The march of the “refugee” army ants

We’re accustomed to hearing illegal aliens, attempting to enter First World nations, described as “refugees” or “victims”, or words to that effect.  Their “plight” is blamed on wars, violence, crime, and other such disruptions.  It’s a constant drumbeat of propaganda in much of the mainstream media.  For example, the Wall Street Journal claimed last week that criminal gang violence is a major reason behind efforts by South Americans to come to the USA. [In El Salvador,] Politicians must ask permission of gangs to hold rallies or canvass in many neighborhoods, law-enforcement officials and prosecutors said. In San Salvador, the nation’s capital, gangs control

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War with China?

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”, as Bob Dylan reminded us.  China’s economy is suffering serious setbacks right now, largely due to President Trump refusing to allow the USA to continue to subsidize China by up to a trillion dollars every year due to trade imbalances and disadvantages.  That nation can’t tolerate that level of economic pain, because its internal stability is inextricably bound up with providing full employment and rising wages to its people.  Take away the latter, and the former suffers.  Therefore, in response, China is becoming more and more belligerent towards the

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A reader weighs in on the Tac Tool debate

Yesterday’s post about the Ka-Bar Tac Tool produced a number of comments and e-mails among those who know about and use such things.  One extended reply was submitted by reader Raven, who agreed to share it with all of us.  Given his background and experience, I found it interesting. My comments are not too well organized but do come from 50 years of manual labor- mechanical, logging, commercial fishing, woodworking etc. Modern life is packed with gadgets- any hobby or vocation is filled with trinkets to part people from their money- newest and best gimmick on the block syndrome- everyone looking

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Useful post-election security advice from Greg Ellifritz

We’ve mentioned Greg Ellifritz several times in these pages.  He’s produced a couple of very useful articles about how to prepare for and/or react to possible violence following the imminent mid-term elections.  Given the social turmoil in these dis-United States right now, this may be prescient. He has two articles focusing specifically on that issue, and a third on a possible rioter’s weapon. Post Election Riots? Post Election Violence Part II – Surviving the Flash Mob Dealing with Molotov Cocktails and Fire Bombs They’re very informative and practical.  I learned and re-learned several important lessons while reading them.  For example:  “Tear gas will

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Trump, Putin, Helsinki – and reality

All the fuss and bother over President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki is giving me a delicious case of schadenfreude.  The Deep State and its minions in the news media were so sure that they’d set things up in such a way that President Trump could not help but be embarrassed, or come a cropper in some way . . . and he outsmarted them all.  The current screaming and carryings-on are so over the top as to be obvious to anyone with half a working brain cell.  Let’s examine things in the cold, hard light

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“What will you get when you #AbolishICE?”

Miguel, over at Gun Free Zone, asks that question – and responds with graphic images of the cartel violence in that country. WARNING:  THESE IMAGES ARE SICKENING, NAUSEATING AND VERY, VERY GRAPHIC.  DO NOT CLICK OVER THERE UNLESS YOU’RE TRULY WILLING TO VIEW THEM. That said, if you want to see the reality of what might be coming our way unless we secure our borders, click over to GFZ and view them for yourself.  Miguel is right.  That could all too easily come to US cities as well, unless we get control of our borders. Peter

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Mass hysteria indeed!

“Mish” Shedlock, from whom we’ve heard many times in these pages over the years, calls the outrage – from both left and right – over President Trump’s Helsinki summit with Russian President Putin “mass hysteria“. A friend I highly respect commented “There is simply no question that they did it. You can legitimately claim that it’s not important or that there has been no tie to Trump shown. On the Russians’ side, they can say, screw off, we were pursuing our interests. But you can’t take the view it did not happen. It happened.” There is a question who did

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President Trump on Putin, Russia and the future

Watch the second part of this interview President Trump gave to CNBC yesterday.  I’ve started it at 9:34 into the clip, but the whole thing is worth watching if you have the time.  In this segment, President Trump discusses his meeting with President Putin, his intentions and desires for a future relationship with Russia, and possible next steps.  You’ll note it sounds nothing at all like the furious demonization and speculation we’re seeing in the news media. If you ask me to choose whom to believe, between President Trump on the one hand, and the Deep State, partisan politicians and the mainstream

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I think these two have the right of it

I’ve previously made it clear that, despite possible missteps, I think President Trump was on the right track in dealing with Russia.  If you didn’t watch the video interview with him I posted over the weekend, I suggest you do so now, because it makes even more sense in the light of the clip below. Two US academics and foreign policy specialists, Stephen F. Cohen and John Mearsheimer, state bluntly that President Trump may be absolutely correct to blame many of the problems in our relationship with Russia on previous US administrations – and that he may be absolutely correct about the way forward. 

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“A lot of frustrated people are talking really loud past each other”

The title of this post is a quote from an extended interview between Mike Rowe, of “Dirty Jobs” fame, and Ben Shapiro last weekend.  I’ll embed the full interview below, but here’s the exchange that included that comment. SHAPIRO:  As the country sort of polarizes between the folks who are in the entertainment sphere or the journalism sphere or the sort of “high IQ” is how they would term themselves sphere, and the people who are actually working the jobs that are actually getting things done across the country, that’s a voice that seems to have been lost a lot. Do you think

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