Thursday, August 13, 2020
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I am filing this under Smart Researchers who build brick walls and hit them, blocking avenues of thought and study, categorically dismissing the possibility that there might be something on the other side of the wall. Motivation? Agenda? Ideology? Profit motive? Subversion? Conspiracy? All of the above and more?

Nah, the assassination of Caesar was just dumb luck. 



Julie Kelly's "Time to Sideline False Prophets of Doom" makes the case in less sweeping fashion but "good intentions," "poor planning" are surely tattered placeholders by this advanced, low point.    



Alex Berenson, too, provides a daily reality check on media disinfo; however, he, too, sees only "government failure" behind the crisis.



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For the record, David Horowitz is/was a defender on Twitter of Fauci and Birx and still defends Gates.

March 27, 2020



March 28, 2020



As late as April 3, 2020, he was whacking Fauci critics.



So witty. But then:





April 10, 2020





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Also at The Epoch Times

Once again, it was goosebumps for diehards when John Solomon told Sean Hannity that John Durham was issuing subpoenas on behalf of a grand jury. Twitter pulses racied. John Brennan was closer than ever to a rockpile in prison stripes, wasn't he? Comey, Ohr, Kramer, Simpson, Clinton were sweating bullets, right?

I will be jubilant if I am wrong, but I continue to doubt it. I do not expect the anti-Trump conspirators to be indicted and tried for sedition or treason or any other serious crime by Attorney General William Barr's Department of Justice. Nothing we have seen to date points to it. What should...

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Just finished up a wonderful conversation with Jason Goodman of "Crowdsource the Truth." Our topic was   the #NewCoronaOrder through the Marxist lens. I won't say, "Enjoy" because it's all so godawful, but I hope viewers find it of interest!  

 

According to this priceless report in The Guardian from November 30, 2017, Chinese state media described the meeting between Barack Obama and Xi, which took place two weeks after President Trump's state visit to Beijing, as a meeting of "veteran cadres." 

If you are a lifelong communist, "veteran cadre" is a term of veneration. If you are a former president if the United States, "veteran cadre" is a term of treason.

The Guardian put it this way:

Chinese media fawned over Obama and Xi, dubbing the pair `veteran cadres', a term typically applied to retired Communist officials. But in a sign of the diplomatic sensitivity, Chinese state media reported on the event in a single terse article.

Western media mirrored...

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On with Frank Gaffney, trying to make sense of the Corona World Order.

Listen here.

 

The Imperial College London computer model predicting 500,000 deaths in the UK, spurring draconian quarantine measures by Boris Johnson's government and also our government, has been -- what is the best word? Tweaked? Adjusted? 

Epidemiologist Neil Ferguson put it out there that his initial estimate of 500,000 deaths might be a titch high. Now he thinks the death toll could be something like 20,000 British people, and maybe not even that many. And about that 18 month quarantine Ferguson called for? Well, terribly sorry, old bean, that was a little off as well. Ferguson is now saying the virus will peak in  two or three weeks.

No one should ever believe anything the man says again but that doesn't change the fact that...

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I jumped on an episode of Secure Freedom Radio with Frank Gaffney, Fred Fleitz, Gordan Chang and Kevin Freeman today.

Listen to the whole show here.

 



With the news of the day so terribly bleak, I turned to the New York Times's books to watch in this month of February for a quick, tonic blast of agit prop. My goodness, though; what unexpected comedic genius in these cascading cliches -- a real gift. Thanks, Woke Ones!

The following opening lines are truly copied verbatim.

Amnesty, by Aravind Adiga (Scribner's): Ever since his refugee application was denied ...

Apartment, by Teddy Wayne (Bloomsbury): It's 1996, and Wayne's achingly lonely narrator is enrolled in Columbia's MFA program ...

Apeirogon, by Colum McCann (Random House): Two fathers, one from Israel and one form Palestine, are linked by their shared grief ...

The Cactus League, by Emily Nemens (Farrar, Straus & Giroux): This debut...

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I deeply regret to report that our dear friend and great patriot Phil Haney, former DHS officer, intelligence expert and courageous truth-teller about Islam, has died violently in California yesterday. The initial reports I am hearing and also reading on social media is that he was shot and killed near San Francisco. I will post more details when they are confirmed.

UPDATE 1:20 pm ET: John Guandolo is reporting the following: "Preliminary investigation has ruled Phil’s death a suicide."  

Given that findings of "suicide" in our time have become synomous with "Arkancide" and other framed and fixed murders, above all we owe Phil a vigorous investigation and vetting of the evidence. 

RIP, friend.  

UPDATE: 1:36 pm ET Just came across this on Twitter.

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There was so much more to say that we recorded a second interview:



Frontpagemag recently posted a story about a letter Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote on behalf of Robert Meeropol and his family to President Barack Obama in which she asked Obama to issue a presidential proclamation exonerating Meeropol's mother, Ethel Rosenberg.

Yes, that Ethel Rosenberg. Along with husband Julius, Ethel Rosenberg and a ring of communist espionage agents did whatever they could (along with many others) to make sure Josef Stalin had the atomic bomb for his arsenal.

This was not just about Kremlin bragging rights. Archive records show that possession of "the Bomb" gave Stalin the confidence to trigger the Korean War. Further, other technologies stolen by the "Rosenberg Ring" would be weaponized against Americans in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The carnage, pain, destruction and loss unleashed on the world by these secret agents of Stalin is beyond...

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Now at The Epoch Times

When President Donald Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he believes the Democrats’ frontrunner, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, is a communist, the president clarified “you could say socialist,” but then again, “I think of Bernie sort of as a socialist but far beyond a socialist.”

As the pundits trip over poli-sci-class definitions, my question is what’s the difference?

As far as freedom-lovers go, safeguarding our liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, there is none. To be sure, communists and socialists argue and split hairs. They fight and break heads. But they also work together and destroy liberty because they all travel to the same soul-crushing destination of collectivism.

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Listen here for my interview with Frank and here with Audrey. 

Audrey and I also discuss PBS's agit prop attack on Joseph McCarthy.   



I have finally developed an axiom about Sen. Joseph McCarthy: The more one learns about McCarthy -- facts, not the catechism of lies continuously recited like some demonic liturgy -- the more one despises the mindset that reviles him.

If that sounds harsh, it is not a hasty formulation. In fact, after many years of thinking about McCarthy matters, it strikes me as the most natural reaction to the thinking of writers and educators who don't want to know better, and the politicians who echo them. This mindset -- "conventional wisdom" -- fills the atmosphere with so much static, and gives cover to "experts" whose specialty is strangling the life out of truth. 

So widespread is this mindset, however, that it is widely shared by notable American conservatives. These are McCarthy's latter-day allies and supporters --  that is, were they ever wake up from a chronic case of brainwashing (inspired by Stalin's Kremlin) and realize it. Until then, they wander the public square, participating in communist-inspired rituals  of anti-communist revilement. McCarthy destroyed innocent lives ... bullied free-thinkers ... didn't have a list ... never found a communist ... unleashed "McCarthyism."  From the anti-communist perspective, the spectacle of "lost" allies, marching in step with the opposition while chanting its disinformation, is a strategic disaster.    

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Nicolae Ceausescu and Robert Maxwell in happier days

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"Who were Armand Hammer and Robert Maxwell? Agents who became businessmen or businessmen who became agents?"

So asks the late Vladimir Bukovsky in his capstone work, Judgment in Moscow. 

Bukovsky's question arose as he considered the documentation he had before him on the Soviet Union's secret financial dealings with Western communists, both in cold cash (since 1969 "something to the tune of $400 million"), and, more intriguing,...

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Now at The Epoch Times

Christianity Today, the magazine founded by Billy Graham in 1956, called, in this week before Christmas, for Donald Trump's removal from office.

Franklin Graham quickly released a statement on Twitter (above) in reply: "I hadn't shared who my father @BillyGraham voted for in 2016, but because of @CYMagazine's article, I felt it necessary to share now. My father knew @realDonaldTrump, believed in him & voted for him. He believed Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation.

Amen.

It is a beautiful statement; however, I never for a moment doubted that Billy Graham voted for President Trump. Graham's vote for Trump was a given for important reasons and deep beliefs, which,...

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It is amazing to learn how much the East German intelligence agency Stasi spied on and influenced British politics. The Stasi was a kind of branch office for the KGB, a placeholder for Moscow (like Ukrainian operators would seem to be a placeholder for Moscow today), and, according to Anthony Glees, the top British expert on the subject, "Britain and especially London were riddled with Stasi spies of one kind or another." 

Glees' quotation is from his 2003 book, The Stasi Files: East Germany's Secret Operations Against Britain, which focuses on the decade spanning 1979 to 1989, the year that East Germany dissolved itself. For ten years, from 1992 to 2002, scholars like Glees were able to study such nefarious matters inside the the Stasi archive, which, for that golden-opportunity-decade, was "the only security and intelligence service archive in the world ... open to scholars." 

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In 2011, Fiona Hill was seated next to Putin at the Valdai conference in Moscow for the second year  in a row.

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Part 2 is here. 

I have been trying to think of the best word to describe Russia expert Fiona Hill's worldview. 

Assuming "non-partisan" is out, and "transcendent" inadequate, it may be best to turn away from the political firestorms of the Schiff show to focus on something less combustible....

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The Chairman was riveted

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On with Frank Gaffney, making sense (trying to) of the anti-Trump conspiracy in its hot mess impeachment phase.  

Listen or download here.



Now at The Epoch Times

From Sidney Powell's Flynn filing of October 24, 2019:

"The defense has requested the phone records of James Clapper to confirm his contacts with Washington Post reporter David Ignatius -- especially on January 10, 2017, when Clapper told Ignatius in words to the effect of "take the kill shot on Flynn."

If that order sounds like something out of the criminal underworld, welcome to the Deep State, which is not too deep anymore, writhing and flexing in plain sight.

While Clapper was allegedly targeting Gen. Mike Flynn secretly through Washington Post columnist Ignatius, we know he was also targeting...

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Part 1 is here

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We now turn from disquisitions on deception in Part One to the open book that is Russia expert Fiona Hill -- at least according the prepared remarks she delivered to the Adam Schiff "impeachment inquiry."

I take great pride in the fact that I am a non-partisan foreign policy expert, who has served under three different Republican and Democratic presidents. I have no interest in advancing the inquiry in any particular direction except toward the truth. (Emphasis in the original.)

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Now at The Epoch Times

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This week, the towering anti-communist dissident Vladimir Bukovsky was laid to rest in a London cemetery. In Washington, American democracy threw dirt on itself.

Impervious to the irony, the Democrats of the House of Representatives staged another fake impeachment "show trial" in its coup like no other to thwart the anti-communist will of the American electorate that sent Donald Trump to the White House. 

The battle is not drawn in such terms; they have been taken from us. But to understand the...

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Here is the op-ed from The Epoch Times, also here: Questions for Lt. Col. Vindman





Now at The Epoch Times

I recently picked up and was quickly hooked by Not Seeing Red: American Librarianship and the Soviet Union (1917-1960), a 2002 book by author and Ph.D. Stephen Karetzky. Sure, the topic sounds esoteric, but in this era of "deplatforming" and social media censorship, it is hotly relevant. Lauded by Paul Hollander and M. Stanton Evans, this is a book that might turn out to be a sort of early history of de-platforming and its enablers. 

Tackling decades of what we might call...

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The soft treachery of low information journalism.

Dear Free Beacon,

In “CNN Reporter: Trump Tweets Worse Than McCarthyism,” David Rutz writes that Sen. McCarthy was censured in 1954 "for his relentless charges that Soviet and communist spies had infiltrated various American institutions.” 

As is the case with about 99 p/c of what is said and written about Joseph McCarthy, this statement is untrue and grossly misleading to readers. 

While McCarthy himself would have been the first to point out that he was targeted by his political opponents for his “relentless” (and very successful*) efforts to expose Communists embedded in the US government, he was not, in fact, censured for them. 

Originally, there were under consideration a whopping 46 censure charges; however, just one of these charges came to a vote. According to this single charge,...

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Amb. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick: the People's expert witness.

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Now at The Epoch Times

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Sharyl Attkisson delivered a much-needed civics lesson this week. She writes:

Under the U.S. Constitution, it is the president of the United States who determines foreign policy. How can President Trump be “at odds with foreign policy” when he’s the one who determines it?…

Good question. Short answer: He can't be. The dirty little secret that is the complicating factor is that the government all around President Trump, unaffectionately known as "the Swamp," is a grotesque, post-Constitutional...

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Now at The Epoch Times

Halloween is over but Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's mask is still on. That's because his media and political patrons are doing everything they can to keep it from slipping.

They hold up his uniform, his ranger tab, his Purple Heart, his immigrant status, to create a facade that is not only impervious to questions but withering to them. How dare anyone question Vindman's committment, his loyalty to this country? Look at his uniform, his ranger tab, his Purple Heart, his immigrant status. 

It is a thin disguise. There are grave reasons to scrutinize and question Vindman's behavior,  regardless of whether he is a decorated veteran, an openly partisan Obama holdover, an immigrant from the old USSR, or all of the above.

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Barack Obama and Robert De Niro and Tim Cook had dinner together last week in New York City.

So, it was like this: A veteran cadre, a Russian oligarch and a Beijing education official walk into a bar .... 

The following is a masthead editorial from the Morning Herald of Uniontown, PA, of August 19, 1938. It encapsulates a few of the little-remembered highlights of the first two decades of the Soviet-led assault on our nation's character.  

Bear in mind that today, one hundred years after the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, communism is the ideological inspiration of the whole slate of Democrat Pary presidential candidates.  

 



Vladimir Bukovsky (1942-2019) and Robert Conquest (1917 -2015)

Last night, at the 42nd Annual Pumpkin Papers Irregulars Dinner, I delivered the following remarks to honor the memory of Vladimir Bukovsky.

I never had the joy of meeting Vladimir Bukovsky in person. 

We connected over attacks against my book American Betrayal because they were so similar to attacks against his own work. He and his colleague Pavel Stroilov co-wrote two essays about the book and this phenomenon.

For me, of course, this was a very special bond.

Many of us are familiar with Bukvosky’s heroic story. Co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement, Bukovsky spent nearly 12 years inside Soviet prisons, labor camps and psychiatric hospitals before his release to the West in 1976. He was 33. 

He threw himself into his role as an educator about the dangers of communism...

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The news I have been dreading comes out of England tonight: Vladimir Bukovsky has died. He was 76.

Now that Bukovsky is no more on this earth with the rest of us mortals, the obituaries, like so many doves, will be released to mark his passage out of our lives and into our memories.

I think I have always known that no matter how "prepared" one might be, this moment would be overwhelming. How do we mark the consequence and courage of such an extraordinary man who chose to lead his life in outspoken opposition to evil, who chose to sacrifice years of his life in Soviet labor camps and psychiatric hospitals rather than submit to communist slavery? The unflinching heroism, the giant scale of battle, the enormity of achievment was for Vladimir Bukovsky life's routine, and thus defies the normal sort of reckoning at life's end. The quandary lies in the colossal metaphysical...

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It's time for my monthly check-in with Audrey Russo -- the fastest 33 minutes in radio!

Listen here. 

On with Frank Gaffney discussing the anti-democratic (small "d") nature of the anti-Trump conspiracy.

Delighted to go on with Michael Savage yesterday to weave a red thread or two.

 





I can't believe I never noticed this. Then again, it's not as if the business partnership of Robert de Niro and the Agalarovs is widely reported. This partnership between de Niro and the Putin-favored oligarch family is certainly not as widely reported as de Niro's psychotic anti-Trump ravings, which is exactly the point of this commentary.

The fact is, Robert de Niro's rants needs a rating. No, not just a triple-X for the profanity that flows in true Method style -- or in the way of Pavolv's dog -- at the thought of Donald Trump. Robert de Niro needs another kind of rating; a disclaimer -- or, better, a warning.

Warning: This triple-X-rated rant against Donald J. Trump is not only the ravings of an Academy Award wining actor, but also of a business partner of the Agalarovs. 

Yes, those Agalarovs -- the Putin-connected-oligarch-family that set...

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Writing on the Biden campaign "demand" that networks prohibit Rudy Giuliani from coming on their platforms and making his case for the president, Thomas Lifson, editor of American Thinker, writes:

Trump Derangement Syndrome is causing Democrats to expose their totalitarian impulse.  Taking a lesson from communist tyrants, the Biden campaign outed itself as taking the route of silencing rather than responding to its critics. 

And then:

It revealed for all to see that that the Biden campaign regards the media as allies upon whom it can make demands in the expectation that its wishes will be followed.

Doesn't Lifson remember when the...

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Now at The Epoch Times

On July 24, 2019, all through the day, as Robert Mueller testified before Congress, the elation of President Trump's supporters continued to build. Mueller's dismal performance, start to finish, only underscored the Special Counsel report takeaway of "no collusion." It was time to celebrate, or so it seemed. The Federalist called the event: "A complete disaster for Democrats." Breitbart crowed: "Robert Mueller Testimony Backfires on Democrats as Republicans Move in for the Kill." 

My own take, both as a Trump supporter and analyst of...

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What a week.

Happily, got to talk over some of the events with Audrey Russo.

Listen here,



I am wondering if it is possible that President Trump knows full well how high the Swamp is all around him, not just outside his administration but throughout his administration. If so, I am wondering if it is also possible that he believes that if there is any hope of exposing the anti-Trump, anti-American conspiracy still at work against him and the nation, the only accessible proof lies outside normal government channels, maybe outside Washington itself.

That's ridiculous, the automatic reply is. He's the president, isn't he?

All the president has to do is unredact and release the deepest darkest secrets of the Swamp to neutralize its powers: the FISA applications, the Page-Strzok convos, the "lost" Clinton emails (which, of course, are not lost at all but closely held by NSA), and on and on to the Saudi-Bush-9/11 everything, the POW/MIA archives, the whole of the Kennedy assassination files, the works. 

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Now at The Epoch Times.

I'm posting the link to my May 15, 2019 Red Thread radio interview with Sean Hannity and Gregg Jarrett (with thanks to Vlad Tepes) because I suddenly realized that this 10-plus minute segment from the beginning of the summer makes a nice bookend to a short passage I find in Andy McCarthy's late-summer release, Ball of Collusion.

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