The Most Important Civil Rights Issue Trump Could Solve with an Executive Order: End the “War on Drugs” Gulag, by Charles Hugh Smith


Charles Hugh Smith’s proposal is so sensible that the cynical among us will say it has no chance of ever seeing the light of day. With President Trump, however, who knows? From Smith at

Here is an opportunity for “Black Lives Matter” and the Trump administration to find common cause.

President Trump has a golden opportunity to strike a major blow for civil rights with a single executive order: end the failed “War on Drugs” and shut down America’s drug-war gulag. None of the previous three presidents expended any political capital on curbing the immensely destructive “War on Drugs” or freeing the (in many states, preponderantly African-American and Hispanic-American) prisoners in America’s drug-war gulag.

“Fake-liberal” Bill Clinton did nothing, “fake-conservative” George W. Bush did nothing, and “fake-liberal” Barack Obama did nothing to end the “War on Drugs” or curb the gulag it created. Their parties and supporters were delighted…

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“Navy Proud”: Norfolk plans celebrations for base’s 100th anniversary

NORFOLKThe city that’s home to the world’s largest naval base is planning a year full of celebrations for the base’s 100th anniversary.

Centennial events for Norfolk Naval Station kick off this week.Officials created a logo with the slogan “Norfolk: Navy Proud. 100 Years” that they plan to plaster on billboards, bumper stickers and public buses. There also will be promotions online and in print.The plans came from the Naval Station Norfolk Centennial Commission, which the City Council appointed in September.Highlights of the year’s events include a Blue Angels flyover tentatively scheduled for Sept. 13, a Navy League gala on June 28 and Navy tribute nights at professional and college sports events.In many cases, Navy celebrations have been added to existing events. Karen Scherberger, vice chairwoman of the centennial commission, said more than 35 events are confirmed so far, with more in the works.

Source: “Navy Proud”: Norfolk plans celebrations for base’s 100th anniversary | Local Military |

Organizing for Action’s Propaganda Is Not Going Away | NCRenegade

Friend — I have disturbing news. Today we learned about a series of actions coming from leaders in Washington, D.C. that violate our American values. We learned that they are moving forward w…

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Free Trade versus “Free Trade”, by Peter G. Klein


There’s a huge difference between actual free trade and “free trade” agreement and multinational organizations supposedly devoted to “free trade.” From Peter G. Klein at

NPR featured an unintentionally funny piece this morning on Donald Trump’s views toward the EU and free trade. The guest, former US ambassador to the EU Anthony Gardner, rightfully criticized the president’s view that “protection will lead to great prosperity and strength,” and called for continued global engagement by US companies and consumers. But he revealed, perhaps inadvertently, what political actors mean by “free trade.”

Specifically, Gardner expressed great skepticism towards the prospect of the US striking a bilateral free-trade deal with the UK, supposedly one of Trump’s top objectives in his upcoming meeting with new Prime Minister Theresa May. Free-trade agreements are complex, Gardner informed us, and negotiating one will be neither easy nor quick.

Why? To economists, free trade means the absence…

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Trump Administration’s Pro-Life Statement: Conway at March for Life

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waving flagAuthored by Elizabeth M. Economou | Updated 25 Jan 2017 at 3:14 PM

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The highest-ranking woman in President Trump’s administration, Kellyanne Conway, will defend the sanctity of life and rally against abortion at the 43rd Annual March for Life — the world’s largest annual pro-life demonstration — in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 27.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer spoke about the administration’s involvement in the March for Life. “I know Kellyanne [Conway] is going to attend the event,” Spicer said in the second official White House press conference. “I think we’re still working through the details, but we’ll have further information about the president’s potential participation in that.”

Unrestricted abortion access was a key theme on which Hillary Clinton and her running mate Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine campaigned during the 2016 bid for the White House — and under the Trump administration the…

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