Al's Insights – Sun 28 Aug, 2016

Common Sense from James McKinney

I don’t want to get personal here, but Lt. Colonel (Ret) James McKinney tells it like it really is  in the following statement. Notice that he uses the term “all aspects of power. Included is social and educational.

Terrorists are a proven threat. Please tell me just what good it does to dwell on the potential source of their origin.

Pointing fingers and trying to prove that you “are the prettiest baby in the nursery” with comments is great for selling subscriptions to those who agree with you, but worthless when it comes to solving a problem. “Big Al”

 

 

“Military is not the answer to terrorism. And Blow Back, Chalmers Johnson, in theory has some points. But outside of the intellectual and theoretical world, the end game winner is always who is more powerful and working with clear purpose, resources and unity. The United States requires a long term, comprehensive strategy, using all aspects of power (Political, Economic, Informational, Military, Social, Educational) to address a growing threat to western free markets and free thought. The very problem with our national strategy today – to many concerns about “blow-back” and not enough about how to win a battle we are not prepared to fight. Unfortunately, our adversaries are prepared, growing with power, using all aspects of power and subjugating a large portion of the planet. Read Huntington, Clash of Cultures – 20 years old but pretty spot on view of today’s struggles. And you may note historically, the player with the most powerful military dictates the future. You can “hope” soft power will work, but if the opponent has no desire to stop the fight, you are in for a painful lesson – we are learning it all over Europe and now in the US with growing terror attacks. Good luck with wishing it away, ignoring it, or hiding from it, Mr. Paul or Gary Johnson.”


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Al Korelin

Comments:
  1. On August 28, 2016 at 3:28 pm,
    Ebolan says:

    The United States requires a long term, comprehensive strategy, using all aspects of power (Political, Economic, Informational, Military, Social, Educational) to address a growing threat to western free markets and free thought.

    The oligarchs who call the shots don’t want free markets and they sure don’t want free thought. They want supranational power structures that will destroy the vestige of the free market.

    • On August 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm,
      Ebolan says:

      And whether Mr. McKinney realizes it or not, he spent a career doing the bidding of the oligarchs and their minions. These are the forces whose actions created the monsters in the Middle East today.

      • On August 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm,
        Big Al says:

        How do you really know that he spent his career doing “the bidding of the oligarchs”?

        • On August 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm,
          Ebolan says:

          He was caring out US foreign policy. Now who do you think makes US foreign policy?

    • On August 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm,
      Big Al says:

      To me Ebolan, he is saying that “we need to sit down and dialog in an unemotional manner.
      But then again, I have discussed this issue with him at length face to face. That gives me a very different perspective.

      For example, to some “education” can mean “brain washing” and to others it can mean a logical presentation of facts. I guess that a person believes what he/she wants to believe

      • On August 28, 2016 at 4:25 pm,
        ugly but proud says:

        THE 3# AXIS OF EVIL ARE: ENGLAND : THE UNITED STATES : ISRAEL :

        • On August 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm,
          Big Al says:

          I would have to ask you Ugly, why do you stay in the U.S.

          I have said, on the record, many times that if I was as angry as some of you seem to be, I would imply exercise my freedom and move.

          • On August 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm,
            Matthew says:

            Al, you claim you’re not for censorship yet you think people should leave their home because they are pissed off about the way it is being ruined by their government?

            Everyone is to conform and chop wind with their little flag – or else!

          • On August 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm,
            Big Al says:

            Not at all Matthew. I am saying that if someone is not willing to engage in constructive action they should either stop complaining, engage in constructive action, or find another place to live.

  2. On August 28, 2016 at 3:31 pm,
    Dick Tracy says:

    Big Al is like so many Americans he can’t understand that the problems The US faces today have been created by their own government. Bob M understands this but only after he had been duped to fly over 800 combat missions in Vietnam. Are humans that flawed?

    • On August 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm,
      Gator says:

      DT..I’m in big Al camp…you need a strong military to defend the country..if the checks and balances sometimes fail as far as the military is concerned that is the price we pay for being safe in our own country…

      • On August 28, 2016 at 3:52 pm,
        Ebolan says:

        The military does not exist to defend the country. It is exists defend the government and to advance the agendas of the oligarchs. (Basically one in the same.)

        Why do you think the US border is wide open while we have troops/special forces/naval vessels and airplanes everywhere else in the world?

        • On August 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm,
          ugly but proud says:

          SO THANK YOU EBOLAN FOR NOT BEING JUST ANOTHER SHEEPLE AMONG THE HEARD : SINCERELY. RON PAUL ONCE SAID; KORELIN, YOU AIN’T THAT SMART:

          • On August 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm,
            Chris says:

            As a courtesy to others, please stop shouting.
            Thank you.

          • On August 28, 2016 at 5:52 pm,
            Big Al says:

            Please learn the meaning of the word “satire” ugly

      • On August 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm,
        Dick Tracy says:

        Gator, a strong military is essential but if you use your military to suspend the rights of others and bomb them indiscriminately, all you do is create the need for revenge. Power must be used wisely so that other people can believe in your action and cause.

      • On August 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm,
        Ebolan says:

        “…that is the price we pay for being safe in our own country…”

        Our rulers do not want us to be safe in our own country. Why do you think they are going to let in millions of refugees from the Middle East knowing that there are terrorists among them? Terrorists are own government’s actions created.

      • On August 29, 2016 at 3:31 am,
        Robert Moriarty says:

        Gator/Al and all the other war mongers out there.

        This says it better than I could.

        A question being asked by many European citizens regarding refugee immigrants is, “Why – when we provide them with food, shelter, and access to our civilised country – do they reward us with demands for more, demand that we instil their societal values, traditions, beliefs, and behaviours, and – even when we shrink into the corner like a dog with its tail between its legs – do they hate and murder us?”

        On the face of it this looks to be a valid question. But it’s first level thinking – a result of a populace brought up on a steady diet of mainstream politically correct media which not only fails to inform but actively and destructively misinforms.

        In order to understand the problem let’s cover some brief history as we can better understand the probability of outcomes that way.

        What the West is experiencing now is the blowback from decades of disastrous interventionist foreign policy in the Middle East by Western powers. By propping up dictators, or indeed removing them – either overtly by bombing them or covertly supplying arms, funds, and intelligence, bring in its wake power vacuums. Vacuums now filled by ISIS and similar groups.

        With a complete misunderstanding of ethnic, tribal, and religious groups in the Middle East, Western powers have repeatedly destroyed nations, forever altering the power structures in place.

        https://capitalistexploits.at/2016/08/easiest-short-history/

        If you don’t understand the origin of a problem, you simply cannot expect to be able to sort it out.

        There is a reason the greatest general in US history warned Americans about the dangers of the Congressional/Military/Industrial complex. There is also a reason the most decorated Marine in history said that “War is a Racket.”

        • On August 29, 2016 at 8:00 am,
          Big Al says:

          Let’s chat about this sometime, Bob.

          No question that a lot of incorrect action has occurred in the past. These actions include much more that those occurring in the Middle East.

          Does this mean that you condone the despicable actions of the terrorists. I would guess that you do not.

    • On August 28, 2016 at 4:34 pm,
      Robert Moriarty says:

      DT:

      You get it. It took me longer. Anyone serving in the military today in any position is part of a group of war criminals.

      Sorry Al but the US created the terrorists and it’s absurd to believe they can be fought. You can no more fight terrorism than you can wage a war on any idea. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. I actually approve of people who will defend their country and that’s true of the Vietnamese, the people in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Libya. We need some people in the US who will defend the US from those who threaten American’s freedom.

      The good LTC should go back and reread his oath of office where he swore that he would preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC.

      The founding fathers put that last word in for a reason. They understood that the government and it’s minions could be just as great a threat to freedom as any foreign enemies.

      The US created the terrorists and now must pay the same price that France, Belgium and England will pay. Nobody is born a terrorist. They are made.

      • On August 28, 2016 at 9:47 pm,
        Gator says:

        Robert..I just don’t believe you are stupid enough to say the things you do…maybe i’m wrong…

        • On August 29, 2016 at 1:04 am,
          Robert Moriarty says:

          Gator:

          I understand the difference between a friend and an enemy. You are the one who is brainwashed or you have an agenda.

          Israel and the US are 100% behind the chaos in the Middle East and while it has killed millions and destroyed the lives of tens of millions we keep doing exactly the same thing and keep expecting different results.

          Iraq was no threat to the US in any way but we invaded them. It was totally illegal but our masters told us to destroy Iraq so we did. Libya was no threat to the US in any way but we paid for terrorists to invade them. It also was totally illegal but our masters told us to destroy Libya so we did. Syria is no threat to the US in any way but we sponsored the terrorists to invade them.

          We have lost every single one of these wars, we are no safer. We have accomplished nothing but to make Israel satisfied. We need to recognize that what we are doing will eventually destroy both Israel and the US.

          You do not protect your citizens by attacking others who are no threat to you. On the other hand, there is an excellent chance you are creating blowback in the form of terrorists who will eventually attack you.

          Perhaps you can tell me how the invasion and destruction of Iraq, Syria and Libya was legal and made anyone better off.

          • On August 29, 2016 at 8:24 am,
            Big Al says:

            I certainly agree with your comment here.

            Robert, Please don’t call me a warmonger, as unless your definition is completely different from mine you are totally incorrect.

          • On August 29, 2016 at 11:04 am,
            Robert Moriarty says:

            Al:

            Fill me in, I may have missed something. Can you name any war you have clearly come out against? Would it be Iraq or Libya or Syria or Pakistan or Somalia, or Sudan or Iran or Afghanistan or Lebanon? Are you against US participation in any of them? I don’t recall you taking a position against any of them. In this case someone either supports these wars or is against them. Which are you?

            These comments reflect the thinking of the good LTC.

            “But outside of the intellectual and theoretical world, the end game winner is always who is more powerful and working with clear purpose, resources and unity.”

            ” And you may note historically, the player with the most powerful military dictates the future.”

            Sorry Al but he is delusional. The US has lost every war since WW I. Don’t bother telling me about how the US clearly won WW II. The Russians killed 90% of the German soldiers who did. And of course we all know the Russians took the most casualties. Korea was at best a draw. Vietnam was dead loss, and with every other war since then we are worse off. ISIS is a function of the stupidity of how we destroyed Iraq. For certain, we created the “terrorists” as a result of our actions.

            You can have all the power in the world but if you don’t know how to use it wisely, every battle you fight you will lose.

            This is what is really true.

            The simple fact is that Western foreign policy cultivates terrorists faster than it kills them.

            https://capitalistexploits.at/2016/08/easiest-short-history/

            If you are against terrorism, don’t be a terrorist and change your foreign policy. Your LTC is a typical product of the congressional/military/industrial complex. He made a career out of fighting something that he couldn’t possibly win. The US has the most powerful military in history and we keep getting our butts kicked by units no larger than a Girl Scout Troop. The one thing I learned from Vietnam was to not fight wars where you can’t define success.

            Forever war is forever failure. You are either defeated militarily or you go bankrupt.

            Or both.

    • On August 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm,
      Wayne says:

      Yes, humans are deeply flawed (fallen).

    • On August 28, 2016 at 5:51 pm,
      Big Al says:

      took him 800 missions to figure that one out? I know Bob pretty well and, trust me he is not that stupid!

  3. On August 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm,
    Ebolan says:

    Good luck with wishing it away, ignoring it, or hiding from it, Mr. Paul or Gary Johnson

    How is Ron Paul or Gary Johnson wishing it away or ignoring it?

    • On August 28, 2016 at 3:43 pm,
      Gator says:

      Listen to their speeches…it will clear things up for you…

      • On August 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm,
        Ebolan says:

        I have and they are offering solutions while McKinney is offering the standard government BS.

        • On August 28, 2016 at 3:59 pm,
          Big Al says:

          Based on past lengthy conversation that I have had with Jim, I have to disagree with you Ebolan.

      • On August 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm,
        Big Al says:

        Thank you for your very sensible comment, Gator.

        I really don”t see how making a statement like “we need to get out of the Middle East” has anything to do with it.

        To me it means get out and if there is a future concrete threat, simply do something about it at that time. Is that too complicated for someone to understand?

        • On August 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm,
          Dick Tracy says:

          Keep pounding what you perceive to be a threat Big Al, they will never understand your lack of logic?

        • On August 28, 2016 at 9:50 pm,
          Gator says:

          Big Al…I just do not understand the thought process of some on this board…and don’t try to reason with them…it won’t do any good..

        • On August 29, 2016 at 1:06 am,
          Robert Moriarty says:

          What future concrete threat?

          Would that be WMD?

          Only one country in the Middle East has WMD.

          • On August 29, 2016 at 3:27 am,
            Birdman says:

            Everyone who is active there now has weapons of mass destruction, Bob. That includes Russia, the US, China, France and England. Its a busy place with so many guys flying around all ostensibly with the same goal of bombing the terrorists back into the stone age. I don’t get it but maybe I don’t need too. The writing is already on the wall that when the real action starts its probably going to be nukes falling on Baghdad and Tehran. That’s how it looks to me anyway. All of this other stuff seems to be a dress rehearsal for a big event down the road. I don’t like it any better than you and have no idea whats really behind it all but the world will never be the same once the big players finish up their job.

          • On August 29, 2016 at 8:27 am,
            Big Al says:

            common, Robert, you know what I mean by a future concrete threat. I keep telling everyone how smart you are and then you make an irrelevant comment like this one.

          • On August 29, 2016 at 12:13 pm,
            Robert Moriarty says:

            Birdman:

            Fill me in. Since when were Russia, the US, China, France and England located in the Middle East. The US is located in North America, China is in Asia, Russia straddles eastern Europe and the Far East, France and England are in Europe.

            As I said, only one country in the Middle East has WMD.

  4. On August 28, 2016 at 3:52 pm,
    Paul Wilson says:

    We are just repeating what has happened before. Everybody should beg, borrow, steal or buy anything from George Orwell and read it. I really like his earlier work like Down and Out in Paris and London and Burmese Days for social commentary. His essays and letters at the start of and during World War II like “The Lion and the Unicorn” are particularly enlightening. Many of them are available for free, online.

    http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/lion/english/

  5. On August 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm,
    CFS says:

    The US has he Best Government, that is bought and paid for.
    The Excutive branch is led by a person more interested in golf and rabble rousing than doing what is best for US citizens.
    The Judiciary is corrupted along political ideology.
    The legislitive branch is too busy lining their pockets, for the most part, than to consider economic analysis and develop actions that would improve the economy.

    Finally the hidden, permanent branch……the aparachics who write the interpretation of laws into rules and regulations are mostly ensuring deeper entrenchment of power with their bureaucracy.

    of course, the solution to terrorism will ultimately be the use of force.
    Does anyone seriously believe that Islamic terrorist can be appeased or persuaded by logic to give up their terrorist acts?
    Was Hitler appeased at Munich?

    The use of terrorism itself confirms that the terrorist considers himself to be fighting from a position of weakness.
    The European countries and the US, for far too long, have ignored the politicization of teachings in mosques as a recruiting ground for home-bred terrorists.
    I don’t have a quick and easy solution to the problem, but I would stop immediately further immigration until a system of proper vetting of immigrants could be performed. Of course that won’t happen; Democrats are in the process of creating a permanent majority of poor voters, via the immigration process. The republican establishment is corrupt to the core and focused entirely on eliminating conservative opposition; so as to be out-to-lunch on other issues.

    with the collapse of the system will come a rejuvenation, but it will not be pleasant to live through.

    • On August 28, 2016 at 6:19 pm,
      Big Al says:

      How can anyone of a right mind possibly disagree with you on this comment, Professor?

    • On August 28, 2016 at 6:47 pm,
      GH says:

      “of course, the solution to terrorism will ultimately be the use of force.

      Does anyone seriously believe that Islamic terrorist can be appeased or persuaded by logic to give up their terrorist acts?”

      Force, in terms of self-defense, is necessary, I agree. However the kind of force the US is employing makes the problem of terrorism worse rather than better.

      Appeasement and logic are not the point. When the US stops bringing mass death, destruction, and suffering to these countries, you will stop creating new people consumed with hatred for the US. With time, the problem will improve. The war mongers, on the other hand, are always wanting to sew the seeds for future profit opportunities.

      • On August 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm,
        CFS says:

        I am not sure mere cessation of hostilities by the US will stop terrorism.
        (I believe the terrorists would interpret such action as them winning, but they would still continue with more attacks)

        We do need to remember the past actions, of course.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bemC4oAQEaw

        • On August 28, 2016 at 9:09 pm,
          GH says:

          I did say ‘with time’. We stirred these hornets up, and it will take time without stirring for things to improve. Generational time, really. Which is why what has been done by our military/security/intelligence apparatus in fomenting all of this is such a crime.

          • On August 29, 2016 at 1:09 am,
            Robert Moriarty says:

            GH:

            Bravo. You get it.

            If you don’t like terrorism, don’t take the actions that cause it. Anyone who doesn’t understand how the US and Israel have created this mess is spending way too much time listening to the MSM and way too little time thinking.

  6. On August 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm,
    CFS says:

    https://youtu.be/n3fYc5tQbNQ

    For your enlightenment.

    • On August 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm,
      Wayne says:

      Bill Moyers, current member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

    • On August 28, 2016 at 6:17 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Okay, Professor. Have you done any research on either the host or the guest. I respect your intelligence a lot and I am somewhat embarrassed to even ask you this question.
      But as you and I both are aware, there is a lot of crab on the internet especially in discussions like these.

  7. On August 28, 2016 at 4:31 pm,
    Quoting Huntington Clash of Civilizations says:

    Quoting Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations is so wrong-headed its not funny. Look at South and North Korea…formerly known as 50 years ago, KOREA. It is not the CULTURE that led South Korea to being an economic powerhouse and North Korea a backwards starving country with a tin pot dictator….it was INSTITUTIONS AND ALLIANCES.

    Same goes for the middle east. Back in 1100’s when Christians were too busy chopping off one another’s heads in Europe the Arabs were inventing the compass, algebra, etc. And the Christians, once they changed their subjugating INSTITUTIONS (the Church, for one), had a renaissance and an enlightenment, building on the advancements of the Arabs.

    CLIFFNOTES = MCKINNEY HOW DOES HUNTINGTON EXPLAIN THE VAST DIFFERENCES IN S. AND N. KOREA WHO SHARED THE SAME CULTURE FOR MILLENNIA.

    • On August 28, 2016 at 6:08 pm,
      Big Al says:

      A well known fact about the history of Islam (Macedonia, etc.) is that the carnage that occurred between the Sunnis and the Shiites was unimaginable. As were the excesses among the ruling class. Nobody is perfect and that includes the “Poor, downtrodden, and misunderstood” Muslims. Please read some history.

      I would add that my folks. the Catholics, certainly fall into the same category.

      You know, I commented earlier that we would stop this type of discussion. But, since I don’t insist on being the prettiest baby in the nursery, I have just changed my mind as I realize that everyone is simply stating their particular opinion.

      Bob, an open invitation to come on the Show and yet again give your opinion.

      • On August 28, 2016 at 9:02 pm,
        Quoting Huntington Clash of Civilizations says:

        the history of Islam (Macedonia, etc.)…

        am I missing something? What does macedonia have anything to do with it Al? I think you’re a little out of your league but still the prettiest baby in the nursery.

  8. On August 28, 2016 at 4:59 pm,
    B says:

    Al, some time ago you were saying you supported Ron Paul, now your saying you support this guy I would call a “warmonger” that obviously thinks Ron Paul types are full of poop.

    Kind of a change in thinking there.

    Nothing wrong with changing your mind I guess.

    But you also say this “Terrorists are a proven threat. Please tell me just what good it does to dwell on the potential source of their origin”.

    Do you honustly not see the advantage of knowing who it was that brought down the towers and building 7?
    Or who attacked the Liberty?

    I guess there are people that figure “what difference does it make”?
    Maybe your right, maybe it doesnt make any differance.

    • On August 28, 2016 at 5:59 pm,
      Big Al says:

      I seem to have a major problem in that many of you folks don’t understand me.

      Of course, I support Dr Paul.

      • On August 29, 2016 at 1:11 am,
        Robert Moriarty says:

        Al:

        Dr Paul makes it 100% clear that we caused the chaos and we should mind our own business.

        He gets it. You don’t.

      • On August 29, 2016 at 6:20 am,
        Birdman says:

        I understand you Al. Your points were just fine. But around here there are people who deliberately misunderstand once they have decided not to listen anymore. Especially when they get a bee in their bonnet. Under a different name I once wrote what I thought was a great comment about a trade and my dear friend Matthew applauded it. A week later when I made a similar comment as Birdman he pilloried my remarks as idiotic. So sometimes its just personal and people close their minds depending on who the author of the comments are…….anyway, I can tell you from long experience that you are wasting your time trying to change anyone’s mind here. They just double down and dig themselves in deeper. If you like James McKinney just have him on again. He was fine by me but just keep in mind their are some hardened agendas around here. For example, Robert Moriarty thinks everyone who does not hate Israel as much as he does is an enemy and adversary. You just can’t talk to him about some subjects because he is irrational.

        • On August 29, 2016 at 7:25 am,
          Robert Moriarty says:

          BM:

          Actually I take Israel and the Mossad at their word. When the Mossad says they conduct warfare “By Way of Deception” I believe them. The Mossad will tell any lie to advance what they see as their interests.

          Likewise when the FBI interviewed former workers at the Urban Moving systems where this was said, I believe every word. For those who would actually educate themselves, the entire file is still online.

          Give us 20 years and we will take over your media and destroy your country. Israeli employee of Urban Moving Systems September 2001

          (From FBI Report of 9/11/01)
          http://www.scribd.com/doc/62392807/Dancing-Israelis-FBI-document-Section-1-1138796-001-303A-NK-105536-Section-1-944861

          I don’t hate Israel but for certain I fear them. I do hate that the blood of American kids is being shed where we have no interests and all we are doing is fighting their wars for them.

          I believe Israel sincerely wants to destroy the US and I believe they are succeeding.

          • On August 29, 2016 at 9:54 am,
            Matthew says:

            Destruction of the U.S. is absolutely the goal.

  9. On August 28, 2016 at 5:04 pm,
    Dick Tracy says:

    I like The American National Anthem, it is very stirring but it also very militaristic, I would like to see it toned down to stress the love of ones country rather than the glorification of love through military means.DT

    • On August 28, 2016 at 7:53 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Tell that to the French, the Italians and most of the other Europeans. Or how about the folks in Eastern Europe who were run over by Germany?

  10. On August 28, 2016 at 5:56 pm,
    Big Al says:

    okay guys fair enough.

    No more politics. I value differing opinions and have encouraged this in the past.

    We cannot seem to have a somewhat unemotional discussion and that fact saddens me.

    • On August 28, 2016 at 6:32 pm,
      GH says:

      Reasonable discussion of these topics is difficult for Americans because the waters have been so muddied by dis-information campaigns. If we can’t even agree on the basic facts, how can we discuss something intelligently?

      The more I have learned about American history, the harder I find it to discuss current events with fellow Americans, as most base their views on fairy tale versions of our history.

      As a concrete example, if people don’t realize that the US has always involved itself in war through deception (e.g. the USS Maine was an internal explosion, the Lusitania was carrying armaments and was known to be a target of the Germans, they knew the attack on Pearl Harbor was coming, the Gulf of Tonkin incident was fabricated, etc…) then it’s hard for them to imagine that 9/11 might have been an inside job, or that the US is squarely responsible for the evil occurring in Ukraine today.

      And boy do people get emotional when you start contradicting their brain washing!

      I do believe that there are plenty of good people in the military, who think they are serving their country. I also believe in self-defense, and national defense. But the bottom line is that our military has been mis-used for a very long time, by the same low-lives who loot us through both the banks and the military industrial complex. Smedley Butler told the story in ‘War is a Racket’. As a result, Americans have the blood of many millions of innocents on their hands since WWII and before. I agree with Ebolan, I don’t see a way to serve in that organization without serving evil, no matter how good are one’s intentions.

      • On August 28, 2016 at 7:49 pm,
        Big Al says:

        Agreed GH

    • On August 29, 2016 at 6:56 am,
      Birdman says:

      What?…. No more politics?

      How can we discuss the FED or ECB or monetary policy in China or fiscal expansions like helicopter money if we can’t talk politics? Maybe you mean no talk about anything to do with terrorism and war since those are the real hot buttons around here.

      It seems this group of bloggers just wants the US out of everywhere. Bring all the troops home. Close down all the foreign bases. Reduce military spending and forays into other countries and put an end the global policing function the US has been forced into because of pacifist policies among allied countries.

      They are being ridiculous of course. They always come up with the same rationalizations to make their case too. Vietnam for example or 9-11 and the twin towers as if those prove everything stinks in Mudville.

      And I don’t get why so many here are pro-Putin as if that guy is some little angel.

      There is no question in my mind though that we need a strong foreign policy and the teeth to back it up along with the tools to intercept threats from abroad. The thing about establishing good domestic security though is it leads to serious mission creep.

      Anyone who has taken steps to secure their own house knows what I am talking about. First you change locks and then you find you have to add deterrents to prying the door. Next you need a chain installed inside and before the week is out you realize you can’t monitor any of it without a camera.

      So in come the cameras and then you are glued to the monitor day and night and every passer by becomes suspicious. You trim the hedges and cut back obstructions to improve the view from the lens. You add night vision maybe. Then you want sound to go with it.

      Next comes a monitored security system, key-less door entry systems, drive by security guards who are on call if needed and dogs………. Lots of dogs if you are really paranoid.

      At every step along the way you realize that no matter what you already did there are always blind spots you can’t close and ways for intruders to get into your home and steal your valuables. It is IMPOSSIBLE to close all the gaps and if a person is not careful they can really waste a lot of money trying to do what is actually irrational.

      But some try anyway…….they will add more house insurance, establish protocols and exit plans for the family, arrange for visitors to always call ahead so that they don’t answer unexpected door knocks by surprise.

      As the days go by a person will find that installing home security systems actually makes the occupants prisoners of their own home and pretty damned soon there are no freedoms left at all.

      Just peering out between the little slits in the Venetian blinds like a psychiatric patient! And that’s the problem with Homeland Security and the TSA and our current policing system. It just does not know where to stop because EVERYTHING looks like a threat after awhile.

      It would be great if common sense still ruled. When I grew up we didn’t even have working locks on any of our house doors. The place was wide open day and night and nothing ever really went missing.

      These days though everyone wants to live behind a wall.

      Sign of the times I think.

  11. On August 28, 2016 at 6:40 pm,
    GH says:

    As for the question “what good it does to dwell on the potential source of their origin?”

    If there is a problem, an accurate diagnosis of its cause is essential to formulating an effective solution.

    Do they ‘hate us for our freedom’? Or do they hate us for invasions, occupations, coups?

    • On August 29, 2016 at 8:24 am,
      Silverdollar says:

      +1. Should be obvious to all. It’s simply too unthinkable for many to take a different road and in effect, admit they’ve been duped.

  12. On August 28, 2016 at 7:32 pm,
    Markedtofuture says:

    Charles Ortel-Bill and Hillary, Bonnie and Clyde of Charity Fraud

    Published on Aug 28, 2016

    Financial expert Charles Ortel says the Clintons’ real problem is outright charity fraud when it comes to the Clinton Foundation. Ortel explains, “On the other hand, on charity fraud, it’s a very different thing. In charity fraud, unlike pay-to-play, you don’t have to prove intent. Under New York State law, in particular, the requirement is merely that you prove the public filings in the Clinton Foundation are false and materially misleading, and they certainly are. This is why you are starting to see these editorial boards around the world say wait a minute. You also have to prove that they solicited, not that they raised money, that they solicited. That, the Clintons have admitted. . . . On the charity fraud side of life, that is the mine field for the Clintons. The second the IRS, or any attorney general or a state taxing authority, decides to make an issue of this, the burden of proof shifts . . . the charity has to come forward and prove the affirmative case. The Clinton Foundation has to prove, since October 23, 1997, that all you have been doing exclusively is furthering the authorized tax exempted purposes, which as far as I know is, to be merely a research facility and archive based in Little Rock. Prove that’s all you have done. Show us the legally audited financial statements. Show us those audits.”

    In closing, Ortel contends, “This is a tale that needs to be told, but it’s not going to be a tale that people swallow at first blush given the fact how powerful the Clintons are or how vengeful the Clintons are when they are in power. . . . Another way to talk about the Clintons is the Bonnie and Clyde of charity or the Al Capone of charity.”

    Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Clinton Foundation researcher, Charles Ortel

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9u01MJVuBk

  13. On August 28, 2016 at 8:06 pm,
    CFS says:
  14. On August 29, 2016 at 5:51 am,
    Archdeacon (!) Andrew says:

    For you guys over the pond me thinks with the approach of November 8th folks even on the KER report are growing a whole lot more jumpy, including our Al!
    Well here’s a forecast: According to Dr Dave Janda of Operation Freedom Hillary is far sicker than any of us might realise. Preferring to drop out on grounds of ill health rather than face the unspeakable repercussions of the criminal Clinton Foundation she’ll turn her back on the White House. And while VP Joe Biden may stand as her token replacement, the Donald will be a shoe-in.

    So everyone can now relax…ho ho.

    • On August 29, 2016 at 6:37 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      I say, give them all boot.

      • On August 29, 2016 at 6:43 am,
        OOTB Jerry says:

        The Boot…

        • On August 29, 2016 at 7:09 am,
          Dick Tracy says:

          How about Bootsy, that’s an English term for people who have been in Korelin jail! LOL! DT

        • On August 29, 2016 at 9:41 am,
          OOTB Jerry says:

          L boote’

          • On August 29, 2016 at 9:51 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Good one DT, I see you survived the weekend.

    • On August 29, 2016 at 8:59 am,
      Markedtofuture says:

      Archdeacon…you are referring to the 46:30 minute mark on this A2A podcast.

      http://www.tfmetalsreport.com/podcast/7818/a2a-dr-dave-janda-operation-freedom

      • On August 29, 2016 at 11:21 am,
        Archdeacon (!) Andrew says:

        Thanks M

  15. On August 29, 2016 at 9:51 am,
    Marty says:
    • On August 29, 2016 at 9:58 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      Good one Marty…like I said above..Give them the Boot…no more boots on the ground.

      • On August 30, 2016 at 1:08 am,
        Archdeacon (!) Andrew says:

        Yes

  16. On August 29, 2016 at 12:22 pm,
    g kaiser says:

    America has morphed from the liberator of the world to it’s biggest terrorist! The endless wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and other places are fought for no good reason. The endless war on terrorism is brilliant in a sense, because it unites the US population against an enemy that cannot be defined, localized or contained. Except people are starting to wake up to the fact, that the government decides who are terrorists, moderate terrorists or “friendly” freedom fighters. USA has armed and trained ISIS, ISIL, or whatever you prefer to call them and continues to do so, hence the hatred against Russia, who seems to be the only power with a bit of sense!.
    And the people suffering and being denied their freedom are the citizens of the world, including your own population. Financial repression, political repression and shrinking rights is what we have become used to seeing. I still remember when you could withdraw cash without feeling guilty, when you bought gold when you felt like it, where you did not have to hide what you have , where you could say what you wanted and think what you felt like.
    We have become so much poorer and lost so much of our freedom because of the increasing power of the state.
    It is time to wake up and resist the manipulation and the propaganda.
    If you go and bomb me and my family, you will have an enemy for life, and I will do what I can to take you out. Why do we think that the people at the sharp end of American imperialism will not think the exact same way?
    Of course they will. For each person you main or kill, you will have 5 coming back at you. That is simple logic.
    What has become of peace and good neighbourliness?
    This subjugation of people has to stop before we reach the point of violent pay back.