We’re surprised it’s taken this long. As the national outpouring of disgust following President Donald Trump’s response to last weekend’s attack in Charlottesville, Va. continues, at least one Democratic lawmaker is calling for Trump to be removed from office.
Claiming that Trump has failed to provide ‘moral leadership,’ Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen told the Hill that he plans to introduce articles of impeachment against the president in defiance of the Democratic leadership, who worry that unsuccessful attempts to remove the president will make party look weak.
‘Instead of unequivocally condemning hateful actions by neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Klansmen following a national tragedy, the President said ‘there were very fine people on both sides.’ There are no good Nazis. There are no good Klansmen,’ Cohen said in a statement.’
‘President Trump has failed the presidential test of moral leadership.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 17, 2017.
According to NBC, Driss Oukabir Soprano has been identified in connection to rental of van used in deadly Barcelona attack, U. S. law enforcement says.
El Pais, reported that the suspect was identified by the Civil Guard in that country. The translated version of the article read, ‘The van used in the attack was rented by Driss Oukabir, in the town of Santa Perpetua de la Mogada, according to the identification made by the Civil Guard.’ It’s not yet clear the degree to which police believe that Driss Oukabir was allegedly involved in the attack – whether he was the driver, for example.
However, a report in La VanGuardia says that Driss Oukabir, after seeking his photos and name in the news media, claims it’s a case of stolen identity. If true, that makes the actual identity of the Barcelona terrorist unclear. El Nacional, a local Spanish publication, also reported that Oukabir had come into a local police precinct to say his identity was taken and he’s not the terrorist.
As The Telegraph adds, one of the vans used to carry out the murderous rampage at the heart of the city was rented by Driss Oukabir, said to have been a convicted criminal.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 17, 2017.
With a Republican in the White House, the anti-gun-control lobby smells a bit of blood in the water. Now is the time, they suggest, to pass national gun-licensing reciprocity laws forcing gun-restrictive states to recognize permits issued by gun-permissive states.
Writing in The Hill, Tim Schmidt sums it up:
It is time for there to be national reciprocity for concealed carry permits, instead of the patchwork of laws governing reciprocity that vary by state. Virginia, where the [recent shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise] happened, has reciprocity for some states’ concealed carry permits, but if members would have brought their guns back and forth from D. C., they would have been breaking the law. It should never be a crime to be responsibly prepared to defend yourself in any possible situation.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N. C.) have introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow legal gun owners and concealed carry permit holders nationwide to responsibly arm themselves no matter where they are.
This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on Aug 17, 2017.
Jennifer Lawrence, who came out in 2015 and said that if Trump became President it would be the ‘end of the world’ has finally come out and said the politically polarized country needs to come together because ‘we can’t continue this divide and anger.’
‘There needs to be a bridge,’ she told in an interview with Vogue Magazine. ‘There are issues affecting us as human beings, not as liberals and not as Republicans. We have to protect the foundation of this country, and acceptance.’
The violent events of the White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia which illustrated men brandishing torches to Nazi insignia and camouflage-clad heavily-armed men who looked like soldiers ready for the battlefield. The men appearing to be soldiers were members of armed militia organizations, who say they went to Charlottesville to provide order at the protest. The hatred building up on both sides is escalating out of control. The White Supremacist who drove a car into a crowd is just an example of this hatred is rising. The more each side responds to the other only ensures that the violence will continue to escalate. It is by no means just the alt-right who has form militias. They left has also formed armed militias and they are anti-rich and are Marxists seeking to as always confiscate the wealth (see Redneck Revolt).
This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Aug 17, 2017.
Last October Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) received the following letter from the FBI regarding his FOIA request for any documents related to the now-infamous Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting in June 2016. The letter quite simply stated there were “no records responsive to your request.”
Of course, since the DOJ has subsequently provided numerous documents which include email traffic with various FBI officials (see: FOIA Dump Reveals Collusion Between Lynch, FBI And Media To Bury Bill Clinton Meeting), we now know that the FBI’s original response was either (i) just a simple reflection of their complete incompetence (best case) or (ii) an outright lie (worst case).
Alas, it seems as though the FBI has finally admitted in a new letter sent to Sekulow that maybe, just maybe, there are “records potentially responsive to your request” and, as such, they’ve ‘reopened’ the case to search for those records.
“…your request has been reopened under the FOIPA number listed above as the FBI has determined records potentially responsive to your request may exist. We are currently in the process of searching for any responsive material.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 17, 2017.
Throughout history, the state has justified itself on the grounds that it is necessary to protect us from others whose habits and beliefs – we are meant to believe – are dangerous. For millennia, this fiction was easy to maintain because most people interacted so little with people outside their nearly autarkic – and therefore impoverished – communities.
But, with the rise of industrialization and international trade in recent centuries, the state’s claim that it is necessary to keep us ‘safe’ from outsiders has become increasingly undermined.
Much of this is thanks to the fact that in order to benefit from the market, one must engage in activities designed to serve others and anticipate their needs. As a result, trade increases our understanding for both members of our community and even the stranger; it also makes us realize that other people are much like us. Even if they speak strange languages or have odd customs and traditions.
The Market Order and Civilization This is in essence Say’s Law, or the Law of Markets, which states that in the market we produce in order to trade with others so that we can thereby, indirectly, satisfy our own wants: our demand for goods in the market is constituted by our supply of goods to it. In order to effectively satisfy other people’s wants we need to not only communicate with them, but understand them. If we don’t, then we’re wasting our productive efforts for a random result. Obviously, we’d benefit personally from learning what other people want, both their present wants and anticipated future wants, and then produce it for them.
This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on August 17, 2017.
‘What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? … No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders … an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people … Whenever any American’s life is taken by another American unnecessarily – whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence – whenever we tear at the fabric of life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.’ – Robert Kennedy
Let’s be clear about one thing: no one – not the armed, violent, militant protesters nor the police – gave peace a chance during the August 12 demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va.
What should have been an exercise in free speech quickly became a brawl.
It’s not about who threw the first punch or the first smoke bomb.
It’s not about which faction outshouted the other, or which side perpetrated more violence, or even which group can claim to be the greater victim.
One young woman is dead because of the hate, violence, intolerance, racism and partisanship that is tearing this country apart, and it has to stop.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 16, 2017.
You probably have never heard a friend or loved one wax poetic on the exciting deals offered by an unsolicited telemarketing call – and for good reason – considering the folks on the other end of the line collectively possess an uncanny talent for interrupting dinner.
In fact, aggressive robocalls led to a class action settlement – one which you may be able to claim.
Philip Charvat originally filed the lawsuit, contending Resort Marketing Group breached the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with its robotic calls he had not agreed in advance to receive.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 16, 2017.
On Tuesday evening North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper posted a public statement to the website Medium, weighing in on the now raging Confederate memorials controversy: “These monuments should come down,” he said. Cooper further called for the state legislature to repeal a law which seeks to prevent state and local authorities from removing them permanently. Cooper published the statement in the wake of a Confederate statue being unlawfully removed by protesters in Durham as local police reportedly stood by.
On Monday Americans beheld the spectacle of an angry mob pulling down the nearly century old Confederate memorial in front the historic Durham County Court House in North Carolina with no police in sight. Hundreds of antifa protesters which had converged at the location for what organizers called an “emergency protest” in response to racial violence turned fatal in Virginia over the weekend surrounded the monument – a bronze statue of a lone Confederate soldier marching – and quickly pulled it down using a heavy duty rope. The 15-feet tall monument was erected in 1924 and engraved at the base with the words, ‘In memory of ‘the boys who wore the gray.’ ‘
But on Tuesday the Durham County Sheriff’s Office arrested one of the leaders and organizers of the event, Takiya Thompson, a 22-year old student who is depicted in the video as tying the rope around the statue. Thompson was assisted by a few others as she brought a ladder to the base from the back and ascended to the top with the rope – after which the statue and a stone base came crashing down with protesters immediately kicking and spitting on the toppled bronze soldier to the cheers of the crowd.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 16, 2017.
According to continuing reports from the trenches, buttressed by a Bloomberg News article out today by Neil Weinberg, Wall Street’s largest firms are still firing whistleblowers for having the temerity to bring corrupt conduct to their superiors’ attention – despite whistleblower protection statutes embedded in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
One Dodd-Frank provision expressly prohibits retaliation against whistleblowers and provides whistleblowers legal remedies if they are discharged or retaliated against. Another section provides potentially hefty awards through the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) if the whistleblower provides original information leading to a successful enforcement action that results in sanctions of over $1 million.
Just this past April, the Board of Barclays, a big player on Wall Street, had to admit that it had hired an outside law firm to investigate its own CEO’s handling of a whistleblower. At the time, Jes Staley had been CEO of Barclays for just 15 months but had formerly spent three decades in executive positions at America’s largest Wall Street bank – JPMorgan Chase. According to the official statement released by Barclays, Staley had gone on the hunt to root out the identity of an internal whistleblower who had sent anonymous letters regarding a colleague. Staley had the audacity to use both an internal security group at the bank and U. S. law enforcement in his effort to unmask the whistleblower. Staley was not fired for his conduct – he was simply given a written reprimand by the Board and had his bonus cut.
This post was published at Wall Street On Parade on August 16, 2017.
Let me say this just one more time:
That someone is a Neo-Nazi, a White Supremacist, KKK member or racist does not render them bereft of the First Amendment. Just as being a member of BLM or the Antifa does not render them bereft of the First Amendment.
It is not acceptable, legal or excusable to meet speech by any such person with violence.
To suggest, state, or advocate that such is the case, or to promote the premise that violence is an appropriate remedy for speech you find vile and outrageous is to declare civil war, because there are others who will likely find your speech vile and outrageous and by your statement you have made the claim that just punishment for speech you deem vile is to be found at the hands of a mob.
The press and now lawmakers are openly advocating for the complete breakdown of civil society — they are stating by the droves that violence in response to mere speech that one finds offensive yet has the protection of the First Amendment is not only worthy of said violence the person uttering same is not worthy of having their assailants prosecuted or the protection and investigation of the police forces to interdict violence intended for or served upon them.
These people are explicitly refusing to call on the carpet Governor McAuliffe and everyone in the chain of command from the Charlottesville PD upward who were involved in any way in intentionally funneling opposing protesters into each other, knowing that some of them were armed and then allowed said PD to sit back and withdraw when violence occurred.
This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-08-15.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a man who dares not travel in many parts of the globe due to fears of arrest, just made one of the most stunning admissions of his career to date.
In an article for CapX, a British online news website founded by the Centre for Policy Studies, Kissinger warned against defeating ISIS because doing so could lead to an ‘Iranian radical empire.’ He warned:
‘In these circumstances, the traditional adage that the enemy of your enemy can be regarded as your friend no longer applies. In the contemporary Middle East, the enemy of your enemy may also be your enemy. The Middle East affects the world by the volatility of its ideologies as much as by its specific actions.’
Unsurprisingly, Kissinger, a documented war criminal, displayed a complete disregard for international law while expressing his major concerns. Kissinger said:
‘The outside world’s war with Isis can serve as an illustration. Most non-Isis powers – including Shia Iran and the leading Sunni states – agree on the need to destroy it. But which entity is supposed to inherit its territory? A coalition of Sunnis? Or a sphere of influence dominated by Iran?’
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 15, 2017.
This post was published at The Alex Jones Channel
All Americans need to ask themselves a very important question. Who really runs this country? Supposedly the answer is us, which is what we’ve been told our entire lives. But that’s becoming increasingly hard to believe as time goes on. How can ordinary law abiding Americans be running this show, if our elections appear to be a total sham? We live in a country where the voter rolls seem to be stacked with illegal immigrants anddead people, and our voting machines are shockingly easy to hack. And not only that, but states like California have hundreds of thousands more registered voters than eligible voters.
It’s not just California that has this problem either. According to Judicial Watch, there are hundreds of counties across the country, run by both Democrats and Republicans, which have failed remove millions of ‘ghost’ voters from the registration rolls.
Some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in the U. S. than are alive among America’s adult citizens. Such staggering inaccuracy is an engraved invitation to voter fraud.
This post was published at shtfplan on August 14th, 2017.
Today at 3pm, President Trump will sign a memo addressing ‘China’s laws, policies, practices, and actions related to intellectual property, innovation, and technology’ effectively launching the first shot in what many predict will blossom into an all-out trade war with China. As discussed over the weekend, administration officials said Saturday that memo will direct U. S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider investigating China over its IP policies, especially the practice of forcing U. S. companies operating in China to transfer technological know-how.
Predictably, China is not happy. In an editorial published in the China Daily, the government lashed out at Trump, warning him that by ‘politicizing’ trade, he risks ‘exacerbating’ the US’s ‘economic woes,’ and ‘poisoning’ the relationship between the world’s two largest economies.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 14, 2017.
The violence that erupted ahead of a planned rally where thousands of white nationalists were expected to gather for an alt-right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, led to numerous injuries of which at least two people were seriously injured. A video appears all over YouTube showing the confrontation as a man is being dragged away by officials. The Unite the Right rally was being held at Emancipation Park with hundreds moving through the city, wearing militia uniforms, waving flags and chanting ‘Blood and Soil’ as they made their way towards the event.
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer had denounced the ‘cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights’ and warned for residents to stay away from the rally. Clearly, this rally is anti-immigration with many pointing the finger at Europe.
This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Aug 14, 2017.
‘It’s always some force external to the individual that people cling to. Some fairy tale, some myth, some system, some piece of cosmology, some convergence or shift or program that will swoop down and make things better, far better. The more complex the program is, the more attractive it is. It’s a wave, a particle, a mysterious magnetism, and it stands in and substitutes for the individual’s own imagination and creative power. But after the myth-enthusiasm wanes, things return to normal, until the next attractive myth arises…’ (The Magician Awakes, Jon Rappoport)
This piece has everything to do with the notion of Rescue and the intervention of forces that ‘liberate the individual.’
Huge numbers of people have always looked for ‘rescue’ coming from the outside, like a magic horse that trots up to your house and waits for you to climb on, at which point he and you take off and fly away…
This is standard operating procedure for the psychology of most of the human race, in whatever myth it is cloaked.
This is also why quite mad technocrats assert that a human brain-computer hookup will result in an enormous leap in IQ, talent, and consciousness.
It’s a rescue operation. Plug in and fly.
Consider this statement from the late philosopher, Terence McKenna: ‘When the laws of physics are obviated, the universe disappears… I predict that the concrescence [‘everything is flowing together’] will occur soon – around 2012 AD. It will be the entry of our species into hyperspace, but it will appear to be the end of physical laws accompanied by the release of the mind into the imagination.’
The mind will become imagination. As a consequence of rapid evolution. All by itself.
This post was published at Jon Rappoport on August 13, 2017.
By pushing the Russia-gate ‘scandal’ and neutering President Trump’s ability to conduct diplomacy, Democrats and Congress have encouraged his war-making side on North Korea…
There was always a logical flaw in pushing Russia-gate as an excuse for Hillary Clinton’s defeat – besides the fact that it was based on a dubious ‘assessment’ by a small team of ‘hand-picked’ U. S. intelligence analysts. The flaw was that it poked the thin-skinned Donald Trump over one of his few inclinations toward diplomacy.
We’re now seeing the results play out in a very dangerous way in Trump’s bluster about North Korea, which was included in an aggressive economic sanctions bill – along with Russia and Iran – that Congress passed nearly unanimously, without a single Democratic no vote.
Democrats and Official Washington’s dominant neocons celebrated the bill as a vote of no-confidence in Trump’s presidencybut it only constrained him in possible peacemaking, not war-making.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 13, 2017.
(TFTP) Contradicting the rulings of six others federal courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals annihilated free speech rights in upholding a district court decision stating citizens do not have the right to film public officials – politicians, police, and others – in public.
In affirming the decision of the lower court to dismiss, the Eighth Circuit effectively ended free speech activist Matthew Akins’ challenge to the Columbia, Missouri, Police Department, which he accuses of unlawfully stopping and arresting him on multiple occasions – though nearly all charges were later dropped – as he filmed their encounters with the public, in public.
Akins says the spate of arrests and harassment from law enforcement is brazen retaliation for the nature of his activist work – filming officers on the job.
As a journalist and founder of Citizens for Justice in 2011, a group committed to monitoring police for accountability purposes, Akins frequently stopped to record officers’ interactions with the general public – a tactic employed by a plethora of civilian impartial observation groups to stem an epidemic of police violence and veritable impunity in courts, so common to law enforcement officers who misbehave.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 11, 2017.
As the war drums with North Korea get ever louder, it’s appropriate that this week was the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan. As the great Ralph Raico noted in a piece we shared this week:
The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime worse than any that Japanese generals were executed for in Tokyo and Manila. If Harry Truman was not a war criminal, then no one ever was.
Ludwig von Mises, himself a veteran of WWI, understood the evil of the ever common place tactic of total war. In Human Action he wrote:
How far we are today from the rules of international law developed in the age of limited warfare! Modern war is merciless, it does not spare pregnant women or infants; it is indiscriminate killing and destroying.
As Matthew McCaffrey noted during his talk at Mises U, while technology changes the means by which war is waged, the underlying motivations have largely stayed the same. Peace cannot be obtained by conquest, but by an ideological shift of ideas. As long as North Korea remains an isolated hermit nation, it will continue to rely on military exercises as a means to establish credibility around the world. And as long as the US sees itself as a global police force, it will continue to escalate conflicts – at times tragically to the point of war, and always at the expense of its own people.
This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on August 12, 2017.