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Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Oscars Show How Much Hollywood Hates God

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One of the responses I regularly receive to columns like this is, “Just because people don’t believe the same things you do about what is right and wrong doesn’t mean they hate God or aren’t Christian.”

That’s wrong. And it’s not wrong because people disagree with me. It’s wrong because of the belief that people can make God and Christianity be whatever they want them to be. Of course, whenever I mention this, I expect to receive the, “But why do you think YOUR interpretations of God and Christianity are correct,” reply. And so it goes.

People will either like this column or hate it; don’t expect many to be in between about it.

So with this short introduction, go read, “The Oscars Show How Much Hollywood Hates God,” at BarbWire.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Why that Story You Heard about the U.S. Killing Russian Mercenaries in Syria Likely Is Wrong

Syria. Map Courtesy of CIA World Factbook.
During the past month or so, media reported that Russian-backed mercenaries participated in an early February attack on U.S.-backed forces, with the U.S. responding with an overwhelming counterattack that killed hundreds of Russians. Yet that account was suspect from the start. And a new report from Der Spiegel provides even more evidence that the story might be partially or entirely wrong.

A website called Polygraph.info reported on Feb. 16 that, “Zakharova Downplays Armed Clash with Americans in Syria, Kremlin-linked Audio Recordings Contradict Her Story.” Here is how Polygraph.info led off its report.

Maria Zakharova
Press secretary, Russian Foreign Ministry
“Material about the deaths of dozens and hundreds of Russian citizens – it is classic disinformation. It was not 400, not 200, not 100 and not 10. Preliminary figures indicate that as a result of the armed clash that took place, the causes of which are now being investigated, we can talk about the deaths of five people, presumably citizens of Russia. There are also wounded, but all this needs to be verified – in particular, and first and foremost, [their] citizenship; whether they are citizens of Russia or other countries.”
Source: Russian Foreign Ministry website, February 15, 2018
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova is the only Russian government official who has publicly confirmed that five people, “presumably” Russian citizens, were killed in an armed clash with U.S. forces near Deir el-Zour in Syria.
Opposition leaders inside Russia, as well as Russian and Western media reports, dispute Zakharova’s comments.

Then, on Feb. 22 The Washington Post reported that, “Putin ally said to be in touch with Kremlin, Assad before his mercenaries attacked U.S. troops.”

A Russian oligarch believed to control the Russian mercenaries who attacked U.S. troops and their allies in Syria this month was in close touch with Kremlin and Syrian officials in the days and weeks before and after the assault, according to U.S. intelligence reports.
In intercepted communications in late January, the oligarch, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, told a senior Syrian official that he had “secured permission” from an unspecified Russian minister to move forward with a “fast and strong” initiative that would take place in early February. . . .
The intelligence reports provide additional information about an incident that remains only murkily described by all concerned, with the Pentagon providing few details and the Russians offering changing accounts.
U.S. intelligence agencies declined to comment on the reports, excerpts of which were shared with The Washington Post.

The final sentence from The Washington Post article should have raised alarms for anyone following the story. That sentence indicates two things: (1) if the Post was indeed receiving actual intelligence from U.S. officials, that in itself would appear to be an illegal act. And it subsequently calls into question what the motivation is of those officials disclosing the intelligence. (2) The same (or other) government officials refused to say what they thought of the apparently illegally disclosed intelligence, indicating that they might not be ready to make an analytical judgment on what it means, or that they were using it to manipulate public opinion.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ruling Class Cheers North Korea Amidst Its ‘Trump-Russia Collusion’ Narrative

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Media and the rest of the Ruling Class continue promoting the “Trump-Russia collusion” conspiracy theory. And as they do this, they are simultaneously cheering on the totalitarian, communist North Korea, showing just how contemptible they truly are.

Ruling Class members despise average Americans. Their animosity has particularly grown since we first started opposing Hillary Clinton’s bid to capture the White House. And they regularly vent their hatred of us by smearing Donald Trump and anyone who voted for him. Smears have included the worst kinds of accusations and disinformation.

Their favorite falsehood, of course, is that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election. We now know that not only is this false, but that the exact opposite occurred. But that hasn’t stopped them from continuing with their narrative.

At the same time they are doing this, Ruling Class members are cheering and heaping acclaims on North Korea. . . .

Read the entire column at BarbWire.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Ceremony for Colorado National Guard Special Forces Soldiers Reveals Details of War in Afghanistan

Photo by Staff Sgt. Warren Wright via DVIDS.
This past weekend, soldiers assigned to a Colorado National Guard special forces unit had an awards ceremony in recognition of a six-month deployment to Afghanistan that ended in October 2017. The ceremony announcement reveals details from that deployment, which show that fighting remains intense in the war in Afghanistan.

DVIDS issued a press release on Feb. 8 that announced a Feb. 10 awards ceremony for soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), which is a Colorado National Guard unit. The unit “deployed in support of the Resolute Support mission from May through October 2017.” The press release noted some of the awards that were scheduled to be presented on Saturday.

The awards approved include seven Purple Heart Medals, 10 Bronze Star Medals with Valor, and eight Army Commendation Medals with Valor. One Silver Star Medal has also been approved, but the member is currently deployed in support of the warfight. 
Many of the 59 valor awards submitted are still pending.

News often portrays current American military missions as “advisory” missions. (In fact, these soldiers were on a “train, advise and assist mission to enhance the Special Operations capabilities of our Afghan partners.”) But the amount of wounded (Purple Heart Medals) and valor medals being issued just to these Colorado special forces soldiers reveals that American troops are still engaging in serious fights in Afghanistan, or at least in parts of the country.

And it isn’t just special operations troops who are still engaging in battles. The press release notes that general purpose forces remain part of the kinetic action as well.

While in theater, Company B leveraged a fellow Colorado Army National Guard unit, the 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System), to devastating effect. The combination of units inflicted high casualties on enemy forces throughout eastern Afghanistan.

The below video, produced by the U.S. Marines, provides details of the HIMARS system.

And the following video shows an actual HIMARS strike against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Media attention on Afghanistan has waned over the years but U.S. troops remain active there, with significant, high-intensity fights still occurring during the 17th year of the war.

Note: The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Democrats Are Running Espionage Convict Bradley Manning for the Senate

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Bradley Manning engaged in espionage and was supposed to spend decades in prison. But President Obama commuted his sentence. The Democrats are now running Manning as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. This is one of the latest instances which shows how much contempt they have for the law and how they regularly undermine the nation.

Manning was in the U.S. Army when he stole and illegally released U.S. intelligence. The government convicted him of violating the Espionage Act and found him guilty of other crimes as well. A military judge sentenced him to 35 years in prison.

But Democratic President Barack Obama commuted that sentence. The government released Manning from incarceration and put him back on active duty in the Army.

And now Manning wants to be a Democratic lawmaker. . . .

Read the entire column at BarbWire.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hollywood in Toto Dares to Cover Entertainment from a Different Perspective

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Christian Toto covers the full-spectrum of entertainment at Hollywood in Toto. The HiT website and podcast cover the big things coming out of Hollywood just like other entertainment sites do. But they also cover the smaller things you haven’t yet discovered. That’s one unique thing about HiT. What’s another one? Hollywood in Toto covers the world of entertainment without pushing the latest progressive narratives and causes.

I met Christian years ago when we both contributed to Breitbart. And I’ve kept in touch with the veteran entertainment journalist, movie critic, podcaster, and radio show co-host since then. He recently wrote a Hollywood in Toto article about, Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice, a new anthology that Dave Dubrow, Ray Zacek, and I authored. And after you read that, click through the rest of the site to read more entertainment news and reviews you won’t find elsewhere.

“HollywoodInToto.com is my passion project. It’s a site dedicated to smart Hollywood reportage from a right-of-center perspective. That’s mostly missing from a marketplace, which reflexively leans to the left,” Christian said. “I would love for people to follow my work and check out the weekly Hollywood in Toto podcast, heard on most audio platforms, including iTunes,” he added.

The website and podcast are just the latest for Christian in a long career that began with reviewing films. “I’ve always loved movies,” he said when asked how he got into the business. “My dad and I watched Abbott and Costello movies every Sunday morning back in the day. He loved films too, and it proved contagious. To be able to review films, talk to actors, and comment on Hollywood is a pleasure. I keep thinking one day I’ll wake up and be forced to find a real job.” . . .

Read the entire article at The Loftus Party.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Stephen Limbaugh Wants to Be the ‘Absolute Best’ Pianist

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Stephen Limbaugh wants to be such a good pianist and composer that people will have to hire him if they want to work with the best. And after you listen to his music and read about his work ethic, you might believe he’ll achieve that goal. On top of this, he says he’s working on something “that will literally change the music game going forward.”

Stephen Limbaugh III is a pianist and composer living in Los Angeles. He runs www.StephenLimbaugh.com where you can find out more about him and the music he’s produced. He also sells his music through popular online retailers. “I’ve got lots of GREAT music on iTunes and Amazon,” he said.

His latest single is, “Anchors Aweigh” (Oct. 2017), and his latest full album is, Pants (Jan. 2015).

So how did he end up in this career?

“I started out on piano because my dad plays and is a huge classical music aficionado,” Limbaugh said. “I started at the age of 11 or 12, which is late compared to other concert pianists.” . . .

Read the entire article at The Loftus Party.