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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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Iran tests ballistic missile despite UN ban

Does this make you feel safer? In direct defiance of a UN ban on such tests, Iran on Sunday completed a new test of a medium range ballistic missile.

The Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile flew 600 miles before exploding, in a failed test of a reentry vehicle, officials said. Iran defense minister Brigadier Gen. Hossein Dehqan said in September that Iran would start production of the missile.

I am very curious what Trump will do to try to rein in Iran. I suspect his options will be as limited as Obama’s were, except that he is not likely to sign any make-believe nuclear deals, as Obama did.


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  • wayne

    Personally, I advocate a complete decapitation strike, with submarine launched W-88 warheads.

  • Wayne

    Excellent talk:

    Victor Davis Hanson
    “Loss of American Deterrence”
    Steamboat Institute Global Security Summit

  • LocalFluff

    An analytic I heard on John Batchelor Show recommended Trump to comply (which he now has done) with Obama’s nuclear Iran deal, because the Iranians will break it and then the deal is void. It includes something about Iran should not support international terrorism, which they do. And the Obama deal does not stop the US to introduce sanctions without reference to the nuclear deal, like the visa stop this weekend.

  • Cotour

    Thats funny a, “UN Ban”, oooooooh, scary for the Iranians. I really do not believe that they are losing much sleep over it.

    Barack Hussein Obamas greatest achievement, the arming with nuclear weapons AND missiles of Iran. What fools in America have empowered such a “Leader”? And I have friends that to this day will defend it.

  • Edward

    If the UN is unable or unwilling to enforce its bans, then the UN is a joke, played on the rest of us. Thus, the Iranians violate the ban yet again, because — as Cotour notes — they don’t lose sleep over it.

  • Cotour

    It did not take long:

    I expect him to head up Black Lives Matters or an offshoot of it at some time in the very near future.

    He may make a statement something like ” Im sorry but the things that president Trump is undertaking just is not who we are” or something to that effect. The Leftists have come sooo far, I am sure they will not give up their gains so easily. Barack Obama, the last black president because you are black for a long, long time.

    Expect this kind of push back and the demostrations every day of Trumps presidency. Every day.

  • Edward

    Oh. My. God.

    Look what Obama is inheriting from Trump in his retirement. Poor Obama. First he inherits a minor economic setback that was nothing like the ones Reagan and Harding inherited, then he makes such a mess of it that the Fed drops rates beyond the panic rate of 1% (rarely ever seen, before Obama, because as one Fed Chairman said, once you go below 1% you have nowhere to go), and when 0% failed he went beyond beyond-panic and started printing money — because he had nowhere to go. Of course, Obama, the smartest president ever, didn’t learn the lesson of Japan, two decades before him, and did as Japan did, with similar results. Duh.

    Japan should have learned from FDR, but didn’t. FDR is taught as a success story, not the economic failure that he was. Too bad for Japan, and too bad for us, because Obama did the same stupid tripe.

    Reagan learned the lessons of Harding (success to emulate) and FDR (failure to avoid), so the great recessions that Presidents Reagan and Harding inherited are never talked about, because both men quickly cured them with prudent measures, not FDR style stimulus packages.

    The president who showed us how not to run a country is griping and complaining that Trump isn’t doing it his way. Boo. Freaking. Hoo. His way left us in much the same trouble and deeper in debt. The main differences are that unemployment is now calculated so as to hide the truth, and soup lines are now hidden away behind EBT cards used at the stores at midnight on the first of each month. As FDR’s Treasury Secretary said, “We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work.

    From Cotour’s linked article: “‘President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,’ his spokesman, Kevin Lewis, said in a statement. ‘In his final official speech as president, he spoke about the important role of citizens and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy — not just during an election but every day.’

    Was Obama equally heartened by the level of engagement taking place during the Tea Party protests? No. Because the American values that Obama learned were what he learned in the 87% Islamic Republic of Indonesia. We might think that he learned something while living in Hawaii, but he brags about being stoned during that time, thus, like the saying about the 1960s, if he remembers his high school, then he wasn’t there. This explains why his values continue to favor Muslims from all Islamic nations rather than Americans descended from any non-Muslim nation.

    This is why his first post-presidential complaint about Trump’s administration is to complain about Muslim immigration rather than any of the other things Trump has said or done. That he criticizes the sitting president when the true American value is that past presidents do not, shows that Obama does not know American values at all. He confuses his own narcissistic values with the values of the rest of America.

    We should not expect much wisdom from Obama, what with his track record in protecting America from San Bernardino terrorists, Floridian terrorists, two Fort Wayne terrorist attacks (you would think that the smartest president ever would have learned from the first one), and on and on; leading our military to failure by leading from his behind; allowing new enemies to form — right down to arming them — and to metastasize from Syria into Iraq, losing ground that was gained with American blood and treasure; getting an ambassador killed; adding more than half the annual GDP to the national debt; etc.

    Yeah. Right. We should take advice from that guy.

    Wait until Trump reins in Iran and nullifies the broken treaty that Obama never bothered to ratify and Iran never signed. Will we ever hear from Obama then!

    Trump’s options with Iran may be as limited as Obama’s, but Trump is more likely to use them.

  • Cotour

    In Obamas parting speech he said “This is not a period, (referring to his speech) this is only a comma”. Expect the Islamic sympathizing ex president to be very active in his continued attempt at organizing our community.

    He would be more useful in a coma, not a comma.

  • Cotour

    Trump is hitting home runs over and over all in his first week:

    Keep going.

  • Cotour: More than anything else, Trump’s willingness to fire this person the instant she defied him, her boss, speaks well for the coming four years. This demonstrates at last that Trump is not going to fold, as have every other Republican since Reagan.

  • LocalFluff

    Now that all MSM and democrats have defined the temporary immigration stop from seven countries as “muslim ban”, president Trump no longer has anything to lose by actually introducing a muslim ban.

    Best would be to leave the Middle East to Israel, India and Russia. The US has no natural interest in that region and does best by blockading the ME completely in terms of migration, trade, financial transactions. Iran is the new unopposed regional super power controlling Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen. Their very successful strategy for shia arabs will continue to spread to Saudi Arabia, the collapse of which will be big news this year.

    It is impossible to stop Russian ICBMs, their counter measures are beyond technologies to intercept them. So since a missile defense against Russia is impossible, the US should build a missile defense together with Russia, partly stationed on Russian territory, against everyone else. China is said to have only 260 nukes (I don’t understand why they haven’t given that a priority, their lack of nuclear deterrent is their main weakness), so their threat is pretty harmless given a modern anti-ICBM defense. A greater threat is the UK or France going all out islamic any day now, immediately attacking the US with nukes.

  • wayne

    Have to disagree–the Russians need to be struck preemptively and vaporized. They are not our friend’s and never have been. The sooner they are gone forever, the better.

    Chicoms allegedly have “400+” nuclear warheads.

    Serendipitously — they appear to be stationing their missiles in one area.

    a nice little excerpt:
    “The 1969 ‘Defense Intelligence Agency Physical Vulnerability Handbook—Nuclear Weapons,’ assigns a vulnerability number of 11Q9 to road-mobile missiles with ranges of 700, 1,100, and 2,000 nautical miles or with intercontinental ranges. The damage level for this vulnerability number is defined as “transporter overturned and missile crushed.” The kill mechanism has been likened to flipping a turtle on its back. For a 100-kt weapon [the W76], the optimum height of burst to attack a target with a vulnerability number of 11Q9 is approximately 1,250 m (no local fallout would be expected), and the corresponding damage radius is 2,875 m. Thus dispersed SS-25 vehicles can be threatened over an area of approximately 26 square kilometers by a single W76 air burst. If, for example, a MAZ vehicle is traveling at 20 kilometers per hour, then one W76 explosion must occur within about 15 minutes of noting the location of the moving vehicle. While this time interval is roughly consistent with depressed-trajectory launches of SLBMs, it would require additional time to communicate the SS-25 locations to the SSBNs and retarget the missiles. The fact that Trident I or Trident II SLBMs are MIRVed, with up to eight [now estimated to be six] warheads per missile, means that a group of moving SS-25 launcher vehicles could also be pattern-attacked with W76 warheads over an area of some 200 square kilometers.”

  • LocalFluff

    Actually, Russia has never invaded another country without having alliances with other great powers, or otherwise being totally superior to begin with. And the same can be said about China. It is the European powers that have recklessly gambled on profiting by attempting invasion war, with ultimately disastrous results because of their utter incompetence. Russia did liberate Europe from Napoleon and Hitler. They are a backup of European civilization. St. Petersburg is a great creation that held a dominating role in the crucial development of human kind in the 19th century.

  • Cotour

    The Leftward drift of the country has gone on for soooo long that the perceived new “normal” is now that Leftist point that we find ourselves. (so the media and the Left and Right coasts would like us all to believe) The trek to get back to some reasonable center right position where America properly sees and executes its Constitution and its sovereignty will be a rough ride for some.

    Trumps particular unique American set of personal and business skills and hard headed, clear minded, take no prisoners determination has the ability to lead our country in a way that has not been seen in America possibly for many decades maybe not for centuries. This new, or renewed American paradigm is what America and the rest of the world desperately needs IMO. That being said it is also my opinion that the battle between the Left and the Right is a vital and a necessary component in reaching this proper balance between ideologies. We need the conflict and the internal battle to rage in order to achieve a healthy state of being, there is no “perfect” or static / “perfect” state of being for our unique form of governance.

    Trumps hard pushing, move ahead, pile up the accomplishments, do not defy a reasonable order / stand in my way and you will be replaced style is disrupting and worrying to some but this medicine is what has been needed for the good of us all IMO and it will be a bitter and wrenching pill for them to swallow.

    I am pleased to see that Trump’s beginning has been a positive surprise to many, but I ask “How long will he be able to go before those who oppose him will be able to find a way to actually stand in his way?” My answer is two years barring some unforeseen events that might dial him back that might be driven by the big players on the planet, namely the banks / FED / New World Order (read: Leftist U.N. types) devotes etc, etc.

    Lets hope he is able to continue to run the table and get as much accomplished in at least the next two years when the power structure may change. If it does change then he has done his best, if it does not change then we will have to see him in a different light because of the nature of the beast. We must all remember the nature of man related to power and that is to abuse it. Where does Trump fall on that scale should he be fully empowered for 4 or even maybe 8 years? Few men to my understanding were able to control themselves related to power in such a way, I come up with only one name on this very short list.

    The positive comments by the Zman and others are also encouraging on this subject.

  • wayne

    21,768 murdered in Katyn massacre by Soviet NKVD
    April 1940

  • LocalFluff

    It will be an easy victory for Trump to have the UN re-impose sanctions against Iran, blocking all of their oil and gas exports and stopping all technology import to them. Or, if the UN sides with islamic nuclear war, to suddenly disband the UN altogether.

    Israel should bomb Iran daily for years to come. Erasing their nuclear and launcher capabilities, airports, their oil refining and export infrastructure, together with their museum of an air force, and hunting political and religious leaders and their families with precision bombings day and night. The simple condition for peace is that all of the Iranian political and religious leadership surrenders and is executed for their crimes, that all oil and gas in Iran is put under US control and that the Israel appoints a jewish general as governor of Iran with unlimited power to exterminate all signs of radical islam.

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