An American dystopia – but is it deliberate?

There’s an old military saying that you’ve seen in these pages before.  “Once is happenstance;  twice is coincidence;  three or more times is enemy action.”  It’s often attributed to Ian Fleming, from his James Bond novel “Goldfinger”, but it’s far older than that.  I’ve seen similar sentiments expressed in eighteenth-century writings.  Basically, it means that if the same thing happens, with similar results, too many times, it’s not accidental or coincidental.  Instead, someone’s out to get you, and you need to do something serious about them before they do. I find myself repeating that saying when I consider the catastrophic

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You trust your local government at your peril

Wendell Phillips said in 1852: Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day or it is rotten. The living sap of today outgrows the dead rind of yesterday. The hand entrusted with power becomes, either from human depravity or esprit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continued oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot; only by unintermitted agitation can a people be sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in

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The IG report’s whitewashing of the FBI is statistically unbelievable

Karl Denninger points out that a statistical analysis of the Inspector General’s report on the FBI investigation into President Trump reveals that it’s fundamentally impossible. The IG report, after reading through a good part of it, states that seventeen “errors” were made by the FBI. May I remind you of an indisputable fact: Errors are randomly distributed. That is, let’s assume you intend to drive at 40mph.  If you make an error you will operate your car some of the time at 38mph, and some of the time at 42mph.  The errors, if they are actual errors, will be randomly distributed around the correct action.  Some of the errors will

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The Zimmerman lawsuit: watch this case very carefully

It’s been widely reported that George Zimmerman is suing the family of the late Trayvon Martin, and others, for what most news media are calling “engineering false testimony“, or words to that effect.  However, I’ve seen no mainstream news articles that actually spell out what that “false testimony” is claimed to be. If true, Zimmerman’s allegations are explosive.  From the text of his filing in court (courtesy of a link at Gun Free Zone – text in bold, underlined print is my emphasis): Plaintiff George Zimmerman (“Zimmerman”) brings this action against Sybrina Fulton (“Fulton”), Rachel Jeantel (“Jeantel”), Brittany Diamond Eugene (“Eugene”), Tracy Martin (“Tracy Martin”), Benjamin Crump

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How false ideas become fake science

This is how falsehoods sneak into the allegedly “scientific” arena, and become standards against which reality is measured. You’ve almost certainly heard some of the following terms: cisgender, fat-shaming, heteronormativity, intersectionality, patriarchy, rape culture and whiteness. The reason you’ve heard them is that politically engaged academicians have been developing concepts like these for more than 30 years, and all that time they’ve been percolating. Only recently have they begun to emerge in mainstream culture. These academicians accomplish this by passing off their ideas as knowledge; that is, as if these terms describe facts about the world and social reality. And while

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The collapse of America’s cities into Third World conditions

It’s infuriating to be living in the leading nation in the First World, the largest or second-largest economy in the world (depending on who’s measuring, and how), and the most powerful nation in the world, and yet see Third World levels of filth, infrastructural breakdown and dysfunctional government invade many of our cities. The headlines over the past few years tell a horrifying story to anyone who values the achievements of civilization.  I won’t bother linking to actual reports here;  there are so many that simple Internet searches will find an abundance of them.  Consider these areas of concern: Public

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The money quote on the impeachment resolution

So the Democratic Party has used its majority in Congress to ram through an impeachment investigation resolution that’s seriously deficient in fairness, transparency and integrity.  What else did we expect? Ace of Spades points out: The “impeachment” resolution slated for today gives the Democrats carte blanche to go after Trump, his business dealings, family and allies in almost every area of his past public and personal life. As if to rub salt into an open wound, one of the people, biologically anyway, who sits on the rules committee and crafting the guidelines for impeachment is none other than Alcee Hastings. Alcee-*******-Hastings. For those not

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The contempt of the ruling class for the ruled

If you’ve read the proposed “impeachment inquiry resolution” offered in Congress, you’ll understand just how profound is the contempt of the current majority there for the Constitution and laws of the United States.  They’re using those laws as levers to undermine the Constitution on which they’re based, and they have no problem with treating Congress as a partisan political fulcrum with which to try to lever a legitimately elected President out of office.  They’re not interested in whether it’s right or wrong to do something – only if they can twist words to call it legal.  “Legal” has supplanted “right or wrong” in US

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Elections, incumbents, and democracy

Looks like Congress is the opposite of “democratically elected” when you take this into account. How is 97 percent of Congress able to get re-elected each year even though only 17 percent of the American people believe our representatives are doing a good job? It’s called an incumbent protection system. Taxpayers have a right to know how it works. Recently, our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com mashed up the federal checkbook with the congressional campaign donor database (source: OpenSecrets.org). We found powerful members of Congress soliciting campaign donations from federal contractors based in their districts. We followed the money and found a culture of conflict-of-interest. The confluence

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What’s really going on in Mexico – and threatening the US

Three articles have shed a great deal of light on what’s really happening in Mexico right now.  They’re essential reading, particularly because the mainstream media simply aren’t covering that country in anything like sufficient detail.  To call Mexico a “failed state” is being charitable, as this news report makes clear. The first article is from The Federalist, titled “A Drug Cartel Just Defeated The Mexican Military In Battle“. The battle of Culiacan marks a turning point in the collapse of the Mexican state. There is now no doubt about who is in control of Sinaloa, let alone the rest of

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