Why Is the Alt-Right So Threatening?
Robert Weissberg • March 2, 2017 • 1,300 Words
Alt-Right Leader Richard Spencer
Even in today’s acrimonious political landscape, nothing seems to draw as much vitriol as the minuscule “Alt-Right” (shorthand for an alternative to mainstream Conservatism Inc.). Indeed, if America’s political class organized 1984-style two-minute hates, the Alt-Right would be the star of the show with Richard Spencer substituting for Emmanuel Goldstein.
Given this aversion across the ideological spectrum, one might surmise that the Alt-Right embraced doctrines totally antithetical to core American values. Not quite. In at least in one key regard, the Alt-Right is as American as apple pie.
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March 26 2017, 11:00 a.m.
From the start of his presidency, Donald Trump’s “war on terror” has entailed the seemingly indiscriminate slaughter of innocent people in the name of killing terrorists. In other words, Trump has escalated the 16-year-old core premise of America’s foreign policy — that it has the right to bomb any country in the world where people it regards as terrorists are found — and in doing so, has fulfilled the warped campaign pledges he repeatedly expressed.
The most recent atrocity was the killing of as many as 200 Iraqi civilians from U.S. airstrikes this week in Mosul. That was preceded a few days earlier by the killing of dozens of Syrian civilians in Raqqa province when the U.S. targeted a school where people had taken refuge, which itself was preceded a week earlier by the U.S. destruction of a mosque near Aleppo that also killed dozens. And one of Trump’s first military actions was what can only be described as a massacre carried out by Navy SEALs, in which 30 Yemenis were killed; among the children killed was an 8-year-old American girl (whose 16-year-old American brother was killed by a drone under Obama).
In sum: Although precise numbers are difficult to obtain, there seems little question that the number of civilians being killed by the U.S. in Iraq and Syria — already quite high under Obama — has increased precipitously during the first two months of the Trump administration. Data compiled by the site Airwars tells the story: The number of civilians killed in Syria and Iraq began increasing in October under Obama but has now skyrocketed in March under Trump.
Continue reading at https://theintercept.com/2017/03/26/trumps-war-on-terror-has -quickly-become-as-barbaric-and-savage-as-he-promised/
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When Congress makes a law beyond the Constitution, we should disregard it, and “punish them for the attempt.”
by David Van Risseghem As the legislature continues their junior high games, the courts play gotcha, and the governor has completely lost touch with her subjects; the anger of the commoners is reaching a boiling point.When we take a branding iron to every twelfth adult and burn their foreheads “FELON”; When we wat […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 27, 2017) – A Pennsylvania bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients unanimously passed out of an important House committee last week. Introduced by State Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Hatfield) and nearly 40…
PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 27, 2017) – Today, an important Arizona committee passed a bill reforming the state’s asset forfeiture laws. The bill also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations. Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (R-Gilbert) introduced House Bill 2477 (HB2477) on…
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 27, 2017) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow New Yorkers to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in…
RALEIGH, N.C. (March 27, 2017) – A second so-called “Constitutional Carry” bill that would make it legal for most North Carolinians to carry a firearm without a license, and foster an environment hostile to federal gun control, has been filed in the North Carolina House. Nine Republican representatives introduced House Bill 201 (H201) on February…
Jared Snider posted this succinct comment on the Congressional Healthcare debate… Jefferson and Adams almost quit their effort to write a declaration of independence, because each wanted his own terms. “In politics, you almost never get 100% of what you want. Fiscal conservatives do their cause a disservice when they fail to accept incremental progress. They do their constituents a disservice when they indoc […]
The Republican-dominated Virginia Legislature has killed a bill that would set the foundation to reject the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” in practice. Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-Bristol) introduced House Bill 1974 (HB1974) on Jan. 10. The legislation would have prohibited the Department of Environmental Quality from unilaterally implementing EPA Clean Power Plan emission requirements. Had the bill passed, the…
Where the Anti-Russian Moral Panic is Leading Us
‘Show me on this doll where Russia touched you’
by Justin Raimondo, March 27, 2017
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They said the election of Donald Trump would usher in an era of political repression in which the First Amendment would come under attack – and they were right, although not in the way they meant it:
“Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories – some fictional – that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.
“Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as ‘bots,’ to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.”
Aside from sites run by the Russian government, like Russia Today and Sputnik, the targets of the investigation are Breitbart.com, the pro-Trump web site formerly managed by Steve Bannon – now an advisor to the President – and Infowars.com, the “conspiracy” site made famous by entertainer Alex Jones, although the purview of the witch hunt “investigation” is bound to broaden.
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Over the past few months Oklahomans have been hearing about the attempt to enact a new tax on “services”. Oklahoma law has historically held services harmless from direct taxation. Those who provide services must already pay income tax on their…