IS THE ROBERTS' SUPREME COURT A LEGITIMATE FORUM TO REDRESS GRIEVANCES?

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Since the elevation of John Roberts as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Roberts’ fidelity to the U.S. Constitution, as well as the Court’s impartiality above partisan ideological bias, has been challenged.

1. Shelby County v. Holder. The Roberts Court's evisceration of the most important civil-rights legislation passed since Reconstruction was its lowest moment. The impact of the decision to reverse a key part of the Voting Rights Act is anti-democratic, allowing numerous illegal voter-suppression schemes to go into effect, and making it much more difficult to stop them. But what makes Shelby County especially egregious is its threadbare legal reasoning, which can't even be called "constitutional law."

2. NFIB v. Sebelius. This case is generally seen as a liberal triumph because Chief Justice Roberts ultimately decided not to rule Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement unconstitutional. But its Medicaid expansion holding might actually belong at the top of list. In terms of its policy impact, it would be hard to identify a worse decision in the history of the Supreme Court. Thousands of people a year will literally die because Roberts re-wrote the Medicaid expansion of the Affordable Care Act to make it much easier for states to opt out.

3. Connick v. Thompson. This case involved an almost-certainly innocent man who spent 18 years in prison largely because the state illegally suppressed exculpatory evidence. According to a 5–4 decision written by Justice Clarence Thomas, however, nobody in the prosecutor's office could be held accountable for this egregious, willful rights violation.

4. AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion. In this case, the Court held (in an opinion written by the late Justice Antonin Scalia) that federal law preempted California's limits on forced-arbitration agreements. This decision makes it much harder for consumers to get effective remedies when companies rip them off.

5. Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett. I actually think that this, not Citizens United, is the very worst of the Roberts Court's campaign-finance decisions. The Court struck down an Arizona law that gave matching funds to candidates based on the money raised by their opponents. <Source>

There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that since Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in on Sept. 29, 2005, by Justice John Paul Stevens, he has been a feckless jurist and not the constitutional conservative he was portrayed to be by the media. In fact, he was appointed by George W. Bush and was, in actuality, an establishment “go along to get along” Bushie. 

Now, we are about to find out whether or not the Roberts Court’s fidelity to the text, structure, history, and constitutional hierarchy is real and if the Court is a legitimate forum for Americans to redress their grievances.

The test: Brunson v. Alma S. Adams; et al. (Docket #22-380), a petition for a writ of certiorari filed on October 20, 2022.

Basically, the parties are alleged to have known that there were outstanding allegations of widespread election regularities on January 6th and violated their oath of office when they failed to investigate the matter of electoral irregularities prior to certifying the election and allowing Joe Biden to assume the Presidency.

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QUESTIONS PRESENTED

A serious conflict exists between decisions rendered from this Court and lower appeal courts, along with constitutional provisions and statutes, in deciding whether or not the trial court has jurisdiction to try the merits of this case.

This case uncovers a serious national security breach that is unique and is of first impression, and due to the serious nature of this case it involves the possible removal of a sitting President and Vice President of the United States along with members of the United States Congress, while deeming them unfit from ever holding office under Federal, State, County or local Governments found within the United States of America, and at the same time the trial court also has the authority, to be validated by this Court, to authorize the swearing in of the legal and rightful heirs for President and Vice President of the United States.

In addition there are two doctrines that conflict with each other found in this case affecting every court in this country. These doctrines are known as the doctrine of equitable maxim and the doctrine of the object principle of justice. Equitable maxim created by this court, which the lower court used to dismiss this case, sets in direct violation of the object principle of justice also partially created by this Court and supported by other appeal courts and constitutional provisions.

These conflicts call for the supervisory power of this Court to resolve these conflicts, which has not, but should be, settled by this Court without delay.

PARTIES TO THE PROCEEDING

Petitioner Raland J Brunson is an individual representing himself and is a Plaintiff in the trial court.

388 Respondents, in their official capacities, are a party to this action as defendants in the trial court. including select Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, President Biden, Vice President Harris, Michael Pence as former Vice President, and 100 Jane and John Does. 

STATEMENT OF THE CASE

This action is against 388 federal officers in their official capacities which include President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr, Vice President Kamala Harris, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Michael Richard Pence (“Respondents”). All the Respondents have taken the required Oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and as such they are liable for consequences when they violate the Oath of Office.

Respondents were properly warned and were requested to make an investigation into a highly covert swift and powerful enemy, as stated below, seeking to destroy the Constitution and the United States, purposely thwarted all efforts to investigate this, whereupon this enemy was not checked or investigated, therefore the Respondents adhered to this enemy. Because of Respondents intentional refusal to investigate this enemy, Petitioner Raland J Brunson (“Brunson”) brought this action against Respondents because he was seriously personally damaged and violated by this action of Respondents, and consequently this action unilaterally violated the rights of every citizen of the U.S.A. and perhaps the rights of every person living, and all courts of law.

On January 6, 2021, the 117th Congress held a proceeding and debate in Washington DC (“Proceeding”). Proceeding was for the purpose of counting votes under the 2020 Presidential election for the President and Vice President of the United States under Amendment XII. During this Proceeding over 100 members of U.S. Congress claimed factual evidence that the said election was rigged. The refusal of the Respondents to investigate this congressional claim (the enemy) is an act of treason and fraud by Respondents. A successfully rigged election has the same end result as an act of war; to place into power whom the victor wants, which in this case is Biden, who, if not stopped immediately, will continue to destroy the fundamental freedoms of Brunson and all U.S. Citizens and courts of law.

Due to the fact that this case represents a national security breach on a unprecedented level like never before seen seriously damaging and violating Brunson and coincidently effects every citizen of the U.S.A. and courts of law. Therefore, Brunson moves this court to grant this petition, or in the alternative without continuing further, order the trial court to grant Brunson’s complaint in its fullest. Brunson’s complaint is the mechanism that can immediately remove the Respondents from office without leaving this country vulnerable without a President and Vice President.

<Source: Supreme Court Docket Petition>

What does it all mean?

That knowing of alleged interference with the electoral process, those named in the petition had a constitutionally-mandated duty required by their Oath of Office to investigate the allegations as a matter of national security.

Bottom line…

Will the Roberts’ Court blow off the issue when its decision is distributed for Court Conference, ironically, on January 6, 2023? The Conference will decide, by vote, if the case will be heard before the Court.  

Five minutes before conference time, 9:30 or 10 a.m., the Justices are summoned. They exchange ritual handshakes and settle down at the long table. The Chief sits at the east end; the other Justices sit at places they have chosen in order of their seniority. Before each Justice is a copy of the day’s agenda. Each decides when he or she should refrain from taking any part in a case.

The Chief Justice opens the discussion, summarizing each case. The senior Associate Justice speaks next, and comment passes down the line. To be accepted for review, a case needs only four votes, fewer than the majority required for a decision on the case itself. Counsel for the litigants are directed to submit their printed briefs so that each Justice has a set several weeks before argument.

All conference decisions are published. The disagreements among the Justices are fully exposed to the public in the written opinions, and on occasion the language of dissent becomes vehement. <Source>

Is the Court willing to issue an opinion and risk removing sitting officials from office? 

Does the Oath of Office mean anything?

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


TWITTER REVELATIONS OF GOVERNMENT ELECTION INTERFERENCE -- SO WHAT?

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It appears that both the legacy media and social media pundits are scrutinizing the latest document dump from Twitter, courtesy of Elon Musk.

My response” BFD!

(1)  Everyone knew that the Democrats were engaged in a mass disinformation campaign and a subsequent, ongoing cover-up of their criminal violations of federal and state laws. Information was falsified, censored, or deleted at the direction of both public and private parties.

(2)  Nobody will be held accountable for the largest election fraud in the nations history and the ascension of an incompetent, corrupt, and mentally-challenged partisan hack to the Presidency of the United States along with another incompetent, incoherent fool as Vice President. BTW: Anyone heard from Special Counsel John Durham?

(3)  There is no constitutional provision for nullifying an election and implementing a do-over. The sole opportunity to challenge the election came on January 6th, 2021, using challenges to competing elector slates and the certification of the electoral results. However, this was preempted and quashed by a Democrat-staged false flag operation that halted any meaningful electoral challenge.

(4)  There is no guarantee the feckless Republicans will want to relitigate any of these issues. As for the disgraced and illegitimate House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, they are out of business as of January 3, 2023.

Bottom line…

Focus on what you can control in your own life. Do not waste time, effort, and money tilting at windmills.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ANYTHING TO ATTRACT ATTENTION: HOW THE MEDIA DISTORTS SCIENCE

The priorities of those employed by corporatized media are: to grow, or at least maintain the audience, successfully convert that audience into a profitable revenue stream, and, lastly, to satisfy the editors who enforce the house rules and agenda. Thus we find the need for immediacy, sensationalization, and fearmongering to rise above the noise of competing information sources.

Unfortunately, when it comes to science-based issues, they are often distorted, sometimes beyond recognition, because they usually arise from promotional press releases from the institution sponsoring the research – and with headlines chosen for clickbait rather than cautionary accuracy. 

Always consider the source of the research, the sample size of the participants, and read the actual paper if you are interested… 

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Next Covid-19 Strain May be More Dangerous, Lab Study Shows

(Bloomberg) -- A South African laboratory study using Covid-19 samples from an immunosuppressed individual over six months showed that the virus evolved to become more pathogenic, indicating that a new variant could cause more illness than the current predominant omicron strain.

The study, conducted by the same laboratory that was to first test the omicron strain against vaccines last year, used samples from a person infected with HIV. Over the six months the virus initially caused the same level of cell fusion and death as the omicron BA.1 strain, but as it evolved those levels rose to become similar to the first version of Covid-19 identified in Wuhan in China.

The study, led by Alex Sigal at the Africa Health Research Institute in the South African city of Durban, indicates that the Covid-19 pathogen could continue to mutate and a new variant may cause more severe illness and death than the relatively mild omicron strain. The study is yet to be peer reviewed and is based solely on laboratory work on samples from one individual.

Sigal and other scientists have previously postulated that variants such as beta and omicron -- both initially identified in southern Africa -- may have evolved in immunosuppressed people such as those infected with HIV. The long time it takes for these individuals to shake off the disease allows it to mutate and become better at evading antibodies, they have said.

The study “may indicate that SARS-CoV-2 evolution in long-term infection does not have to result in attenuation,” the researchers said in their findings, which were released on Nov. 24. “It may indicate that a future variant could be more pathogenic than currently circulating Omicron strains.” <Source>

[OCS: It is currently known and given fact that viruses naturally mutate over time and that such mutations may result in increased pathogenicity. Nothing new here. For those wishing to read the actual paper, “SARS-CoV-2 evolves increased infection elicited cell death and fusion in an immunosuppressed individual. “it can be found here. While it is generally believed that viruses weaken over time to preserve their survivability in a selected host, it is not necessarily a given.]

Abstract

The milder clinical manifestations of Omicron infection relative to pre-Omicron SARSCoV- 2 raises the possibility that extensive evolution results in reduced pathogenicity. To test this hypothesis, we quantified induction of cell fusion and cell death in SARSCoV- 2 evolved from ancestral virus during long-term infection. Both cell fusion and death were reduced in Omicron BA.1 infection relative to ancestral virus. Evolved virus was isolated at different times during a 6-month infection in an immunosuppressed individual with advanced HIV disease. The virus isolated 16 days post-reported symptom onset induced fusogenicity and cell death at levels similar to BA.1. However, fusogenicity was increased in virus isolated at 6 months post-symptoms to levels intermediate between BA.1 and ancestral SARS-CoV-2. Similarly, infected cell death showed a graded increase from earlier to later isolates. These results may indicate that, at least by the cellular measures used here, evolution in long-term infection does not necessarily attenuate the virus.  <Source: SARS-CoV-2 evolves increased infection elicited cell death and fusion in an immunosuppressed individual>

For reference…

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Mechanisms of viral mutation

Abstract

The remarkable capacity of some viruses to adapt to new hosts and environments is highly dependent on their ability to generate de novo diversity in a short period of time. Rates of spontaneous mutation vary amply among viruses. RNA viruses mutate faster than DNA viruses, single-stranded viruses mutate faster than double-strand virus, and genome size appears to correlate negatively with mutation rate. Viral mutation rates are modulated at different levels, including polymerase fidelity, sequence context, template secondary structure, cellular microenvironment, replication mechanisms, proofreading, and access to post-replicative repair. Additionally, massive numbers of mutations can be introduced by some virus-encoded diversity-generating elements, as well as by host-encoded cytidine/adenine deaminases. Our current knowledge of viral mutation rates indicates that viral genetic diversity is determined by multiple virus- and host-dependent processes, and that viral mutation rates can evolve in response to specific selective pressures. <Source: PMID: 27392606; PMCID: PMC5075021: DOI: 10.1007/s00018-016-2299-6

Bottom line…

CRAP-SHOOT

Before you allow speculative reporting to affect you, remember it’s a scientific crap shoot.

Yes, the pathogenicity of a virus can become weaker, more potent, or remain the same. There are too many confounding variables to speak with certainty, especially after examining one source.

We are so screwed when a narrative replaces news.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


INDY: MORE OF DISNEY'S SOCIAL JUSTICE STORY TELLING?

Will pathetically woke Disney attack the new Indiana Jones “‘Dial of Destiny” release in the name of combatting the patriarchy and toxic masculinity?

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Will audiences see a powerful Indy morph into his feminist partner’s sidekick?

Bottom line…

The adventure continues … or does it?

Is this Disney’s way to extend the life of its intellectual property, or will this be more of Disney’s woke messaging that panders to pussified demi-males?

We will wait and see – but I do not plan to add to its opening day or week gross!

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE FACE OF PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST DEMOCRAT EVIL

Here is a Tweet from President Biden that uses a well-worn rhetorical trick to condemn individuals' behavior and coerce them into taking action to affirm beliefs they may have no interest in proclaiming in public.

The trick is to state a few obvious truths or well-accepted facts or opinions, then condemn or shame anyone who disagrees by claiming silence is affirmation.

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This practice is so diabolical because it forces individuals and organizations to make statements on subjects they would rather not disclose or discuss in public.

No! Silence is not complicity -- silence is often the better part of discretion. By speaking in favor of something promoted by one group or another, you may be tacitly providing affirmation or acceptance to other views you disagree with.

Bottom line…

We are so screwed when forces outside our immediate control manipulate us.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


BEFORE YOU BELIEVE THE GOVERNMENT'S ECONOMIC NEWS

It all comes down to credibility and computation…

(1)  The same regime officials who have manipulated intelligence, law enforcement, and healthcare agencies to advance their progressive communist democrat agenda control the agencies that produce the nation's economic outlook.

(2)  If you read the footnotes, the media is reporting "preliminary" results, which will be corrected over succeeding months.

GDP Is Revised Higher. There’s No Recession Just Yet.

Gross domestic product rose at a 2.9% annual rate in the third quarter after falling in the first two quarters of 2022, a stronger-than-expected performance that eases fears about an imminent recession.

The 2.9% growth in the third quarter was revised up from the first estimate of an increase of 2.6% issued last month by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Economists had expected the revised number to remain at 2.6%, according to FactSet. Experts forecast the economy will grow again the fourth quarter, with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta expecting an expansion of 4.3%.<Source>

(3)  It is relatively easy to manipulate the numbers once you know how the GDP is computed.

The most common method of estimating the GDP is called the expenditure approach and is based on the money spent by various groups that participate in the economy.

GDP = C + G + I + NX

C = consumption or all private consumer spending within a country’s economy, including, durable goods (items with a lifespan greater than three years), non-durable goods (food & clothing), and services.

[OCS: Consumers still have a lot of money on hand as the global pandemic and the reduced availability of goods and services forced savings and curtailed buying. Now, with inflation looming large, some are spending now to avoid future price increases.]

G = total government expenditures, including salaries of government employees, road construction/repair, public schools, and military expenditure.

[OCS:  The profligate government spending and the Federal Reserve inflation of the U.S. currency can easily influence the total value of the GDP. More and more billions continue to be spent on paying Ukraine's government workers' pensions.]

I = sum of a country’s investments spent on capital equipment, inventories, and housing.

[OCS: Corporations are over-ordering inventory to compensate for anticipated supply chain problems and rising prices due to inflation.]

NX = net exports or a country’s total exports less total imports.

[OCS:  This is the biggest driver of the purported increase. While our currency has been inflated, the dollar, relative to other major currencies, has been doing better as more foreign asset managers have greater faith in the economic outlook in the United States than their own countries. Because of various problems in the European and Asian Markets, foreign entities are purchasing larger amounts of our exports while American imports have been deeply affected by supply chain problems.]

(4)  On a cautionary note, the Biden Administration is pushing for increased government spending. It is widely anticipated that the GOP will greenlight the effort while claiming they reduced the Democrat spending number. They won't admit that the number was inflated to give the GOP a propaganda win when they agreed to the Democrat's original target number.

Will the Federal Reserve pussy-out at their next meeting?

There is no doubt in my mind that the Federal Reserve should raise the rates by 75 basis points to help bring inflation under control quickly. However, it appears that various former Fed officials are advocating a 25- to 50-basis point increase to satisfy Wall Street and the corrupt Biden Administration looking for a propaganda win. Look for the pain continuing.

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Are your retirement investments about to be pissed away on "woke" causes run by virtue-signaling social justice warriors?

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Final Rule on Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights

The U.S. Department of Labor released a final rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to empower plan fiduciaries to safeguard the savings of America's workers by clarifying that fiduciaries may consider climate change and other environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors when they make investment decisions and when they exercise shareholder rights, including voting on shareholder resolutions and board nominations. <Source>

The Biden Administration's Department of Labor has quietly announced a final rule before Thanksgiving that allows employers to pour workers' 401(k) funds into investments that support woke causes that promote climate change and diversity.

The rule reverses a Trump-era mandate that a fiduciary must choose investments based solely on participants' best financial interests, including a restriction blocking employers from using an ESG fund as a default option for workers automatically enrolled in 401(k) plans.

Now, asset managers and retirement plan administrators can consider environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) factors when selecting investments – even if such selections might eventually damage the participant's return on investment.

Bottom line…

Ironically, the big financial institutions always point to their cherry-picked historical results. At the same time, SEC Rule 156 requires financial firms to tell investors not to base their expectations of future results on past performance before they invest.

Most green energy investments are scams dependent on government subsidies and mandated use to overcome their inability to generate a return on investment without government support. Remember former President Barack Obama's praise of Solyndra before it filed for bankruptcy and used government guarantees to cover significant investor losses.

We continue to be screwed by the fine print.

-- Steve

A reading recommendation ...

I strongly recommend you read my friend Peter Ralph's book, "Greed is Good Green is Great!: The Perfect Get-Rich Scheme for Bad Times" available from Amazon.

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Green is not good; it's great -- the novel that blueprints getting rich in bad times. A rare mix of fiction, financial reality, and environmental nonsense.

Wind and solar may seem free, sustainable, and healthy, but that's not the truth. It can be dangerous, impractical, and guaranteed to fail with disastrous results under peak load.

Peter Ralph returns to the genre he knows best, financial crimes. This time taking on those that exploit the environment for profit.

Ralph has produced a devastating eye-opening expose of the green energy scam where subsidies trump actual costs. A sure-fire money scheme for those connected to "the grid."

Ralph's extensive experience in the financial industry adds authenticity to the story, which translates into a thrilling reading experience. This is a must-read novel for the well-meaning but misguided greenie. Buy it today and learn the truth about green energy with this great novel

About the author, Peter Ralph...


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DHS TERRORISM THREAT ALERT -- ANOTHER RATIONALE FOR DOMESTIC SPYING?

I have said, on numerous occasions, it’s a bitch when you cannot trust the government to tell you the truth, and the media provides narrative over news…

There is absolutely no doubt that the progressive communist democrats have infiltrated and corrupted our foremost intelligence and law enforcement agencies, as well as most bureaus purporting to serve the American public.

Therefore it is with some skepticism that I read the latest "ass-covering" National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin issued on November 30, 2022, by the Department of Homeland Security.

An agency headed by a corrupt partisan hack, Alejandro Mayorkas, who deserves to be impeached for his failure to uphold 5 U.S. Code § 3331 - Oath of office. Namely the section that states, “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.”

There is no doubt in my mind that Mayorkas has failed to uphold existing federal laws on immigration that violate American sovereignty and make America more vulnerable to crime, drugs, and terrorist attacks.

How I dissect and read the latest bulletin…

DHS-HEADERSummary of Terrorism Threat to the United States

The United States remains in a heightened threat environment.

[OCS: The prime source of domestic threats are the progressive communist democrats and their corrupt policies.]

Lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances continue to pose a persistent and lethal threat to the Homeland

[OCS: Most of these threats arise from the left and are encouraged by the lack of law enforcement attention and the lax criminal justice system.]

Domestic actors and foreign terrorist organizations continue to maintain a visible presence online in attempts to motivate supporters to conduct attacks in the Homeland. 

[OCS: This is the predicate for the government’s domestic surveillance efforts and violation of dissenting free speech.]

Threat actors have recently mobilized to violence, citing factors such as reactions to current events and adherence to violent extremist ideologies.

[OCS: The primary threat actors were associated with the progressive communist democrats, and there is no mistaking the violence, murder, mayhem, and property destruction associated with progressive communist democrat-supported groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter.]

In the coming months, threat actors could exploit several upcoming events to justify or commit acts of violence, including certifications related to the midterm elections, the holiday season and associated large gatherings, the marking of two years since the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and potential sociopolitical developments connected to ideological beliefs or personal hostility.

[OCS: The main threat to election integrity comes from the progressive communist democrats. The Jan 6 breach of the Capitol remains suspicious as it appears to partly be a false flag operation deployed by the progressive communist democrats, with quite a few “mostly peaceful” people being welcomed inside the capitol complex by the authorities. The corrupt Jan 6 House Committee remains a corrupt cover-up.]

Targets of potential violence include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, the LGBTQI+ community, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents.

[OCS: In short, any target of opportunity is rendered vulnerable by the lack of adequate hardening or law enforcement presence. This is justification to domestically surveil the entire population for any threat.]

Duration

Issued:   November 30, 2022 02:00 pm
Expires:   May 24, 2023 02:00 pm

How We Are Responding

DHS works with partners across every level of government, in the private sector, and in local communities to keep Americans safe, including through the following examples of our resources and support:

  • DHS and the FBI continue to share timely and actionable information and intelligence with the broadest audience possible. This includes sharing information and intelligence with our partners across every level of government and in the private sector. We conduct recurring threat briefings with private sector and state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus partners, including to inform security planning efforts. DHS remains committed to working with our partners to identify and prevent all forms of terrorism and targeted violence, and to support law enforcement efforts to keep our communities safe.
  • In July 2022, DHS reconstituted the Faith-based Security Advisory Council (FBSAC). The FBSAC serves as an advisory body with the purpose of providing guidance and recommendations to the Secretary on the development and implementation of strategies, policies, programs, and information sharing practices that will further the Department’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of targeted violence or terrorism, major disasters, cyberattacks, or other threats or emergencies against places of worship, faith communities, and faith-based organizations. 
  • DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), the FBI, and the National Counterterrorism Center in 2021 jointly updated behavioral indicators of U.S. extremist mobilization to violence. Further, I&A’s National Threat Evaluation and Reporting Program continues to provide tools and resources for federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners on preventing terrorism and targeted violence, including online suspicious activity reporting training.
  • DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) works with government and private sector partners – including owners and operators of critical infrastructure and public gathering places – to enhance security and mitigate risks posed by acts of terrorism and targeted violence through its network of Protective Security Advisors and resources addressing Active Shooters, School Safety, Bombing Prevention, and Soft Targets-Crowded Places.
  • DHS’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) educates and trains stakeholders on how to identify indicators of radicalization to violence, where to seek help, and the resources that are available to prevent targeted violence and terrorism. In 2022, CP3 awarded about $20 million in grants through its Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program.
  • In 2021 and 2022, DHS designated domestic violent extremism as a “National Priority Area” within its Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), enabling our partners to access critical funds that help prevent, prepare for, protect against, and respond to related threats.
  • In 2022, DHS’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provided over $250 million in funding to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements to non-profit organizations at high risk of terrorist attack.
  • DHS remains focused on recognizing disinformation that threatens the security of the American people, including disinformation by foreign states such as Russia, China, and Iran, or other adversaries, including as transnational criminal organizations and human smuggling organizations.
  • SchoolSafety.gov consolidates school safety-related resources from across the government. Through this website, the K-12 academic community can also connect with school safety officials and develop school safety plans.
  • The DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships continues to engage a coalition of faith-based and community organizations, including members of the Faith-based Security Advisory Council, to help build the capacity of faith-based and community organizations seeking to protect their places of worship and community spaces.

[OCS: The government is incentivizing or coercing private individuals or organizations to act as de facto agents of the government as a “workaround” to the protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution. Including domestic surveillance and the maintenance of dossier databases prohibited by federal law – but whose results may be purchased by federal agencies from private sources.]

[OCS: Funding for school and church safety organizations should be handled by block grants to state agencies rather than the direct involvement with the federal government that seems to overlook offenses committed by Muslims.]

[OCS: The most significant source of disinformation remains the U.S. government and corrupt political regimes.]

<Source>

Bottom line…

What you see is a raison d'être, a rationale for prohibited spying on the American public by bad actors in our government that never seem to be punished for their illegal acts.

We are so screwed when government officials, even when caught red-handed, are given a pass in our two-tier justice system overseen by Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


2022 GEORGIA SENATE RUN-OFF ELECTION

I have no expectation of a GOP win in Georgia as the establishment-wing and the conservative continue their internal battles.

What I know…

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Uncounted Votes on Overlooked Memory Card Flips Election in Georgia

An overlooked memory card with uncounted ballots changed the final results of a special election in Cobb County, Georgia, officials said last week.

The Cobb’s Board of Elections and Registration voted to recertify the results of the Nov. 8 Kennesaw City Council special election during a Nov. 18 meeting, according to a news release.

The recertification was necessary after workers discovered a memory card had not been included in the previous results. The additional ballots resulted in a change in the Kennesaw City Council Post 1 Special Election,” the news release said.

Madelyn Orochena was originally declared the winner of the special election. However, when additional ballots were located on the memory card, Lynette Burnette was shown as the winner of the race by 31 votes, officials told local media.

“Unfortunately, once found we did upload it, and it changed the outcome of the Kennesaw City Council race,” Janine Eveler, Cobb County director of elections, told local media outlets.

Cobb Election officials said that the memory card was located in Kennesaw when workers were preparing for an audit of the election, according to 11Alive. Further details were not provided about why the card was overlooked or where it was located. <Source>

Georgia court lets counties offer post-Thanksgiving early voting

A Georgia appeals court says it is leaving in place a ruling that allows counties to offer early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the U.S. Senate runoff election.

Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock sued after state officials said early voting could not take place on Nov. 26 because state law barred voting on the Saturday after a holiday on the preceding Thursday or Friday.  Mr. Warnock, the state Democratic Party and the campaign arm of the Senate Democrats, said the law did not apply to runoff elections.

The Georgia Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thomas Cox that allowed Saturday voting to commence. “The Court finds that the absence of the Saturday vote will irreparably harm the plaintiffs, their members, and constituents, and their preferred runoff candidate,” Judge Cox wrote.

Early voting will be offered statewide in Georgia from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, but counties can offer additional days. <Source>

Gop-accountability

Bottom line...

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DEMOCRATS, THE PARTY OF DEATH, DECAY, AND DESTRUCTION

FlaggunWhen I was young, my parents were Democrats. I knew and supported many of the more prominent Democrats of the time. It was a time when the word Democrat wasn’t a pejorative, and even if they were left of center, they supported the working man and middle class. I had no experience with racial matters and knew little or nothing about the racist origins of the Democrat Party or how they fought against the civil rights movement.

Today it is quite different.

Both parties are corrupt and promote candidates who are professional politicians whose focus is on their narrow self-interests and political power – caring little about their constituency or the nation they purport to serve.

But, all things considered, the Democrats are the party of death, decay, and destruction. They fight to kill babies in the womb, even up to or after the point of viability. They say nothing about the billions of dollars pumped into decaying inner cities with few tangible results for the residents. They continue to destroy the nation from within by implementing insane domestic policies that reverse growth and promote economic death.

And they continue to disparage the law enforcement that keeps you safe and fight against your right of self-protection, namely the right to bear arms.

Perhaps the most egregious example of a corrupt, racist Democrat can be found in James Clyburn (D-SC), a powerful (Democrat Majority Whip) member of the House of Representatives.

In his own words,...

Speaking with Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation, we hear Clyburn say ...

“Just because it’s legal does not make it the right thing. I tell people all the time, the institution of slavery was legal, but it was not right. Just because they purchased these weapons legally does not mean that’s what the law ought to be. We need to change these laws.”

“Unfortunately, I’m going to be here in my district on Wednesday, speaking at the funeral service of one of those young football players from the University of Virginia who died at the hands of the weapon that was, from all indications, legally purchased. That’s not the problem. Chesapeake, Virginia, that gun was purchased legally the morning of the event. We have to visit these laws and do what’s necessary to keep these guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.”

“We need to sit down in a bipartisan way and say, look, what can we do to protect the public. Nobody wants to take anybody’s guns away. Your second amendment is there to protect everybody. But so is the First Amendment, but there’s not unfettered...” <Full Transcript>

A few observations...

(1)  Your right to self-defense is inalienable,  meaning the government does not confer it, nor can it be denied, surrendered, or taken away.

(2)  Existing laws involving firearms are not fully enforced, especially in Democrat-controlled jurisdictions where serious criminal acts involving weapons are often plea-bargained away to secure a guaranteed conviction rather than engage in a court battle or to protect the privileged elites. In this instance, the gun appears to have been legally purchased -- but by an individual previously convicted of possessing a concealed firearm without a license in 2021 and received a suspended sentence.  

University of Virginia shooting suspect bought two guns after failing background check last year

A former student athlete accused of fatally shooting three University of Virginia football players was able to legally buy two guns after failing a background check last year and trying to get a handgun while underage four years ago, according to the gun shop that sold him the firearms.

Christopher Darnell Jones bought a Ruger AR-556 rifle in February and a Glock 45 9 mm with an additional magazine in July from Dance’s Sporting Goods in Colonial Heights, Va., store owner Marlon Dance told CNN, noting that there was “nothing noteworthy” about the sales.

Jones tried to buy weapons in the store twice before, the shop detailed in a statement. On July 8, 2021, he wanted to get Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 — a .22-caliber rifle — but failed a background check due to a pending criminal charge, the store said. The felony charge was later “reduced to a misdemeanor by the court in October 2021, thereby removing the prohibition against future purchases,” police said.

The former football player was also turned away in 2018, when he tried to buy a handgun despite being under the age of 21.

“Jones DID NOT receive either of the firearms he attempted to purchase, and both attempted purchases were forwarded to the Virginia State Police for further action,” Dance’s Sporting Goods said. <Source>

In 2020, Jones was charged for felony fleeing the scene of an accident for a crash that occurred in Petersburg. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor, and Jones pleaded no contest and received a 12-month suspended sentence.

A Chesterfield County police officer stopped Jones while he was driving in February 2021 because the tags on his vehicle were not on file and discovered during a search that Jones had a stolen firearm in his waistband, according to a police report.

Jones told police he “paid $500” for the gun, according to the report. Jones told the officer he wanted the gun for protection for his family because he had lost two of his brothers. Family members did not respond to requests for comment about that statement.

Jones was convicted of possessing a concealed firearm without a license later in 2021 and again received a suspended sentence. <Source>

(3)  You cannot rely on the police to protect you as police have no legally binding affirmative duty to protect a citizen unless they are public officials or in police custody. Logistically speaking, they cannot be everywhere they are needed when they are required. Police generally exist to protect the general peace and order in a community, protect public officials, investigate crimes after the fact, and apprehend apparent lawbreakers. A police officer minutes away is useless to someone when seconds count.

(4)  The minority community commits a disproportionate number of crimes within their community and against their class of people. This is reality, not the phony baloney of racist disparate impact. Of course, politicians want to protect and pander to this large voting bloc -- they care about votes, not the community.

Bottom line...

Politicians like the race-hustling Clyburn, who has supported spending $3,270,421,390,000 in taxpayer funds, need to be held accountable for his corrupt actions. 

Instead of attacking your right to self-defense and the Second Amendment, perhaps Democrats should concentrate on using the gun-related firearms laws on the books and demand that District Attorneys prosecute rather than plea bargain away serious charges. 

We are so screwed as murder rates increase and Democrats refuse to prosecute, weaken the prosecution, release hardened career criminals into our communities, and favor criminals over victims.

IF YOU DO NOT FEEL SAFE, LITTLE ELSE MATTERS.

-- Steve

NRA-BENEFACTOR-1


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DEMOCRATS DISRESPECT AMERICANS

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After giving thanks for all I have received, especially being a citizen of America, I now turn back to our present corrupt and troublesome reality.

I can think of no greater insult to American citizens than the progressive communist democrats pretending that President Biden is capable of competently executing his presidential duties unless it is the suggestion that Biden is competent, capable, and qualified to be a viable Presidential candidate in 2024. Likewise, pretending that Vice President Kamala Harris is capable of assuming the Presidency should President Biden resign or face a 25th Amendment Challenge.

There is little doubt in my mind that the functions of the Presidency are being stage-managed by a cadre of Obama’s progressive communist democrats who have demonstrated not only disdain for America but are incompetent as they do significant damage to our domestic and foreign affairs.

Moreover, I believe that several Cabinet-level officials are guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors by failing to faithfully adhere to the United States Constitution as they fail to execute existing federal laws.

These charges go far beyond “Whataboutism” and a preoccupation with Donald Trump as they materially damage the United States’ foreign and domestic interests.

To watch America being degraded into a third-world country ruled by fiat, without deliberative debate, through the use of unconstitutional Executive Orders is painful.

Almost as painful is watching the corporatized legacy media serve as propaganda outlets for the corrupt Biden regime as they censor the news, either by omission or the substitution of a preferential regime narrative.

However, the increasing fragility of our communications backbone, originally designed to minimize the effects of a nuclear attack, is weakening the nation as more individuals and organizations rely on the Internet. Ignoring that the system has a single point of failure in the Domain Naming System, which is tantamount to a regime-controlled censorship tool or kill switch.

While the GOP opposition is infinitely better than the Democrats and less malevolent, it is feckless and nearly as corrupt…

Somewhere along the path, the GOP has failed to serve as a loyal, trustworthy opposition as they have greenlighted much of the progressive communist democrat agenda that aids and abets their own corruption. Other than being a relatively pale imitation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when it comes to keeping their respective members aligned and agenda-driven, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appears equally corrupt as he builds his wealth at the expense of the American people. Just not as blatantly as Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton in selling access to their elected offices.

Looking forward to the 118th United States Congress, which will convene on January 3, 2023…

As per the old adage, “hope is not a plan,” hope is all we appear to have left as the GOP assumes control over the House of Representatives and faces an uncertain future in the all-important Senate. The primary reason the GOP did so poorly in the 2022 mid-term elections is relatively simple. They, being the Republican National Committee and the vast majority of individual Republican candidates, were content to point at the gross failures of the Biden Administration and Democrat-dominated Congress and say that should be enough to inspire any rational American to vote for Republicans over Democrats. And that was the crux of the matter – to fail to articulate the GOP vision and back it up with samples of actual legislation to be dropped in the hopper on January 3rd.

Many suffering Americans did not buy the “Yeah, but we’re better” line as they saw some Republicans cave to the Democrat agenda with its profligate pork-barrel spending that increased inflation. And, unfortunately, while there are no Republicans in the Democrat Party, there are Democrats in the Republican Party – either by ideology or the convenience of side-stepping the Democrat’s “wait your turn” electoral hierarchy.

What can the House actually do?

Given the likelihood of a divided Democrat majority in the Senate and a Presidential veto, the power of House Republicans is constrained to managing the power of the purse and holding investigations to highlight corruption. Not that wrongdoing will be punished under a corrupt, two-tier justice system at Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice or FBI Director Christopher Wray’s Federal Bureau of Investigation.

(1)  Realign Committee Chairs and participants.

(2)  Recapture allocated but unspent funds and lower spending.

(3)  Resist expanding the debt ceiling for future funding and be willing to “shut down the government” if necessary.

(4)  Reduce agency spending until; clearly defined objectives are met.

(5)  Highlight investigatory excesses and censure those responsible for wrongdoing – including reducing staff budgets.

(6)  Put forth legislation to curb climate change subsidies and restore America’s energy independence.

(7)  Legislatively curtain racist wokeism in education, government agencies, and the military.

And much, much more.

Bottom line…

Now is the time they can prove to the American public that the GOP can be more than a feckless afterthought – regardless of its 2024 presidential nominee.

Until I see proof positive of change, we continue to be screwed.

-- Steve

P.S. As an afterthought, once again, former President Trump appears obsessed with celebrity, publicity, and ego-stroking – surrounded by those who fail to protect his political interests. How else can you explain a dinner with crazy anti-Semitic Kanye West or white supremacist short-man Nick Fuentes?


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE DOJ/FBI CONTINUES TO WASTE TIME AND MONEY IN ISRAEL WHILE TERRORISTS ENTER THE U.S. VIA OUR OPEN BORDER

Once again, the fumbling, bumbling idiots are trying to disparage Israel abroad while ignoring their domestic duties…

Fbi-clouseuThe situation…

Shireen Abu Akleh, a Jerusalem-born naturalized U.S. citizen acting as a reporter for the Qatari news-and-propaganda outlet al-Jazeera, was killed covering combat between the Israeli Defense Forces and actively engaged Palestinian terrorists from a terrorist cell responsible for more than a dozen recent assassinations of Israeli civilians in Israeli cities.

This is the risk of journalists operating in a live-fire conflict or crime area.

Typically, this would be the end of a sad story.

However, as expected, the terrorist-supporting Palestinian Authority charged that the reporter had been murdered by an Israeli soldier and refused to cooperate with any IDF’s investigation of the allegation.

So why is the Federal Bureau of Investigation involved in the matter?

“Fifty-seven Democratic members of the US House of Representatives have demanded in a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and FBI Director Chris Wray that the State Department and FBI open an investigation into the death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while she was reporting on an Israel Defense Forces arrest raid in Jenin on May 11.”

They contend, “As an American, Ms. Abu Akleh was entitled to the full protections afforded to U.S. citizens living abroad. We, the undersigned Members of Congress, urge you to uphold the values that our nation was founded on, including human rights, equality for all, and freedom of speech. We have a duty to protect Americans reporting abroad.”

Completely ignoring that this is not a domestic civil rights case but the act of an individual voluntarily operating in a dangerous area and subjecting herself to the known risk of injury or death.

As you might suspect, the 57 House members include members of the openly anti-Semitic squad — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Jamaal Bowman Cori Bush, Pramila Jayapal, and Barbara Lee, as well as several radical anti-America, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic progressive communist democrat activists. Here is the letter with all of the names.

The U.S. Department of Justice recently informed the Israeli Justice Ministry that the FBI had opened another investigation.

Of course, this does not surprise me because former President Obama’s acolytes run the Biden Administration-- Obama, himself, being a progressive communist democrat who was anti-America, anti-White, Anti-Semitic, and anti-Israel.

Many a truth is spoken in jest...

Here is a joke told by Yoni (Yonatan) Netanyahu, Bibi’s brother and a commander of elite Israeli special forces who was killed rescuing hostages from terrorists in Entebbe.

An Englishman, an American and an Israeli were captured by a tribe of cannibals in Africa.

When they were already in the pot, each of them was allowed a last wish.

The Englishman asked for a whiskey and a pipe and got them.

The American asked for a steak and got it.

“The Israeli asked the chief to give him a good kick in the backside.

At first the chief refused, but after a long argument he finally agreed.

At once the Israeli pulled out a gun and shot all the cannibals.

“The American and Englishman asked him: ‘If you had a gun all the time, why didn’t you kill them sooner?’

“ ‘Are you crazy,’ answered the Israeli, ‘and have the UN call me the aggressor?’ ”

And for those who think Palestinian terrorism is not a problem...

Twin blasts in Jerusalem kill one, injure 18 in morning bus station attacks

A student was killed and at least 18 others injured after explosions went off at two bus stops in Jerusalem at the height of the morning rush hour, in what Israeli security forces are treating as a “combined terror attack.”

The blasts come amid a surge in violence between Israelis and Palestinians this year, and there are fears that the incident could represent a return to the bombing campaigns of 20 years ago.

The first explosion occurred at about 7:05 a.m. local time, near a bus station located at the exit from the city. Half an hour later, another blast went off at a bus station near the Ramot Junction just over two miles away. Both bus stops were packed with students. 

Israeli police said that the bombs at both sites were activated remotely by cellphone. It said that the explosives were placed in bags and contained nails and pieces of metals to maximize the impact.

Since the spring, a string of Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car rammings have put Israel on high alert. In response, the Israeli military has conducted near-nightly raids, especially around the West Bank city of Jenin, from where a number of assailants have originated.  <Source>

Bottom line...

While known terrorists stream across our open Southern Border, the Department of Justice and the FBI investigate Israeli soldiers, parents of school children, and bogus January 6 interlopers, while spying on politicians and American citizens.

We are so screwed. One, because we elect people with an anti-America bias to high office, and two, because we tolerate their un-American activities.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


CALIFORNIA LEADS THE WAY -- BAH HUMBUG!

Yesterday’s email brought an unpleasant reminder of the increasing fragility of California’s infrastructure…

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To help you stay connected, Spectrum TV customers can enjoy many programming options by downloading our Spectrum TV App. Spectrum Internet customers can access WiFi access points nationwide. Find one near you.

Get service updates, outage information and other helpful resources at Spectrum.net/CAfires.

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As we experience high “Santa Winds,” I am reminded that our utility companies, regulated by a hyper-politicized and corrupt Public Utilities Commission, refuse to perform the voluntary repairs, replacements, and build-outs that might impact their bottom line. They would rather inconvenience their users than risk another billion-dollar fire or significant gas leak.

It is time to harden our electrical, natural gas, and water grids.

Bottom line…

My greatest fear is that California will serve as a model for this great nation. A model in which our nation's remaining functioning cities will become like socialist San Francisco and Santa Monica -- morphing from local gems into cesspools of political dysfunction.

We are so screwed as our political leadership schemes to stay in power by using public funds and policies to buy votes rather than serve its constituency. 

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


HOPE YOU ARE STILL ENJOYING THANKSGIVING

-1897
I am...

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ONE CITIZEN SPEAKING WISHES YOU A HAPPY 2022 THANKSGIVING

Take time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in your life.

If the video is missing, you can find it here.

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Wishing you and yours a safe, healthy, Thanksgiving. Be thankful for those who fought and died to secure your freedom today.

ArmedServices-MIA--Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DISGUSTING DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO DAMAGE MEDICARE

Senior citizens must know what the progressive communist democrats have done with their misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act” …

For those who applauded the reduction in prescription insulin prices and the ability of the Medicare administrator to “negotiate” drug prices, it is time to look behind the scenes and see what the gottcha might be – and don’t look to the senior advocacy group AARP to advocate for senior citizens over the administration or the insurance companies that provide their billion-dollar revenue stream.

Wsj-hdrThe Inflation Reduction Act Comes for Medicare

It will cut benefits and increase premiums, upsetting millions of elderly voters.

President Biden has accused Republicans of scheming to cut Medicare. In fact it is his signature legislation, the Inflation Reduction Act, that will lead to benefit cuts and premium increases for seniors. Medicare’s popular drug-coverage program is headed for a painful amputation.

The private plans participating in Medicare’s prescription-drug program, known as Part D, currently draw on three sources of revenue to finance prescriptions: out-of-pocket payments from patients, premium payments made by plan members, and subsidies from the federal government. In 2025, under the Inflation Reduction Act, both government subsidies and out-of-pocket payments by patients are scheduled to be cut sharply. The difference will have to be made up by premiums. But the statute inhibits this third revenue source, which is also subsidized, from increasing more than 6%. That’s hardly enough to cover inflation, let alone compensate for the other two revenue losses.

We estimate that beginning in 2025, plan subsidies—specifically, the reinsurance subsidies for the beneficiaries with the most drug spending—will be cut $30 billion, out of revenue that currently totals about $110 billion. Something will have to give with $30 billion less to finance prescription benefits. Plans currently have far too little profit to span the chasm that the Inflation Reduction Act opens between expenses and revenue.

Existing plans have room to cut benefits, although the original Part D statute limits their ability to do so. As plans are under no obligation to take a loss, their other choice is to exit the market, which from the patient’s perspective means that all the benefits disappear. In essence, the Inflation Reduction Act statute may prohibit Part D plans from being economically viable, even if it doesn’t explicitly ban them.

We see a last resort. Seniors might find drug coverage in Medicare Part C even as the Biden administration unwittingly amputates stand-alone drug plans from the Medicare program. These plans, known as Medicare Advantage, cover drugs, hospitalization and physician visits. They will also be losing the same two drug-revenue sources, but the Inflation Reduction Act gives them room to compensate with higher premiums, reduced drug benefits (with fewer drugs covered and more constraints on accepted claims), or cuts to nondrug benefits such as dental or mental-health coverage. They will likely do all three, which will be undesirable for seniors but at least be economically viable. The best part of the last resort? The plans won’t go away.

Roughly half of Medicare beneficiaries currently have traditional Medicare coverage rather than Medicare Advantage plans. These are the beneficiaries relying on stand-alone Part D drug plans, which are the ones that may be run out of business by the Inflation Reduction Act. Traditional Medicare members face a difficult choice in 2025: Either take drastic cuts in drug coverage, or switch to Medicare Advantage plans that cover prescriptions but may not cover the hospitals and doctors who are currently providing them care.

[OCS: Seniors opting for traditional Medicare and Part D drug coverage, with or without supplementary drug insurance, may be forced into a difficult choice: your doctor or life-saving drugs!]

Welcome to the fiscal and regulatory nightmare known as government-provided health care, where those writing the rules don’t understand the consequences of what they do. Democrats hate that Medicare Advantage has been available as a pseudo-private alternative to original Medicare’s single-payer arrangement. Yet they have (unwittingly?) passed a law that so thoroughly disrupts traditional Medicare as to render it the worst of the Medicare options.

From a political perspective, Democrats couldn’t have scheduled Medicare’s amputation for a worse time. With Congress so evenly divided, a short-term legislative fix may be impossible. By September 2024, the presidential campaign will be in high gear at the same time that beneficiaries begin to consider their 2025 Medicare enrollments. That’s when the Inflation Reduction Act will thoroughly upset tens of millions of elderly voters, all while the authors of the statute ask the country to vote for their presidential nominee. By then, America will have no doubt which party is cutting Medicare. <Source>

This is not an accident or simple oversight…

What you are seeing is a deliberate attempt to advance the progressive communist democrat agenda by replacing existing public and private healthcare insurance with a government-controlled single-payer healthcare scheme that determines how much healthcare you can receive by age, condition, co-morbidities, statistical outcome probabilities, and possibly your social credit score as determined by your adherence to the regime’s directives.

A glimpse into the future…

Consider this article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in which the authors, including Dr. Donald M. Berwick, the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from July 2010 to December 2011, describe the preferred progressive future of Medicare.

JamaMedicare 2.0—A Vision for the Future of America’s Health Insurance Plan

It is time for “Medicare 2.0”: a redesigned Medicare program that meets today’s health care challenges in a comprehensive, cost-effective, and equitable way. Medicare 2.0 includes 5 major reforms to the traditional Medicare program. At a time when private Medicare Advantage plans are growing rapidly, Medicare 2.0 offers an urgent blueprint to preserve and strengthen the public Medicare program for future generations. What follows is a road map that organizes disparate Medicare reform proposals into a unified vision for this health insurance plan.

[OCS: Have you ever seen a cost-effective government program that works as intended and wasn’t larded with waste, fraud, abuse, and the insertion of lobbyist-promoted loopholes and exclusions?]

Transform and Simplify Traditional Medicare Into a Single, Comprehensive Plan

In traditional Medicare, most beneficiaries carry 4 distinct insurance plans: Part A for hospital services, Part B for physician services, Part D for prescription drugs, and supplementary insurance through Medigap, Medicaid, or other private sources.

Medicare 2.0 should have a single, comprehensive benefit structure that covers physician and hospital services, prescription drugs, dental, vision, hearing, and long-term services and supports (LTSS) with a unified cost-sharing structure. Recognizing the significant financial resources needed to meet LTSS needs, a sensible starting point is to prioritize coverage for home and community-based services, which are cost-effective and preferred by many patients and families.

[OCS: A long-winded way to say government-controlled single-payer healthcare system. Home and community-based healthcare services are among the critical goals of the radical communist-founded SEIU (Service Employees International Union), which is attempting to control the delivery of home healthcare by its members.]

Significantly Reduce Out-of-pocket Costs for Patients

Medicare 2.0 should minimize or eliminate financial barriers to care. One promising option is to require no cost sharing for beneficiaries under a certain income threshold, such as 138% of the poverty level to match current Medicaid criteria. Other beneficiaries could be provided coverage with no deductible, zero co-payments for primary care and other especially high-value services, a package of prescription drugs at no cost, and an out-of-pocket cap indexed to income. Replacing private Medigap coverage with universal low cost sharing would make Medicare 2.0 both more equitable and more efficient.

[OCS: The phrase “other beneficiaries” is often government-speak for “illegal aliens” who should have coverage limited to emergency healthcare. When you see the word “equitable,” you need to be wary of the progressive communist democrat’s social justice warriors who segment the population using Marxist-style class warfare.]

Modernize Prescription Drug Policy

Medicare 2.0 should build on the reforms of the Inflation Reduction Act to negotiate the price of prescription drugs by both increasing the number of medications eligible for negotiation and pursuing negotiations for newly launched drugs. The negotiation process should consider whether a medication’s primary patent has expired (i.e., drugs that forestall competition only with secondary patents and other “evergreening” strategies should be paid for at lower rates). Medicare should also be empowered to engage in innovative purchasing strategies, such as subscription-based models in which a fixed sum pays for all the drugs used by the Medicare population in a given period, direct contracting with manufacturers to produce generic drugs, and bulk purchasing to create stockpiles of drugs important for public health.

Medicare 2.0 should offer a package of high-value medications at zero out-of-pocket cost. Analogous to the rigorous evidence reviews and recommendations prepared by the US Preventive Services Task Force, a “US Chronic Disease Task Force” could be created to review the evidence for the clinical benefit of different medications in treating common chronic conditions. Medications receiving an A or B recommendation could enter the drug negotiation process with the goal of offering the medication to all Medicare beneficiaries at zero out-of-pocket cost.

[OCS: As noted in the Wall Street Journal piece above, the Inflation Reduction Act will damage traditional Medicare. Government price controls do not work, are anti-competitive and will lead to the elimination of specialty drugs, like genomically-targeted cancer therapies predicated on a patient’s DNA, that may save few lives in relation to more widely-used drugs that benefit larger populations.]

As for stockpiles, the lessons of the pandemic should apply. Most stockpiles contained out-of-date drugs and medical supplies, including obsolete or uncalibrated equipment. Only the vendor profited as the rotation of stockpiled items was an often-ignored afterthought. In the final analysis, someone must pay – and that someone is you, whether through premiums, co-pays, or access fees.]

Place Primary Care at the Center of the Health Care System

Medicare 2.0 should leverage this influence to significantly expand the primary care workforce, with a particular emphasis on increasing the number of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants trained in community health centers and other underserved settings. CMS should also empower all Medicare beneficiaries to declare a primary care clinician.

Medicare 2.0 should significantly increase payments for primary care to make it a more attractive career option, improve prevention, reduce emphasis on procedural interventions, and expand the nation’s primary care infrastructure. In the short term, this process would be facilitated by enhancing the capacity of CMS to develop payment rates that encourage more robust primary care rather than reflexively adopting the payment rates recommended by the specialty-heavy Revenue Update Committee. In the longer term, the traditional fee-for-visit strategy of paying for primary care should be transformed to reflect and accelerate best practices for modern, integrated primary care practice.

[OCS: This establishes government-controlled gatekeepers who will determine if you need specialist care. An incompetent or rushed caregiver might cause prolonged suffering or death depending on their diagnostic skills and willingness to buck a cost-containment system to recommend specialist care. Already, some primary care practitioners are incentivized by their organizations to curtail costly procedures and prescriptions. Think about the socialized medicine in Canada and England, where denials, delays, and deaths are common.]

Reinvent Medicare as an Agency That Finances Population Health, Not an Insurer That Reimburses for Services

Under Medicare 2.0 CMS should be an activist deeply invested in continually improving the quality of health care. More than that, under Medicare 2.0 CMS should be conceptualized not as a public insurer but as an agency that finances population health. One critical element of this approach is integrating social investments into the Medicare mission: health care organizations should be given the flexibility to shift dollars from medical care into health-related social needs, including to existing community programs and public agencies. This likely requires migration away from fee for service as the predominant payment chassis.

A second element of this approach is to deliberately direct resources to respond to health inequities. The traditional insurance model risks directing resources away from underserved communities because payments are often benchmarked to past spending. Especially given stark historical inequities, payment policy should not try to perpetuate prior spending patterns; instead, it should actively direct spending to where it is needed most, which will often involve increasing spending on historically marginalized groups. The “health equity benchmark adjustment” included in the recently announced ACO REACH program is in this spirit.

To ensure that these increased resources actually reach patients in need, a complementary strategy is to strengthen requirements for representation of patients’ and communities’ interests in the governance of health care organizations. Taking inspiration from the federally qualified health center model, health care delivery organizations accepting population-based payments from Medicare could be required to have a meaningful percentage of the governing board made up of community representatives and patients, including those with disabilities and chronic illness and people in marginalized populations.

[OCS: This is bullshit! You do not allocate healthcare by race, sex, or what your ancestors may have done in times long past. In the final analysis, we do not need another inept bureaucracy like the highly-politicized Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the corrupt Food & Drug Administration. (FDA). Decisions must be made by competent medical personnel, not bureaucrats beholden to the regime in power.]

<To read the entire article, in full and in context, it can be found here on the JAMA Action Network>

Bottom line…

What you see is a progressive communist democrat attempt to implement a top-down, government-controlled single-payer Medicaid system.

These charlatans speak of the quality of healthcare. Still, they are simply re-jiggering the healthcare payment system to exert control over the population and to create voting blocs responsive to government entitlements.

In response to progressive communist democrats and their cadre of believer-bureaucrats to dominate American healthcare, especially in the face of an aging population, remember, socialized medicine is un-American and dangerous to your health.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


A U.S. DIGITAL DOLLAR IS THE EQUIVALENT OF DIGITAL DUNG!

Once again, the corrupt elites who run the government and the largest financial institutions are trying to sell the American people on a digital dollar that empowers the government and creates a surveillance state.

DIGI-DOLLAR

Another Wall Street Journal article is gaslighting the American public on the digital dollar…

Wsj-hdrThe U.S. Needs a Better Digital Dollar

China’s new digital yuan could compete as a reserve currency and undermine America’s financial dominance.

China is giving the U.S. a run for its money. The recent launch of a digital form of the Chinese yuan—bolstered by a disruptive new technology—threatens the dominance of the U.S. dollar and American hegemony. U.S. policymakers should heed the moment and respond with a strengthened form of the dollar in service to the national interest.

[OCS: A few important points to consider. One, we don’t need a “better digital dollar” because America does not require a digital dollar at all – especially one that creates a surveillance state open to command and control by the regime in power.

Two, competing with China to enable a state-controlled economy is a race to the bottom, in this case, domination and loss of freedom.

Three, appealing to national interests to create a digital dollar only benefits the elites and the current ruling regime.

And four, one need only consider the civil rights abuses perpetrated by the regime in the name of national security, namely the Patriot Act and the open, unpunished abuse of the FISA Court by the FBI and Department of Justice.]

Enter the game-changer of cryptocurrency. Don’t be deceived by the thousands of private cryptocurrencies masquerading as money in some form of circulation. Many of these schemes are fraudulent, and most are worthless. Cryptocurrency is a misnomer. It isn’t secretive and it isn’t money. It is software. And it is a significant technological breakthrough that poses promise and peril for the American-led global financial system. In the hands of a powerful sovereign such as China, the new software is an effective way to launch the yuan into the big leagues.

[OCS: The regime would do anything to kill cryptocurrency as a relatively anonymous medium of exchange.

No, it is not money or currency as the government defines it, but nevertheless, it is a medium of exchange beyond the control of central banks and financial institutions that serve as fee-driven gatekeepers .

And, any government-sponsored digital dollar is also software and vulnerable to the same hacking and loss risks.

For those who believe the government can protect its software from hacking or exposure from radical partisans with the keys to the kingdom, just remember the government lost all of its personnel records to China, including the details of security clearance interviews. And the NSA, the nation's crypto specialists, lost a treasure trove of classified software and documents. 

And, to position the adoption of an American digital dollar as a check on Communist China and other despotic nations is a false and misleading premise as both the Chinese and North Koreans have created “superdollars,” almost undetectable currency counterfeits and are most likely to do it with hacking the digital dollar creation or wallet storage.”

That’s why China’s new central bank digital currency, called e-CNY and launched in April 2020, is so consequential. China’s e-CNY will be the technology backbone for most wholesale transfers among the People’s Bank of China, financial firms and foreign institutions. If foreign businesses want continued access to the vast Chinese market, they will be compelled to use the digital currency and its wholesale payment network to conduct business. When fully implemented, e-CNY will also be the dominant retail protocol, eventually handling most personal financial transactions. China’s central planners will have a powerful tool to monitor transactions and enforce compliance with government directives.

[OCS: As you can clearly see, adopting a U.S. digital dollar is meant to protect the financial institutions and the ruling regime – not the American citizen who are surrendering another God-given freedom for nothing of intrinsic value.

Any U.S. government claim of “but we’re different" is a big lie. The government knows that man cannot control climate, yet they continue bilking the public. The government knows they cannot protect against committed terrorists, yet they tighten domestic surveillance on American citizens while leaving our borders unprotected.”]

China’s sphere of influence is expanding in Asia, Russia and the Middle East. Its leaders envision e-CNY as a parallel international payment and currency network to that of the West. If a new bipolar world emerges—by some imprudent mix of Chinese force and American fatigue—the dollar’s dominant role could be undermined. Decoupling the world’s two largest economies wouldn’t be limited to imports and investment, munitions and might. It could well include the rise of a powerful alternative reserve currency.

[OCS: Yes, China’s sphere of influence is expanding – because of the fecklessness of our government leaders and those being coerced or bought by hostile foreign regimes. The government and specific corporate interests are selling out America and then blaming innocent American citizens whom they punish with confiscatory taxes, increased rules and regulations, and increasing surveillance, including DOJ/FBI intimidation.]

Absent leadership by the U.S., authorities in China—with a decidedly different view of the public good—are trying to use the new technology to erode America’s global standing. The Fed and Treasury should cease to play the slow game while China builds a new digital monetary and financial architecture. America’s other big trading partners won’t wait around while U.S. authorities consider incremental reforms. The status quo is neither satisfactory nor sustainable.

[OCS: I smell bullshit! Don’t speak about the “public good.” The public good is being unmolested by your government. The public good is protecting America’s sovereignty and Constitution. The public good is having the most powerful military possible. The public good punishes those who have stolen our intellectual property by destroying offending knock-offs wherever they occur or are used.

The privately-owned Federal Reserve and the Department of Treasury are corrupt and caught in a conspiracy to defraud the American public as they protect the elites’ assets.]

One option, popular among some in Washington, is for the U.S. to create a dollar copycat of China’s digital yuan. The Fed would intermediate wholesale and retail payments, including as the direct counterparty to U.S. consumers. This is at odds with the American ethos of privacy from government intrusion. The specter of state surveillance of individual spending is dangerous. The interface with citizens should rest with the private sector.

[OCS: This is prime bullshit. Do you see what they are doing here? The powers that be openly acknowledge that state surveillance of individual spending is dangerous – but suggest the answer is to protect the public by using private sector entities as an interface to the system.

Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit! Three bags full.

Look at the private tech companies and financial institutions that are accountable to government regulatory agencies and serve as their proxy agents.

The number of financial institutions that refuse to serve gun-related manufacturers and vendors. The number of financial institutions that refuse to serve politically-connected companies that offer opposition to the regime.

The private companies that depend on government rules, regulations, monitoring, and sanctions, not to mention government monopolies, contracts, grants, subsidies, and favorable tax policies, are susceptible to coercion. Already they are infiltrated with former government agents with loyalty to their former agency and not above doing favors.]

The Biden administration appears to promote another alternative: Give the government’s imprimatur to privately issued stablecoins. I am skeptical that a host of private cryptocurrencies are sufficiently strong and reliable proxies for the U.S. dollar. I also doubt that bank-like regulation of private stablecoins would ensure their stability in stressful times, absent government bailouts.

[OCS: The Biden Administration and an unknown segment of our government are owned or controlled by China. Especially the corrupt Biden Crime family subject to blackmail.]

So what to do? The U.S. should announce the essential design features of a digital dollar to be used exclusively for wholesale transactions. The existing wholesale payment system is slow, cumbersome, opaque and expensive. The new regime would more effectively intermediate payments among the government, financial firms and foreign central banks. Settlements would be made faster. Payments would be cheaper. Cross-border transfers would be seamless. Money creation would be more transparent.

[OCS: More bullshit! Most current government transactions are presently done electronically – regardless of the base currency. Settlements are made at the speed of light over fiber networks. Artificial fees determine the cost of payments. And cross-border transfers are already seamless. Money creation is transparent and documented. What is not documented is how funds are spent and who benefits. Something the government is loathe to disclose.]

A currency reigns supreme until it doesn’t. The new digital dollar would strengthen the currency for a new era, and bolster America as leader of the global economic system. Compared with China’s e-CNY, the proposal has superior attributes of sovereign control, monetary soundness, financial innovation and individual privacy. The U.S. and its allies need sound and stable money to escape a period of weak output, high inflation and geopolitical conflict. A digital dollar backed by America’s full faith and credit would be an important part of a reformed financial and monetary architecture.

[OCS: More bullshit! This is about protecting the elites and their financial institutions, not the American public. Stop wasteful and profligate government spending, curb inflation, and you can create a stronger dollar. Creating a digital dollar when a viable dollar already exists, along with the means to transmit it effectively, renders the concept of a fiat-based digital dollar worthless. A digital dollar's intrinsic value, like that of the dollar, is government-controlled – subject to inflation and confiscatory taxation.]

Kevin Warsh, the former member of the Federal Reserve Board, is a distinguished visiting fellow in economics at the Hoover Institution. <Source>

Bottom line…

“The status quo is neither satisfactory nor sustainable.” True enough, but the answer to Chinese aggression and protection against its domination of global competition is not a digital dollar; it is a constitutionally conservative U.S. government.

It appears that the corrupt Biden regime may be doing this at the behest of China. How many individuals and organizations want to be surveilled by the government? Let the Chinese Communists continue with their surveillance and watch the global flight of capital to an unsurveiled United States. 

For the oil companies -- demand the U.S. become the prime producer and exporter, and you eliminate much of the risk of a China-Russia-dominated payment system.

We are so screwed.

Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


IVERMECTIN BAFFLEGAB

Who can you trust? 

Big-pharma-politicians

What they actually said at the time…

Cdc-hdrRapid Increase in Ivermectin Prescriptions and Reports of Severe Illness Associated with Use of Products Containing Ivermectin to Prevent or Treat COVID-19

Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network
August 26, 2021, 11:40 AM ET
CDCHAN-00449

Summary

Ivermectin is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prescription medication used to treat certain infections caused by internal and external parasites. When used as prescribed for approved indications, it is generally safe and well tolerated.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, ivermectin dispensing by retail pharmacies has increased, as has use of veterinary formulations available over the counter but not intended for human use. FDA has cautioned about the potential risks of use for prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

Ivermectin is not authorized or approved by FDA for prevention or treatment of COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel has also determined that there are currently insufficient data to recommend ivermectin for treatment of COVID-19. ClinicalTrials.govexternal icon has listings of ongoing clinical trials that might provide more information about these hypothesized uses in the future.

Adverse effects associated with ivermectin misuse and overdose are increasing, as shown by a rise in calls to poison control centers reporting overdoses and more people experiencing adverse effects. <Source>

Fda-headerWhy You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19

Content current as of 12/10/2021

Here’s What You Need to Know about Ivermectin

  • The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.
  • Currently available data do not show ivermectin is effective against COVID-19. Clinical trials assessing ivermectin tablets for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in people are ongoing.
  • Taking large doses of ivermectin is dangerous.
  • If your health care provider writes you an ivermectin prescription, fill it through a legitimate source such as a pharmacy, and take it exactly as prescribed.
  • Never use medications intended for animals on yourself or other people. Animal ivermectin products are very different from those approved for humans. Use of animal ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in humans is dangerous.

<Source>

Ama-hdrAMA, APhA, ASHP statement on ending use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19

SEP 1, 2021

The American Medical Association (AMA), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) strongly oppose the ordering, prescribing, or dispensing of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial.

Ivermectin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human use to treat infections caused by internal and external parasites. It is not approved to prevent or treat COVID-19. Ivermectin is also available to treat certain veterinary conditions; medications formulated or intended for use in animals should not be used by humans. We are alarmed by reports that outpatient prescribing for and dispensing of ivermectin have increased 24-fold since before the pandemic and increased exponentially over the past few months. As such, we are calling for an immediate end to the prescribing, dispensing, and use of ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial. In addition, we are urging physicians, pharmacists, and other prescribers—trusted health care professionals in their communities—to warn patients against the use of ivermectin outside of FDA-approved indications and guidance, whether intended for use in humans or animals, as well as purchasing ivermectin from online stores. Veterinary forms of this medication are highly concentrated for large animals and pose a significant toxicity risk for humans.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA have issued advisories indicating that ivermectin is not authorized or approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization, and Merck (the manufacturer of the drug) all state there is insufficient evidence to support the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19. The Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on the Treatment and Management of Patients with COVID-19 also recommend against the use of ivermectin outside of a clinical trial. <Source>

Here is what they are saying now...

FDA Says Telling People Not to Take Ivermectin for COVID-19 Was Just a Recommendation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) telling people to “stop” taking ivermectin for COVID-19 was informal and just a recommendation, government lawyers argued during a recent hearing.

The cited statements were not directives. They were not mandatory. They were recommendations. They said what parties should do. They said, for example, why you should not take ivermectin to treat COVID-19. They did not say you may not do it, you must not do it. They did not say it’s prohibited or it’s unlawful. They also did not say that doctors may not prescribe ivermectin,” Isaac Belfer, one of the lawyers, told the court during the Nov. 1 hearing in federal court in Texas.

“They use informal language, that is true,” he also said, adding that, “it’s conversational but not mandatory.”

The hearing was held in a case brought by three doctors who say the FDA illegally interfered with their ability to prescribe medicine to their patients when it issued statements on ivermectin, an anti-parasitic that has shown positive results in some trials against COVID-19.

Ivermectin is approved by the FDA but not for COVID-19. Drugs are commonly used for non-approved purposes in the United States; the practice is known as off-label treatment. <Source>

So, what’s missing…

The majority of COVID-19 cases resolve over a week, in some cases a month. So, where are the CDC/FDA guidelines using verifiable data on the efficacy of ivermectin and an FDA-sanctioned treatment protocol?

Am-jnl-hdr

Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines

Abstract

July/August 2021 issue

Background:

Repurposed medicines may have a role against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The anti-parasitic ivermectin, with antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, has now been tested in numerous clinical trials.

Areas of uncertainty:

We assessed the efficacy of ivermectin treatment in reducing mortality, in secondary outcomes, and in chemoprophylaxis, among people with, or at high risk of, COVID-19 infection.

Data sources:

We searched bibliographic databases up to April 25, 2021. Two review authors sifted for studies, extracted data, and assessed risk of bias. Meta-analyses were conducted and certainty of the evidence was assessed using the GRADE approach and additionally in trial sequential analyses for mortality. Twenty-four randomized controlled trials involving 3406 participants met review inclusion.

Therapeutic Advances:

Meta-analysis of 15 trials found that ivermectin reduced risk of death compared with no ivermectin (average risk ratio 0.38, 95% confidence interval 0.19–0.73; n = 2438; I2 = 49%; moderate-certainty evidence). This result was confirmed in a trial sequential analysis using the same DerSimonian–Laird method that underpinned the unadjusted analysis. This was also robust against a trial sequential analysis using the Biggerstaff–Tweedie method. Low-certainty evidence found that ivermectin prophylaxis reduced COVID-19 infection by an average 86% (95% confidence interval 79%–91%). Secondary outcomes provided less certain evidence. Low-certainty evidence suggested that there may be no benefit with ivermectin for “need for mechanical ventilation,” whereas effect estimates for “improvement” and “deterioration” clearly favored ivermectin use. Severe adverse events were rare among treatment trials and evidence of no difference was assessed as low certainty. Evidence on other secondary outcomes was very low certainty.

Conclusions:

Moderate-certainty evidence finds that large reductions in COVID-19 deaths are possible using ivermectin. Using ivermectin early in the clinical course may reduce numbers progressing to severe disease. The apparent safety and low cost suggest that ivermectin is likely to have a significant impact on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic globally. <Source>

American Journal of Therapeutics: July/August 2021 - Volume 28 - Issue 4 - p e434-e460  doi: 10.1097/MJT.0000000000001402

Bottom line…

From what I have been hearing about the safety of vaccines, if they can even be called vaccines, and their terrible side effects, I am now questioning Big Pharma’s regulatory capture of the very public health institutions charged with the safety and efficacy of our medications.

Because of the politicization of the pandemic, there is nobody in the government that seems trustworthy. Likewise, your personal physician may be bound by the rules of their practice or the facility where they have practice privileges.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P J. O'Rourke


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


TWELVE REASONS WHY A SIMPLE GOP VOTING MAJORITY IN THE SENATE IS NOT THE ANSWER

Once again, we find that there are no Republicans in the Democrat Party, but there are Democrats in the Republican Party.

These twelve Republicans voted to pass the radical Democrat "Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404) which usurps states' rights to provide statutory authority for same-sex and interracial marriages while repealing provisions that define marriage as between a man and a woman. Overlooking the fact that defining other martial options as civil unions left the age-old sanctity of the word marriage.

  • Roy Blunt of Missouri,
  • Richard Burr of North Carolina,
  • Shelley Capito of West Virginia,
  • Susan Collins of Maine,
  • Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming,
  • Rob Portman of Ohio,
  • Mitt Romney of Utah,
  • Dan Sullivan of Alaska,
  • Thom Tillis of North Carolina,
  • Joni Ernst of Iowa,
  • Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and
  • Todd Young of Indiana.

Romney’s spin…

Mr-tweet

Is this pandering to a wealthy, politically-connected voting block,  virtue signaling, of a reaffirmation of the same-sex status quo? Or, is it the beginning of an attack on religious rights -- creating a hostile atmosphere for those institutions and individuals who believe that marriage is the traditional union of a man and woman?

How many bakers will have to forfeit their religious rights to legally recognize something they do not believe or support -- under penalty of law? What happened to the U.S. Constitution that demands equal treatment "under the law," no more, no less? 

Are we looking at communism with its stated aim of marginalizing and oppressing people of faith? Persecuting those who believe in marriage as society has defined it for ages?

Bottom line…

This is a bad bill...

  • You cannot have respect for marriage while defiling the concept by fundamentally changing its definition.
  • You cannot promote a healthy population if you defile the concept of the traditional nuclear family.
  • You cannot overcome destructive demographics by encouraging non-reproductive sex or aberrant lifestyles.
  • As a cheap political trick, the Democrats included interracial marriage to allow them to condemn anyone who opposed the bill as a racist. 
  • Birth control and abortion severed the connection between sex and the family.
  • Welfare severed the connection between a Father being responsible for their family and delegated that responsibility to the government.
  • Cohabitation and no-fault divorce killed the idea of marriage permanency for the benefit of children until the age of majority.
  • Declining fertility rates and the overall birth rate is now being described as a disaster but appear to be the outcome of the Marxist destruction of the nuclear family and the rise of the state as the guiding force of all parenthood. 
  • And, if you are paying attention, you will see abortion described in terms of the Marxist class struggle and a fundamental right. Especially if you are a communist like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

Against the progressive communist democrat destruction of the American nuclear family, there is Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer claiming we have to grant citizenship to tens of millions of foreign individuals who have healthy birth rates to continue societal growth. Many of these individuals are unfamiliar with American values and the duties of citizenship while maintaining allegiance to their former oppressive nation or culture. 

While there are legislative and procedural advantages to having a Senate majority, unless the GOP can muster an overwhelming majority in 2024, many Senators will continue to jump the aisle with impunity to further the progressive communist democrat agenda.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


WE WON THE HOUSE, BARELY, WHAT NOW?

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Pelosi steps down as House Speaker…

Speaking before the House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced, “For me, the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic Caucus that I so deeply respect, and I’m grateful that so many are ready and willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility,”

However, Pelosi, 82, will not be leaving Congress as she apparently plans to move behind the scenes as an éminence grise, a powerful adviser or decision maker who operates secretly or unofficially. Pelosi will continue to represent her congressional district in San Francisco, a position she has held since 1987.

Screwed…

There is no doubt that the United States is in economic decline and being overrun with illegal immigrants and criminals. Our nation is disrespected and mocked by our enemies and allies as weak, impotent, and leaderless --and, in a word, screwed.

While we all looked to the 2022 mid-term election as the beginning of a reformation to reestablish our constitutional sovereignty, economic growth, military readiness, and respect worldwide, there is substantial doubt if our present leadership can deliver results

Yada. Yada. Yada.

All we hear is shop-worn political platitudes, focus-group-tested sound bites, and talk of plans, priorities, and contracts between politicians and those they purport to represent.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have been obscure and obtuse -- reluctant to commit to a definitive statement describing a course of action they would pursue upon a 2022 mid-term victory.

However, some 2024 presidential hopefuls continue to release multi-point policy prescriptions surrounding intentionally vague talking points.

The path?

As we saw with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the political strategy of both parties is split between focusing on its accomplishments and dissatisfaction with the incumbent.

However, the real fight is between the various party factions and agenda-driven major contributors. Where the division between establishment big-business corporate interests and the constitutional conservatives can result in the loss of the 2024 presidential election.

As we saw previously, the Tea Party gave the House, Senate, and Presidency to the GOP. Leadership beholden to the big-business corporate interests and whose subsequent performance led to the election of an anti-America, anti-Semitic, anti-white Barack Hussein Obama. A progressive communist democrat who set the stage for deep-state subversion and the continuing attempt to destroy America from within.

Who to watch...

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, who represents the establishment.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, whose attention is on survival.

The thirteen or so RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) in the Senate (Romney, Collins, Murkowski, and Graham come immediately to mind) who subvert the majority vote to jump the aisle to vote with the opposition.

What it looks like...

McAllen, Texas (CNN) -- House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy is vowing to secure the border, cut back on government spending and launch rigorous investigations into the Biden administration if Republicans win the House on Tuesday, reflecting a mix of priorities as McCarthy will be forced to contend with an increasingly hardline and pro-Trump conference that is itching to impeach President Joe Biden.

In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with CNN, two days before the midterm elections, McCarthy outlined his plans for power, which includes tackling inflation, rising crime and border security – three issues that have become central to Republicans’ closing pitch to voters. To hammer home that message, McCarthy – who has been barnstorming the country in the run-up to the midterms – rallied here on Sunday for a trio of Hispanic GOP women who are vying to represent key districts along the southern border, a key part of the party’s strategy for winning the majority.

The first thing you’ll see is a bill to control the border first,” McCarthy told CNN, when asked for specifics about his party’s immigration plans. “You’ve got to get control over the border. You’ve had almost 2 million people just this year alone coming across.”

But McCarthy also highlighted oversight and investigations as a key priority for a GOP-led House, listing potential probes into the chaotic Afghanistan pullout, the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic and how the administration has dealt with parents and school board meetings. And he left the door open to launching eventual impeachment proceedings, which some of his members have already begun to call for.<Source>

Bottom line…

Will the new GOP be mired in the past with the stolen 2020 election and all the wrongdoing of the previous bad actions from Benghazi to January 6th, or will they give the customary progressive communist democrat answer, “forget and move on?”

Will the GOP continue to follow Mitt Romney's niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel, as the head of the RNC (Republican National Committee) who presided over the 2022 mid-term debacle?

With the GOP, one never knows what they will do --  as they have squandered numerous opportunities to do the right thing for the nation as they opted for expediency, optics, or old-fashioned horsetrading.

The key is to ensure leadership with a clear vision and the guts to execute the plan.

Otherwise, we continue to be screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


SOMETHINK STINKS: SPECIAL COUNSEL APPOINTED TO INVESTIGATE DONALD TRUMP

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In a last-ditch attempt to keep documents damaging to Democrats from being subpoenaed by a GOP-majority committee, the progressive communist democrats lock them away using the excuse of an ongoing investigation…

DOJ-HDRAppointment of a Special Counsel

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced the appointment of former career Justice Department prosecutor and former chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague, Jack Smith, to serve as Special Counsel to oversee two ongoing criminal investigations.

The first is the investigation, as described in court filings in the District of Columbia, into whether any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021.

The second is the ongoing investigation involving classified documents and other presidential records, as well as the possible obstruction of that investigation, referenced and described in court filings submitted in a pending matter in the Southern District of Florida.

“Based on recent developments, including the former President’s announcement that he is a candidate for President in the next election, and the sitting President’s stated intention to be a candidate as well, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel,” said Attorney General Garland. “Such an appointment underscores the Department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters. It also allows prosecutors and agents to continue their work expeditiously, and to make decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law.”

The Attorney General also stated, “Although the Special Counsel will not be subject to the day-to-day supervision of any official of the Department, he must comply with the regulations, procedures, and policies of the Department. I will ensure that the Special Counsel receives the resources to conduct this work quickly and completely. Given the work done to date and Mr. Smith’s prosecutorial experience, I am confident that this appointment will not slow the completion of these investigations. The men and women who are pursuing these investigations are conducting themselves in accordance with the highest standards of professionalism. I could not be prouder of them. I strongly believe that the normal processes of this Department can handle all investigations with integrity. And I also believe that appointing a Special Counsel at this time is the right thing to do. The extraordinary circumstances presented here demand it. Mr. Smith is the right choice to complete these matters in an even-handed and urgent manner.” <Source>

My thoughts…

(1)  The Presidential Records Act is an administrative act without criminal consequences. To criminalize the matter is to use the process as a punishment and a distraction that will negatively impact all involved, especially since they will have to hire expensive representation.

(2)  As we have seen with the prolonged investigation of electoral procedures by the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, the Committee refused to investigate the negligence of the top-ranking congressional officials who failed to protect the capitol complex, investigate the abuse of force complaint surrounding the death of Ashley Babbitt, the existence of prior knowledge of the threat, or examine the possibility of a staged false flag operation by the FBI – similar to a pattern and practice of the Bureau.

(3)  It appears that the primary reason for the Special Counsel is to deny any House or Senate Committee with a GOP Chair and majority representation from accessing government records by claiming there is an active ongoing investigation in progress. Further delaying the proceedings beyond the statute of limitations where individuals could be held criminally liable for their actions.

(4)  It appears that the secondary reason for the Special Counsel is to disadvantage Donald Trump and any potential mega-donors in the upcoming 2024 presidential cycle.

(5)  As for Attorney General Merrick Garland’s assertion that he strongly believes that the normal processes of the Department of Justice can handle all investigations with integrity, I call bullshit! One need only look at the DOJ’s misconduct in prosecuting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the mishandling of classified State Department Documents, the failure of the Department of Justice to investigate high crimes and misdemeanors associated with selling access to the Office of the Vice President and President, the internal corruption within the Department of Justice concerning the bogus Trump/Russia hoax, the investigation of the alleged DNC leak and the murder of Seth Rich, and the abject corruption of the last Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Bottom line…

It appears that Donald Trump is the most investigated political candidate of all time, with the Democrats stepping over the line into criminal behavior to keep Trump from office and then interfering with the procedures of Trump’s Administration.

We are well and truly screwed by corruption at all levels of our government.

This is the face of tyranny!

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


WHO ELECTED GENERAL MARK MILLEY AND WHY IS HE TALKING PUBLICLY ABOUT POLICY?

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I am unaware of any duty of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that requires public comment on substantive policy issues…

General Mark Milley should have been court-martialed for conduct unbecoming at the very least and probably treason when he took it upon himself to contact the enemy and subvert the powers of his Commander-in-Chief.

Gen. Milley secretly promised China he’d warn them before a US attack

During multiple secret phone calls, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley promised China’s top general that he would warn the communist nation of an impending attack from the United States, according to a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.

According to excerpts first revealed Tuesday from the forthcoming book entitled “Peril,” as reported by the Washington Post, the first phone call took place on Oct. 30, 2020, just four days before the presidential election between then-President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The second call took place on Jan. 8, 2021, two days after the storming of the United States Capitol.

“General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay,” Milley told the People’s Liberation Army general. “We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you.”

“General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time,” Milley added. “It’s not going to be a surprise.”

According to the authors, Li trusted Milley enough to take him at his word after the first call, but was more resistant in the second call.

“We are 100 percent steady. Everything’s fine,” Milley assured the Chinese general. “But democracy can be sloppy sometimes.” <Source>

It appears that we are turning our generals into media spokespersons…

Wt-hdrGen. Mark Milley: Russian woes in Ukraine should be a lesson for China on Taiwan

The Pentagon’s top general said China should carefully consider how poorly Russia is faring so far in its military operation against Ukraine as it contemplates any amphibious assault on Taiwan.

“War on paper is a whole lot different than real war,” Gen. Milley told reporters at the Pentagon. “When blood is spilled and people die and real tanks are being blown up, things are a little bit different.”

He noted that China hasn’t faced an enemy on the battlefield since the Sino-Vietnamese War of 1979. Beijing would be playing “a very dangerous game” if it attempts a crossing of the Taiwan Strait, Gen. Milley said.They don’t have the experience [or] the background to do it. They haven’t trained to [do] it yet,” he said.

[OCS: Typically, politicians and diplomats are the ones to issue warnings, not active duty generals playing to the media – which changes the tone and nature of the remarks.] 

China had a largely infantry-based army with few heavy combat tanks in its inventory when Gen. Milley was commissioned in 1980.

“And then they got rich,” he said, adding that Beijing’s explosive economic growth in recent years has allowed China to “buy a military.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently reaffirmed that Beijing preferred the “peaceful reunification” of Taiwan but explicitly refused to rule out military action.

“They believe that it’s their day in the sun. They believe it’s, once again, time for the ‘Middle Kingdom’ to be No. 1,” Gen. Milley said. “That’s what they’re shooting for, and we are not going to allow that to happen.”

Even as it continues to pour billions of dollars of security assistance into Ukraine, Gen. Milley acknowledged that the U.S. considers China the nation’s pacing threat. Beijing is the one country in the world that has the diplomatic, military and economic power to pose a significant challenge to the United States.

[OCS: Security assistance, my ass. We are funding the military-industrial complex in a conflict that the State Department and CIA created.

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs “Toria” Nuland was the “mastermind” behind the Feb. 22, 2014 “regime change” in Ukraine, plotting the overthrow of the democratically elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych while convincing the ever-gullible U.S. mainstream media that the coup wasn’t really a coup but a victory for “democracy.” <Source>

We see billions of dollars unaccountably wash through Ukraine – and as we have allegedly seen, some $40 million being diverted back to the Democrat Party through the bankrupt FTX scam.]

China has also stepped up military exercises around Taiwan, in part to protest the recent visit to the island by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in August, the highest-ranking U.S. official to travel to Taipei in a quarter-century.

“China is not shy about their goal. They want to be equal to or superior militarily to the United States,” Gen. Milley said. “They’re working on that very, very hard.”

While an amphibious assault might be beyond China’s military abilities in the near term, Beijing is capable of dropping bombs and launching missiles at Taiwan, Gen. Milley said.

Attacking and seizing the island of Taiwan across the straits, putting troops on the island of Taiwan, that is a very difficult military task to do,” he said. “I think it’ll be some time before the Chinese have the military capability and they’re ready to do it.”

[OCS: For a “face-conscious nation like China, comments such as these can be interpreted as provocative challenges that may trigger some display or demonstration of force. Possibly, a near-kinetic action in the disputed waters of the South China Sea near China’s artificial islands? Or additional challenge sorties by an enemy air force testing the limits of Taiwan’s ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone), potentially leading to an accident? Or, on the other hand, possibly inspiring overconfidence in the situation, which may lead to a lack of readiness to respond to provocative actions?]

<Source>

Bottom line...

Ever since Russia funded the “no nuke” movement during the cold war, the progressive communist democrats have steadily weakened America through military budget cuts, refusal to upgrade existing weapons systems, and a selective purge of flag-level leaders who prioritized warfighting over the social engineering that weakens good order, discipline, and morale.

As time went on, we sacrificed effective weaponry with precision-guided munitions that cost millions to kill tens of soldiers. The goal was not to defeat our enemies and force a diplomatic solution but to manage the media and battlefield optics. Our rules of engagement appear to favor our enemies rather than our soldiers.

Now we are seeing a new hybrid, that of a soldier-politician who does not restrict their activities to rendering advice to the politicians but interjects themselves into policy disputes in the media. One wonders if they are preparing to fight the war in the media or capable of fighting on the battlefield.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DIGITAL CURRENCY: COMMUNIST CHINA COMES TO AMERICA?

Money

How long after the imposition of a “digital dollar” as America’s currency will we see automatic tax levies and restrictions on purchasing certain goods and services based on a social scoring system similar to that in Communist China?

2022-11-16 15_15_48-GreenshotNew York Innovation Center to Explore Feasibility of Theoretical Payments System Designed to Facilitate and Settle Digital Asset Transactions

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York today announced that its New York Innovation Center (NYIC) will participate in a proof-of-concept project to explore the feasibility of an interoperable network of central bank wholesale digital money and commercial bank digital money operating on a shared multi-entity distributed ledger.

This U.S. proof-of-concept project is experimenting with the concept of a regulated liability network. It will test the technical feasibility, legal viability, and business applicability of distributed ledger technology to settle the liabilities of regulated financial institutions through the transfer of central bank liabilities.

“The NYIC looks forward to collaborating with members of the banking community to advance research on asset tokenization and the future of financial market infrastructures in the U.S. as money and banking evolve,” said Per von Zelowitz, Director of the New York Innovation Center.

As part of this 12-week project, the NYIC will collaborate with a group of private sector organizations to provide a public contribution to the body of knowledge on the application of new technology to the regulated financial system.

This project will be conducted in a test environment and only use simulated data. It is not intended to advance any specific policy outcome, nor is it intended to signal that the Federal Reserve will make any imminent decisions about the appropriateness of issuing a retail or wholesale CBDC, nor how one would necessarily be designed. The findings of the pilot project will be released after it concludes.

For additional information on this project, visit the NYIC webpage. For information from the group of financial market institutions participating in this collaboration, see here. <Source>

It’s all about control...

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At least to me, it is not inconceivable that the elites are materially weakening the United States from within to cement their position of dominance for the coming generations.

Promoted by a generation of individuals bereft of humanity, decency, and morality -- a generation that accepts that which appears on their electronic devices over what they might experience if they got off their snowflake asses.

They have destroyed our economy by ignoring the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of fossil fuels for the specious unattainable promises of unreliable, unsustainable, and costly so-called green alternatives like solar and wind power. Shunning the environmental benefits of nuclear energy based on what is basically cold war propaganda.

Now they are coming for the lifeblood of our economy, the payments system.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

FED-DOLLAR


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


LET THE 2024 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SH*T SHOW BEGIN

Trump -- "In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for President of the United States" ...

"Together, we will be taking on the most corrupt forces and entrenched interests imaginable. Our country is in a horrible state. We're in grave trouble. This is not a task for a politician or a conventional candidate. This is a task for a great movement that embodies the courage, confidence, and the spirit of the American people."

"This is a movement. This is not for any one individual. This is a job for tens of millions of proud people working together from all across the land and from all walks of life, young and old, black and white, Hispanic and Asian. Many of whom we have brought together for the very very first time. This is a job for grandmothers, construction workers, firefighters, builders, teachers, doctors, and farmers who cannot stay quiet any longer."

"You can't stay quiet any longer. You are angry about what's happening to our country. Our country is being destroyed before your very eyes. It's a job for every aspiring young person and hardworking parent, for every entrepreneur, and underappreciated police officer who is ready to shout for safety in America."

"This will not be my campaign. This will be our campaign, all together. Because the only force strong enough to defeat the massive corruption we're up against is you, the American people."

Trump-disturbance

As we have seen from the 2022 mid-term election, the GOP once again snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.

The fundamental flaws of the ineffective GOP effort go beyond the failure of particular congressional leaders, fundraising, funds allocation, candidate quality, intra-party battles between the establishment and conservatives, and the lack of messaging. All were tactically important but failed to address the strategic issue of election dynamics which were directly responsible for converting success into abject failure. While everybody could clearly observe corrupt Marc Elias and his band of Democrat election attorneys fighting for general mail-in balloting, curing of corrupted ballots, relaxed voter verification procedures, Gerrymandered districts, and extended voting days, the GOP did little to counter these efforts to dilute or nullify the GOP vote.

And so it begins anew…

With actual vote counts incomplete, a run-off election in Georgia, and pending certifications affecting congressional majorities, we now find an aging but still vigorous Donald Trump announcing another presidential run. His boorishness, baggage, managerial laziness, and lack of discipline are still unabated. A candidate who is a crazy-maker, pitting factions against each other while ignoring the hard work of vetting subordinates and replacing those embedded bureaucrats who can easily subvert his initiatives by losing or slow-walking paper through the system. The Democrats have already publicly poisoned the well of potential appointees, thus eliminating the top tier of prospects who are not willing to risk reputational damage to serve in a Trump administration.

About that agenda…

It must be acknowledged that Trump delivered on most of his campaign promises despite a never-ending attack from both within and without. He was hampered by bogus impeachment charges that were clearly politically motivated and lacked Constitutional rigor. Subverted by a faceless resistance of Obama acolytes buried deep in his administration – and within the Office of the Presidency. The Godfather-like loyalty Trump demanded was an office joke as his own top-level advisors ignored him. Significant initiatives were spearheaded by his liberal Democrat son-in-law with no political experience who was not above political infighting and taking credit for the long-term efforts of those he abandoned because they challenged his authority.

We have heard the promises before about immigration, economy, energy, and fighting crime, All requiring the efforts of a hostile progressive communist democrat faction in Congress. All require honest federal judges with a propensity to overrule even commonsense legislation. All require a long-term effort not afforded by Executive Orders, which typify an end-run around Congress and the Constitution.

We are already seeing spinning surrogates and talking-head advisors like former Democrat strategist/operative Dick Morris described as a “longtime Trump family friend and informal adviser to the ex-president.” Speaking of Dick Morris, with two years left in his Presidency, it is likely that President Biden’s handlers – the radical cadre of Obama acolytes – may “triangulate” any GOP agenda and assume those issues as their own in the run-up to 2024. Since the progressive communist democrats will do anything to maintain or gain power, it is not unlikely that they may adopt Morris’s triangulation scheme that helped Bill Clinton to win the Presidency.

Competition…

The most virulent competition comes not from the progressive communist democrats, but from the establishment wing of the GOP that wants the Washington dung hill to remain profitable for their self-interests -- screw the interests of the nation and the American people.  

The most robust competition to date for the GOP presidential candidate is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a plain-talking man of accomplishment who has no fear of the media. Running far, far behind is the usual gaggle: former Vice President Mike Pence, Governor Glenn Youngkin, Senator Tim Scott, Senator Ted Cruz, Nikki Haley, Mike Pompeo, Governor Chris Sununu, and Senator Rick Scott.

The response to Trump's announcement...

Immediately at the conclusion of Trump's speech, I got an email from the lying, leaker Bolshevik of Burbank, Adam Schiff.

Stephen, Donald Trump just officially announced his 2024 campaign for president.

Our democracy has never been more vulnerable than it is right now, and the next two years will be nothing less than an existential fight for the future of the great American experiment in self-governance.

I’ll have more to say later, but right now, I need to ask for your support — $5, $10, or whatever you can spare — so we can immediately prepare to defeat Trump and his MAGA Republicans in 2024. We cannot let Trump return to power.

Thank you.

-- Adam Schiff

Bottom line…

Regardless of who the GOP candidate might be, unless state legislatures remedy the structural deficiencies in our election systems, more uncertainty and unreliability will affect our elections.

Let us hope that the GOP candidates do not destroy themselves, as they have in the past, during the primary and leave the progressive communist democrats to sweep away the pieces and ride to victory.

Let us pray that the discipline demonstrated in Trump’s announcement continues and he can deliver on his promises. Unfortunately, during the speech, Trump devolved into his past grievances.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


EMAIL SCAM GOES OLD SCHOOL USING SNAIL MAIL

SCAM ALERT

I was very much surprised to find a letter with a Canadian postal indicia and no return address in yesterday's mail...

But I was shocked that someone made a significant investment to repurpose an email phishing scam and go old school to use the U.S. Postal Service to provide a degree of legitimacy that is not found in random emails. 

Also surprising, it took me less than 30-seconds to create a replica of the postal indicia on the letter using a handy tool from Canada Post.

The letter...

Scam-heading

My name is XXX. I am a chartered accountant officer with a financial institution in Canada. I must solicit your confidence in this matter as this is, by virtue of its nature, utterly confidential. My late client, Mr. XXX, passed away in 2010 and I have been actively searching for his next of kin ever since. Recently I attended a 3 day conference in Los Angeles, California where I received your contact from one of the coordinators.

There is an unclaimed "10 year fixed universal life insurance policy" with a value of 11.8M USD with our financial institution, which is due since 2019 for payout to a beneficiary. The policyholder was Mr. XXX. Mr. XXX worked with an Energy Company in Alberta Canada before the unfortunate accident that took his life. He died leaving no will and he did not provide a next of kin to either me or the financial institution. Since his death, no one has come forward to claim his estate, and all our efforts to locate his relatives in the United States have proven unsuccessful. Financial Institution Regulation stipulates that insured fixed/policies not claimed after three years must be turned over to the abandoned property/estate division of the province. We are running out of time, hence my method of approach. The goal would be to ensure the monies go to someone who can put it to use, versus the alternative which would be turning the account over to the government.

[OCS: Financial institutions are bound by law to make a reasonable attempt to contact account beneficiaries and have no financial interest in the outcome of any account forfeiture. They do not search for bogus beneficiaries with a "wink-wink" agreement they know is false and illegal.] 

As you share a similar surname and nationality with my deceased client (who may or may not be directly related to you), I am seeking your consent to have you stand as heir and make a claim for this policy. If you permit me to add your name to the policy as next of kin, all proceeds will be processed on your behalf. Rest assured that this is a 100% risk-free claim, and you will not be required to provide a DNA/blood test nor will you be asked to appear in court. We are trusting that you will donate some of the funds to a charity of your choice when the claim is completed, as my late client was quite generous with charitable donations. As the accountant to the late Mr. XXX from the commencement of this policy, I have all the necessary documentation to support this claim and expedite the process in a highly professional and confidential manner. I will provide all the relevant documents our financial institution will require to substantiate your claim as the beneficiary. This claim requires a high level of confidentiality, and it may take up to thirty (30) business days from the date we receive your consent to the date of completion.

[OCS: For a chartered accountant working for any financial institution to alter insurance documents is a criminal act. Likewise, submitting false claim documents without a basis in fact or without substantiation is also a crime for which you may be prosecuted.]

Please contact me at XXX@XXX.com the contact number below. Your immediate response to this matter would be highly appreciated.

Best regards,

While it is hard to believe anyone would fall for this blatant scam, there are confused or desperate senior citizens who routinely set aside commonsense to provide perpetrators with their non-public personal information -- including access to their financial accounts. Even worse, they may be required to show "good faith" by sending money directly to the criminal. And they are all cautioned to keep the matter secret -- especially from their friends and family.

Bottom line...

Forewarned is forearmed. If you know a senior citizen at risk, talk with them or their caretakers.

As for legal remedies, there are few, and the majority of stolen funds are never recovered. Turning this letter over to the FBI or U.S. Postal Inspectors means little as they have no jurisdiction over frauds originating outside our country, or the fraud has to be massive or media-exploitable to attract their attention.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE "NEW" GOP MESSAGING

Gop-CHANGE

I don’t need a crystal ball to see the GOP’s immediate response to the disastrous 2022 mid-term election.

What’s in the past is in the past. We hope you will accept our apologies and we can move forward to save the nation.

Followed by, “But we need your help”...

Dear Patriot,

We always knew the 2022 race would be a closely contested battle.

Being outspent by 500% significantly impacted the Election Day outcome.

Over the coming days before the 2024 effort to save our nation, we cannot afford to be outraised and outspent as we were in 2022.

We must redouble our efforts to win the battle and reclaim our nation.

I need you to rush an emergency contribution to our campaign today so that we can launch our ads immediately.

I know you’re tired of fundraising emails, but we must save our nation.

Please, can we count on your patriotic support?

God Bless.

Is the GOP doomed to repeat the 2022 failure?

To quote the late great baseball star Yogi Berra, “It’s Déjà vu all over again.”

The campaign consultants and surrogates are coming out of the woodwork with their post-campaign analysis and excuses while conducting an on-air interview for their next gig. Of course, they have only two fundamental messages: hide the details and hate the opposition candidate OR point to opposition failures and demand change. Leave those pesky details to whitepapers and campaign websites.

Once again. It appears that the 2024 election will be all about Trump. This time the message is “Ron DeSantis, the candidate with substance and discipline -- without Trump’s boorishness and baggage.”

What does the GOP stand for?

I know all the basic bullshit: family values, an improved economy, lower taxes, smaller government, border control, and more domestic jobs. Yada. Yada. Yada.  But what are you going to do about it?

In the past, the conservatives have given the GOP the House, Senate, and Presidency – and they were squandered by establishment Republicans who voted more like moderate Democrats than principled conservatives.

The progressive media take...

TRUMPT-DESTROY

Bottom line…

This time, show us the legislation – the actual bill in understandable language before we vote, preferably on a single subject and not more than ten pages with no references to other legislation unless it is being repealed.

And if the GOP really wants to win, they need to craft or roll-back state legislation on early voting, mass mail-in voting, and ballot harvesting.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DONALD TRUMP'S PROVERBIAL ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

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While President Donald J. Trump may have earned our boundless appreciation for his numerous record-setting accomplishments while in office and fighting against almost unthinkable obstacles, that does not mean he should receive uncritical support for another term as President of the United States. Or Americans need to tolerate his ego-driven, boorish, transactional, and self-dealing nature in the future? Or that he ran the Office of the Presidency much like he ran the Trump Organization — in a haphazard, chaotic, and opaque manner.

Trump’s own Hunter Biden?

While candidate and then President Trump railed against the corruption of the Biden Crime family, including Vice President Biden’s well-documented and self-confessed quid pro quo deal in Ukraine to save his son Hunter from investigation and claims that the suppression of the material on Hunter Biden’s laptop cost him the 2020 election, there is no doubt in my mind that Trump has a similar family issue.

In particular, with the back-room political machinations and self-dealing of his son-in-law, real estate operator Jared Kushner.

As an uptown New York liberal who favored Democrats, Jared Kushner was a curse to constitutional conservatives. It was Kushner who fought against the Border Wall. Kushner who led the fight to oust Steve Bannon, a politically savvy strategist. Kushner who supported the generals, John Kelly, James Mattis, and H.R. McMaster, who worked secretly to subvert Trump’s policies because they believed they had a better grasp of the situation and the prescriptive solution. Kushner who shoved Vice President Pence aside to run the response to the Covid pandemic and deferred to Drs. Fauci and Birx. Kushner was the one that led the effort to oust Dr. Scott Atlas when he attempted to inject natural science into the Covid debate as an advisor on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Putting politics aside, there are open questions about Kushner using the power of the Trump presidency much in the same way that Hunter Biden allegedly sold Joe Biden’s office.

Democrats launch probe into Kushner’s 666 Fifth Ave bailout
Qatar-linked financing for Midtown skyscraper coincided with reversal of Saudi blockade

Democrats in Congress have launched an investigation into whether the bailout financing for Kushner Companies’ 666 Fifth Avenue impacted United States foreign policy.

The probe seeks to determine whether a payment in excess of $1 billion for the Kushner family’s skyscraper was connected to the lifting of a Saudi blockade of Qatar. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas requested a bevy of documents from Brookfield Asset Management, which bailed out the troubled office building in 2018, as well as pertinent ethics records from a senior White House lawyer.

“This sequence of events, especially the stunning reversal in U.S. policy towards Qatar, raises serious questions about what role Jared Kushner — and the financial interests of his family — may have played in influencing U.S. foreign policy regarding the blockade,” the lawmakers wrote.

At Jared Kushner’s behest, the firm purchased 666 Fifth Avenue in 2007 for a record-breaking $1.8 billion. It initially sought to reposition the asset, but plans to replace it with a new skyscraper that would have condos, a hotel and retail never materialized.

A decade later, the building was still 30 percent vacant, and a $1.4 billion payment on the debt was due. Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund initially rebuffed Charlie Kushner’s request to invest about a billion dollars in the property, which the lawmakers say coincided with a dramatic shift in foreign policy toward Qatar.

During a 2017 trip to the Middle East, Jared Kushner met with representatives of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to discuss a blockade of Qatar. Despite questions and concerns raised by the State Department — including from Rex Tillerson, then the Secretary of State — the controversial move was backed two weeks later by President Donald Trump, the investigation states.

More than a year later, Kushner received a $1.28 billion bailout from Brookfield, which purchased the ground lease beneath the tower and paid nearly a century of rent up front, just months before the original note came due.

Subsequently, the restrictions on Qatar were eased. A Financial Times investigation found that Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund was the second-largest stakeholder in Brookfield Property Partners, the entity that provided Kushner with the financing. <Source>

House Oversight investigating $2 billion Saudi investment in Jared Kushner’s firm
The House Oversight Committee has launched an investigation into a $2 billion investment by the Saudi government into a firm formed by Jared Kushner after he left the White House last year.

Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., wrote in a letter to Kushner that her committee is looking into the investment by the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, which is controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, into Kushner’s firm Affinity.

The probe will focus on whether Kushner’s personal financial interests improperly impacted U.S. foreign policy while he served in the White House under his father-in-law, former President Donald Trump, Maloney wrote in the letter.

She noted that Kushner created his investment firm the day after Trump left the White House in January 2021 and the Saudi government gave it the $2 billion six months later.

“The Committee is concerned by your decision to solicit billions of dollars from the Saudi government immediately following your significant involvement in shaping U.S.-Saudi relations,” Maloney said, adding that Kushner’s close relationship with the crown prince as well as his pro-Saudi positions during the Trump administration and the Saudi government’s funding “create the appearance of a quid pro quo for your foreign policy work during the Trump Administration.” <Source>

While nobody is accusing Jared Kushner of wrongdoing, that does not mean that his backstory cannot be used as another distraction technique by the progressive communist democrats to attack another Trump candidacy rather than be held responsible for their weakening of America and the destruction of our economy.

I have second thoughts about returning Donald Trump or any establishment Democrat to office…

During the closing days of the 2022 mid-terms, Trump continually disparaged GOP candidates or made it all about his upcoming presidential run. On the financial side, Trump refused to share his $100 million war chest with fellow candidates. Like his business dealings, he thought his overvalued name and attention were enough of a contribution.

Why would we select a candidate with a 33% fan base and ignore the 66% who either hate Trump or regard him as a clownish non-entity?

Why would we listen to the Bushies, the Romneys, and the Roves to return to Country Club Republicanism, where politicians engage in wining, dining, and pocket-lining?

Why would we select a mercurial candidate whose reckless regard for anything not benefitting Trump is a pattern and practice that cannot be tolerated in a fight to restore our core values?

Bottom line…

It’s about our country, not Trump or his obsession with the stolen 2022 election that can never be constitutionally or legally remedied. We can only move forward while holding those in both parties responsible for their criminal wrongdoing.

There is no doubt in my mind that I will support the GOP candidate over any Democrat, but I believe it is our civic duty as Americans to select the best and most viable candidate.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


BEYOND THE PALE: PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS SMEAR SITTING GOVERNOR, PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL

I find it abhorrent that any commercially produced, distributed, and exhibited feature would attempt to falsely smear a sitting politician on admittedly bogus sexual charges, let alone an upcoming presidential candidate.

Some defamatory and damaging things cannot be hidden behind a label of comedy or creative content and need to be addressed in a court of competent jurisdiction.

Twitter erupts over CBS’s ‘The Good Fight’ finale which has character accuse DeSantis of being sex offender’

The character admitted to fabricating the allegations to give Trump a boost in the 2024 polls

  • The series finale of Paramount+ “The Good Fight” left social media users stunned on Thursday for featuring a plot in which a character claimed to be sexually assaulted by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, only to confess he was lying later on in the show.
  • The finale of the courtroom drama’s sixth and final season premiered on Thursday with the episode titled “The End of Everything.” In a clip widely shared online, the episode features the main character Diane Lockhart, played by Christine Baranski, meeting with Felix Staples, a flamboyant, gay provocateur who has made appearances in earlier seasons of the long-running show.
  • In a conference room surrounded by lawyers, Staples claims that he was sexually assaulted by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who forced him to have oral sex following a CPAC conference while interning for his office.
  • Diane immediately dismisses the accusation as politically motivated “bulls—” despite Staples claiming to have DNA proof. The lawyers spend the episode gathering evidence to expose Staples for lying. He eventually confesses to fabricating the allegations to tarnish the Florida governor’s reputation, because it will put former President Trump “ahead in the polling” in 2024’s presidential race.

The finale of the courtroom drama’s sixth and final season premiered on Thursday with the episode titled “The End of Everything.” In a clip widely shared online, the episode features the main character Diane Lockhart, played by Christine Baranski, meeting with Felix Staples, a flamboyant, gay provocateur who has made appearances in earlier seasons of the long-running show. In a conference room surrounded by lawyers, Staples claims that he was sexually assaulted by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who forced him to have oral sex following a CPAC conference while interning for his office. 

Diane immediately dismisses the accusation as politically motivated “bulls---” despite Staples claiming to have DNA proof. The lawyers spend the episode gathering evidence to expose Staples for lying. He eventually confesses to fabricating the allegations to tarnish the Florida governor’s reputation, because it will put former President Trump “ahead in the polling” in 2024’s presidential race.  <Source>


“I offered my political services to Governor DeSantis,” Staples says. “He saw me in my bicycle shorts, worn purely for medical reasons, and he invited me onto his staff. Little did I know what he meant by ‘staff.'”

“Oh my God,” Lockhart groaned.

“That’s who I prayed to for guidance on this decision. As well as my close friend and mentor Roger Stone who informed me that a demonic portal had opened up over the Florida state Capitol,” Staples continues. “I didn’t believe him and I took the job.”

“Ron invited me to CPAC so I could work on his speech. And then and there, he drugged me and forced me into oral sex.”

“Ron DeSantis is going to win until you use this,” Staples warned.

“A lie?” he is asked.

“Yes, a lie. What does it matter? You want this cuz you hate DeSantis, I want this because it puts Trump ahead in the polling. Win-win,” he says smugly. 

Bottom line…

While most politicians are disgusting reprobates, and there is wide latitude for artistic expression in entertainment, inserting an existing public official into a fictional creation as a sex offender prior to an election is beyond the pale.

Taken to an extreme, there would be no heinous and damaging allegation that could not be made public prior to an election in the name of artistic expression. Since progressive communist democrats and their sympathizers control Hollywood, we are putting a potent weapon into the hands of the communists.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


VETERANS DAY - 2022

Honoring our troops on Veterans Day …

Let us remember that it was our senile Commander-in-Chief and the corrupt politicized military leadership that gave us a resounding defeat in Afghanistan that even surpasses our defeat in Viet Nam. What our soldiers won in battle, our politicians negotiated away. It is a bitch when an illegal alien receives more consideration and military benefits that do our soldiers. 

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Lest we not forget …

Jane Fonda, American Traitor …

As we go about our daily tasks, let us for a moment consider the service of Senator John McCain, a prisoner of war who suffered terribly at the hands of our enemy while just mere miles away, a far-left liberal, Jane Fonda, laughed and sat on an anti-aircraft gun as she called our American troops “war criminals."

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Aside from visiting villages, hospitals, schools, and factories, Fonda also posed for pictures in which she was shown applauding North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gunners, was photographed peering into the sights of an NVA anti-aircraft artillery launcher and made ten propagandistic Tokyo Rose-like radio broadcasts in which she denounced American political and military
leaders as "war criminals." She also spoke with eight American POWs at a carefully arranged "press conference," POWs who had been tortured by their North Vietnamese captors to force them to meet with Fonda, deny they had been tortured, and decry the American war effort. <Source>

And an accounting which is not complete …

For some as yet unexplained reason, John McCain approved legislation that has kept Americans from getting a complete accounting of our MIAs from Viet Nam.

The legislation ensured that “… the Defense Department is not obligated to tell the public about prisoners believed alive in captivity and what efforts are being made to rescue them. It only has to notify the White House and the intelligence committees in the Senate and House. The committees are forbidden under law from releasing such information.” For those who wish to read an interesting article on McCain’s efforts to prevent a full and complete accounting of MIAs, it can be found at “ The War Secrets Sen. John McCain Hides: Former POW Fights Public Access To POW/MIA Files.”

Bottom line …

Our nation and each citizen owe an unpayable debt to those who risk life and limb to protect our right to prosper or protest in complete freedom from a totalitarian government.

  • If you see a soldier in uniform, thank them for their service – especially since it is completely voluntary. If you see a veteran down on his luck, extend a helping hand.
  • Do not let our people and our government forget the sacrifice made by our troops.
  • Do not let those who would denigrate and demean our military go unchallenged.
  • Do not let the media spin a story that is contemptuous of those who protect our freedom without pointing out that it may have been the actions of relatively few individuals involved and they do not represent the military.

And, no matter what the spin, you are not a private citizen exercising your “free speech rights” when you give aid and comfort to America’s enemies by making propaganda announcements --  you are a traitor.

Most of all, tell those in the far-left who are openly anti-military and anti-America where to step off. <insert strong language message here>

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   -- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


2022 MID-TERM ELECTION: THE DAY AFTER

It should surprise nobody that I am an unhappy camper.

Last night proved the pundits and pollsters wrong, there was no “red wave,” and there are races still undecided, so there is a lack of certainty about the House and Senate majorities.

It appears Biden will stay the course and be stage-managed by the progressive communist democrat Obama acolytes.

Biden Says He Plans to Do ‘Nothing’ Differently in Second Half of Presidency

Speaking to reporters the day after the midterm elections, Biden was asked what he might do differently to address voters’ concerns about the economy and the widespread sentiment that the country is generally moving in the wrong direction.

Biden replied: “nothing.”

“I’m not going to change anything in any fundamental way,” he added. <Source>

However, all is not lost, as it is likely that we will have a slim majority in the House.

The question then becomes, is the feckless Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) strong enough to hold the House GOP members together and heavily punish those that jump the aisle on critical votes? Will he be able to resist the inevitable media pressure when threats of “government shutdowns” loom when spending cuts are proposed? Will he have the strength to use the Democrat’s dirty tactics to re-jigger committee assignments and investigations? Does McCarthy have the power to stand up against Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)?

Scalise announces bid for House majority leader

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) announced a bid to become the next House majority leader on Wednesday as the GOP appears likely to win a narrow majority in the lower chamber.

The American people deserve a House of Representatives that can move the agenda that was promised to them on the campaign trail,” Scalise said in a letter addressed to his GOP colleagues in the House.

“As your Majority Leader, I will work relentlessly to usher our vision through the House and show the country how conservative ideas can solve the problems that families are facing,” he added.

He said he has a proven track record of bringing together a wide range of viewpoints in the GOP to build consensus and pointed to conservative legislative successes like the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, an updated version of NAFTA signed into law in 2020.

Scalise also mentioned successfully keeping the Republican caucus completely unified in opposition to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and Inflation Reduction Act. His current job as whip is to rally votes in favor or against legislation among Republican members of the House. <Source>

Assigning blame…

Why bother? It is what it is; the only things that matter are election integrity, accurate counts, and the support and funding for those in runoff races.

You can endlessly debate candidate quality, the influence of Trump and his penurious spending, the role of the polls and pundits, the lack of leadership at the RNC, and the spending of Mitch McConnell to support loyalists – and it isn’t significant unless there are lessons to be learned that will inform the 2024 presidential election.

The hidden issue…

One must acknowledge that one major election factor is GEN-Z voters under 30 (born 1997 to 2012), who may have blunted the “red wave.” 

A suggestive pattern from a CNN national house exit poll from a media outlet with a characteristic left bias.

  • R+13  65+
  • R+11  45-64
  • D+2    30-34
  • D+28  18-29

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This is the internet generation that is overly susceptible to conflating what they see on social media with the broader aspects of reality and the vagaries of life. While some may label it a “conspiracy theory,” it is possible that the tech giants, who are demonstrably left-leaning, may have served-up targeted ads and data feeds that ranked progressive issues and viewpoints over suppressed conservative views.

One disgusting note: Trump throws Melania under the bus...

Trump 'furious with Melania for telling him to endorse Dr. Oz' and is 'screaming at everybody' this morning after lackluster midterm results...while Republicans blame him for defeats and turn to DeSantis for 2024

For Trump, the midterms were supposed to be an amuse-bouche before another White House campaign.

But some of his most prolific candidates crashed and burned overnight. Oz, a TV star turned politician, suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats of the night, losing to John Fetterman in Pennsylvania.

According to The New York Times' Maggie Haberman, who recently released a scathing biography about Trump, the former president is particularly 'furious' that Oz lost - and is 'blaming everyone... including his wife' for advising him to support him in April.

'Trump is indeed furious this morning, particularly about Mehmet Oz, and is blaming everyone who advised him to back Oz -- including his wife, describing it as not her best decision, according to people close to him,' she tweeted. <Source>

It remains to be seen if Trump has the discipline to delay his “yuge announcement” scheduled for November 15 until after the Georgia runoff. Lest we forget, it was Trump’s fault that the GOP lost two Senate seats in Georgia, costing the GOP the Senate majority.

Bottom line…

It appears that party perceptions have flipped. The Republicans now represent the working man and an increasing number of people of color, while the Democrats have become the party of tech oligarchs and corporatized America. Unless the GOP improves its outreach to younger individuals, the party will age itself out of power.

As they say, stay tuned for the results after the commercial. And, if there is a bright spot: the Democrats will own the pain yet to come.

If you are interested in donating money, do not give it to Trump or a joint Candidate-Trump campaign, as the candidate will see virtually no funds from a Trump-associated effort.

That we cannot process votes quickly speaks to an inefficient organization, a lack of personnel, and machine capacity. Or, the Democrats impeding the count while they “find” votes in close races.

Beyond a serious candidate, Americans want, first, stability; second, a vision for a prosperous future; and third, to reduce past wrongs. Attacking the media and hating progressive communist democrats is not enough. 

We are so screwed.

--Steve

Sane-candidate


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


WAITING FOR DEFINITIVE 2022 MID-TERM RESULTS

DISAPPOINTING: The red wave looks like a blood-red splash on a blue background.

Preliminary indications are that the customary last-minute campaigning of the Republicans vs. the 24/7/365 efforts of the Democrats, the deliberate support of Senate candidates loyal to Senate Minority Leader McConnell, the failure of the GOP to overcome the legacy and social media, and the lack of guts to call a spade a spade appear to be inflicting their toll.

That some GOP candidates were sketchy, and the GOP chose not to fight in every race also affected the battle. When a GOP candidate cannot beat a clearly unsuitable candidate like John Fetterman, we are in deep trouble.

Not watching the talking heads or obsessing about the minute-to-minute vote tallies…

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I believe that the chaos of Trump worked against rather than for the fight.

Bottom line…

No matter how the election turns out, we are screwed if good people do not confront this country's growing evil of corruption, communism, and corporatism.

The fact that a majority of people are apathetic, ignorant, cannot see the handwriting on the wall, or have been brainwashed by the corporate media does not bode well for this nation.

That people vote to continue their suffering under a demonstrably corrupt Democrat regime is a clear precursor to a more authoritarian existence.

That the feckless GOP does not fight as hard as the Democrats is unforgivable.

For me, Fetterman vs. Oz says it all. 

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


GET OUT AND VOTE GOP -- TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2022

It is not enough to vote yourself, bring your GOP relatives, friends, colleagues, and others to the polls. We must win enough seats to overcome the treacherous actions of the 13 or so RINO Senators who jump the aisle to vote with the progressive communist democrats. And, if we should take the Senate, fight to remove Mitch McConnell from leadership.

Ivoted

Vote for America, our Constitution, yourself, your family, and the future!

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Stop being screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


NOVEMBER 7, 2022 -- A REMINDER OF THOSE WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR OUR FREEDOM

The Vietnam war, the war American fighting troops, won, and cowardly politicians surrendered…

During the week of November 7 – 10, 2022, leading up to the observance of Veterans Day on November 11, there will be a 65- hour reading of 58,281 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives to preserve the freedoms you enjoy today and which are slowly being squandered by corrupt, self-serving politicians.

Although exact counts vary, the United States suffered 58,220 killed, 303,644 wounded, and 2,641 missing in action during the Vietnam War.

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Think about this when you vote tomorrow, November 8, 2022.

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And let us not forget that Thursday, November 10, 2022, is the birthday of the Marine Corps.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


WE BE SCREWED

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Speaking at an IBM facility in Poughkeepsie, New York, President Joe Biden remarked…

More is going to change for the better in the next 10 years than happened in the last 40 years.  We’re at an inflection point in world history where the changes that are going to take place in the next 10 are going to fundamentally alter the way in which we look at the world and our place in the world.  And that’s not hyperbole.  It’s real.”

[OCS: I can just imagine President Biden adding, “c’mon man, that’s not a lie,” as he lies through his false teeth,]

Considering we are on a downward spiral where things are getting worse, I call bullshit!

As for that inflection point in world history, we are seeing a world increasingly overseen by a network of loosely allied oligarchs and dictators spread across the globe. These individuals care nothing about humanity or even the people in their dominion. The best than can be said for them is they are the product of human nature, where evildoers will do what’s best for them at any given moment without care or concern for others.

They have created an environment where people do not acknowledge their debt to their country, live lives of purposelessness, are filled with formless rage, are tethered to their electronic devices, search for identity, and seek an enemy to blame for their present condition and lack of achievement.

Individuals who ignore the founding principles that made America great – and the most prosperous country in modern history. Individuals who lack common sense and the ability to think beyond their immediate tribe. Individuals who are easily led by anyone with a modicum of charisma and who speak with a reassuring degree of certainty.

We must open our eyes and see that our nation can no longer survive with a corrupt political class that creates its own chaos and crises, amplified by the media’s propagandists, to promote their self-serving and toxic agenda.

Americans are rapidly joining mobs – to feel a sense of belonging, relieve boredom, be entertained, and seek companionship, if not friendship. That the mob acts irrationally or destructively is secondary to their membership in the tribe, even for the few moments they can memorialize with a “selfie.”

They do not realize that the elites are not of the people as they are isolated and insulated from the same sacrifices, behavior, and actions they demand of others.

They do not realize that the wounds we are suffering are self-inflicted, so our elites can offer a solution to alleviate our suffering. At the cost of our freedom and labor, of course.

Amazingly, when things turn sour, these individuals are more likely to believe it’s their fault rather than the corrupt leaders they have chosen. They believe in the myth that good people govern America for good people. One need only consider “due process” and the difference between equal protection for the rich and poor. The useful idiots still wrongly believe that justice generally prevails. They never realize that the elites have subverted the justice system in favor of their fellow elites.

Our biggest enemies are not the corrupt politicians but the knee-jerk politically correct individuals who don’t see what is before their very eyes. They continue to pay confiscatory amounts into a system that redistributes billions and billions in taxpayer subsidies to already wealthy individuals and organizations.

Can it be reversed?

I don’t know. I know that nobody has successfully altered the fundamental dynamics of human nature over the preceding millennia. Yes, behavioral scientists have taught politicians to use positive and negative incentives to urge people toward a preferred decision path. Still, they can’t alter the fundamental nature of good and evil.

Foreign nations and special interests have bought enough politicians and infiltrated enough institutions and organizations to make reform impossible without some form of uprising.

Bottom line…

A good start would be to recognize the political class as fundamentally evil and the elite class as fundamentally transactional and venal. We need to start taking back our law enforcement and judicial institutions at the local level and working upward to state legislatures who may breathe new life into the Tenth Amendment and curtail the federal government’s power to their original constitutionally-enumerated powers.

If begun now, a task will exceed my lifetime and perhaps another two to three generations.

Let’s start by removing the power from progressive communist democrats in the 2022 mid-term elections.

All I am sure of now is that we are presently screwed.

-- Steve

Gop-FACTS


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


AND YOU THOUGHT SCIENCE WAS COLOR BLIND AND FACT-BASED

Once again, I am deeply disappointed in Scientific American for allowing its pages to be co-opted by the progressive communist democrats who want to destroy America from within by racializing our culture to bring about a change in our political system from extraordinarily beneficial capitalism to the extremely destructive communism they seem to favor.

UN_SCIENTIFIC_AMERICAN

Why Scientists Must Stand for Affirmative Action and against Scientific Racism

The Supreme Court could destroy affirmative action in higher education, and STEM professionals must stand against the white supremacy and scientific racism that fuels arguments against it

A contemporary argument against affirmative action is that society has now reached a post-racism state in which racial differences in achievement can be attributed to personal failures: some people don’t have the innate ability to succeed, or they just need to try harder.

[OCS: Fact: Affirmative action is the despicable political practice of advantaging some individuals while disadvantaging others in an attempt to gain or maintain political power by pandering to a particular minority segment of the population.

Regarding education, it is a fact dictated by human nature that some individuals, regardless of race, religion, or whatever, do not have the desire or ability to pursue the career of their choice. No matter how much wishing occurs, a 5’ 9” individual cannot become a power forward on a professional basketball team – and it would be wrong to believe the government should intervene with a mandate that short individuals be included on a team in the name of diversity.

If one does not qualify for enrollment in a particular school, so be it! It is another sorry fact that some of the most prestigious institutions want to create artificially high rejection rates as a marketing ploy to boost their own prestige and ability to attract big-money students or endowed scholarships.]

In the context of persistent educational inequality among socially-defined races, these arguments invoke “scientific” racism, or centuries-old myths such as that people with darker skin are biologically less intelligent, which has no actual scientific basis. In addition to the fact that humans do not have biological races, this argument also discounts the myriad ways in which slavery, colonialism, genocide and racial and ethnic discrimination have led to well-documented and persistent economic and social consequences for nonwhite people.

[OCS: A convenient argument posed by racists and race-baiters and often used by those wishing to gain or maintain political power.]

As scientists, we need to improve the public’s understanding of systemic racism as an unjust social, political and legal power structure, as well as that there are no innate “deficiencies” in nonwhite people. Clearly, we will need more than 25 years to achieve such a goal.

[OCS: No! Regarding academic achievement, systemic racism is a canard used as a political argument. As a scientist, you need to do honest science or teach science principles to those willing and capable of profiting from such instruction. There should be no professional mandate to engage in political ideologies or culture wars within the profession.]

Campus and admissions policies tailored to white students reinforce racial hierarchies and maintain the supremacist ideology that initially prevented Black and brown students from participating in higher education programs in significant numbers. We must center Black and brown students in educational law and policy to maintain and strengthen the original tenets of affirmative action, in addition to upholding it as status quo.

[OCS: I call bullshit! The same could be said about the exclusions faced by Jews. Asians and other demonstrably high-achieving students who are being denied admission because of race or religious reasons, or the lack of a seat because it is occupied by a favored class or subpar legacy admit.]

People fighting against affirmative action in admissions have long used scientific racism as their justification to end it.

[OCS: No! People fighting against affirmative action realize that it is still racism – no matter how noble someone's intentions might seem.]

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Bottom line…

There are numerous paths to becoming a scientist for those motivated to seek them. And, if one were intellectually honest, perhaps one would call for a reduction in academic and administrative salaries, perks, and privileges and use those funds to enlarge enrollment. Demand a percentage of endowment funds be used for instruction. Or possibly demand attendance at a STEM prep academy to screen for those qualified to benefit from advanced training.

I see no race-based criteria at community colleges that would inhibit exceptional or even capable students from learning STEM-related subjects and transferring to a school of their choice – especially since the first two years of most undergraduate courses are about a generic curriculum that prepares students for upper division specialization and graduate school.

We are so screwed when we ignore human nature and facts and engage in race-baiting.

RACISM IS ALWAYS WRONG, NO MATTER WHO PROPOSES IT OR BENEFITS FROM IT!

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


UNBELIEVABLE: PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS WANT A PANDEMIC AMNESTY

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The truth about the funding of man-made pathogens, the origins of the global pandemic, the zero-science myths surrounding COVID-19-related political positioning, and the shocking truth that American scientists and politicians may have engaged in mass deception, mass murder, and weakening American resilience to disease and other biological agents is coming to light.

So now the progressive communist democrats are seeking a “pandemic amnesty” so they are not held accountable for what might be termed a preventable man-made disaster.

Emily Oster, a progressive academic writing in the radical left publication, The Atlantic, puts forth the proposition…

LET’S DECLARE A PANDEMIC AMNESTY

We need to forgive one another for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID.

In April 2020, with nothing else to do, my family took an enormous number of hikes. We all wore cloth masks that I had made myself. We had a family hand signal, which the person in the front would use if someone was approaching on the trail and we needed to put on our masks. Once, when another child got too close to my then-4-year-old son on a bridge, he yelled at her “SOCIAL DISTANCING!”

These precautions were totally misguided. In April 2020, no one got the coronavirus from passing someone else hiking. Outdoor transmission was vanishingly rare. Our cloth masks made out of old bandanas wouldn’t have done anything, anyway. But the thing is: We didn’t know.

[OCS:  Pleading ignorance is not an excuse for harming a significant segment of the population by presenting credentialed individuals who purported to know “the science” and spoke with certainty – not admitting their lack of knowledge and lying to the American public.

If only Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Deborah Leah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, and Robert Redfield. the virologist who served as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the truth – hundreds of thousands of lives would have been saved.

Likewise, if there had been no political interference with cheap therapeutics that appeared to work, many more lives would have been saved.

And then there is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is personally responsible for the deaths of thousands of senior citizens with his insane public policy of placing infected individuals in the middle of those most vulnerable to the virus – senior citizens sequestered in community living facilities without adequate safeguards against infectious diseases.]

I have been reflecting on this lack of knowledge thanks to a class I’m co-teaching at Brown University on COVID. We’ve spent several lectures reliving the first year of the pandemic, discussing the many important choices we had to make under conditions of tremendous uncertainty.

Some of these choices turned out better than others. To take an example close to my own work, there is an emerging (if not universal) consensus that schools in the U.S. were closed for too long: The health risks of in-school spread were relatively low, whereas the costs to students’ well-being and educational progress were high. The latest figures on learning loss are alarming. But in spring and summer 2020, we had only glimmers of information. Reasonable people—people who cared about children and teachers—advocated on both sides of the reopening debate.

[OCS: I call bullshit! The teachers’ unions were dictating public policies to politicians – milking the system, as it were. Science was subservient to big-money politics. Most culpable was Randi Weingarten, the American Federation of Teachers president.]

Another example: When the vaccines came out, we lacked definitive data on the relative efficacies of the Johnson & Johnson shot versus the mRNA options from Pfizer and Moderna. The mRNA vaccines have won out. But at the time, many people in public health were either neutral or expressed a J&J preference. This misstep wasn’t nefarious. It was the result of uncertainty.

[OCS: The most significant unknowable was a vaccine's long-term side effects and efficacy, as there is no way to simulate the passage of time. However, the known data was sequestered and heavily guarded against public exposure and debate. When key data became known, equally credible and experienced medical and scientific practitioners who dissented were silenced by the regime – an effort that is ongoing today.]

Obviously some people intended to mislead and made wildly irresponsible claims. Remember when the public-health community had to spend a lot of time and resources urging Americans not to inject themselves with bleach? That was bad. Misinformation was, and remains, a huge problem. But most errors were made by people who were working in earnest for the good of society.

[OCS: You cannot claim ignorance and then point to other data and claim misinformation or disinformation. Labeling something misinformation without open debate is little more than a justification for censorship and canceling the platform access to dissenting voices – gutting the first precept of scientific inquiry – skepticism.

As for people with good intentions – they were ignorant that they were paving the road to hell and violating the prime directive of medicine: first, do no harm.]

Given the amount of uncertainty, almost every position was taken on every topic. And on every topic, someone was eventually proved right, and someone else was proved wrong. In some instances, the right people were right for the wrong reasons. In other instances, they had a prescient understanding of the available information.

[OCS: Where were the leadership's admissions of faulty methodologies and assumptions? Those who were eventually proven right still suffered reputational damage and continued to be shunned, while the media propagandists still featured those who are wrong.]

The people who got it right, for whatever reason, may want to gloat. Those who got it wrong, for whatever reason, may feel defensive and retrench into a position that doesn’t accord with the facts. All of this gloating and defensiveness continues to gobble up a lot of social energy and to drive the culture wars, especially on the internet. These discussions are heated, unpleasant and, ultimately, unproductive. In the face of so much uncertainty, getting something right had a hefty element of luck. And, similarly, getting something wrong wasn’t a moral failing. Treating pandemic choices as a scorecard on which some people racked up more points than others is preventing us from moving forward.

We have to put these fights aside and declare a pandemic amnesty. We can leave out the willful purveyors of actual misinformation while forgiving the hard calls that people had no choice but to make with imperfect knowledge. Los Angeles County closed its beaches in summer 2020. Ex post facto, this makes no more sense than my family’s masked hiking trips. But we need to learn from our mistakes and then let them go. We need to forgive the attacks, too. Because I thought schools should reopen and argued that kids as a group were not at high risk, I was called a “teacher killer” and a “génocidaire.” It wasn’t pleasant, but feelings were high. And I certainly don’t need to dissect and rehash that time for the rest of my days.

[OCS: Bullshit. There should be consequences, including fines, penalties, including prison, for those who willfully obstructed or censored information critical to the understanding of the risks involved with newly-engineered vaccines and the use of effective low-cost therapeutics..]

Moving on is crucial now, because the pandemic created many problems that we still need to solve.

[OCS: Move on, is the mantra of the progressive communist democrats when they have been caught red-handed in malfeasant (Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official.) activities or criminal actions.]

The standard saying is that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. But dwelling on the mistakes of history can lead to a repetitive doom loop as well. Let’s acknowledge that we made complicated choices in the face of deep uncertainty, and then try to work together to build back and move forward.

[OCS: Spoken like a true progressive communist democrat believer who wants to erase history and the wrongdoing of the perpetrators.]

Emily Oster is an economist at Brown University. She is the author of The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years and Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong—and What You Really Need to Know<Source>

Are you willing to forgive and forget?

Dr. (MD, MPH) Vinay Prasad's List of offenses

  • Discouraging people from outdoor activities
  • Lying about the evidence for cloth masks in community settings
  • Lying about the evidence for masking outside
  • Closing beaches
  • Pouring sand into outdoor skateboard parks
  • Not running any randomized control trials of masking in high-income nations
  • Pushing masks on 2-year-olds in contrast with world health organization recommendations, evidence, and basic common sense
  • Culling animals
  • Using the police state to enforce lockdown
  • Not letting people hold their father's hand when their father dies.
  • Not letting people visit their mother when she's hospitalized
  • Closing schools -- But just for poor kids who go to public school, rich kids get to go to school
  • Making testing companies rich by recommending unproven testing
  • Inventing a 6-ft distance
  • Enforcing stupid distances to make it hard to run school buses
  • Lowering the regulatory bar for vaccines
  • Lying about myocarditis after the safety signal is found in Israel
  • Never making drug companies test lower doses in young men. Doing absolutely nothing to mitigate the risk.
  • Repeatedly lying about it so you can force boosters on people who've already had covid, despite no evidence, and lacking biological rationale
  • Continuing the emergency state long after it's appropriate.
  • Continuing emergency powers when the emergency has passed
  • Vaccine passports
  • Discriminating against people by vaccine status.
  • Preventing Novak Djokovic from competing in US Open
  • Making children wear masks to go to the zoo in California in November 2022 to protect the animals who shouldn't be close to the kids anyway, and they're all outside anyway
  • Firing healthcare workers to the point that no one wants to work in healthcare anymore, and it is hard to staff
  • Discouraging people from getting routine health care.
  • Publishing propaganda in MMWR to justify your broken agenda
  • Funding the Ecotrust dude after all the issues about where the virus is coming from.
  • Spending 10 billion on Paxlovid without randomized data in vaccinated people
  • Spending billions on Remdesivir when it doesn't do s***.
  • Spending so much money on useless tests, that faculty members quit universities to go run testing companies selling said useless tests
  • Using useless tests to keep kids out of school.
  • Inventing unproven Quarantine policies to keep kids out of school
  • Closing Palo Alto schools, but leasing the space, so parents can drop their kids off in zoom school, where an instructor who's an underpaid worker opens a laptop so they can take a class with their teacher.

And doing all this without running a single cluster randomized trial to figure out anything. To just do it on a whim without data.

Bottom line…

I am not willing to forgive or forget the politicization of the pandemic by the progressive communist democrats who took advantage of the pandemic to make a bid to turn America into an authoritarian, one-party nation.

Likewise, I am aware that we appear to be suffering a current pandemic among the vaccinated and a disproportionate share of life-threatening side effects.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


YOUTUBE TO CONTROL HEALTH INFORMATION

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The basics…

(1)    Medicine is part science and part art, where the vagaries of human physiology and physical condition can greatly influence diagnosis, treatment protocols, and outcomes.

(2)    What works for one individual may not work for another. Best practices demand medical treatments be vetted by your personal physician, who knows you, your family history, your present condition, and any confirmatory tests that may be required before starting a treatment protocol.

(3)    Physicians and Nurse Practitioners cannot know everything and should have reliable sources of information to inform their diagnoses and treatment protocols.

(4)    Competence is not measured by physical appearance, a pleasant personality, or the ability to speak convincingly with forceful certitude and assurance.

(5)    Credentials or even experience is not an indicator of competence. Competence is measured by outcomes, bearing in mind that certain medical practitioners in specialties dealing with critically ill or terminal patients may require different metrics from those who practice family medicine.

(6)    Emergency medical care is designed to stabilize that patient, so they can be handed off to other health practitioners for additional care.

(7)    Healthcare professionals may not operate with the best interests of their patients in mind but may be bound by the rules and regulations of their practice or the facility within which they practice.

(8)    Misinformation is false, misleading, or out-of-context content shared without the intent to deceive.

(9)    Disinformation is purposefully false or misleading content shared with an intent to deceive and cause harm.

(10)  The greatest source of medical disinformation may come from the government, credentialed practitioners, prestigious institutions, and non-governmental organizations influenced by financial incentives or political ideology.

(11)   Beware of medical professionals who are providing information on subject matters outside the scope of their specialty and practice.

YouTube plans to fight healthcare misinformation and disinformation with a certification program…

Creators who plan to offer healthcare commentary on YouTube must be certified and follows guidelines set by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, the National Academy of Medicine, and the World Health Organization.

Of course, the progressive communist democrats on YouTube appear to be purposely ignoring the fact that the greatest sources of health-related misinformation and disinformation are the government and credentialed medical personnel.

In the case of the global pandemic, we saw the Communist Chinese government, the probable source of the SARS-CoV-2 from a lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, openly lie about the threat, allowing the virus to spread globally, and subvert the World Health Organization whose communist leader, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was in debt to the Chinese government.

Closer to home, we saw Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President, lie and dissemble over the financing of “gain of function” grants that led to the deadly research that created the virus.

Beware, YouTube’s stamp of approval or certification is worthless… 

Introducing new ways to help you find answers to your health questions

At YouTube, we’re working to make it easier for people to find authoritative information to help answer their questions, and we’re putting health professionals at the core of our efforts to connect people with helpful content. I’ve spent my career trying to advance the ways that we can better reach people with the information they need to make the right health choices for themselves and their families, and I’ve had a front row seat as our approaches evolved from pamphlets handed out at doctor’s offices to online patient portals and telemedicine.

YouTube will now let medical professionals apply for additional verification.

Information panels providing health source context

When you watch a YouTube video on a health-related topic, you may notice an information panel providing context on the source underneath the video. This panel is meant to give you more info to help you better understand the sources of health content that you find and watch on YouTube.

To identify which health sources are eligible for this feature, we started in the United States by using a set of principles and definitions developed by a panel of experts convened by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), and reviewed by the American Public Health Association (APHA). NAM is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together top experts in health, medicine, and biomedical science to provide unbiased, evidence-based guidance about health and science. APHA is a professional association of public health practitioners that advocates for public health issues and policies backed by science.

As we expand outside of the United States, we’re referencing the work done by the World Health Organization (WHO), to inform global use of these principles. The WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. We may also reference work done by other agencies, such as in the UK.

In July 2021, the expert panel convened by NAM published foundational principles that can be used to guide identification of potentially credible online health sources in a paper called Identifying Credible Sources of Health Information in Social Media: Principles and Attributes. The WHO and NAM recently convened a meeting of interdisciplinary experts from around the world to review and validate these principles for global application. The principles for authoritative health sources in these papers include that sources should be science-based, objective, transparent, and accountable.

As we begin to adopt principles for authoritative health sources, we are starting with organizations with pre-existing, standardized vetting mechanisms such as:

Healthcare organizations
Educational institutions
Public health departments
Government organizations

Vetting mechanisms include accreditation, academic journal indexing, and government accountability rules. 

Censorship is everywhere…

Leaked Documents Outline DHS’s Plans to Police Disinformation

The Department of Homeland Security is quietly broadening its efforts to curb speech it considers dangerous, an investigation by The Intercept has found. Years of internal DHS memos, emails, and documents — obtained via leaks and an ongoing lawsuit, as well as public documents — illustrate an expansive effort by the agency to influence tech platforms.

The work, much of which remains unknown to the American public, came into clearer view earlier this year when DHS announced a new “Disinformation Governance Board”: a panel designed to police misinformation (false information spread unintentionally), disinformation (false information spread intentionally), and malinformation (factual information shared, typically out of context, with harmful intent) that allegedly threatens U.S. interests. While the board was widely ridiculed, immediately scaled back, and then shut down within a few months, other initiatives are underway as DHS pivots to monitoring social media now that its original mandate — the war on terror — has been wound down. <Read More>

Who can you believe?

Finland Exposes Massive Covid Reporting Scandal: Nearly 40% of 'Covid Deaths' Were Fraudulent

Finland has become one of the first countries to uncover evidence that state agencies around the world committed fraud in their Covid deaths reporting during the pandemic.

The blockbuster report sheds light on how public health agencies around the world overhyped 'Covid-related deaths' in order to drive mass hysteria.

According to Sirkka Goebeler, chief specialist at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Covid-19 has not been the actual cause of death in up to 40 percent of fatalities attributed to the illness in Finland. As a result, they will not end up in Statistics Finland's official data as coronavirus deaths.

As the Finnish report states, "Goebeler's unit examines all Finnish death certificates before they are forwarded to the state statistics bureau. The unit focuses on coronavirus-related death certificates where the attending physician has listed Covid as either the primary or a contributing cause of death."

"The THL tally of Covid-related deaths stood at 6,407 on Tuesday – but that figure includes all deaths that have occurred within 30 days of a positive coronavirus test," the report continued. "According to Goebeler, in nearly 4,000 of these cases, Covid is listed as the primary or immediate cause of death. In almost 1,600 cases, coronavirus is listed as a contributing factor."

"In approximately 900 cases initially recorded as Covid-related deaths, the actual death certificates do not contain any indication of coronavirus infection at all," the report added.

The Finnish report further substantiates the complaints of statistical analysts and public health experts that there was a failure to differentiate between deaths from Covid and deaths with Covid during the pandemic. There is evidence that in the United States, the conflation was deliberate in order to drive and perpetuate a state of public alarm,<Source>

Let us not forget Medical facilities were financially incentivized to classify admissions and deaths as COIVD-related by additional reimbursements. Even more, if the patient was intubated and on a respirator.

Bottom line…

Until the government entered a public-private relationship with the social media platform operators to censor information that did not support the regime’s narrative and to cancel dissident sources of information,  YouTube contained some of the most egregious medical advice targeted at those suffering from debilitating conditions and offering relief by purchasing expensive supplements with only trace amounts of active therapeutic drugs.

Now we see full-blown governmental censorship as they try to bypass the Constitution’s First Amendment protections on free speech by deputizing or coercing private companies.  And YouTube appears to be willing to support the regime’s narrative and announcers.

Creators looking to escape YouTube censorship, consider Rumble.com as a growing free speech platform.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE PROGRESSIVES ADMIT TO AN ELECTION CONSPIRACY

The progressive communist democrats have become so brazen and cocksure of their position that they openly admit the 2020 election conspiracy was not a right-wing conspiracy…

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The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election

[OCS: They admit it was a real, not imaginary, conspiracy.]

There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.

[OCS: Another reason you cannot trust the globalists at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a lobbying group that places the interests of big business before the needs of the nation it purports to serve.

It should be noted that the progressive communist democrats were behind the destructive racial-justice protests used to disrupt a national election and whose agitators and activists have never been held accountable for their criminal actions by a progressive-run judicial system.

There was no indication of any assault on democracy other than talking points crafted by progressive communist democrats and promoted by the progressive propagandists in the mainstream media.]

The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election–an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensuring it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted. For more than a year, a loosely organized coalition of operatives scrambled to shore up America’s institutions as they came under simultaneous attack from a remorseless pandemic and an autocratically inclined President. Though much of this activity took place on the left, it was separate from the Biden campaign and crossed ideological lines, with crucial contributions by nonpartisan and conservative actors. The scenario the shadow campaigners were desperate to stop was not a Trump victory. It was an election so calamitous that no result could be discerned at all, a failure of the central act of democratic self-governance that has been a hallmark of America since its founding.

[OCS: There is sworn testimony and documentary evidence that the progressive communist democrats committed criminal acts to subvert the 2020 election.

The attempt has been labeled cross-partisan because establishment RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) like Mitt Romney joined their ideological enemies to thwart the Trump campaign and ensure that the establishment “business as usual” Republicans remained in control of the party. 

The so-called conservatives involved were those like Bill Kristol, who were proven to be establishment types who masked the intent to regain their lost influence behind a conservative label.]

Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws [OCS: Clinton attorney Marc Elias spearheaded this corrupt effort that bypassed state legislatures and resulted in illegal actions] and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding [OCS: Zuckerbucks.]. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits [OCS: Voter-ID laws to protect the integrity of elections.] , recruited armies of poll workers [OCS: Some willing to violate the law and subvert legal systems and procedures.] and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. [OCS: A notorious corrupt system easily corrupted and abused with few safeguards.]

They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation [OCS: Censorship.] and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears. [OCS: Shadow-banning dissenting content and reducing “reach.”] 

They executed national public-awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks [OCS: Conditioning the  battlefield to accept election fraud.] preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories [OCS: Now proven mostly true.] and false claims of victory from getting more traction.

[OCS: Had the progressive communist democrats not suppressed the evidence of Joe Biden’s corruption and Hunter Biden’s laptop, polling indicates that Trump would have overwhelmingly one. Given the election shenanigans and the false-flag operation on January 6 to keep states from decertifying their corrupted or illegal vote tallies and seating alternate electors to cast legitimate electoral votes for Trump, the victory righteously belonged to Trump.]

After Election Day, they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result. “The untold story of the election is the thousands of people of both parties who accomplished the triumph of American democracy at its very foundation,” says Norm Eisen, a prominent lawyer and former Obama Administration official who recruited Republicans and Democrats to the board of the Voter Protection Program.

[OCS: Election integrity issues were not heard in court as most cases were tossed for other reasons: lack of standing, time-barred, or no legal remedy available under the Constitution or existing laws.]

This is the inside story of the conspiracy to save the 2020 election, based on access to the group’s inner workings, never-before-seen documents and interviews with dozens of those involved from across the political spectrum. It is the story of an unprecedented, creative and determined campaign whose success also reveals how close the nation came to disaster.

[OCS: Truth be told, the nation did suffer a constitutional disaster as an election was successfully subverted and a path to future electoral subversion established.]

Every attempt to interfere with the proper outcome of the election was defeated,” says Ian Bassin, co-founder of Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan rule-of-law advocacy group. “But it’s massively important for the country to understand that it didn’t happen accidentally. The system didn’t work magically. Democracy is not self-executing.”

[OCS: The truth is that every attempt to maintain election integrity was defeated by a cabal of un-American evildoers who could best be described as progressive communist democrats. We are not a democracy governed by mob rule but a constitutional republic.]

That’s why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it. And they believe the public needs to understand the system’s fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures.

[OCS: Endures as a European-style socialist/communist system ruled by authoritarian elites?]

<Read the entire saga in full and in context in the February 15, 2021, issue of TIME or online.>

Bottom line…

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Stories like this serve as a cautionary tale and playbook for thwarting future corrupt challenges to our America, our Constitution, and our electoral system.

Get off your ass and vote – considering those who have given their lives defending this nation; it’s the least you can do to preserve our way of life, our standard of living, and the hopes of future generations.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ONE WEEK TO MID-TERM ELECTION: THE GREATER TRUTH ABOUT THE PAUL PELOSI ATTACK

VoteThe progressive communist democrats are struggling to censor any criticism of the disastrous past two years that saw rampant inflation affect food, fuel, and everything else, the destruction of our energy sector and high-paying jobs, and restrictions on your freedoms – including the freedom of choice.

What Nancy Pelosi is hiding?

Forget the salacious details and speculation about Paul Pelosi’s behavior and lifestyle. The broader narrative is damning. The inescapable truth is that an illegal alien who appears to be a mentally ill drug addict was wandering around the city unchecked late at night. He was able to enter a private home in a relatively wealthy neighborhood and violently attack another person.

The greater truth is this is not an unusual occurrence on the streets of San Francisco and demonstrates an atmosphere of homelessness, vagrancy, unchecked drug use, and general lawlessness. All in a city that condemns law enforcement and cares more about the criminals than their victims. These are all conditions Nancy Pelosi promoted.

Even worse, most of us would not have experienced a two-minute police response, and our violent assailant would have been back on the street within hours. 

This is the progressive communist democrat vision for America. 

This is what the progressive communist democrats in the media want to suppress before the mid-term elections.

Bottom line...

Vote as if your life depends on your choices.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

Caveat: It is still possible that newly discovered information about Pelosi's lifestyle and the alleged assailant's participation will change after the election.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


PELOSI ATTACK: MEDIA-CREATED CRAZINESS?

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Before the Obama Administration, the 2020 election, the Democrat's January 6th machinations, and the political prisoners being held in the Washington D.C. gulag awaiting trial – my first thought would NOT have been: is this a media-staged October surprise or a false flag operation of the FBI before the mid-terms!

Everything we know about Paul Pelosi's attack: What was behind the 'targeted' assault?

Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul was "violently assaulted" during a break-in at his San Francisco home early on Friday, authorities say.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott named the suspect as David Depape at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

He will be charged with attempted homicide, elder abuse and burglary, Mr. Scott said.

[OCS: In San Francisco, one wonders if he will be given a ticket and released back into the community?]

He said police officers were called to the house and allegedly witnessed the intruder assault Mr. Pelosi with a hammer.

Mr. Pelosi has been taken to hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery,  the House Speaker's spokesperson Drew Hammill said in a statement.

Ms. Pelosi was not home at the time, the spokesman said.

[OCS: Convenient? Was she in Washington working on her next conspiracy charges or dealing with the January 6th charade?]

The Associated Press reported that the couple's home was specifically targeted.

Before the assault occurred, the intruder reportedly confronted Mr. Pelosi shouting: "Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?"

"The Speaker and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved, and request privacy at this time," Mr. Hammill added.

While it's unclear what the assailant's motive is, national security officials and law enforcement have been warning for some time about an increased threat of political violence leading into the midterm elections.

[OCS: Back to the narrative.]

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade, Nicholas John Roske was arrested near the home of Brett Kavanaugh in June armed with a handgun, a knife, pepper spray, and burglary tools. <Source>

[OCS: Why didn't the DOJ or FBI deal with the illegal protesters threatening the conservative Supreme Court Justices?]

How long before they blame Donald Trump?

‘The Climate is Violence’: Bob Woodward Says Trump Partially to Blame For Paul Pelosi Attack

Journalist and author Bob Woodward laid the blame for the Friday attack on Paul Pelosi at the feet of the political climate he said was created in part by former President Donald Trump.

While discussing the violence on her daily show, MSNBC’s Katy Tur welcomed Woodward to discuss his thoughts on the shocking burglary and assault. Woodward quickly invoked the name of the former president:

Obviously, awful, awful act. And you can’t pre-judge who this person is who did it, what the motive is, but I think it’s reasonable and necessary to step back and ask the question, what sort of climate of violence has been created in this country? And the answer, and you could put at the tapes, as Donald Trump as candidate and president urging people on, in a violent way.

[OCS: Yes. You can pre-judge this dirtbag. He is a criminal, caught in the act, who should be locked away for a long time no matter if his mom was an alcoholic, drug-addict, and an abusive parent.]

And now, you can’t trace – it would be unfair to trace that to this act – but we create a climate as politicians, citizens, everyone, the press, also, and the climate is violence.

Woodward said he did not know how to unite a country largely divided along ideological lines, but said, “Somebody needs to remedy this.”

“I don’t know who it’s going to be or how it’s done,” Woodward added. “But what happened to Paul Pelosi is abhorrent and it stems, or it is made more possible, by this climate that has been created.”

Earlier this week, Woodward described Trump as a “threat to democracy.” <Source>

Pelosi home invasion comes after years of Trump targeting the Speaker

Chris Hayes: “Political violence, intimidation, menace has been cultivated and encouraged by the ex-president for years to his followers. And that threat of violence has been specifically directed at Nancy Pelosi for years now.” <Source>

Unanswered questions regarding the situation that have been confused or conflated by the media...

(1)  How did the alleged perpetrator get into the house, which is presumed to have internal and external security measures?

(2)  Who made the welfare-check telephone call before the 911-call?

(3)  Why didn't Pelosi lock himself in the bathroom when he was isolated and called 911?

(4)  Who owns the hammer? Where did it come from?

(5)   Where are the 911-call and body-cam footage since the actual attack occurred with police present?

(6)   Who opened the door for the police? Why is the glass from the broken back door outside the door rather than inside, where it would fall when the door was broken? Or were they reinforced panes that rebound when they are struck and shatter?

(7)   Were both men in their underwear? Was the assailant's clothes in the house or did he arrive in his underwear early in the morning? Where were the clothes found if he undressed in the house?

(8)   Was the assailant a male prostitute?

(9)   Why are the Pelosi's refusing to release security footage? Why are the police refusing to release evidence that would curtail media speculation?

(10)  Why is the media spinning a MAGA motive when it appears that the assailant is a far-left hippy or worse?

Bottom line...

Like the murky circumstances surrounding the Pelosi DUI incident where there was an alleged unknown person on the scene -- possibly a passenger in Paul Pelosi's vehicle, we are getting the police-media rope-e-dope again in this crime.

Wait and see -- especially after the mid-terms.

With corrupt and incurious media, we are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


JULIA BROWNLEY IS A YOUNGER VERSION OF NANCY PELOSI AND WRONG ON MOST EVERYTHING!

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Julia Brownley -- part of the problem, not the solution...

Congresswoman Julia Brownley, endorsed by the usual progressive communist democrat suspects, is trying to smear her opponent by claiming Matt Jacobs, a former federal prosecutor who knows the law, "believes that the Supreme Court correctly decided Roe v. Wade."

This clearly demonstrates that Brownley is corrupt, ignorant, and parrots the Democrat's "kill the babies" narrative.

(1) Roe v. Wade was improperly decided the first time as there is no constitutional right to have an abortion or have that abortion funded by a mandate in the enumerated powers that limit the federal government's powers.

(2) More appropriately, the issue belongs either to the State or "We the People."

(3) The Supreme Court has made bad decisions in the past, and it is up to the court to correct these misguided rulings. Jacobs agrees with the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as constitutionally sound.

(4) Brownley is little more than a Pelosi stooge.

Jacobs...

Jacobs, 38, is the grandson of Holocaust survivors. He was born and raised in Thousand Oaks and now lives in Westlake Village. He spent more than six years as a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, part of it working on anti-terrorism cases, including an al-Qaeda operative convicted of being part of a 2003 Afghanistan attack that killed two U.S. servicemen.

He's supported by Republicans, including House party leader Kevin McCarthy and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. He characterized Brownley as "far left," targeting a voting record that has consistently been in sync with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"We’ve been represented by someone who literally votes 100% of the time with her leadership," he said. <Source>  

Brownley...

Brownley's endorsements include the California Labor Federation, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and the California Teachers Association. She characterized herself as a moderate who votes for her district's best interests. She said she votes in sync with party leaders because she shares many of their values.

"I think calling me a liberal is what he wants people to believe," she said. <Source>

She is not a liberal but a full-blown radical progressive communist democrat and Pelosi stooge.

Bottom line...

I did not vote for Brownley, and I respectfully suggest you do the same!

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


OCS: HOST STILL EXPERIENCING ISSUES

After two days of security patches, migration to a new system, a roll-back to the old system, and the inability to display images -- One Citizen Speaking is still having issues with our blog host.

We're continuing to make progress on fully restoring Typepad. You should now be able to log in, post, and view blogs. We're aware that some images and other assets including blog design files, are still missing, and work is ongoing to restore all content. Twitter Web App
As we approach nearly a day of downtime for this latest migration effort, we have decided to roll back the changes made. This is an unfortunate occurrence, & we understand the frustration & disappointment this will cause. We'll regroup & determine how we can best move forward.  Twitter Web App
The migration to the new data center is complete. We are working on establishing the connections to restore service currently. We apologize for the delay & we appreciate your patience during this vital & difficult transition.  Twitter Web App
The scheduled maintenance window is starting. Expect the application & blogs to be unavailable during the approximately 12 hour window. Support & operations team will be monitoring. Updates to follow. Twitter Web App

Please accept my apologies while they work through their problems.

Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


A SCARY 2022 HALLOWEEN MASK

Few individuals have wreaked as much havoc on Congress and the nation as the corrupt House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with her continual House rules violations, proxy voting, sham committees, and phony impeachments.

She is genuinely the wicked witch from the West who traveled East to damage and destroy our nation with her San Francisco progressive communist democrat ideology.

Pelosi-haloween

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


OCS: SYSTEM MESSAGE

My hosting platform has engaged San Francisco, California-based Cloudflare, the premier DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) mitigation company, to help protect the platform and our content from evildoers. It should reduce or eliminate the number of  503- Service Unavailable messages that have plagued the site recently.

You may see the following screen the first time you encounter the OCS site.

Cloudfare

Thank you,

Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


BEYOND FICO SCORES: SURVEILLANCE AND SOCIAL SCORES

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Beyond FICO…

For those unfamiliar with the FICO credit scoring system initially named by the data analytics company Fair, Isaac and Company, the scoring system uses a collection of data points taken from credit scores gathered by the three major credit repositories, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax, which are then correlated against factors indicative of the probability of loan default. The system does not consider income or other factors, such as a long-term rental history.

We are now seeing financial companies accessing your smartphone’s GPS (Global Positioning System) data to verify how often and long a prospective borrower is at their designated workplace as a predictor of employment stability and probability of repayment. Financial institutions do not need direct access to your phone or permission to use the data collected and supplied by data brokers who collect cell tower data and store it in data warehouses.

Another type of surveillance…

We are beginning to see companies using artificial intelligence-powered creepy crawlers to troll social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and others to build social scoring data points that may be predictive of prudent or profligate money use, property ownership, hidden assets, and keywords linked to suspicious activities.

We are now finding out that the corrupt FBI has spent approximately $27 million on 5,000 licenses for Babel X, an automated net surveillance system from Washington, D.C.-based Babel Street.

What is Babel X

Babel X® is an AI-enabled, multilingual, knowledge discovery and transformation platform empowering teams to accelerate the speed of insight, unbound by origin or language, in real time. Our multilingual, geo-enabled, text-analytics platform is an industry-leading linguistics and text analytics tool and our flagship offering.

Babel X enables teams to derive relevant insights by canvassing the world of publicly available and commercially available information across more than 200 languages and then filtering by a wide range of analytical lenses including geospatial, temporal, link analysis, public records search, sentiment, and topics of interest. All insights are presented on a single pane of glass for analysis and collaboration across teams. <Source>

Interesting because the FBI does not have a mandate to surveil American citizens without probable cause that a crime has been committed. However, given that the FBI lied to the FISA Court to obtain surveillance warrants, conducted surveillance on American individuals, including the President of the United States, and seemed immune from prosecution and penalties under a corrupt Attorney General, this should come as no surprise.

Why is this important…

We are seeing governments advocating for creating a digital identity similar to the GUID ( Globally Unique IDentifier) embedded into electronic devices, documents, and electronic communications, as well as access to underlying transactional data where the identifier might be used. An Orwellian nightmare in the making.

World Economic Forum pushes digital ID system that will determine access to services

The World Economic Forum (WEF), an international organization that works to “shape global, regional and industry agendas,” recently published its latest dystopian proposal – a far-reaching digital ID system that will collect as much data as possible on individuals and then use this data to determine their level of access to various services.

This digital ID proposal is outlined in a report titled “Advancing Digital Agency: The Power of Data Intermediaries” and builds upon a digital ID framework that the WEF has published previously.

Under this framework, the WEF proposes collecting data from many aspects of people’s “everyday lives” through their devices, telecommunications networks, and third-party service providers.

The WEF suggests that this data collection dragnet would allow a digital ID to scoop up data on people’s online behavior, purchase history, network usage, credit history, biometrics, names, national identity numbers, medical history, travel history, social accounts, e-government accounts, bank accounts, energy usage, health stats, education, and more.

Once the digital ID has access to this huge, highly personal data set, the WEF proposes using it to decide whether users are allowed to “own and use devices,” “open bank accounts,” “carry out online financial transactions,” “conduct business transactions,” “access insurance, treatment,” “book trips,” “go through border control between countries or regions,” “access third-party services that rely on social media logins,” “file taxes, vote, collect benefits,” and more. <Source>

Your freedom of choice is being eroded or eliminated…

In this Insight Report, the World Economic Forum’s Taskforce on Data Intermediaries explores the potential to outsource human decision points to an agent acting on an individual’s behalf in the form of a data intermediary. <Source>

Redesigning Data Privacy: Reimagining Notice & Consent for human technology interaction

The way in which we as people interact with technology is continuously evolving. When the permissions people grant to companies and organizations at one point in time become the gateway for everything that happens to that data in the future, that moment becomes extremely important, perhaps far beyond what could be envisaged. Given the ubiquity of data collection online and the necessity of technologies that enhance our lives but rely on that data, is there a better way to manage the relationship between people and technology? <Source>

Leave it to the experts…

Notice & Consent is at its core a human-technology interaction problem, one that necessitates an interdisciplinary group of experts from the design and technology sectors to solve it. It can no longer remain the exclusive domain of lawyers, policy-makers and engineers; rather, designers, humanitarian experts and creative technologists must have a seat at the table, as well. <Source>

I call bullshit! It does not take an “expert” to know the difference between good and evil, right and wrong, or up and down. As we have seen in healthcare, climate change, and other politically-charged subjects, experts can be easily coerced or extorted by politically-directed government regime funding sources and raw political power. The experts are not honest brokers but agents of the regime.

Bottom line…

Americans have a nasty habit of accepting the loss of personal freedom and privacy in return for temporary convenience or a token monetary advantage. Freedoms and privacy can never be regained without a bloody revolution if our War of Independence is a guideline.

We are so screwed if we do not shut down the political evildoers who wish to gain or maintain power at our expense.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


GDP UP +2.6% -- BUT CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

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Numbers don’t lie, but liars do numbers…

The Biden Administration produced these numbers, the same regime that shamelessly stole an election, prosecuted parents concerned about their children’s education, and created an entire class of political prisoners to stop one man from running for office in 2024 – do you think they would hesitate to massage the numbers eleven days before the mid-term elections? An election, if won by the GOP, might see the investigation and prosecution of the regime’s most prominent officeholders.

This is not good news if you take the time to read the commentary and understand the caveats…

BEA-HDR

Gross Domestic Product, Third Quarter 2022 (Advance Estimate)

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the third quarter of 2022 (table 1), according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP decreased 0.6 percent.

The GDP estimate released today is based on source data that are incomplete or subject to further revision by the source agency (refer to “Source Data for the Advance Estimate” on page 3). The “second” estimate for the third quarter, based on more complete data, will be released on November 30, 2022.

[OCS: The numbers are a politically-motivated guess based on incomplete or faulty data, which will be "partially" corrected in the future with the “second estimate” being posted 22 days after the election.] 

The increase in real GDP reflected increases in exports, consumer spending, nonresidential fixed investment, federal government spending, and state and local government spending, that were partly offset by decreases in residential fixed investment and private inventory investment. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, decreased.

[OCS: The hidden truth – massive government spending, cratering home prices due to rising interest rates and foreclosures, a reduction in imports, and reductions in inventories due to logistical issues and currency issues. All created by the Biden regime’s foreign and domestic policies.]

The increase in exports reflected increases in both goods and services. Within exports of goods, the leading contributors to the increase were industrial supplies and materials (notably petroleum and products as well as other nondurable goods), and nonautomotive capital goods. Within exports of services, the increase was led by travel and “other” business services (mainly financial services). Within consumer spending, an increase in services (led by health care and “other” services) was partly offset by a decrease in goods (led by motor vehicles and parts as well as food and beverages). Within nonresidential fixed investment, increases in equipment and intellectual property products were partly offset by a decrease in structures. The increase in federal government spending was led by defense spending. The increase in state and local government spending primarily reflected an increase in compensation of state and local government employees.

[OCS: The Biden Administration killed the U.S. energy independence and oil exports. Profligate and uncontrolled spending on defense went to Ukraine, as the U.S. rapidly depleted its own weapon cache. Of course, the Biden Administration would ensure that the massive unionized bureaucracy, a sizeable Democrat voting block, was compensated before ordinary workers in the private sector.]

Within residential fixed investment, the leading contributors to the decrease were new single-family construction and brokers’ commissions. The decrease in private inventory investment primarily reflected a decrease in retail trade (led by “other” retailers). Within imports, a decrease in imports of goods (notably consumer goods) was partly offset by an increase in imports of services (mainly travel).

[OCS: Why would anyone build homes in a hostile environment that sees skyrocketing prices in building materials, restrictions on building homes in certain areas without building offsetting low-income housing or donating compensatory property to the government, price controls on rental properties, rising interest rates, and the restrictions on defaulted loan foreclosures.]

Real GDP turned up in the third quarter, increasing 2.6 percent after decreasing 0.6 percent in the second quarter. The upturn primarily reflected a smaller decrease in private inventory investment, an acceleration in nonresidential fixed investment, and an upturn in federal government spending that were partly offset by a larger decrease in residential fixed investment and a deceleration in consumer spending. Imports turned down.

<Source: BEA>

Reality...

This is not the growth indicator that the Biden Administration is pushing in the media -- it is a signal of a continuing decline.

Because of the  GDP calculation methodology, all of last quarter's GDP growth was primarily driven by the decline in imports and an increase in exports. Look closely, and you will see that combined consumer spending and business investment were negative, which indicates both families and businesses are being extorted by higher prices and falling real incomes and savings.

Inflation is at a nearly 40-year high, and the Federal Reserve is about to increase rates by another 75 basis points.

Bottom line…

We are so screwed when we cannot believe or rely on our government. Having a cognitively impaired presidential puppet whose strings are pulled by radical progressive communist acolytes of former President Obama is only a symptom of how both parties have been infiltrated and subverted by un-American actors acting in their self-interest or on behalf of hostile foreign powers.

Hold your nose and vote for the Republican. Remember, while Republicans may not be able to fix all of what has gone wrong rapidly and expeditiously, they are not Democrats who are the root cause of our problems.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DEMOCRATIC DEPRESSIVE DISEASE IS REAL

AnxietyToday’s email brought a message from UCLA Health on additional mental health screening for adults…

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), self-described as an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in disease prevention and evidence-based medicine, has issued guidance on screening adults ages 18 to 64 years for anxiety — including people who are pregnant or postpartum.

The USPSTF found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against screening for anxiety in adults aged 65 and older. This recommendation only applies to people without recognized signs or symptoms of anxiety. More details can be found on the USPSTF website.

Like most non-governmental agencies whose “experts” inform government policies, they have a caveat. “Recommendations made by the USPSTF are independent of the U.S. government. They should not be construed as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

Perhaps the reason that senior citizens are excluded from anxiety is that they are old enough to have been educated at a time when history, civics, and critical thinking was still taught by educational institutions and have well-developed bullshit detectors. They were educated instead of indoctrinated, most have a record of accomplishment, and resist the notion that some malevolent political force can simply label them “victims” of the system to excuse their faults.

Take your own anxiety test…

Instructions: Thinking back over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following seven problems? (As you answer each one of these questions, assign 0 points for “not at all,” 1 point for “several days,” 2 points for “more than half the days,” and 3-points for “nearly every day.”)

  1. Feeling nervous, anxious, or on edge? (0, 1, 2, 3 points)
  2. Not being able to stop or control worrying? (0, 1, 2, 3 points)
  3. Worrying too much about different things?(0, 1, 2, 3 points)
  4. Trouble relaxing? (0, 1, 2, 3 points)
  5. Being so restless that it is hard to sit still? (0, 1, 2, 3 points)
  6. Becoming easily annoyed or irritable? (0, 1, 2, 3 points)
  7. Feeling afraid as if something awful might happen? (0, 1, 2, 3 points)

Total: ___________

Scoring…

5 – 9 Mild anxiety
10 – 14 Moderate anxiety
15 – 21 Severe anxiety

The question that is not being asked…

How many of your feelings are linked to non-health, political issues involving the consequences of political policies?

Suck it up…

The progressive communist democrats are all about creating victims – using victimhood to disguise and excuse an individual’s lack of achievement, often adopting bizarre, pseudo-cultural-based naming, dressing, and language to further divide certain individuals from the mainstream population.

As President Joe Biden often says, “Seriously. No Joke,” before he lies…

Joe Biden: Liar-in-chief

Earlier this month, when Mr. Biden announced he was going to further drain the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a cynical move to cut pump prices and buy votes, he stated: “My administration has not stopped or slowed U.S. oil production; quite the opposite. We’re producing 12 million barrels of oil per day.”

Twelve million barrels may sound impressive, but in early 2020, under Mr. Trump, the U.S. was producing 13 million barrels a day. So Mr. Biden’s administration, which has canceled oil and gas pipelines, slow-walked leases and permits, and stopped all new drilling on federal lands — has indeed slowed U.S. oil production.

Moreover, economists from the Committee to Unleash Prosperity estimate that if Mr. Trump’s energy policies had been left in place, the U.S. would be pumping as much as 3 million more barrels of oil a day and 25 billion more cubic feet of natural gas than is the case today.

In the same speech, Mr. Biden took credit for gasoline prices falling from their summertime peaks, failing to mention they’re still over 60% higher than when he took office. Instead of encouraging American energy production (remember his “guarantee” on the campaign trail to “end fossil fuel”?), he’s been robbing supply from the SPR to prices (temporarily) down.

As a side note, in March 2020, Mr. Trump wanted to stabilize the oil industry after COVID-19 hit and proposed filling up the SPR when oil was at $24 a barrel. Democrats labeled the move a “bailout for Big Oil,” and blocked the proposal.

Mr. Biden said he would look to refill his depletions when oil prices are $67 to $72 a barrel. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported those “hoped for” prices won’t happen anytime soon, in large part owing to Mr. Biden’s war on fossil fuel. And there is talk that more withdrawals from the SPR may be imminent.

In other lies, cries, and distortions, Mr. Biden took a victory lap last week over how his team “reduced” the annual federal deficit by $1.4 trillion, the “largest one-year drop in American history.”

He failed to mention that that was achieved only because government COVID-19 recovery spending has stopped, despite his administration’s efforts to keep the spending taps open. He essentially boasted how his federal government is sinking the U.S. in ever more red ink, just at a slower pace.

The U.S. gross national debt topped $31 trillion earlier this month — a record high. Since Mr. Biden took office, he has approved new spending that has fueled a $5 trillion rise in the deficit. As the Federal Reserve continues to increase interest rates, this debt will become increasingly more expensive for American taxpayers to pay down. <Source>

What I have learned…

(1)  You cannot trust the government as they are the major source of the very disinformation they condemn.

(2)  You cannot trust the media as they are little more than regime propagandists.

(3)  You can trust your wallet and financial statements.

(4)  You will not find any Republicans in the misnamed Democratic Party, but you will find Democrats in the Republican Party.

(5)  The Republicans may not be able to fix everything immediately, but they are not the proximate cause of the grievous problems facing the nation today.

(6)  When faced with two political evils, hold your nose and vote for the lesser of the two – knowing both are evil.

Bottom line…

It is hard not to be anxious when you are afraid to walk down the streets, see your employment being put at risk by public policies, and see your money evaporating as prices of food and fuel skyrocket. All consequences of failed progressive communist democrat policies, both foreign and domestic.

Give me boorish behavior and mean tweets over rank incompetence, a mentally-impaired President, and a revolutionary agenda of destruction.

I am voting Republican.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


WHO WON THE FETTERMAN -- OZ DEBATE?

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I watched the debate between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz and was appalled by what this debate revealed about the progressive communist democrats and the dishonest media propagandists.

Kudos to the moderators, Dennis Owens (WHTM ABC27 News anchor) and Lisa Sylvester (WPXI anchor), for their well-prepared, superb, fast-paced, hard-hitting, on-point questioning with good follow-ups.

Of-2The moderators with their large-screen closed captioning display behind them to compensate for John Fetterman’s communication disability.

(1)  The candidates seek to replace retiring U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA). The race is ONLY essential in the context of winning the voting majority of the Senate, where the outcome of the Pennsylvania race may decide the balance of power in the United States Senate and dictate the future of President Joe Biden’s judicial nominations, appointment, and foreign and domestic policies.

(2)  Fetterman is a bizarre candidate, from his overall look and behavior to his extreme politics that are to the left of self-declared Socialist Bernie Sanders. And that was before his debilitating stroke, which manifests in his inability to process spoken speech in real-time without the assistance of closed captioning. He received an allowance from his parents into his 40s, and his public service was in meaningless positions -- with little or no record of tangible accomplishments.

(3)  His opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz is a self-made man, a cardiac surgeon, and a multi-millionaire. He became a television celebrity -- often hawking expensive products with false or misleading medical claims.

(4)  The debate was vicious, with Fetterman openly branding Oz a lying carpetbagger using Pennsylvania as a career stepping stone. Touting the “Oz Rule” -- meaning Oz is lying.

(5)  Other than his radical positions, political posturing, and lying, Fetterman did a barely credible job of responding to questions given his disability. His disability is prominent but does not appear to be physically debilitating as he remained standing strong throughout the debate. But, he is painfully and obviously mentally impaired and cannot participate fully in fast-paced Senate debates depriving Pennsylvanians of full representation. 

(6)  Oz was pretty much what you would expect from a well-credentialed, well-spoken, telegenic, media-trained candidate. His positions were in line with mainstream GOP views.

Huh?

Fetterman opened with a bizarre line, "Hi, Good night everyone."

Confronted by moderator Lisa Sylvester with his own statement on fracking, "I don't support fracking at all," Fetterman seems at a loss for words before claiming, "I've always supported fracking."

Asked, "Has the Biden administration overspent?" Fetterman dissembled and talked about other topics while ignoring the question. “Here’s what I think we have to fight about inflation here right now.” 

When asked, "You say that you will hold big corporations accountable for what you call price gouging. How will you do that?" Fetterman responded, "Exactly. Dr. Oz has never seen an oil company he wouldn't swipe right on." 

An example of a nonsensical exchange: Oz claims, "Fetterman didn't pay for his own house. He got it for a dollar from his sister." Fetterman responds,  "He got his Pennsylvania house from his own in ladies for $1. That's typical."

Fetterman off the rails: "How can a man, you know, with -- with 10 gigantic mansion has am willing to talk about willing wage for anybody? Imagine a signal mom trying with two children trying to raise with them."

Again, responding to Oz's claim that Fetterman has not paid his taxes:  "It was helping two students 17 years ago to help them buy their own homes. They for and didn’t pay the bills and got are paid and it has never been an issue in any of the campaign before."

Like President Biden, Fetterman refuses to commit to releasing the medical records about his stroke and cognitive deficits despite being challenged by the moderators multiple times.  Fetterman: "My doctoral believes that I’m fit to be serving and that’s what I believe is where I’m standing."

The one inexcusable act of any candidate for office is interrupting an opponent's closing statement, yet there was Fetterman shouting, "You want to cut social security!" during Oz's closing statement. 

The Democrats are prepared to defy the law to influence the election...

Despite a Supreme Court ruling that requires Pennsylvania not to count un-dated mail-in ballots, which, by law, must be filled out, signed, and dated in order to be counted, Democrat state officials have sworn to defy the law by providing guidance to counties that they should count un-dated ballots -- and, the election workers are not required to sequester the ballots pending further legal action. Once the ballot is separated from its envelope, it is assumed to be valid -- and there is no judicial post-election remedy because you are unable to know which candidate's vote should be debited. 

Bottom line…

There were no debate winners, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania lost.

In the final analysis, this race highlights the failure of both political parties, which have presented voters with two flawed candidates. One is likely to become a Joe Biden-like sock puppet manipulated by external political actors behind the scenes and forced to resign for medical reasons, and the other a Susan Collins-like moderate.

There were no clear winners if one discounts Fetterman’s disabilities. Both presented their ideological viewpoints forcefully. If one factors in Fetterman's disabilities, it was a disastrous shit-show highlighting the reason Fetterman has been dodging public appearances and open debates. 

Let us not forget to condemn the progressive media propagandists' false impression that Fetterman was a fit candidate deserving of public office -- despite their efforts to lower debate expectations.

Of course, I will support Republican Mehmet Oz over Democrat John Fetterman, if only to provide a check and balance against the extreme and toxic progressive communist democrat agenda.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


TODAY'S RANT

TODAYS-RANT

With less than two weeks to the 2022 mid-term election, I am growing apprehensive that the normal and customary idiocy, backstabbing, and self-serving nature of Republicans might, once again, snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. This against the background overlay of the progressive communist democrats trying to manipulate the system to bring about another 2022 staged electoral "upset."

Not to mention the reelection of GOP candidates who are secret progressive communist democrats.

If that's not enough to think about, here are today's rants.

Phishing attempts are not always obvious...

It appears that a number of spurious or obnoxious emails have a prominent "unsubscribe" link that may be dangerous.

Unsub-scam

Forewarned is forearmed!

California craziness…

Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Dahle was gaslighted by California's playboy governor, Gavin Newsom, as Newsom eyes the 2024 presidential race in a field of lame democrats.

Want to stifle a serious Republican challenge to a progressive communist democrat playboy politician like California Governor Gavin Newsom? Especially one that might be seen by sane people outside the Republik of California?

Demand that the discussion will be limited to a single debate, after the start of mail balloting. And, host the debate on an obscure San Francisco-based public station, KQED, known to be a progressive propaganda mill, stage the broadcast on a Sunday, just after lunch at one o'clock p.m., and make sure that it was held in NFL football primetime.

The progressive communist democrats on Newsom's team refused a number of media requests to hold the debate on network television during a time when an audience might actually watch. However, KQED filmed the event for social media, and it can be found on KQED's website. Topics discussed include reproductive rights, soaring gas prices, homelessness, crime, and finding common ground. 

Watch it for yourself and see that Newsom wants to Californicate the nation to impose San Francisco values on every other state.

Is this the end of a casual afternoon date over burgers, fries, and a malt?

Innout

Fast-Food Law Could Lead to Massive Wage Hikes, Spiraling Inflation in California and Beyond

Assembly Bill 257,  the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, or FAST Act, narrowly approved by the California legislature on August 29, 2022, and signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Labor Day, allows for the creation of a new, ten-member, unelected Fast Food Council specifically to micromanage the state’s fast-food industry. The council would have broad powers to impose new rules and regulations on thousands of fast-food and counter-service restaurants, including the ability to raise the minimum wage at most of California’s fast-food restaurants next year from $15 to $22 an hour — a nearly 50 percent jump, with cost-of-living adjustments each year after that.

The FAST Act threatens to fast-track even more burdensome regulations and an large mandatory wage increase on the industry, and to upend franchise business models across the Golden State and possibly beyond. The measure, the latest in a long string of far-left policies implemented in the state, will make it harder for entrepreneurial Californians to buy and grow their own fast-food businesses. But its impacts will likely be felt in industries that have no connection to fast food.

The measure, created by progressive communist democrat front group SEIU (Service Employees International Union), is an attempt to unionize the fast food industry. The very same union trying to force burdensome expenses on dialysis centers as they attempt to unionize the healthcare delivery system. 

It appears that the day of teenage after-school employment and entry-level positions are now being eliminated -- along with other connected jobs. For the curious, the move is union driven to attract their new illegal alien constituency and appears to be targeted at providing a living wage for unskilled casual labor with a family of four.  

An insight into Trump...

There is no doubt that former President Trump is a transactional, ego-driven narcissist whose sole objective is to do what is best for Donald J. Trump first and foremost. Perhaps this is best illustrated by his recent comments.

Trump Suggests He’ll Run in 2024, Says Pence Bid Would Be ‘Very Disloyal’

Former President Trump announced Saturday that he would “probably” have to run for president again, setting up a possible matchup between him and President Joe Biden for 2024, while declaring that former Trump administration officials who make a White House bid would be “very disloyal.”

During a rally in Robstown, Texas, Trump told a crowd: “I ran twice. I won twice. I did much better the second time than I did before.”

And now, in order to make our country successful, safe and glorious again, I will probably have to do it again,” he added during the rally, which was being held for candidates in the Lone Star State. As soon as he made that statement, the crowd cheered and indicated they wanted Trump to run again.

Two days before the rally, Trump also weighed in on if former Vice President Mike Pence or other cabinet members run for president. Former CIA Director and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley have also signaled they might run for president.

Many of them have said they would never run if I run, so we’ll see whether or not that turns out to be true,” the former president told Fox News on Oct. 20. “I think it would be very disloyal if they did,” Trump added. <Source>

While Trump's first term in office proved to be extremely beneficial for the nation and secured his place in history, I cannot help but believe that Trump's ego-driven hubris might result in an over-the-top series of impulsive, boastful threats and challenges to our allies and enemies.

As for the subject of loyalty, the candidates should be loyal to our nation, its constitution, and all Americans -- not to a single person who values a telegenic, well-spoken, or rich candidate above actual competence and the ability to get the job done. 

I do not know how many competent individuals might risk reputational damage to serve in another Trump administration, but I know it is not nearly enough to replace the deeply-embedded Obama acolytes waiting to sabotage the next administration -- and, thereby, the nation. 

My vote for president at the present time would be for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Bottom line...

We are screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


UKRAINE: ANOTHER DEMOCRAT DEBACLE DRIVEN BY THE SPECIAL INTERESTS

What we have learned from documentary evidence and sworn testimony is that the Democrats have interfered in Ukraine’s internal politics, openly acknowledging fomenting a regime-change revolution to covering up various acts of corruption directly linked to the President of the United States who openly touted an illegal quid pro quo arrangement in a recorded appearance. Flag-ukraine-tank
While Vladimir Putin is rightly characterized as a malevolent dictator, it appears the Democrats openly provoked his anger by removing his puppet regime in Ukraine and increasing the NATO sphere of influence on his borders.

‘To be candid, events in both abjectly corrupt Russia and Ukraine are being driven by the big-money special interests in the United States, and it is questionable whether or not Ukraine has strategic value to America  -- especially in the context of the growing threats from Communist China and a soon-to-be nuclear-armed Iran. 

One need only look at the fraudulent impeachment of President Donald Trump to surface the names of individuals involved in Ukraine machinations. Among them:

  • Victoria Nuland, AssistantU.S.S Secretary of State;
  • Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council;
  • Gordon Sondland, theU.S.. ambassador to the European Union;
  • Eric Ciaramella, the unacknowledged whistleblower, a CIA analyst, and National Security Council staffer;
  • Geoffrey Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine;
  • Marie Yovanovitch, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine;
  • Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser to Joe Biden;
  • Kurt Volker, U.S. special envoy to Ukraine;
  • Fiona Hill, U.S.. policy advisor;
  • George Kent, deputy assistant Secretary of State; and
  • The Biden crime family.

Bottom line…

The U.S.. involvement in the pointless Ukraine/Russia conflict can turn into a bigger, more consequential, and more costly misadventure than the U.S.. participation in Afghanistan.

To believe the U.S.. does not have “advisors” on the ground or is actively feeding targeting information to the Ukrainians is to believe in the tooth fairy.

Instead of advancing settlement talks, the progressive communist democrats are content to shovel taxpayer funds and sophisticated weaponry into Ukraine and nearby nations while prolonging a global food and fertilizer crisis.

If anything, the concern of the American people should be directed at the progressive communist democrat’s political corruption that is driving unprecedented and unwarranted multi-billion dollar U.S. support for Ukraine. And the death, destruction, and disruption of innocent Ukrainian lives –most of whom are innocent bystanders to this ongoing humanitarian tragedy.

There is no evidence that Putin is another Hitler, bent on genocide and worldwide conquest. He is a loathsome, repugnant bad actor – but we keep threatening with our idiotic expansion of NATO on his border.

Even worse, the progressive communist democrats are ignoring the ever-expanding Chinese Communist threat as we welcome their spies into our country and condone the invasion of our Southern Border.

We must pursue a peace plan – the special interest profits and political kickbacks be damned.

WHAT IS OUR LEGITIMATE  OBJECTIVE IN UKRAINE?

IS THE OBJECTIVE MEASURABLE?

HOW DOES THAT BENEFIT THE UNITED STATES AND ITS CITIZENS?

WHEN WILL THE SENATE RATIFY THE ACTION?

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


GOP: THE USUAL SENATE SUSPECTS NEED TO BE NEUTRALIZED, PUNISHED, OR ELIMINATED IF THE GOP WINS CONGRESS

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Confirming a bad choice for the crucial position of Homeland Security Secretary…

There is no doubt in my mind that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has demonstrated a total disregard for his oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same” and to “well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.” (5 U.S. Code § 3331 - Oath of office).

In discharging his duties as Homeland Security Secretary, Mayorkas appears to have deliberately and willfully violated federal immigration laws, aided and abetted foreign nationals, including terrorists, in entering the United States illegally, and has failed in his duties to protect American citizens from the violence and drug deaths resulting from border incursions. Impeachable offenses calling for removal from office.

However, in reviewing the Mayorkas confirmation hearings, I was not surprised to find that six Republican Senators joined the Democrats to confirm Mayorkas, who is a clear and present danger to national security.

The Six Senators…

  • Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia;
  • Susan Collins of Maine;
  • Lisa Murkowski of Alaska;
  • Dan Sullivan of Alaska;
  • Rob Portman of Ohio; and
  • Mitt Romney of Utah.

All with a history of betraying the Republican caucus on close votes with nary a peep from Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, who called Mayorkas an ‘ethically-compromised, partisan lawyer.”

The final confirmation vote was 56-43, with Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) – another aisle-hopping turncoat -- not voting. While the vote could have been broken by the Vice President casting the deciding vote, a show of strength and unity would have been appropriate.

Why Democrats can execute their evil agenda…

Congressional Democrats move in lockstep, knowing they will be punished for any betrayal with penalties ranging from shunning, loss of committee assignments, a change in office accommodations to the ultimate sanction, the selection, funding, and endorsement of a suitable challenger for the next election cycle. When necessary, permission is granted to vote with the opposition to promote the appearance of bipartisanship or to help retain office in a tough narrowly-held district.

And, Republicans are so accepting of defeat…

There is a lack of leadership among Congressional Republicans, where betrayal is met with a shrug and acceptance.

Bottom line…

What good is a narrow majority if six to thirteen turncoats will abstain or jump the aisle? And, by no means are these six the only turncoats willing to jump the aisle. Of course, special mention should accrue to the tough-taking aisle-hopper Lindsey Graham who literally lacks the balls to fight Democrats.

It appears that Senate Minority leader McConnell is content to support those who support him, like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, even if it means losing crucial floor votes that would benefit his constituents and, more broadly, the nation.

The Tea Party, a coalition of disaffected patriots who put their nation first, gave the GOP the House, the Senate, and then the Presidency – and were promptly betrayed by the Establishment Republicans in favor of business as usual – go along to get along.

We can no longer afford feckless leaders like Mitch McConnell in the Senate and Kevin McCarthy in the House. These are establishment reprobates playing to the globalists and progressive media propagandists rather than putting their office on the line to do the right thing.

There are NO Republicans in the Democrat Party, but there are Democrats in the Republican Party.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS