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Musical Chairs in Washington, D.C.

12 days ago

Republicans are licking their chops over the Federal Reserve’s ostensible plans to raise interest rates aggressively in the months ahead to combat soaring prices. They view a coming big recession as a grand opportunity to win control over Congress in the upcoming November elections. 
Of course, we have gone through this political musical-chairs nonsense for decades. If the Fed is filling the balloon with newly printed money, the economy appears prosperous. Whoever is president claims credit for “good management of the economy.” Voters reward him with reelection. They also elect members of his political party to Congress. 

But woe to any president who happens to be in office when the Fed starts to reverse course, especially in a big way, as it is ostensibly now

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Bribe Money for Ukrainian Officials?

20 days ago

In my blog post of May 18, 2022, I raised the possibility that the $40 billion aid package that Congress quickly approved for Ukraine was going to be used, at least in part, to pay multimillion dollar bribes to Ukrainian officials. After all, why else would the members of Congress, as well as the Pentagon’s assets within the mainstream press, react so vociferously against the idea of having the Inspector General monitor how the money is being used? And what better way to ensure that Ukrainian officials remain on board for perpetual war than the payment of bribes to officials serving in what is perhaps the most corrupt regime on the planet?
For skeptics, I refer to an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal whose title pretty much tells it all: “High-Ranking

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What If the U.S. Had Invaded Ukraine?

27 days ago

Let’s engage in a thought experiment. Suppose that Ukraine was headed by a pro-Russia regime. After repeated failed attempts at assassination by the CIA, the Pentagon finally decides to invade Ukraine for the purpose of bringing about regime change — i.e., ousting the pro-Russia regime from power and replacing it with a pro-U.S. regime.
What then would be the response of American statists, especially those within the U.S. mainstream press?
There is no doubt about the answer. Everything would be different than it is today with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The media would be proudly embedding itself within the U.S. military’s invading forces. Mainstream papers would be reporting and commenting on the courage of U.S. troops. There would be no sympathetic

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The Fed, and No One Else, Is Responsible for Inflation

28 days ago

According to commentators in the mainstream press and various federal officials, inflation is like the coronavirus. It spreads around the world, hitting different countries in different ways. Sometimes a country will  experience only mild symptoms and sometimes more severe symptoms, like what happens with Covid. Now that the inflation virus has hit America, the mainstream media, along with public officials, are coming up with all sorts of remedies to address the problem.
This is all sheer nonsense, of course. There is one — and only one — entity that is responsible for inflating the money supply. That entity is the Federal Reserve. 
Let’s put things in a larger context. When America’s economic and political system was converted to a welfare state and, later, a

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Will the Pentagon Induce Russia to Use Tactical Nukes in Ukraine?

May 10, 2022

For the past 25 years, the Pentagon has moved inexorably toward admitting Ukraine into NATO, which would then permit the Pentagon to install its nuclear missiles in Ukraine — that is, on Russia’s border. Thus, the Pentagon has progressively used NATO, an old Cold War dinosaur, to place Russia into a position of making a choice: Either (1) accept the fact that our nuclear missiles are going to be placed in Ukraine pointing at your cities, or (2) invade Ukraine to prevent that from happening.
Russia, of course, could have simply acquiesced in the installation of the Pentagon’s nuclear missiles on Russia’s border. But for the last 25 years, Russia has made it clear that it had no intention of letting that happen. The Russian position has been the same as the U.S.

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Is It “Disloyal” to “Side with Russia”?

May 8, 2022

Last week, I received an email from a conservative-oriented libertarian who suggested to me that it is disloyal to “side with Russia” because Ukraine was “just sitting there” when it was invaded by Russia.
Are you kidding me? “Just sitting there”? As in just innocently minding its own business?
I don’t think so. 
Sure, most everyone would concede that Russia had no legal authority to invade Ukraine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Ukraine was “just sitting there” innocently minding its own business. 
The fact that that conservative-oriented libertarian honestly thinks that Ukraine was “just sitting there” innocently minding its own business goes to show how much the U.S. national-security state has succeeded in imbuing people with such an extreme

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Is Putin Right About a U.S. Proxy War?

April 29, 2022

On the surface of things, it appears that Russia is at war with Ukraine. But Russian president Vladimir Putin is saying that in actuality it is the United States that is warring against Russia and is simply using Ukraine as a proxy to conduct that war. Putin, therefore, is also saying that given that the United States is waging war against Russia, the possibility of nuclear war continues to rise with each passing day.
That raises an important question for the American people, one that the U.S. mainstream press is loathe to ask: Is Putin’s accusation correct? Are U.S. officials simply using Ukraine as a way to weaken or even destroy Russia without directly participating in a war against Russia?

U.S. Bay of Pigs invasion. Licensed under Creative Commons.


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The NATO Lie

April 27, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought to the forefront the NATO treaty to which the United States is a party. President Biden and the Pentagon have steadfastly maintained that a Russian attack on any NATO member automatically obligates the United States to go to war against Russia. That, of course, would necessarily mean the virtual certainly of all-out nuclear war between Russia and the United States, a war that would, needless to say, end up destroying both countries and killing hundreds of millions of people in the process. 
There is one big problem with the Biden/Pentagon position: It’s a lie. In fact, the NATO treaty does not obligate the United States to automatically come to the defense of any NATO member in the event Russia attacks that particular

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The Deferentials

April 20, 2022

Let’s have a thought experiment. 
Suppose that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Cuban president Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez issued a joint announcement stating that North Korea had accepted an invitation to install some of its nuclear missiles in Cuba. The announcement made it clear that although the missiles could reach any American city, they would be entirely for the defense of Cuba, not for the purpose of attacking the United States. 

There is no question but that as sovereign and independent countries, North Korea and Cuba have the “right” to enter into a defensive alliance with each other, just as Ukraine has the “right” to enter into an alliance with the United States or with the U.S. government’s Cold War dinosaur NATO.
Moreover, as a sovereign

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The Biggest Threat to Our Freedom and Well-Being

April 15, 2022

There are some important things to note about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. 
Our rights do not come from the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. As the Declaration of Independence states, our rights come from nature and God, not from the federal government, not from the Constitution, and not from the Bill of Rights.
The purpose of the Constitution was to call into existence a government of limited powers. 
The purpose of the Bill of Rights is not to protect us from Russia, China, North Korea, communists, terrorists, drug dealers, illegal immigrants, or any foreign regime. The purpose of the Bill of Rights is to protect us from the federal government. There is a good reason for that, one that Americans forget at their peril: The federal government —

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Pointing the Accusatory Finger at Russia

April 5, 2022

I’m fascinated by the mainstream media’s overwhelming focus on Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine while, at the same time, remaining steadfastly silent about the horrific and disgraceful mistreatment and imminent extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. After all, one of the big reasons that U.S. officials have targeted Assange is his disclosure of war crimes by the U.S. military in Iraq. Wouldn’t you think that given the mainstream media’s concern about Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine, the media would be just as concerned about U.S. war crimes in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan? Wouldn’t you think that they would be coming to Assange’s defense rather than remaining silent or even supportive of how U.S. and British officials have brutalized — and continue to

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No Friendship or Neutrality with Russia

April 2, 2022

If there is one thing the whole world knows, U.S. officials will not permit anyone to maintain a friendly or even a neutral relationship with respect to Russia and Russian president Vladimir Putin. If some foreign regime doesn’t stand squarely with the United States with respect to the Ukrainian conflict, it is considered an enemy and will likely be hit with a strong case of economic sanctions. Just ask China.
It’s no different, of course, with American citizens. Everyone is expected to fall into line. Those who don’t are considered to be unpatriotic or, even worse, traitors. The New York Times points out this phenomenon in an op-ed today entitled “The Friend of Our Enemy Is Not a ‘Traitor’” by Peter Beinhart. The article gives examples of how former Democratic

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A Need for National Soul-Searching

March 15, 2022

Suppose that John, in an act of pure political gamesmanship, threatens to corner Peter. In response, Peter says to John, “If you corner me as part of your political game, I will shoot and kill Mary. So don’t corner me.” John has no doubt whatsoever that Peter is telling him the truth and that he’s not bluffing. John knows as an absolute certainty that if he corners Peter as part of his political game, Peter will shoot and kill Mary.
Nonetheless, knowing full well what is going to happen to Mary, John continues his political game and proceeds to corner Peter, who then proceeds to shoot and kill Mary.
Everyone would agree that Peter deserves to be condemned and punished for murdering Mary. But what about John? Shouldn’t John at least be condemned for what he has

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Sanctions Kill Innocent People and Also Destroy Our Liberty

March 11, 2022

While American statists are cheering the U.S. government’s sanctions on Russia, 71-year-old John Hanick shows us how the cheers are also for the destruction of the rights and liberties of the American people. That’s because U.S. officials have just charged Hanick, who is an American citizen who once worked at Fox News as a director, with a federal criminal offense for violating U.S. sanctions on Russia.
Hanick now faces up to 20 years in a federal penitentiary, not to mention of course, that he will have to incur tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in lawyer fees to defend himself against this malevolent criminal prosecution.
What did Hanick do to earn the wrath of the U.S. Justice Department? He was working for a Russian oligarch named

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Pushing toward Nuclear War

March 9, 2022

According to Yahoo! News, “More than two dozen foreign policy experts have called for the United States and NATO to institute a partial no-fly zone over Ukraine, which would serve as an escalation of the conflict with Russia.” Joining them is Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, who also happens to be a former Air Force combat officer. That would mean the U.S. military would be shooting down Russian planes containing Russian soldiers. 
So far, the idea is being resisted by President Biden and the military-intelligence establishment. However, given the extreme anti-Putin mentality that characterizes Biden, the Pentagon, and the CIA, their position could easily change on a moment’s notice.
The matter brings to mind what happened during the John Kennedy

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Winner and Losers in the Ukraine Crisis

March 9, 2022

Let’s examine winners and losers in the Ukraine crisis. Let’s start with the losers.
The biggest loser are the people of Ukraine. They are being killed, injured, and maimed by the Russian invasion of their country. The invasion is also destroying their homes, businesses, and, well, their entire country. 
The Ukrainian people are also the big losers because of the person they have as their president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Yes, I know, the U.S. mainstream press compares Zelenskyy to George Washington but the fact is that Washington would never have sacrificed his own citizenry for the sake of pleasing a foreign power. That’s what Zelenskyy has done. He’s willing to sacrifice tens of thousands of Ukrainian citizens for the sake of pleasing bureaucrats within the

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The Cold War Racket Never Ended for the U.S.

January 30, 2022

There is something important to recognize about the Cold War: It was not ended by the U.S. government. Instead, it was ended by the Soviet Union. If it had been up to the U.S. national-security establishment, the Cold War would have gone on forever because it is the best racket in U.S. history, one that continually expanded the tax-funded largess, power, and influence of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA.
In a sense, the U.S. national-security establishment considered the Soviet Union’s unilateral decision to end the Cold War a betrayal. The Soviets weren’t supposed to do that. The supposed international communist conspiracy to conquer the United States that was supposedly based in Moscow was serving as a fantastic boogeyman that was used to frighten the

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Crisis-Filled Lives

January 20, 2022

No one can deny that we Americans live crisis-filled lives. Right now, there is a major crisis in Ukraine with Russia. There is also an ongoing crisis with China. Other foreign-policy crises, such as with Iran, Yemen, Afghanistan, Cuba, Iraq, and North Korea. There is a terrorism crisis. Healthcare crisis. Social Security crisis. Drug-war crisis. Immigration crisis. Debt crisis. Inflation crisis. Fiscal crisis. Monetary crisis. 
There is a common denominator to all these crises — the federal government and, specifically, the welfare-warfare state political-economic system under which we live.
What is important to recognize is that none of this is necessary. By choosing a welfare-warfare state way of life, Americans have chosen to live lives filled with crises.

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Healthcare Freedom

January 14, 2022

As the Omicron variation of COVID-19 continues to spread, the American people need to be asking themselves an important question: Do they want healthcare freedom or not? 
If not, then healthcare will remain under the control of government — the federal government and the state and local governments. That will mean continued and growing healthcare tyranny in the form of mandatory lockdowns, mask mandates, vaccine mandates, and undoubtedly other forms of healthcare mandates.

But that’s not all. Remember: There was a major healthcare crisis before COVID, which was rooted in Medicare and Medicaid, America’s two massive socialist healthcare programs. That’s what Obamacare was all about — to try to resolve the healthcare crisis brought on by the adoption of these two

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Abolish NATO

January 12, 2022

The New York Times published an article yesterday that denied that U.S. officials promised Russia at the end of the Cold War that NATO would not expand membership to Warsaw Pact countries. 
Unfortunately, the article misses the point. The point is that NATO should have been abolished when the Cold War ended, which would, needless to say, have meant that it would not have absorbed those former Warsaw Pact countries and would not have moved U.S. bases, missiles, and troops inexorably closer to Russia’s borders. 
The ostensible purpose of NATO was to protect Western Europe from an invasion by the Soviet Union, which, ironically, had been America’s partner and ally in World War II. At the end of the Cold War, the threat of such an invasion was non-existent.

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Clay Shaw, Liar and Perjurer

January 5, 2022

In 1969, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison brought a criminal prosecution against a man named Clay Shaw. In the trial, Garrison rejected the lone-nut theory of the assassination of President Kennedy. He alleged instead that Kennedy was assassinated in a highly sophisticated regime-change operation spearheaded by the U.S. national-security establishment. Garrison alleged that Shaw had played a role in that operation.

Although Shaw was quickly acquitted, Garrison’s prosecution later inspired Oliver Stone to come out with his movie JFK, whose theme was the same as Garrison’s — that Kennedy was assassinated by his enemies within the national-security establishment. 
At the end of Stone’s movie was a blurb that informed people that official records relating

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An Incriminating Piece in the JFK Assassination Puzzle

December 23, 2021

My immediate reaction to the National Archives’ very limited release of a few of the CIA’s JFK-assassination records is this: I’m not interested in seeing what they’re releasing. I’m interested in seeing what they’re still hiding. 
However, there was at least one document that they recently released that is incriminating. It’s a document that the CIA published on the Sunday morning after the assassination. It is entitled “SUMMARY of Relevant Information on Lee Harvey Oswald at 0700 on 24 November 1963.” You can read it here.
The first thing to notice about that particular document is that there is no way that “national security” would have been threatened if the document had been released back in the 1990s or 2017. 
That means two things. 
First, the CIA lied to

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The Debt Ceiling and Inflation

December 19, 2021

Not surprisingly, both houses of Congress approved another increase in the debt ceiling and have sent the bill to President Biden, who will most assuredly sign it. The bill raises the debt ceiling to $31.5 trillion. This debt ceiling is expected to last through the upcoming mid-term elections so that incumbent elected officials don’t have to deal with it in their campaigns for reelection.
Here’s my prediction: None of the mainstream commentators who were screaming about the dire necessity of raising the debt ceiling will publish any articles or editorials calling for federal expenditures to be drastically reduced in order to meet the new debt ceiling a couple of years from now. On the contrary, they will ardently support current levels of spending and maybe even

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A Great U.S. Boycott

December 16, 2021

I never thought I would find myself saying this but President Biden has just instituted a great boycott. It’s against China, which U.S. officials have been trying their best to reconvert into a Cold War enemy, opponent, rival, or adversary. 
What’s so good about this boycott? It purports to punish China by prohibiting U.S. government officials from attending the Winter Olympics in China. 
That’s a punishment? Are you kidding? What greater thing could befall China than to have U.S. government officials prohibited from traveling there? Just think — the Chinese will not have to put up with the pompous, imperialist, and hypocritical attitudes that characterize U.S. government officials.
Mind you, Biden isn’t prohibiting U.S. athletes from competing in the Winter

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The Omnipotent Power of the Pentagon

December 11, 2021

No matter how you feel about the Pentagon and the military-industrial complex, you can’t help but be impressed at how they are able to successfully plunder and loot American taxpayers, no matter how much needless death, suffering, and destruction they wreak on people around the world.
Think about it: They just exited Afghanistan after their 20-year failed war against the Taliban, a war that left thousands of American soldiers and countless Afghans dead and the entire country destroyed. On top of all that death and destruction was the total waste of hundreds of billions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer money. It’s also worth mentioning that for those entire 20 years, they intentionally lied to the American people regarding progress in their undeclared forever war.

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The Way Out of the Statist Morass

December 11, 2021

Given the seemingly intractable welfare-warfare system that characterizes the United States, it might be tempting for some people to despair and simply give up and surrender to what might appear to be the inevitable — the permanent continuation of our lives as serfs on the welfare-warfare state plantation.
After all, Americans have lived under a welfare state since the 1930s, when President Franklin Roosevelt used the Great Depression as an excuse to revolutionize America’s economic system. That’s was what Social Security was all about — establishing a system where the federal government’s primary function would be to take care of people with money that has been forcibly taken from other people. 

Today, the federal government is viewed as parent or, even worse,

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What the CIA Is Hiding in the JFK Assassination

October 27, 2021

With President Biden succumbing to the CIA’s demand to continue keeping the CIA’s records relating to the Kennedy assassination secret, the question naturally arises: What is the CIA still hiding? (See my blog post of yesterday entitled “Surprise! Biden Continues the CIA’s JFK Assassination Cover-Up.”)
To understand what they are still hiding and why they are still hiding it, it’s necessary to go back to the 1990s during the era of the Assassination Records Review Board — and even further back than that to November 22, 1963 — the day that Kennedy was assassinated. 
People often say that if the CIA and the Pentagon had orchestrated the assassination of President Kennedy, someone would have talked by now. 
That’s just not true. When it comes to murder, people don’t

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Surprise! Biden Continues the CIA’s JFK Assassination Cover-Up

October 26, 2021

Before I address President Biden’s decision last Friday to continue the national-security establishment’s cover-up of its November 22, 1963, regime-change operation in Dallas, I wish to make one thing perfectly clear: I am not Nostradamus. 
Yes, I fully realize that I repeatedly predicted that Biden would never order the release of those 60-year-old assassination-related records that the CIA has steadfastly been keeping secret from the American people. (See here and here.) But that prediction doesn’t make me Nostradamus.
In fact, any reasonable person who has studied the Kennedy assassination could have easily made the same prediction. There has got to be a good reason why the CIA does not want people to see those 60-year-old secret records. That’s why they didn’t

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The Washington Post and the JFK Records Deadline

October 10, 2021

In my blog post yesterday entitled “Mainstream Press Silence on the JFK Deadline, I took the mainstream media to task for remaining steadfastly silent about the upcoming October 26 deadline for the release of the CIA’s long-secret JFK assassination-related records. Instead, I pointed out, the mainstream media simply continues reveling in labeling people who question the official lone-nut theory of the assassination as “conspiracy theorists.” 
Well, who would have thunk it? Yesterday — the very same day I wrote my article and just three weeks before that October 26 deadline — the Washington Post published a super-snazzy article entitled “Will You Fall into the Conspiracy Theory Rabbit Hole? Take Our Quiz and Find Out.”
No, the article did not even mention the

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Feeling Sorry for College Students

August 21, 2021

An op-ed in the Los Angeles Times makes me feel sorry for many college students, at least many of those who take economics courses in their respective schools. In fact, the op-ed even causes me to feel sorry for the people at mainstream newspapers who decide which op-eds to publish in their papers.
The op-ed in question is written by a Duke University student named Caroline Petrow-Cohen, who is a summer intern at the Times. Her piece takes California Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder to task for favoring a repeal of the minimum wage. As Elder succinctly puts it, “The ideal minimum wage is $0.”
That idea horrifies Petro-Cohen. She is convinced that if the minimum wage were repealed, workers everywhere would immediately be relegated to subsistence

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