Jacob Hornberger comments on Donald Trump’s visit to Laredo, Texas, and shares some personal reflections on that and the immigration issue, as Hornberger grew up in Laredo.
I’ve heard Carly Fiorina interviewed a few times now just in the past few days. She brags about her connection to the CIA like it’s a good thing. No, Ms. Fiorina, associating with the CIA is a bad thing, and shame on you for that. (And shame on Amazon.com as well.) But then, the CIA is no different a criminal agency than all the other agencies of the federal regime illicitly ruling over us. Fiorina talks about the “pro-abortion” lobby with a sneer. She has a very aggressive tone and it’s just too pit bull-ish, for a female. I’m sure that sounds sexist, but there are a lot of voters who don’t find that particularly appealing in a female candidate for President. I know, we shouldn’t take into account the candidate’s gender and all that, but it’s there, and that’s the way it is, and it really is part of the equation. She seems like the GOP version of Elizabeth Warren. Now, one might say that such an attitude is what got Ms. Warren elected to the Senate, when no, it was Scott Brown’s obnoxiousness and incompetence that helped Warren win. I like the matter-of-fact approach, without the sneering and aggressiveness. Past female candidates who have impressed me include Carla Howell and Evelyn Murphy.
Fiorina is an extreme interventionist in foreign affairs, and doesn’t like the idea of live and let live, as is the case with most of these politicians. We have had progressively worse low-lifes getting elected President, especially the past 4 or 5, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama, and the next one is going to be an even worse low-life. I think I know which one that is, and the one that most people have been predicting for quite a while, unfortunately.
I was listening to Meet the Repressed which is replayed on Bloomberg radio. At the beginning Upchuck Todd said that something “wreaked havoc,” except that he pronounced it “reeked havoc,” like it smells really bad. I always thought it was pronounced “reck,” not “reek,” but I see online that it is pronounced either way. But that’s not how I remember that. But what really reeks is this awful, smelly Presidential campaign. Upchuck interviewed Sen. Bernie Sanders, who again called for raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. But Bernie, what if some working families still can’t make enough to pay their bills with $15/hour? So why not make it $20/per hour just to be sure? But what if a working family with three kids still can’t make ends meet at $20/hour? Why not $25? And regarding his comments on the “institutional racism” in America mainly with police against black people, he said that the poverty level is too high within minorities, and that’s the main problem here. Well, when you keep raising the minimum wage and employers (of black teenaged workers) can no longer afford to pay the higher wages and so they cut those jobs, perhaps that’s a good explanation for the financial difficulties among minorities and lack of jobs available especially in the cities? I don’t think that Bernie Sanders is related to Col. Sanders, or Walt Sanders, but he could be related to Larry Sanders, as Bernie does provide us with a lot of comedy.
Obama says there aren’t enough gun laws. Each year there are more and more gun laws, but we seem to have more gun-related violence, and more of those mass shootings in which the shooter obtained guns legally and by passing background checks. In Obama’s hometown of Chicago they have had very strict gun laws, yet there are new gun-related deaths just about every day, or so it seems. The “progressive” activists and their followers live in a fantasy world in which criminals will actually obey laws restricting guns while they violate laws against assault, rape, robbery and murder. But like most pols, Obama craves power, and disarming innocent people while seizing more power for the government satisfies these predator pols’ lust for more power. He obviously doesn’t want the honest, innocent civilian to have the means to protect oneself. The Democrats and progressives and leftists’ minions and dupes just can’t seem to understand common sense. At the same time, the Republicans talk a good game on the people’s “right” to self-defense, but in the end they love power, too. When there is civil unrest, the Republicans and 2nd Amendment conservatives will want to seize the guns from the civilians and will want only government police and military to have weapons. That’s the way politicians are.
In fact, we now have a totalitarian system in which the schools are now assessing every little kid’s “threat level” from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Can you believe this? So if a little 5-year-old is acting as little 5-year-olds do, he will get a “pre-crime” assessment which will hang with him for the rest of his life. In other education news, in Iowa the government schools had an anti-bullying conference for middle school LGBT students. Among some of the lectures, according to the Daily Caller, they heard “how to pleasure their gay partners,” “how to sew fake testicles into their underwear in order to pass themselves off as boys,” and “how pleasurable it is for gay couples to eat each other’s behinds and how using flavored oils can improve the taste.” The featured speaker was a drag performer who “encouraged attendees to vandalize the property of critics.” (What a shock! That at a freak show they would encourage violence, I’m shocked!) So, until the federal Department of Education began in 1980, the U.S. usually ranked #1 in education compared to other countries, but since then America has steadily declined in educational rankings. And these newest stories are probably indicators of that continuing trend.
I have posted this video by Larken Rose before but it’s worth posting again. A lot of people are in denial about America turning totalitarian in the same kind of way that many other countries did during the 20th Century. There are not only the same kind of government apparatus in place and all the governmental intrusions and controls (e.g. ObamaCare, NSA spying, restrictions on travel and commerce), but America has a degenerate culture which consists of millions of people who nonchalantly deny the humanity of certain others in order to justify violence. We now have the abortion industry selling body parts of aborted babies and speaking of them as mere inanimate objects. We have a very powerful collective of leftists who commit acts of violence and threats thereof against others, with the leftist aggressors claiming victimhood and blaming whole groups as being guilty of acts which never occurred. And we have a generation of post-9/11 warriors who went to Iraq and other places and knowingly shot up, raped and murdered innocent civilians, “Ay-rabs” and “ragheads” and speak of them as subhuman as well. There are plenty of nationalists, “patriots” and ditto-heads who see foreigners bombing or murdering innocent Americans as “terrorists,” but see Americans bombing and murdering innocent foreigners as “freedom fighters.” So all these people on the Left and the other side, who categorize some humans as subhuman and whose harm or death can be justified, are pretty much the same kinds of degenerates as far as I’m concerned. The ditto-heads ought not act appalled at the Planned Parenthood dehumanizing of unborn babies when the same “conservatives” have been supporting the U.S. government’s death and destruction and murder of innocents overseas for decades.
So with the kind of degenerate attitudes that millions of Americans have now, combined with the apparatus of government powers and controls now in place, yes, the same kind of results which were seen in Nazi Germany and Soviet Union can absolutely happen here. But as Becky Akers pointed out, the only way for the degenerates to implement their murderous lusts on a larger scale is via the State apparatus. Private, non-State individuals or groups can’t apprehend, detain, incarcerate, assault, shoot, or murder innocents and get away with it. Only agents of the State have that illicit power. The Holocaust and the tens of millions of murders in Europe and Asia during the 20th Century were caused not by the private sector, by businessmen or capitalists, but by governments. And private civilians or businessmen were not the ones who disarmed the Jews in Nazi Germany, as the arms-confiscators were those employed by the government.
Article from 2008 by Laurence Vance: Is John McCain a war hero or a war criminal?
Becky Akers points out the indecent State’s hatred for decency.
Glenn Greenwald says that the spirit of Judith Miller is alive and well at the New York Times.
Dan Sanchez writes about Jim Crow in Israel.
Robert Wenzel says there’s no such thing as “identity theft.”
Kirkpatrick Sale says nullification and secession are the real answers to the loss of “states’ rights.”
Paul Joseph Watson on the violence and threats of violence made by the Left.
Daniel McAdams on Congress voting to take your passport.
Michael Novak compares Pope John Paul II’s economic views to the current pope.
Ryan McMaken says that immigrants aren’t the only ones who shouldn’t be voting.
Paul Gottfried has some afterthoughts on the taking down of the Confederate flag.
And Paul Craig Roberts addresses the Civil War, slavery and racism.
Besides the obviously Soviet-influenced Democrat federal judge ordering Dinesh D’Souza to continue psychological counseling for having bad judgment regarding campaign contributions which violated petty and useless federal laws, now we have a retired General Wesley Clark who calls for internment camps for political dissidents in Amerika, referring more to “sedition” and ISIS-sympathizers. But we know what these hacks really mean when they refer to “sedition.”
Clark says that free speech does not include “sedition.” If someone is a critic of U.S. government policy of bombing innocents in Syria and Iraq, that is being a “sympathizer,” and thus, “seditious.” So let’s round up those “disloyal Americans,” and “segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict,” which, by the way, is a so-called “conflict” entirely of the U.S. government’s making. It was the U.S. government that started two wars of aggression against Iraq, 1991 and 2003, creating the chaos and sharia theocracy that Iraq is today, thanks to the two Bush Presidents. There would be no ISIS if it weren’t for the father/son George Bushes.
And Gen. Clark is worried about “homegrown ISIS cells,” which is exactly what the bureaucrats were telling us about al-Qaeda 14 years ago. But really, this war and ISIS crap is an excuse for the collectivist totalitarians who hate freedom to just incarcerate all Muslims for the crimes of just a few, and for the anti-free speech Left in America to get those critics of leftist causes such as transgender and LGBT issues, and get those Tea Party conservatives and traditionalists. Already the IRS is going after the conservatives, as you’ve probably already heard. And the NSA is sponsoring Summer camps for those youngins who want to spy on their neighbors and rat out those who are not with the program, i.e. conservatives, Christians and critics of Obama and Hillary. Yeah, those “disloyal Americans.”
Speaking of LGBT issues, there was some study in the news recently pointing out that a high percentage of lesbians are obese. The $3.5 million study is still going on after five years, and we still don’t know why lesbians are more obese than non-lesbian females and homosexual males. So why are 75% of lesbians obese? Perhaps because they eat too much? Ya think? And perhaps they eat bad foods, processed foods and junk, just like a lot of people. Perhaps there are some psychological things going on with these people, in which they experience a lack of emotional needs being met and are making up for that by substituting it with extra food, and unhealthy food as well? Perhaps that would explain why the lesbian couple went after the Christian bakers with extortion and harassment, acts which normal, decent individuals just wouldn’t do in a civilized society. Something going on there? Certainly more than something psychological going on with Dinesh D’Souza that would cause him to make “illegal” contributions to a political candidate. That’s a terrible thing to do! They’re out there, as Jerry Williams used to say.
By the way, there was a talk radio host here named John DePetro who in 2006 got fired from WRKO because he called Green Party candidate Grace Ross a “fat lesbian.” Now, one, she really was “fat,” and two, she really was a “lesbian.” According to the Boston Globe, WRKO spokesman George Regan stated, “This corporation has zero tolerance for this type of nonsense … It will not be tolerated. We are now in the process of an investigation. [Oooh, an “investigation”! …] Mr. DePetro will not be heard on the airwaves of WRKO-AM tomorrow morning.” And that settled that one, for sure.
And responding to all that, Grace Ross said that the “real issue here is that we have a whole subculture of right-wing talk show hosts who think they’re more important than they are.” Well, things never change, do they? We have a subculture of militarists like Wesley Clark, John Bolton, and other neocons who want to jail Muslims or bomb Iran, and their fellow totalitarians on the Left who want to jail Christians and Tea Partiers who speak out in favor of private property and freedom of association.
Soviet Amerika is here, everyone. Have fun!
Jonathan Turley discusses the federal judge ordering Dinesh D’Souza to have psychological counseling for his incorrect views.
William Grigg on the Amerikan-Soviet system of forced “tolerance” via administrative “law.”
Justin Raimondo analyzes the “liberal” police state.
Butler Shaffer comments on the Confederate flag issue.
Rad Geek on burning the American flag.
Ron Paul discusses his new book, Swords into Plowshares, with Tom Woods.
Jacob Hornberger says that Iran’s criminal justice system reminds us of ours.
Walter Williams on secession.
Gary Galles discusses the intellectual intolerance behind “check your privilege.”
James Bovard says that cops and donuts don’t mix.
Philip Giraldi writes about the revenge of the anti-terror state.
Eric Margolis asks, Who is responsible for the horrors in Syria?
Barbara Loe Fisher comments on the California forced vaccination law.
Richard Ebeling has an Austrian economist’s advice for Greece and the EU.
Peter Schiff describes how socialism destroyed Puerto Rico and how capitalism can save it.
Robert Murphy discusses the 5 unintended consequences of regulation and government meddling.
And Martin Armstrong on the end of freedom of speech in Spain.
The 28-year-old Chinese concert pianist Yuja Wang is wowing concert-goers with recitals and concerto performances with major symphony orchestras all over the world. Check out her Bartok 2nd. She is amazing. Here is Yuja Wang performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with Kurt Masur conducting the Verbier Festival Orchestra.
This morning on WBZ radio from the 6:25 to 6:35 period, when it was time for the usual Bob Lobel golf tip (which didn’t come on), instead there was a ski report. At first I thought it was a commercial using audio from an old ski report, because there is no skiing here at this time of year. So, the ski report is going on and on, informing us of how much snow there is at this or that mountain, and now I’m thinking maybe someone is just making a joke because the weather is very warm now. But no, it was some sort of “glitch,” some sort of “technical difficulties,” or someone just playing the wrong tape by mistake (or on purpose?!) and clearly, newscaster Karen Regal seemed confused by it as well. Then when newscaster Doug Cope began the bottom of the hour news, there were two more technical problems and glitches. It was like the Twilight Zone. Even the traffic reporter Nicole Davis actually had to sing the segue-to-traffic music because that wouldn’t come on either. And yes, she really did do that. By that time it really cracked me up. It’s always good to start the day with a good laugh. God knows I need it.
Donald Trump is in trouble again, this time for his comments on John McCain not being the “hero” that many people think he is simply because he was a prisoner of war and supposedly tortured during the Vietnam War. There are good reasons to ask, Has anyone actually seen those “more scars than Frankenstein” that McCain allegedly has from being tortured? It actually might not be true.
Former American Conservative magazine publisher Ron Unz has this article on John McCain’s alleged role as a disseminator of communist propaganda while a POW in the Vietnam War, and notes that McCain may have lied about being tortured in order to cover up his alleged propagandizing on behalf of the North Vietnamese. Unz links to this article from Counterpunch which goes into detail about it. The article in Counterpunch refers to two Vietnam War vets who were also POWs and who are extremely skeptical of McCain’s claims, referring to this article from the Phoenix New Times. Unz also refers to the lengthy article by Sydney Schanberg who in 2010 wrote about the other scandal that most people don’t know about, that of McCain along with John Kerry as U.S. Senators engaging in official cover-up of the many American Vietnam War POWs who were left behind in Vietnam. If you are interested in all this, check out those articles.
So, Donald Trump may actually be right that McCain is no hero.
Placed in this context, John McCain’s tales of torture make perfect sense. If he had indeed spent almost the entire war eagerly broadcasting Communist propaganda in exchange for favored treatment, there would have been stories about this circulating in private, and fears that these tales might eventually reach the newspaper headlines, perhaps backed by the hard evidence of audio and video tapes. An effective strategy for preempting this danger would be to concoct lurid tales of personal suffering and then promote them in the media, quickly establishing McCain as the highest profile victim of torture among America’s returned POWs, an effort rendered credible by the fact that many American POWs had indeed suffered torture.
Once the public had fully accepted McCain as our foremost Vietnam war-hero and torture-victim, any later release of his propaganda tapes would be dismissed as merely proving that even the bravest of men had their breaking point. Given that McCain’s father was one of America’s highest-ranking military officers and both the Nixon Administration and the media had soon elevated McCain to a national symbol of American heroism, there would have been enormous pressure on the other returning POWs, many of them dazed and injured after long captivity, not to undercut such an important patriotic narrative.
I must reemphasize that I am not an expert on the Vietnam War and my cursory investigation is nothing like the sort of exhaustive research that would be necessary to establish a firm conclusion on this troubling case. I have merely tried to provide a plausible account of McCain’s war record and highlight some of the important pieces of evidence that a more thorough researcher should consider. Unlike the documentation of the POW cover up accumulated by Schanberg and others, which I regard as overwhelmingly conclusive, I think the best that may be said about my reconstruction of McCain’s wartime history is that it seems more likely correct than not. However, I should mention that when I discussed some of these items with Schanberg in 2010 and suggested that John McCain had been the Tokyo Rose of the Vietnam War, he considered it a very apt description.
Jim Davies has this compelling critique of Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s views on immigration, regarding the rights of exclusion and the idea of who owns “public property.” While Dr. Hoppe asserts that the keeping and maintaining of “public property” or public lands is funded by taxpayers, then it is only those taxpayers who are the rightful “owners” of the land and who may rightfully exclude immigrants. I disagree with that, and I agree with Jim Davies, that such taxes are forcibly taken from victims by bureaucrats, that the government doesn’t “own” the land but merely is occupying the land, and that the land is actually owned by no one.
While I’m at it, as far as disagreeing with Hans-Hermann Hoppe, there is another issue on which I disagree with him. Dr. Hoppe has written numerous times that people who are employed by government, or who receive government benefits which are funded involuntarily by taxpayers, should not be allowed to vote. However, elected legislators make laws and policies which ALL of us MUST obey, or we’ll be thrown in jail! Therefore, if those laws and policies apply to everyone under the rule of the bureaucrats, then everyone should have the right to decide who gets in power to make those laws that we all must obey!
Am I the only one who is really tired of all this Iran nuclear stuff year after year after year? Israel has at least 100 nukes and Iran knows this.
And by the way, neither the Ayatollah nor former Iranian President Ahmadinejad stated that Israel should be “wiped off the map,” or that there should be another Jewish genocide or holocaust. The propagandists have been making good use of the mistranslations of those top Iranians’ utterances for political and fear-mongering purposes. What those Iranian leaders actually were referring to was the Israeli government, the “regime occupying Jerusalem,” to be specific.
And while Iran never threatened to nuke Israel, Israel has sure threatened to nuke Iran, as have certain prominent Americans. But the propagandized American public will unquestionably believe what their government and its fear-mongering sycophants tell them, as repeated by the stenographers and useful idiots in the mainstream media.
I can’t believe just how ignorant and propagandized so many people are in the 21st Century. It’s like pre-Enlightenment times, or so it seems.
Anyway, the cause for this 35-year Iran obsession is the humiliation that the Iranians made some insecure people feel when extremists of the 1979 Iranian Revolution took 52 Americans hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held them for 444 days. Since that time, American nationalists, foreign interventionists, neocons, and others have had obsessive resentment toward Iran, but not with the evil government of Saudi Arabia, or India for that matter. The Saudi Arabian regime is much more evil and dangerous than Iran, in my view, because the Saudis are much more fanatical in their religious zeal, and because of the government’s murderous treatment of the Saudi people who are prisoners of the government, much like those in North Korea. Iranians have much more freedom than the Saudis, and, believe it or not, their government is less threatening to them and to the outside world than Saudi Arabia’s regime.
If you believe otherwise, then that is because you believe government propaganda which is merely repeated word for word by the government-owned news media. Of course we should believe and trust a government with a history of starting wars of aggression against other countries which were of no threat to us, such as the U.S. government’s war on Iraq and war on Afghanistan, and the U.S. government’s war on Iraq the first time in 1991. Of course we should believe and trust a government that bombs a country’s civilian water and sewage and treatment centers with the intention of causing widespread diseases and deaths. And of course we should believe and trust a government that actually has dropped atomic bombs on civilian populations and caused the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent human beings including children. Yup.
The other problem with the American nationalists, foreign interventionists, neocons, and others besides their resentment and hatred toward Iran, is their ignorance. Incidentally, I just heard an audio clip of Scott Walker and he pronounced “Iran” as “Eye-ran.” Now, I know that there are many supposedly intelligent people who pronounce it that way (such as Howie Carr and Michael Savage on the radio), but it doesn’t make them sound very intelligent, at least not to me. But the anti-Iran agitators’ do suffer lack of knowledge of history of the U.S. government’s aggressions against the Iranian people, or the agitators do have that knowledge but are incapable or unwilling to accept the U.S. government’s responsibility for their mess overseas.
Primarily there was the 1953 coup led by the CIA to change the Iranian regime in order to return Iranian oil to the British, a contract which was ended by the pre-1953 Iranian leader Mosaddegh. For the next 25 years the U.S. government then backed the new leader, the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and his tyrannical Savak, which is apparently what our DHS, CIA, NSA and TSA seem to aspire to. The Shah’s Savak tyranny is what greatly contributed to the radicalization of some Iranians and was what brought on the 1979 Revolution and the new rule by the Ayatollah Khomeini.
I would say that the U.S. government’s support for Iran’s totalitarian police state during those years was criminal in its aiding and abetting of a regime’s criminality against the people. And the sanctions currently imposed on Iran are criminal as well (see this, this, this, this, and this). I read that the actual funds which are owed to Iran from the sale of its oil are being withheld from them as part of the sanctions, which is an act of theft, pure and simple.
And besides the American nationalists, foreign interventionists, neocons and others’ obsessive resentment and hatred toward Iran, in the end it’s all about Israel. Modern demonization of Iran mainly comes from Israel, even though a nuclear-armed Iran would not pose an “existential threat” to Israel. To me, an important motivation of the Iran haters and Israel Firsters comes from following Biblical scriptures, in which Israel — or “Greater Israel” — is “God’s Promised Land” for the Jews. And there are many people who believe that, especially those Jews or Israelis who are not religious or Bible believers but who take mainly this one theme from the Bible to serve certain egocentric ends. Unlike the Jewish Israelis, the Christian Zionists aren’t necessarily as concerned for Jews’ security and prosperity as they are concerned about realizing their religious fantasies, that Jesus will return and there will be the “End Times” and that in order for the Jews to be “Saved” they will have to convert to Christianity, to obediently following Jesus Christ as The Lord and Savior. Yes, millions and millions of Christians worldwide really believe that.
And it was known long ago that there would be fighting and violence in the Middle East as long as the current state of Israel was founded. Do you really think that it was a good idea to put this alleged “safe homeland for Jews” in an area surrounded by millions of Arabs and Muslims? Especially when Israel’s establishment was based on the expulsion and ethnic cleansing of Arabs and Muslims (and Christians), of course those millions of Arabs and Muslims surrounding Israel would come to the defense of their fellow Arabs and Muslims within the Israeli territory, the Palestinians. But as Murray Rothbard wrote in 1967, the early Zionists insisted on Palestine as the one and only territory for the new state of Israel, and they wouldn’t consider any other territory but Palestine. And that is based solely on this Bible stuff (and based on covetousness and narcissism as well, quite frankly). You see, history is important. Alas, a lot of people don’t know history, but they do know their myths and the propaganda fed to them by the mainstream media.
So such a drive to covetously slice the entire Middle East into smaller less powerful states and treat others in other countries such as Iran as prisoners and slaves, at the expense of morality and common sense, comes mainly from a need to exercise power over others, as well as to realize Biblically-based fantasies, using the means of governmental and territorial expansion.