Friday, June 19, 2015



By Verne Strickland June 19, 2015
The heartfelt, grief-stricken vigils go on. The sirens don't sound. This isn't Ferguson. Shots don't ring out. This isn't Baltimore. Flames set by arsonists don't lick at the fronts of businesses.

This isn't Cleveland, St. Louis or Los Angeles. It's different here. This is Charleston. Proud Charleston. The loudest voices heard ring out from a choir in the historic AME Church -- scene of ghastly murders of nine congregants only hours before. 

What is the difference between this stately city in South Carolina's Lowcountry region and the steamy ghettos where other black Americans were gunned down? The difference may not be a place. Rather it is a spirit -- the spirit of tolerance, forgiveness and deep but consoling grief. 

The difference, friends, is Christian strength and acceptance. Al Sharpton's bigoted harangues do not hold sway here. Jesse Jackson's snide and morose racial exhortations fall on deaf ears attuned only to saintly spirituals and prayers beamed toward heaven's gates. 

Any hatred was consumed in the flash of a gun wielded in the heat of prejudice. There is no need for violence to beget more violence. In this lofty sanctuary where Jesus Christ is worshiped and glorified, love conquers all. 

As I wrote in a previous article about this unique place: “What has happened in old Charleston was tragic and sinister. What didn’t happen is a miracle of God.”

Thursday, June 18, 2015



By VERNE STRICKLAND  usa dot com June 18, 2015
Lots of conflicted feelings run through me this evening as I hear the news of the horrible mass shooting at the historic AME Zion Church in Charleston, SC.

Watching NBC News tonight, I was impressed by the comments of South Carolina Democratic Congressman James Clyburn, who was interviewed by Savanna Guthrie.
He spoke in the main as a peacemaker, describing how the multi-racial congregation sat -- not in racial clusters during services there -- but in randomly dispersed fashion, black and white comfortably shoulder to shoulder.
“Racial harmony in Charleston, after bleak years, began in the churches. And the path back for us will begin there again,” he said.
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) did not evidence bitterness in his comments as he spoke with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News. Scott came before cameras in Charleston, where he had taken part in a service of reconciliation.
“There has been a sad history of racial strife here in the past,” he said, “but if you want to see the future of togetherness and harmony in Charleston, I beg you to remember our gathering today, where black and white came together holding hands, and prayed for peace and calm. I pray God will grant this prayer.”
Dr. Ben Carson, black Republican contender for the presidency, said the problem isn’t guns, as alleged  by President Obama and Hillary Clinton. “The problem that goes to the heart of this matter is the heart itself,” said Carson, a GOP frontrunner. “The change has to start at the roots – families, churches and schools, both black and white.
The problem didn't develop inside the lovely Christian church. It came from outside. And I think that is important. A 21-year-old white man, Dylann Storm Roof,  reportedly melted into the church throng, from which position he randomly opened fire at convenient human targets. At last count he had allegedly murdered nine congregants.
A reporter on Greta's Fox News program said that there had been a search of the shooter's home, where racially-charged material were found. Roof  has been charged with a hate crime.
What’s my  take on  all this? Well, as conservative writers are advised when a black mob torches a town or kills a white policemen – that should not condemn the black community at large. I haven’t always made this distinction, but it certainly is true.
So – to Charleston. The despicable actions of one young misguided white man should in no way paint the white race as bigoted and dangerous. Most just want to go about their lives peaceably and not instigate trouble. Innocents are often drawn into the maelstrom through no fault of their own. They would only read about a violent racially-charged act like the one attributed to Dylann Roof. I know they would be horrified by mass murder like this. And angry – no less horrified and angry than when blacks wantonly kill innocent whites, who have not knowlingly provoked an attack. It cuts both ways.
As far as the Charleston tragedy goes, I can expect professional black race-baiters, whose names and reputations are too well-known, to be headed toward this lovely port city to fan the flames of hatred. If they are not on the scene as I write this, they will be. As Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel likes to say: “No good crisis should ever go to waste.”
Early indications give no hint that Charleston will explode in flames, looting and assaults at the hands of roving, lawless blacks and professional agitators. And I hope not. It would serve no purpose but to further distance the black community from the white.
That has not been a concern of those who trashed Ferguson, New York, Baltimore and other vulnerable cities. So there is a scary history where a spark of violence has erupted into a conflagration.
This is not a church matter just because it happened in a church. But because it did, somehow I feel that the Christian hearts of those who visit the House of the Lord will take a forgiving and wise view of where the path should now lead outward from this historic black church in Charleston’s lovely Low Country.

Thank you, Jesus.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Government Snoops and Banksters Are Cracking Down on Cash.

Banks Quickly Abolishing Your Ability to Use & Store Cash

jamie_dimonMany responsible citizens believe in paying with cash and storing their cash at home, in a bank, or in a safety deposit box. But banks & governments have suddenly become hell-bent on abolishing your use and storage of cash, by restricting the ways you can spend & deposit your U.S. dollars, and reporting countless cash transactions to the police & government. The question is, why? The frightening fact is, our government has recently instituted numerous programs to track your financial accounts anywhere in the world, but tracking cash is much harder. In addition, our government aggressively pursues numerous programs to confiscate citizen savings & wealth without due process, and it’s much easier to confiscate digital accounts. Thus, cash has become a huge target. So you better act now to move your savings & wealth out of cash and financial accounts, and into private physical assets like gold & silver, before you have nothing left to protect.
Verne: I'm not selling anything. Just putting out the alert -- government snoops are in cahoots with banks to see what you got!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Mao Ze Dong and Barack Obama -- Partners in Crime

Partners in Crime

Verne Strickland June 13, 2015

I just watched a documentary film on my computer about Mao Zedong -- 

Chairman Mao Documentary - The Cultural Revolution - Destruction Of China. 

Sobering? Of course. Distressing? Yes. I expected that. In fact, I sought it out. I've always had a fascination for this land -- the Peoples Republic China -- one of the largest nations in the world, and a Communist enigma.

To a large degree, I satisfied much of my curiosity by gaining entrance to the country as a journalist in 1979, only three years after Mao's death. It took me two years of hard work and contacts to eventually get the invitation which is the ticket to get in.

But that's another story. For this exercise, I wanted to study this film, make notes on the key points, and compare Mao's plan of operation with that of another world leader -- one I suspected shared many of the goals and flaws with the Communist tyrant -- our own President Barack Hussein Obama.

The comparison has been nothing short of stunning, and convinces me that these two devious strongmen have not only had delusions of grandeur, but actually played them out, to the dismay and destruction of their own respective countries and civilizations.

We fear Barack Obama. We distrust him and his motives. We question his good will, his real loyalty and benevolence toward America, his heart of hearts, his willingness and even his drive to tear down not only our military offensive capabilities, but our defenses as well -- in fact, his seemingly insatiable drive to destroy America and rebuild it in his own image.

Mao did it. There were some differences between the two. But the mad Asian despot and the crackpot American president both revealed a curious bent toward dismantling their respective civilizations without regard to the human, spiritual or economic cost.

I am going to enumerate some of the points made in this film about the destruction of China, and leave it to you to link many of the most salient points with what you and I see taking place today in the United States -- and how it foretells doom and chaos.

Mao was ruthless in his insatiable need to sow upheaval in Chinese society. In his quest to do this, he arrayed a massive army of children, telling them that "young people must rebel."

They did -- turning on old established institutions, humiliating and attacking parents, teachers, educational systems, churches and other religious institutions, government itself. By 1969, the film narrative states ominously that there were no courts, no schools, no agriculture, and no recognizable government except for the military.

"There were just hordes of rebellious young people roving the country, destroying property, spreading mayhem, killing and creating revolution."

Experiments were performed on the elderly -- not to help them, but to kill them so they would not be a threat to Chairman Mao. There was a polarization of the arts. Organized efforts to educate were eradicated. The media became Mao's propaganda mill -- if newspapers did not print his essays and image embellishments, he went directly to the people with broadcasts. He owned the media.

As Mao withdrew more and more into his own private world, ignoring the storms of societal upheaval, he concentrated on building an overpowering cult of personality through his infamous "Little Red Book", massive parades and demonstrations in his honor, liquidation of any and all rivals, and inattention to untold numbers of starving and destitute people in rural areas.

During the course of his cruelly mischaracterized "Great Leap Forward" and the infamous Cultural Revolutions, millions died or were killed, society itself was broken apart, order was sacrificed, the economy was wrecked, and except for privileged members of the Communist Party and the military, the entire fabric of society was stripped of its former identity.

Mao had done what he had set out to do -- he had almost totally obliterated every vestige of order, and organization was purposefully obliterated. China was adrift like a huge ship cast off from its moorings and wallowing in the swells of a stormy sea.

Mao never did repair the damage he had wrought. He died in 1976 of congestive heart failure. Rebuilding China into the economic and military behemoth that it is today fell to his successors, beginning with Deng Xiaoping.

I was able to finally enter the reclusive Communist country three years later, in 1979. At this juncture there had been almost no recovery, and I walked back in time a hundred years or more when I stepped off the plane in Beijing.

But I must stick to my original premise -- the shocking similarities existing between Communist tyrant Mao Zedong and Marxist U.S. president Barack Hussein Obama.

We've seen how ruthlessly Mao dealt with China. How about Obama today? Is he creating a cult of personality? Is he gaining control over all the branches of the military, is he draining the treasury, is he tearing down society, crushing the churches, mocking traditional marriage and morals, playing cozy with America's enemies including the U.N., breaking the rules with how he operates the Executive Branch while sucking influence from the Legislative and Judicial Branches? Is he bullying the opposition media, threatening U.S. business by promoting global warming schemes and other liberal nonsense?

And what  have I left out? Lord, that should be enough. Mao and Barack. Both bent on the destruction of their own countries and every decent facet of the old ways -- to the loss of so much.

Mao is through with his work. Obama is deep into his own re-shaping of American society and culture. At least we can be forewarned. China couldn't harness their tyrant. Maybe we can do better with ours.

Watch it here

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New NCGOP Leadership Elected at 2015 annual Convention in Raleigh!

Republicans –

Thanks to your support, the 2015 North Carolina Republican Party State Convention was the most successful in the Party’s history. We were very fortunate to have so many presidential candidates and potential candidates, as well as many of our Republican elected leaders, visit with us and share their messages. And after the election of a new chairman and vice chair, the Republican Party is energized, unified and ready to keep North Carolina moving in the RIGHT direction!

Todd Poole
NCGOP Executive Director

New NCGOP Leadership

Hasan Harnett

Michele Nix


Vice Chair

Shortly after new NCGOP leadership was elected, Governor McCrory, Speaker Moore, Senate President Berger and Chairman Pope released the following statements:
Governor Pat McCrory: "I just called Hasan Harnett to congratulate him on being elected chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, and I look forward to working with him to grow our party and bring it to new heights."
House Speaker Tim Moore: "I'd like to extend a sincere congratulations to Hasan on becoming our new State Party Chair. I look forward to collaborating with him to help grow our Republican majority in the House of Representatives, because conservative principles are what propels North Carolina to a brighter future."  
Senate President Phil Berger: “I congratulate Hasan Harnett on his history-making election as Chairman of the Republican Party,” Berger said. “I look forward to working with Chairman Harnett to protect our majority and elect Republicans up and down the ticket in 2016.”
Outgoing Chairman Claude Pope: "Congratulations to Hasan Harnett for his election as the new chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. As a former campaign manager and outreach director, Hasan has the right experience to raise the funds necessary to grow our grassroots army and lead our party to even greater electoral victories. I want to thank all of the candidates who were nominated for this very important position, and I am confident that under Hasan's leadership, the North Carolina Republican Party will continue forward with new energy and unity to defeat the Hillary Clinton-Roy Cooper machine in 2016.
"Thanks to the strength of our party and our grassroots supporters, North Carolina now has a Republican governor, two U.S. Senators, ten out of thirteen U.S. House seats and both chambers of the General Assembly.
"I want to thank the NCGOP staff and all of the supporters of the North Carolina Republican Party who have donated their time and money to make this all possible. But most of all, I want to thank the grassroots, who do the hard work on the ground to get out the vote for our Republican candidates at all levels. Serving as NCGOP chairman has been a great honor, but I look forward to returning to Bald Head Island to my wife, family and business." 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Naked Communist -- a 1958 book by an ex FBI agent, U..S. author and political theorist Cleon Skousen.

The author posits and seeks to describe a geopolitical strategy by which the Marxist–Leninist Soviet Union was attempting to overcome and control all the governments of the world that were not members of the Communist bloc. At the time that the book was published, during the Cold War, fear of communism was common among people in non-communist nations.
Skousen's list of communist goals contained in the book was read into the Congressional Record by U.S. CongressmanAlbert S. Herlong, Jr. of Florida, on January 10, 1963.[1]
President Ronald Reagan said of the book: "No one is better qualified to discuss the threat to this nation from communism. You will be alarmed, you will be informed and you'll be glad you heard him (W. Cleon Skousen)."[2]

List of Communist goals[edit]

The following is the list of Communist goals contained in The Naked Communist:[1]
  1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
  2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
  3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
  4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
  5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
  6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
  7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
  8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
  9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
  10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
  11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces.
  12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
  13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
  14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
  15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
  16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
  17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
  18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
  19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
  20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
  21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
  22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
  23. Control art critics and directors of art museums.
  24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.
  25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
  26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
  27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."
  28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
  29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
  30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
  31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
  32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture—education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
  33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
  34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
  35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
  36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
  37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
  38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat.
  39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
  40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity, masturbation and easy divorce.
  41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
  42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use "united force" to solve economic, political or social problems.
  43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
  44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
  45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

Verne Strickland: The astute reader will be aware that many of these Communist goals sought for implementation in U.S. policy and laws have already been implemented.

   Those aims that have not been "fulfilled" are being vigorously pushed by Communists -- often working in clandestine positions.

   Make no mistake about it -- the Communist mode of operation is so long-range that to the average American citizen, the gradual changes are almost indiscernible.

   Watch, observe, be aware. We are marked for inevitable destruction of our freedoms and traditional way of life. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Voters Largely Against Patriot Act: Red Dome Group

Polling Report: May 16-22

by Jacob Cole RedDomeGroup
Voters Largely Against Patriot Act
A nationwide survey found that 60% of likely voters believe that Congress should modify the Patriot Act to limit government surveillance. Conversely, only 34% believed that the law helped keep the country safe from national security threats like ISIS or Al-Qaeda. Additionally, 80% found the government’s collection and storage of personal information to be worrisome, while over three-quarters could identify examples of surveillance as personally concerning to them. These finding present a problem for more hawkish candidates going into 2016. Given the limited access to this information, it will be difficult to pinpoint cases in which government surveillance may have stopped acts of terror, meaning the public should continue to focus on the privacy side of the issue. This is good news for Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who each filibustered the act this week. (via Global Strategy Group)
Government Dissatisfaction Tops List of Problems 
In a poll of Americans nationwide, the plurality agree with Reagan’s famous sentiment that “government is the problem,” with 14% of voters citing dissatisfaction with Washington as the top problem facing the country. This disillusionment is followed by continuing concerns about the economy and unemployment, which poll at 12% and 10%, respectively. Perhaps in response to the Baltimore riots, race relations is fourth as the most important issue at 8%. While the economy has been a primary issue for the last four election cycles, dissatisfaction with government could be a major game-changer in 2016, particularly with candidates like Carson and Fiorina, who have never held elected office, and someone like Hillary Clinton, who has been a national figure for over 20 years. While the prominence of race relations may dissipate, it is something Republicans ignore at their own peril, particularly in light of the party’s well-documented struggles with minority voters in 2012. (via Gallup)
Congressional Republicans Polling Badly 
At the 100 day mark of the 114th Congress, only 23% of Americans believe that the GOP kept its promises from the 2014 campaigns, compared to the 33% and 40% who said the same about new Congresses in 2011 and 2007, respectively. Moreover, just 4% say that Congress has accomplished “more than expected” in this time, though 53% believe their productivity has matched expectations. The dissatisfaction with Congress’ performance transcends party lines, as the accomplishment question yields statistically identical responses from all ideologies while only 37% of Republicans believe that Congressional leaders are keeping campaign promises. Of these Republican voters, most are dissatisfied with the way the party’s leaders have handled government spending, illegal immigration, and same-sex marriage, with nearly 60% expressing disapproval for each. While low poll ratings are hardly new for a body that regularly has a sub-20% approval, GOP leaders have a long way to go in the eyes of the public to demonstrate that the party can govern. (via Pew Research Center)
Jacob Cole is with Red Dome Group, a political consulting firm based in North Carolina.  For more information visit