Sunday, January 14, 2018

'Lost' Cronkite broadcast reveals 180-degree war flip

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'Viet Cong suffered military defeat,' anchor reported days before history-making commentary

Editor’s note: With the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, WND takes a fresh look at the way CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite’s famous 1968 editorial altered U.S. public opinion about the war – a broadcast that was untrue, turning a monumental defeat for the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces into a propaganda victory. This is the first of a three-part series.

A newly discovered CBS News clip broadcast by Walter Cronkite while still in Saigon following the Tet Offensive reveals the influential newsman had a much different perspective on the battle than he expressed in the history-making commentary he delivered after returning to New York days later. 

Anyone who had reached the age of awareness when Cronkite delivered his famous live editorial Feb. 27, 1968, knew the significance of what “the most trusted man in America” was saying: The U.S. had lost the Vietnam war. President Lyndon Johnson’s famous reaction told the story: “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America,” he is reported to have said.


“First and simplest, the Viet Cong suffered a military defeat,” he reported. “Its missions proved suicidal. If they had intended to stay in the cities as a negotiating point, they failed at that. The Vietnamese army reacted better than even its most ardent supporters had anticipated. There were no defections from its rank, as the Viet Cong apparently had expected. And the people did not rise to support the Viet Cong, as they were also believed to have expected.”

The video was discovered by Fred Koster, an independent filmmaker who directed the Vietnam film “Ride the Thunder,” based on the book of the same name by author-producer Richard Botkin. Since that movie did not deal directly with the events of the Tet Offensive, Koster and Botkin put the Cronkite clip aside, later sharing it with WND before the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive being observed this month.

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Control for street drug trade pushes Tijuana to grisly new record: 1,744 homicides

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EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A woman cries over a relative shot in the tourist area of Acapulco,Guerrero State, Mexico on May 13, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO PARDO        (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Welcome to 2018,” read the threatening and neatly penned message left early this month with the bodies of a man and woman gunned down in the outlying Tijuana development of Villa del Alamo.

“The plaza is not Sinaloa’s, it belongs to Nueva GeneraciĆ³n.”

After spiking to unprecedented levels last year, the bloodshed in Tijuana has continued at an unrelenting pace in these first days of the new year as two powerful drug trafficking organizations battle for control of the city’s lucrative street drug sales: The long-established Sinaloa cartel and a newer, aggressive group known as the cartel Nueva GeneraciĆ³n Jalisco, often abbreviated as CJNG.

As homicides soared to unprecedented levels across Mexico in 2017, Tijuana registered one of the steepest increases in the country.

University of Texas rejects Chinese Communist Party-linked influence efforts on campus

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As part of a broad effort to interfere in U.S. institutions, China tries to shape the discussion at American universities, stifle criticism and influence academic activity by offering funding, often through front organizations closely linked to Beijing. 

Now that aspect of Beijing’s foreign influence campaign is beginning to face resistance from academics and lawmakers. A major battle in this nascent campus war played out over the past six months at the University of Texas in Austin.

After a long internal dispute, a high-level investigation and an intervention by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), the university last week rejected a proposal by the leader of its new China center to accept money from the China United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF).

Drunk Detectives, Lawless Wardens Mar Marine Gun Case


Joey Nelson’s father, Steve Nelson, made this post on his personal facebook page:

On Saturday January 6th @ 1:00 am, a stranger tried to break into my 28 year old sons home.
He is an active duty Marine & has never been in trouble.

He was shot.

He was arrested by the Westland police and asked for a lawyer, by 2:00 am.

To Do Operation Wetback, Eisenhower Didn’t Need To Pass Any Laws. Neither Would Trump

Via comment by Reborn on The Shithole Debate: Even the libs know that Trump...


Below, Patrick Cleburne posted on the history of Operation Wetback, saying that Eisenhower had the political will do actually deport people. That gives me an opportunity to recycle something I first noted in 2006, when I had the opportunity to speak to former Border Patrolman Bob Park, who as a young Border Patrolman took part in Operation Wetback, in 1954. He pointed out that Eisenhower didn`t have to pass any laws.

Being an illegal alien was already illegal. All it took was for the President of the United States to decide that something should be done, and then do it.

In  November, when Obama did his “Executive Action” on immigration, Daniel Horowitz pointed out that Eisenhower’s equivalent executive action “was to deport 80,000 illegal immigrants.” Many more self-deported, because they could see that the Government was taking this seriously.

Well,  Donald Trump, if he was in charge, could do the same thing. He certainly doesn’t lack political will.

Fed's misconduct in Cliven Bundy case stems from Ruby Ridge

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Fed's misconduct in Cliven Bundy case stems from Ruby Ridge

Federal judge Gloria Navarro slammed the FBI and Justice Department on Monday, Jan. 8, for “outrageous” abuses and “flagrant misconduct” in the prosecution of Cliven Bundy and sons, the Nevada ranchers who spurred a high-profile standoff with the FBI and Bureau of Land Management in 2014. Navarro condemned the "grossly shocking” withholding of evidence from defense counsel in a case that could have landed the Bundys in prison for the rest of their lives. Navarro, who had declared a mistrial last month, dismissed all charges against the Bundys.

Navarro was especially riled because the FBI spent three years covering up or lying about the role of their snipers in the 2014 standoff.

More @ The Hill

Rand Paul: Trump isn't prejudiced against Haiti because he helped fund my medical mission trip there

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul brushed off suggestions that President Trump holds a racial animus against Haitians because he once supported Paul’s trip to the Caribbean nation to do eye surgeries on poor Haitians.

Paul said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday that Trump donated money to a medical mission trip Paul took before he was president. Paul did about 200 surgeries on Haitians that allowed them to see while he was on the trip, and he said that’s evidence Trump isn’t prejudiced against the country.

MLK Jr.'s Niece: 'Trump Is Not a Racist'

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece, a conservative, was interviewed by Fox and Friends today and defended the 45th president of the United States against accusations of racism, calling critics “outrageous.”

President Donald J. Trump fell under a barrage of criticism this week, after a Democratic senator alleged that he referred to Haiti and several other nations as “sh*thole” countries during immigration reform negotiations.

"Racism is just a word that is being bandied about and thrown... at the president unjustly," she said. "President Trump is not a racist."

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Dennis Prager with Prager University Requests Preliminary Injunction in YouTube Censorship Lawsuit

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Video producer and Founder of PragerU, Dennis Prager is asking the court for a preliminary injunction against YouTube.

Prager sued YouTube in October for repeatedly censoring the regular videos that Prager University releases related to life, family, economics, and more. The videos are short, pithy discussion on social and political topics from a conservative viewpoint. Prager has asserted that YouTube is unfairly targeting their videos and restricting their views (and consequently both their reach and income) out of own liberal bias.

Last Friday, Prager asked a judge for a prelimary injunction seeking to have the restriction lifted off of his videos that have been censored due to liberal bias.

The Hollywood Reporter included Google’s statement on the lawsuit being filed by Prager. The statement says:

Forrest’s Statue and Crocodile Tears

Observations of a Citizen

While on our Christmas visit with our daughter and the grandkids, one granddaughter took to disruptive behavior that mommy had to stop. Immediately upon the toy being taken away, the youngster began to cry harshly, with tears dripping down her angrily rosy cheeks. She was not in pain, nor had she any cause for grief. She was just angry and frustrated at being stopped. Moments later, all was OK

There is a difference between tears of pain and sorrow, and tears of rage. The illegal attack on the statue of General Nathan Bedford Forrest by Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis city council helps us understand this difference when it is exhibited by adults.

                                                             More @  SHNV

Criminal Court


 Almost the first act of the Supreme Court was treason. In Marbury v. Madison, we see the convoluted, political thinking of the time. True, it was a moment rare in the history of nations that a national power structure must define itself. But, a closer look at the actual case reveals the self-serving, illogical conclusions typical of the Supreme Court today.

Ironically, the part of Marbury v. Madison that the Court found unconstitutional, which gave it the ability to interpret rights, rather than merely rule that a law is either Constitutional or unconstitutional, was finding that when the Judiciary Act of 1789 was passed that it gave the Supreme Court more jurisdiction than the Constitution allowed.

The correct ruling in this case should have been that since the Supreme Court did not have jurisdiction in the case that it was in appropriate for it to hear it unless it heard it as a consequence of a lower court ruling. As is clear, by Article III, Section 2, Clause 2:

How Trump will get Mexico to pay for wall

 GOP 2016 Trump Border Wall

Quietly, and without any fanfare from major media, Donald Trump has unveiled his plan for getting Mexico to pay for the border wall.

He says he plans to offer a new deal on NAFTA that will share increased revenues between the two countries more equitably, a small portion of which will be diverted to pay for the cost of the wall.

The Trump administration is currently seeking federal funding for the wall while renegotiating the U.S. trade deal with both Mexico and Canada.
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Rand Paul: Democrats have been unwilling to compromise on DACA, but Trump 'changed the dynamic'

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“In the old days, maybe 100 years ago, when my wife's grandmother came here, you had to work. If you didn't work, you were in fear of being sent home,” he said. “There needs to be a little bit of that tough love. So, we select out for people who have strong work ethic and I would say, by the way, most immigrants who come here have maybe better work ethic than some of those who are already here.”

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Democrats are playing hardball over illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children because they believe they’ll get what they want, and are therefore unwilling to compromise.

Paul said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday that he’s been negotiating with Democrats on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program for months but has gotten no where. He said that’s because the minority party is haughtily unwilling to compromise.

He said he’s floated a deal where all the Dreamers could be admitted to the country as legal immigrants and count toward the number of immigrants allowed in during that year.

Trump: DACA is 'probably dead' because Democrats won't make a deal

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President Trump said Sunday a program allowing people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children is “probably dead” because Democrats “don’t really want it.”

"[Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military,” Trump tweeted.

Tucker: Trump forced conversation leaders want to avoid

The Shithole Debate: Even the libs know that Trump got it right.

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It remains for race realists to explain why it is not only permissible, but moral to resist replacement. Public policy should not be defined by cowardice and hypocrisy. And America was not founded in order to become just another shithole.

President Donald Trump has been a disappointment in many ways. He’s inspired a fanatical leftist counter-reaction. The racial dissident movement is weaker after his first year in office than it was before he was elected. And the demographic transformation of America continues.

Yet we should not regret his election, for President Trump has the singular ability to reveal truths our opponents would prefer to leave unspoken. Sometimes, he bluntly announces these truths himself. Sometimes, the reactions of his foes speak more loudly than even he ever could. Both phenomena are at work in “Shitholegate,” a media firestorm that despite its crudity has sparked what may be the single most important debate on immigration policy since the Jordan Commission.