Postscript: This item from The Stanford [University] Daily newspaper puts a nice gloss on the stupefying idiocy in the campus sex-and-identity debate. Single-occupancy Restrooms Convert to All-gender Facilities: “Single-occupancy restrooms on campus will soon all be converted to gender-neutral facilities due to new California legislature and ongoing administrative efforts. The Diversity and Access Office (D&A Office) has been spearheading the campaign to convert all single-occupancy restrooms….”
Here’s what I don’t get: if a single-occupancy restroom is going to be used by one person at a time, what need is there to officially designate the sex of any person using it? And why are officials at an elite university wasting their time on this?
After meeting Christian President Michel Aoun – her first public handshake with a head of state – and Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Monday, she had been scheduled to meet the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian
He heads the Dar al-Fatwa, the top religious authority for Sunni Muslims in the multireligious country.
“I met the grand mufti of Al-Azhar,” she told reporters, referring to a visit in 2015 to Cairo’s 1,000-year-old center of Islamic learning. “The highest Sunni authority didn’t have this requirement, but it doesn’t matter.
“You can pass on my respects to the grand mufti, but I will not cover myself up,” she said.
“Any country with a sophisticated chemical weapons effort can produce VX,” said CNN’s military analyst Rick Francona. “The formula has been around since the 1950s so its nothing new it just has to be made, the political will and determination that we are going to build this weapon.”
Why We Must Oppose the Kremlin-Baiting Against Trump
The Russia-connected allegations have created an atmosphere of hysteria amounting to McCarthyism.
By Stephen F. Cohen
The bipartisan, nearly full-political-spectrum tsunami of factually unverified allegations that President Trump has been sedi- tiously “compromised” by the Kremlin, with scarcely any nonpartisan pushback from influential political or media sources, is deeply alarming. Begun by the Clinton campaign in mid-2016, and exemplified now by New York Times columnists (who write of a “Trump-Putin regime” in Washington), strident MSNBC hosts, and unbalanced CNN commentators, the practice is growing into a latter-day McCarthyite hysteria. Such politically malignant practices should be deplored wherever they appear, whether on the part of conservatives, liberals, or progressives.
The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost
by Andrew P. Napolitano, February 23, 2017
In the pre-Revolutionary era, British courts in London secretly issued general warrants to British government agents in America. The warrants were not based on any probable cause of crime or individual articulable suspicion; they did not name the person or thing to be seized or identify the place to be searched. They authorized agents to search where they wished and seize what they found.
The use of general warrants was so offensive to our Colonial ancestors that it whipped up more serious opposition to British rule and support for the revolutionaries than the “no taxation without representation” argument did.
Iraqi Forces Begin Bitter Battle for Mosul in Effort to Destroy Isis
PATRICK COCKBURN • FEBRUARY 19, 2017
Isis depended on mobile squads of snipers, booby traps and over 600 suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives to slow the advance of the counter terrorism service and other elite formation, some of which suffered 50 per cent casualties during a snail’s pace advance. By the end of 2016, the Iraqi Kurdish health ministry was complaining that its hospitals were full to overflowing with 13,500 wounded soldiers and civilians from the fighting in Mosul.
While Mr Abadi called on the Iraqi forces to be careful of the human rights of civilians in Mosul, videos are emerging of young men being beaten and summarily executed in places already taken by Iraqi troops. Despite frequent claims that it is liberating Mosul, the Shia-dominated Iraqi government is effectively assaulting the last great Sunni Arab city in Iraq. Away from the television cameras Iraqi soldiers often suspect civilians in Mosul of having been much more cooperative with Isis since 2014 than they now claim.
Glad to read our military budget is being used to fall behind, rather than protect us:
How the Pentagon is Preparing for a Tank War With Russia
The T-90’s active protective system is the Shtora-1 countermeasures suite. “I’ve interviewed Ukrainian tank gunners,” said Karber. “They’ll say ‘I had my [anti-tank weapon] right on it, it got right up to it and then they had this miraculous shield. An invisible shield. Suddenly, my anti-tank missile just went up to the sky.’”
$254 Billion in Unconditional US Aid to Israel Is Unique
New drive to compare it with equally suspect military alliance expenditures fails
by Grant Smith, February 23, 2017
The Duty of General McMaster
As he takes charge of U.S. grand strategy, he must be a blunt, candid truth-teller.
By ANDREW J. BACEVICH • February 21, 2017
– The national security adviser operates—or should operate—in the realm of “grand strategy.”
– This distinction between military strategy and grand strategy is more than semantic. Maintaining it is crucial to successful statecraft.
– Consider the case of nineteenth-century Germany. Von Moltke the Elder was a gifted military strategist. Bismarck was a master of grand strategy. The collaboration between the two, with the Iron Chancellor in the role of senior partner, created the modern German state.
– U.S. national security policy in the present century bears more than passing resemblance to that of Germany a century ago.
– Like German militarists in 1917, American militarists in 2017 fight on because they lack the capacity to imagine an alternative. In policymaking circles, war has become a habit.
McMaster’s reputation as a thinker does not derive from his expressed views on matters of basic policy. Instead, it rests almost entirely on a book that he published as a young officer nearly two decades ago. The book (now once more rocketing to the top of the Amazon rankings) is called Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies That Led to Vietnam. Based on the dissertation that McMaster wrote pursuant to earning a PhD in history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, it remains today one of the most important books ever written about that benighted conflict—a savage indictment of dishonesty among top U.S. civilian and military leaders during the 1960s.
On the battlefield, McMaster has demonstrated exemplary courage in the face of the enemy. For my money, he displayed even greater courage, albeit of an intellectual sort, in publishing his book.
Through an ironic twist of fate, McMaster now finds himself called upon to fill the role of blunt, candid truth-teller for his generation of military officers—and to do so while serving a commander-in-chief who gives little evidence of valuing those qualities.
Speaking of progress. Look with these fucking nerds at MIT have actually been working on. This a game-changer, huh? Newsflash: not gonna save us. Now ketchup, mustard, and toothpaste will be twice as expensive. Thanks, Kripa (his name is Kripa).
On This Day, Peak Florida Has Been Reached
Man busted for crimes epitomizing Sunshine State
In a scene deserving of a “Yakety Sax” score, a 350-pound Florida man ran from a Walmart with two stolen TVs, but his getaway was compromised when his pants–containing his ID–“fell off as he ran away,” according to cops who yesterday apprehended the suspect, who had a crack pipe stuffed with Brillo buried in his anus at the time of his 3:43 AM arrest.
By ROD DREHER • February 20, 2017
In the fall of 2016, Alan Krueger, former chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, released a study that further refined the picture of the real existing opioid epidemic in America: According to his work, nearly half of all prime working-age male labor-force dropouts—an army now totaling roughly 7 million men—currently take pain medication on a daily basis.
We already knew from other sources (such as BLS “time use” surveys) that the overwhelming majority of the prime-age men in this un-working army generally don’t “do civil society” (charitable work, religious activities, volunteering), or for that matter much in the way of child care or help for others in the home either, despite the abundance of time on their hands. Their routine, instead, typically centers on watching—watching TV, DVDs, Internet, hand-held devices, etc.—and indeed watching for an average of 2,000 hours a year, as if it were a full-time job. But Krueger’s study adds a poignant and immensely sad detail to this portrait of daily life in 21st-century America: In our mind’s eye we can now picture many millions of un-working men in the prime of life, out of work and not looking for jobs, sitting in front of screens—stoned.
Another fear-mongering North Korea story on 60 Minutes last night. Nobody cares. None of this is news or even fresh propaganda. The CBS correspondent said,”Kim Jung-Un is now recognized as a global threat.” Really? I’ve never heard that. I think this is what Prez DT means when he says the news media “is the enemy of the American people.” And also, no mention of how cool the Great Haircut is.
Jim Kunstler has a decent little piece Monday morning: Fumbling Towards Collapse.
In all the smoke and fog emitted by Trump and his adversaries, it must be hard to make out the actual issues dogging this society, and even when you can, to find a coherent position on them. This was nicely illustrated in Paul Krugman’s fatuous column in Monday’s New York Times, “On Economic Arrogance” — the title describes Krugman’s own attitude to a T.
Jim continues to make predictions like this,”A matrix of extreme car dependency that has zero chance of continuing another decade.” That is a pretty specific and extreme statement that makes me question how clear Jim’s understanding of the situation is. There are no apparent reasons why we can’t fumble forward for several more decades. This has always been the Achilles’ heal of the apocalyptic, peak-oil argument. The clock is ticking on Jim’s May economic collapse. I’m not holding my breath.
Harward called the offer a “s*** sandwich,” the friend said.
But in reality, Harward is a piece of shit. He couldn’t either say that himself or keep it to himself? He’s given the opportunity to serve his country in the highest capacity and that is how he reacts. Is that strong character?
Following a more than 30-year military career, Harward became chief executive of defense giant Lockheed Martin’s United Arab Emirates division.
Harward was already familiar with the role of national security adviser and the work of the National Security Council, having previously worked on the NSC’s counterterrorism office from 2003 to 2005 during President George W. Bush’s administration.
As is clear from that Harward is technically up to the task but he is a selfish piece of garbage. Cashing in on his service to the Military Industrial Complex and getting paid by the Arabs. He appears frightened by the challenge of maintaining American Security. Calling the job a shit sandwich is self-centered fear. Isn’t that like basic psychology? Where do we get these people?
In the Progress-and-New-Technology Department we have this underwhelming entry:
Snapchat has started selling its Spectacles camera glasses online. I’m surprised they don’t come with a free bowl of soup. This changes nothing. Same as the Apple Watch but worse.
Watching CNN during the day around 4pm on President’s Day. Just like watching it in background as I work on my laptop. I have not done this in a long, tong time. Usually if I see anything on CNN it is in passing by or sitting by a screen in a hotel or hospital lobby. I am always amused the next day when I discover what events the ‘Breaking News’ headlines were actually about. It has been clear for decades that CNN provides very little new information, a lot of erroneous “facts” and has a purpose behind how it spins a narrative. The other major media outlets do the same thing. Even PBS and NPR. I have been purposely not watching any TV news for years…I am doing it today because I have a theory that the country is not actually imploding under the Trump administration and most of the hysteria I see on Facebook and The New York Times (which I also try to stay away from) is just that – hysteria.
As I write, McMaster has just been appointed National Security Advisor. I was hoping this would happen. This is a good thing. He is smart and he has actually been in ground combat, in the last significant and meaningful armored combat in history. “Last” until the next time, that is (but hopefully the last). The Battle of 73 Easting.
Barbara Starr, CNN’s Pentagon correspondent, being questioned on McMaster’s expertise and stellar reputation just emphatically suggested that “one of the things he may have to come up to speed on is North Korea and the Pacific – not a lot of field experience out there.” This is why I don’t watch CNN. Are you serious? The guy wrote a bestselling book on American involvement in Vietnam. Barbara Starr just went to the top of the Overpaid Idiots list. Drain the swamp.
Western Interests Aim to Flummox Russia
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS AND MICHAEL HUDSON • FEBRUARY 14, 2017
An article by Robert Berke in oilprice.com, which describes itself as “The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News,” illustrates how interest groups control outcomes by how they shape policy choices.
Berke’s article reveals how the US intends to maintain and extend its hegemony by breaking up the alliance between Russia, Iran, and China, and by oil privatizations that result in countries losing control over their sovereignty to private oil companies that work closely with the US government. As Trump has neutered his presidency by gratuitously accepting Gen. Flynn’s resignation as National Security Advisor, this scheme is likely to be Trump’s approach to “better relations” with Russia.
Berke reports that Henry Kissinger has sold President Trump on a scheme to use the removal of Russian sanctions to pry President Putin away from the Russian alliance with Iran and China. Should Putin fall for such a scheme, it would be a fatal strategic blunder from which Russia could not recover. Yet, Putin will be pressured to make this blunder.
There’s the ugly situation in Ukraine, of course, but that was engineered by Obama’s state department. Do you know why Russia annexed Crimea after that? It couldn’t have been for more transparently rational reasons. And what exactly is our beef with Russia in Syria? That they’re trying to prop up the Assad government because the last thing the Middle East needs is another failed state with no government whatsoever? What’s our plan for Syria, anyway? Same as Somalia, Iraq, and Libya? These stories about Russia’s intentions seem insane on their face. It’s amazing that readers of The New York Times swallow them whole. It must say something about the deterioration of the coastal gene pool.
The Deep State Targets Trump
PAT BUCHANAN • FEBRUARY 17, 2017
In December, when Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats, Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador. He apparently counseled the envoy not to overreact, saying a new team would be in place in a few weeks and would review U.S.-Russian relations.
The real crime here, however, is not that the incoming national security adviser spoke with a Russian diplomat seeking guidance on the future president’s thinking. The real crime is the criminal conspiracy inside the deep state to transcribe the private conversation of a U.S. citizen and leak it to press collaborators to destroy a political career.
“This is what police states do,” writes Lake.
Since When Is Being a Woman a Liberal Cause?
By SUSAN CHIRA
There are too many fault lines in the mighty edifice of our accounting fraud for the global banking system to keep limping along, to keep pretending it can meet its obligations. These fault lines run through the bond markets, the stock markets, the banks themselves at all levels, the government offices that pretend to regulate spending, the offices that affect to report economic data, the offices that neglect to regulate criminal misconduct, the corporate boards and C-suites, the insurance companies, the pension funds, the guarantors of mortgages, car loans, and college loans, and the ratings agencies. The pervasive accounting fraud bleeds a criminal ethic into formerly legitimate enterprises like medicine and higher education, which become mere rackets, extracting maximum profits while skimping on delivery of the goods.
‘New Atheist’ Islamophobia
Bill Maher is a fan of Bernie Sanders, a huge Obama booster and a frequent subject of write-ups on liberal websites for his latest dig aimed at Republicans. Maher is also a pro-war ideologue with a long history of bigoted statements about Muslims.
On his popular HBO show Real Time, Maher has repeatedly railed against Muslim immigration into Europe and the United States. He once declared that “civilization begins with civilizing the men; talk to women who’ve ever dated an Arab man. The results are not good.” Maher has repeatedly downplayed the killing of Palestinians in Gaza, even once comparing Hamas to a “crazy woman” whose wrists you could only hold “so long before you have to slap her.”
Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected president of Germany
Vocal Donald Trump critic says he wants Germany to be an ‘anchor of hope’ after he was voted in by parliamentary assembly
The New York Times, in its recent rebuff of comments President Donald Trump made about Russia, seems not to have evolved its understanding of US geopolitics past an 8th grade level.
Bravo, Donald! The Imperial City Can’t Stand The Truth About Its ‘Bloody Hands’
by David Stockman, February 11, 2017
Imperial Washington has flat-out gone mad in its delusional self-righteousness and risible claims that the wanton destruction inflicted on the world by current US policy is justified by American exceptionalism. Its response to the O’Reilly interview is just one more piece of evidence that Trump will not be allowed to govern – or even remain in the Oval Office for much of his term.
The raiding force began to take casualties. Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, a veteran member of the elite team, was hit and would die of his wounds. The SEALs called for backup, and for a medical chopper.
An MV-22 Osprey, intended for transport and rescue, flew to the landing zone eight kilometers from the firefight. But a hard landing injured several of the passengers and damaged the craft so badly it was no longer airworthy.
A pair of Harrier jets and a pair of helicopter gunships arrived from the USS Makin Island and joined the battle. The jets bombed and strafed the al Qaeda encampment, and the choppers fired on the target with their cannons.
“This complex situation included small arms fire, hand grenades and close air support fire,” U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said Wednesday night in a written statement.
“The known possible civilian casualties appear to have been potentially caught up in aerial gunfire that was called in to assist U.S. forces in contact against a determined enemy that included armed women firing from prepared fighting positions, and U.S. special operations members receiving fire from all sides to include houses and other buildings.”
Fifty minutes after the raiding team reached the village, the firefight was over. Owens was dead, and at least six American service members were injured. The Osprey chopper, a $70 million aircraft, was destroyed by a U.S. bomb. The U.S. left with communications equipment, and said that three of the 14 enemy combatants killed were top AQAP leaders.
Halfway Through the Battle for Mosul
ALAN TAYLOR JAN 31, 2017 35 PHOTOS
Sears revealed Friday that it had a brutal holiday quarter, and announced plans to cut costs by as much as $1 billion in 2017.
I have said this before to the scorn and derision of my auditors: it should be the primary mission of schooling to teach kids how to speak English grammatically and intelligibly. Without that capability, they may not be able to learn much of anything else. That this is not regarded as important anymore is a spectacular disgrace….
The failures of education are especially vivid among the children of the so-called inner city — polite code for black. The school troubles of this group may be attributed to an array of other problems, starting with a social services system that pays teenage girls to have babies without a father present in the house, and the inept parenting that follows in chaotic homes. You could argue that children produced in those conditions are so damaged by the time they get to first grade that they can’t recover.
The Leadership and Decency Gap at UC-Berkeley
Free speech must be available to all.
By SEAN KENNEDY • February 3, 2017
The Big Forces of History
Can the era of America’s global dominance be sustained?
By CHRISTOPHER LAYNE
Insisting on the imperative of “American leadership” (meaning, of course, primacy), the American foreign-policy establishment asserted that both the nation’s prosperity and international peace required active engagement abroad to spread America’s “universal” liberal values of democracy, human rights, and economic openness. (Has anyone in the foreign-policy establishment ever wondered why it is that, if our values are universal, the U.S. has to fight so many wars to get other people to accept them?)
Pushing Russia to Break with Iran Is Unlikely to Succeed
By DANIEL LARISON • February 6, 2017, 10:02 AM
Moscow Sees Its Coldest Christmas in 120 Years
Australia and South America also had cold-weather records. Why is nobody talking about it?
By JON BASIL UTLEY • February 10, 2017
Modern Life Is Rubbish
There won’t be any bootmakers left. There are worse things. There won’t be a lot of things left. There won’t be any elephants. But still, this is kinda cool.
This editorial perfectly illustrates why The New York Times is the last place I go for analysis or opinion about anything. This is why The New York Times is irrelevant. A serious masterpiece of contrived narrative, fictive history, spin, and bullshit. The results speak for themselves. They couldn’t get Hillary Clinton elected.
This would fool somebody from Mars. But somebody not willfully deluded and having seen the “facts” reported elsewhere might call this straight intellectual dishonesty and fraud.
Russia’s acts are “brutality” but those of the United States are “mistakes.” Cute. Especially since policies and acts of The United States have exponentially farther reach and greater consequences.
Blaming America First
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
FEB. 7, 2017
The bromance between President Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, long a source of puzzlement and alarm in the West, has gotten even more disturbing. This weekend, Mr. Trump dismissed a question about why he respected “a killer” like Mr. Putin by drawing a moral equivalency between the United States and Russia.
Moral Supremacy and Mr. Putin
by Patrick J. Buchanan, February 07, 2017
While his reply was clumsy, Trump’s intent was commendable.
If he is to negotiate a modus vivendi with a nation with an arsenal of nuclear weapons sufficient to end life as we know it in the USA, probably not a good idea to start off by calling its leader a “killer.”
Yet, as we beat our chests in celebration of our own moral superiority over other nations and peoples, consider what Trump is trying to do here, and who is really behaving as a statesman, and who is acting like an infantile and self-righteous prig.
Maybe. But this is still kindof a prediction. I’d be careful:
Trump and the End of Innocence
“What do you think, our country’s so innocent?”
by Justin Raimondo, February 06, 2017
Trump’s remarks underscore his uncanny ability to upend American politics, challenge the conventional wisdom, and smash what George Orwell derided as the “smelly little orthodoxies” that dominate the discourse in every age and nation. He is, in short, the ultimate iconoclast, i.e., a destroyer of icons, a battering ram deployed against the solemn bromides that substitute for real thought. As the Trumpian tornado whirls its way across the political landscape, turning politics as we’ve known it upside down, the admission by a sitting US President that we are something less than angels of mercy is a welcome development indeed.
Am I saying that Trump is an angel of mercy? By no means. What I am saying is that the President of the United States has dared to introduce a note of realism into a subject that has never before been addressed by someone of his stature with such refreshing honesty and sincerity. And that is not only good in itself, it also augurs well for the future of the country.
How We the People Were Screwed by Obama’s Bogus “Recovery”
MIKE WHITNEY • FEBRUARY 2, 2017
Why structural adjustment of course. The economy was being rejiggered in a way that deliberately kept growth weak (by withholding fiscal stimulus) in order to reduce upward pressure on wages that would have pushed inflation higher forcing the Fed to raise rates. That may sound complicated, but it’s actually a very simple and straightforward way to keep inflation at bay.
But why would Obama deliberately want to slow growth merely to keep inflation low?
It’s obvious, isn’t it? Because if inflation began to rise, then the Fed would be forced to raise rates and stop shoveling trillions of dollars to the big Wall Street investment banks which, by the way, happened to be drowning in red ink at the time. In other words, the economy was deliberately strangled to save the banks. But then you probably knew that already, didn’t you?
Tell me you haven’t noticed how all the money has been flowing upwards for the last eight years while the economy languished on life support? Tell me you haven’t noticed how the chasm between rich and poor has only gotten wider under Obama?
Do you seriously think it was all an accident? Do you really think that physically stuffing the coffers of banks with truckloads of cash behind the silly Madison Avenue-coined moniker “Quantitative Easing” was supposed to trigger more lending, boost hiring, and stimulate growth??
C’mon now, let’s be serious. The whole idea is preposterous.
OBAMA IMMIGRATION REFORM SPEECH (I think Trump wrote this)
Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration
November 20th, 2014
But today, our immigration system is broken — and everybody knows it.
When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system. And I began by doing what I could to secure our borders.
Had the House of Representatives allowed that kind of bill a simple yes-or-no vote, it would have passed with support from both parties, and today it would be the law. But for a year and a half now, Republican leaders in the House have refused to allow that simple vote.
Tonight, I am announcing those actions.
Trump Embraces Pillars of Obama’s Foreign Policy
DAVID E. SANGER FEB. 2, 2017
Broadly speaking, though, the lawsuit alleges some players have urinated on other members of the team, slapped them in the face with their genitals and forced teammates to perform oral sex on each other. Debasing acts have been part of a tradition known as “(Expletive) of the Week,” in which the names of targets were written on a prominently mounted locker room whiteboard, the lawsuit claims.
“(Social) pressure and bullying at such events is so severe that even unwilling participants are forced to take part in acts that are assaultive, illegal and often sexual in nature,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that other acts, stretching back to 1997, have included players being stripped naked, punched in the genitals or sodomized with broomsticks. Other teams had their own traditions within the same time period, the lawsuit alleges, from cross-country runners being duct-taped naked to a post to wrestlers punching and kicking their teammates in what was known as a “birthday beatdown.”
Amateur tattooist ‘inks name on girlfriend’s EYEBROWS and claims he’s done it to 38 other women’
Ryan ‘Wibbo’ Wibberley, 23, claims he’s “branded” girlfriend Kourtney Leigh “like Heinz Beans” to put other men off asking her out
God Exists, the Rest Is Speculation
KEVIN BARRETT • FEBRUARY 3, 2017
The Qur’an, too, teaches that “it’s all good.” Dissolving key mistakes that plague the Old and New Testaments — priesthoods, “chosen people,” original sin, the trinity, the patriarchal and anthropomorphic misconceptions of God — the Qur’an, like Jesus, tells us that God made us and the world perfect. Our sins, terrible as they may be, are the result of forgetting, negligence, heedlessness. God is Reality is Truth is Beauty: As Keats said, “that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” And the proper human posture is awed, ecstatic submission (islam) to that Reality.
Our culture is not one of awed, humble submission, or of reveling in loving communal abundance. It is rather one of chronic dissatisfaction, of whining and complaining, of arrogance and ambition, of material obsession and power-seeking and spiritual blindness. It is terminally afflicted by the diseases of the ego, and whether we die of nuclear holocaust, biowar pandemic, global warming, or — worst and most likely of all — extermination at the robotic hands of the soulless Darwinian “intelligent” machines we are creating — it is likely that civilization as we know it, and most of its inhabitants, will perish in the not-too-distant future. If we do, it will not be God’s fault. It will be our fault, for not listening to God and heeding His/Her/Its word.
Anything goes and nothing matters.
US Raid Destroyed Most of Yemen Village, FM Blasts ‘Extrajudicial Killing’
Locals Knew About ‘Secret’ US Raid Long Before Troops Arrived
by Jason Ditz, February 01, 2017
The raid was scheduled for a night with no moon to make the multi-mile ground raid into the village a total surprise. Locals knew long before the troops got there, however, saying there were more US surveillance drones than usual and they were flying lower than would be normal long before the attack. The SEALs knew their mission was compromised but went in anyway.
White House: Iran ‘On Notice,’ US Won’t Rule Out Attack
Officials Vow ‘Appropriate Action’ Over Iran Missile Test
by Jason Ditz, February 01, 2017
The President and Immigration
by Andrew P. Napolitano, February 02, 2017
The courts have upheld this presidential power because under our system, immigration materially affects the nation’s foreign policy and foreign policy is constitutionally the domain of the president – with Congress’ role being limited to the senatorial confirmation of treaties and ambassadors and to authorization of money for the president to spend. Yet the courts have limited the president’s exercise of this power so that he cannot base it on First Amendment-protected liberties, such as the freedoms of speech, religion and association. So he cannot bar an immigrant because of the immigrant’s political views, religion or colleagues.
The White House-Tillerson bellicosity aligns with everything the United States has done since Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 announced a “pivot” to Asia to encircle China. We have sought to deny China a regional sphere of influence that we have exerted for almost two centuries beginning with the Monroe Doctrine. We have established a Marine training base in Darwin, Australia. We are building a THADD missile defense system in South Korea. We have negotiated the use of five military training bases in the Philippines. We have supported Vietnam in its South China Sea maritime dispute with China. We have sent aircraft carriers there. We have declared an obligation to defend Japan’s claim to the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands disputed by China.
Forget Mexico—Here’s who should pay for the wall
25 Jan 2017
If the border were treated not as a fence, but as a gate, then we might expect undocumented immigrants to be willing to pay to the U.S. government that which they otherwise would pay to human smugglers and lose in travel time, that is, about $4,000 per year in visa fees and related taxes. If all undocumented workers did so, Federal revenues would increase by $33 billion. Even so, this would constitute an effective tax rate of only 14 percent for the typical working immigrant.
Russian media reported the arrests this week of three individuals suspected of treason, including a researcher employed by the nation’s leading cybersecurity firm and two employees of the former KGB.
Ruslan Stoyanov, the head of Kaspersky Lab’s computer incidents investigations unit, and Sergei Mikhailov, a senior official within the FSB’s Center of Information Security, were quietly arrested last month on charges of treason, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.
Mr. Stoyanov “is under investigation for a period predating his employment at Kaspersky Lab,” the security firm confirmed in a statement. He was hired by the company in 2012 after spending six years working for the Moscow Cyber Crime unit of the Russian Interior Ministry, according to his LinkedIn profile, where he hunted down hackers on behalf of the government, including cybercriminals subsequently convicted of causing millions of dollars in damages, Forbes reported Wednesday.
His arrest coincided with that of Mr. Mikhailov, who was apprehended by authorities in the middle of an FSB meeting last month and hauled away with a sack over his head, according to Russian media. Until then Mr. Mikhailov was considered the second-most senior figure in the Center for Information Security, an elite FSB unit that researchers have linked to cyberattacks launched last year against various U.S. political targets.
The case brought against the Kaspersky researcher and FSB official were filed in a secret military tribunal under Article 275 of the country’s constitution, which defines treason as “espionage, disclosure of state secrets, or any other assistance rendered to a foreign organization, or their representatives in hostile activities to the detriment of the external security of the Russian Federation committed by a citizen of the Russian Federation.”
Conviction carries a maximum punishment of 20 years imprisonment.
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