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What Russia Does Is Bluff: U.S. Still The Real Power In The World, George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

Remember This When Reading John Brennan’s Next ‘Treason’ Tweet, Kimberly Strassel, WSJ

China Has Been Waging A Trade War Against America For Two Generations, Gordon Chang, American Conservative

Democrats Don’t Fear Bret Kavanaugh. They Fear The Constitution., David Harsanyi, The Daily Signal

 

Editor’s Choice


The ACLU Has Quit Defending The Constitution, David Harsanyi, The Federalist

A Former President Of A Russian Satellite Supports Trump On Russia, Mikheil Saakashvili, The Federalist

The Culture Leads, Not The Supreme Court, Scott Rasmussen, Townhall

Slavery: What They Didn’t Teach You In High School, Larry Elder, Townhall

Nazi’s Fascination With The Occult Was Real: By Imagining Monsters They Became Monsters, Nathanael Blake, The Federalist

CS Commentary: An interesting article, but strange and contradictory that he sides with those that insist Nazism will never repeat itself and that there are no parallels to today, while also quoting those who describe it as a political religion. What is the Democratic Party today if not ‘political religion?’

President Trump Is The President I Didn’t Want, But Now Know We Need, Gary Varvel, USA Today


Trump vs. Clinton

Election Central 2018, Real Clear Politics

CS Commentary: Note poll averages favor Democrats, but predicted results in the states favor Republicans in every category.

150+ Trump Accomplishments In First Year, WMD

Updated List Of Laws Hilary Clinton Has Potentially Violated, State of the Nation; Also see, FBI Probe Of Hillary’s Emails Shows That Law Was Broken, Newsmax

 

Israel and the world


North Korea Survivor Tells Of Starvation And Torture: ‘You Cannot Imagine What Life Without Freedom Is Like,’ Juliana Knot, The Federalist

Barbary: America’s First War Was Against Islam, Raymond Ibrahim; Also see, Muslim Persecution Of Christians, November 2017, Raymond Ibrahim

Philippine President Duterte Says He Will Resign If Someone Can Prove To Him ‘God Exists,’ Fox News; Also see, After Comments Duterte Rating Slips To 46%, Reuters

Jewish Palestinian Activists Use An Israeli Non-Profit To Make A Splash On Facebook, Sarah Mindlin, The Federalist

How Athens Foresight Saved Ancient Greece From The Invading Persians, Bre Peyton, The Federalist; Also see, How Sparta Saved Ancient Greece And Western Civilization From The Persian Empire, Bre Peyton, The Federalist; Also see, How The Peloponnesian War Brought Athen’s Golden Age To An End, Bre Peyton, The Federalist

 

Must-see videos


70% Of So-Called Moderate Muslims Agree With ISIS: 1400 Years Of Islam In 15 Minutes, Brigette Gabriel, You Tube

CS Commentary: Though the 70% figure is true on the two questions surveyed, as Brigette points out elsewhere about 25% of the 1.2 to 1.8 billion Muslims globally can be considered ‘radical.’ As CS has featured in the past, taquiyyah is a concept few Westerners understand. Neither do they understand this principle: Any religion must reflect the nature and character of its founder – otherwise it ceases to be that religion. If you want to understand the true nature of Islam you must understand the life, philosophy, and character of Mohammed. Clue: In Arabic, Islam means ‘submit.’

The Left Is Unhinged: Whoopi Goes Over The Edge On ‘The View,’ Hannity, Fox News; Also see, more complete clip here, The Federalist

DiGenova/Crowley: Former CIA Director Is A Traitor/This May Go All The Way To Obama, Hannity, Fox News; Also see, John Brennan Should Lose Pension For Calling President Treasonous, Tucker Carlson, Fox News

Mark Levin Documents Left’s Historical Hypocrisy On Russia: Obama Did Nothing, Trump Has Done Everything To Protect America, Hannity, Fox News

The Real Reason Trump’s Russia Critics Hate Him: It’s All About The Money, Tucker Carlson, Fox News

Gorka: Criticizing Obama’s Revisionist South Africa Speech And Setting The Record Straight, Lou Dobbs, Fox Business

 

Short videos


Flashback Friday: This Week’s News Highlights, Bill O’Reilly

NYU Professor: The New Cold War With Russia Obscured By Pornography Posing As Media, Tucker Carlson, Fox News

Gen. Keane: Trump Made Surprising Mistakes During Putin Press Conference, Lou Dobbs, Fox Business

Trump With Tucker: IG Report Bias, Immigration, & Democrat Resistance, Tucker Carlson, Fox News

How Lawless The Obama Administration Really Was, Mark Levin, CRTV/Facebook

Massive Pro-Trump Rally In The UK, Facebook

 

Common Sense Interpretation


Dear Judd Apatow And Kumail: You Have No Idea What A Nazi Really Was, David Harsanyi, The Federalist

CS Commentary: The hilarity and ludicrous and absurd nature of those calling Trump and Huckabee-Sanders and others on the right ‘Nazis’ is revealed by their complete ignorance of history. However, CS disagrees with the Harsanyi statement: continue reading at this link; Also see, The Rise Of The Mob, Ben Shapiro, Townhall; Also see, We Are Heading Down A Dangerous Path: Virtue Fascism, Bill O’Reilly

Justice Kennedy’s Dark Legacy, Ann McElhinney, Townhall

CS Commentary: An enlightening and sobering article, but it is unrealistic to believe that the reversal of Roe vs. Wade will immediately lead to the end of abortion on demand in America.

How The Media Manufactures The News And Why Trump Is An Instinctive Genius, Rush Limbaugh; Also see, Trump’s Moment, Bill O’Reilly

Tariff Wars And The Balance Of Trade, Richard M. Ebeling, AIER

CS Commentary: An interesting contrary article on Trump’s trade policies from an economist that sketches out the larger contextual understanding of global trade. Would be more convincing if he included a discussion of the differences between individual and national trade, how the US should respond to other nation’s tariffs on products and why, and the impact of central bank policies and exchange rate fluctuations. Global trade is a complex animal and its difficult to understand which side is right in the debate. The bottom line: China has been taking advantage of the US for decades in more ways than one and President Trump is right to stand up to them.

 

More Common Sense


Books:

The Russian Hoax: The Illicit Scheme To Clear Hillary Clinton And Frame Donald Trump, Amazon.com

Comics:

Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Goes To Hawaii’s American Idol Try-Outs, Conan

CS Commentary: An old one and a little lewd, but the usually funny comic insult dog ‘triumphs’ again, as he gets kicked out of the American Idol trials by Fox and rebounds by going on the local NBC station.

Woman In Iowa Uses Zoning Meeting To Go On Rant, Barstool Sports

Culture:

A Spike In Liver Disease Among Young Adults Fueled By Binge Drinking, Paul Chisholm, NPR; Also see, The Rise Of Binge Drinking And How To Prevent It, CDC Fact Sheet; Living And Dying On Airbnb, Zak Stone, Medium; Russian Warship Carrying 100 Billion In Gold Found In Waters Off S. Korea, Express.co.uk; Man Says Prominent Catholic Cardinal In America Abused Him For Years, Sharon Otterman, NY Times

How 20-Year-Old Kylie Jenner Built A $900 Million Fortune In Less Than 3 Years, Natalie Robehmed,Forbes; The Three Most Important Things To Know Before You Ever Consider Getting Married, Benjamin Sledge, Medium; The Myth Of The Job Hopping Rootless Millennial Is Just That – A Myth, Lyman Stone, Vox

Health/Fitness:

Chipotle And Panera Go Non-GMO: Why You Should Care, Dr. Axe; 7 Ways To Lower Cholesterol Levels, Dr. Axe; Spin Class: An Overview And A Checklist, Dr. Axe; The 5 Worst Artificial Sweeteners, Dr. Axe

This Is The #1 Drug In America, Jenny Rose Curtis, Charisma

Movies:

The Equalizer 2, Film Review: Unequal To The First, Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

The Dark Knight’s Spellbinding Tale Of Self-Sacrifice Underlies An Instant Classic, Aaron Gleason, The Federalist

CS Commentary: We don’t agree with the effusive tone of this review or the assessment of the film as an ‘instant classic,’ though Gleason’s review does make us want to check it out again to see what all his fuss is about. For us, Batman Begins was the much better film and ever since Nolan, the writer/director, is much overrated up to and including his last ‘tour-de-farce’, Dunkirk, which does nothing to help the viewer understand the battle’s significance or importance (Watch Darkest Hour first for context). For CS, films like 1959’s Ben Hur, still unexcelled in number of Oscars, or Braveheart, or Troy, are classics. Comic book films, because of their intensive imagery and symbols, are great vehicles for big universal statements, like “With great power comes great responsibility,” – one thinks of the original Spider Man trilogy with Toby McGuire, extremely well done – but to put them in the same category as a ‘Gone With The Wind’ or ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ seems superficial and lacking in historical cinematic depth.

Music:

13 Year Courtney Hadwin Gets The Golden Buzzer On America’s Got Talent, You Tube

Sports:

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand 1 Week From Trade Deadline, Joel Reuter, Bleacher Report; Pro Football Focus Predicts Falcons Win NFC South, JuliaKate E. Culpepper, AJC; Also see, Fox Sport’s Colin Cowherd Predicts Falcons Win NFC South, AtlantaFalcons.com; Matt Ryan’s Camp Brotherhood Held In California, D. Orlando Ledbetter, AJC; Video: Five Off-Season Falcon Headlines

TV:

Kevin Costner’s ‘Yellowstone’ 2nd Most Watched Cable Show, deadline.com

CS Commentary: We haven’t seen this if only because its impossible to find. Its only on the Paramount Network which apparently is only available on Direct TV. It is not on Netflix or Prime, though maybe it will be at some point in the future. However, we are not sure how a show is supposed to make it if its impossible to find and not widely available.

Kimberly Guilfoyle Leaving Fox News, Daily Caller; Netflix Beats HBO In Total Emmy Nominations For First Time In 18 Years, Hollywood Reporter; AT&T’s (Troubling?) Plan To Change HBO, David Sims, The Atlantic

Quotes Of The Month:

“To assassinate an assassin is not the moral equivalent of killing an innocent. To assassinate the character or identity of a character assassin is not the same as assassinating the character of an innocent.” From, Why Christians Should Love Trump’s Tweets

“Knowledge of the fact differs from knowledge of the reason for the fact.” — Aristotle

“If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.” — Native American saying