Monday, September 16, 2019

Does the ACLU Any Longer Defend Civil Liberty?

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by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:

There are many signs of American collapse. One of the most scary is the fact that the American Civil Liberties Union no longer knows what are the civil liberties it purports to defend. Identity Politics has transformed civil rights into privileges for victim groups.

Yesterday (February 22, 2018) I received a 50-state survey from the ACLU. The envelop in which the questionnaire arrived said the survey was about how “to protect civil liberties during the Trump Presidency.” However, the survey (essentially a fundraiser) did not mention a single civil liberty contained in the Bill of Rights and added as amendments to the US Constitution.

Nothing about the sweeping away by the criminal Bush regime of habeas corpus with indefinite detention. No mention of the criminal Obama regime’s kill list, which swept away due process by executing US citizens on allegation alone without trial, evidence, and conviction. Nothing about the sweeping away by both criminal regimes of the prohibition against spying on citizens without warrants. No mention of the shutdown of free speech and protest or of the destruction of civil liberties by unaccountable police who brutalize, rob, and murder Americans at will.

In place of civil liberties, the ACLU has Identity Politics. The ACLU “civil rights” survey is concerned with the civil rights of illegal aliens, of women to have abortions and publicly financed birth control, the “fundamental rights of LGBT people,” and Muslim bans. The civil liberties listed in the Constitution do not qualify for concern; only invented rights that are not listed in the Bill of Rights.

The letter accompanying the questionaire does mention the First Amendment and suppression of free speech “emanating from the White House.” I mean, really, the Bush and Obama regimes decimated free speech and imprisoned whistleblowers. Julian Assange has been imprisoned for years in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for publishing leaked material revealing criminal and deceitful behavior of the US government. By the time of Trump’s election, the First Amendment was a dead letter civil right.

In the ACLU’s Identity Politics, white people, espeially white heterosexual males, have no rights. They are not protected by quotas, political correctness, or hate speech prohibitions. No one has to worry about offending a white by destroying statures of white males or church plaques commendorating George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Try destroying a stature of Martin Luther King. A white person can be called every name in the book, and is. White DNA is said to be an abomination. Anyone who said black DNA or homosexual DNA was an abomination would face hate crime charges.

Even men-hating white feminists jump on the anti-white bandwaggon, denouncing white heterosexual–not homosexual–males as misogynist. The feminists reserve their hate for the men attracted to women.

War is the greatest destroyer of civil liberty. Indefinite detention, execution without due process, spying without warrants, suppression of the First Amendment are all consequences of the use of 9/11 to put the US on a war basis. The replacement of civil liberty with a police state is said to be necessary in order to protect us from Muslim terrorists, expanded to include undefined “domesic extremists.” Currently the US is being put on an even greater war basis with Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and even Venezuela declared as threats to America.

Read More @ PaulCraigRoberts.org

GOLD DOWN $1.15 TO $1328.80/SILVER DOWN 10 CENTS TO $16.52

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

GOLD EFP ISSUANCE: 2746 CONTRACTS/SILVER EFP ISSUANCE 1755 CONTRACTS/GOLD HAS NOW STARTED TO MOVE BACK INTO GLD: TODAY WITH GOLD DOWN $1.15 WE HAD AN ADDITION OF 1.47 TONNES/IN THE SLV: WITH SILVER DOWN 10 CENTS, WE HAD 1.315 MILLION OZ ADDED/ IN CHINA, ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONGLOMERATES HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE GOVERNMENT AS THERE ARE SYSTEMIC RISKS DUE TO ITS HIGH DEBT/TURKEY THREATENS A CYPRIOT OIL TANKER IN CYPRIOT WATERS AS TENSIONS RIS

GOLD: $1328.80 down $1.15

Silver: $16.52 DOWN 10 cents

Closing access prices:

Gold $1329.10

silver: $16.53

SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: FIRST FIX 10 15 PM EST (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SECOND FIX: 2:15 AM EST (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $1335.15 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1328.80

PREMIUM FIRST FIX: $6.35

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1337.63

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1326.90

discount of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$10.73

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX: 5:30 am est $1328.90

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1329.10

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX 10 AM: $1328.90

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. $1328.10

For comex gold:

FEBRUARY/

NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR FEBRUARY CONTRACT: 16 NOTICE(S) FOR 1600 OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR:1800 FOR 180,000 OZ (5.5980 TONNES),

For silver:

FEBRUARY

1 NOTICE(S) FILED TODAY FOR

5000 OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 387 for 1,935,000 oz

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Bitcoin: BID $10,162/OFFER $10,233: UP $362(morning)

Bitcoin: BID/ $9,932/offer $10,002: DOWN $132  (CLOSING/5 PM)

 

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Let us have a look at the data for today\

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In silver, the total open interest FELL BY A CONSIDERABLE SIZED 3176 contracts from 201,946  FALLING TO 198,429 DESPITE  YESTERDAY’S TINY 1 CENT LOSS IN SILVER PRICING.  WE HAD CONSIDERABLE COMEX LIQUIDATION. HOWEVER, WE WERE AGAIN NOTIFIED THAT WE HAD ANOTHER FAIR SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONGS TRANSFERRING THEIR CONTRACTS TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE:  1255 EFP’S FOR MARCH AND AND 500 EFP’S FOR MAY AND ZERO FOR ALL  OTHER MONTHS  AND THUS TOTAL ISSUANCE OF 1199 CONTRACTS.  WITH THE TRANSFER OF 1755 CONTRACTS, WHAT THE CME IS STATING IS THAT THERE IS NO SILVER (OR GOLD) TO BE DELIVERED UPON AT THE COMEX AS THEY MUST EXPORT THEIR OBLIGATION TO LONDON. ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE CAN BE A DELAY OF 24 HRS IN THE ISSUING OF EFP’S. THE 1755 CONTRACTS TRANSLATES INTO 8.755 MILLION OZ DESPITE  WITH THE CONTINUAL DROP IN OPEN INTEREST IN SILVER AT THE COMEX.

ACCUMULATION FOR EFP’S/SILVER/J.P.MORGAN’S HOUSE OF BRIBES, / STARTING FROM FIRST DAY NOTICE/FOR MONTH OF FEBRUARY:

43,223 CONTRACTS (FOR 17 TRADING DAYS TOTAL 43,223 CONTRACTS OR 216.115 MILLION OZ: AVERAGE PER DAY: 2543 CONTRACTS OR 12.712 MILLION OZ/DAY

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE HUGE SUPPLY THIS MONTH IN SILVER:  SO FAR THIS MONTH:  216.115 MILLION PAPER OZ HAVE MORPHED OVER TO LONDON. THIS REPRESENTS AROUND 30.85% OF ANNUAL GLOBAL PRODUCTION

ACCUMULATION IN YEAR 2018 TO DATE SILVER EFP’S:  464.65 MILLION OZ.

ACCUMULATION FOR JAN 2018: 236.879 MILLION OZ

RESULT: A CONSIDERABLE SIZED LOSS IN OI SILVER COMEX DESPITE THE TINY 1 CENT LOSS IN SILVER PRICE.  WE ALSO HAD A GOOD SIZED EFP ISSUANCE OF 1755 CONTRACTS WHICH EXITED OUT OF THE SILVER COMEX AND TRANSFERRED THEIR OI TO LONDON AS FORWARDS. SPECULATORS CONTINUED THEIR INTEREST IN ATTACKING THE SILVER COMEX FOR PHYSICAL SILVER . FROM THE CME DATA 1755 EFP’S  FOR  MONTHS MARCH AND MAY WERE ISSUED FOR TODAY  FOR A DELIVERABLE FORWARD CONTRACT OVER IN LONDON WITH A FIAT BONUS.   WE LOST  1421 OICONTRACTS i.e. 1755 open interest contracts headed for London (EFP’s) TOGETHER WITH A DECREASE OF 3176  OI COMEX CONTRACTS. AND ALL OF THIS HAPPENED WITH THE FALL IN PRICE OF SILVER OF 1 CENT AND A CLOSING PRICE OF $16.62 WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING. YET WE STILL HAVE A FAIR AMOUNT OF SILVER STANDING AT THE COMEX.

In ounces AT THE COMEX, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e. 0.992 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 142% of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT FEBRUARY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 0 NOTICE(S) FOR NIL OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest  ROSE BY 0 CONTRACTS REMAINING AT 524,449 DESPITE THE TINY RISE IN PRICE OF GOLD WITH YESTERDAY’S TRADING ($0.90). HOWEVER, IN ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT, WE RECEIVED THE TOTAL NUMBER OF GOLD EFP’S ISSUED FOR FRIDAY AND IT TOTALED AN SMALL SIZED  2746 CONTRACTS OF WHICH  APRIL SAW THE ISSUANCE OF 2746 CONTRACTS AND  JUNE SAW THE ISSUANCE OF 0 CONTRACTS AND THEN ALL OTHER MONTHS ZERO.    The new OI for the gold complex rests at 524,449. ALSO REMEMBER THAT THERE WILL BE A DELAY IN THE ISSUANCE OF EFP’S.  THE BANKERS REMOVE LONG POSITIONS OF COMEX GOLD IMMEDIATELY.  THEN THEY ORCHESTRATE THEIR PRIVATE EFP DEAL WITH THE LONGS AND THAT COULD TAKE AN ADDITIONAL 48 HRS SO WE GENERALLY DO NOT GET A MATCH WITH RESPECT TO DEPARTING COMEX LONGS AND NEW EFP LONG TRANSFERS. DEMAND FOR GOLD INTENSIFIES GREATLY AS WE CONTINUE TO WITNESS A HUGE NUMBER OF EFP TRANSFERS TOGETHER WITH THE MASSIVE INCREASE IN GOLD COMEX OI  TOGETHER WITH  THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF GOLD OUNCES STANDING FOR FEBRUARY COMEX. EVEN THOUGH THE BANKERS ISSUED THESE MONSTROUS EFPS, THE OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS TO SUPPLY METAL BUT IT TRANSFERS THE RISK TO A LONDON BANKER OBLIGATION AND NOT A NEW YORK COMEX OBLIGATION. LONGS RECEIVE A FIAT BONUS TOGETHER WITH A LONG LONDON FORWARD. THUS, BY THESE ACTIONS, THE BANKERS AT THE COMEX HAVE JUST STATED THAT THEY HAVE NO APPRECIABLE METAL!! THIS IS A MASSIVE FRAUD: THEY CANNOT SUPPLY ANY METAL TO OUR COMEX LONGS BUT THEY ARE QUITE WILLING TO SUPPLY MASSIVE NON BACKED GOLD (AND SILVER) PAPER KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE NO METAL TO SATISFY OUR LONGS. LONDON IS NOW SEVERELY BACKWARD IN BOTH GOLD AND SILVER (BIG RISE IN BOTH GOFO AND SIFO) AND WE ARE WITNESSING DELAYS IN ACTUAL DELIVERIES. IN ESSENCE TODAY DESPITE YESTERDAY’S TRADING IN GOLD,  WE HAVE A GAIN OF 2746  CONTRACTS: 0 OI CONTRACTS INCREASED AT THE COMEX AND A SMALL SIZED  2746 OI CONTRACTS WHICH NAVIGATED OVER TO LONDON.(2746 oi gain in CONTRACTS EQUATES TO 8.541TONNES)

YESTERDAY, WE HAD 9751 EFP’S ISSUED.

ACCUMULATION OF EFP’S GOLD AT J.P. MORGAN’S HOUSE OF BRIBES: (EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICAL) FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY STARTING WITH FIRST DAY NOTICE: 184,719 CONTRACTS OR 18,471,900  OZ OR 574.52 TONNES (17 TRADING DAYS AND THUS AVERAGING: 10,865EFP CONTRACTS PER TRADING DAY OR 1,086,500 OZ/ TRADING DAY)

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE HUGE SIZE OF THESE EFP TRANSFERS :   SO FAR THIS MONTH IN 17 TRADING DAYS: IN  TONNES: 574.52 TONNES

TOTAL ANNUAL GOLD PRODUCTION, 2017, THROUGHOUT THE WORLD EX CHINA EX RUSSIA: 2200 TONNES

THUS EFP TRANSFERS REPRESENTS 574.52/2200 x 100% TONNES =  26.11% OF GLOBAL ANNUAL PRODUCTION SO FAR IN FEBRUARY ALONE.

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S YEAR 2018 TO DATE:  1207.94 TONNES

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S FOR JANUARY 2018: 653.22  TONNES

Result: A  ZERO SIZED INCREASE IN OI AT THE COMEX DESPITE THE TINY RISE IN PRICE IN GOLD TRADING YESTERDAY ($0.90).  HOWEVER, WE HAD ANOTHER TINY SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONG TRANSFERRING TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE: 2746 CONTRACTS AS THESE HAVE ALREADY BEEN NEGOTIATED AND CONFIRMED.   THERE OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT SEEM TO BE MUCH PHYSICAL GOLD AT THE COMEX AND YET WE ALSO OBSERVED A HUGE DELIVERY MONTH FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. I GUESS IT EXPLAINS THE HUGE ISSUANCE OF EFP’S…THERE IS HARDLY ANY GOLD PRESENT AT THE GOLD COMEX FOR DELIVERY PURPOSES. IF YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE 2746 EFPCONTRACTS ISSUED, WE HAD A NET GAIN IN OPEN INTEREST OF 2746 contracts ON THE TWO EXCHANGES:

2746 CONTRACTS MOVE TO LONDON AND  0 CONTRACTS INCREASED AT THE COMEX. (in tonnes, the GAIN in total oi equates to 8.54 TONNES).

we had: 16 notice(s) filed upon for 1600 oz of gold.

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With respect to our two criminal funds, the GLD and the SLV:

GLD

WITH GOLD DOWN $1.15 : A BIG CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/ANOTHER DEPOSIT OF 1.47 TONNES OF GOLD INTO THE GLD

Inventory rests tonight: 829.26 tonnes.

SLV/

WITH SILVER DOWN 10 CENTs TODAY: 

ANOTHER BIG CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/A DEPOSIT OF 1.315 MILLION OZ

/INVENTORY RESTS AT 316.590 MILLION OZ/

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First, here is an outline of what will be discussed tonight:

1. Today, we had the open interest in silver FELL BY 3176  contracts from 201,946 DOWN TO 198,429 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) DESPITE  THE TINY SIZED FALL  IN PRICE OF SILVER  (1 CENT WITH RESPECT TO  YESTERDAY’S TRADING).   OUR BANKERS USED THEIR EMERGENCY PROCEDURE TO ISSUE ANOTHER GOOD 1255 PRIVATE EFP’S FOR MARCH AND 500 EFP CONTRACTS OR MAY  (WE DO NOT GET A LOOK AT THESE CONTRACTS AS IT IS PRIVATE BUT THE CFTC DOES AUDIT THEM) AND 0 EFP’S FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS .  EFP’S GIVE OUR COMEX LONGS A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON. WE HAD CONSIDERABLE COMEX SILVER COMEX LIQUIDATION. IF WE TAKE THE  OI LOSS AT THE COMEX OF  3176 CONTRACTS TO THE 1755 OI TRANSFERRED TO LONDON THROUGH EFP’S, WE OBTAIN A SMALL LOSS OF 1421  OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS .  WE STILL HAVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES THAT ARE STANDING FOR METAL IN FEBRUARY (SEE BELOW). THE NET LOSS TODAY IN OZ ON THE TWO EXCHANGES:  7.105 MILLION OZ!!!

RESULT: A CONSIDERABLE SIZED DECREASE IN SILVER OI AT THE COMEX DESPITE THE TINY  FALL OF 1 CENT IN PRICE (WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING ). BUT WE ALSO HAD ANOTHER GOOD 1755 EFP’S ISSUED TRANSFERRING COMEX LONGS OVER TO LONDON. TOGETHER WITH THE GOOD  SIZED AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES STANDING FOR FEBRUARY, DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL SILVER INTENSIFIES AS WE WITNESS MAJOR BANK SHORT COVERING ACCOMPANIED BY INCREASES IN GOFO AND SIFO RATES INDICATING SCARCITY.

(report Harvey)

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2.a) The Shanghai and London gold fix report

(Harvey)

2 b) Gold/silver trading overnight Europe, Goldcore

(Mark O’Byrne/zerohedge

and in NY: Bloomberg

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)Late THURSDAY night/FRIDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 20.46 POINTS OR 0.63% /Hang Sang CLOSED UP 311.49 POINTS OR 0.97% / The Nikkei closed UP 156.37 POINTS OR 0.72%/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP 0.78%/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP at 6.3350/Oil UP to 62.60 dollars per barrel for WTI and 66.28 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED DEEPLY IN THE RED EXCEPT GERMAN DAX  .   ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED 6.3350 AGAINST THE DOLLAR. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED AT 6.3310 AGAINST  THE DOLLAR/ONSHORE YUAN TRADING WEAKER AGAINST OFFSHORE YUAN/ONSHORE YUAN TRADING STRONGER AGAINST USA DOLLAR/ONSHORE YUAN TRADING MUCH STRONGER AGAINST THE DOLLAR AND ALL CURRENCIES. CHINA IS NOT SO HAPPY TODAY 

Read More @ HarveyOrganBlog.com

An Open Message to Parkland Students: Don’t Underestimate the Enemy

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by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:

Carmen Schentrup would have celebrated her 17thbirthday yesterday had she not been gunned down in a hail of bullets from an AR-15 semi-automatic assault weapon on February 14 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida by an expelled student who had bought the gun legally when he was just 18 years old. Last evening her brother, Robert, appeared at a CNN Town Hall that was convened to discuss the shooting. He posed the following question to Congressman Ted Deutch who was present at the Town Hall:

“If a majority of Americans have long supported stricter gun control regulations, but our elected officials who are supposed to represent the people have done nothing, does this mean that our democracy is broken?”

Congressman Deutch, a Democrat who does support strong gun laws, told the anguished young man that our democracy is “a little broken.”

But our democracy is not a little bit broken. Our democracy is a wistful relic of a bygone era when corporations and Super Pacs and billionaires could not outspend the average American in elections by staggering amounts of money. For example, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, the hedge fund, Renaissance Technologies, gave $16.5 million to support the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016 while it was also the number one contributor to the Donald Trump campaign with $15.5 million. No matter who wins the Oval Office, the American people lose.

The same is true in Congress. If the NRA doesn’t own your elected voice, Wall Street does; or Big Oil does; or Big Pharma does.

Despite the wide publicity of the San Bernardino, California shooting on December 2, 2015 where 14 people were killed and 22 injured, the very next day the U.S. Senate rejected a bill to tighten background checks on those attempting to buy a gun. Not long after 20 young children and 6 adults were gunned down by a lone assailant at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut the U.S. Senate also rejected tighter background check legislation.

The Parkland, Florida shooting left 14 students and 3 adults dead. It marks the 30th mass shooting in just the first 45 days of 2018. And yet Congress allows the AR-15 and other assault weapons to be sold to civilians in the United States – in many states to teenagers as young as 18.

Yes, there are still a small number of moral members of Congress who continue to work for and fight for the American people. But even they have been sold out by the corrupted two-party system that will not allow an uncompromised voice to become President or rise to a position of power in Congress. Nothing better underscores this than how Senator Bernie Sanders was deviously undermined in his presidential primary efforts by the Democratic National Committee.

The unrelenting mass shooting of our nation’s children is the most tragic and emotionally devastating example of a perverted and grotesque campaign financing system where only corporate interests or those of the billionaires have a voice in our government. But the next generation is not only going to suffer from the lifelong effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from mass shootings in what were once considered safe spaces in our country, but their environment is also being destroyed by the climate change deniers in Congress who are funded by Big Oil.

And look at what happened after the worst economic collapse in the United States since the Great Depression. Not one executive of any major Wall Street firm that caused the financial crash in 2008 through fraudulent activities was prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department — which was headed at the time by law partners from Covington & Burling – the Big Tobacco law firm that was singled out in a Federal Court decision for hiding the deadly effects of cigarette smoke for decades. How did those Covington & Burling lawyers get those jobs? They got those jobs because President Obama outsourced the staffing of his administration to an executive of Citigroup, Michael Froman, while the bank was both insolvent and receiving the largest taxpayer bailout in U.S. history as a result of its corrupt behavior.

The financial crash has also left a deep and tragic emotional toll on Americans. It cost 8.7 million Americans their jobs; 10 million families lost their homes, many through illegal foreclosures; and it wiped out almost half of the wealth of middle class families compared to 2001. And just look at who has grotesquely benefited from that. President Obama named Jack Lew, a former executive from the very division of Citigroup that had tanked the firm, to be his Treasury Secretary. President Trump named Steve Mnuchin, a foreclosure king, to be his Treasury Secretary. Both Presidents named lawyers who had extensive ties to representing Wall Street to head its top cop, the Securities and Exchange Commission. Despite both Democrat and Republican Party platforms in 2016 that called for reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, that would remove taxpayer-backstopped insured depository banks from the gambling casinos on Wall Street, Congress hasn’t even gotten close to passing that legislation.

Read More @ WallStOnParade.com

VIRAL VIDEO: Former Navy SEAL Gives Best Ever Defense of the AR-15

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by Joshua Caplan, The Gateway Pundit:

Amid a concerted effort by the mainstream media, Democrats and left-leaning groups to pressure Congress into passing gun control measures, a 2016 video of former Navy SEAL Dom Raso explaining why AR-15s are “the best chance of surviving in an age of terror,” is making the internet rounds. 

“The only way for us to stay free was by having whatever guns the bad guys have,” said Raso.

“This firearm gives average people the advantage they so desperately need and deserve to protect their life, liberty, and happiness.”

Partial transcript via The Federalist:

Gun control legislation doesn’t stop terror attacks, he explained, citing the two terrorists who weren’t deterred by California’s assault weapons ban when they killed 14 people in San Bernardino last year. Nor would any gun ban have stopped the Boston Bombers when they detonated a bomb at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding at least 260 others.

Ironically, both of those incidents of terror were brought to a stop by armed police officers responding to the scene with AR-15s–the same weapon legislators are trying to ban.

“Why would you want to ban the gun you pray for police to show up with?” Raso asked.

“I fought this enemy face-to-face for 12 years,” he said. “I know how they think, and I know the hatred that burns inside them.”

“Thank God we have the Second Amendment.”

The video is making the internet rounds as President Trump holds a listening session with Stoneman Douglas students.

17 people are dead after Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday.

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

DHS TO PUBLISH PROOF OF MASSIVE DEM VOTER FRAUD IN 2016 – QANON

by Jerome Corsi, Infowars:

Reported: several million illegals voted, while legitimate ballots were thrown away

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) together with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI are planning to publish in March a study of the 2016 elections that will demonstrate massive Democratic Party voter fraud of a magnitude sufficient to have influenced election outcomes.

On Jan. 3, 2018, President Trump signed an executive order disbanding the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, largely because states controlled by the Democrats refused to cooperate.

Many Democrats breathed a sigh of relief, thinking President Trump had given up his effort to uncover and correct the decades of Democratic Party voter fraud.

Little noticed was a provision in the executive order that tasked the Department of Homeland Security to review the presidential commission’s initial findings and to determine next courses of action.

Equally unnoticed by the mainstream media were news releases on Feb. 15 from the DNI and from DHS that briefings were being held with election officials in all 50 states on Feb. 16 and Feb. 18 to inform them of the initial conclusions of their on-going investigation into voting fraud during the 2016 election.

The outcomes of the DNI, DHS, and FBI investigations are expected to be disastrous for the Democratic Party, revealing precisely why Democratic-controlled states refused to cooperate with Trump’s presidential commission.

When Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicated last Friday some 13 Russians for trolling the Internet as the only evidence of “Russian Collusion” he could find after months of investigation that spent millions of dollars in taxpayer funds, the intelligence operative known as QAnon posted a preview of the DNI, DHS, and FBI conclusions.

As seen in this Internet posting, QAnon first cites Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein’s statement in announcing the indictment involving the 13 Russian trolls that: “There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity.  There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.”

That comes close to sounding the death knell for the “Russian Collusion” mainstream media hysteria we have endured since the 2016 election as a Democratic Party “hate-Trump” narrative for impeachment.

Next, QAnon makes clear the DNI, DHS, and FBI study will prove massive Democratic Party voter fraud, including the allowing of several millions of illegal immigrants to vote in direct contradiction of voting laws across the country.

QAnon wrote the following, apparently citing the DNI, DHS, and FBI study to be released next month:

In an effort to preserve the integrity of all U.S. elections, as ordered by the President of the United States, after an extensive investigation in select counties (the ‘sampling’), the DHS has concluded that while Russian entities (as outlined in Special Counselor Mueller’s investigation were complicit in attempting to undermine the presidential election of 2016) had no direct impact or bearing on the outcome of the presidential election, nor were any U.S. person(s) knowingly part of such an attempt to sabotage as it relates to the Russian investigation …

And:

… U.S. and other foreign entities (as further described within DHS (XXXX), acting outside of Russian agents, did attempt on numerous occasions, and were successful, in interfering w/ the presidential elections of 2016, Senate elections of [x, y, and z], [x] elections, whereby several million of illegal, non-resident ballots (the “irregularities”) were counted, while legal ballots were improperly tabulated and/or intentionally mishandled.  We believe these actions were a coordinated attack against the democracy of our country.

The QAnon post goes on to note the DHS will be submitting a final report to the White House, to the Department of Justice, and to other state and local agencies outlining findings next month.

The post further suggests that while the DNI, DHS, FBI study was limited to a sampling of 22 counties, the findings were so conclusive that a countrywide examination is mandated.

Read More @ Infowars.com

Robert Mueller is Red-Pilling Politically Moderate Americans

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by Tom Luongo, Russia Insider:

“The real revelation with Mueller’s indictments is that they represent the depths of how far our system has fallen from the ideals and principles it was founded upon.”

With all the column inches spilled over Robert Mueller’s thirteen indictments issued on Friday very few of them have touched on the real revelation.

It’s not the obvious case of prosecutorial over-reach.  It isn’t the further subversion of the grand jury process by Federal Prosecutors unmoored from personal bias.

It isn’t the admission that no one on the Trump team knowingly colluded with Russian agents to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

It isn’t even that Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe doctored interview documents to secure a guilty plea from General Michael Flynn.

It’s not obvious collusion between his investigation and the media to hang a duly-elected President in the court of public opinion.

No.

The real revelation with Mueller’s indictments is that they represent the depths of how far our system has fallen from the ideals and principles it was founded upon.

The U.S. as a society exists solely for the purpose of the powerful to score cheap political points in the service of accumulating more power.

Anything or anyone that says no to that will be hounded via a set of Byzantine rules by corrupt thugs like Mueller who feel no shame whatsoever in presenting the most laughable charges as credible in public to serve a predetermined outcome.

In this case, impeach a President and over-turn an election.

Shadows Over Parkland

That Mueller went public with these indictments the same day the FBI was having literally the worst day in the agency’s history only underscores the depths to which he and those who he represents will sink to deflect blame.

While people are calling for FBI Director Christopher Wray’s head over the agency’s botched handling of the shooter in the Parkland, Florida tragedy, Mueller hastily puts out, on a Friday no less, an announcement of his big catches in his Russian collusion investigation.

The message from Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s presentation was simple.  The FBI and the Department of Justice care more about our images than we do about protecting your children from senseless violence.

If Mueller had gone public with these indictments on any other day the peals of laughter would have been deafening.  But, as it stands, all that happened was the red-pilling of even more of this country’s center.

So many people are governed by their normalcy bias. They place themselves in another person’s position and believe someone like Mueller is acting the way they would.

This is why it’s so easy for people to dismiss seeing these ‘coincidences’ as a conspiracy theory.

But, the problem with that is that eventually too many theories become facts. And with the cries for more gun control and FBI failure after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, to see a disgraced FBI try and distract people and control the news cycle will be a final straw for too many.

A Coincidence Too Far

There comes a point where the ‘coincidences’ are too numerous, the narcissism too blatant for people to excuse.

Here we are grieving for the dead in Florida, having to be screeched at by clueless, hyper-emotional gun-control advocates and still processing the magnitude of the FBI’s incompetence and Mueller and Rosenstein thought it was the smart play to indict a bunch of nameless Russians to create a distraction?

Do they not realize that in a situation like this people’s anger is real?  Their pain is real?  The disillusionment with our government agencies is real?

It isn’t the product of a Soviet propaganda campaign.  But, most people are willing to go along out of a sense of fairness.  All Mueller had to do after a year and a half of the Democrats haranguing us with Trump’s malfeasance was prove it.

Oops.

And by now admitting that he, in fact, proved the opposite, people’s disillusionment will turn to disgust and anger.  Those on the left not lost in the worst throes of Trump Derangement Syndrome will be angry at being obviously played for fund-raising fools and the center will simply further reject the status quo in D.C.

The Laziness of Power

Mueller, like so many of these power-holders, really do live in an endless hall of mirrors, thinking only of themselves and how these events affect them and their social status. They really think we didn’t know what we were doing when we elected Trump.

To even bring these charges public admits just how little regard they have for us.  That we are so stupid as to believe a few Facebook ads and Twitter sock puppet accounts was the reason why Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton.

In fact, the only person so self-deluded to believe what I just wrote is Hillary Clinton herself.  Everyone else is looking at this and simply laughing their asses off.

I’m ecstatic.  I couldn’t have asked for anything better.  By being so predictable in trying to shape the narrative they undermine our faith in them further. By trying to protect the FBI, they throw more dirt on its coffin.

This is the kind of tone-deaf idiocy that precedes real reform.

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com

State Bans Popular AR-15 Accessory, Police Shocked After Only 4 People Comply

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by Rachel Blevins, The Free Thought Project:

After a state passed a law making the possession of bump stocks for firearms illegal, police were apparently shocked when only a few individuals voluntarily turned their devices in.

Massachusetts became the first state to ban bump-stocks for firearms, and after three weeks with the new law in effect, police are apparently shocked that only a few citizens have come forward to voluntarily give up their newly illegal devices.

Bump stocks, which replace a rifle’s standard stock and allow the gun to mimic an automatic weapon, came under fire in October after police claimed that the suspected gunman in the Las Vegas shooting, Stephen Paddock, had 12 rifles with bump stocks in his hotel room.

While it is not clear whether the bump stocks were used, or how they contributed to the carnage that resulted from the shooting, they became the focus of the mainstream media’s wrath, and Massachusetts jumped into action. Now, residents who violate the new law could spend anywhere from 18 months to life in prison.

The ban took place in the state on Feb. 1, and the new regulations gave residents the option to turn their bump stocks over to law enforcement with no repercussions—but so far, police departments in Springfield, West Springfield, Holyoke, Agawam, Granby and Ludlow have received zero bump stocks.

The Chicopee Police Department has received four bump stocks, and Officer Mike Wilk told 22News that he was actually shocked by the low response. “Four is surprising. I figured we would get a few more, but at least we got four,” Wilk said.

There is no incentive for residents to turn in their bump stocks, other than a pat on the back and the peace of mind that they no longer own something the state has deemed illegal. Wilk said he believes that “there are people that could transfer them out of state. If they had a second residence they could have brought them there.”

Essex Police Chief Peter Silva told CBS Boston that the one man in his city who voluntarily turned his bump stock in expressed his frustration at the fact that he paid more than $250 for the device and he was now being forced to turn it over to the police with nothing in return.

“He was a little frustrated because of the fact that he’d paid a little over $250 on this piece here, and there was no redeeming value for him on the other side to recover that money,” Silva said.

While there is no clear proof that bump stocks were responsible for the nearly 60 deaths that resulted from the Las Vegas shooting, John Rosenthal, founder of a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that advocated for the ban, told the Huffington Post that he believes bump stocks should be outlawed because, “We saw in Las Vegas the carnage, which far exceeded the carnage of any other mass shooting in U.S. history, and it made it very clear to me that there’s no purpose whatsoever for a bump stock, other than killing a lot of people very quickly.”

Rosenthal also told CBS Baltimore, “There’s no question in my mind that people won’t turn them in” if the ban became law, and clearly that was not the result.

The city of Denver, Colorado, has introduced a similar ban, which makes bump stocks illegal to sell, carry, store or possess within city limits. While residents also have the option to turn over their devices to law enforcement without repercussions, violators could be fined up to $999 and face up to 180 days in jail.

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Shut Up, Burglary Theorist!

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from CorbettReport:

The Real Reason Establishment Frauds Hate Trump and Obsess About Russia

by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

PVE, then, is first and foremost a narrative device: a tool used, largely unconsciously, to inject fresh legitimacy into a war on terror that by 2008 had fallen into disrepute. More specifically, PVE appears to dampen the queasiness felt at pursuing a course of action that quite obviously conflicts with Western liberal values, wrapping hard-edged counterterrorism in gentle language. In that sense, it renovates a long-held tradition.

Indeed, the roots of PVE and the broader war on terror date back to a centuries-old tendency among most societies—Western and non-Western alike—to forge their identities in an almost perpetual state of conflict, aiming to control resources or counter rivals. Such war footing demands a positive, legitimating narrative—an understanding that we fight to reclaim, defend, pacify, stabilise, illuminate and liberate. Rarely do eradication and predation announce themselves unabashedly. Rather, virtually all forms of conquest and colonisation hinge on the notion of an enemy to defeat and, alongside it, a population begging for deliverance…

Today, it is difficult to pin down even the healthy pretense of moral standards in Western foreign policy. Barack Obama, his motto of restraint notwithstanding, presided over not only the vast expansion of borderless warfare via killer drones, but also the redeployment of all-out aerial campaigns that have destroyed entire cities in Syria and Iraq. In the meantime, America and its allies have lied shamelessly about civilian casualties, thus denying victims even meager compensation; slammed shut their borders to refugees, and been complicit in the latter’s forced return to warzones; and broadcast almost satirically poisonous, jingoistic narratives regarding the “enemy.” In other words, Western societies have not only ceased to exert meaningful pressure on abusive regimes abroad—they have also, increasingly, emulated some of these regimes’ worst practices.

– From: The West’s War on Itself

The political space I inhabit isn’t very popular because it fails to make anyone particularly happy. Although I’m stridently against the U.S. status quo and its predatory and corrupt paradigm, I do not embrace Donald Trump’s vision. At the same time, I won’t allow my distaste for him to propel me into the duplicitous and toxic arms of a dishonest resistance movement manufactured and led by the corporate media, intelligence agencies and hack politicians.

There are all sorts of important critiques of the Trump administration that aren’t seeing the light of day because “the resistance” insists on diverting all our collective energy to Russiagate. While the hordes of people buying into this nonsense are being ruthlessly manipulated, the manipulators know exactly what they’e doing.

Blaming Russia for all the nation’s problems serves several key purposes for various defenders of the status quo. For discredited neocons and neoliberals who never met a failed war based on lies they didn’t support, it provides an opportunity to rehabilitate their torched reputations by masquerading as fierce patriots against the latest existential enemy. Similarly, for those who lived in denial about who Obama really was for eight years, latching on to the Russia narrative allows them to reassure themselves that everything really was fine before Trump and Russia came along and ruined the party.

By throwing every problem in Putin’s lap, the entrenched bipartisan status quo can tell themselves (and everybody else) that it wasn’t really them and their policies that voters rejected in 2016, rather, the American public was tricked by cunning, nefarious Russians. Ridiculous for sure, but never underestimate the instinctive human desire to deny accountability for one’s own failures. It’s always easier to blame than to accept responsibility.

That said, there’s a much bigger game afoot beyond the motivations of individuals looking to save face. The main reason much of the highest echelons of American power are united against Trump has nothing to do with his actual policies. Instead, they’re terrified that — unlike Obama — he’s a really bad salesman for empire. This sort of Presidential instability threatens the continuance of their well oiled and exceedingly corrupt gravy train. Hillary Clinton was a sure thing, Donald Trump remains an unpredictable wildcard.

I recently came across a fantastic article titled The West’s War on Itself, which I highly recommend everyone read it. It helps put into context much about the current position the American empire finds itself in, and shines a light on the origins of our dysfunctional and increasingly insane national political dialogue. The authors use the term PVE (preventing violent extremism) throughout, which is described in the following manner:

PVE, then, is first and foremost a narrative device: a tool used, largely unconsciously, to inject fresh legitimacy into a war on terror that by 2008 had fallen into disrepute. More specifically, PVE appears to dampen the queasiness felt at pursuing a course of action that quite obviously conflicts with Western liberal values, wrapping hard-edged counterterrorism in gentle language. In that sense, it renovates a long-held tradition.

In other words, it’s just a linguistic way to justify policies of imperial aggression abroad using palatable terminology. The authors go on to note:

Indeed, the roots of PVE and the broader war on terror date back to a centuries-old tendency among most societies—Western and non-Western alike—to forge their identities in an almost perpetual state of conflict, aiming to control resources or counter rivals. Such war footing demands a positive, legitimating narrative—an understanding that we fight to reclaim, defend, pacify, stabilise, illuminate and liberate. Rarely do eradication and predation announce themselves unabashedly. Rather, virtually all forms of conquest and colonisation hinge on the notion of an enemy to defeat and, alongside it, a population begging for deliverance.

This is precisely why the powers that be in the U.S. are always trying to sell the public on a new enemy. The 21st century alone has seen us seamlessly transition from being terrified of al-Qaeda to ISIS, and now Russia, in less than two decades. Such external enemies are needed in order to justify the overseas military action required to hold together an increasingly shaky global empire. Same as it ever was.

The article goes on to explain why Obama was the perfect salesman for U.S. imperial ambitions.

In the Western sphere, the war on terror originally was associated with the conservative right-wing. That linkage crystallised throughout the half-decade following the 11 September 2001 al-Qaeda attacks on US soil, as self-identifying liberals came to identify the war on terror with President George W. Bush’s catastrophic invasion of Iraq, and with a host of practices deemed antithetical to Western values, including ramped up domestic surveillance, torture euphemistically dubbed “enhanced interrogation,” extrajudicial killings and “extraordinary renditions” (that is, outsourcing the interrogation of terror suspects to cooperative authoritarian regimes).

So intense was the backlash that Americans, in 2008, turned to a presidential candidate explicitly framing himself as the liberal antithesis to Bush’s approach: Barack Obama was expected to wind down the wars and generally rein in the illiberal excesses of the preceding era. The rest of the Western sphere, which had almost universally come to decry the war on terror as undermining global stability, acclaimed a leader poised to redress that legacy.

It is striking, therefore, that by the end of President Obama’s second term, the war on terror was alive and well. The US remained engaged in a series of shadowy wars across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, albeit with Bush’s predilection for regime change swapped out for a deepening reliance on airstrikes and killer drones. Most other Western governments either joined in or, in the case of France, took the lead in military operations of their own. To paper over their interventions’ obvious shortcomings, all chimed in around a growing rhetorical emphasis on redressing “root causes” of extremism. In sum, the fundamental contours of a timeless, borderless military conflict endured, but received an eight-year makeover salving uneasy Western consciences.

Obama said all the right things while methodically doing the bidding of oligarchy. He captured the imagination of millions, if not billions, around the world with his soaring rhetoric, yet rarely skipped a beat when it came to the advancement of imperial policies. He made bailing out Wall Street, droning civilians and cracking down on journalists seem progressive. He said one thing, did another, and people ate it up. This is an extraordinarily valuable quality when it comes to a vicious and unelected deep state that wants to keep a corrupt empire together.

Read More @ LibertyBlitzkrieg.com