[Townhall] Dennis Rodman stood up for his "friend" Kim Jong Un Friday, saying people don’t realize how "friendly" the dictator is once you get to know him.
"I think people don’t see him as a friendly guy," he told ABC News. "We sing karaoke, it’s all fun. Ride horses, everything."
He also said people don’t realize there’s a "good side" to the rogue nation.
"People don't see the good side about that country. It's like going, like, to Asia. It's like going to, like, Istanbul, Turkey, or any place like that," Rodman said. "You know, you're going to see some poverty. You're going to see some people that's not doing too well."But things are looking up for North Koreans, he said.
"When you go over there, and you hear the radio, and people are talking," Rodman said. "They're so happy now, because it's more like, it's civilized again."
The NBA Hall of Famer also said he felt partially responsible for securing Otto Warmbier’s release this month and felt “good things” came of his recent trip.
"I was just so happy to see the kid released," Rodman told ABC News’s Michael Strahan. "Later that day, that's when we found out he was ill, no one knew that. We jumped up and down. ... Some good things came of this trip."
Chris Volo, Rodman’s agent, said he asked for North Korean officials to release Warmbier on three occasions.
[Ynet] Victory on Western-based violent Islamism will only be achieved when Moslem communities reject any manifestation of religious-political fanaticism in a firm and uncompromising manner.
Moslem Germans erupted into the streets of Cologne ...a lovely city in Germany. They invented perfume there... several weeks ago to protest terrorism. The march was held under the banner "Not with Us," and its goal was to condemn terrorism and the terror cells that have developed in the Moslem communities in Europe in the past two years.
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The following harvested excerpt and follow-on paras form the basis of TopRev's comment and the Angelo Codevilla assertion regarding the man called Soetoro:
Two new books deal with Barack Obama's paternal and maternal families. British journalist Peter Firstbrook's The Obamas takes us all the way from the origins of East Africa's Luo tribe to Barack's father's relationship with Barack's mother. Generally fact-filled, it gives vivid portraits especially of Barack, Sr.'s, father, Onyango, who tried to raise a son as upright as he and was deadly disappointed when that son turned out to be a wastrel in the train of Tom Mboya, political leader of Kenya's Luo. The closer the book gets to the present, however, the less trustworthy it becomes. For example, it tells us that Mboya organized the 1959 airlift of 280 Africans to study in America, bypassing the U.S. State Department. Nonsense. This was high U.S. policy and touted as such at the time. The CIA considered Mboya one of its most important covert action agents. The people chosen by him and the CIA to go to America were his flunkies. But the book is irrelevant to understanding the current president of the United States because his African family had only a biological influence on him. Indeed, Barack Obama's African-ness is, as we shall see, strictly the product of his imagination.
The maternal family that raised Barack Obama, which is highly relevant to our understanding, is the subject of New YorkTimes reporter Janny Scott's A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother. But though this book tells us that grandmother Madelyn Dunham's favorite color was beige, that Stanley Dunham and daughter Ann (Barack, Jr.'s, mother) shared a certain impulsiveness, and contains interviews with and personal information on countless of Ann's high school friends, it sheds no light on what the Dunhams were doing with their lives that led their daughter to take a practical interest in international affairs. Magically, Ann Dunham goes from peeking her shy 17-year-old head out of Mercer Island, Washington ("a young virgin," writes Janny Scott), to intimacy with a very foreign person, and a few years later with another, and then to work in one of the Cold War's key battlegrounds. Meanwhile her mother, about whose professional activities the book says nothing, becomes a bank executive. Did Ann speak any foreign language? Had the Dunhams ever taken any trips abroad? The book does not say. A Singular Woman gives the impression that Ann's Indonesian husband, Lolo Soetoro, was just a geographer drafted into the army, a minor, unwitting part of the bloody campaign that wrested Indonesia from the Communists; and that Ann's work in that country was anthropological-humanitarian, as if for her U.S. policy were irrelevant. It certainly was not for her employers—the U.S. government and contractors thereof.
We've recently learned of President Trump's interest and dedication to the CIA Daily Brief. Contrast that with Soetoro's reported lack of attention to the CIA brief.
Perhaps Soetoro required no personal analysis. If he was simply TOLD what to say or do, the CIA Daily would have been little more than a needless golf distraction.
One of the most difficult and challenging aspects of clandestine intelligence source operations is the building of the 'legend' i.e., the construction of a background or biography, usually supported by documents, places, and events.
[Wash Times] Can anyone with a modicum of common sense trust the Federal Bureau of investigation? The answer to that question is a resounding "no." The claim that the FBI strives to be above politics is today and has always been absurd. When former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover admitted in an interview that his "agents" had tapped the phones of 1964 Republican candidate Barry Goldwater and even bugged his campaign plane, Mr. Hoover told his interviewer, who wondered how someone in his position could so cavalierly ignore the law and the constitutional rights of American citizens, that when the president asks you deliver.
That and much else that Mr. Hoover ordered his "agents" to do during his too long tenure as FBI Director was bad enough, but in the years since he departed the scene, the FBI has developed a penchant for breaking the law without even requiring a wink and a nod from above. The Bureau picks its targets for whatever reason and goes after them, concocting evidence or setting them up to technically break laws that have nothing to do with the "reasons" for the original targeting.
Any halfway honest history of the FBI shows that the problems predate the creation of the agency. What's totally ironic is how the type of people who despised the FBI in the 50s, 60s and 70s are enraptured with an arguably more out of control than ever FBI today.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
06/25/2017 12:01 Comments ||
MM, those people and now the ones in power. It makes all the difference in the world who is the bug and who is the windshield.
Sitting around a campfire last night, listening to people play old Buffalo Springfield songs, I couldn't help but marvel how a generation that had defined itself by non-conformity and utter distrust of government had come to embraced groupthink and saw Big Government as the solution to any and all problems.
I think the entire thing is going to just blow up.
CNN is running from the Russia story.
Lynch is going to take the Fifth.
The entire mime on Russia is a Democrat invention funded back in July for Clinton to u7se on Trump the contents of Dossier were so laughable that only the press took it seriously and when Clinton got her butt handed to her by Trump they had to blame it on something. So the dossier was the only thing they had.
#1 Evidently someone has forgotten about the late Johnny Michael "Mike" Spann and how he became a star on the CIA's Hall of Heroes.
Posted by Besoeker
Yep, Johnny Walker can now go hold hands with Muhammed Fazl, one of the Taliban Five that Obama freed. In regards to Spann's death, they were captured together and Fazl should have been charged as well as Lindh. Fazl gave the order and Lindh surely helped.
I don’t believe in grand historical conspiracies, or in designs that go on over generations. The right suffers from a bad case of "the individualists failed to organize" and the left, by now in their third generation of social dominance, are approaching the sort of behavior and IQ one saw in the last days of the Soviet Union. Or if you prefer, Marxist scientific efficiency has given us in three generations what it took the royal houses of Europe sixteen generations of inbreeding to achieve: an "elite" so profoundly dumb they couldn’t pour p*ss out a boot with instructions on both sides.
Which is why I don’t believe in conspiracies.
I do however believe in guiding principles, in abiding ideas that inform and shape a movement, and in people so completely in communion with the revealed message of "progressivism" that they will do the things that no police force or government could force them to do, were they free.
Hence we get journalists corrupting their craft and honor to be part of secret lists that choose which news to cover and which to ignore. We get functionaries trying to subvert legal, fair elections. And we have the Reeeee brigade leading us through a slow motion Cultural Revolution.
I don’t know who coined "Reeeee" for the sound progressives make when in the middle of a scream fest about some ‐ mostly imaginary and unintended ‐ offense. I know that for several months now all my friends use it, usually when just having dealt with some idiot who keeps yammering on about moon ferrets (or patriarchy. Or white supremacy. All of which have the exact same degree of existence in modern America.)
It’s not that you don’t want to answer the idiot. It’s that explaining there are no moon ferrets gets exhausting, when they immediately change the subject to the moon dolphins or the moon mole rats.
Their behavior is so insane, their on-command ability to jump on anyone or anything who deviates from the now-current party line so absolute, their arguments so ridiculous, it took me a while to realize what they’re doing is the equivalent of Mao’s brigades of aggressive young people fanning out to rural areas to teach the peasants how to think and what to do.
I observed the recent patriot rally in Boston via livestream. When Antifa gave up the high ground surrounding the monument, the ralliers swept up the hill and many were shouting that "reeeeeeeeee!" Quite funny
Posted by: Rex Mundi ||
06/25/2017 10:26 Comments ||
If you do not believe in the Rule of Law, or any other firm principle, where will you stand when you are the Law? Like the conquering Barbarian squatting in the wreckage of civilization you will go from barbarism to decadence in a generation.
The word "progressivism" implies some movement towards progress, that is an improvement to civilization. Progress sounds good and many people who claim to be Dems buy into it for that reason. It appears to be an euphemism for what is going on. I have yet to see much goodness or improvement of civilization from the Progressives. They will change their name to something else when more people catch on to them.
Major Texas Rock solid, powerful conservatives are going to begin making behind the scenes change of heart influences regarding Congressmen and of other DC power centers starting mid week. I will not elaborate but Congress will get off its collective butt as a result fairly soon...
[Capital Research Center] (Washington, DC): The unlikely alliance between Islam and the left isn’t on the media’s radar screen, yet the chaos on our streets and campuses is obvious and disturbing. The ever-more frequent jihad attacks, both at home and abroad, even more so. But the swirl of images flitting across our screens can be difficult to understand: protesters are carrying all kinds of signs, hurling abuse at our new president, and at those who would speak in defense of America and its free institutions... Black Lives Matter activists spew hatred for law enforcement, but are funded by wealthy establishment leftists. Muslim terrorists screaming ’Allahu Akbar’ are murdering innocent, men, women and children--in the name of the ’religion of peace.’ Too much of it doesn’t seem to make sense. How can the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood, Black Lives Matter movement, and social Marxist anarchist leftists all be part of the same street scene?
To help explain this unlikely but very real alliance, Matthew Vadum, Senior Vice President at the Washington, D.C. think tank, Capital Research Center and an award-winning journalist, has authored an important new book for the Center for Security Policy’s Civilization Jihad Readers Series entitled "Team Jihad: How Sharia-Supremacists Collaborate with Leftists to Destroy the United States." Vadum, already widely published on issues related to leftist infiltration and subversion within American society, here marshals a wealth of historical detail to document how and when the forces of Islam and the left first began to make common cause and how far they’ve come in the years since.
With a new president in the White House, the United States seems headed for changes on many fronts. None is more important to understand than the deeply anti-American working relationship among seemingly disparate forces like these that are united in their dedication to the overthrow of the U.S. Constitution and our system of law and order. Neglect, benign and otherwise, has allowed this unholy alliance of jihadists, street thugs, and cultural Marxists to advance unchecked throughout our society for far too long.
With this monograph, Matt Vadum offers the average citizen a clear and very readable explanation for what we all see happening around us.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.