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PUTIN LOSES HIS KEY TO HIS AFRICAN EMPIRE IN SUDAN

Sudan’s now former dictator

Sudan’s now former dictator

Today (4/17), the Islamist dictator of Sudan for 30 years, Omar al-Bashir, was incarcerated in Kober Prison in Khartoum, the maximum security prison that held so many of the political prisoners Bashir put there.   He was overthrown by his own military last Thursday (4/11).

Putin has now lost his key to his goal of an African Empire for Russia.

On orders from Russian President Vladimir Putin, his agent Yevgeny Prigozhin—popularly known as “the cook” because of his ownership of a catering company—has inserted “political technologists” in at least 20 African countries.

The Kremlin has for years viewed Sudan as an important base for this operation on the African continent. But the recent coup in this country shows how fragile and changeable is the foundation on which that Russian effort is based.

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CHINA IS NOT RECOVERING

xi-jinping-trumpDonald Trump says “trade wars are good and easy to win” if your foes depend on your market and you can break them under pressure.

You see, he knows that China’s majestic and elegantly-stable GDP figures are best seen as an instrument of political combat.  Which is why he proclaimed victory when the Shanghai equity index went into a swoon over the winter. This is classic Trumpian gamesmanship.

It is in China’s urgent interest to puncture such claims as trade talks come to a head. Xi Jinping had to beat expectations with a crowd-pleaser in the first quarter. The number was duly produced: 6.4%. Let us all sing the March of the Volunteers.

“Could it really be true?” asked Beijing-based Caixin magazine. This was a brave question in Uncle Xi’s evermore totalitarian regime.

Of course it is not true.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/12/19

my-turn-to-investigateWhat’s that deafening sound?  Wow it’s loud, like squeals from an entire sounder of stuck pigs.  Oh, look!  It’s the Democrats and their media lap poodles squealing in terror over Bill Barr about to slit their throats.

The AG’s Senate testimony on Wednesday (4/10) did it.  TTP attached the video of his words to Kim Strassel’s Barr Brings Accountability this morning (4/12).

Yes, Roger Simon is right, that POTUS’ replacement of testicularly-atrophied Jeff Sessions is The Democrats’ Worst Nightmare.

When you watch the video in Strassel’s, note carefully Barr’s words after he says “I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”  He then says, “I’m not talking about the FBI necessarily but intelligence agencies more broadly.”

You can bet all three of Obama’s intelligence directors – not just FBI’s Comey, but CIA’s Brennan and National Intelligence Director Clapper – hearing those words suddenly noticed the red laser light dot over their hearts and said to themselves, “OMG, he’s targeting me!”  You betcha.

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NESOPHILIA

Tristan da Cunha ©2019 Jack Wheeler

Tristan da Cunha ©2019 Jack Wheeler

All right, I confess.  I am a nesophile.  I’m addicted to nesophilia.  It’s not on any list of psychiatric disorders, however.  The term was invented – a “neologism” – by one of the 20th century’s most eminent philosophers, Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) in 1938 while in Ireland.

When there, he combined the Greek word nesos – island, with philia – love, and declared he was a nesophile – a lover of islands.  That’s me.

I suppose that’s obvious by now – for I’ve lost count of the number of islands I’ve written about on TTP

And there are so many more to go!  Yet I’ll be writing only about ones that are interesting, not even if they’re famous.  I just got back from Majorca and Ibiza, for example.  Nice enough, pretty enough – but, frankly, boring.  There’s no real there there, as Gertrude Stein said about Oakland, California.

So let’s take a quick look at some islands that would blow Gertrude Stein away – such as the one that has the bed Napoleon died in.

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BARR BRINGS ACCOUNTABILITY

The most inadvertently honest reaction to Attorney General William Barr’s congressional testimony this week came from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Mr. Barr had bluntly called out the Federal Bureau of Investigation for “spying” on the Trump campaign in 2016. Mr. Clapper said that was both “stunning and scary.”

Indeed. Here's what Trump’s foes have to be scared about.

No doubt a lot of former Obama administration and Hillary Clinton campaign officials, opposition guns for hire, and media members are stunned and scared that the Justice Department finally has a leader willing to address the FBI’s behavior in 2016

They all worked very hard to make sure such an accounting never happened. Only in that context can we understand the frantic new Democrat-media campaign to tar the attorney general.

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THE DEMOCRATS’ WORST NIGHTMARE

Attorney General William Barr

Attorney General William Barr

Though they were excruciatingly obnoxious to William Barr at Tuesday's (4/09) House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Democrats would be well-advised to lay off the attorney general, maybe even treat him with kid gloves, because he holds a good deal of the future of their party in his hands.

In fact, he is positioned to make that party bleed as perhaps no one in history. And it only makes it worse that he is clearly such a straight shooter.

The big story from Barr's testimony then before the subcommittee was not that the AG plans to release a redacted version of the Mueller report within a week or even that those redactions will be color-coded four ways and annotated to explain the reasons for the edits.

Here's the real big story, and it’s really big.

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WHEN THAT DID NOT WORK – TRUMP STILL STANDS

fist-pump-trump[Note by JW – Professor Hanson provides a masterful compendium of all twelve of the ways the pathologically fascist Democrats and media tried and failed to destroy the Trump Presidency, and then asks the crucial question at the end.]

Right after the 2016 election, Green Party candidate Jill Stein—cheered on by Hillary Clinton dead-enders—sued in three states to recount votes and thereby overturn Donald Trump’s victory in the Electoral College.

Before the quixotic effort imploded, Stein was praised as an iconic progressive social justice warrior who might stop the hated Trump from even entering the White House.

When that did not work….

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CANDACE OWENS – THE ANTIDOTE TO OCASIO-CORTEZ

It has been a long time since a person as young as Candace Owens appeared on the political scene who is as brilliant, grounded, and quick-thinking as she is.  She is 29 years old –  the same age as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.  Let that sink in a minute.

Owens has at least a hundred IQ points on the supremely ignorant Ocasio-Cortez.  Owens's grace and class are the antithesis of Ocasio-Cortez's empty-headed, ditzy meanderings.

Owens's videos are all worth watching, and her performance yesterday (4/09) in front of the House Oversight Committee was spectacular as you can see above.  She put the Democrats on that committee to shame, especially Jerrold Nadler and Ted Lieu.

Both of them tried their best to humiliate her, to use her as a prop in their latest narrative that Trump is responsible for a make-believe rise of white nationalism and white supremacy.  Yet it was she who humiliated them.

She indeed spoke truth to the Democrats in front of her, when she told them in her opening statement:

"The hearing today is not about white nationalism or hate-crimes, it’s about fear-mongering, power and control."

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THERE IS NO LEFT LEFT IN ISRAEL

Bibi!

Bibi!

[Note by JW – Damon Linker is on the Left, but has the integrity to report real news even if it disappoints him]

Don't be fooled by misleading stories about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's disappointing showing in Tuesday's (4/09) election in Israel.

Even if the centrist Blue and White alliance of former military chief Benny Gantz had eked out a very narrow victory over Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party, the story of this election is not at all about the retreat of the right. (Gantz conceded yesterday 4/10.)

On the contrary, the most far-reaching consequence of the 2019 Israeli election may well be that it verified, beyond any reasonable doubt, that there is functionally no Left left in Israel. It has become a country with a center, a right, and a far right, but no electorally viable Left to speak of.

An astonishing example.  The Labor Party – viewed as the equivalent of the US Democrat Party – performed so badly it may be on te verge of extinction.

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