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PUTIN'S CRIME, EUROPE'S COWARDICE Print E-mail
Written by Bernard-Henri Levy   
Friday, 25 July 2014

In eastern Ukraine, Vladimir V. Putin has been playing with fire.  He has mobilized the worst elements to be found in the region.

He has taken thugs, thieves, rapists, ex-cons and vandals and turned them into a paramilitary force.

He has permitted ad hoc commanders of separatist groups to kill or chase off intellectuals, journalists and other moral authorities in the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk.

He has watched as a vodka-soaked rabble army destroys or takes over public buildings, hospitals, schools and municipal offices of the country it is pretending to liberate.

He has allowed a veritable gang war to take hold - without caring that he is losing control of the forces that he has unleashed, with rival bands pitted against one another and carving out fiefs amid the growing anarchy.

Most troubling of all:
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GOLDBRICS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Yesterday (7/23), an article in the prestigious foreign policy journal The Diplomat began:

"Although the tragic incident of MH17 now attracts global attention, the real big news last week was the establishment of the BRICS development bank at the BRICS summit in Brazil."

Although the article displays the blatant bias of its author as a professional Chicom apologist (Dingding Chen is a professor of government at China's University of Macau), there are many in the West and the US who agree - particularly among those who root for the collapse of the dollar.

Despite Mr. Chen's hyperbole, the BRICS' New Development Bank is worth paying attention to as a possible competitor to 1) the IMF & World Bank, 2) the SWIFT international banking transaction network, and 3) the US dollar as the world's reserve currency.

The key word in the sentence above is "possible" - for when you examine each of the BRICS individually (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) you begin to see what's possible here is not very probable.  Competition for the SWIFT/IMF/US$ hegemonies is to be welcomed - but it is very unlikely it will be provided by this crowd.

Far more possible is the group will become known as the GOLDBRICS, given Webster's definition of "goldbrick" as: a worthless brick that appears to be of gold; something that appears to be valuable but is actually worthless.

Let's begin with their "R" - Russia.
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OBAMA TO THE RESCUE OF HAMAS Print E-mail
Written by Caroline Glick   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Operation Protective Edge is now two weeks old. Since the ground offensive began last Thursday (7/17) night, we have begun to get a better picture of just how dangerous Hamas has become in the nine years since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip. And what we have learned is that the time has come to take care of this problem. It cannot be allowed to fester or grow anymore.

As an example, Hamas tunnels have been found with shafts rigged with bombs located directly under Israeli kindergartens.

As a member of the Moslem Brotherhood, Hamas is not a stand-alone terror group. It is part of a much larger web of Islamic jihadist terror groups including al-Qaida and its affiliates as well as the Shi'ite Hezbollah. Like Hamas, all of these threaten several major Sunni Arab states.

Due to their recognition of the threat Hamas and its allies pose to the survivability of their regimes, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have taken the unprecedented step of supporting Israel's efforts to defeat Hamas.

Israel is making good progress.  But it hasn't completed its missions. It needs several more days of hard fighting.  Recognizing this, Israel's newfound Moslem allies - Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE - have not been pushing for a cease-fire.

In contrast, the Obama administration is coming to Hamas' rescue by insisting on concluding a cease-fire immediately.
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WHY PUTIN WILL GET AWAY WITH MURDER Print E-mail
Written by Erick Erickson   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

It is certain that a Russian made anti-aircraft missile fired by Russian armed, trained, and commanded Ukrainian "separatists" shot down Malaysia Air flight MH-17 last week killing all 298 passengers and crew aboard.

Yet even if this was a conscious act perpetrated by the Russian government under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, we already know what is going to happen to Putin in particular and Russia in general. Nothing.

Despite widespread disgust at Russia's involvement in this act of terrorism the odds are that Putin simply toughs it out and moves on. 

The Kremlin's standard strategy will work once again:  1) obfuscate and confuse the truth by spreading several made-up disinformation stories; 2) delay or block any attempt to find out what happened; 3) depend on European (and now American) cowardice in confronting the Kremlin; 4) double down in the face of criticism.

Putin realized from the earliest moments that his thugs in eastern Ukraine, if not his army, were behind this operation. The last wreckage from MH-17 had hardly stopped bouncing when Russian media was reporting two different stories. These were for the consumption of its domestic audience and of subscribers to Ron Paul's newsletters.
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WHY ARE THEY NOT IN JAIL? Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Obama administration is arguably the most corrupt administration in U.S. history.

Corruption destroys civil society and economic growth by undermining the rule of law and protection of private property. Corruption takes many forms, from the simple payment to a government official for a favor, to the failure of government employees to do what they are paid to do, to gross abuse of power.

Eric Holder's  "Justice" Department is involved in a $100 billion shakedown racket against the big banks. It has been able to greatly expand its budget outside the legislative process by obtaining financial "settlements" from the private sector, through threats, intimidation and asset forfeiture.

This is corruption on a massive scale. The real question should be: Why is Mr. Holder not in jail?

If regulatory agency officials are not doing what they are legally required to do, why are they not in jail?

Those in government who waste or misspend funds for which they have a fiduciary responsibility are stealing from their employer - the American taxpayer. Why are they not in jail?
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DO YOUNG PEOPLE REALLY BELIEVE GOVERNMENT LIES? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

"The border is secure," say both the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as thousands of illegal aliens swarm across it.
 
Barack Hussein Obama is "absolutely" the most transparent president in history, claims White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, as the administration was flying illegals to secret locations without informing the governors of the states or the mayors of the communities in which they would be housed.

As Syria, Iraq and Libya all fall into chaos; Russians blow commercial airliners out of the sky in Ukraine; full war breaks out between Israel and Hamas; Egypt and Saudi Arabia turn away from the U.S.; and intelligence officials warn al Qaida is stronger than ever, Press Secretary Earnest said President Obama has "substantially improved the tranquility of the global community." 

We understand why politicians stretch, trim, hedge, massage or ignore the truth when it's difficult for us to learn it. But why do they lie so blatantly when the truth is smacking us in the face? Do they think we're so stupid we'll believe them, rather than our lying eyes?

Evidently, many of us are. The Reason Foundation completed recently a survey of "Millennials" (18 to 29 year olds).
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RUSSIA MUST END THIS WAR Print E-mail
Written by Amb. Samantha Power   
Monday, 21 July 2014

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[This is the statement of US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power delivered to the UN Security Council on Friday, July 18]


Yesterday, we were all shocked by the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. All 298 people aboard - 283 passengers and 15 crew - were killed. As we stared at the passenger list yesterday we saw next to three of the passengers names a capital "I." As we now know, the letter "I" stands for infant.

To the families and friends of the victims, it is impossible to find words to express our condolences. We can only commit to you that we will not rest until we find out what happened. A full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation must begin immediately. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. They must not be sheltered by any member state of the United Nations.

Let me share with you our assessment of the evidence so far.
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PUTIN IS A BRUTE WHO MUST BE SHACKLED Print E-mail
Written by Sir Max Hastings   
Monday, 21 July 2014

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News of the destruction of Flight MH17 and the appalling murder of 298 people gave Russia's president Vladimir Putin a chance to step back from a precipice.

He could have stood up before the world and denounced the crime; endorsed a full investigation and punishment of the guilty.

Instead - yet almost inevitably, given the nature of the man - he presented his stone face. He asserted, against all logic and evidence, that Ukraine and its rulers were the guilty parties.

He lied, as he has lied all his life since he was first schooled in deceit and brutality by those masters of the art, his old employers at the KGB.

Putin probably felt that no path was open to him save denial, because the facts point blame for this huge tragedy squarely at the Kremlin.

Putin has acted throughout his tenure of power on the assumption that European leaders are marshmallows, to be defied with impunity.

It is time, and beyond time, to prove him wrong.
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WHAT MH17 MEANS FOR RUSSIA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Tom Nichols   
Monday, 21 July 2014

Here's what the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 means: Russia, with Vladimir Putin at the wheel, just drove off the edge of a cliff. The moment Flight 17 exploded was the moment that Putin's foreign policy officially went over the ledge, and with it his dreams of restored Russian greatness.

Putin is deflecting blame, of course. He has no choice: he armed, paid, and unleashed a ragtag army of goons in eastern Ukraine, under the command of a Russian intelligence officer who was supposed to provide some adult supervision. Now they've betrayed the Kremlin and screwed up.

Putin, a typical and mediocre product of Andropov's KGB, will never again be able to portray himself as a savvy, cool broker in international affairs, nor Russia as just another great power. Now, he's just another Soviet-era thug, a perception that was already growing before the Malaysian airliner plunged out of the sky.

No matter how the current crisis ends, Putin's name will forever be tied to this outrage, and his personal bid to create a more respected Russia through violence and intimidation is permanently defunct.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 07/18/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 18 July 2014

"Murder In The Air" was the cover of Newsweek when the Kremlin shot down Korean Air 007 on Sept. 1, 1983.  To this day, the Kremlin has never apologized for what Reagan termed "the savagery of their crime against humanity."  

Sound familiar?  This morning we learned that there are recordings of pro-Russian separatists talking with a Russian GRU (military intel) colonel about their shooting down the Malaysian airliner yesterday (7/17), and that they have recovered the airliner's black box and sent it to Moscow.  Putin Huilo promptly blamed Ukraine for the atrocity - while refusing to deny his mercenaries in Ukraine did it.  Indeed, he denies any of his total sponsorship of the "rebellion" in eastern Ukraine.

The fallout of  the MH17 shootdown is that Russia economically and Putin Huilo politically are both seriously screwed...

... But when, we ask, will Zero be screwed?  On Monday, the liberal paper of  Capitol Hill, The Hill, helpfully answered in a story headlined:  Obama The Pariah.  Yet to realize just how much a pariah Zero has become, there's the feel-good story of the week, that of Peggy Joseph...

... The HFR gives three cheers for three countries this week.  First is, believe it or not, for France!

... The puzzle of the week:  How can such a teeny-tiny fraction of folks in the US be so fascistically powerful?  ...And here's the best news of the week:
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THE REVOLUTION WE NEED Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 17 July 2014

From the time of the Ancient Greeks, this time of year has been known as the "dog days," when the heat and humidity caused "the seas to boil, wine to turn sour, dogs to go mad, and men subject to burning fevers, hysterics, and frenzies."

Much of the US is certainly not experiencing such climate misery this week, with record low summer temps from Arkansas to Minnesota.  But in terms of what is happening to our country politically, economically, culturally and morally, these are indeed the Dog Days of America.

And there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight.  Zero, rather than backing off in the midst of his growing unpopularity and unending scandals is "just getting started," according to Bryan Preston.  He's "going Soviet."

Yet, the illegal, tyrannical, and unconstitutional acts of Zero's Imperial Presidency are not the cause of America's current crisis - they are the culmination of it.  The Reign of Zero is simply the apotheosis of a crisis that's been building since the 1880s.

The crisis we face now is a cancer that has been growing slowly and steadily for 126 years, until finally under Zero it has metastasized perilously close to terminal stage.  Which means that if Zero were to vanish tomorrow, the cancer would still be there. 

We need radical surgery to cure it, a Revolution.  It can certainly be peaceful - by no means need it be violent. For the Revolution We Need is a legal one that attacks the crisis at its foundation.

So - what is the target of the Revolution We Need?  It is not Zero.  It is what makes him and his Imperial Presidency possible.  It is what is destroying any basis for Constitutional Government.  Indeed, it is eating our Constitution alive.  It is a medieval atavism in modern guise.  It is...
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THE CLOWARD-PIVEN-OBAMA STRATEGY Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 18 July 2014

Political change can be forced through orchestrated crises, wrote Richard Cloward, a Columbia University sociology professor, and Frances Fox Piven, then his research assistant, in May of 1966 in an article in The Nation magazine entitled: "The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty."

Only about half the Americans technically eligible for benefits were on welfare rolls, they noted. If "cadres of aggressive organizers," who "create a climate of militancy" through threats of violence, could sign up everyone who was eligible, the welfare bureaucracy would be overwhelmed, would collapse, producing political and economic chaos.

To restore order, political leaders would be forced to provide everyone with a guaranteed annual income, they predicted.

The Nation sold 30,000 reprints. The "Cloward-Piven strategy" was born.  And under Zero, it's being born anew.
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IS AMERICA CLINTONED OUT? Print E-mail
Written by Victor Davis Hanson   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014

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Barack Obama did not blow apart Hillary Clinton's huge lead during the 2008 Democratic primaries just because he was a landmark African-American candidate, new to the scene, and a skilled campaigner. Even Democrats were all Clintoned out.

By such weariness, I don't suggest that either of the Clintons is unpopular. Indeed, Americans apparently look fondly back on the high-growth 1990s as the continuation of the Reagan-Bush boom years, and a time when Democrats and Republicans finally fixed budget deficits.

(Note well that when Obama went back to the Clinton-era tax rates for the more affluent, the deficit dipped, but certainly did not approach the balanced budget that was once achieved by spending discipline under the Clinton-Gingrich compromise.)

The problem instead is Hillary Clinton herself. She is not a very good speaker, and is prone to shrill outbursts and occasional chortling. She has a bad habit of committing serial gaffes (e.g., speaking too candidly), and what she says on Monday is often contradicted by her rantings on Tuesday.

 She seems cheap and obsessed with raking in free stuff. When Bill steps in to correct her mistakes, either sloppily or out of some strange psychological spite, he usually makes things even worse. We saw that often in 2008 and are seeing it again now. But aside from the cosmetics of her political style, the Clintons are faced with two fundamental obstacles in 2016.
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THE MANCHURIAN CONSPIRACY Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Allyn Root   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The greatest conspiracy in world history is being carried out by the real-life "Manchurian Candidate": President Barack Hussein Obama.

My definition of a "Manchurian Candidate" is a person who hates everything America stands for and whose goal is to win the presidency for the express purpose of destroying the greatest nation, the greatest economic system, and the greatest middle class in world history. That, my friends, describes Obama. I'm not basing it on rumors or innuendo. I'm basing it on the facts.

I know liberals hate facts, but bear with me. So here are a few, which I lay out more fully in my new book, The Murder of the Middle Class:

For the first time in American history more businesses are closing each day than they are starting.

More Americans now receive entitlements than work full-time.

There are now 70 percent more Americans collecting entitlement checks than working in the private sector (148 million "takers" vs. 86 million "makers").

The average full-time male employee now earns less (adjusted for inflation) than he did forty years ago.

Twenty percent of U.S. families don't have a single member who is employed.
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WHY THE DEATH SPIRAL OF ZEROCARE IS IRREVERSIBLE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014

"Inconsistencies" have been found in the data supplied by 2.9 million of the 5.45 million people (53 percent) who enrolled in Obamacare via Healthcare.gov, the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services reported in June.

About 1.3 million concerned whether the applicant was a U.S. citizen, a million more whether the applicant qualified for a subsidy. About 2.6 million (89 percent) were unresolved as of the May 27.

The IG report covers only applicants through Feb. 23, doesn't cover the 2.57 million (47 percent) who enrolled on state exchanges.

A chart presented to the House Energy and Commerce Committee by SERCO, a contractor which handles Obamacare paperwork, showed 4.099 million "inconsistencies."

It will be many months, if ever, before these can be resolved, because HHS launched Healthcare.gov without establishing a system to verify eligibility, SERCO said.

People who got subsidies to which they weren't entitled will have to repay them. Up to a million could get a nasty surprise at tax time next year.  This is only one of a multitude of reasons why Obamacare -- better named Zerocare -- is in an irreversible death spiral.
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