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The Goth ISIS Utopia and Other Leftist Nonsense

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From a Breitbart article by the Great Clarice Feldman

Black Lives Matter

An anonymous black professor at Berkeley urges historians to challenge the “problematic hypothesis “ that “white systemic racism, white supremacy, and other forms of white discrimination” are the cause of the difficulties in the black community.

He must make his argument anonymously as Berkeley and “our culture” leaves no room for dissent and he would lose his job and forfeit the opportunity for any other if his name were known. He says, and I agree, that dissent is necessary and factually warranted. Among his arguments detailed and documented (in his email attachments) are these:

“ *Black lives only matter when whites take them;”

“*It is for historians… to explain why Japanese internment or the massacre of European Jewry hasn’t led to equivalent rates of dysfunction and low SES performance among Japanese and Jewish Americans respectively;”

“*Our department appears to have been entirely captured by the interests of the Democratic National Convention, and the Democratic Party more broadly.”

I take to heart his conclusions in a statement worth your reading in its entirety:

The patronizing and condescending attitudes of Democrat leaders towards the black community, exemplified by nearly every Biden statement on the black race, all but guarantee a perpetual state of misery, resentment, poverty, and the attendant grievance politics which are simultaneously annihilating American political discourse and black lives. And yet, donating to BLM is bankrolling the election campaigns of men like Mayor Frey, who saw their cities devolve into violence. This is a grotesque capture of a good-faith movement for necessary police reform, and of our department, by a political party. Even worse, there are virtually no avenues for dissent in academic circles. I refuse to serve the Party, and so should you.

The total alliance of major corporations involved in human exploitation with BLM should be a warning flag to us, and yet this damning evidence goes unnoticed, purposefully ignored, or perversely celebrated. We are the useful idiots of the wealthiest classes, carrying water for Jeff Bezos and other actual, real, modern-day slavers. Starbucks, an organisation using literal black slaves in its coffee plantation suppliers, is in favor of BLM. Sony, an organisation using cobalt mined by yet more literal black slaves, many of whom are children, is in favor of BLM. And so, apparently, are we. The absence of counter-narrative enables this obscenity. Fiat lux, indeed.

There also exists a large constituency of what can only be called ‘race hustlers’: hucksters of all colors who benefit from stoking the fires of racial conflict to secure administrative jobs, charity management positions, academic jobs and advancement, or personal political entrepreneurship.

Given the direction our history department appears to be taking far from any commitment to truth, we can regard ourselves as a formative training institution for this brand of snake-oil salespeople. Their activities are corrosive, demolishing any hope at harmonious racial coexistence in our nation and colonizing our political and institutional life. Many of their voices are unironically segregationist.

Trump Jujitsu

If the mayors of places like Minneapolis and Seattle think they can stand by and wait to goad the President into acting so they can get the kind of optics the Kent State shooting presented to the anti-Viet Nam crowd, they must be surprised. Instead of soldiers with drawn bayonets, they got “tactical units from the FBI, the Secret Service, the DEA, ATF and the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Prisons, and other agencies, in full gear, many with no rifles, and certainly no bayonets.”

It’s Trump jujitsu again. Just as they tried to goad him into locking down the country over the ridiculously hyped pandemic, he used the tools of the presidency creatively to cut red tape and get done what the federal government could do and the states could not. (The “public health experts” who urged irrational lockdowns and attacked those who protested them, also lost all credibility when they supported mass protests in support of BLM. He leaves on the cutting room floor those hypocritical critics whose status they themselves destroyed.) Those governors who instituted draconian lockdowns and prolonged them bear the blame for the damage they caused — just as the misguided governments of Minneapolis and Seattle will for the wreckage in their cities.

Correction: Wayne State corrected to Kent State


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Revisionist History Is Alive and Well on Social Media: Japan as Victim

Scott Kerwin, writing at Quora, takes on a common revisionist theme – that the US was responsible for the war with Japan, and ultimately the atomic bombings were war crimes perpetrated against an innocent people. This question garnered over 20k views, 3 shares and over 400 upvotes before Quora took it down: Why do the Japanese like the United States so much despite WWII? I thought the Japanese were an unforgiving people? 

Kerwin writes, You seem to remember the last few days of the war instead of the years leading up to it. You must not be Chinese given the tone of your question because the Chinese haven’t forgotten – nor forgiven – the atrocities committed in China by the Japanese. It’s a sore point for them that still colors their relations with their neighbor.

As the child of a US soldier who fought the Japanese in the Philippines, who studied Japanese culture and history, and lived there for 5 years, I would recommend you take a moment to consider what the Japanese imperial forces were doing in places like China, Korea and the Philippines. Places like Nanking

are seared into people’s memories for a very good reason. Or why the Bataan Death March were words that still moved my father to intense anger decades after the Japanese surrender. Or what Unit 731

did to Chinese children.

Then you may want to consider one of my Japanese students, a middle-aged woman at the time, who told me about life during the War. She remembered she and her classmates being taught to wear backpacks and run towards Japanese adults wearing paper masks of American soldiers. She told me about the fear the faces made her feel, and how it took some time for them to get used to the faces. It was only years after the War when she learned the purpose of the exercise. The backpacks would have been filled with explosives, and remotely detonated when a child ran up to the invading US forces.

But the bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki put an end to it all. No more bayoneting Chinese children, no more forcing Okinawans to commit mass suicide

. Then when men like my father arrived they didn’t rape and plunder Japan, ravaging the women and shipping entire factories back home the way the Soviets did in Europe. Instead of taking money out of Japan we poured money into it. I remember standing at the edge of Osaka and an elderly student telling me how after the war one could see from one end of the city to the other. Thanks to the US effort to get Japan back on its feet

(and to support us in our Cold War against Communism), one is lucky to see more than a few blocks on the Kansai plain.

That’s why they like us. We defeated them. We could have turned the entire country into a rice farm or made it a US state. But instead we helped them rebuild and become a peaceful and valuable friend and ally.

Osaka (source)

For many reasons Japan got a pass for the horrors it committed at home and abroad unlike the Germans who had their noses rubbed in it for decades. Sure I met a few Japanese who hated me for Hiroshima/Nagasaki, but I met many more who understood that we were alive because of them. Both my father and father-in-law were preparing for the invasion of Japan, an invasion that would have cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers and millions of Japanese civilians. Chances are good that neither my students, my wife or me would be around to argue the point.

Forgiveness is overrated. Most of the people who deserve it or can give it are long dead, so the words are political and meaningless. But it is important for you to see History in its entirety, and not just a snapshot of a billowing mushroom cloud.


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Censored: Another US Firm Does The Chinese Communist Party’s Dirty Work

I write for Quora. Quora is a social media website owned by Google where people ask and answer each other’s questions. Like most social media sites, it trends Left and anyone with an opposing viewpoint has to be extra careful to avoid having their content pulled from the site. It has a BNBR policy – “be nice be respectful” that is supposed to deter trolls. The content policies are policed by algorithms under the supervision of humans.

The site is a favorite of the Wumao, China’s 50 Cent Army that attacks anyone who challenges the narratives pushed by the Chinese Communist Party. As someone who studied Chinese, and planned to live there until Tiananmen happened, I’ve brushed up against these trolls numerous times. But in most cases I’ve been successful at getting my posts reinstated or “uncollapsed” by appealing to the Quora moderators.

But not yesterday. The question was: “Do people in America blame China for bringing covid-19?” I wrote the following:

I finished the article with a Watergate quote, “It’s not the crime, it’s the cover up,” to describe why China should be held responsible for the Covid-19 virus (the last paragraph was cutoff by the screen shot).

I posted the answer and almost immediately it disappeared. At first I thought I had accidentally deleted it, but there was no draft, and the post was completely wiped. My answer was the only one that didn’t blame Trump or the US for the virus.

The Chinese are running an intense propaganda effort to blame anyone else for the origin of Covid-19, including the Japanese. Four years of Mandarin had allowed me to scan the source mentioned by the Time article above and find the specific Chinese characters asking readers to refer to Covid-19 as “Japanese Pneumonia.”

I reached out to Quora and received the following canned reply: “

On Quora, spam is generally defined as one or more questions, answers, posts, comments, or messages whose purpose appears to be to direct traffic to external sites or solicit individual services, while providing little to no value back to the Quora Community.

It’s fine to post about a product, company, or blog on Quora – either in an answer to a relevant question or as a post on your Quora blog – but repeatedly posting the same information, or consistently including your contact information may be considered spamming. To learn more about Quora’s policy on spam, please visit: How does Quora define spam? What are the consequences of spamming on Quora?

After reviewing your content, we’ve determined that it was in violation of this policy and unfortunately, we will not be able to reinstate it.”

I wrote back and received no reply. As of the writing, the answer is still deleted, and the question still spouts anti-American propaganda.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that Google has bowed low to the Communist Party’s demands. The site was infested with Chinese claims that the virus was engineered by the US, and that it even showed a preference for the physiology of Chinese people. Reporting such baseless allegations in January and February to Quora did not stop them from appearing, and even today, when the disease is ravaging the rest of the world Quora continues to spread false accusations, innuendo and rumor meant to portray China in a positive light and shield its government from criticism.

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“Journalistic Standards” Have ALWAYS Been About Lies, and–In Some Cases–Advancing Causes.

So-Called, “Journalistic Standards,” seem to have almost always been concerned with journalism as an “engine” of agendas. How could it not?

The Real Face Of USA General George Washington. Reconstructed.

From the moment that the colonials received word of Britain’s new taxes in 1764 until reports of the peace treaty arrived in 1783, the press constituted the major source of information about events and developments in the conflict with the mother country. Both Benjamin Franklin, one of the Revolution’s greatest leaders, and Ambrose Serle, a Loyalist, described the press as an “engine” that should be used to advance the cause….


America’s “problem” is not about AOC, or Adam Schiff, or Nancy Pelosi, Bernie, Beto, Bloomberg, or Whomever, or Whatever.

It’s not about what they said, or how they said it, or what they may believe. It’s not about politely outlining or “explaining” the “news.” It’s not about what we are told, hear, or are shown.

It’s not about “the details.” They don’t matter.

America’s problem is:  perception of its problems.

“Freedom of The Press” is one of the guarantees of the US Constitution, ratified in 1788. What this actually says and how it’s used by Big Media (MSM, or Main Stream Media) seems to be two different things.

1.) What it actually says, is:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

2.) How it seems to be used, however, is: whatever the Media says, wants, or decrees, sometimes without limit, without law, and without reason.

The Past:


For instance: sometimes, In the past, old-time Robber Barons–who were massively powerful, open thieves, untaxed, rich beyond relative measure–were depicted as good

But when the opposite served Media purposes, they were depicted as bad.


Likewise, Media today has its agendas. And Has become–subsumed. It has BECOME the actual, former Power of oldtime Robber Barons. It has violence, Blood, censorship, sexy “1984” ploys, And can get you fired, banned, or destroy your life.

Media today is, in fact, a power, backing modern Barons–backing moves of the modern power elite. Or doing their actual bidding.


And, Big Media is a power itself.

Big Media now has the power to craft whatever reality it chooses to show you. It has the power to co-opt your brain.

Big Media seemingly can make you think whatever it wants you to think.

By 1900 major newspapers had become profitable powerhouses of advocacy, muckraking and sensationalism, along with serious, and objective news-gathering.

In the early 20th century, before television, the average American read several newspapers per day…Starting in the 1920s changes in technology again morphed the nature of American journalism as radio and later, television, began to play increasingly important roles.

In the late 20th century, much of American journalism merged into big media conglomerates (principally owned by media mogulsTed Turnerand Rupert Murdoch).

With the coming of digital journalism in the 21st Century, newspapers faced a business crisis as readers turned to the internet for news and advertisers followed them….


The problem is, that Big Media seems to be run by offsite Masters, globalists, advertisers, money-counters, and agendized, leftist activists. It’s not run by what the public may want, or by events, or by world history.


Deeply entrenched in what seems to be a world-wide trend to “socialism,” which is really a totalitarian communism, Big Media seems to be propelled in one, “progressive” direction, with everything moving in the same direction, at the same time.

It’s run by advertisers, by money people, greed, self-aggrandizement, power-seekers, politics, politicians, leftist philosophy, global wealth Masters–and by whatever the Media says it is.

World Big Media goes largely unchallenged. Seemingly valid law suits against it are mysteriously “dismissed.” Nothing touches Big Media. Supposedly impartial judges seem hand-picked and leftist mouths of a Globalist Elite.

All things money-driven, or all things policiy-driven, flock to Big Media. Like starving fledglings screaming for worms in their nests. All things money-driven scream for feedings by the only thing on Earth that can help them propagandize their product, their cause–or their reason to BE.

For instance, in some cases this entails the destruction of Donald Trump, and banning him from the Presidency. Or, likewise, the victory and enshrinement of Totalitarian Socialism–or, just call it, “Old Time Communism,” as victor.


Journalistic standards have had nothing to do with the truth for a long time

For decades ABC and other media outlets have hidden the truth about the serial abuse of women and young girls by the powerful Clintons, Weinstein and Epstein.

The cover-up was to protect the Clintons from scrutiny as they sought to elect and reelect Bill and to put the corrupt Hillary in the White House in 2016…..

…How many women and young girls have been abused by powerful men while the media looked the other way — as long as they supported the Clintons and wanted Democrats in power?


NEVER, in the history of Earth, has there been anything even remotely resembling the modern Electronic octopus.

Big Media–the Kraken—  has barbed tentacles everywhere.

It has alliances everywhere, and nearly unlimited abilities, and “friends in high places.”  It has Access– to Hollywood, “entertainers,” athletes, and celebrities–modern gods and godlings. Their new “classic” mythology.

Big Media has a 24-hour platform that cannot be ignored. It has money and power.

It has its own money. And, it has money and power behind it–backing its moves.

Big Media can be said to control the world.

By what it allows you to see.

By what it allows you to hear.

By what it allows you to say.

…or not….


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NEWS, NEWS, NEWS: NO IT’S NOT, BECAUSE—Democrats Create Fake Reality, Phony Worlds, and A Universe Of Lies.


Hierronymus Bosch

NEWS: By Jeffrey A. Friedberg

Jeffrey A. Friedberg

Impolite and Brief


NEWS: from Democrats, Liberals, “Progressives,” Socialists, Communists, Suburban Housewives, and Canadian Supergirl has created politicized worlds that don’t exist.

This ranting excursion into a twilight (zoned) area of their own creation appears to be a one-way drop for them. They seem to be lost souls flailing for a formula—any devious, formulaic plot which they may think can ultimately beat Donald Trump in the coming election of 2020.

Time, and again, they flog that bestiary of demonic forms, seeking totalitarian salvation for deranged, murderous worlds within nightmare worlds. Their own, drug-infused, or alcohol-soaked, or hatred-infused worlds of domination, terror, horror, and global Communism.

Why should serious writers—daily—struggle to meet and answer Democrats’ every delusion and deranged smears of Trump?

I mean—how may times can I say, “Democrats have lost all sanity.

“Gone, are great men—Democrats—like Harry Truman, JFK, Hubert Humphrey, and the amazing Daniel Moynahan. They are dead, and their like is nowhere.”

Today’s “youth” (and tomorrow’s voters,) probably never even heard of these  Democrats. Because, today, NONE of these men would even be allowed in the New Hollywood Special Effects Communist Totalitarian Democrat Partei.

Die Partei.





As reported—even in their own propagandist, so-called, “Media”—every deranged “scandal” they launch against Trump turns out to be a total lie.

Are “they” ever “called out” on it? Not really.

Are such make-believe scripts and shadow-plays ever retracted? Not really. Are any of the perpe-traitors ever punished, discredited, defrocked, or removed from their apparent, journalistic “priesthood?” Not really; no.

I thought it wasn’t real

Your mind makes it real

—THE MATRIX, (1999)

So why should serious writers try daily to counter, block, or “answer” the hurtling worlds of lies launched by Democrats?

It’s silly, right?

It forces the writer to politely chronicle and repeat the lie. It plays directly into the Play Itself.

It “makes it real.”

It makes me sick.

Yet, I have been urged by Conservative luminaries, and way more important and better writers, to keep on keepin’ on. To continue writing.

Wherein, I believe, this continued writing is ludicrous: sides have already been chosen; heroes have been picked and set; the universe has been capped off and the debris carted away.

Everyone already knows what they are going to do.

So—why should anybody keep writing?

I guess because we have to. Because these lying basterds cannot be allowed to go un-answered. Because they are lying,and too many people believe the lies.

Because they will stoop as low as they have to go—in order to “win.”  In order to even steal the election, if necessary. Whatever it takes.


We Write Because the Truth must be printed.

Because that’s how it was in America.

Because that’s how it still is—in what remains of the real America.



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The Iran Question & The Lindsey Graham Answer

What is Iran hoping to accomplish with the attack on Saudi oil facilities? And what should be the response? — by Wolf Howling

The “mad mullahs” of Iran are the single most destabilizing influence in the Middle East and Iran is the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism. But while the mad mullahs have, since the 1979 Revolution, always been hyper-aggressive, pushing murder, mayhem and kidnapping to the very limit of what they can get away with on the international stage, what the mad mullahs haven’t been, until now at least, is suicidal. Did that just change with an attack on one of the world’s largest oil refineries?

In brief, Saudi Arabia runs the world’s largest oil processing facility at Abqaiq, which is responsible for 5% of the world’s oil and gas supplies. On Saturday, either Iran or an Iranian proxy attached it, using either drones or missiles. The fires have since been put out but the damage remains to be fully assessed. This is, any way you look at it, a profound escalation of the war in the Middle East, one that directly threatens the global economy.

This from Fox News:

“Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while [President Hassan] Rouhani and [Foreign Minister Mohammad] Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy,” Pompeo tweeted, referring to the nation’s president and foreign affairs minister. ” … There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.”
Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack hours before Pompeo’s tweet. The world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oil field were impacted, sparking huge fires at a vulnerable chokepoint for global energy supplies. . . .

According to multiple news reports that cited unidentified sources, the drone attacks affected up to half of the supplies from the world’s largest exporter of oil, though the output should be restored within days. It remained unclear if anyone was injured at the Abqaiq oil processing facility and the Khurais oil field.

The WSJ characterizes the attack on the oil facilities as “the big one“:

Saturday’s attack on a critical Saudi oil facility will almost certainly rock the world energy market in the short term, but it also carries disturbing long-term implications.

Ever since the dual 1970s oil crises, energy security officials have fretted about a deliberate strike on one of the critical choke points of energy production and transport. Sea lanes such as the Strait of Hormuz usually feature in such speculation. The facility in question at Abqaiq is perhaps more critical and vulnerable. The Wall Street Journal reported that 5.7 million barrels a day of output, or some 5% of world supply, had been taken offline as a result. . . .

And this from CNN:

The attack on the world’s largest oil processing plant early Saturday morning is a dramatic escalation in the confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia — even if the Iranians didn’t fire the drones or missiles responsible.

Several projectiles struck the Abqaiq plant, starting a series of fires that quickly took out nearly half Saudi’s oil production — 5% of the global daily output — and sparking fears about the security of the world’s oil supplies. . . .

But where did this attack originate and who was behind it?

The Houthis have sent dozens of drones and short-range ballistic missiles against Saudi Arabia in the past two years. Many have been intercepted by Saudi air defenses; others have fallen harmlessly. A very few have caused limited damage and casualties.

Houthi drones are based on Iranian models, . . .

A source with knowledge of the incident told CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen late Saturday that preliminary indications were the drones/missiles “did not originate from Yemen and likely originated from Iraq.” A second source in the Gulf region told CNN that while there was no proof yet, the indications were that the attack originated in southern Iraq.

Pro-Iranian militia are well-entrenched in southern Iraq, and the Quds Force, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards unit in charge of foreign operations, has a presence there. Earlier this year, some regional analysts assessed that a drone attack on a pumping station at Afif in northern Saudi Arabia originated in Iraq. But no hard evidence was produced.

The Iraqi government Sunday issued a statement rejecting reports “about its land being used to attack Saudi oil facilities.” . . .

Things are unquestionably getting desperate in Tehran since Trump pulled us out of the Iran Deal and reimposed sanctions. This from Foreign Policy Magazine:

. . . The bad news for Iran is that, just a few months after U.S. sanctions on oil exports kicked back in, the economy is in miserable shape. The currency has depreciated, inflation is rampant, and unemployment is high, while GDP contracted last year and looks set to shrink even further this year. Dwindling oil exports have cut into government revenues, and U.S. sanctions on financial transactions have chilled economic activity in a number of other sectors, including autos and humanitarian goods like food and medicine.“The economy is even worse than they let on,” said Alireza Nader, the CEO of New Iran, a research and advocacy organization in Washington. Iran’s once proud auto industry is on the verge of collapse, and while Iranian Central Bank officials have managed to stabilize the exchange rate, it came at the cost of draining foreign reserves. Meanwhile, shortages of meat and basic medicines are fueling popular frustration. “This idea of the resistance economy is totally false,” Nader said.

The really scary news for Iran is that the full brunt of U.S. sanctions has really just begun to be felt, with limits on Iranian oil exports becoming effective only last November. The U.S. economic pressure is simply adding to years of corruption and economic mismanagement by Iran’s leadership, which has led to chronic inflation, unemployment, and failed efforts to turn Iran into a welcoming place for foreign investment. Coupled with lower average oil prices now than during the Obama administration, when the United States sharply limited Iran’s crude exports, that means Tehran has less ability to absorb U.S. sanctions than in the past. . . .

So the mad mullahs are becoming desperate — and Iran’s method of seeking rapprochement with the global community is to act out and demand that it be accepted on the mullah’s terms. Tehran — pretending that it wasn’t before — is now open about its development of nuclear weapons. Moreover, with its tanker attacks, Tehran has been trying for the past few months to spark a very limited war with the U.S. that they could play to their international advantage as their situation has steadily worsened. When that failed, Iran has now seemingly upped the ante.

True, the mad mullahs are disclaiming any responsibility for the attack (and, in no surprise at all, Democrats such as Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., are already lining up in Iran’s defense.) But the Houthi rebels — or the Iranian backed militias in Iraq — are funded, trained and armed by Iran, regardless of whether their daily operational control comes from the mad mullahs. And thus, if you cut off their funding by taking away Iran’s ability to continue funding these proxy groups, the proxy groups will shrivel and die as well.

The one sure way to end this is to respond forcefully against Iran’s oil, the source of over a third of their government funding. Lindsey Graham 2.0 has it right:

“It is now time for the U.S. to put on the table an attack on Iranian oil refineries if they continue their provocations or increase nuclear enrichment,” Graham tweeted.

“Iran will not stop their misbehavior until the consequences become more real, like attacking their refineries, which will break the regime’s back,” he added.


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IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR – “The Fighting Dramatically Escalates As Both Sides Prepare For ‘The Final War’ Between Israel And Iran” —by Michael Snyder



Jeffrey A. Friedberg

** So many of you apparent, on-the-record, Israel-Jew-haters, seem to frequently cite reported, lying, Muslim and Racist propaganda— how the “USA fights Israel’s battles for them,” because the USA “works for the Israel lobby.”

Well, Tinkerbell: you can take all that with you straight to Hell.




Are we about to see World War 3 erupt in the Middle East?  Over the past several days, Israel has attempted to prevent attacks by Iranian forces and their allies by striking targets in Syria, Gaza, Lebanon and Iraq.  As you will see below, political leaders in both Lebanon and Iraq are now accusing Israel of a “declaration of war”, and Hezbollah is pledging to strike Israel back extremely hard.  Of course if a full-blown war erupts between Israel and one of her neighbors, it is likely to become a multi-front war almost immediately.  But at the core, this is a conflict between Israel and Iran.  The Iranians have repeatedly pledged to wipe the nation of Israel off the face of the planet, and the coming “final war” is going to literally be a matter of life or death for those two nations.  Both sides have been preparing for this “final war” for a very long time, and once it fully erupts the death and destruction that we will witness will be off the charts.

 Just within the past few days, the fighting has escalated dramatically as the Israelis have conducted operations in four different territories

Israeli forces openly claimed attacks over the weekend in Syria and the Palestinian-administered Gaza Strip and were blamed for two more operations in Lebanon and Iraq. As reports of what occurred across the region emerged, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at his country’s ongoing efforts abroad, telling a Monday planning meeting that “we will deepen our roots and strike at our enemies.”

The attacks in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq specifically targeted Iranian forces and their allies, and the goal was to prevent imminent attacks against Israel

In Syria, Israeli warplanes killed two members of the Lebanese Hezbollah. Israel says the individuals were supporting an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps plot to launch explosive-laden drones into Israel. The Israelis say that the specific Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps unit responsible was the Quds Force, led by Qassem Soleimani. If true, the Quds Force was likely using Hezbollah as a deniable proxy to avoid direct links between the plot and Tehran.

In another operation in Lebanon, Israel targeted another Iranian-allied group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In Iraq, senior Iran-aligned figures accused Israel of another air strike.

Missiles are not flying directly back and forth between Israel and Iran yet, but at this point a state of war essentially exists, and many are deeply concerned about what is going to happen next.

In particular, it looks like Hezbollah could launch a large scale attack against Israel at any moment, because their leadership is absolutely furious that the Israelis just hit their headquarters building in Beirut

Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s secretary-general, threatened to attack Israel in retaliation for a drone attack over the weekend on the organization’s headquarters in Beirut. Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah are now at their highest point since the 2006 war.

And the Lebanese government itself is extremely angry as well.  In fact, the president of Lebanon has publicly stated that what Israel has just done is essentially the equivalent of “a declaration of war”

Lebanese President Michel Aoun met Monday with the U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis, calling Israel’s moves in Beirut and Qusaya “a declaration of war.”

The statement echoed the words of Iraq’s powerful Fateh Alliance, which called separate strikes that killed a militia commander in the border town of Al-Qaim “a declaration of war on Iraq and its people,” according to the Associated Press.


This is an extremely serious situation.  Israel is literally on the brink of war with Hezbollah, and many feel that such a war is inevitable.

Meanwhile, a very powerful bloc in the Iraqi government has also accused Israel of “a declaration of war”

A powerful bloc in Iraq’s parliament has called for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, following a series of air raids targeting Iran-backed Shia militias in the country that have been blamed on Israel.

The Fatah Coalition said on Monday that it holds the United States fully responsible for the alleged Israeli aggression, “which we consider to be a declaration of war on Iraq and its people.”

We had not seen the Israeli military strike targets in Iraq until just recently, and this latest attack has absolutely enraged the Shia militias.  During the funeral procession for the commander that was killed in the attack, some of the Shia fighters were actually trampling the American flag

The Shia militia group, meanwhile, held a funeral procession in Baghdad for the commander killed on Sunday.

“There is no greater God but God!” the mourners shouted as they marched behind a banner with the words “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Some trampled on an American flag as they marched.

Thousands of U.S. soldiers died, thousands more were injured, and we spent trillions of dollars in the process of “liberating” Iraq, and this is how they feel about us.

What a colossal waste.

Ultimately, nothing is going to be able to stop the massive war that is coming to the region.  The Iranians and all of their allies have a religiously-fueled hatred for Israel that most people living in the western world will never understand, and they are absolutely obsessed with permanently destroying the nation of Israel as it exists today.  There will never be peace between the two sides, and the coming apocalyptic conflict will literally be a battle for national survival.

This can definitely be described as a time of “wars and rumors of wars”, and the situation on the ground is extremely fluid right now.  The fact that the Israelis have another national election coming up adds another layer of complexity to all of this, and that election may cause events to accelerate even faster than many were anticipating.

Let us pray for peace, because right now tensions are extremely high and things are beginning to spiral out of control.

And when a full-blown war does break out, it is highly likely that the U.S. will get involved, and that will have enormous implications for all of us.

Get Prepared NowAbout the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dreamand The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.


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Early History of US Army Advisers and MAAG Mission in Vietnam, 1959-1963

Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills

Seems you can’t turn your head without finding our friend SGM Fred Barnes in the middle of history. Last year we introduced Fred as an E-3 trooper whose unit was brought into to witness (as guinea pigs) the first and only firing of the Army’s famous atomic cannon in the Nevada desert in 1953.

(Fast forward six years, and Spec 5 Barnes found himself at the front of the history known in America as the “Vietnam War”, only four years before most Americans ever heard of it, 1961-thru 1963.

(I’ll let SGM Barnes tell the story from here on in, for what he helped develop in Saigon would re-shape the way OER’s, Officers Efficiency Reports, would be handled for the duration of the War.

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In September, 1959 my tour in Germany ended and I was reassigned to the Office of Personnel, at HQ Ft Sill, Oklahoma. At the time my MOS was Clerk-Typist.

My new boss was a DAC (civilian) named Frances Richardson. She was in charge of Officer Evaluation Reports (OER’s), and had developed a great system of management which I decided to become expert in, spending the next 20 years in that special area.

In 1960 my son Stuart was born, and in summer of ’61 I saw an 8 x 5 form on a co-worker’s desk, a request for a special assignment to a MAAG Mission. (Military Assistance Advisory Group), the most prominent one, the new MAAG Mission in Vietnam.

JFK was just elected president, and the new Administration wanted to be able to provide assistance in developing the new Army of South Vietnam (RVN), which meant attaching US military advisers to train RVN units in the field fighting a communist insurgency (Viet Cong) in the rice paddies around the country, with the assistance of the communist regime just to the north, known as Peoples Republic of North Vietnam.

When the French left Vietnam after an idiotic defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, the country had to be split in two, much like Korea, half the country has non-communist, but hardly free as Americans know the meaning of that word. The Kennedy Administration saw the potential for a dominoes effect if the Communists should succeed in winning South Vietnam. Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand could soon follow.

(I’m writing this as if you may never have heard of any of these things, only if you were born before 1950, and were a male, your whole life was defined by this tiny little war for over ten years. But in 1961 when then Spec 5 Fred Barnett took his wife and son to Saigon…yes, it was a 2-year accompanied tour in those days…virtually no one in America had ever heard of this place. And that was when Fred Barnes once again walked into history.)

I was ordered to report in September, 1961, and was ordered to wear civvies, The Army gave me $300 to buy clothes. In 1960, the year before I go there, the rise of the communist insurgency prompted the rise of US advisors from 327 to 625. In 1961 that number had multiplied to over 3400. By the end of 1962 that number had leaped to 11,000[…]

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When Hollywood Volunteered to go to War

Veterans Tales by Vassar Bushmills

March 29, 2019 is Vietnam Veterans Day.

Those veterans, called Baby Boomers, all recognize these Hollywood stars who served in the military during World War II. It’s called a handshake.

Obviously this is not the America of today that it was seventy years ago when “movie stars” just naturally put love of country above their own personal interests.


Sterling Hayden, US Marines and OSS.  Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia.


James Stewart, US Army Air Corps. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General. 


Ernest Borgnine, US Navy. Gunners Mate 1c, destroyer USS Lamberton. 


Ed McMahon, US Marines. Fighter Pilot. (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea as well.) 


Walter Matthau, US Army Air Corps., B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer. 


Steve Forrest, US Army. Wounded, Battle of the Bulge. 


Jonathan Winters, USMC. Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard. Anti-aircraft gunner, Battle of Okinawa[…]

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Tootsie Rolls and “The Chosin Few”

Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills

From our friend Mike Collins and his pals:

(Note: My wife’s uncle Phillip was one of those Marines. Her father was oder and served on a tin can in the Phillipine Sea but saw no real action. He always looked up to his baby brother as the real combat hero of the family.)

The 68th Anniversary of the Korean War “Chosin Few”…..The Tootsie Roll Marines

On November 26, 1950, 10,000 men of the First Marine Division, along with elements of two Army regimental combat teams, a detachment of British Royal Marine commandos and some South Korean policemen were completely surrounded by over ten divisions of Chinese troops in rugged mountains near the Chosin Reservoir. Chairman Mao himself had ordered the Marines annihilated, and Chinese General Song Shi-Lun gave it his best shot, throwing human waves of his 120,000 soldiers against the heavily outnumbered allied forces. A massive cold front blew in from Siberia, and with it, the coldest winter in recorded Korean history. For the encircled allies at the Chosin Reservoir, daytime temperatures averaged five degrees below zero, while nights plunged to minus 35 and lower.

Jeep batteries froze and split. C-rations ran dangerously low and the cans were frozen solid. Fuel could not be spared to thaw them. If truck engines stopped, their fuel lines froze. Automatic weapons wouldn’t cycle. Morphine syrettes had to be thawed in a medical corpsman’s mouth before they could be injected. Precious bottles of blood plasma were frozen and useless. Resupply could only come by air, and that was spotty and erratic because of the foul weather[…]

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