Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: History

Recession Indicators: Pick one

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 18, 2015:

As a general rule a recession is two quarters of negative growth (aka decline) in the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). GDP, in simplest terms, is a measure of industrial production, employment, real (inflation-adjusted) income, and wholesale and retail trade.

The trick is knowing when a recession is coming. Even trickier is knowing what to do about it beforehand.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) said GDP

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A Primer on the Kalashnikov AK-47 that killed or wounded 500 in Paris

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 16, 2015:  

More than 100 million Kalashnikov AK-47 fully automatic rifles are carried by military services, and extremist militants, in 106 countries around the world, because of their durability, low cost to produce, and ease of use. For Russia it is the single most profitable weapon in its arsenal, available on Europe’s black market for between $325 and $750. An upgrade is now available, bringing the price ever lower on older models.

Its use has caused

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Did France’s Strict Gun Control Contribute to the Paris Bloodbath?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 16, 2015:  

Just seven terrorists — trained, armed with illegal fully-automatic Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles and explosives — managed, in less than 30 minutes, to kill or wound nearly 500 citizens on Friday night. That’s a ratio of nearly 70 victims for each shooter.

How is that possible? How could that have happened?

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Is Ben Carson’s Campaign “Over”?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 9, 2015:  

Ben Wright of CNBC thinks Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign is done, toast, over after several attacks leveled against him by the mainstream media, particularly calling into question Carson’s honesty regarding events in his book Gifted Hands. Calling one of the attacks a “devastating blow to Carson,” Wright asked, “The main question now is whether the revelation(s) will quickly drive Carson out of the race. And if it does, where will his cadre of supporters go?”

Wright claimed that

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Results of Efforts to Diminish America’s Freedom Being Tracked by Think Tanks

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 4, 2015:

English: Looking east across 42nd Street at Fo...

Looking east across 42nd Street at Ford Foundation headquarters on a sunny afternoon.

Norman Dodd, being interviewed by Ed Griffin in 1982, told of an interview he had with Rowan Gaither, head of the Ford Foundation in which Gaither exposed most clearly the foundation’s purposes. Dodd, at the time, was director of research for the Reese Committee, which was investigating American foundations’ undue and unknown influence.

Norman Dodd:

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Cato: American Decline Accelerating

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 3, 2015:  

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The 2010 Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom.

The latest report from the Cato Institute comes on top of a long and increasingly unhappy series of reports on freedom’s decline in America. Enitled the “Economic Freedom of the World” and updated with the latest data available (through 2013), the report ranks the United States in 16th position, down from second place when the index was first published in 2000. The United States has fallen behind such countries as New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, Mauritius, Jordan, Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Chile.

Last year’s report showed the United States in 12th position.

The study measures freedom in five broad areas:

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“Truth” Nowhere Close to the Truth

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 21, 2015:  

1st Lt. George W. Bush in uniform Español: Ten...

1st Lt. George W. Bush in the Texas National Guard

Touted as a film showing how hard journalists work to get the story right before putting it on the air, Truth is based on Mary Mapes’ self-justifying view of her role in “Rathergate,” which cost her, and CBS Evening News host Dan Rather, their jobs and tarnished their reputations.

For years Mapes had harbored the hope that she could prove that George W. Bush, as a member of the Texas National Guard, had joined the Guard (thanks to help from family friends) as a way to avoid going to Vietnam. As a principal producer for CBS News, primarily for the primetime television program 60 Minutes Wednesday, hosted by Rather, she was delighted to learn, in August 2004, just months before the presidential election, that the proof existed in documents provided by an insider at the Texas National Guard.

She rushed to get the story on the air, calling in advance a top official of John Kerry’s campaign to tell him the good news.

Those documents were, it was later learned, forgeries.

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Social Security’s Chief Actuary Meets Charles Ponzi

This article was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 19, 2015:  

English: Mug shot of Charles Ponzi (March 3, 1...

Mug shot of Charles Ponzi

In its apologetic over Social Security, the New York Times saw the most significant problem facing the scheme, according to the program’s chief actuary, Stephen Goss, is “that fewer workers are paying taxes into the program … while more retirees are collecting their checks.”

And thus it has always been: every Ponzi scheme fails when “new” investors cannot be recruited into it in sufficient numbers to pay off the “older” ones. The only reason Social Security has survived for so long – it just turned 80 this year – is because of guns and badges and threats.

Charles Ponzi had no such power. He had to rely on ignorance and greed. His scheme ran for more than a year before the fraud was discovered and he was jailed. His shtick?

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Social Security Defaults Again on Its Promises: No COLA for 2016

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 19, 2015:  

Social Security Poster: old man

On Thursday the Social Security Administration announced that for the third time in six years there will be no COLA (Cost Of Living Adjustment) to beneficiaries’ checks next year. There was no COLA in 2010 or 2011, thanks to the government index used to determine whether an “adjustment” (increase) was justified, to offset inflation. This year’s culprit was the price of gasoline, which fell 23 percent, wiping out any chance for an increase in the checks going to more than 60 million recipients.

Heroic and often invisible measures have been undertaken in recent years to cover up the program’s insolvency:

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Eight Years Ago, Good Confronted Evil at New Life Church

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 12, 2015:  

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“The Tent” at Ted Haggard-founded New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

It’s been nearly eight years since Jeanne Assam confronted the killer at New Life Church, and five years since she wrote about it in God, the Gunman & Me.  She described her confrontation with evil that cold December Sunday in 2007. What she saw that day is what unarmed victims face whenever a deranged killer targets them:

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Where Did Sydney Jihadi Shooter Get a Handgun in “Gun-free” Australia?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 6, 2015:  

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia.

Following the deliberate, cold-blooded murder of a Sydney, Australia police force employee by a 15-year-old jihadi last Friday, local authorities have been trying to find the answers to many questions.

On Friday afternoon, 4:30 p.m. local time, Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad, dressed in Islamic garb, walked up behind Curtis Cheng as he was leaving police headquarters in Parramatta on Sydney’s west side, pointed his handgun at the back of Cheng’s head, and squeezed the trigger. Cheng was dead before his body hit the ground. The teen then danced a jig in the street, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” Constables from headquarters who rushed outside found themselves targeted by the teen before they returned fire, killing the assassin.

The investigation, which is ongoing, determined that the youth,

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Will Glencore’s Financial Troubles Trigger an International Collapse?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 30, 2015:  

Investors in the stock of Glencore, the giant commodities mining and trading company founded by Marc Rich (disgraced friend of Bill Clinton), lost almost a third of their portfolios’ value on Monday, only to see the company’s stock price rebound strongly the next two days. The company’s statement seemed reassuring to those unwilling to dig deeper:

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John B. Taylor: Perfect Example of Hubris-Lathered Economist Who Thinks He Can Steer the Economy

This was article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 16, 2015:  

John B. Taylor, economics professor at Stanford University (where he got his PhD), thinks the massive, highly complex U.S. economy, generating nearly $20 trillion of goods and services every year, can be fine-tuned with rules and policies. Further, if those rules can be implemented clearly, the economy will do even better. He thinks of the economy as one gigantic organism with a mind and purpose of its own. That’s why he likes Fed Chair Janet Yellen:

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The Ripple Effect of Rising Interest Rates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 9, 2015:  

With financial talking heads now convinced that the Federal Reserve will finally increase interest rates as a result of the record-setting job openings report, few are asking about the “ripple effect” those increases might mean for individuals, for the auto and the housing industry, for companies and corporations, and, most importantly, for the debt-laden federal government.

If and when the fed announces upcoming interest-rate increases, in the short run, individuals might be tempted to accelerate their buying decision on cars and houses to take advantage of low rates before increases start flowing through to lenders in those sectors. In the longer run,

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Thirty Years of Projecting the Lines

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 1, 2015:  

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This month marks the 30th anniversary of the The New American. On such an occasion, it is appropriate to reflect on the magazine’s track record, from the accuracy of our facts and the soundness of our analysis to the stories we unearthed and the influence we’ve exerted.

We are proud of our track record. But there is one recurring theme that seems to be particularly striking when reviewing the articles we’ve published, and that is the extent to which we have accurately projected the lines

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New Orleans Charter Schools Are Better, Not Perfect

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 25, 2015:  

Charter School of Wilmington students. Wilming...

Charter school students

Before Hurricane Katrina damaged or destroyed more than 100 of New Orleans’ 128 public schools in August 2005, Cohen College Prep (CCP) was one of the worst-performing schools in the city, with very few students graduating and fewer still being accepted into college. In the aftermath CCP was turned into a charter school, and now almost 100 percent of its students not only graduate but are accepted into college.

Results like this, appearing all across New Orleans’ charter schools, are leading many to conclude that this is Katrina’s “silver lining.”

Prior to Katrina,

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United States Falls Further in the Human Freedom Index

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 24, 2015:  

U.S Postage Stamp, 1957

U.S Postage Stamp, 1957

The fifth annual report from the Fraser Institute, “The Human Freedom Index,” showed the United States falling further in a global measurement of personal, civil, and economic freedom, from 17th place in 2011 to 20th in 2012 (the latest year for which reliable data is available). Ahead of the United States are Canada in 6th place and the United Kingdom, in 9th place. The United States barely edges out the Czech Republic and Estonia, in 21st and 22nd places respectively.

Wrote Ian Vasquez, one of the report’s co-authors:

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Julian Bond’s Passing Illustrates the Illegitimacy of the Mainstream Media

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 19, 2015:  

Except for the Internet, Julian Bond’s passing would be celebrated by the mainstream media as a life well-lived, full of accomplishment and good deeds in an evil and declining world. Words like “hero,” “friend,” and “champion” would forever be tied to his name and his life. Eulogies from Al Sharpton would remain unchallenged:

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Julian Bond Dead at 75; Radical Background Ignored by Media

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 17, 2015:  

Julian Bond of the NAACP

Julian Bond

While ignoring deep and decades-long communist sympathies, the mainstream media used the death of Julian Bond on Saturday to glorify a radical revolutionary, calling him a “hero,” “gifted,” “smart,” a “friend” of President Obama, “passionate,” “eloquent,” and a civil rights “champion.”

Al Sharpton was solicited for his comments on Bond:

As one who came out of the immediate generation after him, I grew up admiring and studying the work of Julian Bond.… The country has lost a champion for human rights.

As was Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, who added:

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Greece Passes into History as a Sovereign Nation

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 15, 2015:

Coat of arms of Greece since 7 June 1975.

Coat of arms of Greece since 7 June 1975.

From Genesis 25 one finds this:

Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)


Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”


“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”


But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.


Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.


So Esau despised his birthright.

After suffering through some 17 hours of haranguing and browbeating last weekend, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gave away Greece’s national sovereignty for some bread and a bowl of lentil stew.

And the stew smelled to high heaven.

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