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The Importance of Getting History Right
by Mike Konrad
Crisis at the National Archives
by Thomas Lipscomb
{} ~ In the middle of directing the difficult task of transferring the historically important records of the scumbag/liar-nObama administration into the National Archives, the archivist in charge, David Ferriero, ran into a serious problem... A lot of key records are missing. A first-rate librarian, Ferriero has been driving a much-needed digital overhaul and expansion of the National Archives over the nine years of his appointment. This will greatly improve the ability of digital search locally and remotely, as well as accessing the files themselves. To support this effort, in 2014 President scumbag/liar-nObama signed the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments. For the first time electronic government records were placed under the 1950 Federal Records Act. The new law also included updates clarifying "the responsibilities of federal government officials when using non-government email systems" and empowering "the National Archives to safeguard original and classified records from unauthorized removal.” Additionally, it gives the Archivist of the United States the final authority in determining just what is a government record. And yet the accumulation of recent congressional testimony has made it clear that the scumbag/liar-nObama administration itself engaged in the wholesale destruction and “loss” of tens of thousands of government records covered under the act as well as the intentional evasion of the government records recording system by engaging in private email exchanges. So far, former President scumbag/liar-nObama, former Secretary of State scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Lynch and several EPA officials have been named as offenders. The IRS suffered record “losses” as well. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy called it “an unauthorized private communications system for official business for the patent purpose of defeating federal record-keeping and disclosure laws.”...
Are We Going to Allow the Jewish People 
to Be Divided and Conquered From Within?
by Adam  Milstein
{} ~ The year 2018 has provided a series of reminders that antisemitism, the world’s oldest hatred, is alive and well in our country... On October 27, eleven Jews were massacred in Pittsburgh as they prayed on the Sabbath. It is just the latest in a series of violent attacks that have targeted the Jewish community in recent times, which come not only from the radical right but also from the radical left, and from radical Muslims. The enemies of the Jewish people don’t only physically attack us from the outside. They have also long worked to divide the Jewish people by turning our own against us. For example, some Jewish individuals and organizations have become leaders within the BDS movement, which seeks to destroy the Jewish state...
Erdogan Rejects U.S. Request 
For Assurances On Kurdish Fighters
{} ~ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the U.S. national-security adviser of making "a very serious mistake" by demanding that Turkey not harm Kurdish fighters in Syria... as President Donald Trump plans to withdraw U.S. troops from the war-torn country. "John Bolton has made a very serious mistake. We cannot make any concessions in this regard," Erdogan said on January 8, just before Bolton left Turkey with tensions between Washington and Ankara at new highs. Bolton visited Ankara to seek assurances that Turkey won't attack U.S.-allied Kurdish militia in northeastern Syria that Ankara views as terrorists. He held a two-hour meeting at the presidential complex in Ankara on the morning of January 8 with Ibrahim Kalin, a senior adviser to Erdogan. A spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, Garrett Marquis, said in a statement the two sides had identified further issues for dialogue and that the United States looks forward to ongoing military-to-military consultations. But in what was reported in Turkey as a "snub" over disagreements about Kurdish fighters in Syria, an expected meeting between Bolton and Erdogan did not take place on January 8...
Watch How Even Lyin’ Brian Williams, 
Guests Thought the Democratic 
Response Was Cringeworthy!
by Curtis Houck  
{} ~ On Tuesday’s 11th Hour, host Brian Williams tag-teamed with guests James Carville and Michael Steele to trash President Trump’s primetime address... but even this — um — special trio couldn’t escape two segments talking about the night’s events without absolutely lampooning the much-maligned and parodied Democratic response by Nancy Pulosi and Chuck scumbag/clown-Schumer. Williams pivoted after some Trump bashing (check the transcript to read about that) to the Democrats, telling Carville he should inform him “why responses are so bad tonight” as “this scumbag/clown-Chuck and Nancy visual tonight launched 1,000 memes while they were still talking.” Clearly amused like the rest of the country, Lyin’ Brian continued: There was an American gothic meme. There was “your mother and I are very upset you stayed out so late” meme. And someone has to account for Bobby Jindal, his guest appearance in Gone with the Wind and for Rubio drinking water. But this visual from tonight goes down in the pantheon. What is the problem with responses, James? Carville acknowledged that State of the Union responses are tough sledding, but Tuesday came down to the reality that neither one of them wanted to be there...
scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton and DNC behind 
anti-Trump ‘Cohen in Prague’ allegation
{} ~ If you’ve been following the evolving anti-Trump story surrounding the Steele dossier and alleged Russian collusion by then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign... you’ve no doubt heard about an alleged visit to Prague in the Czech Republic by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Except, despite the same allegations re-emerging in the media every few months for the past two years, there is still no independent evidence to support it, and the origin of that story has been traced back to the opposition research team hired by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and then-candidate scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016. The Washington Times just published a sort of timeline of events with regard to the Cohen in Prague tale, which was most recently pushed in an anonymously-sourced McClatchy DC article on Dec. 27. The McClatchy story claimed — but didn’t show — that evidence existed of Cohen’s phone pinging off a cell tower near Prague in 2016. But no other media outlets have been able to confirm the report’s claims, and “the McClatchy reporters have made it clear that they have no corroborating evidence of their claims and that some of their sources are indirect at best,” the Daily Beast summarized...
The Importance of Getting History Right
by Mike Konrad

{} ~ There is a famous quote from George Orwell's 1984:
  • Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.
The vastness of that insight cannot be overstated.  As an amateur historian, I cringe at the outright lies being fed to the public, some of it by people who know they are lying.  Others do it unaware.  Unless these lies are addressed, political solutions to many of the world's problems will prove impossible.

Let's start with a common innocuous lie.
  • The story of Granada is all about the Islamic Moors. In year 711, these North African Muslims crossed the straits of Gibraltar and quickly conquered the entire Iberian Peninsula, eventually converting most of its habitants. Throughout the Middle Ages, for over seven hundred years, Spain was a predominantly Muslim society, living under Muslim rule.
Now, I do not believe that Rick Steves had sinister motives.  He either was rolling out what he thought was true, or had been misinformed by some poorly written tourist pamphlet.  But that small quote is a sample of popular "history" at its absolute worst.

1. The Muslims did not conquer all of the Iberian Peninsula.  The northern coast of Spain (Asturias, Cantabria, Galicia, the Basque country) never really fell.  The Moors tried to collect taxes – and some blonde virgins – which almost immediately resulted in revolts.  By 739, Pelayo had secured an independent state in the north.

2. The Spanish, in the main, never converted.  They were treated as dhimmis; the population, for the most part, remained Christian

3. The Muslim rulers were usually a small minority elite.

4. And 700 years of Muslim rule?  There was a slow but steady erosion of Muslim rule throughout the whole period.  By 1236, Cordoba had fallen into Christian hands, and two thirds of the peninsula was Christian.  Granada became a vassal state of the Christian north and was tolerated only become of the tribute it paid.  The Moors were totally driven out of Portugal by 1249 with the conquest of the Algarve.

The sanitized version of Muslim Spain's history ignores the second wave of Muslim rule, the Almohad takeover of the Muslim areas (in the south only) during the 12th century.  The Almohads were the 12th-century equivalent of ISIS.  They tried to forced urbanized Jews and Christians to convert, but their rule was brief.  Many Christians and Jews fled to the Christian north.  Christian military advances made the Almohad caliphate unstable.  In the 13th century, the Nasrids took over.

A lot of this false history is the result of the Black Legend: an exaggeration of the crimes of the Inquisition.  Europe's Protestants and Jews understandably had an animus for Catholic Spain and allowed their own myopic views to gloss over the very real crimes of Islam.  The result is the idiocy we have today, where Muslim rule is often called the Golden Age of Spain. 

Far from it!  It was a brutal tyranny, which oppressed the Christian majority.  Whatever the faults of Catholicism, the dark history of Muslim rule should not be sanitized.

The next lie – the one that may start a world war – is that Mohammed made a night journey to the Haram al-Sharif (the farthest mosque) in Jerusalem.

The problem is, there was no mosque in Jerusalem during Mohammed's life.  He died five years before Islam entered into Jerusalem.  How could Mohammed have visited a mosque that did not exist?

This lie is peddled on the media as justification for Arab riots whenever some Jews want to walk on the Temple Mount.  Whether one agrees with Israeli practices or not, there is no doubt that Jews built a temple on that mount.  And there is equally no doubt that Mohammed never visited the place.

Worse yet, there is evidence that early Islam may have been centered in Petra in Jordan.  Mecca was not an important city in the 7th century.  All of Muslim history may be a total fabrication, and Mohammed, who may not have actually existed, is certainly not be the Mohammed of history.  In fact, it is beginning to look as if Islam was invented for political purposes.

Another lie, born of ignorance, is that the American revolution was merely a tax revolt.  The idea is to minimize our history down to financial considerations: dialectical materialism.

But anyone familiar with the Currency Act and the Intolerable Acts knows full well that more was at stake.  Many of the colonials were descended from people whose ancestors had suffered under British law and how it had reduced large sections of Ireland and some parts of Scotland to abject poverty.  They were determined not to become New World vassals.

But if one wants to minimize the treasure that is our Constitution, then reduce American history to tax law.

Unfortunately, the right can also falsify history.  Many of those who are sympathetic to the "Lost Cause" of the Confederacy had downplayed that many of the states' articles of secession mentioned slavery as a primary cause for the rebellion.

The reason for this is that in the early 20th-century a number of major historians and social groups introduced a romantic view of the Confederacy into their histories.
  • The United Daughters of the Confederacy were once a powerful force in public education across the South, right down to rewriting history: slaves were happy, y'all.
I am not downplaying that the North could be duplicitous, but many in the South refuse to concede that the root cause of the problem was their "peculiar institution," the very name indicating that they were embarrassed to admit it.  Who wants to admit that his uncle died defending the enslavement of other people?  I am no supporter of Antifa rioters, but Confederate history has been glossed over.

And then there is the history that I was taught about President Wilson as a kid.  He was a great reformer, who wanted world peace.  It turns out that he was a globalist and – yes, the left is right on this – a Southern racist, who resegregated the federal government and set back civil rights for decades.

In high school Spanish class, lo those many decades ago, I was taught about American "aggression" during the Mexican-American War.

The problem is:

1. Many Spanish Californios and Spanish Tejanos were already upset with the tyrannical government in Mexico City.  Had the U.S. not intervened, the British or French would have.

2. There were far more U.S. citizens in the Southwest at that time than Mexicans.  Mexico lost the territory because it had barely settled it and then ticked off the locals.

Again, I am not saying the U.S. government is 100% innocent, but true history gets rid of a lot of grievances by undercutting much of the premises for those grievances.

Some other quick history that infuriates me:

A. Those who call the French Latins – in reality the vast majority of the French are descended from Celtic tribes.  In the north, German Frankish and Viking Nordic elements were mixed in.  To be sure, there is an Italian element in the southeast and a Basque element in the southwest, but most of France was historically Celtic.  The Romans may have imposed a Latin tongue, but the French are Celts.

B. The use of the term "West Bank" – Judea and Samaria has been the historical term for three millennia.  The West Bank is a recent political term at best, meant to deny a Jewish history.  I am tired of how both sides want to deny the other side's existence.

C. The Crusades were Western aggression – Actually, the Crusades were a response to centuries of Islamic aggression.  Unfortunately, the Crusaders lost in the East.

D. The neglect of Islamic tyranny – The reason the New World was discovered is because a vicious Islam had cut off the Silk Road to the East.  Europeans had to strike out in boats, the one technological advantage they had over the Muslims – hence the Portuguese circumnavigation of Africa and Spain's subsidy of Columbus.

I once had a history teacher in college tell us that people are motivated by not truth, but rather what they believe is the truth.  He was right.

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YUP: President Trump Signs Great And Beautiful Trump Border Wall During Tour In San Diego

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President Donald Trump visited the San Diego border on Wednesday to show off a newly constructed portion of the wall after a fundraising trip in California.

“It’s an amazing project,” Trump said, pointing to the 30-foot high barrier constructed with steel and concrete, noting that it also went six feet underground.

“If you think you’re going to cut it with a blow torch, that doesn’t work, because you hit the concrete, and then if you think you’re going to go through the concrete, that doesn’t work because we have very powerful rebar inside,” Trump said.

The president traveled via motorcade after a fundraiser to Otay Mesa, a community outside San Diego on the United States -Mexico border to review the latest constructed physical barrier.

He pointed out the new wall structure to the press, which was 24 miles of primary and secondary wall at the border.

“We have it covered underground, we have it covered overground,” Trump said.

The president was joined by acting Department of Homeland security Kevin McAllen and several other border security officials.

He said that over 44,000 bollard panels had been set up for the wall, which was then filled with concrete and rebar.

Trump admitted that he envisioned a solid concrete wall when he campaigned for president, but he was told by border officials that they preferred a wall constructed by concrete-filled bollards so they could see through it.

“It’s hardened concrete, very powerful concrete,” Trump said, pointing to the structure.

He added that the steel wall was designed to retain heat, making it harder to climb, plus having an anti-climbing system at the top.

“You can fry an egg on that wall,” he said. The president also acknowledged to reporters that he wanted the wall to be painted black and have spikes but said it was cheaper to let it remain naturally rust-colored.

“We can paint it later,” he said.

The president discussed his growing understanding of border barriers, noting that the Southern border would not need much more than 500 miles of wall to secure the border. He cited the existence of natural mountain and river barriers that prevented criminals from crossing. He did not rule out building additional barriers in the future but said it would depend on whether it was needed.

One border patrol agent spoke about the importance of the border wall to all of the agents, thanking the president for pushing forward on construction.

Trump said he met with Border Patrol prior to constructing the wall, picking the most effective structures to protect the border.

One border security official scoffed at the idea that the wall was a “vanity” project for the president.

“There’s a false narrative out there that this wall is the president’s vanity wall,” he said. “I’m here to tell you right now that that is false.”

He thanked Trump for listening to border patrol agents during the planning and construction process.

“You listened to the agents and you gave them exactly what they asked for,” he said.

One official with Trump confirmed that the structure was funded with regular Congressional appropriations in the FY 2017 and FY 2018 and that that the new wall replaced an inferior structure.

Trump said that he still considered the situation on the border a national emergency, but as more wall went up he could withdraw military forces.

“I hope you’re impressed,” he told reporters as he took questions about the project.

One worker told Trump of a tradition of workers signing the wall if they worked on the wall.

“I’ll sign it,” Trump said, and went to the wall and signed the steel barrier with a marker before encouraging other officials present to do the same.

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