Thursday, November 16, 2017

The "Borking" of Roy Moore

Bork: Verb (used with object)
1. to attack (a candidate or public figure) systematically, especially in the media.
1988, Americanism; after Judge Robert H. Bork, whose appointment to the Supreme Court was blocked in 1987 after an extensive media campaign by his political opponents. See also Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court confirmation
By Thomas DiLorenzo

After the D.C. company newspaper, the Washington Post, accused Judge Roy Moore, a trained lawyer and assistant district attorney, of sexually harassing 14-year-old jail bait almost 40 years ago virtually the entire D.C. establishment, led by Senator Mitch McConnell and other GOP swamp creatures, immediately denounced the judge and thereby supported his opponent, Doug Jones.  Like almost all D.C. Democrats, the communistic Mr. Jones supports the policy of infanticide, which the D.C. establishment deceivingly calls “partial-birth abortion.”  This article in The American Thinker points out some of the illogic, inconsistencies, and absurdities of this latest D.C. swamp witch hunt.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Syrian Barrel of Worms

By Michael Rozeff

Anti-ISIS forces arranged a large-scale escape of ISIS forces and their families, 4,000 in number, from Raqqa on October 12, 2017. ISIS fighters numbered about 250. How this occurred is examined in detail in a BBC news report dated 13 November, 2017. The convoy included at least 163 vehicles spread over 6-7 kilometers.

ISIS forces re-located east of the Euphrates in several areas. A map shows Abu Kamal to be one such location. Syrian government forces have been fighting ISIS there in the last few days and have also attacked Atareb.
The U.S. has bases and military forces in Kurdish-administered areas in northeastern Syria.

However, Assad’s stated policy is that U.S. forces are invaders and should leave Syria. He wants Syria intact and undivided. Syrian forces aim to retake northern and eastern Syria. Trump and his generals are going to have to decide how to address Assad’s demands that they leave, and Assad is going to have to decide how to handle the American presence in the Kurdish area. This all involves political and military jockeying that has already begun. This includes Erdogan piping up.

Trump can close up shop in Syria, but not without being heavily-criticized by the neocon contingent. He can try to re-arrange Syria jointly with Putin, and this too will result in hysterical criticism from neocons. Netanyahu will want a buffer in southern Syria, and he has already reiterated that he’ll bomb Syria if he pleases.

Trump has a good many political tools available to weather these storms, if they arise. He can get his generals to speak up in his support. He can change the subject. He can raise the level of his anti-Iran rhetoric. He can appease the opposition with talk of new elections in Syria. He can tout the victory over ISIS, even if the Russians were instrumental in bringing it about. He can always rely on Nikki Haley making [idiotic] inflammatory and/or liberal interventionist statements at the U.N.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

By Any Means Necessary

By Thomas DiLorenzo

 It’s The American Way, after all.  Whenever a libertarian/constitutionalist runs for national office both major parties conspire to snuff him or her out.  Just look at how they treated Ron Paul, even planting Bozos in the front row of debates to screech loud horse laughs at everything Ron said.

 Both parties are experts at Gerrymandering and other tricks that rig elections that guarantee at least 95% of all congressional incumbents have been reelected for the past half century or so.  The latest example is the smearing of Roy Moore in Alabama by a Washington Post reporterette who herself had previously been convicted of passing bad checks.  Then there’s Gloria All-Red with some woman who claimed that Moore locked her in his car 40 years ago, back when cars did not even have child-proof car locks and it was impossible to lock a passenger in a car.  So it appears that conspiring to rig elections is fine and dandy unless it’s done by “the Russians.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Had Enough Yet?

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The Fifth Column

By Michael Rozeff

America has a fifth column. A fifth column is a “group of people who undermine a larger group from within, usually in favor of an enemy group or nation.” The fifth column in this case consists of all those in the deep state and elsewhere such as academia, politics, and the media who have worked for a soft coup against Trump, who have spread falsehoods to undermine his presidency, and who are actively working to impeach him or invoke the 25th Amendment on specious grounds. The fifth column aims to undermine the far larger group within this nation who accept the results of last November’s election and who are not trying to overturn it by devious non-election hook or by non-election crook. The fifth column aims to undermine and overturn a legitimate election using foul play, not fair play. The fifth column cuts across party lines. It’s defined by its adoption of underhanded non-election means to bring Trump’s presidency to a premature end. The fifth column wants to see Trump deposed by anti-Trump forces within the government.

One of these fifth columnists is a former advisor to Hillary Clinton by the name of Adam Parkhomenko. He tweeted “Russia has an agent in the White House. His name is Donald Trump.” Parkhomenko accuses Trump of acting on behalf of Russia. Fifth column activities can be overt or clandestine. An accusation like this is overt. Parkhomenko also accused Melania of being an agent of Russia.

Parkhomento’s claim that Trump is acting on behalf of Russia is wild, unfounded and imaginary. His claim is representative of the continual nonsense that is aired by the anti-Trump fifth column.

If the fifth column succeeds in getting Trump’s departure from office, it means that they will have succeeded in overturning an election using non-election methods. Elections are a part of American rule of law. Fifth column success in deposing Trump would be a severe blow to rule of law in all its other manifestations. Success by this fifth column would mean even greater rule by factions of government, media and the deep state than already exists. Fifth column success would mean success of the swamp creatures, at least until other ways are devised and employed to drain their power.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Retrospective Political Litmus Test

...From which the Left in exempt.

By Porter

A dutifully ignored element of the Roy Moore story is America’s changing customs of courtship. As you may know, we habitually project today’s mores backwards, and hold our predecessors strictly accountable to them. It’s a remarkably dishonest cultural tic that someone should eventually write a piece about.

Pertinent to this topic was a conversation I had with an old friend I’ll call Mike following the Roy Moore revelations. As boys, Mike and I occasionally played at his grandparents’ sprawling farmhouse, with he being one of some multitude of grandchildren that marriage ultimately produced. While talking the other day Mike described how his grandfather first approached his future father-in-law seeking permission to court the woman who would eventually become his wife. His grandfather was 32 at the time. His grandmother was 17. Her father said yes. A 50+ year marriage was the result. So was Mike’s grandfather a predator? Was his great grandfather a pimp?

If the answers are yes, then the old age homes are bursting with malice. That’s because the median age of women at first marriage was 20.6 as late as 1970. I understand math is a less precise discipline to liberals than raysis, though that figure suggests that half of all marriages in America involved a teenaged bride within most adults’ lifetimes. Does anyone think some number of these completely common unions didn’t involve men in their early 30s? Were all those people child molesters like Roy Moore and Jerry Seinfeld?

Like every WaPo reporter, I know nothing of Roy Moore’s sexual pursuits. Though the left’s replacement pursuits are quite a bit more clear. Thus I tend to side with populist conservatives, even when they are being attacked by the media organs who hate me. If the age 14 accusation were confirmed that would change. But it’s likely that stealing an election is the only salve his accusers seek.

Friday, November 10, 2017

By Becky Ackers

In what has by now become a habit, the TSA bombed its latest round of undercover tests. This time, though, the rate of failure was only 80% rather than the 95% of a few years ago.

These grim results monopolized a Congressional hearing today. And in what has also become a habit, Our Rulers clutched at various straws that will supposedly reform and improve the unspeakable TSA. New equipment, better training of the agency’s pedophiles and thieves, the ever-elusive magic bullet: both the TSA’s chief crook and whitewasher and the congresscriminals trotted out the same tired lunacy they’ve floated since 2001. But of course, nothing ever changes.

Which, as we all know, is the popular definition of “insanity”: doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. I trust none of us needs additional proof that politicians and bureaucrats are certifiably bonkers. but if so, here it is.

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Monday, November 06, 2017

What is to Be Done?

By Thomas Woods

Shortly after Donald Trump was elected a year ago, I sent out an email to the effect that American society was coming apart.

And it's only gotten worse.

Ideological and cultural differences have reached a point at which huge pluralities simply loathe each other. What one group considers holy and praiseworthy the other considers abominable and deplorable.

When people of a particular political persuasion are the victims of violent assault, the media downplays it and half of social media suggests they had it coming. Meanwhile, when someone slightly right-of-center wonders if six-year-olds should really be encouraged to transition to another gender, the knives come out.

This was not always the case. Check out an episode of the old show What's My Line? on YouTube. Panelist Bennett Cerf was one of the founders of Random House publishing. He was a left-liberal by the standards of his day. But he was gentlemanly, well dressed, charming, affable, courteous, well mannered -- the very opposite of his counterparts today.

And he still believed in that now discarded idea: the honorable disagreement. He could call Ayn Rand a "brilliant woman" while still disagreeing with her "cockamamie philosophy."

Whatever political disagreements there were, Americans shared quite a bit in common culturally, morally, and in the most basic standards of civilized behavior.

That's all gone now.

And the double standards are ridiculous. Left-liberals who had precisely zero to say about Barack Obama's connivance at the starvation of an entire country -- Yemen -- become hysterical about immigration restrictions that are extremely mild by historical and global standards. I don't know precisely where on the scale of state enormities those rank, but I'm fairly certain it's somewhere below starvation.

I have to admit: even though I knew the status quo -- the low-intensity civil war brewing beneath the surface in America -- could not go on forever, I am surprised at how quickly things are changing.

I see two groups: one, full of ideological imperialists, wants to impose its vision of the world on everyone, destroying the careers and reputations of anyone who resists.

The other group, which is plenty divided, prefers not to be lectured to, demonized, or ruined.

Everyone once took for granted that the goal was to seize the federal apparatus and impose their vision on the country.

How about just abandoning this crazy, inhumane task?

Why not admit the differences are irreconcilable, and simply go our separate ways?

Is this not obviously the most humane solution?

Or is there some expectation that somehow, down the road, we'll all be reconciled?


To the contrary, it's only going to get worse.

Forcing these irreconcilable parties to continue along in this way is what normal people would call "extremist."

Radical decentralization and secession, on the other hand, are the obvious and necessary solution.

And you know it's the sensible solution, because no one is allowed to discuss it.

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The Short List...

...of government lies:

By Robert Gore
A “modest” income tax will only be levied on the very rich. A central bank will smooth out economic fluctuations, stop financial crises, and maintain the value of the dollar. President Wilson will keep us out of Europe’s War. World War I will be the war to end all wars and make the world safe for democracy. The New Deal will end the Great Depression. President Roosevelt will keep us out of Europe’s war. World War II will be the war to end all wars and make the world safe for democracy. Dropping atomic bombs on Japan is necessary to save a million American lives. The Communists want to rule the world. The president was killed by a lone gunman. There is light at the end of the tunnel in Vietnam. “I am not a crook.” Whip Inflation Now. Wars against poverty, drugs, and terrorism will eradicate poverty, drugs, and terrorism. Legally mandated racial, ethnic, and gender preferences are not discriminatory. The Muslims want to rule the world. Invading foreign countries, fighting undeclared wars, and regime changes will make the world safe for democracy. Spying on you full-time will make you safer and preserve your freedom. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor; if you like your plan you can keep your plan.
Yet, faith in government runs deep, there’s still that substantial segment who believes whatever it tells them.
Your time would be well spent reading the entire essay.

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