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Time to Catch Up

Ron Paul says that (government) spending is theft.

Former NSA analyst Bill Binney says that the NSA has 32 pages of communications between Seth Rich and Julian Assange, as revealed by a FOIA request.

Ryan McMaken says that yes, Julian Assange is a journalist — but that shouldn’t matter.

Mark Perry on Donald Trump’s washing machine tariffs costing consumers $800,000 per job created.

Robert Wenzel on the new way that socialists are going to hide who they are.

Jacob Hornberger on how Gitmo destroyed our constitutional order.

Lew Rockwell on the college admissions scandal and the political prisoners of the evil FBI.

Zero Hedge with an article on a study showing that electric cars cause more Co2 emissions than previously thought. As the article also notes: “Add to this the CO2 emissions of the electricity from powerplants that power such vehicles, and the actual Tesla emissions could be between 156 to 180 grams of CO2 per kilometer (249 and 289 grams of CO2 per mile).”

James Bovard says that hysteria over school safety won’t keep us safe.

And Hans Bader says that lifting the ban on kidney sales would save 30,000 American lives annually.

More Important Articles

John Solomon at The Hill asks 10 important questions that could turn the tables on Russia-collusion investigators.

Andrew McCarthy of National Review has an article at NY Post detailing how and why the Obama FBI and DOJ spied on the Trump 2016 campaign.

Charles Glass says that Julian Assange languishes in prison as his journalistic collaborators brandish their prizes.

Moon of Alabama has an article on the CIA director using fake Skripal incident photos to psy-op Trump.

Jacob Hornberger discusses Republicans’ love of healthcare socialism.

Dr. Gary Kohls asks, What could possibly go wrong with this (continually increasing) neurotoxic and autoimmunity-inducing vaccine schedule?

And William Anderson comments on the college admissions cheating scandal, and how it relates to the emphasis on political capitalism in society as compared to the old Soviet Union.

The Second Amendment Has No Exceptions

Laurence Vance comments on bump stocks and a free society. Among other things, he writes:

The Constitution nowhere gives the federal government the authority to have anything to do with the regulation, registration, licensing, or control of firearms, ammunition, magazines, or accessories.

The Second Amendment (“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”) has no exceptions. This means that on the federal level, all laws of any kind concerning firearms, ammunition, magazines, accessories, background checks, gun shows, gun manufacturing, gun sales, and gun dealers are illegitimate.

The right to own a bump stock is essential to a free society. It is what you do with the bump stock that is the issue.

A gun can be used for good or ill. And so can most anything else. A knife can be used to cut up a chicken or to stab someone. A hammer can be used to frame a house or to crack someone’s skull open. A needle can be used to administer an IV or to shoot up with heroin. A baseball bat can be used to hit a homerun or to bash someone’s brains in. A saw can be used to trim a tree or to dispose of a dead body. A shovel can be used to plant a garden or to bury a murder victim. A can of spray paint can be used to restore an object’s appearance or to deface a building with anti-Semitic graffiti. An ink pen can be used to write a letter or to poke someone’s eye out. A key can be used to open a car or to scratch a car. A pillow can be used to sleep on or to smother someone.

Some of My Past Writing on WikiLeaks, Assange and Manning

I had written quite a bit about WikiLeaks and the Bradley/Chelsea Manning leaks a while back. And there are many 2010-2014 news and opinion articles online that talk about “Bradley” Manning, not “Chelsea.” (There may very well be some people who have been trying to research this case and might be missing articles from that period because they might be searching “Chelsea Manning.” I just thought I’d mention that.)

These past posts and articles of mine give some good information (if you don’t mind my saying so), for those who might not have been that familiar with this whole affair. They especially address the Press abandoning the important role of exposing the corruption and crimes of TPTB, and the problem some people have in their believing the lies of the government against whistleblowers, and believing the gubmint’s propaganda.

In this October 24, 2010 post, I wrote:

Glenn Greenwald writes on today’s “Nixonian henchmen”: The New York Times and CNN as the “Establishment Media,” smearing WikiLeaker Julian Assange in the same way that President Nixon’s “Plumbers” smeared Daniel Ellsberg as punishment for his leaking the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. While in 1971, officials of the government broke into a journalist’s psychiatrist’s office to get private information with which to do the smearing, now it is a journalist’s fellow journalists doing the smearing on behalf of protecting the government from public disclosure over its own criminality, deceit and war crimes associated with the Iraq War.

This is further confirmation that the jounalists of today are shills for the illicit State, and not the finders and tellers of news and truth that they’re supposed to be.

And this is CNN and the New York Times, mind you, so-called “liberal” media. Whatever happened to the anti-Iraq War crowd in the media from 2004 and those Dan Rather types? Do these “liberal” news media elites who hated Bush for Iraq now love Iraq for Obama?

Meanwhile, NYT and CNN aside, Fox News seems to be covering Assange with at least some balance and fairness, and at least some lack of smearing. (By the way, CNN ranks far behind in the cable wars, and the New York Times is just about ready to go out of business.)

If U.S. government officials from the president and generals on down to soldiers and contractors committed war crimes, let the truth be told. Don’t shoot the messenger — jail the criminals.

In the first part of this December 4, 2010 post, I wrote:

The coincidences between U.S. happenings and goings on in Israel never end. This situation with WikiLeaks and its latest release that exposes nincompoops like Hillary Clinton, and with neocon nudniks like Sarah Palin asserting that Julian Assange has “blood on his hands,” is very similar to the situation in Israel. A young female Israeli military clerk named Anat Kamm burned classified military information to CD as well as made copies of material in print and released that material to a Haaretz newspaper reporter, Uri Blau, who used the material to report on the military’s alleged crimes. In the words of Ms. Kamm,

“There were some aspects of the IDF’s operational procedures in the West Bank that I felt should be public knowledge…

“…When I was burning the CDs I kept thinking that history tends to forgive people who expose war crimes…”

Kamm is not charged with espionage on behalf of another government, but she is charged with compromising Israel’s security. It’s very similar to the current situation with WikiLeaks. The Israeli media by and large is the propaganda organ for the government and military, just as our Fourth Estate here in the U.S. has become with the U.S. government. Thomas Jefferson is throwing up in his grave right now over this.

The Haaretz reporter Uri Blau had been in hiding in London, but had recently come forward for interrogation, but I don’t know whether or not he’s been charged.

But as British journalist Jonathan Cook put it,

“During her conscription, Kamm copied possibly hundreds of army documents that revealed systematic law-breaking by the Israeli high command operating in the occupied Palestinian territories, including orders to ignore court rulings. She was working at the time in the office of Brig. Gen. Yair Naveh, who is in charge of operations in the West Bank.

“Blau’s crime is that he published a series of scoops based on her leaked information that have highly embarrassed senior Israeli officers by showing their contempt for the rule of law.”

In other words, the two are really accused of embarrassing government officials, and exposing their transgressions, just as Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are accused of with U.S. officials. But while this was initially going on several months ago, you just wouldn’t believe the hatred and venom toward those two Israelis in comments sections of various Israeli newspaper articles and opinion columns.

The worse of it, in my opinion, has come from Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick, who also has some things to write this week about WikiLeaks.

“Make no mistake about it, the ongoing WikiLeaks operation against the US is an act of war.”

Only a fool could actually think that Julian Assange’s releasing information that the American people have a right to know about what their government has been doing on their behalf could be an “act of war.” A fool, or someone who is so absorbed in the power of the State, so mindlessly mystical of the State and its military that any act by someone that is in the slightest way challenging of the State’s authority and integrity (which is not difficult — what integrity?) is to the State and its apparatchiks an “act of war.”

Glick also refers in that column to Kamm and Blau that Glick feels should be investigated for “treason,” yet it is our treasonous governments whose decades-long campaigns of aggression provoke people in other countries and have gravely backfired against us Americans, as well as against Israelis

In this December 28, 2010 article on the treasonous U.S. government, I wrote:

Some critics of the WikiLeaks release have referred to Manning’s alleged actions as “treasonous,” and compromising American security. But in actuality, the leaked documents have done nothing but expose the crimes of the State, which is what the Press used to do before that institution apparently merged itself into the State apparatus. The real “treason” that is happening is that of the agents of the State acting against Americans’ liberty and prosperity.

While the recent document leaker has not compromised America’s security in any way whatsoever, we can take a closer look at how the U.S. government’s agents just over the past 20 years have been the real culprits in compromising the security of Americans. That includes President George H.W. Bush’s taking the U.S. into war against Iraq in 1990-91, the U.S. government’s and United Nations’ sanctions against Iraq throughout the 1990s and how those hostilities against Iraqis have backfired against the U.S., and George W. Bush’s “War on Terror” campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq and against Americans’ civil liberties.

And, last but not least, in this September 4, 2013 article, I wrote (among other things):

In more recent years, there have been the NSA and IRS scandals, constant FBI and other federal S.W.A.T. raids on the wrong house, the FBI thwarting terrorist plots that the FBI themselves cook up, FBI entrapments, and so on.

My, how the Fulbright Hearings, the Watergate Hearings, the Church Committee, the Tower Commission and other similar efforts at reform certainly have succeeded!

Let’s have more reform!

And now Army PFC Bradley Manning, a.k.a. Chelsea Manning – who was given a kangaroo trial administered by an extremely biased judge – has been railroaded into a 35-year sentence on top of time already served in a tortured solitary confinement.

But Manning didn’t “betray his country” or commit actual espionage on behalf of any foreign enemy. Military and security experts had testified that none of the information Manning gave to WikiLeaks had posed any danger to any American or U.S. soldier overseas.

Another military whistleblower, retired USAF Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski has pointed out that there have been actual spies, Robert Hanssen, Aldrich Ames, James Hall, and George Trofimoff, who actually did sell secrets to foreign regimes such as Russia but who had been treated much more humanely by the U.S. government than Manning was treated.

You see, Manning felt it was important to inform the American people of the war crimes and diplomatic buffoonery committed by our own government.

Manning’s “crime” was of having a moral conscience, and of embarrassing and angering our corrupt and criminal Rulers who didn’t like their criminality and incompetence exposed for all the world to see.

That is part of the cult of self-serving State authority that we have now.

It is amazing how the campaign to mislead and propagandize – led by U.S. government officials and repeated by their Press stenographers – has turned actual government whistleblowers into “bad guys” in the eyes of many misinformed and gullible people, from the very beginning of the WikiLeaks documents releases and the Manning witch hunt.

At the very beginning of the Manning witch hunt, in June 2010, Glenn Greenwald wrote about the FBI informant who had turned Manning in to the government, Adrian Lamo, and on Lamo’s relationship with Wired senior editor Kevin Poulsen. At that time, Wired had published only a partial version of the chat logs between Manning and Lamo.

Greenwald wrote a subsequent update to that, in which it turned out there had been quite some relationship between Wired’s Poulsen and informant Lamo, that Lamo had been the government’s one and only source against Manning, and Greenwald noted the “journalistic disgrace” in Wired’s withholding of key information from other news reporters on the Manning case.

And Greenwald wrote a further update after Wired had published the full Manning-Lamo chat logs.

We must ask: Were Poulsen and Wired withholding information from other journalists to help the government project a false narrative of why Bradley Manning released documents to WikiLeaks? You can read those articles and make your own conclusions.

Corrupt Bureaucrats Getting Assange and WikiLeaks for Their Exposure of “Vault 7”?

Moon of Alabama notes that perhaps the main reason that U.S. government and other corrupt governments are going after Julian Assange is to do with the CIA’s Vault 7, the program that enables the CIA to put Russian “fingerprints” on a computer hack in order to blame the Russians (or others) on their hack.

As former CIA analyst Ray McGovern wrote in June of 2017,

The capabilities shown in what WikiLeaks calls the “Vault 7” trove of CIA documents required the creation of hundreds of millions of lines of source code. At $25 per line of code, that amounts to about $2.5 billion for each 100 million code lines. But the Deep State has that kind of money and would probably consider the expenditure a good return on investment for “proving” the Russians hacked into Democratic Party emails.

In other words, it is altogether possible that the hacking attributed to Russia was actually one of several “active measures” undertaken by a cabal consisting of the CIA, FBI, NSA and Clapper…

Supposedly it was the Vault 7 program that WikiLeaks leaked that especially infuriated the criminals of the CIA. Zero Hedge has more information on Vault 7. If the CIA can hack computers and leave the “fingerprints” of Russians then they can do it to anyone, including Americans, political candidates, businessmen, social activists, etc.

Moon of Alabama also referred to how Assange was negotiating with the U.S. government regarding WikiLeaks’ acquiring of the Vault 7 information, but then-FBI director James Comey stopped the negotiations. Apparently the FBI has an agenda just as the CIA does.

And, as Matt Agorist asks, if Donald Trump is so worried about “fake news,” then why is he prosecuting WikiLeaks, who have been 100% right?

And I say it’s because Trump is an authoritarian statist and obediently worships and obeys the national security state, and anything that questions, challenges or exposes the national security state for the corrupt, tyrannical criminal racket that it is, has got to be stomped on. That’s why. When it comes to “drain the swamp,” Donald Trump is full of it. He’s just another demagogue and knows how to play the “Deplorables” like a fiddle.

The Anti-Freedom Authoritarians Still Rule

As soon as “special” counsel Robert Mueller and his team of Hillary Clinton donors handed in their term paper to attorney general William Barr, the hacks in CONgress initiated a demand from the IRS for Donald Trump’s tax returns. “Well, if we can’t get Trump on Russia collusions by making it all up then we’ll try to find something — anything — in his tax returns. Massachusetts moonbat Richie Neal is now in pursuit of those tax returns. Hey, Richie Neal, how about if Judicial Watch goes after your tax returns and those of others in CONgress, hmmm?

And the arrest of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks isn’t just coincidental coming a week or two after the “Mueller Report.” As law professor Jonathan Turley wrote in his column, the U.S. government  is going after Assange for embarrassing the corrupt bureaucrats of DC.

But Ronald McDonald Trump, the Clown-in-Chief, is not to be trusted to continue his “I love WikiLeaks” proclamation, because of his being low-IQ and easily manipulable by the “national security” robots who advise him. So easily psy-opped, that is. Trump is extremely authoritarian and he will side with the military swamp who are the true rulers of Amerika. Assange published national security “secrets,” after all.

Yeah, it’s a “secret” that members of our military targeted and murdered innocent civilians for fun and sport in Iraq and Afghanistan, that Hilary wanted to eavesdrop on foreign diplomats (which our regime has been doing anyway, duh). And we know these things thanks to WikiLeaks! Go, WikiLeaks!

And it’s a national security “secret” that Hillary Rotten Clinton rigged the 2016 primaries against Bernie and that Donna Brazille gave Hillary the answers to questions at a CNN Town Hall event. Or that that Clinton campaign would “tee up stories” for Maggie Haberman of the New York Slimes. And we know these things thanks to WikiLeaks! Go, WikiLeaks!

And with the William Barr assertion that there was “spying” going on against the Trump campaign and for political purposes. Listen to the media hacks like Chris Matthews and Jennifer Rubin scolding Barr for using the word “spy” and denying that that is what the FBI did, some of the hacks calling Barr “Trump’s Roy Cohn.” Listen to former CIA and FBI shady characters John Brennan and James Comey saying there was no “spying.” Comey’s knee-slapper: “the FBI, the Department of Justice conduct court-ordered electronic surveillance. I have never thought of that as spying.” (The FBI knowingly abused FISA spying authority to go after the Trump campaign. Doesn’t he know that? Oh, that’s right. He does.)

Unfortunately, we see what a drooling authoritarian Donald Trump is, and will decide that, at the end of the day, FBI/CIA/ETC spying powers must be protected and so his DOJ and Barr ultimately will not prosecute the real criminals, Comey, McCabe, Brennan, Rosenstein, et al., and instead will “shoot the messenger,” Assange.

And another sign of Trump’s authoritarian anti-freedom drool is his anti-foreigner, anti-immigration fascism, “Build the Wall,” rather than seeing that it’s the U.S. government’s drug war and interventionist foreign policy that are driving people out of Central America, and ending those policies. But no, he’s a vicious drug warrior, not seeing the irrationality and destruction of such government central planning. Drugs bad, alcohol good. These schmucks in government will never learn.

The other side of the same authoritarian government coin are the “democratic socialists,” who want to empower the government to seize private industry from those who know how to run things and give the controls over to those who don’t. People who want to ban everything from plastic shopping bags to cars, trucks and planes. Mass impoverishment and starvation. Not good. Meanwhile, stopping ALL of carbon emissions worldwide still won’t stop climate change, which has been going on for millions of years and will continue, no matter what you do.

Believe Propaganda or Know the Truth about Julian Assange

Glenn Greenwald: the U.S. government’s indictment of Julian Assange poses grave threats to Press freedom.

Jonathan Cook on 7 years of lies about Assange that won’t stop now.

James Bovard says the Assange arrest is a deadly threat to a free press.

Thomas Knapp says that pardoning Julian Assange would be the first step toward the rule of law. (I’m not holding my breath.)

And Kelley Vlahos says we should fear the arrest of Julian Assange.

Measles Hysteria and Vaccine Totalitarians

Karen De Coster writes about the measles hysteria and anti-science totalitarians:

The non-scientific purveyors of vaccination nation propaganda swear by “the science” (that they don’t even read, or understand) as overall proof that all vaccinations are always beneficial to the herd, and that individuals – according to “the science” – cannot be potentially harmed. And that’s because the official narrative says so. In fact, most of the opinions expressed by the non-medical, pro-vaxx, armchair scientists on social media are overwhelmingly in favor of forced vaccinations and/or the purging of non-vaccinated individuals from public places and forums. This, they say, is justice for the rest of the herd. They scream their vaccination decrees and they shout down skepticism. Then they shame those who don’t partake, and they demand conformity. The herd carries a tremendous amount of hatred and bigotry for anyone who dares to dissent from their mob-think…

And she refers to an episode of the Brady Bunch in which most of the family had the measles. You see, in the “old days,” people were not hysterical about getting the measles, or the chicken pox, or the flu. It was not the end of the world. But in today’s fear-mongering and risk-averse society, ignoramuses act on their hysteria and would prefer to have the government police force vaccinations or drugs on others if it gave the totalitarian ones a false sense of safety (even though many of these same people eat junk foods and processed foods and make themselves obese and give themselves diabetes, take drugs or smoke or drink that gives them cancer or liver disease or dementia, and poison themselves and make themselves sicker with prescription drugs!).

Karen De Coster then posts a video of some of that episode of the Brady Bunch in which the family is NOT hysterical. (Go figure.)

“Liberal” (i.e. “Fascist”) Massachusetts Bans “Conversion Therapy” for Transgenders and Gays

In Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Half-Baker lives up to his name, “Half-Baker,” and has signed the anti-“conversion therapy” bill into law. He follows in the footsteps of the governor of New Hampshire, the “Live Free or Die” state, Gov. Chris Sununu, who signed a similar bill just weeks before his reelection last Fall.

As I wrote in this post, “Conversion therapy isn’t just the ‘electric shock therapy’ that the fear mongering propagandists have been screaming about. Conversion therapy can include someone who is insecure with his or her sexual orientation or gender identity, such as having difficulty identifying with one’s gender that one was born with, and going to a clinical psychotherapist to talk about the issue to try to deal with it better…”

And, “yes, it is a charade with this transgender crap. Someone who is a male but believes he is a female obviously has some psychological issues going on. Maybe he’s been brainwashed by wacko parents or by demented ideologically-guided teachers at school, or there is some high level of dysfunction in the home that is affecting his personality development or his self-identity and gender identity. Whatever the situation, someone who is a male but thinks he’s a female (but clearly isn’t a female because he’s a male) or someone who is a female but thinks she’s a male (but clearly isn’t a male because she’s a female) and who wants to have a normal gender identity that’s based on what actual biological gender the person actually is, has a right to seek guidance in that regard…”

Sorry for my copying and pasting from an earlier post. I wish I had more time.

The whole law is as anti-freedom of speech, thought and conscience as you can get, and I hope someone takes this up to the U.S. Supreme Court (although most of the time, those 9 bureaucrats are totally useless, I know). This whole thing is about free speech, not “gay or transgender civil rights.” It is about compelled speech, banned speech, censorship, and silencing innocent people in the name of promoting unhealthy lifestyles.

And the cognitive dissonance and irrationality of the social activists is getting worse now. The gender and gay activists want to ban such “conversion” treatments by law, but they endorse “doctors” slicing and dicing and cutting off the sex organs of perfectly healthy people including minors, and without their parents’ approval, by the way. Many of these same deranged activist psychos also want to legalize murdering unborn babies up to the point of birth and even after the baby is born.

And another thing: “conversion”? Who is “converting,” and converting to what? This is about young people who have confusion and want to be what they are. It’s the activists who are trying to “convert” someone over to the opposite sex despite one’s actual biological sex.

So, the new law in Massachusetts clearly addresses “licensed” therapists and other practitioners and states that they could be subject to disciplinary action by the licensing boards if they try to help a confused young person deal with his or her gender issues or sexual attraction issues that the person wants to get help in dealing with.

The conclusion: If you are someone who is dealing with the above issues and who wants to be treated with therapy to help you deal with those issues, don’t go to a licensed therapist or practitioner. This whole thing is yet another example of the validity of requiring practitioners to be licensed by the gubmint, especially when many people in that bureaucracy are crackpots.

Finally, Laurence Vance has an article on a related issue, that of a Catholic lady refusing to rent a room at her B&B to a lesbian couple, which is her right to do in a free society. The couple took her to court. Now, there are plenty of places to rent a room. Couldn’t the couple just find another place? It’s just like the activists taking those wedding florists, bakers and photographers to court. You can very well find someone else to bake your damn cake, so why harass the ones who don’t want to do business with you? (Because Amerika is now an extremely narcissistic society, in which people claim to have some kind of a right to other people’s property, and a right to force other people to serve them, involuntarily, that’s why.)

As Laurence Vance says, in an authoritarian society such as ours, your property is not your own, it’s the government’s.

And if you have a psychotherapy practice, it is also not your own, it’s the government’s. The activists on behalf of sexual perversion, dysfunction and deviancy now know how to use the coercive powers of government to impose their ways of life onto others. Sad.