar-financed Al Jazeera, the pro-Jihadist “news” agency once known as the voice of al Qaeda.

The “First Draft” coalition says it wants to expose “Hoaxes and fake stories generated for financial or political gain.” But Washington Free Beacon writer Bill McMorris has written a very informative article, “All the News That’s Fit to Fake,” about the fake news The New York Times published during the 2016 presidential campaign. He cites Times stories about how the Hispanic vote was going to carry Hillary to victory, and how whites weren’t going to turn out for Trump. Other “fake news” stories in the Times concerned how Clinton hoped a mandate and coattails would give Democrats control of the House and Senate, and how the stock market would crash if Trump won. The latter ran under the headline, “Debate Night Message: The Markets Are Afraid of Donald Trump.”

The Dow has hit a new high of 19,000 in the wake of Trump’s victory.

The push to ban “fake news” by the elite media, in association with fringe sites like BuzzFeed and Al-Jazeera, is outrageous. But outrage won’t stop the First Draft Coalition from implementing a censorship regime in coordination with Facebook and Google.

In fact, the process is already underway. The misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which is one of the richest components of the extreme left, is working with Twitter on the “content-policing” of its platform, in order to ban what it considers accounts that spread “hate speech.” USA Today reported that Heidi Beirich, a spokeswoman for the group, told the paper that “the center had asked Twitter to remove more than 100 accounts of white supremacists who violated Twitter’s terms of service.” The banning of these accounts has already begun.

Of course, “white supremacy” is a term that can be assigned to a variety of groups, some of them truly objectionable, but others which simply want to give a voice to the concerns of European-Americans and supporters of Judeo-Christian values.

Twitter might have a case to make if the advocacy of certain views could be directly linked to violence against minorities. Ironically, however, it’s the SPLC that once inspired violence at the headquarters of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group falsely accused of “hate.”

The SPLC itself spews fake news, in the form of false allegations picked up by the media which claim that people like me are radical extremists associated with bigoted members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and the New Black Panthers.

The fact that the elite media and outlets like Twitter use information provided by the SPLC is an ominous indication of where the new censorship regime is headed. It’s time for more honest journalists on the left to follow Robert Parry’s example and speak out against the 1984-style “Ministry of Truth” that is emerging right before our eyes.


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.

11/26/16

Wealthy in India are turning ‘Nigerian Prince Scam’ honest

By: John | New Zeal

India : 500 Indian Rupees : Obverse

Progressives have salivated for a “war on cash” ever since the invention of digital money. Allowing the populace to have possession of their finances is way too much freedom when compared to the digital form that must be stored in easily taxable banks. As reported and applauded by many news outlets, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modia has taken the first shots in the war by announcing that 500 and 1000 rupee notes would become worthless by the end of the year.

Owners of said bills have until then to either deposit the notes (and take a haircut if the amount seems suspicious to the government) or exchange up to the equivalent of $65 per day for other currency. To put this in perspective, these bills are the equivalent of $8 and $15 respectively and account for 80 percent of the money supply in India.

Proponents of the plan state that it will curb counterfeiting and prevent the wealthy from hoarding cash to elude taxes, but it has had dramatic effects on the lower classes in a country where 95 percent of small businesses and traders deal in cash. As expected, this has been the reaction:



One of the more interesting phenomena occurring from the ban is the rise of the honest “Nigerian Prince scam”.

In the dishonest version a person is contacted, generally through email, and given a sob story about how the author is in an authoritarian state and has a large amount of currency they need to smuggle out of the country so that it isn’t confiscated. They offer the victim a percentage of the money in return for allowing the use of the victim’s bank account. All of this is followed by a request for account information and when successful, the scammer drains the account instead of adding millions to it. In the honest version playing across India, the wealthy are turning to their employees and others and asking them to deposit sums of around 250,000 rupees, an amount that won’t be scrutinized by the government.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald:

Maids, drivers, nannies, and cooks in India are experiencing unusual politeness from their employers. Beyond the work they do every day, they suddenly have another use – to launder the undeclared cash which the rich have been hoarding in steel wardrobes, under the mattress and in under-bed storage.

The money is to be kept in the account until a safe point in the future where it will be withdrawn minus a fee to the depositor. While there are other methods such as buying and exporting gold or paying employees months in advance, the “honest Nigerian Prince (not-a-scam) is perhaps the most inventive and goes to show that no matter what a government does to attempt to strong-arm tax money out of its populace, some will find a work around to keep what is theirs.”

(H/T Zerohedge.com)

11/26/16

The SPLC’s laughable claim of an uptick in hate crimes since Donald Trump’s election

By: Renee Nal | New Zeal

Mob beats Chicagoan David Wilcox calling him ‘white boy Trump supporter’ via CNN

“Fears of heightened bigotry and hate crimes have turned into reality for some Americans after Donald Trump’s presidential win. And the list of incidents keeps growing.” – A big whopper by Holly Yan, Kristina Sgueglia and Kylie Walker of CNN, who tie Donald Trump to unsourced “hate crimes,” Nov. 21 2016

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) promises “deeper analysis and more documentation” to prove their obviously false assertion that there have been 701 “hateful incidents of harassment around the country” since Donald Trump has been elected. The insinuation is that evil Trump supporters have been emboldened upon Trump’s election to attack basically anyone who is not a white, straight male.

There are no suspects, no police reports, no due process, and no convictions in any of the SPLC’s thread-bare report. In fact, they even admit that their “hateful incidents of harassment around the country” are largely “anecdotal.” 

Allegations are not facts.

George Soros has jumped on the bandwagon, pledging to “commit $10 million from his personal foundation to combat a rise in hate crimes that he linked to the ‘incendiary rhetoric’ of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s campaign,” as reported at the New York Times:

“His nonprofit group, the Open Society Foundations, plans to spend at least $5 million in coming weeks to fund grants of as much as $150,000 to community groups and civil rights organizations to develop plans for combating the recent spate of hate crimes and to work with victims.”

There is NO “spate of hate crimes.” But there IS an uptick in fake hate crimes.

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