08/8/16
Pat Condell

Europe’s Last Chance

Hat Tip: BB

08/8/16
Wilma Chan

Weekly Featured Profile – Wilma Chan

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Wilma Chan

Wilma Chan (born October 5, 1949) in Boston,Massachusetts, serves on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in the Bay Area. A leading Democrat, Chan served as the California State Assembly Majority Leader from 2002–2004. She also served as Assembly Majority Whip from 2001-2002. Chan was a resident of Oakland for more than 20 years; she now lives in Alameda.

Chan is also a teacher and the Legislator-in-Residence at theUniversity of California, Berkeley. She taught the course Cal-in-Sacramento in the Spring of 2007. She is currently working on “expanding healthcare in Oakland and Alameda County.”

Wilma has been one of California’s most left wing legislators. During her six years in the Assembly, she passed more than 70 bills and resolutions… and has been a reliable ally of the illegal immigrant amnesty movement.

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Wilma Chan was, for many years, a leader of the Maoist movement and was an organizer in the Chinese communities of Boston and San Francisco since 1969. She was in the early 1980s, the Chairperson of the National Asian Struggles Commission of the League of Revolutionary Struggle, at the time America’s largest pro-China communist organization.

Chan stayed with the organization until its dissolution in 1990, but continues to work with former comrades, many now in the Democratic Party, right up to today.

For instance, Wilma Chan‘s current Chief of Staff Dave Brown is also a former League of Revolutionary Strugglesupporter.

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08/7/16
Trump

Clinton Releases Devastating Video On Trump’s Russian Ties

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

I didn’t think it was possible for the GOP to bring on board a candidate that could possibly lose to the Hildabeast. I was wrong. There are not enough facepalms in this world to stop all of this.

Trump has put three or four people on his campaign team that have strong ties to Russia. I have written on it several times. He’s got some kind of lovefest going on with Putin and he defends him constantly. He’s pushing Russia’s agenda on NATO and even had the Republican plank changed to desert the Ukraine – exactly as Putin wanted. Trump won’t release his tax returns, so we don’t know the real extent of his financial ties to Russia either.

And because all of this stupid crap is floating around out there, it has given Hillary Clinton the ammunition she needs to attack Trump and eviscerate him. The video below is devastating.

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From The Hill:

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Sunday released a video questioning Republican counterpart Donald Trump‘s ties to Russia.

Onscreen text at the beginning of the video says “We don’t know why Trump praises Putin,” before showing a clip of Trump calling the Russian president a “strong leader” and pushing back against criticism of Putin.

A clip then shows “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough saying that the GOP nominee always “seems to upend American foreign policy tradition in a way that benefits Vladimir Putin.”

The video highlights several of Trump’s proposals, including his calling NATO “obsolete” and pointing to a Washington Post article from last month titled “Trump Campaign Guts GOP’s Anti-Russia Stance on Ukraine.”

The video also mention’s Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s ties to a former pro-Putin prime minister in Ukraine.

It then references the trove of emails released by WikiLeaks last month that show top officials at the Democratic National Committee apparently planning how to undermine Bernie Sanders‘s presidential campaign. Experts believe the hack was likely the work of Russian intelligence agents.

“Russia if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump says in the video, a reference to the messages Clinton deleted from the private server she used when she was Secretary of State. Trump later walked back that invitation, saying he was being “sarcastic.”

If Trump doesn’t cut his Russian ties and tell his talking heads like Roger Stone to stop defending Russia all over the place, he’s going to lose to Hillary Clinton. She smells blood in the political waters and is going to beat him to death with this. She doesn’t even have to try and do him in, he’s doing it to himself and he’s providing Clinton with all the material she needs to run him into the ground. He should have known all of this would come out and be used against him.

Trump has walked right into a classic political trap – one that he himself helped build. Hillary must be ecstatic over it, but she shouldn’t be. If she wins, Putin will blackmail her into submission. Somehow we have managed to let Russia worm their way into our elections and government and we had better put a stop to it and fast. There are more ways than one to conquer a country… Putin would rather do it from within.


For an excellent synopsis on the Russian threat, listen to Trevor Loudon’s most recent podcast:

08/7/16
Trevor Movie

#LoudonClear: Trevor interviews Jeff Nyquist on Russia influence

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This week, Trevor interviews Jeffrey R. Nyquist, geopolitical expert and author of “Origins of the Fourth World War: And the Coming Wars of Mass Destruction.” This particularly frightening episode of LoudonClear delves into what happened to the communists after the cold war, the Russian propaganda machine and Donald Trump’s Russian ties.

Listen:

08/7/16
Islam

Deception in Islam: Taqiyya, Tawriya, Kitman and Muruna

By: Renee Nal | New Zeal

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Sign posted in Times Square by whyislam.org

Deception – especially Taqiyya – is part and parcel of Islamic doctrine. All devout Muslims are aware of it and how it may be used to deceive non-Muslims concerning the true nature of Islam

This article was reprinted from Broadside News.

BIRMINGHAM, UK, 23 August 2014

Your humble scribe has written on several occasions over the past few months about Taqiyya – a religiously-sanctioned doctrine of lies and deceit – and how Muslims routinely use it in order to deceive non-Muslims about the true nature of Islam. It is not widely known (although it should be) that Muslims are permitted to lie in order to promote Islam in the eyes of non-Muslims, or to prevent its denigration in the eyes of non-Muslims, even under oath in a British court of law, as your humble scribe can testify to first hand, following his successful acquittal from a charge of Racially Aggravated Harassment in the Birmingham Taqiyya Trial on Tuesday 08 April 2014 for calling the director of Tell Mama UK – one Fiyaz Mughal OBE – “a Mendacious, Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist”. One might think that this is bad enough, because the implications for trust between Muslims and non-Muslims in everyday conversations concerning Islam are profound. For example, interfaith outreach between a Jewish rabbi, a Catholic priest and a Muslim imam may be predicated on a certain amount of goodwill on all sides in order to reach a mutually agreeable understanding. But if one realises that the Muslim in such a situation has no interest in extending goodwill, but wishes only to advance the cause of Islam – by subterfuge and sleight-of-hand if necessary – then it becomes obvious that the entire concept of interfaith outreach concerning Islam is a futile exercise.

However, it’s actually even worse than that. For if a Muslim cannot achieve a permissible goal (such as promoting Islam in the eyes of non-Muslims, or preventing its denigration in the eyes of non-Muslims) by telling the truth, then he is actually obliged – not just permitted but divinely commanded – to lie in order to achieve that goal. This is in direct contrast to the moral and ethical values of  our Judaeo-Christian civilisation, where lying under any circumstances is considered to be a sin. People do lie, of course, for all sorts of reasons, but they know that they are committing a sin by doing so, and there is never any circumstance under which a lie may be given divine sanction.

Deception in Islam takes various subtle forms – Taqiyya being merely the most commonly quoted form – and this article from the website Islam Watch succinctly defines the differences between Taqiyya, (deceit for the purposes of spreading Islam), Tawriya, (deceit by ambiguity), Kitman (deceit by omission), and Muruna (deceit by the temporary suspension of Sharia). An additional article from the website Islam Exposed touches upon the concepts of Taysir (deceit through facilitation), and Darura (deceit through necessity).

From the Islam Watch article quoted above:

The implications of these highly-honed tactics of deception could be enormous for unassuming Western societies. Twenty years ago, psychologist Paul Ekman wrote an insightful book, “Telling Lies”, which demonstrated that people give off recognizable clues when they are practicing deceit. Their consciences cause them, involuntarily, to sweat or raise their voices or make other recognizable gestures. However, Dr. Ekman’s research was exclusively with people from Western cultures. Muslims, on the other hand, show no discernible signs when they are being deceitful because there is no feeling of guilt. In their minds they are doing exactly what Allah wants them to do to advance Islam. Because any Western person who has raised children knows almost intuitively when someone is lying, so they assume they can do that in all cases. Unfortunately, those same Western people can be easily duped by Islamic deceit because there are no tell-tale signs in the deceiver.

The implications for trust between Muslims and non-Muslims go far beyond interfaith outreach. We have seen in the last few weeks how deception has been used by Hamas in the Israel-Gaza conflict to inflate civilian casualties, to manipulate the media into reporting Israel as being responsible for war crimes, and to present the population of Gaza as innocent victims when in reality they were complicit in electing a terrorist government whose sole objective has always been to drive the Jews into the sea.

One may argue that deception may be considered a legitimate part of war strategy, but there are rules and conventions that cover war situations, and Hamas has broken most if not all of those rules and conventions. Why? – because it’s exactly what the Islamic Prophet Muhammad would have done, as he was reported to have done when he was alive, and he is considered to be the perfect man as defined in Qur’an 33:21 – Al-Insan Al-Kamil – to be emulated by Muslims in all things at all times.

Every person of goodwill – that is to say, every non-Muslim – should read and fully understand this post and the related articles to gain an understanding of why Muslims are never to be taken on trust and why those who follow Islam can never co-exist with us as equals in perpetuity. Islam simply will not allow it – its primary goal is world domination through any means possible, including fear, violence, intimidation and terror, and what we see happening around the world at the moment – in every country where Muslims feel strong enough to aggressively assert themselves to the detriment of the indigenous non-Muslim populations – is merely the precursor of even worse terrors to come should Islam continue to grow in strength, power and influence.

Tim Burton – Saturday 23 April 2014

08/6/16
Crazy

Who’s Crazier—Trump or Obama?

By: Cliff Kincaid – Accuracy in Media

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The famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware is now being sold by MAD magazine as Washington Cross-Dressing the Delaware. Elsewhere in the magazine, in a look at recycled ad slogans, the old Marine slogan, “We’re looking for a few good men,” has become the slogan for Grindr, the gay dating app. The humor is an indication of how things have changed under Obama. But many Americans aren’t laughing.

The Marine slogan, used for over 200 years, has now taken on perverted connotations because of President Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of the United States. He has been relentless in attacking the military’s traditional culture.

Yet it is Obama who is making headlines by attacking Donald J. Trump for “trash-talking” the military.

Under Obama, America’s military was humiliated when 10 sailors were captured and detained by Iran in January of this year. Iran aired a video of the sailors on their knees, with their hands behind their heads, and some of them crying. Obama sent the Iranians $400 million in cash later that month in conjunction with the release of five other American hostages. Undoubtedly some of that money will be used to finance terrorism against Israel and America.

But Trump is “trash-talking” the military?

Once declared by Newsweek to be America’s first gay president, Obama seems to have a very personal commitment to celebrating the gay lifestyle. He learned about the birds and the bees from his mentor, communist Frank Marshall Davis, a pedophile and pornographer.

Obama was designated the first gay president before it was announced that a Navy ship has been named after a major figure in the homosexual movement, Harvey Milk, who was fond of teenage homosexual lovers. This was followed by the announcement that the Department of the Interior was naming a gay bar in New York City as a national historic landmark. After that, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that the Pentagon would pay for sex-change operations for military personnel.

This is considered “progress.” The military had already paid for sex change treatments for Bradley Manning, the traitor who became Chelsea, and who recently tried to kill himself/herself.

But it’s Trump who is “trash-talking” the military.

I have been searching in vain to discover any reaction to any of this from war hero Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who has been offended by some of the things Trump has said.

The only thing I can find is that McCain believes there should be hearings on lifting the ban on transgenders in the military. But isn’t McCain a member of the political party running the U.S. Senate? Why haven’t hearings already been held? Why isn’t Obama being sued or impeached for changing the rules and regulations of the Armed Forces without congressional approval?

Why is Obama so determined to obscure male-female differences and celebrate bizarre lifestyles that used to be considered perversions? And to do it in the military to boot?

Rather than talk about issues like the demoralization of the U.S. military through social engineering of a sexual nature, Trump appealed to the LGBTQ crowd in his convention speech.

I think the people he wants to appeal to would rather hear him denounce the idea of having a Navy ship called the USS Predator.

Nevertheless, the widespread rejection of Obama and Hillary is such that Trump is still getting huge crowds. Some say that as many as 20,000 turned out to hear him in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday night. He began the event by talking about the $400 million given to Iran by Obama. “How stupid are we?” Trump asked.

As a result of speaking his mind, Trump sometimes comes across as crazy in news accounts. But the transfer of $400 million in cash to Iran by the Obama administration, by any objective measure, looks even crazier. Yet the media defend the transfer as old news and suggest that critics of the deal are unhinged or playing partisan politics. This is an indication that the crazy way of doing things has become normal in Washington, D.C. No wonder people are flocking to Trump.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton, who may be suffering from the lingering effects of the concussion she sustained in 2012, is being carefully guarded at public events with few people, so that she is not questioned in detail. Speculation is mounting that her health is such that she could suffer a stroke-producing brain aneurysm at any time.

Videos of Mrs. Clinton experiencing what some people are calling a seizure are circulating on the Internet. Defenders of the former First Lady say the videos are misleading, and that they simply capture some unusual facial expressions while she was having a good laugh.

MAD magazine is certainly good for a few laughs. It’s funny to see General George Washington, who ordered the court-martial of homosexuals during the Revolutionary War, wearing women’s clothes as he is crossing the Delaware. The laughter dies down when you realize that Obama has set the stage for modern-day generals to wear women’s clothes.

People may not like all the things Trump says, but they are so desperate for change from the suicidal course we’re on that they are willing to roll the dice.


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.

08/4/16
OilPrice.com

Today’s Downturn Sets Markets Up For A Dramatic Oil Price Spike

Another oil price downturn threatens to deepen the plunging levels of investment in upstream oil and gas production, which could create a more acute price spike in the years ahead.

Oil and gas companies have gutted their capex budgets, necessary moves as drillers went deep into the red following the crash in oil prices. But the sharp cutback in investment means that huge volumes of oil that would have otherwise come online in five or ten years now will remain on the sidelines.

The industry will cut spending by $1 trillion through 2020, according to Wood Mackenzie. Those reductions are creating a “ticking time bomb” for oil supply. The consultancy projects that the market will see 5 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (mboe/d) less this year, compared to expectations before the collapse of oil prices. And next year, the industry will produce 6 mboe/d less than it otherwise would have had the spending cuts not been made.

This is creating the conditions for a supply crunch and a price spike. The reason is simple: demand continues to rise by some 1.2 million barrels per day each year, but supplies are no longer growing because of the spending cuts. That is not a problem today as production still slightly exceeds demand and high levels of crude oil and refined products sit in storage. But by as early as the end of 2016 the oil market could tip into a supply deficit. And because the industry has scaled back so intensely on capex, global supplies could fall short of demand for quite a while. The end result could be a dramatic price spike.

This scenario has been described before by Wood Mackenzie, which published an estimate earlier this year that put the total value of cancelled projects over the past two years at $380 billion, projects that would have yielded 27 billion barrels of oil and gas.

So far, the markets are not pricing in the brewing supply crunch. Oil prices continue to fall, and speculators have taken the most pessimistic position in months, selling off long bets and buying up shorts.

Oil analysts and forecasters do not see a rapid rise in prices either. A Bloomberg survey of 20 analysts revealed a median price forecast of just $57 per barrel in 2017. No doubt that record levels of inventories are on their minds – even if oil production itself flips into a supply/demand deficit, it could take years to work through storage levels.

“We’re looking at a market that’s still in a very slow process of rebalancing and we don’t think that you’ll get a sustainable deficit until the second quarter of 2017,” Michael Hsueh, a strategist at Deutsche Bank AG, told Bloomberg. “Those deficits are necessary to draw down global inventories, but that will still take until the end of 2018, it appears.”

But the swing from surplus to deficit could be more dramatic than many think. Now that oil is once again entering a bear market, with WTI and Brent dropping to $40 per barrel, the industry could be forced to slash spending even deeper than it already has, leaving even more oil reserves undeveloped. And in any case, it is possible that high storage levels and the two-year production surplus is leading to a myopic view of the future – just because the markets are oversupplied today does not meant that they will in several years’ time.

Wood Mackenzie says that while U.S. shale has been the hardest hit by the steep fall in investment, the shale industry will be the first to bounce back because of the short-cycle nature of shale drilling. The price spike will lead to a resurgence in shale, and Wood Mackenzie is predicting that shale production doubles from the 2015 high-watermark of 4.5 million barrels per day to 8.5 mb/d by the mid-2020s.

But that is a long way off for oil executives dealing with deteriorating balance sheets and rising debt levels.

Link to original article: http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Todays-Downturn-Sets-Markets-Up-For-A-Dramatic-Oil-Price-Spike.html

By Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com

08/4/16
Khan

Khizr Khan, the Media and the Rest of the Story

By: Roger Aronoff | Accuracy in Media

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When Khizr M. Khan took to the stage at this year’s Democratic National Convention, he was a virtual unknown. But his message struck a chord with many people.

On stage Khan challenged Donald Trump’s knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and said that “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

Khan’s comments struck a chord with anyone who ever had a son, daughter, husband or wife, or parent who ever served overseas in a war zone. He and his wife lost a son who died performing a heroic act to save his fellow soldiers in Iraq. Democrats opportunistically saw this as yet another cudgel to use against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, to undermine his influence among Americans, particularly the military. The media saw a great opportunity to finally bury the candidacy of Trump. But as with many of these stories, the Khans turned out to be more than initially meets the eye. In this case, much more.

Trump, ever supremely confident, stepped into the media minefield, and agreed to an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who, as we’ve previously pointed out, worked for the Clintons for years as one of their hit men. He was the communications director for Bill Clinton. And as the host of ABC’s This Week, Stephanopoulos failed to reveal an obvious conflict of interest—namely that he was a donor to the Clinton Foundation, and a featured speaker at their events. Despite these circumstances, Stephanopoulos attempted to discredit Peter Schweizer and his book, Clinton Cash, which documents many of the deals and pay-for-play that led to the Clintons raising about $3 billion. Yet the Clinton Foundation uses about 10 percent of its revenues for the causes they claim to be helping, or “direct charitable grants.”

Trump joined Stephanopoulos on his show, and was unprepared. “How would you answer that father? What sacrifice have you made for your country?” queriedStephanopoulos. As a result of his comments Trump is now accused of attacking Mrs. Ghazala Khan—but what he questioned was why she stood by silently. He actually called the Khans’ son a hero on Twitter, and said to Stephanopoulos that Khizr Khan looked like a “nice guy.” Trump’s criticisms were aimed at Islam, where women and gays are second class citizens—at best.

“Okay—so Trump’s remarks, which arguably were touching upon the whole Islamic submission of women angle, were terrible,” writes Matt Vespa for Townhall. “Yet, let’s not forget that Hillary Clinton also criticized a Gold Star mother. During the Democratic debate on March 9, Clinton pretty much called Patricia Smith, mother of slain U.S. Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, a liar….”

Here was that exchange during the March debate between moderator Jorge Ramos of Univision and Mrs. Clinton. But first a video clip was shown of Patricia Smith, the mother of information officer Sean Smith, who died along with Ambassador Christopher Stevens in the terrorist attacks at the Special Mission Compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012:

PATRICIA SMITH: Hillary and Obama and Panetta and Biden and all of—and Susan Rice, all told me it was a video, when they knew it was not the video. And they said that they would call me and let me know what the outcome was.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

RAMOS: Secretary Clinton, did you lie to them?

CLINTON: You know, look. I feel a great deal of sympathy for the families of the four brave Americans that we lost at Benghazi. And I certainly can’t even imagine the grief that she has for losing her son, but she’s wrong. She’s absolutely wrong.

Actually, three other family members of the Benghazi heroes remember Mrs. Clinton’s words similarly to Patricia Smith.

Mr. Khan went on CNN’s State of the Union and described Trump as having a “black soul,” and being unfit for the presidency. While Mr. Khan quickly became a causecélèbre for the Democrats and the liberal media, Patricia Smith says that she “was treated like dirt. I don’t think the Khan family was treated that way. But I was treated like dirt, I was called a liar.”

Information has now started coming out about Khan’s own background. Amid the heightened scrutiny, Mr. Khan took down his website, which showed that he specializes in “E2 Treaty Investors, EB5 Investments & Related Immigration Services.” He explained to CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the website came down because “there is a risk that somebody will damage it, somebody may hack it. I asked them [the web host] what do you suggest. They said under such circumstances, we normally keep it offline when this madness will go away, we will bring it back. I asked them to do that.”

“The EB-5 is literally a ‘citizenship for sale’ program in which a visa for a whole family can be bought for as little $500,000,” Jessica Vaughan, policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Washington Examiner.

Khan’s website indicates that he used to work for the law firm Hogan & Hartson in Washington, DC from 1998 to 2007. Hogan & Hartson became Hogan Lovells in 2010. “That firm did Hillary Clinton’s taxes for years, starting when Khan still worked there involved in, according to his own website, matters ‘firm wide’—back in 2004,” writesMatthew Boyle for Breitbart. The law firm, “as Breitbart News has demonstrated is highly connected with the Clinton apparatus and with the Saudi government.”

New York Times reporter Nick Confessore accused Breitbart of conducting an “oppo dump,” or opposition research for one of its articles on Khan. New York magazine’s Annie Lowery also tweeted that the Breitbart research was an “oppo dump.”

Is it opposition research to look into the background of those in the media spotlight? I thought that was called good reporting.

It also turns out that Mr. Khan supports Sharia law, which runs counter to the meaning of the U.S. Constitution.

“In 1983, for example, Khan wrote a glowing review of a book compiled from a seminar held in Kuwait called ‘Human Rights In Islam’” in which he singles out for praise the keynote address of fellow Pakistani Allah K. Brohi, a pro-jihad Islamic jurist who was one of the closest advisers to late Pakistani dictator Gen. Zia ul-Haq, the father of the Taliban movement,” reports Paul Sperry for Breitbart News.

“Khan speaks admiringly of Brohi’s interpretation of human rights, even though it included the right to kill and mutilate those who violate Islamic laws and even the right of men to ‘beat’ wives who act ‘unseemly,’” continues Sperry. “Of course, such cruel and unusual Sharia punishments, ranging from stonings and floggings to beheadings, would be a flagrant violation of the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Mr. Khan aimed to lecture Trump about a Constitution which he himself apparently believes should yield to Islamic Sharia law. Khan’s 1983 paper, “Juristic Classification of Islamic Law,” states that “The invariable and basic rules of Islamic law are only those prescribed in the Shari’ah. …All other juridical works… must always be subordinated to the Shari’ah.”

In that same previously referenced CNN interview with Anderson Cooper, Khan statedthat “I do not stand for any Sharia Law because there is no such thing.”

“No one believes all Muslims represent an inherent threat to the safety and security of the American people. That would be foolish,” writes Joseph Farah for WorldNetDaily. “But to ignore the global pattern of violence and terrorism perpetrated on a daily basis by radical Islamic terrorists and state agents—not to mention oppressive tyranny of the most repulsive kind by many nation-states that deprive women, religious minorities and others of all their human rights—is simply the worst kind of disingenuousness.”

How did the folks at Breitbart discover these facts about Khan? Google. Apparently other media organizations didn’t take the time, or make an effort to find out who Khan is. Or maybe they did and just don’t care. I also want to recommend reading Allen West’s powerful message to Mr. Khan. Mr. West is a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel and former U.S. congressman from Florida, as well as a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi.


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.

08/3/16
Trump

The Trump Train Has Derailed

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

Trump

Donald J. Trump’s turnaround, from having CNN feeding out of his hands during the Republican primaries, to now denouncing the “Clinton News Network,” confirms the fears that conservatives had not only about the media, but also about the New York businessman. He used the media to win the Republican nomination and now they are using and abusing him, since he is playing into their hands with idiotic statements.

“You look at CNN, it’s called the Clinton News Network,” Trump said. “All day long, Trump, Trump—all day long, CNN, Trump, Trump, such a bad guy.”

Trump’s most recent comment about the general election being “rigged” suggests that he is preparing to lose and blame others for his loss. As left-wing analyst Webster Tarpley outlined in a presentation to the Left Forum in New York in May, Trump could leave the Republican Party split in half, thus guaranteeing Democratic Party dominance of the executive branch. Trump could return to playing the role of businessman and paying off politicians of both parties. The Republicans may still be able to control one House of Congress, at least for a while. We’ll probably see the GOP abandon the social conservativism that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi derisively refers to as “God, guns, and gays.”

The American branch of the Roman Catholic Church has already thrown in the towel, as Clinton vice presidential nominee and “Catholic” Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) faces no repercussions, let alone excommunication, for making common cause with Hillary Clinton and the abortion industry that finances the Democratic Party. Obama’s Vice President Joe Biden, another faux Catholic who trashes Catholic teachings on human life and sexuality, has just presided over a same-sex marriage. He was proud to marry Brian and Joe, he said.

On the other hand, Kaine speaks Spanish, and Latinos increasingly make up part of the constituency of the Catholic Church in America. So aborting babies has to take a back seat to money in the collection plate and bodies in the pews.

Trump, a reality TV star who understands new media, had the media feeding out of his hands during the Republican primaries. Most media—and most Republicans—had never seen anything like it or him. Here was a politically incorrect figure attacking the liberal media! It was refreshing. But that kind of attack would only get him so far. As predicted, the media which made him into a contender and the nominee have now turned on him, since they want the first black president to be succeeded by the first woman president. One can always count on liberal media bias again rearing its ugly head.

As Accuracy in Media (AIM) has documented over time, the major media in New York and Washington, D.C., as well as Hollywood, are largely dominated by Democrats and liberals. Studies going back to the time of FDR document Democratic Party domination of the national press. My college journalism textbook was written by a member of the Communist Party-dominated Progressive Party. My colleague Roger Aronoff notes the evidence of continued leftist domination of the national media, through the evidence in the JournoList and DNC email scandals. It’s collusion. The national media led by CNN are still a virtual adjunct of the Democratic Party, even celebrating with wine and song during the Democratic National Convention.

The liberal media monopoly did break down, under pressure from groups like AIM, talk radio and the Internet, and Trump had support from some new conservative media, including Drudge, Breitbart and Fox News. But Trump’s most recent comments—bashing CNN and newspaper outlets like The Washington Post and The New York Times—seem to indicate that he believes the liberal media still have enough clout left to save Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton from her reputation as a security risk who will say or do anything to get elected.

There is still the chance of an October Surprise, as a result of disclosures of new emails or Mrs. Clinton’s health problems surfacing again.

As far as the general election being rigged, Trump has a point, but not in the way he seems to be suggesting. Some conservatives cannot vote for him or Mrs. Clinton because both candidates are perceived to be in the back pocket of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Allegations of Russian influence have been lodged against both candidates with some validity. Trump is surrounded by pro-Russian advisers and his own statements on foreign policy have been pro-Putin. On ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Trump mostly shrugged when asked about his campaign watering down the Republican Party platform on Russia and Ukraine. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton is up to her neck in Russian intrigue, having presided over a failed Russian reset that led to the invasion of Ukraine, and dirty deals on behalf of Russia to get them a chunk of America’s uranium assets, in exchange for millions for the Clinton Foundation.

The election does seem to be rigged, but on behalf of the Kremlin. The controversy demonstrates the extent to which foreign interests are controlling the fate of the United States. A top critic of President Putin was apparently murdered in Washington, D.C. in November of 2015.  Yet we hear nothing about the case. Trump doesn’t even seem to know that Russia has invaded Ukraine. For her part, Hillary talks tough but Putin knows she is willing to accommodate his demands for more “Clinton Cash.”

The likely tragic outcome, at least at this stage in the campaign, is that the white working class voters who put their faith in Trump will be left in despair, as their jobs, values, and traditions go up in smoke. Anybody who covers the situation with the “Rust Belt” in the United States knows that American industries are closing, while Chinese money and Mexican heroin are pouring in.

Under a female President Clinton, anxious to please her progressive base, we can anticipate America’s middle class being drained of more resources through higher and higher taxes to pay for financial reparations for blacks. That is the new demand of the Black Lives Matter movement. The prison population would be vastly reduced, putting more predators back on the streets in the name of racial justice. Crime rates, already on the rise, would skyrocket.

All of this should be pretty clear by the time the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture opens in September, with a special wing devoted to America’s first black president. Construction of the Obama Presidential Center will be underway on Chicago’s South Side. It’s a project of the Barack Obama Foundation, whose purpose is to “carry on the great, unfinished project of renewal and global progress.”

The fundamental transformation of America is on track. The Trump Train has derailed.


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.

08/2/16
Hillary

Hillary Says Obama “Left Behind” White America

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

Hillary

On a campaign swing through the “Rust Belt” of Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton let the truth slip out, saying that the white working class had been “left out and left behind.”

Mrs. Clinton was appearing in Cambria County, which is more than 94 percent white.

Many cities in Pennsylvania are dying coal towns that are fast becoming what a local TV station calls “coal region ghost towns.”

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, has called for more coal miners to be thrown out of their jobs. “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” she said at a town hall in West Virginia in March.

When he ran for president, Barack Obama promised to bankrupt coal plants.

This is a promise that he has followed through on. In 2012, Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, said then-EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson used executive branch rules and regulations to destroy the coal industry. “The Navy SEALs shot Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington,” Roberts said.

We reported at the time that Jackson was an environmental zealot who advocates “eco-justice.” In 2010, she had received a copy of a “Green Bible” from the liberal National Council of Churches. Obama ordered her to wage war on the fossil fuel industry in order to build a “green economy.”

Mrs. Clinton promises to continue the transition to a “green economy” with no manufacturing jobs.

While jobs are not flowing into Cambria County, drugs are. Cambria County ranked first in the overdose death rate among all Pennsylvania counties from 2007 through 2011. Many were heroin-related opioid deaths.

With major industries having been destroyed by bad trade agreements, much of Pennsylvania is now facing a “heroin epidemic,” as documented by local TV station WJAC. The number of heroin related deaths in Cambria County tripled in a year, the stationreported.

A multimillion-dollar heroin operation was just busted, resulting in 33 arrests, after a joint investigation by the FBI, the state, and county and city law enforcement. Authorities said 25 bricks of heroin were being distributed per day, primarily in the Johnstown area of Cambria County.

The implications, ignored by the media, are that President Obama, the first black president, has ignored the deteriorating condition of white America, while also turning a blind eye to the drug problem that has subsequently engulfed the region.

In stark contrast to Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, who appears at public events with thousands of people, Hillary Clinton spoke to “a private audience” of about 200 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania last Saturday.

Ignored by most of the national liberal media were local protesters carrying signs outside that said, “HILLARY THE SNAKE,” “LOCK HER UP!” and even “JAIL OBAMA.”

The Tribune-Democrat captured the image of a sign saying, “Killary Killed Coal & Steel. Vote Trump.”

But the complaints went beyond her indifference to the plight of workers. Local resident Sharon Nagle said, “She had a private server to do our business—our State Department, foreign affairs business—on, and mixed it with her emails and then decides that she has the right to pick which ones are which. No, they’re all ours. They’re ours—not hers—and I want them back. I want to know where our emails are, and I want to know why she had a secret server to keep her business from the people who she serves and works for.”

Another local resident, David Allison, said, “Hillary is a bad choice for president. She should be in jail right now, really. It looks like there’s two standards for citizens in this country. The rest of us and the elite. They have their own set of rules.”

The Daily-American said another local resident, Wes Lauffer, characterized Clinton as a “lying, anti-American, Muslim Brotherhood crony of Obama.”

USA Today said Republican Mitt Romney won 58 percent of the vote in Cambria County in 2012, “despite the fact that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans.” The economic problems have only gotten worse since then.

What’s happening in Cambria County is also the case in other parts of Pennsylvania. The depressed conditions of Mahanoy City in Schuylkill County have led members of Jesus the Divine Word Catholic Church in Huntingtown, Maryland, to make annual mission trips to the region to help local residents. Among other things, parishioners maintain and paint homes, visit shut-ins, and hold worship services at the local Catholic Church, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

On one trip, 48 homes were fixed by the visiting parishioners.

Mahanoy City is a former coal town. “Mahanoy’s population peaked more than a century ago at nearly 16,000 people, four times the number living there now,” the publication Keystone Crossroads reported. “It never recovered after the coal industry collapsed.”

The situation is so bad that Mahanoy City and others are being labeled “ghost towns,” as a result of people leaving. Local TV station WNEP reports that in Mahanoy City, 26.3 percent of the homes sit vacant. “Just a block from the main street a home is selling for less than a price of a used car,” the station said.

In Shamokin, a city in Northumberland County, there is also a vacancy rate of 26.3 percent. “Afternoon traffic rarely stops on downtown blocks that increasingly see buildings for rent or for sale,” the station reported.

The investigation unit of the station, known as Newswatch 16, looked at the vacancy rates for homes in communities with more than 2,000 people. It said the top 10 were:

  • Shenandoah 28.9%
  • Shamokin 26.3 %
  • Mahanoy City 26.3 %
  • Mount Carmel 22.7 %
  • Ashland 22.4%
  • Lansford 20.8 %
  • Plymouth 18%
  • McAdoo 17.2%
  • Coaldale 16.7%
  • Frackville 16.2%

Local realtor Erica Ramus told the station that she has a hard time selling property in Shenandoah. She said she shows people downtown properties and they reply, “Why would I want to move my business to a dying old coal town?”

Trump’s campaign has spoken about the population and employment losses in Pennsylvania, promising to bring back manufacturing jobs and stopping bad trade agreements.

Trump has said the nation’s growing heroin problem can be traced to the failure to keep the southern border secure. Heroin is “pouring across” the border, he notes.

In regard to the problem of high-potency marijuana that has been unleashed by Obama’s failure to enforce federal anti-marijuana statues, Trump has indicated that he will reverse course, order enforcement, and crack down on emerging marijuana businesses that profit by poisoning the minds of young people.


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.