Nouri al-Maliki's tenure as Iraqi prime minister was
disastrous for US policy regarding Iraq. He divided the country, amplifying the
divisions between the ethnic and religious groups and moved Baghdad toward
Iran, Russia and even China.
The quest to drive Jeremy Corbyn from Labour leadership has
not abated. Though the UK political situation is not grabbing the same
headlines it did a few weeks ago, the British Establishment is nevertheless
concerned. The government of Theresa May is not well established and there is
this ever-gnawing fear and real possibility of a snap election.
These scenarios mean Corbyn could still end up becoming Prime
Minister. And to those in the Establishment... that cannot happen.
The Labour Leadership poll at the end of September will prove
a critical moment. If they fail to drive Corbyn from power, then the
Establishment will become very desperate.
I find these old videos to be fascinating. This is just a
clip. You can watch the full video on Amazon. This particular episode is
interesting because you have 'former' CIA agent and founder of modern
Conservatism William Buckley interviewing Mark Felt aka 'Deep Throat' though no
one knew it at the time. This show takes place in 1976.
There have been numerous reports as of late that have rightly
charged the Trump campaign with Neo-McCarthyism. His 'Extreme Vetting' which
when dissected starts to sound like a loyalty test. Trump is more or less advocating
the renewal of HUAC, the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was
basically a standing inquisition-type commission with great powers to
investigate and destroy. Vetting would likely lead to deportation of alien
residents and it isn't hard to see that expanding into a domestic Blacklist
directed against citizens.
The implications of this combined with the current culture of
law enforcement and the Patriot Act is a cause for great concern.
The UN Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) represents a classic
case of US manipulation and hypocrisy. Washington helped to craft the treaty
and has utilised it as a standard by which to judge and even coerce other
But the United States itself refuses to be party to it. The
US instead plays by a different set of rules and extends its boundary waters
far beyond the claims of any other nation.
One thing you can say about the European Right... it's
definitely rooted in the Enlightenment. Well, that statement would not be
applicable to every version of the European Right and yet it certainly applies
to the mayor of Cannes.
This article provides absolutely zero context for what is
happening geopolitically. It is patently a hack piece driven by an agenda and
doesn't even attempt to cover the story objectively. NBC gets a journalistic
While some of the people who denounce Grudem hardly represent
positions in line with Scripture, this endorsement comes as no surprise.
Grudem's ignorance of Scripture, history, law and the totality of his thought
have long exhibited a trajectory of error. His endorsement of Trump is little
more than the consequence or outcome. Grudem is revered by many and yet
epitomises the Evangelical trajectory toward compromise with the world in order
to seek power and approbation.
Steve Coll argues that Exxon pursues its own foreign policy
and is willing to contradict the wishes of official US policy. Maybe, but in
other cases it's all too clear that Exxon works in concert with US policy and
certainly with the US Establishment. It is well documented that the CIA has so
infiltrated Wall Street and the corporate sector that sometimes they're hard to
Duterte wishes to implement a police state. Interestingly a
War on Drugs is a vehicle he is employing to bring this about. Under the
pretense of cleaning up society, he's actually subjugating it and expanding his
Redefining Christian is more like it. I won't revisit the
whole premise of the Christian-political project and the heresy which
undergirds it, but it continues to interest me how the quest for power leads to
acculturation and the embrace of soft-feminism and a host of other worldly
characteristics. This poor deceived young woman has all the lingo and has been
well indoctrinated into Christian Sacralist categories. 1 Peter chapters 2-3
must be utterly mysterious to her as she has utterly rejected them as has the
whole movement and theology which undergirds HSLDA and Patrick Henry College.
Just a few follow-up notes regarding the DNC claim that the
Kremlin is behind the email hack.
First, even if it is true, which at this point I am not
convinced, the DNC is trying to spin the story. What they are desperate to
avoid is a serious investigation of the content of the emails and even worse,
As I mentioned in a previous post, Bernie Sanders and
Elizabeth Warren have exposed themselves as frauds, willing to compromise and
capitulate in order to retain political standing and relevance. For either of
these figures to endorse Hillary Clinton is beyond comprehension and unconscionable.The rhetoric is sickening, exposing their
fraudulent and hypocritical campaigning. They either don't believe in their
anti-corporate and anti-Wall Street rhetoric to begin with or in the end it is
revealed as little more than a populist tool to garner a disaffected portion of
the electorate. These people could apparently just as happily take up another
issue if it would get them the popularity they so evidently crave.
While I obviously sympathise with homeschoolers in France
what this article typically omits is the motivation for these legislative
changes. The American Right would point to European 'liberals' and their desire
to force a secular conformity.
If Evangelicals want to be consistent, the time has come to
turn off and abandon the National Basketball Association. The NBA caved to
public pressure and moved the All-Star game from Charlotte because of the North
Carolina law against trans-gender inclusivism. If the NBA has embraced sin,
then it must be rejected and not supported through television commercial
revenue based on ratings and/or ticket and merchandise sales.
It is truly amazing to watch the coverage of the fallout from
the Turkish coup. It's fairly obvious the US Establishment supported the coup
effort as Erdogan is made the arch-villain. There's real anger directed against
him. All the focus is on him and his crackdown. What do you expect him to do?
Of course he's purging the system. He's trying to avoid a repeat which he knows
This is an important but missed story related to the Brexit
and the status of the EU. As Brussels is in a state of semi-turmoil,
negotiations surrounding EU membership for Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Serbia
and Macedonia will certainly be delayed if not thrown into question. This is despite
public assurances to the contrary.
Is it a great shock that Roger Ailes has been exposed as a deviant
and a lecher? From its inception FOX news has been about appealing to the anger
and lust of white American men. The channel has always utilised bimbo-types to
appeal to the audience. This is the legacy of Ailes, an old master
manipulator-strategist who helped Nixon to get elected. Audiences are ignorant dupes
to be manipulated and Ailes was good at it.
Though Ted Cruz's speech at the RNC was full of lies, myths
and distortions I have to say it took some chutzpah to show up, work the
audience into a state of Right-wing ecstasy and then refuse to endorse Trump.
Known for his reporting on the Bangladesh Genocide and War of
Independence, but most famous for his reporting on Cambodia's Killing Fields,
Schanberg was haunted by firsthand experience of the evils of human nature and
the fallout of imperialist policy and wars.
Newt Gingrich wants to curtail free speech and expand
government surveillance. The implications of his statements are staggering. He's
advocating religious tests. The government will judge the nuances of your
belief system. If the Christian Right and their Right-wing allies every gained
absolute power, how long before 'heretics' like me would face their wrath and
reading websites like this one would be illegal?
Tonight while watching the coverage on France24, SkyNews, BBC
and elsewhere the anchors continuously speak with Establishment connected
analysts, ex-bureaucrat-apparatchiks, and Wall Street and Washington connected think-tank
operatives. It's been very frustrating.
Adam Hochschild has written a new book about the Spanish
Civil War and the role played by Americans in the conflict on both the Left and
Right. In particular he provides some very interesting and (for some)
enlightening information about Texaco under Chairman Torkild Rieber who sold
oil to and supported both Franco and Hitler throughout the 1930's.
This is precisely what the US did not want to see. While
Germany has all but subjugated itself to US domination, and in recent years
this has been amplified by the so-called War on Terror and the move toward a
police state, Berlin (as well as Paris) long for some independence and ability
to call their own shots.
As the years pass I am increasingly burdened by the quantity
and volume of lies that are perpetrated in the world. Truly it is a world of
deception and manipulation. I think the reality and burden of this is something
that comes with age as the whole of your knowledge and experience begin to
weigh on you.
Or perhaps it is indeed getting worse out there. I'm not
The Conservative Party (and perhaps the larger Establishment)
is trying to avoid a general election. By Cameron stepping down they've created
a situation in which a no-confidence vote seems out-of-sync with transpiring
events. The No-Confidence vote would force a snap election.
This would allow Corbyn or whoever leads Labour to have a
shot at the majority and the position of prime minister. The Right-wing within
Labour tried to oust Corbyn but he's being intransigent and refuses to back
Once again I must say that I'm not a fan of HSLDA, or a
member, but I do receive their emailed newsletters. We homeschool our children
and HSLDA is a sometimes helpful, though not always candid, source of
I often have disagreed with Elie Wiesel but I cannot help but
respect him. I cannot fully fathom what he endured and long ago I was moved by
his story and his writings. His death is but another reminder of that passing
generation that grew up in what must seem to them a different world.
Charles de Gaulle blocked British entry into the EEC because
he was convinced London was a proxy for the Americans. De Gaulle was weary of
American domination. Yes, they were glad the United States arrived in 1944 but
instead of a liberation they found American dominance was starting to feel like
occupation. The US would continue to work against de Gaulle and he certainly
reciprocated in agitating US interests.
Yes, this is what is needed, laxity with regard to political
corruption. The court that ratified Citizens United (which is actually related
to this issue) now conspires to lower the bar for corrupt politicians. These
are the people that should be held to a higher standard and should face much
harsher penalties. Instead, all too often they are given a free pass.
Texas lost its Supreme Court battle over abortion. While
abortion is an abomination I can't say that I feel very sorry for the so-called
Pro-Life movement and its attempts to destroy it.
They argue that this was about women's health. No, it wasn't
and they've been called out. This was politics pure and simple. It was an
attempt to undermine and subvert the law... not a very conservative position or
If the GOP had any imagination at all they would hire some
Presbyterians to fix the convention. There's got to be a way to subvert the
convention and through some kind of parliamentary procedure force Trump out and
take the nomination away from him.
Suddenly with the possibility of a general election this Fall
the British Establishment is determined to see Corbyn gone. If it was just the
Conservative Party picking a new leader (Boris Johnson) that would be one
thing, but increasingly it's looking like a general election. That means
there's a possibility Labour could come into power. This is further exacerbated by the sharp divisions within the Conservative Party. The country may look to new leadership.
There's a lesson here for everyone because few saw the Brexit
coming. The vote was going to be close, but most people thought it would be a
repeat of the Scottish Independence Referendum... a close, but not quite.
The Anti-Establishment is on the rise. In the United States
we have the Tea Party and Trump. Britain has UKIP. The Five-Star movement in
Italy has just scored major victories. And, Right-wing parties while not quite
seizing power (in most cases) are starting to really shake things up.
This article is correct in the way in which it navigates this
question. Even if the US has at some point supported ISIS directly or
indirectly via means of proxies it does not follow that Obama supports and/or
facilitated what happened in Orlando. It's interesting because the
conspiratorial element is not wholly disavowed but tweaked. I appreciate the
G4S is one of many companies that is heavily linked with the
US-intelligence apparatus and the Corporatocracy. Conspiracists will wonder if
Orlando shooter Mateen isn't some kind of Manchurian Candidate. Of course it is
rather suspicious when one considers his background and the fact that he was
well known to authorities. This pattern is repeating as we have seen more or
less the same thing with regard to the recent terror attacks in Europe.
Seventy-five years ago Germany unleashed a massive assault on
the Soviet Union opening up the Eastern Front, the largest battleground in
human history. Tens of millions would die over the next four years and the
Eastern Front would take on a particularly sinister and horrific character with
genocide, death camps, and ethnic cleansing. It was a brutal chapter in human
history, the real heart of the war and for the people that lived through it...
it can never be forgotten.
There are only hints of CIA recruitment associated with this
particular programme and yet it is exactly the kind of venue utilised by the US
Establishment to 'establish relationships' with future world leaders.
At this point it's difficult to point to hard evidence but
there are rumours, suggestions and hints that the toppling of Rousseff in
Brazil has at the very least been instigated by forces associated with the
United States. The case is growing almost by the day.
Earlier this year PBS' Frontline put out a documentary on
Saudi Arabia. Frontline is a good show when it comes to covering domestic
controversies. I have found it to be seriously lacking and rather slanted when
it comes to covering anything international. I usually feel like I'm watching a
propaganda video issued by the State Department.
Muhammad Ali was an intriguing figure regardless of whether
you like boxing or not. I grew up in the household of a boxing fanatic. Even
though my father was about as Right-wing as they come, Ali intrigued him. His
conversion to Islam and his anti-war stance were not appreciated but when the
guy appeared on the scene he could fight like no one else.
He was by all accounts amazing even if obnoxious and
outrageous in his presentation. He came across as unbelievably arrogant and yet
he could back up his words.
And yet he gave it all up because he refused to go to
This article is an affront to morality and Biblical
sensibilities. All too often what passes as Reformed Two Kingdom Theology
manifests itself in this type of mostly Sacralist, certainly Kuyperian and
loosely Constantinian format. While not wishing to formalise a so-called
Christian state it nevertheless champions the legacy of so-called Western
Christendom. While its advocates may be anti-Theonomic and so-called Amillennialists,
their embrace of Dominionist categories both in the end and on a practical
level brings them to more or less the same place. In terms of ethics they might
as well be Post-millenarians of the old stripe.