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A friend of mine here in Korea and I started a military themed podcast. We have three episodes so far and want to keep building on it. I would love for anyone to take a listen and provide feedback. Of course can do it on this forum or through e-mail TOCradio6@gmail.com.  http://tocradio.libsyn.com/  Preview Open

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Help!  I am doing a course in Edmonton, Canada on September 14-17, 2018.  However, I have only found out last week that I will need a passport to go to and from Canada.  Oh.  I don’t have a passport.  And I looked and couldn’t find my birth certificate.  Yikes!  I have paid a bunch of […]

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35 Years Ago: Russians shoot down KAL 007, all lives lost

 

Thirty-five years ago, on September 1, 1983, Russian jet fighters shot down a Boeing 747 operated by Korean Airlines. KAL flight 007, even the flight number invites conspiracy theories! The facts are that the plane went down in the Sea of Japan with all 269 passengers and crew lost, the aircraft fatally damaged by two short-range air-to-air missiles. This was a dreadful mishap at the height of the Cold War, the civilian aircraft being mistaken for the smaller RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft, and it also showed how far Russia would go to defend its territorial integrity from overflights.

RAF operated RC-135; Russians were tracking USAF RC-135s in the area.

Two blogs provide good accounts, with illustrations, of how the Korean Airlines plane got so dangerously off course, and the sequence of Russian air defense responses, ending in fighter pilots watching the crippled aircraft spiral into the sea.

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Congressman Jim Jordan joins Congressman Andy Biggs on the podcast to discuss his reasons for running for House Speaker and his leadership in the quest to execute oversight over the DOJ. Also, Congressman Biggs pays tribute to Senator John McCain on the day that the late-Arizona Senator was honored in the U.S. Capitol.  Preview Open

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If I were a member of the House of Representatives, I would not vote to begin an Impeachment Inquiry, let alone vote for Impeachment based upon publicly known information. I am waiting for results of the Mueller Probe to be released. The question then is what could provide acts that would call for impeachment?  Preview […]

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You know what I hate?    I hate it when reality turns out to be worse than your paranoid delusions.      Apparently after four years of negotiations and millions of dollars, Google bought a treasure trove of our transaction data from MasterCard … in secret.     It then marketed that data to advertisers […]

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Abuse of authority is not a recent phenomenon, it’s been around for millenia I’m sure.  And it is not just the RC church that has problems.  1 Peter 5:8 “…your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” “https://world.wng.org/2018/08/crouching_at_every_door Preview Open

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The 3rd step of Alcoholics Anonymous is “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives to the care of God as we understand him.” What this means to me is by surrendering to God, my Higher Power, or Divine Spirit, I allow myself to be guided in a right and perfect manner. My […]

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With my newly minted Coolidge account I shall post!  (Someone tell me if I’m doing this wrong.) So this was more of a “Hot Take” when I started thinking about it last week. Since then several events have caused people smarter and with actual audiences to weigh in on this. Variations on “Do We Need […]

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Idiots. Among the things Ohr said he learned from Steele during the breakfast was that an unnamed former Russian intelligence official had communicated that Russian intelligence believed “they had Trump over a barrel,” according to people familiar with the meeting. Preview Open

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In my USA Today column for Labor Day weekend, I recommend that public-sector unions drop the political activism and focus on providing their members with great service at a great price. You know, like every other organization in a competitive marketplace has to do.  Public-sector union bosses haven’t seemed to notice that by ending agency […]

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Did the ‘Deep State’ Deep Six Pentagon’s Lovinger Over Discovery of Shady Defense Department Contracts to FBI Trump Informant Stefan Halper?

 

For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had Sean Bigley, a national security attorney who prosecutes intelligence community whistleblower retaliation cases, on to discuss the chilling alleged effort to destroy his client, Adam Lovinger, following his discovery of shady Defense Department contracts made out to among others, Trump campaign FBI informant Stefan Halper.

Lovinger, a highly regarded Pentagon analyst, has found his career ruined, allegedly due to whistleblower retaliation for raising the Halper issue and several others — first losing a prominent position in the Trump National Security Council (NSC), then having his security clearance revoked and finally being suspended without pay altogether while trying to litigate four separate cases against the officials who targeted him.

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Once again, a lot of time, effort, and money has been spent trying to resolve an issue which shouldn’t be an issue in the first place: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/08/31/todd-starnes-texas-cheerleaders-win-victory-for-freedom-religious-expression-praise-lord.html Preview Open

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Holiday Weekend News Dump

 

This being the Friday of the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend, governments around the nation, and indeed the world, are using the day for an especially large dump of stories they’d like to see buried and gone.  Let’s take a quick survey:

  • Robert Mueller’s ever-widening probe into Russian collusion has now snared the Vatican.  Mueller has indicted Pope Francis on charges of Russian collusion.  Mueller’s lawyers have been seen in company with former pontiff Benedict, likely putting pressure on Benedict to turn on Francis.  Of course, we all know that Benedicts have a habit of turning, particularly around the hollandaise.
  • Pope Francis has countered by seeking protection from Donald Trump and has offered to coronate him as the new Holy Roman Emperor.  Trump tweeted in reply “I’m a great Cathlic, I really love the Cathlics.  And the new casino next to St. Peter’s will be the best.
  • Former FBI Director James Comey tweeted: “Good.  I’ll bet Mueller will love some covfefe with his eggs Benedict.”
  • Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died.  In fact, it was discovered that she had really died three weeks before, but due to advances in CGI, with an assist from Abyss Creations, a leading company in realistic recreational robots, had managed to have her soul transferred into a new doll.  RBG has been thus ruled “immortal”, and is now the first permanent Justice on the court.  She has already inked a book deal for her autobiography, simply to be called Ruth.
  • Abyss Creations announced, however, that a failed prototype RBG clone bot, simply called Ruth, had escaped their lab and even succeeded in obtaining a California driver’s license.  “Ruth” has already been booked for speaking engagements on multiple college campuses, and has signed a book deal for her autobiography, to also be called The Book of Ruth.  The original RBG, or at least the authorized RBG is suing for royalties.
  • As it turns out, Pope Francis is also suing for copyright infringement, claiming The Book of Ruth is, in fact, already trademarked by The Vatican.  The 9th Circuit Court has issued a preliminary injunction against the book’s publisher while the mess is sorted out.  The 9th Circuit has itself meanwhile inked a book deal to document the case, with the working title of Ruthless.
  • Lastly: In response to the growing threat of anti-trust action from the Trump administration, and in response to allegations of biased search results, blacklisting members, and shadow-banning posts, Twitter, Google, and Facebook have, again with the assistance of Abyss Creations, combined their AI algorithms into a giant mechanical robot called TwitBoogle, which was last seen starting forest fires in southern California.
  • In response, both RBG and “Ruth” have revealed their secret identities as superheroines and are doing battle with the TwitBoogle monstrosity.  Disney / Marvel reportedly already have a screenplay in the works.  Robert Mueller has indicted Disney / Marvel on Russian collusion charges, and Abyss Creations is suing for copyright.

Oh, Come On! The Moon Landing Was an American Achievement

 

I swore that I would not write any more posts in outrage; I’m tired of being ticked off. But I was really looking forward to seeing First Man, the new Neil Armstrong biopic. Even more so because it starred Ryan Gosling, who has been one of my favorite actors in recent years. But I’ve just read that the director decided it inappropriate to show Neil planting the American flag. Surely that couldn’t be true, said I. It was just a headline to grab my attention. But alas, several news stories confirm it, although the movie has not yet been released.

Why? Ostensibly because the moon landing belongs to “everyone.” Ryan Gosling defended this rather large omission by saying that the moon landing “transcended countries and borders” and “I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it.”

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Austin Bay on Strategy Page reviews the situation in Venezuela. The country is currently headed by a military dictatorship under the control of the nominally socialist Maduro who has surrounded himself with loyalists and Cuban military advisors.   People are eating house pets and rats and going through refuse dumps to survive.  The inflation rate tops 50,000 […]

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Friday Roundup

 

Every week I’m going to round up some reporting and opinion you may have missed over the course of the week. Please comment with anything you think I may have missed!

Last weekend my friend Mark Oppenheimer wrote a wonderful piece for the Wall Street Journal about why you should have “a lot” of kids (his wife is due with their 5th any day).