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Education is Too Important Not to Leave to the Marketplace
This week, events around the country will highlight the importance of parental control of education as part of National School Choice Week. This year’s events should attract more attention than prior years because of the growing rebellion against centralized education sparked by the federal Common Core curriculum.

25 January 2015read on...

Adios Cuba!
It’s taken over half a century for the US to finally figure out how to neutralize pesky Communist Cuba. Invasions, air raids, crushing sanctions, attempts to murder the Castro leadership by exploding cigars and poisons, diplomatic isolation, poisoning crops – all failed.

25 January 2015read on...

Beware a New Cold War
The notion of a New Cold War with Russia first arrived in 2008 with the publication of Edward Lucas' book The New Cold War: The Future of Russia and the Threat to the West. It received some attention at the time, but the cold war construct in its title gained little traction until the 2014. Since the Ukraine has been in crisis the phrase "a New Cold War" has become fairly commonplace in the media. Part of the reason for this is that the emotional memory of the Cold War is still strong and 'cold war' remains an easy, ready and convenient trope for media commentators in need of dramatic content. However, we should be concerned with more than rhetorical overreach by writers of headlines, book titles and opinion pieces.

23 January 2015read on...

A Second Even More Unjustifiable Episode of Government Collection of Phone Records
In the rush to sensationalize the Paris terrorist attacks and minimize all other news (for example, even more horrendous terrorist attacks in Nigeria), the American media has conveniently overlooked one major ill effect of the public hysteria it is helping to foment.

23 January 2015read on...

The Ambiguity of Charlie Hebdo: France Under the Influence
The Charlie Hebdo terrorist assassinations struck France at a moment when it has an unpopular government and a weak President, when factories are closing and jobs are being lost, when French economic policy is determined by Germany via the European Union and its foreign policy is determined by the United States via NATO. Except for the therapeutic moment of togetherness on January 11, the country feels buffeted by winds of conflict it cannot resist.

21 January 2015read on...

Ron Paul: The Real State of Liberty 2015
Watch Ron Paul deliver his new speech on the state of liberty in the US. You can find the complete text of his speech here.

20 January 2015read on...

The Danger of an MH-17 ‘Cold Case’
Now more than six months after the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, the refusal of the Obama administration to make public what intelligence evidence it has about who was responsible has created fertile ground for conspiracy theories to take root while reducing hopes for holding the guilty parties accountable.

20 January 2015read on...

Why Should Charlie Hebdo Deaths Mean More Than Those in E.Ukraine?
The Western public justly condemns the murders at Charlie Hebdo, but continues to behave as if Kiev's terror victims in Donetsk are “subhuman.”

19 January 2015read on...

If the Fed Has Nothing to Hide, It Has Nothing to Fear
Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the dollar has lost over 97 percent of its purchasing power, the US economy has been subjected to a series of painful Federal Reserve-created recessions and depressions, and government has grown to dangerous levels thanks to the Fed’s policy of monetizing the debt. Yet the Federal Reserve still operates under a congressionally-created shroud of secrecy.

18 January 2015read on...

Fed Asset Seizures Rollback Less Than Advertised
While headlines in Yahoo News and Raw Story blare, respectively, “U.S. attorney general bans asset seizure by local police” and “No more asset seizure: Eric Holder bans controversial ‘war on drugs’ tactic,” the truth is that United States Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday changed US Department of Justice policy in a manner that will result in at most a small rollback of asset seizures.

18 January 2015read on...

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British Press Shills for Syria War With 'Baby Snipers' Story


Baby Bullet

The Times of London yesterday published a sensational Syria story based on an interview with British doctor David Nott, who had volunteered his medical expertise in Syria over the past several weeks. Dr. Nott said that he had seen several pregnant women come in with abdominal wounds. He speculated that snipers must have been playing some sort of game where they would target the fetuses of pregnant women -- a grisly business to be sure.

Said Dr. Nott:
It seemed to me that it was some sort of a game they (the snipers) were having with each other... One day we'd have pregnant women being brought in with gunshot wounds to the uterus. Not just one or two, but seven or eight, which meant to me they (the snipers) must be targeting pregnant women.
Nott "heard local rumors" that these snipers, who seemed were playing a game, were Chinese or Azeri mercenaries fighting with Assad's government forces.

None of this was confirmed in any way. Speculation.

But how did Rupert Murdoch's Times of London report this very imprecise bit of speculation on the part of Dr. Nott -- in a huge dramatic spread?

"Assad’s snipers target unborn babies"

How is that for thorough journalism?

With no additional or collaborating reporting, the Daily Mail took the story several steps further. It reported that Dr. Nott heard "local rumors" that snipers were rewarded a cigarette for each fetus they successfully murdered in the womb. Proof? None. A rumor. How horrific and spectacularly diabolical if true, but does it make sense? If indeed this is some sort of sick game played out by snipers, how exactly do they verify that a fetus has been killed while inside the mother's womb so as to claim their cigarette? It doesn't sound right.

And where is any evidence that the snipers were government troops? We do know that the insurgents make regular use of snipers, and in fact just today they shot and killed Gen. Jameh Jameh, a senior government intelligence official. We also know that insurgent snipers are holed up in the caves above the Christian village of Maaloula, where they terrorize the local civilian population. Insurgent snipers also routinely target journalists.

The Times piece (and several related pieces in the British press) was accompanied by a gruesome-looking x-ray of a fetus with what looked like a large caliber bullet lodged in its skull. Strangely enough, this large bullet seems to have passed through the mother's body and into the skull of the fetus, passing through the soft tissue and resting perfectly and dramatically in the frontal lobe of the brain -- with no visible damage to the baby's cranium. Why no skull damage? Why no visible point of entry?

Also, we are told throughout the article that the doctors there are managing with virtually no medical resources and in a combat situation. Why would a doctor in such a crisis situation take the time and limited resources to x-ray an already dead baby? Does it make sense?

Incidentally, the photograph was provided to a range of British media by a British "NGO" called "Syria Relief," which claims the photo was provided by a "Syria Relief media team inside Syria." This may be a legitimate NGO, but its website is incredibly reticent to provide any information about the organization, its founders, its officers, its trustees, and its funders.

Interestingly, Dr. Nott is listed as one-time doctor to former British Prime Minister and war profiteer Tony Blair...

The Times, Independent, Daily Mail, ITV, and others are Goebbles-like in their transparently pro-war propaganda. They have fallen over themselves to print another "babies yanked from incubators" story. Only the Israeli YNET outlet was skeptical of the bloody British claim. "Record cruelty: Syrian rebels target fetuses," is how the Israeli news site put it. Perhaps, but at least there is solid past evidence of such terroristic acts on the part of the rebels.

Shame on Rupert Murdoch's bloody Times.

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