HOW YOU KNOW YOU'VE BEEN PLAYED

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You know you are being played...

  1. When Democrats make demands but offer nothing in return.
  2. All of the "errors" seem to break in favor of Democrats.
  3. When Democrats offer legislation without penalties or an enforcement mechanism.
  4. When Democrats answer to allegations of wrongdoing with whoops, my bad!
  5. When a Democrat bill has a title with the opposite meaning.
  6. When Democrats project their bad behavior onto their opposition.
  7. When you are pitched by a senile old fool mouthing words written on a teleprompter by an Obama acolyte.

Bottom line…

Any time you are dealing with a Democrat, you are being played!

Republicans may not have all the answers or repair things quickly, but it was Democrats at the root of all our current 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


NATURE: AN ELEMENTAL TRUTH

In the face of natural disasters, elemental truths and the depths of our common humanity are exposed for all to see…

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Be safe.

-- 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


WAS THERE EVER A TIME WHEN THE RICH SUFFERED MORE THAN THE POOR AND MINORITIES?

[NOTE: Sorry! My hosting platform, used by many Fortune 500 corporations, suffered a temporary failure yesterday. The blog entry "CALIFORNIA'S HOMELESS HUSTLE" is available on the OCS website.]

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There is no doubt in my mind that the environmental movement has been thoroughly infiltrated by fifth-column communists who wish to destroy America from within. The movement not only funds our enemies using taxpayer funds but also allows the evildoers to use our laws against us to limit our economic growth and beneficial progress. When examined closely, the environmentalists are not only de-growthers but a metastasizing malignancy to implement wealth redistribution and control the levers of power within our government. A political agenda far outside the original goals of curtailing pollution and providing good stewardship for our natural resources.

To this end, the communists have assumed operational control over the Democrat Party and Republican establishment and globalist malefactors.

The Environmental Protection Agency, a toxic governmental communist instrument …

Epa-1EPA Launches New National Office Dedicated to Advancing Environmental Justice and Civil Rights

EPA's historic Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights will position the agency to better advance environmental justice, enforce civil rights laws in overburdened communities, and deliver new grants and technical assistance

EPA announced that it is establishing a new national office charged with advancing environmental justice and civil rights. The creation of the new Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights delivers on President Biden's commitment to elevate these critical issues to the highest levels of the government and solidifies the agency's commitment to delivering justice and equity for all.

[OCS: I was unaware of the extent to which an agency dedicated initially to protecting the environment, including land, water, and air, has now been radicalized into a civil rights enforcement agency with police powers.]

The new office will dedicate more than 200 EPA staff in EPA headquarters and across 10 regions towards solving environmental challenges in communities that have been underserved for far too long. These staff will engage with communities with environmental justice concerns to understand their needs, as well as Tribal, state, and local partners; manage and disburse historic levels of grants and technical assistance; work with other EPA offices to incorporate environmental justice into the agency's programs, policies, and processes, as allowed by law; and ensure EPA funding recipients comply with applicable civil rights laws. The office will be led by a U.S. Senate-confirmed Assistant Administrator, to be announced at a later date.

[OCS:  Toxic pollution is toxic pollution, period! The politically-connected elites created and enforced NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) policies and invented pollution offset credits that allowed gross polluters to continue polluting local areas after purchasing climate indulgences created by planting trees in a remote rainforest.]

"President Biden and I have been clear: we must ground our work to address the climate crisis and our greatest environmental challenges in justice and equity," said Vice President Kamala Harris. "The establishment of a new office dedicated to advancing environmental justice and civil rights at EPA will ensure the lived experiences of underserved communities are central to our decision-making while supporting community-driven solutions."

[OCS: The climate crisis is a manufactured media creation designed to empower global elitists as they continually protect or enlarge their assets at the expense of the public on their march to a more authoritarian government.]

"From day one, President Biden and EPA have been committed to delivering progress on environmental justice and civil rights and ensuring that underserved and overburdened communities are at the forefront of our work," said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. "With the launch of a new national program office, we are embedding environmental justice and civil rights into the DNA of EPA and ensuring that people who've struggled to have their concerns addressed see action to solve the problems they've been facing for generations."

The new office will oversee the implementation and delivery of a $3 billion climate and environmental justice block grant program created by the Inflation Reduction Act, a critical component of the law's historic $60 billion investment in environmental justice. The office also will ensure EPA's implementation of other funding programs provided by the Inflation Reduction Act, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and regular appropriations meet or exceed the President's Justice40 Initiative.

[OCS: Aha! And there it is – wealth redistribution and the funding of politically-connected special interests. The fact that the "Inflation Reduction Act" is an overt lie and is simply a portion of the communist's "New Green Deal" should make it obvious this is the progressive communist democrat's grab for money and political power.

For those unfamiliar with the Justice40 Initiative, it sets a goal that 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution. This begs the question, shouldn't they get 60% or more of the allocations until the issue is remediated if these areas are so underserved? And don't look too closely as the initiative directs funds into non-productive, unstable, and costly green power deals fronted by politically-connected special interests and appointees. "The categories of investment are: climate change, clean energy, and energy efficiency, clean transit, affordable and sustainable housing, training and workforce development, remediation and reduction of legacy pollution, and the development of critical clean water and wastewater infrastructure."]

The new office is the latest significant action under President Biden's aggressive approach to embed environmental justice, civil rights, and equity across the government, and follows the launch of several initiatives.

[OCS: I would suggest that this initiative will further embed more progressive communist democrat operatives deep within the government bureaucracy where they can actively promote their toxic agenda and inhibit any attempts at reform. I think it is time to limit foreign and dual-citizen nationals from government positions and to reimplement a legally enforceable loyalty oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution.]

Background

EPA created the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights Office by merging three existing programs at the agency: the Office of Environmental Justice, External Civil Rights Compliance Office, and Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center. The new office will:

  • Improve and enhance the agency's ability to infuse equity, civil rights, and environmental justice principles and priorities into all EPA practices, policies, and programs.
  • Support the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies regardless of race, color, national origin, or income.
  • Engage communities with environmental justice concerns and increase support for community-led action through grants and technical assistance.
  • Enforce federal civil rights laws that, together, prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin (including on the basis of limited-English proficiency); sex; disability; or age by applicants for and recipients of federal financial assistance from EPA.   [OCS: A new protected class – "limited-English proficiency?"] 
  • Provide services and expertise in alternative dispute resolution, environmental conflict resolution, consensus-building, and collaborative problem solving.

For more information, please visit the new Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights website.

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Believe the progressive communist democrats when they tell you what they are about!

Excerpts from the radical, far-left publication, The Atlantic…

What Many Progressives Misunderstand About Fighting Climate Change

The good news is that, with reasonable reforms, the energy transition is fully within reach. Private investment in clean-energy technology is skyrocketing, and even Big Oil is starting to realize there is no future in fossil fuels.

[OCS: There is no sustainable, reliable energy transition capability in existence and crippling our current fossil fuel-based energy sources is economic suicide!]

But this may not be enough for some environmentalists. Jamie Henn, an environmental activist and the director of Fossil Free Media, recently told Rolling Stone, “Look, I want to get carbon out of the atmosphere, but this is such an opportunity to remake our society.

[OCS: Did you sign on to eliminate pollution or to remake society – a code phrase for destroying the capitalist system and replacing it with an authoritarian regime?]

Many progressive commentators similarly believe that countering climate change requires a fundamental reordering of the West’s political and economic systems. “The level of disruption required to keep us at a temperature anywhere below ‘absolutely catastrophic’ is fundamentally, on a deep structural level, incompatible with the status quo,” the writer Phil McDuff has argued. The climate crisis, the Green New Deal advocate Naomi Klein has insisted, “could be the best argument progressives have ever had” to roll back corporate influence, tear up free-trade deals, and reinvest in public services and infrastructure.

Such comments raise a question: What is the real goal here—stopping climate change or abolishing capitalism?

The belief that top-down decision makers can choreograph precisely how the clean-energy revolution will proceed runs deep in progressive circles. In the manifesto describing his version of the Green New Deal, Bernie Sanders declared, “To get to our goal of 100 percent sustainable energy, we will not rely on any false solutions like nuclear, geoengineering, carbon capture and sequestration, or trash incinerators.”

[OCS: Modern nuclear technology is the cleanest, sustainable energy source in an industrialized economy – just ask France. It’s no wonder why the progressive communist democrats vilify nuclear energy.]

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Bottom line…

If you haven't noticed, former President Obama, an un-American communist, anti-white, anti-Semite racist, and his acolytes are firmly in control of the Biden Administration – headed by a corrupt senile fool who can still read (mostly) a teleprompter.

To say that we are screwed as we approach the 2022 and 2024 elections is an understatement.

-- 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'S HOMELESS HUSTLE

I am bombarded by campaign literature promising to alleviate California’s homelessness problem.

Gimme Shelter: Los Angeles mayoral candidates discuss homelessness plans

Unsurprisingly, homelessness has become a hot button issue in the heated Los Angeles mayoral election, which takes place on Nov. 8.

Angelenos are eager, if not desperate, for their next mayor to reduce the more than 41,000 people living in tents, RVs and shelters in the city. But the proposals from each candidate to address homelessness vary widely and were, until a recent L.A. Times analysis, sparse on the details.

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass plans to combine interim and permanent housing options by expanding and accelerating already-existing programs, like housing vouchers and Project Homekey. Her plan, which would theoretically bring more than 17,000 people indoors, has a price tag of $292 million.

[OCS: Karen Bass is a Castro-loving communist who represents a clear and present danger to Los Angeles.]

Bass’ opponent, real estate developer Rick Caruso, says he would mostly focus on building new shelter beds for 30,000 people, costing around $800 million – plus operating costs. <Source>

LA City Council committee divided on whether to stay with LAHSA homeless services

Members of the city council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee appeared divided over whether the city should begin providing services more directly, or continue working with the regionally focused Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which gets funds from the federal government.

[OCS: It’s a fight over who controls hundreds of millions of dollars.]

The authority was formed in 1993 at a time when the region faced a homeless crisis and several municipalities and jurisdictions fought over federal funding and had differing views on how to provide homeless services.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who represents District 3 in west San Fernando Valley, said the city should to bow out of the regional system led by LAHSA, and provide its own city-based homeless services.

LAHSA is the lead regional organization that helps the homeless find housing and services, and oversees the annual countywide homeless count. But Blumenfield argued that Los Angeles has recently worked to “build on our city’s homeless response system.”

“At this point, we were already doing the work and we should look at what it takes to bring homeless services in house,” Blumenfield said. “Many of us are building our own pilot programs.” Criticizing LAHSA, he said, “Our regional homeless system is too big in my opinion, and it’s unresponsive to our local needs.” <Source>

Unfortunately, this is little more than a hustle perpetrated by politically-connected grifters.

The facts are simple.

(1)  The stories about middle-class individuals, families, and children falling into homelessness and living rough on the streets are mostly the exploitation of an insignificant number of individuals. Most of these individuals have some support mechanism, and the duration of their homelessness is relatively brief. The media appears willing to exploit these stories to drive a political narrative for additional funding for homeless programs.

(2)  The great majority of the homeless are drug addicts or mentally ill.

(3)  Most homeless initiatives are bound to fail because, in order to resolve their homeless issue, they must want help in the form of a permanent solution. With drug addicts being confined in any sponsored program denies them easy access to a criminal means to earn money and their drug dealers. Not that they are unwilling to accept temporary assistance in the form of shelter during inclement weather, a hot shower, a fulfilling meal, or clothes.

(4)  The greatest beneficiaries of homelessness solutions are the government, foundation, and non-profit agencies whose livelihood demands a homeless population to serve—likewise, the politically-connected real estate developers and operators who have turned homelessness into a multi-million dollar enterprise.

This is a visual advertisement for the grifters…

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Illegal aliens are making the problem worse…

Eric Adams is building a tent city in the Bronx, and residents are not happy

NYC Mayor Eric Adams is building a tent city in the Bronx to house about 1,000 illegal migrants who have arrived in the city from Texas. Adams is calling them “Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers.” One is being set up on Orchard Beach for adults. A second location for families has not been announced yet. Local residents are not happy with the mayor’s decision. There is a strong vibe of NIMBY here – not in my backyard. <Source>

[OCS: Funny how New York City boasts about being a sanctuary city and cannot muster the resources of an unwitting participant in the illegal alien onslaught like Brownsville, Texas. Of course, it is all politics as most politicians do not care about the homeless or the illegal aliens as they look toward their own political future,]

Bottom line…

The politicians are seeding homelessness for their own interests.

When it comes to the homeless, there are no comprehensive solutions, only marginal ones based on an individual case-by-case basis involving both judicial and health authorities. Individuals who do not want help and resist assistance will always bollix up the system.

We are so screwed when politically-connected special interests play disadvantaged individuals.

-- 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


ANOTHER MINDF*CK

TODAYS-RANT

Today’s rant is short…

Screw Apple for their “continuous improvement of the user experience,” which necessitates that you grant them access to your system to use you as their unwilling beta testers.

Almost every improvement appears to be commonsense functionality that should have been incorporated from the beginning. New layouts and graphics to convince you something is “new,” or produce a “wow” factor, or screw up your existing workflow based on legions of children or addlepated adults who require that operations are reduced to the lowest common denominator should be eliminated or switch selectable.

Moreover, arcane settings hide under layers of menus – many purposely misnamed to encourage your positive response to the company’s suggestions.

I just finished setting up and transferring data on a new iPhone and iPad in the past two days. While the actual set-up was easy, not all applications, content, and settings transferred smoothly. I grant you that applications should be updated to take advantage of new hardware and operating system capabilities – but it would have been nice to analyze the old system and note potential issues. At least Microsoft attempts this analysis in their inter-generational operating system releases.

Bottom line…

My electronic devices are used mainly for employment, not enjoyment, so I value workflow over whiz-bang.

Somehow I expected better from Apple. But then again, Steve Jobs was all about esthetics and packaging, whereas Steve Wozniak was all about engineering and functionality. Pretty much why Apple’s devices underperformed PCs at the time.

With the necessity for upgrades of hardware, operating systems, and applications, even though they all perform rudimentary functions like content creation, we appear to be caught in a profit cycle rather than a performance cycle.

And it should be no surprise that battery life is steadily worsening.

Don’t get me wrong, Apple products, for the most part, are wonderful devices; it’s the operating system functionality that annoys me. 

We are so screwed.

I feel so much better now!

-- Steve

MURPHY-BIDEN


“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 ARE SO SCREWED

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Several readers asked me why I end most every post with the line, “We are so screwed.”

As I read through my daily dose of news and scientific literature, I find my contempt for our political, cultural, and scientific elites growing geometrically greater by the minute. Not only are these individuals and their institutions corrupt, but they are also corrupt, narcissistic, and self-serving as they actively ignore basic humanity, decency, and common sense to embrace and promote evil. They appear ready and able to sacrifice your life, your family’s lives, and the lives of future generations for their own power, pleasure, and profits.

I am deeply chagrined and ashamed to find that individuals I held in the highest regard were little more than media-created personas that masked their ignorance and willingness to engage in activities beyond corrupt and could only be described as evil. Then there were others who I regarded as essentially evil but had descended further into the lowest rings of hell.

They hide their evil behind labels such as political correctness, multiculturalism, and moral equivalency. They are telling us that everything is an artificial construct to gain or maintain power. As if there was good evil and bad evil and the ends justify the means.

And, there is little or nothing I can do to remedy the situation because their actions are beyond my control. It appears that their actions may be beyond the control of a rational society.

To say that “We the People” are screwed is an understatement.

But there is a glimmer of hope…

The vast majority of people, the “silent majority,” are decent, law-abiding citizens. And while they may have their quirks and foibles, en masse, they are a solid bulwark against the evil pervading our land. They instinctively and intuitively know the difference between good and evil and right and wrong. They do not have to build elaborate rationalizations for their beliefs or actions as they heuristically recognize natural laws and the differences between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. They might not be able to derive optimal, perfect, or rational solutions to a problem, but their reasoning is sufficient for reaching an immediate and moral conclusion.

Ignorance is the enemy, and the progressive propagandists in the mainstream media and social platforms are its agents.

Much of what we see and hear is no longer a truthful recital of the facts; it is a narrative crafted to promote a political agenda. In the absence of objective reality, we are fed subjective narratives – and, even worse, dissident voices are censored or their access to public platforms canceled.

It pains me how formerly reputable scientists bow to their funders and institutions to slant their research and findings toward the fashionable science of the day. With little or no efforts to replicate existing findings as they fear falsifying not only a colleague’s work but the entire political narrative that was created around it.

In struggling to determine if I will take the next COVID booster shots, I find that equally intelligent, well-educated, well-experienced, and well-credentialed individuals have drawn contradictory conclusions regarding open-source data. In fact, openly challenge the data collection, analysis, and reporting process based on statistical anomalies. Since I am in the highest risk category with significant co-morbidities, I am gambling with my life. I have doubts about some of my doctors who are pressured by their practices and hospitals to adopt fashionable politicized protocols or face sanctions. Thank heavens I have the background to read the scientific literature, perform my own statistical computations, and have deep experience in numerous fields from my consulting work over the decades.

As for politics, I am a constitutional conservative, not a political crazy. I recognize the value of classical liberalism and understand economic theories. I can’t understand the mass psychosis of those supporting the Democrat Party, which has been infiltrated with communists over the years and appears to be an un-American adjunct of the Communist Party.

Is the future a Trump replay?

Trump is combative, petty, venal, and lazy. A transactional narcissist who values people at the moment for what they can do for Trump. The 2020 election was undermined by never-Trumpers and Bush-establishment types, including a Hillary-loving progressive Democrat named Jared Kushner. Everywhere you turned, there were unvetted and inadequately-vetted dodgy low-life characters pursuing their self-interests and political agenda. Even the generals that Trump brought into the White House felt they could ignore his direct and unambiguous orders to, in their opinion, “save the nation.” Trump favors tall, telegenic people, rich people, and establishment types he can humiliate publicly -- it is the appearance or promise of competence he relies on.

And, in the turmoil, Trump instinctively did what was best for America and the American people.

Will this be sufficient for 2024? Beats me! It depends on our other choices and how they interact with the media. All I know is that so many of the Trump personnel choices were grossly ineffective and wildly inappropriate. 

Bottom line…

DEMOCRAT-NUCLEAR

While the Republicans drag their feet and cannot fix everything, they did not cause the majority of problems we are facing today: inflation, crime, illegal aliens, a damaged energy sector, and a crippled military.

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


FEDWATCHER: AS USUAL THE FED IS TOO LITTLE AND TOO LATE

Unbelievably, the Federal Reserve took the coward’s way out and only hiked the rate by 75 basis points.

September 21, 2022 - Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

Recent indicators point to modest growth in spending and production. Job gains have been robust in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic, higher food and energy prices, and broader price pressures.

Russia’s war against Ukraine is causing tremendous human and economic hardship. The war and related events are creating additional upward pressure on inflation and are weighing on global economic activity. The Committee is highly attentive to inflation risks.

The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 3 to 3-1/4 percent and anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate. In addition, the Committee will continue reducing its holdings of Treasury securities and agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, as described in the Plans for Reducing the Size of the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet that were issued in May. The Committee is strongly committed to returning inflation to its 2 percent objective.

In assessing the appropriate stance of monetary policy, the Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook. The Committee would be prepared to adjust the stance of monetary policy as appropriate if risks emerge that could impede the attainment of the Committee’s goals. The Committee’s assessments will take into account a wide range of information, including readings on public health, labor market conditions, inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and financial and international developments. <Source>

As before, the Fed is about using weasel words and continuing to be reactive rather than aggressive. I believe this increase is too little and comes too late to have a material effect on increasing inflation. 75 basis points just does not seem high enough to dampen economic activity. I would look for additional 75 basis points hikes at the Fed’s upcoming meetings.

I tend to consider the five- and ten-year neutral stance adjustment to guide my opinion.

The Neutral Rate

At what rate or range of rates does a change in the federal funds rate go from being low enough to be “accommodative” to being high enough to dampen economic activity? The answer is the neutral rate, often defined as the rate or range of rates consistent with full employment, trend growth, and stable prices. An economy in this state presumably wouldn’t need to be stimulated or slowed by monetary policy. Economists often describe the neutral rate by talking about the real federal funds rate— that is, the nominal fed funds rate minus a measure of inflation. <Source>

Before the hike blog post…

All things considered, I would posit that the Federal Reserve will hike rates by 100 to 125 basis points and, if they were serious, by 150 basis points.

The current Federal Funds Rate is 233 basis points, and the potential target will likely be between 450 and 550 basis points before year-end.

As with all things Fed, the market has taken their probabilistic projections and priced them into their offerings.

Fedwatch-21

Bottom line…

This is a reminder that we have a supply-side problem, not a demand-side one, exacerbated by wasteful government spending, causing stagflation. We need to ramp up production, not curtail consumption -- assuming our logistics chain will support greater economic activity.

The Wall Street Wizards will continue to create their own narratives to generate profitable volatility.

The aftermath of the 75 basis points increase…

Fedwatch-after

As you can see, we could have accommodated another 50 basis points to move closer to a zero neutral stance ajustment.

In my humble opinion, it would have been appropriate to bump the Federal Funds Rate by 125 basis points to 3.58 from 2.33 instead of a cowardly 75 basis points to 3.08. That is if the FOMC Committee wanted to dampen economic activity. Since we have two remaining FOMC meetings left for this year, the target rate for the year might be about 4.58 when it should be a more appropriate 5.50.

But then again, Congress has outsourced fiscal policy to the “experts” at the financial industry-dominated Federal Reserve as they are either too stupid or lazy to deal with the issue as contemplated in the U.S. Constitution.

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 "SCIENCE" OF PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST DEMOCRAT SEXUAL POLITICS

In an Orwellian world where up is down and men can think themselves into being women…

The problem with most ideological-driven academics is that they: one, believe they are more intelligent than most everyone else and thus have the moral right to dictate your lifestyle choices; and two, they think that any assertion must be grounded in some defensible argument, thus eliminating historical heuristic lessons and traditions accumulated over thousands of years.

In the realm of sexual argumentation, excluding biological arguments, many academics do not simply accept that incest is wrong and refuse your reflexive, intuitive response, “because it is,” as a valid reason.

Likewise, the same reasoning applies to pedophilia. However, some academics are willing to use historical references when it supports their assertions -- pointing to ancient Greek homosexual pedophilia practices as justification for the allegation that pedophilia is just another “sexual orientation” that falls on a socio-political construct of an LGBTQ+ spectrum.

So why should we be surprised that the progressive communist democrats who want to destroy our nation from within by first destroying our history, traditions, religion, and institutions, argue that the difference between a biological male and female is simply an artificial construct engineered by the white patriarchy to oppress women? Secretly adding, “give us political power, and we will redress these grievances.”

Therefore, it should be of no consequence when a formerly respected scientific magazine, Scientific American, goes woke.

UNSCI-SEX

Consequences be damned...

It is the modus operandi of progressives to ignore a reality embodied in human nature, scientific discovery, history, and tradition. When corrected or challenged, they ignore facts and rational debate -- becoming extremely angry and demanding dissident censorship or cancellation of platform access.  Behavior that can be summed up by the cowardice and groupthink described in "The Emperor's New Clothes."

The objective reality is that there are two biological sexes that are complementary and predisposed to the procreation that propagates our species. To the extent that someone does not conform to traditional science-based definitions does not mean that person should be mistreated or otherwise shunned by society. But it is axiomatically true that aberrant individuals should not legally impose their mindset on the general population in order to gain acceptance or make them feel better about themselves.

To the extent that academics can create their own realities, does not give them the right or privilege to force "We the People" to obediently accept their delusions without pushback.

Another example of progressive idiocy... 

Washington Post fact-checker slammed for calling ‘fetal heartbeat’ a ‘misnomer’ in defense of Stacey Abrams

A video of Georgia gubernatorial candidate] Stacey Abrams referring to the idea of the "fetal heartbeat" as a conspiracy against the pro-abortion rights movement went viral on Twitter Wednesday.  In the clip, Abrams said, "There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks. It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman's body."

In response to an RNC Research tweet about Abrams' comments, Kessler claimed the heartbeat of an unborn baby can only be detected at 10 weeks in a pregnancy, that the fetal heartbeat doctors say can be detected at six weeks is merely "electrical activity generated by an embryo" and the sound is noise "created by the ultrasound" machine.  <Source>

A perversion of science to create a progressive communist democrat sexual narrative of control? 

Bottom line...

Disguising absolute idiocy behind the language of a credentialed academic does not make their assumptions and assertions less idiotic.

As for Scientific American, one of the special publications of my youth, it is now not even an afterthought. “Go woke, go broke!”

We are so screwed when scientists pander to politics and perversions.

-- 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


IS FIRST PREMIER BANK A LEGAL LOAN SHARK?

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A little unpleasant business…

Experian, the credit reporting agency, notified me that First Premier Bank in South Dakota had accessed my credit report through Transunion, another credit reporting agency. Since I have never applied for a First Premier Bank credit card, I immediately called them and filed a fraud report. I also filed identity theft reports with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and all three major credit reporting agencies.

Thinking the issue was resolved, I was surprised to receive a First Premier Bank “Platinum” Mastercard in the mail.

I again called the bank and spoke with their representative, who assured me they could see the first fraud alert and advised me to destroy the card.

But that’s not what pissed me off…

It appears to be a scam. On the mailing carrier form with the attached credit card is a greeting. “CONGRATULATIONS! You have been approved for a First Premier Bank Credit Card.”

I found that I had a ridiculously low $700 credit limit, with available credit of $613.00 as soon as I paid a $55 “Program Fee.”  Somewhat confusing as the First Payment is stated as $30.00. Additionally, “If you pay your initial Program Fee by check, we will hold the payment for up to six days. This means your Credit Account won’t be opened and available to use for transactions for up to 30 days.

Sketchy as hell until I read the accompanying program disclosure form.

Annual Percentage Rate is 36%. 

It appears that usury (exorbitant or illegally high rates) laws are state-specific, and some states do not have any limitations on interest rates as long as they were set by written agreement. Many states cap credit card interest  

“Many states have a usury law which limits the interest rate that a company may charge. Most of these laws capped interest rates at 18%. However, some states, such as South Dakota, do not have a usury law, allowing in-state businesses to charge as much interest as they want.”

According to the Federal Reserve’s G-19 Consumer Credit Report, in May 2022, the average credit card interest rate in the United States on accounts with balances assessed interest was 16.65%.

If you adjust the rate for the risk of default using FICO scores as a guideline, you might see rates like Super-prime (740 and Above)16%-18%; Prime (670-739) 20%-22%; Subprime (580-669) 22%–24%; Deep-Subprime (579 and Below) 24% and above.

Screwed!

With my credit report in their computer and a Super-prime+ FICO score, the bank decision algorithm is either screwing me without first kissing me, or this is what they do to everybody who legitimately applies for one of their cards.

If that was not enough, the bank adds insult to injury with its one-time Program Fee of $55.00, a first-year fee of $79.00 – and after that, $49 annually.

Yes, it gets worse. The disclosure also lists an introductory monthly fee of $96.00 for the first year ($8.00/month), followed by a $124.80 yearly fee ($10.40/month).

Cash Advance fees are 5% of the transaction or $8.00, whichever is greater. Late Payment and Return Item Charges are both up to $39.00.

So if I take $100 out of an ATM, assuming there is no additional service fee, I am charged $8.00 for the privilege, whereas 5% of $100 is $5 – a de facto 8% handshake.

The bank is controlled by billionaire T. Denny Sanford, the wealthiest man in South Dakota.

Bottom line…

Thank your legislators for pretending to support the poor with credit products they cannot afford while enabling financial institutions to bleed them dry.

The lesson here is that bad credit can be turned into big profits.

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


FEDWATCHER

All things considered, I would posit that the Federal Reserve will hike rates by 100 to 125 basis points and, if they were serious, by 150 basis points.

The current Federal Funds Rate is 233 basis points, and the potential target will likely be between 450 and 550 basis points before year-end.

As with all things Fed, the market has taken their probabilistic projections and priced them into their offerings.

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Bottom line…

This is a reminder that we have a supply-side problem, not a demand-side one, exacerbated by wasteful government spending, causing stagflation. We need to ramp up production, not curtail consumption -- assuming our logistics chain will support greater economic activity.

The Wall Street Wizards will continue to create their own narratives to generate profitable volatility.

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 20+ YEAR EMERGENCY DECLARATION THAT DRIVES THE DEMOCRAT POWER GRAB

With politicians, in general, and progressive communist democrats, in particular, it is all about real or imagined crises to usurp power and spend taxpayer funds using “the emergency” to create a sense of urgency that demands the suspension of customary rules and safeguards.

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Biden extends an emergency order passed 20 years and 11 months ago…

Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism

On September 23, 2001, by Executive Order 13224, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the grave acts of terrorism and threats of terrorism committed by foreign terrorists, including the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, in New York and Pennsylvania and against the Pentagon, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks against United States nationals or the United States.

On September 9, 2019, the President signed Executive Order 13886 to strengthen and consolidate sanctions to combat the continuing threat posed by international terrorism and to take additional steps to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13224, as amended.

The actions of persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001, as amended, and the measures adopted to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond September 23, 2022. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism declared in Executive Order 13224, as amended.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress. <Source>

Yes, we still have global terrorism and the threat of domestic terrorism…

Terrorism, especially terrorism based on religion and ideology, has been with us for centuries and will always be with us. In the United States, we are especially vulnerable due to the individual protections of the U.S. Constitution. It is not unusual for our enemies to use our own laws against us. (Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals “#4 -- Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”)

But, if you haven’t noticed, the progressive communist democrats have made America more vulnerable to terrorism by violating the U.S. Constitution and failing to enforce federal immigration laws. We have a wide-open Southern border, and it has been officially acknowledged that terrorists have been apprehended crossing into our country.

42 Suspected Terrorists Have Been Apprehended at Our Southern Border Since Biden Took Office

Since Joe Biden took office and started implementing his radical open border policies, 42 people on the terrorist watchlist have been apprehended attempting to enter the United States through our southern border illegally.

Even more disturbing is that earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki could not guarantee that none of the OVER 2,000 illegal immigrants a day who avoid U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) capture entering our southern border were on the terror watch list. <Source>

Moreover, due to the catastrophically bungled surrender of Afghanistan, unvetted individuals, including terrorists, have entered the United States via an unsupervised airlift.

Inspector general says DHS allowed unvetted, dangerous Afghans to reach the U.S.

The Homeland Security Department failed to fully vet some of the Afghan evacuees it brought into the U.S. during last year’s airlift, the department’s inspector general said in a devastating audit, which warned that some people who “posed a risk to national security” were indeed let into the country.

One evacuee, just liberated from prison by the Taliban, was cleared to reach the U.S. Another reached the U.S. and was released, only to have the FBI conclude three months later that the evacuee “posed national security concerns.”

The evacuation was constructed so hastily that the department wrote procedures on the fly, with screening decisions made “on an ad hoc basis,” said the audit, released Tuesday.

“As a result, DHS paroled at least two individuals into the United States who posed a risk to national security and the safety of local communities and may have admitted or paroled more individuals of concern,” the inspector general concluded. <Source>

As for those domestic terrorists…

Dhs-warningThe Biden Administration is pressuring the F.B.I. to find “white supremacist terrorism” cases to support their racial narrative and the crackdown on white conservative Trump supporters. Therefore, I am not surprised that the F.B.I. appears to have a pattern and practice of creating terrorists, often to the point of false entrapment.

Overlooking the Black supremacist terrorism that saw organizations like the communist front groups Black Lives Matter and Antifa damage more than $2 BILLION in public and private property as they wreaked murder and mayhem across the United States with little or no government pushback. And what about the large armed Black militia associated with the Black separatists known as the Nation of Islam?

And, let us not forget that the greatest act of domestic terrorism, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was pushback against the F.B.I.’s egregious killing of men, women, and children at Waco (1993) and Ruby Ridge (1992) – both staged media events precipitated by an F.B.I. sniper Lon Horiuchi, who was the original target of the bombers.

Bottom line…

Remember, it only takes one terrorist or terrorist-wannabes to ruin your whole day and cause life-altering damage to your fellow citizens.

It is time to review the Patriot Act, Presidential Executive Orders, and Emergency Orders since we have observed significant government abuse of power, the commission of impeachable offenses, and the weaponization of our nation’s premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies concurrently with the politicization of agencies and institutions.

You cannot use laws to protect against criminals, crazies, and terrorists.

Maintain situational awareness and decide if you are willing to fight or die on your knees begging for mercy.

Please support our local law enforcement as they remain a bulwark between anarchy and civil order.

To say we are screwed is an understatement.

-- 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


OUR ENEMIES ARE OPERATING OPENLY IN AMERICA AND HAVE CAPTURED THE DEMOCRAT PARTY

Once again, the Brookings Institution and the corrupt Democrat Party are in the news.

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Top Foreign Funder Of Transnational Terrorism Funds Think Tank That Staffs Democrat Presidential Administrations
Too many think tanks receive undisclosed foreign funding from countries hostile to the U.S. and our interests.

American policy makers, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies often rely on U.S.-based think tanks for research and policy recommendations. While many institutions produce academic products with intellectual sovereignty and moral integrity, too many receive undisclosed foreign funding from countries hostile to the United States and our interests.

Funding from these countries is generally associated with a quid pro quo. For this funding, the think tank provides analysis that is less than objective, which may lead to devastating international and national security consequences.

The looming threat of the revival of 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) should compel the examination of American think tanks’ relationships with subversive regimes, such as Iran. Among the leading think tanks pushing for reinstating the JCPOA is the Qatari-funded Brookings Institution.

[OCS: The JCPOA is an Obama creation to boost Iran’s creation of a nuclear weapon that can be mounted on a ballistic missile to not only threaten their Middle East neighbors, but the continental United States. Obama, an un-American, anti-white, anti-Semite, has channeled billions into this state sponsor of international terrorism – full well knowing that Iran has openly attacked U.S. troops.

And, unlike the leadership of Pakistan and North Korea, the Mullahs operate a subscribe to a death cult whose religion commands the elimination of Jews and a major catastrophe to aid the return of their hidden religious leader to unite the world under Islam. The Democrats continue to negotiate until Iran demonstrates they have nuclear weaponry—while preventing an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities until it is too late.

Likewise the Democrats continue to support Pakistan, a Muslim country that harbored Osama bin Laden and other enemies while taking our money.]

Brookings is a top incubator of staffers for Democrat presidential administrations, including the current Biden administration.

[OCS: One need only consider the individuals associated with the Brookings Institution and the attempt to destroy Donald Trump and control Ukraine, one of the most corrupt and unreliable players in the Eurasian theater.

Among the names you will find with connections to the Brookings Institution are Nelson Strobridge "Strobe" Talbott III , Cody Shearer (Hillary's free-lance political fixer who wrote his own version of the dossier), Susan Rice, Fiona Hill, Igor Danchenko, Victoria Nuland, Benjamin Wittes, Christopher Steele, Jake Sullivan, and many others.]

In 2013, Qatar’s mediation between the Taliban and the United States resulted in the release of Taliban mass murderers and war criminals from prison and led to the opening of the Taliban’s “political” office in Doha. Negotiations with the Taliban ultimately resulted in handing Afghanistan to the Taliban to run it as a jihadist base for transnational terrorism.

[OCS: This is almost as insane as requesting the Communist Chinese and Russians to mediate U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran.]

Qatar Funded the Brookings Institution

Also in 2013, according to The New York Times report, Qatar provided a “$14.8 million, four-year donation” to the Brookings Institution. Not coincidentally, the following year Brookings began a disinformation campaign on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Last June, the FBI seized electronic data from John R. Allen, a retired four-star general who led U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan prior to becoming the president of Brookings from November 2017 until June of this year. Federal prosecutors obtained records indicating that Allen, while serving as Brookings’ president, “secretly lobbied for the government of Qatar, lied to investigators about his role and tried to withhold evidence sought by a federal subpoena.”

Court documents revealed “substantial evidence” that Allen’s violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) were “willful.” While these allegations were levied against Allen, they should have also included Brookings. After all, Brookings was the conduit through which Qatari funds and influence were peddled.l

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Bottom line…

It’s time to reform our State Department and the nation’s formerly premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies which are more interested in Donald Trump and spying on Americans than fighting our enemies, foreign and domestic.

It is also time to realize that the modern Democrat Party is a clear and present danger to America and its connected think tanks.

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


USAF: TOO MANY WHITE AVIATORS, I SAY TOO MANY "WOKE" OFFICERS!

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I found this headline disturbing, “Unexpectedly, the USAF Finds Itself With a Critical Shortage of Pilots While It Says It Has Too Many White Officers”…

It is a fact that our military has been decimated by the progressive communist democrats who are attempting to destroy America from within. And using race and sex to weaken America’s fighting forces. Demanding the military leadership focus on race- and sex-based affirmative action than on improving our lethality and mission superiority. Many pilots are aging-out or can’t put up with the political bullshit that keeps them from completing their mission.

86% of Air Force pilots are white men. Here’s why this needs to change. – Major General. Ed Thomas, Commander USAF Recruiting Service

The tragic death of George Floyd and recent events have fueled widespread protests and a renewed call for racial equality nationwide. Amid this, our country has been compelled to reflect on issues that are often uncomfortable, and leaders have been driven to examine their organizations in ways like never before. The Air Force, in many ways, is no different. But as a war-fighting organization we cannot afford to squander this moment, because our future — and national security — depends on it.

[OCS: George Floyd was a thug, a career criminal who died of a Fentanyl overdose and was turned into a martyr by race-baiting activists, agitators, and the media. As a war-fighting organization, it is not about squandering the moment but falling prey to those seeking to weaken our U.S. military and destroy the United States from within. Primarily by substituting race in place of communist class warfare.]

Pursuing equality means we must be sure that we are attracting the most capable members of our society, from all races and walks of life, as we prepare for the next fight. This fighting force should be highly capable while reflecting the diversity of the country we serve.

[OCS: That our “fighting force should be highly capable while reflecting the diversity of the country we serve” is pure racial bullshit. The fighting force should be well-trained, lethal, and capable of pursuing the mission regardless of its composition. Relaxing recruiting standards to accommodate race and sex is a prescription for failure. All should be welcome to compete for the available slots – may the best person win the position.]

Before I even took command of my service’s recruiting efforts this spring, Air Force leadership made it clear to me that improving diversity would be on the top of my to-do list. And recent national events only serve as an accelerant as we take aim and tackle this vexing issue.

[OCS: This is the hierarchal military, and one can easily imagine how this “suggestion” turned into an “order” with percentage goals and tacit recruiting quotas.]

Pentagon leaders didn’t need to explain the why, although Gen. David Goldfein, our former chief of staff, did that in calling diversity “a war-fighting imperative.” It’s been clear for some time that our progress in better reflecting the society we serve has been too slow.

[OCS: Diversity is not a war-fighting imperative, it is another needless obstacle in a mad world that puts soldiers at risk by restrictive rules of engagement that favor the enemy over our fighting force. Hiding behind women, children, and non-combatants should not bring propaganda victories for our enemies, but scorn and outrage directed at those trying to kill their own people.]

We simply can no longer afford for significant segments of our society to be underrepresented in our U.S. Air Force or our newest branch, the U.S. Space Force.

[OCS: By significant segments, he means race and sex. How long before we see a black transsexual lesbian on a recruiting poster standing in front of an F-35?]

To be clear, the Air and Space Forces are not setting quotas based on race or gender. We will, however, focus intensely and concentrate our efforts in traditionally underserved communities. It wouldn’t be legal or productive to hold recruiters accountable for bringing in a certain number of recruits from various demographic groups. But if we see that we’re not hitting recruiting targets that mirror the qualified population in those categories, we will adjust to concentrate on areas where we can get a more representative balance in our applicant pool. To use a fishing analogy, recruiters must not only cast a wide net but ensure we are spending time in the right fishing holes.

And by measuring those targets, we’ll employ the old management axiom that what gets measured gets done. And we’ll get it done.

[OCS: Measurement implies targets, quotas, and extra effort to satisfy the orders of “woke” military leaders kissing the ass of politicians to keep their jobs or advance in rank.]

While we are meeting or exceeding nearly all demographic targets in our enlisted ranks, inside our cockpits is where we have the greatest disparities and opportunities for improvement. In all, 86 percent of our aviators are white males. Less than 3 percent of our fighter pilots are females. This is why we established a detachment within Air Force recruiting two years ago charged with improving diversity for those who wear flight suits. The mission of Detachment 1 is to bring a singular focus to recruiting qualified women and minorities who have not always felt they belonged.

[OCS: It’s not about feelings, it’s about performance. There are superb minority aviators, so what? We want more superb aviators regardless of their intersectional class status.]

<Source>

Pilot shortage?

Unvaccinated Air Force Officers Grounded Despite Court Order: Former Space Force Lt. Colonel

Members of the Air Force have been grounded for refusing to take a COVID-19 shot even after a court order ruling against such actions said a former space force commander on Sept. 15, adding that it is “not the time to be tampering with our readiness.”

Roughly two months back, a federal court in Ohio stated that the Air Force is not legally justified in taking punitive action against service members who do not take the COVID-19 vaccine, Matt Lohmeier, former Space Force Lieutenant Colonel, said in an interview with “Capitol Report” on NTD News.

A preliminary injunction was also issued. Lohmeier gave an example of a Squadron Leader in a fighter squadron at the Air Force who had been grounded and removed from his post following his decision not to take a COVID-19 shot.

Neither the squadron leader nor other members who he is aware of have been allowed to return back to flying status Lohmeier said.

“Our senior defense officials seem uninterested in abiding by law,” he said. “We’ve got over 700 pilots potentially on the chopping block right now for their refusal to take the shot.”

The mandatory vaccination rule itself is illegal since the COVID-19 vaccine available in many instances has only been approved under emergency use authorization (EUA), Lohmeier said. <Source>

Bottom line…

The progressive communist democrats are destroying America from within, weakening our military while arming our enemies and provoking direct military action. Unless we up our lethality, remove restrictive rules of engagement, and set a mission objective to win – we will continue to see another Viet Nam or Afghanistan. We can win the war – but politicians continue to ensure our losses.

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


MAYORIAL CANDIDATE KAREN BASS DOESN'T FEEL SAFE IN L.A. -- LET THE COMMUNIST MOVE TO CUBA

The progressive communist democrats destroyed Los Angeles; now they want to complete the job using racist, communist Karen Bass…

Bass

Dem. congresswoman running for LA mayor no longer feels safe in city
“My safety was shattered.”

Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, who represents parts of downtown Los Angeles in Congress and is running for mayor, said she no longer feels safe in the city after her home was burglarized on Friday.

In her first on-camera interview since the incident, Bass told Fox 11 Los Angeles that police informed her that two men had been arrested for stealing two firearms from the house.

“I came home one evening to see my house in disarray, and it was very traumatizing,” she told the interviewer at her campaign headquarters.

“I did feel safe until my safety was shattered, like so many Angelenos,” she added.

“My safety was shattered,” she repeated. <Source>

Los Angeles, don’t elect a communist and a racist to run the city further into the ground…

Karen Bass, the congresswoman from California, is in contention to become Joe Biden's running mate. There are good reasons for this. She is reliably liberal, she chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, and she shares a history of family loss with Biden. But she’s also the only person on Biden’s list who spent part of the 1970s working construction in Fidel Castro’s Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade, a group that has organized annual trips to Cuba for young, leftist Americans for half a century.

The Biden campaign knows about Bass’s history with the Brigade, which began as a joint venture of the Castro government and Students for a Democratic Society, the leftist, antiwar organization that gave birth to the Weather Underground terrorist group. She told Biden’s vetting committee weeks ago that this was probably going to come up. So far, it hasn’t been a deal breaker—in fact, her potential to drive up African-American votes might help in Florida among voters who traditionally haven’t been paid as much attention in the state. <Source>

Bottom line…

Bass deserves no respect. She is another progressive communist democrat who happens to be an America-hating, anti-white, racist.

Caruso

We are so screwed if Bass becomes Mayor.

-- 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: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

To the progressive communist democrats, the de-growth movement, the anti-animal vegans, and all of the other crazies who racialized everything to attract media attention...

Racist-milk

Screw y'all.

-- 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


COMMUNITY LEADERS DO NOT ABIDE BY THE "CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED"

There is no doubt in my mind that here in California where the most radical progressive communist democrats rule with an iron fist on behalf of their billionaires and unions, the consent of the governed is not even a consideration as these deviants destroy our formerly golden state with their toxic ideology and sense of entitlement. And these miscreants want to export this cancer throughout the United States with their infectious agent Gavin Newsom. l

Here is a sponsored advertisement that appeared in a publication targeted at high-level government executives and functionaries. While I do not have any opinion about the firm or its services, its promotional advertorial piece seems to offer an opportunity to comment on the shameful state of community government leadership and agencies. The source is listed below to read the full item in context.

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Defining the Modern Community

What comes to mind when you think about community? The roads you drive on, the churches and schools family and friends attend, or the parks and stores you visit on weekends? Whatever your specific images, these elements form an interconnected web of people, structures, and organizations that offer a shared place and set of goals to build our lives.

[OCS: No! What comes to mind is the place where I live, learn, work, play, and worship. I rarely think of infrastructure because that is a given, something to be managed by a competent invisible government – which is rarely the case.]

But communities today look much different than they did even a few years ago. Today’s communities — and the organizations that govern them — are facing a tectonic shift caused by the pandemic as well as cultural and civil strife. As masks come off and many return to offices, local governments and community members are still adjusting to a new reality.

[OCS: Radical progressive communist democrat politics have flooded the nation with a hoard of illegal aliens bankrupting governments at all levels and draining critical community safety net sources at an alarming rate. Google “Cloward-Piven Strategy,” and you will find that this destruction is intended and planned – as a way to destroy the existing system and replace it with authoritarian socialism. Look at some major cities with their third-world ambiance of poverty, illiteracy, disease, crime, and decay.]

Modern leaders have two choices: wait to see how our communities settle after this shift or enact changes to create better solutions. This era provides a backdrop to adopt new goals, roles and strategies — to create a new definition of modern community. In this series, we’ll be looking at modern communities, elements they commonly share, the unprecedented challenges they face today and how local governments can use these opportunities to adopt lasting change and improvements.

[OCS: Most modern leaders are corrupt, governed by personal and political self-interests or the desires of special interests such as the big unions. They care little for the consent of the governed as they attempt to refashion an environment that suits their interests and ideology.]

HOW HAS THE ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHANGED?

For many local governments, disaster or business continuity planning worked as intended — though the suddenness of COVID-19 surges and closures and the length of the crisis meant many governments faced more than one challenge at a time.

[OCS: I cannot name any local community where a crisis does lead to a power grab, with emergency powers becoming permanent powers and where significant mistakes, including corruption, are ignored as “the fog of crisis.” Millions of dollars go missing or are transferred to special interests with no accountability and little recovery of illegal or ill-spent funds.] 

ELEMENTS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Consider how these common elements of local communities have been affected by the pandemic and current events.

The school board

Schools, in their unique position at the nexus of families, government and business, have been profoundly affected by the pandemic and its concurrent crises. “The Great Resignation” has particularly touched schools, with the departure of teachers and reduced availability of substitutes, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and others.

[OCS: The truth is that schools are run for the benefit of the special interest unions and the vendors who supply overpriced goods and services to school systems. The teacher's unions dictated policies that kept the schools closed, while teachers continued to earn their salaries and enjoy their benefits. Only the children and their parents truly suffered.]

These challenges must be addressed by school board members to create a competitive hiring environment with limited budgets, as well as to find solutions for the underlying conflicts. Meanwhile, already-high demands for transparency have only been increased by streaming meetings and other efforts to make board deliberations accessible.

[OCS: Considering the overwhelming failure of the schools that indoctrinate, not educate, they are overfunded as they continue to graduate function illiterates that can’t even compete in their own community. Industrial arts programs were abandoned as women administrators and teachers could not appreciate non-academic pursuits or a manly work ethic. School boards treat parents as an unwanted impediment and when challenged scream about extremism and terrorism. Funny, when the board is comprised of radical extremists and social terrorists.]

Parks and recreation

Like our schools, parks and recreation departments have struggled with the loss of workers and often find it difficult to meet salary, benefits and flexibility expectations set by other employers. Youth participation in sports has also been on the decline even before the pandemic, according to a study by the Aspen Institute. Parks departments must justify their value to residents wary of tax increases and look for new ways to communicate their stewardship of budget dollars.

Transportation

Early in the pandemic, the first visible signs of change were deserted streets, often-idle trains and buses, and a general eeriness that came with reduced transportation use, especially in population-dense areas.

With return-to-work underway for many, activity has returned — but it looks different. Transportation departments are dealing not only with new ridership patterns, but with the rise of new technologies such as driverless cars. Transit departments such as California’s Antelope Valley Transit Authority are implementing or considering alternative-energy vehicles as infrastructures shift to support hybrid and electric transportation options. These solutions require both forward thinking and careful budgeting.

[OCS: Political decisions using sketchy medical advice were the prima facie cause of the crippling lockdowns. There is no such thing as “forward thinking” and “careful budgeting” when politics trumps science and prudence.]

Zoning and city planning
Out of necessity or changing priorities, many citizens revisited how and where they live as a result of the pandemic. Trends in mixed-use development and urban issues around accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and other answers to density issues are changing the community horizon.

Zoning boards and urban planners must stay aware of changing trends in community management and how issues such as climate change, demographic shifts and housing costs affect community residents, business owners and employees.

[OCS: Unfortunately, the progressive communist democrats have taken control of our community planning systems. They institute a Soviet-era gray block housing project, force mass transit to limit individual freedoms, and sustain the elites with their NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) attitudes. Climate change is a money-sucking hoax that taxes and social policies cannot mitigate – the key is adaptation, not adoption. Demographic shifts are self-inflicted.]

Health department

In the last two years, civic health departments have played a large role in the understanding of COVID-19 risks, dissemination of information and formation of regulations and guidelines in how to address the disease.
Local health departments have had to manage understanding of changing guidance from federal and worldwide health entities and create recommendations that are appropriate for vastly different communities.

[OCS: This is pure, unadulterated bullshit. Health Departments have corrupted science in favor of political ideology and the usurpation of power. In fact, they are responsible for a large number of needless deaths with their refusal to accept empirical treatment protocols.] 

Public safety

The dovetail of COVID-19 with highly visible examples of civil unrest created a unique situation for local governments working to ensure residents that their communities were safe. In many towns and cities, police personnel were shifted to monitor stay-at-home orders, border patrol or other pandemic-related restrictions, while at the same time high-profile incidents inflamed already tense relationships with law enforcement.

[OCS: $2 BILLION in damages and lost lives are attributable to the progressive communist democrats who weaponized race to energize their base. The police were ordered to ignore their sworn duties and “stand down.” The Border Patrol was rendered ineffective by the progressive communist democrats. Police were vilified – with a number of political prosecutions leading to the imprisonment of innocent officers.]

City hall

City governments have been a first line of response to the pandemic, working with local health departments to implement appropriate responses to manage local infection and hospitalization rates. This role has required councilors, mayors and others to have accurate, consistent data about what is going on in their communities. Moreover, a surge in ransomware and other cyber crimes has targeted local governments at a high rate, leaving these entities, who often do not have the resources to adequately prevent or respond to these attacks.

[OCS: City governments are mostly corrupt, not prioritizing expenditures on public safety and the repair, replacement, and build-out of critical infrastructure. They spend obscene amounts of money on inadequate systems with little or no real bottom-up security as they solicit the advice of ignorant, politically-chosen stakeholders to guide designs. Should we spend more millions on ugly public art installations or virtualize our platforms for resistance to malware and failure?]

We’ll be taking a deeper dive into these in this series.

Misinformation. Trust for public officials must be earned, and local governments are finding that old methods of communication via email and untelevised meetings fall short when reassuring constituents that budget dollars are being spent wisely and voting outcomes reflect community values.

[OCS: The greatest sources of misinformation are government entities driven by personal and political self-interests.]

Inclusivity. One silver lining that came from the pandemic was the way communication changed — online meetings, consistent electronic messaging — created a more inclusive experience for many citizens. Local governments reported increased attendance at streamed meetings. Meanwhile, many communities are looking for ways to elevate voices of those who have been underrepresented both as the governed and the governing

[OCS: Both inclusivity and diversity are code words for politically-managed racism, affirmative action, and directed budget expenses. Most progressive communist democrats are elevating the voices of ill-informed individuals and illegal aliens over those of legal, law-abiding citizens and legal residents.]

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Bottom line...

There is a significant and severe disconnect between those chosen or appointed to govern and those they govern. A gap that creates political corruption and its resulting waste, fraud, and abuse. 

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


JOE BIDEN IS INSANE!

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After the Biden Administration surrendered Afghanistan to the Taliban and abruptly abandoned thousands of American citizens and allies behind Taliban lines to be hunted, captured, raped, tortured, mutilated, and killed, we find the dumb son of a bitch has decided that Afghanistan is going to get half of the $7 Billion that was frozen in the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.

Stack that up against the American loss of billions in state-of-the-art military-grade weaponry, and I see a clueless man.

And don’t tell me it is for humanitarian aid for a drought-stricken region that lacks enough food to feed its population – with Taliban fighters taking the lion’s share. Tell me about the Taliban’s deal with Pakistan or their lucrative deal with China. Let those nations feed their neighbors.

Like everything touched by the corrupt Democrats, the actual money transfers will be hidden behind a trust to be administered by trustees in Switzerland. The money will stabilize the Taliban’s terrorist regime, pay off some of their international debts, purchase food, and even print their new currency.

Enough is enough! I say put the money in the U.S. Treasury to help offset the wasteful spending of the Democrats.

-- 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


IS FACEBOOK ACTING AS THE GOVERNMENT'S SECRET SURVEILLANCE AGENTS?

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Once again, we are finding that the progressive communist democrats and embedded former intelligence and law enforcement agents at Facebook pose a clear and present to the U.S. Constitution.

Ordinarily, private organizations are generally not subject to prosecution for violating the constitutional provisions safeguarding free speech. However, if they act in concert with the federal government, they may be deemed government agents and thus may be held liable for constitutional violations.

Is Facebook an agent of the government, specifically the Obama-Biden Administration?

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Facebook spied on private messages of Americans who questioned 2020 election

Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice.

Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody at Facebook red-flagged these supposedly subversive private messages over the past 19 months and transmitted them in redacted form to the domestic terrorism operational unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, without a subpoena.

It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause,” alleged one of the sources, who spoke on condition of ­anonymity.

Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena.”

These private messages then have been farmed out as “leads” to FBI field offices around the country, which subsequently requested subpoenas from the partner US Attorney’s Office in their district to officially obtain the private conversations that Facebook already had shown them.

But when the targeted Facebook users were investigated by agents in a local FBI field office, sometimes using covert surveillance techniques, nothing criminal or violent turned up.

The Facebook users whose private communications Facebook had red-flagged as domestic terrorism for the FBI were all “conservative right-wing individuals.”

“They were gun-toting, red-blooded Americans [who were] angry after the election and shooting off their mouths and talking about staging protests. There was nothing criminal, nothing about violence or massacring or assassinating anyone.

“As soon as a subpoena was requested, within an hour, Facebook sent back gigabytes of data and photos. It was ready to go. They were just waiting for that legal process so they could send it.”

Facebook denied the allegations yesterday.

Agency doublespeak

In a statement Wednesday, the FBI neither confirmed nor denied allegations put to it about its joint operation with Facebook, which is designated as “unclassified/law enforcement sensitive.”

Responding to questions about the misuse of data only of American users, the statement curiously focused on “foreign malign influence actors” but did acknowledge that the nature of the FBI’s relationship with social media providers enables a “quick exchange” of information, and is an “ongoing dialogue.”

“The FBI maintains relationships with U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers. The FBI has provided companies with foreign threat indicators to help them protect their platforms and customers from abuse by foreign malign influence actors. U.S. companies have also referred information to the FBI with investigative value relating to foreign malign influence. The FBI works closely with interagency partners, as well as state and local partners, to ensure we’re sharing information as it becomes available. This can include threat information, actionable leads, or indicators. The FBI has also established relationships with a variety of social media and technology companies and maintains an ongoing dialogue to enable a quick exchange of threat information.”

Facebook’s denial that it proactively provides the FBI with private user data without a subpoena or search warrant, if true, would indicate that the initial transfer has been done by a person (or persons) at the company designated as a “confidential human source” by the FBI, someone with the authority to access and search users’ private messages.

In this way, Facebook would have “plausible deniability” if questions arose about misuse of users’ data and its employee’s confidentiality would be protected by the FBI

‘None were Antifa types’       

“The most frightening thing is the combined power of Big Tech colluding with the enforcement arm of the FBI,” says one whistleblower. “Google, Facebook and Twitter, these companies are globalist. They don’t have our national interest at heart.” <Source>

Mark Zuckerberg’s “Zuckerbucks” scheme…

Considering Mark Zuckerberg’s deliberate interference in the 2020 presidential election with selective grants to entities controlling elections, I believe Zuckerberg should be investigated, prosecuted, and penalized for his provocative actions.

Zuckerberg’s election spending was ‘carefully orchestrated’ to influence 2020 vote: ex-FEC member

A former federal election official on Thursday called the $400 million-plus that Mark Zuckerberg spent to help finance local elections a “carefully orchestrated attempt” to influence the 2020 vote — and recommended that all states ban private funding of election offices.

Hans von Spakovsky, a former Federal Election Commission member, said the billionaire Facebook founder’s donations to a pair of nonprofits that doled out the cash to nearly 2,500 counties in 49 states “violated fundamental principles of equal treatment of voters since it may have led to unequal opportunities to vote in different areas of a state.”

“My reaction is that this was a carefully orchestrated attempt to convert official government election offices into get-out-the-vote operations for one political party and to insert political operatives into election offices in order to influence and manipulate the outcome of the election,” said von Spakovsky, a Republican who now runs the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative. <Source>

Bottom line…

In fairness, these allegations may be coming from individuals in a corrupt organization seeking to cover their ass in the upcoming congressional investigations and the potential reform and reorganization of their organizations.

What is needed is a digital bill of rights that covers the use of unilateral “take it or leave it” user agreements, the ownership of data, a definition of the bounds of prohibited speech (speech calling for specific individual harm, inciting a riot, etc.), the prior notification of takedowns (not including those related to imminent threats), a resolution path for takedowns, rules regarding collaboration with government intelligence and law enforcement agencies, protections for whistleblowers, and organization and individual penalties for egregious violations that cause reputational harm or collateral harm such as the loss of employment.

We must realign digital realities with our analog laws.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

P.S. For those wishing to take action, I suggest you participate in the activities of the Electronic Freedom Foundation, “the leading nonprofit defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation.” 


“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


SPEAKING OUT AGAINST MEDICAL CENSORSHIP

I find it amazing when a well-educated, high-tech serial entrepreneur and uber-rich liberal like Steve Kirsch stands up to the establishment and challenges the politicized scientific orthodoxy of the day.

Whether what he says is correct, partially right, or just flat-out wrong doesn’t matter. He should be allowed to present his opinion and challenge the views of others.

Unfortunately, we have seen formerly credible institutions become politicized and well-educated, well-credentialed, and well-experienced individuals cowed into accepting “The Science,” or more appropriately, the orthodoxy of the day as promoted by self-serving elites who believe they have the right to dictate our future.

Can I trust the CDC or NIH? No! Can I trust Drs? Fauci and Birx? Hell no! So who can I trust?

Of course, my first thought is that I can trust my personal physician and team of specialists. But, I must ask, to what extent are their advice and treatment recommendations colored by institutional demands by their practice or hospital facility?

For most people, it is not simply a matter of trust but verify, as most cannot read or understand the medical literature.

Steve Kirsch is responding to the World Health Organization’s request for video comments...

Steve Kirsch is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who played a significant role during the pandemic in the medical research field. His views are credible, and he continues to challenge the orthodoxy of the day. Unfortunately, many of his challenges remain unanswered by those who appear to have a reputational stake in being right.

Another round of vaccine (or whatever it might be?

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New Covid Boosters Were Released Before Human Testing—But Experts Say They're Still Safe
Experts explain the extensive safety history that supported release of new boosters.

The new round of COVID-19 booster shots, reformulated to target the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants as well as the original strain of COVID, are the first shots to be distributed prior to human trials.

The bivalent COVID-19 boosters —made by manufactures Moderna and by Pfizer, along with its partner BioNTech— were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on an expedited basis in order to ensure that they would be released by Labor Day and allow the country to stay one step ahead of of the continually evolving virus and its variants.

Even though the updated boosters were released on an expedited schedule, experts say the shots are safe and that the process parallels a familiar one used to update the seasonal flu vaccine each year. Seasonal flu shots also don't require human clinical trials to be updated and rely upon animal and laboratory testing to develop and evaluate the shot each year.

[OCS: These are not flu shots and to equate or conflate these untested “vaccines” with the long-term data from flu shots is intellectually dishonest. And while flu shots may have life-altering side effects in some individuals, they do not appear to be as frequent or deadly as those from previous COVID-19 vaccine trials.]

And while the new boosters were approved without specific human data on the new formulation, regulators had all the accumulated human trial data from both the original vaccine development and the development of boosters for variants like BA.1 and beta that were never approved,

[OCS: Much of this data, especially from the earlier studies, has been challenged or falsified by later findings. Are the vaccine makers cherry-picking the data.? We will probably never know until it is too late as they high the data behind the “proprietary and confidential” label and censor dissent.]

Regulators also had years of real-world data at their fingertips on the millions of people who have been infected with the virus, including BA.4 and BA.5.

[OCS: Again, is the data scientifically and statistically sound?]

The information in this story is accurate as of press time. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it's possible that some data have changed since publication. While Health is trying to keep our stories as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations for their own communities by using the CDC, WHO, and their local public health department as resources.

[OCS: Sadly, those are the very politicized information sources that have credibility issues and are the source of provable and contradictory disinformation.]    <Source>

Can you believe anything they say?

CDC Director Admits Agency Gave False Information on COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Monitoring

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged publicly for the first time that the agency gave false information about its COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the agency’s director, said in a letter made public on Sept. 12 that the CDC did not analyze certain types of adverse event reports at all in 2021, despite the agency previously saying it started in February 2021. <Source>

Bottom line…

Unfortunately, the former credibility of physicians has been destroyed by politics. Most have the same credibility as climate researchers who depend on the government or politicized institutions for employment and project funding.

This is troubling for me personally as I am in the high-risk category with significant co-morbidities. I have had the basic two shots plus the third “booster.” I was part of an antibody test protocol, and antibodies appear to be present. Unfortunately, the data is worthless as the test may have an error rate approaching 20% and was not approved by the FDA.

I am hesitant to take the next shot without more information.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

Reference:

Steve Kirsch on Substack – HERE
Steve Kirsch on Rumble channel for videos – HERE
Vaccine Safety Research Foundation: Website – HERE 


“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


KEN STARR RIP

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Judge Ken Starr. I found the Judge to be cordial and engaging on a number of occasions when I encountered him in Malibu. I once asked him how crazy it was to give up the Malibu paradise for Texas. He replied that “sometimes there is a higher calling.”

Here is the full announcement from the family…

A Reagan judicial appointee and Solicitor General under George H.W. Bush, Ken Starr also served as Independent Counsel, President and Chancellor of Baylor University and Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law. Starr had a distinguished career in academia, the law, and public service. After leaving Baylor, Starr was Of Counsel to The Lanier Law Firm, where he continued to practice appellate law. He also taught courses in constitutional law, negotiation, and religious liberty plus authored several books, and served as a commentator for Fox News. Starr died on September 13, 2022, at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston of complications from surgery.

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Starr argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including 25 during his service as U.S. Solicitor General from 1989 to 1993. He served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1989, as Counselor and Chief of Staff to U.S. Attorney General William French Smith from 1981 to 1983, and as a law clerk to both Chief Justice Warren E. Burger (1975-1977) and to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer (1973-1974). He was appointed by a three-judge panel to serve as Independent Counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from 1994 to 1999.

For 25 years, Starr taught constitutional law as an adjunct or visiting professor at New York University, George Mason School of Law, Pepperdine School of Law, Chapman Law School, and as the Louise L. Morrison Professor at The Baylor Law School. More recently, Starr taught courses at Regent Law School and Hillsdale College. Starr was a partner at two national law firms: Kirkland & Ellis and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, specializing in appellate law. He joined The Lanier Law Firm in 2017 as Of Counsel. Mark Lanier said of Ken, "Over four decades I have known Ken as "Judge Starr," "Dean Starr," "President Starr," "Uncle Ken," but most importantly "dear friend," to me, my family, our firm, our clients, American justice, and world justice. The world has lost a super Starr, and the world is rightly in mourning."

He served as the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law from 2004 to 2010 and as President and Chancellor of Baylor University from 2010 to 1016. According to the current president of Pepperdine, Jim Gash, "Starr's vision for Pepperdine was global…I am profoundly grateful for Ken's friendship, mentorship, counseling, guidance, and encouragement." Starr also held leadership roles on many non-profit boards, including Advocates International, Christian Legal Society, and the Alliance Defending Freedom Advisory Board. Throughout his professional career, he championed the cause of religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all persons.

Other boards on which he served were: The Council for Court Excellence (past President); Institute of Judicial Administration (past President); Southern Presidents Conference (past President; the Philosophical Society of Texas (past President); American Judicature Society; American Law Institute; American Association of Law Schools; American Bar Association Journal of Editors; American Inns of Court; Institute for United States Studies; Supreme Court Historical Society; Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU); Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT); the Baylor College of Medicine, the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System, American University, Shenandoah University, TPUSA Advisory Board, and the House DC, a faith-based after school program for inner city youth.

Kenneth Winston Starr was born July 21, 1946, to William D. Starr and Vannie Trimble Starr. He grew up in San Antonio where his father was a barber and minister. After graduating from San Antonio's Sam Houston High School, he earned his B.A. from George Washington University (while working part-time on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bob Price). He earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from Brown University and his Juris Doctor degree from Duke University Law School where he was Order of the Coif and served as Note and Comment Editor on the Duke Law Journal. He and Alice Jean Mendell of Mamaroneck, New York were married on August 23, 1970, one week before he began law school. He was admitted to practice law in Texas, California, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and the United States Supreme Court.

Starr was the author of many articles and several highly acclaimed books: Religious Liberty in Crisis: Exercising Your Faith in an Age of Uncertainty was described by best-selling author Os Guinness as "seasoned, wise, magisterial, and gracefully written -- a comprehensive judge's tour of the religious freedom horizon;"  First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life, was praised by U.S. Circuit Judge David B. Sentelle as "eminently readable and informative...not just the best treatment to-date of the Court after Chief Justice Earl Warren, it is likely to have that distinction for a long, long time;"  Bear Country: The Baylor Story and Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation (a New York Times best seller in 2018).

He received numerous honors and awards, including the Edmund Randolph Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Justice, the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society 2005 Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 Capital Book Award, and the Jefferson Cup award from the FBI. He received honorary doctoral degrees from American University, Hampton Sydney College, Shenandoah University, and Pepperdine University.

Starr is survived by his beloved wife Alice Mendell Starr, to whom he was married for 52 years. They lived in Northern Virginia, California, and most recently Waco, Texas. In addition, he is survived by his three children, Randall P. Starr married to Melina T. Starr, Carolyn S. Doolittle married to Cameron M. Doolittle, and Cynthia S. Roemer married to Justin M. Roemer, plus nine precious grandchildren: Grace, Christiana, Hewson, and Sadhana Doolittle; William and Charlotte Starr; and Sienna, Madison, and Colton Roemer.  Starr is also survived by his sister, Billie Jeayne Reynolds, and brother, Jerry Starr. Speaking for all of Ken's children, Randall said: "We are deeply saddened with the loss of our dear and loving Father and Grandfather, whom we admired for his prodigious work ethic, but who always put his family first. The love, energy, endearing sense of humor, and fun-loving interest Dad exhibited to each of us was truly special, and we cherish the many wonderful memories we were able to experience with him. He is now with his Lord and Savior."

Starr was beloved by many treasured colleagues and friends. Tommye Lou Davis, who served as Starr's Chief of Staff at Baylor University, said of her time serving with Ken, "It was a great honor to serve Baylor alongside Ken Starr. His warm, inclusive personality brought the campus uniquely together. He was deeply loved by students, highly respected by faculty and staff, and greatly admired by alumni and the broader Baylor family. Judge Starr's brilliant mind, affable personality, and tireless efforts on behalf of the University have left an indelible mark on all of us fortunate enough to have worked with him. I will always be grateful for his friendship, dynamic leadership and selfless service to Baylor University."

Robert Vagley, former President of the American Insurance Association and a friend of nearly four decades, said to an inquiring reporter that he deeply admired "Ken's absolute decency, his rock-solid faith, his love for his wife and children, his loyalty to family and friends, his devotion to our country and Constitution, his belief in the rule of law and an ordered and civil society, his willingness to serve for the greater good without regard for his own plans and wishes, his always sunny disposition, his charity and good will to all, his humility and selflessness, his charming and jocular personality, and his Texas-bred and Texas-sized strength of character."

Starr will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. Visitation will be held at Wilkirson Hatch Bailey in Waco on Friday, September 23 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. A memorial service for family only will be held at Antioch Community Church in Waco on Saturday, September 24 at 3:00 pm. Jimmy Seibert, the senior pastor of Antioch, said of Ken's life, "The world will remember Ken Starr as a brilliant thinker, leader, and defender of truth and justice. I will remember Ken Starr as a devoted personal friend and a man of sincere and deep faith. Thank you, Ken, for your love of God, your love of family, and your love for all of us. You will always be remembered in American history, but you will be specifically remembered in our hearts."

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ken Starr can be made to:

Alliance Defending Freedom 15100 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
or
Religious Freedom Institute 316 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20003

The Family of Kenneth W. Starr


“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


HOW SCREWED ARE WE?

The FBI appears to be serving unconstitutional DOJ warrants to individuals who openly challenged the election.

Since when does the Department of Justice obtain the authority to override the United States Constitution, especially in cases where the very same behavior of Democrats has gone unnoticed and unprosecuted? Where is the compensation for those forced to surrender their property, travel to Washington to respond to a summons, and spend thousands of dollars in lawyer’s fees – and then have the prosecution walk away from the matter? Proving once again that the process is being weaponized as a punishment and a deterrent to those who dare speak out. Where is the legal remedy for abuse of power – and I don’t mean being forced to resign from office?

Lawyer Says Dozens Of Trump Supporters Served With Warrants, Subpoenas Seeking 2020 Election Communications

“The truth is that a few days ago, a political reporter called several people and said, ‘Hey, have you heard or been served yet? The FBI will be serving 50 approximately search warrants or subpoenas on Trump supporters,’ and then, you know, within 24 hours of that, two of our clients, three of our clients actually did either get search warrants or subpoenas, and the subpoenas are extremely broad,” <Source>

Perhaps the legal remedy can be found in a conspiracy to obstruct justice charge and a cover-up of criminal activities? There is little doubt in my mind that Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray, with a number of other high-ranking Democrats, should go to prison for what they are doing to America’s legal system.

The FBI caught again… 

There is little doubt that key high-ranking officials at the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the Obama White House knew of the Hillary smear campaign, the falsity of the allegations, and yet proceeded with a criminal attempt to interfere with a presidential election in violation of 18 U.S. Code § 595 - Interference by administrative employees of Federal, State, or Territorial Governments.

Another document from Special Counsel John Durham treasure trove reveals that Igor Danchenko, the alleged primary source of the material behind the infamous Steele Dossier has been revealed as a paid FBI informant.

“In March 2017, the FBI signed the defendant up as a paid confidential human source of the FBI. The FBI terminated its source relationship with the defendant in October 2020.”

Case 1:21-cr-00245-AJT Document 78 Filed 09/02/22 Page 3 of 45 PageID# 277

Why would the FBI employ a man whose primary work was about creating a false narrative to impugning the reputation of Donald Trump on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Hillary-controlled Democratic National Committee? The obvious answer was to hide Danchenko from further scrutiny as a protected “source” and keep the FBI’s criminal misconduct in a bogus case hidden from government oversight, the media, and the public.

By way of background…

Beginning in or about July 2016 and continuing through December 2016, the FBI began receiving a series of reports from former British government employee Christopher Steele and his firm, Orbis Business Solutions ("Orbis"), that contained derogatory information on then-candidate Trump ("Trump") concerning Trump's purported ties to Russia (the "Steele Reports").

Earlier that year, Perkins Coie, a U.S.-based international law firm, acting as counsel to the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign, had retained Fusion GPS, a U.S.-based investigative firm, to conduct research on Trump and his associates. In or about June 2016, Fusion GPS, in turn, retained Steele and Orbis to investigate Trump's purported ties to Russia.

The Steele Reports played an important role in applications that FBI personnel prepared and submitted to obtain warrants pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") targeting Carter Page, a United States citizen who for a period of time had been an advisor to then-candidate Trump.

Over a fairly lengthy period of time, the FBI attempted to investigate, vet, and analyze the Steele Reports but ultimately was not able to confirm or corroborate most of their substantive allegations. In the context of these efforts, the FBI learned that Christopher Steele relied primarily on a U.S.-based Russian national, the defendant Igor Danchenko ("Danchenko" or the "defendant"), to collect information that ultimately formed the core allegations found in the Steele Reports.

From January 2017 through October 2020, and as part of its efforts to determine the truth or falsity of specific information in the Steele Reports, the FBI conducted multiple interviews of the defendant regarding, among other things, the information that he had provided to Steele.

The link between Hillary Clinton to the attempt to interfere with a presidential election has been clearly established. Unfortunately, the cover-up has succeeded in that the delay has rendered all potential charges moot as they are beyond the statute of limitations and further proceedings will consume additional years of court proceedings. Likewise, former President Obama and his acolytes will never be held legally accountable for the many scandalous and criminal activities perpetrated on his watch, with his knowledge, and perhaps at his indirect direction.

What inflation?

  • The American People Won’: Biden Celebrates ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ as Market Plummets over August Inflation News

President Joe Biden celebrated the passage of the “Inflation Reduction Act” by hosting an event at the White House Tuesday, the same day the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report showing inflation had continued to rise in August, causing markets to plummet. <Source>

  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland reports that its latest estimate of 10-year expected inflation is 2.35 percent. In other words, the public currently expects the inflation rate to be greater than 2 percent on average over the next decade.<Source>
  • Dow Plummets Nearly 1,300 Points on August Inflation News in Worst Day Since June 2020

The major stock market indexes tumbled on Tuesday, notching the worst one-day performance for stocks since June 2020, after a key measure of inflation came in worse than expected. <Source>

  • Stubbornly high rents, food prices boost U.S. inflation in August

U.S. consumer prices unexpectedly rose in August and underlying inflation accelerated amid rising costs for rents and healthcare, giving the Federal Reserve ammunition to deliver a third 75 basis points interest rate hike next Wednesday. <Source>

  • Presidential Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s bald-faced lies

“Look, when you look at the data, the inflation data, look, we’re seeing more progress bringing global inflation down in the U.S. economy as I just stated moments ago.  Overall, prices have been essentially flat in our country these — these last two months.  That is welcome news for American families, with more work still to do.” <Source>

Unexpectedly rose? Almost everybody, with the apparent exception of the Biden Administration, its media propagandists, and Wall Street, that has been paying attention, knows that inflation is bad and that the Federal Reserve is creating an artificial recession to stem inflation.

Unfortunately, we do not have a demand problem that rising prices can cure; we have an artificially government-created supply problem – not to mention egregious government spending and new money creation. Likewise, both the media and the Wall Street wizards are artificially creating the type of volitivity that results in trading profits from buy/sell activity and the artificial manipulation of markets.

  • Dick Durbin is spinning again …

Senator Durbin says it’s “Monday morning quarterbacking” to blame Democrats’ avalanche of spending for the inflation crisis “There are a lot of people … trying to rewrite history” <Source>

Anyone tracking the numbers doesn’t need a crystal ball…

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and times are, arguably, increasingly desperate. The persistence of high inflation might force the Federal Reserve to resort to the biggest increase in a key U.S. interest rate in more than 40 years.

After another dismal U.S. inflation report, economists at the brokerage Nomura Securities on Tuesday became the first on Wall Street to predict a full-percentage-point increase in the Fed’s benchmark short-term rate.<Source>

OCS: According to my numbers, the Fed should be more aggressive and get ahead of inflation by increasing the Federal funds rate by 125 to 150 basis points.

Fw-12

Union Corruption…

Gov. Newsom Pays Unions Back for Recall Rescue

California: ‘Bloated, sleepy and sloppy state bureaucracy that has festered in mediocrity’

California Governor Gavin Newsom was spared the indignity of being recalled by voters in fall of 2021 by California’s powerful and gilded labor unions, which spent more than $25 million in the recall, according to CalMatters. “That’s more money than Hollywood, California’s tech industry, local Indian tribes, and state real estate players spent in the recall race combined,” the Federalist reported.

The Governor apparently did not forget his end of the ostensible deal, rewarding labor with promises of hundreds of thousands of new members (Fast food workers), as well as signing legislation providing tax credits for the union dues of members.

“The new budget passed by lawmakers in mid-June and signed by Governor Newsom two weeks later will take California’s existing tax deduction for union dues payments and turn it into a tax credit capped at 33% of dues paid,” Patrick Gleason, Vice President of State Affairs at Americans for Tax Reform, said in Forbes. “Changing the deduction to a credit makes the union tax break more generous and benefits those who don’t itemize or have a tax liability.” <Source>

Before the holiday season, workers at America's busiest ports are fighting the robots

It's a never-ending line of massive ships stacked high with colorful containers that come and go from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach these days. This busy scene is not unexpected as the volume of goods coming across the Pacific Ocean has hit new records during the pandemic. The shipping industry says it must automate more of the work loading and unloading ships to keep up.

Union-funded research finds significant job loss due to automation

In a union-funded study, the nonprofit research organization Economic Roundtable calculated how much work has been lost at two automated terminals, Long Beach Container Terminal and TraPac.

In what the researchers calls a conservative estimate, the study found that automation eliminated 572 full-time-equivalent jobs annually in 2020 and 2021.

To be clear, no union dockworker was laid off in those years. As part of their contract, ILWU workers have guaranteed base wages, regardless of whether there's work. And because of the recent surge in cargo, there has been plenty of work to go around. <Source>

Notice the corrupt unions never mention tens of millions of dollars in costs to consumers to needlessly save a relatively few exorbitantly high-paying union jobs. Or that unions contribute directly to political corruption -- an organized crime in the open!

Bottom line…

I do not know if a “come-back” is possible as long as this nation’s elite profit from political corruption.

Unbelievably, the nation is descending into chaos and crime under the Democrats.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

Gop


“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


CHARLES: KING SCHMUCK

KC-CLUELESS

The world should mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth and be pleased that the British Monarchy is only a symbolic position without real power…

On July 8, 2009, HRH The Prince of Wales delivered the Richard Dimbleby Lecture, “Facing the Future,” at St. James’s Palace State Apartments in London, England. The most notable observation, other than condemning capitalism,  was that…

“By the way, I said in Brazil back in March this year that we had one hundred months left to take the necessary steps to avert irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it. I will say it again – but now we only have ninety-six months left…”

It is now September 12, 2022 --- 158 months and five days later (including the end date). Surely we would have seen a significant sign of worsening climate change?

But, then again, such fanciful balderdash is a product of fictitious fantasies created by computers programmed with suspect assumptions, dodgy data and parameterized to support a political narrative. With useful idiots sounding off with certitude about manufactured scenarios as if the output of a computer produced immutable scientific facts.

Just 96 months to save world, says Prince Charles
The price of capitalism and consumerism is just too high, he tells industrialists

Capitalism and consumerism have brought the world to the brink of economic and environmental collapse, the Prince of Wales has warned in a grandstand speech which set out his concerns for the future of the planet.

The heir to the throne told an audience of industrialists and environmentalists at St James’s Palace last night that he had calculated that we have just 96 months left to save the world.

And in a searing indictment on capitalist society, Charles said we can no longer afford consumerism and that the “age of convenience” was over.

The Prince, who has spoken passionately about the environment before, said that if the world failed to heed his warnings then we all faced the “nightmare that for so many of us now looms on the horizon.”

Charles’s speech was described as his first attempt to present a coherent philosophy in which he placed the threat to the environment in the context of a failing economic system.

The Prince, who is advised by the leading environmentalists Jonathon Porritt and Tony Juniper, said that even the economist Adam Smith, father of modern capitalism, had been aware of the short-comings of unfettered materialism.

Delivering the annual Richard Dimbleby lecture, Charles said that without “coherent financial incentives and disincentives” we have just 96 months to avert “irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.”

Charles has recently courted controversy by intervening in planning disputes, most notably the battle over the Chelsea Barracks design in London. It is also known that he writes privately to ministers when he wishes to put his concerns on record.

Now, he seems more willing to embrace much wider political issues in a much more public forum.

He confided last night: “We face the dual challenges of a world view and an economic system that seem to have enormous shortcomings, together with an environmental crisis – including that of climate change – which threatens to engulf us all.”

Despite his attack on the materialism of the modern age, the Prince has been criticized for his own indulgences, including dozens of staff to run his homes and hundreds of thousands of pounds spent travelling around the world. While his private estates on the Duchy of Cornwall generate record profits his tax bill was lower than the year before.

Last night the Prince said: “But for all its achievements, our consumerist society comes at an enormous cost to the Earth and we must face up to the fact that the Earth cannot afford to support it. Just as our banking sector is struggling with its debts – and paradoxically also facing calls for a return to so-called ‘old-fashioned’, traditional banking – so Nature’s life-support systems are failing to cope with the debts we have built up there too.

“If we don’t face up to this, then Nature, the biggest bank of all, could go bust. And no amount of quantitative easing will revive it.” <Source>

In his own words… 

The transcript of “Facing the Future” can be found here.

This is not catastrophic global warming...

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About "The Science" ...

"The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin." Thomas Huxley 

Bottom line…

Charles was an insufferable schmuck as the Prince of Wales; heaven only knows what he will sound like as King Charles III with a larger megaphone and greatly expanded reach. 

Let us remember that nobody has determined the optimal temperature of the Earth, nor have they found a way to directly isolate and measure man’s contribution to climate change as measured against the natural variability of Nature. Including the Sun’s energy output in all spectral bands, cosmic ray production, the Earth’s position relative to the Sun, the Earth’s rotational and precessional dynamics, plate tectonics and vulcanology, deep ocean currents, and the most significant greenhouse gas: water vapor. All seemingly interlinked with feedback and response mechanisms to support life on our planet. <Source>

Remember that manufactured science is being used to drive a political narrative and serve as justification for increasing international socialism -- leading to communism.

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


WHY IS THE DOJ AND FBI RESISTING THE APPOINTMENT OF A SPECIAL MASTER?

There is absolutely no doubt that the search warrant used to raid former President Trump’s residence was overly broad and lacked the specificity and particularity to keep the warrant from being an unconstitutional general warrant.

Likewise, both the Department of Justice and the FBI have admitted that they inappropriately collected of a personal or privileged nature. So why are they resisting the appointment of a special master to verify that the documents seized were classified and related to the charges specified in the warrant?

Case 9:22-cv-81294-AMC Document 31 Entered on FLSD Docket 08/29/2022

5. Although the government will provide the Court more detail in its forthcoming supplemental filing, the government notes that, before the Court issued its Preliminary Order, and in accordance with the judicially authorized search warrant's provisions, the Privilege Review Team (as described in paragraphs 81-84 of the search warrant affidavit) identified a limited set of materials that potentially contain attorney-client privileged information, completed its review of those materials, and is in the process of following the procedures set forth in paragraph 84 of the search warrant affidavit to address potential privilege disputes, if any. <Source>

However, suppose the FBI is found to have taken unclassified documents relating to the internal affairs of the FBI and DOJ along with attorney-client privileged documents relating to Trump’s RICO lawsuit against the FBI, DOJ, and others. In that case, the special master should return those documents and seek a grand jury indictment for all involved parties charging criminal obstruction of justice, fraud upon the United States for the costs involved, and theft under the color of authority. The prosecutor shall be denied the use of all documents and their derivatives as the fruit of the poisonous tree.

The FBI motto should be changed, its top leadership dismissed, and its employees administratively assigned to an interim bureau while the FBI is reformed.

FBI

Why is everybody shocked to see political intervention by the FBI?

Think back to the days of Watergate when the cover-up of minor-league political surveillance of the Democrats erupted in a scandal that saw a sitting President resign from office. Remember the notorious leaker "Deep Throat" who spoon-fed investigative details to Washinton Post reporter Bob Woodward, who shared it with Carl Bernstein.

Thirty-one years after the fact, the leaker turned out to be former Federal Bureau of Investigation Associate Director Mark Felt, the number two man in the Bureau. And not so coincidently, it was a move against an effective Republican President named Richard Nixon.

Bottom line…

The American people can no longer trust their government or its premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Likewise, it cannot trust former officials like former FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General William Barr to help reform the corrupt agencies. I even have growing doubts about former United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham. 

Why are the government and the media keeps smearing Donald Trump while ignoring the millions of foreign bribes Biden raked in through his family? Or the dismissal of Hillary Clinton's stolen classified documents which were surely compromised by foreign hostile powers?

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


9/11/2022 -- OUR NATION IS STILL UNDER ATTACK

It has been 21 years since the 9/11/2001 cowardly sneak attack on America by terrorists  -- an event that killed thousands and forever changed the lives of thousands of more individuals.

As we solemnly remember those 2,977 innocent Americans and others who lost their lives simply because they went to work that fateful day or boarded a plane destined to enter history, let us reflect on how the world has changed.

George W. Bush responded to the attack with overwhelming force, not against Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Pakistan who harbored Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda leaders, but against Saddam Hussein and Iraq—operating under the specious theory we needed to overthrow a Middle East dictatorship and democratize a country with a history of totalitarianism. The thinking was that we could use this success to demonstrate to others in the region that they should follow U.S. dictates or suffer a similar fate. A failed attempt at nation-building that drained our treasury and mired us in other regional conflicts.

Followed by the idiotic attempt to rebuild Afghanistan where the concept of loyalty to the state was unknown for a thousand years. 

Former President Obama and the top people in his administration who were mostly anti-America, anti-white, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and pro-Islam, are still deeply embedded in the leadership and bureaucracy of our nation.

All of the military men, continue their pompously strutting but are generally satisfied with their participation in a twenty-year debacle that ended up with America's first unconditional surrender of a country -- resulting in a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, and Americans leaving Americans behind enemy lines as they withdraw in disgrace.

As for al Qaeda, the terrorist group led by Osama bin Laden, and the Taliban who provided the resources, unfortunately, a mentally-incapacitated President Biden and the anti-America Obamacons who pull his strings, have re-armed and empowered our enemy.

Let us remember that the Democrats allowed the massive immigration of Islamic individuals into our nation, including those Muslims that serve openly in Congress. Like the despicable un-Americans like corrupt Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), both anti-white, anti-Semitic, and anti-Israel.  Do not forget Keith X, Keith Ellison (D-MN), whose association with Louis Farrakhan and the militant black Nation of Islam is rarely mentioned.

Perhaps the real lesson to be learned today is that we must defend the United States from its enemies, both foreign and domestic, hitting them with overwhelming force without regard for collateral damage, and leaving with the promise of returning if necessary--not rebuilding that which we destroyed.

Recognize that it is futile to attempt to take a confederation of regional authoritarian tribal powers and transform them into a somewhat democratic national state that would be respected and protected by their own army and national police force. You cannot take a medieval region into modernity if they lack a sense of nationalism, critical civic institutions, deep educational resources, and the necessary industrialization to create a self-sustaining economy. You cannot impose any government or law which does not comport with Islam, the Quran, and the various writings of The Prophet.

As we remember the collapsing Twin Towers with people jumping to their deaths rather than being burned alive, those at the Pentagon, and Danny Lewin and the other brave passengers who crashed their aircraft into a Pennsylvania field rather than the White House, perhaps we should re-dedicate ourselves to protecting and defending our Constitution and restoring faith in our civic institutions by dealing with today's political corruption and the inroads of communism.

Let us honor the sacrifices of those who died and the many still suffering by restoring American exceptionalism and our national honor.

Let us not forget, that the tragedy and terrorism of 9/11 are not over but have been empowered by those who rather protect their self-interests rather than our exceptional nation. Our enemies are still here in America and growing stronger each day. 

Once again, we are reminded that there are hundreds of millions of individuals whose religion commands them to enslave or kill anyone, not of their intolerant religion…

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Bottom line …

Let us remember that it was Democrats that birthed Islamo-Fascism in Iran (Carter), allowed North Korea to go nuclear, and China to improve their missile guidance technology (Clinton), stabilized the Iranian economy and the production of ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S., and set Iran on a course to develop nuclear weapons (Obama). At the same time, Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder were approving the sale of uranium to Russia.

Unless Islam is reformed, it represents a clear and present danger to America and the non-Muslim world. Do not let the far-left Democrat liberals in our government convince you otherwise. Unless we circumvent political corruption, our country will fall from within and be conquered by dollars, not bullets. 

We need to elect leaders and keep our eyes open and focused on those who pretend they are friends of the United States, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Turkey all come immediately to mind. There are no moderate Muslims – and if there are, they are ineffective in controlling the crazies among them.

We need to understand that our Constitution is not a suicide pact – and that we can and must take decisive action against religious threats as if they were any other enemy initiative.

“Vigilance and Peace Through Strength” are concepts that are not well understood by the Democrat party and its far-left liberal Marxist infiltrators.

Considering our surrender in Afghanistan, with thousands of Americans and allies left behind Taliban lines to be hunted, tortured, raped, mutilated, and murdered -- our enemy is back stronger than before and armed with the most advanced U.S. military gear.

We still have done nothing to Pakistan -- who knowingly hid Osama bin Ladin and other enemies of the United States. 

We continued to be screwed by our leaders and their woke politically correct nonsense that provides aid and comfort to our enemies. 

Be well, be safe, and take care of yourself and your family first.

-- 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 PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST DEMOCRAT GRIFT CONTINUES

Uk-afThe United States, at the urging of the Biden Administration, has committed $15.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration, including $14.5 billion since Russia invaded Ukraine. 

A few days ago, the U.S. announced another $675 million weapons package to Ukraine, including additional High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, high-speed anti-radiation missiles, and more than 5,000 anti-armor systems, among other equipment.

So as the United States is pouring billions of taxpayer funds into Ukraine, much at the behest of the U.S. military-industrial complex, who is keeping track of the funds and the use of the weaponry? Or, like our abject surrender in Afghanistan, will this come back to bite us in the ass – with our own weapons deployed against American citizens?

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be addressing U.S. defense contractors as he headlines the annual Future Force Capabilities Conference and continues his carefully orchestrated “charm” campaign to mask the fact that he is a budding oligarch in one of the most corrupt countries outside of Russia -- where institutional corruption is a way of life.

There is little doubt in my mind that the progressive communist democrats in the Obama/Biden White House and the U.S. State Department, under the direction of Victoria Nuland, were complicit in igniting the current war in Ukraine with their covert regime change actions.

Leaked Audio shows Obama & Biden plotting regime change in Ukraine during 2014 Maidan

Barack Obama and Joe Biden orchestrated a coup in Ukraine which destabilized the region and allowed neo-Nazis to take over the country, according to a leaked audio recording from 2014.

One of the key players in that coup, Victoria Nuland, who served in the State Department under Obama, can be heard on tape planning that coup in Ukraine.

Nuland is a pro-Hillary “anti-Trumper” who was instrumental in spreading Hillary’s discredited “Steele dossier” that served as the basis for special counsel Robert Mueller’s witch-hunt against President Trump.

However between 2013-2016, he was serving as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. During that phone call, Nuland and Pyatt brought up two individuals…then national security adviser to the vice president, Jake Sullivan, and the vice president himself, Joe Biden. The discussion between the two revolved around the State Department’s “pick” for prime minister of a so-called “unity government” in Ukraine.

One might ask, why was the United States involved in deciding who should be the “pick” for prime minister of a foreign country? That’s a great question. During the review of the three candidates for the post, State picked a man named Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

According to GP, Joe Biden was intimately involved in the decision, since Obama had appointed him as the “point man” for Ukraine. Ironically at about the same time, Biden’s son Hunter Biden was appointed to the board at Burisma Energy Holdings, one of the largest such companies in Ukraine, despite having zero experience in the energy sector.

So in essence what occurred was that the former government of Ukraine was deposed, and the United States, with Biden at the helm, helped stage a coup and then pick the man they decided should lead Ukraine, not the duly elected head of the government.

In the leaked phone conversation between Nuland and Pyatt, the former expressed frustration with the European Union’s response to the situation then-occurring in Ukraine.

Nuland: “So, that would be great, I think, to help glue this thing and have the U.N. [United Nations] help glue it. And, you know, Fuck the EU.”

“So let me work on Klitschko [former mayor of Kyiv] and if you can just keep…we want to try to get somebody with an international personality to come out here and help to midwife this thing. The other issue is some kind of outreach to Yanukovych [deposed Ukrainian president] but we probably regroup on that tomorrow as we see how things start to fall into place.”

Nuland: “So on that piece Geoff, when I wrote the note [US vice-president’s national security adviser Jake] Sullivan’s come back to me VFR [direct to me], saying you need Biden and I said probably tomorrow for an atta-boy and to get the deets [details] to stick. So Biden’s willing.”

Nuland: “Good. I don’t think Klitsch should go into the government. I don’t think it’s necessary, I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

Pyatt: “Yeah. I guess…in terms of him not going into the government, just let him sort of stay out and do his political homework and stuff. I’m just thinking in terms of the process moving ahead and we want to keep the moderate Democrats together. The problem is going to be Tyahnybok and his guys…”

Nuland: “I think Yats is the guy who’s got the economic experience, the governing experience. He’s the…what he needs is Klitsch and Tyahnybok on the outside. He needs to be talking to them four times a week, you know. I think Klitsch going in…he’s going to be at that level working for Yatseniuk, it’s just not gonna work.” <Source>

Joe Biden Admits to Quid Pro Quo Involving Ukraine

This is an example of the classic projection of the progressive communist democrats who accuse their opposition of their own behavior. Remember, the Democrats impeached Donald Trump for asking the Ukraine President to investigate the firing of the prosecutor looking into Hunter Biden’s dealings with Burisma.

Only the corruption and weakness of Joe Biden encouraged and empowered Russian President Putin’s attack on Ukraine. And the same people who created this international catastrophe are still in positions of power.

Bottom line…

I did not work hard all of my life to support bureaucrats in Ukraine or pay off my rich neighbor’s son’s Harvard Law degree, which will probably result in a $200-plus starting salary.

The Obama/Biden administration is bleeding us dry, using the Cloward-Piven strategy to collapse our institutions and internal safety nets to destroy America from within.

Technically speaking, Ukraine is mostly a European problem. If the progressive communist democrats and the Obama acolytes in the Obama/Biden were not so corrupt, they would have pushed to continue America’s energy independence to allow the U.S. to shore up Europe with energy so they could divert resources to Ukraine.

Unless we put safeguard stopgaps in congress now, we are totally 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


IS THERE AN AMERICA IN YOUR FUTURE?

With the passing of England's Queen and the ascension of a not-too-bright globalist to the throne, it seems appropriate to consider our future here in America.

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Given my age and medical condition, I am closer to the end of the journey than even the middle. Not only does this provide perspective, but it also reduces your patience and tolerance for bullshit. Hence it is the older generation who must explain life to those starting on the journey or those still blindly traveling to an unknown destination.

My worldview…

American history is not the story of serendipitous achievement; it is the story of failure and overcoming adversity to drive progress and growth.

Likewise, the reputation and achievement of our nation's leaders, some considered exceptional in our minds, were driven by unplanned situations and circumstances beyond their control.

In essence, our future as a nation is one big crapshoot of probabilistic fortunes.

We are not in a good place…

There is little doubt that the corruption of the Democrats and the fecklessness of the GOP have brought us to a dark place. A place where recovery is questionable as both sides vie for political power. Power not to achieve but to maintain their control and suppress dissent and rebellion.

Our watchdogs, the so-called free press willing to speak truth to power, has morphed into lapdogs ready to grow fat and happy being fed scraps from the master's table.

Our American culture is not failing or falling; it is incrementally changing. Change slow enough not to cause immediate outrage and rebellion but to allow young students to learn acceptance in the indoctrination centers we call schools. I could have never imagined a nation that would openly teach racism in the guise of diversity and critical race theory. Or to declare mathematics as the racist tool of the white patriarchy.

That previously regarded as invulnerable and unchallengeable is now subject to groupthink and the pondering of randos on social media platforms -- which they mistake as a representation of reality. Imagine, experiencing life through an iPhone with "friends" you will never meet and thinking that if you do not exist on social media, you do not exist in life.

The turning point?

If one were to look for a foundational event of our decline, I would suggest it came with the media coronation of Barack Obama, a man of no real achievement other than his association with powerful and dodgy friends. Obama promised fundamental transformation, and he succeeded. Even against a background of outrageous scandals and the corruption of the Clintons and Bidens, he was able to seed and deeply bury his acolytes just below the surfaces of power centers where they could impede or promote policies that steered the ship of state.

The greatest calamity…

I do not doubt that the greatest calamity facing the United States is not global warming, which appears to be a world-class hoax perpetrated by self-serving elites, but the destruction of our Constitution, the procedural framework that protects our individual rights.

Today's progressive communist democrats do not let traditional norms or rules interfere in their quest for power. Morals have become subjective rather than objective. Moral equivalency takes no position on good and evil, only its perception from another framework or point of view. Thus, twelfth-century barbarism is morally justified in the world of the Taliban. The true horror is that modern virtue-signaling individuals who see evil and pretend it is simply another lifestyle is what will bring our nation to its knees.

These virtue-signaling individuals promote the pretense of equality which they realize belies the very essence of human nature and its immutable natural laws. They use behavioral economics to "nudge" others into compliance by offering incentives, mostly non-cash convenience, and expedience -- gain with no pain.

Bottom line…

Our greatest weapons, our system of governance, military might, potent men, fertile women, and a robust supply of water, food, and natural resources are being artificially eroded. We are seeing the destruction of the nuclear family, the confusion of the sexes into non-reproductive constructs, and our water being flushed into the ocean at the expense of agriculturally productive land.

No nation is immune from decline and destruction when its energy sector, underlying all human and economic activity, is compromised -- either naturally or artificially.

Without knowing history, there is no way to discuss the level of your misery or degree of slavery.

So there we are -- screwed by the progressive communist democrats who must be defeated politically by leaders willing to root out and eliminate embedded ideological traitors who hate the United States.

-- 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 OPEN PANDORA'S BOX IN SEEKING TRUMP TAX RETURNS

Democrats, be careful what you seek…

“Pandora's box is an artifact in Greek mythology connected with the myth of Pandora in Hesiod's Works and Days. Hesiod reported that curiosity led her to open a container left in the care of her husband, thus releasing physical and emotional curses upon mankind.”

How many people would like to examine the detailed tax returns of Democrats and affiliated organizations?

  • Bill & Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation
  • President Barack Obama
  • President Joe Biden
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
  • Senator Diane Feinstein

All under the legitimate legislative purpose of improving financial disclosures of multi-millionaire politicians.

D.C. Court of appeals rules  I.R.C. § 6103(f)(1) constitutional…

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III. Conclusion

The 2021 Request seeks information that may inform the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means as to the efficacy of the Presidential Audit Program, and therefore, was made in furtherance of a subject upon which legislation could be had. Further, the Request did not violate separation of powers principles under any of the potentially applicable tests primarily because the burden on the Executive Branch and the Trump Parties is relatively minor. Finally, § 6103(f)(1) is not facially unconstitutional because there are many circumstances under which it can be validly applied, and Treasury’s decision to comply with the Request did not violate the Trump Parties’ First Amendment rights. We affirm.< Source>

Internal Revenue Code…

Sec. 6103. Confidentiality And Disclosure Of Returns And Return Information

I.R.C. § 6103(f) Disclosure To Committees Of Congress

I.R.C. § 6103(f)(1) Committee On Ways And Means, Committee On Finance, And Joint Committee On Taxation —

Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request, except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.

I.R.C. § 6103(f)(2) Chief Of Staff Of Joint Committee On Taxation —

Upon written request by the Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish him with any return or return information specified in such request. Such Chief of Staff may submit such return or return information to any committee described in paragraph (1), except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.

I.R.C. § 6103(f)(3) Other Committees —

Pursuant to an action by, and upon written request by the chairman of, a committee of the Senate or the House of Representatives (other than a committee specified in paragraph (1)) specially authorized to inspect any return or return information by a resolution of the Senate or the House of Representatives or, in the case of a joint committee (other than the joint committee specified in paragraph (1)) by concurrent resolution, the Secretary shall furnish such committee, or a duly authorized and designated subcommittee thereof, sitting in closed executive session, with any return or return information which such resolution authorizes the committee or subcommittee to inspect. Any resolution described in this paragraph shall specify the purpose for which the return or return information is to be furnished and that such information cannot reasonably be obtained from any other source.

I.R.C. § 6103(f)(4) Agents Of Committees And Submission Of Information To Senate Or House Of Representatives

I.R.C. § 6103(f)(4)(A) Committees Described In Paragraph (1) —

Any committee described in paragraph (1) or the Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation shall have the authority, acting directly, or by or through such examiners or agents as the chairman of such committee or such chief of staff may designate or appoint, to inspect returns and return information at such time and in such manner as may be determined by such chairman or chief of staff. Any return or return information obtained by or on behalf of such committee pursuant to the provisions of this subsection may be submitted by the committee to the Senate or the House of Representatives, or to both. The Joint Committee on Taxation may also submit such return or return information to any other committee described in paragraph (1), except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.

I.R.C. § 6103(f)(4)(B) Other Committees —

Any committee or subcommittee described in paragraph (3) shall have the right, acting directly, or by or through no more than four examiners or agents, designated or appointed in writing in equal numbers by the chairman and ranking minority member of such committee or subcommittee, to inspect returns and return information at such time and in such manner as may be determined by such chairman and ranking minority member. Any return or return information obtained by or on behalf of such committee or subcommittee pursuant to the provisions of this subsection may be submitted by the committee to the Senate or the House of Representatives, or to both, except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer, shall be furnished to the Senate or the House of Representatives only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.

I.R.C. § 6103(f)(5) Disclosure By Whistleblower —

Any person who otherwise has or had access to any return or return information under this section may disclose such return or return information to a committee referred to in paragraph (1) or any individual authorized to receive or inspect information under paragraph (4)(A) if such person believes such return or return information may relate to possible misconduct, maladministration, or taxpayer abuse. <Source>

Bottom line…

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Politics is a two-edged sword that cuts both ways – if only the GOP has the balls to use it to slay the progressive communist democrat dragon.

Otherwise, 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


HOW FAR LEFT IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY?

Once again, we must consider the idiocy of the corrupt progressive communist democrat party…

  • Can you imagine the Democrats selecting, supporting, and massively funding a communist running for the Senate in Pennsylvania?
  • A cognitively impaired communist who is often as incoherent as President Joe Biden?
  • A physically unwell communist candidate who might not survive his term in office?
  • A communist candidate who refuses to debate his opponent?
  • A communist who pulled a shotgun on an innocent black voter – a core constituency of the Democrat Party. Where is the outrage and condemnation from the Black activists, or are they too busy spending their “walk-around money?”

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  • A communist candidate protected by the media and social media platforms?
  • A communist candidate that wants to close the jails, release criminals into the community, and defund the police?
  • A communist candidate who wants to open the borders?
  • A communist candidate to the left of Berne Sanders?
  • A communist candidate who lived with his parents and received an allowance until he was forty?

Oh! Did I mention he was a communist running for office in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of liberty?

In his own words, Fetterman admits wrongdoing... 

Bottom line…

Progressive-communist-democratsWhat the hell are the progressive communist democrats doing to our Constitution, Country, and Children?

And as I said before, Republicans may not have all the answers or the guts to push back, but it is the Democrats at the root of the destruction of America.

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


SOMETHING STINKS IN UKRAINE

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It is truly a crazy world when the establishment’s financial journal of record allows the head of a notoriously corrupt country to make an editorial pitch for a country in an unwinnable war and sucking up billions of free U.S. taxpayer dollars.

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Invest in the Future of Ukraine
It’s a land of surprising opportunity, which aspires to become a major hub for information technology.
By Volodymyr Zelensky

I told the World Economic Forum in May that I plan great leaps ahead for the postwar Ukrainian economy. I committed my administration to creating a favorable environment for investment that would make Ukraine the greatest growth opportunity in Europe since the end of World War II.

[OCS: Already, the head of one of the most corrupt nations in the world outside of Africa is cozying up to the European socialist elites who want to exert control over western nations.]

Today, with the introduction of Advantage Ukraine, I am delivering on that promise. I invite foreign investors and companies with ambition to see the advantage in investing in the future of Ukraine, and to recognize the tremendous growth potential our country presents. We have already identified options for more than $400 billion of potential investment, which reach from public-private partnerships to privatization and private ventures. With the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, we have formed a project team of investment bankers and researchers, appointed by Ukraine’s Economy Ministry, that will work with businesses interested in investing.

[OCS: Public-private partnerships is a code phrase for a strongman-dominated government-controlled enterprise system. As for privatization and private ventures, think Putin-style oligarchs kicking back billions to Putin. More troubling is the involvement of the U.S. Agency for International Development, a taxpayer-funded piggybank for special interests and political operatives.]

While Ukraine is recognized for its agriculture, the breadbasket of Europe, the nation is less well known for its leadership in science and technology. Our country has a growing, well-educated, English-speaking workforce with in-demand STEM capabilities. Today, Ukraine has more graduates with degrees in technology than most European countries, while 240,000 citizens are employed in the information-technology sector (this is forecast by the Ukrainian government to grow to 450,000 by 2024). Additionally, I am proud that Ukraine leads among central and eastern European countries in research and development and IT outsourcing.

[OCS: Whatever it is, it is not a democracy with a stable legal system that will protect investors. Want proof? Ask President Biden about the quid pro quo firing of the prosecutor looking into Burisma. As for trusting a communist-infiltrated country with the keys to your IT Kingdom, I’m not so sure about that – any more that I am not sure that Russia will not replace Zelensky with a puppet.]

To create a safe, transparent environment for business engagement, Ukraine is pursuing investment guarantees from both the Group of Seven and the European Union, reforming the country’s tax system, and establishing a strong new legal framework. Our country has already adopted rules and laws to allow companies to build transparent corporate structures, attract foreign investment more easily, and use additional mechanisms to protect intangible assets. Favorable conditions will allow us to establish Ukraine as a powerful IT hub and implement innovative business ideas quickly and effectively.

[OCS: Yada. Yada. Yada. About what you expect to hear from a Bernie Madoff before disappearing your life savings.]

Ukrainians are grateful for the support we have received from around the world, but today I am writing not to ask for favors. Advantage Ukraine, our new program, outlines investment opportunities that will unleash the economic potential of Ukraine while delivering growth for those who have the vision to invest.

[OCS: I call bullshit! His hand is out, and he is raking in the dough. Convincing America to fund the rebuild of Ukraine's war-torn nation at the expense of America's military might and infrastructure is a bad investment.]

I stand by what I said in May, and I say it now with even greater conviction: Ukraine is a land of surprising opportunity. I personally invite you to be surprised by our potential and to invest in the future of Ukraine.

[OCS: Who knows if Zelensky will survive the coming months to guarantee a future that looks less likely without a lasting peace agreement that benefits Russia.]

Mr. Zelensky is president of Ukraine. <Source>

A little history…

Political fiefdoms of the oligarchs

As a result of constitutional changes enacted since 2004, the Ukrainian parliament has substantial new powers to name and dismiss the prime minister and much of the cabinet, with no presidential veto. Thus, whoever becomes prime minister will largely overshadow President Yushchenko on domestic policy questions.

Another crucial benefit of membership in parliament is immunity from criminal prosecution—a distinct threat for most of Ukraine’s business-political elite, including those associated with the Orange Revolution.

The ultimate composition of the ruling coalition is of great importance to Ukraine’s oligarchs, who, like their counterparts across the former Soviet Union, conduct their affairs in the manner of Mafioso and consider the official levers of governmental power little more than mechanisms for self-enrichment and settling old scores. <Source>

The U.S. Department of State and the CIA fomented revolution in Ukraine.

The U.S. Department of State recently congratulated Ukraine on its third revolution anniversary. 

"Three years ago, thousands of Ukrainians came together on the Maidan, Kyiv's central square, to demand that their voices be heard," on its website, the U.S. Department of State
During this revolution, Ukraine citizens were out in harsh temperatures and often vindicated by police and security forces. All of this was done in order to have a peaceful government and to "recognize their choice to join Europe."
The State Department is proud of the progress the Ukraine has accomplished since the revolution, and expects further progress to be made.
"As we remember the courage and resolve shown by the Ukrainian people in the Revolution of Dignity, the United States calls on Ukraine’s leaders to strengthen efforts to fight corruption and continue the political and economic reforms that will honor those who gave their lives to secure a better, more democratic future for Ukraine" the State Department said.
Since 1991, the U.S. has served as strong supporter for the people of Ukraine and its country. Moving forward, the U.S. Department of State reports it will continue to support and be an ally in Ukraine's fight for a strong and peaceful revolution. <Source>

The Ukraine Mess That Nuland Made

As the Ukrainian army squares off against ultra-right and neo-Nazi militias in the west and violence against ethnic Russians continues in the east, the obvious folly of the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy has come into focus even for many who tried to ignore the facts, or what you might call “the mess that Victoria Nuland made.”

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 US mainstream media that the coup wasn’t really a coup but a victory for “democracy.”

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup and helped pick the post-coup leaders.

To sell this latest neocon-driven “regime change” to the American people, the ugliness of the coup-makers had to be systematically airbrushed, particularly the key role of neo-Nazis and other ultra-nationalists from the Right Sektor. For the US-organized propaganda campaign to work, the coup-makers had to wear white hats, not brown shirts. <Source>

Victoria Nuland, Obama official linked to anti-Trump dossier, to testify before Congress

Former State Department official Victoria Nuland, who reportedly connected FBI officials to the former British spy who wrote the infamous anti-Trump dossier, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week.

Ms. Nuland, a longtime State Department official who served in the George W. Bush administration as the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, served during the Obama administration as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs.

In that capacity, according to the book “Russian Roulette,” she played an instrumental role in the evolution of Christopher Steele’s negative campaign research on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016 by giving permission for an FBI agent in London to meet with the former U.K. intelligence officer. <Source>

Official Linked to ‘Spygate’ Hatched Plan for Biden to Force Firing of Top Ukrainian Prosecutor

State Department Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland worked with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt in late 2015 to create a plan to force the firing of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, according to [senior State Department official] Kent. Nuland was also among a network of Obama administration officials involved in the distribution and recirculation of the infamous Steele dossier, the document used by the FBI to secure a maximally intrusive spy warrant to surveil a Trump-campaign associate.

“My understanding is that the conversations that were near-daily between Ambassador Pyatt and Toria Nuland regarding what to do on the way forward then included pitching the office of the Vice President to push President Poroshenko to remove Shokin,” Kent told lawmakers on Oct. 15.

Biden ultimately carried out Nuland’s plan during a visit to Ukraine in December 2015 and has since bragged, on at least two occasions, about forcing Shokin’s firing by threatening to cut off the loan guarantees. At the time Biden exerted pressure on Ukraine, Shokin was investigating Burisma, the Ukrainian gas giant that was paying Biden’s son Hunter Biden to serve on its board of directors. The Ukrainian president asked for Shokin’s resignation two months after Biden’s overture. The Ukrainian Parliament approved the resignation on March 29, 2016. <Source>

And what about the real Nazis in Ukraine?

Jon Stewart honors Azov Battalion at Pentagon-funded Disney World event

Comedian Jon Stewart honored a member of the notorious neo-Nazi Ukrainian Azov Batallion with a “Heart of the Team” award at the annual Pentagon-sponsored “Warrior Games” held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, on August 19—28.

Throughout the event, US army veterans and delegations from the armed forces of allied countries compete in various athletic events intended to celebrate the US military. First held in 2010, the games are essentially a propaganda effort by the Department of Defense, intended to promote militarism and cover up the bloody consequences of the US military’s wars for global hegemony.

The presence of the Azov veteran, Ihor Halushka, was first reported by Alexander Rubinstein for the Grayzone, an outlet that has been backing the oligarchic Putin regime in the war. When questioned by the Grayzone on who funded the presence of a neo-Nazi Azov Battalion member at a Department of Defense-sponsored event, the Pentagon refused to disclose who was footing the bill.

Halushka was not the only Ukrainian far-right element present. Along with US veterans and a team from Canada, 40 veterans from the Ukrainian Armed Forces participated in the games. The Ukrainian team included Yulia Paievska, a prominent former member of another notorious neo-Nazi paramilitary organization in Ukraine, the Right Sector. The Right Sector was heavily involved in the US-orchestrated 2014 coup that toppled a pro-Russian government in Kiev. Since 2018, Paievska has been a member of the Ukrainian armed forces. <Source>

Jon Stewart, a Jew, handing an award to a real Nazi? Unbelievable until you remember that Stewart is a progressive communist democrat and bows only before his party and its ideology.

Bottom line…

Something stinks! And the smell appears to be coming from the Biden State Department and other government agencies. As for Victoria Nuland,  she is currently serving as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Biden is still in the White House after confessing to the type of quid pro quo deal the Democrats used to impeach Donald Trump. And Hunter Biden, bag-man for the “Big Guy,” remains free.

Zelensky is crushing dissent in a country whose politics are reminiscent of 1950s Bulgaria. A free press is history.  His opponents are dead or in jail. He serves at the pleasure of people like Klaus Schwab and George Soros. He needs an enemy like Vladimir Putin to become rich and powerful beyond imagination. And here is Joe Biden and his communist Obama acolytes shoveling money into Ukraine while Biden looks forward to an authoritarian one-party system. 

In my mind, Zelensky is a Putin-style grifter who finds himself at the end of the rainbow contemplating a golden future with his special interest pals.

-- 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


TIME TO FIGHT THE PROGRESSIVE COMMUNISTS DEMOCRATS AT THE POLLS BY ELECTING LAW-ABIDING CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVES

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To a Democrat, everything is a crisis to be exploited, a disaster that demands bigger government and a taxpayer-funded political solution, including continuous monitoring, oversight, and regulation.

Many of these crises are driven by wild computer-generated scenarios we are told that represent "the science" and a consensus of "experts." Telling us, we will all die unless we cede the progressive communist democrats more power.

Unfortunately, most of these politicians are complete fucking idiots who think that they are geniuses with the moral superiority to govern "we the little people."

And now they are pretending they are constitutional conservatives who respect the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law, our law enforcement personnel, and the individual American citizen.

I call bullshit!

The progressive communist democrats continue to lie and dissemble…

Vulnerable House Dems strike a conservative note, distance themselves from their party.

Congressional Democrats at risk of losing their seats in November are distancing themselves from their party's national brand, hoping to appeal to voters with a more conservative law-and-order agenda.

These swing-state incumbents are running on a pro-police, anti-socialist platform that bucks the Democratic Party's playbook.

Democrats in tight races are laboring to distance themselves from their party's far-left activist wing by painting themselves as champions of public safety and pragmatism.

Rep. Jared Golden, Maine Democrat who has broken with his party on votes on gun control and expanding entitlement programs, said he throws out memos from the House Democrats' campaign arm and regularly skips caucus meetings.

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a vulnerable Democrat in Virginia, is basically accusing her GOP opponent of being part of the left's defund-the-police movement. She's airing ads blasting her Republican rival, Prince William County Supervisor Yesli Vega, for voting against local budgets that would've increased police funding.

"She voted against our police and sheriffs. Yesli Vega won't keep us safe," says one of the ads.

Ms. Spanberger was one of the most vocal critics of the defund-the-police rhetoric of her fellow Democrats after the anti-police movement cost the party House seats in 2020. <Source>

Hammer it home by holding up that mirror to their ugliness…

  • It's the progressive communist democrats and their Soros-funded prosecutors that are refusing to prosecute murderers, rapists, and hardcore criminals who use guns to commit felonies.
  • It's the progressive communist democrats who support no-bail policies and release violent criminals back into the community where they are likely to re-offend.
  • It's the progressive communist democrats who ignored the death and maiming of American servicemembers to give Iran billions of dollars to continue their state-sponsored terrorism, their development of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and a sure path to nuclear weapons.
  • It's the progressive communist democrats who surrendered Afghanistan to the Taliban, leaving Americans behind enemy lines and Afghan women to continue to be enslaved, raped, and mutilated.
  • It's the progressive communist democrats who destroyed America's energy independence and plunged the nation into recession.
  • It's the progressive communist democrats who opened our Southern border to a hoard of illegal aliens who are depleting our social safety nets—allowing criminals, crazies, terrorists, and the diseased to roam freely in our communities – often with citizens footing the bill.
  • It's the progressive communist democrats who destroyed education, producing yet another generation of functional illiterates who don't know if they are boys and girls or men and women. They abhor parental rights and treat parents as domestic terrorists in school board meetings.
  • It's the progressive communist democrats who make everything about race, color, and sex with intersectional individuals feted for the color, not their competence.
  • It's the progressive communist democrats who politicized the nation's premier intelligence, law enforcement, and taxation agencies.

And worst of all, it's the progressive communist democrats who practice projection, accusing the GOP of their own unconstitutional and criminal behavior.

Bottom line…

Hold these bastards to account for the destruction of America. Quit using the George Bush/Mitt Romney guide to polite politics. Scream and shout as the progressive communist democrats attempt to steal an election and further destroy America from within.

We are so screwed if we do not respond to their treason! I say fuck the fuckers first!

-- 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


LABOR DAY 2022

6a00d83451d3b569e20240a47d83c9200cEvery year, workers across the United States celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September. It is seen as a marker of the end of Summer, the start of football season, and the return to school for millions of students. But what is the origin of this holiday? What is its relation to the internationally celebrated Labor Day on May 1st?

Depending on the source, it was first proposed in 1882 by either Peter McGuire or Matthew Maguire to the Central Labor Union of New York, as an official workers’ holiday. McGuire was General Secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Matthew Maguire was a machinist and a member of the International Association of Machinists. Both were members of the same branch of the Socialist Labor Party. Regardless of who is ultimately responsible, Labor Day originated in the labor movement and was conceived of by socialists. <Source: In Defense of Marxism>

Enjoy your holiday, but remember it is not so much a celebration of your hard work as it is a reaffirmation of the power of international socialist labor unions and corrupt politicians…

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, was a creation of the socialist labor movement and is dedicated to total control over the means of production, not a celebration of American workers' social and economic achievements as advertised.

It's about a holiday celebrating the American labor movement and the political power of collective bargaining, which allows unions to support those politicians who are less likely to negotiate against the union during contract talks. That is why the pension funds have billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities that must be guaranteed or paid by the U.S. taxpayer. And why many municipalities and states are technically insolvent and exposed had they not passed self-serving laws to allow unfunded liabilities to be omitted from the official balance sheet.

Unfortunately, due to the infiltration of the labor movement by organized crime, Marxists, socialists, and communists – much of the true meaning of this day has been lost. And it has become just another paid holiday for the nation. 

We are seeing the creation of unionized government bureaucracies that do not function under the same rules as the majority of the private sector — holding entire sectors of the government hostage. Holding politicians hostage in return for campaign funds and voter support. A self-sustaining critical mass of unionized government workers who can ask the government to vote them higher wages, bigger benefits, less work, or suffer the consequences. The public be damned.

In the private sector, we see a similar story. The competitive nature of American industry has been dramatically affected by ever-rising wages, health and welfare benefits, health and welfare benefits, outrageous retirement plans, and outrageous work rules, and much of our industrial base has been outsourced abroad. These are the same unions marching to ensure a $15 minimum wage which will disrupt the low-skill, entry-level job market as small and large businesses are forced to pay $30,000 plus benefits to a burger flipper or clean-up person. Already we can see the consequences in a $35 bill for drive-through fast food for two adults and two children. These entry-level jobs were never meant to permanently support illegal aliens or low-skilled workers with multiple children.

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President, thug, and a communist. 

TRUMKA

Labor leaders are often thuggish characters more about amassing personal and political power by supporting politicians and their parties with their members' dues – regardless of the members' political positions. Somewhat like the politicians, but lacking that certain smoothness when they lie to the public or their membership. While big business has its share of shady characters and egregious behaviors, so does America's labor and political movement. Both have become big businesses for power players.

Therefore, while I might salute individual workers on this holiday, I say that big labor and its unions are a growing cancer on the body politic – and must be abolished before they rot our nation into a socialist shell of a third-world country. Social justice is just another component of the Marxist/Socialist/Communist movement.

History is replete with examples of the Marxist and Communist domination of labor, and it would be naïve to think that it is any different today.

So raise a glass to the decent, hard-working Americans who actually do the necessary work – with quiet ability, confidence, and competence – while saying, at the very same time, screw the corrupt unions which are dragging our nation into a polarized world of socialism or worse.

The feckless GOP...

And, of course, this is the day before the GOP starts campaigning in earnest -- even though the progressive communist democrats have been hard at work 24/7/365 inculcating their toxic ideology in American minds, often through subliminal messaging in the media, culture, and entertainment. If it were not for the damage done to America, the GOP would still be too little, too late.

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


DEALING WITH OPPOSITES: IT'S NOT ALL SCREAMING AND SHOUTING

Oh crap! Another email request for a book review from some random nutter…

Imagine my surprise, and delight, when I found someone who appeared as upset with the current status of the government as me. So I requested a copy of their book, expecting to write a positive review for the cause. Unfortunately, the book appeared to contain what seemed to be an unworkable thesis from a progressive point of view. And so it began – a conversation.

Fred’s side of the story…

THE 90-DEGREE TURN

WHERE I WENT WRONG

About a month before releasing The 90-Degree Turn, I sent an email blast to bloggers and podcasters. I was soliciting book reviews. The first and perhaps only reply that day came from Steve Levine, who writes a blog at onecitizenspeaking.com. Steve liked the synopsis and needed to see the entire book to write a review. So, I sent him my work in PDF and received a response a few days later.

It was early Saturday morning. As I brewed my first cup of coffee, I noticed an email from Steve on my iPhone and enthusiastically opened it.

After a short greeting, Steve wrote: “Sorry, but I will not be reviewing your book because it would be a negative review and I prefer not to write anything that might impact your sales.”

While I appreciated Steve’s concern for book sales, I was heartbroken. Rejected from the start. Not worthy of further consideration. Had I screwed up so badly?

Fip

After composing myself with a tall latte, I read the rest of Steve’s email. It was bold but enlightening. Rather than telling me what I wanted to hear, Steve defined the landscape and obstacles the 90-Degree Turn needed to traverse. He didn’t launch into a political rant but took on the theory and exposed its shortcomings.

Here are some of the key points he made:

1. … your book appears to present an unworkable thesis -- that a database of needs and resources can be used to rationally allocate resources to competing needs and somehow overcome the interference of self-serving political and special interests.

2. Even the idea that some local or state individual or groups of individuals can correctly assess the needs of a community is almost untenable given the complexity of the infrastructure needed to create, operate, and maintain municipal property and services.

3. The dislocation of funds, personnel, and assets would create chaos and explosive anger among those disintermediated.

4. Let us consider elemental infrastructure priorities that deserve funding at a fundamental level -- communications, law enforcement, fire-fighting, emergency medical services, sanitation services, water, electricity, and natural gas distribution grids. These are all resource-intensive and levered to a growing population. However, the most disruptive overarching component governing the allocation of funds are the respective unions that prioritize funds allocation to personnel over the creation, repair, replacement, and improvement of infrastructure. Requesting funds allocations from the federal government demands oversight and auditing -- but unfortunately most of these systems are defective by design.

As I read Steve’s reply, I came to appreciate his objections. I realized that addressing each would help develop the 90-Degree Turn theory beyond the kernel of an idea that it currently is.

Steve provided a piece of the roadmap needed to progress beyond concept to the real world. For this, I am very grateful.

I replied to Steve, and a dialogue ensued. Our ideological divide is likely wide and deep, but we didn’t go there. Instead, our focus remained on addressing the problem of the Federal Government as fellow citizens and not dueling doctrinaires. We exchanged several long emails over the next day and a half.

A few hours after our exchange had finished and I considered the dialogue over, Steve sent me his review. It was a complete surprise and much appreciated. It was fair, balanced, and a big step in establishing common ground. True to his word, Steve published his review. It was the first of 20+ that have followed.

My interaction with Steve served as a catalyst for Dialogue. I thank Steve for that and hope he’ll join in a podcast.

Footnote: Rejection is a good thing, provided we understand why. From rejection, we learn how to do better. Everyone loves praise, but what good is it? Sure, it makes us feel good, but it’s a sugar high. The greatest value often comes from those who have failed in the art of meaningless jabber. Paraphrasing Revelation 3:16, my college philosophy professor, Xavier Ryan, often said: “That which is lukewarm is what I vomit from my mouth.” I’ve learned since that Xavier was right. Follow those who ask the hard questions. Hard is good in the mix of doing better.

Check out Fred’s blog – DIALOGUE

Lesson for today…

This is an example of how political opposites can approach a problem from different positions without ranting and personal attacks.

You start with an agreement that a genuine problem exists and that a solution is required to improve the lives of all Americans.

You counter their arguments with your arguments, and something positive most always shakes out, even if it is an agreement to continue on your separate paths.

Since it is virtually impossible to consider the multiplicity of nuanced solutions, perhaps you might discover how to strengthen your argument or begin the implementation of an iterative solution.

Most often, the problem resolves to individuals and their entrenched self-interests, which demand a political solution based on a negotiated consensus rather than a strong-armed solution doomed to failure by covert or overt sabotage.

Anyway, think of the dialogue between Fred and myself as a starting point for your discussions and debates.

Pro tip: Like Fred, know something about your subject matter before beginning a debate.

Bottom line…

I always read my emails. You never know when you might find an interesting source or a worthy opponent that will help elevate your understanding to the next level. The problem is that it is often a time-consuming and painful process until you encounter that one intelligent being with a helpful idea. The key is balancing time and an acceptable risk/reward ratio.

-- 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


CITIZENS FOR SANITY!

You are not wrong -- the progressive communist democrats are empowering criminals with no prosecution and no bail policies; and releasing them into our communities where they are likely to re-offend.

This is part of the progressive plan to release criminals until citizens demand an authoritarian regime and a bigger, stronger central government.

Will you be a progressive victim?

Remember this when you vote in the mid-terms!

We are so screwed.

-- stave


“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


BIDEN IS THE DEVIL AND THE PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS ARE HIS MINIONS

This is the face of the progressive communist democrat party as they move towards totalitarianism…

CLEAR_AND_PRESENT_DANGER

Biden claims he is an “uniter” and a “President for ALL Americans” as he defames and disparages 74+ million American voters.

Biden sounds newly strong alarm: Trumpism menaces democracy

President Joe Biden charged in a prime-time address that the “extreme ideology” of Donald Trump and his adherents “threatens the very foundation of our republic,” as he summoned Americans of all stripes to help counter what he sketched as dark forces within the Republican Party trying to subvert democracy. <Source>

"... There is no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven by, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country,"

"MAGA Republicans do not respect the constitution" "They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election."

"They promote authoritarian leaders and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country,"

[OCS: This is probably the most demonic, divisive, demagogic, and dangerous speech in the history of the American presidency. As much as the progressive communist democrats point to Donald Trump’s January 6 speech, Trump did not declare half the country to be extremists and a threat to their country.

A classic case of Democrat projection – attributing their demonstrable behavior to their opponents. BTW:  using the U.S. Marines as a prop for a political speech is despicable. A big thumbs up to the heckler who yelled “Fu*k Joe Biden.” Biden is already backtracking and claiming he was only referring to people who embrace violence.]

TODAYS-RANT

You can’t make this up: corrupt Hillary Clinton hyper-partisan political operative placed in charge of disbursing $370 BILLION climate dollars.

President Biden Announces Senior Clean Energy and Climate Team

John Podesta to Serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation;

“We are fortunate that John Podesta will lead our continued innovation and implementation. His deep roots in climate and clean energy policy and his experience at senior levels of government mean we can truly hit the ground running to take advantage of the massive clean energy opportunity in front of us.

John Podesta is the founder and chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for American Progress. Podesta also Chairs the board of ClimateWorks Foundation and serves on the Board of the Climate Jobs National Resource Center. Podesta served as counselor to President Barack Obama, where he was responsible for coordinating the administration’s climate policy and initiatives. In 2008, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team. He was a member of the U.N. Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Podesta previously served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton. He chaired Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president in 2016. <Source>

FBI corruption and the hiding of Hunter Biden’s laptop disclosures just got worse.

FBI Agent Canned for Political Bias Put Top Witness Against Bidens on Ice

The more we learn about the Timothy Thibault situation, the worse it looks for the FBI. As RedState originally reported, Thibault was forced out of the FBI recently for political bias, being escorted out by officials at the headquarters. He had been accused of basically burying the Hunter Biden investigation as early as 2019 in an attempt to help get Joe Biden elected president.

Chuck Ross of the Free Beacon has uncovered more, including the fact that Thibault “ran point” in the handling of Tony Bobulinksi. If you don’t remember Bobulinski, he’s the former Hunter Biden associate who alleged that “the big guy” was Joe Biden. According to this latest report, Thibault put Bobulinski, who could have brought the whole corrupt scheme down, on ice. <Source>

[OCS: Bobulinksi, if you remember, directly dealt with the members of the Biden crime family and had “personal knowledge” of its activities – and outed Joe Biden as “the big guy.”]

   Empty folders: carelessness in packing or an FBI set-up to “find” missing documents of their own in the future? 

F.B.I. Found 48 Empty Folders That Had Contained Classified Documents at Trump’s Home

A detailed inventory of items seized in the F.B.I.’s search of Mar-a-Lago raised the question of whether the government had fully recovered the documents or any remained missing.

The F.B.I.’s search of former President Donald J. Trump’s Florida club and residence last month turned up 48 empty folders marked as containing classified information, a newly disclosed court filing shows, raising the question of whether the government had fully recovered the documents or any remain missing.

The filing, a detailed list of items retrieved in the search, was unsealed on Friday as part of the court fight over whether to appoint an independent arbiter to review the materials taken by federal agents when they descended on Mr. Trump’s estate, Mar-a-Lago, on Aug. 8.

Along with the empty folders with classified markings, the F.B.I. discovered 40 more empty folders that said they contained sensitive documents the user should “return to staff secretary/military aide,” according to the inventory. It also said that agents found seven documents marked as “top secret” in Mr. Trump’s office and 11 more in a storage room. <Source>

[OCS: There is no proof that Trump handled the documents in question as his staff usually summarized most of what Trump “read” and the documents themselves could have been returned without the folder. “Sound and fury signifying nothing.”]

   It’s voluntary now. ceding control over your freedom for a few dollars given as “credits.” 

Thousands of Xcel customers locked out of thermostats during 'energy emergency'

22,000 people lost control of temperatures in their homes for hours Tuesday.

During the dog days of summer, it's important to keep your home cool. But when thousands of Xcel customers in Colorado tried adjusting their thermostats Tuesday, they learned they had no control over the temperatures in their own homes.

Xcel confirmed to Contact Denver7 that 22,000 customers who had signed up for the Colorado AC Rewards program were locked out of their smart thermostats for hours on Tuesday.

"It's a voluntary program. Let's remember that this is something that customers choose to be a part of based on the incentives," said Emmett Romine, vice president of customer solutions and innovation at Xcel.

Customers receive a $100 credit for enrolling in the program and $25 annually, but Romine said customers also agree to give up some control to save energy and money and make the system more reliable. <Source>

[OCS: It starts with financial incentives to encourage government-approved behavior. But do you really know the extent of the government’s intrusion and intervention when you agree to those unilateral “terms of service agreements?” Or what a household network could be revealing about your activities? And about those credits, the tab is paid by other ratepayers and the company may be “reimbursed” by government subsidies. It’s hardly free!]

Bottom line...

Biden, a corrupt career, cognitively-impaired manifestation of pure evil who hijacked a sacred memorial to liberty to deliver a historical unprecedented divisive speech. It was the Democrats -- Black Lives Matter and Antifa -- who brought violence to the streets and tried to overthrow the government in Seattle. It was the Democrats who rigged the election and tried to oust a sitting president. It is Obama, an anti-America, anti-White, anti-Semite, and his cadre of communists who control Biden and wrote this speech. They are so afraid of one American, Donald J. Trump, that they have arrayed the government’s forces against him and still can’t defeat him. 

Remember this when you vote for Democrats in 2022 !!!

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


BIDEN DECLARES WAR ON GOP IN PHILADELPHIA SPEECH

Imagine if Joe Biden, a known corrupt plagiarist, lifted parts of George Bush’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People?

Our war on extremeism begins with those who did not vote for me, namely the conservative Republicans, but it does not end there. 

It will not end until every GOP extremeist group of national reach has been found, stopped and defeated. 

Americans are asking, why do they hate us?  They hate what we see right here in this chamber -- a democratically elected government.  Their leaders are self-appointed, placed into office by stealing an election. 

They hate our freedoms -- our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.

They want to overthrow our existing government.

They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East.  They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa.

These GOP extremeists vote not merely to end democracy, but to disrupt and end the American way of life. 

With every candidate and electoral atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the truth and forsaking their family and friends to embrace Donald Trump.

They stand against us, because we stand in their way.

We are not deceived by their pretenses to piety.  We have seen their kind before.  They are the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. 

By refusing to vaccinate on government command they are sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions -- by abandoning every value except the will to power -- they follow in the path of fascism, and Nazism, and totalitarianism.  And they will follow that path all the way, to where it ends:  in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies.

Americans are asking:  How will we fight and win this election?   We will direct every resource at our command -- every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of thuggery -- to the disruption and to the defeat of the GOP extremists.

This election will not be like the election a decade ago, with a decisive victory and a swift conclusion.  It will not look like the election a decade ago, where no ballot boxes were use and few American votes were lost in recounts.. <Actual Bush Speech>

Satire, yes! But many a truth is told in jest.

ACTUAL REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BIDEN ON THE CONTINUED BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE NATION

My fellow Americans, please, if you have a seat, take it.  I speak to you tonight from sacred ground in America: Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This is where America made its Declaration of Independence to the world more than two centuries ago with an idea, unique among nations, that in America, we’re all created equal.

This is where the United States Constitution was written and debated.

This is where we set in motion the most extraordinary experiment of self-government the world has ever known with three simple words: “We, the People.”  “We, the People.”

But first, we must be honest with each other and with ourselves.

Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal.

Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.

Now, I want to be very clear — (applause) — very clear up front: Not every Republican, not even the majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans.  Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology.

I know because I’ve been able to work with these mainstream Republicans.

But there is no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country.

These are hard things.

But I’m an American President — not the President of red America or blue America, but of all America.

And I believe it is my duty — my duty to level with you, to tell the truth no matter how difficult, no matter how painful.

And here, in my view, is what is true: MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution.  They do not believe in the rule of law.  They do not recognize the will of the people. 

They refuse to accept the results of a free election.  And they’re working right now, as I speak, in state after state to give power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself.

MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards — backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love.

They promote authoritarian leaders, and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country.

They look at the mob that stormed the United States Capitol on January 6th — brutally attacking law enforcement — not as insurrectionists who placed a dagger to the throat of our democracy, but they look at them as patriots.

And they see their MAGA failure to stop a peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 election as preparation for the 2022 and 2024 elections.

They tried everything last time to nullify the votes of 81 million people.  This time, they’re determined to succeed in thwarting the will of the people.

<Actual Biden Speech>

Here is a piece of shit who has crapped on our Constitution, ignored the rule of law, and rules like a king with his executive orders. He cares nothing about America -- and his drug-addled son is the smartest man he knows.

Trump’s likely response…

Trump-finger

Bottom line…

This isn’t Joe Biden speaking. These are the words of Barack Obama and his cadre of progressive communist democrats speaking through a corrupt, drugged, decrepit demon reading a teleprompter!

I will leave it there as there are no words left to describe true evil and the confrontation ahead.

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 DON'T CARE AS LONG AS YOU ARE RED OR DEAD

CA-MED-MANUAL

Once again, progressive communist democrats are recklessly, needlessly, and malignantly inserting themselves into the patient-doctor relationship, and mandating ideology supersede science and best practices.

This bill, which is awaiting the signature of California’s empty-suit Governor, is not only a violation of constitutional free speech and scientific integrity but damages the public’s health by restricting the range of information from a diversity of sources, many equally well-educated and experienced experts with subject matter knowledge who have contradictory opinions.

Killing the notion of a second opinion…

Assembly Bill 2098 would add a section to the “Business and Professions Code, relating to healing arts…

AB-2098 Physicians and surgeons: unprofessional conduct

Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of physicians and surgeons by the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California. Existing law requires the applicable board to take action against any licensed physician and surgeon who is charged with unprofessional conduct, as provided.

This bill would designate the dissemination of misinformation or disinformation related to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, or “COVID-19,” as unprofessional conduct.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1

The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(a) The global spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, or COVID-19, has claimed the lives of over 6,000,000 people worldwide, including nearly 90,000 Californians.

(b) Data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that unvaccinated individuals are at a risk of dying from COVID-19 that is 11 times greater than those who are fully vaccinated.

(c) The safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines have been confirmed through evaluation by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the vaccines continue to undergo intensive safety monitoring by the CDC.

(d) The spread of misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines has weakened public confidence and placed lives at serious risk.

(e) Major news outlets have reported that some of the most dangerous propagators of inaccurate information regarding the COVID-19 vaccines are licensed health care professionals.

(f) The Federation of State Medical Boards has released a statement warning that physicians who engage in the dissemination of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation or disinformation risk losing their medical license, and that physicians have a duty to provide their patients with accurate, science-based information.

(g) In House Resolution No. 74 of the 2021–22 Regular Session, the California State Assembly declared health misinformation to be a public health crisis, and urged the State of California to commit to appropriately combating health misinformation and curbing the spread of falsehoods that threaten the health and safety of Californians.

SECTION 2

Section 2270 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

(a) It shall constitute unprofessional conduct for a physician and surgeon to disseminate misinformation or disinformation related to COVID-19, including false or misleading information regarding the nature and risks of the virus, its prevention and treatment; and the development, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.

(b) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) “Board” means the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, as applicable.

(2) “Disinformation” means misinformation that the licensee deliberately disseminated with malicious intent or an intent to mislead.

[OCS:  Much of what was disseminated by the government at the local, state, and federal levels could be classified as disinformation and propaganda as it was specifically designed to mislead individuals and patients to accept sketchy treatments without full informed consent based on the hidden and suppressed statistics of the time. With many statistics being corrupted by the lack of reporting standards (after all these years) or financial incentives that promoted the misdiagnosis of a patient’s condition or death.]

(3) “Disseminate” means the conveyance of information from the licensee to a patient under the licensee’s care in the form of treatment or advice.

(4) “Misinformation” means false information that is contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus to an extent where its dissemination constitutes gross negligence by the licensee. contrary to the standard of care.

[OCS:  Translation: “contemporary scientific consensus” means “science of the day" as per the narrative of the corrupt ruling regime. Consensus is a political act of conciliation and has nothing to do with science. A single adverse finding can nullify even the most agreed-upon scientific finding. “Standard of care” does not always equate to best practices, but groupthink from a cherry-picked group of (often) political appointees.]

(5) “Physician and surgeon” means a person licensed by the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California under Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 2000).

(c) Section 2314 shall not apply to this section.

SECTION 3

  The provisions of this act are severable. If any provision of this act or its application is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.

<Source>

Partisan author with secondary objective?

The bill, which was introduced by hyper-partisan Assembly Member Evan Low (D-28th District), Chairman of the LGBTQ Caucus, could easily be used to suppress the true nature of monkeypox and the fact that it now appears to be a “gay” disease passed by men who have sex with other men.

Is this misinformation or disinformation?

ASSUMPTION: The COVID-19 vaccines significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19, so high universal vaccination rates will prevent outbreaks and end the pandemic.

  • FACT 1: A study of a COVID-19 outbreak in July 2021 published in Eurosurveillance found that “all transmissions between patients and staff occurred between masked and vaccinated individuals, as experienced in an outbreak from Finland.” The authors state that the study “challenges the assumption that high universal vaccination rates will lead to herd immunity and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.”
  • FACT 2: A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study of another COVID-19 outbreak in July 2021 found that 74% of cases were fully vaccinated.
  • FACT 3: A Harvard study investigating COVID-19 cases across 68 countries and across 2,947 counties in the U.S. found “no significant signaling of COVID-19 cases decreasing with higher percentages of population fully vaccinated.”

ASSUMPTION: The COVID-19 vaccines prevent death from COVID-19.

  • FACT 4: There is no evidence from clinical trials that any of the vaccines prevent death because they did not have enough statistical power to measure the vaccine’s ability to prevent deaths.4-6 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states, “A larger number of individuals at high risk of COVID-19 and higher attack rates would be needed to confirm efficacy of the vaccine against mortality.”
  • FACT 5: A study of a COVID-19 outbreak in July 2021 published in Eurosurveillance observed that 100% of severe, critical, and fatal cases of COVID-19 occurred in vaccinated individuals.
  • FACT 6: CDC data show mass vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine has had no measurable impact on COVID-19 mortality in the U.S. In the nine months before the introduction of mass vaccination (April 2020 through December 2020), there were about 356,000 COVID-19 deaths. In the nine months after the introduction of mass vaccination, there were 342,000 COVID-19 deaths (January 2021 through September 2021), and 182,000 additional COVID-19 deaths occurred in the four months that followed (October 2021 through January 2022).

ASSUMPTION: For children, being injected with COVID-19 vaccines is safer than being infected with SARS-CoV-2.

  • FACT 7: In the Pfizer clinical trial, there were zero cases of severe COVID-19 in children who did not receive the vaccine. In contrast, for children 5 years or older, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial found that the vaccine causes severe (grade 3) systemic reactions that include fever greater than 102.1° F; vomiting that requires IV hydration; diarrhea of six or more loose stools in 24 hours; and severe fatigue, severe headache, severe muscle pain, or severe joint pain that prevents daily activity.
  • FACT 8: In the clinical trial, a range of 1 in 59 to 1 in 143 vaccinated children 5 to 11 years of age suffered severe systemic reactions within seven days of the second dose. There were 3 to 8 cases of severe systemic reactions observed in the vaccinated group for every 10 cases of non-severe COVID-19 in the unvaccinated group.
  • FACT 9: In the clinical trial, 1 in 9 vaccinated adolescents 12 to 15 years of age suffered severe systemic reactions within seven days of receiving the second dose. There were 7 times more severe systemic reactions observed in the vaccinated group than non-severe COVID-19 cases in the unvaccinated group.
  • FACT 10: The clinical trial also found that 1 in about 1,100 vaccinated children 12 to 15 years of age had a grade 4 systemic reaction (fever greater than 104° F) after the first dose that required an emergency room (ER) visit and withdrawal from the study.

Read more from Physicians for Informed Consent where you can see other footnoted findings that countered “consensus” viewpoints…

  • ASSUMPTION: The COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial was large enough to show safety in children.
  • ASSUMPTION: It’s known that COVID-19 vaccines have no long-term side effects.
  • ASSUMPTION: Booster shots will solve the problem of waning vaccine immunity.
  • ASSUMPTION: There are no known effective treatment or prevention options for COVID-19 except vaccines.
  • ASSUMPTION: People who were previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 need to get vaccinated because natural immunity is insufficient.
  • ASSUMPTION: Vaccine mandates have been proven to create a safer environment.

Trust us…

FDA expected to authorize new Covid boosters without data from tests in people

The lack of human data means officials likely won’t know how much better the new shots are — if at all — until the fall booster campaign is well underway.

The updated Covid vaccine boosters, a reformulated version targeting the BA.5 omicron subvariant, could be available around Labor Day. They'll be the first Covid shots distributed without results from human trials. Does that matter?

Because the Biden administration has pushed for a fall booster campaign to begin in September, the mRNA vaccine-makers Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have only had time to test the reformulated shots in mice, not people. That means the Food and Drug Administration is relying on the mice trial data — plus human trial results from a similar vaccine that targets the original omicron strain, called BA.1 — to evaluate the new shots, according to a recent tweet from the FDA commissioner, Dr. Robert Califf.

That could be a potentially risky bet, experts say, if the shots don’t work as well as hoped. <Source>

Would this qualify as mis/dis-information if your personal physician said “don’t take the jab?”

Whoops! 

BREAKING: Landmark First Peer-Reviewed Study on Pfizer and Moderna Covid Vaccines Confirms 'Excess Risk' of Adverse Side Effects 

"In the Pfizer trial, the excess risk of serious AESIs [Adverse Event of Special Interest] (10.1 per 10,000) was higher than the risk reduction for COVID-19 hospitalization relative to the placebo group"...

A landmark peer-reviewed study appears to be the first of its kind to provide hard data on the "excess risk" of adverse side effects of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines in an independent randomized control trial.

The results of the accepted scientific study confirm that the concerns that many patients had about the mRNA vaccines were well-founded.

"In the Moderna trial, the excess risk of serious AESIs (15.1 per 10,000 participants) was higher than the risk reduction for COVID-19 hospitalization relative to the placebo group (6.4 per 10,000 participants)," the study found.

"In the Pfizer trial, the excess risk of serious AESIs (10.1 per 10,000) was higher than the risk reduction for COVID-19 hospitalization relative to the placebo group (2.3 per 10,000 participants)," the study added.

The study was published on ScienceDirect on August 31, 2022. The authors include researchers from Stanford University, the University of Maryland, and UCLA. <Source>

They don't want you to know the truth...

BREAKING: Biden admin held weekly censorship meetings with social media giants to suppress COVID and vaccine speech

Federal officials in the Biden administration secretly conspired and communicated with social media companies to censor and suppress Americans' private speech. This is revealed in a new lawsuit brought in a joint effort by The New Civil Liberties Alliance, the Attorney General of Missouri, and the Attorney General of Louisiana against the President of the United States. The suit is brought under the first amendment right to freedom of speech. The lawsuit seeks to identify among other things "all meetings with any Social-Media Platform relating to Content Modulation and/or Misinformation."

They targeted people who were sharing their own stories and experiences. "News and reports of severe vaccine side effects included both first- and secondhand reports in Groups, with users sharing photos and video related to their own experiences. Highly engaged Page posts contained some news reports of bad side effects, but also included content meant to educate the public."

The government officials and social media platforms worked together to remove "misinformation" reported from women about peculiarities in their menstrual cycle after taking the Covid vaccine. It was later confirmed that the vaccine did have an impact on menstruation. <Source>

Bottom line…

Regarding my health, I want my physicians to give me their honest opinion, not some corrupt regime-promoted propaganda.

We now know:

(1) Dr. Anthony Fauci, lead member of the COVID Response Team and chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, provided materially false and contradictory information during the pandemic. In essence, he was a partisan bureaucratic regime shill promoting a political narrative with certitude and what appears to be faked sincerity --  given what we now know about testing, clinical trials, vicious life-altering side effects, masking, lockdowns, and the suppression of cheap therapeutics which have helped large numbers of people.

(2)  We now know that extreme risk was limited to seniors, the obese, and those with chronic diseases and co-morbidities. And forcing younger individuals to take the vaccine may have flipped the risk/reward ratio.

(3)  We now know that a portion of the medical community put politics over patient care and did not push back against policies and protocols that may have been harmful to specific individuals. (e.g., intubation and ventilators leading to death)

(4)  We now know that the efficacy of the vaccines was not as described and that what was described as a “vaccine” was a genetic therapeutic that did not offer vaccine-level immunity.

And most of all, we now know the politicians and their partisan physicians screwed 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


ADAM SCHIFF: BUG-EYED BURBANK BOLSHEVIK

Today I am hot and bothered, and not because our temperature is 106o

I received another fundraising email from bug-eyed Burbank Bolshevik Adam Schiff, a liar, leaker, and despicable person who represents a clear and present danger to our national security as he Chairs the  United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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Do you remember all of those high-minded corporate pledges not to fund insurrectionist Republicans after the Capitol insurrection, Stephen?

[OCS: The riot at the Capitol complex was far from an insurrection. With new revelations continuing to surface, it appears to be a false flag operation ginned up by the Democrats to create chaos and confusion to avoid electoral challenges to alternative slates of electors challenging the validity of state certification of the 2020 election. It also appears to be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Benghazi moment as she stonewalls the production of documents and call logs detailing communications between her office and various entities charged with protecting the Capitol complex.

As for “high-minded,” perhaps a better term would be virtual signaling sycophants.]

They were short-lived.

Just a year after the January 6 riot at the Capitol, 717 companies and industry groups had given more than $18 million to 143 of the 147 Republicans in Congress who voted to overturn the 2020 election.

[OCS: I was unaware of any congressional legislation or vote to overturn the 2020 election since the only mechanism for constitutional challenges lies with the individual state certifications of the vote, the electoral college procedures, and ultimately, the elector challenge process during the procedural vote count in Congress. The very challenge process that was impacted by the so-called Capitol riot.

As for contributing more than $18 million to Republicans, the amount pales next to the money donated to the domestic terrorist group known as Black Lives Matter – a group that promoted murder and mayhem and was mostly responsible for over $2 billion in public and private property damage.]

We fund our campaign differently than those Republicansyour contributions to emails like this one are how we raise most of the money we use to take on MAGA Republicans and defeat them.

[OCS: This is an outright lie. Both parties use the very same fundraising methods, practices, and procedures – relying on large contributions from special interest organizations and individuals. In the case of the Democrats, billions of union money that is almost always 95% or more donated to Democrat causes.]

With our August fundraising deadline just 24 hours away, will you pitch in $10 to my campaign to help defend our 4-seat House majority from Kevin McCarthy and this insurrectionist Republican Party?

[OCS: It would take 100,000 individual contributions to donate just one million dollars that might come from a single special interest.]

Thanks for adding your support — it truly means so much.

— Adam

Bottom line…

Business as usual.

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


WHY YOU MUST HOLD YOUR NOSE AND VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS

Ignore the distractions…

Gop-nose

  • Donald Trump is not on the ballot.
  • The FBI is not on the ballot.
  • Classified documents are not on the ballot.
  • The stolen election is not on the ballot.

Your life, your health, your job, your retirement, and your children’s future are on the ballot!

vote republican
they may not have the answers -- but they do not actively create problems

Since January 21, 2020, the democrats have created...

  • high inflation and higher taxes
  • stagnating economy
  • no consequences for violating the law
  • exploding crime rates
  • open borders
  • military weakness
  • depleted social safety net reserves
  • fewer entry-level jobs
  • deterioration of education
  • increasing sexualization of children
  • radical cultural transformation

Bottom line...

What more can I say other than 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


TRUMP'S SELF-PROMOTION IS DAMAGING THE GOP

With every bit of news demonstrating a Democrat conspiracy to interfere with a presidential election, Trump seems to be re-energized and bizarrely demands a judicial coronation or an electoral do-over.

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Facts…

(1)  You cannot prove a counterfactual like “If nefarious actors in the Democrat sphere of influence hadn’t altered election laws, committed massive election fraud, and suppressed news about Hunter Biden’s laptop, Donald Trump would have been elected President of the United States, and America would have been a different place. No matter how logical or probable this sounds, it cannot be conclusively proven to a certainty.

(2)  Other than the Electoral College procedures and the proper challenge of electors in a joint congressional session, there is no legal means to challenge the outcome of an election. That the Democrats may have created a false flag operation to interfere with the legitimate consideration of alternate electives is not dispositive of an alternative outcome. Even if election results were decertified and electors were withdrawn at this point in time, there is no way to implement a constitutional remedy – even if Congress were to be empowered to vote on the matter.

(3)  That numerous court cases were dismissed for lack of standing, timing, or procedural issues likewise is not dispositive as to an alternative election outcome as the Courts do not have the constitutional authority to overturn a presidential election or order a new election.

(4) No constitutional authority exists to nullify an election, remove a sitting president and his administration from office, and hold another interim election. Outside of death and Twenty-fifth Amendment incapacitation, Biden will remain the President of the United States.

(5)  Trump is materially damaging the GOP and jeopardizing the 2022 midterm elections by making everything about Trump and giving the Democrats a target to campaign against rather than their horrific record and the rapid, disastrous decline of the United States, militarily, economically, culturally, and constitutionally.

Bottom line…

There is no guarantee that the GOP will take both the Senate and the House. It would be better if Trump concentrated on highlighting the failure of the Democrats and the damage caused to the United States by constantly screaming, “look at me, look at me!”

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

DeSantis-IMPROVED-TRUMP


“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 PROBLEM AT THE FEDERAL RESERVE: COLOR OVER COMPETENCE

The fundamental truth about the privately-owned Federal Reserve…

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Imagine the decision-making powerhouse if you could use affirmative action to staff the Fed with queer black females.

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Fed tackles inflation with its most diverse leadership ever

When Diane Swonk first attended the Federal Reserve’s annual economic conference in Jackson Hole in the late 1990s, there was a happy hour for women who attended the event. It barely filled a single table.

Now, the “Women at Jackson Hole” happy hour draws dozens of female economists and high-level decision-makers, from the United States and overseas.

“I’m just glad that now there’s a line for the ladies’ room,” said Swonk, a longtime Fed watcher who is chief economist for the accounting giant KPMG.

[OCS: I am unaware of any economic theory containing color, penises, and vaginas in equations or a decision matrix.]

It’s not just at Jackson Hole but also in the Fed’s boardroom where its leadership has become its most diverse ever. There are more female, Black and openly gay officials contributing to the central bank’s interest-rate decisions than at any time in its 109-year history. Many are also far less wealthy than the officials they have replaced.

[OCS: Selecting Federal Reserve leaders by their intersectional identities does not produce better decisions as each of these individuals tends to look through the prism of their own identity and skew decision-making towards pandering to that identity. We cannot run an economy based on the poorest and most disadvantaged but on those who are the best and brightest – with a rising tide lifting all boats. As for being less wealthy, it is a temporary condition remedied by trades on insider information and access to investments not available to the rest of us. With financial institutions paying outsize speaking fees, first-class expenses, and gratuities for a canned dose of economic doublespeak.]

Over time, economists say, a wider range of voices will deepen the Fed’s perspective as it weighs the consequences of raising or lowering rates. It may also help diversify a profession that historically hasn’t been seen as particularly welcoming to women and minorities.

“Broadly, that’s helpful,” said William English, a former senior economist at the Fed who teaches at the Yale School of Management. “There’s evidence that diverse groups make better decisions.” <Source>

[OCS: Competence and understanding drive better decisions, not diversity and posturing.]

 

It's not magic...

FedwatcherLook for rates to be raised between 75-basis points and 100-basis points in the next Fed session. Or if they are more aggressive between 125-basis points and 150-basis points. The next meeting will be held on September 20-21 and is likely to be influenced by the upcoming midterm elections on November 8. 2022.

Bottom line…

Unfortunately, politicians nominate individuals to pander to their core constituencies, with competence an afterthought as an unexpected bonus.

Our economy is driven by supply and demand -- and the classic definition of inflation is too much money chasing too few goods.

We have a supply problem.

Yet you do not hear the Fed screaming about the amount of money being artificially created and pumped into the economy by profligate congressional spending, primarily targeted at special interests who can provide campaign funding and support.

Nor did they say much about paying extended unemployment benefits and Covid relief payments in excess of a worker’s wages. Why work to produce goods and offer services when you can take a government-paid vacation?

I heard nothing about the unions that were bolixing up the supply chains. Or the government killing the energy sector.

So why are the Fed asswipes hiking rates to curtail demand when they should be curtailing spending and lowering taxes to increase supply?

Simple answer: they are primarily progressive communist democrats who are isolated and immune from the consequences of their actions. And, of course, they are owned by financial institutions that profit from inflation and their ability to buy distressed assets with cheap inflationary dollars.

I cannot remember when the Fed told the American public the truth: inflation is another tax on the consumer as their purchasing power declines. Or a more elemental truth that somebody always pays the debt – if not the borrower, then the creditor, and in the final analysis, the consumer/taxpayer.

As for global affairs, it is our sanctions causing Europe’s energy crisis, and it will be the American taxpayer who foots the bill. Why are we sending billions of dollars to corrupt Oligarchs in Ukraine, one of the most corrupt nations outside of Africa? 

By the way, can you name another country that taxes its citizens to ship free money to other nations, even those hostile to America? And before you say China, they demand collateral and foreclose on unpaid loans!

The idea we need a woman, a gay person, a trans person, and a pedophile to generate effective monetary policy is ludicrous and insane.

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 GOP IS WITHOUT DIRECTION

Without using platitudes, tell me what the GOP plans in response to the Biden Administration’s continuing destruction of America.

  • Plans for fighting inflation and outrageous prices at the gas pumps and in grocery stores?
  • Plans for combatting profligate congressional spending?
  • Plans for dealing with an open Southern Border and an unchecked invasion of illegal aliens?
  • Plans for fighting rampant crime and a judicial system releasing criminals, many repeat offenders, into our communities?
  • Plans to reverse the destruction of our energy industry?

What are our feckless leaders telling us?

GOP-LEADERS

McConnell would rather have another two years of a Democrat-controlled Senate where he’s party leader than a Republican-controlled one where he’s not. <Source>

Bottom line…

I am tired of hearing about Donald Trump as if he were the magic answer to all things -- the sound and fury signifying nothing.

We are not fighting against a corrupt Joe Biden and a cadre of progressive communist democrats. We are fighting a media-generated ghost with no tangible substance.

Can we retake the House and Senate because we say we are different than Democrats, or should we have to prove we are worthy of a vote?

We probably will take the House, and I am not so sure about the Senate.

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


HOW A CONSERVATIVE CAN TALK TO A PROGRESSIVE

Head-talk

My first blog post noted my frustration with political discourse, which hasn’t improved over time.

Therefore, I have switched sides, linguistically speaking. I now talk to the opposition using their own words, definitions, and rules. With any luck, they shake their heads in agreement and walk away – which is my desired outcome.

So, today, I thought I would “share” (how I hate that word) my wisdom with those similarly situated and suffering.

The Basic rules…

(1)  Forget logic and common sense, always appeal to emotion. The more emotional they get, the more irrational they become.

(2)  Make it about how you feel, which is an irrefutable “fact.”

(3)  Start the conversation with an accusation to put them on the defensive. If you master the art of using Judeo-Christian guilt, so much the better.

(4)  Never use the linguistic construct, “yes, but…” as it is a sign of weakness. Just change the topic without pause as if the matter is already settled.

(5)  Construct your word salad from the spin-tested magic control words used by progressives.

(6)  Feel free to change definitions at will, even if they are upside-down, opposite, and Orwellian. Label anything you dislike as "hate speech" or "fake news."

(7)  Abandon the concept of shame, even if you appear to be incoherent. It doesn’t bother President Biden -- and he is the leader of the free world.

(8) Study “role models.” I suggest Pete Buttigieg who is able to talk for long periods of time without saying anything. Or Kamala Harris whose is a master of the word salad, repetition, and the circular sentence.

(9)  Forget about Saul Alinsky and worship former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan who famously said, “I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant,” and “I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you’ve probably misunderstood what I said.”

(10)  This is the most important rule. Never get upset or stressed – it’s bad for your health and “they” want you to die sooner than later as your part in saving the planet.

The magic “control words” used by progressive communist democrats to stifle or stop the conversation…

  • ableism, ableist
  • activism
  • ageism, ageist
  • anti-gay
  • anti-Semite, anti-Semitic, anti-Semitism
  • bias
  • colonialist
  • cultural appropriation
  • decolonize
  • disparities
  • diversity
  • environmental justice
  • equity
  • fairness
  • fatism, fatphobia
  • gender discrimination, gender pronouns, gender-neutral
  • hate speech
  • homophobia, homophobic
  • implicit bias
  • inclusion
  • indigenous
  • inequality
  • intersectionality
  • Islamophobia, Islamophobic
  • marginalized
  • micro-aggressions
  • misogyny
  • patriarchy
  • racial justice, racism, racist, racists
  • safe space
  • sexism, sexist
  • social justice
  • stereotypes
  • transphobia, transphobic
  • underrepresented
  • white privilege
  • white supremacy
  • xenophobia

Caveat...

"Classical liberalism is a political and economic ideology that advocates the protection of civil liberties and laissez-faire economic freedom by limiting the power of the central government." It should not be confused with modern social liberalism, which "differs from classical liberalism in two main areas: individual liberty and the role of government in society."  The modern social liberal believes that individual liberty should defer to the needs of the collective and that a strong central government is required for the benefit of society. The most detrimental belief of the modern social liberal is that the ends justify the means, whether fair or foul.

The other major differentiation is that classical liberals are willing to engage in a dialogue to explore their similarities and differences with their counterparts in society with honesty and without rancor. No gratuitous personal attacks and shouting down the opposition. 

As an example, consider JB Fred Eberlein, the author of "The 90-Degree Turn: Remaking Federal Government - from big, bulky, and misguided to lean, decentralized, and relevant." While we can disagree about many things, mostly about methodology and implementations, we both agree that our government is out of control and in need of reform. Against that basic agreement, we can explore the subject and learn from each other. 

Bottom line…

When the opposition begins screaming, you 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


WARNING: IS McCONNELL USING YOUR DONATIONS TO THE SENATE LEADERSHIP FUND TO DEFEAT GOP CANDIDATES?

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Have you ever wondered why the Senate GOP may continue as a minority after 2022?

  • Is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell acting on behalf of the so-called establishment wing of the GOP and attempting to keep conservatives from obtaining political power that might oppose establishment interests?
  • Even worse, is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell acting on behalf of a hostile foreign nation like China to keep the GOP from obtaining political power that might oppose their interests?

For years, the McConnell and Chao families have cultivated a relationship that enriches the couple and grants status to the Chaos’ shipping company.

For decades, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao have maintained a glaring conflict of interest, conducting extensive government business despite the Chao family’s deep ties to China through a maritime shipping company.

For years, the McConnell and Chao families have maintained a symbiotic relationship that grants opportunities to the Chaos’ shipping company, Foremost Group, which largely operates in and on behalf of communist China.

This reciprocity is well documented, but unlike with Hunter Biden, there is less scrutiny from observers, including those on the right, for this “corruption by proxy,” as author and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer calls it. <Source>

  • Is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell content with his present position and avoiding a possible change in Senate Leadership should the GOP become the majority in 2022?
  • Or is Mitch McConnell simply overrated as a political force and just another jumped-up feckless politician struggling to keep his leadership position?

Lowering expectations?

Mitch McConnell concedes ‘candidate quality’ may mean Republicans fail to flip Senate in midterm elections

The Senate’s top Republican is out with a sober assessment of his party’s chances for taking the chamber in November’s midterm elections, and he says “candidate quality” is a big factor.

Speaking in Kentucky on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different — they’re statewide, [and] candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”  McConnell continued: “Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate and a 50-50 country, but I think when all is said and done this fall, we’re likely to have an extremely close Senate, either our side up slightly or their side up slightly.” <Source>

Putting his thumb on the scale?

Blake Masters' AZ Senate Race Faces Millions More in Advertising Cuts From McConnell-Backed Super PAC

The Senate Leadership Fund, a Super PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, announced nearly $10 million in advertising cancelations in Arizona and Alaska. The Super PAC already announced cancelations of $13.5 million collectively for Pennsylvania ($7.5 million), Arizona ($3.5 million), Wisconsin ($2.5 million), and Nevada ($1.5 million). 

These cuts come after McConnell made comments about “candidate quality” and forecasted that flipping the House may be more likely than picking up the one seat needed to flip the Senate for Republicans in November. Former President Donald Trump harshly criticized McConnell for his comments, and McConnell has remained in Trump’s crosshairs. <Source>

When is the GOP going to run real attack ads?

Face facts, negative political attack ads work and are the gold standard for any political campaign. So, where are the brutal ads with all of the adverse progressive communist democrat behavior? Hell, where are the pro-GOP ads setting forth the platform and asking people to join the fight to “Make America Great Again?” Ads on energy independence? Ads on crazy Ukraine spending in a corrupt country? Ads on turning boys into girls and girls into boys? What about immigration, sex trafficking, and Fentanyl deaths? Wealth redistribution to college students who are learning to hate America?  

The progressive communist democrats are campaigning 24/7/365 and fighting in the courts – where is a similar GOP defensive countermeasure or offensive strike?      

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT FAVORS DEMS TO HOLD SENATE

  • FiveThirtyEight’s modeling suggests. Democrats have a 65% chance of maintaining their 50-seat Senate caucus, which effectively is a majority because the VP is the tie-breaking vote.
  • That’s a 15-point increase in Democrats’ chances in less than a month – a fact FiveThirtyEight attributes to weak GOP candidates in some states.
  • The good news for Republicans is that Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is favored to win a close race, and Marco Rubio has an 85% chance of winning reelection. <Source>

Bottom line…

As the late California Democrat Jesse Unruh famously noted, “money is the mother’s milk of politics.” So where is the GOP denouncing the Democrats for the shortage of infant formula?

What makes McConnell’s loyalty test worse than Trump’s is that McConnell uses real money, while  Trump pretends giving you his nod is the same as giving you real money.

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


I HATE POLITICIANS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE

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The Republicans are not beyond exaggeration and emotional fearmongering…

Biden’s super-sized IRS Army will declare war on political enemies

The public should be frightened that Democrats have passed new legislation to weaponize the already abusive Internal Revenue Service.

[OCS: Notice the rhetorical fallacy being used here: imputing that the behavior or a few bad partisan actors represent the whole?]

For nearly a century, presidents and members of Congress have used the IRS to harass and incriminate political foes. In addition to collecting revenue to fund the government, the IRS is a hit squad that destroys reputations and criminalizes dissenters.

[OCS: One might think, incorrectly, that the citizens would recognize political corruption and vote the bastards out of office. But, then again, Congress writes its own rules and exempts itself from most criminal consequences of its actions.]

A lot of pain can be inflicted under the guise of tax “auditing.” The bill President Joe Biden signed Tuesday, erroneously labeled the Inflation Reduction Act, will mean more audits and investigations. The law roughly doubles funding for the IRS’s enforcement division, adding as many as 80,000 agents and auditors.

[OCS: Most of the pain comes from an overly complex tax code and the volume of confusing, conflicting, or contrary interpretations of the code’s provisions. Yes, the Inflation Reduction Act is grotesquely named and misleading. But, there is the likelihood that a large percentage of the recent hires will be desk-bound support personnel and auditors rather than armed federal agents who require vetting and specialized training before being assigned to field duty.]

Biden, meanwhile, is starving the Defense Department, requesting too little funding to even keep up with inflation, despite Russian and Chinese aggression. Yet his legislation will make the IRS three-quarters the size of the Marine Corps. Who’s Biden making war on?

[OCS: Notice the false comparison with the military and the subtle suggestion that this funding act is tantamount to waging war against citizens.]

While the bill increases the IRS’s muscle, it fails to impose serious criminal penalties if the IRS leaks confidential taxpayer information or goes after political targets. History shows the danger ahead. <Source>

[OCS: Did I miss an amendment requesting enhanced penalties for government agencies leaking personal non-public information? Leaking to damage opponents or to influence public opinion is the second most important thing (after money) in the Washington D.C. beltway. Besides, leakers are now characterized as “whistleblowers” and given Congressional protections against retaliation and criminal charges.]

Bottom line…

It was, and is, the asswipes in Congress, on both sides of the aisle and acting at the behest of their special interests, especially the lawyers and accountants, that have created an overly complex tax code with arcane loopholes and gotcha funding provisions to fill the government feeding troughs.

We need to de-politicize the leadership of our government agencies and institutions if we are to reduce political corruption. We also need to reform our tax code and reduce government costs by prioritizing spending on those things granted by the Constitution to the federal government. But, most of all, we need to eliminate professional politicians who ignore their constituents and who, like attorneys and advocates, speak out of both sides of their mouths according to who is paying the freight.

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


VACCINE MANDATES: SAY WHAT?

It makes absolutely no legal or moral sense…

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For those still skeptical of an increasingly corrupt government under the progressive communist democrats…

Consider that a world-class tennis player, Novak Djokovic, ranked number six in the world and a three-time world champion in top physical condition, was denied entry to the United States to participate in the 2022 U.S. Open because he cannot produce proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to meet requirements for all inbound non-US citizens.

Yes, that’s right -- recently updated CDC guidelines continue to prevent unvaccinated non-citizens from entering the United States.

However, under the auspices of the Biden Administration and their cadre of progressive communist democrats, unvaccinated illegal aliens are pouring over our Southern Border and being transported by the government into our local communities. Yes, that’s also right – no criminal identity checks, no medical screening, and no consideration for an American population exposed to infectious diseases, many of which have been irradiated in the United States.

Put aside the fact that a world-class athlete, dependent on his physical condition to compete and earn a living, a man with medical, nutritional, and phycological advisors, might not want to risk life-altering side effects from an experimental vaccine whose terrible side effects are being deliberately masked by the current regime.

Bottom line…

At least Djokovic, based on the best medical advice, refuses to knuckle under to the medical tyrants who are rapidly killing individuals in the name of politics.

We are so screwed when we can trust our government, our institutions, and even our personal physicians who may be under intense pressure to follow the regime’s protocols or lose their license to practice medicine.

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


CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ATTACKS TRUMP NOT THE DISEASE

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Now that sufficient time has passed to more fully assess the side effects and long-term efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines (or whatever they really might be), the news is not good, and it is time to weaponize the latest adverse findings in the fight against any possible 2024 candidacy of Donald Trump.

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Select Subcommittee Uncovers Trump White House’s Extreme Pressure Campaigns Targeting FDA’s Coronavirus Response
The report is the second to reveal the Select Subcommittee’s findings from its investigation into the Trump Administration’s political interference with the federal coronavirus response.

Washington, D.C. (August 24, 2022) – Today, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, chaired by Rep. James E. Clyburn, released a staff report revealing extensive new evidence of the Trump White House’s relentless pressure campaigns targeting the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) coronavirus response.

[OCS: Committee Chair Clyburn is a virulent anti-Trump antagonist and hyper-partisan. I would suggest that evidence is the wrong word to describe cherry-picked information designed to support an anti-Trump political narrative. As for the suggestion of “relentless pressure,” let us remember the panicked response to the spread of the original virus and the glacial slowness of the bureaucratic government response, including the CDC and FDA – both of which refused to release contemporary documents on the ongoing crisis.]

This staff report is the second installment in a series of reports documenting the Select Subcommittee’s findings from its investigation into the Trump Administration’s rampant political interference with the federal public health response to the coronavirus pandemic. The first installment chronicled the Trump White House’s embrace of a dangerous and discredited herd immunity via mass infection strategy well before vaccines were available, in an effort to prioritize then-President Trump’s political prospects at the expense of public health.

[OCS:  Instead of investigating the origins of the coronavirus, which appears to have been genetically engineered in a program funded by the government, and the perversion of scientific findings to support a political narrative designed by bureaucrats, they chose to focus on Donald Trump. Interesting because they did not and apparently cannot demonstrate where Donald Trump overrode the recommendations of his credentialed advisers. As for any discussion of herd immunity through mass infection, it was one scenario among many and deserved consideration given the rapidity of disease spread.]

Chairman Clyburn released the following statement about today’s report:

“The Select Subcommittee’s findings that Trump White House officials deliberately and repeatedly sought to bend FDA’s scientific work on coronavirus treatments and vaccines to the White House’s political will are yet another example of how the prior Administration prioritized politics over public health. As today’s report makes clear, senior Trump Administration officials undermined public health experts because they believed doing so would benefit the former president politically—plotting covertly with known conspiracy theorists to dangerously push a disproven coronavirus treatment, bullying FDA to change its vaccine guidance, and advocating for federal investigations into those who stood in their way. These assaults on our nation’s public health institutions undermined the nation’s coronavirus response—and are precisely why we must never again settle for leaders who prioritize politics over keeping Americans safe.

[OCS: There is little doubt that the leadership of the major public health agencies was politicized and behaved in a partisan manner that resisted the Trump Administration’s demand for urgency. Those that deviated from the partisan narrative of the public health bureaucrats were labeled as “conspiracy theorists” and censored or de-platformed in an attempt to control the politicized narrative. A narrative based, not on science, but leveraging the crisis for political advantage by those that did not support the Administration. There is no doubt in my mind that the leaders that need to be sanctioned and replaced are those who ignored scientific findings and opted for ineffective masking and economy-disrupting lockdowns. Likewise, disparaging findings from community practitioners who were equally educated, experienced, and possessed significant subject-matter knowledge.]

“Today’s report also contains extensive new evidence that Trump White House officials, including Peter Navarro, conducted government business using private email accounts. Unless these officials took steps to preserve these records, this conduct may have violated the Presidential Records Act—a conclusion the Department of Justice reached when it recently filed a lawsuit against Mr. Navarro based on evidence first uncovered by the Select Subcommittee last year. No one is above the law, no matter how high up in the White House they worked, and I applaud the Department of Justice for seeking to uphold the law and hold Mr. Navarro accountable.”

[OCS: Nobody is above the law except Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the cadre of bureaucrats who did the same thing and were never recommended for prosecution or escaped being held accountable. Again, note the attention given to the anti-Trump political aspect of an inquiry that has turned into a political attack mechanism.

In a statement emailed to CNN, Navarro said: “The partisan House Select Subcommittee report ‘wrongly’ perpetuates one of the most deadly lies of the pandemic, namely that the safe and powerful therapeutic to treat COVID, hydroxychloroquine, was somehow dangerous. This lie persists despite abundant scientific evidence now to the contrary.”]

Today’s staff report is entitled “A ‘Knife Fight’ with the FDA: The Trump White House’s Relentless Attacks on FDA’s Coronavirus Response,” and is available in full here.

[OCS: Note the inappropriate and derogatory nature of the report’s title, and you can see it reeks of blatant hypocrisy and politics.]

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Perhaps the most telling motivation for this worthless report can be found in the report’s last paragraph…

If not meaningfully addressed, this hyper-politicization of public health—and reflexive embrace of anti-scientific dogma pushed by those who have trusted President Trump, his top advisers, and his most prominent supporters—will continue to constrain the country’s ability to overcome public health threats, especially from a novel highly infectious disease that requires a concerted, collective response.

[OCS: Translation: Trump can never be trusted to hold any high office or the public’s health is at risk]

Interference with the FDA, you say?

Nate Silver: ‘Liberal elites’ pressured Pfizer to delay vaccine until after 2020 election

Nate Silver claimed “liberal public health elites” pressured Pfizer to delay fast-track approval of its COVID-19 vaccine until after the 2020 presidential election — thus denying then-President Donald Trump a political win before voters headed to the polls.

The number-crunching data journalist reacted to an article by Politico that cited a House report that claimed the Trump administration sought to expedite approvals for both vaccines and “unproven treatments” for COVID-19.

“‘Trump pushed for vaccine approvals too fast’ is the worst possible critique of the Trump administration’s COVID policy,” Silver, founder of the Disney-owned FiveThirtyEight political news and analysis website, tweeted.

“That probably saved a lot of lives. If anything approval should have been faster.”

In a subsequent tweet, Silver wrote that “liberal public health elites” pushed Pfizer to “change its original protocols” that govern its authorization of vaccines so that the decision would be put off until after Election Day two years ago.

Silver noted that Pfizer’s decision “had the convenient side-effect of delaying any vaccine announcement until after the election” and that the story “deserves more scrutiny.” <Source>

Committee's dereliction of duty…

Where is the Committee’s response to the clear and present danger of unmonitored illegal aliens spreading infectious diseases throughout the nation as they are moved surreptitiously into communities to serve as disease vectors for coronavirus and worse? With nary a peep from the public health agencies, the Biden Administration, or the Committee?

Where is the Committee’s “evidence” that the FDA changed any of their decisions on hydroxychloroquine or other therapies based on White House “pressure?”

Bottom line…

Like the January 6 Committee, this is another Pelosi-led political attack on Donald Trump to discourage a 2024 presidential run.

Truth be told, how many people have been fired or denied their freedoms based on political theatre -- or better yet, how many have died because the public health agencies were headed by politicians and not objective scientists?

Where is the Committee's admonishment of Fauci and Daszak for funding the experiments that were the proximate cause of the pandemic?

Until the "experts" discovered the vaccine was a debacle, time was of the essence, and risks were assumed. Now that we know more and it's not looking good, the disaster is a political tool to target Trump. 

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


ESG: ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIALIST GARBAGE

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The more I hear about ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) movement, policies, and programs, the more I think about ongoing political scams and power grabs like those facilitated by faux global warming and the exaggeration of the risks of the next "man-made" pandemic.

The degree to which a large multi-national corporation supports any particular community is the degree to which the community supports the corporation's goals and, more specifically, its senior leadership.

And by support, I am speaking in concrete terms of a friendly regulatory environment, potential financial inducements, proximity to its marketplace, and the availability of an adequate lifestyle and cost of living, including access to a trained talent pool, raw materials, energy, logistical support, and the absence of crime. To think otherwise is naïve.

To the extent that communities condemn corporations as being the primary cause of adverse environmental, social, and economic problems, the less attractive those
communities become relative to other communities.

ESG is not about shared values but about the politics of third parties insinuating themselves into corporate decision-making and access to corporate funding and support, overcoming legally-imposed fiduciary duties that bind corporate actions to the benefits afforded to its owners and investors. 

Like unions who continually demand a larger piece of the pie without increasing production, improving workflows, or reducing costs, we find corporations locked into a lose-lose situation created by community activists and agitations, many of whom might be corporate extortionists trying to sell their consulting and training services to redress wrongs that only they, as enlightened individuals, can perceive.

It is not readily apparent that increasing globalization demands less community participation as one directs resources to hospitable environments wherever they exist. Hence, outsourcing repetitive, labor-intensive tasks to areas with low-cost labor. The importation of highly-educated and trained foreign workers who will work for lower wages can be disposed of without burdensome legal consequences—the increasing use of independent contract workers who do not receive benefits.

ESG is shortsighted, directing capital and resources to politically advantageous products, personnel, and positions. In essence, a form of top-down government control over private enterprise under the rubric of "stakeholder capitalism," more accurately characterized as corporate socialism and control.

We are introducing chaos and communism into our capitalist system to destroy the system from within. A system that has produced untold wealth and raised the standard of living for almost every nation in the world.

It's time to tell the corporatists to step off. To the extent that corporations use tiered stock plans to allow founders to maintain control and do pretty much as they wish, it is time to remove such vehicles. To the extent that large corporations have singular executive control over systemically important financial institutions, it is time for mandated retirement programs and term limits. 

Bottom line…

Another political watermelon scam – green on the outside, red on the inside.

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


I AM NOT SURE THE USA IS GOING TO SURVIVE THE OBAMA ERA

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There is not a single doubt in my mind that our nation has been attacked by radical communist sleeper cells of Obama acolytes and that Obama’s promise to radically transform the United States is coming true.

Witness the insanity for yourself.

(1)  Leadership 

  • A severely cognitively-impaired President who cannot speak in complete, coherent sentences and answer impromptu questions that are not pre-scripted and posed by pre-selected propagandists posing as “journalists.”
  • A Vice President, likewise,  appears ignorant on most issues, and like the President, cannot speak in an informed and coherent manner.
  • A Speaker of the House who is virulently partisan and willing to ignore the United States Constitution and violate all Congress traditions and norms.
  • A years-long decapitation strike against the only effective leader in modern history who has been subject to persecution that would have killed or destroyed a lesser man.
  • A feckless opposition that is not only incompetent but corrupt and uncaring – with little or no regard for their constituents.
  • A cadre of union leadership in both the public and private sectors is corrupt and infiltrated by radical communists using workers as political pawns. Or, in the case of teachers, the younger generation.
  • We are seeing rampant interference in our electoral system, with our leaders minimizing the grave danger this poses to our nation, its Constitution, and our freedoms. In reality, we no longer select our leaders; we only choose from pre-selected, party-approved candidates. When we break that candidate selection practice, the forces on both sides of the political spectrum, the allegedly free press, and our enemies, both foreign and domestic, wage war against that candidate.

(2)  National Security

  • Our nation is pursuing policies that will lead to a nuclear-armed Iran that will pose an even more significant existential threat to the Middle East and, by extension America.
  • We are being openly invaded by illegal aliens, including criminals, crazies, and terrorists, who rapidly destroy our nation’s reserve assets meant to protect American citizens from natural disasters and other catastrophes.
  • A military whose operational readiness is being eroded by politicians posing as flag-rank general officers more interested in their own welfare than our nation or their soldiers.
  • In the space of three years, our leadership has destroyed this nation’s energy independence and placed our military infrastructure at risk by the foreign sourcing of critical weapon components.
  • Beyond energy, we have ceded control of our nation’s critical infrastructure, including water, fertilizer, and our food supply, to radical communists who have infiltrated the environmental movement and who are using our own laws, rules, and regulations – in conjunction with a compromised judiciary – against us—demanding that our nation forego resilience in favor of saving meaningless flora and fauna.
  • Arterial intermodal transportation, the lifeblood of a vast nation, is rapidly being compromised and creating a logistics nightmare.
  • We are rapidly depleting our weapons stockpiles in favor of other nations and failing to replenish our stockpiles of weapons and critical supplies. Much of what we adopt to replenish our reserves is overly complex and subject to catastrophic failure in peacetime training and war. Our enemies use less technology and gain reliability with old-school solutions. Much of this planned obsolescence is driven by corruption and those who have lost sight of the purpose of weapons. We now expend millions of dollars to kill fewer and fewer people-- with a military goal of ignoring the suppression of resistance and capitulation of our enemies to concentrate on the avoidance of bad media optics involving collateral damage.

(3)  Communications

  • Our nation cannot function without conveying accurate and timely information to warn and inform the populace. Yet we have allowed our government to sidestep our Constitution in the guise of a public-private alliance where private companies overtly or covertly implement government policies in return for material rewards.
  • We have ceded control over our technology to oligarchs who claim the right to control devices we have purchased through unilateral licenses, which enable a surveillance state.
  • We, as a people, have said nothing when private entities openly spread disinformation, censor the news, and remove dissidents who have alternative viewpoints that do not support the regime’s narrative. Even worse, “We the People” refuse to hold these individuals and corporations responsible for their treacherous actions.
  • In what universe would we accept the precepts of identity politics that demand teaching racist behavior and gender confusion in public schools? 
  • We can see the abuse of language and the re-definition of common words -- so much so that people can no longer communicate or are afraid to speak lest they not be politically correct. I never thought I would see the day when someone could not define a woman, even in the most rudimentary terms as being the opposite of a man. Even worse, changing the titles on legislative bills in a deceptive manner as to mislead voters.

(4)  Financial machinations.

  • Our nation’s finances are being artificially manipulated by the Federal Reserve, which despite the misleading use of the word “federal,” is privately owned and operated in an opaque manner by its owners – the most significant global financial institutions. Not to get into the weeds, but its fractional banking system using fiat currency is guaranteed to produce boom and bust cycles whose volatility conveys a great advantage to those who own or control significant assets.
  • Our money, especially the retirement funds representing fixed income assets for senior citizens out of the job market, are deliberately eroded by inflation. Apparently, to increase individual reliance on government largess in return for political power.

A confluence of evil…

Let us consider today’s example of evil.

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President Joe Biden unilaterally and unconstitutionally decided to forgive a portion of student debt to fulfill a political campaign pledge. Perhaps forgive is not the right word because he transferred the payment of these debts from the individuals responsible for the debt to the taxpayers – you and me. A grossly unfair action that demands a hardworking citizen pay for their neighbor’s children’s student loan debt incurred when they may have attended, but not necessarily completed, college. Totally disadvantaging a large segment of the population who have no say in the decision and who gain no benefit from this obscene transfer of wealth.

The President has no constitutional, congressional, or legal authority to take this action – so how does Biden gin up the pretense of authority?

Biden appears to be employing the HEROES Act, first enacted in the wake of the September 11 attacks, and provides the Secretary broad authority to grant relief from student loan requirements during specific periods (a war, other military operation, or national emergency

So you might ask, which war? Which military operation? Which national emergency? COVID-19, of course!

“For the past year and a half, the Office of General Counsel (“OGC”), in consultation with our colleagues at the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, has conducted a review of the Secretary’s legal authority to cancel student debt on a categorical basis. This review has included assessing the analysis outlined in a publicly disseminated January 2021 memorandum signed by a former Principal Deputy General Counsel. As detailed below, we have determined that the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (“HEROES”) Act of 2003 grants the Secretary authority that could be used to effectuate a program of targeted loan cancellation directed at addressing the financial harms of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

So Biden does it anyway and leaves it up to the courts to fight it out in what may prove to be a years-long process that will see him accruing political credit now for the attempt and hoping the result years later will be buried as “old news” as Hillary Clinton is wont to say.

Bottom line…

What can I say other than we are so screwed?

And that we are all Americans. Forget the divisive identity politics. No more Democrats and Republicans. No more rednecks and snowflakes. Unless we work together, the most exceptional nation on the face of the Earth will turn into another corrupt, unexceptional European-style nation, or, heaven forbid, a third-world banana republic governed by a strong man with only the pretense of democracy.

In both life and politics, there are no perfect answers as an adequate response to an imperfect world. And, most often, the reality is that the only choice we have left is to choose the lesser of two evils – fully knowing that we are still supporting evil.

-- 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 OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE CLOCK MAY HAVE STARTED WITH THE MAR-A-LAGO RAID

OJ-DOJIt appears that the shit may have officially hit the fan...

There is some evidence that the individuals in the White House, the Department of Justice, and the FBI have implemented another coverup of their unconstitutional and criminal activities.

Namely, it appears that the August 8, 2022, FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago was a pretext to grab and sequester documents that were to be used in Donald Trump’s RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) lawsuit that purports to demonstrate that certain acts performed against Donald J. Trump were part of an ongoing criminal organization and provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action.

The theory is that by re-classifying the purloined documents as part of a national security investigation, they cannot be used in Trump’s RICO case, which will subsequently falter and will likely be dismissed.

There is little doubt that the validity of Trump’s case-in-chief may rest on the documents Trump previously declassified before leaving office. Since the President of the United States has plenary power to declassify documents, there can be no criminal charges brought against Trump for the possession, storage, or use of these documents under any NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) rules and regulations.

Among some of those at risk are Hillary R. Clinton, HFACC, Inc., Democratic National Committee, DNC Services Corporation, Perkins Coie, Michael Sussmann, Marc Elias, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Charles Halliday Dolan, Jr., Jake Sullivan, Adam Schiff, John Podesta, Robert E. Mook, Phillipe Reines, Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr, Orbis Business Intelligence, Christopher Steele, Igor Danchenko, Neustar, Inc., Neustar Security Services, Rodney Joffe, James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Kevin Clinesmith, Andrew McCabe, and Rod Rosenstein. (Case 2:22-cv-14102-DMM Document 177 Entered on FLSD Docket 06/21/2022)

The timing is suspect...

Trump’s amended complaint against Hillary Clinton, the DNC, and other conspirators were filed on June 21, 2022, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Coincidently,  Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart recused himself from Trump’s RICO case the day after Trump filed the amended lawsuit -- and is the same judge that signed off on the Mar-a-Lago search warrant that authorized the August 8, 2022 raid.

Biden’s tit in a wringer…

Biden White House facilitated DOJ's criminal probe against Trump, scuttled privilege claims: memos

Long before it professed no prior knowledge of the raid on Donald Trump's estate, the Biden White House worked directly with the Justice Department and National Archives to instigate the criminal probe into alleged mishandling of documents, allowing the FBI to review evidence retrieved from Mar-a-Lago this spring and eliminating the 45th president's claims to executive privilege, according to contemporaneous government documents reviewed by Just the News.

The memos show then-White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su was engaged in conversations with the FBI, DOJ and National Archives as early as April, shortly after 15 boxes of classified and other materials were voluntarily returned to the federal historical agency from Trump's Florida home.

By May, Su conveyed to the Archives that President Joe Biden would not object to waiving his predecessor's claims to executive privilege, a decision that opened the door for DOJ to get a grand jury to issue a subpoena compelling Trump to turn over any remaining materials he possessed from his presidency.

"The Counsel to the President has informed me that, in light of the particular circumstances presented here, President Biden defers to my determination, in consultation with the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, regarding whether or not I should uphold the former President's purported 'protective assertion of executive privilege,'" Wall wrote. "... I have therefore decided not to honor the former President's 'protective' claim of privilege." <Source>

Since this affair is historically unprecedented, no sitting President has ever waived the executive privilege of their predecessor, and to do so would irrevocably damage the Presidency. Should this stand, previously privileged documents belonging to former President Obama could be opened for scrutiny, and documents taken from the archives, wherever stored, could be retrieved. Beyond executive privilege were documents covered under attorney-client privilege and related to the RICO case.

Bottom line…

This entire matter is tainted by the very agencies tasked with upholding the United States Constitution and the rule of law in America. There is no doubt that the Mar-a-lago search violated his 4th Amendment rights.

Many fear that the government will destroy or tamper with the evidence -- not unheard of since FBI Attorney Kevin Clinesmith was caught altering evidence. 

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Or, roughly translated asWho watches the watchers?

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


AMAZON REVIEW SCAM?

Amazon-handcuffs

It appears that someone has taken exception to my product review that pointed out that an Amazon product was misleading. The problem was that the bottle is labeled 1500 mg – but it is not clear that the serving size is 3  500 mg tablets and that the displayed 45 quantity will only last 15 days. Something I pointed out in my review.

I have received at least 10 requests to delete my review and was offered a $50 gift card to delete the review.

This is a clear violation of Amazon’s rules regarding directly contracting customers and attempting to game Amazon’s review process.

Even worse, it might be a scam to elicit personal information or compromise my account.

Either way, it is wrong!

Sample emails sent through bogus addresses at Gmail.com.

From: Sherry A <nethank53221@gmail.com>

To: <redacted>

Sent: 8/17/2022 8:04:26 AM

Subject: Amazon Gift Card Compensation


Hi, steve.

There is a $50 gift card at this moment.

Product reviews link!!!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3NNSBQDM140WW

1. Go to Your Profile.

2. Choose the review you want to change in the Community activity section.

3. Delete your review

Would you mind willing to help me delete your review? Yes, totally delete it, I do not want a good review.

If you delete a comment, please let me know that you have deleted the comment. After seeing your message and confirming that you have indeed deleted the review, I will send you an Amazon gift card worth $50 within 48 hours. Don't doubt it.

I'm waiting for your reply online.

Thank you very much!

My most sincere regards, I hope that you can reply to me as soon as possible.

Thank you and please have a glorious day.

Customer Service Team

Thank you

From: Sherry A <nethank53221@gmail.com>

To: <redacted>

Sent: 8/18/2022 2:30:03 AM

Subject: Re: Amazon Gift Card Compensation


Hello, your comment still exists.!!!We need to confirm whether you have received the message. In order to avoid mutual loss, please reply to us after receiving the message. I'm really sorry, we have been improving our products, which caused you inconvenience. We are willing to provide gift cards as compensation. Please give us a chance.!!!
Sincerely look forward to your reply.!!!

Sherry A <nethank53221@gmail.com> 于2022年8月17日周三 23:04写道:

Hi, steve.

There is a $50 gift card at this moment.

Product reviews link!!!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3NNSBQDM140WW

1. Go to Your Profile.

2. Choose the review you want to change in the Community activity section.

3. Delete your review

Would you mind willing to help me delete your review? Yes, totally delete it, I do not want a good review.

If you delete a comment, please let me know that you have deleted the comment. After seeing your message and confirming that you have indeed deleted the review, I will send you an Amazon gift card worth $50 within 48 hours. Don't doubt it.

I'm waiting for your reply online.

Thank you very much!

My most sincere regards, I hope that you can reply to me as soon as possible.

Thank you and please have a glorious day.

Customer Service Team

Thank you

----- Original Message -----

From: Pauline A <parkwlabigail69615@gmail.com>

To: <redacted>

Sent: 8/23/2022 9:28:20 AM

Subject: Gift Card Benefits


Hi, steve,

Happy day.!!!

I am very happy to reach out to you.!!!

Since everybody's time is very precious, I just go directly to the topic. So don't you misunderstand me.

Product reviews link: !!!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3NNSBQDM140WW

1. Go to Your Profile.

2. Choose the review you want to change in the Community activity section.

3. Delete your review

Are you willing to help me to delete your review? If you have deleted your review,please tell me that you have deleted the review. After I see your message and confirm that you have indeed deleted the comment, I will send you an Amazon gift card worth $50 within 48 hours. There is no need to return the item.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. have a beautiful day!

Customer Service Team

Thank you

Bottom line…

This appears to be a scam.

-- 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