Thursday, August 31, 2017

ESCALATION: US Drops Bombs Near North Korean Border


This is really insane.

Two days after North Korea flew a missile over Japan, the United States and South Korea staged their own show of force with state-of-the-art stealth fighters Thursday.

Four US F-35B fighter jets joined two US B-1B bombers and four South Korean F-15 fighter jets in the joint US-South Korean flyover of the Korean Peninsula, an official with the South Korean air force told CNN.

The exercise was designed to "strongly counter North Korea's repeated ballistic missile tests and development of nuclear weapons," the official said.

In a statement, the air force said the US bombers flew out of Guam and four stealth fighter jets from a US Marine Corps base in Japan.

Kim Jong-un has responded by calling the bombings a ‘wild military acts of enemies’ and has ordered troops to be ready for ‘imminent war’ after US nuke-ready jets blitz North Korea border.

It should be remembered that Kim's missile launch over Japan was in response to wide-scale US/South Korean military exercises along the North Korean border.

So much for Trump the dealmaker. I really think you could talk Kim down by giving him a minor league basketball team. The kid loves basketball and wants respect.

Instead, we are on the edge of military actions.

  -RW

New York Times "Forgot" to Mention in Profile That New Uber CEO is a Member of the NYT Board of Directors

The Intercept has the play-by-play on Dara Khosrowshahi, of the very curious Khosrowshahi family, and the NYT profile:
 On Tuesday, ride-sharing company Uber announced the hiring of Dara Khosrowshahi to be its new CEO, replacing Travis Kalanick. Khosrowshahi, an Iranian immigrant, previously spent 12 years as CEO of travel company Expedia.

He is also a member of the board of directors of the Times Company, a position he has held since 2015.

After the announcement, Times reporter Mike Isaac wrote a lengthy tick-tock of the Khosrowshahi hiring, but he did not disclose that the new CEO was a member of the Times Company’s board. The paper did disclose the relationship in other profiles of Khosrowshahi.

Linda Zebian, the Times Company’s executive director of communications, released a statement to The Intercept: “The fact that Dara Khosrowshahi is a board member of The New York Times Company will indeed be disclosed in every relevant article moving forward (the fact that it was not disclosed in the Aug. 29 article was an error, which we regret).” She added that “Mr. Khosrowshahi’s appointment will have no impact on our Uber coverage,” which suggests the new Uber CEO will not be stepping down from the board anytime soon.
  -RW

Police Militarization Fever in the Hamptons!



By Joe Nocera

A few weeks ago, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival held one of its occasional outdoor concerts at a nearby Long Island winery. It was well attended -- 400 concertgoers came to sip wine and listen to the music of Bach and Django Reinhardt -- but that wasn’t a surprise: Now in its 34th year, the music festival is one of the mainstays of the Hamptons summer season.
Here’s what was surprising, according to my friend and former New York Times colleague Susan Lehman, who was there: “Driving in,” she emailed me the other day, “it was impossible not to notice two figures with the word POLICE emblazoned in white on their spruce black costumes, and very noticeable automatic weapons in their hands.” She added that while the musicians were on stage, “two armed guards milled around in the open space in the front of the tent where the concert was being held.” Afterward, when someone inquired about the presence of these heavily armed police, he was told that the Southampton 1  police department required the extra protection.
Yes, it’s true, the town of Southampton, New York, with its 55,000 year-round residents -- and its deserved reputation as a summer playground for the rich and famous -- now has its very own counterterrorism squad. Its members were first sighted in April, when cops wearing bulletproof vests and carrying fully loaded AR-15s showed up at the Bridgehampton Half Marathon, where they spent most of their time milling around the finish line.
They’ve since “protected” several dozen high-end Hamptons galas and events, including a big benefit for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, a fundraiser for the James Beard Foundation, the annual Hope in the Hamptons event put on by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and even a family fair that took place at the Children’s Museum of the East End. The children’s museum! Less weaponry was flashed at Hillary Clinton’s Hamptons fundraisers last year than has been seen at various galas around Southampton this summer.
But why? It’s not as if Southampton has ever suffered a terrorist attack. Indeed, Southampton’s police chief, Steven Skrynecki, has repeatedly told the local media that there hasn’t been so much as a hint of a threat. But with so many events attracting wealthy celebrities -- and with terrorist incidents on the rise in many Western countries -- he felt that it was necessary to increase security.
“Many of the people at Southampton events are symbols of American affluence and success and capitalism,” Skrynecki told me. “At the same time, there is an abundance of freedom of expression and morals and dress. The attendees’ beliefs might be contrary to the known ideology of terrorist groups.” He also mentioned the possibility that someone on the “ultra right” could try to commit an act of terrorism at a fundraiser attended by wealthy liberals.
Well, yes, I suppose something like that could happen in the Hamptons -- just as it could happen anywhere, at any time. The randomness of a bomb going off in a packed arena, a gunman killing children in a school, a truck barreling into a crowded sidewalk -- that’s the very definition of terrorism. We know that there will be terror attacks; that’s the world we live in. We just don’t know when or where. And the notion that there is a higher likelihood of an attack on a chamber music concert or a family fair than, say, an overcrowded Hamptons train depot on Labor Day weekend (which the police don’t patrol) seems a stretch, to say the least.
There’s another, more plausible reason Southampton has a 15-person counterterrorism squad. Skrynecki, it would seem, has caught militarization fever, a disease that too many of his fellow police chiefs have also come down with.
Read the rest here.

Antifa in Attack Mode Against Old School Liberals



Yesterday, the Antfia podcast Hotwire had as its guests the anti-fascists Rebel Girl and Mel.

Their comments will not rest easy with old school liberals (my bold):
Rebel Girl: Militant responses like the shutdown of Milo Yiannopolous’ talk at Berkeley have drawn heated criticism from liberals. Considering this weekend’s protests had a larger turnout with more liberal types, what was the dynamic between counter-protesters like?
Mel: The dynamic was surprising. I think that there was a difference on Sunday in that folks who were not explicitly antifascist, as in black bloc, were actually really supportive of the black bloc and its tactic and the message to the fascists that “you are not welcome here, by any means necessary.” So there was a lot of support, which was really overwhelming and almost hard to believe. It felt really genuine. However, there was still a pretty significant presence of true liberals who hold up their “white silence is violence” cardboard signs but still hurl profanities at anyone dressed in black.
Violence can be strategic, it can be a tactic, but I think the violence that is most concerning to me as a person of color is the violence that exists daily from groups like that, from people like that: the liberals in Berkeley who will do anything in the name of free speech but also continue to gentrify, and continue to call the cops on communities of color.
It is no wonder the mainstream left is ditching Antifa.

  -RW

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Rand Paul: A Statesman is Born

The best thing yet from Rand Paul: here.

The Establishment in PANIC; They Ditch Antifa; Massive Shift in the Last 48 Hours

The establishment has apparently just gotten word to take down Antifa, a group they were singing the praises of as recently as two weeks ago.

This is big. Only weeks ago after Charlottesville, MSM and aligned cronies were supporting Antifa against Trump's whataboutism in deflecting away from the neo-Nazis.

Even Paul Ryan wouldn't condemn Antifa. From Dailywire:
And neither would Elizabeth Warren:

But in the last 48 hours, the word has clearly gotten out that Antifa is worse than Trump, in the eyes of the Establishment.

The Left and MSM are now aggressively attacking Antifa, even though this switch helps Trump.

Late yesterday,

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

REPORT General Kelly Took Away Trump's Cell Phone


Did I mention that the generals are in charge?

Mike Cernovich writes:
Trump is on “house arrest.”
“House arrest,” is how Trump’s life post-Kelly had been repeatedly described to me. “They keep the door to the Oval Office closed and [Chief-of-Staff General John] Kelly doesn’t let any articles go through Trump until he’s reviewed them,” as Adrian Carrasquillo and Charlie reported at BuzzFeed.
When sources confided in me weeks ago that General Kelly confiscated Trump’s cell phone, I hesitated to report it. How could that be true?
“Oh it’s true, but Kelly gave him his phone back,” a source told me yesterday, “but Kelly listens in most of the time. We call it the ‘party line,’” a reference to a 90s trend where multiple people would call into a phone line to chat.

What You Need to Know About the New Uber CEO



As I report at EPJ, Dara Khosrowshahi is coming in as CEO of Uber and will be paid upwards of $200 million to do so.

For the record, via The New York Times, here are a few things you should know about Khosrowshahi:

His parents seem to have done well under the Shah when he was in power in Iran:
 His parents, Lili and Gary (short for Asghar) Khosrowshahi, were prosperous members of the Iranian elite in the 1960s and 1970s. Gary was an executive at an industrial conglomerate, where he worked with relatives. They fled as the government of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi collapsed.
The family managed to get well connected in the United States:
 Dara’s brother, Kaveh Khosrowshahi, is a managing director at the [powerful, insider] investment firm Allen & Company; another cousin, Farzad “Fuzzy” Khosrowshahi, played a major role in the creation of Google Docs; yet another cousin, Amir Khosrowshahi, is an executive at Intel; and Avid Larizadeh Duggan, also a cousin, is a general partner at Google Ventures.
I'm talking very well connected:
Mr. Khosrowshahi, in addition to running Expedia since 2005, joined the board of The New York Times Company in 2015.
Just saying.

 -RW

Rand Paul Slams Trump on Military Gear for Police


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Monday denounced the Trump administration’s plan to reverse a ban on local and state police arming themselves with military equipment, saying it would encroach on Americans’ liberties.

Paul criticized the decision in a series of tweets, saying that the move would “subsidize militarization” and provide “an illusive and dangerous, or false, security” to Americans.

Another strong libertarian-like response from Rand:

The Berkeley 13: Why Did It Happen?


Thirteen people were arrested, 11 for banned items and two for felony assault, according to Berkeley police, during the violence on Sunday.

As I pointed out, things were a lot less violent in San Franciso the day before.

NBC News now confirms my take:
There was a considerable contrast between free speech rallies on both sides of the bay over the weekend, raising questions about whether the brief spurts of violence in Berkeley could have been prevented.
Thousands of protesters marched safely in the streets of San Francisco on Saturday, but on Sunday at Civic Center Park in Berkeley, what started peacefully broke into violent clashes between "alt-right" and anti-fascist groups...
And here's NBC News confirming that the police stood down:
Sunday’s event turned out to be rather one-sided, with a dwindling number of "alt-right" ralliers and many Antifa demonstrators armed and seemingly ready for action.

"When there weren’t conservative protesters that they wanted to fight, they wanted to fight the police," Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said. "So I think the police made the right decision to pull back, so that they didn’t get hurt and other people didn’t get hurt, to de-escalate the situation."
At least 500 police officers from various agencies were posted around the park Sunday. When the wave of masked Antifa protesters showed up, they were allowed to enter despite their brazen violation of rules. 
"Their strategic plan was to bar anybody with weapons. They didn’t say how many they were going to bar; it says nobody gets in with weapons," said Tony Ribera, former San Francisco police chief, referring to Berkeley police rules in advance of the rally. "And yet, they let people in with weapons?"
Now the question becomes: What will happen when Coulter and Milo come to town?

  -RW

Coming to Berkeley: The Woodstock of Violent Left-Right Clashes?

The last time Milo came to Berkeley.
Only months after speeches by conservative authors Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter were canceled at the University of California at Berkeley amid security issues, the two have been invited back next month for "Free Speech Week," reports USA Today.

Unless the Berkeley police pick up their game, this is going to be the Woodstock of violent clashes between the alt-right and violent leftists groups such as Antifa, By Any Means Necessary, and Black Bloc.

I understand members of these leftists groups from around the country are planning to be in Berkeley for the week.

As I have pointed out before, in previous clashes between the right and left, the Berkeley police have stood down. If this occurs during "Free Speech Week," we will see one of the most serious episodes of right-left violence that we have ever seen in America.

Former White House senior strategist Steve Bannon is also scheduled to appear, but there has been no confirmation he will attend.

The Berkeley Patriot, a conservative campus newspaper and registered campus organization, negotiated with the school for the appearance by Yiannopoolous and Coulter for the Sept. 24-27 events, the East Bay Times reports.

In a statement last week to the campus community, university Chancellor Carol Christ reiterated an ongoing commitment to free speech as a core principle of the academic institution.

“The university has the responsibility to provide safety and security for its community and guests, and we will invest the necessary resources to achieve that goal,” Christ said in part.

“If you choose to protest, do so peacefully. That is your right, and we will defend it with vigor. We will not tolerate violence, and we will hold anyone accountable who engages in it.”

  -RW

Monday, August 28, 2017

STOCKMAN: The Apprentice 2.0---You're Pardoned!


By David Stockman.

If you still don't think it's over, you aren't paying attention. The Donald has just given stupid a new definition and he will pay for it with a final ride on the White House helicopter. Even now the
engines are warming.

We are referring to

The Sunday Violence in Berkeley and What It Signals for America



To understand the beatdowns by leftists in Berkeley on Sunday, one needs to understand what happened across the bay in San Francisco the day before.

A group calling itself, Patriot Prayer, had announced days earlier that it would rally in favor of free speech at Crissy Field in San Francisco. The city refused to grant a permit charging that the group was really a white supremacist group planning to engage in violence.

Patriot Prayer took the city to court and a judge ruled that the group could rally.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee sucked it up and prepared to do what he could to keep things peaceful.  All San Francisco police were required to be on duty on Saturday and the police announced that no sticks, pepper spray etc. would be allowed in the park.

The Mayor seemed to have things under control.

But the day before the scheduled protest,

Trump Lift Limits on Military Gear for Police



Trump is a serious totalitarian.

He is very dangerous to peace, freedom and what used to be the American way.

 The Trump administration is preparing to restore the flow of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies under a program that had been sharply curtailed by the Obama administration, reports NBC New York.

Trump's order would fully restore the program under which "assets that would otherwise be scrapped can be repurposed to help state, local, and tribal law enforcement better protect public safety and reduce crime," according to documents obtained by AP.

The man has no deep philosophical underpinning and has a very simple but dangerous view that he can force the country in the direction of "good." Good being whatever he deems it is, and anyone objecting is considered by him an enemy that deserves no respect or civil treatment.

It is believed the other top Administration statist, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, could outline the changes during a speech later today before the national conference of the Fraternal Order of Police in Nashville, Tennessee.

   -RW

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Flooding Update on the Ron Paul Team Just Outside of Houston



Daniel McAdams, executive producer of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, just emailed:
We're evacuating.  We live on a bayou and don't want to be there if water comes in.
Ron Paul is going to tough it out.

Stay safe Dr. Paul!

  -RW

UPDATE

 And three more days of rain expected!

How Many Antifa Are There in America?

New Man Lives
By Taki Theodoracopulos

When the Germans smuggled arguably the world’s most evil man into Russia 100 years ago, they did not imagine the harm they were springing on the human race. Once Lenin had prevailed, he decided to forge a new consciousness, a New Man, as the Bolshies called it, one that would overcome “the antinomies of subjective and objective, body and spirit, family and party.” Leave it to a horror like Lenin to design a new human being (although a certain Austrian tried to emulate him less than twenty years later). Yakov Sverdlov was such a man, having ordered the murder of the Tsar and all his family, plus having the family’s dogs hanged.

We hear a lot about Nazis nowadays, but very little about horrors like Lenin and Sverdlov and their enablers. But if anyone copied Lenin’s methods of winning big through terror and murder, it was Hitler and Goebbels. And let’s forget about the fierce persecution of the aristocracy by the Bolsheviks, the destruction of an entire class, the chilling tales of looted palaces and the murder of millions, and stick to the creation of New Man.

“There is no free speech in American universities today, and the media and academia are complicit.”
What was required was transparency between the individual and the collective. The bourgeois family had to be erased from one’s consciousness, as were family attachments and things like domesticity, wives, children, lovers, and whatever else pre-Lenin humans used to indulge in. Lefty intellectuals concurred, many of them British like the Webbs and Bertrand Russell, a stain whom present academics defend to this day—more vigorously than ever, come to think of it. When Robert Conquest first published his litany of the great terror and its close to 100 million dead, he was ignored by that very same academy, and instead of being awarded a dukedom for his work, he was more or less ostracized by lefty professors and the so-called elite. Ditto Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who was booed during lectures at American universities for pointing out the vacuity of the consumer society.

That nice guy who succeeded Lenin once the latter croaked requisitioned grain from peasants, who starved in order to fund industry in the cities. Thirty million died from that alone. Still, true Bolsheviks remained loyal to the cause, fathers giving up daughters to the dreaded secret police, sons betraying mothers, and so on. Social engineering began with Bolshevism, and I must admit that it worked, at least where intellectuals are concerned. The Soviet project has successfully polluted the academy the world over, and continues to this day. Which brings me to what took place a couple of weeks ago at my old alma mater, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Read the rest here.

Ten-Day Anti-Trump Protest March From Charlottesville to DC


Convening Partners activists are set to start a 10-day march from Charlottesville, Virginia to Washington, D.C. on Monday to demand President Trump's removal from office.

"The March to Confront White Supremacy," is set to start in Charlottesville Monday, Aug. 28 and end in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 6. Organizers say the march will be followed by an occupation of Washington, D.C. with daily nonviolent demonstrations.

"This is the time to confront white supremacy in our government and throughout our history. We demand that President Trump to be removed from office for allying himself with this ideology of hate and we demand an agenda that repairs the damage it's done to our country and its people," the website for the march reads.

Listed as partners of the march are:

How to Get News Articles to President Trump That General Kelly Won't Let Through



Politico reports:
 Confronted with a West Wing that treated policymaking as a free-for-all, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, is instituting a system used by previous administrations to limit internal competition — and to make himself the last word on the material that crosses the president’s desk.

It’s a quiet effort to make Trump conform to White House decision-making norms he’s flouted without making him feel shackled or out of the loop. In a conference call last week, Kelly initiated a new policymaking process in which just he and one other aide — White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a little-known but highly regarded Rhodes scholar who overlapped with Jared Kushner as an undergraduate at Harvard — will review all documents that cross the Resolute desk.

The new system, laid out in two memos co-authored by Kelly and Porter and distributed to Cabinet members and White House staffers in recent days, is designed to ensure that the president won’t see any external policy documents, internal policy memos, agency reports and even news articles that haven’t been vetted.
Rest assured that the General is not going to allow Trump to see any alternative news media articles.

Here are four workarounds the general public can use to get alternative news to Trump.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Trump's 'New' Afghan Strategy: Protect The Empire!

As always some very important insights from Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams---especially on the power of the Deep State.
 -RW

The Most Impressive Leftist in the Age of Trump

In the Age of Trump, there are only a very few sources a libertarian can turn to for sound reporting and analysis. Much of the conservative movement has been captured by Trump and they will go through all sorts of mental contortions to make the ridiculous claim that Trump is anti-war and isn't influenced by the elitists.

On the left, you have almost all focus on the dubious charges that Trump somehow colluded with Russia and focus on the silly analysis of how "presidential" Trump looks from one speech to the next. That's about it,

Alan Dershowitz, on the left, is a bit of an exception. He is excellent on the dangers from a Constitutional perspective of the Mueller investigation into Trump, but he is pretty much limited to that. Noam Chomsky will occasionally make sound comments about the Age of Trump but the comments are outliers.

Probably the most impressive reporter/analyst on the left, maybe in all of current day broadcasting, is The Real News Network senior editor Paul Jay. He is solid and insightful on elitists, mainstream media, the type of generals around Trump, the military-industrial complex and the Empire. He understands how things really work.

He is a lefty, though, so my views on economics are far different from his, but he is so solid on elitists and foreign policy that I have to rave about him.

The below hour long clip is really worth watching. It starts off slow with some inside baseball about what they plan to do at The Real News Network but then the insights really start flowing and don't stop.

Among many other comments, Jay has some interesting insights about the Koch brothers, including that Vice President Mike Pence is their guy. But his take on Pence will scare the hell out of you.

  

  -RW

President Trump Pardons Convicted Criminal Joe Arpaio


Of all the people rotting in federal prisons, President Trump has exercised his power of presidential pardon for the first time to pardon a pretty nasty SOB.

 Trump formally pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona Sheriff, on Friday.

The Atlantic provides the context:
[Arapio's] extreme treatment of prisoners and detainees drew widespread condemnation and allegations of racial bias. A 2011 Justice Department report concluded that Arpaio engaged in “unconstitutional policing” by systematically targeting Latinos for racial profiling. That same year, in response to a lawsuit, a federal judge ordered Arpaio to stop detaining and harassing residents of largely Latino neighborhoods. He ignored the order and continued to perform sweeps, claiming they were lawful.

The judge charged him with civil contempt in 2015 and criminal contempt, a misdemeanor offense, the following year. A federal court found him guilty in July. Trump’s pardon comes before that legal process against Arpaio had finished: His sentencing hearing was scheduled for October, where he faced a maximum of six months behind bars.
Arpaio also launched

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Generals Get Another One: Silent Coup Nearly Complete


Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump closely aligned with Steve Bannon, resigned late Friday.

In a resignation letter, Gorka cited "forces" that do not support President Trump's "MAGA promise" as being ascendant in the White House.

“Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again,’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months," Gorka wrote.

Gorka certainly shouldn't be considered a libertarian, but he was an effective spokesman for the White House and had President Trump's back.

Outside of some possible second-tier staff, the Generals appear to have full control of the White House, including the news material Trump gets to read. The New York Times reports:
White House aides were told that all materials prepared for the president must go first to [ Robert Porter, the assistant to the president for policy coordination ] for vetting and clearance. Then [General] Kelly must sign off on them before they go to Mr. Trump’s desk. That includes news articles, according to West Wing officials who described the memos’ content — of particular importance, given the propensity for some of Mr. Trump’s staff to slip him news accounts from dubious sources that shape his thinking or prompt him to cite unreliable or inaccurate information.
  -RW

UPDATE

Who Is Jared Kushner And Why We Should All Worry Now

This is an excellent analysis of what is developing in the Middle East. The US has surrounded Iran.
  -RW

Trump's Top Economic Adviser Just Supported Antifa

This is amazing: HERE.

It's Good to See the Left Fretting Over the Future Soul of Libertarianism....

By this, I am referring to a new article up at The Washington Post titled: Libertarians wrestle with the alt-right.

In which Chris Cantwell, who once called himself a libertarian, is featured and who ended up being at the center of the Charlottesville unrest with his neo-Nazi ranting.

Example of a current Cantwell view: "How could Trump allow his beautiful daughter to marry a Jew."

WaPo writes:
Mainstream libertarians were worried about the spread of ideas like that.
But I can assure you that, although WaPo's concern is appreciated, libertarianism will survive. As far as I can tell, the top best selling libertarian authors at this time are Mises, Rothbard, Hayek and Block. Of the four, only Hayek is not a Jew.

It is very difficult to start a neo-Nazi movement if you are a hardcore follower of these folks. Nazi, by the way, stands for National Socialism, which all four attacked. So some crazies may pass through the libertarian movement but "pass through" are the operative words.

If you like central planning and hate Jews, I really don't see you wearing a Rothbard t-shirt.

That said, perhaps the Left should spend more time on self-contemplation.

Why are they always supporting leaders that make conditions horrific for most?

Consider Venezuela.

Actor Sean Penn met with the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, several times and claimed Chavez did "incredible things for the 80 percent of the people that are very poor."

Michael Moore praised Chavez for eliminating "75 percent of extreme poverty."

John Stossel reported:
[Noam] Chomsky, whose anti-capitalist teachings have inspired millions of American college students, praised Chavez's "sharp poverty reduction, probably the greatest in the Americas." Chavez returned the compliment by holding up Chomsky's book during a speech at the U.N., making it a best-seller.
Of course, now under Chavez's endorsed successor Venezuela is a hell hole.

Consider the Soviet Union.

From Wikipedia:
Walter Duranty (May 25, 1884 – October 3, 1957) was a Liverpool-born, Anglo-American journalist who served as the Moscow Bureau Chief of The New York Times for fourteen years (1922–1936) following the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War (1918–1921).

In 1932 Duranty received a Pulitzer Prize for a series of reports about the Soviet Union, 11 of them published in June 1931. He was criticized for his subsequent denial of widespread famine (1932–33) in the USSR, most particularly the mass starvation in Ukraine. Years later, there were calls to revoke his Pulitzer; The New York Times, which submitted his works for the prize in 1932, wrote that his later articles denying the famine constituted "some of the worst reporting to appear in this newspaper."... Duranty often admitted the brutality of the Stalinist system then proceeded to both explain and defend why dictatorship or brutality were necessary.
But getting back to Cantwell, his entire personality, as judged by videos, seems remarkably different from years earlier. He really seems like a different person. Could he be taking antipsychotic drugs?

Perhaps WaPo can do some digging here. Is there a Big Pharma connection to Cantwell like there has been to so many nut jobs?

I suspect that it was likely a combination of Big Pharma and Trump (Cantwell is a Trump fan, despite what he said about Trump's Jewish son-in-law) that triggered Cantwell.

And speaking of Trump, I want to, once again, push the idea that Donald Trump should be thrown under the bus by libertarians. I see no strategic reason he should be supported. He holds no libertarian positions and support for him is not going to gain us any followers that understand libertarian principles.

At times, it makes sense to form alliances with other groups if there are particular libertarian issues we want to advance or if it will help us introduce libertarianism to new groups. But the followers of Trump have no libertarian instincts. They are pretty much idiots (Gary North calls them schnooks: "true believers, also known as schnooks, who voted...will shrug their shoulders and not miss a beat in supporting a flip-flopping politician.").

For sure, they hate Obamacare but they don't want to end government healthcare. They aren't for nation building but they are for fighting terrorists. Pretending we have something in common with these people is only going to get us in trouble.

In his unpublished strategy paper, Toward a Strategy for Libertarian Social Change, Murray Rothbard wrote:
[T]he classical liberals were trapped by their alliance with the "practical" men into foreswearing any sort of radical general principles in striking to the practical short run details, with ultimately disastrous results....
Libertarians should not make the same mistake. The advancement of liberty is a long game. There is no strategic move that will result in a libertarian society emerging any time soon. On top of that, we are in something of a "quiet period" in terms of advancing liberty. There are no obvious groups that we should be forming alliances with. It is a time for the slog of one-on-one mental battles. Trump be damned.

 -RW

Thursday, August 24, 2017

General Kelly Has Set New Full Access to Trump Rules

It's Melania, Barron and, with limitations, Ivanka (and, of course, the General).

For everyone else, it is by appointment only.

The New York Times reports:
On Mr. Kelly’s first day on the job, he held a small meeting with top aides to the president after a fuller staff meeting. He told them that Oval Office access to Mr. Trump, which was once nearly universal to people coming through the West Wing, would be strictly limited to appointments only.

The exceptions, Mr. Kelly said, were the president’s wife and his 11-year-old son. And, he added, turning to Ivanka Trump, who was seated near him, the president’s eldest daughter, if she was speaking to him as a daughter and not a member of his staff.
 -RW

BREAKING Julian Assange to Join Ron Paul Institute Conference 2017



Order tickets here.

Why the Military Wing of the Octopus of Empire Will Not Be Able to Defeat the Taliban

By Michael S. Rozeff
Secretary of State Tillerson has made it clear that the U.S. is in Afghanistan to deny victory to the Taliban even if the U.S. isn’t victorious. In other words, the U.S. policy is to buy time by indefinite stalemate. The hope behind this policy is that the U.S. can negotiate a face-saving exit from Afghanistan.
The U.S. wants Kabul, the Taliban and Islamabad to come to terms politically and stop fighting. The Taliban won’t do this if they can continue to gain ground using current tactics and if Islamabad supports them. They’ll do it but only as a temporary measure if they think that under cover of peace they can gain ground and eventually take over, as North Vietnam took over South Vietnam 2 years after concluding an agreement with the U.S. The Taliban have a strong home court advantage.
Trump said he’s out to kill terrorists, not nation-build. That’s an admission of failure because the U.S. cannot defeat the Taliban without the partnership of a strong Afghan state on the ground in Afghanistan that has effective and substantial armed forces. These essential conditions do not exist. That is to say, the U.S. can’t defeat the Taliban at any reasonable cost. Sending in huge forces is out of the question. Bombing the whole country into oblivion is likewise out of the question.
The Taliban will continue to build their own nation-state in this vacuum, that is, in the face of the weak and corrupt Afghan government. They will chip away at Afghan and U.S. pockets of strength. The U.S. has failed at building a viable Afghan state. This was a foreseeable blunder, repeated in Iraq and Libya. Vietnam was an earlier dramatic example that the U.S. cannot build states as a general rule and under most conditions. Haiti has been a longstanding example of this. When a country is completely flat on its back and when it has a homogeneous society and when it has a prior tradition of a strong state, then it’s possible that a new nation-state can emerge on terms heavily-influenced by the U.S. Japan and West Germany show this. But under other conditions, such as non-homogeneous societies that have been held together by strongmen rulers, such is not the case. In the case of Afghanistan, the prior tradition of a strong state has been absent and there are tribal divisions. These have spelled the failure of the U.S. to build a nation-state.
Trump now says that the U.S. doesn’t aim to nation-build in Afghanistan. This is a welcome statement, but he cannot by himself change the empire’s course, even if he wanted to. Not only is he surrounded by advocates of empire, but also he doesn’t have a clear aim of accomplishing the goal of downsizing the empire. Parts of the U.S. government still harbor frustrated desires of nation-building. Nation-building is strongly embedded in the U.S. military structure and doctrine. That now shows up in the U.S. training of military forces in many countries in Africa. This doctrine is part and parcel of the larger political ambitions of the U.S. government. The military forward strategy is an arm of the embracing octopus of empire along side of programs of “aid”, treaties of defense, bank loans, trade agreements and sanctions.
The above originally appeared at LewRockwell.com/

Now ESPN Signals Broadcaster is a Snowflake




The minds of Social Justice Warriors are so fried that they don't even know when they are making a
bad situation worse. They leap from one SJW absurdity to a greater one.

Robert Lee, an ESPN sports broadcaster who is Asian-American, was pulled from calling the University of Virginia home opener in Charlottesville, VA  against William and Mary on Sept. 2 due to his having the same name as Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Initially, ESPN made a statement that could only be viewed as sound by a mentally fried Cultural Marxist but it was pretty bland.

Since that statement was laughed at by everyone whose brain registers more activity than the brain of Caroline Kennedy, the president of ESPN has stepped into the fray himself.

He now has pretty much indicated that he believes his broadcaster is a snowflake whose feelings might get hurt by tweets. The Hill reports (my bold):
The president of ESPN has defended the sports network’s decision to remove an announcer named Robert Lee from coverage of the upcoming University of Virginia football game.

In an internal memo, obtained by CNN, President John Skipper said “there was never any concern” that Lee’s name “would offend anyone watching the Charlottesville game. The concern, Skipper explained, was for Lee and potential social media heckling.

“Among our Charlotte production staff there was a question as to whether – in these divisive times – Robert’s assignment might create a distraction, or even worse, expose him to social hectoring and trolling,” Skipper said in the memo.

Yes, the network that broadcasts sports events pitting athletes against athletes where there are champions and those who face, as ABC would put it, "the agony of defeat,"is proclaiming it has to protect its broadcasters from what would be asinine tweets.

-RW

SHOCK Ordinary Libertarian Fired After Antifa Tweets "Nazi!" at Employer

You have to find the time to listen to this Tom Woods interview. The big thing here is that Brandon Navom was fired from his job without any grounds because he was labeled a "Nazi" by Antifa, despite  the fact that he has no connection to the alt-right, never mind Nazis, and is just a libertarian.

But Tom interjects important questions and comments at key moments during the interview with Brandon as he explains his actions.

Tom writes:

The world is becoming so insane so quickly, who can keep up?

I figured this was bound to happen, but it's happened even sooner than I thought: a normal libertarian, with no unusual views to speak of, just lost his job for allegedly being a "Nazi."

Woods, this sounds sensationalized. Surely there's more to the story!

Nope.

Brandon Navom was a Ron Paul delegate from Massachusetts in 2012, and headed Software Engineers for Liberty. He accepted an invitation to speak at the Boston free-speech rally, which had precisely zero to do with the earlier event in Charlottesville.

Before he could do that, Antifa on Twitter went berserk, tweeting at his employer that Navom was a "Nazi." No evidence, of course; hysteria suffices.

His employer promptly fired him without severance.

Navom learned of his firing when triumphant Antifa tweeted his employer's statement at him.

Sick.

Was a shred of evidence produced to back this quite extraordinary claim? Since Navom is the farthest thing from a Nazi, no evidence could exist, so the answer is necessarily no.

I already have people in my private group saying they are censoring themselves at work out of fear of being branded a "fascist" or a "Nazi" simply for not adopting the progressive line.

It's happening fast, folks.

Check out my conversation with Brandon:



 -RW

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fascinating Polling Data on Trump From Public Policy Polling

I have said for years that Public Policy Polling is among the best in the business.

Here's is what they write about their recent polling:
PPP's newest national poll finds that Donald Trump's approval rating is pretty steady in the wake of the Charlottesville attack, probably because his supporters think that whites and Christians are the most oppressed groups of people in the country. 40% of voters approve of the job Trump is doing to 53% who disapprove, little change from the 41/55 spread we found for him in July.

The reason Trump hasn't lost more ground for his widely panned response to the attack is probably that many of his supporters agree with some of the beliefs that led white supremacists to rally in Charlottesville in the first place. Asked what racial group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 45% of Trump voters say it's white people followed by 17% for Native Americans with 16% picking African Americans, and 5% picking Latinos. Asked what religious group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 54% of Trump voters says it's Christians followed by 22% for Muslims and 12% for Jews. There is a mindset among many Trump voters that it's whites and Christians getting trampled on in America that makes it unlikely they would abandon Trump over his 'both sides' rhetoric.

Overall 89% of Americans have a negative opinion of neo-Nazis to 3% with a positive one, and 87% have an unfavorable opinion of white supremacists to 4% with a positive one. Just 11% agree with the sentiment that it's possible for white supremacists and neo-Nazis to be 'very fine people,' to 69% who say that's not possible...

Trump continues to be unpopular, with a 40/53 approval spread. Voters think he has failed on two of the core promises of his campaign. Only 15% believe he has been successful in 'draining the swamp,' to 64% who say he hasn't. Even among Trump's own voters just 26% think he has delivered on this promise to 53% who say he hasn't. When it comes to whether Trump has come through on 'Making America Great Again,' just 33% of voters say he has to 59% who say he hasn't...

Trump continues to trail both Bernie Sanders (51/38) and Joe Biden (51/39) by double digits in possible 2020 match ups. PPP never found Hillary Clinton up by more than 7 points on Trump in 2016. Sanders and Biden each win over 12-14% of the folks who voted for Trump last year. Also leading Trump in hypothetical contests at this point are Elizabeth Warren (45/40), Mark Cuban (42/38), and Cory Booker and Trump Twitter Target Richard Blumenthal (42/39). Trump ties Kamala Harris at 39% each and John Delaney at 38% each.

Generally speaking just 57% of Republicans want Trump to be the party's nominee again in 2020 to 29% who say they would prefer someone else. That 28 point margin for Trump against 'someone else' is the same as his 28 point lead over Mike Pence at 52/24. Both Ted Cruz (a 40 point deficit to Trump at 62/22) and John Kasich (a 47 point deficit to Trump at 68/21) are evidently weaker potential opponents than 'someone else.'
 -RW

She's Just Lucky Her Name Isn't Bobbie Lee


Katie Sowers has been named an offensive assistant for the San Francisco 49ers and made history Tuesday, by publicly stating that she is a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT coach in NFL history, according to The Washington Post which monitors these things.

“No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are,” Sowers told Outsports. “There are so many people who identify as LGBT in the NFL, as in any business, that do not feel comfortable being public about their sexual orientation.”

Sowers, 31, was retained by the 49ers as an assistant wide receivers coach after she served as an intern for several months as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Coaching Diversity Fellowship. She told Outsports that her goal was “to be a head coach in the NFL or college,” adding, “I love leading people and I have a passion for this game.”

It is not believed there are any transgenders either playing or coaching in the NFL.

   -RW

SJW Insanity at ESPN: Network Pulls Asian Guy From Broadcasting in Charlottsville Because His Name is Robert Lee

And they wonder why the buffoon Donald Trump is getting so much support.

It is because he looks sane compared to mainstream media, even mainstream sports media.

Robert Lee, an ESPN sports broadcaster who is Asian-American, was pulled from calling the University of Virginia home opener in Charlottesville, VA  against William and Mary on Sept. 2 due to, get this, his having the same name as Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

This is the Robert Lee that was yanked because ESPN noticed a name linkage with the Confederate general. Does this guy look anything like a white supremacist to you?

I hear Antifa is laughing so hard, they have forgotten to take intimidation credit.

Robert Lee, not affiliated with the Confederacy
ESPN has issued a statement that is so absurd that it is as though Dali decided to lay down his paint brush and take up PR writing from a leftist perspective after being influenced by gonzo journalism.

The Cultural Marxist crafted statement even speaks of a "collectively" made the decision.

Of course, they, collectively I guess, write: "It is a shame  [the Lee removal] is a topic of conversation." In other words, as good Cultural Marxists, they are always trying to shut down speech, discussions, whatever, that they don't like. It's reflexive in their Marxist damaged minds.

The statement:




   -RW

UPDATE

(via MarketWatch)

The website Outkick the Coverage first reported the switch on Tuesday with a critical headline invoking a popular conservative nickname for ESPN that combines its letters with the name of the left-leaning MSNBC: “MSESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee Off UVa Game To Avoid Offending Idiots.”

POLICE REPORT: Crazed Kennedy Behavior That Got Them Arrested

Max Kennedy
I have already reported that two members of the Kennedy clan were arrested over the weekend on Cape Cod for refusing to tone down a raucous party early Sunday. Police in the Cape village of Hyannis, Massachusetts arrested Matthew “Max” Kennedy, 52 — the ninth son of assassinated former New York senator Robert F. Kennedy — and his daughter Caroline, 22.

Now we have  a blow-by-blow from the Hyannis Police Department via The Boston Herald as to insane antics that went down with the Elitist Two:
Caroline Kennedy repeatedly swore and stuck out her tongue at the  police officer who was booking her after her arrest at a raucous party in Hyannis Sunday — while boasting of her academic credentials, and then breaking into tears and asking him if the arrest would affect her job, according to a police report.

“ ‘I went to Brown and I’m a teacher - sweetheart!’ “ police quoted Robert F. Kennedy’s 23-year-old granddaughter as saying. “She stuck her tongue out and repeatedly told me to (expletive) off during booking.”

Her father, Matthew “Max” Kennedy, behaved no better, police said, smashing a glass display cabinet in a home cops had been repeatedly called to, screaming incoherently at them, and refusing to be handcuffed.

“You don’t know who you’re messing with,” party guests shouted at cops as they hauled away Bobby Kennedy’s son. “He was a district attorney.”

Cops stopped near the house about 1:17 a.m. Sunday to speak with Hyannisport Security officers who said they had tried several times to quiet the party down and also broomed party guests who were lighting fireworks on a nearby pier. Cops said even from 200 to 300 feet away, they could hear the party’s booming music and loud guests.

“Upon walking up, I observed several beer cans thrown throughout the lawn and could see several people drinking and singing music on a microphone,” police said. “The microphone was part of some type of amplified speaker system.”

Cops said the moment they arrived at the door, the music’s volume dropped. They asked a woman who answered to speak with the home’s owner or caretaker.

“A male later identified as Matthew Kennedy came to the door and immediately became angry with me. He gave me little opportunity to explain our presence,” police wrote. “I observed Kennedy to have noticeably blood shot and glassy eyes and he was sweating profusely during our conversation.”

Another man came up behind Kennedy and said he was renting the home. During that conversation the music was turned up again. Suddenly, Kennedy grabbed the man who was speaking to police and pulled him back into the house

“Kennedy was yelling at me not to enter the house as I moved closer to the door. Kennedy continued to yell and scream at me and refuse any cooperation whatsoever. He told me to leave. He appeared very unsteady on his feet and his movements were erratic.”

During this time, police said the party resumed. The music was back up to its original volume.

“The disturbance only grew worse,” police said. “I considered the situation to create a physically offensive condition, causing inconvenience to neighbors who repeatedly called police and Hyannisport Security throughout the evening for relief.”

As police entered the home, Kennedy responded by “screaming incoherently” and “throwing himself at the wall.”

“When he hit the wall he grabbed a wall cabinet filled with glass valuables and threw it, smashing the contents,” police said.

Cops said Kennedy resisted their efforts to cuff him, pulling his arms away at one point, stiffening them at another. As this happened guests formed around police, and began shouting.

“A small crowd closed in on us and was out of control,” police said.

Once Kennedy was inside the cruiser, cops said his daughter Caroline tried to open the cruiser door to free him, and was arrested.

“ ‘I tried to get him out of the police car,’ “ she later told the booking officer, the report said. “She continued by saying she did not know it was against the law to open a police car door.”

Kennedy, 52, was arraigned yesterday on a disorderly conduct charge. His pretrial hearing is set for Nov. 22. Caroline Kennedy, 23, will be arraigned Nov. 22.

   -RW

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Great Idea: How to Defy the Neocons

Dershowitz Blasts Antifa: They Are Radical Anti-Free Market, Communists; Do Not Glorify Them

Dershowitz is excellent here:

I Am Not Making This Up: Apparently the Afghanistan Escalation is an Attempt to Bring Miniskirts Back to the Land of the Pashtuns

Forget nation building, in the Trump era, it is about showing some skin.

The Washington Post reports that national security adviser H.R. McMaster showed President Trump a black-and-white photo of Afghan women in miniskirts from 1972 in an effort to convince him to keep U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The photo was meant to show that Western culture had once flourished in the country and it could once again with new U.S. efforts against the Taliban, the Post reported.


Look, the generals have Trump's personality profiled by their top military leadership profilers. They know exactly how he thinks and how to move him in any direction they want.

Because he has no depth, is probably dyslexic, a picture of Afghan women in miniskirts was a brilliant move.

 -RW


Two Kennedys Arrested After Wild Party in Cape Cod

Hard partying Max Kennedy arrested.
Did I wake up in the 1960s?

The President is escalating a war that the US is not going to win and the Kennedys are partying hard with elitist arrogance.

The New York Post reports:
Two members of the Kennedy clan were arrested for refusing to tone down a raucous party early Sunday.

Police in Barnstable, Mass., collared Matthew “Max” Kennedy, 52 — the ninth son of assassinated former New York senator Robert F. Kennedy — and his daughter Caroline, 22, at a home near the family’s famed Hyannis Port compound at 1 a.m.

Cops showed up after several noise complaints about the rager, where party-goers were also lighting off fireworks. Officers asked them to keep it down, but they refused, so police cuffed them, according to CapeCod.com.

The Kennedys broke a local noise law, which is punishable by a $100 fine and arrest, according to Barnstable Police Lt. John Murphy.

“It’s a loud party statute, that’s what it’s used for,” he told the Boston Herald.
  -RW

Imagine My Surprise: Trump Escalates in Afghanistan


President Donald Trump spoke about the US presence in Afghanistan, to the nation Monday night from the US Army Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, in Arlington, Virginia.

The audience in the Hall appeared to be handpicked, like tulips, with many young fresh faces who certainly had not yet seen combat. There were none in the audience that had experienced combat and lost their legs, arms or balls. No one was in a wheel chair and no one was breathing through a tube. There were no faces mangled by PTSD.

There was nothing in the Hall to indicate what President Trump's new escalation might do to some of the fresh faces.

Trump said his “original instinct was to pull out, ”of Afghanistan that he did not want to nation build. He said, however, that he determined that such an approach could create a vacuum that terrorists including al-Qaida and the Islamic State could “instantly fill.”

Imagine my surprise.

In July 2016 during the presidential race, I wrote with reference to the Middle East:
Trump is not into nation building but he is into fighting "bad guys." He is a war hawk for non-neocon reasons. He is making that point as clear as day.
Trump's speech reflected his lack of deep perspective and understanding. At one point he said:
 [T]he consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11.
But he showed no understanding that the initial recruitment of terrorists was because of US presence in the Middle East in the first place. He displayed no understanding that ISIS emerged because of a power vacuum in and around Iraq after the invasion of Iraq by US forces.

The depth of his naivete was revealed  when he said this new escalation would "working alongside our allies... break the...will [of the terrorists and] dry up their recruitment." But it is precisely this type of escalation that will make terrorist recruitment easier.

Trump said:
We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on.
This means that there is no way to judge what kind of escalation the President has agreed to other than by leaks. Though his bellicose words toward Pakistan are particularly troubling:
The next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach in how to deal with Pakistan. We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond.

Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists. In the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner. Our militaries have worked together against common enemies. The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism. We recognize those contributions and those sacrifices, but Pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people. We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars, at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change. And that will change immediately.
The most aggressive interpretation of what the President meant here is that he may escalate on the Pakistan side of the border. Or perhaps he means that he expects Pakistan must somehow prevent the Taliban from using the border region as a sanctuary.

The most direct indication that the President is going to escalate direct combat by US forces, that will result in messing up some of those fresh faces that were in the audience, came when he said:
[W]e will also expand authority for American armed forces to target the terrorist and criminal networks that sow violence and chaos throughout Afghanistan.
These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might and American arms. 
But again he provided little in terms of details. He left some wiggle room:
Another fundamental pillar of our new strategy is the integration of all instruments of American power: diplomatic, economic, and military, toward a successful outcome. Someday, after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban and Afghanistan, but nobody knows if or when that will ever happen. America will continue its support for the Afghan government and the Afghan military as they confront the Taliban in the field.
But the bottom line is that US troops are not coming home from Afghanistan that it appears some type of escalation will occur and that Trump will not escalate for nation building reasons but for other reasons.

The Deep State can live with this.

But what do the former (?) libertarian supporters of Trump say?

Can we finally get aggressive in attacking his policies or must we still stay silent because he is good on the transgender bathroom issue?

 -RW