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The Movie “Mr. Jones” Shows the Results of Communism

 

An orange is the only color in the scene. On a train bound for the hinterlands of the Ukraine, Gareth Jones sits among starving peasants. Stirrings of hunger prompt Mr. Jones to reach in his satchel for an orange. Every eye in the train car focuses on that piece of fruit. Mr. Jones, at this point in his journey, is unaware of the starvation being imposed on Ukrainians by Joseph Stalin. One orange, images a story Mr. Jones must tell. One courageous man. One cadre of self-serving Western journalists, covering the truth by silencing their pens. One megalomaniac dictator. One nation on the brink of starvation. One movie that will smash vapid idealistic visions of communism. If you want to know why history matters in the present, please watch Mr. Jones.

Mr. Jones displays exactly what happens when dictators subjugate a people and the journalists who are supposed to cover the story, silence their pens. Over one hundred million people died in the 20th century at the hands of despots. Many of these tyrants began their beliefs and practices based on atheism. To understand the 20th century, one must begin with naturalism, materialism, and yes, atheism. YouTube abounds with testimonies about the horrors. There are stories of some who hid others from discovery by jackbooted thugs, and some were spared bloodshed by Providence. Pick a dictator: Mao Zedong, Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Castro, they are all cut from the same cloth.

Should We Have Left Afghanistan Altogether?

 

Let me rephrase that for accuracy: Should we be leaving Afghanistan altogether? Thanks to the missteps of our current president, we are still actively leaving Afghanistan because Joe Biden has created the conditions for the Taliban to seize virtually the entire country in blitzkrieg fashion and control all of Kabul and the immediate territory around the Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul. Clearly, I’m not only taking issue with the Biden administration but also with the plan for complete withdrawal from former President Trump. In this post, I suppose I’m bucking the conventional wisdom to posit that leaving Afghanistan altogether is actually a strategic mistake and makes the world a much more dangerous place.

In this Sunday’s latest despicable press conference Joe Biden proclaimed that China and Russia would like nothing better than to see America continue to be bogged down in Afghanistan. Really? In the last two-plus years, with a force structure of 2,500 service personnel, combat aircraft, a vast fleet of Humvees, surveillance drones, sophisticated electronics, intelligence assets and a shooting war that had effectively ended around 2014 – was America “bogged down”? Doesn’t “bogged down” really refer to all-out active combat and maneuvers across the country on many fronts, as for example America’s involvement in Vietnam at the height of that conflict? I suppose we can discuss semantics in the comments thread below.

Or are China and Russia now pleased to see that we are scrambling to get out of Afghanistan and pleased to see the manner is which are doing so? Certainly, the Kremlin’s strategists and the Communist strategists in Beijing observed very closely, the reckless way in which Biden and our Pentagon leadership completely mishandled America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and have learned a great deal about what an inept collection decision-makers America has – national security advisors, Pentagon brass, and our current Commander-in-Chief. Do you think perhaps their fulfilled desires to finally have a weak and incompetent American security apparatus somehow intimidates them? Do you think that Beijing or the Kremlin are intimidated by the Biden administration and the Pentagon brain trust that just gifted billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded military assets to the Taliban and their al Qaeda associates – Blackhawk helicopters, Humvees, weapons, ammunition, sophisticated electronic optical targeting systems and more?

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Belarus is on Russia’s radar. I never paid attention to this rather sizable Eastern European country, until now. First, there are news stories coming and going quickly, buried by our current state of affairs. There is unrest in Belarus- protests – arrests – people disappearing – beatings – an election uproar. They say the leadership […]

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Can we talk about Eric Ciaramella?

 

Can we talk about Eric Ciaramella

Serious question: Where are we allowed to talk about alleged Ukraine whistleblower Eric Ciaramella? It seems like so few are doing so even though he is one of the final missing pieces of the puzzle at the conclusion of the impeachment saga, a loose end that won’t seem to go away.

You can’t talk about him on YouTube, as Senator Rand Paul learned.

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Either Poles are too dumb to understand what’s ridiculous about a pornographic butter-churning contest, or they’re not. I’d bet they’re not, and they know a parody of eroticism when they see it. Too bad The Imaginative Conservative doesn’t. Apparently, there’s at least one writer out there lacking the imagination to recognize a parody when he […]

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Jim is back and shares the highly entertaining albeit frustrating tale of the high-maintenance passenger on his return trip from California.  After detailing that saga, Jim and Greg are immensely entertained by national Democrats realizing only now what a train wreck of a nominee Bernie Sanders would be and scrambling to make sure he’s not the nominee.  They also weigh in on the latest political and media reaction to John Bolton allegedly confirming a quid pro quo with Ukraine, and while they admit there are grounds for debating Bolton’s tactics in recent months, the accusations he was never a conservative are ludicrous. And they unload on CNN, Don Lemon, and former Republican strategist Rick Wilson for their sneering mockery of Trump voters.

Chad Benson, host of “The Chad Benson Show,” fills in for Jim, who will be back on Tuesday.  Today, Chad explains what the loss of Kobe Bryant means to the people of southern California before he and Greg dive into three crazy martinis.  First, they react to the news that former National Security Adviser John Bolton apparently wrote in his forthcoming book that President Trump ordered him to hold off on releasing military aid to Ukraine until Ukraine launched the investigations he wanted.  Is this a major wrinkle in the impeachment saga, a book-selling gimmick, or something in between?  They also discuss the Des Moines Register endorsing Elizabeth Warren and the Union Leader in New Hampshire backing Amy Klobuchar and ask whether endorsements really matter anymore. While on the topic they also explore whether Warren still has a chance or whether her campaign is out of gas but media insist on propping her up. Finally, they get a kick out of a Fox 5 poll in Washington, showing the nation’s capital is either bored by the impeachment trial or just not interested in it.

House Impeaches President Trump on 2 Articles

 

Wednesday evening, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.” Both were related to his dealings with Ukraine. He is the third American president to be impeached.

If and when the House forwards the articles to the GOP-controlled Senate, the president faces a near-certain acquittal. Neither result comes as a surprise since Democrats began promising impeachment before Trump was even inaugurated.

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Congress seems to have trouble coming up with some basis for impeaching President Trump.  Well, I just found evidence of collusion that requires impeachment. I’ve recently watched some of the recent posts to YouTube’s Орел и Решка channel. Орел и Решка is a Ukrainian TV travel show. The spoken language is mostly Russian, and many […]

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Democrats Have Wanted to Impeach Trump Since Day One

 

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her committee chairmen have put forward articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Democrats have wanted to impeach Trump since the first day of his presidency (and before) and are trying for the fourth time now in the House.

Corrupt Politicians Drawn to Corrupt Country? Ukraine an Attractive Nuisance?

 

Reportedly, Ukraine has been one of the most corrupt countries on the face of the Earth. This is likely not a matter of some sort of defective national character, but rather a consequence of their geography and the past century of politics. Today, Putin, Democrats, and the US Deep State leverage Ukraine’s vulnerability to their own ends.

Anne Applebaum has done the real research and written the hard truths to power about evil perpetrated by the Soviet Union, including in Ukraine. Consider this MacClean’s interview of Applebaum on publication of her latest book, Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.

Q: Part of the history is that the Holodomor didn’t come out of the blue. There has been a long continuity of attitude in Moscow—a contempt for Ukrainian nationalism—running through the Czarist, Soviet and post-Soviet eras. One of the more striking instances of continuity was Lenin sending in Russian troops in Ukrainian disguise during the Civil War, which almost a century later became a Putin tactic.

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A cheesy campaign slogan we’ve all heard before is “country over party.” It belongs in the starter kit for every centrist running for Congress in a district tilted toward the other party. But this cliché attributes to the politicians a sin that is more properly attributed to individual partisan voters. The sin of the politicians is […]

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Back to our usual format with three big stories today!  Jim and Greg applaud the Senate for passing legislation designed to sanction anyone found targeting the human rights of people in Hong Kong, but they still wish the demonstrators could get some public support from President Trump.  They also react to U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland contending that the Trump administration did demand Ukraine open an investigation into Burisma and the 2016 elections in exchange for President Zelensky to receive an invitation to the White House, and that he believes the suspension of military aid was linked to those demands as well.  And they marvel at the media deleting a story about the numbers of migrant children in U.S. detention when they learn the figure is actually from the Obama years.

Truth and Lies About Ukraine

 

Ukraine in context mapWe were repeatedly treated to lies about Ukraine during the first week of the Democrats’ congressional clown show “impeachment inquiry.” The central lie was that Ukraine was a key security partner against Russia for many years. It is a lie that Ukraine has ever been a key security partner and it is a further lie that Ukraine has been the focus of US policy intended to check Russian re-expansion. Everyone knows this, you know this, at least in your gut. Here are the facts, which do not care about anyone’s feelings:

1991: Ukraine votes for and declares independence from the Union of Soviet Socialist States. Ukraine has over 1,000 nuclear warheads, allegedly without the control and arming codes, but with significant technical knowledge in-house. Weeks before the independence vote, President George H.W. Bush delivers an infamous speech in Kiev, written by Russia and Eastern Europe expert Condoleezza Rice, in which he warned about “suicidal nationalism.” William Safire branded this the “Chicken Kiev speech.” Bush feared that small states declaring their independence would provoke the Russian population, destabilizing the supposedly democratizing new Russia.

The elder President Bush’s most memorable foreign-policy blunder took place in Kiev in 1991, then under Communist rule. With the Soviet Union coming apart, the U.S. president — badly advised by the stability-obsessed “realist” Brent Scowcroft — made a speech urging Ukrainians yearning for independence to beware of “suicidal nationalism.” His speech, which he now insists meant only “not so fast,” was widely taken as advice to remain loyal to Moscow’s empire.

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Why do we send money to Ukraine?  One thing the current impeachment hearings have made clear.  As well as the whole Trump deep state conflict is that Ukraine is a corrupt, dung hole of a state and the Russians can have it.  Its only purpose seems to be to take US money and redistribute to […]

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Democrats Impeaching Trump Because Orange Man Bad

 

Donald Trump’s haters have been demanding his impeachment since the day of his inauguration. To that end they have cast about wildly for any reason imaginable. And in the process they have attempted to criminalize the normal actions of the president.

They just don’t like Trump. The Democrats, of course, but also the NeverTrumpers, just want him gone. There have been so many attempts that it is almost too hard to list them all. The Mueller investigation, of course. Remember how Trump was going to be impeached because of the Mueller report? Remember that the next time you hear a news report about a poll showing how the number of Americans who support impeaching the president has supposedly increased since six months ago. All that means is that some Americans, otherwise known as Democrats, wanted to impeach Trump for Russian Collusion before and now want to impeach Trump for Ukrainian…something. They want to impeach Trump no matter the reason and no matter the facts.

Congressional Democrats held a vote on impeachment earlier this year because Trump tweeted about Alexandria Occasional-Cortex, Ilhan Whosemyhusband, Rashida Tableface, and the other one that no one cares about. (Spoiler alert: tweeting is not a high Crime and Misdemeanor).

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Number one and Number two gone! This actually described President Trump’s announcement that our Special Forces nailed the No. 1 and No. 2 leadership of ISIS this week – huge news and accomplishment! The leadership behind mass murder, terror, beheadings, rape, kidnappings and torture has gone to meet his 64 virgins in paradise, and his […]

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When Trump and supporters say “No quid pro quo” what they mean – and should be more clear about – is “no improper quid pro quo”.  When you look back at it, Trump was clearly suspicious of the Ukraine government and considered it corrupt. He campaigned on limiting financial support to unworthy partners across the […]

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