Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Victory for the Forgotten Man

Victory for the Forgotten Man
Chapter 2: the Celebrity Apprentice wins
Conspiracy Theorist
By Mark Luedtke
Publication date: 112216

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, mainstream commentators galore have rediscovered the term “forgotten man,” but many may be confused about what it means because, as Wikipedia documents, “It was first used by William Graham Sumner in his article The Forgotten Man (published posthumous in 1918) to refer to the person compelled to pay for reformist programs; however, since Franklin Roosevelt appropriated the phrase in a 1932 speech, it has more often been used to refer to those at the bottom of the economic government whom the state (in Roosevelt's view and in the general social humanitarian approach) needed to help.”
Another example of progressives turning words upside-down for their own benefit.
The original definition applies to Trump’s victory. The forgotten man is not a silent majority, not even a majority. Clinton won the popular vote.
You shouldn’t believe anything the media tells you before elections, after elections, or between elections. The media never mentions Clinton was a terrible candidate or the role Trump’s celebrity and demagoguery played in his victory. Get ready for angry candidate George Clooney in 2020.
Sure, Trump brought voters out who never voted before, but that happens every four years. Polls were wrong, but not by much.
Most polls had Hillary Clinton slightly ahead but within the margin of error. The RealClearPolitics poll average had Clinton ahead by about 0.5 percent. She won by 0.3 percent. That’s spot on.
The only real surprise this election was Trump won all the battleground states and more. But those state polls varied wildly, nakedly reflecting the bias of the pollsters. That’s not much of a surprise either. Like historians, pollsters try to influence the present, not publish accurate information. They’re human. They advance their own self-interest.
Clinton was supposedly shocked at the outcome. I doubt that. Internal polling in both campaigns seemed accurate. Clinton knew she was in trouble in the battleground states so she sent her best proxies including President Obama into all of them the last weekend. Trump went to Wisconsin and Pennsylvania knowing he could win those states despite their history of going blue.
Now rulers tell us Trump’s victory is a revolution. Straight from his tanning bed, former Speaker John Boehner quoted Thomas Jefferson, “... a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”
I’m skeptical. I was never a Trump fan. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ecstatic one of America’s premier serial mass murderers was denied the presidency. Hundreds of thousands of lives - maybe untold millions if she had provoked a nuclear war with Russia as her aggression was leading us - were saved by preventing Clinton from directly controlling the military. But every billionaire is a ruler.
Still, as with Brexit, this was a victory for the forgotten man, waking up to resist exploitation. And we learned this election, the forgotten man is not defined by race. Trump won more votes from blacks and Hispanics than Mitt Romney by presenting his anti-establishment case. America’s division is between those who suffer and benefit from government stealing.
Trump’s victory proves a core of Americans still understand liberty and free enterprise, not government, makes America great, secure, and prosperous. America is not defined yet by race or handouts. Progressive rule by both parties has beaten, bruised, and battered the American dream, but it hasn’t killed it.
But people who believe Trump will turn things around will be disappointed. The impending economic crash still looms. Trump can’t unprint the money the Federal Reserve printed. He can’t make unprecedented debt disappear. The best he can do is allow the crash to run its course without coercive intervention, allowing the people to heal the damage in a deep, painful, but short recession.
But unlike Presidents Harding and Reagan, Trump’s ego won’t allow a crisis to run its course. Worse, NBC News reports, “But despite Donald Trump's campaign pledge to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington and his outsider campaign, many of [his cabinet picks] are clear Washington insiders.”
Lacking insider experience, the apprentice made a deal to gain the support of establishment leaders, warmongers all, and he’s paying them off. That’s why Boehner, Speaker Paul Ryan and even Obama suddenly treat him with respect. The establishment is already co-opting his presidency.
While Trump will never be as bad as Clinton - or another Bush - his deals with devils will harm us all. The forgotten man will remain exploited.

Happy Anniversary to the War on Drugs

Happy Anniversary to the War on Drugs
Conspiracy Theorist
by Mark Luedtke
publication date: 010615

Understanding the power to tax is the power to destroy, on December 17, 1914, Congress passed the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, making the War on Drugs 100 years old. So much for Afghanistan being the longest, most wasteful war in US history.
While some think the War on Drugs was born out of a moral and health crusade, nothing could be further from the truth. Economist and War on Drugs expert Mark Thornton writes, “As written, the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914 was legislation that established a tax and registration requirement on narcotics and cocaine. Politicians and journalists openly targeted Chinese immigrants, Southern blacks, and Mexicans with outrageous propaganda.”
He continues, “What history does reveal is that the initial legislation that became the War of Drugs was clearly the result of bigotry and the desire to suppress minorities, and the desire to become a big player in world diplomatic affairs, not a desire to help drug addicts.”
While progressives pretend not to support it, the War on Drugs was part of the progressive agenda pushed through at that time which included the income tax, the Federal Reserve, popular election of Senators, war and empire. That agenda is destroying America and the western world today.
Wikipedia expounds, “The drafters played on fears of ‘drug-crazed, sex-mad negroes’ and made references to Negroes under the influence of drugs murdering whites, degenerate Mexicans smoking marijuana, and ‘Chinamen’ seducing white women with drugs.”
It continues, “Before the Act was passed, on February 8, 1914, The New York Times published an article entitled ‘Negro Cocaine 'Fiends' Are New Southern Menace: Murder and Insanity Increasing Among Lower-Class Blacks’ by Edward Huntington Williams, which reported that Southern sheriffs had increased the caliber of their weapons from .32 to .38 to bring down Negroes under the effect of cocaine.
“Despite the extreme racialization of the issue that took place in the buildup to the Act's passage, the contemporary research on the subject indicated that black Americans were in fact using cocaine and opium at much lower rates than white Americans.”
There was no need for a war on opium when the only people addicted to it were white Civil War veterans whom government had addicted to morphine as a painkiller during the war. There was no need for a war on cocaine when Sears and Roebuck sold cocaine and a syringe to administer it to white people through its catalog. America’s rulers had to resort to demonizing minorities to push through this abomination, and as with so many others, only succeeded as Congressmen were rushing out of Washington for Christmas break.
One hundred years later, the War on Drugs is still a tool for oppressing minorities and the government is still the major cause of addiction. The only things that have changed are the ferocity with which government attacks Americans, the amount of money it steals and the number of casualties.
The government singling out crack cocaine because it’s more popular with blacks parallels the lying New York Times story referenced by Wikipedia. Records show almost all federal prosecutions for crack are of blacks.
Even though a higher percentage of white people use most drugs except crack, blacks are arrested at three times the rate because white juries more readily convict blacks. It’s this blatant preying upon blacks that creates the tension that leads to riots in cities like Ferguson, Missouri.
While attacking Americans at home, the US oversees the production of the greatest amount of heroin in history in Afghanistan. The Taliban had eradicated opium production in Afghanistan, but because illegal drugs are sold in narco-dollars, that weakened the dollar in international trade. That’s why when the US invaded Afghanistan, it promoted new production of opium, and it promotes it today. It’s not an accident of war. It’s by design.
In the meantime, heroin deaths have become such an epidemic in the region, and the world, Dayton police are carrying Narcan to save people from heroin overdoses. The Dayton Daily News reports, “Officers have said due to heroin’s widespread use, Narcan has become vital to saving the lives of overdose patients. ‘I’ve found them in vacant houses, bathrooms of service stations, sidewalks, I mean just everywhere,’ said Officer Willie Hooper. Hooper adds he’s revived four overdose patients since September through the use of Narcan.”
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition advocates, “We believe that drug prohibition is the true cause of much of the social and personal damage that has historically been attributed to drug use. It is prohibition that makes these drugs so valuable –  while giving criminals a monopoly over their supply. Driven by the huge profits from this monopoly, criminal gangs bribe and kill each other, law enforcers, and children.”
When alcohol prohibition ended, people stopped killing each other over alcohol. People gave up deadly pure grain alcohol for beer and wine. Once decriminalized, the same will happen for all drugs.
It’s ironic that the people who have become the champions of the century-old progressive agenda call themselves conservatives. Supporting liberty, not the status quo, is the key to saving our country.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Progressive Bullies

Progressive Bullies
Violence is at the core of leftist ideology
Conspiracy Theorist
By Mark Luedtke
Publication date: 111516

Leftists have raised bullying to an art form. They’ve managed to make themselves look like victims while they bully. With their Uggs they trampled into dust the wise old saying that sticks and stones can break your bones but words can never hurt you.
Progressives have turned free speech upside-down. In the 1960s they wanted universities to be free speech zones. Fifty years later they demand so-called safe spaces where free speech is not allowed. Progressive bullies made themselves the gatekeepers of all speech.
It started with political correctness. Those of us who criticized political correctness for decades as antithetical to free speech were poo-pooed. We were told political correctness isn’t dangerous. It is. Of political correctness following its logical course at a University of Missouri protest last year, New York Magazine described, “At the protest on Missouri’s campus yesterday, on a space that is expressly open to free expression, protesters barred journalists from covering the demonstrations. In one scene, protesters surrounded and harassed Tim Tai, a photographer with the student newspaper, chanting, ‘Hey, hey, ho, ho, journalists have got to go.’ The scene is captured on a video here, which rewards close watching until the end, where Melissa Click, a professor of mass media working with the protest movement, calls out, ‘Help me get this reporter out of here. I need some muscle over here.’”
That’s leftist strategy stripped down to its core: begin with aggression, advance to threats, then escalate to violence.
Leftist philosophy is a philosophy of barbarism. We see it all the time. Bullies regularly commit violence at protests. Protests with minimal violence are considered peaceful. Minimal violence is not peaceful. Progressives recently trashed the floor of the House of Representatives, temporarily shutting it down. They smashed Trump campaign sites and vandalized his hotel then blamed it on him. Thomas DiLorenzo noted, “The media are happy to highlight the violence as the story of the day instead of whatever Trump said during his speech. Censorship of opposing viewpoints is always the Number One Goal of the Marxist Left (or any other kind of Left).”
Progressives forced gays into a political closet. “So will gay Republicans be wearing Trump 2016 t-shirts and ‘Make America Great Again’ hats at LGBTQ Pride events this year? [A gay marine] said it's unlikely,” reported NBC News. “‘It's easy to come out of the closet,’ he said. ‘It's dangerous to come out as a Trump supporter.’”
Progressive bullies are hurting businesses and workers too. Many tech companies are hiring based on diversity instead of merit. GitHub suffers an extreme case of progressive bullying. “‘It is very hard to even interview people who are “white,”’ claimed an anonymous GitHub employee speaking to Tech Insider,” reported Breitbart. “It’s a claim that seems shocking but should come as no surprise considering [GitHub’s diversity consultant] Sanchez’s previous outspoken statements on diversity.”
Twentieth Century Fox was bullied into apologizing for an X-Men: Apocalypse poster of Apocalypse, a man and bad guy, strangling Mystic, a woman and good gal, because the bullies claimed it condoned violence against women. Fox should have ridiculed the claim instead of kowtowing and pulling the posters, costing investors money.
Progressivism is always and everywhere a philosophy of violence. It can’t be anything else because progressives want people to behave differently so they use coercion and violence to force them. Progressivism is the philosophy behind the mass murder of well over a hundred million people last century, but progressives call themselves tolerant.
Lew Rockwell comments on the unique evil of the left. “But when we compare even the worst enormities of the more distant past with the leftist totalitarian revolutions and total wars of the twentieth centuries, they are in general a mere blip. The entire history of the Inquisition, said Joe Sobran, barely rises to the level of what the communists accomplished on a good afternoon,” he writes. “Given that the left has sought the complete transformation of society, and given that such wholesale change is bound to come up against the resistance of ordinary people who don’t care for having their routines and patterns of life overturned, we should not be surprised that the instrument of mass terror has been the weapon of choice. The people must be terrified into submission, and so broken and demoralized that resistance comes to seem impossible.”
From riots to show trials to guillotines to gas chambers to gulags to death trains to mass starvation, progressives terrorize and murder en masse. Yet people still vote for them.

Downtown Dayton Housing Insanity

Downtown Dayton Housing Insanity
Conspiracy Theorist
by Mark Luedtke
publication date: 122314

With apologies to The Who: Meet the new housing bubble. Same as the old housing bubble, but worse. In September, 2013, the most expensive home in Manhattan cost $130 million. By May, 2014, somebody paid $147 million for a New York mansion. Similar bubbles are expanding from London to Australia. Prices for housing for the rich have skyrocketed around the world.
Dayton hasn’t escaped the insanity. The Dayton Daily News reports, “Charlie Simms, president of Charles Simms Development, said his company is negotiating to purchase a parking lot on the southeast corner of Sears and Second streets to make room for the new townhouses near the Second Street Market. The development, which if built according to current plans, will feature 22-townhomes that will be sold for between $180,000 and $210,000, Simms said.”
Simms’s company developed three other downtown residential developments at Patterson Square, Rubicon Square and Patterson Place.
You don’t have to be an economist to recognize something is grossly wrong here. Not two blocks west from two of Simms’s developments, half of downtown Dayton real estate sits empty. Retail fronts are empty. Except on show nights, after 5:00pm, the city looks like a graveyard. The entire region is overbuilt. Taxpayers in Miami County have been forced to pay for the destruction of 80 properties since 2009.  Yet Simms is making money building expensive, new housing. This begs the question of how.
The DDN continues, “Simms told the Dayton Daily News in August that there remained a strong demand for urban living and that could result in the remaining townhomes and condos from his Rubicon Square and Patterson Place developments to be sold out by late this year or early 2015.”
Rubicon Square, completed a year and half ago by Miami Valley Hospital, hasn’t sold out, so demand cannot be as strong as Simms would have us believe.
Clearly market forces are not behind the development of housing downtown by Simms or at the Water Street development.  What Simms calls demand isn’t real demand. It isn’t market-driven. It’s bubble-money demand, and these projects are being supplied by bubble-money too. Blame the Federal Reserve (Fed) for this distortion of markets. Dayton is experiencing a textbook example of a housing bubble, the same as the rest of the world. As every central bank in the world legally counterfeits money in lockstep, bubbles are being blown worldwide, including this housing bubble in Dayton. The same is happening in the entire region.
Because the Fed is holding interest rates at zero, projects that wouldn’t be profitable in an honest market - one with real interest rates - appear profitable while the interest rates are held artificially low. This allows Simms and other political cronies to borrow money at zero interest and divert capital - building materials and labor - away from productive projects to fund their wealth-destroying projects.
The Austrian School of Economics calls this malinvestment. The result of these projects is the waste of resources that doesn’t become apparent until the bust hits. When the bust hits, the malinvestments become apparent: the empty, decrepit factories, shopping centers, retail spaces, houses and other decrepit properties we see everywhere in Dayton. Dayton is littered with the malinvestments of the past.  Simms and others building housing downtown are creating malinvestments of the present, soon to be exposed.
Local rulers make the problem worse with subsidies because it’s still hard for many developers to get loans. The DDN explains, “Instead, developers have to package tax credits, grants and loans, a process that is time consuming. Which is where the city and/or Citywide can step in.” Citywide is funded in part by the city.
Our rulers are stealing our money to fund malinvestment by their cronies, making them richer, us poorer and saddling the city with new, soon-to-be decrepit, underutilized and abandoned buildings like the eyesore parking garage on the river by Riverscape. They’re not only stealing our money. They’re stealing resources from us that, if we had a free market, would be employed to benefit everybody.
Our rulers make every day Christmas for their rich cronies. Dayton Mayor Whaley said of Simms, “Charlie was the first one in. They’ve been successful in that model, so we want to continue that model.” In other words, more subsidies for her good crony Simms.
But even the good times for the rich must end. Eventually interest rates rise and malinvestments become exposed. While still keeping interest rates at zero, the Fed recently ended its unprecedented Quantitative Easing (QE) program in which it counterfeited up to $85 billion a month. Former Reagan budget director David Stockman warns low oil prices are on the verge of exposing malinvestments made in the fracking business, popping a bubble he believes to be bigger than the housing bubble.
The regular rich are about to get slammed the way poor and middle class people already have been. Politicians and plutocrats will own pretty much everything in our new feudal society. If you think wealth disparity is bad now, wait until government’s institutionalized thieves steal everything.

Originally published in the Dayton City Paper.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Beware the Clowns

Beware the Clowns
The global warming clowns, that is
Conspiracy Theorist
By Mark Luedtke
Publication date: 11/01/16

Around the country, people are in a panic because of clown sightings. In one example The Cincinnati Enquirer reports, “Erlanger-Elsmere Schools were in ‘safe and secure’ mode Oct. 6 after police notified the district they had received a report of a clown sighting in Elsmere.” Safe and secure mode is a euphemism for lockdown. Some rulers figured out using the prison term lockdown offered too much insight into the true nature of government prison-schools, so they changed it. In the self-professed home of the brave, people panic when they see clowns even though, to the best of my knowledge, no clown has hurt anybody during the scare.
Two of the biggest clowns are racing around the country campaigning for president. Both should be forced to wear white face paint, rubber ball noses and floppy shoes. Then Americans might recognize the truth of our political system. Donald Trump is more of a goofy clown you can’t help but laugh at. Hillary Clinton is a murderous clown who has killed and maimed more people than all people dressed as clowns in history and movies combined.
Speaking of the presidential campaign, global warming clowns are gnashing their teeth because global warming is not an issue. Despite el Nino temporarily boosting the planet’s temperature to supposedly record levels for the last year, a recent Vox politics poll discovered the American people are more afraid of clowns than climate change.
To be fair, they also found Americans more scared of clowns than terrorists. This shows the power our rulers and their media propagandists have over public opinion. Hopefully fear-mongering about terrorism has reached its limit.
But rulers and their media propagandists have used the same tactics they used to incite fear of clowns to incite fear of global warming for decades. But despite billions spent promoting the great global warming fraud every year, they can’t scare the American people as much as a few unsubstantiated clown sightings. Hopefully the global warming scare has reached its limit too.
On a side note, the number one fear of Americans polled was government corruption. This reduces the effectiveness of fearmongering about global warming and terrorism.
The old saying the truth is the best defense applies more to the global warming fraud than to the justice system. After having some success in scaring Americans nearly two decades ago, the people have realized that natural variations in climate are not scary no matter how much rulers blame productive activity which generates carbon dioxide. Severe weather, not climate, is scary.
But the global warming clowns keep trying. Realclimatescience.com reports, “Texas has been cooling since 1895, but that doesn’t suit NOAA’s [National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration] global warming agenda. So they keep cooling the past further and further to create the appearance of a warming trend.”
NOAA’s corruption of the temperature record is so pervasive, always making the past appear cooler than it really was, it seems a week doesn’t go by without another discovery of corrupted historical data. We might think corrupt scientists should be fired, but that’s because we live in the productive world. Because NOAA’s corrupt scientists work for coercive government, none get fired and the most corrupt get promoted.
In a related story, The Telegraph reports, “Dire predictions that the Arctic would be devoid of sea ice by September this year have proven to be unfounded after latest satellite images showed there is far more now than in 2012.”
The frauds were wrong again. Once el Nino ended, Arctic sea ice extent vigorously rebounded as honest scientists expected. Only coercive governments employ, directly or indirectly, supposed experts who are consistently wrong.
But rulers keep jacking up the price we pay for this fraud. Charles Burris exposes, “Most persons in the US have never heard of the Spanish renewable energy and engineering giant Abengoa. That’s exactly how the DC cronyists and mainstream media like it. But the Abengoa bankruptcy scandal may erupt to be the October Surprise of 2016. It’s 100X as large as Solyndra. Abengoa was the for profit arm of the Clinton Climate agenda. Check out the major players from the Rockefeller Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, The Brookings Institute, HUD, Fannie Mae, NSA, CIA veterans, etc. They were bankrupt in 2009 but hid it for 7 years playing games and looting banks and shareholders since.”
US taxpayers lost tens of billions in this fraud, but voters keep empowering the same corrupt clowns in the same corrupt system election after election.

White Victims Matter Too

White Victims Matter Too
Conspiracy Theorist
by Mark Luedtke
publication date: 121614

On January 18, 2014, a Fairfield, Ohio cop killed a young, unarmed man named Caleb Surface. Nobody protested. Nobody rioted. No media or political agitators flew to Fairfield to instigate trouble. Nobody cared because Surface was white, not black.
That’s the norm. Fewer than one in four people killed by police are black, but you’d never know it by reading a newspaper, watching the news or listening to an agitator or politician. That’s because our rulers would lose everything if white people woke up and recognized they were in as much danger of being killed by police as blacks. As long as white people can be convinced only blacks have to worry about being killed by unaccountable, corrupt, socialist police, our rulers’ system of theft and violence is secure.
There’s an old saying that if they get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers. Divide and conquer is the motive behind the lie that cops only target blacks. As long as people buy that lie, nobody has to answer why we allow cops target everybody.
The Dayton Daily News recently published an example of this propaganda masquerading as news. The story begins with what should be terrifying news for everybody: “The number of people killed by police has increased by a third in recent years, even as violent crime has trended downward and the number of officers assaulted or killed in the line of duty has dropped.”
So much for the claim that police are killing people to protect themselves. The spread of legalized concealed carry has reduced violent crime significantly, but cops are killing more people than ever. Note that this official number published by the FBI is known to be a gross undercount because police are not required to report people they kill to the FBI.
But the rest of the article is about cops killing black people, not cops killing everybody and hiding the statistics. The headline even reads: “Race a Factor in Police Shootings”. The DDN ignores the white victims because our rulers, whom The DDN serves - it’s owned by Cox Media, one of government’s corporate agents - don’t want white people to be scared. They want to divide blacks and whites and fool both into believing only blacks are at risk.
And they’ve been horrifically successful. Race agitators like Al Sharpton are establishment tools. They and anybody who falls for this propaganda are helping cops get away with murder.
Will Grigg quotes the investigating officer in Ferguson as he explains how the system is designed to enable cops to get away with murder: “‘Any time I’m involved in an officer-involved shooting, be it a fatal one or non-fatal, it is always during my initial investigation listed as an assault on law enforcement,’ explained the St. Louis County Police Detective who inaugurated the investigation of the Michael Brown shooting. ‘Officer Wilson … was the victim of the assault we were investigating.’”
Notice he doesn’t mention race. By design, the system switches the victim and the assailant, blaming the real victim who is dead and can’t refute lies told about him by his killer. The immediate corruption of the crime scene and the grand jury was well documented in Ferguson, but it happens everywhere. When investigating police shootings, all cops follow this same, corrupt model regardless of the race, gender, age or anything else of the victim. With the government investigating itself, the result can only be corrupt.
The problem isn’t race. It’s the job of coercive government enforcer attracts psychopaths and trains cops to be psychopaths. The recent epidemic of cops killing people carrying toy weapons proves this point. John Crawford III was shot dead in Walmart in Beavercreek while talking on the phone and holding a toy rifle. Darrien Hunt was shot dead by Utah police while carrying a toy sword like you would find at a carnival. Thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez was shot dead by Sonoma County sheriff's deputies for carrying a replica AK-47. A twelve-year-old boy was shot dead by a Cleveland police officer for carrying a toy pistol.
A common thread in all these shootings, besides the toys, is the victims didn’t threaten the police, yet the police killed them anyway. Another common thread is the cops all say they followed their training. That means they’re being systematically trained to kill non-threatening people carrying toy guns.
Cops are taught in training class if they take the time to determine if a gun is real or not, they could be killed, so they are taught to shoot first, cover up the evidence, and the corrupt system will protect them. They are taught because one time out of a thousand, the gun might be real and the person carrying it might shoot at them, they should kill everybody they encounter carrying a weapon or toy. That’s psychopathic behavior. There’s no empathy.
We pay for psychopathic training and for them to kill us because our rulers divide and conquer us. In order to stop police killings, white victims have to matter as much as black victims.