08/10/20

Trump Thwarts Pelosi’s Pot Pushers

By: Cliff Kincaid

Using emergency authority granted to him by Congress, President Trump on Saturday issued four China virus relief executive orders to benefit taxpayers, students, renters, and homeowners. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got in the way of this assistance because her “Heroes” bill that she insisted on passing through the  Senate would have made heroes out of dope dealers and stoners and other clients of the marijuana industry. In a masterstroke, the president bypassed her.

The controversy demonstrates the priorities of the House Speaker, whose son, Paul Pelosi Jr., ran a marijuana legalization company called Freedom Leaf Inc. He left the company in 2018, after speaking of “the powerful benefits of cannabis,” and made several transactions involving company stock. (The company relaunched in 2019 as GL Brands).

At the time that Freedom Leaf named Paul Pelosi Jr. as chairman of the board, the company highlighted the fact that he “is the son of U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.” Pelosi was Minority Leader at the time and became Speaker when the Democrats took control of the House in 2018. A Congressional Cannabis [Marijuana] Caucus was formed to provide the façade of bipartisan support for getting stoned. But she was unable to deliver to Big Marijuana, mostly because of opposition from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans.

The so-called “HEROES” bill, which stands for Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, had an astounding 68 references to cannabis. It even directed that money be used in minority communities so that marijuana businesses can more easily distribute their dope to people of color.

Pelosi was taking a stand, in the name of “values,” by demanding that the federal government help the marijuana industry, in addition to passing mail-in voting schemes to benefit Democrats.

With his executive orders, Trump stopped Pelosi’s gambit by extending direct relief to victims of coronavirus and avoiding federal payments to an industry that is making money by getting people high and more vulnerable to death from coronavirus.

In protesting the so-called HEROES bill, Senate Majority Leader McConnell had said that Pelosi was “agitating for strange, new special interest carve-outs for the marijuana industry and even claiming they are COVID-related.” In regard to the latest “negotiations,” McConnell commented, “She said that, with respect to this virus, marijuana is ‘a therapy that has proven successful.’ You can’t make this up.” McConnell added, “I hope she shares her breakthrough with Dr. Fauci.”

McConnell, of course, was mocking Pelosi’s advocacy of dope as a medical treatment to make people well. Common sense is that inhaling marijuana smoke with mind-altering THC can only worsen the symptoms of the China virus, which strikes the lungs in many cases. A group of anti-drug experts warned that coronavirus harms are severely elevated by marijuana use and signed a statement asking health care professionals to examine in a scientific manner the likely connection between coming down with the China virus and smoking dope.

In terms of lies, Pelosi’s statement about marijuana being a successful therapy was a whopper with serious health consequences and actually risked the lives of Americans.

Some of our media, in a rare development, fact-checked her. After the news conference where she claimed that marijuana “is a therapy that has proven successful,” USA Today noted that she “did not cite any studies or health officials that have said cannabis may be a treatment for the coronavirus.” That’s because there are none. The Washington Times commented, “Mrs. Pelosi did not offer any evidence to corroborate her claim, and no published studies have proven that marijuana is effective at treating COVID-19, the contagious disease caused by the novel coronavirus.”

President Trump got the message from his negotiators that Pelosi was adamant about pot’s supposed health benefits and decided to bypass her with a series of four executive orders on China virus relief assistance.

Pelosi is a big loser, but so is George Soros, the big financial backer of dope legalization who has major influence over the Democratic Party and its policies. Roger Morgan’s new book, Soros: Orchestrating America’s Demise, explains the strategy.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues pushing. “Marijuana should be legalized,” she declared, “and drug consumption should be decriminalized. These are matters of public health.”

Since this has nothing to do with benefiting “public health,” and actually harms public health, what is this all about? One answer is campaign contributions for Democrats (and some Republicans) from the marijuana industry and their pot shops, which have remained open in many states during the pandemic. Another factor is that millions of stoners, drawn from the millennial generation, may turn out to vote for politicians who promise easy access to marijuana. They will vote for legal weed and then demand government help when their mental faculties deteriorate.

Consider the fact that, according to government statistics, 22.2 million people have used marijuana in the past month. They are a potential major voting bloc.

Not surprisingly, the Washington Post is out with a long story defending the hedge fund billionaire, George Soros, and another article casting doubt on President Trump’s executive actions on China virus relief. In the past, it has argued that drug tests threaten privacy and that employers should stop screening for marijuana. This is typical of a paper whose liberalism has degenerated into toxic paranoia, a characteristic of an alternative lifestyle not based on objective reality. Clearly, drug tests are needed at the paper.  Owner Jeff Bezos should order them immediately and set an example by taking the first test himself.

In the name of the public’s right to know, the paper whose slogan is “Democracy dies in darkness” should then release the results.

*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org.

08/10/20

Spock’s Brain – And Joe Biden’s

By: Daniel John Sobieski

The third season opener of the iconic sci-fi series “Star Trek” was an episode titled “Spock’s Brain” in which an unidentified humanoid female from a seemingly advanced civilization transports aboard the starship Enterprise and, after rendering the entire crew unconscious, absconds with science officer’s Spock’s brain. Capt Kirk and the crew spend the episode tracking down the brain and figuring out a way to make Spock whole and functional again.

It is unlikely aliens have descended and absconded with Joe Biden’s brain, but there is no clear answer to Joe Biden’s incoherent outbursts, inability to complete coherent sentences or thoughts, failure to remember where he is, who people are, even what office he is running for. We all get old and forgetful and to some extent, the prone-to plagiarism Biden has always had his tongue engaged before his brain was in gear. The “that’s just Joe” refrain became a cliché. But there’s more going on here than just getting old and forgetful even though that would be bad enough. His “gaffes” now seem to be a frightening predictor of things to come. We need to know before he gets his hand on the nuclear codes and determines policy or becomes a sock puppet for an administration replete with an Obama-era puppet master all too willing to be his Rasputin.

The latest joke is that Biden should end his commercials with the tag, “I’m Joe Biden and I forgot this message.” We drop our jaws or grit our teeth when he calls Arizona a great city, talks about Super Thursday, says African-Americans ain’t black if they don’t support him and that blacks all think alike, and c’mon man, you know the thing. November 3rd is approaching and it ain’t funny anymore. We need to know what is wrong with Joe Biden’s brain.

If it had happened to Trump, it would have been the top story for months, but it was not that long ago that Joe Biden’ eyes filled with blood during a CNN town hall as the New York Post reported:

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s left eye filled with blood during an appearance on a CNN town hall Wednesday.

As he answered a question about climate change, the former vice president’s eye turned red, and the Washington Examiner suggested it might have been caused by a broken blood vessel, a condition known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage.

It can be caused by a number of things — including sneezing, coughing, straining, eye rubbing, trauma from injury, high blood pressure, or a bleeding disorder​ — according to WebMD.

As a senator, Biden​ ​had emergency surgery twice for life-threatening brain aneurysms in 1988.

The eye bleed is likely not related to Biden’s cognitive difficulties but the possible lingering effects of those two brain surgeries may now be visible in Joe Biden’s daily cognitive breakdown. The signs are ignored by a lapdog media which they would not be if this was happening to Trump.

Dr. Marc Siegel, M.D. is a professor of medicine, a medical director at Doctor Radio at NYU Langone Health, and a Fox News Medical Correspondent. Dr. Siegel, last September penned a piece for The Hill in which he detailed the possible lingering effects of such surgery which makes them a lifetime handicap:

…I was not concerned when I saw blood appear in his left eye during the CNN climate-change town hall last week….

What was more concerning to me, as a physician, was when Biden appeared to lose his train of thought mid-sentence.  

In recent weeks, the former vice president has at times made what appeared to be cognitive errors. These include reportedly forgetting which state — Vermont or New Hampshire — he was in when the Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations occurred and that he was not vice president when the Parkland, Fla. school shooting occurred

Last weekend, at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Biden slipped and called the president “Donald Hump” before correcting himself and calling it a Freudian slip.

Biden had two brain aneurysms repaired surgically in 1988. The first one was fairly large, a centimeter in size, and was leaking. His neurosurgeon, Dr. Neal Kassell, has stated publicly that Biden is in excellent shape.

Still, the fact remains that studies have shown this type of aneurysm repair — especially when associated with a bleed — can sometimes lead to long-term cognitive difficulties, with problems in thinking, memory, or orientation. 

As BizPacRevuew reports, Siegel elaborated some more on Biden’s mental health last week on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show:

The discussion came after a monologue during which host Sean Hannity dissected what appears to be presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s declining cognitive state….

“VP Biden in 1988 had two aneurysms repaired surgically before the modern, most modern techniques came in. Studies have shown that there’s up to 50 percent cognitive impairment long-term following those aneurysm repairs,” he said.

“Also a matter of public record, former VP Biden has atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heartbeat. He’s on blood thinners for that. A major study called the Swiss Atrial Fibrillation Study came out about a year ago. Over 1,200 people studied. They found three percent per year, even if people were on blood thinners, ended up having silent strokes. And guess how silent strokes present — they present usually with cognitive impairment with faltering and with an inability to think clearly.”…

Atrial fibrillation also coincides with dementia, according to Hugh Calkins, MD, FHRS, FACC, FAHA, FESC, the Catherine Ellen Poindexter Professor of Cardiology and director of the electrophysiology laboratory and arrhythmia service at Johns Hopkins University

“There are many studies showing an increased rate of all types of dementia in patients with [AF],” he said last year to Neurology Advisor.

Continuing his remarks, Siegel noted that the study tested the cognitive state of participants using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test. That’s the same test that the president reportedly aced earlier this year and that he’s since argued Biden ought to take as well. The doctor agreed.

The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as, “An overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.” In anybody that is a scary and difficult reality to deal with. But Joe Biden wants his everyday activities to include running the most powerful economic and military power on earth. Now, let’s see. Just where did I put that nuclear football?

Not long ago the media who is currently silent on Biden’s mental state was entertaining fantasies about the deterioration of Donald Trump’s mental state. They prattled on endlessly about Trump’s energetic personality coupled with his bluntness being a sign of mental disability as evidenced by a piece published in Psychology Today:

Millions of people around the country and the globe have expressed bafflement at the nature of the personality at the center of it all, and many are alarmed by tactics and policies that appear not only erratic but often retrogressive and undermining of long-established democratic practices. Chief among them is a well-documented distortion of facts if not outright lies about everything from crowd size at the inauguration to discussions with foreign heads of state….

Trump’s manifest grandiosity and disregard for facts, beginning with failure to accept clear evidence about the size of the crowd attending his inauguration, has put mental health professionals in the spotlight from Day One of his presidency.

Psychologists and commentators from all ideological camps early converged on a label of narcissistic personality disorder as the condition that “explains” Trump’s behavior. Among those making this assertion are more than 70,000 mental health professionals who signed a petition warning of Trump’s potential dangerousness, despite longstanding professional injunctions against “diagnosing” public figures whom experts have not personally examined.

Trump is fine, thank you, demonstrating coherence and competence as well as a schedule that is staggering, compared to an opponent that reads scripted material from his basement as his handlers prompt him through an earpiece and off-camera assistance. Before the Chinese Wuhan virus and urban unrest in Democrat-run jurisdictions struck, Trump had the economy roaring with record job and wage growth. Not bad for a crazy man.

Still, no less an authority than Dr. Joe Scarborough over at MSNBC said on cable network television he thought Trump had onset dementia:

Joe Scarborough called on the Cabinet to remove Trump from office, adding that people close to the president have said he has shown signs of dementia.

Joe Scarborough called on the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Donald Trump from office, adding that people close to the president have said he has shown early signs of dementia.

“If this is not what the 25th Amendment was drafted for — I would like the Cabinet members serving America, not the president, serving America— you serve America and you know it,” Scarborough said. “You know you don’t serve Donald J. Trump, scam developer, scam you know Trump University proprietor, reality TV show host, you don’t represent him. You represent 320 million people whose lives are literally in your hands, and we are facing a showdown with a nuclear power and have you somebody inside the White House, somebody that the New York Daily News says is mentally unfit.”

Scarborough and his ilk ignore that Trump’s accomplishments in business and in the White House are real and unparalleled, just as they ignore Biden’s visible deterioration in a campaign that borders on elder abuse. Biden is showing real signs of dementia not imaginary ones conjured up out of hatred for and policy differences with Trump. We are witnessing the most epic breakdown since Captain Quueeg lost it in the classic film “The Caine Mutiny.” The story is now that Biden’s VP selection is being delayed because party bosses are worried he might totally lose it soon and might not make it to November, much less the White House.

As Greg Gutfeld of Fox News notes, you can’t have a “VP” without a “P.” That pick will be the most consequential pick perhaps ever and in fact, might become the president or the presidential nominee of the Democrats. Should we be allowing Joe to pick up all the marbles when we can’t be sure he hasn’t lost all of his?

To quote Joe Biden, this is a BFD.

* Daniel John Sobieski is a former editorial writer for Investor’s Business Daily and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.

08/8/20

Confessions of an American Insurrectionist: Communist Tells of ‘Joy’ at Watching Police Station Burn

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

A police officer stands watch as a looted pawnshop burns behind them, in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 28, 2020. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

The recent surge of rioting, looting, arson, and violence in the aftermath of the May 25 death in police custody of George Floyd in Minneapolis was not a “peaceful protest” hi-jacked by “extremists.” It was violent from day one—and it was always intended to be that way.

The Minneapolis-based, Chinese Communist Party-aligned Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) has actually claimed credit for “sparking” the riots. The group specifically praised by FRSO comrades for “sparking” the “uprising” in Minneapolis was the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar (TCC4J)—an anti-“police brutality” organization formed after the police killing of Minneapolis teenager Jamar Clark in 2015.

TCC4J is led by several FRSO comrades—especially Loretta VanPelt and Jess Sundin.

According to a June 18 interview with Jess Sundin on the Green Flame podcast, Sundin was involved in planning and organizing protests within hours of the death of George Floyd.

The interview is chilling for its casual approach to mass violence and destruction. It’s a must-listen for anyone wanting to see into the mind of a hardened communist revolutionary,

The Green Flame describes itself as a “Deep Green Resistance podcast that brings you revolutionary analysis, practical skills, and artistic expression from the grassroots movement to dismantle global industrial civilization.”

The podcasters introduce Sundin this way:

“Jess is a community organizer in Minneapolis. She has done solidarity work in El Salvador and Iraq. … She was involved in the Anti-War Committee that organized against the RNC [Republican National Convention] in St. Paul in 2008, and her home was raided by the FBI in September 2010 as part of a coordinated attack on that movement.

“Afterwards, she helped create the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Jess has been a member of the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, which works for justice and police reform, since the 2015 murder of 24-year-old Jamar Clark …”

Sundin starts out making her ideological position very clear: “Myself, I am a revolutionary. I’ve been a communist for more than 20 years.”

Sundin makes it very clear she was a key player in the “uprising” and fully approved of the resulting violence and looting.

Sundin admits to having played a major organizational role in the Minneapolis protests:

“It’s been 20 days … the first two weeks after George Floyd was killed saw an intensely high level of organizing all day and all night every day. During the day we would have marches and rallies, and at night the focus was often at the Third Precinct, which is the police station where George Floyd’s killers were working out of. Those demonstrations I know the whole world saw.”

When discussing the spectacular arson of the Third Precinct police station, Sundin casually says, “I can’t tell you the joy it brought all of us to see the Third Precinct destroyed.”

According to Sundin, buildings were destroyed within a radius of 5 miles:

“Lots of buildings were destroyed. Some by fire, some by brute force … golf clubs, baseball bats. … That said, there was a really powerful unity between those night actions and the rallies and marches during the day, and it was clear to all of us who live here every day that all of the demonstrations were demanding not only justice for George Floyd but expressing this deep well of rage against the violence that police commit in our communities, over and over and over again. …

“While the spark was lit by the horrific murder of George Floyd … it really was about so much more than that.”

Sundin makes it plain that massive destruction and looting that went on during the night “demonstrations” were all part of the plan.

“There has been a lot of confusion sown … about whether those night demonstrations are in fact legitimate. And I want to be absolutely clear as an organizer—what I did most of the last three weeks was organize rallies … and marches—those night demonstrations, the emptying of the Police Department, the emptying of Target and other major stores … is absolutely tied to, connected to, and part of the movement.”

Sundin emphatically denies claims that Antifa or “white supremacists” turned peaceful demonstrations violent. She is very clear that the violence was very much part of the movement she helped to lead.

“The narrative that has tried to suggest that those more advanced actions, more militant actions, were specifically either carried out by Antifa or by white supremacists. … It’s also a huge mistake and it’s not true to say the main thing that happened that was destructive in the Twin Cities over the last few weeks was outside forces. … The myth of the outside agitator is just that.”

Incidentally, Sundin is the wife of FRSO political secretary Steff Yorek. On the day President Trump was inaugurated, Jan. 20, 2016, Yorek announced to a Washington protest, “We need to stay in the streets the entire four years opposing Trump and making the country ungovernable.”

These demonstrations would have happened without the George Floyd killing. Another spark would have been found had George Floyd never been killed.

FRSO comrades went on to lead demonstrations in several cities. They still are.

Are there grounds for RICO charges here? Under RICO statutes, leaders of organizations can be held liable for crimes committed by underlings if certain levels of proof can be met.

In September 2010, the homes of several members of the FRSO in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Michigan were searched by the FBI for alleged material support for Middle Eastern and Latin American terrorist groups. Fourteen people were subpoenaed to appear before a Chicago grand jury, plus another nine in the following months, but all refused to testify.

Those subpoenaed were facing decades-long jail sentences if indicted. But, in the end, the Eric Holder Justice Department did not charge them.

Had those cases been prosecuted may be U.S. cities wouldn’t be burning today.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics. He is best known for his book “Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress” and his similarly-themed documentary film “Enemies Within.” His recently published book is “White House Reds: Communists, Socialists & Security Risks Running for U.S. President, 2020.”

08/7/20

The Long, Hot Summer of 1967: A Forgotten Season of Riots and Urban Unrest Across America

By: Sam Jacobs | Ammo.com

America’s “The Long, Hot Summer of 1967: A Season of Riots and Urban Unrest Across AmericaThe Book of Ecclesiastes says that there is nothing new under the sun. And while many have spoken of the “unprecedented” nature of the rioting in the early summer of 2020, it is actually quite precedented.

The Long, Hot Summer of 1967 was the peak of urban unrest and rioting in the United States in the lead up to the 1968 election. While there are certainly a number of key differences, there are also a number of striking parallels that make the topic worthy of discussion and examination.

The long-term impact of the urban unrest of the summer of 2020 is unclear, but the long-term impact of the Long, Hot Summer of 1967 and related urban rioting was a victory for Richard Nixon in 1968 and landslide re-election in 1972. One must resist the temptation to make mechanistic comparisons between the two, and we will refrain from doing so here. But the reader is encouraged to look for connections between these events and more recent ones.

Prologue: The Ghetto Riots

The riot wave in America’s urban ghettos might have peaked in the summer of 1967, but it certainly didn’t begin there. 1964 is generally thought to be the beginning, with a riot that began in Harlem after the shooting of a 15-year-old black teenager named James Powell.

The story of how this happened is familiar to anyone who read the news in the summer of 2020: The superintendent of a building in a predominantly white working-class neighborhood turned a hose on black students who had been congregating on the stoops of his buildings. The black students alleged that he used racist language with them, a charge that he denied. It is worth noting how often alleged racial slurs are invoked as an excuse for violence. In any case, no one disagrees that the students then began throwing garbage can lids and bottles at him. He retreated into his building where he was pursued by three of the students, one of them being James Powell.

A white off-duty police officer, Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan, arrived on the scene and fired three shots at Powell. One of these was a warning shot, but the other two connected with Powell’s forearm and abdomen. Lieutenant Gilligan claimed that Powell had a knife, raised it, and then he fired first a warning shot, then a shot into the forearm to disarm him before firing the third shot. Gilligan had an impeccable record with the New York Police Department. Powell had a few interactions with the law: twice for boarding a subway car without paying, once for breaking the window of a vehicle and once for an attempted robbery (he was cleared of the robbery).

The result was a week of rioting that left one dead, 118 injured and 465 arrested.

Between the Harlem Riot of 1964 and the Long, Hot Summer of 1967, there were riots in Rochester, New York, Dixmoor, IllinoisPhiladelphia, Watts, Chicago, Cleveland, Waukegan, Illinois, San Francisco and Benton Harbor, Michigan. But the Long, Hot Summer was when things really picked up.

Chapter One: The Long, Hot Summer of 1967

America’s “The Long, Hot Summer of 1967: A Season of Riots and Urban Unrest Across AmericaIt would be impossible to cover all of the riotings that occurred throughout the summer of 1967. All told, there were 159 riots that summer. The worst of these was in Newark, New Jersey, and Detroit, Michigan. The riots left over 85 dead, over 2,100 injured and over 11,000 arrested. They also caused tens of millions of dollars in property damage.

The first of these riots was the Cincinnati riot of that year, which began in the Avondale region of the city, in response to the conviction of “Cincinnati Strangler” Posteal Laskey Jr. for a series of rapes and murders. Laskey’s cousin, Peter Frakes, protested the decision and was arrested for blocking the sidewalk, in stark contrast to the protesters of today who are allowed to block off highways. The next day there was a protest in support of Frakes that spiraled out of control, quickly becoming an orgy of violence, destruction, and looting that spread throughout the city.

Resulting in one death, 63 injured, 404 arrested, and $2 million in property damage (over $15 million in 2020 dollars), the riot was only quelled when the National Guard was deployed.

Cincinnati was the first, but the two biggest riots were in Newark and Detroit.

Newark was one of the earliest and most extreme examples of white flight in the nation. Its manufacturing base had largely abandoned the city by the time that the riots began. The city had been on edge for a while, but things began to boil over in July 1967, after Newark white police officers John DeSimone and Vito Pontrelli beat black cab driver John William Smith, who they claimed assaulted them. A rumor began to spread that Smith was beaten to death and a crowd formed outside of the police station. Witnesses disagree as to what happened first – the crowd throwing things or the police emerging with hard hats and clubs.

The crowd demanded that Smith be moved to Beth Israel Hospital, a request granted by the police. That night there was a march to protest police brutality, during which an unidentified female smashed the windows of the police precinct with metal bars. Looting and firebombing of local businesses began soon after, with the looting of liquor stores being a predominant feature of the rioting.

Six days of rioting left 16 civilians, eight suspects, a police officer, and a firefighter dead. There were 727 injuries (including 67 police officers, 55 firefighters, and 38 military personnel) and $10 million in property damage (roughly $77 million in 2020 dollars). Many believe that the city never fully recovered from the riots even to this day.

The riots in Detroit took place from July 23 to 28. At around 3:45 a.m., Detroit police broke up a party at a “blind pig” (unlicensed private drinking club). They expected to find only a few but instead were greeted by an 82-person strong celebration of the return of two GIs from Vietnam. The police made the decision to arrest everyone there. A crowd began to gather to watch the raid. William Walter Scott III, the doorman, and son of the organizer of the blind pig, later admitted to starting the riot by throwing a bottle at a police officer in his memoirs.

The next afternoon, the first fire was set at a grocery store. The local media tried simply ignoring the riots in an attempt to maintain calm. Tigers left fielder Willie Horton, who was born in Virginia but lived in and grew up in Detroit, drove to the center of the rioting, and stood on his car in uniform, passionately imploring the crowd to stop the violence, but failed to do so.

Chaos began on the second day of rioting. There were 483 fires, with 231 incidents reported every hour and a whopping 1,800 arrests in a single day. Hardy’s drug store, a black-owned business known to fill prescriptions on credit, was one of the first to be burned to the ground. Indeed, the black business district was not spared. Firefighters were shot at as they attempted to put out fires. U.S. Representative John Conyers tried to address the rioters via loudspeaker out of his car but had rocks and bottles thrown at him.

All told, there were at least 23 deaths and 696 wounded, with property damage pegged somewhere between $40 million to $45 million (between $300 and $350 million in 2020 dollars). Among those dead were 4-year-old Tanya Blanding.

The final riot in the Long, Hot Summer of 1967 was the Milwaukee riot, which left four dead, 100 injured and 1,740 arrested. This began after two police showed up to break up a fight between two black women, around which a crowd of 350 had gathered. The property damage was relatively scant because it was mostly confined to broken windows: it came in at around $200,000 at the time.

Chapter Two: The King Assassination Riots of 1968

The next wave of rioting took place following the assassination of Martin Luther King in the spring of 1968. This wave of riots engulfed the nation’s capital, Chicago, BaltimoreKansas City, Detroit, New York, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Trenton, Wilmington, and Louisville. New York’s riots were quickly quelled by mayor John Lindsay, who went directly to Harlem and gave a speech about addressing poverty. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy is largely credited with saving Indianapolis, with his speech there following King’s assassination. A James Brown concert in Boston is similarly credited with keeping the peace there. Memorials were held in Los Angeles that averted a repeat of the 1965 Watts riots.

Washington, D.C. was the first to experience rioting, beginning on the day of King’s assassination, April 4. Ironically, the rioting here was started by a mob following Stokely Carmichael of the Southern Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, who quickly began breaking windows. The riots devastated the black business district of the city, which had an incredibly difficult time finding investment to rebuild after the riots were over. Some areas of the city remained little more than piles of rubble until 1999.

Riots in Chicago came next, starting the day after King’s assassination. The damage here was over $10 million (over $77 million in 2020 dollars), with 11 dead, 500 injured, and 2,150 arrested. Baltimore was next, two days later. The swift and sharp response of Governor Spiro T. Agnew (thousands of National Guard and 500 Maryland State Police were deployed the very day that unrest began) was likely what attracted then-candidate Richard Nixon to choose him as his running mate.

The riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. were comparatively minor when contrasted with the Long, Hot Summer of 1967. However, it is worth noting that they happened as part of a more general pattern of lawlessness and urban unrest in the United States in the late 1960s.

It is now generally agreed that the wave of rioting in 1968 helped to sweep Richard Nixon into the White House. The riots outside of the Democratic National Convention in 1968 likewise didn’t help matters. However, whether or not the 2020 election will be a replay of the 1968 election (which also took place during a pandemic that left over 100,000 Americans dead) remains to be seen. At the very least, the Democrats are going to spare themselves unrest by holding their convention virtually.

Epilogue: The Hard Hat Riot

America’s “The Long, Hot Summer of 1967: A Season of Riots and Urban Unrest Across AmericaFor every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This might be a law of physics, but it often holds in politics as well. The reaction to urban rioting and leftist violence in general that plagued the late 60s and early 70s is a little-known incident in American history known as the Hard Hat Riot.

The Hard Hat Riot took place on May 8, 1970, in New York City of all places. It’s worth remembering that in 1970, most of New York was a lot more like blue-collar forklift operator Archie Bunker of All in the Family rather than Lena Dunham – Bunker lived in Astoria, Queens, which is a much different place today than it was at the time of the Hard Hat Riot.

Unlike the hippies and college students of America, blue-collar workers tended to support Nixon and his Vietnam War policies. Peter J. Brennan, who was the head of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, was one of the most vocal supporters of Nixon and the Vietnam War.

The Hard Hat Riot started as a counter-protest to a protest against the killing of four students at Kent State by the National Guard. It started with a few hundred college and high school students but quickly ballooned to over 1,000. They were soon met by about 200 construction workers carrying American flags and patriotic signs. Their numbers doubled when people working in the surrounding area joined the construction workers. The construction workers began beating anyone with long hair in the vicinity of their counter-protest.

After this, the construction workers stormed city hall and raised the flag, which had been at half-mast for the Kent State students, back to full mast. They were joined by city workers, including a postal worker who raised an American flag on the roof of City Hall. Most of the rioters were Catholic and turned their attention to the nearby Episcopal church in the neighborhood.

Six rioters were arrested and Mayor John Lindsay denounced the rioters, as well as the police for their lack of action. A massive influx of phone calls to local union offices was 20 to 1 in support of the rioters. On May 11 and May 16, there were additional protests denouncing Mayor Lindsay as a “commie” and a “rat.” It’s worth noting that “rat” is a term approximating “scab” in the building trades. On May 20, 150,000 pro-war demonstrators marched through the city without opposition. Many workers who were on the job showered the demonstration with ticker tape.

Peter J. Brennan met with Nixon and 22 other labor leaders on May 26, presenting the president with a hard hat. Brennan later met privately with the president on Labor Day. He is considered instrumental in securing a second term in the White House for President Nixon and was rewarded for his efforts with the Secretary of Labor position.

What all of these have in common is a template for community unrest in advance of an election year. While not a direct reaction to the urban riots, the Hard Hat Riots were largely the urban white working-class saying “enough” to the racialized and political violence that had plagued the country for the last several years.

While 2020 saw the merger of racialized and political violence running rampant in the early summer, it has yet to see any kind of organized – and we use that term loosely – pushback of the order of the Hard Hat Riots. Americans are a tolerant and patient people, but their tolerance and patience have a limit. Whether or not there will be an analog to the Hard Hat Riots in the future is anyone’s guess, but if history repeats (or even, as Mark Twain once said, rhymes) we will be seeing something not unlike the Hard Hat Riots in the near future.

08/7/20

Extortion 17 – AUG. 6, 2011 – When Biden’s Loose Lips Killed SEAL Team 6

By: Daniel John Sobieski

Former Benghazi liar and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has seemingly risen to the top of Joe Biden’s VP list which would make a unique pairing of someone who can’t tell the truth and someone who can’t remember the truth. Thie pick will no doubt be finalized after “Bunker Biden” sniffs the hair of the potential picks.

One of the chief unmaskers of Trump officials caught up in deep state surveillance of the 2016 Trump campaign and an architect of the attempted coup against Trump, Rice recently lied again by pushing the false claim that Trump ignored reports of Russian bounties for the killing of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and was doing Putin’s bidding by callously letting American soldiers get killed. As reported by Axios:

Former national security adviser Susan Rice says President Trump sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin following news that Russia allegedly offered bounties for those who targeted American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Rice said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday: 

“And now we learn that even when it comes to the blood of American service members, this president picks Putin over our troops.”

This was, as Trump says, fake news, The Russians have little money to throw around and the Taliban is trying to kill our troops anyway, for free… troops Trump is bringing home. Yet the woman who went on five talk shows to spread the lie that an Internet video got four Americans killed, including a U.S. Ambassador, at a Benghazi compound that Obama/Biden/Rice left unprotected and refused to send help to, has the chutzpah to express concern about the safety of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Of course, she has said she wants to see Joe Biden elected and would willingly be his VP. She would be Biden’s Rasputin, pulling his strings, completing the fundamental transformation of America begun by Barack Hussein Obama. So she ignores Biden’s culpability for Benghazi, as she ignores her own, and ignores Biden’s key role in getting Navy Seal Team 6, the unit that killed Bin Laden, slaughtered in a revenge ambush in Afghanistan.

Biden is not above exploiting the sacrifice of our young men and women who put themselve3s in harm’s way on our behalf. He’s done it before and has gotten them killed in the process. Biden should not be trusted with the nation’s security or the lives of its heroes.

Yet while critics of President Trump’s foreign policy accuse him of a degree of recklessness and immaturity that place the nation’s security at risk, Biden’s service in an administration that gave us the criminal negligence and incompetence of Benghazi provides us with an example of why he should not be trusted with the nation’s security or the lives of its heroes. That example is the tragedy of an operation known as Extortion 17.

As author and attorney David Shestoksas points out in his review of  Betrayed: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father, Biden betrayed the heroes that killed Ben Laden to further his political ambitions:

On May 1, 2011, Aaron Carson Vaughn, member of America’s elite special operations force, Seal Team VI, called his father, Billy Vaughn and exclaimed:

“Dad, we got him!”

 The elder Vaughn asked:  “Got who, son?”

Aaron Vaughn replied:  “Who do you think? Go turn on the TV.”[1]

On television shortly thereafter, President Obama declared to the nation that Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the deadly attacks of September 11, 2001, was dead.

Vice-President Biden Applauds and Endangers the Seals

Vice-President Joe Biden, at an awards banquet on May 3, 2001,[2] remarked:

“Admiral James Stavridis … can tell you more about … the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy SEALs and what they did last Sunday… I’d be remiss also if I didn’t say an extra word about the incredible events, extraordinary events of this past Sunday.  As Vice President of the United States, as an American, I was in absolute awe of the capacity and dedication of the entire team, both the intelligence community, the CIA, the SEALs.” (emphasis added)

Less than a day after Biden’s remarks Aaron Vaughn called his mother Karen:

“There’s chatter and all of our lives are in danger including yours, Mom.”

Three Months Later A Deadly Attack on Seal Team VI

On August 6, 2011, in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan, Aaron Vaughn and 30 other Americans,[3] including 15 members of SEAL Team VI[4] were killed when their fifty-year-old helicopter, designated Extortion 17, was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Leon Panetta is one who has taken President Trump to task for his alleged “loose lips.” Panetta himself, it would seem, was also one who needed to be surrounded by adults to keep his loose lips in check, having put the lives of those who took out Osama bin Laden at risk. As Breitbart reported:

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta, for example, told CNN on Tuesday that Trump “cannot just say whatever the hell he wants and expect it doesn’t carry consequences.”

Panetta should know because it was his loose talk after the Osama bin Laden raid that exposed a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, who helped locate the Al Qaeda leader.  As a result, Afridi was imprisoned on fabricated charges and will live under the fear of assassination for the rest of his life.

As Breitbart News noted in 2013, a Pakistani report on Dr. Afridi reportedly concluded “Dr. Afridi was implicated by a ‘statement by the U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who was the CIA Director when May 2 happened, confirming the role of Dr. Afridi in making the U.S. assassination mission a success.’”

Panetta did not reveal that critical intelligence in a private meeting with a foreign emissary, but to the entire world, on CBS News’ 60 Minutes.

Then there is Joe Biden, whose loose lips got members of SEAL Team 6 targeted for revenge and killed in an Afghan mission known as Extortion 17: As Investor’s Business Daily recounted on May 28, 2013:

Extortion 17 was the call sign of a special operations mission in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011, that responded to an Army Ranger unit engaged in a firefight with the Taliban and in need of backup.

The Chinook helicopter carrying the rescue team was shot down by a Taliban-owned rocket-propelled grenade over the Wardak Province on Aug. 6, 2011, killing 38, including 30 Americans and 15 members of Navy SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden just three months prior.

The shoot-down was described at the time as a “lucky shot,” but the families of the dead SEALs believe that, like Benghazi, it was a pre-planned operation of revenge facilitated by a government that put them in harm’s way without adequate support and with a bulls-eye painted on their backs.

At a Pentagon briefing on Monday, May 2, 2011, a senior defense official was asked if it was a Navy SEAL team that found and killed the world’s most wanted man. The terse and proper response was: “Not going to comment on units or numbers.”

Then on May 3, Vice President Joe Biden got up to speak at a dinner at Washington’s Ritz Carlton Hotel marking the 50th anniversary of the Atlantic Council to spill the beans about Adm. James Stavridis and “the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy SEALs and what they did last Sunday.”

From that moment, the families believe, the Taliban looked for an opportunity for revenge, and a government more concerned with politically correct rules of engagement than victory helped them get it.

Biden skated on the leak that got SEAL Team 6 targeted for revenge. Panetta and Biden, like Hillary Clinton on Benghazi, put lives in jeopardy and got men killed.

The deaths of more than 20 Navy SEALs from the unit that took out Osama bin Laden is connected to a loose-lipped Vice President who likes to sometimes pose as a presidential action figure.

To be a politician takes more chutzpah than courage. The chattering class, as the mainstream media is sometimes called, was more worried about how the successful Bin Laden raid by Navy SEALs might affect President Obama’s reelection chances in 2012. So did administration officials, as the leaks and chest-thumping began almost immediately.

SEAL missions depend on bravery, courage, skill, daring – and secrecy. Initially, when President Barack Obama announced that “a small team of Americans” had killed Osama bin Laden, he did not identify it was the SEALs.

Karen Vaughn, the mother of slain SEAL Aaron Vaughn blames Joe Biden for her son’s ambush and death:

On May 3, at an event in Washington, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. did the unthinkable: He publicly revealed the identity of the special-operations unit responsible for bin Laden’s killing. His reckless action put at risk the lives of every member of SEAL Team 6. The Taliban and other jihadists eager to avenge bin Laden now knew which unit to target. Stunned and shocked, SEAL members immediately realized they were going to be hunted by al Qaeda sympathizers.

Karen Vaughn, the mother of slain SEAL Aaron Vaughn, says that within hours after Mr. Biden’s comments, her son called to tell her to wipe away every piece of information regarding the family on social media, Facebook and Twitter. “I never heard Aaron that afraid in his life,” Mrs. Vaughn said in an interview. “He told me: ‘Mom, we’re picking up chatter. We’re not safe. You’re not safe. Delete everything.’”

According to Mrs. Vaughn, Mr. Biden essentially placed a bulls-eye on her son’s back — and that of all the other SEALs. He leaked classified information. SEAL Team 6 is a covert unit, which is supposed to operate in the shadows. This is how they are able to conduct deadly raids on terrorist groups. Their reward, however, for killing the world’s foremost terrorist mastermind was to be outed by their own government.

In a damning video speech, Charles Strange, the father of Navy SEAL Michael Strange, also lays the ambush of Extortion 17 right at the feet of Joe Biden.

The RPG that felled the SEALs could have just been a random act of war. The Taliban could have just gotten lucky. Or they could have been plotting and waiting for revenge, looking for helicopters that might be carrying more SEALs on another mission, a big bulls-eye painted on their backs by a Vice President who forgo that loose lips can sink ships, and they can also get Navy SEALs killed.

* Daniel John Sobieski is a freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.

08/7/20

Working and Supporting the Chinese People to Eliminate the Evil Chinese Communist Party

By: Retired General Paul Vallely | CCNS

Working and Supporting the Chinese People to Eliminate the evil Chinese Communist Party (“The CCP”)
(Through Chinese Eyes)
 

The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based. They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries. If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.

– President Trump, speaking at the UN 

On July 23, 2020, Secretary of State Pompeo gave a historical speech on the CCP, China, and the future of the free world. In his speech, he stated that “When it comes to the CCP, I say we must distrust and verify.” This, perhaps, was the first time in history that the American government openly acknowledged the deceptive nature of CCP. Pompeo also proclaimed that America would engage Chinese people as they are completely distinctive from the CCP. This clear perception signals the much-awaited awakening of the American government. Many anti-CCP Chinese are already celebrating the end of the appeasement policy on the CCP.

At 4 pm, Friday, July 24, 2020, CCP’s Houston Consulate was fully evicted and closed. Just two days before that, the General Consul Cai Wei still bluffed that he would stay and keep the consulate open. On July 24, anti-CCP groups, including Falun Gong, Tibetans, and pro-democracy activists held their last protest in front of the consulate. A long truck driven by Falun Gong practitioners circled around. On the truck, a large sign read “Heaven will bring down the CCP. Quit the CCP to stay with the divine”.

CCP’s Responses

Upon receiving the eviction order, the 5 CCP consulates immediately called upon tens of thousands of Chinese students to leave America. It has set up an approval process as well as arranged special flights for those approved. Some suspect that one’s eligibility is judged upon how devoted one is and how critical his or her study major to the CCP. Some wealthy CCP cadres have reportedly spent as much as $300,000 to usher students out of the U.S. via private jets. Some of these students departed with their entire families.

News reports reveal that in preparation for an upcoming nuclear war with the U.S., the CCP is stocking up on wartime and medical supplies. Some political analysts ridiculed the news as a bluff by the CCP—after all, using nuclear weapons to threaten America is an all-time tactic of the communists.

In a recent public talk, Xi brought up a term called “internal circulation”. He certainly sees sanctions coming his way. During the trade war/negotiations with America, Xi already spoke on “hard struggle, plain living” – a lifestyle the CCP heavily promoted during the Cultural Revolution. Following the CCP orders, movie theaters and TVs in China start to dust off anti-America movies again.

CCP’s Malicious Attack on U.S. Officials

To retaliate, the CCP spokeswoman Hua Chunying mocked Pompeo as a tiny ant attempting to shake a big tree (a term used by Mao). Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin tweeted: “Unfortunately for him (Pompeo), he misunderstands the current world. Endless resistance will destroy him…”.  Known as a loyal CCP propagandist, Hu once compared the Hong Kong protest to an “ISIS-like terrorist attack.” Undoubtedly, among all the secretaries of state in the past four decades, Mike Pompeo has won the “highest honor” from the CCP.

On July 13, the CCP imposed retaliatory sanctions on four American politicians: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Sam Brownback, and Chris Smith for their Uighur measures. The move shows how critical religious suppression is to the CCP.

The External Nightmare

Among all the nations, the CCP fears and hates the U.S. the most. This is because America is not only the most powerful country but also a nation built upon the Creator’s will and enshrined with the divine mission to uphold goodness on earth.  It was America that rescued the world from the catastrophic World War II and the Cold War.

How does the CCP deal with America then?

Firstly, it turns every crisis into its growth opportunity. For decades, it has actively worked with its global communist comrades to build up the New World Order. The CCP knows well that it must bring down America through unrestricted warfare. This pandemic gave it another chance. The Antifa riots in America today are tied to the CCP. In March 2020, the CCP propaganda declared that America would fall apart in this pandemic, with each state claiming independence and making its own currency. Each governor, who has control over the individual state, can ignore President Trump’s order. Eventually, some states could fall under CCP’s rule. At the end of May, the radical communist insurrections broke out in America. It is almost a replay of Paris Commune in 1871 and the Russian Revolution in 1917. These events are taking place according to evil’s plot.

Secondly, it operates its propaganda machine both in America and at home. For months, the CCP’s financial analysts have been warning investors the American stock market would plunge any time, so would the American economy.  Hence, investing in Chinese stocks is the way to go. The CCP’s propaganda has also been tirelessly airing the riots, lock-downs, and a high number of pandemic cases in America to the people in China. The new brainwash theme has become such: “Only the CCP could maintain social stability in a dire crisis like this.” As a result, the bewildered Chinese people are thankful to the “great leadership” of the CCP.

The Utmost Internal Threat

Falun Gong, a traditional self-improving practice that emerged and quickly became the largest grass-roots group in China, is the utmost threat for the CCP domestically. Falun Gong’s principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance” are at odds with the CCP’s insidious agenda. After mobilizing the entire society and spending over 25% of the GDP to crack down on this group, the CCP still finds itself with the rising resistance of Falun Gong. This is unprecedented in its 70-year ruling history.

 The persecution of Falun Gong accounts for the biggest human rights violation in human history. This event has put everyone into a conscience test. What Falun Gong has gone through has quickly become the precursor to other groups, such as the underground Christians, Uighur, human rights activists, etc. Now, it is on its way to the free world, including the U.S.

To prevent the U.S. government from lending its support to Falun Gong, the CCP tries to mute the American leaders through bribery. For example, the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reportedly taken billions of dollars from the CCP in exchange for her silence on the crimes against Falun Gong. Maybe we can trace from her missing emails the big donors to her foundation?

In 2012, Wang Lijun, a leading criminal directly involved in orchestrating organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners, divulged evidence to the American Consulate in Chengdu. In exchange, he asked the U.S. government for political asylum. Despite the requests from over 100 congress members, Obama and Hillary did not release any of the documents provided by Wang.

Since 1999, no substantial actions were taken by America to curtail the persecution of Falun Gong. It is said there was an unwritten policy in the political arena that Falun Gong issue could not be touched. In 2019, President Trump broke the silence. He courageously made an effort to include a Falun Gong practitioner in his meeting with dozens of survivors from religious persecutions. On July 20, 2020, the 21st anniversary of persecution on Falun Gong, Secretary Pompeo wrote to condemn the persecution and call for an end. His article was posted on the website of the American embassy in China in both English and Chinese, readily available to the people in China. In the face of evil crimes, the Trump administration has chosen to gallantly stand up.

At the beginning of persecution, Jiang was certain that the CCP could eradicate Falun Gong in 3 months. Many did not think this peaceful group could last long. However, after 21 years of grave adversity, Falun Gong still goes strong, while Jiang himself issued by millions around the globe. Seeing the dire danger, Jiang allegedly offered to execute many policemen in exchange for an acquittal from the Falun Gong. What goes around comes around. No matter how rampant the CCP may seem to be, it is fated to be eliminated soon.

An All-out Strike-back on Evil

Traditional Chinese stress on “the timing of heaven, the advantage of conditions on earth, and the support of people” for winning a favorable outcome. As 5000-year-long human history is approaching its critical moment, the finale has taken place to eliminate the communism scourge out of this planet.

On July 20th, Alan Adler, Chair of Friends of Falun Gong gave remarks on “Eliminating the Communism from this Planet”. He said that the CCP is intentionally expanding its tyranny to the whole world. He feels the human rights violations in China, if not stopped, will extend to other countries. The people in China have suffered too much for too long. The western countries’ appeasement policy has failed. He called on nations to take courageous and quick action to eliminate communism from the planet to avoid its tyranny. He said that all kindhearted people should unite to condemn and resist the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong.

On July 23, Secretary Pompeo declared to the world that America is leading an all-out retaliation against the evil. America under President Trump is walking on the path to fulfilling the divine mission. Almost everyone, every organization, every country must decide: which side to stand by—the CCP or America under President Trump?  People shall not be near-sighted by focusing on short-term gains as they are just baiting from the evil. In fact, the choice between America under President Trump and the CCP is a vital choice to everyone’s well-being and destiny: freedom or tyranny, good or evil, victory or death, heaven, or hell.

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again. “

                        –  President Reagan

Released by: Stand Up America US Foundation

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This article was originally published at StandUpAmericaUS.

08/7/20

Refugee Hong Kong Virologist Links COVID-19 to Chinese Military Laboratory

By: Col. Lawrence Sellin (Ret.) | CCNS

Stunning new evidence from a Chinese defector supports the notion that the origins of COVID-19 were man-made, and that the Chinese Communist Party covered it up.

There have been persistent rumors circulating the internet among scientists studying the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic that, RaTG13, the bat coronavirus identified by China as the closest relative of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the disease, is a fake used to divert attention away from how SARS-CoV-2 was artificially constructed.

In fact, reports suggest that, if RaTG13 ever existed as a fully sequenced bat coronavirus, there are no samples of it remaining.

Now, in a detailed interview, Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist who says she fled the country after receiving threats due to her concerns about the origins of COVID-19 and accuses the Chinese Communist Party of a cover-up, claims that the novel coronavirus originated in a military laboratory overseen by the People’s Liberation Army.

According to Dr. Li-Meng Yan, instead of RaTG13, which allegedly was found in bat samples from Yunnan Province, the bat coronavirus that provided the “backbone” for the artificial construction of SARS-CoV-2 by the Chinese military originated in Zhoushan in about 2018.

The information provided by Dr. Li-Meng Yan provides a direct link with the 2018 scientific article “Genomic characterization and infectivity of a novel SARS-like coronavirus in Chinese bats,” published by scientists from China’s Third Military Medical University in Chongqing.

The two bat coronaviruses isolated in that study, ZC45 and ZXC21, are remarkably similar to SARS-CoV-2, being, overall, 95% identical. The envelope protein is 100% identical, the membrane protein is 98.6% identical, the nucleocapsid is 94% identical and the S2 portion of the spike protein is 95% identical.

In striking contrast to those similarities, the S1 section of the spike protein of ZC45 and ZXC21 is only 69% similar to SARS-CoV-2, indicating that ZC45 and ZXC21 would probably not bind to human receptors with nearly the same effectiveness as SARS-CoV-2.

Furthermore, it is extremely unlikely, through random mutation, that SARS-CoV-2 would so tightly conserve the sequences of ZC45 and ZXC21, but have an S1 component so drastically different.

In addition, SARS-CoV-2 has a furin polybasic cleavage site not found in ZC45 and ZXC21 or any of the close SARS-CoV-2 relatives yet identified.

The only conceivable way ZC45 or ZXC21 might evolve into SARS-CoV-2 is by either natural or artificial recombination.

The chances of a natural recombination of bat coronaviruses, ZC45 and ZXC21, simultaneously acquiring the unique human-infecting S1 section of the spike protein AND the furin polybasic cleavage site are virtually impossible, thus strongly indicating genetic manipulation.

For the same reasons, RaTG13 could not have naturally evolved into SAR-CoV-2.

The only conclusion one can draw from all the available scientific evidence is that SARS-CoV-2 originated as a bat coronavirus “backbone” onto which new segments were inserted.

Then, as Dr. Li-Meng Yan mentions in her interview, the new artificial coronavirus can be more adapted for human infection by multiple passages through genetically-engineered mouse models containing humanized receptors previously developed by China.

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel, who previously worked at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and conducted basic and clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a member of the Citizens Commission on National Security. His email address is [email protected].

08/6/20

The Libya Chaos: A Middle East Wake-Up Call

By: Yoram Ettinger | CCNS

Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government gather as they advance against Islamic State holdouts in Ghiza Bahriya district in Sirte, Libya December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny – RC11D1200620

Western misreading yields devastating consequences

The Libyan turmoil is, mostly, the outcome of the 2011 reckless toppling of the Qaddafi regime by a US-led NATO offensive. The offensive was launched despite the fact that the ruthless Qaddafi had become a fervent warrior against Islamic terrorism in Libya, North, and Central Africa. Moreover, the offensive was initiated in spite of Qaddafi’s dismantling of the Libyan nuclear, chemical, biological and long-range ballistic missile infrastructures.

The stated goal of the US-led NATO onslaught was to stop the Libyan civil war, minimize the loss of civilian lives, and promote democracy and peace, as was stated during the 2003 war against Saddam Hussein…. However, the authority vacuum created by the demise of the Qaddafi regime has intensified the intrinsic fragmentation and disintegration of Libya, tribally, geographically, ideologically, and religiously.

The demise of Qaddafi yielded systematic eruptions of volcanic civil wars in Libya, intensified by a heightened presence of Islamic terror organizations, which operate globally, from Central Asia, through the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Latin America, with sleeper cells in the US.

In defiance of the architects of the assault on Qaddafi, Libya has joined Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen as a leading epicenter of international Islamic terrorism. The Libyan pandemonium has stimulated Islamic terrorism in Europe, as well as in neighboring Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria, and Tunisia, in addition to Morocco, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria.

Contrary to the expectations by the US and NATO national security establishments, there has been substantial military and financial intervention by foreign countries, which conduct proxy wars in post-Qaddafi Libya. Thus, Turkey, Qatar, Italy and the UN support Prime Minister al-Sarraj’s Tripoli-centered Government of National Accord (which controls some parts of Western Libya), while Russia, France, Greece, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Jordan back General Haftar’s Benghazi and Tobruk-based Libyan National Army (which controls most of Libya, especially the eastern and southern areas and most of the oil and natural gas fields and refineries).

Foreign involvement in Libya

The mounting foreign involvement reflects the geostrategic potential of Libya, economically and militarily. For instance, Libya is a 680,000 square-mile-country (2.6 times the area of Texas!), located between the Mediterranean and Central Africa, possessing a 1,000 mile-long-coast along the Mediterranean, between Egypt and Tunisia and across from Turkey, Crete, Greece, Malta, Italy, and Sicily. Libya’s oil and natural gas reserves rank 8th and 21st respectively in the world, which has attracted major energy companies, such as Italy’s ENI (since 1959) and France’s Total (since 1954).

Turkey’s Erdogan considers Libya an effective springboard to assert his national security independence; to defy the US, NATO, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the international community; to bolster his military and energy footprint in the Mediterranean basin; to gain natural gas, oil and construction opportunities; and to advance his grand vision: the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire.

Russia seeks to expand its air and ground military presence in the Mediterranean region and Africa; it sends a determined message to the US, NATO and allies of the US in the Middle East and Africa, it aims to neutralize Erdogan’s megalomaniacal ambitions, it pursues oil deals, and it wishes to enhance its position during future international negotiations on the fate of Libya.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia consider Libya – and Turkey’s and Qatar’s involvement in Libya – a threatening tailwind for the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the largest Islamic terrorist organization, and a clear and present lethal threat to every pro-US Arab regime. Their wish to neutralize Erdogan, whom they consider a top lethal threat to the Arab World, along with Iran’s Ayatollahs and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt and Libya have always shared adversarial relations: economically poor, demographically large (100 million people), and militarily strong Egypt versus economically endowed, demographically meager (7 million people) and militarily weak Libya. Therefore, an Egyptian military intervention in eastern Libya – leveraging tribal ties – has always been a viable option, in order to secure the western border of Egypt, resume suspended oil projects in Libya, and enhance Egypt’s geostrategic stature. Also, Egypt is concerned about the adverse effect of the Libyan chaos on its war against Muslim Brotherhood terrorism, which has been a domestic fixture since the 1928 establishment of the Muslim Brotherhood. Moreover, Cairo is increasingly concerned about Turkey’s deepening engagement in Libya – on top of its military presence in Qatar, Somali, and Sudan – due to Erdogan’s close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, while demonstrating hostility toward the Sisi regime, which toppled an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood regime.

The real Middle East vs. Western conventional wisdom

The Libya mayhem, which erupted during the initial stage of the “Arab Spring,” has exposed a major Western misperception of the Middle East. Hence, the West has sacrificed the reality of “the Arab Tsunami” on the altar of an imagined “Arab Spring” – touting “From Lawlessness to Democracy and Peace” – while the Arab countries have rejected civic liberties and intra-Arab peaceful-coexistence.

The Libyan turmoil, which has raged since February 2011, encapsulates many of the 1,400-year-old explosive features of the Middle East, which have impacted the entire world.

For example:

*Rarity of national identity/loyalty (e.g., Tripolitania western Libya vs. Cyrenaica in the east vs. Fezzan in the southwest);

*Fragmented societies underline local-over-national allegiance (e.g., a 9-tribe-coalition in the Benghazi region, fighting other tribes, while fighting among themselves);

*Violent intolerance religiously, geographically, ideologically, culturally, economically;

*Absence of intra-Arab and intra-Muslim peaceful-coexistence, domestically and regionally, including pan-Arabism vs. pan-Islamism;

*Minority, repressive, tenuous regimes, policies and accords (e.g., Libya’s King Idris deposed in 1969, Qaddafi executed in 2011, succeeded by two warring non-democratic regimes);

*One-bullet-regimes seizing power via the military;

*Centrality of subversion and terrorism, domestically and regionally;

*Shifty allegiance, alliances, and policies;

*Intense complexity, instability, and unpredictability;

*Domination of fundamental Islamic precepts (e.g., the subservient “infidel”);

Has the Western debacle in Libya awakened the Western national security establishment to Middle East reality?

Will the costly Libyan lesson free the West from submission to the utopian “Arab Spring” state of mind, when confronting the litany of tectonic eruptions, which will be triggered by the Arab Tsunami, with regional and global ripple effects?

Will the Libyan chaos advance Western comprehension of the need for extra geographic-topographic security, required by the sole and small “infidel” democracy in the Middle East?

This column was originally published at The Ettinger Report.

08/6/20

California Census Partners with CAIR Radical

By: Steve Emerson | CCNS