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

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!

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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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Seven-year Car Loans: Invitation to Disaster?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 3, 2019:

Longer and longer car loans are creating an illusion of affordability that could lead to disaster in the event of a downturn in the economy. Most new car buyers consider only the monthly payment, not the total amount they will spend on that shiny new SUV or how long those payments will last. When the payments outlast the vehicle, more and more borrowers (nearly a third of them, at last count) roll over the remaining balance into a new loan, creating perpetuity of debt for themselves.

Dealers now make more money selling loans than they do selling the cars themselves. A decade ago, according to J.D. Power, a new car dealer made an average of

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China’s Celebration of 70 Years of Communist Oppression an Attempt to Mask Its Failing Economy

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 30, 2019: 

Just as Adolf Hitler turned the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games into a propaganda spectacle, highlighting his “new Germany,” it appears that China’s extravagant display of military hardware starting tomorrow is meant to have a similar impact. And just in time, too, as more numbers showing China’s faltering economy are being released.

Those Olympic Games “provided Hitler with a showcase,” wrote University of Pittsburgh history professor Barbara Burstin on the 80th anniversary of those games. “It was a propaganda bonanza for him.” She added:

[They] … dulled the opposition to [Hitler] that clearly had been quite evident up to 1936. A lot of people felt he was clearly heading in the wrong direction, and by going to the Olympics [the West] gave [him] the opportunity to appear sane, rational and tolerant.

Starting Tuesday, October 1, the celebration of 70 years of communist oppression of the Chinese people will begin in earnest. The sheer enormity of the celebration is likely to mask any concerns about the country’s faltering economy. According to the BBC,

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Maduro Reversal? Price Controls Not Being Enforced, Leading to Economic Revival in Venezuela

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 18, 2019: 

Almost unnoticed by the mainstream media are recent decisions by Venezuela’s Marxist dictator, Nicolás Maduro, to relax some of the more debilitating of his economic policies. That relaxation is already leading to economic revival in the country’s cities.

As reported by Kejal Vyas from Caracas and published by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Maduro “has quietly and cautiously begun implementing free-market policies … [his regime has] largely stopped enforcing the price controls that had led to dire food shortages … [which is] giving some life, even if limited, to the economy.”

The economy under Maduro is worse than America’s was at the bottom of the Great Depression, and the IMF is forecasting it will shrink by another 35 percent this year. More than four million of Venezuela’s 30 million residents have left the country, leaving the rest behind to cope with lack of food, medical services and supplies, disease, and starvation.

But, thanks to Maduro’s silent lifting of some of his more onerous restrictions, the economy is beginning to recover, at least in Caracas. Wrote Vyas: “Here in the capital … new stores have popped up, selling everything from boxes of Cheerios to bottles of water.” Reappearing on stores’ shelves are multiple brands of sugar, pasta and flour.

Maduro is also cutting back on the prime driver that has led his socialist regime to install price controls:

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Denials of a Conspiracy Are Proof that One Exists

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 6, 2019: 

The success (or failure) of a conspiracy is the degree to which people are persuaded that one doesn’t exist. That’s what upset Adam Posen the most about William Dudley’s exposure of the innermost workings of the Federal Reserve in his op-ed at Bloomberg last week.

Posen scored Dudley for his intemperate and revealing article. He said his column was “horribly mistaken,” adding that “It feeds conspiracy and it was totally irresponsible to talk that way.”

Adam Posen is highly-regarded among his Deep State peers, having received his PhD in political economy and government from Harvard and then serving as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), an economist at the Federal Reserve, a fellow at the Brookings Institute, and a voting member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England.

Much better known, with equally strong ties to the Deep State, is Lawrence Summers.

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Response to Criticism of Article Reveals Concerns of Deep State Over Trump’s Tariff War With China

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 5, 2019: 

When The New American reviewed William Dudley’s Bloomberg article suggesting moves by which the Federal Reserve could hurt President Trump’s reelection chances, Dudley’s tight connections to the Deep State were revealed:

Dudley’s credentials are impeccably Deep State: He is a graduate of UC-Berkeley who worked for Goldman Sachs for more than 20 years, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the board of directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the Committee on the Global Financial System, and serves as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and vice-chairman of the Fed’s Open Market Committee.

The review said that Dudley’s opinion piece destroyed “a pervasive myth that has hidden the Federal Reserve’s agenda for decades, and the exposure of the deadly work of Deep State officials to bring the U.S. into a global economic and political system run by them.”

Criticisms of Dudley’s surprising revelations came from many sources, the most telling from members of the Deep State itself. The first was from

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Are Biden’s Lies Catching Up to Him?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 2, 2019:

Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden is wearing out his welcome, even among his friends. His latest lie — a war story some version of which he has been telling for years — has finally caught up to him. During a campaign stop in New Hampshire last week, Biden relieved himself of the latest version:

This guy climbed down a ravine, carried this guy up on his back under fire. The general wanted me to pin the Silver Star on him. I got up there, and this is the God’s truth, my word as a Biden. He stood at attention. I went to pin it on him. He said, “Sir, I don’t want the damn thing. Do not pin it on me, sir. Please, sir, do not do that. He died! He died!”

But, as the Washington Post reluctantly pointed out, Biden got nearly every detail wrong: “Almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect. Based on interviews with more than a dozen U.S. troops, their commanders and Biden campaign officials, it appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion and regret that never happened.”

What’s worse, when Biden was confronted with this “jumble” and asked to explain himself, he added to the pile: “The central point [of the story] is it was absolutely accurate what I said — the story that he refused the medal because the fella he tried to save, and risked his life saving, died. That’s the beginning, middle and end.”

Biden got it wrong when he told and retold the story of how his first wife and daughter were killed by a drunk driver. But it was slander: The driver wasn’t drunk, he was never charged with a DUI, and later examiners concluded that she pulled out in front him without warning.

He got it wrong about his so-called scholastic achievements. He plagiarized parts of other people’s speeches without attribution.

What is wrong with the man? Is he losing his mind, as some are charging? Or has he lost all sense of honor? Kevin Williamson, writing for the National Review, doesn’t know: “If Biden here is lying with malice aforethought, then he ought to be considered morally disqualified for the office [of the presidency]. If he is senescent, then he obviously is unable to perform the duties associated with the presidency…. The evidence points more toward moral disability than mental disability.”

Williamson ticked off a few more of Biden’s lies:

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Warren About to Learn that Crowd Size Means Nothing; Credibility Means Everything

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 28, 2019: 

Elizabeth Warren has a credibility problem that simply won’t go away. The label Donald Trump tattooed on her public persona back in 2016 has stuck. If she wins the Democrat Party’s nomination for president, he can be counted upon to remind voters of her inability to escape the moniker he so skillfully applied: “Pocahontas.”

As Bill Scher, the liberal counterpart to a conservative foil on his Bloggingheads TV show, wrote in Politico: “If she becomes the Democratic nominee for president, Warren would still face a ‘Pocahontas’ problem, one that threatens the core of her candidacy.”

That core would be credibility, most of which she lost when reports surfaced that she

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Trump’s “Order” Backed by Power Congress Gave Up to the Executive Branch in 1977

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 26, 2019: 

Following President Trump’s “order” that U.S. companies doing business in China find “an alternative” place, he received pushback from much of the mainstream media that he once again was overstepping his bounds and turning his administration in a dictatorship.

Here’s what the president tweeted on Friday:

Our Country has lost, stupidly, Trillions of Dollars with China over many years. They have stolen our Intellectual Property at a rate of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars a year & they want to continue. I won’t let that happen! We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them.

 

The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP.

And then he added:

Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.

When the media jumped all over him, claiming he was assuming powers he didn’t have, Trump responded:

For all of the Fake News Reporters that don’t have a clue as to what the law is relative to Presidential powers, China, etc., try looking at the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977. Case closed!

It was the New York Times that took the lead in accusing the president of overreach:

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The New York Times Accuses Trump of an Audacious Assertion of Power in Ordering U.S. Companies to Move Out of China

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 26, 2019: 

The New York Times even got its headline wrong: “Trump Asserts He Can Force U.S. Companies to Leave China.” The Times declared that Trump’s tweet storm on Friday “represented the latest audacious assertion of power by a president who has repeatedly crossed lines his predecessors did not. While he took office criticizing President Barack Obama for exceeding his authority, Mr. Trump has gone even further in finding creative ways to take action on his priorities.”

None of this is remotely accurate. The truth of the matter is that the president is restraining his use of powers Congress gave up to the Executive branch decades ago! Rather than “asserting” powers that he doesn’t have, or finding “creative ways” to expand his powers, the president is restraining the use of powers residing in the office of the Presidency when he arrived in January 2017.

Here’s what the president tweeted on Friday:

Our Country has lost, stupidly, Trillions of Dollars with China over many years. They have stolen our Intellectual Property at a rate of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars a year & they want to continue. I won’t let that happen! We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them.

 

The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP.

And then he added:

Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.

When the media jumped all over him, claiming he was assuming powers he didn’t have, Trump responded:

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Biden’s Online Donations Are Fading

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 19, 2019: 

As we noted on Friday, Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s gaffes are so plentiful and outrageous that “the president has no doubt been collecting them in a special file to be rolled out during presidential debates next year if Biden survives the primaries.” There is increasing concern that his campaign just might not survive that long.

Uber-progressive Eric Levitz, associate editor for New York magazine’s Intelligencer, is one who is now seriously questioning Biden’s candidacy. In his “Note to Biden Backers” Levitz suggests that “A senescent gaffe machine might not be the safest bet” for them in 2020.

For a time, wrote Levitz, backing Biden was the sensible thing to do when compared to his competition. He asked rhetorically,

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Obama Judge Delays Arkansas’ Anti-abortion law, Hastening Supreme Court Review of Roe v. Wade

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 7, 2019:

Within hours of an Obama judge blocking Arkansas’ strict anti-abortion law, a representative of the state’s attorney general announced she would be filing an appeal. This brings the day ever closer when one of many similar laws, and blockages by liberal judges, will be appealed to and reviewed by the Supreme Court. And that, according to many observers, will be the beginning of the end of the abortion holocaust that has haunted America since 1973.

The Arkansas law bans abortion after 18 weeks of pregnancy (with very limited exceptions). It also mandates that physicians performing abortions must be board-certified or board-eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. This requirement would be the death knell for the only remaining abortion clinic still operating in the state. In addition, it would prohibit an abortion sought solely because the fetus was diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Wrote U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker, appointed to the position by President Obama in 2012:

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Could this Obscure Survey Be the Tipping Point in the Abortion Debate?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, July 22, 2019: 

Steven Andrew Jacobs, working on his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago last summer, published a survey that answered Associate Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun’s query about when life begins. Wrote Blackmun in the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade in 1973:

We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, in this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.

Thanks to Ph.D. candidate Jacobs, Blackmun (now deceased) and his majority on the Supreme Court have their answer. According to Jacobs, 95 percent of 5,500 biologists – with specialties in such various fields as anatomy, biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics, and physiology – believe that “a human’s life begins at fertilization.”

More remarkable is that 89 to 97 percent of them believe it despite describing themselves as “very pro-choice,” “very liberal,” and “strong Democrats.”

What if Blackmun and his majority were given a “mulligan” – a do-over – about abortion?

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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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