By: Chris Knowles
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Visceral Hatred of Democracy
I have taken part in a number of online discussions during our ongoing referendum campaign here in the UK. What has struck me most is the apparent visceral hatred for democracy by some on the Bremainers.
There is no reasoning with them, they say that Britain is not a democracy anyway. They are effectively claiming that Britain is not a democracy and as a result the EU does not need to have democratic aspirations.
Part of the reason for the absence of democracy and accountability in the UK is because MPs can turn round and say ‘beyond our control’ because of rules made by the EU.
By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media
Hillary Clinton says racism is in the DNA of white people. She told a mostly black audience on Wednesday that racial bias is something that has been part of our “DNA going back probably millennia.” On the other hand, Mrs. Clinton embraces the cause of “transgender” people who claim to be the opposite of their gender identity. In short, she stands with the DNA deniers.
Welcome to the liberal world of cultural decline and sexual disorder. Once again, the major media are in the middle of the confusion.
This isn’t just a semantic debate. ESPN analyst Curt Schilling has just been fired for highlighting in an amusing way the current push for men to be able to enter women’s bathrooms.
Mrs. Clinton actually stole the white racism line from President Barack Obama. He saidtwo years ago, “The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, you know, that casts a long shadow, and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on.” By “our,” he of course meant white people.
This is trash talk, with no scientific basis in fact and no credibility. But such charges are allowed to go unchallenged by the media.
By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media
With research by Mark Musser*
Donald J. Trump said it was a “great honor” to be complimented by Russia’s Vladimir Putin. What’s significant is what the New York businessman has done to earn this praise. He pursued deals in the old Soviet Union and Russia and, as a presidential candidate, has hired little-known “experts” like Carter Page, an adviser to Russian gas company Gazprom.
Another curious Trump hire is Republican insider Paul Manafort, a “fixer” who has a history of doing business in the former Soviet Union. After taking a job as Trump’s delegate hunter, Manafort swiftly accused Trump’s main opponent, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), of using Gestapo-like tactics in the presidential race.
But it’s Manafort who has something to explain and answer for. He did consulting work in Ukraine for the pro-Russian candidate, Victor Yanukovych. Manafort was called “Ukraine’s Fixer” when the country was under the yoke of Moscow, the Russians were desperate to remain in control, and the people of Ukraine were crying out for freedom and ties to the West.
By: Julia Gorin | Republican Riot
“My permanent fight to preserve the peace, prevent the war and decrease the sufferings of everyone regardless of religion were an exemplary effort deserving respect rather than persecution.”
–Radovan Karadzic to Balkan Insight, ahead of his March 24, 2016 Guilty verdict
“Through relentless propaganda efforts, “Srebrenica” has become a synonym for “genocide,” as Serbs stand accused of killing some 7,000 Muslim men – military personnel who refused to surrender – who fled the town. The fact that they gave safe passage, food, and water to the women and children left behind – hardly a hallmark of “genocide” – is ignored.”
–Nebojsa Malic, 2005
If one thinks that the 40-year sentence handed down last month to former Bosnian-Serb president Radovan Karadzic has nothing to do with oneself or with our collective future, then one hasn’t been paying attention. Not that anyone thinks about it one way or the other. Certainly not Americans in the throes of a presidential election year, and so who would bother paying attention to the fate of some former president, from some other, unthought-about country, for something that happened 20 years ago? Never mind that the American co-president from that era may be our president again next year.
Fact is, the American election pales in relevance to what just happened, yet again, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
By: Chris Knowles
Would be nice to fix the EU but it is unfixable. In addition to its unelected executive institution the Orwellian sounding European Commission its rubber stamping Parliament it has a record of showing contempt to the will of the people.
Its vested interests simply refuse to change it! We saw this when Cameron’s ‘renegotiation’ achieved nothing what so ever! We also saw this when EU member states had referenda results that these vested interests did not like:
(1) Nice Treaty – Irish vote 53.9% against (7 June 2001), response – wrong answer, Vote Again!
(2) Constitutional Treaty – French vote 54.9% against (29 May 2005), Dutch vote 61.5% against (1 June 2005), EU response – wrong answer, ignore result, rename Constitutional Treaty as Lisbon Treaty and try again, but don’t make the mistake of asking the people! Planned referenda in other countries – Cancelled!
(3) Lisbon Treaty – Irish result 53.2% against (12 June 2008), EU response – wrong answer, Vote Again!
(4) Greek bailout vote – result 61% against (5 July 2015), response – apply pressure on Greek government to ignore their people and impose even harsher measures to punish them for their temerity.
(5) Dutch Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement – result 61% against (6 April 2016), EU response to a clear vote against EU expansion – start the process of making Turkey a member of the EU.
(6) UK In-Out Referendum (2016 – ongoing) – propaganda campaign to demonise and mock those who want to leave, propaganda leaflet distributed to every household paid for at tax payers’ expense, Civil Servants forced to produce propaganda figures to further sway opinion – again at taxpayers expense, globalist elite mobilised for the propaganda campaign, ship in a foreign leader to add further weight to propaganda campaign…
The EU is an unreformable antidemocratic sham where ordinary people are regularly held in contempt. The EU is there to further elite interests and elite interests only!
Vote for democracy – Vote Leave! because you won’t get another chance !
By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media
The debate over Donald J. Trump’s charges of a “rigged” Republican primary system demonstrates that Trump wasn’t a Republican to begin with. As a Democrat who became a Republican just to seize the nomination, he seems to have had no understanding of how the Republicans operate and manage their presidential nominating process. He has been forced to bring a former top Republican, Paul Manafort, into his campaign organization to help him compete for delegates.
Rush Limbaugh and Joseph Farah maintain that Trump, the master of complex real estate deals, completely understood the Republican rules but chose to ignore them so that he could accuse the GOP of being corrupt.
If this is the case, then Trump’s campaign is even more of a hostile takeover than anyone imagined.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his followers have been able to work within the system because they have contacts with the elected officials and other activists who make up the Republican Party base.
By: Renee Nal | New Zeal
Accused pedophile, “mega-Obama-bundler” and long-time prominent fixture of the radical left, Terry Bean, is responsible for the bathroom bills sweeping America. If not for Bean’s “affluenza,” it is quite likely that the 68-year-old would be in prison today for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old boy in an Oregon hotel room in 2013 with his then-lover Kiah Lawson, who was 25 at the time. As reported at Oregonlive, Bean “had offered the boy at least $200,000 to settle the case.”
Terry Bean is the co-founder of several radical groups posing as civil rights organizations. One of these organizations, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), created the template for the bathroom bill ordinances sweeping the nation.
While Pastors in Houston famously brought much-needed publicity to the ordinance after Houston Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed them for copies of their sermons back in 2014, an abundance of similar laws have quietly passed in towns all over America.
By: Chris Knowles
I must admit, until this week I had never heard of Harriet Tubman. I am not an American so have a bit of an excuse about not previously knowing anything about the first African American women to appear on a US bank note.
She was born into slavery but after escaping, perhaps motivated by her strong Christian faith, devoted her life to helping others escape and build meaningful lives for themselves. She was later involved in the campaign for women’s sufferage.
I think she is a worthy choice for commemoration on the $20 bill. It is not because she is a woman or that she is an African American, it is because what she did was right. She stood up to tyranny, took personal risks for the sake of others and was unwavering in her cause. Her place on the banknote was earned on pure merit. She is an inspiration to all those who stand up to current vested interests who use their power oppress others.
As a campaigner for women’s suffrgage she is very relevant to the present day where democracy is gradually being subverted under the pressures of globalisation. In America and in countries around the world large corporations can buy politicians via the lobbying process and manipulate opinion via their control of the media. We live in a world of backroom deals and legislation by treaty, a world where the simple vote has become a debased currency. It is a world where currency itself is debased due to the hidden machinations of our system of central banks which often amount to organised officially sanctioned theft (her presence on the $20 bill in this sense is rather ironic).
We live in a world where cherished freedoms are being eroded, the kind of basic freedoms that were hard won by people like Harriet Tubman. Her presence on the $20 bill will be an ever present reminder of the idea that the only antidote to tyranny is eternal vigilance.
Harriet Tubman provides a lesson on how a person from humble origins and limited, or even non-existent means, can achieve great things. She also reminds us that freedom isn’t free and that to be free often requires real effort and sometimes even personal sacrifice.
If President Barack Hussein Obama says something… need I finish that sentence?
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.
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