American Roundabout; News and Views
The months of July and August have been chockfull news wise so let us look at some of the intriguing stories that made the headlines in both mainstream and independent media.
Time to dive in headlong in no particular date order:
Challenging the Interventionist Establishment American Spectator
This is an interesting one, The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a D.C. think tank, launches in November with the aim of challenging American military interventionist policies in response to crises around the globe.
The organization seeks to lay the foundation for a new U.S. foreign policy based on negotiation and military restraint no doubt upsetting the Military Industrial Complex.
Andrew Bacevich, one of the think tank’s founders notes that since the end of the cold war the U.S. has acted unilaterally leading to protracted conflicts around the world.
What has caught the attention of many is the think tank’s financial sponsors Charles Koch and George Soros, are on opposite sides of the ideological spectrum, a spectacle that is indicative of the trans-partisan spirit as someone put it.
However, not everyone is happy, in a tweet Bill Kristol claimed the Quincy Institute wants to regress to a time before the emergence of a “U.S. led liberal international order” something the organization’s spokesmen have denied, saying they not aiming to be isolationist or ruling out military intervention entirely, but reasonable.
You know it is funny but Kristol almost sounds disappointed, but that is par for the course for a neocon, in politico speak this translates to new liberal.
Although one can understand but not necessarily appreciate his angst, his comment gives pause for reflection as the emergence of this think tank signals a big change in U.S. foreign policy down the line.
So, what will the military do when they become redundant?
Most likely, they will have their work cut out for them dealing with the country’s internal strife leading up to 2020 and beyond and roped into guarding the Texas-Mexican border.
We told the institute would focus its attention on the volatile Middle East region as its first priority, an area the U.S. was increasingly involved with since 9/11.
Following on the heels of the Arab countries attention will turn to East Asia and China.
Federal ‘Red Flag” law not enough Washington Week
Senator Chuck Schumer has criticized red flag laws saying it should accompany a House bill requiring background checks on gun purchases.
Death by a Thousand Cuts
The Common Sense Show
Dave Hodges mentions a story he wrote about how Mexican cartels were imitating U.S. Marines as they brought in drug shipments across the border.
He puts the blame on the U.N. and George Soros and their migration pact saying their aim is to destabilize the U.S.
QAnon the conspiracy theory that won’t die — Salon
Salon spoke with Travis View, host of the QAnon podcast who wrote about the group for the Washington Post.
QAnon works on the on the idea there is a worldwide cabal of Satan worshipping pedophiles who rule the world.
Apparently, Donald Trump is the leader who will see to it that these people arrested after which the military will take control of the U.S.
According to Travis View he has some idea of who Q might have been but there is no evidence connecting anyone to him right now.
He explains how it works saying; on image boards like 4Chan and BChan, someone can create a trip code, or a string of characters connected to a password.
In the case of Q, the trip code has changed a few times making it more complicated.
According to Travis View Q might be right about some things in a very broad way, like the Jeffry Epstein sex scandal as an example, but gets the finer details wrong.
The article concludes with a look at the mindset of the conspiracy theorist.
Proud Boys Dwarfed by Antifascists - Rolling Stone
The August 17 rally in Portland saw AntiFa counter protestors outnumber the Proud Boys by roughly three times as many people, at 1000 to 300.
With Thirteen arrests and a few injured the protest was not nearly as violent as anticipated, even by Donald Trump.
Americans are growing more accepting of immigrants — The Washington Post
In this opinion piece, the author references a Reuter’s study in which almost 4,500 Americans were polled and the results were surprising.
While a plurality of Americans favor deportation of undocumented migrants, 61% favor a pathway to citizenship for them.
However IF such a pathway is not put in place citizens across the board want them deported.
Compared with 2015, white American support of a pathway to citizenship for illegals has risen 19 percentage points.
Only 29% of whites now think America must protect and preserve its European heritage.
Additionally, only 17% think white people are under attack in the U.S.
Based on the results of the poll Reuters concludes Trump’s brand of white identity politics may be less effective as a strategy in the 2020 elections.
A Quinnipiac survey found only a minority of whites favoring reduced immigration levels, with even less support for Trump’s border wall.
A 2018 Gallup poll found a whopping 75% of Americans support immigration believing it good for the country.
AOC- Aligned Climate Group demands Media Silence Deniers — PJ Media
The Climate Mobilization, a climate change group aligned with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants the media to silence climate change deniers.
Its founder and Executive Director had this to say:
The idea of equating deniers with scientific experts is a dangerous practice framing the threat to our planet.
I do not think sacrificing the future of our planet in exchange for a look of “objectivity” is an even exchange.
One climate change skeptic gets down to basics:
The CRAZINESS in the field of climate science; research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc.
How young scientists are to navigate all this is beyond me, and it often becomes a battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide (I have worked through these issues with a number of skeptical young scientists).
14 billion-dollar screw-up — DC Dirty Laundry
The U.S. Navy cannot deploy its new F-35 strike fighter jets as the Nimitz and New Ford carriers cannot support them so modifications are required at extra cost. However, some say the real problem is the Navy does not have enough F-35 jets or trained pilots to deploy to the supercarriers and until the time they do, there will be enough supercarriers to host them.
Bank of America Raises Recession Rate — CNBC
The Bank of America has raised the chance of a recession to 1-in-3 in the next twelve months.
· Bank of America sees a greater than 30% chance of a recession in the next year, based on recent data.
· Some economic indicators are “flashing yellow,” signaling a coming recession.
The U.S. China trade wars have made investors nervous on top of a global economic slowdown.
There are also political repercussions for Republicans because if a recession hits before the 2020 elections it will not bode well for Donald Trump’s chances.
This explains why Democrats are fervently building their hopes on such an event, and have said as much.
Media will downplay the threat of a worsening economic outlook suggesting it is only temporary and will subside once Trump leaves office.
One analyst predicts things will go belly-up sooner, within the next four to six months.
Federal Courts rule Elec. College Members not bound by Popular Vote — Gate Way Pundit
The 10th U.S. Circuit Appeals Court ruled on Tuesday allowing presidential electors to cast their vote for the presidential candidate of their choice, as they do not need to abide by the popular vote in their state.
A panel of federal judges ruled 2–1 saying that Colorado was wrong in 2016 to force an elector to vote for Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College.
The ruling also brings us to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, the left’s method of trying to work around the Electoral College mandated by the Constitution.
Colorado recently joined over a dozen other states when they entered the NPV, but in order it to go into effect, the amount of electoral votes has to surpass 270, the same amount of EC votes it takes to elect the US president.
Only 15 states and the District of Columbia have signed up so far, totaling 196 EC votes.
Why Does Trump want to buy Greenland from Denmark — MSM
The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, has slammed his plan as an absurd discussion.
Greenland lies between the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, strategically placed between North America and Europe, and by extension Russia.
The U.S. has a presence there in the form of the Thule air force base, which has a ballistic missile early warning system and space surveillance.
Greenland has natural resources like coal, zinc copper and iron ore, which might explain Trump’s attempt to get his hands on it to curb China’s aggressive economic expansion together with their domination of the global market in earth metal mining as well as blocking Russia militarily.
Seth Moulton Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign with a Warning — N.Y. Times
Democratic Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts dropped out of the presidential race because his centrist politics did not reverberate with Dem primary voters.
He warned in an interview that if Democrats were to embrace an overly liberal platform, it could make it harder for the party to defeat President Trump.
Moulton said Warren, Biden and Sanders were the only Democratic contenders in with a chance at this stage but stressed this election was really a test of how far left the Democrats could lean.
Missing WikiLeaks associate had kayak accident in Norway — Yahoo News
A Dutch WikiLeaks assistant who went missing under mysterious circumstances a year ago probably had a Kayaking accident according to Norwegian police who said his body was still missing.
Arjen Kamphuis, a cybersecurity expert went missing without a trace on 20 August 2018 when he left his hotel in Bodo, Norway.
Police concluded he suffered a Kayaking accident in the Skjerstad Fjord when two truck drivers from Eastern Europe found his laptop, phone and other items.
Bokhari: New York Times Publishes 5,000 Word Hit piece on the Western Journal — Breitbart
The New York Times published a hit piece on conservative news website Western Journal accusing them of sensationalist and misleading stories.
The politically partisan Anti-Defamation League (ADL) repeated a smear accusing the site of monetizing digital mobs.
The site manages to maintain high traffic volumes despite censorship by big tech.
“Writing like this is exactly why heartland America no longer trusts The New York Times and other establishment outlets,” said George Upper, editor-in-chief of The Western Journal. “Not only is it clearly disinformation — ironic, since it accuses The Western Journal of being a ‘disinformation mill’ — but it’s not even good disinformation.”
The piece is so riddled with errors that I wrote 1,500 words rebutting it and I did not even include everything they got wrong, and that is after they spent a year writing it.
If I were The New York Times, I’d ask for my money back.”
LEAKED: Top New York Times Editor Battles Leftist Staffers on Trump, Crying Racism
MRC News busters
Recently the Times’s published quite an objective headline about Trump titled, “Trump Urges Unity Vs Racism” causing a furor at the paper leading to a hurried internal “town hall” meeting.
Leftists leaked the transcript of the meeting to far left website Slate
Executive Editor Dean Baquet began his remarks boasting about coverage of Russian collusion conspiracy theories, saying something along the lines of we did a good job but Mueller spoiled it.
“We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well,” Baquet said. “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story, to write about race and class in a deeper way than we have in years.”
Most of the questions from Times staffers concerned the reluctance of Baquet and other editors to use the word “racist” directly to describe Trump…and the entire history of America, right up to the present day. This staffer question in general caught a lot of attention:
He said racism and white supremacy should not only be linked, but made the
foundation of all the systems of the country irrespective of whether they are
political, cultural or scientific.