Feiglin Vindicated On the F-35 Fighter Plane

As Our Past Wars Are Glorified This Memorial Day Weekend, Give Some Thought To Our Prospects Against The Russians And Chinese In World War III

The Saker reports that Russia is preparing for World War III, not because Russia intends to initiate aggression but because Russia is alarmed by the hubris and arrogance of the West, by the demonization of Russia, by provocative military actions by the West, by American interference in the Russian province of Chechnya and in former Russian provinces of Ukraine and Georgia, and by the absence of any restraint from Western Europe on Washington’s ability to foment war.

Like Steven Starr, Stephen Cohen, myself, and a small number of others, the Saker understands the reckless irresponsibility of convincing Russia that the United States intends to attack her.

It is extraordinary to see the confidence that many Americans place in their military’s ability. After 15 years the US has been unable to defeat a few lightly armed Taliban, and after 13 years the situation in Iraq remains out of control. This is not very reassuring for the prospect of taking on Russia, much less the strategic alliance between Russia and China. The US could not even defeat China, a Third World country at the time, in Korea 60 years ago.

Americans need to pay attention to the fact that “their” government is a collection of crazed stupid fools likely to bring vaporization to the United States and all of the Europe.

Russian weapons systems are far superior to American ones. American weapons are produced by private companies for the purpose of making vast profits. The capability of the weapons is not the main concern. There are endless cost overruns that raise the price of US weapons into outer space. The F-35 fighter, which is less capable than the F-15 it is supposed to replace, costs between $148 million and $337 million per fighter, depending on whether it is an Air Force, Marine Corps, or Navy model.

A helmet for a F-35 pilot costs $400,000, more than a high-end Ferrari.

(Washington forces or bribes hapless Denmark into purchasing useless and costly F-35)

It is entirely possible that the world is being led to destruction by nothing more than the greed of the US military-security complex. Delighted that the reckless and stupid Obama regime has resurrected the Cold War, thus providing a more convincing “enemy” than the hoax terrorist one, the “Russian threat” has been restored to its 20th century role of providing a justification for bleeding the American taxpayer, social services, and the US economy dry in behalf of profits for armament manufacturers.

However, this time, Washington’s rhetoric accompanying the revived Cold War is far more reckless and dangerous, as are Washington’s actions, than during the real Cold War. Previous US presidents worked to defuse tensions. The Obama regime has inflated tensions with lies and reckless provocations, which makes it far more likely that the new Cold War will turn hot. If Killary gains the White House, the world is unlikely to survive her first term.

All of America’s wars except the first—the war for independence—were wars for Empire. Keep that fact in mind as you hear the Memorial Day bloviations about the brave men and women who served our country in its times of peril. The United States has never been in peril, but Washington has delivered peril to numerous other countries in its pursuit of hegemony over others.

Today for the first time in its history the US faces peril as a result of Washington’s attempts to assert hegemony over Russia and China.

Russia and China are not impressed by Washington’s arrogance, hubris, and stupidity. Moreover, these two countries are not the native American Plains Indians, who were starved into submission by the Union Army’s slaughter of the buffalo.

They are not the tired Spain of 1898 from whom Washington stole Cuba and the Philippines and called the theft a “liberation.”

They are not small Japan whose limited resources were spread over the vastness of the Pacific and Asia.

They are not Germany already defeated by the Red Army before Washington came to the war.

They are not Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, or the various Latin American countries that General Smedley Butler said the US Marines made safe for “the United Fruit Company” and “some lousy bank investment.”

An insouciant American population preoccupied with selfies and delusions of military prowess, while its crazed government picks a fight with Russia and China, has no future.

From Lewrockwell.com, here.

What Exactly Is Jewish Monotheism?

Monotheism Vs. The Outlook That Everything is G-d

An Article Against The Attempt To Deify The Rebbe Of Lubavitch, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
written by Shlomo Moshe Scheinman
Attached to this article is the written recommendation of the Chief Rabbi of the Old City of Jerusalem, Rabbi Avigdor Neventzal, Shlit”a [Shlit”a being a blessing for longevity and good fortune]
To the Honorable Rabbi Neventzal, Shlit”a,
I have a friend who is connected to the Chabad [Lubavitch] movement [and even though I stress that he does not represent all of Chabad, nevertheless there are others who hold his opinions]  and according to his views, all the created world is part of the Holy One Blessed Be He. In his view, in reality much of the Christian interpretation of the Bible is true and correct, however, they chose a wicked man and not a righteous man. That is to say, that in his view, the great Tzaddikim [righteous people] have succeeded in removing the barriers that hide how everything is the Holy One Blessed Be He and therefore there is no prohibition to pray to them. And in regard to what Ramban said in his disputation with the Christians, this was just propaganda.
His intent to what Ramban said: “That the main principle and argument between the Jews and the Christians is the fact that you believe a dogma concerning the divinity which is very bitter… The thing which you believe in and it is a dogma of your faith, is not acceptable to one’s intellect, and nature does not permit it and the prophets never said so, nor can a wonder spread itself out to this matter… that the Creator of Heaven and Earth would be a fetus in the belly of a Jewish woman and would grow there… and that he would be born small and afterwards grow and afterwards would be handed over to his enemies… no reasoning Jew nor any man can tolerate this, and for naught and for vanity do you speak your words [letter 47 in the disputation, in accordance to the division in the writings of Ramban with the commentary of Rabbi Chavel].
Now a “proof ” for my friend’s opinion is found in the writings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, head of Chabad.

    “Just as Israel, the Torah, and the Holy One Blessed Be He are all one, not just that Israel is connected to the Torah and the Torah is connected to the Holy One Blessed Be He, rather, indeed they are truly one – so too the connection between the Chassidim to their Rebbe; it is not like 2 things that unify, rather they all become truly one. And the Rebbe in not an ‘intermediary that interferes’  but rather ‘an intermediary that attaches’. Therefore also for the Chassid: he and the Rebbe and the Holy One Blessed Be He -{are} one…
And for this reason there is no room for the question concerning an ‘intermediary’, for this is self and the essence itself in accordance to what he placed to rest of himself in a body.
And there in comment 56, the Rebbe adds, “I saw masters of the revealed [non-kabbalistic] Torah raised a question against this and with a great tumult: Can it be, etc. etc. however a similar idea is explicit also in the revealed parts of the Torah. And it is as the Yerushalmi [or perhaps the text of his words are that it is written in the Yerushalmi] Becurim chapter 3, halacha 3: ‘And G-d is in his holy sanctuary, this is Rabbi Yitzchak son of Lazar in the assembly of the study hall of Kisrin {probably Caesaria}’ “.
[Here Ends the quote of the words of Rabbi Schneerson.]

Now I looked in Ein Yaacov on the relevant passage from the Yerushalmi cited above and the text that appears in Ein Yaacov is slightly different. It says there, behold Rabbi Yitzchak son of Lazar and it is not written this is {Rabbi Yitzchak son of Lazar}. And he who analyzes that section from the Yerushalmi will see that the Yerushalmi is criticizing those who appointed [because of money], lousy judges and did not choose Rabbi Yitzchak son of Lazar, the righteous sage as a judge.
Now according to the commentary of HaKotev there, the intent of the statement, “And G-d is in his holy sanctuary” = “be silent before him, all of the land and he will in the future bring retribution against those who transgress his will”. For behold you were supposed to have chosen, Rabbi Yitzchak son of Lazar, and not a lousy judge or judges.
Now a second explanation of the Yerushalmi is the following. Many times in the Bible and in the sayings of the Sages the good actions of the righteous, the agents of the Holy One Blessed Be He, are described as the actions of the Holy One Blessed Be He. And the intent is not that they are actually from the Holy One Blessed Be He, but rather they are just from his agents. And so too here. The Yerushalmi wanted to inform us that Rabbi Yitzchak son of Lazar, is a capable agent of the Holy One Blessed to perform the mission of bringing justice to the world, in contrast to the lousy judges that received their tasks because of money.
Now perhaps my friend can still be judged as a sinner by mistake, (“shogeig”, in Hebrew, which makes the sin and the punishment less severe) for he said that if the Sanhedrin will rule against his opinion, he is willing to abide by their ruling. And still another point to bring in his defense is that he mistakenly believes that he has the approval of the Tanna, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for his opinions, based on a specific interpretation of the Kabbala.
In light of his words I decided to investigate the viewpoint that everything is the Holy One Blessed Be He, for this viewpoint has penetrated into much of the religious world that aren’t connected at all with Chabad.

Prisons Lead To Crime

This article was first published in the Idaho Observer.  Reprinted with permission from Randal Steen.

Randal R. Steen, 48, was a union journeyman millwright by trade.  He is the father of four children and four grandchildren.  He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a non-violent drug offense.  The greatest tragedy of Steen’s story is that he did not actually sell, use, or produce illegal drugs.   He went to prison for refusing to cooperate with the prosecution of his son.  Steen was a father willing to sacrifice himself to save his son, who was the guilty party.  Prosecutors were all-to-willing to charge Steen, since high conviction numbers are their priority, and because appearing to fight ‘The War on Drugs’ is great fodder for political campaigns.  Justice is not a part of the judicial equation in such cases, and ‘The War on Drugs’ is too often used to mask a war against the Bill of Rights.  For example, the search warrant which supposedly granted the police permission to begin their search was issued 2 days after his arrest, and we’ll let that speak for itself.  The fact that both a judge, and a jury, were apparently okay with all of this sadly testifies about what has befallen our liberties and the inheritance of the Founding Fathers.

When I was sent to prison, the judge mentioned just the length of my sentence.  Had he included the entire scope of my punishment, he may have said it differently:

“Mr. Steen, I sentence you to take responsibility for every social ill — past, present and future.  Each time America runs out of foreign enemies, it apparently turns on itself to find more.  By way of media, politics and indifference, people who break the law, good law or bad, become those enemies and are then responsible for every social malady.  Whether this is logical, you are the culprit.

“You are sentenced to live in a maladaptive, alien environment that defies description.  You’ll be stripped of your work skills, your self worth and your humanity while at the same time face the daily threat of assault, rape, false accusations and unjustified punishment.  You will live like this for the next 15 years.  If you manage to reenter society as a productive person, some will say prison was just what you needed.  If not, others will say ‘I told you so’.

“Because of counterproductive prison policies, you are sentenced to live in a world of cruelty and indifference that perpetuates the very behavior it purports to alleviate.  If you share this with those outside of the prison system, you will be called a liar, most won’t believe that $millions are spent on the proliferation of facilities that perpetuate harm, not repair it.

“You are sentenced to consume $150,000 to $600,000 in taxpayer dollars for your prison stay.  While lawmakers cite the ever growing cost of incarceration as a public necessity, you will learn that 10% of that amount goes towards your daily needs, while the other 90% pays for a bloated prison bureaucracy immune from any cost benefit analysis.  These tax dollars will be siphoned from school programs, child care, and job training — all of which do make communities healthy and safe and save $millions in the process.  Despite the media frenzy that portrays society seething with crime, you’ll learn that relatively few prisoners represent a danger to our communities.  We’re mad at most felons: not scared of them.  So, you’ll wonder why the majority of prisoners aren’t on home arrest, a logical move that would save millions of dollars and obviate the need for more prisons.

“Practical education programs, universally proven to drastically reduce recidivism, will be almost nonexistent.  In fact, you will be disciplined for possessing more than 10 books.  Therefore, you will live in an environment where recidivism is tacitly encouraged — a fact not lost on those who want to run prisons for a profit.

“It is true that there are some counseling programs in prison and some people will benefit from them.  Yet, if you attempt to describe the futility of a therapeutic environment placed within an atmosphere of people with dehumanizing policies, you will be told that your intentions are distorted and without merit.

“You are sentenced to bear the wrath of a misinformed society.  While you’re experiencing everything I just said, you will be told how easy you have it.  The media will find your Christmas meal more newsworthy than the damage caused by lawmakers who jostle for the next ‘get tough’ policy at the expense of society’s well being.  Your privilege to have this once-a-year meal will be presented as so outrageous, a debate will ensue over which ‘luxury’ to take away next.  Politicians will focus on violent sociopaths and pronounce their horrific crimes as a yard slide to measure the innate danger and incorrigibility of all lawbreakers, including you.

“Finally, as perhaps the most perverse component of your sentence, I hereby prohibit society from ever listening to you.  Your comments on crime and punishment will be ignored.  You, as well as others, will see the big picture, but few will care about the politics of crime and its role in our growing prison population.  You will know that most prisoners are guilty of breaking the law, but only a few need to be separated from society.  You will know that it is the reporting and sensationalism of crime that has skyrocketed; not crime itself.

“Unfortunately, though, you will one day return to society with firsthand knowledge of our prison system.  Few will care. Most see only the door leading into prison — not the one leading out.

“Therefore, if your opinion ever gets printed in a newspaper, you will not only be perceived as just another lawbreaker unable to accept the consequences of his actions, but of being manipulative as well.  Society will know this to be so because you broke the law.

“You are hereby sentenced to be a messenger whose message will be forever perceived as tainted, self serving and disingenuous; regardless of veracity and accuracy.

“No one will believe you.  You have been sentenced to be a criminal.”

From Healthwyze.org, here.

Treat Contagions Like Tzara’as?

Vaccine Controversy Shows Why We Need Markets, Not Mandates


If I were still a practicing ob-gyn and one of my patients said she was not going to vaccinate her child, I might try to persuade her to change her mind. But, if I were unsuccessful, I would respect her decision. I certainly would not lobby the government to pass a law mandating that children be vaccinated even if the children’s parents object. Sadly, the recent panic over the outbreak of measles has led many Americans, including some self-styled libertarians, to call for giving government new powers to force all children to be vaccinated.

Those who are willing to make an “exception” to the principle that parents should make health care decisions for their children should ask themselves when in history has a “limited” infringement on individual liberty stayed limited. By ceding the principle that individuals have the right to make their own health care decisions, supporters of mandatory vaccines are opening the door for future infringements on health freedom.

If government can mandate that children receive vaccines, then why shouldn’t the government mandate that adults receive certain types of vaccines? And if it is the law that individuals must be vaccinated, then why shouldn’t police officers be empowered to physically force resisters to receive a vaccine? If the fear of infections from the unvaccinated justifies mandatory vaccine laws, then why shouldn’t police offices fine or arrest people who don’t wash their hands or cover their noses or mouths when they cough or sneeze in public? Why not force people to eat right and take vitamins in order to lower their risk of contracting an infectious disease? These proposals may seem outlandish, but they are no different in principle from the proposal that government force children to be vaccinated.

By giving vaccine companies a captive market, mandates encourage these companies to use their political influence to expand the amount of vaccine mandates. An example of how vaccine mandates may have led politics to override sound science is from my home state of Texas. In 2007, the then-Texas governor signed an executive order forcing eleven and twelve year old girls to receive the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, even though most young girls are not at risk of HPV. The Texas legislature passed legislation undoing the order following a massive public outcry, fueled by revelations that the governor’s former chief of staff was a top lobbyist for the company that manufactured the HPV vaccine.

The same principles that protect the right to refuse vaccines also protect the right of individuals to refuse to associate with the unvaccinated. Private property owners have the right to forbid those who reject vaccines from entering their property. This right extends to private businesses concerned that unvaccinated individuals could pose a risk to their employees and customers. Consistent application of the principles of private property, freedom of association, and individual responsibility is the best way to address concerns that those who refuse vaccines could infect others with disease.

Giving the government the power to override parental decisions regarding vaccines will inevitably lead to further restrictions on liberties. After all, if government can override parental or personal health care decisions, then what area of our lives is off-limits to government interference? Concerns about infection from the unvaccinated can be addressed by consistent application of the principles of private property and freedom of association. Instead of justifying new government intrusion into our lives, the vaccine debate provides more evidence of the need to restore respect for private property and individual liberty.

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