Day: November 29, 2017

Thanksgiving With a Dollop of Politics on the Side


Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I caught two police drama TV shows in which a young woman called her man her “partner” rather than her boyfriend. I thought, “That’s weird. Why didn’t she simply say her boyfriend?” Then, it dawned on me. Homosexuals use the term “partner.” So now Hollywood producers are telling us we must be what they call “gender inclusive”. We must abandon traditional gender distinctive terms like boyfriend and girlfriend. This is yet another under-the-radar baby-step by Leftists to implement the LGBT agenda.

Some of you are saying, Lloyd, you’re nuts, seeing conspiracy everywhere. Okay, explain to me why boyfriends are now called partners. Public schools are banning teachers from addressing students as boys and girls. Leftists claim that saying “boys and girls” is bigoted, ignorant, insensitive and mean. 

Ground zero for the gender obsession and anything goes sexually movement sweeping our country is the democratic party. Amazingly, 77% of college-educated Democrats say that gender is not determined at birth. 

Think about that, folks. 77% of college Democrats say that if you believe “penis” means boy and “vagina” means girl you are an idiot; an intolerant hater. They are also saying that God’s original plan for males and females is wrong and they will use government to force us into submission. An elementary teacher who cannot decide her gender was awarded $60k because co-workers refused to call her, “they.” It is crazy out there folks.

Other than noticing women calling boyfriends partners, watching TV Thanksgiving weekend was refreshingly void of Leftists’ indoctrination.

My wife Mary said, “Oh no, Matt Lauer, is hosting Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Thankfully, Lauer did not interject digs at Trump or lecture us. Leftists use Thanksgiving to scold us. They say while we stuff ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie the world that we stole everything from is suffering. NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick spent Thanksgiving at an “Un-Thanksgiving” rally to continue telling us Americans what scumbags we are. 

Leftist president Obama used Thanksgiving to beat up on us for not going along with him bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees. This was on the heels of the terrorist bombing in Paris. The suicide bomber snuck into Paris in a group of refugees. 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was wholesome and fun to watch. Although, I expected to see the first LGBT float. Threats of large-scale violence forced the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade to include LGBTs. Note that the St. Patrick’s Day parade is a Catholic event. Leftists love forcing Christians to abandon their religious convictions. 

I deserve a Husband-of-the-Year award for allowing Mary to drag me to a ga-zillion stores on Black Friday. She really enjoyed and appreciated it.

As a black man, I am highly offended that they call it “black” Friday. Just kidding. But it is pretty crazy the way Leftists find ways to see victims and racism in everything and everywhere these days. I read an article in which a Leftist declared peanut butter and jelly sandwiches racist. I kid you not, folks.

Taking a break from my overflowing with testosterone movies like Die Hard and John Wick, I watched a Christmas movie with Mary on her beloved Hallmark Channel. For the most part, the movie featured traditional values and themes; boy meets girl and so on. Dare I admit that the happily ever-after ending felt good and made me smile. Then, I watched Stanford kick Notre Dame’s butt; 38 to 20.

Mary noticed that her Hallmark Christmas movie marathon featured few blacks. I think it is because Hallmark has mistakenly bought into Leftists’ image of black America, thinking their movies are too traditional and wholesome to attract a large black viewership.

As a black American, practically everything I see Hollywood marketing to black Americans has a rude, crude ghetto cultural edge. BET (Black Entertainment Television) programming celebrates raunchiness.

Leftists at Oxygen channel were excited about giving black America their new reality show titled, “All My Babies’ Mamas.” The show featured black rapper Shawty Lo who had 11 children by 10 black girls. Thank God the show was canceled due to black outrage. 

As a matter of fact, Leftists say blacks who do not reflect “the hood” in their speech, behavior and dress are traitors to their race; trying to act white. I remember Leftists trashed “The Cosby Show” for featuring a successful wholesome black family in America. Leftists deemed the TV show unrealistic.

Ponder that folks. Dr. MLK, Jr, my dad, and other black civil rights pioneers/heroes fought, suffered and some even died for blacks to have an opportunity to rise above poverty, ignorance and “the hood.” Praise God, blacks are thriving in every area of American life today. And yet, Leftists are persistent in grabbing blacks by the ankles to make sure they do not stray too far from their ghetto roots.

I had a delightful Thanksgiving weekend folks. I am thankful for my amazing wife of 40 years, thankful for our new home in West Virginia and thankful that Donald Trump is in the White House.

Go, Judge Moore, Go!!!

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American

Author: Confessions of a Black Conservative: How the Left has shattered the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black America.

Singer/Songwriter and Conservative Activist

http://LloydMarcus.com

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I caught two police drama TV shows in which a young woman called her man her “partner” rather than her boyfriend. I thought, “That’s weird. Why didn’t she simply say her boyfriend?” Then, it dawned on me. Homosexuals use the term “partner.” So now Hollywood producers are telling us we must be what they call “gender inclusive”. We must abandon traditional gender distinctive terms like boyfriend and girlfriend. This is yet another under-the-radar baby-step by Leftists to implement the LGBT agenda.

Some of you are saying, Lloyd, you’re nuts, seeing conspiracy everywhere. Okay, explain to me why boyfriends are now called partners. Public schools are banning teachers from addressing students as boys and girls. Leftists claim that saying “boys and girls” is bigoted, ignorant, insensitive and mean. 

Ground zero for the gender obsession and anything goes sexually movement sweeping our country is the democratic party. Amazingly, 77% of college-educated Democrats say that gender is not determined at birth. 

Think about that, folks. 77% of college Democrats say that if you believe “penis” means boy and “vagina” means girl you are an idiot; an intolerant hater. They are also saying that God’s original plan for males and females is wrong and they will use government to force us into submission. An elementary teacher who cannot decide her gender was awarded $60k because co-workers refused to call her, “they.” It is crazy out there folks.

Other than noticing women calling boyfriends partners, watching TV Thanksgiving weekend was refreshingly void of Leftists’ indoctrination.

My wife Mary said, “Oh no, Matt Lauer, is hosting Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Thankfully, Lauer did not interject digs at Trump or lecture us. Leftists use Thanksgiving to scold us. They say while we stuff ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie the world that we stole everything from is suffering. NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick spent Thanksgiving at an “Un-Thanksgiving” rally to continue telling us Americans what scumbags we are. 

Leftist president Obama used Thanksgiving to beat up on us for not going along with him bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees. This was on the heels of the terrorist bombing in Paris. The suicide bomber snuck into Paris in a group of refugees. 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was wholesome and fun to watch. Although, I expected to see the first LGBT float. Threats of large-scale violence forced the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade to include LGBTs. Note that the St. Patrick’s Day parade is a Catholic event. Leftists love forcing Christians to abandon their religious convictions. 

I deserve a Husband-of-the-Year award for allowing Mary to drag me to a ga-zillion stores on Black Friday. She really enjoyed and appreciated it.

As a black man, I am highly offended that they call it “black” Friday. Just kidding. But it is pretty crazy the way Leftists find ways to see victims and racism in everything and everywhere these days. I read an article in which a Leftist declared peanut butter and jelly sandwiches racist. I kid you not, folks.

Taking a break from my overflowing with testosterone movies like Die Hard and John Wick, I watched a Christmas movie with Mary on her beloved Hallmark Channel. For the most part, the movie featured traditional values and themes; boy meets girl and so on. Dare I admit that the happily ever-after ending felt good and made me smile. Then, I watched Stanford kick Notre Dame’s butt; 38 to 20.

Mary noticed that her Hallmark Christmas movie marathon featured few blacks. I think it is because Hallmark has mistakenly bought into Leftists’ image of black America, thinking their movies are too traditional and wholesome to attract a large black viewership.

As a black American, practically everything I see Hollywood marketing to black Americans has a rude, crude ghetto cultural edge. BET (Black Entertainment Television) programming celebrates raunchiness.

Leftists at Oxygen channel were excited about giving black America their new reality show titled, “All My Babies’ Mamas.” The show featured black rapper Shawty Lo who had 11 children by 10 black girls. Thank God the show was canceled due to black outrage. 

As a matter of fact, Leftists say blacks who do not reflect “the hood” in their speech, behavior and dress are traitors to their race; trying to act white. I remember Leftists trashed “The Cosby Show” for featuring a successful wholesome black family in America. Leftists deemed the TV show unrealistic.

Ponder that folks. Dr. MLK, Jr, my dad, and other black civil rights pioneers/heroes fought, suffered and some even died for blacks to have an opportunity to rise above poverty, ignorance and “the hood.” Praise God, blacks are thriving in every area of American life today. And yet, Leftists are persistent in grabbing blacks by the ankles to make sure they do not stray too far from their ghetto roots.

I had a delightful Thanksgiving weekend folks. I am thankful for my amazing wife of 40 years, thankful for our new home in West Virginia and thankful that Donald Trump is in the White House.

Go, Judge Moore, Go!!!

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American

Author: Confessions of a Black Conservative: How the Left has shattered the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black America.

Singer/Songwriter and Conservative Activist

http://LloydMarcus.com



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Saudis Purging Jihad Backers?


While the U.S. media have been playing deaf, dumb, and blind, as usual, Saudi Arabia is seeing a huge, unprecedented purge from the top. King Salman is planning to step down and pass the power to his designated heir, Mohammed bin Salman (aka MbS). This looks like the culmination of a huge power struggle in SA, which is what happens when the top leaders get old in tribal federations — which is essentially what Saudi Arabia is. 

With the full backing of the King, MbS has been conducting an enormous purge of competing tribal and financial power holders. When MbS takes over, he apparently wants to transform the Saudi economy, and to educate Saudis to live in the modern world. 

This is vitally important to Americans, because the Saudi role in 9/11/01 has always been lied about and covered up in the U.S. media, with the open support of the Democrats and even the Bush family. The whole scare campaign of “Islamophobia” has mobilized the left both here and in Europe to attack and discredit any sources of truth about the jihad war.

President Trump has openly tweeted his support of King Salman and MbS, which includes some rough treatment of the folks being purged. 

Donald J. Trump


@realDonaldTrump


I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing….


Donald J. Trump


@realDonaldTrump


….Some of those they are harshly treating have been “milking” their country for years!


3:05 PM – Nov 6, 2017

For American citizens the big question is: Will we finally learn who in SA has been funding and order jihad attacks like the 3,000 innocents killed in the Twin Towers assault on 9/11/01? 

Trump is now closely allied with King Salman and MbS, and POTUS has been setting up a new strategic alliance including Israel, the United States, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab regimes. No previous U.S. President — none — has been able to accomplish this much, ever since the start of the Jihad War. You might remember why you voted for this guy, instead of Hillary.

There are at least two strategic goals, it would seem.

First, to put a screeching halt to the jihad massacres funded and secretly ordered by the Sunni half of Islam, which is headquartered in Saudi Arabia. While ordinary Americans and Europeans have been kept in the dark, feeling confused and disoriented about these merciless attacks on ordinary people, children, women, civilian men, Jews, Christians, and Africans who are not Muslims, our media have joined the coverup, and we deserve to know why. We know that the Clinton Foundation was awash in jihad dollars, and Admiral James Lyons (USN, Ret) has made it clear that our government agencies have been deeply penetrated for many years. We’ve seen the evidence ourselves.

The second strategic goal is to support modernizing forces in the Muslim world, like Egypt’s President El Sisi, the Jordanians, and many others. This is not going to be easy or pretty, but there is support for change. Saudi Arabia cannot survive the fall in oil prices, which has made it possible for the Saudis to be fat, lazy, and self-indulgent, while buying up U.S. and European politicians by the barrel.

Walid bin Talal is the best-known Saudi powerbroker who has been arrested and is said to be under extreme pressure from MbS himself (and his enforcers), to give a big chunk of his money to the new rulers in SA, to help the country survive the coming years of low oil prices. Since shale drilling is now spreading around the world, and President Trump has opened up US domestic production, the world will soon be awash in clean sources of energy. Natural gas is the cleanest source available, not solar, because it takes a lot more energy to make solar panels and all that than pumping natural gas.  

It’s interesting, to say the least, that the New York Times‘ Thomas Friedman is now publicly asking the Saudis not to be too nasty to the purgees. 

Friedman is a jihad-symp, like BH Obama, Michelle Obama, Hillary, and all the rest. Friedman seems to be coming out now, because he’s part of the “jihad is no big deal” establishment, which has lots of friends on the other side. Friedman also knows that this is an enormous purge, and that because it’s not limited to SA; the outcome is still up for grabs.

Donald Trump has been in complete support of this progressive turn in the Muslim world. Behind the scenes the Old Guard in the media, the anti-American billionaire class, and jihad sympathizers in our universities and in the Middle East have been trying to undermine and sabotage any change for the better.

So the first question is: Who are the jihad perps on the Saudi (Sunni) side?

Another major question is: Who has been colluding with jihad forces in the West? It’s beyond obvious that the Western coalition that won the Cold War in 1990 has been routed by a new and even more primitive war cult. Marxism and jihad have a lot in common.

I think Americans deserve the answer to both those questions.

There are reports that 500 people have been arrested, with the most powerful being imprisoned in the Riyadh Ritz Carlton. the most famous one being Walid bin Tallal, who is all over the Western media as the smiling face of Saudi money and its (rapidly disappearing) oil weapon. Donald Trump has decisively opened up domestic oil and gas production, depriving OPEC states like SA of their clout. The Saudi press has been publishing articles predicting that the huge Saudi treasury will be diminished in a matter of years. The Saudis therefore feel extremely vulnerable to Iranian (Shi’ite) attack, and the Iranians are systematically encircling the Sunni regimes. The Saudis therefore need us badly.

We know the Iranians have been credibly accused of training and ordering jihad attacks on the infidels — meaning anybody but them. But the mullahs are due for retribution after the Saudi purge is consolidated.

Donald Trump has earned our support already, after only a year in office. The Dark Side is constantly trying to overthrow our duly elected President. If you want to support the good guys, let your voice be heard. 

While the U.S. media have been playing deaf, dumb, and blind, as usual, Saudi Arabia is seeing a huge, unprecedented purge from the top. King Salman is planning to step down and pass the power to his designated heir, Mohammed bin Salman (aka MbS). This looks like the culmination of a huge power struggle in SA, which is what happens when the top leaders get old in tribal federations — which is essentially what Saudi Arabia is. 

With the full backing of the King, MbS has been conducting an enormous purge of competing tribal and financial power holders. When MbS takes over, he apparently wants to transform the Saudi economy, and to educate Saudis to live in the modern world. 

This is vitally important to Americans, because the Saudi role in 9/11/01 has always been lied about and covered up in the U.S. media, with the open support of the Democrats and even the Bush family. The whole scare campaign of “Islamophobia” has mobilized the left both here and in Europe to attack and discredit any sources of truth about the jihad war.

President Trump has openly tweeted his support of King Salman and MbS, which includes some rough treatment of the folks being purged. 

Donald J. Trump


@realDonaldTrump


I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing….


Donald J. Trump


@realDonaldTrump


….Some of those they are harshly treating have been “milking” their country for years!


3:05 PM – Nov 6, 2017

For American citizens the big question is: Will we finally learn who in SA has been funding and order jihad attacks like the 3,000 innocents killed in the Twin Towers assault on 9/11/01? 

Trump is now closely allied with King Salman and MbS, and POTUS has been setting up a new strategic alliance including Israel, the United States, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab regimes. No previous U.S. President — none — has been able to accomplish this much, ever since the start of the Jihad War. You might remember why you voted for this guy, instead of Hillary.

There are at least two strategic goals, it would seem.

First, to put a screeching halt to the jihad massacres funded and secretly ordered by the Sunni half of Islam, which is headquartered in Saudi Arabia. While ordinary Americans and Europeans have been kept in the dark, feeling confused and disoriented about these merciless attacks on ordinary people, children, women, civilian men, Jews, Christians, and Africans who are not Muslims, our media have joined the coverup, and we deserve to know why. We know that the Clinton Foundation was awash in jihad dollars, and Admiral James Lyons (USN, Ret) has made it clear that our government agencies have been deeply penetrated for many years. We’ve seen the evidence ourselves.

The second strategic goal is to support modernizing forces in the Muslim world, like Egypt’s President El Sisi, the Jordanians, and many others. This is not going to be easy or pretty, but there is support for change. Saudi Arabia cannot survive the fall in oil prices, which has made it possible for the Saudis to be fat, lazy, and self-indulgent, while buying up U.S. and European politicians by the barrel.

Walid bin Talal is the best-known Saudi powerbroker who has been arrested and is said to be under extreme pressure from MbS himself (and his enforcers), to give a big chunk of his money to the new rulers in SA, to help the country survive the coming years of low oil prices. Since shale drilling is now spreading around the world, and President Trump has opened up US domestic production, the world will soon be awash in clean sources of energy. Natural gas is the cleanest source available, not solar, because it takes a lot more energy to make solar panels and all that than pumping natural gas.  

It’s interesting, to say the least, that the New York Times‘ Thomas Friedman is now publicly asking the Saudis not to be too nasty to the purgees. 

Friedman is a jihad-symp, like BH Obama, Michelle Obama, Hillary, and all the rest. Friedman seems to be coming out now, because he’s part of the “jihad is no big deal” establishment, which has lots of friends on the other side. Friedman also knows that this is an enormous purge, and that because it’s not limited to SA; the outcome is still up for grabs.

Donald Trump has been in complete support of this progressive turn in the Muslim world. Behind the scenes the Old Guard in the media, the anti-American billionaire class, and jihad sympathizers in our universities and in the Middle East have been trying to undermine and sabotage any change for the better.

So the first question is: Who are the jihad perps on the Saudi (Sunni) side?

Another major question is: Who has been colluding with jihad forces in the West? It’s beyond obvious that the Western coalition that won the Cold War in 1990 has been routed by a new and even more primitive war cult. Marxism and jihad have a lot in common.

I think Americans deserve the answer to both those questions.

There are reports that 500 people have been arrested, with the most powerful being imprisoned in the Riyadh Ritz Carlton. the most famous one being Walid bin Tallal, who is all over the Western media as the smiling face of Saudi money and its (rapidly disappearing) oil weapon. Donald Trump has decisively opened up domestic oil and gas production, depriving OPEC states like SA of their clout. The Saudi press has been publishing articles predicting that the huge Saudi treasury will be diminished in a matter of years. The Saudis therefore feel extremely vulnerable to Iranian (Shi’ite) attack, and the Iranians are systematically encircling the Sunni regimes. The Saudis therefore need us badly.

We know the Iranians have been credibly accused of training and ordering jihad attacks on the infidels — meaning anybody but them. But the mullahs are due for retribution after the Saudi purge is consolidated.

Donald Trump has earned our support already, after only a year in office. The Dark Side is constantly trying to overthrow our duly elected President. If you want to support the good guys, let your voice be heard. 



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A New Saudi Arabia — a New Middle East?


I’ve been convinced after thinking it through that the best thing for Saudi Arabia would be Israel. The figures on the chessboard of politics are forever changing with regard to each other. It is an agreeable surprise that for the first time a young Jewish woman is competing in the contest to become Miss Germany. More significantly, changes in the Middle East based on mutual interests was shown in a New York synagogue where Efraim Halevy, former head of the Israeli Mossad, met Egyptian Prince Turki bin Faisal al Saud, longtime head of Saudi Arabian intelligence agency. Another encounter was in a synagogue in Paris, visited in November 2017 by two former Saudi officials, a minister for justice, and a minister for education.

It is exactly 40 years since the historic visit of President Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem paved the way for the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. The time is now ripe for a closer relationship, an open diplomatic one, between Saudi Arabia and Israel. Saudi Arabia cannot yet be considered an open society, but things are changing, with a certain amount of discussion allowed in social media, and concerts and performances, and a new, dynamic, and bold leader, the 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, appointed to the rank in June 2017.

The Crown Prince, a young man in a hurry if somewhat impulsive, has already acted to exert control over the country, and has been consolidating and centralizing power since his appointment. He has replaced the former crown prince, his older cousin Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, first as interior minister who was in control of security arrangements. He removed Prince Mitreb bin Abdullah as head of the national guard, the internal police force.

Particularly surprising were the events of November 4, 2017, when there was a purge of senior princes and business leaders accused of corruption. They included the billionaire Alwaleed bin Tatal, one of the world’s richest men, who has been nicknamed the Warren Buffet of Arabia. Moreover, Salman has shown his power by what appears to be the house arrest on charges of systematic corruption involving $100 billion of more than 200 prominent and rich people now housed in the palatial and prestigious Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, which hosted President Donald Trump in May 2017.

The Crown Prince appears to have two major objectives: to confront Iran politically, diplomatically, militarily, strategically, and theologically; and to modernize Saudi Arabia, eliminate corruption, and foster a more competitive economy. Two of Salman’s projects to introduce economic and social change and end the reliance on oil are especially impressive, plans for a Mega-city, and the Neom project. The Mega-city proposal is a $500 billion plan for a unit that spans Egypt and Jordan as well as Saudi Arabia, powered by energy from different sources. The Neom project is planned as a large center for innovation and trade, linking industry and technology.

With the decline in oil prices the Saudi economy has faltered, and had a budget deficit of $79 billion last year. The main plan for change, Vision 2030, envisages increasing non-oil revenue to 600 billion riyals, ($169 billion) by 2020, and 1 trillion riyals by 2030. Part of the revenue would come from privatizing part of the state oil company, Saudi Aramco. The plan would create what Salman calls the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. Economic liberalization will involve financial cuts in benefits for civil servants and military personnel, and in energy subsidies.

Social changes related to the plans are changes in the educational curriculum, increasing women’s participation in the workforce, allowing women to drive, and investing $3 billion in the entertainment sector.

Saudi Arabia has become more active politically and militarily, acting to preserve its territorial integrity and political stability. Salman led a boycott of Qatar in June 2017 for allegedly providing supplies to Yemen. He had already intervened in fighting in Yemen in order to restore the government of Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi who was forced to resign in January 2015 under pressure from Shia militia.

Salman pressured Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri to resign on November 4, 2017, defying the views of UK, EU, France, and Germany. He has used some of the nomadic tribes that originate in Saudi Arabia to influence activity in the Middle East beyond its border.

Undoubtedly the main issue for Saudi Arabia is its rival Iran, the font of all evils, seen as an existential threat. Saudi Arabia, with armed forces of 250,000, and 900 battle tanks confronts the more powerful Iran which has 560,000 armed forces and 1,500 battle tanks. Saudi’s only military advantage is its more up-to-date combat air fleet.

Already there are proxy wars between the two countries. In Yemen, in a war that has cost 10,000 lives, Iran has supplied ballistic missiles fired by Shia Houthi rebels who are opposed by the Saudis. In Syria, rebels funded by the Saudis have been defeated by the forces of President Assad helped by Iran. In Lebanon the Hizb’allah, supported and armed by Iran, is an increasing problem for the Saudis who see it as a force for instability in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia, to gain support, has formed an alliance of Sunni countries against Shia Iran. Prince Salman on November 26, 2017 convened a meeting, attended by all members except Qatar, in Riyadh to energize the military coalition, the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism coalition of 41 members set up by the Saudis in 2015. It is essentially a military alliance among Sunni Muslim states against Islamic terrorism activity, financing, and ideology. Iraq, Syria, and Iran, are not members.

This meeting was a response to the November 24, 2017 the bomb and gun attack on a mosque in north Sinai, frequented by Islamic Sufis, considered a heretical sect. The attack that killed 305 and injured 128 was carried out by assailants who carried an ISIS flag.

Saudi political and religious authorities have made clear that the enemy is terrorism, not sects, religions, or races. One of the greatest dangers of this extremist Islamist terrorism is held to be distorting the reputation of “our tolerant religion.” An interesting and important departure is the view of the Grand Mufti, Abdul Alash-Sheikh, of the country, who remarked both that killing Jews and fighting against Israel was inappropriate for Muslims, and that Hamas is a terror organization.

An open question is the relationship with Israel now that the Saudis need friends in the bitter rivalry with Iran. Its general problem had been worsened by the result of the U.S.-led coalition in 2003 in Iraq that ended the regime of Saddam Hussein, a regime that, with all its brutalities, was for the Saudis a Sunni Arab counterweight to Shia Iran. Now the Shia dominated political leadership in Iraq is close to Iran, and an Iraqi Shia militia is helping Assad.

There is no likelihood at present of any kind of formal peace with Israel, or full diplomatic and economic relations with Israel but nor is there any real Saudi concern about Palestine. Any deal about Palestine, especially one based on the 2002 Saudi peace initiative, based on Israel withdrawal from occupied territory, would be acceptable. The Saudis could then normalize relations with Israel without fear of backlash from Arab countries.

It is time for the Saudis to follow the trend in other countries that are friendly to or cooperating with Israel. In 2015 Israel opened its first office in the UAE, and some Arab countries are thinking of suspending their ban on Israeli aircraft flying over Arab air space. It is too strong to envisage Israel and Saudi Arabia as de facto allies in the struggle with Iran, but there is common concern over the possibility of Iran as a nuclear state and increasing power.

Some covert meetings and intelligence cooperation have occurred between the two countries. This is insufficient. Normalization of relations will benefit both sides in trade, military and now cyberspace intelligence. It will also benefit the whole Middle East.

I’ve been convinced after thinking it through that the best thing for Saudi Arabia would be Israel. The figures on the chessboard of politics are forever changing with regard to each other. It is an agreeable surprise that for the first time a young Jewish woman is competing in the contest to become Miss Germany. More significantly, changes in the Middle East based on mutual interests was shown in a New York synagogue where Efraim Halevy, former head of the Israeli Mossad, met Egyptian Prince Turki bin Faisal al Saud, longtime head of Saudi Arabian intelligence agency. Another encounter was in a synagogue in Paris, visited in November 2017 by two former Saudi officials, a minister for justice, and a minister for education.

It is exactly 40 years since the historic visit of President Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem paved the way for the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. The time is now ripe for a closer relationship, an open diplomatic one, between Saudi Arabia and Israel. Saudi Arabia cannot yet be considered an open society, but things are changing, with a certain amount of discussion allowed in social media, and concerts and performances, and a new, dynamic, and bold leader, the 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, appointed to the rank in June 2017.

The Crown Prince, a young man in a hurry if somewhat impulsive, has already acted to exert control over the country, and has been consolidating and centralizing power since his appointment. He has replaced the former crown prince, his older cousin Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, first as interior minister who was in control of security arrangements. He removed Prince Mitreb bin Abdullah as head of the national guard, the internal police force.

Particularly surprising were the events of November 4, 2017, when there was a purge of senior princes and business leaders accused of corruption. They included the billionaire Alwaleed bin Tatal, one of the world’s richest men, who has been nicknamed the Warren Buffet of Arabia. Moreover, Salman has shown his power by what appears to be the house arrest on charges of systematic corruption involving $100 billion of more than 200 prominent and rich people now housed in the palatial and prestigious Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, which hosted President Donald Trump in May 2017.

The Crown Prince appears to have two major objectives: to confront Iran politically, diplomatically, militarily, strategically, and theologically; and to modernize Saudi Arabia, eliminate corruption, and foster a more competitive economy. Two of Salman’s projects to introduce economic and social change and end the reliance on oil are especially impressive, plans for a Mega-city, and the Neom project. The Mega-city proposal is a $500 billion plan for a unit that spans Egypt and Jordan as well as Saudi Arabia, powered by energy from different sources. The Neom project is planned as a large center for innovation and trade, linking industry and technology.

With the decline in oil prices the Saudi economy has faltered, and had a budget deficit of $79 billion last year. The main plan for change, Vision 2030, envisages increasing non-oil revenue to 600 billion riyals, ($169 billion) by 2020, and 1 trillion riyals by 2030. Part of the revenue would come from privatizing part of the state oil company, Saudi Aramco. The plan would create what Salman calls the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. Economic liberalization will involve financial cuts in benefits for civil servants and military personnel, and in energy subsidies.

Social changes related to the plans are changes in the educational curriculum, increasing women’s participation in the workforce, allowing women to drive, and investing $3 billion in the entertainment sector.

Saudi Arabia has become more active politically and militarily, acting to preserve its territorial integrity and political stability. Salman led a boycott of Qatar in June 2017 for allegedly providing supplies to Yemen. He had already intervened in fighting in Yemen in order to restore the government of Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi who was forced to resign in January 2015 under pressure from Shia militia.

Salman pressured Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri to resign on November 4, 2017, defying the views of UK, EU, France, and Germany. He has used some of the nomadic tribes that originate in Saudi Arabia to influence activity in the Middle East beyond its border.

Undoubtedly the main issue for Saudi Arabia is its rival Iran, the font of all evils, seen as an existential threat. Saudi Arabia, with armed forces of 250,000, and 900 battle tanks confronts the more powerful Iran which has 560,000 armed forces and 1,500 battle tanks. Saudi’s only military advantage is its more up-to-date combat air fleet.

Already there are proxy wars between the two countries. In Yemen, in a war that has cost 10,000 lives, Iran has supplied ballistic missiles fired by Shia Houthi rebels who are opposed by the Saudis. In Syria, rebels funded by the Saudis have been defeated by the forces of President Assad helped by Iran. In Lebanon the Hizb’allah, supported and armed by Iran, is an increasing problem for the Saudis who see it as a force for instability in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia, to gain support, has formed an alliance of Sunni countries against Shia Iran. Prince Salman on November 26, 2017 convened a meeting, attended by all members except Qatar, in Riyadh to energize the military coalition, the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism coalition of 41 members set up by the Saudis in 2015. It is essentially a military alliance among Sunni Muslim states against Islamic terrorism activity, financing, and ideology. Iraq, Syria, and Iran, are not members.

This meeting was a response to the November 24, 2017 the bomb and gun attack on a mosque in north Sinai, frequented by Islamic Sufis, considered a heretical sect. The attack that killed 305 and injured 128 was carried out by assailants who carried an ISIS flag.

Saudi political and religious authorities have made clear that the enemy is terrorism, not sects, religions, or races. One of the greatest dangers of this extremist Islamist terrorism is held to be distorting the reputation of “our tolerant religion.” An interesting and important departure is the view of the Grand Mufti, Abdul Alash-Sheikh, of the country, who remarked both that killing Jews and fighting against Israel was inappropriate for Muslims, and that Hamas is a terror organization.

An open question is the relationship with Israel now that the Saudis need friends in the bitter rivalry with Iran. Its general problem had been worsened by the result of the U.S.-led coalition in 2003 in Iraq that ended the regime of Saddam Hussein, a regime that, with all its brutalities, was for the Saudis a Sunni Arab counterweight to Shia Iran. Now the Shia dominated political leadership in Iraq is close to Iran, and an Iraqi Shia militia is helping Assad.

There is no likelihood at present of any kind of formal peace with Israel, or full diplomatic and economic relations with Israel but nor is there any real Saudi concern about Palestine. Any deal about Palestine, especially one based on the 2002 Saudi peace initiative, based on Israel withdrawal from occupied territory, would be acceptable. The Saudis could then normalize relations with Israel without fear of backlash from Arab countries.

It is time for the Saudis to follow the trend in other countries that are friendly to or cooperating with Israel. In 2015 Israel opened its first office in the UAE, and some Arab countries are thinking of suspending their ban on Israeli aircraft flying over Arab air space. It is too strong to envisage Israel and Saudi Arabia as de facto allies in the struggle with Iran, but there is common concern over the possibility of Iran as a nuclear state and increasing power.

Some covert meetings and intelligence cooperation have occurred between the two countries. This is insufficient. Normalization of relations will benefit both sides in trade, military and now cyberspace intelligence. It will also benefit the whole Middle East.



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Colin, Will You Continue to Sit?


In August of 2016, Colin Kaepernick was asked by Nick Wagoner, ESPN Staff Writer, “Will you continue to sit?”

“Yes, I’ll continue to sit,” said Kaepernick, “I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that must change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

So it began, late summer 2016, the eighth year of the Obama presidency. The kneeling was intended to provoke, and it did. By declaring America to be trapped in a nightmare world of police brutality and racial injustice, Kaepernick insulted the fans. In the process, he proved to those of us who know more than he does just how little he understands about America.

Colin, did you know what you were doing when you started this? Did you know the nature of the people you were accusing? Did you stop to think about the world as it actually exists?

As a biracial child, raised by a white couple, educated at a predominantly white university, paid millions to play a game, supported by white fans, you turn around and call the nation “racist?” People like me are offended because we were there for the Jim Crow years. Want to talk about racial injustice? It’s offensive when you claim that those who oppose your protest are racists or sellouts. It’s much deeper than that.

Being black myself, I must be one of those sellouts. I grew up without knowing my father and on welfare in the early days of the Great Society, and I know what racial injustice is. In light of that, I made lifestyle choices. I didn’t sell out. I bought in, to a better way of life. Just like you did, but you forgot.

Being a generation older than you and having provided for a family, I have had the chance to see the world from many more angles than you have. I don’t think you are a bad person or stupid. I just think someone is feeding you bad information. Our nation is a much better place than 50 years ago.

You say that Americans are, at the core, racist and unconcerned about police brutality. Neither is true. So yes, there was push back to your protest. This is not because anyone is okay with police brutality or racial injustice. It was because we don’t like being stereotyped and falsely accused. That is how they justified killing blacks in the Jim Crow South.

The death of Michael Brown, tragic as it was, had nothing to do with police brutality. In fact, an investigation by President Barack Obama’s Justice Department found no grounds to charge the police officer with a crime. I am sure they looked hard to find one.

In the case of Trayvon Martin, the man who shot him, George Zimmerman, was not a police officer, nor was he white. He was an Hispanic Obama supporter and a civil rights activist who was tried and acquitted of second-degree murder charges by an all-female, mixed-race jury. If Zimmerman was black or his first name Jorgé, he never would have gone to trial. The case was that open and shut.

Colin, you shared your appreciation for Castro’s Cuba. Are you serious? Do you ever wonder why so many people of color flee that country on makeshift rafts and cross the high seas to come here? I am sure plenty of Cubans would gladly trade places with you, maybe all of them.

As you know, millions from all over the world desire to come to America, most of them, people of color. They know that ours is a fertile ground for those who are willing to take responsibility and build a life. There are millions of black Americans who have lived that experience.

We are a nation built by those who have overcome oppression or escaped it. Our Declaration of Independence was a statement of intent to cast off the oppression of the British. The Emancipation Proclamation was to cast off the oppression of slavery. And the Civil Rights laws were written to cast off the oppression of Jim Crow laws.

Your problem, Colin, is that you focus on the negatives of our past. When you draw on those emotions to live in the present, you cannot build on the current positives. Your bitterness impairs not only your own future, but also, unfortunately, the future of those who follow you.

As a side note, it is my personal belief that emancipated slaves should have received reparations. Whether it was forty acres and a mule or cash, this payback was earned by the sweat of our ancestors’ brows. It did not happen, and it cannot realistically happen now.

If reparations were my focus, my rage would be fortified, and I would fail to enjoy the life that has been afforded to me. I would not see that Providence stepped in to provide a remedy.

There was, I imagine, a conversation in heaven and the conclusion was, “Let the hearts of men be moved to value sports and entertainment beyond reason. For therein, the descendants of slaves will excel and resources will be made available to repair the damage of slavery’s legacy.”

Today, those who kneel in bitter defiance of America’s past ignore the blessing of America’s present. Right now, there are between 1200 and 1300 black athletes in the NFL. They earn approximately $3.5 billion per year, based on the NFL’s salary cap of $165 million per team.

Colin, there are a lot of ways those resources could be used to address the problems of black Americans. Those who embrace inclusion will find a way. With the right strategies, with the expectation of positive outcomes, private citizens, like you, can take action to help educate and equip the disadvantaged to rebuild their lives and their communities.

So, Colin, let me ask, “Will you continue to sit?”

Ron Freeman is a writer for Flatlands KC, a panelist on KCPT’s Ruckus, a consultant/speaker on leadership and personal empowerment, a Pittsburg State University Alum and a former professional football player. in the USFL, as well as, a former team chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.

In August of 2016, Colin Kaepernick was asked by Nick Wagoner, ESPN Staff Writer, “Will you continue to sit?”

“Yes, I’ll continue to sit,” said Kaepernick, “I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that must change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

So it began, late summer 2016, the eighth year of the Obama presidency. The kneeling was intended to provoke, and it did. By declaring America to be trapped in a nightmare world of police brutality and racial injustice, Kaepernick insulted the fans. In the process, he proved to those of us who know more than he does just how little he understands about America.

Colin, did you know what you were doing when you started this? Did you know the nature of the people you were accusing? Did you stop to think about the world as it actually exists?

As a biracial child, raised by a white couple, educated at a predominantly white university, paid millions to play a game, supported by white fans, you turn around and call the nation “racist?” People like me are offended because we were there for the Jim Crow years. Want to talk about racial injustice? It’s offensive when you claim that those who oppose your protest are racists or sellouts. It’s much deeper than that.

Being black myself, I must be one of those sellouts. I grew up without knowing my father and on welfare in the early days of the Great Society, and I know what racial injustice is. In light of that, I made lifestyle choices. I didn’t sell out. I bought in, to a better way of life. Just like you did, but you forgot.

Being a generation older than you and having provided for a family, I have had the chance to see the world from many more angles than you have. I don’t think you are a bad person or stupid. I just think someone is feeding you bad information. Our nation is a much better place than 50 years ago.

You say that Americans are, at the core, racist and unconcerned about police brutality. Neither is true. So yes, there was push back to your protest. This is not because anyone is okay with police brutality or racial injustice. It was because we don’t like being stereotyped and falsely accused. That is how they justified killing blacks in the Jim Crow South.

The death of Michael Brown, tragic as it was, had nothing to do with police brutality. In fact, an investigation by President Barack Obama’s Justice Department found no grounds to charge the police officer with a crime. I am sure they looked hard to find one.

In the case of Trayvon Martin, the man who shot him, George Zimmerman, was not a police officer, nor was he white. He was an Hispanic Obama supporter and a civil rights activist who was tried and acquitted of second-degree murder charges by an all-female, mixed-race jury. If Zimmerman was black or his first name Jorgé, he never would have gone to trial. The case was that open and shut.

Colin, you shared your appreciation for Castro’s Cuba. Are you serious? Do you ever wonder why so many people of color flee that country on makeshift rafts and cross the high seas to come here? I am sure plenty of Cubans would gladly trade places with you, maybe all of them.

As you know, millions from all over the world desire to come to America, most of them, people of color. They know that ours is a fertile ground for those who are willing to take responsibility and build a life. There are millions of black Americans who have lived that experience.

We are a nation built by those who have overcome oppression or escaped it. Our Declaration of Independence was a statement of intent to cast off the oppression of the British. The Emancipation Proclamation was to cast off the oppression of slavery. And the Civil Rights laws were written to cast off the oppression of Jim Crow laws.

Your problem, Colin, is that you focus on the negatives of our past. When you draw on those emotions to live in the present, you cannot build on the current positives. Your bitterness impairs not only your own future, but also, unfortunately, the future of those who follow you.

As a side note, it is my personal belief that emancipated slaves should have received reparations. Whether it was forty acres and a mule or cash, this payback was earned by the sweat of our ancestors’ brows. It did not happen, and it cannot realistically happen now.

If reparations were my focus, my rage would be fortified, and I would fail to enjoy the life that has been afforded to me. I would not see that Providence stepped in to provide a remedy.

There was, I imagine, a conversation in heaven and the conclusion was, “Let the hearts of men be moved to value sports and entertainment beyond reason. For therein, the descendants of slaves will excel and resources will be made available to repair the damage of slavery’s legacy.”

Today, those who kneel in bitter defiance of America’s past ignore the blessing of America’s present. Right now, there are between 1200 and 1300 black athletes in the NFL. They earn approximately $3.5 billion per year, based on the NFL’s salary cap of $165 million per team.

Colin, there are a lot of ways those resources could be used to address the problems of black Americans. Those who embrace inclusion will find a way. With the right strategies, with the expectation of positive outcomes, private citizens, like you, can take action to help educate and equip the disadvantaged to rebuild their lives and their communities.

So, Colin, let me ask, “Will you continue to sit?”

Ron Freeman is a writer for Flatlands KC, a panelist on KCPT’s Ruckus, a consultant/speaker on leadership and personal empowerment, a Pittsburg State University Alum and a former professional football player. in the USFL, as well as, a former team chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.



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Correct Thinking on China


The United States has been trading with China since 1784, the year a U.S.-flagged ship set out from New York for Canton. American missionaries were preaching in China by the 1830s. For some 80 years now, the United States has gone out of its way to help China, starting with the embargo on oil exports to Japan on August 1, 1941. Then after that war was over, China was included as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council despite it being in a civil war at the time. The expectation was that China would eventually join the community of civilised nations and make a positive contribution to the world.

The big leg up for China was the granting of Permanent Normal Trade Relations by the U.S. Congress in October 2000. This became effective when China joined the World Trade Organisation at the end of 2001. The consequences for U.S. workers were immediate and dire. U.S. manufacturing employment had fluctuated around 18 million workers between 1965 and 2000 before plunging 34 percent to 2010. Some six million workers lost their jobs.

In a 2016 paper titled ‘The Surprising Swift Decline of U.S. Manufacturing Employment’, authors Justin Pierce and Peter Schott note that prior to 2000 U.S. imports from China had been subject to the relatively low normal trade relations tariffs reserved for members of the World Trade Organisation. These low rates for China required annual renewals that were uncertain and politically contentious. Without renewal U.S. import tariffs on Chinese goods would have jumped to higher tariff rates. This uncertainty decreased the incentive for U.S. firms to incur the sunk costs of shifting operations to China. It was the removal of this uncertainty that triggered U.S. firms to shift operations to China, and U.S. jobs went with them. It was the risk associated with annual review of tariffs that had kept manufacturing employment in the U.S.

At the same time that they were starting to lose their jobs, the formerly employed started losing their lives at an increasing rate as shown by this graph in a paper by Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University published in March this year:

This figure shows deaths per 100,000 of population for men and women aged 50 to 54 for a number of countries including France, Germany, Sweden, UK, Canada and Australia; U.S. whites are the red line. All the other countries are stable or falling but the death rate for this age cohort started rising steeply from the time they started losing their jobs to China. Case and Deaton found a marked difference in death rates by race and education. Death rates among non-Hispanics — both males and females — are rising for those without a college degree. It is falling for those with a college degree. In contrast, death rates among Blacks and Hispanics have continued to fall irrespective of educational attainment. Death rates in comparable rich countries have continued to fall at rates that used to occur in the United States until the beginning of this century.

But which whites are dying at an increasing rate? Figure 1.1 from Case and Deaton’s paper shows that it is white non-Hispanics with a high school education or less:

For Hispanics the U.S. has increasingly become the happy kingdom. They are happy because they don’t live in Mexico and PC nonsense doesn’t get translated into Spanish. The death rate for whites without a high school education though has risen above that for blacks. What is killing these people is mainly deaths of despair — drug and alcohol poisoning, suicide and alcoholic liver disease and cirrhosis as shown by the following graphs adapted from Figure 7 of the Case and Deaton paper:

We could get our jobs back from China, with a consequent decline in the death rate of working class whites, without too much legislative effort but that would still leave the problem of China’s thirst for military aggression. Closing America to Chinese goods would help choke off the cash flow that funds that aggression.

The mafia operation that runs China, the Communist Party of China, had its 19th party congress in October. President Xi’s speech at that congress didn’t impart new information. Because Mandarin is a tonal cacophony which makes the communication of anything more than a simple notion difficult, ideas tend to be imparted as word symbols. Thus these lines from Xi’s speech:

We have committed to “examining ourselves in the mirror, tidying our attire, taking a bath, and treating our ailments,” launched activities to see members command and act on the Party’s mass line, and initiated a campaign for the observance of the Three Stricts and Three Earnests.


We have taken firm action to “take out tigers,” “swat flies,” and “hunt down foxes.”

His most foreboding words were near the end:

The wheels of history roll on; the tides of the times are vast and mighty. History looks kindly on those with resolve, with drive and ambition, and with plenty of guts; it won’t wait for the hesitant, the apathetic, or those shy of a challenge.

President Xi is no caretaker. He intends to provide the ambition that will get some history written in other people’s blood. He is also aware that the window of opportunity to do that is closing as China’s credit-driven growth finally stalls and its energy production starts falling.

Now is the time to ask Lenin’s question ‘What is to be done?’ North Korea provides the perfect excuse for imposing tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the U.S., with the rates continuing to rise until North Korea gives up on nuclear weapons and ICBMs. If China backs down and disarms North Korea, that would be an enormous loss of face which would likely topple Xi. If he doesn’t back down, U.S. workers would get their jobs and lives back. China has been indulged long enough. They have no intention of joining the community of civilised nations.  

David Archibald is the author of American Gripen: The Solution to the F-35 Nightmare

The United States has been trading with China since 1784, the year a U.S.-flagged ship set out from New York for Canton. American missionaries were preaching in China by the 1830s. For some 80 years now, the United States has gone out of its way to help China, starting with the embargo on oil exports to Japan on August 1, 1941. Then after that war was over, China was included as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council despite it being in a civil war at the time. The expectation was that China would eventually join the community of civilised nations and make a positive contribution to the world.

The big leg up for China was the granting of Permanent Normal Trade Relations by the U.S. Congress in October 2000. This became effective when China joined the World Trade Organisation at the end of 2001. The consequences for U.S. workers were immediate and dire. U.S. manufacturing employment had fluctuated around 18 million workers between 1965 and 2000 before plunging 34 percent to 2010. Some six million workers lost their jobs.

In a 2016 paper titled ‘The Surprising Swift Decline of U.S. Manufacturing Employment’, authors Justin Pierce and Peter Schott note that prior to 2000 U.S. imports from China had been subject to the relatively low normal trade relations tariffs reserved for members of the World Trade Organisation. These low rates for China required annual renewals that were uncertain and politically contentious. Without renewal U.S. import tariffs on Chinese goods would have jumped to higher tariff rates. This uncertainty decreased the incentive for U.S. firms to incur the sunk costs of shifting operations to China. It was the removal of this uncertainty that triggered U.S. firms to shift operations to China, and U.S. jobs went with them. It was the risk associated with annual review of tariffs that had kept manufacturing employment in the U.S.

At the same time that they were starting to lose their jobs, the formerly employed started losing their lives at an increasing rate as shown by this graph in a paper by Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University published in March this year:

This figure shows deaths per 100,000 of population for men and women aged 50 to 54 for a number of countries including France, Germany, Sweden, UK, Canada and Australia; U.S. whites are the red line. All the other countries are stable or falling but the death rate for this age cohort started rising steeply from the time they started losing their jobs to China. Case and Deaton found a marked difference in death rates by race and education. Death rates among non-Hispanics — both males and females — are rising for those without a college degree. It is falling for those with a college degree. In contrast, death rates among Blacks and Hispanics have continued to fall irrespective of educational attainment. Death rates in comparable rich countries have continued to fall at rates that used to occur in the United States until the beginning of this century.

But which whites are dying at an increasing rate? Figure 1.1 from Case and Deaton’s paper shows that it is white non-Hispanics with a high school education or less:

For Hispanics the U.S. has increasingly become the happy kingdom. They are happy because they don’t live in Mexico and PC nonsense doesn’t get translated into Spanish. The death rate for whites without a high school education though has risen above that for blacks. What is killing these people is mainly deaths of despair — drug and alcohol poisoning, suicide and alcoholic liver disease and cirrhosis as shown by the following graphs adapted from Figure 7 of the Case and Deaton paper:

We could get our jobs back from China, with a consequent decline in the death rate of working class whites, without too much legislative effort but that would still leave the problem of China’s thirst for military aggression. Closing America to Chinese goods would help choke off the cash flow that funds that aggression.

The mafia operation that runs China, the Communist Party of China, had its 19th party congress in October. President Xi’s speech at that congress didn’t impart new information. Because Mandarin is a tonal cacophony which makes the communication of anything more than a simple notion difficult, ideas tend to be imparted as word symbols. Thus these lines from Xi’s speech:

We have committed to “examining ourselves in the mirror, tidying our attire, taking a bath, and treating our ailments,” launched activities to see members command and act on the Party’s mass line, and initiated a campaign for the observance of the Three Stricts and Three Earnests.


We have taken firm action to “take out tigers,” “swat flies,” and “hunt down foxes.”

His most foreboding words were near the end:

The wheels of history roll on; the tides of the times are vast and mighty. History looks kindly on those with resolve, with drive and ambition, and with plenty of guts; it won’t wait for the hesitant, the apathetic, or those shy of a challenge.

President Xi is no caretaker. He intends to provide the ambition that will get some history written in other people’s blood. He is also aware that the window of opportunity to do that is closing as China’s credit-driven growth finally stalls and its energy production starts falling.

Now is the time to ask Lenin’s question ‘What is to be done?’ North Korea provides the perfect excuse for imposing tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the U.S., with the rates continuing to rise until North Korea gives up on nuclear weapons and ICBMs. If China backs down and disarms North Korea, that would be an enormous loss of face which would likely topple Xi. If he doesn’t back down, U.S. workers would get their jobs and lives back. China has been indulged long enough. They have no intention of joining the community of civilised nations.  

David Archibald is the author of American Gripen: The Solution to the F-35 Nightmare



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