What Could We Do With $38 Billion?

Our good friend and master Israel will be getting a $38 billion package from the US…..could we do any good with that kind of money?…..

Personally, I had rather see the money spent on the citizens of my country than the cretins in another one…..

Will The “Trump Agenda” Live On?

There is some debate that even if Trump loses the 2016 election (God forbid) that his unique brand of nationalism will live on and possibly invade the very core of the GOP….I know there are many of his supporters that like his brand of “rhetoric and his brand of “telling it like it is”……all of which will have NO place in politics moving forward from the election.

But keeping with the trend of “telling it like it is”…….Trumpism will end with Trump

There’s a suspicion that Donald Trump’s candidacy will have an epochal effect on the Republican Party. Somehow, even if he can’t write his unique brand of nationalism into the party creeds, some other opportunist with greater political skills and more self-discipline will be able to. I highly doubt it. Trump is setting his own movement up for rejection.

The case that Trumpism will continue to have potency, or even get stronger after Trump, goes something like this: Trump’s rise is the delayed onset in America of a global phenomenon of resistance to globalization. The middle class is being hollowed out everywhere, and nothing Hillary Clinton can do will reverse this process. The financial, social, and psychic costs of emigration from the Third World to the First World will continue to fall and continue to put cultural and economic pressure on the West’s native residents, themselves aging into a demographic winter.

Source: How Donald Trump shattered his own movement

His “movement” will live on….but only around the fringe of GOP politics…..sorry to say that these people will have to slink back under rocks and into the realm of the uber-Right underground…..blogs and conspiracy sites…..

During the Obama years, the Republican party increased their affiliation with older, whites, men and the lower educated. The deliberate shift of the Republican voter under President Obama led to the rise of the white supremacist-endorsed Donald Trump.

It is even worse for Republicans than they could have imagined, as new data shows that the GOP is aging rapidly and could be facing national extinction.

The Pew Research Center released the results of the shifting affiliations between the two major parties on Tuesday, which showed that the “Democratic Party is becoming less white, less religious and better-educated at a faster rate than the country as a whole, while aging at a slower rate. Within the GOP the pattern is the reverse: Republican voters are becoming more diverse, better-educated and less religious at a slower rate than the country generally, while the age profile of the GOP is growing older more quickly than that of the country.”

Source: Republicans Rocked By Data Showing Trump Driving The GOP Towards Extinction

GOP needs to do yet another autopsy after this election……maybe this time they will take their own advice…..last time it was a disaster…….. and we know what that led to now don’t we?

I must go now….

I must not linger…..

Never put your face…

where you wouldn’t put your finger…..

 

What Is ISIS’ Problem?

Today the fight against ISIS is not that newsworthy….that is unless some jackass wants to pop in and spout some racist crap then bow out……regardless what the two clowns are doing that want to be president…the battles still rage (not right now there is ceasefire in place that is holding at least for now)….but the dying will return.

These days in the news it is all about the massive ass kicking that the allies and even Syria and its allies are inflicting on ISIS and its minions.  Well not so much…but it should be.

What could explain all this?

First, all the damage inflicted on ISIS could they be running out of fighters?

As the pressure on the Islamic State (ISIS) mounts against the backdrop of coalition attacks and a Kurdish offensive in Syria’s Raqqa region, militant recruitment has become a pressing matter for the radical organization, which has lost many fighters in clashes around Iraq and Syria.

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While these strategies succeeded initially, they appear more difficult to maintain in the wake of the continuous coalition, Kurdish and Shia militia attacks on ISIS. The counteroffensives have killed many militants and disrupted the transfer of goods between regions under the organization’s control. Naji’s governance tool appears to be faltering as residents of ISIS-controlled areas increasingly complain of rising food and fuel prices and declining services. The price of staples such as bread has also risen significantly and basic products have become scarce.

Source: ISIS Is Running Short of Recruits  (Newsweek–not a source that I normally use for accurate info on terrorism…but this one made some good points)…….

Women in ISIS are mostly for the male fighters to wed or make concubines, etc….but lately there has been an uptick in women carrying out terror attacks….

Whether out of desperation or by design, the so-called Islamic State has turned to women and children to try to carry out a new wave of attacks in France, and possibly elsewhere.

The first disturbing hint of the conspiracy came Sunday a week ago, when a car was found abandoned early in the morning near Notre Dame Cathedral, a prime tourist destination at the historical and religious heart of Paris. In the trunk were five large canisters of cooking gas, and three bottles of diesel fuel.

Source: Now ISIS Is Turning Women Into Cannon Fodder in France – The Daily Beast

Is ISIS turning to women now that their losses of male fighters and lack of recruits because of the War on Terror?

Another aspect to ISIS losing the ideological war……Wahhabism….that ultra-conservative brand of Islam that originated in Saudi Arabia is quickly losing its luster with people of the Middle East…

An Islamic conference was held Aug. 25-27 in Chechnya’s capital, Grozny, and senior Sunni scholars from various Sunni schools attended. The meeting was sponsored by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. The conference aimed at introducing “Sunni identity” and determining its adherents.

The closing statement limited the Sunni community to “Ash’aris, Maturidis by belief, followers of the four jurisprudential schools of Sunnism (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali) and followers of pure Sufism in terms of ethics and chastity. Any other sects are not included in the Sunni community.” This clearly indicates that, in the participants’ view, Wahhabism is not considered part of Sunni Islam, but rather an emerging innovation (Bid’ah) in Islam.

That is not an item that will make it into the nightly news but it should….for this one item is of great importance when dealing with the subject of Islam….
Finally I wrote a post awhile back that asked an important question…..”Is Terrorism On The Decline”?
I would say yes….for like in the 1970’s it served its purpose and now it is on the decline…..but decline does not mean defeated….there is still a ways to go.

America’s Journalistic Hypocrites

The hypocrites are NY Times, WaPo, InfoWars, Drudge, all of them that are more concerned with corporate well being than the news….

ALL MSM are concerned with the spread of the approved message….no matter which side of the aisle they reside……their only intention is to spread the propaganda of the day…..as handed down by government and corporate leaders…..then the American people help spread crap in the name of “the news”…….

Keep in mind the statement….”If it bleeds it leads”…..take Paris….recently the police foiled a terror attack, a massive one, but did you hear about it?  Nope.  Why?  No blood flowed!

How do we know what is propaganda and what is not?

That is simple….a couple of years ago right here on IST I gave my readers all the information they need to determine what is what……few took my advice about printing them out and then check the news to see which category it falls into…..

Source: What Is Propaganda? – In Saner Thought

And later…….

Source: Propaganda 2.0 – In Saner Thought

I suggest it again…..that is unless you are just looking for crap that reinforces what you already want to believe…..then I cannot help a closed mind….

I read an interesting piece in Consortium News by Robert Parry…..

The U.S. news media flip-flops on whether international law is inviolate or can be brushed aside at America’s whim – and similarly whether killing civilians is justified or not depending on who’s doing the killing, says Robert Parry.

Over the past few decades, the U.S. mainstream media has failed the American people in a historic fashion by spinning false or misleading narratives on virtually every important global issue, continuing to this day to guide the nation into destructive and unnecessary conflicts.

To me, a major turning point came with the failure of the major news organizations to get anywhere near the bottom of the Iran-Contra scandal, including its origins in illicit contacts between Republicans and Iranians during the 1980 campaign and the Reagan administration’s collaboration with drug traffickers to support the Contra war in Nicaragua. (Instead, the major U.S. media disparaged reporting on these very real scandals.)

Source: America’s Journalistic Hypocrites – Consortiumnews

The hypocrisy does not end with political stuff……terrorism is another arena that the media is a bit problematic……their evening reports do nothing but feed the fear that they created in the minds of the American viewer…..

Mass media and terrorism have become ever more intertwined in a mutually beneficial relationship often described as ‘symbiotic.’ This column examines that dynamic and outlines the need for news organizations to balance the public’s right to know against the ability of militants to exploit news coverage to promote their beliefs.

On its side, the mass media capitalizes from the confusion and consternation caused by terrorist attacks to produce the kind of dramatic news that draws the attention of its viewers and readers.

Source: The Symbiotic Relationship between Western Media and Terrorism

I try to help my readers discern crap from facts……please feel free to check out this stuff….journalism is dead…..propaganda rules…..and we as a society accept lies over truth…..what does that say about us?

ISIS: The Dos And The Don’ts

Another of my op-eds for my friends over at Ace News Room……my research unto terrorism has shown me that there are many aspects that we just do not get from the MSM…..with them it is all about the headlines….like “If it bleeds, It Leads”…..

The debate about ISIS has seemed to cool off for now….there has not been a major attack in awhile so the media is off to the races on the election that approaches in the US….

People like myself are still watching and writing about this barbarous group….there will come a time again when everyone will have an opinion….most of which is not based on anything but hearsay and regurgitation….of faux facts and faux information…..

The big question is….what to do about ISIS?

Source: ISIS: The Dos And The Don’ts

Please take some time and stop by Ace News Room they are a site that gives all the news from all views…….you will not be disappointed.