Although the reviews on the new Captain America movie have been good, according to us afficiandoes of the Golden and Silver ages of comic books, it would be very strange, but very welcome, if Hollywood took the next logical step and made a second Captain America film which showed his fight against Communism. It was easy, during the Second World War, to create gruesome and nasty stereotypes of Nazi and Japanese military and political leaders. The nastiness of Hitler and the gruesomeness of the Rape of Nanking were all too real.
But comics, of course, avoided all reference to the nastiness and gruesomeness of our “ally,” Uncle Joe [Stalin] or the unbelievable brutality of the Soviets towards everyone: Germans, of course; allies like Rumanians and Hungarians; but also victims of Nazi aggression like Poles and Czechs; and finally to the Soviet subjects and the Red Army itself. Captain America could fight Baron Zemo and Red Skull and other fictional fiends, but the Holodomor of the Ukrainian people or the tens of millions consigned to slow death in the Gulag were invisible in the Golden Age of comics.
The National Governors Association Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 15-17, was a smashing success — at least from the viewpoint of China's Communist Party officials and its state-controlled mega-corporations. A major component of this year's annual NGA confab was the first-ever U.S.-China Governors Forum, which brought the U.S. governors together with four of their Chinese counterparts, the governors of Zhejiang, Anhui, Yunnan, and Qinghai provinces. Leading the official Chinese delegation was Zhao Hongzhu, Communist Party Secretary of Zhejiang Province.
Secretary Hongzhu told China Daily that the summit exchange was "direct, practical and effective." According to China Daily, billions of dollars in trade deals were signed:
It’s been more than two and a half years since Barack Obama was inaugurated President of the United States. During that time he seems to have undergone some kind of metamorphosis from a left-wing, radical, socialist community organizer to the leader of the Democrat Party. And because the establishment media sees him mainly as a Democrat politician they are a bit confused by his refusal to act like a normal Democrat in the give and take between Dems and Republicans on the Hill.
What they forget is that he was elected by the left to destroy American capitalism. So it’s essential to remind those who voted for him, exactly how he intended to transform America, and what that transformed America will be like. And who better to explain that than the U.S. Communist Party itself which was rooting for Obama during the campaign.
Debra Saunders complained that, because she is a woman, she wasn’t invited to the upcoming Bohemian Club meeting which begins this Thursday at the Bohemian Grove retreat center an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. Even if she were a man, she most likely still wouldn’t be invited as she is not a member of the “elite."
Founded just after the Civil War by Henry “Harry” Edwards as a private camp where bohemians — artists and writers — could go to relax and recuperate from the rigors of the work-a-day world, over time the club’s membership evolved to include the rich and powerful, which now numbers over 2,400. The secrecy imposed about the annual meetings has led many to speculate as to the purposes and impact such a conclave might have on the nation’s affairs, especially when membership lists included every Republican President since 1923 (and some Democrats), many cabinet officials, and CEOs of large corporations including the major financial institutions. Military contractors, oil companies, banks (including the Federal Reserve) and national media all have high-ranking officials as either members or guests.
On the last segment of his next-to-last episode on Fox News, Glenn Beck took a few minutes for a brief recounting of how "progressives" in government co-opted the media via the creation of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) at the end of Woodrow Wilson's presidency.
Over the past several years, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has stepped up its courtship of America's state and local officials. A growing stream of Governors, Mayors, County Commissioners, school superintendents, college presidents and university officials have been making the pilgrimage to Beijing and other Chinese "sister cities," in efforts aimed at wooing Chinese investors to their communities and in search of export opportunities to China's growing consumer market.
The intense mutual lobbying between local U.S. and Chinese officials is expected to hit a new zenith in mid July, as our nation's state Governors gather in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the summer meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA). Their Chinese counterparts will join them there at the NGA's first U.S.-China Governors Forum.
After pulling out of the recent Republican Leadership Convention held in New Orleans because he had a cold, Jon Huntsman has been the picture of health. There’s a hardly a press opportunity he hasn’t availed himself of now that he is an official candidate for the Republican nomination for President.
Huntsman, the former Obama administration’s ambassador to China, has been trading in on his experience with America’s chief creditor by hobnobbing with someone else who knows something about relations with the gigantic Asian nation — Dr. Henry Kissinger (pictured).
After witnessing the massive economic crisis swamping the European Union and euro-zone countries in particular, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR or UNASUL) has slowed plans to create its own continental central bank and regional currency.
“When we started UNASUR the idea was to create a single central bank and a single currency, but the experiences of Europe led us to park the initiative,” explained Rafael Follonier, the Argentine representative to UNASUR. “In the European Union the single currency is a corset preventing members from leaving.”
In an exchange on Fox News, Dick Morris and Sean Hannity discussed conspiracy theories about the IMF, the Federal Reserve, and the G20 Long Summit, and sounded as if they were almost ready to believe them, but is there any truth to these theories?
During presidential campaigns, candidates have constantly promised Americans “change,” from Dwight Eisenhower's "Mandate for Change" to Barack Obama's "Change We Can Believe In." Such promises are not new to the voting public as one will see when closely examining the forces at play such as the Trilateral Commission and principally the Council on Foreign Relations.