By Larry Johnson on July 4, 2015 at 9:35 PM in Current Affairs | 44 Comments
I am a Son of the American Revolution. Through no effort of my own, other than to be a member of the “lucky” sperm club, I have 24 Great Grandfathers (and one Great Grandmother) who fought in the American Revolution of 1776. They were all citizen soldiers.
I also have a sixth Great Uncle, Charles Thomson. His brother, William, is my sixth Great Grandfather. If you have seen the movie or play, 1776, Charles Thomson was the Secretary of the Continental Congress.
Thomson was a leader in the revolutionary crisis of the early 1770s. John Adams called him the “Samuel Adams of Philadelphia”. Thomson served as the secretary of the Continental Congress through its entirety. Through those 15 years, the Congress saw many delegates come and go, but Thomson’s dedication to recording the debates and decisions provided continuity. Along with John Hancock, president of the Congress, Thomson’s name (as secretary) appeared on the first published version of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776.
Thomson’s role as secretary to Congress was not limited to clerical duties. According to biographer Boyd Schlenther, Thomson “took a direct role in the conduct of foreign affairs.” Fred S. Rolater has suggested that Charles Thomson was essentially the “Prime Minister of the United States”. Thomson is also noted for designing, with William Barton, the Great Seal of the United States. The Great Seal played a prominent role in the January 14, 1784, (Ratification Day) ratification of the Treaty of Paris. Britain’s representatives in Paris initially disputed the placement of the Great Seal and Congressional President Thomas Mifflin’s signature, until mollified by Benjamin Franklin.
Charles, along with his brothers and father, left Ireland in 1739. His father died on board the ship. When he and his brothers reached America they had no money and were separated. Not certain if they ever saw each other again. I am descended from sufferers. Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on July 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM in Current Affairs | 89 Comments
I am not giving the Left a pass. They seem equally clueless. But I am reacting to opinions and analysis proffered by voices on the right, such as Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. Ed is writing about reports out of London that the Gulf Allies want to arm the Kurds to fight ISIS but Obama is blocking the aid. Ed is reacting to material posted at Instapundit:
The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.
Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.
They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.
Ed adds his comment: Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM in Current Affairs | 107 Comments
To refer to Washington as a bordello is an insult to prostitutes around the world. At least a legitimate prostitute ensures that her (or his) customer gets what they paid for. Not so in Washington. What is going on in the White House and the Congress and the Supreme Court is closer to rape.
So, I want to encourage you to read a great excerpt from a new book by former Senator Gary Hart. Worth your time.
He starts off:
Four qualities have distinguished republican government from ancient Athens forward: the sovereignty of the people; a sense of the common good; government dedicated to the commonwealth; and resistance to corruption. Measured against the standards established for republics from ancient times, the American Republic is massively corrupt.
From Plato and Aristotle forward, corruption was meant to describe actions and decisions that put a narrow, special, or personal interest ahead of the interest of the public or commonwealth. Corruption did not have to stoop to money under the table, vote buying, or even renting out the Lincoln bedroom. In the governing of a republic, corruption was self-interest placed above the interest of all—the public interest.
We have seen this self-interest this week in truck loads. Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 28, 2015 at 3:43 PM in Current Affairs | 117 Comments
I am neither a homophobe nor anti-homosexual. The gay men and women I know are decent, wonderful people. But that does not mean that I embrace homosexual sex as something good for people or good for society. There is no scientific consensus yet, to my knowledge, that explains why men are sexually attracted to men or women to women. Is it genetic? Is it socialization? Is it psychological? Is it a combination?
Regardless of the “cause” there is no denying that homosexuality as been around for most of human history. Of course, as I noted in a previous post, without heterosexual dominance homosexuals would become extinct. The fact that most human communities throughout history have not accepted or embraced homosexuality has more to do with Darwin than with petty discrimination.
Let’s have a frank, candid discussion–female homosexuality is a different animal than male homosexuality. The act of cunnilingus, for example, is not inherently violent nor invasive. While there are many cultures that still discourage men from performing this act on their spouse, you can certainly understand sexually frustrated women finding a “source” for providing this pleasure.
Not so with anal intercourse. The Hershey Highway ain’t a freeway. It’s a tollway. Read the rest
By KenoshaMarge on June 28, 2015 at 6:41 AM in Current Affairs | 27 Comments
I’m not very good with computers. Television was the new thing when I was growing up. I still remember the thrill of our first “color” teevee. The skin tones were kind of green but we didn’t care, it was in color! From there to here was a long journey and the truth is that most 10 year olds know more about computers than I do. Why wouldn’t they? Most of them were born with a cell phone in one hand and a mouse in the other.
I’m concerned because I know that I don’t have the tech skills to keep my computer from being hacked. Not having the “tech” skills to prevent that I must rely on my “firewalls” knowing that against a skillful hacker they’re useless. That’s a reality most of us would rather not think about as the words “Identity Theft” bounce around our brains.
You would think our government as big and powerful as ours would be better at containing hackers. Seems not so much. The world’s only Super Power is apparently as helpless against hackers as this little old lady in SE Wisconsin. That should scare the crap out of everyone. It should be enough to make everyone take the cell phone out of their ear and their thumb out of their ass and insist those useless parvenus DO SOMETHING about this. Like maybe hire someone who knows something not just people who follow their particular political doctrine. We got to where we are because those in power, and most of those that vote for them, care nothing about competence and everything about agenda.
Even if you aren’t “political” and don’t follow politics the words - government - data - hacked - should set your hair on fire and send your concern meter into the red. Without cyber security there is NO security!
While Chinese, Russian, Iranian or who knows what foreign hacker sifts through government data, seemingly at will, our “leaders” are focused on the removal of the Confederate Flag from everywhere. Gotta keep them priorities straight. This is like a bad, really bad movie script except they wouldn’t make such a movie because no one would believe it.
The president’s spokesweasel, Josh Earnest admitted that he was hacked but refused to say who else in the White House had been a victim. Get that? In the White House! And our feckless CiC flew off to fund raise. And media kept it’s focus on who was and was not insisting on removing the Confederate Flag from everywhere. You cannot make up such stupidity. Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 27, 2015 at 9:56 AM in Current Affairs | 23 Comments
Barack Obama reinforced his growing legacy as clueless, doofus who lives in a delusional cocoon. In the wake of the murders last week in Charleston, South Carolina, Obama:
expressed anger over the “senseless” shooting in a black church in South Carolina and said Americans had to confront the fact that frequent incidents of gun violence do not occur in other advanced countries.
Yep. Things overseas are just peachy. Consider these events in the last 24 hours:
Bloodshed believed linked to Islamic militants hit three continents in a matter of hours Friday — deadly gunfire at a Tunisian resort, a beheading in France and a blast at a Kuwait mosque — raising fears of escalating violence during the Muslim holy month dedicated to prayer and peaceful reflection.
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By Larry Johnson on June 26, 2015 at 11:38 AM in Current Affairs | 56 Comments
What in the hell has happened to our country? Bill Clinton championed the Defense of Marriage Act, which had the full backing of his wife. Barack Obama campaigned on the defense of marriage between a man and a woman. Now? Amnesia.
I am tired of being smacked in the face and bombarded with propaganda that Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender aka the “LGBT” Community is something natural and normal. It ain’t. I do not know how long we will have the luxury of pretending that our new freak show is actually Shakespeare, but nature is nature.
It is one thing to revise laws so that people pre-disposed or inclined to have sex with someone of their own sex are not punished or persecuted, but it is another to insist that individual sexual preferences are sacrosanct and that society must embrace sexual perversion as normal behavior.
Despite the pleasure associated with acts such as fellatio, masturbation and intercourse, the practical reality remains–sex is first and foremost about procreation. Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 25, 2015 at 12:08 PM in Current Affairs | 44 Comments
Today’s Supreme Court decision is really a sideshow and masks the true problem, not just with Obamacare, but the overall concept of healthcare in the United States.
Let’s start with some basic facts:
1. Agricultural subsides by the Federal Government promote “food” that makes people sick. The two biggest culprits on this front are Sugar and Corn. Let’s start with Sugar:
The program that supports the American sugar industry has many facets. Most infamous is a subsidy program in which the U.S. Department of Agriculture gives loans to sugar farmers and allows them to repay those loans with raw sugar if sugar prices fall below 20.9 cents per pound. This program functions as an effective mass purchase of sugar, which drives up prices for consumers and thus doubly subsidizes the industry. The USDA then sells this sugar at a steeply discounted price to ethanol producers. Last year the USDA spent $53.3 million on the program. Including the loans that could not be repaid, the government spent $171.5 million.
The government also enforces a system of tariffs and quotas on imported sugar, limiting the supply of cheaper sugar that can be imported from abroad. This results in wide spreads between global and domestic sugar prices. In the absence of protection, consumers and sugar-using producers alike could save several cents a pound on sugar bought from other countries.
And then there is King Corn: Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 23, 2015 at 6:41 PM in Current Affairs | 38 Comments
President Obama tomorrow officially will dismantle a hostage policy that once worked but, under his stewardship, has been an unmitigated disaster and cost the lives of Americans and put others at risk. The New York Times offers the following innocuous explanation:
President Obama on Wednesday will announce that the government will no longer threaten criminal prosecution of the families of American hostages who are held abroad by groups like the Islamic State if they attempt to pay ransom for the release of their loved ones. The change is one of many that are intended to fix what the administration has acknowledged is a broken policy on United States captives, a senior administration official said.
In a presidential directive and an executive order, Mr. Obama also plans to make clear that while he is keeping a longstanding federal prohibition against making concessions to those who take hostages, the government can communicate and negotiate with captors holding Americans or help family members seeking to do so in order to ensure their safe return.
The changes make official what has long been the United States government’s unspoken practice in some hostage cases, but one that has been inconsistently applied and poorly understood both inside federal agencies and among family members desperate to win the release of their relatives.
The New York Times and the rest of the media fail to understand or explain that inconsistencies in the policy are a direct result of decisions taken by Obama, Secretary Clinton and others in the Administration. Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 22, 2015 at 12:33 PM in Current Affairs | 32 Comments
I am past the point of outrage over the double standard and political posturing when Obama plays the race card. A mentally disturbed white boy in South Carolina murders nine black folks and we are immediately assaulted with parallels to the Jim Crow South. “All white people want to kill them some niggers.” At least that’s the message media is helping spread.
I do not believe that “black lives” matter. They do not. Human lives matter. Not just black, but white, yellow, red, green. Whatever rainbow hue you are, your life does matter.
If black lives really matter then why do we ignore Chicago? Check out these stats:
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By Larry Johnson on June 22, 2015 at 10:27 AM in Current Affairs | 9 Comments
Get your Valium and/or martinis charged and ready to go. Supreme Court will issue decisions within the next week that will “deal” with the issue of gay marriage and Obamacare. Regardless of the decision, the news media will go into frenzy mode. Sweating, panting interns will be dashing down the steps of the Supreme Court building (it is hot and muggy in DC today) waving a sheath of papers containing the decision.
Meanwhile, the Taliban launched a major attack on the Parliament in Kabul. They hit with a suicide car bomb and RPGs. Security personnel fought off the attackers but not before more than 30 Afghans were wounded by the blasts and bullets. Yawn!!!! Nothing to see here. Move along. Per Obama we have won the war in Afghanistan so this even does not merit your attention or consideration. You see, we have peace because Obama decreed it was peace and it cannot be anything else.
Or Greece. Greece is on the verge of defaulting on its debt and possibly exiting the European Union. While it is not a huge economy, this kind of economic chaos can inflict real damage on the global economy. But how much is that issue being discussed? Please!! Don’t you realize that Taylor Swift’s contrived message to Apple is where the real news is? Read the rest
By KenoshaMarge on June 20, 2015 at 6:03 PM in Current Affairs | 25 Comments
As an official “old fart” I look around and wonder if, like Alice, I’ve slipped down the Rabbit Hole and emerged in a land where the inmates are running the asylum.
Every generation watches as the next generation changes, sometimes for the better and sometimes not so much, the world they knew. Most of us accept that and try to move with the times. Lord knows I would resist any attempt to make me use my old Remington Selectric typewriter instead of a word processor. Just one of the many things a septuagenarian like me likes in this “new” world.
Many of us refuse however to change the values we were raised with even if they are laughed at by a sneering bunch of jaded sophisticates that find values optional or unnecessary. Not to mention that our values may offend some people. And the worst crime of all in this new world is to offend someone.
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By Larry Johnson on June 19, 2015 at 10:36 PM in Current Affairs | 16 Comments
Lost amid the senseless murders of worshipping Christians (who were killed because of the color of their skin), is the continuing saga of Hillary’s out-of-the-network emails and her reliance on outside advisors. A column by Monica Crowley summarizes the rightwing conspiracy:
Last week this column asked, “Was Hillary Clinton running her own rogue intelligence operation?” It suggested that while secretary, Mrs. Clinton may have been given highly sensitive national security information by the Clintons’ longtime political hatchet man, Sidney Blumenthal. In 2013, the Romanian hacker Guccifer had allegedly breached Mr. Blumenthal’s email account, revealing what Guccifer claimed was a series of emails from Mr. Blumenthal to Mrs. Clinton’s private account concerning global hot spots.
Some of Mr. Blumenthal’s emails to her, assuming they’re authentic, included all-cap warnings such as, “THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM EXTREMELY SENSITIVE SOURCES … .” Many carried a note on the sources of intelligence included in the email. For example, one email identified “Sources with access to the highest levels of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the leadership of the Armed Forces, and Western Intelligence, diplomatic, and security services.” Another on “Libya internal government discussion” indicated “Sources with direct access to the Libyan National Government.”
The hacked information is silent on whether the intelligence allegedly gathered by Mr. Blumenthal was done at Mrs. Clinton’s request, and it does not show any responses from Mrs. Clinton.
Let me start with my personal disclaimer–I know Sid and Tyler and consider them friends (I’m not sure they feel the same towards me, but such is life). Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 18, 2015 at 11:05 AM in Current Affairs | 100 Comments
What in the hell got into the mind of 21 year old Dylan Roof? Roof, in case you’ve been hiding in a cave, allegedly murdered 9 African American parishioners last night. Wednesday night for Christian Protestants is usually reserved for a Prayer Meeting–you meet to pray and testify. The deceased reportedly were having a Bible study.
I am troubled by the concept of a “hate” crime. Unjustified violence against a person, regardless of the ideological motivation, is a crime and is punished under the law. Slapping the “hate” label on it certainly does not bring the victim back to life and does not bring greater punishment. Being sentenced to death or life in prison for vanilla murder is no different if the charge is accompanied by the term, “hate.”
What has twisted this kid’s mind? What kind of values were instilled in him by his mother and father? Was he raised in a conventional family or is he the spawn of a single mom? Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 16, 2015 at 9:49 PM in Current Affairs | 53 Comments
Count me down for “both.” Making a lot of money and being in the category of the very rich is not the same as being in the category of the smartest or wisest. Wish it were so, but it ain’t.
Watching the Donald Trump clown show today outside of Trump Towers left me stunned by the graceless combination of arrogance and ignorance on display in the person of “The Donald.” Seriously. If he were not a billionaire would anyone give him the time of day when he started ranting about the Chinese, the Japanese, the Mexicans and the Russians?
Homeless guys in New York City get locked up in Bellevue for shenanigans like that. Donald? He gets lionized, at least by some, and exalted as some genius. I am not jealous of his wealth. I am happy for his success as the greatest self-promoter in the 21st Century. Our modern P.T. Barnum. But he has not created anything of real, lasting value to humanity. He’s made some shrewd real estate investments and prospered accordingly. All on his own? I think his Dad would have a different point of view. Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 15, 2015 at 3:20 PM in Current Affairs | 18 Comments
Look at the shiny bauble. Look over there–SQUIRREL. Nothing like a symbolic distraction when you are, like Barack Obama, getting your political ass kicked.
The recognized government said the strike had killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian militant who became a major figure in insurgencies across North Africa and the Saharan border region and was dubbed “The Uncatchable” by the French military.
The U.S. military confirmed Belmokhtar had been targeted in Saturday night’s air strike but did not say if he was killed.
The Pentagon was continuing to assess the results of the operation, spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said in a statement.
Before you get too excited, this could be based more on hope than fact. Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 13, 2015 at 11:59 AM in Current Affairs | 45 Comments
Can’t let this one go. The media propaganda campaign insisting that Bruce Jenner, a man with testicles and a penis and XY Chromosomes, is actually a woman. Hans Christian Andersen foresaw this foolishness and produced the prophetic story, The Emperor’s New Clothes:
A vain Emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes hires two swindlers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or “hopelessly stupid”. The Emperor’s ministers cannot see the clothing themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions and the Emperor does the same. Finally the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk play along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor cringes, suspects the assertion is true, but continues the procession.
I do not pretend to understand what is going on in Bruce’s mind to convince him that he’s better off with enlarged breasts, painted nails and silky feminine haute couture. Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 12, 2015 at 5:07 PM in Current Affairs | 11 Comments
Former CIA Deputy Directer, Michael Morell, has been popping up on the news media and, among other things, allowed to call Sy Hersh a liar. If this ain’t a case of pot calling kettle black I don’t know what else qualifies. The liar is Morell. But that’s not just my opinion. That’s the judgment of the Senate staffers who have compared Morell’s book with what he told, on the record, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Here’s the full report.
But let me take you thru some of the more salient points.
Mike Morell, with the assistance of former CIA spokeshack, Bill Harlow, claimed that Khalid Sheik Mohammed had a specific plan to target New York after the 2001 attacks: Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 9, 2015 at 11:21 PM in Current Affairs | 61 Comments
Who you going to believe? Bill and Hillary? You should. I will highlight a recently published DIA analysis obtained as a result of a Judicial Watch FOIA request. That document makes it very clear that DIA warned early in August 2012 that the Syrian rebels fighting the Government of Syria’s Bashir Assad were under the control of Islamic radicals.
Hillary ignored the intelligence. So what did Hillary Clinton advocate?
Here’s a snippet from The Atlantic:
“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad—there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle—the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton said.
As she writes in her memoir of her State Department years, Hard Choices, she was an inside-the-administration advocate of doing more to help the Syrian rebellion. Now, her supporters argue, her position has been vindicated by recent events.
There is more. Read the rest
By Larry Johnson on June 7, 2015 at 8:50 PM in Current Affairs | 62 Comments
A curious and interesting piece in the New York Times today, SEAL Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines. This is not a “hit piece” on the SEALS. It is something else. The amount of classified information in the piece is truly stunning.
As I have written before, leaks like this occur under two circumstances–1) The Administration is trying to win some political advantage or 2) There is a policy disagreement. This article does not help Obama politically. In fact, it damages him. This leak is about policy.
Also important to note that several of the authors of the piece have long relationships with Special Ops. Sean Naylor, for example, authored Not a Good Day to Die, an amazing and detailed account of Special Ops actions during the first days of the war in Afghanistan. My point? These reporters have lots of sources in the Special Ops community.
And it is clear that several members of the Spec Ops community decided to spill their guts: Read the rest