06/3/17

Colonel Allen West on The Military, Foreign Affairs and School Choice

By: Alex Nitzberg | Accuracy in Media

The United States needs to “name” its “enemies” and “adversaries” and strengthen the military to serve both as a “deterrent” and an effective force against enemies, Lt. Colonel Allen West (Ret.) explained during an interview last month on “The Alex Nitzberg Show.”

Over the past 15 to 20 years, the Department of Defense budget has expanded while there has been a “…reduction in the capability of the operational forces,” according to Colonel West. He attributes this situation to increased bureaucracy. “And people sittin’ around at a desk pushin’ pencils don’t protect the nation,” he noted.

When asked whether he sees the Trump administration building up the military as a deterrent force, Colonel West replied that he does not. He said that while the budget included a request for increased funds for the military, it is not apparent how that money will be spent. Speaking about the military’s increasing bureaucracy and decreasing strength, he said, “…those are the type of things that I have not heard the Trump administration talk about.”

During the interview he mentioned a variety of foreign policy concerns around the world, including China’s construction of “military islands,” North Korea’s ballistic missile activity, Iran’s increasing “regional hegemony” in the Middle East, and Russia “…providing arms and support to the Taliban against us in Afghanistan.”

He also noted China’s failure to curb North Korea’s behavior, Iran installing the “S-300 surface to air missile system” at their nuclear facilities, and Iran and North Korea’s cooperation “…on nuclear development and also ballistic delivery means, systems.”

Colonel West explained, “…it drives me insane, the fact that all of these things are goin’ on and we have elected officials who are stupidly not focusing on that which is their number one responsibility, which is to protect the American people and this country. They’re worried about political gimmicks.”

When asked about what is happening in Washington, and why Congress and the President are not engaging with the serious issues facing America, Colonel West answered that “…they chase the news cycle. And sooner or later you gotta have an adult in the room that does not chase the news cycle.”

In order to combat the Islamic terror threat, Colonel West said that President Trump should issue an executive order to classify the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Colonel West also stated that a good education is “…the only way you break the chains of this modern economic enslavement that we see happening in many of the inner cities.” He advocates school choice and vouchers that empower parents to choose their child’s school. “…the money should follow the child,” according to Colonel West.

He also noted, “…the other side says they’re all about pro-choice, but not when it comes to education, not when it comes to tax policy or anything else, only when it comes to killing kids.”

You can listen to my entire interview with Colonel Allen West on “The Alex Nitzberg Show:”


Alex Nitzberg is a freelance conservative journalist and commentator and the host of “The Alex Nitzberg Show” podcast. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

06/2/17

Magnum opus: Humanity at crossroads

By: Wim Grommen

Every production phase or civilization or other human invention goes through a so called transformation process. Transitions are social transformation processes that cover at least one generation. In this article I will use one such transition to demonstrate that humanity is at a crossroads: up to a third world war or will humanity create new heaven on earth.

When we consider the characteristics of the phases of a social transformation we may find ourselves at the end of what might be called the third industrial revolution. Transitions are social transformation processes that cover at least one generation (= 25 years). A transition has the following characteristics:

  • it involves a structural change of civilization or a complex subsystem of our civilization
  • it shows technological, economical, ecological, socio cultural and institutional changes at different levels that influence and enhance each other
  • it is the result of slow changes (changes in supplies) and fast dynamics (flows)

Examples of historical transitions are the demographical transition and the transition from coal to natural gas which caused transition in the use of energy. A transition process is not fixed from the start because during the transition processes will adapt to the new situation. A transition is not dogmatic.

Industrial Revolution

Figure: demographical transition

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06/2/17

Communists in Washington, D.C., the FBI, and the Russia-gate Scandal

By: Cliff Kincaid – America’s Survival

“Our future is bleeding away in front of us.” Geopolitical strategist Jeff Nyquist and America’s Survival, Inc. President Cliff Kincaid discuss Russia-gate, global communism and terrorism, and the fate of Europe. Jeff and Cliff are both contributors to “Back from the Dead: The Return of the Evil Empire,” and “Red Jihad.”

06/2/17

JOBS DATA AT 8:30 AM

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

The BLS releases the May employment report at 8:30 am. A potential upside surprise may occur, the result of a strong ADP private employment survey released yesterday.

Partially because of the data, the Atlanta Fed increased its estimates of second quarter growth to 4.0%. This would be the strongest growth rate since September 2014 pace of 5.0%, growth that was partially the result of massive inventory accumulation.

Dodd Frank was also fully implemented in September 2014, the regulatory behemoth that I believe has crushed the animal spirits.

Private job creation is one of the greatest generator of economic activity. Even if Trump’s deregulation polices fall flat, the mere reprieve of additional regulations is uncaging animal spirits.

Analysts are expecting a 180k and 173k increase in non-farm and private sector payrolls, respectively, a 4.4% unemployment rate, a 0.2% increase in average hourly earnings, a 34.4 hour work week and a 62.9% labor participation rate (LPR).

As noted the other day, the consensus view from the “Blue Chip Economists” is for annual growth not to exceed 1.8% for the next ten years or the around the same rate of the last 10 years.

The rational for this anemic growth rate is simplistic… reduced transfer payments, the slowing of the demand side (consumer) of equation and a systemically lower LPR the result of the retirement of the baby boomers.

I do not agree with the above assessment. Yes the demand side of the equation is slowing, the result of everyone owning almost everything they may need or want. But what about the supply side as the major contributor for growth, growth that historically increases both wages and productivity? Such investment has been moribund for over 15 years.

Regarding transfer payments… transfer payments have never produced the growth that such increases have projected.

Regarding the LPR, the data clearly suggests the LPR is rising for retirees, but falling for those in their peak earning years of 30-55. It is this segment that the LPR must rise and will if the economy demands.

The ramifications of healthy jobs market accompanied by a rising LPR are huge in so many dimensions, especially politically.

And then there is the possible roll back of Dodd Frank. The House is expected to roll back the more onerous provisions on June 8. I rhetorically ask what happens to growth and inflationary expectations if monetary velocity accelerates and funds gravitate back into the real economy? Is this why the small caps rose by the greatest amount yesterday in 3 months? I think yes.

George Soros stated yesterday globalism/the EU is in an “existential crisis,” partially the result of Trump/Brexit. If Trump’s proposals are legislated, the result of greater growth, economic nationalism could again become the dominant political/economic philosophy.

Last night the foreign markets were up. London was up 0.42%, Paris was up 0.98% and Frankfurt was up 1.67%. China was up 0.09%, Japan was up 1.60% and Hang Sang was up 0.44%.

The Dow should open moderately higher but his could change radically given the significance of the upcoming data. The 10-year is unchanged at 2.21%.

06/2/17

Finally, Conservatives Are Fighting Back!

By: Lloyd Marcus

For years, I have been extremely frustrated with my fellow Republicans and Conservatives allowing Leftists/Democrats to dictate how we’re allowed to fight for our ideas. Meanwhile, Leftists/Democrats can promote whatever violence inciting lie they deem necessary. Remarkably, despite overwhelming evidence proving otherwise, Leftists are still promoting the lie that black criminal Michael Brown was gunned down by a white racist cop while surrendering with his hands up. http://bit.ly/2gZOapH

Leftists can say and do disgusting things publicly in front of innocent children outrageously decreed by fake news media to have the moral high ground.

Here are just a few examples of what I am talking about. On Trump’s Inauguration Day at the anti-Trump Women’s March in DC, thousands wore what they crudely called p***y hats. http://bit.ly/2jnfwXM From the podium, in a gross way, Ashley Judd spoke of menstrual blood and women’s private issues. http://bit.ly/2rUup8V My late mom would have been shocked and extremely embarrassed. Madonna boldly proclaimed her desire to blow up the White House. http://read.bi/2rUq3Pm Fakes news media would have demanded the immediate prosecution of a tea party person saying the same.

In 2010, over a million Tea Party Americans gathered in Washington DC to oppose Obamacare. The peaceful polite crowd left the place cleaner than they found it. Fake news media despicably told our country it was a mob of haters against their black president. Leftists routinely trash the cites of their rallies. http://bit.ly/2rUsJwj

Democrats countered the Tea Party with their own fake spontaneous movement called Occupy Wall Street. The assorted groups of anti-American fruits and nuts in attendance were highly praised by Democrats and fake news media. They were allowed to break the law; leaving mountains of trash and committing crimes which included rapes. Occupy Wall Street operatives disgustingly dumped a bucket of feces into the lobby of a public building.

With no rebuke from fake news media, Black Lives Matter protesters marched down a New York street chanting. “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now!!!” http://bit.ly/2bHu0gp

Recently, the California Democrat Chair instructed his audience, “All together now, f*ck Donald Trump!” http://fxn.ws/2qPFxkv

As a black Tea Party activist who has participated in over 500 Tea Party rallies, never have I witnessed such language toward President Obama.

Rush Limbaugh created a fake news media firestorm and was deemed a traitor when he courageously said because he loves his country he hoped Obama’s mission to transform America failed. And yet, fake news media celebrates the Democrats’ “Resistance Summer” movement against Trump. http://bit.ly/2rFgJ22 Is it a stretch to say that Leftists openly attempting to block Trump’s efforts to make America great again is an act of treason?

Vile Leftist activist Kathy Griffin published a disgusting photo of her holding the bloody beheaded head of President Trump. http://bit.ly/2smxmM3 Imagine the tsunami of fake news media outrage had a Tea Party person published such a photo holding Obama’s bloody head.

Rabid Leftist Trump hater and TV host Bill Maher made mean-spirited incest jokes about Donald and Ivanka Trump. http://fxn.ws/2qLewAY Again, imagine the furious anger and dire consequences had a conservative made such jokes about Obama and his daughters.

Do you see the pattern folks? Leftists lay down all kinds of rules for us, while they are allowed to behave without laws or rules of human decency.

Leftists’ ultimate goal is to silence all opposition to their mission to transform America. Emboldened by their successful removal of big-fish Bill O’Reilly from Fox News, Leftists are going after powerful conservative TV and radio host Sean Hannity.

Thank God, finally, conservatives are waking up and fighting back. Brian Maloney and Melanie Morgan have declared it time to stop the scalpings, launching “Operation Fight Fire With Fire.” I love it! Atop their list of extreme Leftists to push back against their lies is Rachel Maddow. http://bit.ly/2rF8Jhs Folks, I know you join me in thinking, “It’s about time!”

Candidly, I am still basking in the after glow of Trump’s election, thanking and praising God for delivering us from the edge of losing our country had Hillary won. But, we must stay engaged in the battle to preserve our victory. Freedom ain’t free folks. Enraged Leftists have cranked up their no-holds-barred opposition to Trump setting us free from Obama’s legacy to unprecedented levels. Even treason against their country is deemed an acceptable tactic to remove Trump from office to resume Obama’s transformation of America.

As God gives me strength, that ain’t happenin’ on my watch.

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

06/2/17

Communists Make Conservative Friends

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

A top official of the Communist Vietnamese dictatorship spoke on Wednesday at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. The speech was entitled “Opportunities and Challenges to Peace, Security, Cooperation and Development in the Asia-Pacific and the Growth of Vietnam—U.S. Comprehensive Partnership.” It was advertised on the Heritage website with a beautiful scenic photo, apparently of Vietnam, carrying the caption, “In the midst of complex issues, Vietnam is working to find the best path forward to guarantee the prosperity and security of its people.” It sounds like heaven on earth.

But Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) says, “Vietnam has one of the world’s worst human rights records with severe censorship of the Internet and press, harsh restrictions on religious and ethnic communities, and active suppression of political participation and environmental demonstrations.” Yet, he says, “…Vietnam often gets a free pass on human rights. There is little media coverage of human rights abuses and diplomats are so focused on the fact that Vietnam is ‘not China’ that this oppressive police state is granted trade and security benefits without conditions.”

The speaker at Heritage was “His Excellency Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Vietnam.” On the same day, he met with President Donald Trump “to strengthen our bilateral relationship and deepen regional cooperation with one of America’s important partners in Southeast Asia.”

A Trump meeting with this communist official may be just a matter of diplomatic courtesy. But the purpose of the Heritage Foundation is to promote and advocate for “the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.” The idea behind the invitation to a top Vietnamese communist must be that providing this important platform from a prestigious Washington, D.C. think tank is somehow consistent with the Heritage Foundation’s pro-freedom philosophy. But how is this possible?

You don’t have to read very far in the State Department’s 2016 human rights report for Vietnam to get the picture: “The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is an authoritarian state ruled by a single party, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), and led by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President Tran Dai Quang, and Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. The most recent National Assembly elections, held on May 22, were neither free nor fair, despite limited competition among CPV-vetted candidates.”

The State Department says, “The most significant human rights problems in the country were severe government restrictions of citizens’ political rights, particularly their right to change their government through free and fair elections; limits on citizens’ civil liberties, including freedom of assembly, association, and expression; and inadequate protection of citizens’ due process rights, including protection against arbitrary detention.”

In short, it’s your typical ruthless Communist Party dictatorship.

Vietnam’s constitution was supposedly amended in favor of allowing more dissent in 2013, but Article 4 still declares, “The Communist Party of Vietnam, the vanguard of the Vietnamese working class, simultaneously the vanguard of the toiling people and of the Vietnamese nation, the faithful representative of the interests of the working class, the toiling people, and the whole nation, acting upon the Marxist-Leninist doctrine and Ho Chi Minh’s thought, is the leading force of the State and society.”

Those who say this is just communist rhetoric do not understand the international communist movement. These words mean something. Vietnam and China may have disagreements over territory, but they are still members of a movement that was started by Karl Marx, the father of communism, and designed to use world revolution to achieve the goal of world communism. Along the way these regimes are always anxious to tap the capitalist powers for money and resources. Indeed, they see their countries going through a capitalist phase on their way to a pure communist state.

Last December, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang arrived in Havana, Cuba, for what was described as a three-day official visit designed “to strengthen the brotherhood and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.” Before that, Salvador Valdes Mesa, Vice President of the Council of State and Special Envoy of First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee, visited Hanoi, Vietnam to continue “the traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation, and solidarity between the two Parties, States and peoples.”

The international communist movement is alive and well.

In addition to the Heritage visit, the Vietnamese communist invasion of Washington, D.C. involved two full-page ads in The Washington Times on Monday. These ads were significant for their very appearance in the conservative alternative newspaper to The Washington Post.

One advertisement was a “Message by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xan Phuc,” showing him smiling and waving above Vietnamese and American flags. It declared Vietnam “a sovereign nation with an independent foreign policy” and “a partner that deeply values its relations with the U.S.” The other “Friends of Vietnam” advertisement urged weapons sales to Vietnam, and showed a picture of U.S. Navy officials being greeted by communist Vietnamese military officers. “Since Washington lifted the arms embargo last year,” the ad said, referring to an Obama administration action, “Vietnam has been in talks with Western and U.S. arms manufacturers…”

A lot of money can be made.

These clever ads touted ties with such companies and institutions as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, GE and Harvard. The Vietnamese promised to buy more U.S. dairy cows and in return would send more shrimp, fish, apparel, and footwear to the U.S. “More than 31,000 Vietnamese students are pursuing their higher education in the U.S.,” the ad proclaimed.

Quan Q. Nguyen, M.D., chairman of a group called Rallying for Democracy in Vietnam, provided a far different story at a congressional hearing recently conducted by Rep. Smith. “There are no free and fair elections,” he noted, “and no independent unions to protect the millions of Vietnamese workers. People who disagree and express their own opinions in a peaceful way are imprisoned.”

“Only a democratic Vietnam can be U.S.’s true reliable strategic partner in Asia,” he added.

Nguyen Dinh Thang, Ph.D., the President and Chief Executive Officer of Boat People SOS, described how the human rights situation has been deteriorating, and noted the case of Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh and his wife, Mrs. Tran Thi Hong. “Pastor Chinh was sentenced to 11 years in prison for his pastoral services to Montagnard Christians in the Central Highlands. In prison, he was subjected to different forms of torture, including solitary confinement, beatings, and denial of medical treatment. Prison guards even mixed pieces of broken glass and fragments of lead wire in his daily food rations.”

In a case of an extrajudicial killing of a Montagnard Christian, Thang cited Pastor Ksor Xiem of the Dega Church in Gia Lai Province, who was taken to the police station on Christmas Eve of 2015, “refused to recant his faith and got brutally beaten by his interrogators.” He died of fatal injuries caused by torture 15 days later.

Considering the non-stop coverage of Russia-gate, one would think that the media would be on guard for disinformation or propaganda operations waged by foreign governments in the U.S. Let’s see if the media blow the whistle on the Vietnamese communist official’s visit to Washington, D.C. His obvious purpose is to fool the U.S. government, American businesses, and think tanks into believing there is real positive change in Vietnam, that the country is going capitalist and is open for business, and that the regime wants to help the U.S. counter China.

Speaking of the Russians, who supported Communist Vietnam’s conquest of South Vietnam, which cost 58,000 American lives, we have fresh evidence that President Vladimir Putin is still cognizant of his communist roots. Prensa Latina, the official state news agency of Cuba, has published an article about the Russian Communist Party meeting in Moscow “with the attendance of 340 delegates and foreign guests.” The Russian Communist Party is not only legal but a significant force in the Russian parliament, or DUMA. It has the second highest number of seats, behind Putin’s United Russia party.

An official letter of welcome from Putin “was read in the main political forum of the Russian communists in this capital, amid the preparation of celebrations for the centenary of the Great October Socialist Revolution,” Prensa Latina reported. “The Russian Communists are preparing a series of activities to celebrate the triumph of the revolution led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.”

The communists have a lot to celebrate. They should be ecstatic that many Americans, including some conservatives, believe that communism is dead.


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.

06/1/17

CIA Celebrates Transgender Pride

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

A George Soros-funded organization calling itself the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) held a conference on May 25 to celebrate 14 years of existence, while preparing “to continue the fight for trans equality.” Sponsors of this special event included Amazon, Facebook, Google and the CIA.

President Donald Trump’s new director of the CIA is former Republican Congressman and self-proclaimed conservative Christian Mike Pompeo.

“The CIA was one of more than thirty organizations that sponsored an event hosted by the National Center for Transgender Equality on May 25,” confirmed Jonathan Liu, a media spokesperson for the CIA Office of Public Affairs. “Our recruitment and hiring efforts are consistent with federal law.” He referred this journalist to the CIA’s public website regarding the CIA’s policy on diversity and information about its employee groups, including the Agency Network of Gay, Lesbian Bisexual, and Transgender Officers and Allies (ANGLE).

Honorees at the event included Gavin Grimm, a gender-confused female student who identifies as “male;” Vanita Gupta, the former Obama Justice Department official who led the effort to force transgender bathrooms and locker rooms on schools as a condition of funding; and Gunner Scott of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC).

The CIA was listed as a “bronze” sponsor for $1,000 or more in contributions to the event.

Although Trump is now president and Pompeo is now the CIA director, it looks like nothing much has changed at the agency in regard to celebrating sexual perversity and special rights for various sexual minorities. The CIA website still features a statement from Obama CIA director John Brennan on the role played by the CIA’s Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council and the Center for Mission Diversity and Inclusion. Brennan’s “CIA Diversity and Inclusion Strategy” recognizes the need to hire “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals.”

It’s not clear how all of this sexual diversity helps America identify and defeat its foreign enemies.

The CIA has hosted National LGBT Pride Month during the month of June for 20 years, and celebrates the “Stonewall Uprising” of June 1969, “when a courageous group of citizens at the Stonewall Inn resisted harassment and mistreatment.” In fact, the “uprising” was an anti-police riot at a Mafia-run New York City gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. The police who raided the place were getting complaints about homosexuals having sex on the streets and in public bathrooms, and their use of illegal drugs.

For those who still need convincing that transgenderism threatens the health and well-being of society, we suggest the important Gatestone Institute article, “The Gender Obsessed West Sets Itself Up for the Rise of Islam,” by Italian journalist Giulio Meotti. He describes the “gender mania” that is permeating every corner of Western societies and culture as a sign of the decline of Western civilization in the face of an escalating Islamic threat.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s years were marked by an “obsession” with transgender rights, Meotti points out. “Obsession with gender is a convenient distraction to avoid facing matters that are more difficult and less pleasant,” such as radical Islamic terrorism.

It was supposed to be different under Trump. CNS News reported that Pompeo, a conservative Christian before he took over the CIA, spoke at a church event in Wichita, Kansas, and declared that radical Muslims want “to wipe Christians from the face of the Earth.”

The challenge for Pompeo is clear: rather than hire and promote transgenders in order to satisfy some quota in Obama CIA Director John Brennan’s strategic hiring plan, the CIA’s job is to identify the Islamist enemy, gather intelligence on their plans to kill us, and stop them.

Of course, if Pompeo does the right thing for his agency and the country, he will face the wrath of those companies—such as Amazon, Google and Facebook—that co-sponsored the transgender celebration conference with the CIA.

He has to know that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos owns the anti-Trump Washington Post. And Pompeo knows he could meet the same fate as Trump’s Army Secretary nominee Mark Green, who was forced to withdraw when the liberal media, acting as the mouthpiece for the LGBT “community,” portrayed him as a hater because he dared to recognize transgenderism as a mental illness.

A special CIA booklet on the ANGLE group at the agency notes that when the CIA began polygraphing employees in 1948, it included a question on homosexual activity in order to identify gay employees for dismissal. That question is now considered old-fashioned.

The booklet confidently declares that an article in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence refuted “any correlation between homosexuality and espionage.” We now have the real life case of Bradley/Chelsea Manning, the convicted Army traitor and intelligence analyst whose espionage sentence was commuted by President Obama. Manning was a male homosexual before declaring himself a woman, wearing lipstick, and taking taxpayer-funded voice lessons to sound female.

Another question that has become irrelevant is whether potential employees were ever members of, or advocates for, the Communist Party. We know that question has lost its relevance because Obama CIA Director Brennan admitted, when applying for a job at the agency, that he had voted for the Communist Party candidate for president one year. He got the job anyway, and became CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia on his way up the ranks.

Perhaps an organization of communist CIA employees is now being formed and will come out of the closet.


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.

06/1/17

Where is the special prosecutor for Hillary and Barack?

By: James Simpson | BombThrowers

My Portrait Sessions

Every time I think we have plumbed the depths of stupidity among congressional Republicans, someone comes along to prove that we are so far from the bottom that we can’t even see it.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), supposedly an up-and-coming conservative “star” in the U.S. Senate, proudly announced that the Senate Intelligence Committee had voted to give itself “blanket authority to issue subpoenas” regarding the investigation into Russian election meddling. This means the Democrats have been granted unrestricted license to go after President Trump despite what is obviously a partisan witch hunt.

How could Republicans be so stupid? We have just barely survived eight years of unrestrained criminality by Obama, two successive attorneys general –Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch– who turned the Justice Department into an extremist partisan attack machine that stood the rule of law on its head. We also endured the shenanigans of serial criminal co-conspirator, Hillary Clinton, who gave Russia a 20 percent stake in U.S. weapons-grade uranium production and auctioned off her influence as secretary of state to the highest bidder.

Unlike the Trump/Russia fantasy, these are not mere allegations. There is proof of their criminality, real proof. Not just hearsay, not just anonymous sources “leaking” documents that no one has seen, and stories whose sources they won’t publicly disclose.

Judicial Watch’s Director of Investigations, Chris Farrell, recently posted a YouTube video that describes the unprecedented depth of this documented criminality by the Obama administration as reported on by the website Circa.

A recently declassified top secret court document from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court proves it. This is the court that decides what federal agencies can and cannot do in carrying out surveillance activities against foreigners when U.S. citizens are involved. The court lays out the issue:

On October 24, 2016, the government orally apprised the Court of significant non-compliance with the NSA’s minimization procedures involving queries of data acquired under Section 702 [of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ] using U.S. person identifiers.

In plain English, this refers to the Obama administration’s illegal preoccupation with surveillance of U.S. citizens. The court goes on:

Since 2011, NSA’s minimization procedures have prohibited use of U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of upstream Internet collections under Section 702. The Oct. 26, 2016 notice informed the court that NSA analysts had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court.

In other words, the Obama administration had been illegally identifying Americans and hiding the extent of its surveillance against them. At the Oct. 26 hearing, the court found that “the problem was widespread during all periods under review,” adding these activities present “a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.”

The Circa article asserts, “the admitted violations undercut one of the primary defenses that the intelligence community and Obama officials have used in recent weeks to justify their snooping into incidental NSA intercepts about Americans.”

Farrell states that the Obama administration “has abused and misused the National Security Agency in a way no one ever even pondered before. This is the sort of stuff that would make Richard Nixon blush. It is beyond the pale. It’s like nothing else we’ve ever seen.”

Rand Paul was quoted in the Circa article, saying, “If we determine this to be true, this is an enormous abuse of power. This will dwarf all other stories… There are hundreds and hundreds of people.”

The ACLU weighed in, but blamed it all on the intelligence agencies without mentioning the Obama administration’s abuses. As noted by Circa, “newly disclosed violations are some of the most serious to ever be documented and strongly call into question the U.S. intelligence community’s ability to police itself and safeguard American’s privacy.” Typical of the Left, the ACLU uses these egregious abuses as an opportunity to discredit the NSA and others. But the ACLU should know it is never the bureaucrats who do this alone. They invariably are taking orders from their political bosses, in this case then President Obama.

We should have seen this coming. (Of course some of us did but the political class had its blinders on). Obama was overstepping his authority before he was even elected. In 2008, then presidential candidate Obama interfered with President Bush’s foreign policy by trying to talk Iraqis out of an agreement with Bush to keep U.S. forces in Iraq. As we now know, it was Obama’s reckless premature pullout from Iraq that returned the nation to anarchy – forcing us now to expend even more blood and treasure to help the Iraqis recapture it from ISIS. And what about Obama’s whispered promise to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that “after my election I have more flexibility.” Flexibility for what? To surrender even more of our missile defense capability?

What about that uranium deal?

Trump has repeatedly accused Hillary of giving “20 percent of America’s uranium supply to Russia.” Snopes and PolitiFact rate the assertion as false and mostly false. We know both of those organizations skew heavily left, especially Snopes, and go out of their way to protect the Clintons. So is it true or false?

It has been widely reported that the Clinton Foundation received $145 million after Hillary Clinton allowed Russia’s nuclear energy agency to purchase a controlling interest in Uranium One, a Canada-based company that mines uranium in states containing 20 percent of U.S. capacity. Snopes and company claim Hillary was not involved in the deal, that it was delegated to then-Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez, and that the State Department is only one of nine agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) that decides such matters.

Regardless of who actually sat at the CFIUS table, Clinton is ultimately responsible for such decisions, and do you really think Fernandez would have made such a momentous decision without her blessing? Moreover, would the other agencies dare to vote against Hillary’s agency? Highly doubtful.

Hillary apologists also try to disassociate the Clinton Foundation’s string of receipts from Russia as though the two were entirely unrelated. Did they give the Clintons $145 million just for yucks? The New York Times, not exactly a bastion of conservatism, lays it out.

So I ask: where is the special prosecutor for Obama, Holder, Lynch and Clinton?

And what about all the leaks? Have any of those weak-kneed members of Congress used their substantial authority to compel the FBI and/or intelligence agencies to investigate and uncover the leakers? Unlike the unsubstantiated allegations about Trump, these are federal crimes.

If unproven allegations of Trump/Russian collusion in the 2016 elections are worthy of a special prosecutor, are the litany of Hillary’s activities not? These are events that actually occurred, not undocumented accusations by partisan Democrats. Ditto with Obama. If the flimsy allegations against Trump are worthy of a special prosecutor, Obama and Hillary’s crimes merit a treason prosecution. But will we even see a special prosecutor for them?

So in tribute to the many GOP imbeciles in Congress, I am starting a hashtag, #STUPIDPARTY. I hope you will use it in tweets to our illustrious Members of Congress and give them holy hell for joining Democrats in their overt effort to destroy this president and bring down his administration.

If the GOP keeps this up, we may well see the Democrats’ hoped-for midterm wave election that sweeps Republicans from power.

06/1/17

America Sent Her Sons

By: Jonathan LaForce
https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.k.laforce?fref=ufi

England is a cup of tea.
France a wheel of ripened brie.
Greece, a short, squat olive tree.
America is her sons.

Brazil is football on the sand
Argentina, Maradona’s hand.
Germany, an oompah band.
America is her sons.

Holland is a wooden shoe.
Hungary, a goulash stew.
Australia, a Kangaroo.
America is her sons.

Japan is a thermal spring/
Scotland is a highland fling.
Oh there are many lovely things,
Things of note to make one’s heart sing,
But America loves her sons above all these.

When others needed them,
America sent her sons
To fight, to bleed, to die
To settle the discontent of European kings
And force peace to reign again.

When evil arose most cruelly,
Demanding racial purity,
America sent her sons,
Black brown, white and yellow,
To stand against Siegrunen,
Totenkopfs, Hammers and Sickles.

She watched her sons bleed anew
On foreign sands in faraway lands
Places named Omaha, Utah,
Carentan, Bastogne and Arnhem.
Saipan, Tinian, Dong Ha,
Fallujah, Ramadi, and Helmand.

For the sake of millions they never met
They gave their lives.
Red blood poured out freely
To pay a high price for liberty;
With only fields of white crosses
To mark their passing.

You may criticize America her faults,
Her arrogance, her swagger
Her braggadocios bravado,
Her unrelenting roughshod manners.
But remember this most of all-
In numbers few could ever hope to match,
Time and again,
America will always give her sons,
To pay the butcher’s bill.

H/T: Brad Torgersen

05/31/17

A Relatively Quiet Day

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

Markets were generally little changed as politics and interest rates appear to dominate the conversation. Regarding interest rates, Fed Funds futures are all but guaranteeing an increase at the upcoming meeting. This outlook may change dramatically following Friday’s release of May’s employment data. I can argue if the data is considerably stronger than expected, the conversation will change to the probability of a 0.50% increase at an upcoming meeting.

Wow! Such a scenario has not been remotely discussed.

Speaking about not being discussed, until last Friday I read nothing about further production cuts from OPEC. The narrative was all about extending the status quo until December and maybe to March. To the best of my knowledge, there were no firms expecting greater production cuts.

The selloff in crude both today and Friday was blamed on the lack of further cuts in volume. Against this backdrop, if Friday’s job report surprises on the upside, perhaps the discussion of a 0.50% in the intermediate future is not as outlandish as it may appear.

And then there are politics. Like most, I do not know what to believe. Perhaps the accurate statement to make is almost the entire political establishment is against Donald Trump.

As a student of political science with an emphasis in international relations, “back channels” are necessary for realpolitik. Throughout modern history such has permitted a dialogue that in many instances may have prevented war. All administrations have utilized “back channels” and to condemn a vital and irreplaceable venue demonstrates the total ignorance of the person or group perpetuating such comments.

According to Facebook, 72% of adults receive their news via a social media, a venue that has no attribution. The potential for misrepresentation is gargantuan.

It is often written President Obama was the first president who utilized social media to win an election. President Trump is on steroids as compared to President Obama.

For what it is worth department, according to the polling firm FiveThirtyEight, Donald Trump has a higher rating than Bill Clinton had at this point in 1993. In early June 1993, Clinton’s approval rating was 37%. Today Trump is at 41%. Clinton tried to change the world and could not, so he changed. The economy also recovered.

Wow! Will history repeat itself?

What will happen today? In many regards, many blue-chip forecasters are extrapolating the last 8 years into eternity.

Last night the foreign markets were mixed. London was up 0.40%, Paris was up 0.22% and Frankfurt was up 0.44%. China was up 0.23%, Japan was down 0.14% and Hang Sang was down 0.16%.

The Dow should open quiet ahead a near certain interest hike next month. The 10-year is off 4/32 to yield 2.23%.