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

Sun Tzu Was Right: the Way to Defeat an Enemy Is to Keep Him Ignorant that There’s a War

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 20, 2019: 

Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ, a Chinese military genius named Sun Tzu (or “Master Sun”) arose from obscurity to write “The Art of War.” His military strategies, and proverbs attending them, remain relevant today.

Michael Pillsbury, author of “The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower,” exposed the communists’ (currently ruling the Chinese mainland) reliance upon Tzu’s strategies in confronting its temporarily superior enemy, the United States. In essence, wrote Pillsbury, the way to defeat a superior enemy is to invite him to help you become his superior without giving away the game.

It may be called the Kissinger strategy, and Pillsbury, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) since the Nixon administration, worked diligently to promote it. In his book, he referred to himself as a “panda hugger.”

But Pillsbury, to his credit, came in from the cold, repented, and in 2015 wrote what some are calling a 300-page apology to the American people for deceiving them. He wrote:

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China Using “Thousand Talents Plan” to Steal U.S. Technology and Become World Hegemon

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 19, 2019: 

Another effort to warn U.S. citizens of the imminent and mounting threats to their sovereignty went largely unreported on Monday. A staff report from the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations entitled “Threats to the U.S. Research Enterprise: China’s Talent Recruitment Plans” should have been called “China’s plans to rule the World Through the Theft of U.S. Technology.”

The report details “not only the lengths and expense China has gone to in order to steal American intellectual property, but also the shocking fact [that] our own federal agencies have done little to stop their actions despite being aware of [them].”

Its summary is chilling:

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Biden Claims Latest Poll Shows Him the Best Candidate to Beat Trump in 2020

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 6, 2019: 

Following the release of poll results by the New York Times on Monday Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden used the results to raise funds for his campaign: “[This poll] speaks for itself. If Joe Biden wins the primary, he can beat Trump in a general election. The other candidates can’t.”

Unfortunately those results from the New York Times, which teamed up with Siena College, were much more ambiguous than Biden claims, and those likely to go to the polls next year are no doubt going to give the president a second term regardless of whom the Democrats nominate to oppose him in the general election next year.

The poll of nearly 3,800 registered voters from October 13 to 26 focused on the six “battleground” or “swing” states that Trump won in 2016, to see how the electoral battle is currently being played out there:

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Super PAC to Fund Biden’s Campaign Following Another Biden Flip-flop

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 30, 2019: 

Just when big Democrat donors were about to write off the 2020 presidential campaign, along comes Biden’s pal, Larry Rasky, to pull Joe Biden’s languishing campaign from the brink. On Tuesday Rasky filed the paperwork creating a new Super PAC called “Unite the Country” and brought in some heavy hitters to join him in the rescue effort.

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden had denounced (along with Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and others) “big money influence” in politics but, no doubt out of desperation, changed his mind last week. In explaining the flip-flop, Biden’s campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield put on the best spin she could:

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Is Joe Biden a Pathological Liar or Just Compulsive?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 28, 2019: 

It’s a difference without a distinction. Pathological liars sometimes believe their own lies, while compulsive liars see their lies as clearly untrue but can’t keep themselves from telling them. Compulsive liars tend to lie out of habit, according to Sheena Harris, who holds a BA in Psychology, while pathological liars plan their lies in advance.

Either way, Joe Biden is a liar.

Speaking at a rally in South Carolina on Saturday, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden did it again: he conflated some of his real history with enough fantasy to make his candidacy more appealing to his audience. He told his audience of supporters, “I got started out of an HBCU (historically all-black college/university), Delaware State.”

He lied. He didn’t attend Delaware State but the University of Delaware instead.

His recollection of his education was muddled.

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Another Biden Lie — About His Education

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 28, 2019: 

The man cannot tell where truth ends and lying begins. Speaking at a rally in South Carolina on Saturday, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden did it again: He conflated some of his real history with enough fantasy to make his candidacy more appealing to his audience. He told his audience of supporters, “I got started out of an HBCU (historically black college/university), Delaware State.”

He didn’t attend Delaware State but the University of Delaware, instead.

His recollection of his education was muddled. While he did graduate from the University of Delaware, it’s clear that he was more interested in playing football and entertaining the ladies than studying, graduating 506th in a class of 688 with just a “C” average. Biden claimed that he received three degrees but later recanted when confronted with the facts: “I said three and I should have said two.” But even that was incorrect: He earned a single Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science.

Somehow, however, that was enough for Biden to earn a full ride scholarship to Syracuse University, graduating “in the top half of my class in law school,” according to the presidential candidate. When James Dickenson looked into the matter more closely, he wrote in the Washington Post that Biden attended law school on a half-scholarship based not on academic prowess but on financial need, graduating near the bottom of his class, at 76 out of 85 students.

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If Harry Dent Is Right, Trickle of Companies Leaving China Will Turn Into a Flood

This article was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 23, 2019: 

Despite President Trump’s urging that companies leave China, backed by tariffs and threats of more tariffs, companies with operations in China have been reluctant to leave. If Harry Dent is correct, the present trickle could turn into a flood.

Dent carved out a niche for himself as an iconoclast when he learned that the Keynesian theories he was taught in college had few answers to how a free economy, left to itself, would solve most of society’s economy problems. He developed the “spending wave” theory that is simplicity itself: consumer spending peaks near age 50, and declines from there. By following the various cohorts through time and predicting their future spending behaviors, Dent made himself famous, if not appreciated.

He recently turned his attention to China:

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Was Last Week’s Democrat Debate Biden’s Waterloo?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 21, 2019: 

In June 1815, near the town of Waterloo, just south of Brussels, French General Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two armies. Considered by many to be the greatest general of his time, and perhaps of all time, because of his stunning victories against overwhelming odds, Napoleon couldn’t overcome the numbers this time. He commanded 73,000 troops, while the Duke of Wellington and Prussian Field Marshall Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher together commanded a total of 123,000 troops.

Napoleon’s loss marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars and his rule as emperor of the French Empire.

Democrat presidential contender Joe Biden is facing a similar situation.

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Don’t be Fooled by Trump’s Sweet Tweet: Cummings Was a Hardcore Radical

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, October 18, 2019: 

When an opponent dies, the honorable thing is either to 1) say nothing at all; or 2) say something nice. President Trump chose option No. 2 when he learned that one of his most fierce opponents, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee that was subpoenaing his personal income tax returns, black radical Elijah Cummings, had suddenly passed away. Tweeted the President:

My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!

Back in July his Tweet wasn’t so sweet:

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Venezuela Given Seat on UN Human Rights Council — One More Reason to Get US Out!

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 18, 2019: 

Thursday’s vote to give notorious human rights abuser Venezuela a seat on the UN Human Rights Council is indicative of the corrupt nature not only of the Human Rights Council, but of the UN itself.

One-hundred five members voted to give Maduro’s socialist regime a seat among 46 other members on the Council.

This happened despite pressure from Human Rights Watch, which mounted a campaign to keep Venezuela from being given the seat. Two days prior to the vote, Louis Charbonneau, an official at the Human Rights Council, warned, “A vote for Venezuela is a vote for the torture, murder, and impunity that have become trademarks of President Nicolás Maduro’s government. It [would be] a slap in the face to the millions of who have fled the country, many [others] facing dire humanitarian conditions, and the countless victims who never made it out.” Added Charbonneau,

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Democrat Representative Elijah Cummings Dead at 68

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 17, 2019: 

When President Trump learned that Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee (which has issued subpoenas for Trump’s personal tax returns), had passed away early Thursday morning, he offered his condolences in a tweet:

My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!

Back in July, the president sent a tweet that wasn’t so kind:

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CNN Learns There Really Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch After All

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 16, 2019: 

Many readers of science fiction consider Robert Heinlein’s “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” his finest work. Book Three is entitled TANSTAAFL, perhaps the core of Heinlein’s economic libertarian philosophy. It simply means that one cannot get something for nothing.

It’s a lesson that CNN has been slow to learn.

Two years ago, CNN was delighted to learn that Target was going to increase the minimum wage it was paying its employees: “Target is giving its workers a raise.” It explained that the company would start paying $11 an hour while committing to additional raises over the next few years to $15 an hour by the end of 2020.

Nothing was said at the time about just who was going to be paying for those increased wages.

On Monday, CNN answered that question:

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Reality Check for CNN: Target’s Wage Increase Being Offset by Fewer Hours

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 15, 2019:

Two years ago, CNN was delighted to learn that Target was going to increase the minimum wage it was paying its employees: “Target is giving its workers a raise.” It explained that the company would start paying $11 an hour while committing to additional raises over the next few years to $15 an hour by the end of 2020.

Nothing was said at the time about just who was going to be paying for those increased wages.

On Monday, CNN answered that question:

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Jane Fonda Suffers Another Episode of Socialist Mental Illness

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 14, 2019: 

Ever since being infected with the mental illness called socialism, octogenarian actress Jane Fonda has had recurring bouts of anti-social behavior. The latest occurred on Friday when she deliberately and intentionally invited her arrest, along with 15 others so infected, for unlawfully demonstrating in front of the U.S. Capitol.

When conservative radio host and author Michael Savage wrote “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder,” it stayed at the top of the New York Times‘ best-seller list for three weeks. Although he never mentioned Jane Fonda by name, she has for nearly 55 years served as Exhibit A for the condition.

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Aging Communist Activist Jane Fonda Arrested for Unlawfully Demonstrating at U.S. Capitol

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, October 13, 2019: 

Aging actress and long-time communist activist Jane Fonda was arrested on Friday for unlawfully demonstrating in front of the U.S. Capitol. Following her press release, a couple dozen supporters showed up along with her, 15 of whom were arrested as well.

Her press release issued prior to her arrest invited anyone interested in combatting climate change through government force to join her:

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Rise in Consumer Sentiment Bodes Well for Trump’s Reelection

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 11, 2019: 

Once again, U.S. consumers have surprised forecasters with their resiliency and positive economic outlook. Polls of economists showed them expecting consumer sentiment, according to the Consumer Sentiment Index published by the University of Michigan every month, to drop to 92 in October from September’s 93.2. Instead, consumers’ positive outlook rose to 96.

Forecasters continue to be flummoxed

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Hillary to the Rescue?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 7, 2019: 

Following a disastrous week for the Democrats, Hillary Clinton seems to be offering herself as the “default” candidate to take on President Trump in a rematch next November.

The Party’s week from hell included the overtaking of Biden’s nearly insurmountable lead in the polls by far-left Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders’ heart attack that reminded everyone of just how fragile life is for septuagenarians such as him and Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s faux announcement that the House was going to be conducting an “inquiry” into a Trump impeachment without the House’s official approval, the latest whistleblower’s creds being shredded, etc.

All of a sudden, Hillary is everywhere. She’s on The View. She’s on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She’s on Good Morning America. On CBS Sunday Morning on September 29 she all but announced her willingness to ride to the rescue of a Democrat Party that has lost its way.

When sympathetically asked by hostess Jane Pauley “How are you doing now?” Clinton’s carefully crafted response spoke volumes: “Personally, I’m doing well and having my grandchildren … has been a gift beyond measure. I feel very blessed. I feel good.”

And then the announcement:

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Joe Biden Meets Indiana Jones

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 7, 2019:

Perhaps the most memorable moment in all of the Indiana Jones movies, this from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), relates most directly to Joe Biden’s campaign for the presidency. When Marion (Karen Jones) says to Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), “You’re not the man I knew ten years ago,” Jones responds, “It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.”

For Joe Biden, it’s both. He’s been in politics for 44 years. And next month he turns 78.

And both the years and the mileage have taken their toll on the septuagenarian.

It was a sweltering day in August in Iowa that provided the pivotal moment that defined Joe Biden’s battle with the one opponent he can’t beat: Father Time. At Living History Farms, just outside Des Moines, Politico reporter Michael Kruse took careful notes of Biden’s presentation to several hundred supporters and reported Biden’s revealing comments:

I think that, uh, the behavior of this administration has awakened, uh, a whole new generation to get engaged in ways that they may not have gotten before. Just like in my generation, when I got out of school that, uh, when Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King had been assassinated in the ’70s, uh, late seven – when I got engaged, um, you know, up to that time, remember the, none of you women will know this, but a couple men may remember, that was a time in the early, late ’60s, and the early ’60s and ’60s, where it was drop out and go to Haight-Ashbury, don’t get engaged, don’t trust anybody over 30. I mean, for real. What happened to them, by the, by the early ’70s, the late ’60s, there was a whole generation that said, “Enough.” The war in Vietnam was underway, and it was – a lot of you served in that war – and, uh, we were fighting like the devil to make sure that there was something dealing with cleaning up the environment, which was only beginning. We were in a position where the women’s movement was just beginning to move. We should have, by now, long before, passed the ERA amendment, but that was another issue…

Biden turns 78 on November 20. If elected president in November 2020 he’ll be just two weeks away from turning 79. The math is daunting: only three U.S. presidents have served while in their 70s: Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower. And no president has ever finished a term at the age Biden would begin his!

It didn’t help any that

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Biden’s Greatest Opponent — Father Time — Is Catching Up With Him

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, October 5, 2019: 

It was a sweltering day in August in Iowa that provided the pivotal moment that defined Joe Biden’s battle with the one opponent he can’t beat: Father Time. At Living History Farms, just outside Des Moines, Politico reporter Michael Kruse took careful notes of Biden’s presentation to several hundred supporters and reported Biden’s revealing comments:

I think that, uh, the behavior of this administration has awakened, uh, a whole new generation to get engaged in ways that they may not have gotten before. Just like in my generation, when I got out of school that, uh, when Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King had been assassinated in the ’70s, uh, late seven — when I got engaged, um, you know, up to that time, remember the, none of you women will know this, but a couple men may remember, that was a time in the early, late ’60s, and the early ’60s and ’60s, where it was drop out and go to Haight-Ashbury, don’t get engaged, don’t trust anybody over 30. I mean, for real. What happened to them, by the, by the early ’70s, the late ’60s, there was a whole generation that said, “Enough.” The war in Vietnam was underway, and it was — a lot of you served in that war — and, uh, we were fighting like the devil to make sure that there was something dealing with cleaning up the environment, which was only beginning. We were in a position where the women’s movement was just beginning to move. We should have, by now, long before, passed the ERA amendment, but that was another issue.

Biden turns 78 next month. If elected president in November 2020 he’ll be just two weeks away from turning 79. The math is daunting: only three U.S. presidents have served while in their 70s: Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower. And no president has ever finished a term at the age Biden would begin his!

It didn’t help any that another Democrat hopeful, Bernie Sanders, was forced out of the race last week to have two stents implanted. Sanders is barely one year older than Biden.

Biden’s campaign staff has almost eliminated his social media advertising due to poor results, said Tim Lim, a Democratic digital strategist: “It’s clear that there’s something in the numbers that’s directing them to go in that direction, and the likeliest explanation is that the rate of return just wasn’t there for Facebook and Google.”

The decline in his spending online has been precipitous. His campaign spent $1.2 million on Facebook and Google ads in the first two weeks of his campaign but during the 30 day run-up to the September 30 reporting deadline, he spent just $32,000.

During one week in August his staffers spent just $300 on Google. That same week Elizabeth Warren spent $66,000.

In the last six weeks for which data is available, Biden’s campaign spent $20,900 on Google while his primary opponent Elizabeth Warren was spending $553,700 — 25 times as much.

The New York Times called Biden’s pullback from online advertising “worrisome”:

In a race where many voters are following politics on their smartphones, Mr. Biden’s pullback is an unusual and potentially worrisome sign about his appeal among the Democratic activists, young people and donors who are especially engaged on social media. Candidates rarely withdraw so much money from their online campaigns unless they are seeing weak results in online fund-raising.

Bloomberg expressed similar concerns, noting the vast chasm between Biden’s age and those on social media: “For Biden, 76, who has been in public office for 44 years, it’s a natural hazard of running to represent a party that is becoming younger, less white and more female.”

Cort Kirkwood has been following the Democrat campaign closely for The New American and reported on Thursday that, according to the latest polls, “the race for the Democrat nomination is all but tied. It’s Biden vs. Warren.”

Warren has all the momentum while Biden’s early double-digit lead has vanished.

The death throes of Biden’s campaign — his third and final attempt to seize the crown jewel of American politics — reflect its leader. It’s not his history of lying, his corruption or his involvement in the Ukraine that’s weighing so heavily on his campaign. It’s Father Time, the one opponent Biden cannot beat.

None so Blind as Those Who Refuse to See: Seven-Year Car Loans Just Asking for Trouble

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, October 4, 2019: 

When the average buyer enters a car dealership, there are at least two factors asking for disaster: the dealer makes more money on selling car loans than he does on the car itself; and the buyer is only interested in the payment. Other details, like how long the loan will last, what the interest rate is, what the buyer is actually paying for the car over the life of the loan, or what happens when the car doesn’t last as long as the loan, are overcome by the aphrodisiac of the new car smell.

This writer was once overcome by that aphrodisiac and learned his lesson the hard way: a downturn in the economy forced him to sell the car back to the dealer. After making payments on it for three years, he still had a balance to pay off at the closing.

It’s called the “illusion of affordability” – the idea that

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.
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