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Joe Angione Live Interview on Freedom in America
Latest Edition 4/21/17
America’s 2nd Civil War
The doomsday clock has moved forward. The potential for a second American civil war has intensified due to the illegal Mueller probe into a non-existent conspiracy between President Trump and the Russians. Mueller’s goal is obvious: Trump’s impeachment.
Having yet to find evidence to accomplish this, Mueller’s investigation has pivoted toward exposing any crime or immorality that can be pinned on Trump, and his people. As such, Mueller is resorting to the old Soviet secret police tactics of the infamous, Lavrentiy Beria, who said: “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.”
Mueller is fishing for a crime without knowing a crime has been committed. That’s not how our justice system is supposed to work. Trump’s impeachment on false evidence produced under duress could be the shot that launches our next civil war. Chances are the people who elected Trump would rise up to preserve his presidency…a conflict the nation may not survive. That’s why Mueller’s probe must end, and Rudy Giuliani will be the one to end it. More about that in the next issue.
Of “teddy bears” and “paper tigers”
Bedwetters in Washington and elsewhere constantly worry about Russia’s response to our latest attack on Syria, and about China’s comeback against Trump’s tariffs levied on a significance list of their exports. It should be a great comfort to all these “nervous Nellies” to discover that their fears are mainly unfounded. In response to our firm stance against Syrian atrocities supported by Russia, and China’s trade crimes, no evil of any significance is going to befall the United States. Here’s why. Please pay close attention.
The Russian “teddy bear.” It’s very clear from a number of military sources, including former army vice chief of staff, General Jack Keane, that Russia is highly overmatched in any conventional war with the United States. The Russians haven’t got the military skills, the top-quality weapons systems nor the war budget to succeed against U.S. forces.
They also don’t have sufficient recent combat experience to match our prowess in battle against major opponents. The last time Russian forces were significantly tested was in Afghanistan in the 1980s, where they were severely bloodied and swiftly retreated in the face of Mujahedeen fighters equipped with weapons supplied by the U.S.
In 2014 in the Ukraine, through the use of special-ops personnel disguised as local freedom fighters, Russia was able to take control of Crimea. But it was done against poorly armed and ill-trained Ukrainians. Since then, although appearing to have the upper hand, the Russians have been totally unable to extend their control over the entire Ukraine. And now that President Trump has supplied an assortment of heavy weapons and ammunition to the Ukrainian government, Russia has been stymied; it can’t afford to push deeper into that country.
Today, in Syria, the Russians have had some success in supporting President Bashir Assad’s war against rebel forces. But Assad still has needed to use outlawed chemical weapons against the rebels. This suggests that Russia’s military assistance has not gotten the job done in supporting Assad’s battle objectives.
About two months ago, during a U.S. air attack in Syria, our air force killed more than 200 Russian troops fighting along with Assad’s army. The Russians couldn’t protect themselves and died where they stood. As yet, Russia’s Putin hasn’t engaged in any response against U.S. air assets or launched an attack against the 2,000 U.S. troops operating in northeastern Syria.
Adding proof that the Russian military is really more of a “teddy bear” than a “sharp-fanged grizzly” is that its state-of-the-art air defense system now deployed in Syria was useless against the U.S., French and British tom-a-hawk missiles that just weeks ago rained down on Syrian chemical weapons sites. So far, no air defense system supplied by the Russians to their allies has worked to stop an aerial assault. “Trumpy bear” is more than likely to chew the Russian “teddy bear” to pieces…And Vladimir Putin knows this.
The Chinese “paper tiger.” Five years ago, I wrote a report exploding the myth that China’s surging economy would very shortly replace the U.S. as the world’s most powerful economy. Today, China is still running a distant second to America. And, as to when it’s gross domestic product will equal or surpass the U.S., is becoming more of a “wild-ass” guess than a fact-based prediction.
China’s economic situation and the general condition of its population have not changed much since I published my report in 2013. Although China is the world’s number two economy, when measured by its per-capita gross domestic product, it ranks way down, close to ninetieth among all nations.
Maintaining employment for its massive labor force of more than 800 million is becoming more difficult, particularly with the global economy struggling as it is. The unemployment rate in China is only half of what it was back in 2013, but nearly 50-million remain jobless, and China’s unemployment benefits program provides only paltry relief. Worse, it’s only available to those who work directly for the Chinese government or for the nation’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs).
Due to the recent and escalating changeover from a state-owned and centrally planned economy to privately held business entities, SOEs are shrinking in number. In the late 1990s, there were more than 100,000 that employed about 140 million Chinese, nearly 80 percent of urban employment. Little more than five years later, SOEs had dwindled to just 50,000, employing 70 million workers totaling less than 30 percent of people working in the nation’s industrialized areas. SOE workers have dwindled even more since then.
Although there are fewer SOEs to offer rather skimpy unemployment insurance, the opportunities for re-employment are seen by Chinese as good. The nation’s economy, that has been growing fast over the last 15 or more years has swelled the ranks of private enterprises with an urgent need for workers. Unfortunately, Chinese law doesn’t require private sector businesses to offer unemployment insurance.
More than two-thirds of Chinese live in rural, farming communities far away from the industrialized, commercialized urban centers where the good paying jobs are. They have extreme difficulty in supporting themselves, principally by farming that pays very little. Without some form of government assistance and support from family members who’ve moved to the big cities, many millions of rural people would starve.
China can’t survive without its export markets. All this heightens the need for China to keep its export markets open and bustling. Currently the U.S. represents close to 23 percent of China’s export business. Key to the value of this export market is trade in things like cell phones and computer parts of which we buy about $50 billion annually, not all from China but spread among 79 exporting countries.
Should China place heavy tariffs on our exports to them, we could rather easily swing our imports of Chinese items over to other exporting countries. China can’t afford to lose its huge U.S. market. Simply stated, there are no other markets in the world that could make up for China’s loss of America’s business.
China’s economy is also overloaded with debt. It’s now carrying a debt level that’s 300 percent higher than its GDP. That’s far higher than our own debt to GDP ratio. China needs every dollar it can make from overseas business.
Conversely, it must have every dollar’s worth of the items it imports from the U.S. For example, China is a big importer of U.S. pork products. It doesn’t import pork from us because it loves us. China buys pork from us because they can’t get it in the quantity and quality they need to feed their 1.4 billion people. If China’s tariffs on U.S. pork make it too expensive for U.S. livestock producers to sell in China, no other nation could make up for the pork China would no longer get from us.
China’s insistence on reciprocal tariffs is weakening. Trump’s new economic advisor, Larry Kudlow,
reports that China’s President Xi Jinping is now “talking about reducing [trade] barriers…particularly in the automobile industry…It’s a positive sign.” Trump, in turn, has suggested “our two countries will make great progress together.”
China’s president added that his country’s door to trade “will not close…but only open wider.” And this might also extend to intellectual property protection that has caused U.S. innovators to lose $billions in ownership and leasing rights.
To merely speak of such things reveals just how weak Xi Jinping believes China’s trade position really is. Another event that will surely contribute to China’s possible change of heart is President Trump’s announcement last week about establishing bans on Chinese investment in advanced U.S. technology. They love to buy up new technology instead of creating it.
While we certainly don’t want to dare Russia and China, to goad them into retaliating against us on these points of disagreement, we must not show any fear or weakness. It is our strength and resolve against enemy threats that gives us the only chance to defeat them. Rest easy…sleep soundly…a courageous man is finally in charge in the White House.
Britain to pass tougher knife-control laws
For nearly 100 years, Britain has severely restricted private ownership of handguns. Since 1997, there has been a nearly total ban on handgun ownership. Even local police are not armed. They must bring down killers with their bare hands, or else run for their lives.
Unarmed London police in great numbers, were video-taped a few years ago running from a mob of Muslim immigrants, who shouted, screamed and threw garbage cans and rocks at them.
As the British have found out, over and over again, but refuse to acknowledge it, this is no way to keep the peace and protect citizens in urban areas or anywhere for that matter.
In spite of Britain having extremely strict control over gun possession, statistics released by the London Metropolitan Police, show gun crime saw a 42 percent increase, and a 57 percent surge in armed robberies. This occurred during the 2015/16 to 2016/17 period. At the same time, there was a 24 percent jump in crimes committed with a knife, including a 20.5 percent rise in stabbings.
London’s murder rate now surpasses that of New York City, Reacting to this, Mayor Sadiq Khan announced new knife-control initiatives, including more police patrols, extra stop-and frisk powers for police on certain patrols, and greater efforts to reduce gang membership by offering more job training.
But nothing seems to work to take murder weapons out of the hands of Brits. Gun crime is soaring, and now, since 2015, when knife control was first introduced, so is murder and mayhem by knife. Murders in London have increased over the past year, and criminal knife use has been identified as a major contributing factor.
But, British authorities just don’t get it. It’s not the weapon that’s to blame; it’s the wielder of the weapon. When criminals can’t get a gun or a knife, they’ll simply resort to the next available instrument with a capacity to kill. What’s next for the Brits? A ban on cricket bats…bricks…hammers…hatchets…ice pics…screwdrivers…tire irons…even sharp pens?
London’s Sadiq Kahn strongly believes that knives are evil. He’s stated that “there is no need for anyone to carry a knife…No excuses; there is never a reason to carry a knife…Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law." And of course tighter knife control also applies to any decent citizen who wants to carry a knife to protect himself and his family.
Self-defense seems all but unacceptable in Britain. A good guy who carries a knife goes down just as hard as a bad guy with a “shive.” The whole banning business is ridiculous. It’s asinine and achieves nothing. Aren’t you glad we’re no longer a British colony?
But that doesn’t mean that stupid U.S. politicians won’t start clamoring for a ban on pen knives should stabbings here begin to rise. And after that keeping a ballpoint pen in your pocket might bring arrest and 30 days in jail. America’s leaders are badly in need of some common sense.
U.S. has been a reluctant “cyber warrior”
It’s almost embarrassing to note that the United States is only now seriously committed to making aggressive cyber warfare on our most dangerous enemies: Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. It’s inconceivable that although blessed with the largest supply of the most talented and experienced cyber experts, we’ve waited so long to thoroughly defend against vicious Internet hacks launched against our government agencies, the military, our infrastructure, and the corporations that are the source of our wealth and prosperity.
The Washington Free Beacon reported about ten days ago that American military cyber warriors are ready to shut down critical infrastructures in China and Russia during a future conflict by conducting cyber intrusions into their networks. This is according to army Lt. General Paul Nakasone, who will lead our Cyber Command.
Both China and Russia have been detected repeatedly conducting similar cyber battlefield reconnaissance against U.S. networks, including electric grids, transportation, financial, and other critical systems. The general said these enemy attacks are a "critical vulnerability in the nation's armor that poses a significant danger to U.S. security.”
Cyber attacks getting worse. General Nakasone added: “Cyber attacks on America are increasing in severity, sophistication, and frequency. Our failure to take action in response has emboldened cyber enemies to continue attacking us.”
He noted that the commitment to wage cyber war against our enemies is in direct response to a February 2017 Defense Science Board report that warned ‘the U.S. will be unable for the foreseeable future to prevent cyber attacks against critical U.S. infrastructure.’
What a terrible indictment of the world’s strongest nation that should have had the courage to stand up and fight fire with fire, right from the beginning of cyber assaults against it.
Most of this lack of appetite for deterrence is the fault of former President Barack Obama, who was soft on every method of national defense. According to his CIA Director, John Brennan, Obama, the “coward of the country,” rejected the idea of using cyber retaliation against Russia after it was discovered that the Russians attempted to hack into our 2016 presidential election. Brennan added that Obama opposed a cyber assault against the Russians because he feared the action would lead to more aggressive interference by Moscow.
This is like the story of the boxer who entered the ring against a strong opponent but threw no punches, and did nothing but stand around taking brutal punishment. Between rounds, his managers were furious and asked him why he wasn’t fighting back. The boxer just shrugged and said that if he did punch back this would only anger his opponent more, and he’d hit back even harder. This fighter and Obama didn’t believe “the best defense is a good offense.” How very stupid of them both.
Why have we waited so long? It’s nice to know that the U.S. is preparing for cyber war. But this preparation should have begun long ago. Who could countenance waiting until now to take the first obvious step in a cyber battle plan such as “gaining clandestine access to an enemy’s operationally relevant cyber systems or networks?” Nakasone says this is yet to be done.
And why is this new commitment to cyber war only going to be focused on “a future conflict?” The time for the U.S. to engage in cyber warfare is right now. We’re getting killed by cyber attacks today. If we hold off implementing our cyber campaigns to coincide with tomorrow’s conventional conflicts, our capability to wage any war at all may have already been compromised.
But there is a bright ray of hope: Trump’s got the “cajones” to start swinging our cyber “saber” at a moment’s notice. More power to the president.
Obama’s DACA allows MS-13 to terrorize U.S.
It comes as no surprise, except to liberal Democrats suffering from Trump derangement syndrome, that Obama’s DACA executive order continues to bring us terrible consequences. These go far beyond the unaffordable financial burden of supporting more than a million low-skilled, poorly educated young migrants that Obama has let into the U.S.
Although there are some DACA people who, with taxpayer-provided financial aid, are functioning well as U.S. residents, there are still too many that require federal and state contributions to sustain them.
But what’s so much worse, devastating, is that MS-13 gang leaders “have exploited loopholes in the DACA policy to infiltrate thousands of foot soldiers into the U.S”. As posted on the Newsmax and other Internet news sites, the MS -13 gang population, that infiltrated across the California border in large numbers, has spread across the country. MS-13 is linked to a series of brutal murders on New York’s Long Island, according to an analysis of ICE arrests.
“ICE officials recently revealed 99 of the 475 illegals arrested in the agency's ‘Operation Matador’ enforcement action on Long Island last year were "confirmed as MS-13 gang members." The MS-13 threat to Long Islanders is soaring. After the arrest of a local MS-13 leader, gang members on Long Island have called for the murder of uniformed police anywhere they find them.
MS-13 assassinations of police are now happening in Florida, where two sheriff’s deputies in Trenton, Florida were shot to death by an MS-13 hitman while they had lunch in a local restaurant.
In California, Governor Jerry Brown’s sanctuary-state policy is permitting the release from prison of dozens of MS-13 members, who go right back to terrorizing California communities, and also move out of state to plunder other communities.
There’s little doubt that federal immigration lawbreakers like Brown should be charged as accessories to these MS-13 murders, and the blood on their hands makes them worthy of the strongest persecution and punishment. The fact that they are allowed to be free to exercise their treacherous activities tells America that the “rule of law” may be finished as the foundation of American justice. We should be ashamed and thoroughly outraged.
On YouTube Trump leads America s charge against evil
Some video makers delight in revealing Donald Trump as a fearless warrior marching against the evil mainstream media. Here’s a tongue and cheek approach to Trump’s battle with the forces of fake news that will have you chuckling. “Diamond” and “Silk” are featured as his faithful sidekicks. Click Here.
Broward sheriff a disciple of “do-nothing” Obama
A report from the Florida Family Association (FFA) brands Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel,a disciple of Barack Obama’s policy to “keep kids out of jail.” On the surface, this policy might seem to be about teaching and helping students stay out of trouble with the law. In reality, it called for school administrators to work with police to hide the activities of dangerous kids like Nikolas Cruz from police scrutiny. The goal was to make Broward schools appear trouble free with the credit going to the re-education efforts of administrators and Sheriff’s Department personnel. And so, no action was taken against Cruz, giving him the freedom to commit the Parkland massacre.
The FFA report also accused the Broward County’s four reluctant deputies of possibly following Sheriff israel’s orders. Additionally, FFA noted that the Sheriff permitted a deputy affiliated with the Council on American Islamic Relations to provide gun training in mosques. But the Broward Sheriff’s Department did not provide security training to local schools.
The Ballad of "Big Bad Don"
Take three minutes for a smile and a few laughs listening to the Ballad of Big Bad Don, who “came down from his tower to save us in our final hour.” Old Tennessee Ernie Ford must be smiling down on us and chuckling too over this reconstruction of his immortal hit “Big Bad John.” It may just become the fight song for all the wonderful “deplorables” who put a no-nonsense guy like Donald Trump in office. He’s a legend in his own time. Enjoy.
Replacing food stamps with food deliveries saves money
As part of his major budget proposal in early February, President Trump suggested that some of the food stamp money given to needy people be replaced by actual deliveries of wholesome, basic food items.
Liberals were outraged with the idea of taking redeemable food stamps away from the poor and substituting real food delivered to their doors. The items to be delivered would be the kind of foods that the original Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) intended to provide to enable poor families to prepare nutritious meals at home from scratch.
Today, it’s the redemption aspect of food stamps that has turned much of this assistance program into scams where food-stamp benefit cards are being abused to buy things such as cigarettes, beer and even gasoline instead of foods needed for a healthy diet. Often unscrupulous retailers will overcharge food stamp recipients’ benefit cards and then gave them back in cash half of what had been overcharged so that recipients could do whatever they want with the government’s money.
It’s reported that currently, food stamps are provided for about 42 million people, 80 percent of whom get food benefits monthly worth at least $90 per person. Trump’s proposal, would distribute to those 80 percent of SNAP recipients about half of their benefits in the form of a USDA Foods package consisting of “shelf-stable milk, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, rice and canned fruit and vegetables.” The tentative name for the Trump proposal is “America’s Harvest Box.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture believes state governments will be able to deliver this food at much less cost than SNAP recipients currently pay for food at retail stores. It’s estimated it can cut SNAP costs —by $129 billion over the next 10 years. Additional cost adjustments to the SNAP program, according to the Trump administration, will reduce the SNAP budget by $213 billion over those year, thus cutting the expense of the program by almost 30 percent.
Will liberals support the Trump proposal? Not hardly. National Public Radio has already begun to attack it, saying that it’s unfairly intrusive, reduces recipients’ choices, and allows SNAP administrators to decide what foods are good for America’s families instead of allowing recipients to pick out what’s best for them and their families. This may seem to be logical and right. But it just doesn’t work out that way. Recipients have demonstrated they are terrible at making nutritionally-sound choices, choosing to overspend on “junk foods” unhealthy drinks, including beer and alcohol, and even gambling away their food stamp money.
People have the right to purchase anything that’s legal, but not with money that’s doled out and accepted by them for a specific purpose: healthy nutrition. To spend food-stamp money any other way is a gross abuse of our welfare system and taxpayer money.