Politics – Week Of August 12, 2018

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Tribute To Socialism: Venezuelan Money Equal To $1

Why Its Time For Trump To Play His Ace In The Hole, Michael Goodwin, NY Post

Still Not Clear Which Party Will Lose Or Win The House, Michael Barone, Real Clear Politics

Clearer Every Day: Bruce Ohr’s Notes Show Illegitimacy Of Russia Probe, Mike Huckabee

Devin Nunes Washington’s Public Enemy No. 1, Kimberly A. Strassel, WSJ

Quote: “Today’s media is corrupt. It’s chosen a side. But it’s also making itself irrelevant. The sooner Republicans understand that, the better.”

Inflation To Hit 1 Million Percent: Venezuela Is A Good Lesson That Socialism Won’t Work In The U.S., Jarrett Stepman, Daily Signal

 

Editor’s Choice


Why Converting The United States To A Full Democracy Will Only Increase Tyranny, Russell Downs, The Federalist

Emails Reveal High School Teachers Plotting To Hide Their Political Bias From Parents, Ilya Feoktistov, The Federalist

Trump Is Using Tariffs To Advance A Radical Free-Trade Agenda, Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post

Media Gaslighting Can’t Hide The Fact Trump Campaign Was Spied On, Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

CS Commentary: ‘Gaslighting’ means to manipulate someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity. Gaslighting is a specialty of sociopaths, whom experts say make up about 4 out of every 100 persons.


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


Never Trump’s Insane View Of Trump’s Foreign Policy, Caroline Glick

Trump’s Offer To Talk To Iran Shrewd Move, Caroline Glick

New Airport At Bohol Philippines Set To Boost Tourism, centreforaviation.com

Daily Memo: Rumors In China That Xi Is Not Completely In Control – Yet, Geopolitical Futures

 

Must-see videos


America’s Two-Tiered System Of Justice, Hannity, Fox News

Corruption At Highest Levels Of Politics, Media, & Hollywood, Hannity, Fox News

President’s Attorney On Whether Trump Will Sit Down With Mueller, Hannity, Fox News

Facebook Silences Conservative – Again, Tucker Carlson, Fox News

Behind America’s Growing Loneliness, Tucker Carlson, Fox News

Brigette Gabriel Confronts An Islamic Student, You Tube; Also see, Was Mohammed Good To Jews & Christians? How Islam Became Militant And Spread Through The Ancient World, Brigette Gabriel, You Tube; Also see, The Origins Of Islam And The Importance Of Israel In 7 Minutes, Brigette Gabriel, You Tube

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.’

 

Short videos


Bernie & Sid Back On No Spin News, Bill O’Reilly

Update On Israel vs. Hamas & Turkey’s Economic Crisis, Stuart Varney, Fox Business

Also see, Is War Brewing Between Hamas & Israel And Did N. Korea Just Hack U.S.?, Stuart Varney, Fox Business

Giuliani On Illegitimacy Of Mueller’s Investigation, Hannity, Fox News

 

Common Sense Interpretation


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

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

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?’

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

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

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

Author’s Estate Sues ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Broadway Production, Alter/Paulson, NY Times

Comedy:

State Of CA Votes To Officially Secede From Reality, Babylon Bee; Also see, Harvard Now Offering 4 Year Degree In ‘Feeling Oppressed,’ Babylon Bee; Also see, Democrats Announce All 2020 Candidates Will Forego Armed Security To Protest Gun Violence, Babylon Bee

John McArthur Sneaks In Charismatic Church In Hallowed Out Trojan Horse Pulpit, Babylon Bee

Culture:

Reckless, The Horse That Was A Korean War Hero, You Tube

5 Ways Of Looking At A Serial Killer, Tori Telfer, Medium; Also see, A Good Reason To Lock Your Doors – Even If You Live In A ‘Safe’ Town, Tamar Lapin, NY Post

It’s Been 43 Years Since He Vanished – What Happened To Jimmy Hoffa?, Real Clear Life; Police Capture Alleged Child Killer Who Taunted Them For Decades: More On Golden State Killer, Steve Huff, Real Clear Life

Health/Fitness:

The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need To Have About Eating Right, Bittman/Katz, Medium/New York

Benefits Of Massage Therapy Vs. Acupuncture And Other Forms Of Body Therapy, Dr. Axe

Movies:

How Tom Cruise Became America’s Last Action Hero, Sonny Bunch, NY Post; Behind Mission Impossible: Cruise Does His Own ‘Insane’ Stunts, Gregory E. Miller, NY Post

Music:

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

Sports:

Atlanta Falcons Look Anemic In Preseason Shut-Out To NY Jets, Matthew Chambers, Falcoholic

QB Matt Ryan Supports OC Steve Sarkisian, Falcons Wire/USA Today

CS Commentary: We’re not a believer in Sarkisian and the Falcon’s anemic offense in their first pre-season game is certainly not hopeful. Ultimately, if the Falcon’s can’t get it together this year the blame lies with Dan Quinn for hiring the guy.

Travel:

Going Back To The Philippines To Retire: A How To Guide, Jean Folger, Investopedia; Also see, Retiring In The Philippines, Pros & Cons, Jean Folger, Investopedia; Also see, How To Plan Your Retirement In The Philippines, Lita Epstein, Investopedia

TV:

The Emmy Awards Tilt To The Left, Brent Bozell/Tim Graham, Townhall;

What To Watch: ‘The Sinner’ And ‘Better Call Saul,’ Real Clear Life

The Recipe For “Narcos” According To The Real-Life DEA Agents Who Lived It, Lee Ferran, Real Clear Life

Quotes Of The Month:

“I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense.” – Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.” – Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” — Thomas Paine