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HALF-FULL REPORT 07/12/19

epstein-chargedThe arrest Saturday (7/6) and indictment Monday (7/8) of (purported) billionaire, (confirmed) pedophile and major Democrat donor Jeffrey Epstein indicates the Storm has finally begun. From now on, the only news Democrats get that isn’t bad will be worse.

CD roms the FBI seized from a safe in Epstein’s $77 million Manhattan town house suggest he was blackmailing hundreds of prominent people.

A decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has made Planned Parenthood very, very unhappy.

At a Social Media Summit yesterday (7/11), President Trump blasted the barons of Big Tech for lying to him about censorship, pledged to explore “all regulatory and legislative measures to protect free speech.”

For details and much more news, read on.

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OBAMA REMOVED THE CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION SO TRUMP CAN PUT IT BACK IN

trump-on-census-citizenshipShould there be a citizenship question on the 2020 census? Will there be?

Those questions have been much in the news lately, because:

The Supreme Court ruled the question could be asked…if the Commerce Department provided a better rationale for asking it.

Then the Commerce Department said that because of time constraints, the census forms will be printed without a citizenship question.

President Trump countermanded that, ordered the Justice Department to revisit the issue with the courts pronto.

A day later, the president said he may issue an executive order to have a citizenship question included.

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THE WHITE SUPREMACIST BOGEYMAN

white-bogeymanThey are everywhere.

I am talking, of course, about white supremacists. The news media, Democrats, and NeverTrump Republicans would have us believe the country is under siege by a sinister cabal of Americans who want to return to the days of Jim Crow, or better yet, the era of slavery.

Since the election of Donald Trump, white supremacists, we are warned, occupy the White House and control the Republican Party.

The signs are everywhere.

A MAGA hat is the new white hood. A common hand signal for “OK” actually is a way to send a message of solidarity to other white supremacists. So is drinking a glass of milk. Or owning a dog. Or selling an athletic shoe embossed with an American flag designed by Betsy Ross.

What accounts for this mass hysteria of anti-white racism?

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RAPINOE DISHONORS AMERICA AND US SOCCER

megan-rapinoe-disrespectsMegan Rapinoe is so enamored of her own athletic prowess that she has somehow internalized the notion that we care what she thinks about the president, the anthem, the flag, and the country.  She seems to think her superior skill at soccer gives her the right to insult all the Americans with political views that differ from hers.

Rapinoe demonstrated an embarrassing lack of class that contaminates her entire team.  She is a woman who never learned that a bit of grace is an infectious thing in a good way.

This, of course, makes her a hero to the hate-America Left that populates CNN and MSNBC 24/7.  Her disdain for the country to them means she is presidential material!  Just ask Rachel Maddow.

The Left is now officially insane.  This arrogant, disagreeable woman, Rapinoe, because she plays soccer well, thinks she has the right to trash everything and everyone she loathes.

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IRANIAN HOSTILES WARRANT REGIME CHANGE

ayatollah-ali-khamenei-missileDespite warnings from practically everyone, five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday. They apparently backed off only when they realized the Brits were serious about defending themselves and had no interest in being held hostage, a standard Iranian tactic. Good for them.

The Iranians have been acting out quite a bit lately, testing the limits of our tolerance for violence and breaking the nuclear strictures (assuming there really were any) of the JCPOA, aka the Iran Deal.

That deal was always an extreme head-scratcher, that the agreement prevents entry to Iranian military installations by nuclear inspectors was only the tip of an absurd iceberg. And when the Mossad lifted a ton (!) of nuclear documents from a Tehran warehouse showing that Iran had lied about practically everything, the whole thing seemed ridiculous, even though that should have been obvious from the outset.

Now the mullahs are hurting because of the sanctions instituted by Trump. But that doesn't seem to be stopping their behavior.

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THE VENEZUELA ALARM SIREN IS SOUNDING

ELN Narco-Marxist guerrillas in Venezuela

ELN Narco-Marxist guerrillas in Venezuela

[Note by JW:  This alarming report shows the urgent need for President Trump to join with Colombia President Ivan Duque and Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro to form a joint task force of the US, Colombian, and Brazilian armed forces to militarily remove the Maduro regime from Venezuela, and install a legitimate government.  The situation is becoming so dire there is no time to lose.]

Venezuela is in a stalemate.

Ruled as a colony by its Cuban masters with a little puppet leader in the persona of Nicolás Maduro, it's as bad an economic shambles as Cuba is, and as with Cuba, millions of its people are fleeing.

The United Nations declared it a death-squad regime, with 7,000 documented killings of dissidents.  There's a legitimate leader in the legislative declaration of Juan Guaidó as president, but the man is powerless without an army to command and sadly fading to irrelevance.

But there's not nothing going on.  Read on, this is gravely frightening.

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DELETING HISTORY INSTEAD OF BEING THANKFUL FOR IT

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC

It would be difficult to visualize some of the great world capitals — Rome, Paris, London and Washington — without the statues and monuments celebrating the lives of political, military, religious leaders, as well as great artists, scientists, etc.

To the extent that the statues and monuments are tributes to real people, they necessarily represent flawed people because no one is perfect.

The operative question is, after a full life, was the world better or worse off as a result of the existence of any individual?

Currently, we are witnessing a movement to remove statues and monuments to historic figures because something they did or said during their lives now offends one or more people.

Last week, the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, decided to no longer mark Thomas Jefferson’s birthday as an official holiday.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 07/05/19

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NY Post Cover July 4, 2019

Welcome to the Fourth of July HFR!

It’s America’s Birthday, when the most noble document in human history was ratified and made public, the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

The word Aristotle would use for “noble” above is kalon.  Often translated as noble and honorable, or badly mistranslated as beautiful in the sheer physical sense, kalon for Aristotle is a term of morality.  The kalon is the morally noble, morally honorable, morally admirable – thus it is the morally beautiful.

We don’t have a word for this in English, and may be elusive to grasp for it expresses a philosophical aesthetics – not in the crude popular sense of that term as subjective sentiment regarding art or music, but elegantly embodying an objective moral truth.

Thus when we refer to “America the Beautiful,” we mean something vastly more than its physical beauty like amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties.  We mean America the Kalon, America the Morally Beautiful.

And that is because of the moral beauty of our country’s founding principles stated in our Declaration of Independence.  Its essence is expressed in the second sentence, the most magnificent statement of a moral ideal in human history:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Note it states an ideal towards which it is America’s moral duty to strive.  Since humans at any time are imperfect, it is irrelevant that the ideal’s authors were imperfect in our eyes now, such as some owned slaves who were not granted these rights.

It is highly likely, for example, that a future generation of Americans will condemn ours today for allowing the unforgiveable immorality of infanticide, of mothers murdering their own children fully capable of surviving out of their wombs.  Perhaps they will demand any statues or memorials to our pro-abortion politicians be torn down.

Further, for however much America has not lived up to its moral ideals in the 243 years since 1776, it has nonetheless lived up to them to a greater degree than any other nation on earth.

The perfect must not be the enemy of the good, we must not be compared to some political heaven but to other societies here on earth.  Where else are people freer to control their own lives, granted more liberty, or capable of pursuing their own happiness?

Let its critics carp.  The fact remains that America for all its faults and flaws is still morally beautiful, deserving of our love and admiration.

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THE LAST HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY?

“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.”  ---Winston Churchill
 

Happy Fourth of July!  Today we celebrate the founding of America’s freedom by commemorating the greatest act of political and moral genius in human history – the writing of The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson.  An excellent way of doing so would be for your family and loved ones to gather together and read it aloud, savoring every extraordinary word.

Savor the words well, for it is quite possible that this may be our last happy Fourth – if we do not take Churchill’s warning to heart now, not waiting until next year when it will be too late.

To do so, we must be specific and explicit about the threat of enslavement we are facing.  In Churchill’s day it was external – Nazi Germany.  For us today, the threat is internal within our own borders.  Let us name and define it.

It is this:  The Fascism of AINOs.

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