09/19/18

How the FBI Protects the Swamp

By: Cliff Kincaid

Both sides are claiming the FBI can or will get to the bottom of the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault matter. The Kavanaugh accuser’s backers say she wants a full FBI investigation of her charges, and that a former FBI agent conducted a lie detector test that she passed. Kavanaugh’s backers say the FBI has already conducted a background investigation of Kavanaugh.

The FBI comes out of this controversy as some authoritative source of information about peoples’ personal lives. Isn’t that convenient for a law enforcement agency under fire for its political motives and investigations?

“I strongly support Dr. Ford’s call for an FBI investigation before a hearing is held,” Senate Democratic leader Senator Chuck Schumer said. “Dr. Ford’s call for the FBI to investigate also demonstrates her confidence that when all the facts are examined by an impartial investigation, her account will be further corroborated and confirmed.”

President Trump countered, “That’s not what they [the FBI] do. They have done now, supposedly, six background checks as Judge Kavanaugh has gone beautifully up a ladder.”

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09/18/18

Land Reform and Farm Murders in South Africa: The Untold Story of the Boers and the ANC

By: Sam Jacobs | Ammo.com

The Untold Story of South African Land Reform and Farm MurdersSouth African farm murders have long been a niche cause on the Internet, and the country has made headlines again due to a South African government plan to seize the land of white farmers under the guise of “South African land reform.”

News of these farm murders and land seizures have gained steam with the release of Lauren Southern’s documentary Farmlands. And United States President Donald Trump has brought even more attention to the plight of Afrikaners with his tweet that he would be looking into the South African land and farm seizure.

Most people don’t know much about the history of South Africa beyond the simplistic propaganda of the 1980s – white South Africans bad, ANC good. The history and current situation of South Africa, however, is much more complex.

Defining Terms: Who Are the Key Players?

Before going any further, terms should be defined and the key players identified:

  • ANC: The African National Congress, the leading party in South Africa since the end of apartheid.
  • Afrikaners: Dutch-, German- and French Huguenot-descended white South Africans who primarily speak a language called Afrikaans.
  • Bantu: A group of black South Africans including the Xhosa (of which Nelson Mandela was a member) who originally lived in the northeast of the country.
  • Boers: A subset of Afrikaners who still lead a rural and agricultural existence.
  • Democratic Alliance: Currently the second-largest party in the South African parliament, the Democratic Alliance is a broad-based centrist party that is comparatively economically liberal for South Africa. It enjoys broad, multiracial support, though it is most popular among all racial minorities – white, Coloured and Indian. Its black supporters are often derided as “clever blacks” by ANC supporters.
  • EFF: The Economic Freedom Fighters, a far-left political party in South Africa that has pushed the South African government to seize land from white farmers. Sometimes derisively called “Everything for Free,” the EFF is the third-largest party in South Africa, but is poised to become the second.
  • Khoisan: A popular name for the original inhabitants of most of the territory now known as South Africa. This is not an ethnic designation, but a linguistic one. These are who the Dutch settlers first encountered.

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09/18/18

Massive Social Security Fraud, 40 Million Americans

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Last week, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) revealed massive identity fraud by illegal aliens in the United States, potentially affecting nearly 40 million Americans.

In April of this year, IRLI filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) seeking records related to the Obama-era decision to halt sending “no-match” letters to employers. According to the Justice Department’s website, a “no-match” letter is a “written notice issued by the SSA to an employer, usually in response to an employee wage report, advising that the name or Social Security number (SSN) reported by the employer for one or more employees does not “match” a name or SSN combination reflected in SSA’s records.” The long-held practice of sending the letters had been used to prevent fraud through the use of stolen SSN data by illegal aliens and other criminals.

Days after former President Obama implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program, his administration announced the decision to stop sending “no-match” letters to employers. This decision led to a thriving SSN black market where illegal aliens are drawn to obtain an American’s information for employment. The SSN of children have proven to be especially valuable as they can be used undetected for years. However, when these children reach adulthood and begin to apply for college, car loans, credit cards, or other needs, many learn they have criminal records attached to their identities.

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09/18/18

Thwarted Plot of Swiss Laboratory Working the Novichok Case

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Western intelligence agencies thwarted a plot involving two Russians intending to travel to a Swiss government laboratory that investigates nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and hack its computer systems. According to two separate reports by Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, the two were apprehended in The Hague in early 2018. The reports also said that the Russians were found in possession of equipment that could be used to compromise computer networks. They are believed to work for the Main Intelligence Directorate, known as GRU, Russia’s foremost military intelligence agency. The apprehension was the result of cooperation between various European intelligence services, reportedly including the Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Organization (MIVD).

The laboratory, located in the western Swiss city of Spiez, has been commissioned by the Netherlands-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to carry out investigations related to the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March of this year. It has also carried out probes on the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Russian-backed government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. In the case of the Skripals, the laboratory said it was able to duplicate findings made earlier by a British laboratory.

Switzerland’s Federal Intelligence Service (NDB) reportedly confirmed the arrest and subsequent expulsion of the two Russians. The Swiss agency said it “cooperated actively with Dutch and British partners” and thus “contributed to preventing illegal actions against a sensitive Swiss infrastructure”. The office of the Public Prosecutor in the Swiss capital Bern saidthat the two Russians had been the subject of a criminal investigation that began as early as March 2017. They were allegedly suspected of hacking the computer network of the regional office of the World Anti-Doping Agency in Lausanne. The Spiez laboratory was a target of hacking attempts earlier this year, according to a laboratory spokesperson. “We defended ourselves against that. No data was lost”, the spokesperson stated.

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09/18/18

NASDAQ Negatively Impacted By Trade

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

The NASDAQ and the S&P 500 were pulled lower by the marquee technology companies that would perhaps be most impacted by a change in trade policy. Industrial and energy stocks… aka value… supported the Dow.

Treasuries were essentially unchanged with the key 10-year bond holding nominally below the psychological 3.0% barrier yielding 2.995%. The negative real yield of the sum parts of the Treasury spectrum is now beginning to gain attention. [Note: a real yield is the interest rate minus the inflation rate].

Several times I have written about negative real yields stating historically such conditions are conducive to inflationary growth.

Will such an environment unfold or will an increase in productivity and the massive pool of available workers that do not exist in the data prevent an inflationary environment from developing?

Historically, whenever the supply side of the economy is stimulated, productivity increases as does the longevity and strength of the expansion as was in the case in the 1950’s, early 1980’s, and the late 1990’s.

What will happen today?

Last night the foreign markets were up. London was up 0.08%, Paris was up 0.17% and Frankfurt was up 0.14%. China was up 1.82%, Japan was up 1.41% and Hang Sang was up 0.56%.

The Dow should open nominally higher on “softer tariffs” than expected. The 10-year is off 2/32 to yield 2.9996%.

09/17/18

Resettling Refugees: Social and Economic Costs

>By: James Simpson | Capital Research Center

Read Part I Here

Read Part II Here

Summary: A vast network of foundations, non-profits, government entities and political organizations have a vested interest in the continued growth of the resettlement of refugees in America. Because they receive billions of dollars in federal grant money, publicly-financed, tax-exempt organizations have significant incentives to support political candidates and parties that will keep these programs alive. These organizations need to be thoroughly audited and the current network of public/private immigrant advocacy and resettlement organizations needs to be completely overhauled. Resettling refugees should be a voluntary, genuinely charitable activity, removing all the perverse incentives government funding creates.

Federal Refugee Resettlement Grants

The nine VOLAGs, their many affiliates, and unaccompanied alien children contractors all receive funding from the federal government to resettle the various refugee categories. As mentioned earlier, unaccompanied alien children do not meet the definition of “refugee,” however their resettlement is managed through the Office of Refugee Resettlement and they are included when calculating the total cost of the overall program.

Most funding comes in the form of grants. Prime awards are grants directly from the federal government to the state or the contractor. Sub-awards are those given to contractors by other contractors or state governments that received the prime grant. They are left out to avoid double counting. Table III below enumerates prime grants to VOLAGs and unaccompanied alien children contractors for refugee resettlement and related programs. Some of the VOLAGs, for example the Ethiopian Community Development Council, focus almost entirely on refugee resettlement. Others, like the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, International Rescue Committee, and World Relief Corporation of the National Association of Evangelicals, have a broader mission.

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09/17/18

Resettling Refugees: Who’s Coming to America?

By: James Simpson | Capital Research Center

Read Part I Here

Summary: A vast network of foundations, non-profits, government entities and political organizations have a vested interest in the continued growth of the resettlement of refugees in America. Because they receive billions of dollars in federal grant money, publicly-financed, tax-exempt organizations have significant incentives to support political candidates and parties that will keep these programs alive. These organizations need to be thoroughly audited and the current network of public/private immigrant advocacy and resettlement organizations needs to be completely overhauled. Resettling refugees should be a voluntary, genuinely charitable activity, removing all the perverse incentives government funding creates.

Who is eligible for resettlement?

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), refugees are:

[P]eople who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

This mirrors the U.N. definition established at the 1951 U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. It is important to note here, however, that under these definitions, “individuals who have crossed an international border fleeing generalized violence are not considered refugees.” This includes large numbers of people who are regularly resettled anyway, for example, some of the Syrians fleeing that country’s conflict, and most—if not all Somalis.

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09/17/18

Resettling Refugees: An International Agenda

By: James Simpson | Capital Research Center

Summary: A vast network of foundations, non-profits, government entities and political organizations have a vested interest in the continued growth of the resettlement of refugees in America. Because they receive billions of dollars in federal grant money, publicly-financed, tax-exempt organizations have significant incentives to support political candidates and parties that will keep these programs alive. These organizations need to be thoroughly audited and the current network of public/private immigrant advocacy and resettlement organizations needs to be completely overhauled. Resettling refugees should be a voluntary, genuinely charitable activity, removing all the perverse incentives government funding creates.

The refugee resettlement program is popular with many policymakers. It enjoys bipartisan support in Congress and statehouses because it supplies low-wage, low skill labor that many big businesses crave while enabling supporters to embrace “diversity” and thus avoid the Left’s favorite attacks and mischaracterizations: “bigot,” “racist,” “xenophobe,” “Islamophobe,” etc. This faux-moralizing on the Left stifles a necessary conversation our nation sorely needs. Meanwhile, the Left’s true motive is to import ever more people from third-world nations that are likely to become reliable Democrat voters once they achieve citizenship.

Under the Trump presidency, the United States’ refugee resettlement has been temporarily reduced, but by no means curtailed. A change in administration could resuscitate it overnight. There are many objectionable aspects of this program, not the least of which is finding resources to fund this enormous undertaking. The difficulty associated with assessing the true costs of the program’s key to resettling refugees presents another obstacle to policymakers at every level of government.

Program History

The current domestic refugee resettlement program formally called the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), was created with the passage of now-deceased Senator Ted Kennedy’s Refugee Act of 1980.

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09/17/18

MCTA Shooting Range Has A Run-In With Antifa

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

The good people at MCTA Shooting Range & School in Mississippi seem to have had an up-close-and-personal encounter with the communist thugs of Antifa.

Via D. R. Zinn on Facebook:

Today MCTA Shooting Range & School had the misfortune of JBGC (John brown gun club) show up at our range under false pretense.

For those that do not know, JBGC is the militant faction of ANTIFA.

They scheduled a week ahead of time as a wedding party of 75 that were supposed to arrive at 1300. They, however, did not show up until 1550. After filling out release forms, they preceded to gear up in full gear, vest, and gun belt and red bandanas. It was not until then Thom realized who they were and what they were.

Since they only had 30 minutes to shoot until close, Thom let them shoot. Rather than potentially escalating the issue.

The silver lining in this is that we identified 3 walk-on individuals that are regulars, that have never let on what they are.

MCTA does not welcome these terrorists and those individuals are never welcome on our range ever. This is a formal warning. We will not tolerate terrorist organizations and will call LE at first sight as this is you are NOT WELCOME WARNING.

This is just one instance of Antifa actively training as a group to take out Americans in a given situation. Perhaps all shooting ranges and schools should check to make sure that the John Brown Gun Club and Antifa are not utilizing their services. Just a thought.

Hat Tip: Garry Hamilton

09/16/18

The Kavanaugh Fiasco and the Current Crisis

By: Cliff Kincaid

Conservatives who backed Judge Brett Kavanaugh without examining his record are looking like complete fools. Before the sexual assault charges surfaced, he was already on record saying the atrocious Supreme Court decisions on abortion-on-demand and “gay marriage” were “settled law.” Now, his character is under assault as questions surface about the party atmosphere and secular nature of his Jesuit-run Catholic high school. Catholic “education” has become another crisis.

Republican presidents can make big mistakes, and Kavanaugh has clearly been another one.  Remember that President Ronald Reagan made a mistake when he nominated another liberal Catholic, Anthony Kennedy, to the Supreme Court. “Judge Kennedy represents the best tradition of America’s judiciary,” Reagan had said at the time. In fact, Kennedy turned out to be a liberal activist judge on “gay marriage” and even abortion, leading to culture wars which accelerated under former President Barack Hussein Obama into a push for “transgender” rights.

At the White House ceremony where his nomination was announced, Kavanaugh praised his liberal mentor Anthony Kennedy for “securing liberty,” a bizarre claim for a judge who has been sold as a constitutional conservative. It’s the kind of statement that leads one to conclude that Kavanaugh would find “transgender rights” in the Constitution as well and that Obama’s “Permanent Revolution” will continue.

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