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Author: W R Collier Jr

No Hard Evidence Russian Intelligence Involved In “Election Hack”

William R Collier Jr- The case used by the US government to prove Russian hacking of the DNC and John Podesta’s email to allegedly influence the US election does not stand on firm ground, if the evidence provided is all there is. A well-known and trusted cyber-security company that provides security software to protect WordPress sites from being hacked has revealed that the malware cited as Russian malware is really slightly outdated malware available for purchase from Urkaine and the IP addresses cited are actually broad, generic IP addresses associated with numerous hosting companies and TOR access points. Based on the evidence provided, Wordfence concluded in their review, there was no way to determine a link to Russian intelligence agencies. The article is here. The bottom line, according to the article, is The IP addresses that DHS provided may have been used for an attack by a state actor like Russia. But they don’t appear to provide any association with Russia. They are probably used by a wide range of other malicious actors, especially the 15% of IP addresses that are Tor exit nodes. The malware sample is old, widely used and appears to be Ukrainian. It has no apparent relationship with Russian intelligence and it would be an indicator of compromise for any website. The Washington Post had to walk back a story today in which it claimed that the Russians...

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The Melodramatic Criticisms Of Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton Are Overdone

by Ralph J Benko The mainstream media is relentlessly smack talking Donald Trump for his smack talking. Most mainstream headlines on Trump can pretty much be boiled down to more or less harsh variations on Tsk! Tsk! Trump proves undeterred. Meanwhile he, and various Republican commentators, have criticisms of Hillary Clinton surpassing the histrionic. I here described Donald Trump (like me a native of Queens, New York) as a galoot (like me).  Sometimes I find what he says beyond galootish all the way to deplorable. That said, I find the refined superciliousness of the Eastern Establishment at least as bad and in some ways worse. Count me skeptical about the Establishment’s claim to moral and practical superiority. It may be that a Check Your Privilege moment for the political elites is overdue. The Establishment considered both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton to be déclassé galoots. The Establishment really did not deign to learn from their successes in job creation and upward mobility. As Paul Hoffmeister recently pointed out in Trump/Pence, and the Coming Economic Boom in RealClearMarkets: As Rich Lowrie of Put Growth First has shown, real incomes for the bottom 90% of wage earners grew 85% during the 23-year post-War period; whereas between 1971 and 2012, income adjusted for inflation for the bottom 90% has been flat. Reagan and Clinton were job-creating outliers during a long and elite-managed...

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Neither Trump Nor The Nevertrumpers Represent Conservatism

Not since 1984 has the Republican Party nominated an actual true-blue conservative candidate for the Presidency. And not since the Contract With America has the Republican Party advocated and pushed for a solid conservative agenda. The notion that the GOP or its nominees and elected officials is the face of conservativism is false. This notion seems to ignore the fact conservativsm itself was launched quite outside of and in spite of the Republican Party itself. Meanwhile, the nevertrump leadership consists of an alliance of pro-open borders and illegal amnesty psuedo-conservatives and feckless but sincere conservatives who don’t recognize the true nature of our real enemy. Today people like Mitt Romney and the Bushes are bitterly opposing the candidacy of one Donald J. Trump. And they are doing so on the grounds that he does not represent the Party’s values or conservatism. Suddenly the very people who sought to discard the social conservative agenda and water down the fiscal conservative agenda through backroom deals with liberals are interested in “purity.” We see Paul Ryan, a failed Speaker of the House whose own conservative bona fides are virtually nil, struggling with endorsing Mr. Trump and demanding Trump prove his own fidelity to some allegedly conservative agenda which Ryan himself has betrayed. In fact, one suspects that what Paul Ryan REALLY wants is for Trump to convert to his own open-borders, illegal...

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The Conservatives Lost- It’s Time To Fight Back

By Bill Collier- We are at a point where a conservative cannot win the Republican primary. The Republican Party has not favored conservatives ever and has never really been a conservative party, at least in modern history. The truth is the leaders of the conservative movement have utterly failed- that is an objective fact. The people who claimed to be leading the Tea Party, the people who led the legacy conservative organizations, and conservative politicians within the GOP have collectively failed to win the battles that they needed to win. We cannot win with “the next Reagan”, that ship...

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The Lean To The Left

People are leaning to the left these days because they feel like the system is rigged against them, and against the people. But “WE THE PEOPLE” has not really been tried in this country in the manner intended by those who penned those words. There are three key factors which cause people to lean left:   1. People no longer feel that they have a fair and free shot even if they follow the rules and work hard because they can see our economic stagnation has caused actual wages to stay steady while profits and wealth have increased and...

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Senator Cruz, Make America Prosper Again

Bill Collier- Senator Ted Cruz is a true blue conservative who has done a lot to push the conservative agenda. His platform and policy pursuits are, in my estimation, stellar. I want a Cruz win for the nomination and the White House. I have been repeatedly saying that Senator Cruz needs to sell his main asset, his prosperity plans, and stay focused on selling himself as the champion of popular prosperity. I believe that if Senator Cruz would get to a prosperity message, and truly inspire people, he can still win the nomination, though it is a tough mountain...

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The Arc Bends In Trump’s Favor

Bill Collier- The media and others are convinced: Trump is unstoppable. But is this really the case given how we’ve seen unreliable polling and how things have twisted and changed so rapidly? The key state is, or may be, California. California ballots are mailed in two weeks. 80% of CA voters choose by mail. Therefore in a very real sense the CA primary, which is an open primary, begins in two weeks. Kasich is relying on getting Democrats in LA and San Fransisco to vote for him, Trump is trying to get dems and independents to cross over and...

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Why I Am Disappointed In Ted Cruz

By Bill Collier- From the start of the campaign I was excited for Ted Cruz. He made his announcement on March 15, 2015.  Technically he had already announced via a Tweet, but his speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg VA was the starting point. I followed his career as a Senator and was often inspired by his speeches. When I saw his actual plans….I was hopeful oh so hopeful, that we could get this man, the only rock-solid and straight down the line true conservative in the race, into the White House! No more backroom deals, no more insider...

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Why The Election of 1896 STILL Matters Today

By Bill Collier- Winning an election depends upon a mix of popularity, a well-run campaign built on sound strategy, and a willingness to do whatever is necessary. This must be coupled with a firm grasp of the best techniques, and technologies, to reach the right people at the right time. Finally, it depends on a mastery of narrative. This has been the genius of “the architect”, as some call him, Karl Rove. With his ground-breaking book, The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters, we gain deep insights into Rove’s genius, an important episode in...

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US Under Threat Of Saudi Economic Attack

This problem has been illustrated in profound ways by the American President’s trip to Saudi Arabia on April 20th.  He is expected to try to mend fences with the despotic salafist kingdom despite its possible role in sponsoring terrorism which may have benefited those who attacked Americans on September 11, 2001. At issue is an effort, and an unfulfilled promise, to release 28 pages of the 911 report which spell out suspicions that Saudi officials aided the 911 hijackers. This would be a crippling blow to Saudi prestige in the US and abroad and would sour the public even...

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Salafist Jihad In Brussels

W. R. (Bill) Collier Jr- The Salafists affiliated with the Sunni Salafist group known as ISIS have struck the main airport and in the subway in Brussels, both the capital of Belgium and the EU. The attacks, as of this writing, have killed at least 28 people and injured other. Multiple explosions at the airport and 3 explosions in the downtown metro occured outside of the security zones in a coordinated attack. The open borders policy in Europe, pushed especially by Germany’s Angela Merkel, and the influx of millions of Salafist leaning Muslims from the Middle East and Africa have led to a situation that is untenable for security. The population streaming from places like Libya and Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq leans heavily toward a Salafist version of Islam aligned with groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda. There exists no credible way to screen these migrants to ensure that those who harbor Salafist views do not slip across the border where, instead of them becoming potential resources for terrorist attacks or the cause of crimes such as the mass assault on German women in Cologne during New Year’s Eve when 900 Salafist-leaning Muslim men sexually assaulted dozens of German women. Salafism, not Islam of which it is a bastardized derivative, is the bane of civilization and the failure of most Western Governments to differentiate between Salafo-Islam and modern Islam...

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I Am The Prosperitist!

Bill Collier Jr- I am the Prosperitist. Are you a Prosperitist too? A Prosperitist is someone who believes prosperity for everyone is possible and that creating an environment where people are free to prosper is a moral and ethical obligation incumbent upon all who hold a public trust. Prosperity is not “being rich”, it is being free to pursue your God or your conscience’s BEST for your life without dependence upon or subservience to others. Prosperity is huan dignity respected and advanced by ennobling people instead of holding them back or making them by artibtrary and unfair rules of rendering them dependent on other people. Prosperity has four pillars- economic growth in excess of population growth, peace and security at home and abroad, a sound money supply that is stable and isn’t easily manipulated, and good government that is both fair and efficient in every way. So we have economic growth, peace and security, sound money, and good government as the four pillars of prosperity. Prosperity levels inquealities naturally, giving all a chance to rise without artificial hindrances. Prosperity removes social and economic injustices: self-reliant people are not a prey to bigots and exploiters. Prosperity leads to freedom: self-reliant people won’t crave more government control or benefits when they do fine without both. It is for all of these reasons that the reds on the left and right oppose...

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