June 4, 1989

Thirty years ago today all hope for democratic reform in China died along side thousands of Chinese citizens who were murdered in Tienanmen Square while protesting their government. Fred Gedrich, an eyewitness to the event, has written an excellent remembrance of this watershed moment.

[…] It was at that moment I witnessed the spirit of freedom in action. Against overwhelming odds, those sympathetic to the freedom movement fought back without weapons. Some attempted to stop the tanks by erecting barricades and blowing up cars, buses, and trucks on the street in a futile attempt to prevent the convoy from moving forward. Eventually, the troops in the tanks used machine gun fire to disperse demonstrators and, for good measure, directed a few warning shots towards our hotel to prevent Westerners from observing what was happening.

The tanks eventually burst through burning debris and headed down the avenue towards Tiananmen. Afterward, I went into the street to comfort some of the locals. Their faces were filled with horror and voices with anguished cries. Various sources suggest that death casualties among the locals ranged several hundred to several thousand – but no one knows for sure because of the communist government’s tight control of information. In a span of just a few short hours, I witnessed the spark of freedom, and saw it extinguished. And I decided forthwith that speaking out on behalf of freedom would be a life passion.

How did the U.S. respond to that atrocity? Rather tepidly in the long run. […]

Another excellent essay at American Spectator:

On this day in 1989, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army opened fire on civilians throughout the Chinese capital of Beijing, killing hundreds of students and activists who had assembled to protest for democracy and reforms of China’s authoritarian government and political system. The incident, now known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre, shocked observers worldwide, resulting in international condemnation and sanctions.

Three decades later, democracy has not come to China. Indeed, the personalized politics of the Mao era has returned with Xi Jinping, who has overseen the introduction of “Xi Jinping Thought” into the Chinese constitution and the removal of term limits. To the east of the country, it is working at a breakneck pace to seize ocean territories in defiance of international opinion; in the west, it has interned millions of Uyghurs in “re-education camps” without trial. The Communist Party has been blunt in its efforts to undermine and dismantle the political autonomy of Hong Kong, China’s last remaining bastion of democracy. The government is notoriously unfair in its conduct of trade: companies hoping to do business in China are pressured to hand over technology, and where such pressure is infeasible, state spies have few qualms about theft. […]

More, quoting this blog’s spiritual father: “30 Years After Tiananmen Square, China’s Communists Are Still Doubling Down on Repression”

[…] As George Orwell wrote, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

The Chinese Communist Party is controlling the past, suppressing the truth about the Tiananmen Square massacre. The truth cannot be suppressed forever, but the tragedy of Tiananmen Square shows that big government tyranny can crack down on dissent for decades. Americans should remember the horrors of the 20th century and know that the threat of big government communism has not been erased from the world.

If China can kill thousands of protesters and suppress that truth from its people after 30 years, even in the internet age, government tyranny is emphatically not a thing of the past. The modern Western miracle of free-market prosperity, limited government, and broad civil rights is not the norm in human history: government oppression and poverty is. Those who encourage rejecting that miracle in favor of socialism and communism should reckon with this dark history and reconsider their support for a style of government that historically trends back toward oppression.

IRS Releases ‘Target’ List of TEA Party and Conservative Groups

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Tip of the iceberg of the politicization and weaponization of the federal government under the Obama administration…

(Washington Times) – More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete list of the organizations it snagged in a political dragnet.

The tax agency filed the list last month as part of a court case after a series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency’s stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on. The case is a class-action lawsuit, so the list of names is critical to knowing the scope of those who would have a claim against the IRS.

But even as it answers some questions, the list raises others, including exactly when the targeting stopped, and how broadly the tax agency drew its net when it went after nonprofits for unusual scrutiny.

The government released names of 426 organizations. Another 40 were not released as part of the list because they had already opted out of being part of the class-action suit.

That total is much higher than the 298 groups the IRS‘ inspector general identified back in May 2013, when investigators first revealed the agency had been subjecting applications to long — potentially illegal — delays, and forcing them to answer intrusive questions about their activities. Tea party and conservative groups said they was the target of unusually heavy investigations and longer delays,

Edward D. Greim, the lawyer who’s pursuing the case on behalf of NorCal Tea Party Patriots and other members of the class, said the list also could have ballooned toward the end of the targeting as the IRS, once it knew it was being investigated, snagged more liberal groups in its operations to try to soften perceptions of political bias.

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He said if that did happen, it would have “tainted” the list the IRS has now released.

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Sixty of the groups on the list released last month have the word “tea” in their name, 33 have “patriot,” eight refer to the Constitution, and 13 have “912” in their name — which is the monicker of a movement started by conservatives. Another 26 group names refer to “liberty,” though that list does include some groups that are not discernibly conservative in orientation.

Among the groups that appear to trend liberal are three with the word “occupy” in their name.

And then there are some surprising names, including three state or local chapters of the League of Women Voters — a group with a long history of nonprofit work.

Some of the most active and prominent tea party groups snared in the targeting aren’t on the class-action list. At least some of them opted not to be part of the joint legal action to preserve their own lawsuits.

20,642 Legacies: Barack Obama’s Eight Year Trail of “Red Tape”

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What a busy dictator…

(The Daily Signal) – The tide of red tape that threatens to drown U.S. consumers and businesses surged yet again in 2015, according to a Heritage Foundation study we released on Monday.

More than $22 billion per year in new regulatory costs were imposed on Americans last year, pushing the total burden for the Obama years to exceed $100 billion annually.

That’s a dollar for every star in the galaxy, or one for every second in 32 years.

The consequences of this rampant rulemaking are widespread:

  • Restricted access to credit under the hundreds of rules unleashed by the Dodd–Frank financial regulation statute
  • Fewer health care choices and higher medical costs from the Affordable Care Act
  • Reduced Internet investment and innovation under the network neutrality rules dictated by the Federal Communications Commission

These are just a few of the 2,353 regulations of 2015—and there have been 20,642 since Obama took office in 2009.

The worst of last year’s wave—in terms of cost, at least—was the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan.”

The rule represents the first direct regulation of so-called greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, at a cost of $7.2 billion a year (and far more according to critics). Despite the huge costs, the plan will do nothing to mitigate global warming.

America’s problem with excessive regulation did not start with the Obama administration, of course.

His predecessor George W. Bush was hardly a paragon of deregulation. Although Bush showed restraint during his first term, the number of regulations soared during his final years in office. Under the two administrations combined, their new rules added $176 billion in annual regulatory costs on Americans.

And there is much more to come. Obama’s final year in the White House could be his busiest. Historically, rulemaking increases as presidents scramble to fulfill their regulatory agenda before leaving office.

There are already more than 2,000 proposed or final rules in the pipeline—including 144 that are expected to cost $100 million a year or more. These include yet more energy-efficiency mandates for home and commercial appliances, additional food-labeling requirements, stricter fuel economy standards for vehicles, and more stringent limits on consumer access to credit.

In a post-Obama era, the need for reform of the regulatory regime will be greater than ever before. Immediate reforms should include requiring legislation to undergo an impact analysis before a floor vote in Congress, as well as requiring that every major regulation obtain congressional approval before taking effect.

Sunset deadlines should also be imposed for all major rules, and independent agencies should be subject to the same White House regulatory review as executive branch agencies…

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Remember … THIS is exactly how Venezuela started its slow suicide under Chavez, and continued after his muerte under his henchman Maduro.

Venezuela is a Ticking Nuke…

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Let us be very, very crystal clear … There was NO ‘Cuba-like’ U.S. embargo of Venezuela. As with Cuba, socialism/communism is completely responsible for this dire collapse and starvation of Venezuela’s society. And one candidate currently running for POTUS (and his loyal staunch supporters) is using the floundering leftist South American country as one of the socialist templates for how he believes the United States should be, completely and purposely ignoring the cold hard facts and reality. Think about that as you scan and click on the headlines below and read this personal account of a Venezuelan living here in the U.S., watching and worrying from afar as his family and friends still living down there are helplessly and hopelessly experiencing the horror firsthand:

The Pain of Watching Your Country Fall Apart:

It’s a terrible thing to watch the country of your birth slowly tear itself apart in an unwavering death march. That place which first welcomed my half-opened infant eyes is no longer the one I knew, nor the one from the stories I have heard.

I am not talking about the suffering of Syria or the plight of Ukraine, though tragic their stories are. The pain and torment which affects me and tens of millions of others is occurring in the South American nation of Venezuela, one which has tightened the noose around its neck over the last two decades with bad policy after bad policy.

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Every single friend and family member who I know in or who at one point lived in Venezuela has either been robbed, assaulted, kidnapped, shot, or murdered. My grandfather was rammed in the chest by the barrel of a gun for his gold-chained necklace. My uncle’s new car was stolen the day he bought it as he entered the gated parking of his apartment building. My godfather’s ex-wife has gone through three kidnappings, with shots being fired into her car during the last attack.

An iPhone or any accessory more luxurious than a Mickey Mouse watch is an invitation for robbery. Thugs on motorcycles lane-split through traffic to knock on car windows for any electronics or high-priced items. Sometimes they’ll kill you just because you don’t have anything to give.

The problems don’t stop when it comes to crime. Beyond the perpetual worry for your life, the entire country, is prone to rolling blackouts, a shortage of basic goods and necessities, unbelievably long lines to purchase anything, and apparently insurmountable political gridlock. In 2016, GDP is forecasted to decrease by -8%, inflation is skyrocketing at nearly 500%, and the minimum wage was increased days ago to roughly $13.50 per month.

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During their last visit here, some family members took back the most basic of supplies in order to keep enduring the crisis. These included toilet paper, canned foods, raw beans, rice, and over-the-counter medications like Tums and Aspirin.

Beer has run out in the nation’s largest brewing company, the streets are empty at night as parading gangs of colectivos assault and kill without any obstacles or discretion, and six soldiers were arrested for stealing goats because they didn’t have enough to eat in their army barracks.

To put it simply, the country is falling apart. […]

And the even sadder thing is the writer of the above piece (HuffPo’s Alfredo J. Ramirez), and my Facebook friend Human Rights activist Thor Halvorssen (who is from Venezuela where his mother was born), insist socialism is a great system, even when they look around at Venezuela, Cuba, and even the Western socialist enclaves Thor cites fails to relate how that ‘good’ socialism (non-authoritarian) is also economically falling apart this very day in those countries, even without the oppressive totalitarian ruler(s). He lists adhering to rights and constitutions, etc., but forgets socialism is not based in such individual structures of individual people and their rights, and is only a stepping stone to communism and finally to totalitarianism to control the people and everything within the structure of society. We are seeing it begin in our own country with the “Progressive” measures that have been taken in every aspect of our society in order to breakdown our designated Constitutional representative republic foundation and grow an all-powerful all-consuming centralized government to rule us all. I have respect for Thor and the work he does, but he is just too optimistic still, even in the face of all the living and dead facts and reality of the failed and failing various socialist systems over the past century, and I am disheartened with him. He is not only vocally supporting Bernie Sanders, but has contributed to his campaign. Thor ignores the fact Venezuela’s Pres. Maduro has praised Sanders

So, Thor believes Sanders is the lesser of the three evils. Ugh! What a narrative of how much trouble we are in these days. There is no socialist “Utopia”, and socialism is a miserable slow death of any society.

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The Suicide of Venezuela

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a sweeping crackdown Saturday under a new emergency decree, ordering the seizure of paralyzed factories, the arrest of their owners and military exercises to counter alleged foreign threats.

The embattled leftist is struggling to contain a raging economic crisis that has led to food shortages, soaring prices, riots, looting and vigilante justice, pushing Venezuela to the brink of collapse.

He accused the United States on Friday of destabilizing the country at the behest of the “fascist Venezuelan right,” prompting him to declare a state of emergency.

Addressing his supporters at a rally in central Caracas on Saturday, Maduro announced some of the actions to be taken under the decree, which has not yet been published…

Let that sink in, and then remember what the alleged leader of our country was ‘decreeing’ around that same time. Again, let that sink in. We are supposed to be a nation of checks and balances and separation of powers, and Barack Obama degrees bathroom usage, of all children’s schools, and threatening to withhold federal funds (See: tax payer dollars from those school systems the federal government sank its teething into and sucked from their paychecks) and with other possible punishments. Recall Venezuela’s current and former leader enjoyed decreeing laws/rules/regulations on an instant whim for every little aspect of life in their nation, and upheld them with threats and strangling actions. This is how it begins.

And sorry, Nick, but it’s all on you and Hugo: Venezuela accuses US of plotting coup as Washington warns of ‘imminent collapse’

U.S. concern grows over possible Venezuela meltdown: officials

Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals

Protests as Venezuela enters state of emergency: Rival factions take the streets of Caracas

Venezuela’s ‘state of emergency’: How the country slid into crisis

US officials concerned about possible coup in Venezuela

Venezuela looters target chicken, flour amid worsening shortages

Meanwhile in economy-tanking, politically corrupt Brazil, another leftist enclave:

Brazil Suspends President who Blocked Dani Dayan’s Appointment

Impeachment proceedings against Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff: What’s up?

Can Brazil’s next president rescue Petrobras?

FLASHBACK – Just a reminder: Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling with $2 Billion U.S. dollars

And: Argentina’s former president Kirchner charged for manipulating economy

So. no,Thor, socialism does not work.

Pharaoh Obama Orders All Public School Bathrooms and Locker Rooms Open to Transgenders

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“So Let it Be Written, So Let it Be Done”

History will eventually not be kind to this self-appointed pharaoh and his pen…

(WARNER TODD HUSTON @ Breitbart News) – President Barack Obama will decree Friday that schools must welcome a tiny number of apparently transgender children by taking single-sex bathrooms, single-sex locker rooms and sexual privacy away from almost 55 million American kids in 100,000 K-12 public schools.

Obama will use the administration’s power over funding and advocacy lawsuits to enforce his demand, which will establish the far-left theory of “gender identity” as government orthodoxy in the nation’s school system.

There’s little that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s GOP caucus in Congress can do to stop this power-grab, because they’ve already approved federal funding until October.

The denial of sexual privacy to almost 55 million kids is being justified as a way to prevent “discrimination” against a tiny number of children who say they feel they are members of the opposite sex. Among actual adults, various estimates say that only 1 in 330 or as few as 1 in 2,400 adults are transgender are transgender.

“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” activist U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement released Thursday.

Lynch’s letter echoes the administration’s 2014 claim that decades-old law barring sexual discrimination against men or women also bars discrimination against people who claim their “gender identity” is different from their male or female genetics and genitalia.

In carefully scripted language that portrays the administration as wise and kind, Lynch claimed the new federal decree “gives administrators, teachers, and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies.”

The letter will also inform school districts they won’t even be allowed to require some evidence that the child is “transgender” or is undergoing treatment or a sex-change procedures. That “no-test” rule reflects progressives’ hostility to any tests or rules that limit people’s choice of fluid “gender identity.

If confirmed, the no-test rule also will make it difficult for communities to protect the sexual privacy of children against people who falsely claim to have an opposite-sex “gender identity.” Already, the federal government is suing the North Carolina government to strike down a new compromise law, dubbed HB2, that protects sexual privacy and also allows transgenders to change their sex once they undergo medical procedures.

Obama’s letter will also inform district administrators that as soon as a student and his parent or legal guardian asserts a “chosen” gender that “differs from previous representations or records,” the school must act in accordance with the claim.

According to The New York Times, the letter will be accompanied by a 25-page document describing “emerging practices” laying out how schools have already addressed the issue.

Those practice likely will force schools and parents to accept “gender identity” classes for the kids…

What it comes down to is pretty much the administration has declared war on little girls/young women in public schools.

And how will this be done, you know, to force school systems to comply with the new unconstitutional non-law law?

(FOX News) – While the letter does not have the force of law, it does warn that schools that do not abide by the administration’s interpretation of civil rights law may face lawsuits or loss of federal aid.

Ah! Blackmail and extortion of the federal funds that the citizens and parents in the nation’s public school districts have paid into with their confiscated tax dollars.

Appropriate this SOB winds-down his fascist overlord career in the shitter.

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Obama Decrees ALL Public Schools Must Allow Transgender Bathroom Use

Cruise Cuba: Elitist American Sluts and Attention Whores Strut the Streets of Communist Paradise

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Hey, jet-on-down to commie town, everybody! BOOM!!! To Hell with all that over half a century of economic failure and human rights abuse and communist apartheid bullshit!! We wanna par-r-r-r-ta-a-a-y with Cuban rum running down the backs of our throats and sucking on fat cigars with our injected lips! Sucks not to be us, you Cuban little people!

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Apparently the narcissistic Hollywood/celeb horde couldn’t wait to make it public (for Barack Obama’s inane lame-duck foreign policy’s sake) how they just love traveling to communist paradise Cuba to hobnob with the Cuban elites and brush against all that communist Cuba poverty charm as background fodder for an Instagram selfie, but only just a little … and at a safe distance so as not to ruin their overpriced togs.

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And, natch, those horny Kardashians have gotta be the first to squeegee their plastic tits-and-asses all over the Cuba the Castro DICKtator has fermented.

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It’s like her married boyfriend finally got a messy divorce and now she can wallow in and flaunt the extremely disgusting PDAs with him.

Florida congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen throws-up-a-bunch-in-her-mouth in reaction to the Kardashian photo-op/reality show scenes trip to Cuba and asks, “Haven’t the Cuban people suffered enough?”

“I know it’s cool for celebrities to go to Cuba, but the Cuban people don’t experience the glamorous Havana that is featured on social media,” Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-born Republican, told People magazine. “Far from photo shoots and fruity drinks, everyday Cubans experience a different, sad reality.

“Now, the Kardashians are parachuting into the island to tape their vapid TV show,” she added. “Haven’t the Cuban people suffered enough?”

It’s just too bad that the majority of non-Castro regime Cubans do not have TVs, or aren’t permitted to use the internet (if they even have a smart-phone or computer) to see all the colorful snaps and footage of these celeb trips and elaborate events happening down the road from their dilapidated shacks they call home. Maybe the indigenous Cubans might better appreciate all the Castros have done for them and their island country these last few generations. But that’s okay. It’s the exotic communist-stunted venue, the tropical location all these pampered interlopers are after. No more pretending they care so deeply about the poor downtrodden and freedom-cravers while ducking down to sunny Havana via the cover of other countries’ airplanes. It’s time to fiesta out in the open with the Castro regime’s and Barack Obama’s blessing, bitches!!!! Nothing says perfected communist propaganda like dancing and parading down the newly scrubbed and polished streets of Cuba in outrageously expensive designer rags, y’all!

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Hey, you know what would be perfect? A fuckin’ Chanel cruise and fashion show in the streets of Cuba, babies! So, bring all the drug-addicted emaciated models! Let’s go!

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Gotta have the purse that would cost more than a Cuban worker’s life-wages…

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And nothing says freedom and high-end fashion like a bedazzled retro Che beret, the cost of which could feed a Cuban family for a couple of months…

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Nothing … NOTHING says “Libertad for Cuba” like Kardashians and other communist-adoring celebrities displaying “I got mine. Now you get yours, you poor stinky little Cuban peoples!” Blast that red dress and Che beret, Gisèle, you commie-lovin’ Jezebel!

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The posh fashion industry’s own “Karl” enjoying the exposure to poverty chic in Cuba. If they are down there long enough maybe the Sunday protest of the Ladies in White will inspire Lagerfeld for a whole line of all white fashions spattered and drizzled with red. Pretentious fuck…

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Party on…

And where the fuck are all the brown Cubans??? These brown people ain’t no Cubans…

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Hollywood in Havana! Cuban capital is transformed into a runway as fashion glitterati – plus Vin Diesel – attend Chanel street show (but ordinary Cubans are kept behind barricades streets away)

Kim Kardashian puts her famous derriere on display in a sexy skintight outfit as she and Kourtney turn trip to a children’s playground into a photoshoot during Cuba break

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While Obama’s Celebrities (and Carnival) Distract, Record Political Arrests in Cuba

Invading “Migrants” Remind Germany That Nobody Puts Hitler on a Corner

Europe is in deep cultural and national security trouble. This is what happens when you, rather, your heady leftist leadership governments and the squeamish PC populations make an enemy invasion so quick and welcoming. (I say this because the U.S. is about to do the same thing, in addition to our already asinine border situation.) The sovereignties of Germany and other countries is near collapse as the majority of these Hegira ‘refugees’ have no intentions of assimilating or of allowing existing cultural traditions and norms to stand. They have already begun the fundamental transformation of Germany, France, Great Britain, the Scandi countries and more. The 21st century Crusades are underway and our leaders are not only allowing it but inviting it.

More @ The Gateway Pundit

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