Archive for April, 2017


Excellent interview with Richard Dreyfuss

“… it’s political correctness taken to a nightmarish point of view.”

 Actor Richard Dreyfuss and Fox News host Tucker Carlson were midway through a debate Friday night over funding for sanctuary cities when Dreyfuss left Carlson all but speechless.

Dreyfuss was telling Carlson that he believed no president had the power to withhold funding, as President Donald Trump has threatened to do, because that power rests with Congress.

But that was not what was uppermost in his mind. Instead, Dreyfuss needed to get something else off his chest.

“I want to mention one thing,” Dreyfuss said. “You were talking about the speakers on university campuses. And I am totally, incontrovertibly on your side about this.”

Dreyfuss said that not only is freedom of speech essential, regardless of the consequences, but free speech and education are the only ways to address America’s collective ignorance about the foundational principles of the nation enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

 “I think any intrusion into freedom of speech is an intrusion into freedom of speech. And when one of the presidents of one of the colleges said, ‘This is a school, not a battlefield,’ I said, no, it is a battlefield of ideas and we must have dissonant, dissenting opinions on campuses and I think it’s political correctness taken to a nightmarish point of view,” Dreyfuss said.

He then talked about deeper principles.

“I am a constitutionalist who believes that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights must be central and the parties must be peripheral,” Dreyfuss said, noting that few Americans have ever really studied these documents in school.

“Civics has not been taught in the American public school system since 1970. And that means everyone in Congress never studied the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as you and I might have,” he said.

 Dreyfuss said knowing the basics of government is essential to being a functional American citizen

Ignorance of the basics “is a critical flaw because it’s why we were admired and respected for so long, it gives us our national identity, it tells the world who we are and why we are who we are, and without a frame that gives us values that stand behind the Bill of Rights, we’re just floating in the air and our sectors of society are not connected,” he said.

Dreyfuss said each side has to quit trying to silence the other.

“What’s really important is that the assumptions of the left and the right are all skewed wrong,” he said. “We have to find areas of agreement and areas that we share. And we do share the notion that education accomplishes certain things. One, it turns students into citizens. And, two, it teaches students how to run the country before it’s their turn to run the country. And, three, it teaches the values of this nation,” he said.

The obligations, responsibilities and workings of American democracy are essential parts of education, he said.

“People come from all over the world or are born into this nation without the values that we have here. That’s why they came here, to get them. And what are they? You can put them in opportunity, rise by merit, mobility, and freedom. That’s what we sell. And if you don’t want that, you’ve chosen the wrong place. And you don’t get a pass by being born here, you have to learn it,” he said.

“And we must learn our values and if we don’t, we are fatally, fatally wounding ourselves. We will not have any way to really combat the ideas behind ISIS because we won’t know our own. And we have to,” he said.

When Dreyfuss was finished, Carlson veered away form his usual style.

“So I … typically I interrupt our guests and I expected to debate you, but … I agree with every single word of that and I just want to say thank you very much. I think it’s important,” he said.

Western Journalism

We knew this was coming and now there is no denying that it is here and much worse than we thought. There will be no more protests, just two  well armed opposing sides engaging in fierce all out combat in the streets.

Universities have set stage for violence to continue

Violent gangs of left-wing radicals known as “antifa” have been attacking Christians or conservatives whom they consider “racist” or “fascist.”
But, now, some conservatives are organizing in self-defense, and the war is erupting in the streets.
The focal point is Berkeley, California, home of the free speech movement and now the site of repeated battles between antifa and conservatives. A lawsuit was filed against the University of Berkeley to force the school to allow author and conservative columnist Ann Coulter to speak.
It came only weeks after the “Battle of Berkeley” in which a “free speech rally” featuring Lauren Southern, Brittany Pettibone and other conservative and libertarian speakers was disrupted by antifa. However, conservatives wearing helmets and protective gear routed the left-wingers in a street battle, prompting organizers to declare victory.

But it seems likely antifa will not accept defeat, as anarchists are now discussing in online forums the need for combat training and the acquisition of firearms.

One of the more prominent organizations inspiring them is the John Brown Gun Club, a left-wing group that staged an armed counter-protest of a pro-Trump rally in Arizona in March.
Meanwhile, conservatives are also organizing. One of the most prominent right-wing street fighters is Kyle Chapman, known on the Internet as “Based Stick Man,” after video of him hitting an antifa over the head with a stick at a March 4 pro-Trump rally went viral.
In the aftermath of the latest “Battle of Berkeley,” Chapman announced he was joining forces with conservative commentator Gavin McGinnes’s “Western chauvinist” fraternal organization, the “Proud Boys.” The group was heavily involved in protecting speakers at the “free speech rally” and has sworn to guard Coulter during her upcoming appearance at Berkeley.

The battles between left and right first heated up after libertarian activist Milo Yiannopoulos had his February speech at the University of Berkeley shut down because of violent protests by antifa. Though Yiannopoulos was later disgraced by the airing of a video in which the openly homosexual activist discussed pederasty, the episode infuriated conservatives and libertarians and its importance for free speech surpassed any connection with Yiannopoulos himself.
Scott Greer, author of “No Campus For White Men,” says there has been a real shift in the mentality of many on the American right since then.
“I think the Berkeley riots in February spurred the right to commit to self-defense against black-masked thugs,” he told WND. “Fighting against antifa is not an act of aggression, but one of self-defense in the eyes of most conservatives.”

Matthew Vadum, senior vice president of the Capital Research Center and the author of “Subversion, Inc.,” argues conservatives are simply reacting to years of violence.
“I think conservatives are becoming painfully aware that these ‘antifa’ people want to hit them with baseball bats and knock out their teeth,” he said. “They don’t want to debate. They want to rumble in the streets. This is about a show of force. More conservatives are going to pro-Trump rallies prepared to defend themselves. They are doing this because they can see that the antifa present a clear and present danger.”
Greer claims college campuses are at the center of many of these struggles because the radically anti-conservative and anti-white environment is a welcoming climate for even the most extreme left-wing organizer.
“It provides a safe space for these agitators,” he said. “Most students won’t join in the violence. However, they will give it a moral justification and see it as righteous. These antifa are primarily non-students, yet they know the students support them.”
A further skirmish also developed on the East Coast over the weekend between antifa and their opponents. Rebel Media’s Jack Posobiec was assaulted while reporting on an “Anti-fascist bloc party.”

Among those spotted at the event was Luke Kuhn, one of the left-wing activists who was sentenced to community service for plotting a butyric acid attack against the pro-Trump “Deploraball” at the president’s inauguration.
In an interview with WND, Posobiec said such tactics are typical of how the left has always operated.
“The left always uses violence, from Josef Stalin to Mao Zedong to Pol Pot, the left has always committed violence to achieve its ends,” he said. “Antifa has conducted their reign of terror throughout the 2016 election, at the Deploraball, Trump’s inauguration, and now at Berkeley. Law-abiding patriots who support the First Amendment are fed up.”
Posobiec also blasted the media for constantly describing antifa as simply “Trump protesters” rather than as extreme leftists.
Yet Greer suggested the media know exactly what antifa activists believe and eagerly try to promote their far-left message.
“The media sees them as fighting against hate and oppression,” he said. “They want to promote them as scrappy rebels punching and shutting down their enemies. The media has no problem excusing violence if it’s done on behalf of the right cause. But now, both antifa and the leftist media are actually seeing resistance.” Source: WND 

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April 28, 2017 12:30 pm

An official Democratic “autopsy” detailing the miscues and mistakes that led to their 2016 election losses will not be made public but will be kept strictly under lock and key.

The practice of election autopsies took off in 2012 when Republicans drafted and then publicly released a detailed breakdown of why presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost and how to fix the mistakes in the future. Democrats likewise did their own autopsy after their 2014 midterm election losses.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee set out to draft a similar autopsy after only picking up six seats in the House in 2016, far less than expected. But this time around, the public won’t learn any of the findings.

New York Congressman Sean Maloney presented his report to Democratic congressmen during a closed meeting at the DCCC headquarters, Politico reported on Thursday. Only two dozen lawmakers showed up, none of whom were allowed to take copies with them.

Members have complained that the secrecy makes the conclusions seem far worse than they actually were. They tell Politico that the autopsy didn’t focus on messaging strategies, but was more concerned with organization, data collection, and increasing fundraising efforts.

But House Democrats aren’t releasing the report. “This analysis is based on strategic information about our organization and meant for internal purposes, not public consumption,” a DCCC spokesman said in a statement.

Source: The Washington Free Beacon


Warfare has entered a new era for which America is ill prepared and poorly armed. The U.S. has never been very good at winning the war of words, and in this new cyber age, that weakness is deadly.
Our military supersedes all others, but new and insidious fronts have opened in this information age and words have become lethal weapons..
Additionally, all of our public services are computer driven. Our lack of defense on this front is frightening. Either Congress gets its act together and unites on strengthening this front, or the nation will remain vulnerable to a disaster that can lead to catastrophic upheaval by the a populace struggling to survive.
Does that sound over the top? Does anyone really want to test that concept. Only the enemy within will benefit.

Excerpt:“We are hamstrung by a myriad of reasons, to include lack of accountability and oversight, bureaucracy, resulting in insufficient levels of resourcing and an inability to absorb cutting-edge information and analytic tools, and access to highly skilled personnel,” Lumpkin said.
At the same time, Lumpkin said America’s enemies are increasing their capabilities and investment.”

New strategies, tactics needed to fight influence, propaganda warfare threats, Senate told
BY: Bill Gertz
April 28, 2017 5:23 pm
The United States faces a growing threat of information warfare attacks and needs new strategies and organizations to counter it, national security experts told Congress this week.
John C. Inglis, former deputy director of the National Security Agency, said cyber attacks are only one form of influence, propaganda, and disinformation attacks being waged in the cyber war of ideas.
“Cyber warfare, in my view, is not a standalone entity,” Inglis told a Senate subcommittee hearing Thursday. “When you’re talking about information warfare, it’s at that top-most stack, and it does not necessarily comprise of an exchange of tools or an exchange of literal warfare. It is, in fact, a conflict of ideas.”
Inglis called for a new approach to information threats.
“We need to stop reacting well and thinking that we’ve therefore done good and start to drive and perhaps lead in this space and at least anticipate well or track well,” he said during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on cyber security.
The United States must aggressively tackle the problem, Inglis said.
“We can use the techniques that have been used against us, but we should never compromise our values, and there’s a distinct difference between those two,” he said.
Rand Waltzman, a specialist on information warfare with the RAND Corp., told the subcommittee the U.S. government needs to review and revamp laws and polices in the information warfare realm in order to better fight influence warfare. (emphasis mine)

“Operations in the information environment are starting to play a dominant role in everything from politics to terrorism to geopolitical warfare and even business, all things that are becoming increasingly dependent on the use of techniques of mass manipulation,” Waltzman said, adding that information warfare operations “occur at a speed and at an extent previously unimaginable.”
Technical cyber security means, the focus of U.S. government and private sector efforts, are ill-equipped to handle influence warfare. Waltzman called for new capabilities called cognitive security.

(emphasis mine)
An example was the domestic information attack launched by the Russian government in 2011 prior to the country’s legislative elections. Anti-government dissidents had organized a demonstration using a Twitter hashtag. When the Russian government found out, it flooded Twitter with gibberish tweets using the hashtag at a rate of 10 tweets per second, effectively preventing the demonstrators from using the social media platform to issue instructions.
Twitter did not stop the onslaught because it did not violate the platform’s terms of service.
Michael D. Lumpkin, a former State Department strategic messaging official, criticized the U.S. government’s capability to counter disinformation and promote its messages as outdated and stifled.
“We are hamstrung by a myriad of reasons, to include lack of accountability and oversight, bureaucracy, resulting in insufficient levels of resourcing and an inability to absorb cutting-edge information and analytic tools, and access to highly skilled personnel,” Lumpkin said.
At the same time, Lumpkin said America’s enemies are increasing their capabilities and investment.
“This, while our adversaries are increasing their investment in the information environment, will not be constrained by ethics, the law, or even the truth,” he said.
Clint Watts, a former FBI agent and specialist on information operations, said Russia is the leading power in the use of information operation.
“Russia does five things that sets it apart from others in terms of influence,” Watts said. “One, they create content across deliberate themes, political, social, and financial messages, but they hyper-empower those with hacked materials that act as nuclear fuel for information atomic bombs.”
These information bombs power political groups and other profiteers in the social media space, further amplifying their messages.
Moscow also pushes its disinformation and propaganda in unitary campaigns that appear to come from different locations at the same time, through the use of covert and overt accounts as well as social media platforms.
Russia shares content through semi-linked and covert online personas in order to create a public impression that its propaganda is more established than it is, while pushing themes over long periods of time.
The result is that Russian information warfare messages are pressed “deep into the target audience,” Watts said.
Russian trolls and others engaged in information operations target political opponents, whether politicians, media personalities, or “just people that don’t like Russian positions,” for long periods, he said.
Watts said countering cyber influence threats is a human, not a technical, challenge.
“American obsession with social media has overlooked several types of real-world actors that help enable their operations online,” he said.
They include pro-Russian “useful idiots,” including unwitting Americans who don’t know they are using Russian information for political gain. Others are “fellow travelers” who back Russia and provocateurs who create incidents in a bid to drive Internet traffic.
Both the Islamic State’s social media campaigns and Russia’s influence operations need to be countered, in addition to the use of cyber means.
“When it comes to Americans countering cyber influence operations, when all is said and done, far more is said than done,” Watts said. “We talk about it a lot, but we do fewer iterations than our Russian adversaries.”
Watts said that when the United States has acted in the information operations space, “it hasn’t been effective, and at worse it’s been counterproductive,”
“Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars since 9/11 on U.S. influence and information operations, we’ve seen the expansion of al Qaeda and the Islamic State,” Watts said. “We’ve excessively focused on bureaucracy and digital tech tools, but at the same time these social media monitoring tools have failed to counter al Qaeda. They did not detect the rise of ISIS, nor did they detect the interference of Russia in our election last year.”
Better knowledge of Russian information warfare and influence operations is needed. The American government also needs better and more accurate communications.
Watts called for jettisoning the so-called whole-of-government approach to the problem and instead creating a task force to address cyber influence threats.
Current government efforts focus too much on purchasing technical tools to analyze social media, he said.
The private sector also need to restore the integrity of information on social media sites, Watts said. He noted progress by Facebook, Google, and Wikipedia, which recently launched efforts to block foreign information operations.
Facebook on Thursday published a report on information operations that called for countering influence campaigns by governments and non-state actors to distort political sentiment, “most frequently to achieve a strategic and/or geopolitical outcome.”
The social media giant said Russian influence operators used Facebook pages and false personas to spread stolen emails and documents during the 2016 election.
Watts said Twitter remains a holdout in efforts to limit foreign information operations.
“Twitter’s actions, if they take them on parallel with Facebook and Google and the others, can help shape the Russian influence of the French and German elections going into summer,” he said.
Waltzman, the RAND Corp. analyst, called for a new strategy to “make cognitive security a reality and counter this growing threat in the information environment.”
A private research center outside government should be created that is devoted to research and development of policies, technologies, and techniques for information operations.
“The center would not be operational, but rather set research and development agendas and provide education and distribution of technologies and service to any of the communities that it would serve,” he said.
Second, a government office, like the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, should conduct a study of current laws and policies that “currently make operations in the information environment difficult to impossible” and how they can be updated to reflect the current information environment. The study also should outline a new organizational structure for information operations.
Subcommittee chairman Sen. Mike Rounds (R., S.D.) said the panel has held two classified briefings on cyber threats and efforts to counter them.
Thursday’s hearing focused largely on the Russian influence operation during the 2016 election, which was part of a program that dates back to the Soviet period.
Rounds said current cyber- and disinformation-related tools “have enabled Russia to achieve operational capabilities unimaginable to its Soviet forebear.”
“Ultimately, we will continue to struggle with cyber-enhanced information operation campaigns until we address the policy and strategy deficiencies that undermine our overall cyber posture,” he added.
“Our adversaries aim to leverage our distaste for censorship against us to delegitimize our democracy, influence our public discourse, and ultimately undermine our national security and confidence.”
Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.) noted the problem is not new and that U.S. efforts to counter it are deficient.
“Our government and society remain ill-prepared to detect and counter these powerful new forms of information warfare, or to deter them through the threat of offensive versions of our own information operations,” he said.

Bill Gertz is the author of iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age that highlights information warfare threats. It is available at iwarbook.com.
The Washington Free Beacon

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Mission statement from Sons Of Odin American FB page:
“We call on those in the ‘Sons of Odin’ viking community, with ‘Balls’ as well as a ‘Viking’ Beard’, to join our collective in a valiant quest for victory from the invasion of Islamisation and its threat to our way of life. We are preparing to defend ourselves from the invading Muslims and are forming cells to organize neighborhood watch patrols to counter the sharia patrols and help reduce the Muslim attacks on females etc! Please help by sharing our page and inviting your friends to join us, THANK YOU!
The Sons Of Odin International Collective (Sons Of Odin IC) is an independent organization’s not associated with other organizations such as Sons of Odin MC (Motor Bikers Club) or Sons of Odin AC (Auto Club) etc. However, their, members are welcome to join us if they are campaign activists.”

As in Europe, they have chapters throughout the America. Are we surprised?  When the spineless “authorities” do nothing, the citizens will eventually take matters into their own hands.
For those who have an awareness of American History, the early days of the West did have a vigilantes  who occasionally served justice and sometimes erroneously, but the Wild Wild West is largely a myth.
Unfortunately, in most of Europe, the migrant created chaos is not a myth, even though the “authorities” try to cover it up. The  truth can  be veiled for so only long. People are beyond tired of and are becoming angry with crimes committed by Muslims in the name of Allah.
Europe in now in a state of Civil War.
Islamic violence in Europe has been on the rise for several years. Here is a list from 2012 and an article from 2017 discussing the use of sexual terrorism, and the officials try desperately to cover up or make excuses in the name of tolerance.  What is it that they do not understand about the Muslim viewpoint?

Muslim Rape ‘Misunderstandings’ Come to Europe
“Europe can either have free women, bars, churches, synagogues, cartoons, free speech, pork sausage and beer. Or it can have millions of Muslim migrants and their wide-eyed toddlers.
It can’t have both. Not for long. Because there will be “misunderstandings”.
Bombs will go off, women will be raped and cartoonists murdered. And we will be told to change our behavior to avoid more of these “misunderstandings”. After each “misunderstanding”, we will lose more of our civil rights and the invaders will have more power to dictate our behavior and our way of life.
Until finally the only way to end all these “misunderstandings” will be a submission to the Islamic State. We may finally understand then, but it will be too late.
Muslim migrants don’t misunderstand our laws or values. They don’t care about them. We misunderstand theirs. And so we do our best to accommodate their contempt for our values.
It’s time that we understood this cycle of submission and showed the invaders that they  misunderstood our generosity as appeasement, our friendliness as weakness and our tolerance as surrender.
And then we can finally bring all these “misunderstandings” to an end.” more

The Sons of Odin are understandably spreading their presence. See the links below for more on the subject. Although they have apparently never actually started anything, they make their presence known. Many non-Muslims are uncomfortable with them, and many, including some police,  support them.

The Soldiers of Odin are a self-defense group which first popped up in Finland. The purpose is to defend natives from violence by the invading Third Worlders. A chapter was also organized in Canada, which led to Vice shrieking and sending low-testosterone reporters to try to “infiltrate” the group so they could whine about it online. (Instead, they ran away.)

North America:
Now, the Soldiers of Odin are apparently organizing in the United States. See Facebook page:
In Canada Controversial Soldiers of Odin group organizing in Hamilton

Europe: There are undoubtedly more chapters in Europe but the following are the well known ones:
STOP RAPING OUR WOMEN AND CHILDREN…OR ELSE: Finland’s “Soldiers Of Odin” Are Defending Citizens Against Muslim Migrant Rapists

Sons Of Odin Spreads To Norway

Sons Of Odin Lands In Sweden As Muslims Riot In Stockholm 

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Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s scheduled speech at the U of California Berkeley is off, it’s on, it’s been delayed, the student groups sponsoring her appearance are suing the University, she’ll speak indoors, she’ll speak outdoors, and on it goes. University … Continue reading →

via Ann Coulter UC Berkeley clash reveals massive covert op —

Why would they leave a climate more like home to move to the frigid north in droves? All sorts of reasons are given in this article from the Phoenix New Times —-supposedly for jobs, to be with family members, Somali “community,” better welfare, but not mentioned is to build political power through numbers. Minnesota will […]

via Somali refugees resettled in Arizona headed to Minnesota in large numbers — Refugee Resettlement Watch

People’s World, the bilingual news site of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), reports on April 19, 2017, that CPUSA “has been receiving membership requests ever since Donald Trump was elected President.” Emile Schepers, CPUSA’s International Secretary and an anthropologist by … Continue reading →

via After losing 2016 election, Democrats are defecting to Communist Party USA —

The Civil War is now full fledged in the streets! There has been blood and there will be more to come!

DOMESTIC TERRORISTS? Has The Time Come To Classify The ‘Protest’ Group As Criminal?
If they had Tea Party affiliations, we’d be talking about this EVERY day.
Harrowing video footage taken by Southern’s crew showed Antifa street fighters throwing bricks and M-80 explosives into the crowd, as well as assaulting Trump supporters. Other footage released by someone present at the event showed one Antifa thug hit a Trump supporter over the head with a bicycle chain and lock.
In one interview, ‘Base Stick Man’ as he’s come to be known told listeners about real nature of the violence.
People are getting stabbed.
One woman had a carburetor thrown at her, and it tore up her face.
Another man needed more than a dozen stiches.
They have taken quarter sticks of dynamite, dropped them into empty wine bottles, and have lobbed them into the crowds.
These are not just rowdy students who take a swing at the other camp when swearing just isn’t enough.
They are coming prepared to wound and maim.

They are rallying around people and groups like ‘BAMN’ (By Any Means Necessary… we addressed that group here.)

“It would certainly put a psychological element in while holding fash [fascists] back. Who do you think a fascist is more afraid of? People with only flags and bats, or people with flags, bats, and guns?” he wrote.
But some Antifa members have clearly had the same thought — that “flags and bats” simply aren’t enough. Indeed the Antifa United webstore temporarily sold an Antifa-branded concealed credit-card knife. — Lifezette

When you’re packing Protest swag that is a tactical knife that disguises itself as something innocuous?
You’ve gone WAAAAY past just ‘speaking truth to power’.
You’re an armed mob looking to use violence to achieve political aims.
These are EXACTLY the sort of people for which the police must NEVER stand down.
Armed rioters stifling political dissent? If we claim to care so much about the free exercise of the democratic process?
Why is THIS violent political activist group not getting enough coverage that it would dwarf the ‘Russian’ and ‘Wiretapping’ stories put together?
They used to tell us how domestic terrorists were a more imminent threat than Islamists.
In terms of sheer numbers, they may be right. But since they can’t pin this on Tea Parities, Christians or Conservatives, the media is giving the story a ‘pass’.
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