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TRUMP FORCES THE WORLD TO BLOCK OIL FROM IRAN

irans-death-cryOn Monday (4/22), the Trump Administration announced full sanctions on all countries importing Iranian oil would be in effect next week on May 2.  In announcing the decision, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said:

"The goal remains simple: to deprive the outlaw regime of the funds it had used to destabilize the Middle East for four decades and incentivize Iran to behave like a normal country… We have made our demands very clear to the ayatollah and his cronies:

End your pursuit of nuclear weapons, stop testing and proliferating ballistic missiles, stop sponsoring and committing terrorism, halt the arbitrary detention of US citizens. Our pressure is aimed at ending these and others and it will continue to accelerate until Iran is willing to address them.”

China, India and Turkey can do little to resist Donald Trump’s extra-territorial sanctions against Iran.  Why? Washington has established hegemonic control over global finance and the dollarized payments system.

The cost of defying the White House on a large scale is punitively high. A cell at the US Treasury called the Office of Foreign Assets Control – or simply OFAC to its victims – has perfected the art of economic strangulation through the global banking, insurance and shipping nexus.

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MAN’S INHUMANITY TO MAN – THE DEMOCRATS HAVE MASTERED IT

Democrats wish for a French Revolution Reign of Terror

Democrats wish for a French Revolution Reign of Terror

A version of Les Misérables, new to U.S. viewers, began airing on PBS last week. While even nominally civilized people of the West were cognizant of the cruelty human beings were capable of for hundreds of years, Victor Hugo's novel of 1862 was an exceptional rendition of man's capacity for barbarity.

While Lincoln and the abolitionists were fighting to end slavery in America after having won independence from England, France was still suffering the disastrous consequences of its own ten-year revolution.

That nation lacked the spirit of humanity that animated our revolution and resulted in the American Constitution.  Their revolution devolved into mass murder.  The Reign of Terror began when the Jacobins seized power in 1793.  Thousands were guillotined, and Christianity was eradicated.

Sound familiar?  Our Left has driven itself into a Jacobin frenzy.  If they could guillotine President Trump and every one of his supporters and get away with it, many leftists would.

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THE TRAGEDY OF JEWISH AMERICAN LIBERALS

jews-reject-trumpOn April 9, Israeli voters went to the polls and reelected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a landslide to serve a fifth term as prime minister.

American Jewish leaders on both sides of the partisan aisle routinely applaud Israel’s democracy. They argue that it is Israel’s democracy that forms the basis of U.S. support for the Jewish state.

In light of this consistent position, American Jewish leaders across the partisan divide could have been expected to celebrate the elections and the vibrancy of Israeli democracy and the independent mindedness of Israeli voters.

But this did not happen. While conservative Jewish American groups congratulated Israelis for their open democracy, liberal American Jewish groups responded to the Israeli election results by throwing a collective fit.  Such is the tragedy of liberal American Jewry.

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TOO BAD IF YOU CARE ABOUT GAZA – THE HAMAS TERRORISTS WON’T ALLOW IT

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The Gaza Strip

Hamas has left Gaza in shambles. Life there is difficult, sad and abnormal.

Only buildings with generators actually maintain steady power. The lack of power affects everything from preserving fresh food to treating sewage.

If a person in Gaza falls ill, he is likely to find trained medical professionals unable to help because of the lack of equipment and medicines. The people there — even the talented and educated — can’t find jobs. The store shelves are empty.

The shoreline, which in many other places in the Mediterranean would be filled with beach resorts, is covered in the raw sewage and debris from successive wars. The cost of conflict is seen in all aspects of life in Gaza.

America and the world wants to help – but the terrorists of Hamas won’t allow it.

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IS ROBERT MUELLER A JUDAS GOAT?

mueller-monsterIs Robert Mueller Dr. Jekyll? Or is he Mr. Hyde?  Judging by the Special Counsel’s final report, he’s both.

Volume I killed the Russia collusion narrative dead, then drove a wooden stake through its heart.  After crushing moonbat hopes in Volume I, the Mueller report revived them in Volume II by implying President Trump may have obstructed justice.

The Lying Swine jumped on “obstruction” with the same zest and enthusiasm with which they flogged the bogus collusion narrative.

Democrats and Fake Newsers marched arm-in-arm, in lockstep, to promote collusion. But now their interests sharply diverge.

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THE RETURN OF SLAVERY

socialism-slaveryThere are some plagues that mankind seems to be incapable of fully destroying. One of these plagues is slavery, which has existed since man moved from being a hunter-gatherer to agriculture.

By 1900, most of the “civilized” world had abolished slavery and serfdom. But then a more lethal variant emerged under the more benign names of socialism, fascism and communism.

The implementation of these ideologies resulted in governments causing the deaths of somewhere between 100 and 200 million of their own citizens in the 20th century.

Yet, here we are, three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, with allegedly serious American politicians calling for the re-imposition of socialism as if history had not happened.

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EXPLORING OUTER MONGOLIA

©2019 Jack Wheeler

©2019 Jack Wheeler

The first time I went to Mongolia was in 1963.  I was 19 and by myself.  It was a colony of the Soviet Union back then.  No arat (Mongol nomad) living in a ger (conical tent like those above) had ever heard of America much less met somebody from there, so I was a real novelty.

I was a novelty again when I got back home.  Just about the most obscure course in the UCLA history department was on Mongolian history.  There were about a half-dozen students, and when the professor asked us each why we were in the course, I answered, “Because I’ve just been there,” he couldn’t believe it.

All those 35mm slides from back then are in one of the many boxes containing my pictures of yore.  By 2005, however, when I ran an expedition of some 2,500 miles criss-crossing the country north to south, east to west, there were digital cameras so I can share a few pics with you.  It took a while for Mongolia has no roads, just 4WD tracks.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/19/19

game-over Happy Good Friday!  This is a day of celebration for all Christendom – as the ancient Catholic catechism says, on this day, “Christ showed His great love for man, and purchased for him every blessing.”

And tonight, Passover begins for Jewish people around the world.  Pesach Sameach!

Coincidentally, this is a good Friday for America, as proclaimed on the cover of today’s (4/19) New York Post:

trump-clean And we’re just getting started.  What a week – here we go!

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ALL OF AFRICA

africa-on-map We’ve seen maps of Africa all our lives – but most people have little if any grasp of just how large Africa is.  It’s gargantuan – and with a bewildering number of countries. 50 in all.  I’ve had the good fortune to have been to every one.

As I have learned, often the hard way, traveling in Africa is daunting – and often outright dangerous, extremely so.  It is Africa’s misfortune that out of its vast size and over four dozen countries, there is a surprisingly small number of places that are both safe and worth going to.

Political instability, ethnic strife, humongous corruption and street crime are so widespread across the continent, you have to search hard for exceptions.

Plus, even if those were absent, where are there places that are really cool, bucket-list cool worth all the expense, time, and effort to get to and experience?

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MUELLERS REPORT SPEAKS VOLUMES

trump-strassel-tweetWhat’s in the special counsel’s findings is almost as revealing as what’s left out.

By the fall of 2017, it was clear that special counsel Robert Mueller, as a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was too conflicted to take a detached look at a Russia-collusion story that had become more about FBI malfeasance than about Donald Trump.

The evidence of that bias now stares at us through 448 pages of his report.

President Trump has every right to feel liberated. What the report shows is that he endured a special-counsel probe that was relentlessly, at times farcically, obsessed with taking him out.

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