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  1. Rudy against Obama and the Deep State Introduction Rush Limbaugh said recently (several times) that the main reason people have not been indicted and jailed under the Attorney General Barr's investigations so far--including the part being run by John Durham--is that he is taking a shot at the whole damn machine. This means he does not want a fall guy. Nor does he want to run into the brick wall of corruption at the highest echelons of the Deep State. So President Trump is letting the investigations run in a manner where all the details are being locked down tight before actions start. In this fight, you only get one shot to unleash a big law enforcement raid. If the premises and investigations are not perfect, it will be shot full of holes, the entire case will disintegrate and those who took the shot will be persecuted in all manners possible. Think mob reprisals. (I embellished this a bit, like with the comment about mob reprisals, so this is not all Rush. ) Enter Rudy So what does this have to do with Rudy? When the impeachment by the House started to congeal, a branch of this approach fell right off into President Trump's lap. His lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, stumbled across an enormous amount of corruption in the Ukraine that implicated the Bidens, the Obama administration and beyond. Rudy did not go to the Ukraine seeking this. Back when he started, Biden was not running in the primaries and Rudy never even thought he would. Rudy was seeking general information and there was a lot of heat by the Democrats with the Ukraine being repeatedly mentioned. So he looked into it. What he found took his breath away. It goes way beyond the Hunter Biden scandal with Burisma. Thus, Rudy did what Rudy does. He started compiling evidence, taping interviews, and so on. After all, Rudy took down some really nasty mob folks, so he has a lethal case-making system that works. In the last few months, there has been an enormous press campaign to taint Rudy as corrupt, as a Trump toady working to illegally help with Trump's 2020 election by digging up dirt on Biden, as stupid, and so on. Common Sense Rudy decided to make a podcast, called "Common Sense" (named in honor of Thomas Paine's book), where he could present evidence he has found that has been suppressed from the public eye by the fake news media, by politicians, and by establishment legal celebrities. This podcast started before the Senate acquittal of President Trump so the first video is a bit different that the rest. After that, Rudy decided to make a prosecutorial case to the public as if he were making a case to a court. He is starting with Joe Biden and Hunter Biden for bribery, extortion, and (probably) money laundering. Definitely corruption. But he is extending this to include lots of high-level people and he has announced that he will eventually get to the Obama Administration per se. I never realized what a great lawyer Rudy is. As this podcast is aimed at the general public, he uses simple language and explains things as he goes along (but citing laws and so on when relevant). By the time this stuff goes to court, the public will understand the issues despite all the foreign sounding names and criminal enterprise complexities. There are five episodes as of this posting, varying between a half an hour to an hour each. I saw the first podcast earlier today. I was so impressed, I stopped everything and watched all five of them back to back. Let's Witness History Together There is no doubt I am seeing major history unfold in real time, knowing this will be an event to mark this century. Rudy says this scandal will end up making the Teapot Dome scandal of the early 1920s look unimportant by comparison. I believe him. I have no doubt Rudy's series of videos will be included in Barr's investigations and will be studied in law classes at universities from the time the scandal subsides to forever. I am posting the first five videos below. I will be adding each new one as it comes out. I want you to see them as much as I want to see them. And I want us to see them as they happen. But first, here is Rudy's site: Rudy Giuliani. The Videos Now to the videos. I do hope you enjoy them with me. What a great time to be alive. Common Sense Ep. 1 | Since No Crimes Exist, It Must Be Dismissed Michael
  2. Former President George W Bush doesn't usually make much news, but a speech he gave at his Presidential Center has the usual suspects dragging out portions of his speech for crimes against Trump. The theme of the conflab at the Bush Center was "The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In the World." Here is the full speech, and below I add in the full text. Some folks think it was an unfair attack on the current President (or his perfect policies and actions). You listen, you read, you decide ... The nub of the matter? The full remarks ... cued to (one of) the 'attacks.' You can roll up and down to find other shameful examples of Swamp Gas. -- the kingdom of reaction, via -- see also MSK's new OL thread for a candid reaction to the "attack against Trump."
  3. Basic principles, please. Reality is not negotiable or amenable to a show of hands. It's tough enough to discern factual circumstances without blinding ourselves with goofy whims and fairy tales. Consider Tesla electric cars, for instance. Three pertinent questions are routinely waved away. Where does electricity come from? Would cheap electric cars exist without penalizing manufacturers of internal combustion cars and subsidizing Tesla owners? What happens environmentally when toxic lithium batteries have to be replaced? You could ask similarly awkward questions about SpaceX. Would it exist without government spending? What's the business plan? Does it make financial sense to explore space? Hell, no. Voting for stupid projects is routine. It costs you nothing to vote. Most people vote for whim fulfillment: higher wages, cheaper food, world peace, universal success and sacrifice for the public good, death for our enemies without hurting civilians, a cure for cancer and affordable medical care that's free for the indigent. If I understand the Trump sales pitch correctly, he proposes to grow the economy so we can spend more on stupid shit, pay people to sup from the public trough and drink from the public Kool Aid fountain. Does he plan to cut welfare? Nope. Social Security or Medicare? No. Government pensions? Hah. Those are mandatory spending obligations that voting cannot reverse, about 2/3 of the Federal budget. Nonprofit education, medical care, and roads are 2/3 of state spending that voters demand more of. Cities and localities are in the nonprofit public water and sewage business, borrow to build schools, public housing, money-losing public transport, police and fire pensions, courts, jails, public parks, civil rights lawsuits, and a palace for clerks to process paperwork. Oh, good -- that's only 2/3 of government spending, Federal, state, and local. Lemme think. What else can we vote for? How about military bases, national guard training, disaster relief, dams and bridges, foreign aid, social work, prisons and probation, airports and sports arenas. Compliance with regulation costs private employers $1 trillion a year, public agencies zero. Voters like cheap money and cheap mortgages, Federal student loans and affirmative action hiring. Does anyone propose to end redistricting so imbecilic black Democrats lose seats in Congress? How about voter ID laws? Separate bathrooms for men and women? Hell, no, not any more. The Supreme Court has nixed all three. Parenthetically, I happened to meet Lt. Col. Allen West at a private fundraising event in Houston a couple years ago when he was running for reelection to Congress. He lost, because his seat was redistricted out of existence, had to beat a Democrat in a Democrat plurality. I liked West very much. My daughter stood next to him as he spoke about doing the right thing for future generations, cut government spending, let freedom ring. No wonder he lost. Allen West for president? -- sure, absolutely! Not a hope in hell. Never, ever. Battle-tested Army officer, he was criticized for firing his gun near the head of a captured enemy to make him talk. What did Obama do in Iraq? Nothing. What did Obama do in the Illinois legislature or U.S. Senate? Nothing. The perfect zero. Now voters will choose his successor, Hillary Clinton the odds-on favorite, darling of foreign dictators and Wall Street hedge fund managers. What has she done as First Lady? Nothing except cover for Bill, excusing perjury under oath as a consequence of Bill's grandmother's behavior. What did U.S. Senator Clinton do for New York? Nothing except recommend Hasidic felons for clemency. And as Secretary of State? Nothing except take donations from foreign billionaires. No interest in what the Espionage Act says about classified information. Another zero, like Obama, although Mrs. Clinton deserves a minus sign for stealing. Is it conceivable that voters will choose Donald Trump instead? Hell, no. That's why the Bushes and Mormons and Congressional Republicans are stumping for Clinton or a 3rd party boob, so they can continue happy talk bi-partisan negotiations to maybe gently think about fixing Social Security and Medicare for the third time since LBJ. Mandatory spending is only one of TWO truculent conundrums that voting cannot solve. The much larger problem is Interest Expense on $20 trillion of U.S. bonds. If -- and it's a big if -- we return to historically average rates, it will result in immediate default by the Treasury, which will crash the world economy. So, the discount rate has to remain at zero. We need to elect another zero to do nothing. I realize that's annoying. Most voters agree that government is annoying, not doing enough to please them. We The People believe they are entitled to order government around -- do this, do that, do the third thing, whether or not it is achievable in reality, regardless of cost or consequence. America is $20 trillion in debt because we told government to do things, and various zeroes in suits went along with the program because it paid well. I'm very fond of Donald Trump, who reminds me a lot of Dwight Eisenhower gene-spliced to David Bowie, maybe. A better Hugh Hefner, if you can imagine Hef sober. I like Trump's kids. Everyone does. Unfortunately, we're not voting for the Trump kids, however handsome and winsome. The question is whether to elect goofy old grandpa to be President of the United States of America. He speaks his mind, tells jokes, winks at women, and lives on a big private jet aircraft. One wonders in awe what goes on with Melania on board? Jeez, grandpa. Those of us who hail from the Objectivist tradition think of Midas and maybe Faulkner or Wynand -- lots of super rich self-made action heroes. Is that who Donald Trump is? Hell, no. He's Episcopalian or Presbyterian or some shit, nothing for him personally, everything for We The People, just as it's always been. Trump built skyscrapers and resorts and casinos for us, and he negotiated with politicians by making large campaign donations. I like Gail Wynand but don't want him as President. A zero is safer. Even a net negative is safer, because all Hillary cares about is loot. No plan to upset our cushioned slide down to penury and default, which we hope to postpone another 8 years. Given a choice between chaos and postponed chaos, voters are With Her, determined to avoid thinking as long as possible, because it complicates their wish list of Skittles, Puppy Dogs, and Rainbow LGBTQ with Adoption or Abortion, Your Right to Choose. The 2016 presidential election is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. We're halfway into the Winston Tunnel, stalled, waiting for economic crisis and war to hit us. The crew have already made their escape to obscurity (including me). We The People are crowded in the dining cars, demanding safe transportation and more free lunch. I call the election for Hillary, maybe 46 states. That implies a Democrat majority Senate. An activist U.S. Supreme Court for decades to come. Ka-boom! no more We The People.
  4. The first thing to consider is that the United States of America is a creature of its written Constitution as amended, U.S. Code enacted by Congress, the Code of Federal Regulations (administrative agency law) and Supreme Court edicts that define from time to time who we are as a flock of luckless obedient sheep to be sheared by glib Ivy League lawyers. On the other hand, the U.S. began and continues today as a common law society that Mark Levin likes to call "the civil society" in which every person is legally equal before the law and competent to sue or be sued, the foundation of private property and trade. For about 100 years of U.S. history, English common law and its adjunct Equity were a lens of understanding that inspired Congress and U.S. Supreme Court doctrine. Common law defined and upheld slavery. Equity required that escaped slaves be returned to their master. That's why the 14th Amendment is the sole operative constitutional paradigm in contemporary legal thinking. Common law and equity were redefined by Civil War. We also authorized the United States to print paper money and to compel acceptance in payment of public and private debt. Gold clause contracts were voided, gold lenders punished. It's more difficult nowadays for the United States to do anything about money. It flies too fast across electronic exchanges. Financial institutions worldwide are dependent upon the U.S. Treasury for its debt, rather than our $100 bills. Cash is a mere spit in the bucket compared to our $20 trillion in Federal promises to pay in the future, which is known as "good collateral" -- highest rated security you can pledge to a lender who will pledge it to someone else. That's not what happens in detail, but the main idea is that U.S. debt is sought after, desirable and vital to banking and investments of all kinds everywhere on earth. Debt issued by other governments stink in comparison to U.S. Treasury "good collateral." The United States is the most powerful national government on earth -- an opinion held by pension funds and foreign dictators who want to save for a rainy day. Obligations of the U.S. government are a safe bet. No matter what happens, the United States is likely to survive best. So, for us, and for the rest of the world, it's good that the U.S. is a national government. Part of our national success can be attributed to our founding documents and transformation as victor of the Civil War. Personally, I believe self-inflicted destruction in 1860-65 discredited the claim of government to be a wealth creator. Government was made smaller by Gilded Age graft. Our government did nothing at all as we entered the 20th Century, prosperous and strong as individuals and corporations controlled by "rags to riches" tycoons. Railroad bonds were an easy sell. In the 21st Century, we reversed that social arrangement, with government payola determining which Politically Correct entrepreneurs were made tycoons. Elon Musk's Tesla and SpaceX are typical of 21st Century national tit-suckers, maintained by government loans, rules, subsidies, guarantees, agency contracts, and consumer tax incentives, although not uniquely so among our national defense exporters, software consultants, ethanol farmers, etc. The United States remains slightly freer and fairer than most other nations. Unlike our traditional "melting pot," nationalism means different things around the world. Belgium is divided in thirds: French, Walloon and Arabic. England's nationalism is fractured by Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland (internally divided by religion) and Gilbrator, the little rump of a British empire that once circled the globe. Afghanistan, Rwanda, Somolia, Georgia and many other nominal "nations" are playthings of warring tribes. Some psuedo-nations are ruled by kings, emirs, juntas, and doltish bus drivers. The United States is a land of reason and justice comparatively speaking, if you ignore our idiotic meddling as "world cop" since WWII. Sixty years of blowing shit up around the world and planting our military bases in 150 countries around the world was imperialism, supported by an orbital armada in space and the world's best Navy and Air Forces. It's easy to scramble a B-52 or B-2 squadron strike anywhere on earth in a matter of hours. Our cruise missiles and nukes can be launched instantly from combat platforms already in theater everywhere except Antarctica. How much sense this makes in terms of U.S. national security, I don't know. Being a world superpower is something different than being a nation. Since we undertook Vietnam and lost, U.S. strategy became tentative and defensive until 9/11 caught us with our national pants down. Whatever we thought we were doing to defend our shores, it was obviously wrong. Islamic warriors funded by Saudi zealots and wealthy clerics baffled the FBI and waltzed past airport metal detectors in Boston. Their visas were in order, provided by the Saudi government, an extended kleptocracy headed by a flea-brained elderly king, our ally. When you add George W. Bush and his $2 trillion invasion of Iraq, all one can do is laugh or get mad. Government failed us (again) and the national mood changed. We voted for change and elected a charismatic affirmative action actor who brought the troops home and salted the Federal judiciary with clansmen and clanswomen and transgendered clanspersons. What Donald Trump offers, Dick Morris said on the radio, is nationalism. More war, stronger national defense and local law enforcement, a halt to Islamic immigratation. It's happening in Europe, too. The United Kingdom of Remaining Parts voted to leave the EU, although some of the Parts are talking about rejoining the EU independently. I don't think Trump is in favor of splitting up the United States, but I'd vote for peaceful separation from Chicago, Detroit, Philadephia, Baltimore, Washington DC and most of New Jersey -- Democrat strongholds created by Federal cash. It would be prudent to eject California from the Union, too. Whether or not to offer statehood to Israel could be a decisive binary question in the next decade. Middle East peace is emphatically *not* a United States national security problem, unless Israel becomes our 51st state (which won't happen). Islamic NATO ally Turkey aided creation and abetted cashflow of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant ("ISIL," as Obama likes to call it). I'd rather not discuss the incident in Benghazi, except to note that Hillary's diplomats were buying weapons and shipping them to insurgent Sunni proxies in Syria to attack the Assad government at the behest of Saudi Arabia. It's stunning that ISIL's initial triumphs were the capture of U.S. tanks and Bradleys in Iraq, assets Obama bestowed on a klutzy kleptocracy backed by Russia's ally, Iran. Not to be upstaged by Putin, Obama lifted sanctions on Iran and turned a blind eye to that nation's nuclear missile program. Talking about nationalism always entails national security. Why else have a nation? unless to provide for national security, mentioned first among our Constitutional purposes ahead of general welfare and due process. Americans will tolerate a great deal of pain to obtain better security -- airport screening by TSA being an incredibly painful example, in view of the fact that stupified, poorly paid TSA screeners miss 93% of guns, knives and bombs that inspectors routinely sneak through departure screening. Annoying millions of passengers to find Islamic warriors doesn't make any sense, but the courts and Congress are indisposed to address it, considering our national romance with 14th Amendment affirmative colorblindness, one nation no longer under a particular God. “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer” – Barack Hussein Obama, Cairo speech, 2008 Our melting pot is cooling into balkanization of the U.S., not much different than Britain or Germany or France, nations with huge Islamic ghettos and some Islamic towns. In the United States, we divided long ago into Black and White. Blacks run cities and blacks hold 40% of all Federal civil service jobs. Whites don't stand a chance of advancement unless they work for a defense contactor, hospital, or regulated utilities like transportation and power generation, where competence still matters. The rest of us make do with cushy entitlement pillows. A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for nationalism, but it remains affirmatively colorblind to competence and common sense. I'd like to hope we could return to common law and equity, but it seems unlikely. Trump is a dealmaker. Social contract deals got us into this mess and bedevil every effort to wake the fuck up and do something about crime and incredibly dumb mandatory public day care and higher ed taught by millions of females, gays and negroes. Our nation means nothing unless it is defined by something better than government workers and entitlement beneficiaries negotiating a slightly better deal every four years. Our debt is viewed as good collateral, but that's merely "the cleanest dirty shirt" in a world that's falling to pieces for lack of cashflow. We trained the world to expect much from our slap-happy wheeler dealers in Congress, the White House, Federal agencies, Federal courts, 50 states, and 84,000 local tax authorities in bed with shovel-ready affirmative action contractors. The thing I like best about Trump is his willingness to say "You're fired!"
  5. Good debate last night. All the candidates would be better than what we have right now. Personally, I like Gary Johnson alot, although he's a long shot. He certainly did add some much needed comic relief! <iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  6. I recently received an email introducing a blog titled “Is Democracy the Nemesis Also of the Americans” at From my reading of the website so far I have found it to contain excellent analysis about the nature of democracy and how it is leading to America’s collapse internally and externally. I have not come across such writing so far and have made it an important mission to bring it to attention on the proper forums. I am planning to post essays from the blog on this forum for further discussion. It is commendable that these ideas are coming from a foreigner who is fighting fanatics to be able to continue writing. Would love to know thoughts of the forum members on the blog. Below I am including salient features of the writing as conveyed in the email. Since prior to the Greeks nobody has so far studied democracy to the extent necessary and presented in his writing. Civilization has never transcended democracy, but has got always destroyed because of it. It is the most important key to saving America today. The essays present formidable challenges to President Obama and individualist Americans at large about their hypocrisy of eulogizing the Founding Fathers and their philosophy / Constitution, while having totally destroyed both as evidenced by the domestic and foreign policies and actions of the United States over the last century. The essays also challenge Americans regarding their cherished beliefs like “All men were created equal”, their political system being far superior to European aristocracies, etc. The essays introduce several new ideas including how a republic erodes into a democracy, how democracy is a fertile ground for moral degeneration and the inevitability of nurturing a vote block by distributing freebies (led by Democrats), followed by a vote block based on war-mongering (led by Republicans). To counter today’s massive doles, an essay presents a never-before analysis of L B Johnson. It proves that if Americans do not threaten of a civil war to restore Founding Fathers’ America then collapse is inevitable. The UN’s impotence, yet murder, loot, sleaze and also intrusion into America's internal affairs (violation of her sovereignty) is well-known. The UN is the elder brother of ISIS, Taliban and Al Qaeda, but not called so only because America’s military-industrial complex is using it as their East India Company. Shockingly, only America’s support is the major reason for even the existence of that evil, like Americans hitting the axe on their own feet! The author has challenged Americans to disprove his contention -- once the greatest emancipator in mankind’s history, today America has become the perpetrator of the biggest crimes against humanity because of its support to the UN. On the other hand, he has thanked the British Raj for civilizing the undeveloped societies to the extent that they are. He has also shown that it is the same big government and big military that perpetrates injustices externally as well as internally, which is the root of ever-increasing dictatorial Executive Orders by successive presidents nowadays. Read more at:
  7. Obama Speaks about Ayn Rand I'll find a video later to embed (non is available yet), but here is what Obama said today at Georgetown University: Go here to see the video for now. The video is from C-SPAN3. Since Obama just now talked openly about Ayn Rand, I predict he will keep doing so for the rest of his term. Ditto for his minions. Boy did he screw up. These folks will give a lot of publicity to Rand, then scratch their heads in wonder about why her ideas are spreading. Other than that, let's see if his presidential muscle can stand up to her. Michael
  8. I spent this morning closing up the offices of my agency in Washington, DC. We're furloughed until further notice and prohibited from performing any of our official duties, even on a volunteer basis, which I would have been happy to do. We may or may not get paid for the coming days or weeks. Everyone in this city has a prediction or an "inside scoop," but nobody really knows anything beyond that the House and the Senate are at a difficult impasse. Until leadership actually gathers in the same room together with the intent to negotiate, you shouldn't bother watching the 24-hour make-news channels on latest developments. This could take a while. Here are what I see as some of the positive and negative aspects of the shutdown. On the plus side, the American people are learning not to take the state of the federal government as a given. They'll see that, despite the progressive narrative, without a leviathan bureaucratic government managing every aspect of its lives, the world doesn't come crashing to a tragic end. The stock market doesn't seem to mind much one way or the other. My hope is that citizens might start questioning how many hundreds of thousands of "non-essential" employees we actually need inside of these agencies. That much would be a positive development, but most seem too busy taking to social media to blast this party or the other to ask the harder questions. The negatives are more obvious and have been covered at length. Parks, monuments, and agencies closed. Documents and payments not being processed. If federal employees are given back pay, as they have been in past shutdowns, then a bunch of employees were sitting around doing nothing on the clock. Of course, in the case of agencies like the NSA, we can question whether "doing nothing" belongs under the positives column as a less-bad alternative. The ugly truth about the federal government is there are far too many people in it, and most of them are paid very generously to do little work on a "when I get around to it" schedule. The facts that federal employees are essentially impossible to fire and are paid the same regardless of performance create an incentives problem. Telework - touted by the President as a "no-brainer" and "win-win" for all parties, is a terrible scourge that has destroyed anything resembling a team office culture. Most days, around half of our agency workers are at home, and its an open secret that telework days are little more than vacation days in which the employee is "on call" for simple online requests but otherwise free to go about their personal business. I understand this is what happened to Yahoo in recent years, which is why its new CEO took the drastic but necessary step of revoking telework options for most employees. As with any organization, there are high performers in the federal government, and not all of the employees are soulless timeserving bureaucrats (yet). These people tend to be younger, earn less money, and have higher credentials, such as law degrees and PhDs. One worry I have is that the shutdown will disproportionately impact and dissuade these high performers and either encourage them to leave federal service - making every federal agency operate more like your local DMV - or turn them all into yet more actively disengaged grievance mongers, complaining about their lots and counting the days until retirement.
  9. Even more from the Washington Post. The Obama Administration secretly reversed restrictions that had been placed on NSA domestic spying. Outside of the Washington Post (and possibly The New York Times - both have agreements with The Guardian and with WikiLeaks to publish Snowden's materials), how widely will the MSM report on this?
  10. It's that time of year again. President Obama is asking Federal employees to submit their ideas to his widely advertised SAVE Award to make government operations "more effective and efficient and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely." The lucky winner of the annual contest gets to present his or her cost-cutting idea "to President Obama in person" (wow!!!). The stated purpose of the initiative is noble, so what objections to such a program could one possibly have? The unfortunate truth is the SAVE Award is a taxpayer-funded promotional campaign for our President with no actual leadership involved and pocket change for savings. The winning SAVE Award ideas from 2009-2012 were invariably uncontroversial doodads that require no significant tradeoffs, burning of special interest groups, or decision-making of any kind. In past years, the SAVE Award forums quickly filled with much-favorited submissions such as "End the War on Drugs," "Fire Useless Employees," "Stop Going on Expensive Vacations," or "Sell Nancy Pelosi's Public Jet," only to have these leading submissions flagged and scoured by a team of online moderators. The winning SAVE entry last year (2012) was that "all Federal employees who receive public transit benefits shift from regular transit fare to the reduced senior fare as soon as they are eligible." The previous year's (2011) selection was "creating a centralized tool repository - or 'lending library' - where [NASA] tools can be stored, catalogued, and checked in and out by NASA employees." Not exactly game-changing stuff there, is it? The SAVE Award exclusively - and by design - selects one-time gimmicks with modest savings to keep from embarrassing the President with scandal while presenting an airbrushed public appearance of being concerned with reducing costs. All this culminates in a gushing and grandiose photo-op with the Celebrity-In-Chief. The clear progressive implication is - not only are these politically safe proposals the best ideas out there for cutting government spending- but we can maintain a lean and effective government through technocratic tinkering alone. Based on the track record, it's difficult to argue the SAVE Award is anything more than a publicity stunt with little-to-no value to those actually concerned with efficiency of government operations. Don't expect the Affordable Care Act to make an appearance in SAVE 2013.
  11. Well, today we have this rather revealing story, "former" KGB/FSB officer, now President of Russia, Vladimir Putin announces that NSA "whistleblower" Edward Snowden can stay in Russia as long as he does not harm our friend, the United States! No, really. Even Putin quickly added that that's a strange comment to be coming from him. Not really. The implications of this decision by Putin to accept Snowden (who apparently has now applied for "asylum" in Russia), and the capitulation of the U.S. government to this development says a lot about all three. Read:
  12. Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, in a TV interview last February), is asked about Obama's programs being thrown-out after he leaves office, and her response is that Obama is assembling a data base ("so large that it has never been seen before") on Americans that will ensure continuance of Obama's authoritarian socialist agenda and expand it. (SEE THE LINK BELOW) (Note for those that do not trust the Breitbart" websites, this same story is all over the internet today)
  13. The liberal bloggers and likeminded media critics went berserk (gross understatement) after reading Niall Ferguson's cover article in Newsweek on the failures of the Obama Presidency. Here is his devastating reply. This is how to deal with smear attacks from the Left. Only the late Christopher Hitchens could match this. http://www.thedailyb...s-bloggers.html
  14. Our President, " Professor" Barack Obama, in a recent attack of Paul Ryan's GOP budget proposal, labelled it as "thinly veiled social Darwinism," showing his misunderstanding of both. Articles have started popping up in the media trying to explain what he meant. I suppose this means that they're going to dig up Richard Hofstadter's revisionist history screed, Social Darwinism in American Thought, which made his reputation in the academic world, showing that neither Hofstadter, nor those that applauded his book, had bothered to actually go back and read Spencer, relying instead on interpretations of Spencer by his ideological enemies. However, in Hofstadter's case there is no excuse for him not being familiar withe the topic he was writing about. So it is more likely that he knew exactly what he was doing in fabricating a caricature of Spencer that would have been unrecognizable to Spencer's contemporaries. The best summary of this smear came out today on Reason Online, by Matt Welch, and the Cato Institute's David Boaz weighs in, below: http://www.cato-at-l...cial-darwinism/ The Ludwig von Mises Institute has some excellent essays comparing what Spencer really said to what Hofstadter, et al, claims he said. (e.g., "Herbert Spencer as an Anthropologist," by Robert L. Carneiro. The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. V, No.2, Spring, 1980. ). Another excellant essay on this issue is "Origins of the Myth of Social Darwinisn: The Ambiguous Legacy of Richard Hofstadter's Social Darwinism in American Thought," by Thomas Leonard. (2009) http://www.princeton...papers/myth.pdf (forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization) And some guy by the name of George H. Smith, had the temerity to try to set the record straight by including in his book, Atheism, Ayn Rand, And Other Heresies, (Prometheus Books, 1990) a chapter entitled, "Will The Real Herbert Spencer Please Stand Up?" .
  15. Newspeak, I mean Newsweek, teetering on the edge of fiscal bankruptcy - features a cover article by Niall Ferguson (a well known British historian and prolific author - and a conservative or classical liberal leaning orientation) - eviscerating Obama's record as President. The liberal blogs including Huffington Post and Paul Krugman are SCREAMING! Some are demanding that Ferguson be fired from his current post at Harvard. Take a look. And this may be the one time that Newsweek is worth buying.
  16. Never listened to Amy Peikoff's radio blog - probably because I didn't even know it existed. Anyway, she has Yaron Brook on for a full hour on Paul Ryan, and practically everything or issue that could be brought up in that Grand Canyon-sized subject. It's too long to summarize, he brings up most of the points that others have made here on OL (is he a "closet" reader of this forum??). Actually, this is a very good discussion and more realistic than past ARIans might have been. But don't read too much into what I am saying, just listen. Here is the link,
  17. They are trying to impeach His Messiahship. I hope they kick his xxx posterior so hard that he has to clear his throat to xxxx break wind.
  18. Stalin took over agriculture and consequently millions of people died of starvation. You can find long videos about this. Learn from history or repeat it. "Obama seizes control over all food, farms, livestock, farm equipment, fertilizer and food production across America" http://www.naturalne...ood_supply.html It's not just Obama. He is just a puppet. In a few years Obama will be irrelevant but the USA government takeover of agriculture will continue. In the extremely unlikely event that Ron Paul becomes prez, he will be assassinated. The takeover of agriculture will not be confined to the USA. It will be worldwide under a world government. It will be Stalin on steroids. Deaths will be not millions, but billions. Unless people wake up. I will tell you a little secret. The Powers That Be are terrified. They are terrified that we outnumber them by a big ratio and if we ever figure that out, there goes their way of life. video 2:24
  19. People need to be aware of this. The Horrors Of Obama's 'Health Care' Plan- Vid Obscene. Everything King Midas touched turned into gold. Everything government touches turns into s**t.