LIBERTARIAN: “War Is a Racket”

Ep. 791 War Is a Racket: The Life and Thought of Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler
25th November 2016 Tom Woods

CJ Killmer, host of the Dangerous History Podcast and popularly known as Prof. CJ, joins me to discuss the antiwar views of the fascinating Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, author of War Is a Racket.

Book Discussed

War Is a Racket, by Major General Smedley Butler 

Guest’s Website 

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Can’t we look under the covers and see that the USA’s “defense” is not the problem. It’s the “offense”.

“Department of Defense” is definitely a deliberately mislabeling of an identity.

I read this back in the mid 70’s after 4 years in the USAF. It completed my change into a little L libertarian as well as a real anti-war zealot. (Not the psuedo ersatz anti-war movement that comes out whenever there is an R in the White House and disappears when it’s occupant is a D!) It’s short and sarcastic so I really liked it. It’s a quick read and if it doesn’t influence your thinking, please let me know.

I especially like his idea that the military vote on “going to war” decisions. There’s a reason that few of the politicians and bureaucrats have their children in the military. Remember Heinlein’s Starship Troopers’ universe? One does not merely have the right to be a citizen and vote by virtue of what Heinlein called the mere accident of birth; rather, one has to earn this right through Federal Service that tested one’s ability and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the polity. Bet not a lot of vets would vote for any, if not all, the undeclared wars the USA has been in since WW2?

It should be required reading for the USA citizenship exam and I be you’ll never see it in the Gooferment Skrules.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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GUN: A defensive firearm, quickly accessible in the living room … …

Elderly Hamilton Man Shoots Robbery Suspect
By Bob Irwin
November 19, 2016

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USA – The Journal News in Hamilton, Ohio reports 11-02- 2016 an 88-year-old resident had just finished washing his car in the front yard of his home Tuesday night when a man and a woman cornered him.

They demanded money and forced him into the house.

Once inside the victim said they hit him in the face and in the chest. He thought he was going to be severely beaten. The male robber taunted him “You don’t have a gun, do you?”

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A defensive firearm, quickly accessible in the living room, saved this victim’s life. One would not expect any 88 year old to survive a physical beat down. Hopefully there is enough physical evidence available to allow a quick apprehension. The cowardly animals that attack such elderly victims really need to be off the street.

The victim was apparently cool, calm and experienced enough to intend a non-lethal shot. Amazing! The criminal’s comment about the victim indicates that he was perhaps the burglar who stole it previously.

He obviously didn’t feel comfortable taking a life. Many would argue that was a mistake but it’s unfair to second guess victims who were in the situation. It was a choice that is only his to make.

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One can never know for sure what we would do in that circumstance.

I’d like to think I could be that cool under pressure.

I’m unaware of any instructor who teaches anything but shoot for the center of mass.

I’d agree that these two leggett varmints need to be put down quickly before they kill someone else. Like a bear that kills a human get euthanized. These two criminals may have learned to kill their victims. 

Sitting here on my couch, as a pro-life little L libertarian, I’d have shot both for the center of mass. If for no other reason than to save their next victim’s life.

So sad to have to say that, but that victim’s life is worth saving.

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TINFOILHAT: Was Patton killed to shut him up?

Movie Review: Silence Patton
By Bill Sardi
November 19, 2016

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General Patton was outspoken.  He was no diplomat.  He saw no romance in war as military recruiters often sell to young men.  He had the unflinching nerve. He didn’t mince his words.  He spoke with bluntness.  He was not politically correct. 

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World War II on the Eastern Front was wrapping up.  German generals signed an unconditional surrender agreement on May 7, 1945.   US generals would return home to face hearings and inquiries about the war.  As the film indicates, General Patton was going to disclose all the screw-ups and mistakes on the war front.  Somebody didn’t want Patton’s bluntness to reach Congress and the American people. 

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With very sketchy information at the time, my late uncles — who always suspected FDR caused Pearl Harbor — always believed that he was assassinated to shut him up. They felt it was to protect “the establishment”. 

Maybe that where I get my own tin foil hat?

What would Patton have exposed?

The sell out to the Russians by the communists in the US Government?

Sully the reputations of MacArthur, Ike, and other generals?

Maybe expose the profit makers in war on both sides?

We may never know.

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INTERESTING: “better off eating the box it comes in”

Krispy Kreme sued over false advertising of fruit, maple doughnut ingredients
Published November 15, 2016

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Instead, the complaint alleges, the donuts are made with “nutritionally inferior ingredients.” As one example, on its website, Krispy Kreme lists the ingredients for its “Blueberry Sugar Bits” as consisting of sugar, corn syrup, palm oil, and a variety of artificial flavors and colorants– but no fruit. 

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Is the plaintiff seeking to get good nutrition from something called “Krispy Kreem”?

Can’t find where I heard it, but some web doc (I think) said when it comes to “frozen prepared food” that you’d “better off eating the box it comes in”.

When you read the ingredients above, you would be better eating box or bag that the “crispy cream” came in!

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POLITICAL: Close the UN and make it into condos

Donald Trump and the U.N.: Signs of Clashing Views on Many Issues
NOV. 19, 2016

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The optimists among them are expressing relief that Donald J. Trump said nothing during the campaign about dismantling the United Nations altogether — or turning its iconic tower facing the East River into condos.

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This has been a disgrace. Its record for interference and the results speak for itself. And, their “human rights” committee is a joke.

So, if DJT wants to withdraw our financial support and ship it out to where it wants to go, then that’s fine with me.

And I’m sure the subjects of Comrade DeBlasio would be happy with the traffic improvement.

There are better ways to waste money then this international disaster.

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VETERANS: I didn’t know about the Arlington Ladies

At Arlington National Cemetery, America’s heroes are never buried alone
Published November 11, 2016

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Whether it’s in the rain, snow or sweltering heat, no matter what branch of America’s armed services is being honored at Arlington National Cemetery, there is one thing that remains constant – they will never be buried alone.

The fallen servicemen and women’s funerals are attended daily by the Arlington Ladies, a group of volunteers who cover all Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard burials at the historic cemetery in Virginia.

“Some veterans or their families learn about the Arlington Ladies and think that they need to schedule us, and that is never the case,” Air Force Arlington Lady Sandra Griffin said in an AARP video released this week in honor of Veterans Day. “Regardless of the situation whether there is family or not, we’ll always be there,” she said.

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On any given weekday at Arlington, as many as 30 war dead and veterans are laid to rest, according to AARP Bulletin.

In addition to the funeral rituals of a honor guard, rifle volley, the playing of taps and the presentation of a folded American flag, the Arlington Ladies speak to the families of the fallen and hand over envelopes to their next of kin.

Inside the envelopes? A condolence card from the armed service’s chief of staff and a handwritten note from the Arlington Lady, usually written after researching the service member’s life online.

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Well done, ladies. At a time when talk is cheap, their actions say it all.

Brings a tear to the eye of this grumpy fat old white guy injineer.

As I’ve said before, when there is a KIA, the funeral should be attended by the politicians that “represent” that “casualty”. That means both of the Senators and the Representative should meet the family and grieve with them. Maybe then they’d be more considerate of how they use them as props for their political ambitions and “great” ideas.


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POLITICAL: The wisdom of the Dead Old White Guys

108,600 Votes Swing 46 Electoral College Votes to Donald Trump

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Trump won Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral college votes, by 68,236 votes, Wisconsin, with its 10 electoral college votes, by 27,257 votes, and Michigan, with its 16 electoral college votes, by 13,107 votes.

Had those 108,600 votes gone to Hillary Clinton, she would have won the presidency with a a 278 to 260 electoral college victory over Trump.

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You have to admire the wisdom of the Dead Old White Guys.

They constructed a system that made politicians pay attention to the small states.

Stuff all the ballot boxes in Chicago. Have all the dead folks vote in California and New York. Fudge the all the polls. Slant the news. 

It doesn’t matter if a politician ignores “electoral map”, they will lose. 

Pretty sharp system to ensure a “national fairness”!

Of course, now the losers want to do away with it for a straight popular vote. And if that happens, let the stuffing begin!

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LIBERTARIAN: This little L libertarian salutes a peace activist

Posted on November 7, 2016 by keywestlou

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I wrote a lengthy column about Jeanette Rankin three years ago in KONK Life. An interesting woman.

On this date in 1916, Rankin became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. From Montana. Western women worked shoulder to shoulder with the men. They had a different respect than their eastern compatriots.

Rankin did not last long in office. One term. She was a pacifist. Voted against entry into World War I.

Some twenty years later, Rankin was again elected to the House. Again, only for one term. She was the sole vote against the U,.S. declaration of war against Japan following December 7, 1941.

Rankin needed police help to leave the House building following her vote. A crowd of angry persons had her confined in a telephone booth.

Enjoy your day! 

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I didn’t know this before today. I did know that there was only vote against entry in WW2.

You have to respect someone with the courage of their convictions.

Perhaps she saw that the Lusitania was not what it seemed (i.e., it was carrying munitions), that “war” would turn dead Americans into big profits for the war industry (shades of Ike warning the USA of the military industrial complex), and that George Washington warned about becoming entangled.

Then in her next term, she saw that it was FDR’s plan to end the depression, again turn bodies into profits, and turn the USA into a global empire.

Special place in heaven for her.

Most libertarians value peace as a principle because it minimizes the State.

Special thanks for the wake up by Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957).

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INTERESTING: How did they tell time?

How Did Native Americans Keep Time Without A Watch (Or Calendar)?
Written by: Tammy Robinso

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In today’s modern world, it is easy to tell time. There are clocks on buildings, billboards, cell phones and microwave ovens. Then there’s the old-fashioned grandfather clock in the hallway.

But what if you didn’t have a watch? What would you do then?

And if you didn’t have a calendar, would you know when winter was coming? When it was the appropriate “time” to plant? To harvest? How old you are? How long would it take for you to “forget” to mark down a day or several days, or several weeks, thus obscuring even your age?

Native people had certain signs that they relied on and they actually had a very good sense of “time” — even though it differs from what we would consider time today.

White Man’s Time Clock

For many tribes, the clock – the one the Europeans used and brought to America — was a strange thing that was not easily understood. Some tribes thought that since the clock moved on its own and that it sometimes made sounds, it was a living thing.

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It really is an insightful question. People work themselves to death by the clock.

Perhaps it’s better to ignore “time” and focus on “life”?

I often rant about Time Zones and Daylight Savings Time. Is this the meme that illustrates how crazy our species is?

Do we needlessly complicate “life” by our paradigms and memes on “time”?

Imagine the simplicity of a “universal time zone” like GMT. It just means that a nine to five job in New York would be a “Two to 10”. Each of the current time zones would just adjust their labels. And no more confusion as to what time is the there!


And DST is just stupid and kills people.

Not likely to change but it does give us an interesting insight.

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VETERANS: World War II combat veterans are life’s work

Nov 10, 3:35 PM EST

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — For as long as he can remember, Rishi Sharma’s heroes haven’t been sports stars or movie stars or any other kind of stars. They’ve been the U.S. combat veterans who won World War II.

Alarmed that even the youngest of them are now in their 90s and dying each day by the hundreds, the Southern California teenager has launched a campaign to try to ensure each one’s legacy.

“I’m on a mission to in-depth film interview a World War II combat veteran every single day,” the earnest 19-year-old says after a recent afternoon spent in the living room of William R. Hahn of Los Angeles, where Sharma mined the 93-year-old’s memories for hours.

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An admirable effort.

I wish that I had captured the stories of all my relatives, some of whom were vets.

A great project by a son of immigrants.

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LIBERTARIAN: New Hampshire Libertarian Party as an exemplar

NH Libertarians Officially Recognized as Party For First time in 20 Years + “Free Staters” Win 15+ State Rep Races
by Ian | Nov 9, 2016

NH State HouseLibertarians Had Major Successes in NH 2016 Elections

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The national election is just a sideshow. Nothing of substance in DC will change in the next four years and I predict Trump will ultimately disappoint those who think he’s somehow an “outsider” or “anti-establishment”. Meanwhile, the left is MAD and secession will grow into a serious idea for many of them as they begin to see the value in breaking away from the United States. Indeed, Californians already held a #CalExit rally on the Sacramento statehouse grounds today!

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I am pleased to have been part in this epic victory. 

Maybe New Hampshire can lead the way to a “new” Libertarian Party as the “Party of Principle” and the “Party of Peace”?

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Remember, Remember the Fifth of November, 2016

by Ian

As thousands are gathering in the streets in London around the world for the “Million Mask March“, donning Guy Fawkes masks (popularized by the excellent movie, “V for Vendetta”), it’s important to remember that Guy Fawkes was not a hero. Fawkes was willing to commit violence against people to forward his cause. While many libertarians may feel the government deserves violence in response to their violent, depraved acts, here at the Free Keeneblog, we’re committed to peaceful evolution.

Violence may appear to work in the short-term, but ultimately all it does is justify the ever-increasing police state in the minds of the state actors and their supporters. Violence also brings you down to the level of the state – that’s the tool they use. We should not want to be like them. There are a myriad of peaceful solutions to moving liberty ahead in our lifetime – the most powerful of which is to concentrate liberty-minded activists in one geographic area – New Hampshire. Another major solution is to end New Hampshire’s involvement in the federal government.

To that end, for the fourth time in about a month, V-mask wearing activistsgathered in Keene’s Central Square to demonstrate in favor of New Hampshire declaring peaceful independence from the United States. Normally our response from drivers and passers-by is very positive, but today people were even more excited and interested. We had at least a dozen people take photos of us from their cars or while walking around, plus one guy from Massachusetts even parked and came up to shoot video of us. People in New Hampshire love the idea of independence and setting NH free from the evil United States federal government!

Let’s keep the conversation going. If you’re new to secession, check out some of the info from the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence to learn more about why it’s the best idea for a bright, prosperous, and free future.

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One can only hope, that like the USSR, Granite Staters would be allowed to peacefully leave “These United States of America”. Or, the USA empire.

The right of self-determination should be recognized as an inherent human right. 

Unfortunately, there are powerful interests that like the situation — the warfare / welfare state — just the way it is now.

How does Joe or Jane Sixpack get off the merry go round?

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TECHNOLOGY: Tom Woods reports that academia and old media is ignored

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I’m just Mr. Good News lately.

This week I reported on falling profits at the New York Times, as well as my car giveaway (I’m giving away a 2017 Kia Soul, as you know from yesterday’s email).

And today it’s this:

American academics have zero impact on anything.

Five different people sent me an article on this today. It made me happy.

American academia is dominated by left-liberalism. Some good work is done. Lots of forgettable, insignificant, or insane work is done.

And most of it, thank heavens, is not read.

Some 82 percent of articles in professional humanities journals have not been cited even once, ever.

It’s estimated that the typical academic journal article is read by no more than 10 people. In some fields, that’s actually a vast overestimate.

As academia has become more and more isolated from the normal experiences of regular Americans, so too have professors begun to offer fewer and fewer policy recommendations.

In the 1930s and 1940s, 20 percent of articles in the American Political Science Review focused on policy recommendations. Now 0.3 percent do.

And that’s all to the good, if you ask me.

The New York Times is hemorrhaging ad revenue, and nobody is listening to the left-liberal academic echo chamber.

Now go celebrate.

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I agree. It’s about time that the Sheeple ignore their “leaders” and do what’s right.

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VETERANS: The Color of War and “war crimes”

The Color of War

The Color of War is a History Channel documentary series narrated by Peter Coyote, presenting fresh perspectives on the day-to-day experience of World War II. Using a striking assemblage of color footage and photographs from national archives and private collections, the Color of War opens fresh perspectives on the day-to-day from every possible front. From the first draftees thrown into the breach to the sheer boredom between battles to the uniforms worn and the objects carried, this unparalleled saga is further illuminated by letters and diaries, communiques from the battlefield, and the sounds and songs of the era.

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Some of the film seems to show “war crimes”.


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VETERANS: Celebrate Armistice Day; not Veterans Day!

Why politicians hate Armistice Day but love Veterans Day Retweet

By Perry Willis

Veterans Day is Friday, November 11th. It used to be called Armistice Day. It was a day that remembered the moment when the First World War ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Armistice Day was a valuable holiday. It constantly reminded people of the biggest mistake that politicians ever made… Armistice Day to celebrate "no more war"

A world war fought over absolutely nothing!

Alas, the politicians could not abide such a reminder of their own folly, and so Armistice Day was eventually changed to something the politicians could exploit — Veterans Day. Whereas Armistice Day highlighted the dangers of militarism and interventionism, Veterans Day promotes these schemes. Yes, the holiday includes appreciation for soldiers past and present, but it’s also used by politicians to tell…

A Big Lie

Politicians exploit Veterans Day (and Memorial Day too) to claim that they used our soldiers to defend freedom. But is that really true? We’re going to stress-test this claim between now and November 11th. We’ll review our wars and interventions one-by-one and ask the following questions…

  • Was the war necessary to defend America?
  • Did the politicians use our veterans to defend freedom or harm freedom?
  • Did the war make things better or worse?

We believe the evidence is overwhelming that the politicians’ wars have…

  • Made America less safe
  • Harmed freedom
  • Made the world worse, on balance
  • Injured and destroyed veterans for little benefit

But you’ll be be able to judge for yourself as we present the evidence. We do this because…

We want to prevent the loss of more young lives in useless wars

Alas, experience has taught us that we’re not allowed to speak the truth on Veterans Day or Memorial Day. It’s okay to lie about our wars on those days. The lies are greeted with enthusiasm. But the truth is met with howls of outrage and shouted down. And so…

If the truth must be silent on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, that’s all the more reason for it to be proclaimed loudly on the days before. That’s what we intend to do between now and November 11th.

If our case convinces you, please share it with others. Start a conversation about the correct way to honor veterans and the war dead. We believe it should be possible to honor their courage and mourn their loss, without telling lies about how they were used. We hope you’ll consider our case in the days ahead.

Perry Willis is the co-founder of Downsize DC and the co-creator of the Zero Aggression Project

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This is subtle change that I never realized until this pointed it out to me.


Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

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GOVERNACIDE: Fukushima a Gooferment disaster

Fukushima frozen in time: How the uninhabitable exclusion zone remains untouched, five years after tsunami caused Japanese nuclear plant disaster 

  • The area around Fukushima’s reactor was evacuated in April 2011 and is still cordoned off to the public 
  • It followed the 8.9 magnitude Tohoku earthquake which led to a tsunami which partly flooded the plant
  • This led to the failure of several coolant water pumps, which prevented the reactor from overheating 
  • In February three Tokyo Electric Power Company executives were charged with professional negligence 

PUBLISHED: 08:46 EDT, 2 November 2016 | UPDATED: 07:50 EDT, 3 November 2016

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Sorry, but the Gooferment approved all these disastrous decisions. And absolved the “company” from liability. So, as usual, the people absorb the burnt of the costs.

Who is the genius that made these decisions?

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INTERESTING: ‘a bit like negotiating one’s way up a badger’s a***’

Would you want a pilot to tell you if the plane was about to crash? Aviation experts reveal why passengers are NOT always informed 

  • Pilots and aviation safety experts discussed the topic on an online forum
  • Sometimes there isn’t time for crew to disclose an impending disaster 
  • Passengers also came forward with their own stories of near-crashes 

PUBLISHED: 10:48 EDT, 3 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:26 EDT, 3 November 2016

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After flying through a plume of volcanic ash dispersed from a recent eruption, Captain Eric Moody said: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. ‘We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress.’

Fortunately, this story had a happy ending and everyone survived, though Captain Moody later described the experience as being ‘a bit like negotiating one’s way up a badger’s a***’. 

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Interesting question?

I think I’d like to know.

Say a prayer and watch my life flash!

Otherwise, I might waste those last minutes worrying about the future.

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POLITICAL: Politicians and bureaucrats “Never apologize”

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If you read the book by Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, there’s one central theme that comes out and every politician, power broker and religionist since has practiced.  Never apologize.  They will obfuscate, misdirect, counter accuse, but never apologize.  Sad really.  Politics is the game of literalizing metaphor and hanging people by twisting intent of their words.  

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It’s really sad and frustrating.


Well, it will soon be over.

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POLITICAL: What is the truth? Who’s going to “suicide” next?

The Real Reasons Why James Comey Reopened the Hillary Investigation
By Joachim Hagopian
October 31, 2016

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Finally, diGenova dropped one more bombshell in Friday’s interview. An inside source has revealed to him that the laptops belonging to key Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, both wrongly  granted immunity, were not destroyed after all as previously reported, but have been secretly kept intact by investigating FBI agents refusing to destroy incriminating evidence as part of the in-house whitewash. Additionally like their boss, Hillary’s aides also sent classified material using private servers. On top of that, longtime aide Cheryl Mills on multiple occasions has perjured herself lying under oath for the Clinton crime family, tasked with “cleaning up” (aka covering up) their countless scandals over the past several decades. Indeed the whole Clinton entourage not already “mysteriously” winding up in the growing Clinton dead pool are all unindicted criminals protected by the corrosively corrupt DC cronyism where backroom deals (a la Bill’s airport ambush) are brokered based on whatever dirt’s been gathered and used as bargaining blackmail chips against all parties involved. That’s how the Washington crowd stays immune from any and all accountability as well as stays alive. Violate that crime syndicate code of conduct and you lose your life as more recent victims earlier this year have.

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Sounds like “insubordinate” agents are taking matters into their own hands.

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SOFTWARE: Apple’s email has a poor design

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How can Apple design such poor software that it doesn’t highlight an obvious forgery?


While it had little chance of fooling me — a quick email from gmail and visa versa proved it “lame” — I wonder how many it does catch?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Seaside Heights may never recovery its former glory

4 years after storm, some places changed by Sandy forever
Published October 28, 2016  Associated Press

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NEW YORK –  For four years, people have worked hard and mostly successfully to erase the deep scars Superstorm Sandy left on the New York and New Jersey coastlines when it crashed ashore with deadly force on Oct. 29, 2012.

But recovery will never come to Oakwood Beach, among several places along the coast that have seen permanent changes wrought by the storm.

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In Seaside Heights, made infamous by the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore,” authorities still plan to rebuild an amusement park that had its roller coaster swept into the surf by the storm. But the town gave up on returning the park to a pier that jutted out into the water, opting instead for a new location on the beach.

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Seaside Heights NJ 08751 will never be the same. It may never regain it past “glory”. Even though it survived MTV’s “Jersey Shore” reality show — where Brooklyn studs and sluts were portrayed as “Jerzee”. Argh!

Note the Gooferment / Statist language in the article.

Like “authorities still plan” and “the town gave up”!


Neither the citizens of nor the taxpayers to the “Borough of Seaside Heights” were ever polled. In fact, continuing a town tradition of rule by the elite, in the days after the storm, property “owners” were prevented from reentry. Who knows what happened during those weeks? But we do know from news footage that the boardwalk owners met often with the “town officials” about what would happen.


It’s a sad state of affairs when the Sheeple are treated so badly.

Another time when I’m not so aggrieved, let’s talk about the phony “Federal Flood Insurance” program and the fraud it is. 


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“If I could do one thing and wave a magic wand, I would eliminate the national flood insurance program,” he said to cheers from some of those who protested him minutes earlier. “They won’t let us regulate them … and they dominate the market.” — Gov. Chris Christie 

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