William McRaven Is Wrong

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Admiral William McRaven’s disgraceful attack on President Donald Trump has laid bare the former Navy SEAL commander’s political sympathies for the Democratic Party. We saw Admiral McRaven’s partisanship on full display in the aftermath of the Bin Laden raid when he gushed over Barack Obama (widely regarded as the most cowardly individual to have ever served as Commander-in-Chief), lauding Obama’s role in ‘Operation Neptune Spear’ and fawning over the ex-president as “the smartest man in the room”.

Long before President Trump’s assault on the corporate-owned news media, their destructive role as “manufacturers of consent” and Pied Pipers of public opinion had been brilliantly unmasked by one of the Left’s leading intellectuals, Noam Chomsky, and countless other luminaries at both ends of the ideological spectrum. The fact that McRaven is credited with planning one of the most (undeservedly) celebrated military operations in recent history endows him with no special credentials for challenging the veracity of President Trump’s denunciations of the lying MSM.

After all, when one compares McRaven’s Abbottabad mission with Sayeret Matkal’s 1976 ‘Op Thunderbolt’ raid on Entebbe or the SAS’s ‘Op Nimrod’ assault on the Iranian embassy in 1980, ‘Neptune Spear’ (which pitted over 70 Tier-One DEVGRU and CIA/SAD combatants backed by the full operational might of JSOC and USCENTCOM against a residential compound occupied by, at best, two military-age males, a few women and a smattering of children) has to go down as one of the most one-sided, overblown and hyper-glorified “special operations” in military history. It could just as easily have been carried out by a well-trained SWAT team and they likely wouldn’t have lost a multi-million dollar UH-60 in a blaze of ineptitude. The sieges at Ruby Ridge, Waco and the recent Ammon Bundy armed stand-off at Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge arguably involved more operational risk.

(What makes McRaven’s bizarre defence of the lying and irresponsible MSM especially disquieting is the damaging role they played in leaking details of the Bin Laden raid – and the Task Force Blue/ST6 unit which carried it out – to the general public and, in the process, endangering the lives of its members and their families. Classified details of the raid and its participants can now easily be found on Facebook and Instagram with a few simple hashtags…)

Has McRaven no memory of the unforgivable role played by that same lying MSM in beating the drums for the 2003 Iraq War and misleading thousands of US servicemen and women to their deaths in OIF and the human abattoirs of the Middle East? Why, President Trump’s own election victory in the face of the universal scorn heaped upon him by that same news media bears full and incontrovertible witness to the underlying truth of the President’s totally-justified frontal assault on the liars of the MSM and nothing McRaven has to say on the matter will upend that.

Admiral McRaven’s intervention in the political fray should be seen for what it quite plainly is: a transparent and pathetic opening gambit in his own well-laid plans to run, as a Democrat, for the US presidency in 2020. He will likely fare no better than his political heroine, Crooked Hillary Clinton, who has long since shuffled off the pages of history and into the dustbin of ignominy.

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The Farce Awakens?

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The narrative presented in The Force Awakens is an entirely unconvincing one when one considers just how comprehensive was the Empire’s defeat in Return of the Jedi. For not only was the second Death Star totally destroyed but the Empire’s senior leadership – Darth Vader and the Emperor himself – were killed…
For TFA to present us with a storyline in which the Empire has miraculously “arisen from the ashes” of that defeat, successfully reconstituted its military power and rallied around a new leadership represented by Snoke and Kylo Ren – while offering no explanation as to just how that had happened – is as unpersuasive as if someone were to present us with a history of Germany in which, following its humiliating defeat in WWI (and the crippling Treaty of Versailles disarmament terms that were imposed upon her), had somehow magically “arisen from the ashes” of that debacle and rebuilt an even more powerful war machine than its predecessor – while offering no explanation as to how it had managed to pull off this feat, namely, through the mobilisation of German WWI veterans around the unlikely messianic leadership of an ex-corporal named Adolf Hitler and the rabid nationalism of his unstoppable political party, the NSDAP…
In light of this a far more compelling storyline for TFA would have been one in which the once-vanquished Empire was in the process of galvanising its own fallen soldiers around the rapidly spreading news of the emergence of a new Sith messiah – one possibly descended from either Darth Vader or the Emperor himself – and who was now leading a violent Galactic Revolt which the once-victorious Republic was scrambling desperately to put down…
This would be a post-war galaxy in which Imperial insurgents had managed to scrape together a new war machine out of the scavenged remnants of old Star Destroyers, TIE fighters and AT-AT Walkers and were staging galactic guerrilla raids against the Republic from the jury-rigged ruins of the bombed-out Death Star…
TFA should have thus opened with Republic troop carriers storming a village in which they had received word that an Imperial insurgent leader (who possessed information on the whereabouts of the Sith messiah) was hiding out and whereupon they encountered fierce resistance and during which the insurgent leader was able to make good his escape – or was captured…

The Farce Awakens?

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The narrative presented in The Force Awakens is an entirely unconvincing one when one considers just how comprehensive was the Empire’s defeat in Return of the Jedi. For not only was the second Death Star totally destroyed but the Empire’s senior leadership – Darth Vader and the Emperor himself – were killed…
For TFA to present us with a storyline in which the Empire has miraculously “arisen from the ashes” of that defeat, successfully reconstituted its military power and rallied around a new leadership represented by Snoke and Kylo Ren – while offering no explanation as to just how that had happened – is as unpersuasive as if someone were to present us with a history of Germany in which, following its humiliating defeat in WWI (and the crippling Treaty of Versailles disarmament terms that were imposed upon her), had somehow magically “arisen from the ashes” of that debacle and rebuilt an even more powerful war machine than its predecessor – while offering no explanation as to how it had managed to pull off this feat, namely, through the mobilisation of German WWI veterans around the unlikely messianic leadership of an ex-corporal named Adolf Hitler and the rabid nationalism of his unstoppable political party, the NSDAP…
In light of this a far more compelling storyline for TFA would have been one in which the once-vanquished Empire was in the process of galvanising its own fallen soldiers around the rapidly spreading news of the emergence of a new Sith messiah – one possibly descended from either Darth Vader or the Emperor himself – and who was now leading a violent Galactic Revolt which the once-victorious Republic was scrambling desperately to put down…
This would be a post-war galaxy in which Imperial insurgents had managed to scrape together a new war machine out of the scavenged remnants of old Star Destroyers, TIE fighters and AT-AT Walkers and were staging galactic guerrilla raids against the Republic from the jury-rigged ruins of the bombed-out Death Star…
TFA should have thus opened with Republic troop carriers storming a village in which they had received word that an Imperial insurgent leader (who possessed information on the whereabouts of the Sith messiah) was hiding out and whereupon they encountered fierce resistance and during which the insurgent leader was able to make good his escape – or was captured…

A Thousand Words

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Now here is an image that is truly remarkable in what it tells us about the United States of America. It depicts the first ever African-American presidential couple in the process of their being succeeded to the Oval Office by the first ever private businessman and his wife, a Slovenian former nude model. And these persons are not merely posing for a photographer at some shallow celebrity gala. They are in the process of peaceful succession to the highest office in their country and the most powerful leadership post anywhere on Earth. And there hasn’t been a single observer, amidst the raw sewage that passes for journalism these days, who has cared to remark on the sheer monumentality of the meaning frozen in this image.

The Great Wall of America​​

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I just had some thoughts on how President Donald Trump might build his proposed ‘Great Wall’ along the U.S.-Mexican Border…

  • Modelled on the voter registration ‘Freedom Rides’ of the 1960s (and mobilised by a vast social media effort), President Trump’s new ‘Freedom Riders’ would consist of millions of American volunteers who journeyed from every state in their country down to the U.S.-Mexican border, set up camp along its entire length and helped to build the ‘Great Wall of America’ under the supervision of construction experts
  • Fuelled with a Woodstock-like festive spirit, each of the participants in this effort would have their names permanently engraved in the section of wall to whose construction they had contributed in a manner similar to the names of fallen soldiers etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
  • Non-participants in its construction could also have their names engraved on the wall by paying a fee that would help to defray some of its construction costs
  • Upon completion President Trump’s ‘Great Wall of America’ would take its place alongside sacred national monuments like Mount Rushmore, the Lincoln Memorial and the Statue of Liberty (as well as the world’s great attractions like the Giza Pyramid, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower and Stonehenge) as a tourist attraction in its own right and not just some mundane ‘security barrier’
  • This epic national effort would infuse the participants with the same festive sense of purpose which fuelled the voter registration drives of the 1960s and could actually help to bring people together

You’re welcome.

Can Justice Create Jobs?

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Could President Donald Trump Grant African-Americans Reparations For Slavery – And Make The Europeans Pay For It? And could this prove to be one of his biggest job creators?

While it’s recognised that the United States Treasury has insufficient funds with which to pay African-Americans the trillions of dollars they are owed in legal damages for the atrocities they endured during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, there is little to prevent the incoming Trump Administration from providing such reparations as are due in the form of a tax exemption for all African-American slave descendants for a period of 40 years or so – and redress any budget deficit through the imposition of a tariff on US imports from every nation that was a party to this barbarous human traffic (such as France, Portugal, Britain, Spain, the Netherlands and others).

Such an innovative reparatory measure – let’s call it the ‘U.S. Redemption Act’ and term any multilateral pact with the aforementioned countries the ‘Atlantic Redemption Agreement’ – could become the Trump Administration’s legislative successor to President Ronald Reagan’s commendable Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (which granted an official apology along with reparations payments to the Japanese-American victims of WWII-era internment) and would likely encounter far less resistance than previous compensatory proposals which envisaged hefty cheque awards to slavery’s plaintiffs.

Furthermore, this revolutionary endeavour could potentially boost economic growth by providing African-Americans with additional disposable income that would likely be ploughed back into the U.S. economy through the purchase of domestic-made goods, thus fuelling America’s manufacturing sector and helping to create new American jobs – a key Trump campaign promise. In this way reparations for slavery could end up making as significant a contribution to the growth of the U.S. economy as that made by slave labour itself.

The ‘Redemption Act’ and its associated ‘Atlantic Agreement’ would represent significant gestures of atonement for the horrors inflicted by the trade in African slaves and would likely do more to bridge America’s racial divides than anything hitherto undertaken since the Republic’s founding. And, for his efforts, President Trump could earn recognition as the most significant occupant of the White House since Abraham Lincoln.

And what could be a more fitting event at which to announce this historic initiative than on the occasion of President Trump’s 2017 inauguration?

The Death of General Organa?

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“So, you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed her, too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the Dark Side then perhaps SHE will…” – Darth Vader, ROTJ (1983)

If (as I previously theorised after watching The Force Awakens) General Organa is the real villain of the new Star Wars trilogy – and whose identity as the Morgan le Fay-like enchantress and evil puppet-master of the Galaxy was set to be revealed either in Episode VIII or IX – the tragic and untimely death of actress Carrie Fisher could have seismic implications for the trajectory of the new saga’s entire storyline – and for Disney’s bottom line. It may have also created an exciting new possibility for the development of her character which could transform the significance of the recently-released Star Wars standalone film, Rogue One.

Since Princess Leia (as well as Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin) appears in Rogue as a CGI character, what if that “CGI-ness” (for want of a better term) were somehow incorporated into her character to become an integral part of who she is? This would allow for the development of a Palpatine/Sidious-like duality to her role and would permit Lucasfilm to avoid having to cut Organa scenes (as has been reported) or undertake expensive re-shoots for either Episodes VIII or IX.

It would also mean that the decision to feature Leia and Tarkin as CGI characters in Rogue wasn’t necessitated by mere technical considerations but that their CGI incarnations in that film were integral to who they both are in the Expanded Universe and key to the roles they may yet play in their respective galactic futures.

By retaining Princess Leia/General Organa in the storyline and making these two incarnations of her character into a Palpatine/Sidious-like ‘alter ego’ in which the Princess/General is continually interchanging between her fleshly and CGI personae, the entire Star Wars universe could be potentially transformed and create new possibilities for the development of other iconic characters through the rest of the saga.

In this way, not only does Disney (and its Lucasfilm unit) save (and make) money but they introduce new elements into the narrative that help it endure for future generations.

#PardonJackJohnson

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As a boxing fan who has hosted the world’s greatest prize fights at your world-class hotels, we are appealing to you, President Donald J. Trump, to pardon heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson.
 
Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion of the world, is long overdue a pardon. Johnson paved the way for boxers like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. But he was the victim of Jim Crow justice and was wrongfully convicted by an all-white jury in June 1913 under the Mann Act for dating a white woman.
 
This unjust prosecution ultimately tarnished his legacy and ended his career. But Senator Harry Reid and Senator John McCain have taken up this issue and are working towards a pardon. We appeal to you, President Trump, to support their effort.
 
Johnson was born the son of former slaves in Texas and in his career as a boxer he broke the rules of the segregated Jim Crow era by fighting and beating a white boxer. But he also dated white women – eventually marrying one. This infuriated many southern bigots and in 1913 authorities sentenced him under the Mann Act to a year and a day in prison for crossing state lines in the company of a white girlfriend.
 
The Mann Act (named after Congressman James Robert Mann) was a law passed on 25th June 1910. In its original form the anti-prostitution law prohibited white slavery and the interstate transport of females for immoral purposes. However, its ambiguous definition of ‘immorality’ allowed selective prosecutions of the kind inflicted on Jack Johnson.
 
This unjust prosecution ultimately tarnished Jack Johnson’s legacy. Pardoning Mr Johnson will not only correct a grave injustice but will boost your popularity with African-American voters and help to ensure your successful re-election in 2020. #PardonJackJohnson

Farrakhan To Endorse Trump?

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LOUIS FARRAKHAN TO OFFICIALLY ENDORSE DONALD TRUMP IN ATLANTA ON SUNDAY? – Rumours sweeping Chicago suggest that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is planning to officially endorse DONALD TRUMP for the US Presidency at his ‘Holy Day of Atonement’ event in Atlanta this Sunday (October 16). This shock announcement is expected to shake up the US election by swinging significant African-American support behind the GOP candidate.

Mr Farrakhan’s endorsement of Mr Trump is expected to have a major impact on the HIP HOP community, many of whose leading rap artists admire Mr Farrakhan and hang on his every word. Many of these artists are personal friends of Mr Trump and privately favour him over Hillary Clinton but have been reluctant to make their sympathies known for fear of facing an anti-Trump backlash from their black fanbase. Mr Farrakhan’s endorsement of Mr Trump could embolden these artists to publicly embrace the GOP candidate and this, in turn, could trigger an unstoppable FLOOD of black (and Hispanic) support deserting Mrs Clinton for the Trump Campaign, thus turning her White House dream into a November nightmare…
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WHY MIGHT LOUIS FARRAKHAN ENDORSE DONALD TRUMP? – It would be impossible for Louis Farrakhan to oppose Donald Trump on the grounds that Mr Trump is ‘racist’ since the GOP candidate has never expressed bigoted sentiments about any ethnic group that come within a thousand miles of the “all whites are devils/Jews are bloodsuckers/Malcolm X deserved to die” racist and homicidal vitriol that Mr Farrakhan routinely spews at his rallies. Mr Farrakhan is infinitely more racist than Mr Trump has ever been and Mr Farrakhan’s own role in inciting the cold-blooded murder of Malcolm X is immeasurably worse than any role Mr Trump may have played in the incarceration of the Central Park Five: https://youtu.be/GMsR23aLoRw

Indeed, Mr Farrakhan’s vicious anti-white racism makes a mockery of black media personalities like Tavis Smiley, Roland Martin, Al Sharpton, Cliff Kelley and Rock Newman (and countless regular black Americans) – all of whom have variously denounced Mr Trump as a ‘hate monger’ and ‘racial arsonist’ while fawning like schoolgirls over a genuine bigot like Mr Farrakhan and venerating him as an ‘elder statesman’: https://youtu.be/M1-sti9SxZw

Furthermore, Mr Farrakhan has previously expressed admiration of the fact that Mr Trump is self-financing his own presidential campaign and is not controlled by Zionist lobbies and special interests in quite the way that Hillary Clinton is. In addition, Mr Trump’s credentials as a businessman are compatible with Mr Farrakhan’s own efforts to advance an ‘economic empowerment’ agenda, however bogus, among black Americans: https://youtu.be/MUcm59n97i4

On those grounds alone it would be impossible for Mr Farrakhan to withhold an endorsement of Mr Trump, a man whose real estate enterprise is a role model of the property-ownership to which Mr Farrakhan pays lip-service and whose Trump Organisation currently employs more African-Americans than the Nation of Islam has in its entire history. Mr Farrakhan may thus find himself compelled to endorse Mr Trump if only to shore up his own credibility as a ‘black leader’ and avoid going down in history as the biggest blabber-mouth and waste of space Black America ever produced: https://airkittycartel.com/

The New Malcolm X

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If Bill Clinton earned the moniker ‘America’s First Black President’ with his 1992 saxophone-playing appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show, Donald Trump let rip his Inner Negro when he mic-dropped Crooked Hillary Clinton multiple times during their second debate, whether it was his “you’d be in jail” quip or his “Honest Abe” put-down. If being ‘black’ transcends ethnicity and defines a certain kind of ‘swag’, chutzpah and disdain for authority (witness the near-universal opprobrium he has earned from the GOP establishment and mainstream media), Mr Trump just became the baddest and ‘blackest’ man in America since Malcolm X. The man is a total rock star. Not even Louis Farrakhan (or Snoop Dogg, for that matter) comes close. Mr Trump, a white man, has performed a truly stupendous feat of identity politics by becoming the de facto standard bearer of ‘blackness’ in America today. And with his ‘jail’ jibe propagating across the web in a kaleidoscope of ‘Thug Life’ iterations, we may well come to look back on this as the moment when WASP became the New Black and a viral Vine decided an election.