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Ron Paul says that Donald Trump should toss his generals’ war escalation plans in the trash.

And Gareth Porter asks whether Trump will agree to the Pentacon’s permanent war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

Jacob Hornberger says that the Buttinski should butt out of Korea.

Justin Raimondo on “Donald of Arabia”: a disgusting spectacle.

While the US government, under both Trump and Obama, has routinely maintained that Iran is the biggest exporter of terrorism, that is utter nonsense: the Saudis easily outdo the mullahs of Tehran. Riyadh funds radical madrassas throughout the world that preach pure hatred of the West: they are incubators of terrorism, and have been wreaking havoc from one end of the globe to the other for decades. The terrorist groups that have destroyed Syria are the progeny of the Saudis, and their allies among the Gulf states.

Sheldon Richman gives some more background on the Saudi-Israel-Iran aspect of Trump’s meddling in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, as Donald Trump is so caught up in his sick Saudi suck-up, he completely ignores the landslide election win for moderates and reformers in Iran, as Robert Mackey of the Intercept points out.

And also at the Intercept, Lee Fang describes the bunch of Saudi foreign agents in Washington who have been lobbying for more of those U.S. taxpayer-funded goodies.

Marine veteran Thomas Knapp writes in response to those who constantly say “Thank you for your service.”

Wendy McElroy on NSA’s leaked malware that is being weaponized by criminals.

Trevor Aaronson says that the FBI did terrible things under James Comey.

Derrick Broze discusses the possible new assistant secretary of DHS, David Clarke, who has called for rounding up protesters sans due process.

Kit Daniels discusses rape legalization amid migrant influx in Europe. (Huh?)

In other news, Laurence Vance discusses the latest failed Republican Revolution.

Gary North discusses Snowflake America and the Great Default.

Ars Technica says that 1/3 of FDA-approved drugs still have safety issues.

Bill Sardi has this suggestion for FDA-approved drug package inserts.

And WND with an article on what not to do with your cell phone.

Trump/Kushner Cahooting with Saudis, and Impeachment Based on Media’s “Alternative Facts”

The goings on in Washington are quite bizarre now. It’s really a bunch of stuff, maybe too much now. It’s giving me a headache, all this stuff.

To begin, Donald Trump is in Saudi Arabia to try to get a Trump Resort golf course in Saudi Arabia get some “better deals,” or to do who knows what. The Saudis are big sponsors and promoters of extremist Islamic jihad throughout the Middle East and elsewhere, they may have actually provided financing and planning for the 9/11 terrorists (most of whom were Saudis), and the Saudi regime has perhaps the worst human rights record on Earth.

Meanwhile, according to the Hill, first son-in-law Jared Kushner “personally called the CEO of Lockheed Martin during a meeting with a Saudi delegation earlier this month to ask her to cut the price of a missile defense system.”

Now, it’s bad enough that this shady Kushner person is meddling in government affairs so extensively after doing such a horrible job in the private sector. Kushner and Ivanka apparently have many conflicts of interest as well. But what is this concern he has for the Saudis at the expense of an American business? What does the “America First” promoting Donald Trump think about Jared Kushner’s asking an American company to cut its price in sales for a brutal anti-human rights foreign interest?

Next. It looks like former FIB FBI director James Comey might be in deep doo-doo. First he has one of his FBI underlings feed the New York Times an alleged memo, or just parts of it, over the phone. The Times reporter does his whole piece, merely repeating what the FBI flunky told him, without first actually seeing the non-classified memo, and just taking the FBI flunky’s word for it.

Yes, that is what news reporters are supposed to do: just repeat word for word what government bureaucrats tell them, don’t challenge or require documentation or evidence, etc. Forget the who, what, when, where, why, and how. I think the days of Frank Reynolds demanding confirmation of a story are over. It’s all government toadies and lapdogs pervading the news media now, unfortunately.

In the memo, allegedly, Trump says to Comey privately in a February 14th meeting that he, Trump, “hopes” that Comey can let it go, referring to FBI’s investigating of former national security (sic) advisor Mike Flynn. Trump wasn’t ordering or coercing Comey to stop an investigation, but merely said he “hoped” that Comey would “let this go.”

So, there’s no “obstruction of justice” here.

But the biased New York Times reporter began the article in the first paragraph, “President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.”

“Asked the FBI director” “to shut down”? That’s the same as “I hope you can let this go”? (Well, what can we expect from New York Times “reporters”?)

So the mainstream media, the anti-Trump politicians and the Washington beltway crowd are running with “Asked to shut down,” and not, “I hope you can let this go.” (OMG, I can’t believe I’m defending Donald Trump. I might have to take a shower after writing this, as KellyAnne Conway might say.)

Anyway, Comey stated in testimony — that’s being repeated over and over on talk radio, but not on the mainstream media or the cable shows — that in his experience no one has had him stop an investigation. And the acting FBI director has testified that the Flynn investigation has not been interrupted.

So James Comey has to explain which is truthful, that Trump asked him to stop an investigation, or that in his experience such a thing has never happened.

So now many people are calling for Trump to be impeached. One reason is because they really believe he “stole” the election, even though the biggest contributors to his winning were his campaigning in important big states that Hillary arrogantly refused to campaign in, combined with Hillary’s insulting remarks about “deplorables.”

Nevertheless, even though both James Comey and NSA director Mike Rogers testified that there was no evidence to show that any voting machines were “hacked” or that any votes were changed or manipulated in any way, and even though former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Chuck Todd that to his knowledge no evidence exists which shows that there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, the ignoramus Secretary of State Rex Harrison Rex Tillerson still thinks that such Russian meddling in the U.S. election is “well documented,” because he is just as bamboozled as the American people by the mainstream media’s repeated propaganda of such non-existent “meddling.”

And now, with the appointment of a special counsel, former FBI director Robert Mueller, Justin Raimondo believes that we have something akin to the “Moscow trials,” and it looks like a regime change op here in the U.S. that the national security state usually does in other countries. (He doesn’t mention a previous major U.S. regime change op, the JFK assassination, however.)

Besides the FBI supposedly leaking an alleged memo (which may or may not exist) to the New York Times, Roger Stone claims that the ex-Goldman Sachs hack Jared Kushner is allegedly leaking information to MSNBC. I think there are many leakers coming from the White House, such as possibly Mike Pence and Rancid Reince Priebus, but that’s just my guess on that, I’m not accusing them, just guessing.

But according to Robert Wenzel, who links to “Gotnews.com,” national security advisor H.R. McMaster has been using Trump advisor Dina Powell to also leak to the New York Times, leaking negative info that goes against Trump. So there is further reason to believe that Donald Trump has several hostile forces inside the White House who want to get him out of there.

Hmm, I wonder if the “H.R.” is deliberately referring to H.R. Halderman and John Ehrlichman of Watergate fame. Paul Craig Roberts recently asserted that it was the bloodthirsty national security state that forced Richard Nixon from the Presidency because of his foreign policy successes with China and Russia. And also, I hadn’t heard that Nixon wanted to pull out of Vietnam, that’s a new one.

If Roberts is correct, does that mean that the whole 1972 DNC headquarters break-in and Nixon cover-up was all planned by the schemers, that may actually have included Halderman and Erlichman, G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, and all the others, just to get Nixon out of there on behalf of the national security state? (I guess giving him the JFK treatment might have been a little too obvious, I don’t know.)

Finally, besides believing incorrectly that Trump “stole” the election and therefore should be impeached, the brainwashed mainstream media and their zombie viewers, listeners and readers want Trump impeached even more so because he said nasty things during the campaign. I think that’s the real reason.

They don’t want him impeached because he’s a warmonger, a war criminal with drones that are killing innocents (because most of the people agree with the warmongering and bombing and murdering the “terrorists” sans due process). And they don’t want him impeached because he’s a shady shyster like Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, etc. These people are more concerned with words.

So Trump is a “racist,” and a “sexist,” because he said nasty things, about Muslims and Mexicans, and Rosie O’Donnell and Megan Kelly. The impeachment-promoters don’t know that Trump is for affirmative action, gay marriage, and transgender bathroom intrusions, as well as universal health care and all the rest of the leftist crap that’s ruining America. So he agrees with them on many issues. No, it’s all about saying nasty words.

The impeachment-promoters of the mainstream media, academia, and the Left (sorry for the redundancy) are aligned with the college snowflakes who can’t stand to hear different points of view, and who are “triggered” by the most innocent of words now, in large part thanks to being brainwashed by the government schools and especially from the post-9/11 fear-mongering by the national security state.

Mueller to Be “Special Counsel,” Joe Lieberman Being Considered to Head FBI

Robert Mueller, FBI director from 2001 to 2013, has been picked to be the “special counsel” to investigate claims of collusions between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government. Mueller sure has a lot of credibility when it comes to government transparency and getting to the truth of the matter.

According to the U.K. Independent in 2004, FBI translator and whistleblower Sibel Edmonds claimed that when she worked as an FBI translator in 2001-2002 she “saw papers that show US knew al-Qa’ida would attack cities with aeroplanes.”

She told The Independent yesterday: “I gave [the commission] details of specific investigation files, the specific dates, specific target information, specific managers in charge of the investigation. I gave them everything so that they could go back and follow up. This is not hearsay. These are things that are documented. These things can be established very easily.”

She added: “There was general information about the time-frame, about methods to be used ­ but not specifically about how they would be used ­ and about people being in place and who was ordering these sorts of terror attacks. There were other cities that were mentioned. Major cities ­ with skyscrapers.”

According to Wikipedia,

In April 2004, Edmonds claimed she had provided information to the panel investigating the September 11 attacks in February that year. Although she started work shortly after 9/11 and worked for just over six months, she claimed knowledge of information circulating within the FBI during spring and summer of 2001. The session was closed and over three hours long, she said. Reportedly, she told the commission that the FBI knew of a planned attack months away and the terrorists were in place…a deposition of Edmonds was quashed under the state secrets privilege. [Source.]

On 13 May 2004, (Attorney General) Ashcroft submitted statements to justify the use of the State secrets privilege against the planned deposition by Edmonds,[20] and the same day, the FBI retroactively classified as Top Secret all of the material and statements that had been provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2002 relating to Edmonds’s own lawsuit, as well as the letters that had been sent by the Senators and republished by the Project on Government Oversight.[21]

On 23 June 2004, the retroactive reclassification was challenged in a suit filed by the Project on Government Oversight, citing fear that the group might be retroactively punished for having published the letters on its website. The Justice Department tried to get the suit dismissed, and the Justice Department explicitly approved their release to the Project on Government Oversight.[22] The reclassification did, however, keep Edmonds from testifying in the class action suit as well as her own whistleblower suit.[23][24] The latter decision was appealed, and Inspector General Glenn A. Fine released a summary of the audit report, claiming “that many of her allegations were supported, that the FBI did not take them seriously enough, and that her allegations were, in fact, the most significant factor in the FBI’s decision to terminate her services. Rather than investigate Edmonds’s allegations vigorously and thoroughly, the FBI concluded that she was a disruption and terminated her contract.”[25]

So, will Robert Mueller be as objective as possible in this inquiry, or will he be typically subservient to all that really matters in Washington (i.e. the government power-grabbers)? In other words, will he sweep under the table the truth that there is no actual evidence backing up “Russian election involvement” claims yet there is evidence to show that a DNC insider was the leaker in question and not the Russians?

And it looks like former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman is being considered to be the new FBI director. Here are some excerpts of a 2011 article by Glenn Greenwald on Lieberman when he announced his retirement from the senate:

But the blood on Joe Lieberman’s hands is accounted for by far more than support for the Iraq War. He’s long been one of Washington’s most indiscriminate, toxic and deceitful supporters of aggressive war generally. Even as the two wars he cheered on were spiraling out of control, he was repeatedly urging new American attacks against Iran, Syria and, most recently, Yemen. Lieberman — who, needless to say, never served in the military nor have any of his children — devoted his entire career to attempting to send other Americans’ children to fight war after war after war. In sum, as The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Will Bunch put it when examining the muddled history of Lieberman’s opposition to the war in Vietnam: “the only war he ever opposed was the only war he might actually have had to fight in.” But, of course, being a relentless warmonger while cowardly hiding yourself and your family far away from the wars you cheer on is not remotely inconsistent with being a Man of Decency and Conscience, as David Brooks and his many Beltway admirers will be the first to tell you….

And then there’s the leading role Lieberman played in lending Democratic support to the whole litany of Bush/Cheney assaults on basic liberties. He defended the “Bush interrogation program” and even waterboarding, and was one of only two Democrats to vote against banning it. He led the way — along with his close friends John McCain and Lindsey Graham — in enacting the Military Commissions Act, which explicitly denied all detainees the right to contest their detention in a court of law: a measure so repressive that the Supreme Court in Boumedienestruck it down as unconstitutional, citing Alexander Hamilton’s warning that “the practice of arbitrary imprisonments, in all ages, is the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny.” Once the Court re-established the habeas right which Lieberman and his comrades snuffed out, it turned out, as federal courts found, that there was no credible evidence to justify the detention of a huge percentage of remaining detainees at Guantanamo: innocent people who would have been imprisoned indefinitely to this day — without a shred of due process — if Lieberman had his way.

This “Democratic hero” has spent decades posing serious threats to basic liberties, including free speech. It was Lieberman who, just a few weeks ago, publicly threatened and bullied all companies to terminate their relationship with WikiLeaks despite its not even being charged with, let alone convicted of, any crime. That was just a repeat of his censoring behavior, two years earlier, when he successfully demanded that YouTube remove videos he disliked, causing The New York Times to editorialize: “it is profoundly disturbing that an influential senator would even consider telling a media company to shut down constitutionally protected speech.” …

Then there’s the bill introduced last year by Lieberman and McCain — the so-called “Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act” — which is probably the single most extremist, tyrannical and dangerous bill introduced in the U.S. Senate in the last several decades, far beyond the horrific, habeas-abolishing Military Commissions Act. It would literally empower the President to imprison anyone he wants in his sole discretion by simply decreeing them a Terrorist suspect — including American citizens arrested on U.S. soil. The bill requires that all such individuals be placed in military custody, and explicitly says that they “may be detained without criminal charges and without trial for the duration of hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners,” which everyone expects to last decades, at least. It’s basically a bill designed to formally authorize what the Bush administration did to American citizen Jose Padilla or what was done to Japanese-Americans during World War II — arrest them on U.S. soil and imprison them for years in military custody with no charges.

As for Lieberman’s Principled Integrity, just consider this article from The Hill yesterday, which describes how the Connecticut Senator has been so loyal to defense contractors that they are lamenting that he’ll be “hard to replace.” And then there’s the matter of his virulent servitude to the health insurance industry placed next to his wife’s “professional lifetime devoted to the corporate health sector.” And, needless to say, he was the receipient of millions of dollars from the industries he so loyally served.

While Trump has not yet decided who will be the next FBI director, let us pray that he does not choose Joe Lieberman.

But whoever it will be, I’m sure we will get the usual statist, Establishment crony totalitarian, as we can just look at all of them now swarming throughout the whole Trump administration. (Yes, he got rid of Comey, but obviously for more personal reasons, and not out of principle. In that case he would be moving to abolish the entire FBI forthwith.)

America Has Lost the Common Sense and Color-Blindness of Desegregation

The snowflakes are now reversing desegregation by re-segregating themselves, it seems. Now we have black students who want to have separate graduation ceremonies at Harvard. Supposedly other universities such as Stanford have been doing this as well. At Harvard the black graduates attending the black graduation ceremonies will also attend the official integrated graduation later this month. Well jeepers, I hope such ceremonies with those other graduates will not be too “triggering” for those precious black snowflake graduates.

Can you imagine if white students wanted to have whites-only graduations? Walter Williams wrote back in 2009 that such would be called “intolerable racism.” Ya think?

As I have stated previously, if the idiocy, intolerance and hypocrisy we see now on college campuses were going on 35 years ago when I was in college, I’d have dropped out in my first year. Especially being a white male, and all the “Two Minute Hate” sessions being imposed now on the young white males in college.

Have these black college students learned anything at all about the philosophy and teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.? He believed that it was the “content of our character,” not the color of our skin that mattered. That does not seem to be the case now with the race-obsessed.

However, the re-segregation folks say it’s about heritage, not “skin color.” But, there are some white people, such as Ilana Mercer who grew up in South Africa, who are of African heritage. And there are black people whose heritage is from the Caribbean or Central or South America, and not Africa. Will they be attending the “black” graduation ceremonies, too, if this is just about “heritage”?

And is “heritage” so important to you that you have to have separate ceremonies, segregated dorms, and so forth? Do the self-segregators really just hate white people? I’m not suggesting or accusing, only asking. It’s an honest question. There’s a lot of brainwashing going on in the public schools i.e. government schools these days.

In my view, these people (and by “these people,” I’m referring to goofballs who believe that race and skin color are important, whether they are black or white race activists, or white supremacists, or whatever) are very much brainwashed throughout their aforementioned public school i.e. government school youths to obsess about superficial qualities of people such as skin color. The government schools victims being indoctrinated with climate fanaticism, worship of centralized government-controlled “cradle-to-grave care,” and so on, is bad enough.

And there was another example this week of race-related goofballism, if you don’t mind my using that word. The novelist Dennis Lehane was pressured to apologize for his using the “n-word” in his commencement speech at Emerson College. According to CBS Boston,

Lehane used the word during his speech while he talked about growing up during Boston’s busing crisis and the racial tensions of the time.

He says he was in a car with his parents when they came upon a riot and saw people burning effigies of Judge Arthur Garrity and Ted Kennedy.

“And they were screaming ‘[N-Word] out,’” Lehane said.

Lehane’s language has drawn criticism from some on social media.

The story then goes on to quote the twitter posts of some obvious snowflakes whose twits express how they can’t bear to hear offensive language even in the context of the speaker merely describing a past situation.

Now, Lehane didn’t use the “n-word” in an inflammatory or derogatory way or directed at another individual, he merely used it to quote what someone else said, someone he heard while he was young during Boston’s attempt at school desegregation. In Boston’s 1974 school desegregation was the insane busing of white kids from South Boston to schools in Roxbury’s mainly black neighborhood, and vice versa (I think).

The Boston schools desegregation crisis was bad because of being controlled by government central planners. How stupid is it to forcibly bus one kid all the way across town to attend a school when he can just walk to a much closer school? It’s nuts.

In a way, we see in Boston busing some of the origins of the modern idiocy of race-obsession. (“Affirmative Action,” the hiring to jobs or accepting to college of less qualified black or other minority applicants by discriminating against more qualified white or Asian applicants, is another loony-tunes, counter-productive, racist scheme that is also contributing to our current Orwellian irrationality, in my view.)

Do the precious little microaggressed and triggered ever complain about all the comedians and rap artists who use the “n-word” constantly? Especially when many of them use the word in a very derogatory and degrading way, especially toward women and girls! Nope, no complaints.

Seriously, regarding this hypocritical intolerance of the “n-word,” are they going to ban Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? Will the race-obsessed intolerant censors of nasty words have Nazi-like book-burnings of books and other materials that are “offensive”? And how childish now that people such as newscasters have to say “n-word.” They might get sued by the speech fascists. Frankly, I’m afraid that if I actually spell out the whole word here simply as a means of describing the above situation, I might get indicted or something. That’s how intolerant and irrational these anti-speech morons are now.

And, as George Will writes, there is this “cultural appropriation” phenomenon. The complainers are complaining that white people or other non-black people are using hair-styles or clothing that comes from the black people’s culture. Huh? What, do you own the concept of braided hair? Are the narcissists so brainwashed now that they can’t see that “their” culture being emulated by white people could possibly be flattering to “their” culture?

Comey Crazy: FBI Director Fired (Hmm, What to Do, What to Do…)

Now that President Donald Trump has fired FBI director James Comey, people are asking, “Who should replace James Comey as head of the FBI?” I know I’m asking that. (No, not really.)

Now, what good are the goon bureaucrats of the FBI? They were off the ball on Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev who went on to bomb the Boston Marathon, and the FBI dropped investigations in 2013 and 2014 of Omar Mateen who went on to murder 49 innocents at an Orlando nightclub.

To make matters worse, what the FBI has been doing is infiltrating mosques and social media and exploiting unsuspecting young Muslim males, mainly those who were mentally unstable, who otherwise had no thoughts of getting involved with Islamic terrorism or ISIS, and then the FBI intentionally indoctrinates these hapless schmucks and motivates them to then want to commit terrorist or violent acts, so that the FBI can then go and thwart its own terror plot the FBI itself has concocted. (See Glenn Greenwald, Trevor Aaronson, Petra Bartosiewicz, Craig Monteilh, and Cora Currier , or Google “FBI infiltrate mosques” or “FBI thwart own terror plots,” on that issue you probably haven’t heard about from the nearly brain-dead mainstream media.)

So besides being incompetent, we know that the FBI has a history not only of surveillance of political activists and religious groups, but of blackmail. Many congressmen and senators were terrified of the FBI’s first director J. Edgar Hoover, who author Ronald Kessler believes would have blackmailed Gen. David Petraeus regarding Petraeus’s affair with his publicist Paula Broadwell.

These “intelligence” and government investigative bureaucracy shady characters are known to surveil, snoop on and blackmail not only U.S. congressmen and senators but judges, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, the State Department, and non-government groups such as banks and the Red Cross, according to NSA whistleblower Russell Tice. According to Washington’s Blog, the blackmail schemes are widespread. In my view, no wonder Chief Justice Roberts voted twice to rubber-stamp ObamaCare, and no wonder the FBI has not indicted Crooked Hillary.

The incompetence, corruption, and criminality are combined with their operating with political motivation, as cracking down on dissent is with these government bureaucrats the main #1 purpose of their existence.

Which is no big surprise. It is a government monopoly, after all.

As Naomi Wolf wrote in 2012 regarding the FBI’s infiltration of Occupy Wall Street,

The documents, released after long delay in the week between Christmas and New Year, show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world: six American universities are sites where campus police funneled information about students involved with OWS to the FBI, with the administrations’ knowledge (p51); banks sat down with FBI officials to pool information about OWS protesters harvested by private security; plans to crush Occupy events, planned for a month down the road, were made by the FBI – and offered to the representatives of the same organizations that the protests would target; and even threats of the assassination of OWS leaders by sniper fire – by whom? Where? – now remain redacted and undisclosed to those American citizens in danger, contrary to standard FBI practice to inform the person concerned when there is a threat against a political leader (p61).

Hmm. Occupy Wall Street was big during the later months of 2011, but where did they go after that? And what happened to the Tea Party movement from 2009-2010? I recall hearing Michael Savage and/or callers to his show that people were at Tea Party events taking down license numbers of cars parked at those events. Like to intimidate people later on?

And more recently we saw how DNC and Clinton campaign operatives infiltrated Trump rallies to cause or provoke violence, so they didn’t need the FBI to do that. But we do see similarities between FBI/NSA/IRS/Etc. (government bureaucracies) and unions which are often heavily aligned with Big Government and expanded government power.

But FBI and other government agencies nevertheless infiltrate and/or attempt to intimidate left-wing Big Government-advocating groups. The FBI did attempt to manipulate anti-Trump protesters or other activist organizations such as Black Lives Matter during the 2016 campaign.

The FBI treats dissenting protest groups and legitimate peace activist groups as “terrorists.”

So the FBI doesn’t go after the Clinton Foundation, which “allegedly” engaged in “quid pro quo” (as George Bush the Elder would say) with the Saudi regime, and the FBI doesn’t go after shady characters who concoct phony “evidence” as an excuse to start a whole new war on Iraq for no good reason.

But they do go after honest, peaceful and harmless organizations like Antiwar.com, treating them as terrorism suspects. In 2011, Antiwar.com’s Justin Raimondo wrote:

… FBI documents recovered through the Freedom of Information Act that detail surveillance of Antiwar.com, the staff, and specifically yours truly.

These documents – including one posted on the web site of an Italian banking association – contained the names of those on a “watch list,” the product of an FBI operation dubbed “Operation Lookout.” The memo acknowledges the list “was posted on the internet” in “different versions,” but says the FBI “assessment was conducted on the findings discovered on www.antiwar.com.”

The FBI’s intense interest in this “suspect list” verifies that, as I wrote on several occasions, it is indeed authentic. The “enclosures” accompanying the memo include two pieces written by me on the subject: one a piece I wrote for Chronicles magazine about the New Jersey incident, and another antiwar.com column which they wrongly attribute to some website styling itself as “Pravda” (a site which was never authorized to publish my work). While the FBI and the US government have long denounced the persistent stories [.pdf] of “Israeli art students” and “Urban Movers” conducting covert activities on Israel’s behalf in the US as an “urban myth,” their inclusion of Suter and his spouse on their “Operation Lookout” list and their apparent panic that I publicized this fact directly contradicts their denials.

Here’s how the law enforcement resources devoted to “counterterrorism” are being spent: scouring for useful “intelligence” on Antiwar.com on the internet turned up an article – title and author redacted – “reporting on the magnitude and value of American military and economic assistance to Israel” whose author cited “one of his sources of information as www.antiwar.com.”

Of course, we’re terrorists – yes, that must be it. Otherwise why would the FBI Counterterrorism Unit be taking such an interest in Antiwar.com? And the proof? Well, someone snared in one of their investigations actually went to our website – more than once! If that isn’t a good reason for the feds to set their dogs sniffing around our garbage cans, well then I don’t know what is.

Now, another thing he mentions is that the FBI were interested in knowing his “real” name, which Raimondo notes they could easily have found out by Googling or going to Wikipedia. (He uses a different first name as a pseudonym for his writing.) And also he mentioned that the FBI indicated an intention to find out who Antiwar.com’s financial contributors were. Antiwar.com states: “Antiwar.com is a ward of the nonprofit Randolph Bourne Institute. Your contribution to Antiwar.com is tax-deductible.” So this seems similar to the Obama IRS and Lois Lerner targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups, including the IRS’s demanding names of financial contributors to the groups, a direct violation of the First Amendment if there ever was one.

More recently, Antiwar.com has won its lawsuit against the FBI. According to Courthouse News, “… a win for government-transparency advocates, the FBI has agreed to turn over records it created when it spied on two anti-war journalists and pay $299,000 to settle their attorneys’ fees.

“The deal, which brings to a close a four-year battle for the records under the Freedom of Information Act, is spelled out in two stipulations filed in San Francisco federal court – one on Friday and the other in January.”

So as James Bovard notes, the Comey firing justly knocks the FBI off its pedestal. (Its government bureaucracy-parasite pedestal, that is.)

And As Ron Paul has stated, now that James Comey has been fired, now fire the FBI!

Ryan McMaken of the Mises Institute agrees, stating that we should dismantle the romanticized FBI and give its money back to the states.

And after dismantling the FBI, then dismantle the IRS, the DHS, TSA, CIA, NSA, and all the other central-planning bureaucracies that have for decades been going against our freedom, security, and prosperity.

On CPS and Other Examples of Totalitarian Government Monopolies

Here is my latest article on Activist Post, On CPS and Other Examples of Totalitarian Government Monopolies

May 12, 2017

There is a reason for concern about the rise in totalitarianism in Amerika. The government-monopolized judicial system is a banana republic-like system.

The lawlessness and criminality within the system is rampant. Not just with the judicial system but now it seems that everything associated with government, from medical care to the local zoning board, operates as a racket, and many of those who are a part of the system seem to view the civilian population as the “enemy,” or as toys to play with, or as insects to step on.

This recent post by Martin Armstrong describes his own experiences with the judicial system and his time in jail. Armstrong links to this article on Zero Hedge regarding power-hungry judges who criminally overstep their authority. Armstrong concludes:

I have no compassion for anyone who works in the Justice Department and would never hire a lawyer who ever worked for the government. There is nothing these people will not do to win. You have zero rights and they will kill you and go celebrate at dinner afterwards. You cannot possibly image the type of people who gravitate to these positions. I believe they are the kids who tortures cats and dogs for fun.

And as I mentioned recently, there are the corrupt prosecutors with their prosecution quotas, and all the innocents whose lives have been ruined or ended by the vicious agents of the State.

So yes, there are many criminals and degenerates who are judges and lawyers or otherwise law bureaucrats who are power-hungry and would run over their own children to attain more power over others as well as enrich themselves with others’ fortunes.

And take “Child Protective Services.” (Please.) CPS bureaucrats are really part of the judicial system, as everything else seems to be. This article on Activist Post describes the ordeal that Jeffrey and Erica Henderson went through. The government police broke into their home without a warrant, beat up Jeffrey and charged him with “resisting.” Eventually their kids were taken from them, their possessions and finances stolen from them. All this based on an anonymous tip from a “neighbor” who wanted to accuse them of “endangerment.” In the article, a statement from Mrs. Henderson includes: “The officers searched our home, strip searched and interviewed our children and found no evidence of abuse. I was never arrested or ticketed.”

“Strip searched”? No evidence of abuse? Excuse me, just who here is endangering innocent children? The parents who happen to oppose vaccination and who homeschool their kids, or the government police who are strip searching innocent little children? (Incidentally, Bill Sardi has this article on the recent study on vaccinated kids vs. non-vaccinated kids. Very important information. But I digress.)

Mrs. Henderson also notes: “The prosecution alleged we were guilty of resisting an officer by not opening the door when the police said to, and child endangerment because of the psychological damage suffered by the children from watching the door being beat down.”

Of course, legally, if the government police don’t have a warrant (and to get a warrant there needs to be reasonable suspicion, probable cause), then they don’t enter the place without your consent, period. And the children’s “psychological damage” caused by watching marauding thugs break into their home? Well who the hell is responsible for THAT? Yes, the ones who criminally broke into innocent people’s home!

Now, I’ve been a law-abiding citizen my whole life. So, I expect our government police to obey the law too, you know. There are rules they must follow. But really the one who should be arrested here is the damn neighbor for making an anonymous complaint. That neighbor should be charged with false accusation, harassment and endangerment. S/he started all this.

And then there was Tom Ball, who ended up self-immolating as a protest against the court system, CPS and the police, after a ten-year ordeal. In a nutshell, a mental health counselor told his wife that if the wife didn’t call the police on him, the counselor would have them both arrested. (That would mean more CPS child-kidnapping.) His conclusion later on was that the wife called the police on him to protect the kids not from him but from CPS.

That way of protecting the kids from CPS is substantiated by Mr. Henderson, mentioned above, who agreed to divorce Mrs. Henderson in order to save the kids from being taken away from them by CPS.

So the system here is really anti-father, anti-husband, anti-male. (My conclusion is that many who work for CPS are not married and don’t have children themselves. What do you think? Am I all wet on that?)

CPS also makes a lot of money every time its agents kidnap an innocent child.

And then there was the case of the late Georgia state Sen. Nancy Schaefer, who was investigating CPS kidnappings of innocent children and a possible linkage to child sex-trafficking. With government agencies, especially those dealing with the more vulnerable of society, for some reason such an institution seems to attract the sexual deviancy of degenerates. The State is a cult, in my view.

Sen. Schaefer ultimately was killed in an alleged “murder-suicide” along with her husband, killings that were very suspicious and could cause people to conclude that she was “suicided.”

But the corruption and abuse isn’t just with the judicial system, it is very much with government itself, and the cronies who associate with them.

For example, more recently, according to Erin Elizabeth, there have been several suspicious deaths/murders of doctors associated with holistic medicine/alternative treatments for disease and cancer (other than the Big Pharma poison that most people get). I am not accusing anyone involved with Big Pharma of actually killing innocent people in order to suppress information about nutritional alternatives for treating disease or cancer. But, given all the tax-funded handouts and the FDA-Big Pharma revolving door, it wouldn’t surprise me, that’s what I meant to say.

And I have frequently mentioned the plight of teenager Justina Pelletier. Now almost 19, while in her mid-teens she was being treated for mitochondrial disease, but when her regular doctor was away she was seen, or scheduled to be seen by a different doctor. But there she was seen by psychiatrists instead, who dismissed her treatment as being unnecessary and that her disease was really “somatoform disorder,” i.e. it was “all in her head.” From that point onward, the “doctors” i.e. quacks changed her medical treatment and attempted to force her into a program of “behavior modification,” while at the same time had DCF seize custody of Justina away from her parents, and had her placed in this prison-like facility. Besides criminally kidnapping Justina, the “doctors” and their aiders and abettors put her into worse health, she then had to use a wheelchair, and now the Pelletiers are suing the hospital and doctors for doing these things to her. And good for the Pelletiers. Actually, I believe the “doctors” should be charged criminally with kidnapping, endangerment, child abuse, assault and battery, and human enslavement, as well as sued financially.

Those “doctors” might have been using Justina as a guinea pig in their psychological studies as well as being part of getting government grants for research. So these dishonest practitioners, too, are inter-connected with the State. When the State gets involved with medical care, it turns the doctors into government doctors. Governments use and abuse people for the government agents’ own purposes, for political or social power, financial enrichment, and/or for the sake of furthering their brainwashed ideologies. In this case with the Pelletiers, the “doctors” brainwashed ideology is “behavior modification,” in which they attempt to fit the medical patient into such an ideology like forcing a square peg into a round hole.

For more information, Natural News lists some medical kidnapping cases, and there’s a website devoted to such criminality. In many cases, Establishment practitioners consider a parent’s disagreement with doctors’ diagnosis or course of treatment as “abuse” of the child. In some cases, doctors are just plain wrong in their course of treatment of patients, but such doctors are too ignorant to know that or too arrogant to acknowledge it.

Besides the aforementioned Tom Ball who self-immolated after a ten-year ordeal with CPS, one other victim of the bureaucratic gestapo was Andrew Wordes. This case didn’t involve children or CPS. Wordes was a resident of Roswell, Georgia who kept chickens on his back yard and gave away eggs, according to this article by Jeff Tucker. However, the local zoning fascist bureaucrats didn’t like the chickens so they tried to get Wordes to remove the chickens even though he was not violating any ordinance. He actually won in court, but later the fascists got the city council to rewrite the law for the purpose of further harassing Wordes. So the town’s bureaucrats went after this guy for no good reason, except to exert power and control over him. Eventually, after a long battle inflicted on him by hardcore Nazi-wannabes that he felt he could not win, he blew up his house and himself with it.

To conclude, government is different from other institutions. Government is a monopoly. It is a forced, compulsory monopoly over the people. Government therefore attracts the worst of the worst (with few exceptions) who become addicted to the power over others that governmental monopolistic authority gives those people, and that gives the people associated with it or who benefit from such power grabs.

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Some More Informative and Enlightening Articles

The government should decide who is a legitimate journalist? Prosecute publishers? No, says Margaret Sullivan who stands up for freedom of speech and the First Amendment. (That’s in the “Lifestyle” section of the Washington Pest, which shows us that paper’s priorities. Well, at least they’re running the column.)

Justin Raimondo on how the “liberals” are today’s censorship fascists.

Jeff Jacoby also discusses the anti-free speech fascists on the Left, this time regarding those who want to ban sexual orientation “conversion therapy” advice or treatment.

Richard Ebeling distinguishes between the personal life planning of each individual and the political central planning of our overlords.

Jacob Hornberger on separating healthcare and State.

Michael Cannon says that the GOP healthcare bill does not repeal ObamaCare, and is worse.

Laurence Vance analyzes Donald Trump’s tax reform proposals.

Robert Wenzel says that libertarians shouldn’t be arguing as statists for power grabs, but on behalf of private property rights.

Glenn Greenwald says that Trump’s support and praise of despots is central to the U.S. tradition, not a deviation from it.

Ron Paul to Donald Trump: Play more golf, stop trying to solve the world’s problems.

Chris Martenson on the relentless push toward war, but why North Korea?

Eli Lake says that Trump’s advisors and his inner circle are clashing. (Good for them! Yes, we love it when hacks and parasites fight each other.)

And Brian Wilson has these tips for your next job interview.

Who Controls the Government?

Here is my latest article on Activist Post: Who Controls the Government?

May 8, 2017

It is quite ironic that the previous Drone-Bomber-in-Chief, Barack H. Obama, has been given the “profile in courage” award, which is being presented to him this week by the JFK Library Foundation. But how much courage did it take for Obama to order the bombings of several different countries, killing mostly innocent civilians, when those countries were of no threat to us?

How insulting to President John F. Kennedy, who promoted peace after recognizing that the post-World War II Cold War and national security state were destructive and unnecessary, and who wanted to “splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”

In a June, 1963 speech promoting peace, nuclear disarmament, and diplomacy, Kennedy stated, “No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. As Americans, we find Communism profoundly repugnant as a negation of personal freedom and dignity. But we can still hail the Russian people for their many achievements — in science and space, in economic and industrial growth, in culture, in acts of courage.”

The hard-core Cold Warriors probably didn’t like that. Their existence as “security” bureaucrats and their little fiefdoms in Washington were dependent on the fear and paranoia of those “commies,” just as the modern day bureaucrats are dependent on post-9/11 fear-mongering.

And the corporatist cronies back then also probably didn’t like Kennedy’s assertion that “the expenditure of billions of dollars every year on weapons acquired for the purpose of making sure we never need them is essential to the keeping of peace. But surely the acquisition of such idle stockpiles — which can only destroy and never create — is not the only, much less the most efficient, means of assuring peace.”

So there were reasons why those within the national security state apparatus would have wanted to assassinate John F. Kennedy. In my view, the national security apparatus provides the career bureaucrats with power, and is quite profitable. War is a racket, as Gen. Smedley Butler would say.

Some people believe that the military and CIA have controlled the U.S. government since at least when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

But now there are renewed concerns that the U.S. military may no longer be under civilian control because of the influence all the military generals have on President Donald Trump, who has deferred important military decision-making down the chain of command.

Trump picked generals to advise him because he is enamored with their stars and medals, and seems to have some kind of gut response to their swagger, which might be typical of your average authoritarian like Trump.

But so far there have been bad decisions made by the bureaucrats of the Trump administration: bombing Afghanistan caves and tunnels, which hasn’t affected anything or gotten any ISIS militants, and bombing Syria which may have actually helped ISIS.

I guess we can’t expect bureaucrats (and many others now) to learn from history. The U.S. government’s participation in World Wars I and II seemed to have inflated the egos and hubris of career government and military bureaucrats, their future generations of career government and military bureaucrats, and the institutions they have controlled since then.

The narcissistic arrogance could be seen in the military bureaucrats when they consciously and knowingly pursued continued aggressions in Vietnam despite their knowing by the mid-1960s that the war could not be won, as revealed by the Pentagon Papers. Those “leaders” contributed to the deaths of a million innocents and tens of thousands of American soldiers who died for no good reason but to serve the deranged egos of the military bureaucrats.

And Iraq in 1990-91, the decision by President George H.W. Bush to start a whole new war and bombing campaign against a country, Iraq, that didn’t attack us and was of no threat to us, was not just an act of incompetence, but a criminal act.

Bush approved of the U.S. military’s bombings of civilian water and sewage treatment centers and electric service facilities, followed by sanctions and no-fly zones that were continued by President Bill Clinton throughout the 1990s which led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilian Iraqis. It was an intentional policy of sadism and psychopathic cruelty, that perhaps involved more sinister long-term goals than just to do with oil.

Who would purposely cause a whole population to be vulnerable to disease and death? Who would do that?

But now we have President Donald Trump, who campaigned with anti-war, anti-imperialism rhetoric, but is now the Happy Warmonger. And Trump’s civilian cabinet advisors include military general graduates from West Point or other top military academies but they aren’t exactly trained in the ideas of restraint, diplomacy, the rule of law, and the U.S. Constitution.

No, post-World War II  military people are trained to suppress their consciences, their moral scruples, in order to rationalize their invasions of other territories and the deaths of innocents they cause.

And oh how happy the Trump-advising generals and the other higher-ups in the military must be that Donald Trump is so easily manipulable and spongy. Their psy-ops are working on him like a charm.

It used to be that psy-ops were used by the military and CIA on foreign agents, to manipulate the enemy’s emotions and their decisions. And then the military saw how useful such a technique had been on their own U.S. senators, as reported by the late Michael Hastings in Rolling Stone.

Which is apparently illegal, under U.S. law. Unless they view their own fellow Americans as the “enemy.” Hmm.

Foreign policy analyst Gareth Porter recently tweeted: “Military now seeking permanent US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Time to say loud ‘No’ to permanent war.”

So it’s getting worse now.

Some theorists believe the zealous bureaucrats of the military need permanent war and occupation abroad in order to achieve such a takeover at home. (There may be other reasons, however.)

When the military controls the government, and then there is some kind of emergency or economic collapse, of course they will not think twice about imposing martial law, legal or not, constitutional or not. They will also not think twice about disarming law-abiding Americans.

In Revolutionary times, the early Americans were rightfully wary of militarism, because they knew that would lead to tyranny. But the immoral and incompetent bureaucrats of the modern U.S. government long ago abandoned any concern for the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.

The House Has Passed TrumpCare: More Unconstitutional Central Planning and Rearranging of Deck Chairs

The Republicons passed their revision of ObamaCare, with 20 more reasonable ones voting against the “American Health Care Act” (sic). Among those 20 were only a few who voted against it out of principle because it didn’t go far enough in repealing the whole “Affordable Care Act” (sic), while most of them voted against it because they were afraid that some of their constituents would lose their coverage.

Well, of course some or many people will lose their coverage and will have to start all over again because of these newest changes that Congress is forcing on us. Any new form of central planning will cause chaos and disruption in the market.

What they should have done is just repeal the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) and let the insurers, doctors, hospitals, patients make their own adjustments. But noooo, central planning-obsessed control-freak bureaucrats can’t have that.

It would be easier for everybody involved if, after actually repealing ObamaCare (and not just pretending to do it) the bureaucrats would continue repealing all the other bad laws, regulations, mandates and restrictions which have been driving up the costs of health care since long before ObamaCare intruded itself into the lives of its victims.

TrumpCare is just more central planning, and, as Robert Wenzel of Economic Policy Journal put it, “crony anti-consumerism” care, and is not a repeal but a “nip and tuck” of ObamaCare.

One of the main parts of ObamaCare was its unconstitutional mandate, requiring all Americans to have to have health insurance, or else pay a fine. Yes, ObamaCare is unconstitutional, regardless of the ignorant Chief Bureaucrat John Roberts and his rhetorical contortions.

ObamaCare had other draconian requirements for doctors as well, as Dr. Elaina George pointed out.

In Robert Wenzel’s summary of the House version of TrumpCare, regarding the ObamaCare mandate, he notes, “The Trumpcare bill does away with the mandate under the ACA that requires people have health insurance or pay a fine. However, under the new bill people who go 60 days without health coverage will be penalized when they rejoin a health plan. They will face a 30 percent penalty on their insurance policy for one year.”

So is that “repealing the mandate”? No, of course not. It is merely rearranging the fascist deck chairs, and that is all. And the penalty goes to the insurance company rather than the government. I’m sure the cronies of Big Insurance will love it.

Now, on the Congress.gov text of the bill, I don’t see where it states those changes regarding the mandate. But Wenzel cites an ABC News report and what they report is also in a CBS News article on that, so it must be the case. (I guess that Congress.gov page isn’t yet updated on yesterday’s vote, even though all these other sources are updated. Oh, that’s right, Congress.gov is a government website. Never mind, as Emily Litella would say.)

But I digress. Anyway, besides all this being a continuation of destructive central planning that violates our rights to medical privacy and the doctor-patient privilege, it is simply unconstitutional. The U.S. Constitution doesn’t authorize the federal government to get involved in health care. It doesn’t mention medical care, it doesn’t mention hospitals, it doesn’t mention insurance. This entire area of life is not mentioned in the specific powers of Congress as enumerated in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. It is unconstitutional, regardless of what 5 lettered robed nincompoops had to say.

So, like ObamaCare, TrumpCare will violate our rights. You own your life, your person and property and your earnings, and have a right to do with them whatever you want, as long as you don’t violate anyone else’s same rights. You have a right to establish contracts with others, with doctors or insurers, voluntarily, and you agree to the terms of contracts or you don’t. Or if an insurer provides a policy with terms you don’t like, you can try to negotiate, and it is between you and the company — it’s none of any third party’s business, including smug, invasive and corrupt bureaucrats!

In contrast, if the government owns your life, then of course its employees — bureaucrats — have a right to order you to do this or that, order you to report your private matters to them, order you to do what you are told, and order you to involuntarily pay them your earnings that you worked for.

So that second choice is the way it is now, with ObamaCare and will be with TrumpCare as passed by the FOS GOP, because the “public servants” of Congress care about you, and your health. And the caring crooks of Congress many of them are lawyers, and they want to make their fellow shysters and hooligans lawyers rich with these laws, mandates, requirements, prohibitions and tax-thefts. A nation of many more filthy-rich lawyers thanks to these monster freedom-killing, prosperity-crashing laws passed by the Congresscrooks.

But the truth is, none of the rearranging of deck chairs in Washington will help, as this RepubliCrap intrusive central planning will not prevent the medical system from further sinking. The real goal of the Planners is even further control over the people, i.e. SovietCare. The ignorant delusionals of grandiosity of the GOP (Grand Old Progressives) have as much of that “fatal conceit” as the Democrats in this business of central panning, but they don’t really care as long as they win reelections and get their big government pensions that private sector bourgeoisie couldn’t dream of.

Too bad “Doctor” Tom Price became such a sell-out. And I wonder if Rand Paul will also be a sell-out, like he was during campaign 2016, and support all this central planning.

Another aspect of all this is how irresponsibility has been conditioned in people who don’t want to actually take care of themselves, and a reinforcement of dependence on doctors and the whole medical system. Doctors and hospitals have made thousands of people every year worse off, and I wonder if so much government control and intrusion have greatly contributed to that.

But regarding the continuing chaos that bureaucrats are causing with health care, whether mainstream America or social activists want to acknowledge it or not, health care will continue to be difficult, expensive, and inaccessible for some or for many as long as the main sources of those disturbances continue to exist. And those are Medicare and Medicaid, mainly. Those schemes have caused chaos for doctors by making medical equipment and devices less affordable for them to run their practices and provide medical care for free for those who can’t afford to see a doctor. And those socialist schemes have also caused chaos for hospitals, clinics and insurers as well.

But the government schemes did give rise to a whole class of professional bureaucrats and have, as mentioned above, contributed to a whole bunch of undeserving parasites, the graduates of the nation’s most prestigious (and not so prestigious) law schools.

Everything Is Offensive Now

Everything is offensive now. Name-calling, “racist” slurs, “climate-denying,” flag-burning, and so on. I’m so offended by everything. Where is MY safe space?

This week, Baltimore Orioles player Adam Jones complained that fans called him racist names, including the “n-word,” and one person threw a bag of peanuts at him. And this was Really Big News, all day yesterday on the AM all-news radio station, the top story. The main aspect of the story is “hurting someone’s feelings,” more than just some racist loudmouth idiot.

Now, am I the only one who thinks that this should not have been the top story at the top of the hour, each hour? Is this “racism” stuff being overplayed?

So someone called him some nasty names. And I know the “n-word” is a nasty word, even though black people get away with using the word all the time, and that’s okay. And racism is a bad thing because it comes from collectivism. But Adam Jones is a professional athlete, as well as supposedly a 31-year-old grown man. I’m sure he’s heard plenty in the locker room or in a bar room. But in this day and age, when there’s name-calling, no longer is the reaction, “sticks and stones,” etc., etc., when it comes to people using racial epithets. That’s different, for some reason. We must ritualistically make a public brouhaha about it (and then get a standing ovation by the guilt-ridden white people the next day).

Sorry. I know I’m being quite unsympathetic. But as late as the 1980s or ’90s if a baseball fan shouted some racial slurs at a black player, I’m sure that most players would just ignore the loudmouth and get on with the game.

But now we have the “snowflake” syndrome, seen on college campuses recently, transferring itself into other areas of life, such as pro sports.

So things are different now, with our society’s modern obsession with race. And yes, it seems to be an obsession. On the college campuses, it’s race, race, race, racist, racist, racist. Every little thing someone might say is viewed as “racist,” and is a “microaggression” that “triggers” some emotional reaction.

And it’s not just on one side, this obsession with race, in my view. There is the phenomenon with some Trump supporters and those “alt-right” white nationalists, or just nationalists, like the Pat Buchananite conservatives and libertarians who are concerned about America losing its white majority (perhaps by 2050, so says Pat).

Frankly, I couldn’t care less if the area in which I live has a white majority or not, as long as people leave me alone. Why are people so obsessed with skin color, like it means something? Didn’t the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. say something about not being judged by the color of one’s skin, but by the content of one’s character? Sadly, some people view skin color as important.

Currently, we have a white majority in America, but we have a tyrannical government of overlords in Washington, a police state with the NSA, FBI, CIA, TSA, all those bureaucracies and local police departments, controlled by mostly white people who do not understand the idea of due process, presumption of innocence, and who constantly violate their oaths to obey the U.S. Constitution. Yeah, those mostly white people doing all that to us. But I digress.

So our culture has changed now into a combination snowflake racist-hurts-my-feelings culture/police state. And, ironically, many among the college campus intolerance-censorship crowd are the same ones who want to sic the armed police on innocents who may have unwittingly uttered the wrong thing!

Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson has this excellent summary of the new cultural revolution on college campuses. The students engage in “robotic chanting” and shut-downs of speakers at many colleges now, even though many of the students know very little of the people they’re censoring, or the speakers’ actual views or writings.

The purge isn’t just shout-downs and shut-downs. It’s a demand that professors and other students not deviate one iota from the prevailing campus views, lest they be publicly shamed as racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, transphobic, and so on. Those labels can be devastating to careers, and fear of being labeled even when not warranted is enough to shut up most people on campus.

I happen to think that many in the younger generation now are really controlled and indoctrinated with nonsense ideology and distractions to turn their attention away from the real world. Why don’t they protest the fascist drug war, the NSA spying on innocent Americans, the Bush-Obama-Trump drone bombings and murders of foreigners that do nothing but provoke foreigners and increase the chances of terrorist acts against us? Do the kids even know about those realities? I actually don’t think so. But they do know about “climate change,” “global warming,” and that “All white people are racists” and “black people are victims.” i.e. they’re irrational, brainwashed ignoramuses.

Speaking of climate change, there was an interesting discussion by forum members responding to a news photo on the Wendy McElroy blog, with a link to this article about the recent “People’s Climate March” on PJMedia.

Those marchers consist of many brainwashed climate fanatics who believe that carbon dioxide, something we all exhale and that plant life requires to survive, is a threat. And their main goal is the further expansion of government power and control, and more taxation to steal more wealth from the workers and producers of society. That’s it. Stealing more of other people’s money away from them is the real goal with the brainwashed climate fanatics.

So, apparently some of the “People’s Climate March” activists were so concerned about the environment they left a lot of garbage and didn’t clean up after themselves. Just like the Occupy Wall Street protesters a few years ago.

On the Wendy McElroy blog, cb750 noted that, “And they cut down 5 acres of trees and created 30 tons of garbage to hold that rally.”

Brad R wrote, “Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit quoted this tweet about the science climate march, which I rather like: ‘I haven’t seen a marcher yet who looked capable of handling a quadratic equation.'”

To which gdp responded, “Most of them believe in ‘Cargo-Cult “Scientism”, ‘ not ‘Science.'” And gdp added, “‘Science’ is not a ‘value’ to them — it is a ‘fetish’.”

And gdp defined “fetish” as

1a) an object (such as a small stone carving of an animal) believed to have magical power to protect or aid its owner;
broadly:  a material object regarded with superstitious or extravagant trust or reverence

1b) an object of irrational reverence or obsessive devotion

2) a rite or cult of fetish worshippers

3) fixation

That’s exactly right, in my view, with these climate True Believers. They refer to “science,” even though the science they are talking about is mainly computer models which predict the future, and very inaccurately, it turns out. But they are not concerned about empirical evidence and history. No, they, and the millions of brainwashed sheeple among them who constantly label non-believers as “deniers” (as though skeptics = holocaust deniers), they worship the ideology of “climate change” that’s been instilled into them in a blind, unthinking, and unquestioning manner.

The True Believers’ other ideology that they also worship blindly that goes with climate worship, is their Government Taxation ideology: Because modern civilization is causing “climate change,” we must steal as much as possible from those who are productive, from those who create wealth and raise our standard of living!

But as I mentioned above, the emotionalism is also on the other side. I heard Dennis Prager recently say on the radio that “leftism” is a religion. And leftism is “irrational” and all emotional. But on that other side, I see some of these conservatives and nationalists with their collectivist religious worship of “America,” and who love authority, especially armed governmental authority like the police and military. They get all emotional if someone criticizes the military (and all the murders of innocent civilians the U.S. military have caused for decades and decades).

And during the past week I heard another talk radio personality Jeff Kuhner bringing up the flag-burning issue. (Ugh, not THAT again!) He’s the one I heard, twice I’ve heard now, who wants a revival of the House Un-American Activities Committee. (To bring criminal charges against George Bush Sr. and George Bush Jr. for the wars of aggression they started for no good reason? And the hundreds of thousands of deaths they’ve caused? Yeah, right.)

Anyway, Kuhner says we need to protect the American flag. No, an inanimate object does not feel pain if you set fire to it. However, if the flag-burner stole the flag, that is a matter of theft, and destruction of property. Those are the crimes, not someone expressing his anger at the U.S. government. But the flag-worshipers want to actually grab and detain, and jail someone for burning a flag, rather than see their worshiped inanimate object being “harmed.”

So, we’re getting it from all sides. From the “left” and from the “right,” backwards and forwards, and inside out. I’m offended, this or that is offensive. “You’re a racist!” Stop calling me names. Let’s jail a flag-burner, or a pot-smoker (but not a drunk), a climate “denier,” and a “microaggressor.”

Where is all this leading?

More Misc. Items

Wendy McElroy calls intellectual property a fraud.

Thomas DiLorenzo says that the Pope is a fascist. (As well as a Marxist? The Pope is against individualism and libertarianism on college campuses. What is he smoking? WHAT individualism and libertarianism on college campuses? The college campuses are as Marxist as the Pope, with nothing but intolerance toward those who have individualist thoughts.) DiLorenzo points out that the Pope claims to be for the “common good,” just as the Nazi party was.

Dr. Lee Hieb describes the comparisons between ObamaCare and Nazi government health care.

Hans-Hermann Hoppe on the economics of world government.

Richard Ebeling explains the moral foundations of the free market society.

Jacob Hornberger clarifies for conservatives and nationalists what “unalienable rights” are and that not just Americans have them, and explains why the Founding Fathers would have opposed the Pentagon, CIA and NSA.

Lawrence Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education, describes his recent experiences speaking at a college campus.

Gary North says that Ann Coulter is a waffler, a wimp, and is a “member of a small cadre of professional political columnists. Their lives are consumed with politics,” and that “Washington is a Punch and Judy show.” Agreed.

Former MIT professor Theodore Postol thoroughly refutes Trump’s allegation of Syria chemical attack on own people.

Claire Bernish discusses the opiate addiction crisis. Not good. And the U.S. military in Afghanistan has not been helpful.

Judge Napolitano on Hillary and the FBI.

And Kirkpatrick Sale discusses Americans’ loss of citizenship. I like his remedy.

The First 100 Days of President Donald Trump (Doh!)

So how is Donald Trump doing after 100 days as President? Well, like most politicians, Trump wants to spend other people’s money like a drunken sailor. He loves government entitlements, won’t touch Social Security, wants to expand Medicare or Medicaid, ultimately wants Universal Health Care, still wants to build a Berlin Wall on the border and impose more central planning controls on immigrants, he gives executive orders including ordering U.S. employers to only hire Americans, wants to expand military spending, and is now imposing what are supposedly big tax cuts and will increase the deficit and the national debt even more to cover the tax cuts because he won’t cut any spending or eliminate any programs.

In contrast, Ron Paul had a great response to Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” proposal in 2012, with Herman Cain suggesting a 9% flat tax on individuals, 9% flat tax on businesses, and 9% consumption tax, with Ron Paul suggesting “0-0-0!” to that.

Back to the present, Former Reagan administration budget director David Stockman severely criticizes Trump’s tax proposal, with Stockman saying he would make dramatic cuts, eliminate whole programs including ObamaCare and send a lot of “Washington” back to the states. In contrast, Trump is a central planner on steroids, loves Big Government and wants to expand the size and power of the federal government, like it’s a toy for him to play with.

Trump pushed the Ryan Plan to “replace” ObamaCare a few weeks ago, which didn’t even make it to a vote. But now, the sell-outs in Congress are pushing a new socialist Keep-ObamaCare-In-Place plan. But they’re moving some things around, and supposedly unshackling medical patients and insurers in some ways. Nevertheless, the new changes will still cause further chaos, just like ObamaCare, because the new plan is still a central-planning bureaucracy, and that is what central-planning bureaucracies do. But, it will make a lot of lawyers even more rich. And that’s always good, right?

Speaking of the sell-outs in Congress, Hugh Hewitt on the radio refers contemptuously to the House Freedom Caucus as the “Area 51 Caucus,” because Hewitt believes in socialism and, like most “conservatives,” can’t let go of it. He thinks they’re nutcases. In fact, just a few days ago, I think it was Thursday, Hewitt was interviewing the Chairman of the FCC (an agency which shouldn’t even exist!), and Hewitt brought up his problem with Mexican radio stations interfering with his ability to get California or Texas radio stations in clearly, I can’t remember which state now. But he wants the FCC to do something about that. Yes, run to the armed power of government and its Communications Commissars to restrict others to benefit yourself. The real, free-market solution to that problem is under the control of the radio-listening consumer: get a better radio, or tune in to your desired stations via the Internet. Duh. But I digress.

Anyway, I hope the House Freedom Caucus sticks to their guns on these issues of freedom, free markets and contract rights, as they did with the previous Ryan Plan, or else we might have to refer to them as the “House Freedom Carcass.”

And I think it’s somewhat too soon to know if Trump’s pick of Neil Gorsuch on the U.S. Supreme Court is a good one. However, Gorsuch has already voted to rubber-stamp the death penalty. Oh, well. So much for that guy. I think many conservatives support the government death penalty because they don’t know about the innocents who have been put to death by the State (so much for “moral values”), the corrupt prosecutors with their prosecution quotas, and so on.

On other domestic issues, Herr Trump has expanded the police state, especially with his gestapo-like escalation of the drug war, his crackdown on immigrants, and his ultra-authoritarian attorney general and ignorant CIA director, all of whom possess an utter lack of understanding of “unalienable rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness,” due process, freedom of speech, and the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects.”

And what in international relations has Donald Trump been up to in the first 100 days? He bombed Syria, getting its leader Assad’s airbase (which was up in operation again within 24 hours after the bombing), even though there was no evidence (there still isn’t) to back up Trump’s claim that Assad attacked civilians with chemical weapons. Such Trump actions could be seen as helping ISIS because Assad had supposedly been winning against ISIS in Syria.

And Trump ordered a “Mother of All Bombs” dropped on Afghanistan, supposedly getting over 90 ISIS militants. However, word is that the bomb didn’t get any militants. Oh, well.

But, since Trump’s inauguration he has been killing innocent civilians in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere with his drone strikes that he has authorized since Day One. (See news stories: U.S. airstrike kills family of eight, U.S. drone strike kills three civilians and four “suspects,”  from antiwar.com, and Trump has killed beautiful babies in four countries by Chris Ernesto.)

I heard Michael Medved this week interview Prof. Allan Lichtman on Lichtman’s book, The Case for Impeachment (of Donald Trump). I didn’t hear the entire interview or read the book, but I wonder if Lichtman mentioned the war crimes case against Trump (and Obama, Bush, Clinton, and especially the elder Bush). I doubt it, but that would be the true, legitimate case to impeach Trump. (A lot of people believe in the idea that “collateral damage” is acceptable and not “murder,” because they have been long-conditioned to rationalize such inhumanity and criminality.)

On the North Korea issue going on right now, I agree with Sheldon Richman. Instead of stepping up aggressions in that region, Trump should invite Kim Jung-Un to the White House and negotiate something with him. After all, isn’t Trump the expert on the “art of the deal”? And I agree with Jacob Hornberger, U.S. troops getting out of South Korea will solve a lot of problems and prevent further risks.

So my conclusion is that Donald Trump is enthusiastically taking Bush and Obama’s further ruination of America onward. Not a good first 100 days, in my view.