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Dec 09 15:42

Obama Has More Damage To Do Before He Leaves Office - He Orders A Full Review Of The 2016 Election Cyberattacks.

President Obama has ordered the U.S. intelligence community to conduct a “full review” of the cyberattacks during the 2016 election before he leaves office, White House homeland security adviser said.

Dec 09 15:11

Orange Coast College Student Threatened With Expulsion After Recording Professor’s Anti-Trump Tirade

A political discussion in a college class touched off a firestorm.

A college professor went off on president-elect Donald Trump in her Orange Coast College class.

There are now threats of expulsion and threats of legal action.

CBS2’s Stacey Butler listened to the controversial rant. The human sexuality teacher — Olga Perez Stable Cox — called Trump’s election “an act of terrorism.”

“Our nation is divided. We have been assaulted. It is an act of terrorism,” she told the students.

She added, “One of the most frightening things for me, and most people in my life, is that the people who are committing the assault are among us.”

That was part of the teacher’s rant about Trump.

One student was so offended by the speech, he recorded it with his cellphone.

She also criticized Trump’s cabinet picks, advisers and the vice president-elect.

“A white supremacist and a vice president that is one of the most anti-gay humans in this country,” she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for this kid, to recognise propaganda when he sees it, and document it!!

If this kid IS really threatened with expulsion, I hope he gets the best pro-bono, first Amendment lawyer who will just rake this college over the coals in such a way as it hurts, badly, economically.

For Olga Perez Stable Cox, to express this privately is one thing; after all, there are people who believe they have received secret messages from Elvis Presley, in the mothership, and it is perfectly their prerogative to do so, under the First Amendment.

That being said, for Soto to make it part of her classroom curriculum, as though what she was even was even close to the truth, which I cannot buy, was an abuse of her power as a teacher.

That has to stop.

Dec 09 14:18

Bipartisan Bill Would Forbid US Funding ISIS, al-Qaeda Affiliates

The Stop Arming Terrorists Act (SATA) has been introduced today in the House of Representatives by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D – HI). The bill is a bipartisan effort, co-sponsored by Reps. Peter Welch (D – VT), Barbara Lee (D – CA), Dana Rohrabacher (R – CA), and Thomas Massie (R – KY) which would forbid the US government from using taxpayer dollars to arm, fund, or train terrorist organizations.

Rep. Gabbard noted that it has been against the law for years for individual Americans to fund terrorist organizations, but that the US has been routinely doing so for years in Syria, providing arms to many terrorist-linked groups within Syria’s rebellion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on you, Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii's Own Representative!

The CIA is not going to like you for having introduced this legislation, but you had the guts to do this, knowing who you were up against: bravo, my dear!

Dec 09 14:06

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsNo Evidence, But Pentagon Tries to Convince Turkey Iran Killed Their Troops

A late November attack on Turkish soldiers in northern Syria, which killed four troops, was initially and falsely blamed on a Syrian airstrike by Turkish officials. Turkey met with Russia over the matter, who confirmed that this wasn’t the case, and indeed that the indication was that the attack wasn’t an airstrike at all, but an ISIS suicide bombing.

ISIS was quick to take credit for the bombing the day it happened, so it wasn’t clear why Turkey needed a solid week to concede that their initial claim of an airstrike was wrong. The Pentagon, however, is trying to sell Turkey on the idea that everyone is wrong and Iran attacked them for no apparent reason.

Unnamed Pentagon officials quoted in the Turkish press offered no evidence of Iranian involvement, but noted that the site of the attack, which again apparently was an ISIS suicide attack, was sort of close to some places where Shi’ite militias are located, and since Iran is a Shi’ite state “it might be Iran.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is what the Pentagon has become in the 21st century; a fact-challenged, conspiratorial false narrator, attempting to anger Turkey against Iran, when there is not a shred of evidence to support it's claim.

Folks, this makes me very nervous!!

And who are these alleged "Pentagon officials" which made this accusation ?!?

IF in fact Turkish officials spoke to them, I want them named, and interviewed by responsible independent journalists.

Want to talk about fake news and fake accusations?!?

The US government takes the cake, hands-down, on this!!.

Dec 09 13:36

Optimism on economy, stocks surges since Trump election: CNBC survey

The election of Donald Trump has brought with it a surge in optimism in the United States over the economy and stocks not seen in years.

The CNBC All-America Economic Survey for the fourth quarter found that the percentage of Americans who believe the economy will get better in the next year jumped an unprecedented 17 points to 42 percent, compared with before the election. It's the highest level since President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008.

The surge was powered by Republicans and independents reversing their outlooks. Republicans swung from deeply pessimistic, with just 15 percent saying the economy would improve in the next year, to strongly optimistic, with 74 percent believing in an economic upswing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I certainly hope, that after Trump is inaugurated, that he will earn that optimism.

I think that if American people give this guy half a chance, they will find him infinitely more of a centrist, and infinitely less of a warmonger, that Hillary Clinton would ever have been.

Dec 09 12:54

Black Man Murders 14yo White Boy in Philly, National Media Doesn't Care

A 19-year-old black man murdered an innocent 14-year-old white boy in Philadelphia, but the national media doesn't care.

Dec 09 12:52

The grim truth of Chinese factories producing the west’s Christmas toys

Xiao Fang thinks she’s one of the luckier workers making Barbie dolls for the Christmas market at the Mattel toy factory in Chang’an.

True, she says, she works 11-hour days, six days a week, and shares a dormitory with nine other women and gets to see her husband only once a week. She had to leave her three-year-old daughter back home in Sichuan. And there is only a communal bathroom, and if they want hot water they must fetch it from another floor. But at least she has a job, she says. And others have it worse.

Xiao is one of thousands of workers in Chinese factories making some of this year’s must-have Christmas toys.

An investigation with the US-based NGO China Labor Watch reveals that toys including Barbie, Thomas the Tank Engine and Hot Wheels were made by staff earning as little as 86p an hour.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is where the American consumer has to be using a lot of what my late grandfather called "horse sense", and not allow themselves and their kids to be propagandized as to what is the "must have" toys are for this Christmas, when the toys are made through the practice of nearly slave labor conditions.

The issue of propaganda is very clear to see in commercials; buy the toy, use the product, and you will be happy, as though acquisition, and conspicuous consumption, is the "drug" that will get you there.

But the problem with this drug is, it always wares off,leaving you and your kid hungry for another "fix".

Talk to your kids, if they are of appropriate age to understand, about the fact that the toys they may have their heart set on, are made in slave labor conditions, and you cannot support buying that toy for this reason, but will find a wonderful treat for them somewhere else.

There are many local artists, in many areas, of this country, who make dolls and crafts; why not focus on something like that instead?!? It will probably last longer than any mass-produced toy, be a small way of getting money back into the American system, and be a unique, and treasured part of your kid's life for a long time.

IF you google "American hand made dolls", you will be very surprised at what you find.

If the child is old enough, share with them about alternative giving, and why it is a good thing. Make it a habit to share the gift of caring with them, by donating to a local food bank, or another local charity with which you have a strong resonance, this Christmas season.

Kids who learn to care about others early, and how important it is, grow up to be adults who care for others in this world, and act accordingly.

Dec 09 12:45

Heroin Deaths Exceeded Gun Murders For 1st Time Last Year – CDC

The epidemic of heroin and opioid related deaths in the US continues to grow, surpassing gun homicides in 2015, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows. Nearly 5,000 more people died from opioids in 2015 than in 2014.

Dec 09 12:28

SOUTH KOREA PRESIDENT PARK IMPEACHED IN CORRUPTION SCANDAL

Overnight, political turmoil migrated to Asia after South Korean lawmakers voted 234-56 to impeach President Park Geun-hye over accusations of bribery, abuse of power and violating her constitutional duties, setting the stage for her to become the country's first elected leader to be expelled from office in disgrace.

The impeachment motion was carried by a wider-than-expected margin in a secret ballot in parliament, meaning more than 60 of Park's own conservative Saenuri Party members backed removing her. The votes of least 200 members of the 300-seat chamber were needed for the motion to pass. The Constitutional Court must now decide whether to uphold the motion, a process that could take up to 180 days.

"I solemnly accept the voice of the parliament and the people and sincerely hope this confusion is soundly resolved," Park said at a meeting with her cabinet, adding that she would comply with the court's proceedings as well as an investigation by a special prosecutor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that Chinese diplomats in serious talks right now with North Korean diplomats, about how this would be a double plus ungood time to attack South Korea, in the midst of its political turmoil; I would suggest that the deep state in US government would love nothing more than a war, generated by the North Koreans, as its "justification" for a full-blown attack against it.

Dec 09 11:20

Hellary's Revenge starts Dec. 15th

The Clintons are like herpes,” actor Tim Allen said last month, “Just when you think they’re gone, they show up again.”

As if on cue, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has come back to life with a new plan to continue her family’s political dynasty – and she’s anointing her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, as our country’s next leader.

Hillary stopped sobbing over her defeat long enough to speak at Harry Reid’s retirement this week, where she announced that she’s throwing a “thank you” dinner inside the Plaza Hotel’s elegant Grand Ballroom on December 15.

Of course, she’s not thanking her voters like President-elect Donald Trump is.

That’s not the Clinton’s style.

Instead, Hillary is making the event ultra exclusive, inviting only the most elite of her financial donors to the six-figure gala.

Dec 09 11:19

The Hunt for Med October: US Navy searching for Russian 'carrier killer' submarines feared to have been sent after NATO warships in the Mediterranean

NATO forces in the eastern Mediterranean are reportedly hunting for Russian submarines which are capable of sinking aircraft carriers.

US Navy P-8 Poseidon jets, operating from a base at Sigonella, Sicily, are said to be looking for one or two Russian Navy submarines operating underneath a NATO flotilla not far from the coast of Syria.

The Aviationist said the Russian submarines were believed to be Oscar II class vessels, which are known as 'carrier killers'.

The US might sink one of their own ships to frame Russia and launch WW3 for real!

Dec 09 10:28

PROPORNOT NOT ONLY SMEARS JOURNALISTS, BUT ADDS FUEL TO NEXT COLD WAR

Anyone with a cursory knowledge of American history knows the US intelligence services are not above targeting their own citizens for disinformation campaigns. In perhaps the most famous case, the CIA employed a cadre of journalists to spread disinformation during the Cold War under a program known as Operation Mockingbird.

The program was supervised at the time by the publisher of The Washington Post, the late Phil Graham, and included approximately 3,000 writers, editors, and publishers.

The network was not just large, but pervasive throughout the mainstream media. According to Carl Bernstein, the network included: CBS, Time Inc., The New York Times, NBC, the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps?Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Miami Herald and the New York Herald-Tribune.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you want to find out which countries the "deep state" in the US government aches to invade next, take a look at who the presstitutes and whoresspondents are demonizing, and chances are those are the countries on their war agenda "to do" list.

Right now, were I a betting woman, I would bet Russia, China, and Iran are very high up on that list.

Russia and China are in the crosshairs because of their economic growth, making them a threat to the US dollar, and their evolving weaponry; Iran is in the crosshairs because Israel wants it destroyed, but only using the US military as a proxy force to do the dirty deed, and because a lot of folks in the bowels of power in DC still have an axe to grind, courtesy of the 1979 revolution against the US puppet, the Shah.

Just look at the current demonization against these countries in the "fake news" of the lamestream, US government-agenda-regurgitating media, and I think you will most likely come to the same conclusion.

I would also like to politely suggest that now is a lousy time for the US government to be pushing war, because our military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to such wars (particularly if Russia partners with China against the US).

I would also like to politely suggest that the US government decide to resolve its geopolitical differences with honest, ethical, hard-won negotiations, rather than through wars.

I have family and friends who serve in our military, and I get it; peace through intelligent strength; excellent training, and superlative weaponry.

However, that being said, from the debacle which was Vietnam forward to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia, it appears that the US government, no matter who is sitting in the Oval Office as President, much prefers pre-emptive military conflict than negotiations as the only way through which to resolve its geopolitical differences.

The monumental costs, in blood and money, has been far too great, both for the country as a whole, and its people; and I would like to hope that a Trump administration will figure out alternative ways to achieve its geopolitical agenda other than war.

Dec 09 10:05

Big Money Intends To Shut Down Our Website — Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts

Big Money and the US government controlled by Big Money intend to close down Internet truthtellers. As Trump intends to reduce the tensions between nuclear powers, the 200 List prepared by the shadowy Internet site, PropOrNot, is in Trump’s way. Either Trump will be apprised and convinced of the “Russian threat,” or the dissident websites will be promoted to “Muslim apologists” and fall under the ire of Trump’s Iranophobic generals.

Dec 09 09:57

OBAMA’S FINAL VACATION BILL WAS SO HUGE THAT ALL OF AMERICA IS SICK TO THEIR STOMACH!

All I can say is WOW. I mean I thought Obama was bad but the insane amount of taxpayer money he spent on all his vacations a president is just…WOW!

Dec 09 08:46

Terror suspect with loaded Kalashnikov & ISIS flag arrested in Rotterdam – reports

Police have arrested a man in the Dutch city of Rotterdam suspected of planning a terrorist attack, local media reports. Law enforcement found a Kalashnikov assault rifle and an Islamic State flag while raiding the man’s house.

According to various Dutch media outlets, the suspect in question was arrested back on Wednesday, when an anti-terrorist unit raided his house and found a Kalashnikov assault rifle with two full magazines.

An Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) flag was also found in the 30-year-old man’s apartment.

Special forces also seized four boxes containing explosive materials, the suspect’s mobile phone, and some 1,600 euro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like someone's false-flag is now at half-staff! :)

Dec 09 08:41

WASHINGTON POST JUST CAUGHT RED HANDED IN MASSIVE FAKE NEWS SCANDAL!

This is really one of those funny, beautiful moments in history when a big, old, and unreliable news source like the Washington Post gets caught red handed in their own web of lies.

Dec 09 08:38

LAWMAKERS HIT STEIN WITH HORRIBLE NEWS… MOVE TO CONFISCATE RECOUNT WAR CHEST

Americans from both major political parties have been outraged over former Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s attempts to launch recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

Dec 09 08:19

Watch Scott Pruitt, Trump's EPA Chief, Decimate The EPA In Congressional Testimony: (It's HILARIOUS That Trump Picked This Guy, He's One Of Us!)

In testimony before Congress, Pruitt outlined a laundry list of offenses and illegal overreaches by the EPA. As Attorney General of Oklahoma, he wasn't going to stand for it. In the video, Pruitt refers to acts taken which were "outside of the authority granted to the EPA by the law" and adds that decisions should "be made at the local level rather than at the federal level." In May of this year, Pruitt wrote about "Brave men and women stood up to that oppressive government." He really "gets it."

Dec 09 08:08

Enormous Earthquakes Hit Both Sides Of The Pacific And Experts Warn The San Andreas Could ‘Unzip All At Once’

Why is our planet shaking so violently all of a sudden? There have literally been dozens of significant earthquakes right along the Ring of Fire within the past 30 days, and two giant ones made headlines all over the globe on Thursday.

Dec 09 08:07

‘Pizzagate’ investigator’s journalistic background scrubbed from Wikipedia, YouTube video taken down over 2011 Andrew Breitbart tweet alleging John Podesta’s involvement as ‘sex slave operator?’

David Seaman, a former staff writer for The Street, contributor to the Huffington Post and ‘Pizzagate’ investigator, recently had Wikipedia list his page for “deletion” and YouTube remove one of his videos about ‘Pizzagate’ that showed a 2011 tweet from the now deceased Andrew Breitbart, in which Mr. Breitbart claimed John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign adviser, is indeed a “world class sex slave op[erator].”

Dec 09 08:02

Washington Post exposed for pushing ‘fake news,’ credibility tarnished

Failed researchers that the Washington Post touted as “experts” in a Nov. 21 article titled Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say, got it all wrong when the alluded that the shadowy group PropOrNot had identified 200 news websites as “Russian Propaganda,” and has since issued somewhat of a retraction.

Dec 09 07:49

Going On Trial In Amsterdam, Dutch Populist Leader Fights For His Freedom Of Speech Being Portrayed As "Hate Speech".

It seems citizens of the world are facing a government onslaught of attacks on freedom of speech. Right now in the United States many are fearing the threat to our freedom of speech on the Internet.

Dec 09 07:22

Police tie black man to chair and beat him until he loses vision in one eye

A black man in Michigan has filed a lawsuit against his local police department after he was beaten by police so badly that he lost vision in one eye.
Frankie Taylor was arrested for alleged drink driving on 10 August last year. He was taken to the police station, restrained, tied to a chair and savagely beaten.

Dec 09 07:21

Portland to raise taxes on companies where CEO earns 100 times what workers do

Portland, Ore., city council passed a law Wednesday that will charge businesses a higher tax rate if their chief executive officer gets paid more than 100 times what the average worker at the company does.

Dec 09 06:52

Former Clinton staffer launches new anti-Trump site: corrupt.af

A former senior staffer for Hillary Clinton’s campaign has launched a new website to highlight Donald Trump’s alleged corruption, with a foul-mouthed URL to match its mission: corrupt.af.

Dec 09 06:52

Depleted Dems look to Senate for 2020 nominee

The Senate is emerging as Democrats’ most promising recruiting ground for a presidential candidate in 2020 — in part because of the party’s deep losses in gubernatorial mansions.
The ranks of Democratic governors have been hit, with a string of losses reducing their numbers to a paltry 16.

Dec 09 03:53

JILL STEIN WAS JUST PUBLICLY HUMILIATED FOR VOTE RECOUNT IS BEST WAY EVER

Jill Stein has managed to do 2 things with her voter recount: She has managed to make her donors look like desperate morons while lining her pockets with MILLIONS of dollars in the process.

Dec 09 03:18

Barack Obama And Establishment Media Hit WE THE PEOPLE A Hard Blow - Internet Censorship - FBI To Sweep The Net Clean.

WE THE PEOPLE were warned, but I don’t think we paid too much attention. We had adjusted to a free Internet, and we were busy building a thriving online community.

Dec 08 21:56

Facebook court filings hint at possible political future for Mark Zuckerberg

Lawsuit over extent of CEO’s control of company shows board voted to give him two-year leave if he serves ‘in a government position or office’

Dec 08 18:21

A Carefully Planned Operation to Prevent President-elect Donald Trump’s Accession to the White House?

Once you get past the first few opinion paragraphs very interesting.
The Yankee and Cowboy War is still ongoing. YEEHAHHH!!!

A carefully coordinated operation is ongoing. The propaganda ploy emanating from the outgoing Obama government and the pro-Clinton faction of the corporate media consists in relentlessly accusing Moscow of having interfered in the election campaign on behalf of Donald Trump. This initiative is supported by major corporate lobby groups (including defence contractors and oil conglomerates) which are behind Hillary’s hawkish foreign policy agenda.

At the height of the election campaign Trump was portrayed by the US media as ”an agent” of the Kremlin, a modern Manchurian candidate.

Dec 08 17:32

BITTER HILLARY BLAMES ‘FAKE NEWS’

Hillary Clinton on Thursday decried the spread of fake news online, calling it an “epidemic” that Congress should take action against.

Dec 08 15:39

Pope Francis: "We are at war. The world is conducting a third world war."

"I think that "No more war!" has not been taken seriously, because after the First there was the Second, and after the Second there is this third war we are experiencing now, piecemeal. We are at war. The world is conducting a third world war: Ukraine, Middle East, Africa, Yemen - It is very grave... There is an economic theory that I have not tried to confirm, but which I have read in several books: that in the history of humanity, when a State saw that its accounts were not in good shape, waged war to balance its budget. That is, it is one of the easiest ways to produce wealth. Certainly, the price is very high: blood."

Dec 08 15:26

What Pope Francis Actually Said, Full Text: Media DisInfo, Defamation Is A Sin

People are twisting what the Pope said, so here is the full. original text. What he said is correct. Lies, such as "Iran Threatened to wipe Israel off the map" or "Assad is gassing his own people," etc. Quote Pope: " A thing that can do great damage to the information media is disinformation: that is, faced with any situation, saying only a part of the truth, and not the rest. This is disinformation. Because you, to the listener or the observer, give only half the truth, and therefore it is not possible to make a serious judgement. Disinformation is probably the greatest damage that the media can do, as opinion is guided in one direction, neglecting the other part of the truth..."

Dec 08 13:51

Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn of Ohio has died at 95

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

Dec 08 13:38

John Lennon 'Just Give Me Some Truth'

(*One that the master songwriter came up with , that didn't make the Top 40)

Dec 08 13:21

Pope Francis: Media DisInfo, Defamation Is A Sin

"A thing that can do great damage to the information media is disinformation: that is, faced with any situation, saying only a part of the truth, and not the rest. This is disinformation. Because you, to the listener or the observer, give only half the truth, and therefore it is not possible to make a serious judgement. Disinformation is probably the greatest damage that the media can do, as opinion is guided in one direction, neglecting the other part of the truth," Pope Francis says. [Hear that ABC-CBS-NBC-FOX-CNN?! Off to confession you go!!]

Dec 08 12:44

College president frets students might ‘drop out from fear’ after election

The president of Montgomery College claims that the presidential election created “profound insecurity” for students, which demands a renewed commitment to “inclusion” from academia.

“Radical inclusion is an approach to higher education that I have promoted for years at my college,” Dr. DeRionne Pollard begins a recent op-ed for The Washington Blade, asserting that “Diversity is one of the pillars of our identity at Montgomery College.”

Dec 08 11:52

Govt Approves Escaped, Highly Invasive GE Grass, Says It’s No Threat

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency released a final environmental impact statement giving approval to genetically engineered creeping bentgrass – a highly invasive grass genetically engineered by Monsanto and Scotts. Of course, this GE grass was created to withstand many toxic doses of glyphosate – the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and other weed-killing brands….

Dec 08 11:40

“We Killed the Mainstream Media” THIS Journalist Got the System to React to Its Own Crimes - Mac Slavo

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe appeared at David Horowitz’s Freedom Center and made the case for how his brand of bold journalism has turned the tide against the lies, planted & paid assets, scripted media talking points and cross-collaboration that tried to purchase a presidency for Hillary Clinton.

Despite outward appearances of a fair and free election in the world’s foremost democracy, the conflict of interest has reached a peak – literal presstitutes have been bought out and told to frame virtually everything in a light favorable to what was supposed to be the first female president.

Now, citizen journalists and determined activists have exposed that system. Wikileaks proved that the Democrat primary was rigged to keep Bernie from getting the nomination, and they tried to fix it for Hillary in the general election – but the anger and principled opposition among the American people kept that nightmare from happening.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on O'Keefe; but he didn't do this all on his own!! :-)

Dec 08 11:31

Reid predicts death of filibuster

Senate Democrats are about to get rolled on Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks. They could spend years in the minority. And instead of the GOP collapse that many expected on Nov. 8, it’s now Democrats soul-searching about what went wrong.

But as Harry Reid prepares to leave the Senate this month after 34 years in Washington, he says everything is just fine with his party, thank you.

To hear Reid tell it, the party’s electoral collapse wasn’t a result of poor messaging or even a bad candidate. It stemmed from looser campaign finance rules, FBI Director James Comey and the influence of a few powerful individuals — namely the Koch brothers, his long-running nemeses. The outgoing Senate minority leader is unapologetic on behalf of his party, and remains resolute that Democrats don’t need to chart a new political course after their 2016 debacle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until the Democrats fact the cold, ugly, and compelling realities as to why they lost the 2016 Presidential election, they will continue to lose.

And I would like to politely suggest to Harry Reid that the biggest factors in that loss were Hillary's history of corruption and her temperament; her treating voters in the swing states absolutely for granted; and her vile, drippingly smug aura of entitledness.

And I would like to also politely suggest to Harry Reid that those portions of this country many times characterised by his fellow Democrats as "Flyover Country" are NOT populated by "flyover people"; these are people who have been hurt badly, economically, by the consistent offshoring/outsourcing of their jobs, with which his brother and sister Democrats have had absolutely no problem.

Dec 08 11:00

Trump's DHS Pick Decried "ILLEGAL ALIENS," Tons Of Drugs & 'Sex Slaves' Slipping Into 'Significantly Degraded' Southern Border

Are the days of insane political correctness and wide open borders finally coming to an end in America, with the advent of Trump's presidency? If Trump's choice for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security gets his way, perhaps. General John F. Kelly actually used the correct term "illegal alien" very recently, in his official capacity while testifying before the U.S. Congress! In a statement on the 'Impact of Budget Cuts,' Kelly explained that budget restraints were preventing him from properly doing his job of protecting the southern border, thus endangering the American people. Kelly then says that the drug-running cartel is more efficient than FedEx could ever hope to be!! This guy is funny too!

Dec 08 10:54

Mattis on Our Way of War

When the keynote speaker at Jamestown’s annual conference, a four-star Marine Corps general, analyzes America’s way of war from a realist perspective, his criticisms are well worth knowing. His views must be widespread in the military, although not in Washington’s civilian establishment. Gen. James N. Mattis (retired) followed General Petraeus as commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) from 2010-to-2013, responsible for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and 18 other nations. Earlier he commanded the First Marine Division during the initial invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. He also served as NATO supreme allied commander from 2007-2009. He served for 42 years, and the Marine Corps Times has called him the “most revered Marine in a generation.”

Some of General Mattis’s statements and reasoning follow; my comments are in italics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reading this, I would characterise Mattis as an "analytical warrior", and a lot of what he says makes very logical sense: the man has seen combat, understands how to avoid it when necessary, but when confronted with combat, wants to do it intelligently and effectively, very much unlike the current Sec Def, Ash Carter.

It is not without reason that the Marine Corps Times has called him the “most revered Marine in a generation.”

I am beginning to understand why Trump chose him for the job, and to respect that choice.

Dec 08 10:43

Lieberman: Israel Attacked Syria to Prevent Hezbollah Getting WMDs

Throughout Syria’s Civil War, Israel has repeatedly, despite insisting they are neutral, attacked Syrian military targets, launching several airstrikes and artillery attacks and Syrian military bases and convoys over the years. They virtually never make official statements on the attacks.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, however, isn’t a big fan of this official coyness about the strikes, and not only publicly confirmed the attacks, but claimed Israel had to attack Syrian military targets to try to prevent Hezbollah from acquiring weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

Lieberman did not indicate what sort of WMDs he is talking about, and is likely just exaggerating the scope of the run-of-the-mill conventional weapons Hezbollah is always getting shipments of to prepare for the next time Israel invades southern Lebanon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that whatever Russian influence exists over Israel will be used to get this kind of military grandstanding by Israel to stop, or that Russia will "teach Israel a lesson" which prevents it from doing this kind of military exercise in Syria again.

Dec 08 10:19

DEUTSCHE BANK PROVIDES “SMOKING GUN” PROOF OF MASSIVE RIGGING AND FRAUD IN THE SILVER MARKET

Back in April, when we first reported that Deutsche Bank had agreed to settle allegations it had rigged the silver market in exchange for $38 million, we revealed something stunning: “in a curious twist, the settlement letter revealed that the former members of the manipulation cartel have turned on each other”, and that Deutsche Bank would provide docments implicating other precious metals riggers.

To wit: “In addition to valuable monetary consideration, Deutsche Bank has also agreed to provide cooperation to plaintiffs, including the production of instant messages, and other electronic communications, as part of the settlement. In Plaintiff’s estimation, the cooperation to be provided by Deutsche Bank will substantially assist Plaintiffs in the prosecution of their claims against the non-settling defendants.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There should not only be financial compensation to the plaintiffs; there should also be jail time for every executive who signed off on these practices!!

Dec 08 10:14

WELLS FARGO IS SUCCESSFULLY CONVINCING JUDGES THAT FORGED ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS ARE LEGALLY BINDING

When you sign up for a Wells Fargo account, you're required to sign an arbitration "agreement" giving up your right to sue the company, and requiring you to have your case heard by an arbitrator paid for by -- and dependent on -- Wells Fargo instead.

At least 2,000,000 times, Wells Fargo employees were pressured -- on pain of termination and lifelong blacklisting from the finance industry -- into opening fake accounts in their customers' names. These accounts existed solely to accrue fees, which, in many cases, made their customers overdrawn (or simply generated suspicious seeming queries against their credit records), and when that happened, their credit records were dinged, which can cost you a job, a loan -- even your house if you can't refinance your mortgage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you have any account with Wells Fargo, CLOSE IT NOW.

This is the only way to make the corporate executives (who should have done jail time for signing off on this practice) understand that you are not to be played with.

Any ding on your credit report can have negative repercussions for decades. If Wells Fargo has caused this to happen, they need to fix it, in your presence, with your sitting down with your bank manager until it gets sorted.

Dec 08 10:08

WASHINGTON POST APENDS "RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA" STORY, ADMITS IT MAY BE FAKE

It was the closest the Washington Post would come to retracting the story, which has now been thoroughly discredited not only by outside commentators, but by its own editor.

The appended note in question:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember: this is the exact, same WaPo which did this, as reported by Greg Mitchell in March of 2014 at thenation.com:

Eleven Years On: How ‘The Washington Post’ Helped Give Us the Iraq War

And what, precisely, does this mean?

That WaPo will obediently, and consistently, vomit the codswallop the US government tells them to, in order to support the US government's agenda, no matter how completely false that agenda might be.

As the readers of this blog are aware, I do advocate that the adult kids of all who are running for Congress should be made to enlist in the military, and into units which are most likely to see front line action in any US war.

But I think we need to take that one step further here, and advocate that the adult kids of all presstitutes working for the generally morally reprehensible lamestream media, who constantly lie to affirm the US government's narrative, should be pressed into military service as well, and in units most likely to see action in any wars the US government generates.

Because, perhaps, upping the ante by having their kids in military service, we just might see a little less slavish surrender to the endless false narratives of the US government, when trying to launch their wars of conquest.

I'm just saying, it might make at least a small difference in the way issues are covered, don't you think?!?

Dec 08 09:59

Assad Says Aleppo Victory Will Change Course Of War In Syria

The Syrian President said that a victory in the battle for the city of Aleppo will be “a huge step” toward bringing the war in Syria to an end.

Dec 08 09:36

U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year — a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the United States.

Dec 08 09:35

Australian high school students have re-created the life-saving drug that Martin Shkreli price-hiked by 4000 times for the low cost of two dollars a pill

Last fall, the biotech executive Martin Shkreli became widely reviled for hiking the price of a lifesaving drug by more than 4,000 percent overnight, to $750 per pill.

Dec 08 09:34

Shelters set up in Morton County, snow removed from highways to assist DAPL protesters

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. - Early Tuesday morning, the North Dakota Department of Transportation snow plows were diverted to southern Morton County because of safety concerns for those in the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps.

The NDDOT cleared snow from Highway 6 to Highway 24 and then to Highway 1806 in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to check the status of the main camp.

Dec 08 09:27

The Tide Is Turning Against the Oligarchs — Paul Craig Roberts

The ruling oligarchy and their presstitute media have become desperate now that they are losing control over explanations and Americans’ minds. Thus, they charge independent Internet journalists such as myself with being Russian agents peddling fake news.

Recent legislation in the House of Representatives, the list of 200 alleged Russian agents, and the attacks on president-elect Trump from within the US intelligence community make it clear that pressures on truthtellers are increasing.

Dec 08 09:24

Is Peace Possible? A Dialogue With Johan Galtung On Ukraine; Trump, Putin, And…

I expect these two men to cooperate — Johan Galtung

JG: I think there is a big difference in the campaigner Donald Trump, with his horrible remarks, and all his prejudices, and the President-Elect—who announces himself as the President for all Americans! While we are focusing on Ukraine, I was particularly interested in a statement made by a member of the Trump team about the 200-year relationship between Russia and the United States: the point was made that Russia supported what became the United States, against the French and the English empires. And that was Tsar Alexander I!...

It helps to have a long time-perspective! This is the first time in my life that I have heard of a President-Elect, or a President, having an historical perspective!

Dec 08 09:13

Fascist Left Trying To Silence Conservative Voices - 78 Companies Who Have Blacklisted Breitbart

It has begun, and I cannot understand the jealous and evil left facists who will not accept that WE THE PEOPLE have spoken. We voted for our chosen candidate, and in the United States of American President-elect Trump won fair and square...bottom line. Why can't the Hillary Camp accept that she failed...they failed?

Dec 08 07:50

Florida woman calls Sandy Hook massacre 'hoax,' threatens to kill parent of victim, officials say

A 57-year-old Tampa woman has been charged with threatening to kill the parent of a victim in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre because she believes the shooting never happened, officials said.

Webmaster addition: Clearly the government is trying to build a case that the Independent media is inciting violence to justify a crackdown!

Dec 08 07:50

Nightclubs to offer free drug-testing booths to check purity of cocaine and MDMA

Nightclubs in Preston are to offer free drug testing to people who want to know if their Class A substances are pure.
The walk-in booths, run by a charity, will aim to reduce drug-related deaths by checking cocaine and MDMA are not “adulterated or highly potent”.

Dec 08 07:27

Trump's DHS Chief "In my experience the further you get away from Washington the better things work."

66-year-old U.S. Marine General John Francis Kelly's last job in government was the Obama administration's Commander for U.S Southern Command, which he held until his retirement in January 2016. He ran Gitmo for 38 months and stressed that the detainees were treated very humanely. Kelly is the highest ranking military man to have lost a child in combat. Kelly's youngest son Robert was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. Kelly himself did 3 tours in Iraq and in his final press conference said "I was kinda tired of the war...This war stuff is hard."
Kelly also referred to "agenda driven people here in Washington." On the topic of Islamic extremists, he says "the vast majority of people who follow the Islamic faith are good, law abiding folks." Here are the highlights from his final 45-minute press conference on Jan 8, 2016. Frankly my assessment is that he seems like a plain spoken, honest, genuine and sincere person.

Dec 08 06:37

WINNING! U.S. Steel CEO Ready To Bring Back 10,000 Jobs! All Because Of Trump! Trump's Win Pushed Manufacturer To Return To The U.S. With Goal To Make All Of Its Products In America!

"U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi admitted that manufacturing challenges exist exclusively in the United States thanks to oppressive regulation set forth by President Obama.

Dec 08 06:24

Paris makes all public transport free in battle against 'worst air pollution for 10 years'

Parisians can use public transport for free for the second day running due to a spike in air pollution and some cars have been barred from the roads.
The city is suffering its worst and most prolonged winter pollution for at least 10 years, the Airparif agency which measures the levels said on Wednesday.

Dec 08 06:24

Police will be deployed to a village in Mexico after an invitation to a girl's birthday party went viral and 1.2 million people said they would attend.

Police will be deployed to a village in Mexico after an invitation to a girl's birthday party went viral and 1.2 million people said they would attend.
A video in which the girl's father says that "everyone is welcome" to the party featuring local bands, a meal and a horse race was posted on Facebook on a public setting.

Dec 08 05:44

BERLIN: Migrant Gang kicks German Girl down Subway Stairs in Random Assault, Neukölln CCTV

This CCTV footage shows a German girl getting ambushed by a gang of migrants in a Berlin Neukölln Subway station.

Dec 07 22:33

Dr. Jim Willlie, Peter Schiff, and Bill Holter: Cracks Forming in Bond Markets (Videos)

After eight years of Obama’s disastrous economic policies, it’s understandable why Americans would want to be hopeful, and why they are consciously choosing to view the recent gains in U.S. equity markets as a harbinger of things to come under a Donald Trump presidency. Unfortunately, there is nothing to suggest the shifting sentiment toward the notion that Donald Trump can somehow fix our economy is warranted. In fact, it’s dangerous. Americans would be wise to heed a recent quote from Michael Snyder:

** “Now is not a time to party.  Rather, it is time to batten down the hatches and to prepare for very rough seas ahead. All of the things that so many experts warned were coming may have been delayed slightly, but without a doubt they are still on the way. So get prepared while you still can, because time is running out.”

Dec 07 19:43

Jewish state plans to unplug the muezzins

Here's another dastardly twist in the religious hate war against Muslims in the Holy Land.

Dec 07 19:08

U.S. Reactions to the Death of Fidel Castro - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson 

Fidel Castro was the man who led the successful effort to overthrow the brutal and reactionary dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista - a dictatorship that had the backing of the U.S. government. 
The Castro-led victory of 1959 began a long period of transformation for Cuba, raising the country from a starkly poor Third World condition to a modernizing socialist state. Here are some of that country’s achievements under Castro’s leadership

Dec 07 19:06

BREAKING: The Michigan recount is officially over. --Judge's order suspends recount

plaintiffs have chosen — seeking a recount as an audit of the election to test whether the vulnerability led to actual compromise of the voting system — has never been endorsed by any court, and would require, at a minimum, evidence of significant fraud or mistake

— and not speculative fear of them. Such evidence has not been presented here.”

Dec 07 18:41

5200 Pentagon Employees Busted Buying Child Porn

Back when Anderson Cooper’s show was about “Keeping them honest” he reported on an undercover internet child pornography sting operation which was abruptly halted after 8 months when it was learned that 5,200 targets in the operation were actual pentagon employees.

Dec 07 18:14

Tucker Carlson DESTROYS Congressman Adam Schiff On Russian Interference In U.S Election

Adam Schiff tells @TuckerCarlson that Russia hacked John Podesta"a emails.

Dec 07 18:03

FAIL: 10 Most Outrageously Bad Election Predictions…

The pre-election predictions of communications professionals surveyed by PRWeek proved to be unanimously – and embarrassingly – wrong. Could every PR executive in the U.S. have been so off, or was this a case of media bias in choosing the “experts?”

Dec 07 17:58

The Final Round: Does Obama Succumb to Zionist Power?

Eight years ago, from the day Obama entered the White House, he knew that since 1939 the Zionists have had only one intent regarding the Palestinians, cleanse all of Palestine of the Arabs that lived there. That intent continues to the present day.

Dec 07 17:51

1,000s Of Geese Die After Landing In Toxic Waters Of Montana Pit Mine

Thousands of snow geese died after landing in the toxic waters of an old open-pit copper mine in Butte, Montana. The migrating birds were forced to land in Berkeley Pit on November 28 by severe winter weather.

Dec 07 17:35

The Collapse Of 'Real' Media Credibility (In 3 Simple Images)

Two words - "nailed it"

What a difference 4 months makes... From Meltdown to Total Meltdown to Man Of The Year...

As FoxNews notes however, while President-elect Donald Trump was named Time magazine's Person of the Year on Wednesday, the honor basically ended there.

Dec 07 16:53

Trump picks WWE co-founder Linda McMahon for Small Business Administration

Touting her experience in the pro wrestling business, Trump said that McMahon "helped grow WWE from a modest 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide

Dec 07 16:15

BREAKING: Trump nominates Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA

who sued the face off Obama

Dec 07 16:06

Mass Die Off Of Snow Geese When They Landed On Toxic Pit Of Water

During a recent snow storm, several thousand or more snow geese died together after they were forced to take refuge on an acidic, metal-laden body of water of an old, open pit mine in Montana. The 700-acre Berkeley Pit – a former mine – is now submerged in water as acidic as distilled vinegar….

Dec 07 15:25

TIME Predictably Poses Trump Like Hitler for “Man of the Year,” Everyone Predictably Sends Out Pictures Comparing Him to Hitler

Sure, Trump is facing a different direction, but he’s sitting in a similar position in a similar rounded brown chair with a similar expression on his face.

This is clearly an echo of the Hitler cover. They want to make sure the comparison is made just like we knew that they would… to sow more division. Actually they want people to think that Trump is worse than Hitler, since they gave him the little red “M” devil horns, too.

So TIME is busy warning everyone that Trump is worse than Hitler… As soon as this happened, predictably, a bunch of people ran to Twitter to compare Trump to Hitler...

Dec 07 14:38

Why Did Trump Invite Al Gore Over for Tea?

Donald Trump followers were shocked to see former Vice-President Al Gore walking into Trump Tower on Monday.
Al Gore for Sec. of State?..... Hardly!

Dec 07 13:20

Corporate media promotes call for U.S. government to investigate Intellihub, other alternative news outlets for espionage

“Very shady” hidden group promotes list of so-called Russian Propagandists, including popular alt-media news outlets

Dec 07 12:43

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 07 12:43

Trump Unleashes Economic MAGA Plan, Pledges Wall To Stop Drugs, Gangs, & Illegal Immigration

Trump outline several changes he is going to make during his first months in office to turn the economy around.

Dec 07 12:41

Charges To Be Dropped Against Black Suspect In Murder Of White Police Officer – Report

A man who shot dead Sgt. Collin Rose in Detroit will reportedly avoid charges, including those of first-degree murder and murder of a police officer. Rose died in a hospital hours after he sustained gun wounds to his head while on duty.

Dec 07 12:38

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and the Spirit of Trumpism

When it comes to foreign policy, the incoming Trump administration displays a split personality.

Mattis exemplifies the dual nature of the new administration.
This was readily apparent during the campaign, when, on the one hand, Donald Trump told us we were lied into the Iraq war, that NATO is “obsolete,” and that we have no business supporting regime change in Syria – and, on the other hand, he declared that he would crush ISIS, that it was a mistake to leave Iraq, and that we have to “rebuild our military,” as if we don’t already spend as much as the top ten defense spenders.

Dec 07 12:19

Bahrain authorities block Al Jazeera from GCC summit

Al Jazeera journalist Jamal Elshayyal was refused entry at Bahrain International Airport on Tuesday even though AJMN had followed all necessary procedures and submitted all requested documents to the relevant authorities on time.

"We applied for accreditation well before the deadline, submitting the names and passports as requested," Elshayyal said in Qatar's capital, Doha, after his return.

"I flew out to Manama this morning and upon reaching the immigration counter, I filled out the required form specifying I was a journalist and I was there to cover the summit.

"I was asked to sit on the side by the immigration officer who later informed me the Ministry of Information said Al Jazeera was not allowed to cover the event and I was rejected entry."

Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, said he did not have details on the incident but noted the Gulf kingdom's track record on press freedom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This guy is lucky; the Bahraini government has a nasty reputation with regard to press access.

And not only have peaceful Bahraini protestors been jailed, tortured in order to confess to crimes they did not commit and have received extraordinarily long sentences; but also, the first responders who cared for them have been jailed, tortured to confess to crimes they did not commit, and received extraordinarily long prison sentences.

The Al-Khalifa monarchy is sitting on a power keg, when all that peaceful protesters have asked the government to do is establish a constitutional monarchy.

But there most likely be a point where the protests go from peaceful to violent, and even calling in the Saudi military, as the Bahraini government has done several years back, will not work.

Before that happens, I sure as heck hope that the US Navy is deliberating where in the Middle East, the 5th Fleet could call home, as any new Bahraini government would find itself very hostile to the US government, as the US government has enabled the sitting Bahraini government with what are called "dual use" weapons. As reported at theguardian.com in 2013:

Revealed: America's arms sales to Bahrain amid bloody crackdown

Dec 07 12:16

Russia Accuses The US Of Killing Its Medics In Aleppo

A Russian mobile hospital was hit by shelling on Monday, just days after it was set up to provide assistance to civilians in Aleppo.

Dec 07 11:33

TIME Magazine Explains Why & How They Chose Donald J. Trump For 'Person Of The Year'

In this 4-minute video, the brass at TIME explain why they chose The Donald. Interview with President-elect Trump in his mansion is included.

Dec 07 11:23

WAR ON THE HOMELESS: CITIES ALL OVER AMERICA ARE PASSING LAWS MAKING IT ILLEGAL TO FEED AND SHELTER THOSE IN NEED

If you want to be a “Good Samaritan” to the homeless in your community, you might want to check and see if it is legal first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The way things are going in this country, it is not too far fetched to imagine that the "crime" of homelessness will soon be punishable by as quick a trial and execution as is legally possible, because state and federal prison facilities are crowded to beyond capacity.

And bless Pastor Grover and bless Patapsco United Methodist Church, for their ministry in this way; I hope that the attorney who takes this case for them, regarding that 12,000 fine, wipes the floor with the City Council of Dundalk, Maryland, and that there is a reasonable answer found, including a place for the homeless to stay, and have their basic human needs met.

It is apparent to me that the mayor of Dundalk needs to have a conference call with the Governor of Utah, and right the heck now, because by the end 0f 2015, Utah reduced their number of homeless by 91%:

Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness By 91 Percent; Here's How

Webmaster addition: The illegal immigrants are treated better than Americans by the government. What's wrong with this picture?

Dec 07 11:00

Paedophile music teacher beaten to death with his own TRUMPET by angry parents during Cathedral concert

A paedophile music teacher was beaten to death with his own TRUMPET during a concert at a Cathedral.

Marcelo Fabián Pecollo, 42, died at a hospital he had been rushed to five weeks after he'd been brutally attacked.

The musician had allegedly been set upon by angry parents of children who attend a pre-school where he had been convicted of abusing kids.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a tragedy. That trumpet could have been given to a music student!

Dec 07 10:56

Russia pipeline is security 'threat', US diplomat says

Russia’s Nord Stream II gas pipeline is a threat to European security, a US diplomat has said, amid calls for the European Commission to intervene.
Adam Shub, the deputy US ambassador to the EU, in Brussels on Tuesday (6 December), mentioned the Russian-German project amid other instruments he said Russia was using to “create division” in Europe and to erode “shared transatlantic values”.

EU Commission has stalled on appeals for a legal assessment.

He said the armed conflict in Ukraine was “just the front line” in the “malign action”, which extended also to the EU and the Western Balkans.

“There are [Russian] attempts to influence the policy debate, support for political parties, we know that, in the European Parliament, for NGOs … attempts to acquire assets on the energy front, Nord Stream - these are threats to Europe and to transatlantic security”, he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shub's codswallop, in denouncing Russia for doing everything the US government does, in terms of providing loans, supporting and attempting to influence various candidates and organisations who echo the US government narrative, demonstrates that the US government has, in basketball parlance, "got no game", in terms of being able to undo this deal.

This deal makes absolute sense for the German government and the German people, in order to keep fuel costs low.

In his petulant and sophomoric rant at the Ceps think tank conference, Shub comes off as almost thoroughly unhinged in his excoriating criticism of the deal, yet offers absolutely no concrete suggestions of what the German government "SHOULD" do, to get a better deal elsewhere.

And I would politely suggest to Mr. Shub that after last year's revelations of the fact that the US was spying on Angela Merkel and her ministers, neither she, nor any potential successor, is going to be very enthusiastic about listening to ANYTHING the US government has to say.

Obama administration spied on German media as well as its government

Dec 07 10:38

Trump lays out non-interventionist U.S. military policy

President-elect Donald Trump laid out a U.S. military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State militancy.

In the latest stop on a "thank you" tour of states critical to his Nov. 8 election win, Trump introduced his choice for defense secretary, General James Mattis, to a large crowd in this city near the Fort Bragg military base, which has deployed soldiers to 90 countries around the world.

"We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with," Trump said. "Instead, our focus must be on defeating terrorism and destroying ISIS, and we will."

Trump's rhetoric was similar to what he said during the election campaign when he railed against the war in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

what Trump is saying absolutely makes sense.

But what he is going to have to do, in implementation of this policy, is make sure that waste and corruption in the procurement process is stamped out as completely as possible, as it is an ongoing problem.

As reported yesterday at blacklistednews.com:

PENTAGON SUPPRESSED STUDY THAT REVEALED $125 BILLION IN ‘WASTE’

Dec 07 09:42

JPMORGAN, HSBC, CREDIT AGRICOLE "BANK CARTEL" FINED $521 MILLION FOR EURIBOR RIGGING

With global bank stocks soaring on expectations - and hope - that financial sector regulation will be broadly swept away under Trump, today Europe did its best to show that, at least for now, the banks are not in the clear when the European Commission has fined JPMorgan, Credit Agricole and HSBC a total of €485 million ($521 million) for rigging the Euribor benchmark as European Union antitrust regulators wrapped up a five-year investigation into the scandal.

The three banks colluded on euro interest rate derivative pricing elements, and exchanged sensitive information, in breach of EU antitrust rules, the European Commission said on Wednesday in an e-mailed statement. JPMorgan was fined 337.2 million euros, HSBC got a 33.6 million-euro penalty and Credit Agricole must pay 114.7 million euros. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition policy chief, said banks “have to respect EU competition rules just like any other company operating in the single market.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

JPMorgan made a quarterly profit of $5.4 billion, as of this January; Credit Agricole made $84,374,0800.00, US in 2015; and HSBC made $18.8 billion in 2015.

These fines are simply "cosmetic slaps on the wrist", to make investors think that the fundamental problems in the financial industry have been dealt with, when they really haven't.

And none of the leadership of these financial institutions who signed off on these practices get jail time?!?

Why am I absolutely not surprised at this?!?

Because when comes to financial malfeasance, the people deciding to do it are almost never jailed; and they are counting on the reality that the rich rarely eat their own.

Dec 07 09:39

Scott Adams: How the Trump Administration Can Lower Healthcare Costs

For the past year I have been working with the UC Berkeley start-up ecosystem – the largest in the world – to help improve their efficiency. I seed-funded a project to build a website that connects entrepreneurs, advisors, and investors in the Berkeley area. But I’m also going to highlight in this blog some Berkeley start-ups that can substantially lower healthcare costs in the future.

Today’s focus is on DeviceFarm, a start-up that cures toe fungus using a patent-pending combination of plasma gas and a special liquid concentrator.

Dec 07 09:27

DALLAS MAYOR FILES LAWSUIT TO BLOCK WITHDRAWALS FROM "INSOLVENT" POLICE PENSION AFTER "RUN ON THE BANK"

Last week, Dallas Mayor Michael Rawlings sent a scathing letter to the Dallas Police and Fire Pension (DPFP) Board demanded that withdrawals be halted immediately until the "solvency and actuarial soundness of the Pension System is restored." That said, the Mayor's request was seemingly ignored as he has now filed a lawsuit with the Dallas District Court to force the pension board to halt withdrawals amid a "run on the bank."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Underfunded and badly thought out (and structured) pension programs are a national problem in this country; when management of these programs isn't intelligent and sound, scenarios like this are bound to happen.

Dec 07 09:21

Massive Oil Spill ‘The Size Of Seven Football Fields” Found In North Dakota

The spill is one of the largest in North Dakota history. A farmer in North Dakota discovered one of the largest crude oil spills ever recorded in the state just “bubbling up out of the ground” while harvesting wheat a few months ago. Farmer Steve Jensen stated that he smelled the crude…

Dec 07 09:20

Russia to supply Libya’s Haftar with arms in exchange of military base

Almesryoon reported that a map of an airbase it said was located near the Libyan city of Benghazi which will be transferred to Russia in exchange for arms supply, Monday.

According to Western reports, General Khalifa Haftar’s recent visit to Moscow along with his talks with Russian officials revolved around the need to import weapons in return for granting Moscow logistical and military privileges inside the Libyan territories.

Haftar wants to win Moscow’s support and recognition as the sole candidate for the country’s leadership as Russia’s influence in the world and the Middle East is on the rise, Russian Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at lybianexpress.com in August of this year:

As the US war in Libya moves into its third week, officials and analysts are seeing a lot of problems with their plans, but perhaps the biggest problem is one of their own creation, the Libyan leader and long-time CIA asset Gen. Khalifa Haftar. Haftar was a general of Moammar Gadhafi until 1987, when he was captured by Chad. The next year, he became a US proxy for an anti-Gadhafi insurgency, and after that collapsed, moved to Virginia, with occasional trips back to Libya for other failed US-backed plots. When NATO helped regime change in 2011, Gen. Haftar was quick to make his grand return, and has been trying to consolidate his power ever since. He announced a coup in 2014, which didn’t amount to much, and is now at the head of the army or so-called Dignity Operation loyal to Tobruk-based House of Representatives. “The United States and its allies can’t figure out what to do about Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan general whose refusal to support a fragile unity government has jeopardized hopes for stability in a country plagued by conflict.” The Washington Post wrote. “Hifter is threatening many of the Western-backed initiatives in Libya and the establishment of a recognized political power,” said Barak Barfi, a scholar at New America, a Washington think tank. “Hifter doesn’t have the strength on the battlefield to deliver on his promises to defeat Islamists, but he can act as a spoiler.”

So with the US having thrown this guy under the proverbial bus, he gets weapons, and support, in return for giving Russia a military base in Libya!!

I love the smell of irony in the morning; and had Hillary Clinton not insisted on the overthrow and assassination of Gaddafi, none of this, including Libya's civil war, would ever have happened in the first place!!

I can well imagine that some folks in the State Department and Pentagon are collectively tearing their hair out right now; the US government has just been effectively "neutralized" in Libya, and there really is not a damned thing the US government can do to change this, save declaring war on Russia.

And between it's weaponry problems; it's troop strength; it's money issues, and it's manufacturing capabilities, the US military is woefully unready to fight Russia at the moment.

Dec 07 08:57

MEDIA MATTERS, owned by Hillary Clinton's "Mad Man" David Brock, Declares War On BREITBART And The Alternative Media.

David Brock is a literal “mad man”, because he failed to help Hillary Clinton win the Presidency. Brock is the owner of MEDIA MATTERS, which is the center of a conglomerate which George Soros helps finance.

Dec 07 08:44

WRH Holiday Card Templates - Free to copy and use!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Over the years we have created our own holiday cards and have built up quite a library. This page has some selections which do not have our names on them, so you can copy them off and customize them for your own use!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

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Dec 07 08:39

Standing Rock Christmas Greetings

I wrote a descriptive Christmas card for friends and family, and will now tweak it a bit to share with cyber-community.

A friend is just back from Standing Rock, North Dakota where the daytime temperature was -2 F (-19 C) in blizzard conditions.

Dec 07 08:25

Man dies of emotional distress after being forced to clean Walgreens bathroom, widow says

The widow of a 69-year-old man has sued an Orlando Walgreens store, accusing them of holding her husband captive until he cleaned and mopped the store’s bathroom.

Dec 07 08:25

Google to be powered 100% by renewable energy from 2017

Google’s data centres and the offices for its 60,000 staff will be powered entirely by renewable energy from next year, in what the company has called a “landmark moment”.

Dec 07 07:58

75 years after Pearl Harbor attack, Minnesota brothers will rest together in USS Arizona

Anderson’s cremated remains, along with those of another man who survived that attack 75 years ago, will be interred by Navy divers in the No. 4 turret of the Arizona Wednesday.

Their cremains will join those of about 1,100 sailors and Marines entombed in the wreck.

Dec 07 07:43

Virginia Schools Ban 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' 'Huck Finn' Over Racial Slurs

A Virginia school has temporarily banned "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain and "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee,after a parent complained that her high school-age son was negatively impacted by racial slurs contained in the books.

As The Independent reports, both To Kill a Mockingbird and Mark Twain?'s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were temporarily banned pending a committee review, with the parent - Marie Rothstein-Williams, the mother of a mixed race child - suggesting a board made up of other parents and teachers from diverse cultural backgrounds determines a list of books that are inclusive for all students.

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

Dec 07 07:30

Don't study for exams by "studying." Instead, take practice tests, which help you remember better under stress, according to a new paper in Science

Learning by taking practice tests, a strategy known as retrieval practice, can protect memory against the negative effects of stress, report scientists from Tufts University in a new study published in Scienceon Nov. 25.

Dec 07 07:29

San Francisco’s chief judge says he and his colleagues discarded 66,000 arrest warrants issued over five years for quality-of-life crimes, like sleeping on the sidewalk, because it made no sense to lock people up for fines they couldn’t afford.

The crimes, which also include urinating on sidewalks and being drunk in public, are infractions punishable only by fines. But when those who were cited failed to show up in court, judges in the past have issued bench warrants ordering them to appear, with a sentence of five days in jail for failing to show up.

Dec 07 05:49

War On The Homeless: Cities All Over America Are Passing Laws Making It Illegal To Feed And Shelter The Homeless

If you want to be a “Good Samaritan” to the homeless in your community, you might want to check and see if it is legal first. All over the country, cities are passing laws that make it illegal to feed and shelter the homeless.

Dec 07 05:44

80% Of White Evangelical Protestants Feel That They're As Persecuted As African-Americans

Many, many Christians believe they are subject to religious discrimination in the United States. A new report from the Public Religion Research Institute and Brookings offers evidence: Almost half of Americans say discrimination against Christians is as big of a problem as discrimination against other groups, including blacks and minorities.

Dec 07 05:42

Iowa disbands state forfeiture team, OKs $60,000 settlement to California gamblers whose bankroll was seized during a warrantless search

Iowa announced Monday that it has disbanded its state forfeiture team and — in a separate move — also agreed to pay $60,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by two California gamblers whose bankroll was seized during a warrantless search in 2013 by two Iowa State Patrol troopers.

Dec 07 05:33

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 06 20:01

Michigan AG: Appeals Court Rules Recount Must Stop

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that Jill Stein is not an aggrieved candidate and the recount must stop after a hearing today.

Dec 06 19:27

Is it Time to Start Worrying About the Electoral College Vote?

I have to admit – I was not initially worried about the electoral college vote or the election results being changed. Perhaps through my own normalcy bias or cognitive dissonance and given Trump’s sizeable electoral advantage, I believed that the Jill Stein recount was not a true concern. I was wrong – and here is why.

Dec 06 19:14

Terrorist Rebels Secretly Negotiating Withdraw from Aleppo Syria

The Syria rebel commander has informed an Arabic news source off the record the terrorists are in secret negotiations with the U.N. to withdraw from Syria.

HNN has just been informed that an Arabic news source in communication with the Syria rebels has reported the rebels in Syria have decided unanimously to leave Aleppo.

According to the source the terrorists are secretly negotiating terms and a process to withdraw their forces through their U.N. representatives in Turkey.

Dec 06 18:12

Snow for Hawaii, Record Cold Across USA & Fog Dome in UK

Hawaii receives 3 feet of snow drifting to 5 feet on the peaks of the Big Island. Last year in 2014 saw smaller amounts but snow, it seems its a pattern, and increasing. Fog Dome in Wales, Fog Falls in Wales also, plus records cold to shatter records across Canada and the USA.

Dec 06 17:44

FBI Investigating ‘Very Specific’ Threat To Los Angeles Transit System

The FBI is investigating a threat to the Los Angeles metro system, after receiving information on Monday suggesting that an attack was set to be launched on a station used to visit Universal Studios on the network’s Red Line on Tuesday, officials say.

Dec 06 16:01

NYPD Search For ‘Contract Killer’ Suspected Of Killing Off-Duty Correction Officer – Report

New York Police are reportedly searching for a contract killer believed to have carried out the fatal shooting of an off-duty corrections officer in Brooklyn. Investigators believe an inmate at the notorious Rikers Island Prison may have put a hit on her.

Dec 06 15:52

Here It Comes: EU Threatens “Action” If Facebook Doesn’t Censor All “Fake News” and “Hate Speech” Within 24 Hours

Now the EU is threatening to escalate the situation up from “non-legislative” action if these companies don’t take action to censor “hate speech” and “fake news” within 24 hours.

And of course “hate speech” is very loosely defined here, so it can basically be used to censor free speech online. We all know what the phrase “fake news” has come to denote — and nearly the entire alternative media is encompassed within it.

It should be no surprise that the same “fake news” the EU wants to censor has been blamed for Brexit and the potential for other countries like Italy deciding to leave the EU as well.

Dec 06 15:46

An ‘Abomination’ Of Justice: Mistrial Declared Over Police Shooting Of Walter Scott

The judge presiding over the case of Walter Scott, who in April 2015 was shot in the back by former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, was forced to declare a mistrial on Monday after the jury announced that they were unable to come “to a unanimous decision.”

“The court therefore must declare a mistrial in this case and I so declare that is case is mistried,” Circuit Judge Clifton Newman declared after the jury announced the deadlock. The news comes after a single holdout juror sent a letter to Newman on Friday saying that he “cannot in good conscience consider a guilty verdict.”

Dec 06 15:21

Are The Elite Planning Something Big In The Middle East?

US wants UN monitors out of Afghanistan. The UK says it sees no problem with Saudi Arabia bombing civilians and children.

Dec 06 14:40

Hillary Clinton Loses 32,423 Votes in Day 5 of Wisconsin Recount

In the Wisconsin Day 5 Recount Update 32,423 votes for Hillary Clinton were erased resulting in a 28,830 vote net increase for Donald Trump.

Dec 06 14:35

US reactions to the death of Fidel Castro

Lawrence Davidson explains why Americans of Cuban descent celebrated the death of Fidel Castro, and why American conservatives are unable to comprehend the historical facts behind the evolution of Castro’s regime.

Dec 06 14:32

White House: ‘embittered’ World War II veterans should get over Pearl Harbor

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a press conference Monday it was natural for World War II veterans to be “embittered” about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor, but they should get over it for the sake of America.

Dec 06 14:06

ABC NEWS Breaking: Trump Announces SoftBank to Invest $50 Billion, create 50,000 American Jobs! The Mainstream Media is going to have a STROKE over this!

Trump went in front of the Tower Press poll just minutes ago, and announced this.

Not even President yet, and already creating tens of thousands of jobs.

Dec 06 13:49

Utah Brings Back Firing Squad Executions; Witnesses Recall The Last One

Last month, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill bringing back the firing squad as a method of execution. The state abandoned firing squads in 2004 but now, it has returned as the backup option — partly because of a shortage of lethal injection drugs, the state's default execution method.

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Dec 06 13:17

Michigan Recount: Over 1/2 of Hillary Clinton's Detroit Vote Faces Disqualification

Michigan officials say they can not reconcile vote counts in 610 of 1,680 precincts, or 59% of the precincts, in Michigan’s largest county , Wayne County, which Hillary won by a margin of 2 to 1 over Donald Trump because the original vote counts in the poll books do not match the number of votes in the machine printout reports.

Specifically, the number of votes recorded by the voting machines were higher than the number of voters that were logged into to vote in these precincts.

Dec 06 13:01

Iranophobes on Parade – Philip Giraldi

Will Iran be the target of the Trump regime?

Hopefully someone will convince Donald Trump that the real answer to eliminating the “Iranian threat” is not war.

One of the most discouraging aspects of the filling out of the Donald Trump cabinet is the array of Iran haters that seem to be lining up in the foreign policy and national security areas.Trump has been personally advocating sensible policies relating to Russia and Syria but he appears to have gone off the rails regarding Iran, which just might be attributed to those who are giving him advice.

Dec 06 12:50

Ron Paul: Trump's Promised 'New Foreign Policy' Must Abandon Regime Change for Iran

During his 'thank you' tour in the midwest, Trump had this to say: "We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests wherever possible..."
If this is really to be President Trump's foreign policy, it would be a welcome change from the destructive path pursued by the two previous administrations. Such a foreign policy would go a long way toward making us safer and more prosperous, as we would greatly reduce the possibility of a 'blowback' attack from abroad, and we would save untold billions with a foreign policy of restraint.

Dec 06 12:50

Mismatched numbers in metro Detroit mean precincts can't be recounted

A single missing ballot was enough to scuttle the recount of Rochester Hills precinct 11.

The computerized poll book listed the names of 848 voters who cast ballots there, but the ballot box contained just 847 ballots. So where is the other ballot? The poll workers' notes offered no explanation.

"It didn't match on the canvass and it doesn't match now," said Joe Rozell, Oakland County's director of elections. "This precinct is not recountable."

Under Michigan law, a precinct can't be recounted if the poll book and ballot box numbers don't match, unless there is a valid explanation. In such cases, the results from the original election night tally stand.

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