Raping Interns In Oval Office IS NOT As Bad As “Policy Judgment Was Flawed”…

Shortly after the 2016 Presidential election, this humble blogger published a post titled NORMALIZATION PROCESS™ – The US Republic Has Been Saved… For Now!

It is with the utmost sadness that this humble has to face the reality that on the 15th of September 2021, our REPUBLIC has officially been lost.

And what is the reason why the REPUBLIC has been lost you ask?

Well, the answer is that the AMERICAN people, in a free and fair election in 2016, elected a President that posted tweets that certain people, in high positions of authority did not like.

Yes, folks!

That is the reason.

So what proof does this humble blogger provide for the above assertion?

Well, here is the citation via the White House press secretary Jen Psaki:

Update (1340ET): While many Republicans described the actions of Milley as treasonous if they indeed took place, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the president is backing Milley even if the calls did happen.

“The president believes he’s patriotic, his fidelity to our Constitution is unquestionable, and he has complete confidence in him,” Psaki said during a briefing in Washington.

Psaki claimed the context of when the calls allegedly took place was important, accusing Trump of “fomenting an insurrection,” referring to Jan. 6, and that “there was broad concern about many members of his national security team” in the wake of the U.S. Capitol breach.

“It’s the obligation of every chairman of the joint chiefs to follow constitutional order to prevent unlawful military action,” she also said.

There you have it folks.

According to the press secretary of the installed head of the US government, if the American people, in a free and fair election elect a President whose tweets they don’t like, the military is “obliged” to overthrow his administration.

What don’t you, dear and faithful reader, UNDERSTAND?

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Via Zero Hedge

Trump SecDef Refutes Milley’s ‘Regular Comms’ Excuse, Calls For Immediate Resignation

Update (1800ET): While General Milley and The White House must be hoping that if they just keep pointing the finger at Trump’s behavior, this whole treasonous affair will go away judging from angry comments from Christopher Miller – who was Donald Trump’s acting Secretary of Defense at the time of the calls to China – this crisis is anything but over

JustTheNews.com’s Susan Katz Keating reports that the former Pentagon chief said he did not authorize Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to directly contact China’s top military commander – contrary to Milley’s claims that his conversations with Beijing were approved by defense officials.

Miller said he “as secretary of defense, did not and would not ever authorize” the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to hold “secret” conversations with the Chinese defense chief.

In a statement to Fox News, Miller said the alleged calls were a “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination.”

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest-ranking military officer whose sole role is providing military-specific advice to the president, and by law is prohibited from exercising executive authority to command forces,” Miller said.

“The chain of command runs from the President to the Secretary of Defense, not through the Chairman.”

Miller added that if the story of Milley’s “histrionic outbursts and unsanctioned, anti-Constitutional involvement in foreign policy prove true, he must resign immediately or be fired by the Secretary of Defense to guarantee the sanctity of the officer corps.”

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said he cannot verify the claims in Woodward’s book but added he “see[s] nothing in what I’ve read that would cause any concern.”

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Update (1340ET): While many Republicans described the actions of Milley as treasonous if they indeed took place, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the president is backing Milley even if the calls did happen.

“The president believes he’s patriotic, his fidelity to our Constitution is unquestionable, and he has complete confidence in him,” Psaki said during a briefing in Washington.

Psaki claimed the context of when the calls allegedly took place was important, accusing Trump of “fomenting an insurrection,” referring to Jan. 6, and that “there was broad concern about many members of his national security team” in the wake of the U.S. Capitol breach.

“It’s the obligation of every chairman of the joint chiefs to follow constitutional order to prevent unlawful military action,” she also said.

Is anyone surprised?

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Update (1245ET): As the backlash from Woodward’s expose of General Milley’s apparently treasonous actions grows, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has issued a damage control statement (h/t @JoshRogin) (emphasis ours)

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs regularly communicates with Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia.

These conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict.

His calls with the Chinese and others in October and January were in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability.

All calls from the Chairman to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Department of Defense and the interagency.

Also in keeping with his responsibilities as senior military advisor to the President and Secretary of Defense, General Milley frequently conducts meetings with uniformed leaders across the Services to ensure all leaders are aware of current issues.

The meeting regarding nuclear weapons protocols was to remind uniformed leaders in the Pentagon of the long-established and robust procedures in light of media reporting on the subject.

General Milley continues to act and advise within his authority in the lawful tradition of civilian control of the military and his oath to the Constitution.

Quick reminder from 2015…

As @JackBeTrader so correctly noted:

 “if he doesn’t deny the conversation as it was reported, then it’s an admission.”

He didn’t deny it… QED.

With 4 star generals who call our enemies and promise not to follow the commander-in-chief’s orders, China doesn’t even need an illegitimate president compromised by bribes and blackmails.

And finally, you know it’s bad when…

It takes a traitor to know a traitor.

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As 19fortyfive.com’s Daniel Davis asked (and answered) should General Milley be relieve of duty?

The Washington Post published a bombshell report on Tuesday that claims the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, took it upon himself to reach out to our greatest potential rival, China, and offer to give them advance warning of U.S. military action directed against them. Though far from the only violation of Milley’s oath of office revealed in the article, that is enough to warrant the president immediately relieving Milley of duty.

The Post article provided excerpts ahead of the release of the upcoming book “Peril” by Bob Woodard and Robert Costa chronicling the final act of the Trump presidency and the first six months of the Biden Administration. The most explosive revelation from the excerpt was the claim that Milley bypassed the White House and took it on his own to engage with the commanding general of the Chinese military.

According to Woodward and Costa, Milley feared China might believe Trump would order the United States to attack. Instead of voicing concerns to the President, instead recommending actions that might assuage Beijing of such fears, Milley took matters into his own hands.

He called – without the knowledge of the president or Secretary of State – the commanding general of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. According to Woodward and Costa, Milley told his counterpart,

“General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”

For those who don’t like Trump thought his policy judgment was flawed, Milley could come across as a hero, as one who protected the country from an awful fate.

That would be shortsighted, however, and miss the true danger of allowing generals to take such powers upon themselves.

First, to the point itself, there is no evidence presented that Trump intended, much less took action to engage in a war with China, only that Milley was afraid he might. Thus, the Chairman took action by talking to our chief adversary for something that would never have happened.

Secondly, once a precedent has been set whereby a general or senior ranking official can get away with going rogue in defiance of a president, there is no going back – and would not be limited to one political party. Take a scenario related to the issue of Taiwan, for example.

Within the U.S. military and foreign policy establishment, there are roughly two schools of thought on the possibility that China might make good on its threat to unify the island by force. One is that Washington should actually give security guarantees to Taipei and defend them at all costs if China attacks. The other argues that fighting China over Taiwan is foolish, that the U.S. likely couldn’t win a war near China’s borders, and that in a worst-case scenario, the war could turn nuclear, killing millions of Americans. If Beijing does the unthinkable and does attack, Biden would be faced with a horrible dilemma.

Make good on the implied commitment to defend Taiwan and risk a nuclear war, or allow China to successfully take Taiwan, giving some the impression of American weakness. Whichever choice Biden made, he would be guaranteed to have fierce opponents at the highest levels of the Pentagon to his decision.

Woodward and Costa claim that Milley took action because it was “a good-faith precaution,” to ensure there was, “no accidental war with China or others, and no use of nuclear weapons.”

If Biden chose to go to war with China over Taiwan, what is to prevent Milley – or any of the other high-ranking generals who have the same strongly-held views – from again acting on his “good faith” belief that he has to prevent war with China and actively subverts the president’s decision?

Chillingly, even that might not be the worst outcome.

The idea of a military coup in America has always been considered so improbable that few would ever take the threat seriously. But acts like these Milley has taken move us dangerously close to a place where some officers in the future might consider it. They would, no doubt, be acting in what they believe to be the best interests of the country, regarding the decisions of a civilian president as representing a danger to the nation, and seize control by removing the president from power.

We fool ourselves if we don’t think that could happen in America. If we allow this continued insubordination of our top military leaders against our duly elected civilian leaders – regardless of whether we agree or strongly oppose any given policy – to succeed, we run the risk of paralyzing our government in a moment of crisis or one day suffering a coup. To forestall that possibility, we need to stop this trend dead in its tracks now.

Milley must be relieved of duty. Today.

Surprise! The Modernists Can’t Be Trusted… (w/Update)

WHO WOULD HAVE THUNK?

UPDATE 02:45 13 September 2021

And this below from Rorate Caeli by Dr. Joseph Shaw…

Note: This humble blogger does not engage in the “politics of personal destruction” of any voice which is attempting to “restore all things in Christ”.

The OFFICIAL position of this blog is that the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity is in charge of this one and we mortals do not know which instruments He has chosen at any given point in time, in this Most Holy of Missions.

When such unfortunate instances become OBSERVABLE, it is with great sadness that they are posted on the pages of this blog!

The Statement of the Superiors General (and Taylor Marshall)

Cross-posted on LMSChairman.org

The Superiors General of the Fraternity of St Peter, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the Institute of the Good Shepherd, and a number of other Superiors General of priestly institutes and religious communities attached to the Traditional Mass (including three communities of women), have issued a joint letter in response to Traditionis Custodes. Here it is, on the FSSP website. It is addressed to the Bishops of France, not, as some have assumed, to the Holy See.

As befits such a document, it is carefully worded. In principle, Traditionis Custodes creates an impossible situation for the signatories. They are founded on the charism of the Traditional liturgy, and the Letter accompanying Traditionis Custodes tells us that it is the intention of the document that in the longer term this liturgy should entirely disappear. Furthermore, the justification for this given in the Letter is that the clergy and faithful (who are not distinguished) are detached in some sense from the unity of the Church.

The argument which needs to be made to the Bishops of France at this point is thus a delicate one. Negatively, it should be obvious that to strike a defiant attitude, to threaten disobedience to Traditionis Custodes or the Bishops, or to suggest that they might go over to the Society of Pius X, would serve to confirm the purported justification of Traditionis Custodes. It would be directly counter-productive. 

On the other hand, to make a direct argument against Traditionis Custodes, to insist that it should be rescinded, is pointless, because the French Bishops do not have the power to do that. To make such an argument to the Holy See would be pointless in another way, because there is absolutely no chance that an important document such as this would be cancelled, or modified in a significant way, by the very Pope who promulgated it, so soon after its publication. 

Instead, the statement approaches the problem in two ways. First, it emphasises the key-hole of concession offered by Traditionis Custodes and the Letter, through which the Traditional Mass can continue to be celebrated: timeTraditionis Custodes gives the French Bishops (like all bishops) the right to permit the Traditional Mass now. It is now that it needs to be permitted if the spiritual life of the Traditional Institutes, and of Traditional laity, is to continue as before. No limit to this time is set by the documents. The first thing to secure, then, is that the Traditional Mass will continue.

The second approach is to draw attention to a very serious problem created by Traditionis Custodes. In confirming the establishment of the Institutes and communities represented by this statement, the Holy See has over the years since 1988 allowed and encouraged men and women to commit themselves by vows to lives of a particular character: as do all priests and religious. A fundamental aspect of this character for these particular religious associations is the Traditional liturgy. If this liturgy is to be abolished, the vows and commitments made to these associations would become impossible to fulfill.

The implications of this fact are not drawn out. It is for the French Bishops to ponder the problem as they apply Traditionis Custodes. They must implement the legislation with regard to the good of souls: as when they apply any aspect of the law of the Church. For those bishops inclined to be sympathetic, this consideration will be a powerful one.

To summarise, what this statement does is to try to create a space in which the French Bishops may, without disobedience, make possible in practice the continuation of the life the of the Priestly Institutes and communities and of lay Catholics attached to the Traditional Mass. The Latin Mass Society did the same thing, in a some different way, when we issued our Canonical Guidance on Traditionis Custodes.

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Taylor Marshall, a man I usually ignore, has insulted the signatories of this statement, as lacking the “brave and bold” spirit which, he claims, animated the late Archbishop Lefebvre. He is, in a video far too tedious to link to, claiming that they are cowards.

This is a contemptible accusation, which reveals Marshall to be, as I expressed it on Twitter, an ignorant fool. I stand by that judgement, and I call on Marshall to apologise to these good men and women, who have a fearful responsibility both to their professed members, and also, in most cases, to the lay faithful for whom they have pastoral care.

Marshall appears to imagine that the Superiors General should react to their complex situation with the subtlety of some Hollywood action-hero: an attitude, in fact, completely at odds with the historical reality of Archbishop Lefebvre himself. What, Marshall seems to be asking, would Rambo do? What would be the reaction of some knuckle-headed character played by Mel Gibson? Well, if he wants to base his understanding of ecclesial politics on Braveheart, he should remember the advice given by Argyle (in the 1995 film) to the young William Wallace: “First learn to use this” (pointing to his head), “and then I will teach you to use this” (lifting his sword).

It is an interesting fact about social media that some people who witnessed Marshall’s insult of the Superiors General, and my own criticism of Marshall for making this insult, concluded that I was the one to be blamed for dividing Traditional Catholics. This is an attitude completely detached from reality. The restoration of the Church is carried out through the sacraments offered by Traditional priests, and through the lives of prayer and sacrifice represented by the Traditional Institutes and communities, not by monetised social-media clicks. We need to show solidarity, in this moment of crisis, with the Superiors General, not with the man who likes to remind his viewers “I’m just a dad with a webcam”.

To the Superiors General, I say: genuine Traditional Catholics have your back. If this separates me from Taylor Marshall and his more deranged fans, so much the better.

By Joseph Shaw at 9/09/2021 12:14:00 PM

Post-Democracy America – Rule of the 30… Make That 27 Tyrants Up Next (?) …

… Tucker Carlson 20 August 2021 program, if you dear and loyal reader can find it.

Anyone following current events most likely has noticed something has changed.

Tucker Carlson has…

From this humble blogger’s perspective, that “change” has to do with the overt admission that the problem with the current administration and wider Washington bureaucracy is their utter and all pervasive INCOMPETENCE.

If you dear and loyal reader listens closely, you will notice that the word INCOMPETENCE is being heard everywhere these days and on all the #fakenews legacy media platforms.

It’s as if all the #fakenews media has started reading this most of humble blogs… (just kidding.)

Now for you dear and loyal reader who has been following the pages of this blog, you will know that the essence of the war on Western Civilization is in fact the WAR ON COMPETENCE.

So the question now becomes, is this INCOMPETENCE a FLAW of the system, or is it a FEATURE?

While not being in a position to definitively state whether this INCOMPETENCE is a strategic element of that which we are witnessing at present, it can safely be stated that not everyone in higher positions of authority are INCOMPETENT.

This is not possible…

The reason this is not possible is that COMPETENCE is a sub-component of one of the FIVE MAJOR PERSONALITY TRAITS of the individual person – TRAIT CONSCIENTIOUSNESS. Therefore, it is statistically impossible that all individuals who occupy these higher positions of authority have low levels of TRAIT CONSCIENTIOUSNESS.

Moreover, people who occupy high positions of authority also have one a personal interest which they have to protect, namely their financial interest.

Case in point: If you dear and loyal reader followed the trials and tribulations of one Andrew McCabe, the person who occupied the second highest position in the FBI in 2016-2017, you will recall that even after it was known that Mr McCabe committed offenses which were criminal in nature, the head of the FBI tried not to fire him because he was several months short of qualifying for his retirement benefits.

In other words, if the US economy collapses and the Federal government does not receive the tax receipts which are due, those individuals who occupy and who have occupied (retired) those same higher positions of authority will not get paid.

If the above is a reasonable HYPOTHESIS, and this humble blogger suspects that it is, what we are seeing unfold is a divergent of interests within what can be collectively termed THE RULING CLASS.

So you dear and loyal reader might ask: What is you EVIDENCE for this divergence of interest that you mention?

Well, I will revert to Mr Tom Luongo to provide some direct EVIDENCE that it is just this DIVERGENCE OF INTERESTS that is taking place.

As you might have observed, these pages have been hosting posts by Mr. Luongo quite frequently of late. This is because your humble blogger is OBSERVING and INTERPRETING that which is transpiring in the financial markets in a very similar manner. Mr. Luongo in turn is not only “reading the situation” similarly, but is also chronicling it on his website, the Gold, Goats, ‘n Guns blog.

And naturally, if we follow the money (as the law enforcement agencies do when they enter into any and all investigations), we can see the FOG OF WAR lifting and begin to understand the nature of the OBJECTIVE REALITY in which we are functioning in these times.

So just to outline the HYPOTHESIS: What we are dealing with is a concerted effort to create a NEW WORLD ORDER in which the US is not the major superpower, but just another “nation” which is ruled by a new oligarchy comprised of “Thirty Tyrants”. In turn, various interests within the RULLING CLASS are realizing that this concerted effort is contrary to their financial well being, and are rebelling.

Hence, Tucker Carlson’s observation in the above embedded video…

The rule of the Thirty… Make That 27 Tyrants in the title of this post, is a reference to the post-democratic government of ancient Athens after its loss in the Peloponnesian War of 404 BC.

Hint: Please reference the public relations efforts around the “rehabilitation” of Bill Gates.

So back to the below post. What Mr. Luongo is seeing is that the financial elites in the US are realizing that their position of power, not to mention their wealth and station in life is becoming threatened. In turn, they are identifying the “alternative structure” that is being readied to replace them, i.e. the European Union.

And just to make light of the historic irony of this development, the EU can quite easily be described as the “rule of 27”, i.e. 27 Member States. Now please recall that the EU is governed by a Council that is not elected. It is appointed by the Member States and the one Member State that has the most to say in who gets appointed is Germany. As to the political situation in Germany, please recall that for the last decade, Germany is ruled by a “governing coalition” made up of the two major political parties. So effectively, Germany is a one party state. So the analogy to the Athenian “rule of the Thirty Tyrants” is quite a propos.

I will end here.

Below is the Tom Luongo post via the Zero Hedge website…

PS … and more “INCOMPETENT” sightings!

Luongo Warns “What Leverage Giveth On The Way Up, It Takes Away 10x Faster On The Way Down”

Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, ‘n Guns blog,

The Fed Says, “Let Me Squeeze Your Dollars…5 Basis Points at a Time”

I still maintain no one will mark June 16th, 2021 as the day the world changed. Watching the dollar surge into this weekend thanks to a breakdown in the euro only validates that conclusion in my mind.

Remember, on June 16th Presidents Biden and Putin met for a summit which altered the course of geopolitics forever, agreeing to disagree about Nordstream 2 and reversing the worst of U.S./Russian relations among other things.

While that was happening the FOMC met and reversed the flow of dollars globally.

I told my Patrons something was up on June 18th. Then I did 2 hours worth of podcasts on it (herehere, and here) after thinking it through. Finally, after fully digesting it I wrapped it all up in a lengthy post on July 3rd.

The Fed’s decision to pay 5 basis point on Reverse Repos was the subtlest but most effective way to taper without tapering, tighten without tightening and undermine the WEF’s Great Reset while seemingly still supporting it.

I can hear the howls from the gallery who think otherwise so I’ll address them first.

Yes, normie macro-guys, the bond market has been screaming at the Fed that inflation is soaring and they need to raise rates.

Yes, first year domestic policy students, the Fed looks like it is putting pressure on Republicans to cave to Nancy Pelosi’s hardball over the Infrastructure, Budget and Debt Ceiling deadlock, so far to no avail.

Yes, second year geopolitics students, the Fed is forcing China to respond to soaring commodity prices while simultaneously trying to defend the yuan.

Yes, these are all effects of the Fed’s move in June.

From Wall St. With Love

But none of them are the real reason why the Fed did this. Because the real reasons are still hidden behind the veil of Jerome Powell’s seemingly incoherent Fedspeak on inflation.

Remember, everything in the U.S. politically today is meant to look like the country to a person is incompetent. Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan is the latest example. The fight over spending on Capitol Hill is another. The multiple diplomatic gaffes by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his diversity hires are yet another.

It’s all there to reinforce the failing confidence we in Financial Crank-Space like to think ourselves so smart and insouciant to see.

It’s become the norm rather than the exception when a prominent U.S. official acts like a blithering idiot.

So, you can be forgiven if you just thought Powell’s publicly retarded comments about inflation felt like that to you as well.

But this, like so many other things we see, is also part of the psy-op. Because the first rule of Fed Watching is to never listen to what they say, that’s for the algorithms and the momo-monkeys chasing nickels in front of the freight train do.

Smart observers watch what they actually do. And with those 5 basis points the Fed defended itself and the dollar.

Because the Fed, as I’ve said multiple times now, works for Wall St. if it works for anyone other than itself.

So, it scans, strategically, that anything which jeopardizes the Fed’s hegemony over capital markets globally will be ruthlessly opposed by the FOMC when push comes to shove. I’m laying aside for now what the Fed’s longer-term goals are.

What I see, for the first time since Nixon closed the gold window fifty years ago, the Fed was getting hemmed in by outside forces looking to throw its favored sons, Wall St., to the wolves.

And that will not stand.

The world has been begging the Fed for more dollars for 2 months now. Please sir, I want MOAR heroin to feed my addiction. We can’t survive The COVID-9/11 or The Climate Change without them!

Powell, for his part, two weeks before he raised the RRP rate (see chart above) told ECB President Christine Lagarde, “Um. No,” in about that many words and things have progressed from there.

The Euro, has been in freefall ever since. For the past few weeks the ECB has tried desperately to defend the late March $1.1703 low. It failed again this week to hold that low, despite a post-European close ramp to paint the weekly tape during Friday’s late trading.

The result of this has been the predictable explosion of the use of Reverse Repos by domestic counterparties. It jumped a few hundred billion in the aftermath of June 16th’s announcement. The RRP facility is there to push U.S. Treasuries, of which there is a shortage for use as bank collateral, back into the domestic banks.

Go Big or Go Broke

With the breakdown in the Congress over the Budget and Infrastructure Bills, thanks to Kyrsten Sinema and others the stage was set for the Fed’s next big move at the July 28th FOMC meeting. I outlined it when I talked about us entering the eye of the storm Davos has made for all of us.

I ask you to think again about the last two Fed meetings.

First, {Powell} drained overseas markets of dollars by raising the Reverse Repo Rate to 0.05% {on June 16th}. This week he created a standing Repo Facility for foreign counterparties to hand them back those dollars. They’ll do this only because they are now desperate for them but it will drain them of their high-quality Repo collateral, i.e. US. Treasuries.

Since the Fed knows there will be no new U.S. Treasuries issued for the next few months thanks to the debt ceiling kerfluffle being unresolved, they need a supply of them to hand back to the banks they know are going to be in need of them.

And the result was just as predictable. RRP facility usage soared to more than $1.16 trillion. It let a little pressure off the euro for a couple of days (see euro chart above) but not enough to change the direction of things. The Fed is still draining foreign markets of dollars.

Nothing the Fed has said since then has materially changed this position. In fact, the Foreign Repo Facility is just another tool to repatriate U.S. Treasuries to insulate U.S. banks and corporates from the very financial storm the Fed is actively fighting not just to save itself but to bankrupt Europe in the process.

This week James Bullard talked about tapering QE as early as September and begin raising rates in 2022. Powell mentioned he may have to raise the limits on the Reverse Repo Facility above $80 billion per counterparty just like he did when he first raised it from $50 billion earlier in the year before then actually raising the rate.

These are all technical moves which signal the Fed is preparing for another RRP rate rise. They are actively defending Wall St. and leaving the Biden Administration out to hang, not helping it achieve its goals, destroy the United States.

Because Biden et.al. all work for foreign powers, be they China, Davos or both.

Davos is trying to destroy confidence in the U.S. at every level, especially the dollar, to make Europe the destination for capital fleeing U.S. insanity.

The Fed is reminding everyone who the big boy on the block is and it only takes a measly 5 basis points to get reinforce this. Moreover, has anyone noticed it’s Wall St.’s biggest suckups in Congress sticking monkey wrenches in all this legislative bickering over a measly $4.7 trillion?

Those thinking the Fed is making a policy mistake to allow the dollar to strengthen simply doesn’t understand the rules of the game. The Fed is inviting a crash. It’s inviting a revolt against the insane commies and traitors currently running the U.S. government.

And why would the Fed do this when it stands to gain a tremendous amount of power? Well, to protect itself from inbred and feckless Eurotrash and be the one institution left standing after the dust settles.

I didn’t say that the Fed was being magnanimous here, just loyal to its own interests and that, for now, is enough to derail Davos.

Again, I can hear the gallery chattering on my shoulder saying that the Fed has to do this.

Yes. I agree.

When short term money market rates were pegged at zero percent the Fed had to do something to raise them lest the market believe the Fed was okay with negative nominal yields in U.S. money markets.

Today 1 month U.S. paper is trading at 0.04%, below the RRP rate, so pressure is building again. Demand is rising and we’re likely headed back towards the zero-bound unless the Fed does what? Raise RRP again.

So, do we expect the Fed to give Europe what it wants; validation of their insane negative interest rate policy?

No. Of course we shouldn’t.

A Hole in One

With Jackson Hole coming up next weekend Powell and the FOMC will tell the world they are staying the course, if not intent on raising RRP to a whopping 10 basis points if conditions warrant. They will still tell the beautiful lie that inflation is ‘transitory’ while giving off the impression that they are on top of things…. because in truth, they are.

What do you think happens to the euro then?

Because once $1.17 and $1.16 (See chart again) fall on a weekly closing basis, there’s nothing to suggest it will be a slow, steady move lower. If the ECB was okay with this they wouldn’t be fighting a falling euro so hard. With Lagarde at the helm real incompetence is on display, not the Muppet show Powell puts on.

Thinking this through, once $1.16 falls with the European bond market trading at these nosebleed prices, how much of a move in the euro will it take to unwind all of these newly-minted carry trades, rate swaps and the like put on during this rush into European sovereign debt which pushed the German 3 year bund to a recent low of -0.856%?

Remember, what leverage giveth on the way up it takes away ten times as fast on the way down. At these yields the Europan bond market is over-leveraged to the point where it makes the stupid shit we see people do on Binance during a Bitcoin mania look like prudent financial risk management.

The mother of all safe-haven trades is what is emerging quickly here. The Dow keeps pushing higher, while European stocks have broken down. The Dollar is breaking out of a multi-year downtrend, gold is holding it’s ground, cryptocurrencies (Wall St.’s latest darling) are exploding, and there are trillions of euros worth of capital that are scared to death of what Powell says next week in Wyoming.

So, a cascading series of defaults and blow-ups is in Europe’s future if Powell and the Fed do what I expect them to do.

Davos may love chaos as an opportunity to take power, but as we’ve seen since the operation to humiliate the U.S. in Afghanistan is proving, they were caught flat-footed by the speed with which the Taliban ran the table.

This is chaos they didn’t plan for, because well, it’s fucking chaos. *sigh*

The same thing is on the horizon in Europe politically and financially. There is a political price to pay for denying people food over a vaccine against the something as dangerous as the annual flu.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1428722361386291202&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fmarkets%2Fluongo-warns-what-leverage-giveth-way-it-takes-away-10x-faster-way-down&sessionId=fc85486259628f15f1912a056a0361c315dcf94d&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=1890d59c%3A1627936082797&width=550px

Just like there is a financial one to pay for taking a shot at the king and missing.

After all, it’s just… five … little…. points.

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The New World Order Starting To Unravel…

… stolen elections have their consequences.

This from Tom Luongo via the Zero Hedge website…

Luongo: What If Afghanistan Is More Than Just A Failed War?

Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, ‘n Guns blog,

The U.S. Empire is in freefall. Good. Afghanistan has reverted to nativist control as expected. The ‘goat-herders’ there remain unconquered. The speed of the Taliban’s takeover doesn’t surprise me because the groundwork for it has been in process for years.

Only the U.S. State Department under both Mike Pompeo and now Antony Blinken opposed this. If you’re angry this morning you can thank Russian diplomats who started this process in December 2016 by opening up the dialogue between the Taliban and the Asian powers with Pakistan leading the talks.

I can’t say I’m shedding any tears here except for all the losses on both sides. War is never righteous.

So, while I’m happy to see this end I am also sad to also see this end for what it is, a planned act of geopolitical vandalism by the Biden Obama Administration to ensure a complete collapse of the U.S. political system.

We are being liquidated by The Davos Crowd at the precise moment when their Great Reset is at its most vulnerable.

20 Years a Slave to War

For 20 years we libertarians warned this day would come and now it’s here. Is it a case of better late than never?

I think that question is irrelevant. The costs are incalculable. They always are.

You’ll hear a lot of utilitarian nonsense about $2.2 trillion etc. but that’s just the price tag you see. What you don’t see, as Harry Hazlitt reminds us, is where the real costs are — the lost opportunities, the Afghan and American lives spent, the bureaucracy empowered, the capital diverted from productive work — that come with prosecuting endless war for impossible democracy.

Before Afghanistan was there a Dept. of Homeland Security? The Patriot Act? The Military Commissions Act? A Global War on Terror?

Are those part of that $2.2 trillion? No. They aren’t. And yet we paid them anyway.

It wasn’t like America wasn’t already fighting a slew of unwinnable wars of ideology (Drugs, Poverty, Democracy, Individualism) in the pursuit of the neocon/neoliberal ideal of ‘exceptionalism’ which was sold to too many of us as a path to a world without sin. Sadly, too many believed this out of loyalty to a government which cannot do anything except lie.

Those sins are reflected in the generation of men and women who fought the wrong war for the right reasons, serving their country and their families. Everyone’s heart should ache at the enormity of everyone’s losses.

We are all poorer today in body, mind and spirit because of this war.

The late Justin Raimondo spent a lifetime warning us about this:

Raimondo taught me to understand that foreign policy is just war by other means, and it was the most important part of our national policy. The foreign policy orthodoxy can never be challenged in the public sphere.

It is verboten.

Because it is that which drives the Empire and all the perks that come with that for those in charge of it.

For a generation we’ve sent young men and women into a meat grinder for no real-world reason other than to protect the CIA’s opium trade and have troops ready to attack Iran if the right circumstances arose.

And those who did so have proven they have no right to speak on this ever again. They are the villains here.

Every time I take my shoes off and get porno-scanned at the airport I’m reminded of this abject failure, not of policy, but of basic governing philosophy. We Americans (yes even libertarians who warned everyone about this) are culpable for the failures not only in Afghanistan but every other place we use to pressure Iran and, by extension, Russia into submission.

For what? An outdated geopolitical theory about the world –Makinder Heartland Theory — which those in power cling to like Linus’ blanket to justify their naked bloodlust and avarice?

It’s time to put away these childish things and return to our own centers, our homes.

I welcome the mimetic collapse for millions in the center of the U.S. political spectrum. They are asking the right question, “What in “G”od’s name was this all for in the end?”

The anti-interventionist crowd I’m proud to be a part of are getting their schadenfreude on right now but this is the exact wrong time for gloating.

This is their moment to prove you empathize with our losses so that no one should have to die again for such an ignoble cause as a pipeline or democracy. That the urge to fight for your family, your country is noble but that nobility ends at the shoreline. The message now is we want what you want, to rebuild the bonds of civil society these villains bombed without remorse and threw your children onto the altar of their evil, gutted and threw away.

You can start by remembering these 2 minutes from Ron Paul in 2009.

The Return of the Tribal King

This is the first lesson from this failure in Afghanistan that has everyone in a state of shock.

Humans are loyal to their tribes.

We spent 20 years building a government and military occupation through destruction, bombing and bribery with the goal of undermining Afghanistan’s tribal structure.

Not one whit of it remains. And yet, after 20 years of propaganda saying it was working, we’re shocked the moment we announce we’re leaving those same people, who never loved us, reverted to their tribal roots?

No amount of violence creates that. In fact, it only hardens that which is there. Vague notions of democracy and women’s rights are not compelling.

If what we offered Afghanistan’s people wanted, it wouldn’t have taken 20 years to build it. As always, the neocons were wrong. The proof is in the 72 hour collapse of the entire edifice.

The morons in power didn’t believe the goat herders wouldn’t read the tea leaves and pledge allegiance to the next most powerful group, the Taliban?

This is why I wasn’t surprised by the speed of the collapse of the Afghan government and its 300,000 strong army.

They took our money and used it to survive the occupation.

History is replete with examples of quickly deposed Viceroys after their rule breaks down.

I hope the Taliban are as good as their word to the Russians per the Moscow talks in July. If so, the chaotic period will be as brief as it possibly could be. The further bloodshed minimized and something close to order can emerge. We should all cheer for that.

When you push a people to the brink of extinction, when you force them back to their basic units of community, in Afghanistan’s example, their tribal identity, you find the limit to which they will retreat.

Having lost everything else they will always, and without fail, fight for their families to the death. Why would you expect anything else? Wouldn’t you? Nothing else matters if not your family.

This is why everyone who has gone into Afghanistan over the past 150 years has failed. Only hubris and the kind of solipsism that comes from unlimited perceived power sings a different tune.

The people who made up Afghanistan’s ‘army’ were faced with a real choice, fight for something they had no loyalty to or submit to the Taliban who now see this as the ultimate victory over the West.

The Road Back from Serfdom

That same choice is rapidly being put in front of us here in America, if not the entire West. We are ruled by stateless and foreign occupiers. There is a viceroy sporifying in the White House. There are looters and vandals running wild on Main Street, K Street and Wall Street.

They have the courts running scared, destroying the rule of law, while Congress has run out of money to bribe us with.

And it feels like we have precious few friends or even temporary allies. But we have also seen a massive wave of counter moves by those that still believe in such quaint notions as family, community and, yes, tribe.

In my last article I said it was time to strike at the root of confidence. Not the confidence of the values of our institutions but our confidence in those that rule us.

The collapse of our Afghanistan adventure is supposed to deeply shame us and humiliate us. The vandals in D.C. are chuckling in their version of Collapsitarian.

It has done that.

The media that has been their stenographers and our enemies have been stunned into a rare silence, some even imploring us to self-censor images of their failures.

The anger over this collapse is just settling in for millions of people now.

But, we have to move past that shame quickly. Now we must take that humility, which used to be the ethos of pre-empire America, and realize who the architects of this were and remove them from the public discourse. They no longer get to speak in hallowed halls and drone incantations of death and destruction, dressing it up as a righteous cause.

They no longer get to bamboozle with prepared talking points which are as pathetic as they are deceitful.

Because if we do that then those who enforce the viceroy’s chaos will also face a stark choice. I ask them openly, “Is this order?”

Is this what you are willing to die to protect?

Change is coming. You can be a part of it or run for the airports with your mask on and your vaccine QR code at the ready. Davos has tried to break our spirit by breaking our families and our tribes.

They have us fighting among ourselves while they try to run the table over the flu shot. We think ourselves superior to those Afghan goat-herders. But they still have their identities.

And now they have their country back.

I’ve herded goats, it’s a tough job. Far tougher than the work most Americans do today. So, stow the exceptionalism, back away from the shadows projected on the cave wall and reconnect with the light of reality.

Two weeks ago I implored law enforcement to see things as they were and remind themselves who it is they protect and serve.

Now is your opportunity to prove to us, in our time of need, that you are our friends and not the enemies of civil society. You have the opportunity to help restore real order. Don’t make the mistakes our soldiers and their families made, sacrificing your lives for people who despise you.

Wars of all forms are rackets.

Because the big reveal in Afghanistan is that what happened there can happen here, quickly. Those goat-herders just showed us how to defeat an Empire abroad. Now it’s time to defeat the empire within.

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Warm, Warmer… Very Warm…

Hope all my loyal readers are having a great summer.

Today, another post appeared pertaining to a subject matter which this humble blogger thinks is the preeminent issue of our time, namely the WAR ON COMPETENCE.

This latest piece is written by Victor Davis Hanson and is in line with that OBSERVATION which Dr. Jordan Peterson made in a recent podcast. This podcast we featured in the post titled The Cat’s Out Of The Bag… (see here)

Back to the Davis Hanson post, and in the opinion of this humble blogger, one element is missing. This element is what can be described as the driving element. That driving element is what is known as the “”shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations” rule “- meaning that wealth gained in one generation will be lost by the third”. (see here)

In our case, we just need to replace the term “wealth” with “status”, and we are home.

Therefore, what we can posit is that the present cultural war, which manifests itself as a WAR ON COMPENTENCE is in fact nothing more than a mechanism which is being implemented by individuals who have attained a position of status (i.e. money at the end of the chain) through non-meritorious means and are now trying to find a MEANS by which they can carry it forward inter-generationally.

Case in point, the 2019 college admissins bribery scandal... (see here)

… and and the granddaddy of them all… (see here)

INCOMPETENCE + ARROGANCE = WOKE

Authored by Victor Davis Hanson via Summit News,

Politically correct ideology is masking and contributing to the widespread failure of our institutions…

We know the nature of mass hysterias in history, and how they can overwhelm and paralyze what seem to be stable societies.  

We know the roots and origins of the cult of wokeness.  

And we know, too, how such insanity—from the Salem witch trials to Jacobinism to McCarthyism—can spread, despite alienating most of the population, through fear and the threat of personal ruin or worse. These are the dark sides of the tulip, hula-hoop, and pet-rock fads, the mass obsessions so suited to past affluent Western societies.  

But does wokeism serve another purpose as well? Specifically, does it either hide preexisting incompetence or fuel it?  

In the last 18 months, we have seen most of our major institutions go woke and spend considerable amounts of time, capital, and labor on what might be called “commissarism.” Yet in their zeal to rectify society in general and sermonize, virtue signal, pontificate, and perform to the public, many institutions are increasingly failing at what they were established to do. 

Of course, public servants have long suffered the “Bloomberg effect”—focusing on misdemeanors to virtue signal competence as penance for failing to solve the existential crises. If you cannot clear New York City of snow in a timely manner, then lecture the trapped on everything from global warming to the dangers of super-sized soft drinks. Yet wokeism is a bit different since it now pervades our societies as a pandemic of its own.

Take Delta Airline CEO Ed Bastian. He earns $17 million in annual compensation, and lectures the state of Georgia and the nation at large on our supposedly racist voting laws. The issue at hand is mostly a requirement to show a valid ID to vote—in the manner one must present identification to enter the boarding area of Bastian’s planes. Surely if one should vote without an ID, why not then be allowed to board a Delta flight?

I also suggest the public try to call Delta’s consumer helplines to fix the airline’s post-quarantine screw-ups with credits, refunds, rebooking, and recalibrating charges. Just try it—but expect several hours of wait time on the phone. We know now Delta is woke, but what we don’t know is whether one’s past purchase of a ticket will ensure a spot on a Delta flight, or whether prior money or mileage credited will ever be returned or applied to future travel.  

A cynical observer might suggest that if Ed Bastian cannot ensure adequate consumer service, it won’t matter since he weighs in on voting laws. (Or is it worse than that? Because he pontificates on voting laws and other assorted woke issues, he thinks he can simply worry less about his own consumer services?) 

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is woke, too. He has denounced a new Texas voting law likewise requiring tougher ID usage—although he later  admitted that he had never read the new statute before virtue signaling its illiberality.  

I suggest Parker might first ensure that his airline has not become a Third-World carrier before he seeks to enlighten Americans on their supposed backwardness. I just took a flight on one of Parker’s American Airlines flights from central California to Dallas, Texas. But right before boarding the full flight, passengers were apprised that American did not have enough gas in the plane to make it to Dallas—and couldn’t find any in Fresno. So it was “stopping off” on the way in San Francisco to “fill up”—180 miles away and in the exact opposite direction of its eventual destination. I’ve only twice been on a plane without enough fuel to reach its destination and in need of a detour to find gas somewhere— once 15 years ago in Mexico and the other in 1974 in Egypt.  

We’ve seen an epidemic of well-compensated professional (and Olympic) athletes lecture the country on its various sins of racism, sexism, and the usual affiliated -isms and -ologies. Like the now passé Colin Kaepernick, they devote enormous time to what in normal times would be called extraneous efforts or even distractions from their business at hand. 

Is there a connection between their wokeness and the general lack of interest in the NBA, Major League Baseball, NFL, and the Tokyo Olympics? Is the public sense not just that they do not wish to be talked down to by such privileged and spoiled 20- and 30-somethings, but also that the level of play of professional and amateur sports seems on the decline as well? Or is it that these woke, young athletes can handle sports or social hectoring, but not both—and it shows in their performances and in the lack of mass appeal?

Hollywood is the worst offender. Almost daily a mega-star joins the outrage twitter chorus to remind us of her exemplary virtue or his singular outrage over “social injustice.” They belong to this strange collection of celebrity-obsessed multi-millionaires whose homes, lifestyles, modes of transportation, and fashion are Versailles-like—yet whose daily lives never quite match their sanctimonious barking.  

The real travesty is that Hollywood simply makes poor movies, or rather mostly remakes them ad nauseam, ensuring only that they are “diverse” and proportionally—or now reparationally—representative of “the other.” Two genres tend to dominate the current movies: computer-enhanced comic-book films (sometimes apparently white-washed by progressive executives so as not to offend the racist 1.5 billion-viewer Chinese market), and “the hero versus the Man” movies.  

The latter usually pits an attractive and courageous young investigator, lawyer, journalist, whistleblower, or public servant against a malicious conspiratorial corporation whose racism, environmental desecration, sexism, and thievery must be exposed in gallant, lone-ranger fashion. Not only are these Maoist scripts boring and repetitive but they sprout from a self-indulgent, hyper-corporate Los Angeles capitalist culture that gave us the Hollywood-beloved, and woke-before-his-time Harvey Weinstein. 

Universities are the old-new woke bastion. We will probably never know the machinations used by our elite colleges and universities to warp race in favor of some, and against others, among this year’s first incoming class of the post-2020 riot era. 

Mostly wealthy, white bicoastal administrators and middle managers across all sectors send out communiques, on spec, attesting to their own superior virtue with vocabulary so trite and predictable that a computer programmer could institutionalize and improve on the boilerplate in a few hours. Their bogeyman target is the noxious white male heterosexual—of course, exempting the memo writers themselves, due to their superior morality.  

The woke have unleashed a veritable jihad to root out and banish those infected with “whiteness” among us. But aside from their main mission of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, can we say that woke universities—on the side—are turning out talented and educated graduates who will ensure American prosperity, freedom, preeminence, and the sort of lifestyle the young now assume as their birthright? To ask the question is to know the answer. What else could happen when there are more diversity, equity, and inclusion facilitators on elite campuses than there are history professors? 

Is the general knowledge of the college student superior to his counterpart of five, 10, or 20 years ago?  Did the great experiment with various “studies” courses (black studies, peace studies, environmental studies, equity studies, Asian studies, La Raza studies, etc.) result in better writers, thinkers, speakers, analysts, mathematicians, and scientists than what was produced by the old Shakespeare English course, or Western Civ highlights from Homer to Locke, or advanced calculus? Is the campus more tolerant than it was in 1980, more open to free speech, more determined to protect the constitutional rights of its students? 

The military is an especially good example of a major American institution whose woke credentials are now ostentatious, but whose performance in a cost-to-benefit analysis seems increasingly anemic. 

We know that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, is popular for the moment with the Left in Congress. As a result, like many of his predecessors, if he wishes, Milley can gravitate to lucrative defense contractor boards upon retirement—without a finger-pointing Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) castigating him as a get-rich, revolving-door apparatchik.  

Milley and others, such as Admiral Michael Gilday, have given spirited, if incoherent, defenses of why they want their enlistees to read Ibram X. Kendi’s texts on “antiracism”—or at least why they want the Washington elite to know they recommend them to their soldiers and sailors. We know that multimillionaire ex-Raytheon board member, consultant, and now defense secretary, General Lloyd Austin is auditing the ranks to weed out suspicious white male insurrectionaries, an investigation that so far seems to lack any actual data to justify said witch hunt. The chain of command, which can enact social change by fiat, is in this case beloved by the Left. And the officer corps has made the necessary adjustments to ensure their own rapid promotions. 

Thus, there is little protest about the military budget being slashed by the beloved Joe Biden, after it was markedly raised by the hated Donald Trump, who among his many other sins jawboned the NATO allies finally to pony much of their promised military contributions to the alliance. 

Milley’s earlier apologies for doing a photo-op with President Trump while the rascal supposedly cleared the environs with tear gas were mostly empty virtue signaling, given the inspector general of the Interior Department found no such presidential edict or any use of such an agent.  

Indeed, a dozen or so of our best and brightest retired four-stars had blasted their former commander-in-chief as fit for removal the “sooner, the better,” a veritable monster who employed Nazi-like tactics, emulated Mussolini, and took his immigration policy in part from Auschwitz.

But was such energy, rhetorical imagination, and refined conscience evident in our stellar victories in Afghanistan and Iraq? Was the Libyan intervention a model of military planning, on both the strategic and tactical levels? Have our innovative weaponry, training, and displays of strength deterred the Chinese military? Have our latest naval and aviation acquisitions proven to be models of brilliant cost-effective investments? In our woke age, do our soldiers die on the battlefield in proportion to their sex and race, in conformity with the new proportional representation gospel and in all other areas of military endeavors?

We could ask the same of the FBI and CIA, given the loud, recent wokeist careers of John Brennan, James Clapper, Kevin Clinesmith, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, and Peter Strzok. From such sanctimony we might assume the FBI had successfully ferreted out and preempted the Boston Marathon bombers, or the San Bernardino terrorists; or that we knew from the CIA the threats posed by the Phoenix-like reappearance of the “J.V.” ISIS killers in Iraq, the Spratly Island aggrandizement by China, the true nature of the Wuhan lab leak, the location of existing stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or Syria, and the current status of the Iranian nuclear program. 

The point is not to berate our institutions, but to warn them.  Either their abilities to carry out their assigned tasks are becoming diminished by Nineteen Eighty-Four-like wokism, or they are using ideological camouflage simply to mask their unaccountability—and their increasing incompetence.  

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson – Doctor of the Church (?)…

… all that is missing from this conversation is a discussion of Vital Immanence from Pascendi Dominici Gregis!

So the long awaited frontal assault on the Apostilic letter given MOTU proprio Summorum Pontificum has come to pass.

Your humble blogger in turn will not discuss this matter at this time since there is nothing new that this humble blog has not said and covered in posts over the past FIVE years. For those who might be new to these pages, please refer to the post HERE.

And for proper CONTEXT, embedded here is a video which lays out the position of the SSPX on the wider matter of reconciliation with Modernist Rome. (HERE)

But back to business…

In the above podcast, Dr. Jordan Peterson and Dr. John Vervaeke engage in a very intense discussion. The subject matter of this discussion can be expressed as “the NATURAL case (evidence) for the existance of the Most Holy Trinity”.

Or maybe… “The complete debunking of the Modernism and specifically, the post-conciliar church”.

I will not go into a discussion of this video at this time. The reason is that I want you, dear and most loyal reader to watch and listen to it first.

Confirmation bias, … as you long time readers well know.

Therefore, have a great weekend and when you have a couple hours to spare, please watch, listen and comment.

The Uprising Is Spreading…

Folks, your humble blogger has been OBSERVING an interesting PHENOMENON of late.

As we all know, there appears to be an UPRISING taking place in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

This UPRISING is taking place among various sectors of the American populace, and not only.

I am embedding a rather longish video from Dr. Steve Turley’s youtube channel, but it is worth watching.

Below, is a post that appeared on our favorite small “c” catholic website, Zero Hedge. The post describes steps being taken to form an “alternative source of higher education” outside of the conventional higher education system.

The reason I point out these two initiatives is that they literally span the entire range of socio-economic sub-strata of our population.

But there is one overriding theme that is becoming very visible and is driving both these two initiative as well as all the other initiatives of this sort.

And that underlying theme is “OBJECTIVE TRUTH”.

Therefore, it is becoming quite apparent that the WAR ON COMPETENCE is nothing more than the WAR ON OBJECTIVE TRUTH.

Speaking of the WAR ON OBJECTIVE TRUTH, the first major institution to abrogate their “ordering” to OBJECTIVE TRUTH is…

… the post-conciliar church.

I will leave off here, but would like to draw you attention to a 20+ part series that the Society of St. Pius X is producing which lays out the background about how this cabal of German bishops and their Belgian, Dutch and French sidekicks SWINDLED the Council Fathers into legitimizing a “pastoral council that did not promulgate any new dogma” whose real intent was to switch the ordering of the Faith from OBJECTIVE TRUTH to a form of nihilistic relativism that would be able to “situational ethic” literally any sin or deviancy. (see here)

Scholars Line Up To Join Anti-‘Woke’ Online Education Platform

Hundreds of scholars, including some distinguished figures, have applied for positions at an online education startup that promises explicitly non-“woke” instruction in a number of academic disciplines.

Named “American Scholars,” the project was started several months ago by Matthew Pohl, former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer. As soon as word got out, résumés started to stream in from academics offering their participation, its leaders said.

Pohl described the project as the fruit of his gradual disillusionment with his career in the academic world, where he drove admissions at several prestigious universities. He noticed that with regard to education, most students weren’t getting their money’s worth, attributing that to the “administrative bloat” of establishment colleges, as well as the spread of quasi-Marxist ideologies that have come to be collectively known as “wokeness.”

He intends the project as an antidote to both. The interactive format of part-lecture, part-documentary video with quizzes, and feedback sessions will aspire to demonstrate that quality learning can be furnished at a fraction of the cost of a modern-day college. Meanwhile, the content itself will be rooted in traditional American values, in sharp contrast to the ideologies currently dominating most universities that promote hostility toward such values.

“There is a massive and unrecognized demand for actual professors, business leaders, real thinkers whom regular people can associate with and learn from to better understand how they can live better lives through the Constitution and through conservative values,” Pohl told The Epoch Times, later adding that the guiding principles of the project could be more accurately described as “classical liberalism.”

“We actually expect a significant number of people who do not identify as conservative to join us—simply because they agree with our values,” he said in an email.

For the role of chief academic officer, who is responsible for the scholarly grade of the content, Pohl tapped Michael Rectenwald, a retired liberal studies professor at New York University.

Having given up his communist beliefs, Rectenwald left his job after he irked colleagues by criticizing the woke ideology. He went on to become an authority on corporate socialism, a convergence of government and business interest in establishing a novel form of totalitarian, socialist rule. He’s authored several books on the topic, including “Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom,” which warns against the rising power and ambitions of gigantic digital companies.

American Scholars will offer modules taught by bona fide academics on history, the Constitution, the natural sciences, math, writing, business, economics and personal finance, ideological studies, literature, technology science, law, and religious studies, Rectenwald said.

He’s already received applications from several hundred scholars, including some prominent names, from which he’ll be soon picking the first 10 instructors.

“We even have chairs of departments interested in working for us,” he said.

Rectenwald shared with The Epoch Times a sample of the applicants’ names under the condition that they won’t be released for now, as none of them has yet been selected for any of the positions. In addition, Rectenwald has his own list of “top-notch talent” he’ll ask to come onboard.

“It’s going to be something where they’re able to deliver content in the way they want to, without the pressures that are being exerted on them in the university system to accommodate various ideologies like critical race theory and socialism and postmodernism and so forth,” he said, adding that such ideologies also will be taught, but from a critical standpoint.

The first offerings, planned to start in the fall, will focus on history, the Constitution, economics, and personal finance, he said.

The material will be suited for homeschoolers, college prep, as well as adult learning.

The project doesn’t seek to be accredited as an actual university, but rather to equip its alumni with the knowledge to “push back against some of the pernicious ideologies that are being purveyed in the system,” Rectenwald said.

“We’ve got to be frank. We’re in the midst of a major culture war.”

The content range, as well as the format of the platform, was selected based on a series of focus group polls of a total of about 1,000 families, Pohl said. Personal finance, for example, stood out as both an acute interest of the poll respondents as well as a blind spot of the current university system, where students often sign up for massive debt with little to no calculation of return on investment that would allow them to make such decisions adeptly, according to Pohl.

Development of the online platform is run by an expert who for now requires anonymity, due to his involvement with Big Tech, Pohl said.

So far, the project is self-funded with some offers coming in from investors, he said. He plans a subscription model starting at $19 a month and scaling up to about $39 a month for premium access.

American Scholars fits into a growing selection of education platforms that approach their material from a more traditional standpoint. The conservative Hillsdale College offers free courses on a variety of politically relevant subjects, while PragerU recently began offering an online education portal for K–12 students.

Excellent News, Indeed…

This below post appeared at The Conservative Treehouse.

This humble blogger strongly agrees with everything that is written in this post.

Please read and reflect…

And consider this republication as a humble work of mercy…

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Excellent News, On Eve of Liz Cheney Ouster 100 DeceptiCons Proclaim Threat to Create a Third Party

May 11, 2021 | Sundance | 185 Comments

Tomorrow DeceptiCon leader Liz Cheney, the Mitt Romney of John McCain’s, is expected to be thrown out of Republican leadership by a closed-door conference vote.  Hopefully, this is the beginning of the purge so desperately needed to continue The Big Ugly.  The former professional republican party is one wing of a UniParty bird.  The MAGA movement is the future of the Republican party.

If the establishment DeceptiCons leave the party, and create a new party for rodents and rinos, there will be no need for a MAGA party to initiate.  At that point the state level RNC embeds will have an opportunity to leave their entrenched status and go into the DeceptiCon party.

That fracturing is much needed, and represents the necessary split we have talked about on these pages for the past decade.

Keep in mind President Donald J Trump received more votes than any previous president in U.S. history, including Barack Obama.  So any split of the Republican party only represents sunlight upon the false conservatives (the DeceptiCons) who have operated like a cancer in our body politic for decades.  President Trump is the sunlight that will cure this metastatic infection.

On the eve of the Cheney ouster, the childish DeceptiCon wing (like the pedophile Lincoln project crew) is thrashing wildly in their echo-chamber, pitching a hissy fit about the vulgarian horde who have finally stood up and said “enough of your bulls**t, get the hell out“:

New York Times – More than 100 Republicans, including some former elected officials, are preparing to release a letter this week threatening to form a third party if the Republican Party does not make certain changes, according to an organizer of the effort.

[…] “This is a first step,” said Miles Taylor, an organizer of the effort and a former Trump-era Department of Homeland Security official who anonymously wrote a book condemning the Trump administration. In October, Mr. Taylor acknowledged he was the author of both the book and a 2018 New York Times Op-Ed article.

“This is us saying that a group of more than 100 prominent Republicans think that the situation has gotten so dire with the Republican Party that it is now time to seriously consider whether an alternative might be the only option,” he said.

The list of people signing the statement includes former officials at both the state and national level who once were governors, members of Congress, ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, state legislators and Republican Party chairmen, Mr. Taylor said. (read more)

Positive debate on solutions and constructive criticism of approach is always appropriate for our elected officials; heck, that is the essence of our discussion. However, recently there have been many critics of President Trump; many people only just now understanding the problem and proclaiming that President Trump specifically did not do enough to block, impede, stop and counteract the globalist forces that were/are aligned against his effort to Make America Great Again.

Hindsight is 20/20, but there are people who proclaim that Donald J Trump should have been more wise in his counsel; more selective in his cabinet; more forceful in his confrontation of corporate globalists. Let me be clear….

I will never join that crew of Trump critics because I have understood his adversary for decades. CTH did not just come around to the understanding of the enemy.  CTH has been outlining the scope of the enemy, the scale of the specific war and the financial and economic power of the opposition for over a decade.  We understand the totality of the effort it will take to stop decades of willful blindness amid the American people.  We also see with clear eyes exactly what they are doing now, even with President Trump forcefully removed from office, to destroy the threat he still represents.

Donald J Trump was/is a walking red-pill; a “touchstone”: a visible, empirical test or criterion for determining the quality or genuineness of anything political. I have been deep enough into the network of the Deep State to understand the scale and scope of this enemy. To think that President Trump alone could carry the burden of correcting four decades of severe corruption of all things political, without simultaneously considering the scale of the financial opposition, is naive in the extreme.

POTUS Trump was disrupting the global order of things in order to protect and preserve the shrinking interests of the U.S. He was fighting, almost single-handed, at the threshold of the abyss. Our American interests, our MAGAnomic position, was/is essentially zero-sum. His DC and Wall-Street aligned opposition (writ large) needed to repel and retain the status-quo. They desperately wanted him removed so they could return to full economic control over the U.S, because it is the foundation of their power.

You want to criticize him for fighting harder against those interests than any single man has ever done before him? If so, do it without me.

I am thankful for the awakening Donald J Trump has provided.

I am thankful now for the opportunity to fight with great American people who finally understand the scale of our opposition.

Without Donald J Trump these DeceptiCon entities would still be operating in the shadows. With Donald J Trump we can clearly see who the real enemy is.

I will never relent in my support for anyone who fights this enemy.

I will align with and encourage anyone who joins this fight.

If you are looking for criticism against the only person I have ever witnessed who actually fought our correct enemy, look elsewhere.

I am thankful for President Trump.

CTH will never stop the fight….

…..”The only thing more dangerous than facing down a corrupt political system with unlimited resources – is the corrupt political system facing an awakened electorate who realize they have nothing to lose”…. ~Sundance

War On Competence – The Final Frontier…

Greatings to all my loyal and faithful readers.

Today’s installment presents another observation, i.e. EVIDENCE that Western Civilization is in fact in the throes of a WAR ON COMPETENCE.

Below is a republication of a post that appeared on our favorite small “c” catholic website Zero Hedge. (see here)

Moreover, more evidence is appearing that the WAR ON COMPETENCE is not playing out as was forecast by its aggressors. What should be of interest to us is that Dr. Turley has identified another “leftist institution” that is operating an unsustainable business model.

I have embedded the video from Dr. Steve Turley’s channel.

To Promote Equality, California Proposes A Ban On Advanced Math Classes

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

In the name of equality, the California Department of Education seeks to dumb down the brightest kids.

Dumbing Down of America Takes Another Leap Forward

A friend of mine emailed an article the likes of which always prompts me to say “really?”

Please consider the Reason article In the Name of Equity, California Will Discourage Students Who Are Gifted at Math.

Culturally Responsive Framework

I like to verify things myself and you can do so as well by reading the California Department of Education Mathematics Framework

In its framework, the Department of Education seeks “Culturally responsive mathematics education.”

Introduction Highlights 

  • Active efforts in mathematics teaching are required in order to counter the cultural forces that have led to and continue to perpetuate current inequities. Mathematics pathways must open mathematics to all students, eliminating option-limiting tracking. [i.e. no advance classes].
  • implementation of this framework and the standards, teachers must be mindful of other considerations that are a high priority for California’s education system including the Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs) which allow students to examine issues of environmental and social justice.

Teaching for Equity Highlights

  • The evolution of mathematics in educational settings has resulted in dramatic inequities for students of color, girls, and students from low income homes.
  • Teachers are encouraged to align instruction with the outcomes of the California ELD Standards, which state that linguistically and culturally diverse English learners receive instruction that values their home cultures. 

Need to Broaden Perceptions of Mathematics

I did not go through all the chapters. Reason uncovered these gems.

  • The inequity of mathematics tracking in California can be undone through a coordinated approach in grades 6–12
  • Middle-school students are best served in heterogeneous classes.
  • The push to calculus in grade twelve is itself misguided.
  • To encourage truly equitable and engaging mathematics classrooms we need to broaden perceptions of mathematics beyond methods and answers so that students come to view mathematics as a connected, multi-dimensional subject that is about sense making and reasoning, to which they can contribute and belong.

Sabotage the Best 

Reason concludes, and I agree “If California adopts this framework, which is currently under public review, the state will end up sabotaging its brightest students. The government should let kids opt out of math if it’s not for them. Don’t let the false idea that there’s no such thing as a gifted student herald the end of advanced math entirely.”

Instead, and in the name of “equity”, the proposed framework aims to keep everyone learning at the same dumbed down level for as long as possible.

The intention is clear. The California Board of Education intends to sabotage the best and brightest, hoping to make everyone equal.

The public does not support these polices. Indeed, it is precisely this kind of talk that nearly got Trump reelected.

Biden should speak out against such nonsense, but he won’t. He is beholden to Teachers’ Unions and Boards of Education.

Care to complain? If so the California Department of Education posted these ways.

Phone Number and Address

Phone: 916-319-0598

Instructional Quality Commission
1430 N Street, Room 3207
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: 916-319-0172

Social and Mathematical Justice Q&A

Q: Who is the arbiter of environmental, mathematic, and social justice?

A: The California board of Education. They intend to cram it down your child’s throat and dumb down gifted kids no matter what their parents believe or how vigorous the objections.

If you wish to protest these absurd policies, phone or write the board of education as posted above.

Better yet, get the hell out of California.

Modernism Isn’t Dead, It’s Stunned…

So today, more thinking individuals have identified the problem with modernity as: modernity is in essence a WAR ON COMPETENCE.

Going further down this hermenuitical path, what we are witnessing is that the society at large has caught up with the WAR ON COMPETENCE that was fought and won by the INCOMPETENT at the Second Vatican Council.

The disease therefore has spread.

Kind of like the Corona Virus…

But I digress…

So what is the answer?

Simple folks, a restoration of all things in Christ.

Moreover, it’s the only answer!

Below is the latest from Tom Luongo which appeared on this humble bloggers favorite small “c” catholic website, Zero Hedge. See here

PS: Here is another take on the WAR ON COMPETENCE!

Aside, this humble blogger strongly suggests that all my dear and loyal readers follow Mr Baris and Mr Barnes.

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Populism Isn’t Dead, It’s Stunned

Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, ‘n Guns blog,

Today’s political landscape is looking more and more like the classic Monty Python ‘Dead Parrot’ sketch…

You know the one, John Cleese walks into the shop to complain about the parrot he’d just been sold was dead and he wants his money back.  The shopkeeper, Michael Palin, insists it isn’t.

Hilarity ensues.

The Dead Parrot sketch is one of the high points of Python’s particular blend of absurdism and social commentary that transcends its time. 

Everywhere I look I see Michael Palins doing their best to convince us of the most absurd lies to hide the rank incompetence at every level of our society’s power structure.

And it doesn’t matter what issue we’re discussing: masks, vaccines, election fraud, racism, Joe Biden’s health, climate change, the sovereign bond markets, lockdowns.

No matter the issue or the question Biden’s Press Secretary, the uniquely incompetent Jenn Psaki, will be happy to ‘circle back to that later’ but never doing so hoping to just get through the next news cycle without a revolt.

Everyone’s doing the ‘believe me’ look that body language experts talk about all the time.  It’s all so tiresome and exhausting.  And you can feel the level of frustration building like John Cleese’s anger in the sketch.

It even looks to me like the people in the media are getting fed up with having to disseminate the lies.  But, since their access to power and livelihoods depend on playing along with the charade even the best ones act out on the stage prepared for them.

We all know they are lying.  They know we know they are lying.  We know they know that we know they are lying.

And yet the lying continues. 

Worse than that, the dying continues. 

Because that is the net outcome of all this lying, the wasted time and energy billions of people who eventually are asked to fight wars on behalf of these venal liars desperate to retain power and privilege.

The endless lying comes from the need to sell us on a future we don’t want for a price we can’t afford to pay.  That the pols in D.C. think they can bribe us with a couple thousand bucks of stimmy money after they’ve destroyed our quality of life is the clearest sign ever that they are completely out of touch.

But what is clear as well is that they do not care.  They don’t have to care because our government has openly morphed into the phone company from the old Lily Tomlin sketch of a few years after the Pythons’ heyday.

This absurd level of lying betrays the elites’ utter contempt for us.  They’re obsessed with squashing all traces of the only truly four-letter word in Brussels and D.C. “populism.’

Populism is the bane of tyrants and comedy like the Dead Parrot sketch can no longer be tolerated in the coming brave new world where you’ll own nothing and like it… or else.

I can’t stress enough that this obsession with narrative control is equal parts terrifying and hilarious at the same time.

Terrifying because the real world consequences are destroyed businesses, suicidal children, bombed cities, starved local populations, sanctions, threats, embargoes and migrations.

Hilarious because these people are patently absurd.  And we all know that comedy is, unfortunately, tragedy plus time. 

Because if we don’t laugh at this just a little bit the only recourse is insanity and violence.

Who takes Dr. Anthony Fauci seriously anymore other than those putting on the mask of corporate shill to interview him?

When more than one-third of the people you interact with on social media are literal bots the level of surreality we deal with daily approaches that of the most incoherent Philip K. Dick novel of the 1960’s.

[leans into the camera, extreme close-up] “Believe me, I’ve read them all.” [end scene]  

It all is a full-frontal assault on our senses, gluing us to tiny screens in a constant state of anxiety, noradrenaline-addicted doom-porn junkies begging for someone to just once, for pity’s sake, tell the freakin’ truth.

But it’s impossible to do so now without the entire operation collapsing into a chaotic mess.  The financial system is rightly described by its free market critics as a Ponzi Scheme.  But the real Ponzi Scheme is our faith in the efficacy of our elected officials and their handlers to keep all the lies spinning and the dying off the screens.

Those telling these lies are doing to out of fear.

They fear losing potency and power, the only thing psychopaths truly care about. 

Worse, many of us still go along with the lies.  We’ve believed them enough to have bought the dead parrot in the first place. 

But once we get out from underneath the spell of the shopkeeper and see the parrot for what it is, that’s when things have to change.  Because lies are expensive.  The truth sells itself. 

To date, we’ve tried bargaining with these liars’ humanity to just admit the parrot’s dead and give us a refund.

But they won’t do that.  Their contempt for us knows no limits.

Theirs is a system of pelf and privilege the benefits of which accrue to them while sucking our time and energy from us daily, driving us to distraction at best and fits of unconstrained rage at worst.

Our frustration is rising.  Protests against lockdowns in Europe are rising.  Revolts against their vaccines are real.  Now they’re trying to bribe us with Krispy Kreme donuts to take the jab while in Germany, the epicenter for the Great Reset, an even more brutal lockdown was just ordered and rescinded by the politically dead Angela Merkel.

French farmers are dumping cow manure on the steps of government.

And that’s all they can do, keep raising the stakes of their lies, keep denying reality while trading on their command of the police hoping that making an example of some will keep the rising anger at bay.

They do this because like the shopkeeper they have nothing of value to offer us.  Dead Parrots not live ones.  They are incompetent, having managed society to the brink of collapse. When faced with that incompetence they deny it, suppress the truth and meet our decency with bullying while mistaking our passivity for compliance.

And while they may think we’ll just give up and start pining for the fjords, their lies will be the ones pushing up the daisies.

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