Friday, June 23, 2017
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Across the pond at the Times Literary Supplement, in an essay called "Steve Bannon, Heir to Plato" -- and to the think, the New York Times' exegesis was only called "What Does Steve Bannon Want?" -- the Lenin thang appeared again, as a sharp-eyed reader informed me, in the following line.

This juncture is probably how Bannon, who once compared himself to Lenin, views the 2016 elections. 

Oh, what the heck -- I decided to tweet my little story to the writer, Nicholas Barrett.

Here is how our conversation went:



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Something that should be common knowledge in evaluating the Ron Radosh claim that Steve Bannon said to him, "I am a Leninist" (which Bannon denies) at David Horowitz's November 2013 book party is that Radosh was exposed as a prevaricator and a fraud at Breitbart News in the fall of 2013 under the helmsmanship of Steve Bannon.

For example, I did it here -- but that was nothing next to the highly enjoyable evisceration Vladimir Bukovsky and Pavel Stroilov performed on Radosh and David Horowitz's Frontpage Magazine both here.

It's just something to bear in mind on evaluating sources. The...

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The main reason Donald Trump, one month into his presidency, is surely the most embattled president in US history is not only because he campaigned on an agenda which, if executed, will destroy the corrupt and elitist ancien regime, but also because it will expose it.

It's that simple. The opportunity -- the threat -- is unprecedented and in all probability unique. Only someone as giant as Trump could even attempt to expose it, or  "drain the swamp."

I received a very nice email this month from a 65-year-old man who was just finishing American Betrayal and, as he put it, "seeing the world with very new eyes." 

He wrote:

With Trump's Swamp-Drainer persona riding high, American Betrayal rightly now finds itself at the center of the universe of American discourse, it seems. It might be described as a map of the swamp, even.

A map of the swamp -- I like that. 

American Betrayal is...

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During a "listening session" yesterday on domestic and international human trafficking, President Trump announced that "solving the human trafficking epidemic is a priority" for the Trump administration." 

I want to make it clear today that my administration will focus on ending the absolutely horrific practice of human trafficking. ... It's getting worse and it's happening in the United States in addition to the rest of the world, but it's happening in the United States, which is terrible.  

 It's a very, very terrible problem. It's not talked about enough. People don't know enough about it.  And we're going to talk about it, and we're going to bring it out into the open and hopefully we're going to do a great deal to help prevent some of the horrific -- really horrific -- crimes that are taking place. 

And I can see -- I really can say, in this country, people don't realize how bad it is in this country, but in this country and all over the world.

It is certainly...

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As not everybody knows because most people have no time for such fluff, The Washington Post has unveiled a motto: "Democracy dies in the darkness."

I used to write for a newspaper with a motto -- the late, lamented Dispatch International. Ours was from Thomas Jefferson: “Freedom of the press cannot be limited without being lost. In 2013, Lars Hedegaard, editor in chief, was very nearly was assassinated by a Danish Muslim (who later disappeared into ISIS) for doing his job as a journalist and commentator regarding the limitations Islam and the establishment (I don't how to say "swamp" in Danish) seek to impose on free speech and other matters.

I will still take Thomas Jefferson over a misremembered line from Star Trek 14, but note of the delusional aspect. In the Post's fever dream, it, the Post, is this sleek light-sword slicing the galactic darkness where democracy...

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From Reuters

A Dutch secret service agent who was part of the team responsible for protecting Geert Wilders, the frontrunner in next month's election, has been suspended on suspicion of leaking details to a criminal organization, the secret service said on Wednesday.



Wilders, who campaigns on an anti-Islam platform that includes closing mosques and banning immigration from Muslim countries that has led to the protection, condemned the alleged breach, saying he cannot function without adequate security.

Dutch newspapers De Telegraaf and NRC Handelsblad and the country's national broadcaster NOS identified the suspect as an experienced officer in his mid-30s, using his first name and last initial.

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Now at The American Spectator

Today, Trump White House official Sebastian Gorka is "profiled" -- targeted in a scope, is more like it -- in the Washington Post, which, of course, is owned by Jeff Bezos, as most people seem to know, and whose Amazon Web Services, most people don't seem to know, has developed a $600 million computing cloud for the CIA that serves the 17 agencies making up the "intelligence community." 

I just thought I'd throw that interlocking syngergy out there. By comparison, Bezos bought the whole Post for $250 million, which makes does make it a cheap rag. Naturally, its tone is cheap, too.

I mean, seriously, Post: 

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Now at The Daily Caller

Brave new world without boundaries gets one: Milo has been disinvited from C-PAC after interview clips of him supporting "consenting" sexual relations between adolescents and adults surfaced, as they say.  The question was not about Milo's right to free speech.  The question was whether it was proper for the leading, conservative, movement venue to choose to elevate someone who openly and quite volubly supports pedophilia (notwithstanding Milo's post-puberty stipulation). Such relations with youngsters are still a felony crime, thank goodness; also an abomination to some considerable number of conservatives and, I expect, liberals, too. 

If C-PAC made its decision on the merits, I imagine it came down to a matter of how capacious the meat/potatoes, Solid Joe and decent conservative mainstream is, or ought to be -- and whether the hedonism that passes under the flag of "edgy" is really where its C-PAC helmsmen want that mainstream to flow.

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From Left (above) to Right (below), Washington elites reveal that they what they really oppose is the democratic system that duly and constitutionally elected Donald Trump president of the United States. 

 

 

 

Behold Trump White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon by Nadev Kandar for Time magazine.

Then, behold Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett by Nadev Kandar for the New York Times Magazine. 

That's right. It's the same photographer at "work" -- political work, though, not photojournalism. Indeed, what a difference a photographer's raw politics makes. Every trick in the lighting and processing book is on display here. Bannon gets the Lucifer lights; Jarrett gets a Debbie Reynolds glow. 

And not just Jarrett, by the way. Using similar photographic wiles, Kandar created a rather massive "Inauguration Gallery" of "Obama's...

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So I watched. 

Here's where my ears pricked up:

"By 1973 I was in a state of kind of shell shock and sitting on the sidelines..." 

Now, there's another gewgaw for the desk drawer ....

In 1973, the man was deep into his Black Panther period, which ended with the murder of Betty van Patter, whose body would be found in January 1975, causing Horowitz finally to notice, so he claims, that the Panthers were violent actors. This is not exactly "sitting on the sidelines."

Still ahead of him also in 1973 was his June 1974 essay in Ramparts pushing back against Solzhenitysn. Yes, at age 35,...

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It is rare and reviving sight in Washington, DC. to see honor and duty and moral clarity drive a political measure.

I refer to House Resolution 21, recently introduced by the truly honorable Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and explained in the video below to call upon the US military to correct the great and terrible wrong it perpetrated on brave and loyal US Marines who came under enemy attack in Afghanistan one day in March nearly ten years ago.

On that day, Marines met an enemy attack with appropriate force and survived. It was the attacks by their own commanders in the aftermath that opened wounds that have not yet healed. For the men of Fox Company and their families, these wounds continue to cause professional and personal setbacks and suffering. Rep. Jones' resolution asks that the military publicly acknowledge the fact that these Marines acted appropriately and without fault in order to restore the reputations stolen from them by irresponsible military commanders, even to this day.

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At a "photo op" on March 26, 2012, President Obama and Russian President Medvedev were finishing a private exchange about NATO missile defense. 

According to the Washington Post's source -- "an ABC News producer, who said she viewed a recording of the discussion made by a Russian camera crew" (now in Siberia?) -- the exchange began before the familiar clip of tape above.  

Obama: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space.” Obama was apparently referring to then-outgoing prime minister/incoming Russian president, Vladi­mir Putin.

Medvedev: “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you . . .”

Obama: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility." 

Medvedev: "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir."

The POTUS had just assured the Russian leadership that Obama's election season posturing was nothing more than that;...

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In the most nasty way, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" has announced that Kellyanne Conway, a top advisor to President Trump, will not appear on the show again because, co-host Mika Brzezinski said, "she's not credible anymore," 

And so, MSNBC follows CNN into this new and, frankly, terrifying realm of news control pioneered by news controllers -- media figures who have eschewed all pretense at news gathering on behalf of the public for 1) the role of judge and jury on what constitutes "credible" and 2) news censor when it comes to the what the public is permitted to see and hear from the Trump administration. 

How did this all get going? Last week, it was CNN damning...

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Another post for the desk drawer.

On p. 193 of Radical Son, Horowitz mentions an article he wrote about a Moscow/Peking land dispute, which, I find, appeared in Ramparts in June 1969 (key word: Ussuri ). The Black Panther magazine wrote something else on the topic, inspiring Horowitz to go over to the Panther offices, which he had never before visited -- due, he tell us, to his "aversion to the Panthers' violent dogmatism."

Remember: As he has often written, Horowitz didn't "discover" the violent activities of the Black Panthers until after the 1974 murder of Betty Van Patten.

The author of the Pather magazine article turned out to be Bob Avakian,...

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Now at The Daily Caller.

After 15 years of war, billions and billions of dollars in fighting and training, more money than the US spent on the Marshall Plan on nation-building, over 2,000 combat deaths including scores by very our "Afghan allies," tens of thousands of  injuries, including many grievous "dismounted complex blast injuries," another US general has come before the Senate Armed Services Committee to ask for more.

I refer to Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., who told the committee this week that the war in Afghanistan, where he commands over 13,000 international troops, 8,400 of...

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"Declassification," U.S. government-style. This document is 71 years old.

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Probably more than anything else, “Drain the swamp” was the slogan of the Deplorables in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign. Candidate Trump introduced the phrase to describe his ethics program in mid-October, but it quickly came to sum up, part battle-cry, part prayer, the anti-Establishment fervor that would carry him to the White House on November 8. 



There is more to “draining the swamp” than pulling the plug on today’s Washington Establishment. There is a vast historical swamp that President Trump must drain also; that murky place where generations of government secrets stay hidden, whether still classified, or declassified but still "redacted" (censored). While the Washington Establishment may draw staying power from keeping its secrets secret, these...

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Dear American Betrayal War Veterans,

The following email exchange offers a rare glimpse into the mental processes. It shows, first, how effective a whispering/disinformation campaign can be short of evidence; then, how devastating evidence can be to a whispering/disappearance campaign.

Note turning point: "I will order Diana's book."

Thanks to both anonymous interlocutors for permission to print their conversation. Special thanks to RRRR for having an open mind.

Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2017 5:40 PM


RRRR

FYI attached link by...

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Steven Gern, a 10 year Marine veteran, was working somewhere in Iraq when President Trump issued his executive order on immigration and refugees, pausing entry into the US from seven Islamic countries including Iraq for a whopping 90 days. 

In a video posted last week to his Facebook page (viewed an incredble 41 million times!), Gern discussed the effect of the EO on "the local population" according to his own Iraqi colleagues. When Gern asked what would happen to him if he, as an American, now went out into town, they told him the locals would "snatch me up and kill me within an hour," probably behead him, and upload the video of the bloodletting to the Internet. Gern underscores the fact that this is not ISIS talking, not Iranian militias, not al Qaeda -- this is what other Iraqis say is the probable reaction of the local Iraqi people. 

Although shocking for people used to Islam-is-peace apologetics, this...

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Like a broken record or agit prop artist, Radosh is again hawking his "fake news" story about Steve Bannon at the Daily Beast.



First, according to Radosh, Bannon announced to Radosh in early 2014 that he, Steve Bannon, was a "Leninist"  and, in response to Radosh's discussion of a pair of February 2014 columns by Thomas Sowell, he (Bannon), wanted to destroy National Review and the Weekly Standard.



After I wrote that this (stupid) conversation was probably not possible because the party in question all but certainly took place in November 2013 (thus Bannon could not be having this conversation with Radosh about February 2014 Sowell columns), and that the discussion, as Bannon told me not long afterward,...

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Now at The American Spectator

The 2016 Democratic candidate for Vice President, Sen. Tim Kaine, said the following this week in an interview:

We are so excited that the American public is energized to speak out against the abuses of this administration. ...

What we've got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box, and now there's the momentum to be able to do this. 



Fight in the streets?

This is something new and alarming in American politics: a US senator...

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