Category Archives: International

Can We Be This Blind?

How Trump Turned Liberal Comedians Conservative
By JOANNA WEISS – June 15, 2019

I find this writing an example of “liberal irony”. It’s OK to be liberal or conservative, but there are extremes. What I have witnessed since Donald Trump took office, the nature of criticism and outright hatred against him, has been magnified to a level well beyond any previous administration.

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· President Trump signs the Hurricane Harvey relief bill 2017

The expression, “Trump Derangement Syndrome” seems like an accurate label, as people have become unhinged, to the point that anything can be justified because of Trump.

This article in Politico, which I’m referencing is an example of the irony, and the mislabeling of characteristics which are the domain of the modern liberal. The author is suggesting that vile comments, the hatred, are the domain of conservatism. It’s as though one can say, I’m a liberal, hatred spews from my mouth, but that’s a conservative trait. Folks, this is the epitome of a lack of self-awareness.

A week after the 2016 elections, many left wing activists took to the streets to express their angst with some causing riots all across the nation.

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· Protestors who covered their faces – some of whom decided to damage property

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There’s no greater threat to the liberal establishment than Donald Trump.

“If Trump has changed the tone of the presidency, he’s done the same for TV humor, creating a kind of insult comedy for the Resistance: less subtle, less civil—and, strangely, more conservative.

… “liberals and conservatives are (on average) wired differently, with social and cultural conservatives personally more attuned to danger, worried about intruders, primed to protect an establishment under threat.

*NOTE* see first sentence of the quotes from the article. This is irony or self-deception.

“As outrage, however, it does contain something that satire lacks, University of Delaware communications professor Dannagal Young says: a consistent call to action. That feels like the purpose of this brand of late night comedy—not to wryly observe the world and encourage us all to do better, but to harness people’s anger, make them ready to revolt.

*NOTE 2: Harness anger? Ready to revolt? Not to encourage people to do better? Where’s all this angst & hatred coming from?
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There is a growing, war being waged against the Trump administration and conservatives in general. Most of that war is being orchestrated and funded by the massively-financed elite who want to change the system in order to benefit themselves. Although they’ve prospered enormously through capitalism, they see socialism as a vehicle to further their collective agenda. Socialism, or as it’s often relabeled, “democratic socialism”, is a shift in power for those elites to hold all the power.

Whenever you read or hear the claims for a new world order, improved society, basic human rights, the role of government is to provide __X__, then look further into those promises, they come at a horrific cost.

Someone, some government agency, must decide what’s fair, divides who gets what in this social order, and has the power to enforce. What do you think happens to any human contrived organization with this kind of power? Power corrupts – absolute power corrupts absolutely. It’s been repeated throughout history, from monarchs, oligarchs, patriarchs, national committees, or single national party’s.

Capitalism and freedom are under constant attack.

“Capitalism does a number of things very well: it helps create an entrepreneurial spirit; it gets people motivated to come up with new ideas, and that’s a good thing.”” ~ Bernie Sanders

“Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.” ~ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Death to freedom, liberty, the needs of state over the individual, evolve through promises and platitudes. The false promise of everyone benefits, and no one is left without, is a lie. History points to the corrupt and diseased status of the state which operates under the thumb of socialism. We can already see the paucity of their claims in cities under decades of “Democrat” control. Flint Michigan, Chicago Illinois, San Francisco California, Los Angeles California, Seattle Washington, and so forth.
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When the state or committee take over, nothing opposing their rules, all real prosperity, advancement & hope are lost. Capitalism may have it’s faults, however Socialism is controlled by the elite few along with their cronies. Their goal is to have total control over assets, medical care, manufacturing, utilities, transportation, agriculture and even public speech.

Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don’t give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.” ~ Ben Shapiro

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R. Buckminster Fuller – we still haven’t caught up to his vision.

There Are No Words

The Western Allies of World War II launched the largest amphibious invasion in history when they assaulted Normandy, located on the northern coast of France, on June 6, 1944.

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Luftwaffe dive bombers attack Stalingrad

The Allied North Africa Campaign began with the British, in response to Italy declaring war on June 10, 1940. They, along with the German Afrika Korps, capitulated on May 12, 1943.  This brought the first humiliating defeat of Nazi Germany on the western front. The Russian front was also stabilizing having held back against the best German armor and shock troops the Nazis could deliver.

The Russians under Joseph Stalin looked ahead to the invasion of occupied Europe and the final defeat of Nazi Germany. The Allies decided the next move would be against Italy.  The hope was an Allied invasion would remove the Italian fascist regime from the war, secure the central Mediterranean, and divert German divisions from the northwest coast of France where the Allies planned to attack in the near future. The Allies’ Italian Campaign began with the invasion of Sicily in July 1943 

Link to – Sergeant Ray Lambert – National Memorial Day Concert. Aired May 26, 2019 on PBS. Hear his D-Day Story. Narrated by Sam Elliot.

WWII veterans reflect on D-Day 75th anniversary

Between the Russian Army which was advancing all along the Eastern front, and the successful landing, followed by continual battles and a push towards Paris by the Allies, the days of Hitler’s 1000 year Reich were coming to a close. The Battle of Berlin, April – May 1945, signaled the last nail in the Nazi coffin. Hitler’s total war destroyed millions of lives, devastated Germany, and ultimately resulted in his death by suicide, before the close of World War II.

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Sherman tank on road pushing towards Rome

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Kilroy was here…

 

Our National Obsession

We like our nation … We love our nation … We stand for our nation … and we die for our nation. That’s not enough … We think many others around the globe should die for it too, or at least for what we believe is for our nation’s standards.

Think that’s too harsh? Well the facts seem to support it.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday confirmed that the Trump administration is making contingency plans for U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, but he refused to say whether the administration would seek congressional authorization first.”

White House acknowledges the U.S. is at war in seven countries

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Eagle with stretched wings symbolizing the authority of the Roman empire

So, how many different places do we have active military operations? I’m not referring to how many bases, but how many places are we actively fighting? If you thought, well over 100, you would be right.

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[ Click on the map for better detail ]

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Me 1971

I’m a Vietnam era veteran, having served six years in the Marine Corps. That’s not an implication of authority or exceptional patriotism, merely a point of reference to the more casual reader who might make assumptions.

What I’ve learned in hindsight is the relative ease with which leadership assumes the right and objective of placing young men and women into harm’s way. Many times that’s under false pretense. These events leading up to, and stirring the initial support of the public, can be historic and accurate, or they can be created under the skillful machinations of “spycraft” or “false flag”.

notefalse flag is a covert operation designed to deceive; the deception creates the appearance of a particular party, group, or nation being responsible for some activity, disguising the actual source of responsibility.

The Vietnam escalation under President Lyndon Johnson was prompted by a false flag operation. The provocation and justification for the rapid ramp up of our military was based on the “Gulf of Tonkin” incident.

The original incident, sometimes referred to as the U.S.S. Maddox Incident, involved the destroyer U.S.S. Maddox supposedly engaged by three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats as part of an intelligence patrol. The Maddox fired almost 300 shells.

President Lyndon B. Johnson promptly drafted the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. This became the legal justification for military involvement in Vietnam. The event(s) were contrived and President Johnson was aware of it.

The NSA’s historian, Robert J. Hanyok, wrote a report stating that the agency had deliberately distorted intelligence reports in 1964.

The Iraq War or Gulf War Round II.
Under President George W. Bush, guided by his Vice-President Richard Cheney, the Iraq incursion and subsequent war which lasted longer than Vietnam, was based on a report of Iraq possessing “weapons of mass destruction”. Code words for, Saddam has a bomb … and if we don’t act soon, he’s going to launch a nuclear bomb at us. That too was a false narrative.

from the Marine Corps art collection

We’ve been practicing invasion of the Middle East since at least 1973

This was an effective justification for launching an invasion against Iraq. We were going in to prevent another 9/11. The events of 9/11 have not only scarred but scared America into doing things against their own citizens, let alone the world. We’ve had global and national surveillance ever since Homeland Security was created.

Colin Powell, acting as Secretary of State, went to the U.N. to drum up International support for active military initiatives leading us and several other nations, into another Gulf War. Colin Powell went on to learn that he was given inadequate, and misleading intelligence, and he deeply regrets his promotion of it.

[ The following quote comes from Info Wars. Not my favorite source for information but helps identify the false flag initiatives ]
In his lecture at Contact in the Desert, Richard Dolan noted that a distinguishing characteristic of a false flag operation is that the official narrative IS NOT questioned by the media. There are often legislative, ideological and sociopolitical power plays waiting in the wings, which the government can immediately implement.”

“The most striking example of this is the Patriot Act, which was written well before 9/11 but seemed to correlate entirely with the events that had transpired.

An excellent background understanding as to the depths we will sink in order to promulgate a huge international lie, is the Valerie Plame Affair.

Under the presidency of George W. Bush, the vice president’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, got caught leaking the name of clandestine CIA agent Valerie Plame, an act of retaliation spurred by Plame’s ex-diplomat husband, Joseph Wilson, and his undermining the White House’s claims about Iraq with more accurate testimony of his own — the “Deep State” conspiracy of the mid-2000s. There was a special counsel and an indictment, albeit not for the underlying crime but for lying to investigators, and while everyone pretty much knew something like this wouldn’t have happened without at least a wink from up top, no one above Libby ever faced a trial.” – [ Counterpunch – Lessons for Progressives from Bob Mueller — and the Valerie Plame Affair – April 2019]

Our military, our clandestine CIA, and various 3rd party military contractors have sought out and participated in active military combat operations, assassinations. We’ve come to accept that, and it’s telling the world, not in a good way, how we conduct ourselves in a global neighbor way.

Is Bolton Steering Trump Into War with Iran?

Because of the human and financial cost of a military intervention, domestic political support can erode if success doesn’t come quickly and smoothly. Television, the internet, and social media have greatly increased citizens’ access to information about the nature and progress of wars. A lengthy humanitarian intervention is harder to justify domestically than one based on national interest. It helps to spread the personnel and financial burden across a coalition of countries.”  [ lanekenworthy.net – US military intervention abroad ]

Overall we’ve become a nation of war, or at least on a war footing since the 18th century with increasing tempo in the 21st century. It’s one of our largest exports. We have an entire economy based on the creation of weapons, the maintenance of them, and “Global Security”. If we saw any other nation act as aggressively as we do, we would probably be at war with them too; and in that case, we might be singularly justified.
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