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Venezuela, socialism and 
the definition of insanity
by  ERIK RUSH 
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Funding the United Nations 
Is Making Less Sense Than Ever
by James Murphy
{thenewamerican.com} ~ American diplomats attached to the United Nations headquarters in New York have failed in their attempt... to get other countries such as Brazil, India, and Turkey to step up their funding of UN “peacekeeping” forces, the so-called blue helmets. As of now, the paramilitary organization faces a $220 million budget shortfall for the upcoming year. UN “peacekeepers” are currently deployed in 14 trouble spots, mainly in Africa and the Middle East. “Unfortunately, in a deeply dissatisfying and disappointing turn of events, every country decided that reform was good and right for the UN, but not for how it is financed,” said Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet, the US representative for UN reform on Saturday. Back in the 1990s, the U.S. Congress capped the United States’ share of UN “peacekeeping” at 25 percent. President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama waived that cap during his administration, but President Trump, perhaps seeing much of the UN “peacekeeping” missions as wasteful, ineffective, and unnecessary, has reinstituted the cap. The UN’s budget calls for America to pay 27 percent of “peacekeeping” activities. America is, by far, the largest contributor to the UN, funding 22 percent of the total operating budget. Japan is next at just under 10 percent. The world’s most populous nation — and soon to be the world’s largest economy — funds just under eight percent of UN activities. Even so, the UN still has the temerity to claim that the United States owes it more than $1.3 billion in back payments...What are we waiting for kick the UN out.
Verizon Fios drops BlazeTV, conservative channel
founded by Mark Levin and Glenn Beck
by Jennifer Harper 
{washingtontimes.com} ~ Verizon Fios carries more than 425 channels, but as of Friday, BlazeTV is not one of them. The online streaming giant dropped the conservative outlet founded by veteran broadcasters Mark Levin and Glenn Beck... “As you know we must periodically renew our agreements with TV content providers to be able to bring you the programming available on Fios TV. At Verizon, we put our customers first in all our content decisions. We aim to provide content our customers want at a fair price,” Fios said in a message to subscribers. “Given that the cost of programming is the single biggest factor in higher TV bills, we carefully review proposals from network providers to be sure that their rates are in line with their viewership. This practice allows us to bring you a competitive rate for Fios TV packages. As a result, we have decided to remove The Blaze (Ch. 112 SD / 612 HD) from our lineup effective December 28, 2018,” the Fios message said, advising customers to download the BlazeTV app or subscribe directly to the channel itself. Some customers have noticed. “Blaze TV gone. With all the junk programming available, Verizon now decides to remove an information TV program. I cannot help but to believe this decision is more about politics than viewers,” advised one message in an online community support group. “Their action speaks of clear resistance to diverse views. Reverse your decision and reinstate The Blaze,” noted another post...
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Speech-Code Cartel's secret rulebook leaked  
by wnd.com  
{wnd.com} ~ Hundreds of pages of guidelines used by Facebook employees to censor speech, suppress ideas and push conversations into channels the company prefers have been revealed... and they show they include inaccurate information. The secrets, on which the Daily Mail and others have reported, are established by a committee of company lawyers and engineers who meet to dictate “thousands” of rules about what words and phrases will be suppressed.  “They have also drawn up a list of banned organizations laying down which political groups can use their platform in every country on earth,” the Mail said of an investigation by the New York Times. “An army of 7,500 lowly-paid moderators, many of whom work for contractors who also run call centers, enforce the rules for two billion global users with reference to a baffling array of thousands of PowerPoint slides issued from Silicon Valley,” the report said.  Their job is to make a decision – within about 10 seconds, on each post of the thousand they are expected to review daily. The company has seen its growth explode in recent years, but it also was caught up in a scandal that developed during the 2016 presidential race, in which foreign interests apparently bought ads on the platform trying to influence to U.S. election. Facebook’s response has been to crack down even more on what it considers politically incorrect speech, often the perspectives of conservatives across America...
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Illegals and the American Dream
by Daniel John Sobieski
{americanthinker.com} ~ When talking about immigration, Democrats like to conflate illegal and legal immigration, dropping the word “illegal” and spouting meaningless babble about no human being illegal... They like to preach  that illegal immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than American citizens, a factoid that has been exposed as a lie. The murder of legal immigrant and Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh on Christmas night by an illegal alien in the sanctuary state of California shows not only that the claims by Chuck scumbag/clown-Schumer and the “bride of Chucky” Nancy Pulosi that the Democrats support border security is a deadly and bald-faced lie. It highlights the difference between legal and illegal immigrants, between those who love America and want to be Americans and those who murder them. Pulosi and scumbag/clown-Schumer like to talk about the “Dreamers.” Well, Ronil Singh had dreams, too: Ronil Singh came to the U.S. from his native Fiji to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming an officer, joining a small-town police force in California and working to improve his English. The day after Christmas, he stopped another immigrant, this one in the country illegally, who shot and killed the corporal, authorities said Thursday…"This suspect is in our country illegally. He doesn't belong here. He is a criminal," Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, whose agency is leading the investigation, told reporters...    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/12/illegals_and_the_a...
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Exposing scumbag/liar-nObamacare’s 
Support Network
by Hayden Ludwig
{capitalresearch.org} ~ With scumbag/liar-nObamacare recently pronounced unconstitutional by a federal judge and enrollment numbers down for another year... former President scumbag/liar-nObama’s signature legislative achievement appears to be running out of steam. But the law may soon get a shot to the arm, if the professional Left gets its way. Among the myriad groups trying to prop up the drooping healthcare law is Get America Covered, a coalition formed in late 2017 in Washington, D.C. by two scumbag/liar-nObama administration alumni, Lori Lodes and Josh Peck, both of whom served in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Their activist credentials are impressive. In 2016, Lodes served as chief of staff for communications in scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign; prior to that, she was a senior vice president for the Center for American Progress (CAP) and its advocacy arm, CAP Action, as well as deputy communications director for the Services Employees International Union (SEIU). From 2016 to 2017, Peck had the unfortunate position of chief marketing officer for HealthCare.gov, the scumbag/liar-nObamacare sign-up website launched in October 2013 with so many technical issues it earned the nickname “Nightmare.gov.” Peck also worked for the Democratic National Committee and scumbag/liar-nObama’s 2008 campaign, and he runs his own consultancy—For Good Strategies—which has advised left-wing groups like Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the Citizen Engagement Laboratory. A search for Get America Covered will reveal a lot about what Lodes and Peck want to advertise—that they’re former scumbag/liar-nObama administration officials pushing scumbag/liar-nObamacare enrollment prior to the annual cutoff date of December 15, and that their national co-chair list reads like a grab bag of mostly glamor activists: Democratic operative Van Jones, Bipartisan Policy Center senior adviser Andy Slavitt, former insurance CEO Mario Molina, and actors Alyssa Milano and Bradley Whitford of The West Wing TV show. But other than a video of Barack scumbag/liar-nObama urging people to sign up for scumbag/liar-nObamacare and a few links to HealthCare.gov, Get America Covered hasn’t produced much . . . at least under its own name...  https://capitalresearch.org/article/exposing-obamacares-support-net...
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Venezuela, socialism and 
the definition of insanity
by  ERIK RUSH 

{wnd.com} ~ As the orchestrated refugee crisis involving émigrés from Central America trekking across Mexico in the hopes of gaining entry into the U.S. plays out, there is a similar – but very real – refugee crisis playing out in South America. In recent weeks, thousands of Venezuelans have been pouring into Colombia at the border city of Cucuta, giving rise to scenes and circumstances right out of refugee scenarios that follow natural disasters.

The state of these people and the conditions they are facing are beyond appalling and far surpass the ginned-up squalor that’s been reported concerning the Central American caravan. Among the Venezuelans, there are both women and men selling their bodies for food, women selling their breast milk and hair, malnourished mothers carrying equally malnourished infants, all hoping against hope for better conditions in Colombia, of all places.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a Venezuela in steep economic decline; it is now clear that the glorious socialist revolution of Hugo Chavez and Nicolás Maduro has essentially destroyed that nation. Their health-care system has collapsed, and Third World diseases that had been eradicated have become rampant once again. Hospitals in neighboring nations – particularly Colombia – have been inundated with Venezuelans seeking medication and vaccines because there simply aren’t any left. The suicide, maternal and infant mortality rates have exploded, and over 50 percent of the educated professionals who have been able to leave the country have done so.

Puzzlement over the nearly deafening silence concerning the reason for Venezuela’s woes is compounded by the fact that Venezuela is not the only nation in the region suffering in this manner. In Brazil, incoming President Jair Bolsonaro has said that he intends to establish an international coalition of anti-socialists to thwart the efforts of highly organized leftists at home and abroad who have influenced policy in that nation, very much to its social and economic detriment.

Considering the scope of the problem in Latin America, one would think that it would be garnering more press coverage than it is, but as I recently pointed out regarding the nationwide “green riots” in France, it’s likely that this is because the dedicatedly leftist Western press is reluctant to feature crises in which leftism itself is the cause thereof. In fact, one of the most comprehensive articles on the Venezuelan crisis didn’t even use the word “socialism.”

The plight of Venezuela and to a lesser degree Brazil, where things aren’t nearly as dire is significant because Venezuela was once the wealthiest nation in Latin America, rather than an undeveloped nation with limited resources. The human and natural resource potential in Venezuela is vast, yet it has been stultified into dormancy by socialist policies.

What this means is that there is no reason to presume that this could not happen here, the delusion to which far too many Americans currently subscribe. Just enough socialism, and no resources of any type or measure are sufficient to keep the ship afloat.

Yet in America, despite the election of Donald Trump as president – a mandate against scumbag/liar-nObama-era socialist policies, whether voters realize it or not – grinning young fools, activists and liberal politicians are celebrating “democratic socialism” as the salvation of our nation. This brings to mind the axiom which asserts that doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result is essentially the definition of insanity.

Taking Brazil’s example – or that of their president-elect: The key first step is in identifying the nature of the malady. Bolsonaro has done this in charging domestic activists as well as the governments of Cuba and Venezuela with having conspired to influence policy in Brazil for many years.

In America, while some on the right have had a pretty clear picture of the designs of the hard left for a long time, many conservatives, libertarians and unaffiliated voters have been duped by an illusory “left-right” paradigm that is no longer accurate. This goes beyond the presumption that any politician with an “R” after his name is trustworthy; it encompasses the sobering fact that many who once positioned themselves as conservatives are in fact Deep State apparatchiks, every bit as dedicated to the oligarchical collective as 
scumbag-George Soros or the most rabid Democrat operatives.

Two weeks ago, the billionaire Koch brothers – long considered to be conservative activists – publicly came out against the Trump administration’s intent to implement a policy that would protect American taxpayers from funding the mass importation of welfare-dependent foreign nationals, claiming that ending this type of immigration would do “serious harm” to the nation.

If this contention seems to fly in the face of common sense, it’s because it most definitely does. Leaving aside the question of why the U.S. would allow for the admittance of even one welfare-dependent foreign national, obviously this reveals that the “conservative” Koch brothers are, like so many wealthy socialists, simply looking to protect their stake in the supply of cheap labor.

Then last week, it was revealed that a fabricated dossier which has been central to the left’s witch hunt against President Trump was in fact passed on to the press by a surrogate of the late Sen. rino-John McCain, another notorious “conservative” poser.

The politically uninitiated individual might look at such examples and think “See? Even conservatives hate Trump!” That’s the spin the establishment press might put on it for obvious reasons, but this, like the faux conservatives cited above, serves the same function: to re-define conservatism as being the benign realm of the posers, and marginalize actual conservatives and Trump supporters as extremists.

These wolves in sheep’s clothing remained difficult to detect for many years, but many were revealed during Barack 
scumbag/liar-nObama’s presidency for their abject refusal to hold him accountable for his high crimes. The universal “tell” that’s given many more away lately has been their zeal to chime in with Beltway socialists in condemning all things Trump.

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Deep State Treason:  Former State Dept. Official Under Trump Tells China To Quit Negotiating Until Trump Is Removed In 2020

Deep state traitors no longer hide their deep hatred for the American people —

Mrs. Susan Thornton, the former acting assistant secretary of state in the Trump administration, told her Beijing audience to stop negotiating until President Trump is removed from office in 2020.

Until July 2018, she was Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State and led East Asia policy making amid crises with North Korea, escalating trade tensions with China, and a fast-changing international environment.

The Conservative Treehouse and The South China Morning News reported:

A former official in the Trump administration has said that China can weather the storm brought by the trade war with the United States but might have to “keep steady, keep their heads down and wait” for change in the White House.

Susan Thornton, former acting assistant secretary of state to US President Donald Trump, told a gathering in Shanghai on Wednesday that she hoped a trade deal between the US and China could be concluded by next month.

But the reality was that it would “take a while” for China and the US to talk about cooperation again, Thornton, who in 20 years rose to become the US State Department’s chief negotiator for East Asia and Pacific affairs, told the South China Morning Post.

“I want to be optimistic,” said Thornton, whose 27-year career in Washington ended in July. “I tell all our foreign counterparts they should keep steady, keep their heads down and wait. [They should] try to not let anything change dramatically.”

“If this sceptical attitude towards talking diplomacy continues in this administration, you might have to wait till another administration,” Thornton said at an event held by National Committee of US-China relations and Shanghai’s American Chamber.

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