02/18/20

Pete Buttigieg and the South Bend Socialists

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg participates in a forum at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 16, 2020. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Roger L. Simon has written about presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s Marxist scholar father, the late Joseph Buttigieg, for The Epoch Times. Grove City College professor Paul Kengor has exposed young Pete Buttigieg’s admiration for his “socialist” hero Bernie Sanders for the American Spectator.

But no one yet has written about Mayor Pete’s close involvement with socialists and Marxists in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana, and beyond.

Like any Midwestern town with both an industrial base and institutions of higher education, South Bend, Indiana, has long had an active socialist presence. And Mayor Pete seemed to go out of his way to find them.

Many of the South Bend socialists gathered in the local branch of Jobs with Justice (JwJ), a radical “community organizing” group closely affiliated with the labor movement.

JwJ’s branches nationwide tend to reflect the composition of the local activist base. San Francisco JwJ, for instance, tends to be dominated by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. In Washington, D.C., JwJ is more Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) heavy. Dallas JwJ has a greater Communist Party USA presence.

In South Bend, JwJ was led by personalities such as Tony Flora and Paul Mishler from the DSA and Lee Gloster, who came from a Communist Party USA and DSA background.

Sanctuary City

JwJ promotes the labor and social policies of the U.S. socialist movement—illegal immigration amnesty, the end of “right to work,” $15 per hour minimum wage, etc. JwJ is what used to be called a “communist front.”

Buttigieg began working with the local JwJ at least as early as October 2014. In April 2015, Mayor Pete served on a panel at St. Joseph County Public Library entitled “Five Myths about immigration and why we need deferred action for the parents of Americans.”

Other panelists included Sam Centellas (of JwJ and director of La Casa de Amistad), Tony Flora (of JwJ and vice president of Indiana AFL-CIO), and Fred Everett (of the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend). Joseph Carbone of the St. Joseph Valley Project JwJ moderated the Q&A portion.

Buttigieg later developed strong ties to Centellas and his “immigrant” support group, La Casa de Amistad. Buttigieg worked closely with La Casa de Amistad from at least early 2015 until well after he hit the presidential campaign trail in 2019.

Wherever it can, the left works to introduce ID cards for illegal aliens so that they can access government services, obtain driver’s licenses, and, most importantly, vote for Democrats.

According to the La Casa de Amistad website:

“We are working with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend Common Council, and local businesses as partners in providing support to vulnerable populations that have difficulty obtaining photo identification. We are still looking for local businesses who will accept the SB ID as photo identification.

“In the fall of 2014 the Social Justice committee from the St. Adalbert’s parish started working on ideas to address concerns from parishioners who had difficulty obtaining identification. In the early 2015 the committee approached community leaders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and common council members about the idea of a city ID program.

“With the support of Karen White from Common Council, and Mayor Pete and his staff plans began for a local identification program. Through the work of the committee, the Common Council and the Office of the Mayor, it was decided to launch an ID program through La Casa de Amistad using SF Global for verification.”

Mayor Buttigieg threw his complete weight behind this program, which effectively turned South Bend into a “sanctuary city.”

According to the Associated Press, in April 2019, Buttigieg told a New Hampshire town hall meeting that he didn’t know if he ran a “sanctuary city,” but he did know that “the police force doesn’t enforce federal immigration laws.”

“I regard us as a welcoming city. Some conservative talk show hosts may say that makes us a sanctuary city. I don’t know,” he said at the meeting.

“He said South Bend welcomed all people regardless of whether they are in the country legally,” AP reported. “The president thinks America is full. We’re not,” Buttigieg said, adding that “he supported a path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US.”

Honeywell Strike

Mayor Buttigieg also worked closely with his friend from JwJ and the local AFL-CIO, Tony Flora.

In February 2017, on the back of the Bernie Sanders movement, many of South Bend’s leftist activists coalesced into a new DSA branch—in which Flora played a leading role.

From May 2016 until February 2017, more than 300 workers at the Honeywell International Aerospace plant in South Bend were “locked out” after rejecting the company’s proposed contract.

Labor activists and socialists from all over the Midwest came to South Bend to support the locked-out workers—including Chicago-based Communist Party labor commission leader Scott Marshall.

JwJ played a role in strike support by providing some relief for the financially struggling workers. Flora was also heavily involved in the campaign, both in his capacity as the local AFL-CIO boss and presumably as a DSA comrade.

As the lockout dragged on for months, Mayor Buttigieg sided with the strikers—even sending representatives from his office to man the picket lines. When Joe Carbone of JwJ organized a picnic with area union representatives as a way to support Honeywell workers who weren’t taking home paychecks, Mayor Buttigieg turned up to fraternize with the workers.

“Part of what helps the American middle class is stability, and workers need confidence that their benefits are secure,” Buttigieg said, according to the South Bend Tribune.

In July 2018, even though the lock-out was long over (the workers caved), Mayor Pete turned up to a rally outside the Honeywell offices with Carbone and Flora to attack the company.

Tweeted Buttigieg:

“I stand … in support of Honeywell workers stripped of the health benefits they earned. If there’s enough cash for stock buybacks, then there is more than enough to keep this company’s promises to its retirees.”

Palestine and Israel

In April 2019, Buttigieg formally announced his run for the presidency in front of 4,000 people gathered in a re-purposed South Bend Studebaker plant. Outside the rally, Paul Mishler from JwJ and Northern Indiana DSA and a handful of others stood on a corner with a sign that read “Open your hearts to Palestine and Golan.”

According to the South Bend Tribune, “Mishler said the group of peace activists wanted to push the mayor-turned-presidential-candidate to toughen his stance on Israeli–Palestinian policy, with a stronger focus on helping Palestinians.”

“He’s a kind person and has been a good mayor,” Mishler said. “I don’t agree with him on everything, but we’re out here because we want to kind of push him on foreign policy.”

Mishler was no doubt gratified when in October 2019 presidential candidate Buttigieg addressed the J Street convention in Washington, D.C. At the conference, Buttigieg openly supported J Street’s main goal, the partition of Israel to create an independent Palestinian state—the so-called “two-state solution.”

J Street claims to be pro-Israel but is, in fact, a far-left anti-Israel organization committed to the creation of a Palestinian state—which would almost guarantee the destruction of Israel.

Unsurprisingly, J Street has been heavily infiltrated by leftists and socialists including former and current advisory board members Stanley SheinbaumAlan Snitow, and Michael Walzer—all at one time prominent DSA members.

Bus Drivers’ Strike

While Buttigieg has worked closely with the DSA and the South Bend left, neither party has been keen to publicly embrace the other on the presidential campaign trail.

Buttigieg is running for president as a moderate progressive. He’s all on board with leftist talking points on social issues, but he’s trying to appear more moderate on fiscal issues. For instance, he has yet to embrace either the Green New Deal or Medicare for All, though both are DSA creations.

Every now and then, though, he has to touch base with his far-left roots.

Buttigieg made a campaign stop on Cape Cod on July 6, 2019, to meet with striking bus drivers before a fundraising event at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

According to the Vineyard Gazette:

“On Saturday, Mr. Buttigieg framed his understanding of the drivers’ strike within the American narrative of using organized labor to combat wage stagnation.

‘One of the reasons everyone is following your story closely right now,’ Mr. Buttigieg … told the roomful of drivers, ‘is that we have a case where at least as I understand it, there’s been a real resistance to making it possible to organize. So I’m here to hear a little bit more about what you’re up against … and to also let you know that I’m supportive, and make sure that I can understand your story so that I can share it.’”

Buttigieg posed with the strikers and promised he would share the drivers’ story on the campaign trail.

“‘I’m going to be keeping in touch, and I’m going to be looking for good news from Martha’s Vineyard and please let us know how I can be supportive,’ he said. ‘But also know that I’ll be letting others know about your story, because I think it can inspire a lot of other people in other places … hang in there’”

The eventually successful strike against the Vineyard Transit Authority was fully supported by the DSA.

According to former Massachusetts labor leader Jack Clark, writing in DSA’s Democratic Left journal:

“When bus drivers on Martha’s Vineyard struck at the height of the tourist season, solidarity from longtime residents, including some DSA activists, helped them win. …

“Founding DSA member and union-side labor attorney Jules Bernstein, along with DSA member Virginia Diamond and other progressive residents, helped lead the solidarity effort among residents An op-ed by Bernstein in the July 10 Martha’s Vineyard Times, under the headline ‘Union-busting lands on Martha’s Vineyard shores’ laid out a strong case for supporting the striking drivers. Management, he pointed out, seemed determined to break the strike and the union to reassert total control over working conditions.”

It’s almost inconceivable that Buttigieg didn’t know that this was a DSA-supported strike. DSA members were very much in evidence through the action, manning the picket lines and packing out the rallies. Buttigieg happily posed with leading strike supporter and DSA comrade Virginia Diamond, who also serves as president of the Northern Virginia AFL-CIO.

Liberal Democrat?

Is Buttigieg really just a well-meaning Liberal Democrat who just wants the best for America? Or is he his father’s son? Is he actually a “stealth socialist” who has honed the art of appearing to be whatever he needs to be to further his cause in any given situation?

Buttigieg is running to secure Joe Biden’s support base, not Bernie Sanders’. Buttigieg knows that if he can win over the moderate Democrats the hard left will have little choice but to fall in line. No sense, therefore, in scaring the moderate voters by telling them what you actually believe.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics. He is the author of a soon-to-be-published book “White House Reds: Communists, Socialists, and Security Risks Running for U.S. President, 2020.”

02/18/20

Amy Klobuchar’s Early Socialist Mentors

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks during a stop at the Corner Sundry in Indianola, Iowa, on Dec. 6, 2019. (Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo)

In a recent interview with CBS News political correspondent Ed O’Keefe, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota explained why she’s concerned that Sen. Bernie Sanders may be the Democratic opponent to President Donald Trump: “I am troubled by having a socialist lead our ticket.”

Klobuchar has positioned herself as the “moderate” in the Democratic presidential field. It’s looking increasingly like she will take Joe Biden’s place in the party’s moderate lane. Yet, she herself has a lifelong pattern of radical socialist affiliations. However, unlike Sanders, Klobuchar seems unwilling to tell the voting public about her far-left connections.

Klobuchar grew up with left-leaning parents, but her real political education began in college in the early 1980s.

In her 2015 book “The Senator Next Door,” Klobuchar writes of her political awaking while studying at Yale:

“My interest in politics and policy really blossomed in college. I was particularly inspired by Yale political science professor Robert Dahl. … Professor Dahl was sometimes described as the dean of American political scientists and his theories about how American politics worked opened a whole new world of ideas for me.”

Dahl was a Marxist and a longtime member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). He was known for essays such as “On The Theory of Democratic Socialism” (1940); “Workers’ Control of Industry and the British Labor Party” (1947); and “Marxism and Free Parties” (1948), a “nuanced critique of Marxist thinking about political parties written on the occasion of the centennial of The Communist Manifesto,” according to a tribute to Dahl by the DSA.

Klobuchar also wrote of her admiration for another teacher, professor Charles Lindblom. It turns out that Lindblom was a founding sponsor of the left-wing magazine “The American Prospect” and a fan of the “political economy” of Yugoslavia’s communist dictator Josip Broz Tito. For this poor judgment, Lindblom was labeled a “closet communist” and a “creeping socialist”’ by some Western critics.

Another Klobuchar favorite at Yale was the equally leftist professor Theodore (Ted) Marmor, a national authority on Medicare.

As she wrote in “A Senator Next Door”:

“The last Yale professor who played a major role in my life was Ted Marmor. I took Ted’s class the “The Politics of Medicare” as a junior. … The following year, Ted took my friend Matt Hamel … and me under his wing. On Sunday evenings, Ted conducted weekly tutorial sessions with just the two of us.”

Marmor was the head of Yale’s Center for Health Services, a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on the National Agenda for the 1980s, and a senior social policy adviser to Walter Mondale in the presidential campaign of 1984.

In February 2001, Marmor appeared on a panel at the Next Agenda conference in Washington.

His co-panelists included The American Prospect co-founder and DSA-aligned socialist Robert Kuttner, DSA-affiliated U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, and Cathy Hurwit from the DSA-led Midwest Academy—an Alinsky-inspired “community organizer” training school based in Chicago.

Marmor was also a long-time collaborator with health care activist Sid Socolar. In 1953, Socolar was accused of being a communist and a potential “national security risk” by the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a report entitled “Interlocking Subversion in Government Departments.”

Circa April 1991, the New York City DSA’s School for Democratic Socialism “explored the health care crisis and socialist alternatives” with Socolar and Linnea Capps of the NYC DSA Health Task Force.

In April 2009, Marmor appeared on a panel, “Defeating the Persistent Assaults on Social Insurance,” with Socolar at the DSA-organized Left Forum conference in New York.

After leaving college and establishing her legal career in Minneapolis, Klobuchar turned her attention to local politics.

She became close to local political identity Donald (Don) M. Fraser—who served as both a Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party member of Congress and as mayor of Minneapolis.

Around 1990, Klobuchar became president of the DFL Education Foundation—a “think tank” that ran independently of the Minnesota DFL—the state affiliate of the Democratic Party.

The organization’s goal was to promote “more citizen involvement in politics.” Mondale chaired the Education Foundation’s board while, according to Klobuchar, Fraser and his wife, Arvonne, were the “heart and soul” of the group.

Fraser was undoubtedly a socialist.

In 1973, Lawrence Birns, from the New School for Social Research and a DSA supporter, DSA founder Michael Harrington, and Rep. Fraser of the House Foreign Relations Committee circulated a petition attacking the anti-communist military government of Chile.

In June 1977, Fraser attended the Second Bureau Meeting of the Socialist International in Rome.

On Oct. 9, 2004, Fraser addressed the DSA Mid-West regional conference in Minneapolis. The event was initiated by the DSA International Commission and the DSA FUND and was co-sponsored by Fraser and Klobuchar’s DFL Education Foundation.

Professor Don Ostrom, president of the DFL Education Foundation, welcomed the panel and the audience on behalf of “Minnesota’s progressive community.”

Fraser used his speaking slot firstly to roundly criticize President Bush’s foreign policy.

According to the DSA’s Democratic Left publication:

“Fraser went on to argue that the United States needed to emulate European social programs, especially national health care. He called for a new social compact with expanded job and educational opportunities. He also cited the need for the Democrats to create strong institutions to educate the electorate.”

Klobuchar has described Fraser as her “political mentor.”

When Klobuchar decided to run for Hennepin County (Minnesota) Attorney in 1993, Fraser was there for her.

When Fraser died in June 2019, Klobuchar wrote on Twitter to mark the occasion:

“In my first run for office, Don was a campaign co-chair and took to the podium to introduce me. He was a great public servant but also a mentor to the next generation. He got that his public service didn’t end with him.”

Klobuchar also issued a public statement honoring the life of her friend and mentor:

“The State of Minnesota has lost a true champion for good. Don and Arvonne Fraser were neighbors and friends. Don Fraser was always ahead of his time. As a congressman, he fought for the environment and human rights and exposed human rights abuses around the world. … My first job in Democratic politics was as the volunteer executive director of the DFL Education Foundation, a group Don Fraser founded. His mission? Ideas matter in politics. He lived that.”

And clearly those ideas were socialist.

All of Klobuchar’s early political mentors were leftists and socialists. And that pattern would continue.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics. His next book is “White House Reds: Communists, Socialists & Security Risks Running for US President, 2020,” to be released on March 1.

02/17/20

Dem Senators Meet in Secret with Zarif/Iran Last Week

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Did you hear about Senator(s) Whitehouse and Murphy and their secret meeting and delegation?

*** “Murphy is a frequent speaker at the National Iranian American Council, a lobbying group with alleged links to the Islamic Republic of Iran.” He also criticized the killing of Soleimani, the world’s most notorious terrorist, who also killed more than 600 US soldiers in Iraq.

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Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and other Democratic senators had a secret meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during the Munich Security Conference last week, according to a source briefed by the French delegation to the conference. Murphy’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment by press time.

Such a meeting would mean Murphy had done the type of secret coordination with foreign leaders to potentially undermine the U.S. government that he accused Trump officials of doing as they prepared for Trump’s administration. In February 2017, Murphy demanded investigations of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn because he had a phone call with his counterpart-to-be in Russia.

“Any effort to undermine our nation’s foreign policy – even during a transition period – may be illegal and must be taken seriously,” Murphy said in 2017 after anonymous leaks of Flynn’s phone call with Russian ambassador Sergey Kisylak were published. He also strongly criticized the open letter some Republican senators sent Iranian leaders during the Obama administration’s campaign for a nuclear agreement.

However, Murphy has previously defended rogue meetings if they’re done by Democrats such as former Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Unless it was authorized by the president or secretary of state, conducting independent foreign policy sends mixed signals to our adversaries,” said Christian Whiton, former State Department senior advisor in the Trump and George W. Bush administrations. “It seems very unpalatable. If we want to talk to Iranians, they know how to reach us and they don’t need to go through an intermediary.”

A State Department official who spoke on background said that the State Department was not aware of any side meetings with Iranian officials that Murphy was engaged in.

The Munich Security Conference, an annual forum on international security policy, welcomes hundreds of world leaders each February. This year’s conference featured robust debate on the United States’ maximum pressure policy against Iran, China’s handling of the coronavirus and technology concerns, and the European alliance with the United States. Other Democrat senators at the conference included Sens. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. Former Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts also attended.

Both Murphy and Zarif spoke publicly during a two-hour session on Middle East policy, with Murphy and Zarif both fiercely criticizing U.S. policy.

President Donald Trump has reoriented American policy in the Middle East away from President Barack Obama’s friendly posture toward Iran. He departed from Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a nuclear arrangement with the Republic of Iran that was not ratified by the United States Senate.

Trump has exerted instead a “maximum pressure” campaign against the regime, with 12 demands on Iran before a new deal is reached. Those demands include a full account of its nuclear program, ending its proliferation of ballistic missiles, releasing all U.S. citizens held on spurious charges, ending support to terrorist groups, withdrawal of forces in Syria, and cessation of its threatening behavior against its neighbors.

The “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions has devastated the Iranian economy, which is in recession and faces rising inflation. It has made it difficult for Iran to pay foreign fighters engaged in supported terror operations. Iranians have taken to the streets in protest.

Iran recently killed an American contractor in Iraq and the United States killed Iranian general Qassim Suleimani, a top Iranian leader who was responsible for the killing and maiming of thousands of U.S. soldiers. Iran’s retaliatory strike for that killing resulted in no U.S. deaths, but the country did shoot down a Ukrainian passenger plane then lied about it for days.

At the conference, Zarif said official retaliation for the killing of Suleimani had ended, although he suggested independent attacks from others in the country might follow.

Murphy is a frequent speaker at the National Iranian American Council, a lobbying group with alleged links to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Republican Sens. Mike Braun of Indiana, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Ted Cruz of Texas recently asked the Department of Justice for potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

They wrote that the influential lobbying group “purports to improve understanding between American and Iranian people but in reality seems to spread propaganda and lobby on behalf of the Iranian government.” Evidence indicates that evidence Zarif himself was involved in founding the group. Hat tip/Federalist

02/17/20

Russia Got Crimea, Working on Ukraine, Belarus Next?

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Primer: The Minsk Agreement has not led to a peace deal. The agreement was first negotiated by a mere telephone call between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko in 2014. It has a few newer iterations. It was to stop the warring factions between Russia and Ukraine. The whole matter was and is a continued plot for Putin to consolidate his power.

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Belarus, Minsk and Schedrin Maps

The president of Belarus said Friday that Russia insisted on merging the two states during last week’s talks on further integrating the countries’ economies.

“They understand integration as swallowing up Belarus. This isn’t integration. It’s incorporation. I will never go for this,” President Alexander Lukashenko said during a visit to a paper plant in southeastern Belarus.

“I will always fight for our land to remain sovereign and independent. Your first president that you once elected will never be the last,” he added.

Tensions have been running high between the neighboring ex-Soviet states for several months now. As negotiations on closer ties stalled, Russia halted oil supplies to Belarus and Lukashenko repeatedly accused the Kremlin of pushing for a merger of the two countries.

Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down last Friday for yet another round of talks in Sochi but failed to reach an agreement.

Merging with Belarus is seen by many as a strategy for Putin to stay in power well past the legally mandated end of his presidential term in 2024 by becoming the head of a new state.

As Lukashenko has resisted the integration effort, the Kremlin has increased pressure by halting oil supplies to Belarus, which relies on Russia for more than 80% of its energy needs.

Lukashenko has since vowed to find alternative oil suppliers and boasted about warming ties with the West in an apparent bid to win concessions from Russia. So far Belarus has been able to secure a shipment of oil from Norway and is negotiating supplies from Kazakhstan.

Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus with an iron fist for more than two decades and is up for re-election this year. He doesn’t want to become a governor in a single state with Russia, Minsk-based political analyst Alexander Klaskovsky told The Associated Press.

“The Kremlin has so far failed to scare Minsk by cutting subsidies ahead of the presidential race in Belarus,” Klaskovsky said.

Lukashenko said Friday that talks on closer ties between Russia and Belarus would continue, but only “the questions of integrating economies” would be on the table.

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This effort by Moscow has been going on at least since 2014. Trade and oil are at the core of the issues and Russia is strong-arming the leadership of Belarus.

02/17/20

This Red Flag Should Be a Campaign Coffin Nail

By: Frank Salvato

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There are a plethora of reasons why Michael Bloomberg shouldn’t be considered for the Democrat nomination to be president, but two stick out with significance: His wealth and the hint that he would restore the Clinton influence in American politics.

The comedy show that is the field of candidates for the Democrat presidential nomination is Emmy worthy. They exist as a mismatch of Marxists and Trotskyites, oligarchic millionaires and billionaires, globalists and anarchists on the main stage talking about how the rest of us should live our lives so as to be benevolent. They preach about how we must sacrifice for the environment as the fly around the country in private jets (but for Sanders who only flies first class). And they thunder on how the Second Amendment is antiquated, even as they pontificate behind walls of armed bodyguards and spend tens of millions for armed security for their upcoming convention.

The entirety of the Democrat slate expects the sheep among their subjects to jettison the things they have come to know (read: reality) so as to embrace their elitist Nuevo-definitions of words, phrases, and events, allowing for the cobbling of a narrative that appears to legitimize their tapestries of bovine feces.

Whether you see their line-up as comedic or macabre, it is a dangerous line-up. One of them will survive the media labyrinth to exist one election away from the ability to make their vision for our country a reality.

Remember, in November of 2008 everyone stood slack-jawed that a nobody from Chicago exploded into the presidency. The eight years of Barack Obama’s Progressive and Marxist policies not only damaged the economy and security of the United States, but it also divided the people in a way not seen since before the Civil Rights Movement.

Bloomberg, 77, isn’t a nobody. He’s a billionaire fifty-times over who controls a significant media apparatus to advance his narrative. This means he can spin fiction that softens, manipulates, and distorts – to his advantage – his anti-Second Amendment, pro-abortion, open borders, tax-happy agenda in an effort to dupe the people into abdicating their freedoms; as he seeks to make the US Constitution irrelevant and the United States a socialist democracy. This is exactly how he was able to politically reinvent himself so many times.

A lifelong Democrat before registering as a Republican in 2001 to ingratiate himself to New York City voters on the heels of the wildly successful tenure of Rudy Giuliani (R), Bloomberg dropped his Republican designation while in office, registering as an Independent in 2007, and again executed a metamorphic change in re-registering as a Democrat in 2018 in preparation for a presidential run. To say that he is a political opportunist would be a grotesque understatement.

If that isn’t enough to expunge Bloomberg from consideration for any public office, there is credible buzz that he is seriously considering allowing the poison of Hillary Clinton’s politics and influence to resurface on the world stage in a vice-presidential bid on his ticket (I guess that would put her one suicide away from the presidency).

For the record, Bloomberg’s spokesperson issued a non-denial denial when asked about a Clinton number-two spot. Non-denial denials are the things of manipulating despots and tyrants, by the by.

Even Bloomberg’s supporters have to question both his political metamorphosis and his questionable judgment in contemplating adding such a divisive in Hillary Clinton to his ticket given her disapproval ratings. His metamorphosis proves his opportunism and his Clinton inclusion proves his willingness to associate with the criminal class to pander to a voter demographic. These are demonstrations of political infidelity and poor decision-making.

There is an old adage that goes, and I paraphrase: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. We have intellectually lumbered into an era where disingenuous opportunists routinely seek elected office, this happening from local to national. Bloomberg and his ilk are a byproduct of this reality. And because of the short-attention-span narrative-mongers of social media and the soundbite Pharisees of the mainstream media, they are getting elected. Our country and the government our Framers bequeathed to us lays mortally wounded because of it.

And truth be told, we have no one to blame for the demise of our country but ourselves. Opportunists only take advantage of opportunities. We the People are guilty of affording those opportunities.

Frank Salvato is a managing partner at TR² Consulting Group, LLC. He is the host of The Underground podcast as heard on iHeart Radio, Pandora, Spotify, and anywhere podcasts are heard. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His analysis has been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times, and Accuracy in Media, and is nationally syndicated. Mr. Salvato appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel and is the author of six books examining internal and external threats facing our country. He can be heard twice weekly on “The Captain’s America: Third Watch” radio program syndicated nationally on the Salem Broadcasting Network and Genesis Communications affiliate stations.

02/17/20

Meet the Group Behind Letter Demanding AG Barr Resign

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Sanctimony at its peak…

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Let us go back several years shall we? Does anyone remember Sandy Berger? He was the cat that went to the National Archives and stole classified documents. At the time he was a national security advisor to President Clinton. He was found guilty and the recommended sentence was no jail time, a $10,000 fine and he would lose his security clearance for three years. His actual sentence was a $50,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and two years probation and no loss of his bar license.

We also have so many others like James Comey, James Clapper, illegal criminal immigrants, Bradley Manning, Bowe Bergdahl among so many others, including those that were given clemency, like Marc Rich.

*** The letter signed by so many former Department of Justice officials demanding AG Barr resign reads as follows: (the list of signatures are found at the end of the link)

We for sure now have confirmed activist media –> Eight legal analysts for CNN and MSNBC are among the signatories of the letter. This letter/action is coming from the left that does not want people sentenced for misdemeanors nor a whole host of felonies. Which is it, people?

DOJ Alumni Statement

We, the undersigned, are alumni of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) who have collectively served both Republican and Democratic administrations. Each of us strongly condemns President Trump’s and Attorney General Barr’s interference in the fair administration of justice.

As former DOJ officials, we each proudly took an oath to support and defend our Constitution and faithfully execute the duties of our offices. The very first of these duties is to apply the law equally to all Americans. This obligation flows directly from the Constitution, and it is embedded in countless rules and laws governing the conduct of DOJ lawyers. The Justice Manual — the DOJ’s rulebook for its lawyers — states that “the rule of law depends on the evenhanded administration of justice”; that the Department’s legal decisions “must be impartial and insulated from political influence”; and that the Department’s prosecutorial powers, in particular, must be “exercised free from partisan consideration.”

All DOJ lawyers are well-versed in these rules, regulations, and constitutional commands. They stand for the proposition that political interference in the conduct of a criminal prosecution is anathema to the Department’s core mission and to its sacred obligation to ensure equal justice under the law.

And yet, President Trump and Attorney General Barr have openly and repeatedly flouted this fundamental principle, most recently in connection with the sentencing of President Trump’s close associate, Roger Stone, who was convicted of serious crimes. The Department has a long-standing practice in which political appointees set broad policies that line prosecutors apply to individual cases. That practice exists to animate the constitutional principles regarding the even-handed application of the law. Although there are times when political leadership appropriately weighs in on individual prosecutions, it is unheard of for the Department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the President, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case. It is even more outrageous for the Attorney General to intervene as he did here — after the President publicly condemned the sentencing recommendation that line prosecutors had already filed in court.

Such behavior is a grave threat to the fair administration of justice. In this nation, we are all equal before the law. A person should not be given special treatment in a criminal prosecution because they are a close political ally of the President. Governments that use the enormous power of law enforcement to punish their enemies and reward their allies are not constitutional republics; they are autocracies.

We welcome Attorney General Barr’s belated acknowledgment that the DOJ’s law enforcement decisions must be independent of politics; that it is wrong for the President to interfere in specific enforcement matters, either to punish his opponents or to help his friends; and that the President’s public comments on DOJ matters have gravely damaged the Department’s credibility. But Mr. Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words. Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Mr. Barr to resign. But because we have little expectation he will do so, it falls to the Department’s career officials to take appropriate action to uphold their oaths of office and defend nonpartisan, apolitical justice.

For these reasons, we support and commend the four career prosecutors who upheld their oaths and stood up for the Department’s independence by withdrawing from the Stone case and/or resigning from the Department. Our simple message to them is that we — and millions of other Americans — stand with them. And we call on every DOJ employee to follow their heroic example and be prepared to report future abuses to the Inspector General, the Office of Professional Responsibility, and Congress; to refuse to carry out directives that are inconsistent with their oaths of office; to withdraw from cases that involve such directives or other misconduct; and, if necessary, to resign and report publicly — in a manner consistent with professional ethics — to the American people the reasons for their resignation. We likewise call on the other branches of government to protect from retaliation those employees who uphold their oaths in the face of unlawful directives. The rule of law and the survival of our Republic demand nothing less.

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02/15/20

Deep State Mayor Pete: Could Former Naval Intelligence Officer Pete Buttigieg Be a CIA Asset?

By: Sam Jacobs | Ammo.com

Deep State Mayor Pete: Could Former Naval Intelligence Officer Pete Buttigieg be a CIA Asset?Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a rising star in the Democratic Party. A mere year ago, few could have picked him out of a police lineup. Now he’s the presumptive front-runner of the centrist faction of the party and – for the moment, at least – the most likely person for “Stop Bernie” forces to coalesce around.

But few know much about him if anything. His personal biography seems to revolve around two data points. First, that he’s a gay Christian. Second, that he’s a former Navy intelligence officer.

The latter of the two has not had any significant scrutiny. When “Mayor Pete’s” military record is subjected to even the slightest bit of observation, however, some disturbing facts and damning questions begin to leap out. The question at the bottom continues to be: Who is Pete Buttigieg?

Pete Buttigieg: Corporate Consultant

Mayor Pete likes to talk a lot about his deployment to Afghanistan (more on that later), but he also spent some time in Iraq when he was working for McKinsey and Company as an energy, retail, economic development, and logistics consultant. He makes a passing reference to having been in a “safe house in Iraq” in 2007, in his memoir Shortest Way Home. Indeed, Buttigieg spent time in both Iraq and Afghanistan while he was working with McKinsey and Company. This time period (2007-2010) also overlaps with his time as a Naval intelligence officer (2009-2017).

McKinsey isn’t just any global management consulting firm. They have a contract with the Department of Defense as part of a broader Task Force on Business and Stability Operations. This project was criticized by Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum in 2011, as an inappropriate use of military resources. Why, after all, is the military being used to create an attractive investment and growth environment for American companies? One of the tasks carried out by the task force was to help Kate Spade source raw materials for her handbags.

In 2009, McKinsey was given an $18.6 million contract that expanded its work from Afghanistan into Iraq.

Pete refuses to answer questions about what he was doing with McKinsey during this period, citing a non-disclosure agreement that’s over 10 years old. What we do know, however, is that Buttigieg was stationed in Herat Province for part of his resumé-building tour of duty, where McKinsey was also very active.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of dots to connect here, but the dots we have are worth noticing. Just like it’s worth noticing that Buttigieg found time to volunteer for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Pat Bauer’s Indiana gubernatorial campaign, and enlist in the United States Navy – all while he was still working at his high-powered consulting gig with McKinsey. He finally left McKinsey in 2010, when he launched his losing bid for Indiana State Treasurer.

Pete Buttigieg: Navy Intelligence Officer

Deep State Mayor Pete: Could Former Naval Intelligence Officer Pete Buttigieg be a CIA Asset?How exactly did Mayor Pete end up in the Navy? It’s interesting for a man who touts his service so readily, that he’s reticent to discuss it in any detail. This is no doubt related to the classified nature of his work, but it’s probably also related to how he ended up in the Navy in the first place.

The Navy Reserve’s direct commission officer program allows ambitious young professionals to pad their resumé with military service (usually in intelligence and public affairs) without having to go through tedious processes like basic training or officer candidate school. Indeed, the program has men like Buttigieg in mind: Those who want to serve, but not so badly that they’re going to put their civilian careers at risk to do so.

A highly competitive program, it receives thousands of applicants every year, accepting around a quarter of them.

This program has become de rigueur for a certain type of politically inclined social climber. Indeed, several senior members of the Trump Administration have used this program to add military service to their resumés. Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie are just three within the Administration who have benefitted from this program. It’s also popular with the rich and politically connected: George P. Bush, Hunter Biden, and Jimmy Panetta are all alums.

The alums from this program form a tight-knit network within the government, including at the CIA, with many officers having served at Guantanamo. Buttigieg’s former commander was once the chief linguist at Gitmo, according to his LinkedIn page.

Buttigieg likes to brag about his 119 trips outside the wire, but what was he actually doing on those missions? It’s difficult to say, especially when his DD-214 was left blank.

What we do know is that Buttigieg was assigned to the Afghan Threat Finance Cell, whose ostensible purpose is combating the drug trade that exploded thereafter the American invasion in 2001. According to Buttigieg, while there he worked closely with every civilian intelligence alphabet agency.

There are other strange bullet points on Buttigieg’s CV. Like the time he stopped off in Somaliland, a de facto independent state from Somalia, and spent 24 hours interviewing government officials in 2008 before he was in the Navy. This escapade received a glowing, first-person report in the New York Times that reads more like a carefully crafted press release than real journalism or op-ed.

One doesn’t simply just hop over to Somaliland on a whim. It’s a difficult place to get to, and once you get there, there’s nothing going on. But Buttigieg made it in and was able to liaise with top government officials who just happened to be offering up their main port to AFRICOM, a boon that would certainly benefit the intelligence community Buttigieg later became cozy with.

Pete Buttigieg: Presidential Candidate

Deep State Mayor Pete: Could Former Naval Intelligence Officer Pete Buttigieg be a CIA Asset?Buttigieg’s endorsements likewise raise questions. Why, for example, does a who’s who of spooks and coup plotters want the mayor of a small Indiana city to be the leader of the free world?

Former CIA Deputy Director David S. Cohen is a big-time backer of Mayor Pete. Known as “the sanctions guru,” he crafted the sanctions the Obama administration levied on Iran, North Korea and Russia. Cohen continues to appear before think tanks encouraging intervention in Venezuela. Other spook endorsements come from Charlie Gilbert, the former deputy director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, John Bair, the former chief of staff of the CIA’s Middle East Task Force, and Dennis Bowden, who spent 26 years in vaguely defined “executive leadership positions” in the CIA among other CIA bigwigs. Robert Stasio, the former chief of operations at the NSA Cyber Center, Robin Walker, the former deputy intelligence officer of the Director of National Intelligence and William Wechsler, the former deputy assistant secretary for special ops at the Department of Defense are three spook backers of Mayor Pete outside of the CIA.

The Grayzone has an article that is little more than a list of Mayor Pete’s spook endorsements, which also includes ties to USAID, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. The son of the president of Afghanistan is a senior foreign policy advisor for his campaign.

Why Mayor Pete? Because much like the spook community’s previous favorite, President Barack Obama (whose partisans continue rearguard action against the Trump Administration through the intel community), Pete is an empty slate with a thin resume and no convictions. His electoral appeal is mostly an imagined yearning of middle America for a gay Christian president, a bizarre fever dream of the media class.

For what it’s worth, Pete’s backers, be they spooks or not, do not seem to be taking “no” for an answer. Signs point toward the recent electoral debacle in Iowa as not the shambling disaster of an incompetent Democratic Party, but as a naked power grab.

For anyone unaware, the results of the Iowa caucuses took the better part of a week to resolve, thanks to technical difficulties stemming from an app used to tabulate and track voting.

The app maker, who claims they were caught with their pants down because the app wasn’t stress tested (extremely unlikely, as anyone who has ever worked in tech will tell you), has ties to both the Democratic Party and the Buttigieg campaign.

Could the Iowa debacle be an intel operation?

Indeed, the debacle surrounding Shadow (the name of the app used to count and track votes during the Iowa caucuses) has all the marks of a psyop. Rather than fudging the vote numbers (which there is evidence for at the esoteric state delegate equivalent level, where delegates are actually decided), perhaps the goal was simply to allow Buttigieg to declare victory, reap the media whirlwind that results from winning the Iowa caucuses and prevent his chief rival, Senator Bernie Sanders, from doing the same.

Buttigieg’s campaign was invested in Shadow to the tune of $42,500. Sadly for his campaign, New Hampshire’s elections are more straightforward, with hacking protections firmly in place and thus, much harder to steal.

It’s not necessary for Mayor Pete to be a card-carrying CIA agent or a registered asset with a handler straight out of a spy novel. It’s simply sufficient for him to traffic in the same circles, share the same values and be on board with the program.

You don’t have to be a spook to do a spook’s job. For those who spend enough time in that world, it simply becomes a matter of habit.

02/15/20

Mr. President, Don’t Go Changin’

By: Lloyd Marcus

On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace implied that Trump behaved vengefully by firing Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman after his impeachment acquittal. Wallace’s guest, Republican advisor Karl Rove, said that Trump should be moving the country forward after his acquittal rather than passionately calling out the Democrats.

I thought, “Are you guys nuts? Have you not been paying attention?” Deranged Democrats launched an unfair, corrupt and baseless impeachment hoax against Trump and the American people. Their hoax cruelly destroyed the lives of innocent people associated with Trump, while viciously attacking Trump’s family.

In their outrageous arrogance, Democrats actually tried to impeach Trump for simply functioning within his presidential authority and performing his duty to the American people.

Despite Trump’s acquittal, Democrats and fake news media continue filling the airwaves with their lie that Trump is guilty of crimes against America and must be removed immediately.

So, Rove and Wallace, how does Trump play nice with a political party that wants him politically dead? Why aren’t you guys scolding Democrats and fake news media for their inability to move forward for the good of the country?

I thank God that Trump does not listen to Washington insiders and stays on offense. It is time that Trump takes out the treasonous trash in his administration; the people who are hellbent on stopping his America-first agenda.

Trump fired 70 Obama holdovers. Right on, bro!

Trump fired Vindman. Excellent! Vindman played a role in the Democrats’ kangaroo court coup to remove Trump from office.

Trump tweeted a video of Pelosi’s temper tantrum at the SOTU. I am really thrilled by Trump’s video tweet because for decades Democrats have gotten away with portraying themselves as strong advocates for minorities, women, and blue-collar Americans. Pelosi’s behavior at the SOTU exposed them for the mean-spirited, cold-hardhearted elitists they truly are. Eighteen million have seen this video. Please continue sharing it.

Trump exposing Democrats’ corruption keeps Democrats and their fake news media tag-team partners off balance. Every disgusting dirty trick in their “Take Out the Republican” playbook has failed on Trump. Their repeated failure has driven them totally insane; openly instigating violence against Trump and anyone caught wearing a MAGA cap in public.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon irresponsibly justified progressives physically attacking MAGA cap wearers.

Despite Trump’s long list of remarkable achievements for We the People, Republican advisors like Karl Rove still seek to transform Trump into an acceptable Washington D.C. Republican politician. Republicans behaving like wimps in Washington has gotten us into this mess, on the verge of losing our Founding Fathers’ divinely inspired vision for America.

I am elated that Trump stays on offense, not allowing Democrats, fake news media, and deep-state defenders of the status quo to dictate his behavior. Trump’s agenda is extremely simple and straightforward. If something is good for America, he does it. If it is not, he rejects or reverses it.

And yet, some who are supposedly on our side persist in scolding Trump for not behaving more presidentially. Because 92% of media coverage of Trump is negative, if Trump does not tell the people the facts, they will not know.

God knew we needed a courageous no-holds-barred America-first bull in the White House to bring our country back from the edge of destruction.

My wife Mary’s mentor, Mary Kay Ash of Mary Kay Cosmetics said, “Leadership flows from the top down.” That is so true. I call it the “Trump Effect.” More and more Americans are courageously speaking out and pushing back against all the insane anti-American and anti-Christian initiatives that Obama gave progressives the greenlight to force down our throats.

Thanks to Trump’s outspokenness, more and more Americans have begun to see Democrats for the power-obsessed scoundrels they truly are. A female supermarket checkout clerk said this to me, my wife and a guy wearing a “Trump 2020” cap. “I’m not supposed to say it, but I’m with you guys.” Referring to Democrats, she added, “If we are not dependent, they can’t pull our strings.”

Everywhere I go, I see and hear from everyday Americans, black and white, who support Trump. They understand who and what we need to keep America on the road to peerless new heights of greatness.

Like that old Billy Joel song, don’t go changin’ Mr. President. We love you just the way you are!

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02/14/20

UN Blacklists Israeli Companies

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Primer: Remember the United States crafted and offered a peace agreement between Israel, Hamas, the Palestinians just a few weeks ago. Reading below, note that ‘united nations’ is hardly what this blacklist encourages.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights published on Wednesday a “database” of companies doing business with Israeli settlements. The list includes 112 firms, 94 of them Israeli and the other 18 from six other countries, including the United States.

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The database was generated pursuant to Resolution 31/36, adopted by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on March 24, 2016, which calls upon the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to produce a “database of all business enterprises” engaged in certain settlement-related activities in “the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”

The database also referred to as a blacklist, is inconsistent with U.S. law and policy. U.S. law, at 19 U.S.C. 4452(b)(4), states that Congress “opposes politically motivated actions that penalize or otherwise limit commercial relations specifically with Israel, such as boycotts of, divestment from, or sanctions against Israel.”

In addition, compliance with the blacklist could be inconsistent with the U.S. anti-boycott statute (50 U.S.C 4842), which has long been used to punish compliance with boycotts (and blacklists) fostered by the Arab League.

Boycotts spurred by the UNHRC and its blacklist would likely also run afoul of some or all of the two dozen U.S. state laws that require divestment from companies that boycott Israel (in some cases specifically defined to include Israeli settlements).

Compliance with a boycott fostered by the UNHRC and its blacklist may also cause U.S. companies to run afoul of the U.S. Treasury Department’s separate antiboycott regulations. The regulations implement the Ribicoff amendment to the Tax Reform Act of 1976. Internal Revenue Code section 999 requires U.S. taxpayers to report whether they (or corporations they control) have participated in or cooperated with boycotts not sanctioned by the U.S. government. According to the Treasury, U.S. persons who participate in such boycotts “may be subject to penalties that reduce their foreign tax credit, the benefits of foreign sales corporations, and the deferral available to U.S. shareholders of controlled foreign corporations.”

The blacklist also lacks a basis in international law. Indeed, international law does not prohibit business in disputed territories. Nor is doing such business inconsistent with the principles of corporate social responsibility (which are non-binding). That is the official view of the United Nations, expressed in its Global Compact document titled “Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas: A Resource for Companies and Investors.”

Finally, the legitimacy of the database is also thrown into doubt by the very makeup of the UNHRC, which includes as members many of the world’s worst human rights violators. Current UNHRC members sitting in judgment of Israel include the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, and Venezuela.

There are more than 100 territorial disputes in the world today, including in Crimea, Cyprus, Kashmir, Nagorno-Karabakh, Tibet, and Western Sahara. Yet only the West Bank and East Jerusalem were singled out for such a database. The decision to focus on Israel raises the question of whether the database is really about human rights, or rather about hypocritically bashing Israel.

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The list identified companies listed in the United States, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Thailand, and Britain.

Inclusion on the list had no immediate legal implications for the companies. But the issue is highly sensitive as companies named could be targeted for boycotts or divestment aimed at stepping up international pressure on Israel over its West Bank settlements.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed solidarity with the named businesses, saying, “Boycotting Israeli companies does not advance the cause of peace and does not build confidence between the sides.”

“We call on our friends around the world to speak out against this shameful initiative which reminds of dark periods in our history,” he added.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Whoever boycotts us will be boycotted. The UN Human Rights Council is a biased body that is devoid of influence. Not for nothing have I already ordered the severing of ties with it. It was also not for nothing that the American administration has taken this step together with us. In recent years, we have promoted laws in most US states, which determine that strong action is to be taken against whoever tries to boycott Israel. Therefore, this body is unimportant. Instead of the organization dealing with human rights, it only tries to disparage Israel. We strongly reject this contemptible effort.”

The head of Israel’s centrist Blue and White party — ex-IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz — tweeted, “A dark day for human rights. The UN high commissioner for human rights has lost touch with reality.”

Hillel Neuer — executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch NGO — tweeted, “The list has no precedent & turns the UN into Ground Zero for the global anti-Israel boycott campaign.” More here.