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Forum: What’s Your Reaction To This Week’s Primary Results?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What’s Your Reaction To This Week’s Primary Results?

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : First off, Americans are not hot for dynasty action. Jeb seems a nice enough guy, tons of gubernatorial accomplishments, yet by lecturing Americans that illegal immigration is an act of love Jeb essentially blew his own foot off and he never recovered.

Since SEN Cruz lost in South Cackalackey – can he win anywhere else? Seriously, yet the radio guy w/half his brain tied behind his back and the “Get off the phone ya big dope” cat all tell us what we already know – that the Senator is a conservative with a capital C, SC was the place where Cruz should have blitzed. If he can’t win SC – where can he win?

SEN Rubio may benefit from Jeb’s escape hatch maneuver – unlocking donors, cash, staff and expertise. Winning FLA, coaxing GOV Kasich to bail out and toss Rubio the support in Ohio and winning Ohio is doable – yet a long shot.

GOV Kasich and Dr Carson could still influence the race in some aspects, yet both cats are about done…

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : As had been predicted Trump handily won the South Carolina primary, with Rubio and Cruz nearly tied for second place. The Trump momentum continues to build although we still have not heard any substance to his platform. His attraction is his populist appeal, saying what many Americans want to hear. What is surprising is the number of people who profess to be constitutional conservatives that support him. No matter how vulgar or contradictory his statements Trump’s appeal seems to be increasing.

Early on he pledged to not run on a third party ticket even if he is not the GOP nominee, but now he is beginning to speak about the “unfairness” of his treatment by the GOP. It is highly likely he will run as a third party candidate if he does not win the nomination. With the SC primary signaling the end of Jeb Bush’s campaign it appears this is a three man race. Rubio will benefit the most by being the GOP establishment choice.

Cruz has strong support from true constitutional conservatives. The question is will he get enough support to force the RNC to nominate him over Rubio. That doesn’t seem likely. The competition will get uglier going forward and I believe we are witnessing the end of the Republican party as we have known it. The establishment within the party no longer stand for the principles upon which it was founded. True conservatism is being vilified not only by the left but also by the progressive right. Progressives are working in both parties to retain or win the presidency.

How this will all play out at this point is uncertain. We have to remember this is about power and control. The only candidate standing for a return to smaller government of, by, and for the people is Ted Cruz. And with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia the only one of the three we can be confident would nominate a conservative justice to replace him is Ted Cruz.

JoshuaPundit : Nevada first. Bernie just found out that as I predicted, New Hampshire was the highlight and it’s all down hill for him from there. The Clinton Machine will eat him alive and even more to the point, many blacks and the vast majority of Muslims won’t vote for a Jew, even an irreligious anti-Israel commie like Bernie. South Carolina will be an even bigger rout for him and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pack it in after the SEC primary.

South Carolina was supposed to be Ted Cruz’s big win, the place where the Cruz Crusade was going to march on the shoulders of the Evangelicals to shut down Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, move on to win the SEC primary and seal the deal for the nomination. He spent millions on ads, imported thousands of campaign workers and campaigned hard across the state. There were even polls showing Cruz ahead of Donald Trump, which have now of course vanished into the memory hole. Even if the Cruz Crusade didn’t quite pull off a win, at the very least he was supposed to finish a strong second and split delegates with Donald Trump.

Instead, he got decisively defeated and defeated badly, finishing third behind Marco Rubio by a hair. In his own way, so did Marco Rubio, who had likewise courted Evangelicals and was hoping for a stronger finish, but the big plus for Rubio was that Jeb Bush suspended his campaign and Senator Rubio has solidified his position as the GOP Establishment champion, the anti-Trump. He will likely get a chunk, but not all of Jeb’s votes. Neither Cruz or Rubio got any of South Carolina’s 50 delegates.

I found the exit polls interesting. Donald Trump carried every demographic handily except those whom self identified themselves as ‘very conservative’ in which he placed second by 5% or so. He won every county easily with the exception of Charleston (which Rubio won by less than a thousand votes) and Richland, where the state capitol Columbia is located. Both areas are a bit more ‘cosmopolitan’ and moderate than the state as a whole, although Donald Trump also won handily across the state in those whom characterized themselves as ‘moderate.’ Go figure.

My personal opinion for what little it’s worth is that a lot of the Evangelicals deserted Ted Cruz for two reasons; first, the anger they they share at Washington is a greater force than someone pandering to them on a faith based basis and two, they perceived a huge gap between Ted Cruz’s professed values and the way his campaign has been conducted thus far. I actually heard as much from two long time correspondents whom live in the Palmetto State. People might forget what you say, but they never forget how you make them feel.

I know this is going to upset some people, but from a sheer horse race perspective it’s difficult to see Ted Cruz getting the nomination at this point. The delegate math is against him. And he’s not only competing with Marco Rubio for the title of ‘anti-Trump’ but for millions of dollars from the pro-amnesty, pro unlimited immigration, and pro continued H1b abuse Club For Growth. They’ve been funding both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio quite lavishly up to now, as well as spending millions on attack ads aimed at Donald Trump. That kind of funding only happens if you embrace the Club For Growth’s agenda. And both Rubio and Cruz have not only accepted the money but have been avidly chasing it. Ted Cruz’s problem is that Rubio isn’t going anywhere and he’s likely going to be considered a better investment by the amnesty lobby now than Ted Cruz is. Another problem is that as this stuff becomes more commonly known ( few of Ted Cruz’s supporters are probably aware of it), people may perceive Ted Cruz as untrue to the principals he espouses, a problem Marco Rubio isn’t going to have. But both of them probably have enough momentum to keep the fight going on for quite some time.

I doubt John Kasich is going anywhere for awhile either. There’s no percentage in his doing so. He likely has the ability to deliver Ohio and might very well trade that for a place on the ticket.

Well, there you have it!

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Forum: What’s Your Reaction To This Week’s Primary Results?


Article written by: Tom White

Forum: What’s Your Reaction To This Week’s Primary Results?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What’s Your Reaction To This Week’s Primary Results?

 GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : First off, Americans are not hot for dynasty action. Jeb seems a nice enough guy, tons of gubernatorial accomplishments, yet by lecturing Americans that illegal immigration is an act of love Jeb essentially blew his own foot off and he never recovered.

Since SEN Cruz lost in South Cackalackey – can he win anywhere else? Seriously, yet the radio guy w/half his brain tied behind his back and the “Get off the phone ya big dope” cat all tell us what we already know – that the Senator is a conservative with a capital C, SC was the place where Cruz should have blitzed. If he can’t win SC – where can he win?

SEN Rubio may benefit from Jeb’s escape hatch maneuver – unlocking donors, cash, staff and expertise. Winning FLA, coaxing GOV Kasich to bail out and toss Rubio the support in Ohio and winning Ohio is doable – yet a long shot.

GOV Kasich and Dr Carson could still influence the race in some aspects, yet both cats are about done…

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : As had been predicted Trump handily won the South Carolina primary, with Rubio and Cruz nearly tied for second place. The Trump momentum continues to build although we still have not heard any substance to his platform. His attraction is his populist appeal, saying what many Americans want to hear. What is surprising is the number of people who profess to be constitutional conservatives that support him. No matter how vulgar or contradictory his statements Trump’s appeal seems to be increasing.

Early on he pledged to not run on a third party ticket even if he is not the GOP nominee, but now he is beginning to speak about the “unfairness” of his treatment by the GOP. It is highly likely he will run as a third party candidate if he does not win the nomination. With the SC primary signaling the end of Jeb Bush’s campaign it appears this is a three man race. Rubio will benefit the most by being the GOP establishment choice.

Cruz has strong support from true constitutional conservatives. The question is will he get enough support to force the RNC to nominate him over Rubio. That doesn’t seem likely. The competition will get uglier going forward and I believe we are witnessing the end of the Republican party as we have known it. The establishment within the party no longer stand for the principles upon which it was founded. True conservatism is being vilified not only by the left but also by the progressive right. Progressives are working in both parties to retain or win the presidency.

How this will all play out at this point is uncertain. We have to remember this is about power and control. The only candidate standing for a return to smaller government of, by, and for the people is Ted Cruz. And with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia the only one of the three we can be confident would nominate a conservative justice to replace him is Ted Cruz.

 JoshuaPundit : Nevada first. Bernie just found out that as I predicted, New Hampshire was the highlight and it’s all down hill for him from there. The Clinton Machine will eat him alive and even more to the point, many blacks and the vast majority of Muslims won’t vote for a Jew, even an irreligious anti-Israel commie like Bernie. South Carolina will be an even bigger rout for him and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pack it in after the SEC primary.

South Carolina was supposed to be Ted Cruz’s big win, the place where the Cruz Crusade was going to march on the shoulders of the Evangelicals to shut down Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, move on to win the SEC primary and seal the deal for the nomination. He spent millions on ads, imported thousands of campaign workers and campaigned hard across the state. There were even polls showing Cruz ahead of Donald Trump, which have now of course vanished into the memory hole. Even if the Cruz Crusade didn’t quite pull off a win, at the very least he was supposed to finish a strong second and split delegates with Donald Trump.

Instead, he got decisively defeated and defeated badly, finishing third behind Marco Rubio by a hair. In his own way, so did Marco Rubio, who had likewise courted Evangelicals and was hoping for a stronger finish, but the big plus for Rubio was that Jeb Bush suspended his campaign and Senator Rubio has solidified his position as the GOP Establishment champion, the anti-Trump. He will likely get a chunk, but not all of Jeb’s votes. Neither Cruz or Rubio got any of South Carolina’s 50 delegates.

I found the exit polls interesting. Donald Trump carried every demographic handily except those whom self identified themselves as ‘very conservative’ in which he placed second by 5% or so. He won every county easily with the exception of Charleston (which Rubio won by less than a thousand votes) and Richland, where the state capitol Columbia is located. Both areas are a bit more ‘cosmopolitan’ and moderate than the state as a whole, although Donald Trump also won handily across the state in those whom characterized themselves as ‘moderate.’ Go figure.

My personal opinion for what little it’s worth is that a lot of the Evangelicals deserted Ted Cruz for two reasons; first, the anger they they share at Washington is a greater force than someone pandering to them on a faith based basis and two, they perceived a huge gap between Ted Cruz’s professed values and the way his campaign has been conducted thus far. I actually heard as much from two long time correspondents whom live in the Palmetto State. People might forget what you say, but they never forget how you make them feel.

I know this is going to upset some people, but from a sheer horse race perspective it’s difficult to see Ted Cruz getting the nomination at this point. The delegate math is against him. And he’s not only competing with Marco Rubio for the title of ‘anti-Trump’ but for millions of dollars from the pro-amnesty, pro unlimited immigration, and pro continued H1b abuse Club For Growth. They’ve been funding both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio quite lavishly up to now, as well as spending millions on attack ads aimed at Donald Trump. That kind of funding only happens if you embrace the Club For Growth’s agenda. And both Rubio and Cruz have not only accepted the money but have been avidly chasing it.  Ted Cruz’s problem is that Rubio isn’t going anywhere and he’s likely going to be considered a better investment by the amnesty lobby now than Ted Cruz is. Another problem is that as this stuff becomes more commonly known ( few of Ted Cruz’s supporters are probably aware of it), people may perceive Ted Cruz as untrue to the principals he espouses, a problem Marco Rubio isn’t going to have. But both of them probably have enough momentum to keep the fight going on for quite some time.

I doubt John Kasich is going anywhere for awhile either. There’s no percentage in his doing so. He likely has the ability to deliver Ohio and might very well trade that for a place on the ticket.

Well, there you have it!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. and every  Tuesday morning, when we reveal the weeks’ nominees for Weasel of the Week!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

Forum: Where Do You See The Economy Going?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:Where Do You See The Economy Going?

The Noisy Room: Straight off a cliff if we keep heading the way we are going. And frankly, I don’t see a way to stop it at this point.

Deutsche Bank in Germany is now calling for negative interest rates or they say they will implode. The Federal Reserve is also calling for negative interest rates here in the US. They want to charge us every time we make a deposit. The banks are broke. In point of fact, they have been charging us negative interest rates for a long time with bank charges and wire fees, but they are increasingly desperate since there is no money left. Deutsche Bank is a cornerstone bank. If it fails, it will start a domino effect in Europe of banks failing that cannot be stopped. First in Europe and then in the US. Many of our banks are intrinsically tied to Deutsche Bank. Consider that Deutsche Bank’s derivative exposure is now $60.4 Trillion.

The countries with negative interest rates currently are:

Japan
-0.1 per cent on new bank reserves
Eurozone
-0.3 per cent on bank reserves
Sweden
lends cash to banks at -0.35 per cent
Denmark
-0.65 per cent on bank reserves
Switzerland
-0.75 per cent on bank reserves

The Bank of England said Friday that it is looking at ways to throw open its cash facilities to Islamic banks, a move that would make it the first of the world’s major central banks to offer such a service. They are looking to close their private accounts division and go expressly corporate with a heavy emphasis on dealing with Islamic banks.

Here in the US the unemployment rate is absolute fiction. Obama says it is at 4.9% when in reality, a third of working adults are unemployed. It’s even worse in the black and teenage demographics. Jobs are fleeing the US at an alarming rate and it has to be stopped. We also don’t manufacture much of anything anymore here in the US which is a recipe for disaster. Oil will fall further and cause more companies to fail and lay workers off. More retailers will lay more people off as well. As a nation, thanks to Obama we are $19 Trillion in the hole. When he leaves office, we will exceed $20 Trillion. That does not include entitlements. There is no way that I can see that we can ever pay off that debt now.

Unless we elect a Republican candidate willing to put our foot down and force business back into the US along with jobs, we are going to tip over.

Not to be a killjoy, but right now I see a global depression and war heading our way. Everything hinges on this next election for the US. We had better choose wisely this time. My choice in this dog fight is Ted Cruz, but Donald Trump will also help us economically.

The Glittering Eye: I think that the odds are about 5:3 that we’ll see a global recession from which the United State is, fortunately, somewhat insulated. The way in which the global recession will have the greatest effect on us is that the U. S. is going to start looking very, very good to a lot of people willing to move for work.

All of this is the long-overdue consequence of trying to integrate China into the global economy. China is just too big and too authoritarian to integrate gracefully. China has extended credit to the hilt and invested all of that borrowing in factories. There is presently enough steelmaking, cement-making, auto production, etc. etc. capacity to satisfy the whole world’s prospective demand for decades. There’s no really good way to dig ourselves out of this hole.

JoshuaPundit: There are a few elements I see in play. First off, I see devaluation rather than inflation as the coming scenario. Many stocks and other assets are extremely overpriced and the correction we’re seeing now reflects that. I also notice that gold and silver prices are rising some after being low for quite some time, another sign. Real Estate prices should also be affected, although rents may not because the demand in most urban and suburban centers in America remains high as people compete for affordable housing.

Obviously some countries will be more affected than others. As always, the Third World will be hit hardest.

I also see a great deal of unemployment unless things change markedly because of robot workers, automation and computerization of many jobs now held by humans. I’d advise anyone mulling over a career to consider that factor.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : There are clear indications the U. S. economy is headed in a very bad direction. Regulations coming out of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, FDIC, and the Department of Justice such as Operation Choke Point severely restrict legal but deemed “high risk” businesses such as firearms dealers from operating by threatening and intimidating the banks into not accepting their deposits or processing payments. Moody’s reported in December that of the mortgages closed under the new regulations from the CFPB, ninety percent are non-compliant and according to an American Land Title Association report “there may be a larger problem growing with investors on the secondary market refusing to purchase loans because of potential compliance issues.” In addition, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau fined automobile company Honda twenty four million dollars for purported discriminatory lending practices based on an algorithm, not fact, to determine the racial background of the consumer. We can expect more of the same from the CFPB going forward as they choose their next target to make an example of in the coming months and years.

The federal government is using bullying, intimidation, and pay to play tactics across the spectrum of businesses, banking, and financial industries which will force hundreds of small companies out of business and millions of people out of their jobs, leaving only those favored by the current administration to survive.

Well, there you have it.

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

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Forum: Where Do You See The Economy Going?


Article written by: Tom White

Forum: Where Do You See The Economy Going?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:Where Do You See The Economy Going?

The Noisy Room: Straight off a cliff if we keep heading the way we are going. And frankly, I don’t see a way to stop it at this point.

Deutsche Bank in Germany is now calling for negative interest rates or they say they will implode. The Federal Reserve is also calling for negative interest rates here in the US. They want to charge us every time we make a deposit. The banks are broke. In point of fact, they have been charging us negative interest rates for a long time with bank charges and wire fees, but they are increasingly desperate since there is no money left. Deutsche Bank is a cornerstone bank. If it fails, it will start a domino effect in Europe of banks failing that cannot be stopped. First in Europe and then in the US. Many of our banks are intrinsically tied to Deutsche Bank. Consider that Deutsche Bank’s derivative exposure is now $60.4 Trillion.

The countries with negative interest rates currently are:

Japan
-0.1 per cent on new bank reserves
Eurozone
-0.3 per cent on bank reserves
Sweden
lends cash to banks at -0.35 per cent
Denmark
-0.65 per cent on bank reserves
Switzerland
-0.75 per cent on bank reserves

The Bank of England said Friday that it is looking at ways to throw open its cash facilities to Islamic banks, a move that would make it the first of the world’s major central banks to offer such a service. They are looking to close their private accounts division and go expressly corporate with a heavy emphasis on dealing with Islamic banks.

Here in the US the unemployment rate is absolute fiction. Obama says it is at 4.9% when in reality, a third of working adults are unemployed. It’s even worse in the black and teenage demographics. Jobs are fleeing the US at an alarming rate and it has to be stopped. We also don’t manufacture much of anything anymore here in the US which is a recipe for disaster. Oil will fall further and cause more companies to fail and lay workers off. More retailers will lay more people off as well. As a nation, thanks to Obama we are $19 Trillion in the hole. When he leaves office, we will exceed $20 Trillion. That does not include entitlements. There is no way that I can see that we can ever pay off that debt now.

Unless we elect a Republican candidate willing to put our foot down and force business back into the US along with jobs, we are going to tip over.

Not to be a killjoy, but right now I see a global depression and war heading our way. Everything hinges on this next election for the US. We had better choose wisely this time. My choice in this dog fight is Ted Cruz, but Donald Trump will also help us economically.

 The Glittering Eye: I think that the odds are about 5:3 that we’ll see a global recession from which the United State is, fortunately, somewhat insulated. The way in which the global recession will have the greatest effect on us is that the U. S. is going to start looking very, very good to a lot of people willing to move for work.

All of this is the long-overdue consequence of trying to integrate China into the global economy. China is just too big and too authoritarian to integrate gracefully. China has extended credit to the hilt and invested all of that borrowing in factories. There is presently enough steelmaking, cement-making, auto production, etc. etc. capacity to satisfy the whole world’s prospective demand for decades. There’s no really good way to dig ourselves out of this hole.

 JoshuaPundit: There are a few elements I see in play. First off, I see devaluation rather than inflation as the coming scenario. Many stocks and other assets are extremely overpriced and the correction we’re seeing now reflects that. I also notice that gold and silver prices are rising some after being low for quite some time, another sign. Real Estate prices should also be affected, although rents may not because the demand in most urban and suburban centers in America remains high as people compete for affordable housing.

Obviously some countries will be more affected than others. As always, the Third World will be hit hardest.

I also see a great deal of unemployment unless things change markedly because of robot workers, automation and computerization of many jobs now held by humans. I’d advise anyone mulling over a career to consider that factor.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : There are clear indications the U. S. economy is headed in a very bad direction. Regulations coming out of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, FDIC, and the Department of Justice such as Operation Choke Point severely restrict legal but deemed “high risk” businesses such as firearms dealers from operating by threatening and intimidating the banks into not accepting their deposits or processing payments. Moody’s reported in December that of the mortgages closed under the new regulations from the CFPB, ninety percent are non-compliant and according to an American Land Title Association report “there may be a larger problem growing with investors on the secondary market refusing to purchase loans because of potential compliance issues.” In addition, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau fined automobile company Honda twenty four million dollars for purported discriminatory lending practices based on an algorithm, not fact, to determine the racial background of the consumer. We can expect more of the same from the CFPB going forward as they choose their next target to make an example of in the coming months and years.

The federal government is using bullying, intimidation, and pay to play tactics across the spectrum of businesses, banking, and financial industries which will force hundreds of small companies out of business and millions of people out of their jobs, leaving only those favored by the current administration to survive.

 Well, there you have it.

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

Forum: Is There A Refugee Crisis? If So, How Would You Solve It?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Is There A Refugee Crisis? If So, How Would You Solve It?

The Razor : I would argue that there isn’t a refugee crisis, there is a European identity crisis and that’s what is causing all the trouble.

The end of World War 2 and resulting institutions in Western Europe like the EEC built a myth of a European identity. This myth papered over the differences between the Germans and the French, and tried to portray Europe as one entity. The European Union was the culmination of this myth. Like all myths it contained a seed of Truth: there are commonalities between the EU countries. But it ignored the deep cultural, social, economic and historical differences between nations. As the citizen of a relatively young country like the US I’m a bit amazed that countries that are a millennia and a half older such as France and Germany sought unity, completely ignoring their unique characters.

The root of this error, I believe, is the pernicious fallacy that “people are people” and the assumption that everyone is just like us, they just look different, speak a different language or worship a different god. It is a fallacy based on ignorance, and worse, is rooted in elitism whereby the believer assumes s/he knows enough to make an accurate judgment with only a cursory understanding of the facts.

This viewpoint built the EU and is now witnessing its slow unraveling as the differences between the nations assert themselves, tearing it apart. It was also applied to the refugees fleeing the Middle East and North Africa. German Chancellor Merkel is a leading proponent of this view, and failed to appreciate the significant differences between the Syrians and her own people. She now faces a Pandora’s box whereby Germany must force its refugee population to assimilate German values (a politically correct no-go), deport the refugees back to where they came from (which would result in a significant hit to Germany’s international standing) or to assimilate the values of the refugees (force women to cover up, avoid travel alone). So far Merkel has followed the last course which will only lead to the eventual deportation of the refugees and the collapse of her government.

JoshuaPundit: There’s a crisis,all right, but it has nothing to do with ‘refugees.’ The truth is quite a bit darker. And while the reasons for what’s going on are somewhat different in Europe and America, they stem from similar sources.

What’s being imported to the EU under the banner of ‘refugees’ are predominantly young men of military age rather than helpless families, and many of these people already had safe havens in places like Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and even parts of Syria. The vast majority are coming for one reason – the extremely generous welfare benefits they can get.

Europe’s elites are seeking to import vast amount of young Muslim men for one primary reason. Many old and famous nations have simply stopped having children in anything like replacement numbers, something quite common in socialist countries. The Germans, the Scots, the Italians, the Greeks, the Spaniards and others could simply disappear in a couple of generations. Europe’s native population is rapidly graying, and someone has to stoke Germany’s export driven economy and pay the taxes to support the huge welfare state infrastructure the Germans and other countries have come to take for granted to keep the EU afloat. To add to the turmoil, the Germans actually did this before in a much more moderate fashion by bringing in Kurds, Turks and Iranians into Germany as guest workers. That was largely successful, but Muslims from these groups have a vastly different culture than the ones coming in now, there are a lot more of them and the ones coming in now have no intention of assimilating. That matters less to the EU’s elites since many of these ‘refugees’ can also be expected to vote for the existing Socialist political order. Hollande and the Socialists were elected in France in no small part because of a bloc Muslim vote. It’s an open bet which is going to prevail in Europe and in which countries, the manipulation and repression by the EU’s cynical czars and czarinas or the nativist parties seeking to preserve their historic culture.

In America, the situation is somewhat different. Our own birth rate in America is at historic lows, but still at replacement rates and is also augmented by somewhat higher birthrates among Latinos, South Asian and East Asian who are legal migrants.

The illegal migrants are a whole different situation. We now effectively have open borders by diktat of our president, and even gang members are not being stopped from crossing… not to mention potential terrorists from countries in the Middle East.

President Obama has two reasons for doing this, and both are ideological. If you look at how the Obama Regime has attacked America’s institutions, you will see that two methods have been used…lawfare, and simply changing the demographics. Let’s dispose of the wholesale importation of illegal migrants by saying that President Obama and his party want to create a permanent far left Democrat majority by inundating red and battle ground states with them, after which the cry can go out to fast track them to citizenship. This also suits the well connected elites in both parties who seek to continue the flow of cheap labor and H1B recipients who can be hired at lower rates to keep American wages down.

But it’s the second reason that has the most to do with our question at hand. Since he entered office, President Obama has brought almost a million Muslims into America using refugee programs and diversity visas, mostly from the countries like Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, ‘Palestine,’ and the Sudan. More will undoubtedly be allowed entry thanks to our very liberal family unification programs. By some estimates 90% of these refugees are on welfare, and not only are they mostly not interested in assimilating but hold views actually antithetical to America’s Constitution and its culture. And he now wants to bring in many more, again by executive order.

President Obama may or may not be a Muslim, and I frankly don’t care. But it is a fact that a common thread that runs through his foreign policy and many of his domestic ones is the empowerment and enhancement of Islamists, a number of whom have low profile but influential positions in administration in a way that will smell familiar to those familiar with the Soviet infiltration of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. He has even gone out of his way to protect Islamists guilty of material aid to terrorism. And to aggressively to use his Justice Department to force communities to violate their own zoning laws to allow the construction of foreign funded, Muslim Brotherhood run ‘mega mosques’ far larger than needed to service any existing Muslims in the area.

Even the Islamic Society of Baltimore, which the president chose as the first mosque in America that he’s ever visited, and where he made an outspoken speech on the subject of Islamophobia is a Muslim Brotherhood controlled mosque. It’s run by the Islamist front group The Islamist Society of North America (ISNA) and has a long history of involvement with radical Islamists. Given that, our president’s remarks sent a very different message than the one most of the media picked up.

That’s the crisis in both Europe and America involving ‘refugees.’ It’s one is one of cynical, destructive leadership.

The Glittering Eye : Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon have a refugee problem. The OECD countries, e.g. Germany, France, the UK, US, etc. don’t. We have a migration problem.

For the last thirty years or so the United States has maintained a policy of low wages fostered by mass immigration. As a consequence of that policy Hispanic population has grown from 4% of the total to 17%.

Migrants aren’t just workers; they’re people and like all people for good or ill they bring with them their social, political, and religious views. Our recent migrants, mostly from Mexico but increasingly from India and China, have brought their social, political, and religious views with them, it’s affecting our society, and the non-migrant population here is starting to push back.

For some reason or other Germany’s elites have decided to follow the US’s lead, fostering mass immigration from the Middle East. The attitudes of the new immigrants are incompatible with those of the native Germans but the native Germans, highly predisposed to rely on the judgment and good will of their authorities, are not yet pushing back against the new migrants. They will either need to surrender their own preferences or fight back against the new migrants. They don’t seem to have reached that point yet.

Turkey has decided to mitigate the consequences of their refugee problem by passing them on to Europe. So far the Europeans have gone along with the gag. My preferred solution is for the Europeans to start paying the Turks to maintain their refugee populations but so far the Europeans haven’t realized just how serious their situation has become.

The migration problem is lot bigger than just Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees and it’s a lot bigger than the Middle East. There are tens or even hundreds of millions of people who would happily leave their native countries mostly in Asia and Africa but also in Latin America to move to Europe or North America, a prospect which has become much cheaper and easier than in the past due to modern communications and transportation technology. Nowadays you don’t abandon the Old Country when you migrate. Mom and dad, your best friend, and your uncle are just a phone call away.

Frankly, no country in the world, not the United States or the United Kingdom or France or Germany can stand up against that sort of mass migration without domestic social upheaval and, just as frankly, none of those countries has much use for unskilled, non-skilled, or semi-skilled workers who don’t speak the language. Sweden’s experience with its Middle Eastern immigrants has been that twenty years later the majority are still unemployed and living off the country’s generous welfare.

I don’t have a handy solution for the migration problem. IMO many of the problems that are driving mass migration are caused by bad government and we’re importing the new migrants’ bad views on government right along with the migrants themselves.

My only advice is put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry! It’s going to be a difficult century.

The Right Planet: I certainly think there is a manufactured refugee crisis, especially in Western Europe and the United States. Perhaps it would be easier to explain my position by using an analogy—something that hits closer to home, so to speak. If I were a person who left the doors to my home unlocked, and came home to find a family had set up shop in my own home, without my permission, would that not be “problematic”—to borrow one of the favored terms from the “social justice warriors” (SJWs)? And what if this family who had decided to make my home theirs started making demands? For example, demanding I provide cash assistance, or providing food fare that is more to their liking. And what if this family that has decided to make my home theirs decided to make the part of my home where they’ve set up shop “off-limits” to me and my family? Does that sound reasonable or acceptable? It’s one thing if I had agreed to allow a family to live in my home. But under such an arrangement conditions would apply. And, at the end of the day, I make the rules, not the other way around.

Or let’s just flip this around a bit. Let’s say Americans were emigrating from the United States en masse. And let’s just say I decided to take my family to Mexico by crossing the Mexican border illegally. If Mexican authorities caught me crossing their border without permission, and I ended up being deported, whose fault would that be? Would it be the fault of the Mexican government for having strict immigration laws, or would it be my fault for ignoring their laws? Naturally, by ignoring their laws and getting deported, it would certainly cause a significant amount of stress and consternation on me and my family. But whose fault is that? How would I solve this crisis? Well, here’s a novel idea: I could respect and obey their laws concerning immigration.

One of the enumerated powers given to Congress under our Constitution is to control immigration. We have every right, as Americans, to preserve our way of life and culture; just as a homeowner has every right to decide who can and cannot live under their roof. Since 1965, the number of immigrants has skyrocketed from about 10 million to over 50 million. Consumption of welfare in immigrant households is nearly double that of American citizens. These welfare programs include Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Women Infants and Children food program (WIC), free or subsidized school lunches, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e. food stamps), and public housing or rent subsidies, etc. The total expenditure for federal welfare programs, in 2012, amounted to around a half a trillion dollars! The States have spent around a $180 billion in Medicaid alone. The people who are benefiting from all this largess, on the whole, are paying little to no income tax—if they even report their income. A third of the population of Mexico is now living in the United States. And it is the American taxpayer who is footing the bill. And they have no choice in the matter. It’s being shoved right down their throats. And if Americans dare voice their legitimate concerns and anger over being forced to finance the immigration boondoggle, they are simply shouted down as racists, xenophobes and Nazis by the “Open Borders” apparatchiks and SJWs.

I have a number of good friends who have emigrated legally to the United States. They love this country, and love being American citizens. And they are just as concerned as I am, if not more so, by the huge influx and cost of assimilating entire populations of illegal immigrants and refugees on the taxpayers’ dime. This is unsustainable. One of the main responsibilities of the president of the United States is to enforce the laws that Congress has written. And yet, we see a president and a duplicitous Congress that has decided to ignore federal immigration laws by giving the green light to so-called “sanctuary cities.”

How how would I solve all this? It’s not easily solved now that millions have become dependent on the government dole. But I’d start by enforcing the laws and securing the borders. If we have no defensible borders, then we are no longer a nation. The goal of communism has always been to create a “borderless, classless world” where the state reigns supreme. But if the federal government has the ability and wherewithal to ship millions into this country illegally, they also have the ability to ship them back. I would also look closely at the legal immigration process, and whether the process needs to be streamlined and made more efficient, which I’m sure it does.

And as far as the current “refugee crisis” is concerned, I would like to know why it is that the United States and Europe are always expected to welcome, with open arms, entire populations from across the globe. I don’t see Russia, China, Middle Eastern countries, etc. rolling out the welcome mat for immigrants and refugees. Why is that? Hmmmm? Spare me all the talk about equality and fairness. This is about as unequal and unfair as it gets.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : Refugees fleeing from violence in Syria have reached a crisis for countries in the European Union. The increasing harassment, violence, rapes, and murders of citizens have created a backlash of protests in these countries. They are being asked to accept refugees who will never assimilate into Western culture. These refugees bring a culture of adherence to shari’ah and intolerance of non-Muslims. It is a culture of barbarism and misogyny the West has not seen in centuries and it is being forced on the people by their governments. We also must not forget these countries have strict gun control laws, so they have no way to defend themselves against violent attacks.

In an effort to protect themselves we are seeing borders being reestablished to prevent refugees from entering. United Nations Representative Peter Sutherland recently spoke out against the appearance of razor-wire fences. “The recreation of borders challenges the whole integration of the European Union,” he said. “More particularly, it challenges the moral responsibility of states to help refugees to provide asylum.” We need to ask the question: Why is it the “moral” responsibility for countries of the E.U. to take in these refugees. What is the moral responsibility of the Arab countries in this crisis?

We do not have a refugee crisis here in America yet, but President Obama wants to bring tens of thousands or more refugees here and resettle them in states all over the country. Many of us see what is happening in Europe and do not want this brought into our country. We have already seen enough violence occur here in the name of radical Islam. We should not even consider bringing them here, especially since our government can give us no assurances that any of the refugees can or will be properly vetted to make certain they do not mean us harm. President Obama tells us our opposition to his plans to resettle refugees here is “not who we are.” He has no idea who we are, but by now every American should understand who he is. He promised to fundamentally transform our country and he has nearly succeeded. We must insist our representatives in Congress stop all plans by the Obama Administration to bring these refugees to America. It is government’s primary duty to assure that its citizens are protected and our laws followed. We must hold them to their sworn duty.

The civil war in Syria is horrific and those fleeing should be helped. But if resettlement is the answer the refugees should be welcomed by neighboring Arab countries where they share the same religion and culture. This is not our fight and we should not get involved.

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Forum: Is There A Refugee Crisis? If So, How Would You Solve It?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Is There A Refugee Crisis? If So, How Would You Solve It?

The Razor : I would argue that there isn’t a refugee crisis, there is a European identity crisis and that’s what is causing all the trouble.

The end of World War 2 and resulting institutions in Western Europe like the EEC built a myth of a European identity. This myth papered over the differences between the Germans and the French, and tried to portray Europe as one entity. The European Union was the culmination of this myth. Like all myths it contained a seed of Truth: there are commonalities between the EU countries. But it ignored the deep cultural, social, economic and historical differences between nations. As the citizen of a relatively young country like the US I’m a bit amazed that countries that are a millennia and a half older such as France and Germany sought unity, completely ignoring their unique characters.

The root of this error, I believe, is the pernicious fallacy that “people are people” and the assumption that everyone is just like us, they just look different, speak a different language or worship a different god. It is a fallacy based on ignorance, and worse, is rooted in elitism whereby the believer assumes s/he knows enough to make an accurate judgment with only a cursory understanding of the facts.

This viewpoint built the EU and is now witnessing its slow unraveling as the differences between the nations assert themselves, tearing it apart. It was also applied to the refugees fleeing the Middle East and North Africa. German Chancellor Merkel is a leading proponent of this view, and failed to appreciate the significant differences between the Syrians and her own people. She now faces a Pandora’s box whereby Germany must force its refugee population to assimilate German values (a politically correct no-go), deport the refugees back to where they came from (which would result in a significant hit to Germany’s international standing) or to assimilate the values of the refugees (force women to cover up, avoid travel alone). So far Merkel has followed the last course which will only lead to the eventual deportation of the refugees and the collapse of her government.

JoshuaPundit: There’s a crisis,all right, but it has nothing to do with ‘refugees.’ The truth is quite a bit darker. And while the reasons for what’s going on are somewhat different in Europe and America, they stem from similar sources.

What’s being imported to the EU under the banner of ‘refugees’ are predominantly young men of military age rather than helpless families, and many of these people already had safe havens in places like Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and even parts of Syria. The vast majority are coming for one reason – the extremely generous welfare benefits they can get.

Europe’s elites are seeking to import vast amount of young Muslim men for one primary reason. Many old and famous nations have simply stopped having children in anything like replacement numbers, something quite common in socialist countries. The Germans, the Scots, the Italians, the Greeks, the Spaniards and others could simply disappear in a couple of generations. Europe’s native population is rapidly graying, and someone has to stoke Germany’s export driven economy and pay the taxes to support the huge welfare state infrastructure the Germans and other countries have come to take for granted to keep the EU afloat. To add to the turmoil, the Germans actually did this before in a much more moderate fashion by bringing in Kurds, Turks and Iranians into Germany as guest workers. That was largely successful, but Muslims from these groups have a vastly different culture than the ones coming in now, there are a lot more of them and the ones coming in now have no intention of assimilating.  That matters less to the  EU’s elites since  many of these ‘refugees’ can also  be expected to vote for the existing Socialist political order. Hollande and the Socialists were elected in France in no small part because of a bloc Muslim vote. It’s an open bet which is going to prevail in Europe and in which countries, the manipulation and repression by the EU’s cynical czars and czarinas or the nativist parties seeking to preserve their historic culture.

In America, the situation is somewhat different. Our own birth rate in America is at historic lows, but still at replacement rates and is also augmented by somewhat higher birthrates among Latinos, South Asian and East Asian who are  legal migrants.

The illegal migrants are a whole different situation. We now effectively have open borders by diktat of our president, and even gang members are not being stopped  from crossing… not to mention potential terrorists from countries in the Middle East.

President Obama has two reasons for doing this, and both are ideological. If you look at how the Obama Regime has attacked America’s institutions, you will see that two methods have been used…lawfare, and simply changing the demographics. Let’s dispose of the wholesale importation of illegal migrants by saying that President Obama and his party want to create a permanent far left Democrat majority by inundating red and battle ground states with them, after which the cry can go out to fast track them to citizenship. This also suits the well connected elites in both parties who seek to continue the flow of cheap labor and H1B recipients who can be hired at lower rates to keep American wages down.

But it’s the second reason that has the most to do with our question at hand. Since he entered office, President Obama has brought almost a million Muslims into America using refugee programs and diversity visas, mostly from the countries like Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, ‘Palestine,’ and the Sudan. More will undoubtedly be allowed entry thanks to our very liberal family unification programs. By some estimates 90% of these refugees are on welfare, and not only are they mostly not interested in assimilating but hold views actually antithetical to America’s Constitution and its culture.  And he now wants to bring in many more, again by executive order.

President Obama may or may not be a Muslim, and I frankly don’t care. But it is a fact that a common thread that runs through his foreign policy and many of his domestic ones is the empowerment and enhancement of Islamists, a number of whom have low profile but influential positions in administration in a way that will smell familiar to those familiar with the Soviet infiltration of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. He has even gone out of his way to protect Islamists guilty of material aid to terrorism.  And to aggressively to use his Justice Department to force communities to violate their own zoning laws to allow the construction of foreign funded, Muslim Brotherhood run ‘mega mosques’  far larger than needed to service any existing Muslims  in the area.

Even the Islamic Society of Baltimore, which the president chose as the first mosque in America that he’s ever visited, and where he made an outspoken speech on the subject of Islamophobia is a Muslim Brotherhood controlled mosque. It’s run by the Islamist front group The Islamist Society of North America (ISNA) and  has a long history of involvement with radical Islamists. Given that, our president’s remarks sent a very different message than the one most of the media picked up.

That’s the  crisis in both Europe and America involving ‘refugees.’  It’s one is one of cynical, destructive leadership.

The Glittering Eye : Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon have a refugee problem. The OECD countries, e.g. Germany, France, the UK, US, etc. don’t. We have a migration problem.

For the last thirty years or so the United States has maintained a policy of low wages fostered by mass immigration. As a consequence of that policy Hispanic population has grown from 4% of the total to 17%.

Migrants aren’t just workers; they’re people and like all people for good or ill they bring with them their social, political, and religious views. Our recent migrants, mostly from Mexico but increasingly from India and China, have brought their social, political, and religious views with them, it’s affecting our society, and the non-migrant population here is starting to push back.

For some reason or other Germany’s elites have decided to follow the US’s lead, fostering mass immigration from the Middle East. The attitudes of the new immigrants are incompatible with those of the native Germans but the native Germans, highly predisposed to rely on the judgment and good will of their authorities, are not yet pushing back against the new migrants. They will either need to surrender their own preferences or fight back against the new migrants. They don’t seem to have reached that point yet.

Turkey has decided to mitigate the consequences of their refugee problem by passing them on to Europe. So far the Europeans have gone along with the gag. My preferred solution is for the Europeans to start paying the Turks to maintain their refugee populations but so far the Europeans haven’t realized just how serious their situation has become.

The migration problem is lot bigger than just Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees and it’s a lot bigger than the Middle East. There are tens or even hundreds of millions of people who would happily leave their native countries mostly in Asia and Africa but also in Latin America to move to Europe or North America, a prospect which has become much cheaper and easier than in the past due to modern communications and transportation technology. Nowadays you don’t abandon the Old Country when you migrate. Mom and dad, your best friend, and your uncle are just a phone call away.

Frankly, no country in the world, not the United States or the United Kingdom or France or Germany can stand up against that sort of mass migration without domestic social upheaval and, just as frankly, none of those countries has much use for unskilled, non-skilled, or semi-skilled workers who don’t speak the language. Sweden’s experience with its Middle Eastern immigrants has been that twenty years later the majority are still unemployed and living off the country’s generous welfare.

I don’t have a handy solution for the migration problem. IMO many of the problems that are driving mass migration are caused by bad government and we’re importing the new migrants’ bad views on government right along with the migrants themselves.

My only advice is put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry! It’s going to be a difficult century.

The Right Planet: I certainly think there is a manufactured refugee crisis, especially in Western Europe and the United States. Perhaps it would be easier to explain my position by using an analogy—something that hits closer to home, so to speak. If I were a person who left the doors to my home unlocked, and came home to find a family had set up shop in my own home, without my permission, would that not be “problematic”—to borrow one of the favored terms from the “social justice warriors” (SJWs)? And what if this family who had decided to make my home theirs started making demands? For example, demanding I provide cash assistance, or providing food fare that is more to their liking. And what if this family that has decided to make my home theirs decided to make the part of my home where they’ve set up shop “off-limits” to me and my family? Does that sound reasonable or acceptable? It’s one thing if I had agreed to allow a family to live in my home. But under such an arrangement conditions would apply. And, at the end of the day, I make the rules, not the other way around.

Or let’s just flip this around a bit. Let’s say Americans were emigrating from the United States en masse. And let’s just say I decided to take my family to Mexico by crossing the Mexican border illegally. If Mexican authorities caught me crossing their border without permission, and I ended up being deported, whose fault would that be? Would it be the fault of the Mexican government for having strict immigration laws, or would it be my fault for ignoring their laws? Naturally, by ignoring their laws and getting deported, it would certainly cause a significant amount of stress and consternation on me and my family. But whose fault is that? How would I solve this crisis? Well, here’s a novel idea: I could respect and obey their laws concerning immigration.

One of the enumerated powers given to Congress under our Constitution is to control immigration. We have every right, as Americans, to preserve our way of life and culture; just as a homeowner has every right to decide who can and cannot live under their roof. Since 1965, the number of immigrants has skyrocketed from about 10 million to over 50 million. Consumption of welfare in immigrant households is nearly double that of American citizens. These welfare programs include Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Women Infants and Children food program (WIC), free or subsidized school lunches, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e. food stamps), and public housing or rent subsidies, etc. The total expenditure for federal welfare programs, in 2012, amounted to around a half a trillion dollars! The States have spent around a $180 billion in Medicaid alone. The people who are benefiting from all this largess, on the whole, are paying little to no income tax—if they even report their income. A third of the population of Mexico is now living in the United States. And it is the American taxpayer who is footing the bill. And they have no choice in the matter. It’s being shoved right down their throats. And if Americans dare voice their legitimate concerns and anger over being forced to finance the immigration boondoggle, they are simply shouted down as racists, xenophobes and Nazis by the “Open Borders” apparatchiks and SJWs.

I have a number of good friends who have emigrated legally to the United States. They love this country, and love being American citizens. And they are just as concerned as I am, if not more so, by the huge influx and cost of assimilating entire populations of illegal immigrants and refugees on the taxpayers’ dime. This is unsustainable. One of the main responsibilities of the president of the United States is to enforce the laws that Congress has written. And yet, we see a president and a duplicitous Congress that has decided to ignore federal immigration laws by giving the green light to so-called “sanctuary cities.”

How how would I solve all this? It’s not easily solved now that millions have become dependent on the government dole. But I’d start by enforcing the laws and securing the borders. If we have no defensible borders, then we are no longer a nation. The goal of communism has always been to create a “borderless, classless world” where the state reigns supreme. But if the federal government has the ability and wherewithal to ship millions into this country illegally, they also have the ability to ship them back. I would also look closely at the legal immigration process, and whether the process needs to be streamlined and made more efficient, which I’m sure it does.

And as far as the current “refugee crisis” is concerned, I would like to know why it is that the United States and Europe are always expected to welcome, with open arms, entire populations from across the globe. I don’t see Russia, China, Middle Eastern countries, etc. rolling out the welcome mat for immigrants and refugees. Why is that? Hmmmm? Spare me all the talk about equality and fairness. This is about as unequal and unfair as it gets.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : Refugees fleeing from violence in Syria have reached a crisis for countries in the European Union. The increasing harassment, violence, rapes, and murders of citizens have created a backlash of protests in these countries. They are being asked to accept refugees who will never assimilate into Western culture. These refugees bring a culture of adherence to shari’ah and intolerance of non-Muslims. It is a culture of barbarism and misogyny the West has not seen in centuries and it is being forced on the people by their governments. We also must not forget these countries have strict gun control laws, so they have no way to defend themselves against violent attacks.

In an effort to protect themselves we are seeing borders being reestablished to prevent refugees from entering. United Nations Representative Peter Sutherland recently spoke out against the appearance of razor-wire fences. “The recreation of borders challenges the whole integration of the European Union,” he said. “More particularly, it challenges the moral responsibility of states to help refugees to provide asylum.” We need to ask the question: Why is it the “moral” responsibility for countries of the E.U. to take in these refugees. What is the moral responsibility of the Arab countries in this crisis?

We do not have a refugee crisis here in America yet, but President Obama wants to bring tens of thousands or more refugees here and resettle them in states all over the country. Many of us see what is happening in Europe and do not want this brought into our country. We have already seen enough violence occur here in the name of radical Islam. We should not even consider bringing them here, especially since our government can give us no assurances that any of the refugees can or will be properly vetted to make certain they do not mean us harm. President Obama tells us our opposition to his plans to resettle refugees here is “not who we are.” He has no idea who we are, but by now every American should understand who he is. He promised to fundamentally transform our country and he has nearly succeeded. We must insist our representatives in Congress stop all plans by the Obama Administration to bring these refugees to America. It is government’s primary duty to assure that its citizens are protected and our laws followed. We must hold them to their sworn duty.

The civil war in Syria is horrific and those fleeing should be helped. But if resettlement is the answer the refugees should be welcomed by neighboring Arab countries where they share the same religion and culture. This is not our fight and we should not get involved.

Well, there you have it!

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Forum: Have Relationships Between Men And Women Changed For The Worse?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Has The Relationship Between Men And Women Changed For The Worse?

The Razor : Feminism once meant equality between the sexes. It has long since devolved into man-hatred, with women portraying men as sexual predators incapable of reaching maturity with psychopathic tendencies. In the process they have recreated a neo-Victorian sexual paradigm where women are too weak and feeble and must be protected from men, their ideas and thoughts as well as their sexuality. I half expect feminist college professors to faint at the next microaggression. Thirty years ago I thought college age women were neurotic. Today I think they are absolutely insane.

Being the gatekeepers of sexuality has traditionally elevated women’s worth, forcing men of that age to put up with a lot of hassle. Fortunately today there are more distractions that compete for men’s attention, putting a limit to the amount of trouble they are willing to put up with in order to have sex. To put it bluntly, women are in danger of pricing themselves out of the market.

I once thought that because of the innate inequality of sexual desire shared between the sexes that men would always be dependent on women. But thanks to technology I see men growing independent from women to a degree that I once didn’t believe possible. And I’m also seeing women react in surprising ways to this change in the balance of power between the two sexes.

In all likelihood the spasms of feminist dystopia we are witnessing on today’s campuses and among the liberal elites will settle down and the he-ing and she-ing that has characterized our species since its inception will continue unabated. But if it doesn’t, women will stand to suffer more than they expect as men decide their crazy, self-contradicting controlling desires are simply not worth the trouble. Bring on the replicants!

The Independent Sentinel : Since the sixties, I’ve watched the man-hating feminists demean men. I won’t negate the fact that they have helped raise the status of women, but they’ve also elevated them to the point that they are encouraged to kill their babies at any time up to the moment of birth because it’s their bodies. In the process of boosting women, they’ve used the tactic of belittling men and attacking them as aggressors to win their points.

The left today includes both men and women putting men down. Women are seen beating up the bad guys while men are too often portrayed as weak or looking like Pajama Boy or walking around with orange hair and crashing into cars in Foster Child commercials. Aggressive sports are on the ropes and football players are portrayed as more violent than the other men though research proves it’s not true.

Older men and women appear to have great relationships in this country but I don’t know what the situation is going to be for the new generation. I will say, however, that women need to get ahead on their own merits, not because of preferential treatment, lies about their abilities, and degradation of men.

The Glittering Eye: I don’t find the Forum format conducive to long-form, citation-filled responses. Maybe I’ll write a post on this subject. I’ll just jot down a few quick thoughts.

I’m an empirical kind of guy and, if there’s empirical evidence that men and women are happier and better off, that their relationships are happier, longer, and more satisfied, and that children are being reared in more loving and secure environments than was the case 50 years ago, I have yet to see it. Over that period marriage rates have waned, divorce rates have risen, and the proportion of children being reared in homes with both of their biological parents has fallen to levels unparalleled in American history if not in human history as well.

Increasingly, men are becoming dispensable. A relative handful of elite women may wield more power and influence and reap more wealth than ever before but by far the greater number of women are being left to rear children alone.

You can change the laws. You can change the expectations. You can’t change millions of years of human physical and social evolution in a few years or even in a few generations. Is it any wonder that suicide rates have risen?

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : We know it to be true that for a society to survive we must first start with a secure family unit consisting of a father and a mother raising their children together; providing for them and teaching them morals and values and how to be productive members of society.

I really feel sorry for the youth today growing up exposed to progressive indoctrination especially when it comes to the male/female relationship. While the majority of children in the past grew up secure in their sexual identities, today the emphasis is on the aberrant among them. Our children are being taught at a very early age that there are all types of sexual preferences and all of them are acceptable. They encourage self-exploration at very early ages. It’s almost as if the majority of people, the heterosexuals, should NOT be the preferable choice. All this is doing is causing the lines to be blurred and creating uncertainty in our children. Like so much of the progressive agenda, uncertainty is the key to indoctrination and the younger the child the easier it is to shape and mold their morals and values.

Relationships today must be very difficult for young adults, given all of the information they are being fed from their progressive teachers and the media. However, I believe most of them will follow the traditional route and find a mate and settle down and raise their families. After all, we are hard wired to do so. Indoctrination will never be able to change human physiology.

JoshuaPundit : Ah, the prog fascist model! Remember ‘Julia,’ the character in that famous Obama ad? Something that immediately struck me and that I haven’t heard mentioned anywhere else was that there is another famous ‘Julia’ who was used as a model for cradle to grave government control of a woman’s life. She appears in Orwell’s 1984 and like her lover, Winston Smith is crushed by the State and condemned to live a loveless, lonely life afterwards.

Many women in America used to meet their spouses at school or at work. Today, most sane young men wouldn’t dream of asking anyone they work with or go to school with out on a date. All it takes is a malicious accusation of ‘sexual assault’ and they face expulsion or being fired. The risks are simply too high.

A lot of the young women who revel in this ‘victory’ will end up a lot like Julia in their mid to late thirties..unloved, miserable, childless and wondering where all the good men have gone to.

Lots of men are rethinking things too. After being demonized from that first day in kindergarten by the very society they helped to build and make a much more safe and pleasant place for women, an increasing number of them are choosing to avoid marriage and hold on to their adolescence as long as possible. Or they’re looking for wives elsewhere. As one of them put it, your children and 2/3 of your earnings is too high a price to pay for the privilege of seeing the average American girl naked.

Some bright spots – while the current laws and the culture being pushed today is designed to eliminate till-death-do-us-part marriage entirely, it persists stubbornly the among more traditional cultures in America, especially where religion is a factor. And those families are the ones having most of the children in America today. And there is also this. When times get hard, people tend to flush the sophistries of the Left and return to the traditions of the past. Marriage rates shot up during Great Depression.

Well, there you have it.

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it.

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Forum: Have Relationships Between Men And Women Changed For The Worse?


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Forum: Have Relationships Between Men And Women Changed For The Worse?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Has The Relationship Between Men And Women Changed For The Worse?

 The Independent Sentinel : Since the sixties, I’ve watched the man-hating feminists demean men. I won’t negate the fact that they have helped raise the status of women, but they’ve also elevated them to the point that they are encouraged to kill their babies at any time up to the moment of birth because it’s their bodies. In the process of boosting women, they’ve used the tactic of belittling men and attacking them as aggressors to win their points.

The left today includes both men and women putting men down. Women are seen beating up the bad guys while men are too often portrayed as weak or looking like Pajama Boy or walking around with orange hair and crashing into cars in Foster Child commercials. Aggressive sports are on the ropes and football players are portrayed as more violent than the other men though research proves it’s not true.

Older men and women appear to have great relationships in this country but I don’t know what the situation is going to be for the new generation. I will say, however, that women need to get ahead on their own merits, not because of preferential treatment, lies about their abilities, and degradation of men.

The Glittering Eye: I don’t find the Forum format conducive to long-form, citation-filled responses. Maybe I’ll write a post on this subject. I’ll just jot down a few quick thoughts.

I’m an empirical kind of guy and, if there’s empirical evidence that men and women are happier and better off, that their relationships are happier, longer, and more satisfied, and that children are being reared in more loving and secure environments than was the case 50 years ago, I have yet to see it. Over that period marriage rates have waned, divorce rates have risen, and the proportion of children being reared in homes with both of their biological parents has fallen to levels unparalleled in American history if not in human history as well.

Increasingly, men are becoming dispensable. A relative handful of elite women may wield more power and influence and reap more wealth than ever before but by far the greater number of women are being left to rear children alone.

You can change the laws. You can change the expectations. You can’t change millions of years of human physical and social evolution in a few years or even in a few generations. Is it any wonder that suicide rates have risen?

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : We know it to be true that for a society to survive we must first start with a secure family unit consisting of a father and a mother raising their children together; providing for them and teaching them morals and values and how to be productive members of society.

I really feel sorry for the youth today growing up exposed to progressive indoctrination especially when it comes to the male/female relationship. While the majority of children in the past grew up secure in their sexual identities, today the emphasis is on the aberrant among them. Our children are being taught at a very early age that there are all types of sexual preferences and all of them are acceptable. They encourage self-exploration at very early ages. It’s almost as if the majority of people, the heterosexuals, should NOT be the preferable choice. All this is doing is causing the lines to be blurred and creating uncertainty in our children. Like so much of the progressive agenda, uncertainty is the key to indoctrination and the younger the child the easier it is to shape and mold their morals and values.

Relationships today must be very difficult for young adults, given all of the information they are being fed from their progressive teachers and the media. However, I believe most of them will follow the traditional route and find a mate and settle down and raise their families. After all, we are hard wired to do so. Indoctrination will never be able to change human physiology.

JoshuaPundit : Ah, the prog fascist model! Remember ‘Julia,’ the character in that famous Obama ad? Something that immediately struck me and that I haven’t heard mentioned anywhere else was that there is another famous  ‘Julia’ who was used as a model  for cradle to grave government control of a woman’s life. She appears in Orwell’s 1984 and like her lover, Winston Smith is crushed by the State and condemned to live a loveless, lonely life afterwards.

Many women in America used to meet their spouses at school or at work. Today, most sane young men wouldn’t dream of asking anyone they work with or go to school with out on a date. All it takes is a malicious accusation of ‘sexual assault’ and they face expulsion or being fired. The risks are simply too high.

 A lot of the young women who revel in this ‘victory’ will end up a lot like Julia in their mid to late thirties..unloved, miserable, childless and wondering where all the good men have gone to.

Lots of men are rethinking things too. After being demonized from that first day in kindergarten by the very society they helped to build and make a much more safe and  pleasant place for women, an increasing number of them are choosing to avoid marriage and hold on to their adolescence as long as possible. Or they’re looking for wives elsewhere. As one of them put it, your children and 2/3 of your earnings is too high a price  to pay for the privilege of seeing the average American girl naked.

Some bright spots – while the current laws and the culture being pushed today is designed to eliminate till-death-do-us-part marriage entirely, it persists stubbornly the among more traditional cultures in America, especially where religion is a factor. And those families are the ones having most of the children in America today. And there is also this. When times get hard, people tend to flush the sophistries of the Left and return to the traditions  of the past. Marriage rates shot up during Great Depression.

  Well, there you have it.

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

Forum: What Are Your Predictions For 2016?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Are Your Predictions For 2016?

The Glittering Eye: For a number of years at this time of year I’d issue a set of predictions on my blog. I had a pretty good track record—80%+ accuracy. However, a couple of years ago I stopped for reasons that should be clear from the single prediction I’ll offer for 2016.

I predict that in 2016 and despite all of our combined wisdom, knowledge, experience, and acumen, our predictions will not include the most significant stories of the year.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Tom Rogan has a great bit about 3 especial events that will not only rock 2016 – they’ll reverbrate for eons afterwards…

First, expect new ISIS attacks against Europe and the United States.

Nowhere is 44’s predilection for invented realities more obvious than in his Syria policy. As best understood having now surrendered to Putin’s demand that Assad retain power indefinitely, 44 has acquiesced to Assad’s genocide against Sunnis. This latest example of progressives’ moral hypocrisy allows ISIS to retain its fertile breeding ground for recruitment and escalation. And while we should welcome recent victories such as the recapture this week of Ramadi in Anbar, Iraq, we must not overvalue the strategic significance of the Ramadi victory. Because unless and until America turns the flag of ISIS into a symbol for the walking dead, ISIS will keep inspiring (like San Bernardino) and recruiting (like Paris) jihadists across the earth. ISIS’s global capacity to wage its existential war on the West will only grow.

Moreover, as ISIS continues to infiltrate migrant routes, its potential to inflict mass-casualty attacks will remain significant. The administration surely is aware of this. It must urgently escalate the campaign to destroy ISIS.

2nd, expect a skirmish between America’s allies and China in the East and South China Seas.

In 2015, 44’s administration endorsed China’s imperial campaign to construct new islands in the international waters of the East and South China Seas. Appallingly, 44 is now openly apologizing to China for U.S. flights in international airspace. He has shown that his “Asian pivot” matters only to the degree that China pretends to embrace the Paris climate agreement. For China, of course, the climate deal was made in heaven: an empire in return for unbinding, unenforceable commitments to take action in the future.

Yet for American allies in Asia, 44’s weakness is catastrophic. That’s because China perceives America’s collapse of resolve as an opening to bully U.S. allies such as Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Japan. But in 2016, as China strengthens its dominion over crucial oceanic trade routes, American allies will probably stage shows of force in an attempt to deter Chinese aggression. These populations — especially in Vietnam — are furious at China’s expansionism. At the same time, their leaders know that if China is successful, their countries will effectively become provinces of an authoritarian Chinese empire. But even recognizing that China is far stronger, they cannot yield for the sake of their sovereignty, pride, and economic future.

Correspondingly, as these nations increase their military activity near China’s constructed islands, China will probably employ force to deter them. It’s likely this will involve limited force aimed at sinking a patrol ship or shooting down a jet. But the inherent risks of escalation are obvious.

American resolve will thus be critical in 2016. We should not forget the cards we hold. While China seeks to expand its zone of influence, it also seeks global prestige. Given China’s economic and military vulnerabilities, the U.S. should escalate its military patrols over and alongside China’s man-made islands. In doing so, we will remind China that our capability — both seen (aircraft and surface vessels) and unseen (attack submarines) — is significant. This needn’t invite conflict; China will back off once it recognizes America’s resolution. But absent American resolution, conflict is far likelier.

3, expect Iran to continue cheating on the nuclear deal. In response, expect the Sunni monarchies to increasingly embrace sectarian extremism. This is the easiest prediction — Iran is already breaking its nuclear-deal commitments by testing ballistic missiles, which are the delivery platformf or Iran’s future nuclear weapons. Indeed, Iran is using the nuclear deal as a way to get the best of all worlds: In return for his pen to paper, Ayatollah Khamenei has won sanctions relief and a huge economic injection into his kleptocratic economy. Iran also knows that once European firms board the lucrative Tehran money train, EU political support for a sanctions “snapback” will collapse.

In short, Iran is building a nuclear-weapons delivery capability while also strengthening its economy and the power of the ruling elite.

The Iran deal shreds the balance of power in the Middle East. Consider Thucydides’ enduring analysis of what caused the Peloponnesian War: “What made war inevitable was the growth of Athenian power [think Iran] and the fear that this caused in Sparta [think Sunni monarchies].” Put simply, the Sunni monarchies will respond to Iran’s new power by giving more support to anti-Iranian sectarian extremists. We’re already seeing this dynamic in Syria, where Saudi Arabia and Qatar are arming uncontrollable jihadist groups outside ISIS (Qatar has also allowed its citizens to fund ISIS).

44 likes to pretend that American leadership can offer only two courses: his way or total war. But he is wrong. The chaos of 2015 shows what happens when America’s active diplomacy is not backed by strength. With the exception of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in 2015, global events have been shaped by our adversaries and our allies have retreated in our absence. The world has descended into ever-metastasizing danger. If America does not once again offer credible diplomacy, supported by credible force, #2016 will bring bloody chaos.

Fausta’s Blog : I have no predictions at all, which is unusual for me. Too many conflicting signals on everything!

JoshuaPundit : Economically, I think we’re going to see a continuation of the current trend, with China (and thus, the stock markets) continuing to be very volatile. If I had to make a pick, my money for the developed world and America would be on devaluation rather than inflation, with prices on many things continuing to drop along with actual wages as buyers become scarce and credit tightens. Real unemployment and underemployment will continue to be at high levels, partly as a response to minimum wage laws, intrusive government regulations and increasing use of robotics and automated solutions.

We may even see the Soviet-style underground barter economy continuing to grow in America. I would also not rule out a government mandated ‘haircut’ on bank accounts ala Greece and Hungary combined with limited withdrawals by consumers to prop up the less stable banks and deficits in pensions and social welfare spending.

American Politics are going to be a real question mark. While the Democrats pretty much have everything greased for Mrs. Clinton (Comrade Bernie will be history by March 1 if not before at the latest, the date of the Vermont primary) a certain amount of grumbling remains. Mrs. Clinton remains one of the shadiest characters in US politics and one of the most disliked. No, she won’t be indicted and the superdelegates have already spoken, so the nomination will be hers unless something odd happens. But the continued success of GOP outsiders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz among crossover Democrats might make Mrs. Clinton’s presidential dream a nightmare provided we have a reasonably honest election or any election at all. I still rate the chances of not having an election at all in 2016 as at least 50%. I suggest we all keep the historical example of the Reichstag Fire in mind. This time, it might take the form of a major terrorist attack that the Obama regime either decides to let through for its own purposes or their simply making use of one that happens.

The GOP contest is gradually settling in to a contest between Trump, Cruz and Marco Rubio. I’d rate their relative chances of getting the nomination in that same order.

World Affairs: In the Middle East, I’d be surprised if this wasn’t the year the Kurds finally came into their own. The boundaries of the new Kurdistan, carved out of Iraq and Syria are already clearly to be seen. America again is screwing them over, with the Obama Regime giving them just enough ammo, air cover and supplies to allow them to hold their own against ISIS while allowing Barack Obama’s good friend Tayyip Erdogan to use the Turkish military to attack them at will. But the Kurds, whom once wanted nothing more than to be America’s ally now understand as the Jews did that they need their own country. And since America has proven to be an untrustworthy patron, they will need to find a new one, either coming to terms with Iran or more likely Russia’s Putin.

This may also be the year The Israel/Arab conflict gets resolved, and not in a way Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO are going to like. Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu has done his very best to walk the tightrope and avoid conflict with the Obama Regime, but he and his Likud Party are plummeting in the Israeli polls because of his failure to deal decisively with the third, low level intifada Mahmoud Abbas has launched against Israel. As a further indicator, that support is not flowing the Labor Party’s new incarnation, the so-called Zionist Union. They’re also shedding support. Instead, that support is flowing rightward, to Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home Party and Avigdor Lieberman’s Israel Beiteinu. Netanyahu is a canny politician who I’m sure understands that the game is over and if he wants to stay in power, he is going to have to deal with the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians decisively. I’d predict another Operation Defensive Shield in Judea and Samaria, the dissolution of the PLO and annexation of the area, perhaps even repatriation to Jordan of a number of the inhabitants, many of whom hold Jordanian citizenship.

As a side note, I predict that in spite of some internal problems, Israel’s economy will continue to thrive and to be largely unaffected by any economic slowdown, just as it was in 2008. This is especially true since the country is now, water, food and energy independent. It remains a country of first world, top tier technology and second world prices and salaries. I also predict increased trade and security cooperation for Israel, especially with China and with Russia, although Putin will still continue to protect Iran. And while anything can happen, I do not predict a war with Hamas or Hezbollah this year. Hamas is increasingly isolated thanks to the IDF and Egypt’s al-Sissi and has not recovered from the last war, and not only has Hezbollah suffered major casualties fighting ISIS, but Netanyahu and Putin appear to have reached an understanding that destroying Hezbollah’s arms shipments are fair game for the IDF under most circumstances.

2016 may also be the year of a successful and public Iranian nuclear test, as the Ayatollahs continue to show their abject contempt for Barack Obama and John Kerry. It will also likely be the year that the Saudis announce their own nuclear deterrent. Pakistan badly needs money, and in any event, the House of Saud partially funded AQ Kahn’s research and Pakistan’s acquiring of nuclear weaponry. Other countries like Qatar may also seek their own nukes.

Europe is going to experience major changes. Stuck in a trap between their own demographic nightmare of sharply declining birthrates and the inherent problems of importing Muslim immigration, different countries are going to make different choices, and for a number of them that could even involve leaving the EU to avoid the complications of bailing out less productive members and the schengen borders. The Eastern European countries of what has been referred to as ‘New Europe’ along with Denmark and possibly the UK are prime candidates for this. As the Muslim occupation of Europe becomes more discernible, a number of countries will move rightward politically. I predict this for Germany, France, ‘new Europe,’ the Balkan states and perhaps even Sweden.

Bookworm Room : My 2016 predictions are as follows:

1. Native Germans will embrace extremism, although I’m not sure whether they’ll go full sharia or discover their Teutonic warrior roots. Either is possible.

2. Hillary will not get indicted, because she knows where too many of the Obama camp’s bodies are buried.

3. I’m afraid to make a prediction about the presidential election. As of today, no scene is too far-fetched. The thought of a Trump versus Bernie election has a vaguely apocalyptic feeling and I just don’t want to go there. (I continue to root for Ted Cruz.)

4. This will be another bad year for police officers, who will continue to feel as if they have targets on their back.

5. This will also be a bad year for blacks because those police who feel they have targets on their backs will probably do one of two things: (i) Stop policing black communities aggressively, leaving law-abiding blacks to be sitting ducks for criminals or (ii) start shooting first and asking questions later.

6. Barack Obama will ensure that several hundred thousand more potential Democrat Party voters cross the border illegally, and will encourage an influx of Middle Eastern Muslims. The latter will bring all their pathologies, from the biological (meaning diseases that had been all but wiped out in America) to the sociological (antisemitism, misogyny, rape culture, homophobia, etc.)

7. On campuses across America, even as Obama ships in by the boatload people who openly embrace all of the things campus Leftists purport to hate, campus Leftists will bring renewed energy to their attack on middle class white American males — you know, the ones who aren’t antisemitic, who like women, who don’t rape, and who may not have a gay best friend but who are people who believe in a live-and-let-live policy.

8. Iran will get increasingly aggressively, and start waging traditional war, backed with nuclear threat, against surrounding Sunni nations. Obama will speak confusingly and carry a limp stick.

9. By the end of the year, the two big players in the Middle East will be Russia (which was a declining power under Bush) and Iran (which was also a declining power under Bush).

10. Israel, sadly, will have to fight another war. This time, Hezbollah, with a strong Iranian wind at its back, will start using some of its massive stockpile against her.

11. Despite losing money at home on anti-American movies and movie stars, Hollywood will continue to invest in them. This is not as financially stupid as it seems. The real dollars come from overseas sales, and Hollywood is happy to sell anti-American propaganda to America’s current and future enemies.

The Noisy Room :My major prediction this year is that if the elections are fair and we see a Trump/Cruz ticket, we will see a landslide to rival Ronald Reagan. I predict the same if you see a Cruz nomination. You will see a major revolt in the Republican Party and it will be reformed or it will cease to exist. I also predict that Europe will come unraveled under the onslaught of the Hijrah migration. They are toast. I think there will be more terrorists attacks on US soil and some of them will include cyber attacks, possibly on the power grid. There will be a major downturn in our stock market as well. Until Obama leaves office, more and more illegal aliens will stream in as will Muslim refugees. There will be violence in our streets because of this just as there is in Europe. ISIS will continue their march across the Middle East and will be supported by other geopolitical players – the Caliphate will grow as will the Islamic threat. Look for Obama to seek further gun control. Obama will seek to head the UN during his world tour coming up.

And that’s just the warmup.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : 1. President Obama will spend more time abroad than in the United States as he takes his victory lap around the world setting the stage for his appointment as the new Secretary General of the United Nations once he leaves office. He will continue to ignore the expansion of radical Islamic terrorism which is being used to destabilize countries around the world and here in America. He will also use his pen to sign executive orders in an attempt to bypass Congress on more gun control measures and climate change regulations.

2. We will see increasing racial unrest and violence. Riots and attacks on law enforcement officers and our military will continue, and the media will selectively report these incidents which will incite more violence.

3. As our utility companies are being forced to provide more energy using renewable energy sources there will be rolling brown and black outs. This will be a very cold winter and I worry for the safety and lives of those who won’t be able to afford their heating bills. The UK has seen tens of thousands of deaths in recent years due to the cold and they have had to provide heating allotments for the elderly, sick, and impoverished.

4. The economy will continue to stagnate and we are already seeing what is happening in the global markets. This is not a correction; I predict this will be worse than what we saw in 2008.

5. The regulations coming out of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) for the mortgage industry will create another mortgage collapse. I am not sure if it will happen this year, but reports show ninety percent of the mortgages originated in the first three months (October 2015 – December 2015) using the new Truth in Lending and RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) are not in compliance and cannot be sold on the secondary market. The CFPB was created out of the 2010 Dodd Frank bill and does not answer to Congress; they are under the supervision of the Federal Reserve. Only those “too big to fail” will not fail as the lending market shrinks and ancillary service providers are forced out of business because the cost of doing business (just to stay in compliance with CFPB regulations) becomes increasingly prohibitive.

Not to sound gloomy, I do see people waking up to what is happening in America and around the world. Social media connects us like never before and the truth is getting told in spite of the progressive media. We are in a fight for the very survival of our country and the freedoms we have enjoyed for over two hundred years. If I didn’t believe we could turn things around I would not be so engaged in trying to get the message out to as many people as possible. I am optimistic we will succeed in the end – it’s just going to be rough going for awhile. There are many of us who see what is happening and are preparing for tough times. Those who continue to be blind in spite of all of the evidence around them will not fare as well. Some will wake up in time, others will be lost. These truly are transformational times in our lives and in the history of civilization. The future of America, and the world, hinges on who is elected president in November.

Well, there you have it.

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

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Forum: What Are Your Predictions For 2016?


Article written by: Tom White

Forum: What Are Your Predictions For 2016?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Are Your Predictions For 2016?

The Glittering Eye: For a number of years at this time of year I’d issue a set of predictions on my blog. I had a pretty good track record—80%+ accuracy. However, a couple of years ago I stopped for reasons that should be clear from the single prediction I’ll offer for 2016.

I predict that in 2016 and despite all of our combined wisdom, knowledge, experience, and acumen, our predictions will not include the most significant stories of the year.

 GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Tom Rogan has a great bit about 3 especial events that will not only rock 2016 – they’ll reverbrate for eons afterwards…

First, expect new ISIS attacks against Europe and the United States.

Nowhere is 44’s predilection for invented realities more obvious than in his Syria policy. As best understood having now surrendered to Putin’s demand that Assad retain power indefinitely, 44 has acquiesced to Assad’s genocide against Sunnis. This latest example of progressives’ moral hypocrisy allows ISIS to retain its fertile breeding ground for recruitment and escalation. And while we should welcome recent victories such as the recapture this week of Ramadi in Anbar, Iraq, we must not overvalue the strategic significance of the Ramadi victory. Because unless and until America turns the flag of ISIS into a symbol for the walking dead, ISIS will keep inspiring (like San Bernardino) and recruiting (like Paris) jihadists across the earth. ISIS’s global capacity to wage its existential war on the West will only grow.

Moreover, as ISIS continues to infiltrate migrant routes, its potential to inflict mass-casualty attacks will remain significant. The administration surely is aware of this. It must urgently escalate the campaign to destroy ISIS.

2nd, expect a skirmish between America’s allies and China in the East and South China Seas.

In 2015, 44’s administration endorsed China’s imperial campaign to construct new islands in the international waters of the East and South China Seas. Appallingly, 44 is now openly apologizing to China for U.S. flights in international airspace. He has shown that his “Asian pivot” matters only to the degree that China pretends to embrace the Paris climate agreement. For China, of course, the climate deal was made in heaven: an empire in return for unbinding, unenforceable commitments to take action in the future.

Yet for American allies in Asia, 44’s weakness is catastrophic. That’s because China perceives America’s collapse of resolve as an opening to bully U.S. allies such as Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Japan. But in 2016, as China strengthens its dominion over crucial oceanic trade routes, American allies will probably stage shows of force in an attempt to deter Chinese aggression. These populations — especially in Vietnam — are furious at China’s expansionism. At the same time, their leaders know that if China is successful, their countries will effectively become provinces of an authoritarian Chinese empire. But even recognizing that China is far stronger, they cannot yield for the sake of their sovereignty, pride, and economic future.

Correspondingly, as these nations increase their military activity near China’s constructed islands, China will probably employ force to deter them. It’s likely this will involve limited force aimed at sinking a patrol ship or shooting down a jet. But the inherent risks of escalation are obvious.

American resolve will thus be critical in 2016. We should not forget the cards we hold. While China seeks to expand its zone of influence, it also seeks global prestige. Given China’s economic and military vulnerabilities, the U.S. should escalate its military patrols over and alongside China’s man-made islands. In doing so, we will remind China that our capability — both seen (aircraft and surface vessels) and unseen (attack submarines) — is significant. This needn’t invite conflict; China will back off once it recognizes America’s resolution. But absent American resolution, conflict is far likelier.

3, expect Iran to continue cheating on the nuclear deal. In response, expect the Sunni monarchies to increasingly embrace sectarian extremism. This is the easiest prediction — Iran is already breaking its nuclear-deal commitments by testing ballistic missiles, which are the delivery platformf or Iran’s future nuclear weapons. Indeed, Iran is using the nuclear deal as a way to get the best of all worlds: In return for his pen to paper, Ayatollah Khamenei has won sanctions relief and a huge economic injection into his kleptocratic economy. Iran also knows that once European firms board the lucrative Tehran money train, EU political support for a sanctions “snapback” will collapse.

In short, Iran is building a nuclear-weapons delivery capability while also strengthening its economy and the power of the ruling elite.

The Iran deal shreds the balance of power in the Middle East. Consider Thucydides’ enduring analysis of what caused the Peloponnesian War: “What made war inevitable was the growth of Athenian power [think Iran] and the fear that this caused in Sparta [think Sunni monarchies].” Put simply, the Sunni monarchies will respond to Iran’s new power by giving more support to anti-Iranian sectarian extremists. We’re already seeing this dynamic in Syria, where Saudi Arabia and Qatar are arming uncontrollable jihadist groups outside ISIS (Qatar has also allowed its citizens to fund ISIS).

44 likes to pretend that American leadership can offer only two courses: his way or total war. But he is wrong. The chaos of 2015 shows what happens when America’s active diplomacy is not backed by strength. With the exception of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in 2015, global events have been shaped by our adversaries and our allies have retreated in our absence. The world has descended into ever-metastasizing danger. If America does not once again offer credible diplomacy, supported by credible force, #2016 will bring bloody chaos.

Fausta’s Blog : I have no predictions at all, which is unusual for me. Too many conflicting signals on everything!

 JoshuaPundit : Economically, I think we’re going to see a continuation of the current trend, with China (and thus, the stock markets) continuing to be very volatile. If I had to make a pick, my money for the developed world and America would be on devaluation rather than inflation, with prices on many things continuing to drop along with actual wages as buyers become scarce and credit tightens. Real unemployment and underemployment will continue to be at high levels, partly as a response to minimum wage laws, intrusive government regulations and increasing use of robotics and automated solutions.

We may even see the Soviet-style underground barter economy continuing to grow in America. I would also not rule out a government mandated ‘haircut’ on bank accounts ala Greece and Hungary combined with limited withdrawals by consumers to prop up the less stable banks and deficits in pensions and social welfare spending.

American Politics are going to be a real question mark. While the Democrats pretty much have everything greased for Mrs. Clinton (Comrade Bernie will be history by March 1 if not before at the latest, the date of the Vermont primary) a certain amount of grumbling remains. Mrs. Clinton remains one of the shadiest characters in US politics and one of the most disliked. No, she won’t be indicted and the superdelegates have already spoken, so the nomination will be hers unless something odd happens. But the continued success of GOP outsiders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz among crossover Democrats might make Mrs. Clinton’s presidential dream a nightmare provided we have a reasonably honest election or any election at all. I still rate the chances of not having an election at all in 2016 as at least 50%. I suggest we all keep the historical example of the Reichstag Fire in mind. This time, it might take the form of a major terrorist attack that the Obama regime either decides to let through for its own purposes or their simply making use of one that happens.

The GOP contest is gradually settling in to a contest between Trump, Cruz and Marco Rubio. I’d rate their relative chances of getting the nomination in that same order.

World Affairs: In the Middle East, I’d be surprised if this wasn’t the year the Kurds finally came into their own. The boundaries of the new Kurdistan, carved out of Iraq and Syria are already clearly to be seen. America again is screwing them over, with the Obama Regime giving them just enough ammo, air cover and supplies to allow them to hold their own against ISIS while allowing Barack Obama’s good friend Tayyip Erdogan to use the Turkish military to attack them at will. But the Kurds, whom once wanted nothing more than to be America’s ally now understand as the Jews did that they need their own country. And since America has proven to be an untrustworthy patron, they will need to find a new one, either coming to terms with Iran or more likely Russia’s Putin.

This may also be the year The Israel/Arab conflict gets resolved, and not in a way Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO are going to like. Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu has done his very best to walk the tightrope and avoid conflict with the Obama Regime, but he and his Likud Party are plummeting in the Israeli polls because of his failure to deal decisively with the third, low level intifada Mahmoud Abbas has launched against Israel. As a further indicator, that support is not flowing the Labor Party’s new incarnation, the so-called Zionist Union. They’re also shedding support. Instead, that support is flowing rightward, to Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home Party and Avigdor Lieberman’s Israel Beiteinu. Netanyahu is a canny politician who I’m sure understands that the game is over and if he wants to stay in power, he is going to have to deal with the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians decisively. I’d predict another Operation Defensive Shield in Judea and Samaria, the dissolution of the PLO and annexation of the area, perhaps even repatriation to Jordan of a number of the inhabitants, many of whom hold Jordanian citizenship.

As a side note, I predict that in spite of some internal problems, Israel’s economy will continue to thrive and to be largely unaffected by any economic slowdown, just as it was in 2008. This is especially true since the country is now, water, food and energy independent. It remains a country of first world, top tier technology and second world prices and salaries. I also predict increased trade and security cooperation for Israel, especially with China and with Russia, although Putin will still continue to protect Iran. And while anything can happen, I do not predict a war with Hamas or Hezbollah this year. Hamas is increasingly isolated thanks to the IDF and Egypt’s al-Sissi and has not recovered from the last war, and not only has Hezbollah suffered major casualties fighting ISIS, but Netanyahu and Putin appear to have reached an understanding that destroying Hezbollah’s arms shipments are fair game for the IDF under most circumstances.

2016 may also be the year of a successful and public Iranian nuclear test, as the Ayatollahs continue to show their abject contempt for Barack Obama and John Kerry. It will also likely be the year that the Saudis announce their own nuclear deterrent. Pakistan badly needs money, and in any event, the House of Saud partially funded AQ Kahn’s research and Pakistan’s acquiring of nuclear weaponry. Other countries like Qatar may also seek their own nukes.

Europe is going to experience  major changes. Stuck in a trap between their own demographic nightmare of sharply declining birthrates and the inherent problems of importing Muslim immigration, different countries are going to make different choices, and for a number of them that could even involve leaving the EU to avoid the complications of  bailing out less productive members and the schengen borders. The Eastern European countries of what has been referred to as ‘New Europe’  along with Denmark and possibly the UK are prime candidates for this. As the Muslim occupation of Europe becomes more discernible,  a number of countries will move rightward politically. I predict this for Germany, France, ‘new Europe,’ the Balkan states and perhaps even Sweden.

 Bookworm Room : My 2016 predictions are as follows:

1. Native Germans will embrace extremism, although I’m not sure whether they’ll go full sharia or discover their Teutonic warrior roots. Either is possible.

2. Hillary will not get indicted, because she knows where too many of the Obama camp’s bodies are buried.

3. I’m afraid to make a prediction about the presidential election. As of today, no scene is too far-fetched. The thought of a Trump versus Bernie election has a vaguely apocalyptic feeling and I just don’t want to go there. (I continue to root for Ted Cruz.)

4. This will be another bad year for police officers, who will continue to feel as if they have targets on their back.

5. This will also be a bad year for blacks because those police who feel they have targets on their backs will probably do one of two things: (i) Stop policing black communities aggressively, leaving law-abiding blacks to be sitting ducks for criminals or (ii) start shooting first and asking questions later.

6. Barack Obama will ensure that several hundred thousand more potential Democrat Party voters cross the border illegally, and will encourage an influx of Middle Eastern Muslims. The latter will bring all their pathologies, from the biological (meaning diseases that had been all but wiped out in America) to the sociological (antisemitism, misogyny, rape culture, homophobia, etc.)

7. On campuses across America, even as Obama ships in by the boatload people who openly embrace all of the things campus Leftists purport to hate, campus Leftists will bring renewed energy to their attack on middle class white American males — you know, the ones who aren’t antisemitic, who like women, who don’t rape, and who may not have a gay best friend but who are people who believe in a live-and-let-live policy.

8. Iran will get increasingly aggressively, and start waging traditional war, backed with nuclear threat, against surrounding Sunni nations. Obama will speak confusingly and carry a limp stick.

9. By the end of the year, the two big players in the Middle East will be Russia (which was a declining power under Bush) and Iran (which was also a declining power under Bush).

10. Israel, sadly, will have to fight another war. This time, Hezbollah, with a strong Iranian wind at its back, will start using some of its massive stockpile against her.

11. Despite losing money at home on anti-American movies and movie stars, Hollywood will continue to invest in them. This is not as financially stupid as it seems. The real dollars come from overseas sales, and Hollywood is happy to sell anti-American propaganda to America’s current and future enemies.

 The Noisy Room :My major prediction this year is that if the elections are fair and we see a Trump/Cruz ticket, we will see a landslide to rival Ronald Reagan. I predict the same if you see a Cruz nomination. You will see a major revolt in the Republican Party and it will be reformed or it will cease to exist. I also predict that Europe will come unraveled under the onslaught of the Hijrah migration. They are toast. I think there will be more terrorists attacks on US soil and some of them will include cyber attacks, possibly on the power grid. There will be a major downturn in our stock market as well. Until Obama leaves office, more and more illegal aliens will stream in as will Muslim refugees. There will be violence in our streets because of this just as there is in Europe. ISIS will continue their march across the Middle East and will be supported by other geopolitical players – the Caliphate will grow as will the Islamic threat. Look for Obama to seek further gun control. Obama will seek to head the UN during his world tour coming up.

And that’s just the warmup.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : 1. President Obama will spend more time abroad than in the United States as he takes his victory lap around the world setting the stage for his appointment as the new Secretary General of the United Nations once he leaves office. He will continue to ignore the expansion of radical Islamic terrorism which is being used to destabilize countries around the world and here in America. He will also use his pen to sign executive orders in an attempt to bypass Congress on more gun control measures and climate change regulations.

2. We will see increasing racial unrest and violence. Riots and attacks on law enforcement officers and our military will continue, and the media will selectively report these incidents which will incite more violence.

3. As our utility companies are being forced to provide more energy using renewable energy sources there will be rolling brown and black outs. This will be a very cold winter and I worry for the safety and lives of those who won’t be able to afford their heating bills. The UK has seen tens of thousands of deaths in recent years due to the cold and they have had to provide heating allotments for the elderly, sick, and impoverished.

4. The economy will continue to stagnate and we are already seeing what is happening in the global markets. This is not a correction; I predict this will be worse than what we saw in 2008.

5. The regulations coming out of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) for the mortgage industry will create another mortgage collapse. I am not sure if it will happen this year, but reports show ninety percent of the mortgages originated in the first three months (October 2015 – December 2015) using the new Truth in Lending and RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) are not in compliance and cannot be sold on the secondary market. The CFPB was created out of the 2010 Dodd Frank bill and does not answer to Congress; they are under the supervision of the Federal Reserve. Only those “too big to fail” will not fail as the lending market shrinks and ancillary service providers are forced out of business because the cost of doing business (just to stay in compliance with CFPB regulations) becomes increasingly prohibitive.

Not to sound gloomy, I do see people waking up to what is happening in America and around the world. Social media connects us like never before and the truth is getting told in spite of the progressive media. We are in a fight for the very survival of our country and the freedoms we have enjoyed for over two hundred years. If I didn’t believe we could turn things around I would not be so engaged in trying to get the message out to as many people as possible. I am optimistic we will succeed in the end – it’s just going to be rough going for awhile. There are many of us who see what is happening and are preparing for tough times. Those who continue to be blind in spite of all of the evidence around them will not fare as well. Some will wake up in time, others will be lost. These truly are transformational times in our lives and in the history of civilization. The future of America, and the world, hinges on who is elected president in November.

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