06/22/17

Life Is Stranger Than Fiction

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

Life is stranger than fiction. Bloomberg recently published an article written by an algorithmic trader. While I did not learn anything new, the author’s comments validated many beliefs. For example, the author stated inputted variables reflect only the perpetuation of the status quo. There is no macroeconomic or geopolitical foresight, security analysis, only the extension of the current.

The author further stated that the predominate “algo” models have created considerable volatility beneath the surface, a point discussed and validated last week by several indices. Volatility on the surface however is virtually nonexistent.

Moreover the author indicated the potential of large imbalances, signaling the outsized influence technology shares have upon such models and the probability of sharp volatility in very under owned sectors such as energy and finance.

In my view, Tuesday evening, an event occurred that may have a profound impact. Media outlets used words such as “stunning,” “unexpected,” “surprising,” “abrupt,” to describe the events. Saudi Arabia elevated the 31 year-old prince to Heir. His rival’s power was reduced to nothing.

The statement the 31 year-old made I think is economically significant. He retroactively reinstated all allowances and bonuses that were cancelled or suspended to civil servants and military personal. In other words the 18-month austerity program was entirely shelved and repaid.

Regarding Iran, the newly crowned leader increased the rhetoric, vowing to “take the battle” to the Shiite-ruled country.

Monday, Bank America wrote the kingdom would face “severe fiscal distress” if oil prices remained at $45/barrel for the next 12 months. This pronouncement was made before the return of yesterday’s status quo of transfer payments.

Yesterday, Iran commented and recommended deeper production cuts are required to boost oil. Currently, OPEC’s compliance to production cuts is 108% and non-OPEC countries are at 100%.

Both of the events are not factored into algorithmic models. Oil yesterday traded off inventory data, which on the surface was bullish, but was later interpreted as negative. For informational purposes, inventories fell for the 10th time in 11 weeks and are now down to the lowest level in four months according to the EIA.

If yesterday’s events occurred five years ago, oil would have surged.

Oil represents the lowest percentage of the S & P 500’s capitalization since 2004… 6% and down from 16% in 2008. Oil the commodity is down about 22% from its February peak, the vast majority of the drop has occurred since May 25, or the date OEPC extended its production cuts.

I rhetorically ask is there an imbalance in the ownership of oil shares, an imbalance that may cause an outsized advance as the result of algorithmic trading if any positive event unfolds, a scenario discussed by the algo trader?

I think the odds of such are over 50%.

Commenting about market action, yesterday was the inverse of two days ago….the NASDAQ advanced about 0.70% while the Dow fell about 0.25%.

Last night the foreign markets were down. London was down 0.36%, Paris was down 0.28% and Frankfurt was down 0.01%. China was down 0.28%, Japan was down 0.14% and Hang Sang was down 0.08%.

The Dow should open quietly lower. The 10-year is unchanged at a 2.16% yield.

06/22/17

Can the GOP Pass a Healthcare Bill in the Current Environment?

By: Roger Aronoff | Accuracy in Media

While the media are enjoying what they say is Republican hypocrisy over their process to pass a Senate version of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, there is little attention being paid to the substance of the debate. President Donald Trump didn’t help matters when he muddied the waters, first saying that the House version of the bill, which he had enthusiastically supported, was too “mean,” and now saying he wants the Senate version to have “more heart.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised reporters a “discussion draft” of the bill later this week. In the meantime, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and many Democrats are blasting the bill as heartless and cruel. The toxic political atmosphere is not making matters any easier.

When former President Barack Obama spoke before a Berlin audience last month, he defended his signature legislative achievement, Obamacare, as having helped to insure 20 million people previously uninsured, and allegedly bettering the lives of millions of Americans. The media continue to portray such progress, of course, as imperiled by Congressional Republicans in league with an uncaring Trump who are currently locked in a debate over the merits of—and possible reforms for—a law that progressives believe must be protected.

“Certainly, I have some regrets that we weren’t able to get everyone healthcare, and obviously some of the progress that we made is now imperiled because there’s still a significant debate taking place in the United States,” said Obama in Berlin. “But the point, though, is that for those 20 million people their lives have been better and we’ve set a standard of what’s possible that people can then build on.”

How many lives have been made worse? The standard set by Obamacare has been one of skyrocketing premiums, high deductibles, and undercutting business owners’ willingness to hire full-time workers. As we have previously noted, Mort Zuckerman, the chairman and editor of U.S. News and World Report, writing for The Wall Street Journal, argued that “Many employers cut workers’ hours to avoid the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to provide health insurance to anyone working 30 hours a week or more.”

We have reported on how the mainstream media sought to protect Obamacare and influence the Supreme Court’s decision regarding health care subsidies—a decision which could potentially have gutted Obamacare. Soon there will be a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the Senate version which will, as with the House version, be held up as proof that the bill will lead to higher costs and less health care.

“Republicans have often knocked Obamacare for having such high deductibles that enrollees don’t really have coverage even though they have an insurance card,” reported CNN. “The CBO notes that under the GOP bill, many older Americans and those who use services that were no longer covered would find themselves in the same boat.”

Of course, CNN is casting past complaints about Obamacare as Republican propaganda rather than fact. But even The New York Times published an article about how Americans couldn’t afford their deductibles under Obamacare.

Guy Benson of Townhall called the media and CBO out for the false numbers and fake news. “In short, the large bulk of those who are said to be ‘losing’ coverage do not currently have coverage,” he writes (emphasis in original). “You cannot ‘lose’ something that you don’t have.”

It all comes down to how the CBO counts the insured. “So when you take away the people who already don’t have coverage under Obamacare but who CBO has decided would hypothetically do so in the years ahead, and substitute actual enrollment numbers for CBO’s outdated and disproven projections, only a few million of the ‘23 million’ would actually lose existing coverage—and these people would receive tax credits to purchase new plans, many of which would cost less under the AHCA,” writes Benson (emphasis in original). He adds, “We should also point out that millions who’d ‘lose’ coverage would do so voluntarily, affirmatively choosing not to buy a product that the government is no longer forcing them to purchase.”

Doug Badger and Grace-Marie Turner made a similar observation in a Forbes article discussing the findings of their recent paper. “Although CBO itself acknowledges that this latest prediction is ‘especially uncertain,’ one thing is especially certain: CBO is wrong,” they write. The former is a senior fellow at the Galen Institute, and Turner is the president of that institute. The CBO report on the health care bill states that “the estimates discussed in this document are uncertain.”

According to Turner and Badger, the CBO has repeatedly made errors when predicting the number of people who would enroll in Obamacare: “No matter, CBO forecasts that this year, 15 million people will sign up for Obamacare policies. The actual number as of March 31: 10.4 million, little changed from December. But there’s always next year when, CBO assures us, enrollment will abruptly skyrocket to 18 million.”

They write that the CBO report measures the health care bill against this erroneous and “imaginary baseline.” In other words, CBO is scoring the House bill against fictional predictions in order to cast the bill as wanting.

“The presumed 8 million reduction in the number of people with individual insurance looks more like an artifact of inflated coverage estimates than the consequence of Obamacare repeal,” write Badger and Turner.

Nonetheless, the media have used these numbers to bludgeon the Trump administration for imperiling and potentially harming Americans. Slate ran with the headline, “CBO Confirms That the Republican Health Care Bill Is Still a Garbage Dump of Bad Ideas.”

“Republicans have mostly just rearranged the rusted cans and busted tires in their garbage dump of a law,” comments Jordan Weissmann for Slate.

One reason the CBO “gets it so wrong so consistently,” according to Badger and Galen, “is its fervent belief that the individual mandate has motivated millions to enroll in coverage.” But, they report, “…4.2 million people simply ignored the penalty. They left line 61 on their form 1040 blank, refusing to tell the government whether or not they had insurance.”

There is confusion among the senators at this late date as to who is actually writing the bill. A lot of conservatives in Congress will likely hold their noses and vote for the new legislation, to try to give the Republicans a needed win. They don’t believe it is the role of the federal government to guarantee that everyone has health insurance, and to then try to redistribute wealth to help pay for it. But we’re well past that discussion.

Those in the media claiming that 23 million Americans will lose health care coverage under the House bill are simply trying to protect Obama’s legacy, regardless of how flawed or ineffective Obamacare has been since it became law. Once again, the media publish fake news in support of the Democratic Party and its agenda. Remember this when the new CBO figures come out next week.


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

06/22/17

Why the Russians Conceived the Global Warming Scam

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

One of my duties at Accuracy in Media (AIM) has been to expose left-wingers in the media and Congress who were soft on the old Soviet Union and are now acting like hard-liners on Vladimir Putin’s Russia. It is a fascinating topic which exposes the duplicity of the left-wing obsession with Russia.

These people, who were soft on the Soviet Union and now hard on Russia, are the worst kind of hypocrites. Their hypocrisy is further demonstrated by the abundant evidence that the global warming or climate change theory, which they now embrace, was conceived by Soviet communists as a means by which to destroy the industrial base in the United States. This disinformation theme has been embraced by the liberals now claiming to be tough on Russia.

Don’t take my word for it. When Natalie Grant Wraga died in 2002 at the age of 101, The Washington Post recognized her expertise as a Soviet expert, noting that she was “born in czarist Russia, saw great upheaval in her native land and became an expert in unmasking Soviet deception methods for the State Department…”

But the Post would not admit that fact in today’s political climate.

The liberal Economist magazine wrote, “She was perhaps the only person alive in the West who could claim such an intimate knowledge of Russian political thinking, from tsarist times to the collapse of the Soviet Union.” She commented, “Many people are studying the past, but very few are studying the present. Keep your eyes open and your ears open.”

This is good advice. One of the great Soviet/Russian deceptions, Wraga wrote, was the idea that humans were changing the climate and that humans could save the earth through socialism. She said, “…protection of the environment has become the principal tool for attack against the West.”

In her 1998 article, “Green Cross: Gorbachev and Enviro-Communism,” Wraga, who dropped her last name and wrote under the byline Natalie Grant, explains in detail how the Soviet deception campaign, using the climate as an organizing tool, was developed. It was launched after the so-called collapse of the Soviet state, when Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet president, embarked on an environmental crusade, using the United Nations and other international organizations.

The veteran journalist Wes Vernon wrote about Grant’s research in this area, in an article entitled, “The Marxist Roots of the Global Warming Scare.”

The big event, as Grant called it, was a Moscow conference in January, 1990. As Time magazine described it, “At a meeting of the Global Forum in Moscow in 1990, when he was still Soviet President, Gorbachev proposed an organization roughly analogous to the International Red Cross to contend with environmental problems that cross national boundaries.” Among the guests and speakers was then-U.S. senator and future vice president Al Gore.

Talk about “collusion” with the Russians! Where was the FBI investigation?

The collusion took place through the Global Forum and various United Nations conferences, including the Earth Summit of 1992, giving rise to the concept of “sustainable development,” another way to describe socialism.

Grant wrote, “Protection of the environment may be used as a pretext to adopt a series of measures designed to undermine the industrial base of developed nations. It may also serve to introduce malaise by lowering their standard of living and implanting communist values.”

Grant predicted how this campaign would proceed, using “nightmarish” pictures of floods, scorched earth, disease and death, unless drastic action was taken at the international level to curb industrial activity in the capitalist West.

She said the campaign would be driven by Moscow’s sympathizers or dupes in “science,” academia, “and the slavishly obedient Establishment media,” all for the purpose of forcing the United States and other Western countries “to accept measures and regulations harmful to the Western world.”

In short, for communism to succeed, capitalism would have to be portrayed as based on exploitation—but not of man, as the old Marxist theory held. Rather, capitalism was now exploiting the earth! The whole purpose of this dogma has been to inhibit global capitalism, the only system that has proven capable of meeting the growing needs of expanding populations. But this time the claim was that human economic progress threatened the environment because of the capitalist model on which it was based.

Hence, President Obama’s Paris climate change agreement was designed to curtail U.S. industrial expansion while sending foreign aid to the rest of the world. It was a Marxist plan that benefited Russia, a major oil and gas producer.

On June 1, when he announced pulling out of the climate change agreement, President Donald Trump put his finger on the key problem, which was deliberately part of the plan. He attacked “the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country” while creating a so-called Green Climate Fund which would cost the United States “a vast fortune” to be sent to the other nations of the world.

In other words, Trump’s pull-out from the agreement works AGAINST Russian interests and those of the global socialists.

Nevertheless, the propaganda campaign continues. In July, Netflix releases the film “Chasing Coral,” which attempts to blame man for “dramatically changing” and losing coral reefs in the world’s oceans on a global scale. With carbon emissions said to be “warming the seas,” the audience will be told of the “catastrophe” that is “silently raging underwater” unless we wake up and dramatically restrict our lifestyles.

Meanwhile, Ohio State University has released a “study” in the Journal of Peace Research suggesting that climate change could lead to “food violence.” One of the authors is quoted in an Ohio State University press release as saying, “Development aid is important now and it is likely to be even more important in the future as we look for ways to increase climate resilience.”

In other words, the United States must pay more to the other nations of the world. This is global socialism.

It looks like the “nightmarish” scenarios predicted by Natalie Grant are not yet at an end.

But when will the liberals wake up? Answer: they won’t. Like James Hodgkinson, a true believer in the global warming theory, they want to “tax the rich” in their own country and will shoot to kill those who stand in the way of this global redistribution scheme.


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.

06/22/17

Global Blackouts, Anywhere in the World, Courtesy Russia

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Fitful sleep last night after reading a very long detailed piece on Russian hackers versus Ukraine. Why, well the same tools and language they use have been found on American infrastructure and systems. Last thoughts before sleep were those of life before the internet and how people get emails with attachments that should never be opened. The short summary is just below. The more detailed and terrifying truth follows. It is a long summary, must be read…it is something like a cyber Hitchcock Twilight Zone disaster thriller, but it happened and happened often.

Further, during a hearing in the House with former DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson revealed a couple of key facts. One is told that during the election cycle, when the DNC hack, officials on numerous requests refused assistance, cooperation and discussions with DHS and FBI about foreign cyber intrusions. What was the DNC hiding? The other fact is Obama had the full details in intelligence briefings daily leading into November and December and refused to tell the country about Russian interference. He waited until after the elections and into December to take action. Why?

Okay, read on….

Russia’s New Cyber Weapon Can Cause Blackouts Anywhere in the World

Hackers working with the Russian government have developed a cyber weapon that can disrupt power grids, U.S researchers claim. The cyber weapon has the potential to be absolutely disruptive if used on electronic systems necessary for the daily functioning of American cities.

The malicious software was used to shut down one-fifth of the electric power generated in Kiev, Ukraine last December. Called ‘CrashOverride’ the malware only briefly disrupted the power system but its potential was made clear.

With development, the cyber weapon could easily be used against U.S with devastating effects on transmission and distribution systems.

Sergio Caltagirone, director of threat intelligence for Dragos, a cybersecurity firm that examined the malware said, “It’s the culmination of over a decade of theory and attack scenarios, it’s a game changer.”

Dragos has dubbed the group of hackers who created the bug and used it in Ukraine, Electrum. The group and the virus have also been under scrutiny by cyber intelligence firm, FireEye, headed by John Hultquist. Hultquist’s company has nicknamed the group Sandworm and are keeping watch for clues of another attack.

The news of the malware comes in the middle of the ongoing investigation into Russia’s influence on the recent Presidential election. The Russian government is accused of trying to influence the outcome of the election by hacking hundreds of political organizations and leveraging social media.

While there is no hard evidence yet, U.S. officials believe the disruptive power hackers are closely connected to the Russian Government. U.S. based energy sector experts agree the malware is a huge concern and concede they are seeking ways to combat potential attacks.

“U.S utilities have been enhancing their cybersecurity, but attacker tools like this one pose a very real risk to reliable operation of power systems,”said Michael Assante, who worked at Idaho National Labs and is former chief security officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

CrashOverride

CrashOverride is only the second known instance of malware specifically designed to destroy or disrupt industrial control systems. The U.S. and Israel worked together to create Stuxnet, a bug designed to disrupt Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.

Robert M. Lee, chief executive of Dragos believes CrashOverride could be manipulated to attack other types of industrial control such as gas or water, though there has been no demonstration of that yet. But the sophistication of the entire operation is undeniable. The hackers had the resources to only develop the malware but to test it too.

The malware works by scanning for critical components that operate circuit breakers, then opening these breakers, which stops the flow of electricity. It continues to keep the circuit breakers open, even if a grid operator tries to close them. CrashOverride also cleverly comes with a “wiper” component that erases the existing software on the computer system that controls the circuit breakers. This forces the grid operator to revert to manual operations, which means a longer and more sustained power outage.

Potential outages could last a few hours and probably not more than a couple of days as U.S. power systems are designed to have high manual override capabilities necessary in extreme weather.

As mentioned above, you need to read the full detailed version here and just how the FBI, global cyber experts at the request of Ukraine worked diligently for accurate attribution to a Russian cyber force intruding on power systems. Hat tip to these experts and the story needs to go mainstream, as we are in a cyber war, the depths impossible to fully comprehend. Ukraine is the target and cyber incubation center for Russian cyber terrorists where they test, review, adapts and keep going without consequence.

Okay, read it all here. Hat tip for the detailed summary and the people doing quiet investigative cyber work.

06/21/17

Welcome To The First Day Of Summer

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

In some regards, yesterday was a quiet day. Oil slipped on concerns of a continuing supply glut, the NASDAQ fell about 0.50% while the Dow was essentially unchanged.

Is the NASDAQ topping out? The recent volatility may suggest a peak has been achieved. Typically, a stock/sector reaches an intermediate apex when there is a violent recovery following a moderate selloff. If a pattern of lower highs and lower lows occur, then the odds of a prolonged period of underperformance increases.

Regarding oil, oil is now in a bear market falling about 21% from its highest close for the year, on February 24th at $54.45/barrel. The vast majority of the decline has occurred since May 25th or the date that OPEC extended its production cuts until March 2018.

What will happen today?

Last night the foreign markets were down. London was down 0.62%, Paris was down 0.89% and Frankfurt was down 0.59%. China was up 0.52%, Japan was down 0.45% and Hang Sang was down 0.57%.

The Dow should open nominally lower. Oil shares have tumbled in 2017 on fears that the supply glut will persist. Oil shares now account for just 6% of the S & P 500, the least since 2004 and down from a high of 16% in 2008. Technology however is hovering around all-time highs of 27%. The 10-year is unchanged at 2.16%.

06/21/17

Both Political Sides Do Not Incite Violence

By: Lloyd Marcus

In response to a radicalized Leftist domestic terrorist shooting Republicans at a baseball practice, fake news media said both sides of the political aisle are guilty of inciting violence and should tone down their rhetoric. Disturbingly, in an attempt to sound bipartisan, conservative voices are parroting fake news media’s lie.

This both-sides-are-guilty-lie offends me folks. I have been a black Tea Party activist since 2009; spoken and performed my “American Tea Party Anthem” https://youtu.be/q1byTDgu7iA at over 500 rallies on 14 nationwide bus tours.

Never, I repeat never, have I witnessed language inciting violence coming from the stage or spoken in the crowds. The attendees were hard working salt-of-the-earth Americans. Many of them voted for Obama, but did not vote for him to drive us down the road to socialism.

As a matter of fact, rally organizers were extremely sensitive not to take our disagreement with the president too far. While performing on stage at a rally, I spotted a gentleman in the audience wearing an Obama vampire mask. I thought it was funny and pulled the guy on stage. Immediately, rally management escorted the guy off the stage and later reprimanded me.

While black attendance at Tea Party rallies grew over the years, in the beginning my black face was rare. Attendees repeatedly apologized to me explaining that they opposed Obama’s agenda and not his skin color. Bottom line, Tea Party attendees were good people who loved their country. They simply were opposed to Obama’s vow to fundamentally transform America away from her divinely inspired founding.

And yet, for 8 years, fake news media successfully branded the Tea Party the new KKK in the minds of low-info-voters.

In life there are good guys and bad guys. As a kid, I babysat my siblings after school until mom and dad came home from work. Jerry played in our bedroom building things. Just to be annoying, David would break whatever Jerry built which led to them fighting. Hearing mom’s key in the front door, they would greet her pleading their case. Tired, mom would punish both boys for fighting. I’d say, “But mom that is not fair. Jerry was minding his own business. David is the bad guy.”

Leftists are the bad guys who relentlessly spew hate 24/7, generating violence upon the America flag, whites, cops, Republicans, Conservatives, the rich, achievers and Trump supporters. Trust me folks, conservatives simply do not do that. For 8 years, the GOP was for the most part silent; submissive to fake news media’s ruling that negative comments and opposing Obama was racist.

Leftists’ radicalization begins as early as preschool. Public schools teach white kids that they are born racist, that they owe blacks and they should feel guilty because of their “white privilege”. http://bit.ly/2sBnFh5

Black students are taught white Americans are instinctively racist, the deck is stacked against them and cops murder them practically on sight. Remember Democrats’ despicable ad telling blacks to vote or buy bulletproof vests for their kids to protect them from racist cops? http://bit.ly/2tbHrgi

For far too long, anti-American 1960’s old hippies have dominated public education, teaching our kids that patriotism is racist and America is the greatest source of evil on the planet. http://bit.ly/2sHKjny

After decades of filling American’s heads with hate-filled lies, Leftists act shocked when their disciples act-out violently; gunning down Republicans, Black Lives Matter assassinating police and attacking people for wearing “Make America Great Again” caps and t-shirts. http://bit.ly/2mFBV5k

It is not the nature of conservatives to disrespect our laws. Leftists routinely protest outside of the law, cuss-out and physically attack anyone who disagrees with them. http://bit.ly/2aWycvp

As a seasoned black Conservative activist, it has been my experience that our side desires equal rights for all Americans. We conduct orderly respectful protests, leaving rally sites cleaner than we found them. To divide Americans into angry voting blocs, Democrats tell women, homosexuals, minorities and underachievers that they are victims of America. At Leftist protest events, they f-bomb Trump from the stage http://bit.ly/2tbdjBz and routinely destroy private property. They typically leave mountains of trash after inciting their attendees to commit violence. Leftists outrageously marched on a NY street chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” http://bit.ly/2bHu0gp Conservatives could never conceive of doing such an evil thing. That is not how our side rolls.

It is foolish for Conservatives to nod in agreement with Leftists that say both sides are guilty of inciting violence and must modify their tone. This lie is another case of Leftists exploiting a tragedy to demonize and silence conservative speech. Conservatives must continue fearlessly telling the truth in love to educate low-info-voters and help Trump make America great again.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Author: “Confessions of a Black Conservative: How the Left has shattered the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black America.”
Singer/Songwriter and Conservative Activist
http://LloydMarcus.com

06/20/17

Religious & Political Reflections

By: Conservative Brew

Jefferson Memorial — Reflection

One travels more usefully alone when he travels, because he reflects more. — Thomas Jefferson

In the Republic of the United States of America, our government is a reflection of the people; that is, to the degree there is an honest media.

— Reflect on the following quotes from Thomas Jefferson —

The man who reads nothing at all, is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.

Advertisements contain the only truth to be relied on in a newspaper.

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As defined by Diffen.com, a republic is similar to a representative democracy except it has a written constitution of basic rights that protect the minority from being completely unrepresented or overridden by the majority. In theory, all citizens have an equal say and so are treated equally by the government, especially insofar as there is a constitutional prohibition on government discrimination.

Power is not alluring to pure minds. — Thomas Jefferson

Today’s deep state controlled media lead liberals to seek to enlarge the government and give it more and more power. They believe that in doing so that they can position themselves to maintain and/or assume control of that power. However, the issue that they keep running into — and it really upsets them — is that the constitution was designed to protect the people from the government. Many liberals today would throw out the constitution if they could. It maintains a continuous thorn in their side as they work towards their globalist and collectivist agenda.

The vast majority of liberals are secular humanists who don’t actually believe that Jesus Christ is sovereign, alive, and pursuing a relationship with them. Additionally, they believe that truth is relative, that there is no such thing as THE truth (as Christians believe there is), but that truth is found by majority opinion. So from that paradigm, they seek a big government (ie. big powerful secular god) that they can control and manipulate (through propaganda) to sway public opinion (a.k.a their archetype of truth) to control the people via their fleeting irrational sentiments, emotion, and whim.

Hence the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the media jackals who are controlled by the deep state and who in turn control the DNC.

Republican Abraham Lincoln — Freed the Slaves.

The following information is from the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia …

Throughout his entire life, Thomas Jefferson was a consistent opponent of slavery. Calling it a “moral depravity”1 and a “hideous blot,”2 he believed that slavery presented the greatest threat to the survival of the new American nation.3 Jefferson also thought that slavery was contrary to the laws of nature, which decreed that everyone had a right to personal liberty.4 These views were radical in a world where unfree labor was the norm.

At the time of the American Revolution, Jefferson was actively involved in legislation that he hoped would result in slavery’s abolition.5 In 1778, he drafted a Virginia law that prohibited the importation of enslaved Africans.6 In 1784, he proposed an ordinance that would ban slavery in the Northwest territories.7But Jefferson always maintained that the decision to emancipate slaves would have to be part of a democratic process; abolition would be stymied until slaveowners consented to free their human property together in a large-scale act of emancipation.

Here’s the hope!

Well before we get into the hope, let’s make a few things abundantly clear. We are more than a bit irreverent and certainly not politically correct. As George Carlin stated, “Political Correctness is fascism attempting to appear as manners.” It can make for some great entertainment when you try and create peer pressure for us to become what you consider politically correct — good luck with that 🙂

If you’ve made it this far, and you are one of our liberal friends, you are either not easily triggered or reading this post has taken you three days — either way congrats. We can be friends. We’ll not stop giving you a hard time for your folly, but we can be friends.

Here’s where we’re headed. We’re not trying to convert the left. We’re entertaining and facilitating communication for a family of Christian Conservatives. We believe that together we can manifest the Kingdom of Heaven on earth — not through legislating morality, but through raising awareness in Patriots that the government is a reflection of their hearts and minds. We seek liberty at all costs! It was for liberty that Christ set us free.

Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government. — Thomas Jefferson

06/20/17

Reflection on Al Minya’s bus attack: How massacre leads to Sharia law

By: Dr. Ashraf Ramelah | Voice of the Copts

The narrow, unpaved road snaking through the desert of Upper Egypt does one thing. It connects visitors from Al Minya, the capital city of the Al Minya governorate, to Bishop Samuel Monastery, a Coptic Orthodox institution. The road with no name was carved out for this purpose in the 12th century. Today, as in the ancient day, only Christians have use for this road. Not a soul dares this trip when the Winds of Kamasin whip up the sands from across the great desert in May and June. The air is unbreathable and the road disappears.

Traveling the 25-kilometer stretch means a one hour bus ride with no spurs to turn off. One step from the road’s edge could sink a man to his knees. The absence of Bedouin bears out the vast emptiness. Unlike the Sinai, migrants are rarely seen in the Western desert. To be on this lonesome road is to be alone with the Creator. Only the very committed have an interest – man, woman and child. The journey by bus is made once a week.

Needless to say, not a single person living at either end of this road owns the all-terrain vehicle needed to cross the sand. But masked gunmen used three such vehicles and then lay in wait to ambush the early morning pilgrimage on May 26. As suddenly as the men materialized, they vanished into the desert an hour or so before a lone car pulled up to the scene. The driver found the dead and injured. A passenger, saturated in the blood of her son, offered her painful story to him:

…on our way the bus suddenly stopped. Their masks revealed they were terrorists coming onto the bus. They started hitting us with random bullets. My daughter was scared. She started to say the “Our Father” [praying] in a loud voice for fear of them. Terrorists pointed their firearms toward her.

Bishoy stood up and confronted them, saying, ‘Shame on you. She isa little child.’ They replied, ‘If you say the Shahada, we will leave her alone.’ He refused. They began to shoot towards him. He threw his body over me and my daughter [his sister] until he took the shots instead of us.

His aunt also was saved by his body. I held him, and I couldn’t believe he died. I noticed my clothes were soaked with his blood.

In spite of explicit threats from ISIS toward Egypt’s Coptic Christians after the recent terror attacks (45 days earlier) of the Cairo, Tanta, and Alexandria churches, many devout Coptic families in Al Minya gathered in the early morning hours of May 26 for a planned trip to Bishop Samuel Monastery. Copts have never allowed terror to shut down the practice of their faith. Fourteen hours later many arrived at the monastery in wooden coffins – Orthodox protocol bypasses hospital mortuaries in cases of terrorism.

At gunpoint, the passengers were given a choice; say the “Shahada” (conversion to Islam) or die. The bus was sprayed with bullets—killing 34 and injuring 20. In deference to 7th century Medina and the Prophet’s first use of conversion by sword, looting began. The holy followers of the “religion of peace” grabbed Egyptian pounds, cell phones, and gold jewelry worn by the passengers – mindful that gold crosses, however anathema, convert to dinars.

It’s getting worse

Two and a half million Christians make up half the population of Al Minya. The majority are Orthodox Christians. Until now, violence has been inflicted in the expected ways: church bombings, home burnings, gang beatings, rapes, kidnappings, Molotov cocktails, and police brutality. The May 26 attack was a novelty – a military-style ambush in the middle of the wilderness – expanding the methods of terror used against Christians. The threat of terror cells crossing Egypt’s borders into Egypt’s interior can now be added to the constancy of homegrown Muslim Brotherhood-inspired terrorist gangs.

Law enforcement protecting Copts has always been weak, and now we see the army’s defense of the country’s borders are also weak, at least when it comes to the Copts. Although Al Minya has the highest concentration of Christians in the country, its law enforcement did nothing to heighten security or alert communities and churches after Libyan authorities informed the Egyptian government of a plan where ten men would cross their western border into Egypt to commit an act of terror (potentially in direct line with Al Minya). There were also no efforts made by the Egyptian government after the American embassy warned Egypt of a possible terrorist attack on their soil.

To make up for it, within hours of the attack Al-Sisi retaliated with airstrikes on Darnah, Libya – the same response he had two years earlier to vindicate the beheadings of 21 Copts in Libya. It failed to be a deterrent. Furthermore, Al-Sisi’s lack of follow through from that time forward allowed a climate of violence accommodating the May 26 event.

Sharia law couched in safety measures

According to the Italian Agenzia Fides (June 9), Egypt’s Interior Minister, Magdi Abdel Ghaffar, during a June 8 meeting with high security officials, stated, “…that churches and monasteries will be at the center of appropriate security measures,” and “…that the state of emergency urges to reduce visits to churches and monasteries.” According to Agenzia, the state apparatus is also advising Christians to avoid “to gather conspicuous crowds at places of worship and prayer” during this emergency phase.

Ironically, mosques have had state security in place for a few years without the crime statistics to justify the measures. As long as the state deemed this necessary, Muslims were never advised to stay away, avoid worship and stop praying—probably because none of it was necessary. However, now the double standard feeds a divisive message.

For Copts, it means one thing—subjection to Sharia law cloaked in national security regulations. Civilization jihad is being accomplished through state directives that intersect religious Islamic law and, conveniently, the emergency phase can last indefinitely. Meanwhile, Muslim gangs act independent of the state (at times complicit with them) on the Sharia mandate to stop Christian worship and prayer by physically attacking Christians praying in their homes, and police follow with arrests of Christians.

For example, for praying in a home on October 27, 2016 Copts were arrested in a town called Awlaad Ibrahim in the province of Asyut (Upper Egypt)—their closest church three miles away. Copts were denied government permits to build even one church in the town (there are 22 mosques). In April 2017, Islamists attacked and killed four Copts for praying in a home in the town of Koum Alufy of Samallut Center in Al Minya governorate having earlier been granted permission by the local police to pray (required by law for Christians not Muslims). It is a persistent threat.

In effect, the warning by the Egyptian branch of ISIS on May 5th to all Egyptians to stay away from public buildings and Christian gathering places has been suspiciously whittled down by the state to call for religious restrictions on Christians alone. The state’s transparency is further indicated by its lack of concern for the welfare of Christians when it was unable to muster a timely warning to Copts or provide them sufficient security when the ISIS May 5th threat was imminent.

Most Middle Eastern countries crushing Christians are a war zone. Little can be done by the individual to effectively counter it. In the case of Egypt, a state clearly in violation of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, a tourism boycott is now in order until we see more than deception and lip service.

06/18/17

Conspiracy of Silence about Mueller

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

I am amazed by the conspiracy of silence, on the right and the left, about former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s bungling of the anthrax case. “In his years as FBI director and as a Justice Department official, Mueller gained a reputation for honesty, integrity, and being a ‘straight-shooter,’” writes Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard.

This is pure hogwash, to use a family-friendly term.

Barnes, a veteran journalist, is not alone in offering such undeserved praise of Mueller. Commentators on the right and left have been repeating this garbage ever since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. Interestingly, Rosenstein also received high praise from various commentators. He, too, was seen as a straight shooter. With former FBI Director James Comey, they constitute an unholy alliance that is determined to take down President Donald Trump. With good reason, Trump calls it a witch hunt.

But since Rosenstein appointed Comey’s buddy Mueller as special counsel, people are beginning to see the whole process as a setup. Or as Barnes puts it, the deck is “stacked” against President Trump. Hence, “the sword of impeachment will be hanging over him,” says Barnes.

This didn’t have to happen, if journalists and commentators had been open and honest about Mueller’s real record. Simply put, Mueller can’t be trusted to arrive at the truth. The anthrax letters case proves it. He should never have received the appointment as special counsel. Barnes’ assertion that the deck has been stacked ignores the fact that he and his associates in the Never-Trump movement helped stack the deck. Why didn’t they blow the whistle on Mueller when he was appointed? Why do they ignore his real record now?

The trap has been set by those conservatives in the media, echoing their liberal colleagues, who wanted to pretend that Mueller is overflowing with honor and integrity. By showering him with praise, they have joined hands with the liberal media in setting the stage for Trump’s impeachment and forced resignation from office.

Call me a cynic, but I can’t help thinking that the Never-Trumpers in the media, such as Barnes, know precisely what is happening. They know Mueller is determined to take down Trump, but that he can only do so if he is given a clean bill of health as a first-rate investigator. Hence, they must whitewash Mueller’s corrupt record in advance of him filing charges against Trump and/or his associates.

Only in the swamp known as Washington, D.C. can a failed FBI chief be rehabilitated into a “straight-shooter,” qualified to bring down a president with the powers of a special counsel.

“In 2004,” retired Foreign Service officer and intelligence analyst Kenneth J. Dillon tells Accuracy in Media (AIM), “the FBI learned that the anthrax mailer was an al-Qaeda operative. Under White House pressure, Mueller suppressed this finding and continued to hunt for a domestic suspect. When scientist Bruce Ivins committed suicide in 2008, Mueller blamed him for the mailings, then lied to a Senate committee about it.”

Although the anti-Trump special counsel railroad is on schedule, pending a Trump decision to fire Rosenstein and Mueller, it is still important for the public to know some of the details about how Mueller botched the anthrax case by falsely blaming various American scientists for the letters that killed five people and injured dozens.

At the time of the anthrax attacks, I was working closely with AIM founder Reed Irvine, who never backed down from a search for the truth. A series of AIM Reports challenged the FBI’s handling of the case and examined how various members of the news media, most notably New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, pushed dubious theories targeting innocent American scientist Steven Hatfill. Kristof operated on the basis of a phony theory, fed to him by a leftist, speculating that the anthrax letters were mailed by a right-winger, probably a white guy working for a U.S. lab. The FBI went along with the false premise, ignoring the obvious evidence of an al-Qaeda role.

To illustrate how Mueller botched the case, consider that the FBI didn’t have a shred of evidence against Dr. Hatfill, but drove him out of two prestigious jobs and ruined his career. At one point, the FBI claimed to have fished a piece of Hatfill’s lab equipment, supposedly an anthrax weapons device, out of a pond. The FBI spent $250,000 to drain the pond but found no evidence of anthrax in it. The device was a minnow bucket.

Acting like the KGB, one FBI agent followed Hatfill as he went to buy some paint, and ran over his foot with a car. Hatfill was given a ticket by D.C. police for walking over to the FBI car and trying to take a picture of his tormentor. It appeared that the FBI was trying to provoke Hatfill so they could arrest him on some flimsy charge and claim they were right about him all along. This is similar to how a special counsel operates.

Comey took over for Mueller at the FBI and could have reopened the case in order to determine why, in the end, the Department of Justice awarded Hatfill nearly $6 million in damages. Comey could have cleaned house, purging corrupt agents. Instead, Comey decided to maintain the cover-up and keep Mueller’s so-called sterling reputation intact. As a result, the FBI still maintains that another scientist, Ivins, who was persecuted and driven to suicide, was the culprit.

Even before the embarrassment with the minnow bucket, columnist Dan K. Thomasson had written that the FBI’s handling of the anthrax case “has to be the most incredible display of bizarre ineptness since former FBI director Louis Freeh took personal charge of the investigation to nail Richard Jewell for the bombing in Atlanta’s Olympic Park” in 1996. Jewell wasn’t guilty of anything except some genuine heroism that saved lives.

Ignoring the anthrax investigation debacle, some commentators are noting that Mueller is staffing his operation with Democratic Party lawyers. What else did you expect? His assignment is to bring down Trump. In regard to the President, we said on May 24, “Mueller will produce evidence of a crime out of nothing if he has to.” That’s what they tried to do to Hatfill.

In Trump’s case, it doesn’t matter if the charges are legitimate. All that matters is that they give the appearance of impropriety, so that the impeachment process can get underway.

Since Comey continued the Mueller anthrax letters cover-up, we have to assume that the FBI culture hasn’t changed, and that Mueller, now in charge of dozens of FBI agents as part of his special counsel investigation, will order his investigators to frame President Trump and/or his top aides with some charge or another. This is a vendetta that constitutes revenge on a President they don’t like and who is suspicious of their work.

At first I was amazed by the continuing cover-up surrounding Mueller’s terrible record, which also includes letting Islamists rewrite FBI training materials. Then, I thought about it and considered a major human flaw which characterizes the work of commentators and journalists—they don’t ever want to admit they’re wrong. They accepted Mueller’s work on the anthrax case as legitimate at the time, and now don’t want to revisit the matter because it would put their own judgments under scrutiny. It’s much easier, under these circumstances, to say that Mueller’s work was exemplary, even though such a claim is a blatant lie.

Fake news is all around us, on the left and right.


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.

06/18/17

It’s the Marxism, Stupid!

By: Cliff Kincaid | America’s Survival

In his column, “It’s the Violent Revolutionary Ideology, Stupid,” Vic Biorseth writes, “The Political Ideology of James Hodgkinson was the Bloody Marxist Revolution now typical of the American Marxocrat Party and the Fake News Media. Why doesn’t everyone just get that?”