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Thoughts on the Orlando Shooting

Paul Craig Roberts

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June 13, 2016

by Paul Craig Roberts

Some readers have asked for my take on the Orlando Shooting.

I don’t have one. Let’s see if together we can form a reasonable view.

Let’s start with the basic first question. Before there can be a murder declared, there must be a body. Has anyone seen on TV or in newspapers pictures of dead bodies? Bodies should be readily available if the reports are correct that fifty people were killed and 50 or more were wounded and in hospital.

I cannot bear the presstitute TV and print media. These are full-time propaganda organizations. Hopefully, some of you hold your nose and watch the news and can fill in the spaces. Has anything we have been told been confirmed by any real evidence?

Initially, I saw a CNN newscast and a RT report. The reports were heavy with verbiage of blood being all over the place, but the only visual evidence offered were three people, supposedly injured, being helped, not by medics or first responders, but by ordinary folks. A couple of people were helping a guy with tattoos in place of a shirt, but there was no sign of blood. Several people were helping people in police uniforms to carry a person who they dumped in the back of a pickup truck, not in the cab. About 6 people were carrying a person stretched out prone (no stretcher) down a street.

There was no blood and it looked like a crisis acting performance. Why prone? Is an injured person really able to keep his body stiff so that he can be carried along prone parallel to the ground? Where are they taking him? Is this just a camera walk-by? http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/06/12/orlando-nightclub-shooting-witne... What has become of the protocol that untrained people are not to attempt to help injured people? When police arrive at a scene, they usually run off bystanders, not recruit them to assist their activities or allow them to carry away the wounded and dead.

Readers have noticed that the visual evidence does not match the verbal reports. Readers report that Fox “News” and MSNBC repeatedly show the same footage described above of bystanders carrying supposedly injured victims whose facial expressions are completely unstressed and show no pain, fear, or blood.

So has anyone seen any dead bodies? Any body bags? Any wounded taken to hospitals in ambulances? Any of the hospital wounded interviewed by TV reporters? Has any reporter checked with the morgue?

Allegedly, people inside the massacre location made cell phone calls and texted. But no one took photos or videos? Are there no security cameras? No doormen to notice a heavily armed person enter?

With 50 people killed and 50 or more wounded and reports of oceans of blood, there should be plenty of evidence Have any of you seen any of it?

As far as I know, dead bodies, other than those of the perpetrators themselves, seldom if ever emerge from the terrorist attacks. No dead bodies materialized from the Paris attacks except those of the alleged perpetrators. No dead bodies ever emerged from the Sandy Hook shootings. The only dead bodies I recall from the San Bernardino shooting were the husband-and-wife-alleged-perpetrators, and their hands were handcuffed behind their backs. Do police handcuff dead people who the police have shot to pieces? I don’t remember dead bodies from Brussels, just reports of dead bodies.

One could say that the media is averse to invading the privacy of dead people and their relatives by showing dead bodies, or that the media doesn’t want to show gruesome scenes—except for the videos of Muslim terrorists cutting off people’s heads. But by now the unanswered questions from the various shootings have created so much skepticism that a person would think the media would provide corroborative evidence for the official claims.

Maybe they have. As I admit, I don’t watch the presstitute news.

In order to shoot 100 people, the principal weapon allegedly used, an AR-15, would have had to have been reloaded several times, a procedure that takes enough time for people to rush the shooter and overpower him.

Is it possible for one person to shoot 100 people successfully but not be able to shoot even one cop when police appear? Remember the Charlie Hebdo event. The two killers were highly professional when they wiped out the magazine staff and a policeman in the street, but later when confronted by police they were so hapless and incompetent as to suggest that they were not the same people. Remember the San Bernardino shootings. Three eyewitnesses said that the shooters were three muscular males dressed in black, not a husband and diminutive wife with a new baby.

What is most troublesome about these shootings is that the story seems already prepared by the government and is immediately set. We are fed the story before there is time for investigation by government or media. The media never investigate. The media just repeat the government’s story over and over until it is set in everyone’s mind. Contrary evidence is just discarded.

The alleged perpetrators are always killed, so we never hear from them. The only survivor of the various terrorisms is the younger Tsarnaev brother who has been held incommunicado. We have never heard directly from him.

One might think that by now the US media would have at least a smidgen of skeptcism. After all, for the past 15 years we have wasted trillions of dollars in wars in the Middle East based on lies that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. So why is the media willing to accept whatever the government says without any investigation or even raising a question?

The chairman, co-chairman, and legal counsel of the official 9/11 Commission have said publicly that the commission was lied to by the US government, that information was withheld from the commission, and that the commission was “set up to fail.” If the government will not tell the truth to the 9/11 Commission, why would the government tell us peons the truth?

It is not reporting merely to repeat the government’s claim. But that is all we get from the payroll jobs, unemployment and inflation reports to terrorism reports and claims of “Russian aggression.”

Send your emails with URLs of news broadcasts showing dead bodies and other real evidence. Don’t send in your speculations. They might be interesting and on the mark, but what we are trying to do is to see if there is any real evidence in behalf of this latest story of mass slaughter inside a night club.

It will be difficult, perhaps even impossible, to get any truth out of the Orlando shooting. Too many vocal and well organized interest groups have a strong stake in the government’s explanation. It comes to the aid of the anti-Muslim lobby and the Trump campaign which want Muslims kept out of the US and those here arrested and deported. It comes to the aid of the gun control lobby. It comes to the aid of the progressive-left that wants to normalize homosexual and transgendered people, thus the outpouring of sympathy for those shot in the homosexual night club. It comes to the aid of the spy industry and the police state that want no check on their activities. It comes to the aid of Washington’s murderous foreign policy—so what if we blow up Muslim children—look what they do to us when they grow up, which is what the Israelis say about the Palestinians. It comes to the aid of the neoconservatives and the military-security complex for whom wars against Muslims advance their agenda and fatten their pocketbook.

All of these interests are far more powerful than the right of peons to know the truth.

About Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments and his Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

Copyright © Paul Craig Roberts 2016

How Mayor Caldwell Has Subverted the Ethics Commission

Honolulu Civil Beat

by Nick Grube

June 13, 2016

Chuck Totto can be a pest, especially to politicians. For 16 years, he has ferreted out corruption in city government as the executive director of the Honolulu Ethics Commission.

Totto has taken on some of the most influential players in Hawaii politics, including mayors, police chiefs and City Council members who together oversee the spending of billions of taxpayer dollars. His duty as chief legal counsel is to ensure that city officials are not abusing their power or otherwise taking advantage of their positions for personal gain.

On occasion, he’ll publicly admonish officials who break the rules or levy a hefty fine to send a message that ethical lapses won’t be tolerated.

Read more . . .

Most Political Figures and Commentators Embrace Fascism

by Ron Paul

If neoconservatives and progressives truly understood fascism, they would stop using the word as a smear term. That is because both groups, along with most political figures and commentators, embrace fascist ideas and policies.

Fascism’s distinguishing characteristic is a “mixed economy.” Unlike socialists and communists who seek to abolish private business, fascists are content to let business remain in private hands. Instead, fascists use regulations, mandates, and taxes to control business and run (and ruin) the economy. A fascist system, then, is one where private businesses serve politicians and bureaucrats instead of consumers. Does the modern American economy not fit the definition of fascism?

Fascism benefits big businesses that can afford the cost of complying with government regulations, unlike their smaller competitors. Big businesses, which have more political influence then entrepreneurs or small businesses, also significantly benefit from government subsidies. In order to maintain their power, big businesses finance the “deep state” — the network of lobbyists, journalists, think tanks, bureaucrats, and congressional staffers who work behind the scenes to shape government policy.

Obamacare is an example of fascism that is often mislabeled as socialism. Obamacare did not create a government-run “single payer" system as would exist under socialism. Instead, Obamacare extended government control over health care via mandates, regulations, and subsidies. The most infamous part of Obamacare — the individual mandate — forces individuals to purchase a product from a private industry.

Modern America’s militaristic foreign policy aimed at policing and perfecting the world is another example of fascism that enjoys strong bipartisan support. Both right-wing neocons and left-wing humanitarian interventionists claim our supposedly noble goals justify any and all actions taken by the US government. Thus, these supposed human rights champions defend preemptive war, torture, and presidential kill lists.

Many politicians supporting a militaristic foreign policy are more concerned with spreading largesse to the military-industrial complex than with spreading democracy. This is why some supposed free-market conservatives sound like Paul Krugman on steroids when discussing the economic benefits of military spending. Similarly, some anti-war progressives will support large military budgets if some of the money is spent in their states or congressional districts.

Mass surveillance and limits on personal freedom are additional hallmarks of fascist regimes. While there is a movement to “reform” the police state, few want to abolish mass surveillance, civil asset forfeiture, police militarization, and other police-state policies adopted in the name of the wars on terror and drugs. The federal government has even used force to stop people from selling raw milk! Attempts by progressives to silence political opponents are more examples of how many supposedly anti-fascist Americans are embracing fascist policies.

The growth of the welfare-warfare state has been accompanied by an increase in presidential power. This centralization of power, and the support it receives from the political class, is one more indication of the fascistic nature of our current regime. Of course, many in Congress will fight to rein in the executive branch, as long as the occupant of the White House is of the opposing party. Even the fiercest opponents of excessive presidential power instantaneously become lap dogs when their party wins the White House.

For all their alleged anti-fascism, today’s neoconned conservatives and progressives both support the use of force to reshape society and the world. This is the defining characteristic not just of fascists, but also of authoritarians. The true anti-fascists are those who reject the initiation of force. The true path to real free markets, peace, and individual liberty starts with rejecting the bipartisan authoritarianism in favor of the non-aggression principle.

Copyright © 2016 by the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

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From the Diary of a BDS Skeptic

*BDS=Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel

by Brother Nathanael Kapner

June 12, 2016

DEAR DIARY, TODAY I READ the news that Governor Cuomo of New York is blacklisting groups involved in the BDS movement aimed at Israel.

Along with this, I read that Susan Rice promised Israel it will receive “the single largest military assistance package in American history.”

There’s no justice in this world, and if there is, (like pursuing justice through a BDS effort), the Jews through their patsies (like Cuomo) will kill it.

As far as “American history” is concerned, there’s been no such thing since 1913 when Jews became the country’s central bankers.

Henceforth, America got swallowed into the mouth of “Jewish history” and all that followed has been very good for the Jews but very bad for America.

Some indignant Jew might snap back, “Wrong. World War 2 was bad for the Jews,” pointing to the so-called Holocaust and the so-called six million that were supposedly gassed.

Without arguing about the preposterous number of “6 million” and the absence of proof that a single gas chamber ever existed, I would reply, “World War 2 was very good for the Jews,” pointing to the rise of the Jewish State during the war and its growing power afterward.

Jews know how to use victimization for their benefit, and play the victim card very well.

THE PROBLEM IS that people get excited (and enraged) about the wrong things.

BDS is fine but won’t stop the Israeli beast from swelling or the US government from feeding it.

Doesn’t the ‘indignation’ of the transgender-rights champion, Donna Lieberman, of the New York ACLU, tell us something…

…that Jews will stage displeasure toward some ‘right’ being violated, (like Cuomo violating free expression), but will never fight against some blatant atrocity, (expressly, Israel’s genocide of the Palestinians), and its culpable abettors?

WHICH BRINGS ME to the elections. Both Hillary and Trump are militarists. Both have come out as lovers of IsraHell.

Israel is joined at the hip with the US military: through contracts, intelligence-sharing, a symbiotic development of military technology, and joint military exercises.

It’s a marriage made in hell that no candidate can rend asunder, especially with the one calling for the US-Israel relationship to move to a higher level, and the other calling for a bigger, stronger, more powerful military.

Hillary’s “higher level” will see a lower level of Israel’s misdeeds toward the Palestinians, and Trump’s “stronger military” will see Jews licking their chops to get all they can out of his bloating of the beast.

And so dear diary, I’m becoming a bigger, stronger, more powerful ‘anti-Semite’ than ever.

And my ‘anti-Semitism’ is reaching a higher level than I could have ever dreamed.

Copyright © 2016 by Brother Nathanael Kapner

Brother Nathanael grew up in the U.S. as a Jew and converted to Christianity as a young man. He is now a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and lives in Idaho.

Stopping the Smart Grid Agenda

James Corbett, a Canadian who resides in Japan and interviews people from all over the world via Internet connection, talks to Josh Del Sol, the creator of the film Take Back Your Power.

Published on YouTube Oct 10, 2012.

Corbett's introduction on YouTube: The smart grid is an interlocking web that will monitor and control all of the electrical appliances in your home at all times. Based on wireless technology, the privacy ramifications, health effects, and opportunities for outright government control inherent in the smart grid agenda are staggering. Tonight we talk to Josh Del Sol, the filmmaker behind the forthcoming feature documentary "Take Back Your Power," about this agenda and what you can do to stop it.


Take Back Your Power will be screened at the Kakaako Agora, 441 Cooke St., Honolulu, from 6-8pm, Friday, Jun 17, 2016. More details and a trailer of the movie available here.

Honolulu Charter Commission Votes Down Ballot Proposal Eliminating Neighborhood Boards

The Honolulu Charter Commission subcommittee's proposal to kill Oahu's neighborhood boards by putting the question on the ballot, using manipulative language, was defeated by the Commission yesterday. The subcommittee, also known as the "permitted interaction group," consisted of Honolulu Charter Commission members Pamela Witty-Oakland, Chair; Judge Michael F. Broderick (Ret.); Reginald V. Castanares, Jr.; and Nathan T. Okubo. Witty-Oakland and Broderick were appointed to their positions on the Honolulu Charter Commission by Mayor Kirk Caldwell, while Castanares and Okubo were appointed by the Honolulu City Council, leading one to entertain the reasonable possibility that the mayor and city council might like to see the neighborhood boards gone. The mayor usually has his representative attend the neighborhood board meetings, while the city commissioners customarily attend in person.

The ballot proposal: "Should the City increase citizen participation in the decisions of government through the use of electronic communication, such as television, Internet and email, and eliminate the Neighborhood Board system?"

The city already uses the electronic communication methods mentioned in the proposal. Eliminating neighborhood boards would lead to just the opposite of increased citizen participation.

U.S. Marine Air Support in Dire Straits after Budget Cuts

Hawaii Political Info comment: Does this have anything to do with the Marine helicopter crash off Haleiwa that took 12 lives this past January?

A Marine familiar with Marine Corps Base Hawaii's troubled Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, the unit the two helicopters belonged to, said as a whole it was "way, way low" on flight time. The source declined to speculate what may have depleted training opportunities, saying only "they were not flying enough."

The Blaze

April 15, 2016

A majority of Marine Corps aircraft can’t fly, prompting Marine officials to warn that the aviation corps is reaching a “breaking point,” Fox News reported.

Years of airstrikes in Afghanistan, Iraq and battling the Islamic State have taken its toll on the aircraft.

“Quite honestly, it is coming on the backs of our young Marines,” Lt. Col. Matthew “Pablo” Brown, commanding officer of VMFA (AW)-533, a Hornet squadron based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina. “They can do it, and they are doing it, but it is certainly not easy.”

Read more . . .

Link:

The Largest Helicopter in The U.S. Military - Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion [YouTube, 12 min]

Trump and the La Raza Judge

Freedom's Back

by Pat Buchanan

June 7, 2016

Before the lynching of The Donald proceeds, what exactly was it he said about that Hispanic judge?

Stated succinctly, Donald Trump said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a class-action suit against Trump University, is sticking it to him. And the judge’s bias is likely rooted in the fact that he is of Mexican descent.

Can there be any defense of a statement so horrific?

Just this. First, Trump has a perfect right to be angry about the judge’s rulings and to question his motives. Second, there are grounds for believing Trump is right.

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The Hard Truth about Owning a Condo in Hawaii

Honolulu Civil Beat

They’re often the only homes people can afford, but maintenance fees can suddenly explode. Should the state do more for owners?

by Anita Hofschneider

May 16, 2016

When Melinda Salcedo bought her two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo unit at Pearl Ridge Gardens and Tower near Pearl Harbor on the south shore of Oahu a year and a half ago, it was a dream come true.

Finding a place to purchase hadn’t been easy. The cheapest houses for sale cost half a million dollars, far beyond her budget as a single mom and nursing assistant at Queens Hospital.

Even when she found an affordable condo, she had to use some of her retirement savings to cover the $24,000 down payment. But it was worth it. With a monthly mortgage of about $1,250 and maintenance fees set at $539 per month, she could finally raise her two kids in a place of her own.

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Waikiki: Man Punches Woman in Head, Takes Her Phone

KHON2

June 8, 2016

On Saturday, May 28, 2016, at approximately 5:19 p.m., a 55-year-old female victim was talking on her phone in the parking structure of 2215 Aloha Drive when she was approached by an unknown male. The male struck the victim, knocking her to [the] ground. He returned to a waiting vehicle, then approached the victim again. He grabbed her phone from her hand, dragging her approximately 10 feet. He fled in a 2004 Honda Accord bearing Hawaii State license plates SSZ 680.


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