Monthly Archives: October 2016

WikiLeaks Summary of Clinton Corruption

WikiLeaks has provided a treasure trove of inside information on what Hillary Clinton really thinks about important issues such as trade and immigration, but Clinton herself has chosen not to answer questions about the revelations.

She has focused instead on criticizing the Russians as the source of the hacks, despite the fact there is no proof of Russian involvement.

The emails also shed light on how the Clinton campaign interacts with Wall Street banks, with friendly media, and how it worked to undermine the candidacy of Democratic rival Bernie Sanders with the help of the DNC. read more

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Farewell To That Kid From Fargo

by Mike Pyatt

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The roar of the small Beechcraft Bonanza’s engine pierced the silence of the cold, early morning, struggling to break the bonds of gravity. It wasn’t airborne for more than thirty seconds before it plunged rapidly, crashing to terra firma, killing all aboard, near Clear Lake, Iowa., February 3, 1959. Few heard the crash in the remote Iowa cornfield. However, the aftermath of the crash was heard around the world. Rock N’ Roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, perished, along with the 21 year old pilot, Roger Peterson. The event later became known as “The Day the Music Died,” after singer-songwriter Don McLean’s 1971, hit song “American Pie.” read more

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Comforting And Afflicting

by Mike PyattMikePyatt250

The 2016, GOP and Democratic hopefuls have beset us with both. Many of us are capable of doing one or the other-few can do both. Some admit willingly “comforting others” is not their gift. Most of us are far better at objurgating. Words may serve as a balm or a bane to others. Thomas Merton observed, “But there is greater substance of silence than in the answer to the question.” He has a point. In the face of our own discomfort with one who’s afflicted, we often feel compelled to talk incessantly. In that context, silence seems to last an eternity. Those seeking comfort, at any cost, may find, in the end, it’s not a balm at all. read more

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Fifteen Years Into the Afghan War, Do Americans Know the Truth?

Written by Ron Paulronpaul

Last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, the longest war in US history. There weren’t any victory parades or photo-ops with Afghanistan’s post-liberation leaders. That is because the war is ongoing. In fact, 15 years after launching a war against Afghanistan’s Taliban government in retaliation for an attack by Saudi-backed al-Qaeda, the US-backed forces are steadily losing territory back to the Taliban.

What President Obama called “the good war” before took office in 2008, has become the “forgotten war” some eight years later. How many Americans know that we still have nearly 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan? Do any Americans know that the Taliban was never defeated, but now holds more ground in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001? Do they know the Taliban overran the provincial capital of Kunduz last week for a second time in a year and they threaten several other provincial capitals? read more

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Federal Land Agency Ignores Law Again

Below is a letter from the Lincoln County (WY) Commissioners to the USFS regarding their obliteration of segments of the Lander Cutoff of the Oregon Trail. The Lander Trail is protected as a cultural resource under the National Historic Preservation Act.

Read the formal complaint and especially look at the photos at the bottom. The Forest Service actions used a backhoe and other methods to obliterate and close sections of the historic trail which still show evidence of covered wagons traveling it from 1857-1868. It is unconscionable that the Forest Service officers would totally ignore a historical landmark, protected under law, in their attempt to close yet another road. read more

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