12/1/18

Weapons of War On Our Streets: A Guide to the Militarization of Police

By: Sam Jacobs | Ammo.com

Weapons of War On Our Streets: A Guide to the Militarization of PoliceThe claim often heard from gun grabbers in their efforts to pass more gun control legislation is that all they’re trying to do is get the “weapons of war off our streets,” but it’s simply untrue that “weapons of war” are available to the general public. You’d last about three minutes in a real war with an AR-15, even with one of the most aggressive builds you can get your hands on. The truth is that the only people with “weapons of war” on America’s streets are, increasingly, the police.

Just as when “all you’ve got is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail” American police are becoming more willing to use their heavy-duty, military-grade hardware when carrying out law enforcement tasks. For example, the number of SWAT raids in the United States grew dramatically from about 3,000 in 1980 to a whopping 50,000 SWAT raids in 2014, according to The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

To say that the militarization of the police is nothing new is to ignore America’s recent history. Between 1998 and 2014, the dollar value of military hardware sent to police departments skyrocketed from $9.4 million to $796.8 million. Police militarization is directly tied to prohibition, first of alcohol, then of some drugs. Later, the militarization of local police forces is expanded by the Bush-era War on Terror. Frequently, this militarization is funded by civil asset forfeiture in addition to tax dollars.

The militarization of police is an important topic because it highlights the difference between the peace officer versus the law enforcement officer.

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12/1/18

Venezuela and the Paradox of Plenty: A Cautionary Tale About Oil, Envy, and Demagogues

By: Sam Jacobs | Ammo.com

Venezuela and the Paradox of Plenty: A Cautionary Tale About Oil, Envy, and DemagoguesAs Venezuela falls into the abyss of economic collapse – the economy has halved in five years, a contraction worse than the Great Depression or the Spanish Civil War – a simplistic narrative in the American press has formed, which starts with the Chavez regime seizing control of the country in 1998.

(The charismatic populist Hugo Chavez is, after all, the leader most Americans are familiar with when talking about Venezuela, as he made worldwide headlines with his 2006 UN speech where he called U.S. President Bush “a devil” while celebrities like Sean Penn and Michael Moore cheered him on.)

In the 1950s, Venezuela enjoyed its place among the top 10 richest countries on a per-capita basis. How has it turned into a country where more than 2.3 million of its 30 million citizens have fled since 2015 due to starvation? A toxic mix of creeping interventionisminstitutional decayprivate property seizuresirresponsible fiat monetary policy, and wide-ranging corruption are the main culprits. But Chavez wasn’t the instigator of this mess; the story goes back much further and should serve as a cautionary tale about one country’s faithful adherence to the tenets of socialism to the bitter end.

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11/30/18

Eternal Darkness of the Leftist Mind

By: Lloyd Marcus

Folks, I continue asking myself, why do leftists think so differently from the rest of us?

Oprah Winfrey said she is an “open-minded” Christian who does not believe Jesus came to die for our sins. In other words, Oprah rejects the Gospel. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Oprah says Jesus is not the only way to heaven. As a self-proclaimed follower of Jesus, how can Oprah reject what he said? “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) I find it amazing that Oprah believes she can rewrite God’s plan for salvation to fit the agenda of herself and her leftist gurus. Oprah is free to believe whatever she wishes, but why call herself a Christian?

Celine Dion believes it is wrong to perceive babies as male or female at birth. Celine believes children should be allowed to grow into the gender they prefer. Celine has launched a dark, bizarre gender-neutral clothing line for kids. Rather than butterflies, Teddy bears and Bunny rabbits, Celine’s clothing line for children is covered in human skulls.

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11/29/18

Mueller’s Legal Terrorism Threatens a Free Press

By: Cliff Kincaid

President Trump’s failure to fire Russia-gate prosecutor Robert Mueller has resulted in pro-Trump journalist Jerome Corsi facing financial ruin and imprisonment as a result of Mueller’s tactics of legal terrorism. But Corsi has now made a smart move, hiring combative attorney Larry Klayman to take the fight to Mueller. Klayman may save Corsi from a frivolous prosecution, but he can’t save Trump from Mueller or impeachment.

It appears that Corsi made some of his own mistakes by associating with controversial characters such as Roger Stone and Alex Jones and perhaps attempting contact with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks. Assange was a one-time host of a Russian propaganda television show whose interviews included the notorious leftist academic Noam Chomsky. A leftist with an anti-American agenda, he was out to get Hillary Clinton for reasons of his own. Although there are legitimate questions about whether the sources of WikiLeaks were linked to Russian intelligence, it’s difficult to see how Corsi’s involvement in researching a story about Hillary constitutes any form of criminal conduct. Corsi is a pro-Trump journalist who was looking for a story he thought could damage then-candidate Clinton. Under interrogation by Mueller’s operatives, he made some mistakes or misstatements but won’t plead guilty to lying.

Not all of Corsi’s work can be defended, but it is a fact that he is a curious and tough-minded journalist who authored The Obama Nation, a book on the controversial background and communist connections of Barack Hussein Obama. His book cited our material, released during Obama’s first run for the White House, on Obama’s debt to communist Frank Marshall Davis. Davis was Obama’s mentor and father figure. A drinker and pothead, Davis was a lover of Red Russia and a designated security risk suspected of espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union. This relationship alone should have disqualified Obama from the presidency. It is the real Russia-gate scandal that Robert Mueller, one of Obama’s FBI directors, had —  and still has —  inside information about.

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11/29/18

Congressional Progressive Caucus Has Extensive Ties to Marxist Organizations

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal | The Epoch Times

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as House Minority Leader at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC on Nov. 7, 2018. Pelosi has recently made a deal with the Congressional Progressive Caucus to give members more positions of power in return for support in her race to become the next Speaker of the House. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

The Congressional Progressive Caucus is by far the largest and most influential coalition in the federal government. It is also the most radical, having extensive ties to several major Marxist organizations.

Buoyed by an influx of new far-left members, the caucus has struck a deal with Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi to significantly increase socialist power in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The deal will see more Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) supporters appointed to key congressional committees and enjoy a greater role in influencing legislative priorities.

The quid pro quo? Support for Pelosi in her tight race to become the next speaker of the House.

“It wasn’t a coincidence that moments after Nancy Pelosi promised progressive House leaders more power in the next Congress, a host of liberal groups announced they were supporting her for speaker,” Politico recently reported.

“Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who is expected to co-chair the Progressive Caucus next year, left a Nov. 15 meeting with Pelosi in the Capitol and proclaimed that her members would have more seats on powerful committees and more influence over legislation.”

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11/29/18

DSA Marxists Rack Up Victories On Election Day

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal | The Epoch Times

Democratic Socialist candidate Julia Salazar delivers her victory speech after defeating incumbent Democrat State Senator Martin Dilan on Sept. 13, 2018, in New York City. She went on to win the Senate seat in the November elections. (Scott Heins/Getty Images)

America’s largest Marxist organization, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), won big on election night 2018. Working in conjunction with four pro-China/pro-Cuba organizations (Communist Party USA, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Freedom Road Socialist Organization and LeftRoots), the Marxist left ran approximately 300 candidates — almost all posing as Democrats — for local, state, and federal office.

Most of these candidates did not get past the primaries, but some made it all the way to Congress. Still many others now serve in state legislatures, county commissions, on school boards, and as local Democratic Party executives.

Even those subversive candidates who didn’t win were able to advance socialist policy in the form of hard-left ballot initiatives, which enjoyed victories across the country.

According to a report by the DSA National Political Committee:

“Nearly fifty thousand people have joined the Democratic Socialists of America since Trump’s 2016 election. …

“Thanks to this upsurge, DSA has been able to fight for Medicare for All, College for All, equal rights for all, and a revitalized labor movement. DSA has also succeeded in winning key elections all over the country, in red states and blue states. In addition to new DSA congresswomen Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib, we also won other incredible victories at the state level.”

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11/28/18

US Treasury’s Evidence Iran and Russia Cooperating in Syria

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned nine targets last week related to an illicit oil network between Iran and Russia.

“We are acting against a complex scheme Iran and Russia have used to bolster the [Bashar] Assad regime and generate funds for Iranian malign activity,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “Central Bank of Iran officials continue to exploit the international financial system, and in this case even used a company whose name suggests a trade in humanitarian goods as a tool to facilitate financial transfers supporting this oil scheme.

“The United States is committed to imposing a financial toll on Iran, Russia and others for their efforts to solidify Assad’s authoritarian rule, as well as disrupt the Iranian regime’s funding of terrorist organizations,” he added.

Experts said this move was crucial in combating the Iranian threat.

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11/27/18

Weekly Featured Profile – Emiliana Sparaco

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Emiliana Sparaco

Emiliana Sparaco is a San Diego based member of the Communist Party USA and an SEIU organizer. Until 2016, she was a national leader of the Young Communist League and active in CPUSA Environmental Action a closed Facebook group which is “a meeting place for members and friends of the Communist Party USA to discuss environmental issues (especially climate change), share information, and coordinate activities.”

Emiliana Sparaco‎ was involved in the San Diego anti-cop group United Against Police Terror and in 2016 was a California Fight for $15 organizer.

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11/27/18

Google And Facebook Cross The ‘Creepy Line’ Every Day

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

The Creepy Line and Alex Wong/Getty

A few days ago, I wrote again on China’s communist social credit system. But we have our own system being utilized here in the United States in the form of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other Internet platforms. I have already been purged from Facebook for my political views. Many other conservatives have as well. Twitter is also cracking down. They just permanently banned conservative writer, radio host, and combat veteran Jesse Kelly. In retaliation for that, Instant Pundit’s Glenn Reynolds quit Twitter yesterday. I can’t say that I blame him for it either.

Glenn had this to say after he deleted his Twitter account:

People seem to want more, and although there’s nothing duller than posting a screed on why you’re quitting a platform, here’s the gist: I’ve never liked Twitter even though I’ve used it. I was a late adopter, and with good reason. It’s the crystal meth of social media — addictive and destructive, yet simultaneously unsatisfying. When I’m off it I’m happier than when I’m on it. That it’s also being run by crappy SJW types who break their promises, to users, shareholders, and the government, of free speech is just the final reason. Why should I provide free content to people I don’t like, who hate me? I’m currently working on a book on social media, and I keep coming back to the point that Twitter is far and away the most socially destructive of the various platforms. So I decided to suspend them, as they are suspending others. At least I’m giving my reasons, which is more than they’ve done usually.

Instant Pundit was one of the first bloggers out there and drives huge amounts of conservative traffic. We call it an ‘Instalanche’ when Glenn puts out a story you have written or are connected to. He’s had it with this censorship and he won’t be the last by any means.

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