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February 18, 2018
 

Beating a Dead Russian Horse
By Vince Milum

Look folks, I would like nothing better than to drop my monologue on Russia but the idiots that run my country (the United States) can think of nothing else for us to talk about.  Want proof?  Look at this screen shot of the home page for The New York Times:

NYT - Russia

And remember, these dirtbags actually dare proclaim that their paper's motto is: "All the News That's Fit to Print."  So, according to these buffoons, one can conclude that virtually nothing can be published unless it is about Russia.  Hold a second, I think I hear Sarah Palin calling...

Palin - Russians

"But Vince...," you say.  "Only Putin and the Russians would be so evil as to interfere in another country's governance.  Surely you cannot argue that point?"  To which I call as my first witness, James Woolsey, former CIA Director:

 

For my second witness, I call Scott Shane of The New York Times (you remember, that news organization that (only) publishes "All the News That's Fit to Print"):

Russia Isn't the Only One Meddling in Elections. We Do It, Too. (NY Times title, not mine)

Opening: "Bags of cash delivered to a Rome hotel for favored Italian candidates.  Scandalous stories leaked to foreign newspapers to swing an election in Nicaragua.  Millions of pamphlets, posters and stickers printed to defeat an incumbent in Serbia.  The long arm of Vladimir Putin?  No, just a small sample of the United States' history of intervention in foreign elections."

More: "If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all," said Steven L. Hall, who retired in 2015 after 30 years at the C.I.A., where he was the chief of Russian operations.  The United States "absolutely" has carried out such election influence operations historically, he said, "and I hope we keep doing it."

Let me leave you with one more passage:

"Loch K. Johnson, the dean of American intelligence scholars, who began his career in the 1970s investigating the C.I.A. as a staff member of the Senate's Church Committee, says Russia's 2016 operation was simply the cyber-age version of standard United States practice for decades, whenever American officials were worried about a foreign vote."

Now I call my third witness, the publishers of Time Magazine.  (Actually, this is a recall witness from a previous article.)

(Milum asks:) "So Time Publishers, would you please share with this court, one of your magazine covers regarding election interference?"

Time - Yeltsin

"Yes Vince," you concede.  "But you must admit the Russians have a bad history and have always been an enemy of the United States.  Besides, what about their annexation of Crimea and supporting Russian-speakers in Ukraine?"

To which I respond by calling my final witnesses: The United States Army (in toto) as well as Henry L. Stimson (US Secretary of War for World War II), Frank Knox (US Secretary of the Navy), General George C. Marshall (Chief of Staff, US Army), General Douglas MacArthur (Commander-in-Chief, Southwest Pacific Area), Admiral Ernest J. King (Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet), and famed Hollywood Director, Frank Capra, who all argue that: (a) Russia is our ally, (b) shares our values and (c) is the rightful overseer of both Crimean and Ukrainian affairs (not my argument(s), theirs!):

 

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February 14, 2018

Vince Milum writes:

There are many issues whose discussion in the public sphere is too-often driven by ill-informed windbags (of both left-leaning and right-leaning persuasions).  Among these topics are Global Warming, Evolution, and Cosmology.  Because the least-qualified among us dominate these debates, little truth / clarity ever reaches "the masses."
 
Today marks the first installment of this mini-treatise (as it will be periodically updated and expanded) and the intent is to counter the trend of misinformation and disinformation.  Thank you (in advance) for your forbearance as I delve into each of these subjects in what may seem (at times) to some, an overly mundane way.

Because of the volume of text associated with this composition, I am electing to dedicate a separate internet page to it.  Please CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE.

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February 13, 2018

Laurence Tribe Lunatic Hero of the Left

By Vince Milum
 

Laurence Tribe

 
Here is a very good article about a nut-job that the left has been promoting (for decades) as their preferred choice to be the next nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.  Fortunately, the more-rational elements of the progressive left are waking up to the fact that this idiot (like most of the MSNBC all-stars*) is overdue for a timeout and remedial education.

Harvard's Laurence Tribe Has Become a Deranged Russia Conspiracist: Today Was His Most Humiliating Debacle

To understand how an imbecile like Tribe can be a patrician of the Harvard Law faculty, I encourage you to read my essay (found below) on "Michael Jordan Disease," dated January 28, 2018.
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*Speaking of MSNBC all-stars, here is the leader of the Democrats' Inquisition** Representative Adam Schiff being "punked" by two Russian DJ's as Schiff plays Inspector Clouseau in the DNC version of "In Search of the Lost Russian":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5waop30577A
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**And lest anyone forget, here are the Inquisition role models of the Democratic Party:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf_Y4MbUCLY

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February 06, 2018

Vince Milum writes:

Please note the revised postscript to my January 27, 2018, entry regarding "Russophobia." (Scroll down below to find and read.)  In short, I am pleased to announce that a number of Democrats / Liberals / Progressives have contacted me to express their displeasure at the anti-Russian and anti-Slav racism demonstrated by their leaders.

As I note this outreach, let me take this opportunity to remind my fellow citizens that, in addition to Russophobia, Democratic Party leaders are espousing a new form of McCarthyism, examples of which can be found here:
 

Tucker FBI Russia

 
As Christ admonished us, "Let the one of you without sin cast the first stone."

With Christ's admonition in mind, let me also remind my fellow citizens of just one of the times the United States interfered in a Russian election (yes, you read that right):
    

Yeltsin-Time Cover

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February 4, 2018
 
The Best "Sports Page" in Kansas City...
 
For those of you living in the "Mo-Kan" area (encompassing Missouri and Kansas) as well as fans of Notre Dame, we invite you to check out "The Milum Sports Special" which not only has the latest sports scores for area teams and Notre Dame but links to nearly every college's sports teams in the 2-state area as well as Fighting Irish links and links to the sports teams of the U.S. Military Academies. Check out the page and bookmark it:
  

Milum Sports

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February 3, 2018

The Revived Roman Empire and Yet Another War Based On False Pretenses?
(All discussed in a few tweets)
 
By Vince Milum
 
Per a tweet by Justin Raimondo, this could be the big take-away from the Nunes Memo Event:

Hoover and Kennedys

"One thing future presidential candidates are learning from the memo: if you want to win, you need the FBI's endorsement.  Just like Roman emperors needed support of the Praetorian Guards.  So that's a big change: or maybe not.  Maybe it's just now being publicly acknowledged."
 
URL: https://twitter.com/JustinRaimondo/status/959555642477264896
 
To assist readers for historical reference purposes, I linked the following after retweeting the above:
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Claudius
 
Re-Tweet URL: https://twitter.com/ReasonedMind/status/959762661469761536
 
Another important tweet this past week comes from Matt Lee, the Chief Diplomatic Writer for the Associated Press (and Dean of Correspondents at the U.S. State Department).  Let's start with my introductory tweet (paraphrased here for clarity):
 
"Here's one small thing the U.S. Government notably Nikki Haley (the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations) has failed to mention before America launches a full-scale war in Syria..."
 
Now for Matt's Tweet (which introduces an AP article by Robert Burns):
 
"[U.S. Defense Secretary James] Mattis says [the] US has no evidence of Syria[n] [government] use of sarin gas"
 
URL 1: https://twitter.com/ReasonedMind/status/959650009477206016
 
URL 2: https://twitter.com/APDiploWriter/status/959439868840546304
 
Here is a link to the entire AP article:
 
US has no evidence of Syrian use of sarin gas, Mattis says
 
Here is the opening excerpt:
 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has no evidence to confirm reports from aid groups and others that the Syrian government has used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday.  “We have other reports from the battlefield from people who claim it’s been used,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.  “We do not have evidence of it.”
 
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So, there you have it, folks.  The Revived Roman Empire (led by its New Praetorian Guard) is fully in control of the U.S. government and may be about to fight a direct war against Russia in Syria because of an alleged chemical weapons attack that even the U.S. acknowledges it cannot substantiate.  And how was your weekend?

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January 28, 2018
 
Vince Milum writes:

 Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson

People often ask me why I utterly despise many (if not most) journalists and politicians.  It is because of what I call "Michael Jordan Disease"* which is an affliction a society suffers when it fails to play its Michael Jordans.
 
That disease is particularly prevalent in America wherein inbred incompetents are groomed to succeed their (similarly) incompetent parents in academia, government and society.  Frequently, our gatekeepers insist on degrees from (so-called) "elite" universities as barriers to entry to stifle the unwashed masses from ascending to thrones of American leadership, but all-too-often admittance to those universities is itself guided by affirmative-action for (privileged) generational derelicts known as legacies on the one hand, and children whose daddies can make the biggest donations to oversized university endowments, on the other.
 
Until we commit ourselves as a nation to reversing this trend, our downward spiral of imbecilic nepotism will continue and our time atop the global-institutional apex will pass.

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*"Michael Jordan Disease" explained in a little more detail: I see a bench which has a (young) Michael Jordan, a (young) Larry Bird, a (young) Magic Johnson, a (young) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and a Lebron James sitting on it, while the coach insists on playing a bunch of jackasses who aren't fit to be waterboys for the Washington Generals.  I am tired of watching this game and think it's time we either change the channel or storm the court (because, unless we do something, it ain't gonna get any better).

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January 27, 2018

Vince Milum writes:

The Russians Are Coming

NOTE: Please see my revised postscript at the conclusion of this article.

As I mentioned in my essay dated, January 19, 2018: "I will NOT give myself as an audience to anti-Russian -or- anti-Iranian -or- anti-Syrian -or- anti-Korean xenophobia routinely spouted from America's and EU airwaves.  What I am particularly dumbfounded about is how 'the left' has become a haven for Russophobia."  Let me expound on this latter point...

Since the presidency of Bill Clinton, the U.S. Democratic Party has had a strong and growing anti-Slavic bias – including the unprovoked (from the American perspective) and (arguably) indiscriminate bombing and killing of thousands of Serbs by the Clinton Administration and the fomenting of hatred towards ethnic Russians which has been accentuated since the electoral defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Another grotesque example of open racial bigotry comes from President Obama's Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who stated (on the NBC News program "Meet the Press") that Russians are "GENETICALLY driven to co-opt, penetrate, [and] gain favor."

And MSNBC, the cable channel of record for the progressive left, has become a 24x7 hate-fest of anti-Russian hysteria.  Paramount in this visual and oral onslaught of demonization is Rachel Maddow (herself, a modern incarnation of Joseph Goebbels) who nightly intones the evil presented by all-things-Russian.

Rachel Maddow and Russia

As many of you know, I have dedicated my life to fighting racism – especially as it manifests in wars of ethnocide and genocide.  But now that the prelude to a potentially world-ending nuclear-war with Russia is reaching its climax,* I believe I must speak out even more forcefully than I have in the past.  (*The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists this week advanced their "Doomsday Clock" to two minutes until midnight – the closest to Midnight (i.e., "Armageddon," if you will) in history.)  So, while I will continue to reject anti-Russian and anti-Serb bigotry (as I am doing in citing the above examples), I now demand that each time anyone wishes to incite anti-Slav hostilities, they do so while also acknowledging the original source of their anti-Slav animus (which can be found in the Wikipedia article (excerpted below) on the ARYAN RACE):

"Nazi racial theorist Hans F. K. Günther identified the European race as having five subtype races: Nordic, Mediterranean, Dinaric, Alpine, and East Baltic.  Günther applied a Nordicist conception that Nordics were the highest in the racial hierarchy amongst these five European subtype races.  In his book 'Rassenkunde des deutschen Volkes' (1922) ('Racial Science of the German People'), Günther recognized Germans as being composed of all five European subtypes, but emphasized the strong Nordic heritage amongst Germans.  Günther believed Slavic people to be of 'Eastern race', one that was separate from Germans and Nordics, and warned about mixing 'German blood' with Slavic one....  Hitler's conception of the 'Aryan Herrenvolk' ('Aryan folk or nation') explicitly excluded the vast majority of Slavs, regarding the Slavs as having dangerous Jewish and Asiatic influences.  Because of this, the Nazis declared Slavs to be Untermenschen (subhumans)."

MORE...

"Hitler described Slavs as 'a mass of born slaves who feel the need of a master'.  Hitler declared that because Slavs were subhumans that the Geneva Conventions were not applicable to them, and German soldiers in World War II were thus permitted to ignore the Geneva Conventions in regards to Slavs.  Hitler called Slavs 'a rabbit family' meaning they were intrinsically idle and disorganized.  Nazi Germany's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels had media speak of Slavs as primitive animals who were from the Siberian tundra who were like a 'dark wave of filth'.  The Nazi notion of Slavs being inferior non-Aryans was part of the agenda for creating 'Lebensraum' ('living space') for Germans and other Germanic people in eastern Europe that was initiated during World War II under 'Generalplan Ost': millions of Germans and other Germanic settlers would be moved into conquered territories of Eastern Europe, while the original Slavic inhabitants were to be annihilated, removed, or enslaved."

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan_race

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Postscript: Many Republicans I meet also express anti-Russian sentiments but when I present them with the antecedents of their disposition, they tend to rightfully recant their embrace of racism.  To date, no Democrats / liberals / progressives have done so when presented with the above evidence.
 
Going forward I ask that all anti-Russians declare each of the following: (a) their anti-Slav orientation, (b) their personal justification for that orientation, and (c) an acknowledgement as to the (above-cited) historicity of that orientation. 
 
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Revised Postscript, February 6, 2018: My original postscript for this article, stated that (at the time of publication): "To date, no Democrats / liberals / progressives have [denounced Russophobia] when presented with the above."  Since that publication, many progressive Democrats have reached out to me to not only denounce Russophobia but to share their personal testimonies against it.  Here are but two examples:
 
Progressive Democrat Response 1:
 
Having had the opportunity to visit former KGB friends in Russia and bringing 6 of them to the United States where we held lectures in American cities from coast to coast, I can assure my fellow Americans that all humans are essentially the same and that Russians are just like us.
 
Jim Everett (Former CIA Agent) - Independence, Missouri
 
Progressive Democrat Response 2:
 
How many people who spout general hatred of Russians, actually know a single Russian, either an immigrant or [having] spent enough time in Russia to have an understanding of how one thinks or who one is?
 
I would estimate that that percentage is less than 1% of the population.
 
Having spent nearly three months total in Voronezh, Russia and working directly with a number of Russians starting in 1997 and continuing through 2006, I believe that I do have an understanding of who many, if not the majority, of them are.  Voronezh is (or at least was) one of the closed cities in Russia.  I needed two Visas to go there as a US citizen doing business.
 
Most of the people I worked with are engineers (as am I).  The company they work for builds liquid fueled rocket second stage systems for their Proton Rocket.  This system is used to power Soyuz Rockets which take astronauts [including Americans] to the International Space Station....
 
The people there are caring to a fault. They truly care about one another and in the world as a whole.  They hold no animosity towards us.  Two of the families [I knew there] have subsequently moved to the USA from Voronezh, have Green Cards, and are in the process of becoming US citizens.
 
The common people are not out to get us, they never were.  Yes, some government officials, may be implicateable in doing things to harm others as part of a "them vs. us" game.  Yes, certain things need to be addressed and investigated.  Still many of the issues are our own dang fault.
 
Seeing this [article above] validated some of the principles of my critical thinking rubric no one is all bad.  If someone claims that the other is all bad you can immediately discount virtually every other thing they say in relationship to that person.
 
Niel Leon - Baltimore, Maryland

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January 26, 2018
 
Vince Milum writes:
 
In my mind, the best title ever for a book discussing world religions is:
 
The Joy of Sects
 
Besides having a great title, this book (by Peter Occhiogrosso) is arguably the best content-wise as well.  (In fact, I have roughly a half-dozen copies which I periodically loan to those pursuing a greater knowledge of humanity's diversity of faiths.)
 
For today's column, I would like to address an aspect of "denominationalism" (if you will) within Hinduism to not only correct (certain) "Western" misunderstandings about the faith but also to give some perspective on a small history of both monotheism and reform* within the religion.  (*Two reforms sought within the movement were abolition of the caste system and emancipation of women.)
 
Rather than bore you with my particular take, I am simply going to link to three Wikipedia "Samaj"** articles (describing three religious "societies"**) and "pray" that no one (maliciously) alters the articles between the time I post this entry and you read the linked articles:
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arya_Samaj
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmo_Samaj
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prarthana_Samaj
 

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January 19, 2018

Vince Milum writes:

The title of the Ad Week article is, "Who Do Americans Believe Is the Most Objective News Source?"

And the answer, based on a (new) GALLUP Survey, is that a plurality of Americans identify Fox News as the most OBJECTIVE news media organization:

http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/who-do-americans-believe-is-the-most-objective-news-source/355232

MediaObjectivitySurvey

Let me posit some possible explanations for this:

(1) All-but-Fox tend to lean "left-of-center" and thus must accept a smaller (individual) "share of the pie" than Fox which has the "right-of-center" market-segment largely to itself.

(2) Related to item (1) above, it is fair to say that many national and international media outlets come across as sharing (Candidate) Hillary Clinton's view that "half" of Middle America belong in a "basket full of deplorables."

For any news entity to challenge Fox, it will be necessary to reverse this perception.  And since perceptions are largely grounded in reality, to challenge Fox, a house-cleaning of executives, producers, and on-air talent is long overdue for some of these other media outlets.  Otherwise, they will remain contesting bewteen themselves for second place at best.

(3) What may be of (particular) concern to those who are politically on the left is that a plurality of INDEPENDENT VOTERS (also) believes Fox News to be the most objective.

Myself (as a registered political Independent), I prefer to NOT consume ANY of the products of "large media" entities with institutional concerns that override their objectivity (which includes all of the entities cited in the survey).  Further...

I will NOT give myself as an audience to anti-Russian -or- anti-Iranian -or- anti-Syrian -or- anti-Korean xenophobia routinely spouted from America's and EU airwaves.  What I am particularly dumbfounded about is how "the left" has become a haven for Russophobia.  As I admonished my fellow intelligence operatives during the Cold War:

"The Russians are NOT our enemy; our struggle is against the Soviet Union, and I look forward to the day when Russians decide for themselves how they want to live."

What too many Americans and EU members cannot accept is that day has arrived.
 

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January 16, 2018

Vince Milum writes:

Today, I am proud to announce the launch of this journal which is tantamount to what some call a "blog."  In so doing, let me also announce the launch of our new web site:
 

Philosophy Party
 
Give it a visit and have yourself a party!

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