21 June 2017

Reverse Donald Trump.

". . . Paris [Macron] will no longer insist Assad leaving is a pre-condition for peace talks."[1]
Between introducing a measure of sanity on Syria in Paris, and attempting a Russia reset it looks like President Macron might turn out to be substantially better than candidate Macron. A kind of reverse Donald Trump if you will.[1]
[1]  "Macron Has Just Taken France out of the 'Assad Must Go' Camp." By RI Staff, Russia Insider, 6/21/17 (emphasis in original).
[1] Id.

More fun.


H/t: Russia Insider.

And your first clue was . . . what?

“I think we’re in a time when we can’t ignore the extremism from the Left,” said Oren Segal, the director of the Center on Extremism, an arm of the Anti-Defamation League.[1]
Those guys don't miss a trick.

[1] "The 'Extremism Experts' Who Used To Fear The Right, Are Now Worried About The Left." By Daniel Lang, SHTFplan.com, 6/20/17.

H/t: Zero Hedge.

The Heritage Foundation signs on to aggressive war.

Nile Gardiner, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, doubted Moscow would follow through on its threat. Russia, for instance, did not retaliate militarily after Turkey shot down its jet in 2015, he noted.

He called the U.S. military’s decision to shoot down a Syrian jet a “welcome development.”

“Washington has sent a clear message to Moscow that it’s no longer business as usual,” he said. “For too long, the Russians have treated Syria as their own backyard.”[1]

Somebody please just shoot me. Last anyone heard, the Russians are in Syria with the permission of the Syrian government. If anyone is treating Syria as its own back yard it is the U.S. and its "coalition partners." They have no rights under international law to be in or over Syria without Syrian government permission, let alone to put troops on the ground and conduct military operations there.

[1] "US signals involvement in Syria could escalate." By Rebecca Kheel, The Hill, 6/20/17.

Great headlines.

The Russians Do It Again: Democrats Get Crushed In Georgia Election Despite 7x Spending Advantage.
By Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, 6/21/17.

18 June 2017

Clapper on intellectual integrity.

Subsequently, Clapper led the charge against Snowden, while excusing his own false congressional testimony by saying, “I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful, manner.”[1]
An extraordinary statement from James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence.

Note too our former CIA Director John Brennan, who, prior to 1980, once voted for a Communist Party candidate. Reason: To "[signal] my unhappiness with the system, and the need for change."

Yes. That would be my choice were I wanting to signal my unhappiness. Last November I certainly voted for Donald Trump to signal my unhappiness with a lot of things but I could have as easily have voted communist. A trifling difference.

[1] "Clapper’s Unhinged Russia-Bashing." By David Marks, Cosortiumnews.com, 6/15/17.
[2] "Polygraph panic: CIA director fretted his vote for communist." By Tal Kopan, CNN, 9/15/16.

16 June 2017

50 years down the pike.

For decades white America made a desperate attempt to raise blacks to the level of the First World. It didn’t work. Instead [it] saw a dragging down of society to the culture of the ghetto. Blacks were behaving as usual as spoiled brats. Anything that upset them, as everything did, any expectation that they behave, led to cries of racism and depredations by such as Black Lives Matter.

As I mentioned, my parents had said that blacks could not function in the First World. It seemed that they were right. Desegregation had not worked, nor integration, nor quotas nor affirmative action nor Head Start. What didn’t work was turning blacks into members of a European civilization in which they had no interest. It would have worked no better had blacks lived in China, Japan, or Russia.

Nothing worked and nothing is going to work.[1]

This year the Naval Academy will, once again, admit minority candidates with lower board scores and grades than whites and some minorities with even lower scores will arrive at the Academy from the Naval Academy Preparatory School.

This is the state of play 50 years after the beginning of the "Civil Rights Revolution" as we continue to cling to the fairy tales of equality and integration.

[1] " Oncoming Racial Doom: The Clash of Cultures." By Fred Reed, Fred On Everything, 6/15/17.

H/t: The Burning Platform.

Stupidity is a polite word for it.

The European Union is not about cooperation for protecting the best interests of Europeans; it is about turning the entire continent into a Multicultural theme park while the natives get culturally deconstructed and demographically crushed. The EU is a large-scale social experiment conducted on hundreds of millions of people. It is not about economics of scale, it is about stupidity of scale. The EU system corrupts virtually everybody who comes close to it. It cannot be reformed, it can only be dismantled.
"Why the EU Constitutes a Mortal Threat to Europeans." By Fjordman, Gates of Vienna, 6/15/17 (footnote omitted).

15 June 2017

Great headlines.

Putin Offers Asylum To "Leaker" Comey.[1]
He did, actually. Here are the relevant passages:
Vladimir Putin trolled the US on Thursday, when speaking in a live call-in show with the Russian nation, the Russian president likened Comey to Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum in Russia in 2013, and scoffed at James Comey's disclosure of his conversations with U.S. President Donald Trump, saying the move has made Comey eligible for political asylum in Russia.

"It looks weird when the chief of a security agency records his conversation with the commander-in-chief and then hands it over to media via his friend," Putin was quoted by Russia's Tass. “This is strange. What is the difference then between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden? He is not a head of the special services, but a human rights activist.

The trolling concluded when Putin said that "by the way, if he (Comey) is subject to any sort of persecution in connection with this, we will be ready to give him political asylum in Russia. And he should know about this."[2]

Continuing in the mode of frankness:

Predictably, the Russian president once again reiterrated his denial of meddling in the U.S. election, saying that Russia has openly expressed its views and hasn't engaged in any covert activities.

Continuing the combative mood, Putin then turned the tables on the US, saying it was the US which has sought to influence Russian elections by funding NGOs as part of its aspirations for global domination. "Turn a globe and point your finger anywhere, you will find American interests and interference there."[3]

I don't think this is a man who concerns himself with Twitter.

[1] "Putin Offers Asylum To 'Leaker' Comey." By Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, 6/15/17 (emphasis in original).
[2] Id.
[3] Id.