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De Omnibus Dubitandum

By Rich Kozlovich

The FBI used a SWAT Team to arrest this man, see below.

I only had three commentaries yesterday for P&D, so, I didn't send anything out.  What's below is from yesterday and today, with a lot of stuff of my own, and it's still a short list.  My theme? 

"Huston, we have a problem".  

While doing my daily searches, and reading what's going on, I find that sentence runs through my head daily, which translates into, "America, we have a problem!" And it's far more than America.  The reality is so many evil people are in powerful positions around the world it's clear,  "Humanity, we have a problem."   

We're living in an age of appeasement greater than has ever existed in human history, and the consequences will be dire.  There's a difference between appeasement, capitulation and good economic, domestic and foreign policy.   I keep asking the same question over and over again when some policy is fomented:  How does that benefit America?  And often times the answer is clear, at least to me, it doesn't. 

There are seven commentaries, four by me, and one with a link to Daniel Greenfield's pieces on Front Page Magazine, that carries the theme by David Horowitz: "Inside Every Progressive Is A Totalitarian Screaming To Get Out"  

I'm done until Monday, and I'm trying to organize all the material I have on geopolitics, especially involving the Russo/Ukrainian War and China, but there's a whole lot more going on that's not in the news, as my post about the Middle East and North Africa show. 

Also, have you ever heard of  BRICS countries?  No? Well, don't feel bad, I'm willing to bet 99.9% of the population of the world hasn't either, but it has potential for being a big deal.  I hope to cover some of that, probably inadequately, because it's about foundational international economics.  Nothing makes my eyes roll back into my head like that kind of stuff, and truthfully, I'm convinced economists are only guessing at the long term consequences of so much of all this.  Their thoughts are based on speculation.  Show me a room with the world's 25 top economists, and I'll have 25 different opinions to share with you, on a singular subject.    

"Prediction is really hard, especially about the future."

Have a great weekend!

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The Human Side of Pennsylvania’s Capitulation to Woke Environmentalism

by | Jun 8, 2022 | @ America Out Loud

(Editor's Note:  My Friend Jay Lehr has passed.  This is a blast from the past, and a demonstration of Jay work with his long time partner in this battle against the junk science over global warming and energy production, Tom Harris. His like won't pass this way again soon.  RK)

There is a disconnect between the elites in government, business, labor, and academia and common citizens in America. Many of the elite “have never worked an honest day in their lives,” as old-school folks might say. They do not understand what it takes to earn a living, run a business, or feed a family by the sweat of their brow. And some of those with beginnings in the “real world” — say, union officials — find themselves corrupted by money and power when they achieve positions of leadership.

President Joe Biden went to law school and became a politician. Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania inherited a successful business and lived off its wealth. We have young people major in political science, then become legislative staffers until there is an opportunity to run for office. They have no idea what goes on in the world of profit and loss, hiring and firing. They have no appreciation of what it takes to produce food and energy or make steel, cars, or widgets of any kind.

In the climate arena, we have people falling for climate scares and willing to risk impoverishing an entire civilization to finance windmills and solar panels that cannot possibly sustain a modern society. And it’s not just government. It’s big business, big labor, and practically all of academia. This state of affairs has had a terrible negative impact, particularly on the state of Pennsylvania.

Visible from western Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountain ridges are coal-fired power plants — and their plumes of water vapor — that have been integral to much of the regional economy for 50 years. Three plants east of Pittsburgh directly employ 550 people and support an estimated 8,100 jobs, according to Power PA Jobs Alliance, a coalition of labor and industry groups. Now, two of these power plants — the generating stations of Conemaugh on the Indiana-Westmoreland county border and Keystone in eastern Armstrong County—are slated to close by 2028.

The owners blame costs from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) wastewater rule. The regulation is expected to lead to at least 26 plants in 14 states to stop using coal, according to news reports. Another factor in Pennsylvania is Gov. Tom Wolf’s unilateral decision to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

“These plants have sunk billions of dollars into environmental projects,” said Ken Umholtz, a Conemaugh employee commenting on the EPA’s concern about water quality. “We no sooner finish one thing, and it’s something else.”

Though the Conemaugh plant recycles most of its water, Umholtz said, “Environmentalists. . . plan to regulate us out of business, but they are not going to have electricity because there is nothing to replace us. 

After eight regional refineries closed and others downsized, workers at a Philadelphia refinery hope the government won’t kill their jobs too. The modernization of the Trainer Refinery south of Philadelphia is initially obscured by aged brick buildings and hulking equipment. With closer examination, however, emerge brightly painted pipes, scores of gleaming white tanks, and towering construction cranes that hint of ongoing upgrades.

With a growing post-pandemic economy and strong energy prices, prospects are bright save for threats of a controversial carbon tax scheme by the governor and federal regulations. Federal rules have contributed to the closure of seven independent refineries on the East Coast since 2009, leaving only Trainer and three others remaining. And one of those — owned by PBF Energy in New Jersey — closed half its refining units and laid off 250 employees last summer. 

PA-based Monroe Energy, which owns the Trainer Refinery, annually spends tens of millions of dollars on improvements to keep abreast of government regulations and customer needs. A few years ago, it invested nearly $200 million installing equipment to make low-sulfur gasoline. Currently, the company is building high-efficiency electrical substations, as well as water-cooling units that enable millions of gallons of water to be reused, dramatically reducing dependence on Delaware River water.

Monroe employs approximately 500 people and hires at any one time up to 1,400 members of the Philadelphia Building Trades for maintenance projects that can last for months. Because of their work, Trainer produces daily more than 8 million gallons of fuel, mainly for transportation and heating.  

Despite this, the overall decline of regional production capacity has left the East Coast vulnerable to supply interruptions and more dependent than ever on imported fuels.

Wolf’s proposal to institute a tax on electricity generators that use fossil fuels through the RGGI is intended to encourage the replacement of fuels like coal and natural gas with more expensive wind and solar energy.

In comments to regulators, Monroe noted its extensive use of electricity and cited data showing that the cost of power was 38 percent less in non-RGGI states. Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars on environmentally beneficial investments, with plans for more, Monroe fears “that enacting a program like RGGI will increase costs to such an extent that we may be unable to move forward with some of these projects.” 

Both RGGI and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requiring ethanol in all gasoline have drawn widespread criticism from labor and industry groups and from politicians of both major parties. While Pennsylvania and New Jersey governors are supportive of RGGI, both have written the EPA with concerns about the issue of RFS credits.

Yet more than 50 organizations representing millions of people have written in support of RFS reform. Even the National Wildlife Federation opposes the RFS because increased ethanol use has led to croplands infringing on natural habitats. Trade organizations of the dairy industry and bakeries have objected to RFS’s pressures on corn prices and supplies.

The negative consequences of both RFS and RGGI — including job losses and diminished fuel security — seem obvious to nearly everybody. Yet the employees at Trainer are still waiting for relief from Washington while also hoping to avoid the economic wreckage proposed by the governor and the absurdity of bureaucrats trying to improve the climate.

“We hope people will side with us and allow us to keep doing our jobs,” says Trainer employee Ron Pierce. A retired Marine sergeant, Pierce started as a unit operator and now leads the facility’s emergency-response teams and acts as refinery fire chief. Yet all that is in jeopardy now due to woke environmentalists and their cowardly and uninformed political supporters. It must be stopped!

Dr. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris

Dr. Jay Lehr is a Senior Policy Analyst with the International Climate Science Coalition and former Science Director of The Heartland Institute. He is an internationally renowned scientist, author, and speaker who has testified before Congress on dozens of occasions on environmental issues and consulted with nearly every agency of the national government and many foreign countries. After graduating from Princeton University at the age of 20 with a degree in Geological Engineering, he received the nation’s first Ph.D. in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Arizona. He later became executive director of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.

Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition, and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. He has 40 years experience as a mechanical engineer/project manager, science and technology communications professional, technical trainer, and S&T advisor to a former Opposition Senior Environment Critic in Canada’s Parliament.

Gas Stoves are the New Enemy of the Left, Part II

The left is like rust. It never sleeps.

By Rich Kozlovich

 On Thursday, January 19, 2023 I published this piece, Gas Stoves Are the New Enemy of the Left, saying:

Getting rid of gas stoves in American homes.  So, what's the story? .......... AOC , who claims gas stoves give you brain damage.  "Did you know that ongoing exposure to NO2 from gas stoves is linked to reduced cognitive performance?"  So, that's what's wrong with her?  After all, "Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”  Really?  Well, that sounds rational doesn't it? Actually....no!   That's known to be a logical fallacy called proving a negative.  You can't prove a negative, you can't prove something is safe, you can only prove something is unsafe, and everything has an unsafe factor......

Well it turns out Americans are really upset about it.  Imagine that!  So, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission "backed off" while proclaiming this was a long term issue for them.  Which should have triggered a huge backlash.  I ended that article by saying:

I can assure you this isn't going away, it will merely be put on the "back burner" by these nitwits waiting for a more convenient time.  Once these activists start something, it's never "off the table". 

And guess what?  The bugman was right again.   It turns out the Department of Energy has now taken up this green Kyrie Eleison by proposing "new efficiency rules for natural gas stoves and other consumer cooking appliances", while at the same time claiming:

"we are not proposing bans on either,”............ “The proposed standards would not go into effect until 2027 and cumulatively save the nation up to $1.7 billion. Every major manufacturer has products that meet or exceed the requirements proposed today.”

They make claims of cost savings and efficiency and who knows what all else, but I have no doubt it's like all this other horsepucky the government spews out, so much of which is based on junk science, computer models and speculation.  All in promotion of that secular pseudo-pagan religious movement, The Church of the Warming Globe. 

Banning gas stoves isn't necessary, or even further regulating them.  However, banning the Department of Energy and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission would be a good start at generating real benefits to America if for no other reason then ending the lava flow of scientifically dubious regulations they spew out.  

Hamilton 68 Fraud Regarding Russian Bots

The problem is, the criminals are in control of the media, the information highway, and they are the auditors of their own actions, the elections, and the legal system. It is they who guide the voices everyone hears in the media. 

By February 2, 2023 @ New York Post

Editor's Note: I've not asked for, nor have I received permission to publish this in full, but I think it need to widest possible distribution.  If the author or the New York Post object, I will break this down to a link. RK

Tyrants lie, cheat, and come up with some pretty diabolical schemes. In their schemes that arose when Donald J. Trump stuck a stick in their spokes the hard left consortium of globalists and power-seeking collectivists concocted a scheme to convince the public that a perpetual war is going on, and that the enemy has infiltrated American politics. 

The Russians were the scapegoat for the 2016 election, and the cabal behind online opinion that dared to disagree with the progressive commie left's narrative. Then, after putting the message out there that the Russians were crawling throughout the Republican Party and were the puppet masters behind everything Trump did, and everyone around him, they created an image revealing hordes of those enemies. The smoke and mirrors worked perfectly, until Elon Musk decided to release Twitter files showing the reality behind the curtain.

Most of those Americans tagged as "Russian" were actually conservatives; the "real" enemy of the hard left Democrats and their RINO allies

The Russia-Russia-Russia narrative had real players who "they" said were Russian infiltrators and influencers, but the reality was nearly all of it was simply a mask that looked Russian, placed on the identities of some very real people that, to be frank, had nothing to do with Russia, and instead were pro-liberty enemies of the hard left machine perpetrating the scheme.

Twitter file releases have been flying into the public eye for a while now, ever since Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter. He's not a conservative, or constitutionalism ally, but he's definitely not a fan of what the hard left has been doing, and so in that sense Musk fits the enemy-of-my-enemy-is-a-friend label. Musk's Twitter file releases have exposed fraud and media complicity with government that has been used against the critics of the power players of an evil cabal of globalist leftism and mercantilist elitists in ways that this writer could not have even imagined for a fictional novel about hostile government and societal takeovers if I tried. Truth is stranger, and more diabolical, than fiction, in this case.

The Russia-Russia-Russia election hoax was only step one. It needed to be followed up if the hard left was to dismantle the Trump problem that had flopped on their front porch. The data cheat for the election was overwhelmed by Trump's popularity, and to hide their Voter Roll/Election Fraud game the Russian hoax game was dreamed up, and put into action. Then, during the early years of Trump's presidency "Hamilton 68" emerged as a source of news that the leftist media gobbled up

The news stories largely claimed that Russian bots were being tracked online and that the Russians were feeding us all kinds of fake news. In truth, it was all a game to cover-up the Democrat Party's (and their myriad of allies) part in the attacks against the 2016 election of Donald J. Trump.

Hamilton 68 produced a list of 600 accounts that were tied to the Russians. However, with recent Twitter file releases the list was found and the Russian influence on that list of accounts was, well, not there. Instead, the list was full of real Americans who in ordinary conversations were tagged as being Russian-influenced or Russian influencers. In short, all of it was one great big fraud.

The fact that the enemy resorts to lying is not a surprise. That is what they do, and have been doing since the beginning of time. Most of those Americans tagged as "Russian" were actually conservatives; the "real" enemy of the hard left Democrats and their RINO allies. 

Hamilton 68 was a fraud from the get-go, designed to propagate the Russian Election Collusion hoax while vilifying and censoring any messages coming from conservative voices. Trump was popular, and they were willing to do whatever it took on the technology information battlefield to end the discussions that were pro-Trump. Then, as Twitter and other social media sites turned conservative talk into "Russian-influenced propaganda" in the eyes of the public, the leftist media ran with it, happy to claim that the Russians who were the international enemy were also sounding like Trumpsters, and behind Trump's popularity.

Who were the masterminds behind this craziness? They included (but it was not limited to):

  • Clint Watts, Former FBI Special Agent and MSNBC Contributor.
  • William "Bill" Kristol, CNN Contributor, Co-Founder Weekly Standard.
  • John Podesta, Hillary Clinton Advisor, Obama Advisor, and current Biden clean energy advisor.
  • Michael Morell, Career Intelligence Analyst, Acting Director of the CIA in 2011.
  • Michael Anthony McFaul, Ambassador to Russia from 2012-2014, International Studies Professor at Stanford University, contributing columnist at The Washington Post, former U.S. National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and senior director of Russian and Eurasian affairs. Architect of U.S. President Barack Obama's Russian reset policy.

The Russian Election Collusion story, and the Russian Bots influencing the various stories regarding various politicians, definitely had an impact on our system and the culture. Conservatives were targeted, and the opinions of the normies were altered by it. Hamilton 68 went after anyone who was a critic of the leftist consortium run by people like the Clintons, Obamas, George Soros, and all of the other collectivist globalist anti-liberty players. Thanks to Elon Musk, another cat is out of the bag. 

If truth had been allowed and recognized from the beginning, and if we were even able to broadcast the truth broadly even for a moment, today, the power players would all be behind bars. The problem is, the criminals are in control of the media, the information highway, and they are the auditors of their own actions, the elections, and the legal system. It is they who guide the voices everyone hears in the media. Until that hold on our institutions has been shattered, the fraud, lies, and evil will continue.


Here's to My Friend Jay Lehr

By Rich Kozlovich

In my younger years I loved reading Reader's Digest, and one of the features they had there was called, My Most Unforgettable Character.  In the course of your life you will come across such people, and my friend Jay Lehr was one of my "most unforgettable characters".  My friend Jay Lehr has passed, and since Jay lived just outside of Columbus, Ohio I went to his "celebration of life", and it was packed.  While I always knew Jay was amazingly optimistic, and he was always encouraging to others, until the speakers told their experience with Jay, I never realized just how true that was.

 


Jay and I were so much alike in philosophy I had often said we were twins born ten years apart, but I realize now that when comparing my life with Jay's, it's like comparing a pair of Nike tennis shoes with an old worn out pair of loafers in a closet.   

I met one of Jay's academic friends there who said Jay told him he wanted to "live" as long as he was alive, and he did.  Jay was 85 when he decided to finally stop jumping out of airplanes for fun.

Jay wrote for America out Loud, did podcasts for them and appeared on Malcolm's radio show, and Malcolm felt Jay was an important part of their success, so he said so in this interview. Here is the interview (all of which is great to hear): 

Here's Tom Harris' article about him, where he notes:

At Jay’s “celebration of life” on January 16, the meeting venue in Delaware, Ohio, was packed with people. Everyone who spoke described his energy, enthusiasm, generosity, and goodness. Jay would have loved it…the happiness, friendship, celebrating, jokes, and all the stories. While I and many, many people will certainly miss Dr. Jay Lehr, he would not want us to be mournful. Jay lived an incredible life, and we are all blessed to have known a real-world Superman.

Read the whole piece, it's worth reading about the life of one of "my most unforgettable characters".  I will miss him.

Daniel Greenfield Unleashed

By Rich Kozlovich 

Daniel Greenfield is a prolific writer with a keen instinct for getting to the heart of a story, and there's are reason why.  He understands clearly the left isn't just wrong, it's evil.  He understands the Democrat party is now no longer an America political party, and is called the party of treason for a reason.  He clearly understands there's a reason the Republican party is called the stupid party.  He understands clearly Islam is not a religion, it's a criminal political movement masquerading as a religion. Once all that's understood, everything else is easy to understand. Here's my latest offering of

Biden Admin Allows Chine to Fly Spy Balloon Over Montana - Two Air Force F-22 fighters scrambled before the administration decided not to shoot it down.  China knows what it’s doing. It pushes harder and harder because it knows that western nations are weak and will back down. And we never disappoint.........But don’t worry, Biden sent a strong message..........“We will be very angry. And then we will write a letter telling you how angry we are.”............

Mohamed Rapes 2 Little Girls in Minnesota, Gets Less Than a Year in Prison - He will not be required to register as a sex offender.  Technically not one of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s constituents, but just another of the gifts that resettling Minnesota with the best that Somalia has to offer has gifted America with.............At some point, the plea deal was upgraded to 176 days in prison. Or a good deal less...........

Under Islam, 7-year-olds are considered fair game, but 4-5 year olds might be a bit much, even for Mohammed, the original one, (PBUH – Pedophilia Be Upon Him) even though one account describes the  pedophile warlord marrying a little girl who played with dolls, still Mohamed, this one, has a Somali name and Somalia is the country with the tenth highest child marriage rate.  The decision to import large numbers of Somalis means we end up playing by their rules............

After FrontPageMag Report, Florida Investigates ADL’s Curriculum - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is taking a hard look at “No Place for Hate”. In December, Front Page Magazine published an exclusive investigation of the ADL’s curriculum. “The ADL’s Racist School Curriculum Violates Florida Law,” went viral and was credited by many with helping unlock the organization’s descent into wokeness..........Now, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has reportedly begun investigating the ADL’s “No Place for Hate” curriculum...............

Dems Embrace Omar as GOP Votes to Boot Her Over Antisemitism - “Some people did something”   After some back and forth, the House GOP voted to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar over her anti-American and antisemitic statements. The resolution mentioned Omar’s repeated smears of Jews and Israel, as well as her infamous “some people did something” response to 9/11, and her statement, “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban”. Omar has made no secret of hating America and Jews. Brief efforts by moderate Dems to condemn her were quickly sidelined. And in the face of the House GOP vote, Democrats embraced her as never before. The media refused to cover Omar’s history of antisemitism and instead rebroadcast claims that sanctioning her over antisemitism is racist and Islamophobic............

Biden’s Afghan Weapons in Hands of Terror Group That Plotted U.S. Attacks - They scouted the Capitol building and killed Americans, now they have our guns.  Lashkar-e-Taiba caught the world’s attention during the Mumbai massacre in 2008 when terrorists trained by the Jihadist group funded by Osama bin Laden unleashed a wave of violence across the Indian city that killed over 150 people including six Americans. After murdering Americans and scouting potential targets in the United States, including a chemical plant and the Capitol Building, harboring the 1993 World Trade Center bombing operative and a terrorist who opened fire at CIA headquarters, the Islamic terror group is now arming its men with the weapons that Biden abandoned to the Taliban in Afghanistan...............

 

Thursday, February 2, 2023

The FBI is in Serious Need of Fixing

 America, we have a problem!

By Rich Kozlovich

Today I posted this piece by Daniel Greenfield, National Security Without Patriotism outlining treason by one of their top men, Charles McGonigal, who headed the FBI’s counterintelligence operation in New York, who was apparently turned in by his mistress. This guy was much higher and more corrupt than Strzok, Page, McCabe, and all those who promoted Russiagate, which we now know was a lie, and we now know the FBI knew it was a lie.   Boy, ya gotta hand it to those boys at the.  They sure know how to pick-em. 

I've stored a great deal of information of how badly the and other armed agencies of the federal government are clearly violating the law, and the rights of Americans under the Constitution, and under Biden it's gone way beyond the pale, I think we need to do a quick review of their insane standards of "justice", and their duties and responsibilities in light of a recent event. 

First, let's start with this May 6, 2022 Report: FBI, DHS Officials Eye Violent ‘Abortion-Related Extremism’ but Do Nothing, by Wendell Husebø saying:

The National Fusion Center Association on Thursday reportedly held a call to strategize about the metastasizing threats of violence after the Supreme Court leak that revealed Roe v. Wade may be overturned. Those on the call were FBI and DHS officials, among “dozens of intelligence-sharing hubs around the country,” according to Politico. The call focused on how law enforcement might protect the federal judiciary from attacks, “including both the Supreme Court’s nine justices and the hundreds of federal judges around the country — as a potential increasing target of violence.”

The virtual rendezvous reportedly did not result in any determination of actions to be taken against the violence perpetrated by radical left after the Court’s leak. The call did not specifically focus on the radical left extremism at all. Instead, the focus was to “maximize information-sharing on the topic among law enforcement agencies around the country, hoping to identify threat trends in real-time.”

Remember, they did nothing, so let's put this in perspective, and list a series of articles dealing with this.

So, after all the ranting, threats and revolting actions by those clearly advocating violence, all from the left, what does the Capitol Police concern themselves with? Violence from the right!  The Capitol Police ‘Warning the Far Right Is Calling for Violence’ after Supreme Court Leak.  Really? Is there something wrong with his mind? 
 
Why in the world would the conservatives promote violence over this ruling, and what examples does he offer? Are there internet conversations that concern him abortionists are going to be attacked? Really? If they weren't attacked before this ruling, why would they be attacked after this ruling?  Does that seem like nonsense to anyone other than me?  These nitwits expected everyone to believe conservatives were gong to perpetrate violence over a decision they agree with? 
 
Did I get that right?  Did I miss something in the translation? 
 
Now, those FBI boys aren't immune to the danger of all this extremist thinking that supports traditional values.  No sir, they will not tolerate any foolish traditional values by Americans.   On September 26, 2022 reported how on September 23, 2022 at 6:45 a.m., the the FBI found this family dangerous enough to invade their home with  armed FBI agents, rifles in hand invading the home of Mark Houck, a Catholic Pro-Life activist, terrorizing his family of seven children and arrest him.  
 
Well, after seeing this picture, we can now see why the FBI was convinced they needed Gestapo/SWAT tactics to arrest the father.   You never know what that many children might do to big tough fully armed agents.   

Prosecution rests case in Mark Houck trial, defense motions to dismiss the  case | Catholic News Agency

Really, this is who the FBI thinks need to be arrested?  And they really believed they needed SWAT team tactics to do it?  Apparently so, however there are twenty two members of Congress who demanded an explanation as to why the FBI needed between 25 and 30 fully armed agents to arrest a man, who has no criminal history what-so-ever, in front of his terrified children at a little after six in the morning?

"Republican Congressman Chip Roy of Texas told Fox News that the raid against Houck is further indicative of how politicized the FBI and the Department of Justice have become under President Joe Biden."  And even one former FBI official blasted the the FBI for their   "Gestapo Tactics Used Against Political Dissidents. 

Well, finally this is over, as he was acquitted, and it's clear the FBI is in serious need of fixing, and a lot of people working there need to be charged with crimes and a lot of others need to be fired, including the entire upper management of the FBI. 

America, we have a problem! And with all the new House investigations, I hope this outrage plays a role.

 


National Security Without Patriotism

By February 1, 2023 @ Sultan Knish Blog

Charles McGonigal, who headed the FBI’s counterintelligence operation in New York, before being arrested for working for a sanctioned Russiagate oligarch and accepting $225,000 in cash from a former Albanian agent which he allegedly kept wrapped in rubber bands at a small Brooklyn apartment where he spent time with his mistress, is another chapter in a familiar story.

It’s a continuation of the sleazy affair between the FBI’s Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, which helped unwind Russiagate, or the FBI’s Robert Hanssen, who spent much of the Cold War peddling our national secrets to the Russians and hoarded cash while visiting strip clubs.

The FBI missed McGonigal, allegedly turned in by his mistress, much as it missed Hanssen until it had exhausted every other possible alternative. Russiagate has ushered in the exposure of a parade of FBI officials, McGonigal, Strzok, McCabe, whose violations had gone unnoticed.

At the bottom of it all, the tawdriness of McGonigal hooking up in an FBI vehicle and dispatching agents to drive his mistress around, or Hanssen sharing nude photos of his wife in chat rooms, was the smallness of the men in contrast to the seriousness of their responsibilities. Under the suits and ties are men who know all too well the measure of their unworthiness. They sell out their country to afford a nicer house, a boat or a mistress. They have affairs and lie about them.

The Russians don’t have to go to any great lengths to compromise them because they have already compromised themselves. They go through the facades of church or politics, but they don’t really believe in anything. Hanssen was outwardly churchgoing, but dove into the sewer. McGonigal’s mistress describes him as “apolitical” and that’s probably true. Even the anti-Trump antics of the Russiagaters was not born out of real passion, but of a career establishment.

Over much of a century, we have built a massive establishment that consumes enormous resources, wields vast powers, but, except when the Left seizes the wheel, is on autopilot.

The national security manned by men like McGonigal, McCabe and Strzok, or, for that matter Comey and Wray, is an institutional entity, not a patriotic enterprise. It has no more affinity for America than it does any other country. Its men and women do their jobs, which are hazardous to the mind and the soul, until the task of dealing with the worst of humanity, traitors, drug dealers, con artists and government officials, decays their morals and convinces them that there is no real right and wrong, that the world just consists of those who take what they can get.

And so they start taking too.

The shady packets of hundred dollar bills handled by McGonigal and Hanssen resemble how the criminals they came after handled things. The great men of the FBI descended to the level of those they had hunted and turned to the country’s enemies to finance their lifestyles.

Patriots are not infallible or always moral, but they possess a sense of higher duty, not just to an institution like the FBI, but to the nation, and an understanding of why the war matters.

Men and women who grow morally calloused, who have no particular allegiance or sense of why it’s important that America win and our enemies lose, will fall sooner or later. Their time in the FBI just provides them with the information and skills to effectively sell out their country.

The FBI, like most of our government’s institutions, is suffering from a moral crisis of patriotism.

Our national security state, like our military, exists for reasons that are not meaningfully clarified. The long twilight struggle against Communism gave way to national tensions with geopolitical rivals like China and Russia, to a more ambiguous battle against Islamic terrorism, in which our leaders are unwilling to name the enemy or define the stakes. When there’s no moral clarity at the top, how can there be any moral clarity within the FBI, the CIA or the military?

After 9/11, the FBI was tasked with fighting Islamic terrorism, but without ever calling it such. Its leaders see Chinese, Russian, Qatari and other enemy nations bribing our elected officials right and left, taking over our economic and educational infrastructure, while they can do nothing about it. Can they really be blamed for falling into cynicism about their mission?

Like many failed states, we’ve become rotted through with cynicism and corruption. No matter what the FBI officials, reporters or politicians say to justify the Biden family’s dealings in public, privately they become more convinced than ever that there’s no such thing as ethics or integrity.

To live and work in D.C. for a decade while still retaining your principles is all but impossible.

And that is why we have the government that we do. The FBI is no worse than any other part of it, but its people can cause a lot more damage by spying, by targeting political opponents and by destroying the public’s trust in another celebrated institution. The trouble with it, as with the whole government, is that it doesn’t stand for anything larger than punching the clock.

Patriotism doesn’t mean a blind conviction that there is nothing wrong with America, but the sense of mission that the country and its people matter above all else in the world.

Men and women who don’t believe that have no place in the government.

The FBI’s real failure isn’t national security, it’s national morality. And it’s a systemic national failure. The essence of any organization, from the local fast food joint to a military capable of striking any place in the world, is morale. The greater the individual responsibility of any member of an organization, the greater his morale should be. The measure of a rotten organization is that the sense of duty actually decreases the higher up you go.

That is how you end up with a military whose ground forces risk death but whose generals push wokeness. Or police officers who respond to shootings but whose leaders take a knee to BLM rioters. Eventually the soldiers, like Russia’s troops, find ways to avoid the fighting, and the officers, like those in Uvalde, refuse to go into a situation where they might be killed.

The fundamental question is whether America is worth fighting for. The FBI leadership has answered in its own way that it’s not. Everything else follows from that. Like the rest of our society, it has lost its way, its sense of what matters and why those things matter.

Our government is a massive system filled with small men who never rise to the moment because they don’t see that it’s there. They fall for every woke scam that travels across the D.C. cocktail party circuit, taking a knee for BLM, studying “white rage”, and endorsing the transgender movement, because they don’t really believe in anything. Certainly not in America.

America desperately needs a government that believes in it, whose men and women can rise above the pettiness to take risks and make sacrifices for something more than themselves. That’s something we ask of the 18-year-olds sent to fight and die on foreign soil, but we don’t ever ask it of the men wearing suits and earning six figures in Washington D.C.

It’s time that changed.

National security without patriotism is just a perpetual abuse of power. Men with power, but no patriotism, are only one offer away from treason. And we should not be surprised when it happens. We will either have a government of patriots or a government of tyrants and traitors. Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine. Click here to subscribe to my articles. And click here to support my work with a donation. Thank you for reading.

Everything is About the "Basics"

By Rich Kozlovich

I've stated in the past when trying to understand geopolitics you need to understand three things.  Geographics, demographics and economics.   I need to add one more thing.  You need to pay attention to "the basics". 

When you think of the Middle East and the issues those nations what comes to mind as their most significant problem?  Terrorism, Islamic sectarian conflict, oil, Israel, America, or is it something more basic?   

Geopolitical Futures is a pay to read subscription site, and I think is well worth it. Great writers who stick to "the basics", because the "basics" are what churn events in the world's history, and Hilal Khashan, who I think is brilliant, and an absolute expert on the Middle East,is one of their writers, and he has the answer to that question.  It's Water!

While I'm linking his article, "Water Scarcity in the Arab World, It’s a problem with no solution in sight", you can't see the entire piece without subscribing, so I will cover some highlights.  

Western Asia and North Africa are among the most water scarce areas of the world, with a projected 2050 population of 670 million people.  Both Ethiopia with it's Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Israel's diversion of Jordan River tributaries and Turkey's "siphoning" water from the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers represent problems for Middle East nations, and unless it really starts raining, a lot, there's no answer in sight.  

These nations make up about ten percent of the world's land mass, but one percent of the world's water surface runoff and about two percent of the total rainfall, and have no doubt, that impacts their economic potentials, and worse, growing sufficient food for their people.  They're already having to import food, and I want to emphasis the word, "having" to import food.  All of which is becoming more and more costly due to all the economic problems caused by this false pandemic folly. 

Egypt is expecting to see their population to grow to over 175 million by 2050 and gets almost all of it's water from the Nile.  That's a problem since the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will be reducing Egypt's share by 20 billion....that's billion....cubic meters.  This has been a bone of contention for some time, throughout the region, so what's the solution? Will Egypt declare war? Egypt invaded Ethiopia twice in the last quarter of the 19th century and were mauled by the Ethiopians, so does it seem likely they'll do it again?  Those were different times, different capabilities, different social and governmental structures, and what happens when things become truly desperate? Desperation obviates caution.

Groundwater is being pumped extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa, but that's not an easily renewable source.  Oil rich nations can desalinate sea water for their needs, and have done so, but that's not a solution for non-oil producing nations, they can't afford it.  

The problem of incompetent water management doesn't help either, but In the Western Sahara they're having a three year drought, how can that be fixed?  Population control? Or, population control via immigration!  

I think this will become a major impetus for mass migration out of the Middle East and into Europe, and possibly Eastern Asian nations.  The difference is Eastern Asian nations are not going to be readily agreeable to that.  They have their own population issues, and unlike Western nations, aren't going to buy into the diversity is our strength clabber.  That leaves Europe, North America, and potentially South American nations, but South America nations are not going to play this suicidal immigration diversity is our strength horsepucky either.  

At some point Western nations will either end this immigration insanity, or cease to exist.  Then what happens to the people of the Middle East?  That's not our problem, nor is it our responsibility.  Over population is problem, and its their problem!  A problem they export to the nations they migrate to disrupting the stability of those nations. They created this problem with their foundational Islamic societal social paradigms of lots of wives and lots of children, so let them fix it, or not. 

Will they?  They can't, because they won't.  That leaves asking Allah, the "most gracious and most merciful" to make it rain.  A lot. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

P&D Today

Fixing Education in America is Job One

De Omnibus Dubitandum

By Rich Kozlovich

 

Small list today with four commentaries, three by me, and no monologue. However, I chose this cartoon because we need to start focusing!!!!! Definition leads to clarity.  Clarity leads to understanding.  Understanding leads to good decision making.  Good decision making is what leads to harmony, and often times that takes guts.  Enjoy!

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 Constant as the North Star