Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Excerpts from Victor Davis Hanson's new book "The Second World Wars"

Editor’s Note: The Following is a series of excerpts adapted from Victor Davis Hanson’s new book The Second World Wars. It appears here with permission.


A Classical War of Modern Violence
by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON October 16, 2017 4:00 AM @VDHANSON

World War II traced the contours of previous conflicts to an endpoint of unprecedented death and destruction.



The Axis Was Outmatched from the Start
by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON October 17, 2017 4:00 AM @VDHANSON

Hitler and his Axis cohorts couldn’t match their enemies’ resources to begin with. That they learned all the wrong lessons from military history while the Allies learned all the right ones doomed them.



The Deadly Cost of Mutual Misunderstanding
by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON October 18, 2017 4:00 AM @VDHANSON

Hitler went to war without an accurate conception of the Allies’ strength. The Allies did the same without an accurate conception of Hitler’s ambition. Unprecedented bloodshed ensued.







Monday, October 16, 2017

THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF PROGRESSIVE DOMINATION?

Other signs suggest we shouldn’t start celebrating. The lefts’ demolition of the American social and political order has reached deep into our schools, popular culture, and political policies. There are 66 million Millennials, the worst-educated cohort in American history, steeped in the progressive world-view since kindergarten. The shibboleths, clichés, mythemes, and transparent lies of that world view are second nature to them, signs of intellectual sophistication and class superiority. Their favorite oracles, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube, are morphing into Big Brother censors and manipulators of information on behalf of progressives. And these Millennials are going to be around for a long time, unlike the aging Boomers, among whom are most of the last remnants of the old America.

More ominous, the progressive redistributionist entitlement state and the habits of dependence it fosters are unlikely to be reformed, even as the increasing debt to finance this “kinder, gentler” Leviathan continues to drive us toward bankruptcy. The vast wealth and physical comfort we Americans enjoy fool us into thinking that all these cultural and political pathologies are affordable, nothing to worry about as long as the shelves of Costco are full, the cat videos keep coming on Facebook and YouTube, the new CGI superhero cartoons are showing at the Cineplex, and new Silicon Valley toys continue to be available. We can keep on enjoying our bread and circuses and not think about the Goths and Vandals gathering on the horizon.

So, beginning of the end of the leftist cultural regime, or a transient, doomed resistance? One thing for sure, we have a couple of national elections coming in 2018 and 2020 that will answer that question.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Colorado facing big problems after legalizing recreational marijuana in 2013

Despite lofty promises from the marijuana industry, legalizing recreational marijuana has been detrimental to Colorado.
     
A recent conference in the Phoenix area, “Legalized Marijuana: The Unintended Consequences,” organized by MATFORCE and Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, highlighted the unintended consequences of legalizing marijuana. One of the sessions at the conference focused specifically on the unintended consequences of legalizing marijuana in Colorado.

For this week’s 5 Minutes for Families, I wanted to outline some of the problems Colorado is facing after legalizing recreational marijuana in 2013.
  
Increase in Marijuana-Related Traffic Deaths:
 from 55 deaths in 2013 to 123 deaths in 2016. 
 in the four-year average (2013-2016) since legalizing recreational marijuana compared to three-year average (2009-2012) prior to legalization.
·  In 2009, 9% of all traffic fatalities in Colorado involved operators testing positive for marijuana. By 2016, the number doubled to 20%.
·  Marijuana, as a percent of all Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Driving Under the Influence of Drugs cases is increasing since legalization: 12.2% (2014), 13.4% (2015), and 17.2% (2016)
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Increase in Youth Marijuana Use:
·  Since Colorado legalized marijuana the youth past month marijuana use increased by 20%
 in the two-year average (2013-2014) compared to the two-year average prior to legalization (2011-2012).
·  The latest 2014-2015 results show that Colorado youth ranked #1 in the nation for past month marijuana use
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·  Colorado youth past month marijuana use for 2014-2015 was 55% higher
 than the national average, compared to 39% higher in 2011-2012.
since legalization: 1,766 (2012), 1,980 (2013), and 2,363 (2014). 

Increase in Marijuana-Related Health Emergencies:
: 8,197 (2011), 9,982 (2012), 14,148 (2013), and 18,255 (2014).
: 6,305 (2011), 6,715 (2012), 8,272 (2013), and 11,439 (2014). 
 from 43 (2009-2012) to 134 (2013-2016) after legalization. 
o    The number of marijuana-related poison control calls involving children under 9 years of age
increased 206% post-legalization: 16 (2012), 26 (2013), 44 (2014), and 49 (2015).
·  Children’s Hospital Colorado reported 1 marijuana ingestion among children
under 9 years old in 2009 compared to 16 in 2015.
 has increased post legalization: 13.5% (2006-2008), 13.8% (2009-2011), and 16% (2012-2014). 

Increase in Marijuana Culture:
·  As of June 2017, Colorado has 491 retail marijuana stores
 compared to 392 Starbucks and 208 McDonald’s.
·  The percentage of adults 26 years of age and older using marijuana is steadily increasing each year since legalization: 7.63% (2011-2012), 10.13% (2012-2013), 12.45% (2013-2014), and 14.65% (2014-2015).  
·  In 2012, out-of-state residents accounted for 78 of every 100,000 emergency room visits due to marijuana-related symptoms. By 2014, the number increased to 163 of every 100,000 visits, a 109% increase.   
 has increase 914% post legalization, from 97 pounds (2009-2012) to 984 pounds (2013-2016).
 has increased from 184 in 2013 to 752 in 2015.
·  Legalization of marijuana may have contributed to increase of homelessness in Denver, from 28,000 accommodations per month in 2012 to 42,000 accommodations per month in November 2015. 

The above numbers make clear that legalizing recreational marijuana is bad public policy. It might please marijuana users and fatten the wallet of the marijuana industry, but it puts families and children at risk. To be sure, Colorado has benefitted from tax revenues from the medical and recreational marijuana industry, but is .8% of the state’s budget worth all the harm it has caused its citizens.

For additional reports tracking the consequences of legalizing marijuana in Colorado see Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

(RMHIDTA).



Did Bannon Just Take Down Harvey Weinstein?

...the real story is how much this disrupts the money laundering cycle of the entertainment industry to maintain control over the narrative. Trump’s base already didn’t like Hollywood. Now they hate it.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PHONY HOLLYWOOD COWARDS

In all these cases — the phony cowards like the Ashley Judds, the Meryl Streeps, the Hillary Clintons whose political races and foundations have been greased by pigs like Harvey Weinstein whose identification with Bill Clinton is all-too-comprehensible — the cowardice is overwhelming. Shivering, sniveling, gutless cowards who actually have been positioned for years and years to take down this pig. Had they done so, they could have spared dozens more women the shame and trauma of subsequent Weinstein assaults and outrages. But they were too cowardly to endanger their stations in Hollywood. Dared not speak out against a mogul, a “God.” Shivered, kept silent, perhaps endured silent nightmares and cold sweats. But nary a word. Because, while safely “speaking truth to power” from safe distances, they never would risk their own tuxedoes and glittering dinner gowns, their jewels and diamonds, and their access to invitations to the next Hollywood gala. Too dangerous. Too risky. Better to tweet a dismembered bloody head depicting the duly, lawfully, and democratically elected President of the United States.

And then at the Awards ceremonies and the “Women’s marches” they congratulate themselves for their courage to wear vagina hats and obscene tee-shirts, to recite filthy “poems” and to speak of blowing up the White House.
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Sunday, October 08, 2017

List of mass shooters and the stark link to psychotropic drugs

IF NOW IS REALLY “THE TIME” …


List of mass shooters and the stark link to psychotropic drugs:


Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold's medical records have never been made available to the public.

Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather's girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.

Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.

Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.

Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.

Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.
Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded.

A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.

Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.
Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.

Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania.

Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California.

Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic's file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.

Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.

Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family's Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.

Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara's parents said “…. the damn doctor wouldn't take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”)

Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002,
(Gareth's father could not accept his son's death and killed himself.)

Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family's detached garage.

Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”

Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.

Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.

Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school. . . . .


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What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24….. killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado?
Sertraline which is the generic name for Zoloft, an SSRI antidepressant. He was also taking Clonazepam which is the generic name for Klonopin, a benzodiazepine. 

What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct? 
Yale’s Kathleen Koenig was advised on two occasions that Lanza had adverse reactions to psychiatric drugs prescribed to him – the Celexa and Lexapro.

http://ablechild.org/2014/03/11/new-information-about-adam-lanzas-mental-health-treatment-reveals-multiple-drugs/






Updated October 4, 2017 - 10:00 am

Stephen Paddock, who killed at least 58 people and wounded hundreds more in Las Vegas on Sunday with high-powered rifles, was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June that can lead to aggressive behavior, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has learned.

Records from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program obtained Tuesday show Paddock was prescribed 50 10-milligram diazepam tablets by Henderson physician Dr. Steven Winkler on June 21.


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Sunday, October 08, 2017

The Culture War of Gun Control

Posted by Daniel Greenfield
(Orthodox Jewish blogger and columnist born in Israel and living in Los Angeles. Shillman Journalism Fellow)




Sunday, October 01, 2017

BREAKING PUERTO RICO: CORRUPT OFFICIALS PREVENTING DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD AND WATER

BREAKING: PUERTO RICO

This story is breaking across the news desk. A very emotional female police officer from Puerto Rico’s police department in Guaynabo called into a US Spanish radio station to give people the real scoop about what is happening in Puerto Rico.
The call was recorded on September 28th. It shows the corruption within the Puerto Rican Government and the Municipal authority of San Juan especially. Watch the video below:
Oh just so you know… The video is not an English. Subtitles have been included in the video and a transcript of the call in English is below.

Before reading the transcript. We need to get this video out there everywhere. This totally kills the mainstream media’s narrative in Puerto Rico. Hit that share button now.
English Transcript:
Radio Announcer: What is your name?
Police Caller: I cannot give my name because I work for Puerto Rico’s Police Department. I need to pass this information out because the stuff that is being brought from the U.S. is not being distributed.  They are not allowing the Puerto Rican people to receive the donations.
Radio Announcer: What part of Puerto Rico are you calling us from right now?
Police Caller: I am right now in Guaynabo.
Radio Announcer 2: Wow.
Radio Announcer 3: But what information do you have? What have you seen?
Police Caller: The Mayor, Carmen Yulin, is not allowing anyone to distribute… We need… what Puerto Ricans need is that the U.S. armed forces come in and distribute the aid. And that they stop the governor, Rosello, and the mayor, Yulin, on doing what they are doing… It’s an abuse, it looks like communism, in our own island (sobbing)… (sobbing continues, inaudible translation due to cries)…
Police Caller (cont.): People are helping us, but they are not accepting it, they are not accepting anymore help supposedly: “they have to wait for the license, that there are no buses.” …Let me tell you something Boricuas (Puerto Ricans) are dying of hunger (crying continues) … This is a bureaucracy, everything has to be protocol, the lines are stretched. …We can only give one box of water per person (sobbing continues).  …The medics here, people are dying, the hospitals are in crisis.
Police Caller (cont.): I am embarrassed, as a Boricua to work for Puerto Rico’s police and see that we cannot do anything.  There are dozens and thousands and thousands of food and when people ask we cannot give anything away because [Mayor] Carmen Yulin says that we cannot take anything out; because everything is a soap opera, everything is a show and there have to be cameras here and there.  ….Because you know they are just looking for votes for the upcoming years.
Radio Announcer 2: Wow
Police Caller: And the governor won’t move unless there is a camera behind him; [Mayor] Carmen Yulin won’t move unless there is a camera behind her.  This is how we are living in Puerto Rico, meanwhile artists are giving money and the people of Florida are sending stuff, and I don’t know how many more people are helping because we have very limited communication, very limited, and we have no idea what’s going on outside; and the people who are sending stuff, they have to come in; they have to come to help Puerto Rico and distribute what is being wasted …because what else are we going to do?  You tell me, what are we going to do?
Radio Announcer #2: Of course the desperation.
Radio Announcer #3: We are with our hearts broken listening to you describing this situation which is heartbreaking when we know that so many people are helping …this is a police officer speaking.
Police Caller: I’ve been for one hour and a half just trying to download an application because the phones that they give to us I cannot use them as a police officer due to security measures.  But I need to speak for the people because the people are suffering.  Because I, as a cop, and other partners are seeing it.   A lot of people have been posting videos (sobbing – inaudible)  …and no-one is paying attention.
Radio Announcer #3: We are truly sorry for this situation, we did not know that..
Police Caller:  If Cuba and Venezuela want to help and we are grateful for that; and that the government denies their help, the government denies Cuba’s help. …That they reject Venezuela’s help, …Look for God’s sake!  Tell me how is that possible, we need help.
Radio Announcer #3: We are going to send this message out so that it gets to where it needs to get to…
Police Caller:  We want the U.S. to come in, that the strongest forces come in and take the governor out, he is not doing anything, he is just going around and around, …and everyone is like: “oh, look how nice, the governor, he is going in the mud, he is going in the water”, And where is it?  Pardon the expression: WHERE IS THE FOOD?
Police Caller (cont.):  Look, grab the food, grab the sausage can and take it to the families! Stop the show! The governor is just doing a show, is all a show.  There are many mayors that are suffering because they cannot do anything for their people.
Radio Announcer #2: What are they doing with the food? Is it being kept in storage because they are not allowing to give it out?
Police Caller: They are not doing anything, and they tell the harbors (ports) that they cannot bring stuff anymore.  If the U.S. government doesn’t get involved they will finish us.  We are going to end up worse.  …Worse than Cuba, Africa, or worse than Haiti.  We are living in an era that you don’t want to see, people are desperate.  The gasoline, people are already killing each other. Not to rob you, they are doing it so they can be the firsts to get food and take it to their families.
Police Caller (cont.): Do you know what it is when a woman approaches me and tells me “I don’t have any more.” “I don’t know what else to give my kids because I don’t have anymore.” “Water and crackers”!
Radio Announcer #1: Sweetie, thank you for calling us and using this medium to denounce this situation; and good thing that it was you who explained this so that people don’t think that we are making up stuff; because this has nothing to do with politics. This is a very serious situation.
Police Caller: Very Serious (sobbing continues)
This video needs to get out to all of America. Keep fighting Puerto Ricans. We are praying for you.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

END THE NFL

It’s no wonder that so many of the NFL’s millionaire scumbags are eager to join Colin Kaepernick’s protests against the justice system by degrading our anthem.

It’s because they’re criminals.

And it’s no wonder that the NFL stands behind its thugs. If a team can shrug at abusing women, what’s a little anti-American tantrum by a prize property that makes them millions of dollars?

The only question is why are the rest of us subsidizing it?
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Monday, September 25, 2017

We are now in the beginning phase of “OBAMAGATE.” This is our generation’s Watergate. Except far worse.

OBAMAGATE: What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?

An ancient Chinese philosopher once said, “May you live in interesting times.” Congratulations- we’ve hit the jackpot. 
We are now in the beginning phase of “OBAMAGATE.” This is our generation’s Watergate. Except far worse. 
Here’s a refresher course for those too young to remember. “Watergate” was the name for the biggest scandal in modern political history. Republican President Richard Nixon desperately wanted to know what Democrats were planning for their presidential campaign against him. So, he ordered a team of trusted aides to spy on the Democrats. They literally broke into the offices of the DNC (Democrat National Committee) inside the Watergate Building. That was the beginning of the end for Nixon. 
But today no one needs to physically break into an office to spy on their political rival. Today all you have to do is use the high tech electronic power of government. This is “the political weaponization of intelligence agencies.” A corrupt president can use the government to listen in on anyone, anytime.
When Donald Trump tweeted in March that Obama spied on him, the media and liberal critics went ballistic. CNN tweeted “Trump’s baseless wiretap claim” and “Trump just flat-out lied about wiretapping.” Well guess who was right? Trump- again.
According to multiple media reports out this week, the Obama administration spied on the Trump presidential campaign. They wiretapped Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort both before and after the election. It appears other top Trump aides were also wiretapped, as was Trump Tower. 
If these media reports are proven true, then the Obama administration was spying on the entire Trump campaign staff. Even if they were listening in on only Paul Manafort, who do you think Manafort was speaking to? Trump himself and every high-ranking member of Trump’s campaign staff. 
Which means while the government was supposedly listening for “criminal activity” they just happened to hear every plan of the Trump campaign…they just happened to know what would be in Trump’s speeches… they knew his line of attack versus Hillary…they knew his debate preparations…they knew everything Trump was planning before he did it. That’s some valuable inside information.
Obama just happened to pick the perfect guy to spy on- if he wanted to fix the election for Hillary.
Are you connecting the dots now? This was no coincidence. Obama and his socialist cabal made up a story of Russia collusion, to justify approval of FISA warrants from the court system, so they could spy on Trump.
It was the perfect crime- or so Obama thought. Because with all this inside information on the Trump campaign in the hands of Hillary and her campaign team, she couldn’t lose. The fix was in. Obama handed her the keys to the White House. 
And after her easy victory, Hillary would be in control of the DOJ. So, who would ever investigate or prosecute? The wolf would be in charge of the hen house. Obama was safe from prosecution. 
Except Trump ruined everything by winning a “fixed” election against all odds. And now Trump controls the DOJ. Trump can investigate and prosecute. OBAMAGATE is directly in Trump’s crosshairs. 
Does this OBAMAGATE gameplan sound familiar?
These are the same people who successfully “fixed” the primary for Hillary. They cheated Bernie Sanders. They even gave CNN’s presidential debate questions to Hillary in advance. 
These are the same people who used the power of the IRS to destroy Obama’s leading media critics (including yours truly); and slow Tea Party fundraising and activism to a trickle during the 2012 Obama re-election. Isn’t that an attempt to “fix” the election? 
These are the same people caught spying on journalists of Fox News, Associated Press and CBS’s Emmy Award-winning correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.
These are the same people who unmasked Trump advisors and transition officials. Samantha Powers was unmasking names at a speed unheard of in political history. 
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates have acknowledged they reviewed communications of political figures. You can bet all of them were Republicans.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul believes he and other GOP Presidential candidates were wiretapped.
Where does it go from here? Is it hard to believe that Supreme Court Justice Roberts was wiretapped while pondering how to vote on Obamacare?
Folks, this is OBAMAGATE. It makes Watergate look like child’s play. Lots of people are going to prison. The real question is…
“What did Obama himself know and when did he know it?”

Saturday, September 23, 2017

BOMBSHELL: OBAMA SPIED ON TRUMP!

On Monday (9/18), CNN dropped the bombshell that Trump was right all along that Obama had him wiretapped.  Headlines followed:
       The Spectator:  Obama’s Watergate