Entries by Mark Wallace

Will The Deep State Employ The Nuclear Option Against Trump?

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

Editors Note: No one knows the future but the author makes a valid point. The Deep State has done some things that just leave you with your mouth hanging open at the audacity and illegality of what they have done. Given that precedent, nothing extreme can be ruled out, can it? The markets and the […]

Hamas’s New Friend in the White House

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The 20th century and early 21st century are remarkable for the large number of terrorist organizations arising during these years. They include not only those most recently in the news — Hamas and Hezbollah — but also the Baader-Meinhof Gang (Germany), the Japanese Red Army, the Weathermen (U.S.), the Red Brigades (Italy), Black September (Arab), Timothy McVeigh and others. What they all have in common is a willingness to extinguish human life to achieve some purported political objective. Typically, terrorists don’t much care if they happen to kill babies and toddlers. For example, Timothy McVeigh described the death of infants and children in a child care center in the Oklahoma City federal building that he destroyed as “collateral damage.”

The Return Of The Zombie Banks

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Zombies have a prominent place in the world of fiction and movies. There’s the novel “World War Z” by Max Brooks (subtitled “An Oral History of the Zombie War”) and the well-known film by George Romero, “The Night of the Living Dead.” From these sources, we become acquainted with certain well-established facts about zombies, namely, […]

Some Dare Call It Treason

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We had some good news recently: the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee voted to recommend two articles of impeachment against Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The matter now will be taken up by the entire House. If the House votes to impeach (which is by no means certain, given […]

State Of Maine Tyrant Disenfranchises Hundreds Of Thousands Of Republican Voters

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Shenna Bellows, Secretary of State of Maine, a Democrat, decided on her own that Republican voters in Maine should not have the right to vote for Donald Trump in the primary election leading up to the November 2024 general election. On the face of things, it’s a strange world where a Democrat can decide whom […]

Commercial Real Estate Debt: Calm Before the Storm or the Pause That Refreshes?

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Sometime during the mid-afternoon of July 17, 1967, a band of six mountaineers set off from Camp VII at 17,900 feet on Mount McKinley in their quest to reach the summit.  Four others of their party had summited the mountain two days earlier after an eight-hour climb from Camp VII with nearly perfect weather. The […]

Welcome To The Wile E. Coyote Markets

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Those of us who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s watching television cartoons may remember a famous character from Looney Tunes:  Wile E. Coyote, a cartoon character who was forever bested by The Road Runner.  On occasion, Wile E. Coyote would be hanging suspended in midair over a chasm.  Everything seemed fine for a […]

The Stealth Bull and Bear Markets In Gold and Bonds

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Almost a half-century ago, legendary trader Richard Dennis of C&D Commodities put on a famous trade:  long (soy)beans and short bonds.  The trade reflected the established bull market in commodities and bear market in 30-year U.S. Treasury Bonds.  It was an era of high inflation (peaking at 14 percent during the disastrous Carter Administration).  Bonds […]

The Multiple Indictments of Donald Trump and the Rising Tyranny of the Far Left

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Until less than six months ago, no United States president or former president had ever been indicted for any serious crime.  The closest any president had ever come to criminal prosecution for a serious crime was Richard M. Nixon, who was named as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Watergate affair in the mid-1970s.  Ulysses S. […]

The Removal-of-Classified-Documents Hoax

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The Radical Left’s fanatical hatred of Donald J. Trump truly knows no bounds.  Back in early 2016, some Leftist elements cheered his nomination for President by the Republican Party because they believed he had no chance of winning the White House.  When that was proven false by Trump’s overwhelming Electoral College victory in November 2016, […]

Understanding Today’s Economy and Financial Markets

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Editor’s Note: The Prickly Pear published a related article last week on January 3 entitled The Price of Easy Money Now Coming Due. We recommend reading both articles together to understand current economic conditions and our readers’ concerns about personal financial situations.   When it comes to the economy, nearly the entire populace is of […]

Weekend Read: The“Progressive” Left: Existential Threat to America’s Constitution and Liberty

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Perhaps the biggest mistake liberty-loving Americans can make is to assume that so-called “progressives” are people who have America’s best interests at heart but simply have different views about how to make America a better place.  To believe this is to believe the wolf in sheep’s clothing is really a sheep.  The wolf’s sheep clothing […]

Supreme Court Rules Religion-Hating Schools Cannot Fire Employees for Praying

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The First Amendment to the Constitution provides in clear, unmistakable language that “Congress shall make no law . . . prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. This rule applies to the States under the Fourteenth Amendment. Although one might suppose that the clarity of the Free Exercise Clause (as it is commonly known) would deter […]

“Cultural Appropriation”, WokeSpeak and Other Left-Wing Canards

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In George Orwell’s classic novel “1984,” the inhabitants of Oceania are encouraged by the Party to transition to Newspeak, a language designed to make modes of speaking, writing, and thought opposed to Party rule not merely difficult but outright impossible.  For example, passages from the Declaration of Independence could not be translated into Newspeak in […]

Cancel Culture in Action: Wrecking Peoples Lives in Retaliation

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Let’s face it:  free speech for California’s teachers and educators is dead.  If you are a teacher or guidance counselor in California and make an internet posting that happens to offend students, teachers, and/or administrators who make up the woke mob, you may very well lose your job.  The truth of what you wrote makes […]

Endgame For the Fed: Is Checkmate Coming?

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For more than 40 years, the Federal Reserve has fostered, encouraged, and otherwise helped to create the most reckless credit expansion in the nation’s history. Total credit market debt of all varieties — federal, state, local, household, financial and nonfinancial – has ballooned from 330 percent of gross domestic product in 1960 to over 900 […]

Catastrophe in Progress: The Biden Presidency

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Almost all of America’s past presidents have had blunders occur on their watch.  For Jimmy Carter, it was skyrocketing inflation and the Iran hostage situation.  (Few people recall that when the “students” took over the United States Embassy in Tehran, it was the second seizure, not the first — yet Carter had done nothing to […]