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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/14/18

The President is 73 today, June 14

The President is 73 today, June 14

Our POTUS started his birthday off right this morning on Fox and Friends, by applying the F word to Nervous Nancy Pelosi – the F word that she and the Democrat Party need to be described with at every opportunity:  Fascist.

Responding to Pelosi’s latest unhinged rant against him last night, accusing him of a “criminal cover-up” with no evidence whatever, the President said Pelosi “ought to be ashamed of herself – it’s a disgrace… it’s a fascist statement.”

Exactly.  Inside “Democrat” Pelosi is a fascist screaming to get out.  Inside every Democrat mediocrity running for president in 2020 is a fascist screaming to get out.  It’s not hidden on the inside for ilk like Occasional-Cortex or Ilhan Omar – they’re full frontal fascist in open daylight.

While they claim to be “democratic socialists,” we need to demand ubiquitously they be labeled “democratic fascists” – while reminding everyone what that means:  you can vote your way into fascism, but you have to shoot your way out.

Okay, we’re off on another chock-full HFR.  We start with what’s called The Trump Curse, and it struck last night in Oakland, California, providing the President with an early birthday present.

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JUSTICE THOMAS AND THE DYNAMITE OF NATURAL RIGHTS

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

If it’s true that “natural right is dynamite,” as political philosopher Leo Strauss wrote, then Justice Clarence Thomas just went nuclear on the abortion debate.

While Thomas’s concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood (5/28)has received considerable commentary, his deepening of the judicial and, hence, the political debate over abortion demands further elaboration. His reply to the leading threat to the principles of the Declaration of Independence is his latest attempt in a career of restoring its authority.

The ugly nakedness of the eugenics dogma, with its attendant euphemisms, stands exposed in Thomas’s explanation of Roe. No longer can credible critics of the court turn away from the monstrosity and focus on federalism and substantive due process clause interpretation issues.

The new, politicized abortion goes to the core of American political principles and the abiding integrity of the Declaration of Independence. Here’s how deeply the Thomas charge cuts:

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ELITES ABOVE THE LAW – THE FBI TRAGEDY

Tarnished beyond repair?

Tarnished beyond repair?

One of the media and beltway orthodoxies we constantly hear is that just a few bad apples under James Comey at the FBI explain why so many FBI elites have been fired, resigned, reassigned, demoted, or retired — or just left for unexplained reasons.

In short, in about every growing scandal of the past two years — FISA, illegal leaking, spying on a presidential candidate, lying under oath, obstructing justice — someone in the FBI is involved.

In sum, why did so many top FBI officials, some with long experience in the FBI, exhibit such bad judgment and display such unethical behavior, characterized by arrogance, a sense of entitlement, and a belief that they were above both the law and the Constitution itself?

Were they really just rogue agents, lawyers, and administrators  --  or are they emblematic of an FBI culture sorely gone wrong?

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DEMOCRAT-RUN CALIFORNIA HAS BECOME A THIRD WORLD NATION

Homeless encampment on residential street in Orange County CA

Homeless encampment on residential street in Orange County CA

Mark Levin appeared at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California last Saturday night (6/08).

The event was a celebration of his new, bestselling book, Unfreedom of the Press.  It was a glorious evening.  The auditorium was packed with several thousand fans with an overflow crowd in another room.  Levin delivered not a speech but a conversation.

John Heubusch, the director of the Reagan Library introduced Levin then the two of them sat down.  Heubusch asked  questions and Levin answered in his usual inimitable fashion.  The crowd loved it.

But as we were all sitting in that spectacular library in California, the state of our state was the initial topic of discussion.  How did this state, once the envy of all others, become the pathetic, indebted Third World loser state it is today?  The answer is simple, single-party Democrat rule.

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CHINA’S SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM MADE BY GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK

Made in America

Made in America

With Mao's Great Leap Forward (1958-1962), it became increasingly clear China was a totalitarian police state willing to do almost anything to advance its aims.

That attempt to forcefully move from an agrarian to a socialist industrial society cost tens of millions of Chinese lives. One historian's estimate runs to a staggering 56 million deaths for that period alone, making Mao easily the greatest mass murderer of all time.

These days, however, the Chinese communists have become more subtle in the control of their populace. They are in the process of instituting a social credit system that allows the state to monitor technologically virtually every aspect of a person's life and reward or punish him or her accordingly.

And where did this ability to control such a giant country come from in the first place? As Pogo would say, I have seen the enemy and he is us! Namely, Google, Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Oracle, Intel, Cisco, and all those other American high-tech companies eager to get a piece of the fat Chinese pie.

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CHINA’S DESPERATE PLEA FOR HELP FROM PUTIN

Xi and Putin in St. Petersburg, June 7

Xi and Putin in St. Petersburg, June 7

China’s economy is reeling from President Trump’s strategic tariffs, and Beijing is getting desperate.

In a futile effort to compensate for China’s losses by developing economic ties with new global partners, Chinese leader Xi Jinping last Friday (6/07) met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both leaders touted the meeting in typically hyperbolic terms, presumably in the hope of deceiving American policymakers into believing that they had accomplished something significant.

Putin and Xi negotiated numerous economic partnerships, such as agreeing to boost energy and technology cooperation in the coming years. Those agreements, however, are only papering over the cracks.

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CHINA MOVES TOWARDS ARCTIC DOMINANCE OVER RUSSIA

chinas-arctic-dominance[Note by JW: TTP views China’s seizure of Russia’s Eastern Siberia as an inevitability – the only question is how many years in will take.  See Chinese Siberia from November 2006.  Here, my old friend Paul Goble describes the latest moves of Beijing to accomplish this. 

Note the hilarity of Russian obliviousness, such as the Russian “expert” claiming the US is the threat to Russia’s Arctic sovereignty and not China.  If anything, the US is more on Russia’s side than China’s, as Paul points out.]

Three developments in early June 2019 call attention to China’s unrelenting efforts to become the dominant player on the Northern Sea Route (NSR)—the increasingly ice-free Arctic waterway along Russia’s northern coast, and the main segment of the longer Northeastern Passage, linking Asia and Europe.

(As you can see in the map above how much shorter (over 50%) the Northern route Yokohama to Rotterdam is versus the Suez Canal route.)

First…

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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/07/19

trump-d-day-message Yesterday, June 6, at Omaha Beach in Normandy France on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, President Trump commemorated the sacrifice and heroism of those who fought that day in 1944 to liberate the world from Nazi evil and protect America from it.

To call the President’s speech magnificent is beyond understatement.  It was so good that CNN’s Jim Acosta and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough had nothing but praise for it.  I could not encourage you more to watch it entire.  It will move you to tears.  It certainly did me.

This was the culmination of an extraordinary two weeks during which President Trump and First Lady Melania bestrode the world stage with grace, elegance, and class.

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THE SEVEN PEARLS OF SHING

The Fourth Pearl of Shing ©2019 Jack Wheeler

The Fourth Pearl of Shing ©2019 Jack Wheeler

I just returned from an extraordinary exploration of Central Asia.  I’ll be going into more depth of what we learned and experienced in Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan in the near future – but right now I’d like to share with you just one exquisite experience.

It’s a hidden unknown wonder tucked into the Fann Mountains of western Tajikistan called the Seven Pearls of Shing.

The Shing River flows through a high narrow valley dotted with small villages of Mountain Tajiks who have lived here for thousands of years.  Thanks to ancient rockfalls eons ago damming up the river in stages, there is a series of seven stepping-stone lakes in the Shing Valley, each of uniquely breathless beauty.

Here’s what we saw.  All the photos are mine, with none photoshopped or have the saturation jacked up.  The colors are real.

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