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.
Continue reading at http://www.unz.com/article/why-is-the-alt-right-so-threatening/
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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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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 […]
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 […]
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.
continue reading at http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/03/26/where-the-anti-russian-moral-panic-is-leading-us/
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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…
State Auditor Gary Jones is exploring the possibility of running for another office in 2018:
I’m forming a committee to decide what is best to do once I’m term limited in 2018. From going home to running for Governor. #JonesOK2018
— Gary Jones (@blo1234) March 26, 2017
With Matt Pinnell considering a run for Lieutenant Governor, it would be interesting to have two popular former OKGOP chairs running for statewide office.
Paul Craig Roberts: “In America Today, Facts Cannot Compete With Lies”
by Tyler Durden
Mar 23, 2017 10:15 PM
Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,
Unable to provide an ounce of evidence that a Trump/Putin conspiracy stole the presidential election from Hillary Clinton, the corrupt US “intelligence” agencies are shifting their focus to social media and to Internet sites such as Alex Jones and Breitbart. Little doubt the FBI investigation will trickle down to Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept, Zero Hedge, the Ron Paul Institute, Nomi Prins, Naked Capitalism, Lew Rockwell, Global Research, antiwar.com, and to others on the PropOrNot, Harvard Library, and Le Monde lists, such as top Reagan administration officials David Stockman and myself. It is extraordinary that the FBI is so desperate to protect the budget of the military/security complex that it brings such embarrassment to itself. Who in the future will believe any FBI report or anything a FBI official says?
Those behind this “investigation” understand that it is so ridiculous that they must give it gravity and credibility. They selected two reporters, Peter Stone and Greg Gordon, in the McClatchy News Washington Bureau, who fit Udo Ulfkotte’s definition of “bought journalists.” Hiding behind anonymous sources—“two people familiar with the inquiry” and “sources who spoke on condition of anonymity”—the presstitutes fell in with the attack on independent media, reporting that one former US intelligence official said: “This may be one of the most highly impactful information operations in the history of intelligence.” http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article139695453.html
Continue reading at http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/paul-craig-roberts-america-today-facts-cannot-compete-lies
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Tulsa businessman, David McLain, was the overwhelming choice of the Tulsa Republican delegates, at the county convention, today, at Jenks High School.Retired I.T. specialist, Terry Flattem, defeated chairman Mike Ford, to secure the Vice Chair office. Ford did not seek a 2nd term at the top spot. Only one of the 6 incumbents in the Tulsa Republican party’s central committee was elected to another term in office. […]
By Sheldon Richman –
March 24, 2017
President Trump’s budget proposal would increase military spending $54 billion, not quite a 10 percent increase over the current level. According to Quartz, the increase alone is more than all but two countries — China and Saudi Arabia — spend on their militaries. (China spends $145 billion, Saudi Arabia $57 billion, Russia $47, and Iran $16 billion, the International Institute for Strategic Studies reports.)
Meanwhile, Trump implies that NATO members take advantage of America by not paying enough for own defense. When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Washington recently, Trump tweeted: “Germany owes … vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!”
Continue reading at https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/sheldon/tgif-trumps-military-budget-not-natos-fault/
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This is hands down the best article I’ve seen on the failure of the AHCA (aka ‘SwampCare’, aka ‘RyanCare’, aka ‘TrumpCare’, aka ‘ObamaCareLite’, aka ‘Renege & Repair’) by Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner.
Here’s part of the article – you can and should read it in full here.