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

Freedom Depends on an Informed Electorate

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 6, 2016:  

President Obama’s latest incursion into the legislative realm is being met by informed resistance. Without such resistance his Executive Branch would soon become the only branch. Thomas Jefferson knew it: “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people … they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” So did Robert Welch: “All we must find and build and use, to win, is sufficient understanding.”

The Constitution of the United States was built on this fundamental belief:

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Puerto Rico Defaults Today on Part of $1B Debt Payment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 4, 2015:  

Both the Puerto Rican flag and the United Stat...

Both the Puerto Rican flag and the United States flag fly over Puerto Rico

Last June Puerto Rico’s Governor, Garcia Padilla, said his government was out of money and would have to default on some of the bonds issued by various government agencies. It owed some $54 million to the Public Finance Corporation and another $140 million to the government’s Development Bank. By moving some funds around on the government’s balance sheet, Padilla was able to make most of those payments.

Since then Padilla’s financial woes have snowballed.

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“Ferguson Effect” Blamed for Increase in Violent Crime

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 28, 2015:  

James Comey

James Comey

In late October FBI Director James Comey said in a speech: “Most of America’s 50 largest cities have seen an increase in homicides and shootings this year, and many of them have seen a huge increase.”

Speaking at the University of Chicago Law School, Comey posed a couple of rhetorical questions for his audience:

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The Gray Lady’s Slip Is Showing, Again

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 21, 2015:  

New York Times Tower in July 2007. Photo by po...

New York Times Tower

It took almost a week for Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of the New York Times, to get the story straight. An article published on Sunday, December 13 implied that American immigration officials had failed to vet Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino shooters. And the implication was that because of that, Americans are dead.

The trouble was, the story was wrong.

Sunday’s article opened:

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Journalistic Infidelity at the New York Times

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 21, 2015:  

The New York Times logo

According to the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME), “the public’s right to know about matters of importance is paramount. The newspaper has a special responsibility as a surrogate of its readers to be a vigilant watchdog of their legitimate public interests.” Accordingly,

The good newspaper is fair, accurate, honest, responsible, independent and decent. Truth is its guiding principle.

Poor Margaret Sullivan. As the Public Editor of the New York Times, it seems she just can’t catch a break. First it was the article that the Times published in July stating that Hillary Clinton

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Christopher Booker Remembers the Man Behind the Paris Conference

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 14, 2015:

Cover of "The Real Global Warming Disaste...

Amazon touts Christopher Booker’s book, The Real Global Warming Disaster, by calling it an exposure of “the mother of all environmental scares: global warming.” Booker, a Londoner and one of the original climate change deniers, was surprised to learn who the “father” of global warming was:

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The Legacy of Maurice Strong, the Head of the First Earth Summit

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, December 13, 2015:  

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Maurice Strong

Maurice Strong (shown), the highly influential voice and force behind the global environmental agenda, passed away on November 27, just three days before the start of one of his ideological children: the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. That summit is of course a major milestone in the UN’s long road to building a global green regime that can be traced back to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro that Strong headed. And it can be traced back even further to the first UN environmental conference in 1972 in Stockholm that was also headed by Strong.

Born in 1929, Strong was a child of the Great Depression, which, he said, turned him into

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Do Only Two Supreme Court Justices Really Understand the Second Amendment?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, December 9, 2015:  

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Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Lip service is often given to the meaning of words, especially those contained in the Second Amendment: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Those recognizing that the Second Amendment is the anchor to the Bill of Rights, designed to keep government in its place, have since the founding of the Republic argued “original intent.” Those who would, for their own reasons, abrogate the Second Amendment, have tried for decades to change that “original intent” into “whatever works for today.”

Witness the efforts by the Seventh Circuit court in its finding for the law passed by the Highland Park, Illinois city council in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting. That ill-conceived law was

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Happy Anniversary John Birch Society!

This article by Bill Hahn, the Society’s Public Relations Director, appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 9, 2015:  

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Sign from the John Birch Society advocating US withdrawal from the United Nations

It was 57 years ago at the Indianapolis home of Miss Marguerite Dice when businessman Robert Welch began his marathon two-day lecture that launched The John Birch Society. There were 11 friends and business associates present and they listened intently as the philosopher-historian and great lover of America told them during 17 hours why they should join with him in an organization designed to preserve the American dream. Most agreed on the spot to be the Society’s first members and the organization was born on December 9, 1958.

A child prodigy who had read a nine-volume history of the world at age seven and asked for more, Welch was

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John Lott Shoots Holes in Obama’s Claims About Gun Violence in America

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 4, 2015: 

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President Barack Obama signs into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as Vice President Joe Biden looks on.

President Obama’s reiteration of his claim that “this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency” on Tuesday following the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs, galvanized John Lott to refute it. Lott, the author of More Guns, Less Crime and founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center, examined the facts and published them at Fox News.

First, Lott noted, Obama was

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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:

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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:  

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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:  

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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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