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WHEN AMERICA'S DOCTORS TURN TOXIC

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Normally medicine is a revered profession, where physicians are held in high esteem as those dedicated to maintaining and prolonging life.  And many are fine physicians who practice great medicine and leave politics to the politicians and the people. Unfortunately, we are starting to see partisan and highly-politicized men and women suggest that everything impacts your health and therefore should be government-regulated. A very dangerous view considering how our Constitution has been warped and twisted to legitimize clearly unconstitutional legislation that would have left the founding fathers aghast.

Between the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, Planned Parenthood, Mothers Against Dangerous Driving, and political entities such as the Center for American Progress, and the America Civil Liberties Union, reasons for regulating with come to the forefront.

Among the issues will be gun control, never considering making the victim pool larger by disarming law-abiding citizens who are surrounded by heavily-armed criminals and drug gangs. Vehicle restrictions on the basis of reducing harmful pollution and saving the planet. Very rarely do you hear physicians speak about the thousands of people who have died because of the fuel efficiency standards that demand lighter, more plastic cars that are more vulnerable in collisions. Abortion, reducing the pesky population load on an already strained planet. Meat, not only can it be harmful, but suffering animals contribute to global warming. 

It is time to check the power of politicians who are attempting to use pseudo-science and the professional reputation of physicians to subvert the Constitution and impose their draconian socialist agenda; erasing all freedom and liberty in the name of governing on behalf of the collective population of the world.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

Example:

Through the Physician's Eyes: AMA President's Inaugural Address, 2001
Commemorative Issue: Strengthening the Social Contract
Richard F. Corlin, MD

With the preponderance of weapons these days, it comes as no surprise that gun violence--both self-inflicted and against others--is now a serious public health crisis. No one can avoid its brutal and ugly presence. No one. Not physicians. Not the public. And most certainly not the politicians--no matter how much they might want to.

Now my speech today is not a polemic. It is not an attack on the politics or the profits or the personalities associated with guns in our society. It isn't even about gun control. I want to talk to you about the public health crisis itself and how we can work to address it, in the same way we have worked to address other public health crises such as polio, tobacco, and drunk driving.

At the AMA, we acknowledged the epidemic of gun violence when, in 1987, our House of Delegates first set policy on firearms. The House recognized the irrefutable truth that "uncontrolled ownership and use of firearms, especially handguns, is a serious threat to the public's health inasmuch as the weapons are one of the main causes of intentional and unintentional injuries and death."  <Read More>

(full disclaimer: my doc who did my colonoscopy)


“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


BE CAREFUL–NEW YEAR’S EVE 2018

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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


HAS CALIFORNIA JUST INSTITUTIONALIZED VOTER FRAUD FOR THE 2018 ELECTION?

THIRD-CHOICE

People laugh about Chicago politics where the Democrats bray, “vote early and often.” However, voter fraud – be it bussed-in outsiders, illegal aliens, manipulation of the ballots or the count – is most likely to be institutionalized in California.

California Senate Bill S.B. 450, laughingly known as “California Voter’s Choice Act,” which was passed in 2016 eliminates your neighborhood polling places in favor of mail-in or drop-off ballots. Drop-off locations will be available for up to four weeks before election day and designated “temporary” centers will be open at least ten days before an election to allow additional registrations for provisional ballots. Thus extending the time for voters to vote – ostensibly to increase voter participation – but in reality, giving more time for progressive socialist Democrat fraudsters to manipulate the voting process.

Where preliminary counts – ostensibly to save time, effort, and money – can be used to allow fraudsters to “find” additional voters or “discover” ballots misplaced by “unionized” workers whose voter preferences run overwhelmingly Democrat.

I could make the observation that not everybody should vote – especially those who are ill-informed and susceptible to bright-flashy objects and promises of never-ending entitlements – not forgetting ignoring federal law and protecting illegal alien criminals. But then again, unions are known for using thuggery to obtain large turnouts for the politicians that support their corrupt and destructive agenda.

I could also make the observation that most of the tax increases proposed are not for improving our infrastructure or providing services to citizens – but to continue making pension contributions to the massive public employees unions and to indemnify pensioners against investment mistakes made by the state-appointed poohbahs that run the pension funs and who receive compensation commensurate with those who run large hedge funds. There is even talk about forcing pension funds to give up investments in prudent, high-yield fossil fuel securities in favor of dodgy securities associated with climate change.

One of the surest signs of voter fraud will come in the number of re-registrations to allow progressive socialist democrats to vote for the weakest and most odious Republican in the primary and then vote democrat in the general election.

No wonder the progressives hate the idea of voter identification in California!!! And, no wonder that the GOP spends little or no money developing the California Republicans who are known to roll-over for the progressives like a dog seeking attention.

We are so screwed.


“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


IT APPEARS THAT FEW IN THE GOVERNMENT GIVE ANY SUBSTANTIAL THOUGHT TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL DAMAGE DONE BY OBAMA, CLINTON, AND THE PROGRESSIVES

While Donald Trump continues to deride “Crooked Hillary” and “Leaker Comey,” the chances are is that he and his administration will turn a blind eye to redressing constitutional and corruption issues if they are not narrowly crafted and specifically designed to clear his name, protect his family, and promote his agenda. Considering the past year, nothing and nobody else appears to be important; lest of all anyone who publicly disagrees with him.

This viewpoint is somewhat affirmed by my best friend who believes that we are unlikely to see any Trump action to provide substantive answers to the alleged Clinton-DNC-DOJ-FBI-IRS  collusion as there is no upside for the GOP and only a potential downside in alienating a large group of opposing voters who will be voting in the 2018 congressional and 2020 presidential elections. While my buddy proclaims himself to be a conservative, I am more inclined to believe he is a pragmatist and does not worry about that which he cannot control or that which does not immediately affect him. 

If this is true, the constitutional conservatives are all tilting at windmills and shouting into an echo chamber which does not resonate with mainstream America, the media, or even those independents outside of our own circle of like-minded individuals.  Our time would be better served to feather our own nests, grabbing everything in sight, and leaving future problems to the individuals of the next generation who will be forced to confront a world made far more dangerous by the collusion, corruption, and cronyism that appears to be the guiding principle of both major political parties. With the exception of commentators like Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and others who make millions espousing their conservative values in the media, it appears that there is little upside for the conservatives given the present state of the nation.

I am fortunate that this blog was designed to make me feel good …

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And of course, spring is coming …

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Bottom line …

We are screwed … but a little less screwed than with the progressive socialist democrats in power.

-- 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


SHOULD THE GOP ADOPT THE DEMOCRAT PLAYBOOK?

 2017 winds down, I thought I would play the progressive socialist democrat re-definition game …

POLITICAL SCIENCE: THE USE OF ANY SCIENTIFIC OR PSEUDO-SCIENTIFIC FINDING THAT CAN BE USED TO JUSTIFY YOUR POLITICAL AGENDA …

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POLITICASTER: ANY BIASED BROADCASTER THAT PURPORTS TO BE A JOURNALIST RATHER THAN A CLEARLY-LABELED COMMENTATOR …

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DONALD TRUMP: THE NEW BARRACK OBAMA …

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THE WORST CHARACTERISTIC OF THE DEMOCRATS IS PROJECTION ...

There is little doubt that one of the most damaging patterns and practices of the progressive socialist Democrats is that of projection. Accusing their opposition, often wrongly and in the absence of any factual evidence, of behavior in which they demonstrably engage. Think of the racists in the Congressional Black Caucus who racialize every issue while labeling others as racists. Look at those in the Obama Administration who have rather openly colluded with the Russians and then try to tar President Trump with the same charges. It wasn't Trump who promised Vladimir Putin cooperation after the election. It wasn't Trump who allowed the sale of 20% of America's uranium production to the Russians. And, it certainly wasn't Trump that single-handedly revitalized the Iranian economy, funded ongoing terrorism, allowed them the wherewithal to purchase or develop additional weapons -- or give them a legal path to the development of nuclear weapons backed by the international community; complete with "secret side agreements" which were hidden from Congress and the American people. When a Demoncrat points his finger at the opposition, let us not forget there are more fingers pointing back at themselves.

BOTTOM LINE …

OCS-WELCOMING-2018

After one year of Donald Trump, one must admit that things are not so bad as they would have been if former President Obama’s policies had been executed and extended under a Hillary Clinton administration. Especially considering the level of institutional corruption that has been revealed by the progressive socialist democrats themselves as they attempted to smear Donald Trump using specious opposition research which was then legitimized by now-disgraced government agencies such as the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

At the very least, someone needs to be sent to jail if the Steele Dossier was introduced to mislead the FISA court into issuing wiretap authorizations to spy on American citizens – especially if those citizens happened to be political opponents of the party in power. Additionally, given the level of apparent self-serving conflicts of interest within the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, all top officials should be removed immediately, a Special Prosecutor named, and a Grand Jury convened to examine all aspects of the political corruption and abuse of power that occurred within the Obama Administration. Including, but not limited to, the never-ending, no-prosecution cover-ups of serious matters and the selling out of our national interests to foreign sovereign powers for political and personal gain.

Looking forward to a better 2018 and a little less screwing over of the American people.

-- 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


LOOKING FORWARD TO 2018

With the passage of the Trump tax cut, we have learned that politicians who are unlikeable can still be persuaded by public opinion to do the right thing …

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“I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people.

The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing.

Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.” 

~ Milton Friedman (Economist and Nobel Laureate)

The problem is getting the truth from the mainstream media that is invested in a single political party and a single policy agenda that is clearly un-American and a clear and present danger to the survival of Americans. Unless the media is reformed, it is little more than a tool to push the propaganda of the progressive socialist democrats.

We are so screwed … but there is hope.

-- steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WHO IS SELLING CONFUSION? THE POLITICIANS AND THEIR SPECIAL INTERESTS

In my inbox resides an essay from one of my favorite authors Seth Godin. Unfortunately, it was the type of screed that conflates politics and science and expresses an opinion that I do not share.

SETH GODIN: Selling confusion

Over the last few decades, there's been a consistent campaign to sow confusion around evolution, vaccines and climate change.

[OCS: Adaptive evolution is a theory and like any other theory, it is still in the process of being examined, tested, and possibly falsified. Nobody has done it yet. Vaccines are not without some degree of risk, possibly of severe consequences to a few individuals, but it appears that the statistical evidence for the good outweighs the statistical evidence of the bad. Climate change is easy, the climate has always been  in a state of flux since the Earth developed an atmosphere. No argument from anyone about this singular fact. Since we do not know or have a methodology for calculating the Earth’s optimal temperature, and we have scientific evidence that the Earth has been hotter, colder, with more and with less atmospheric carbon dioxide all before the appearance of the industrial revolution, the matter is still undecided.

So, like the old adage of following the money, we can see that there are various individuals, activists, and special interests groups with a vested interest in selling a particular narrative in exchange for profits, prestige, and political power.]

In all three areas, we all have access to far more data, far more certainty and endless amounts of proof that the original theories have held up. The data is more accurate than it's ever been. Evolution is the best way to explain and predict the origin and change of species. Vaccines are not the cause of autism and save millions of kids' (and parents') lives. And the world is, in fact, getting dangerously warmer.

[OCS: As for accurate data and scientific certitude, adaptive evolution is still being tested and its boundaries mapped. Many researchers believe that man developed adaptive programs to produce life-saving responses to ancestral threats and these programs have been coded into our genetic structure; adapting over time to changing circumstances.

With respect to vaccines, the quality of the data as being reported to various governmental institutions seems to bear out that vaccines do more good than harm in generally protecting society. Has anyone noticed that it was the elite progressives that started the anti-vax movement after an actress made it her cause celebre? And, the resultant disease clusters appear mostly in affluent areas? 

However, with the quality of the data used to drive the global warming models, the raw data has been destroyed or compromised by the lack of adequate archival mechanisms and what remains has been statistically manipulated, homogenized if you will, to facilitate computations by climate models which are known to be incomplete. The fact that only the satellite data appears to cover the globe is another factor in looking more closely at the terrestrial datasets.

As for the word “dangerously” in the context of global climate change, it is a ludicrous description, again because we do not know the Earth’s optimum temperature and the charter of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is more about political and economic power than science. How many people know that the IPCC’s framework ignores natural causes of global climate change and focuses on the man-made “anthropogenic” contribution to the overall climate system. Ludicrous as there are several factors that make man’s puny signal – if it can actually be measured – impossible to find in the noise of normal climate variability. The Sun’s energy output in all spectral bands, extraterrestrial cosmic rays, the Earth position relative to the Sun, the Earth’s rotational and precessional dynamics, the Earth’s vulcanology and plate tectonics, the deep ocean currents, and the most prevalent and potent of greenhouse gases, water vapor, greatly outweigh anything man can do to nature.] 

And yet...

Poll after poll in many parts of the world show that people are equivocating or outright denying all three. Unlike the increasingly asymptotic consistency in scientific explanations, the deniers have an endless list of reasons for their confusion, many of which contradict each other. Confusion doesn't need to be right to be confusing.

[OCS: Consensus is a political, not a scientific, process and the average person is too concerned with the issues of day-to-day living and survival to get anything more than a smidgen of news from politically biased sources. How many average people read Physics Review or any scientific journals. Science is not performed by counting published scientific papers and then concluding or suggesting something is true. Especially while one finding can falsify the whole kit and caboodle.

About the nice phrase “increasingly asymptotic consistency in scientific explanations,” how many scientists claimed that Einstein’s work was hooey – and Einstein himself believed Quantum Mechanics was dodgy mathematics to describe “spooky action at a distance.”

Every generation has those who do not conform to the popular wisdom of the day; Galileo comes promptly to mind. The use of the word “deniers” is a pejorative copped from those who disbelieve Hitler’s holocaust was real. Just another way to shame your opposition using emotionally-charged labels.]

Worth noting that this response doesn't happen around things that are far more complicated or scientifically controversial (like gravity and dark matter). It's the combination of visceral impact and tribal cohesion that drives the desire to deny.

[OCS: There is nothing scientifically controversial in researcher’s various mathematical formulations relative to gravity, dark matter, string theory, or any other theoretical work. There may be disagreements , but not with the religious fervor of a zealot who substitutes feelings for facts.

This is bullpucky because it conflates some science with other science. Higgs posited the Higgs Boson, but we didn’t find the Higgs Boson until man was sufficiently sophisticated and well-funded enough to build the Large Hadron Collider. Yes, there is a certain tribal cohesion driving the narrative, but it is more prevalent with those who take a cause to be a religion, accepting dogma without critical thought or actual proof. And, as in most tribes, it consists of individuals signaling their tribal belonging to other individuals – in this case by adopting the position of politicians and media sources rather than of the scientists themselves.]

Cigarette companies were among the original denialists (they claimed that cigarettes were unrelated to lung cancer, but that didn't work out very well for them), and much of their confusion playbook is being used on these new topics.

[OCS: This is a very poor analogy as it proves the case that special interests are willing to hide, subvert, or lie about research to preserve power and profits. With cigarettes, there is a statistical link (correlation and causation) between tobacco products and cancer. With global climate change, there is no such link that can be observed in any of the models that appear to have been tweaked to replicate the climate patterns of the past, but fail to predict the climate patterns of the future – thus falsifying themselves without human intervention.]

To what end? Confusion might help some industries or causes in the short run, but where does it lead? Working to turn facts into political issues doesn't make them any less true.

[OCS: An interesting statement because attempting to turn political issues into facts is not only dangerous, it doesn’t make them any less true. Confusion, chaos, and complexity has always been the realm of politicians as they confuse, conflate, and bamboozle the public into surrendering their freedoms and the fruits of their labors to benefit the politicians and their special interests masters.]

If this growing cohort 'wins', what do they get? In a post-science world, where physics and testable facts are always open to the layman's opinion in the moment, how are things better? How does one develop a new antibiotic without an understanding of speciation and disease resistance? ‘'

[OCS: There are no “wins” in science, only more knowledge about ourselves and our environment. Wins are the province of the politicians. There is no post-science world, only the increasing antipathy to complex subjects and matters that demand critical thinking by a “dumbed down” world where educators indoctrinate, not educate. Affirmative action does not have a place in science. What people think about scientific subjects is often driven by a rather ignorant media that shuns the complexity that might lose them their audience.]

I know what the science p.o.v. gets us if it prevails, if evolution is taught in schools, if vaccines become ever safer and widespread if governments and corporations begin to ameliorate and prepare for worldwide weather change.

[OCS: Yes, we should prepare for environmental impacts as the climate is constantly changing and we may be heading for another ice age instead of runaway global warming. Ice ages have happened, but nobody has seen any indication of global warming in the past – warming that would suggest that their might be a planetary emergency. Remember that great scene where an iceberg is calving in Gore’s movie – too bad they did not mention that it was generated by a computer for another movie and sold as stock footage. Other mistakes, too, are glaringly apparent as Al Gore amasses a fortune based on his particular brand of non-scientific craziness.]

What's a mystery is what the anti-science confusors get if they prevail. What happens when we don't raise the next generation of scientists, when vaccines become politically and economically untenable, when we close our eyes and simply rebuild houses on the floodplain again? Gravity doesn't care if you believe in it, neither does lung cancer.

[OCS: Confuse and conflate: about the idiots who rebuild on floodplains – all courtesy of developers purchasing politicians to alter zoning and building codes. The decision to rebuilt New Orleans, partly under sea level instead of turning it into a profitable deep-water port was a political decision based on the unwillingness of politicians to deal with mass condemnation of minority-owned properties in the proposed redevelopment zone.]

Ask a confusor that the next time he offers a short term smoke screen. If this is a race to be the most uninformed, and the most passive, what if we win?

[OCS: Bullpucky is bullpucky – and it comes from politicians, activists, and the special interests who have something to gain. It might also come from prestigious institutions, programs, and scientists who have grown dependent on billions of political dollars that are provided to those who support the position of the funders.

The answer is simple. If political corruption continues to warp and corrupt science, we are heading to a new dark age. The antidote is more personal responsibility, less politics, and real education.]

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Bottom line ...

Seth asks, “In a post-science world, where physics and testable facts are always open to the layman's opinion in the moment, how are things better?” Yes, individuals, even uninformed ones can have an opinion, but the fact is that most of these opinions are created and conditioned by a politically-biased media. In fact, many regard the political explanations of “the science” as fact; accepted as fact because it comes from an unassailable source like religious dogma. The truth is that the entirety of science is based on skepticism and the continual testing of previously accepted knowledge as well as yet unproven hypotheses. Fact: the results of climate models, using questionable or incomplete assumptions and highly-manipulated data as fact when the results do not correlate with the reality of measurement. Yes, you can say it will be different this time or the models will get better next year. Or anything else you want, but the fact is that these models are insufficient to make public policy, curtail individual freedoms, and steal the fruits of an individual’s labor to be redistributed to others who did not earn it.

No matter how well-meaning progressives may be, their virtue signally and political activities must be questioned as thoroughly as one questions evidence that can send a man to the electric chair.

I will continue to read Seth’s work – taking what I want and discarding the rest.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

-- steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DONALD TRUMP AND FAKE NEWS: WHO CAN YOU TRUST?

Perhaps nobody has introduced the idea of journalists going far beyond partisan reporting to the deliberate creation and/or manipulation of the news of the day than Donald Trump. In fact, if we are to believe only a portion of the news stories on the allegations that Donald Trump and/or members of his transition team actually colluded with Russia to favor Trump’s candidacy over that of Hillary Clinton, we can see how the concept of fake news was employed to convey political advantage to one candidate over another. And, used to distract America from the criminality of the previous Administration.

The story starts with the funding of opposition research by Hillary Clinton’s campaign in connection with the Democratic National Committee under the leadership of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. It appears that both parties wanted to hide this funding from the media, other candidates, and most of all the American public. Thus they employed an attorney with Perkins Coie to serve as a cut-out to employ the services of Fusion GPS, a firm of former Wall Street Journal Reporters that seemed to specialize in the location (and possibly creation) of opposition research along with what appears to be unregistered and unlawful lobbying efforts on the part of certain Russian interests. Thus, Fusion GPS turned to a British ex-spy, Christopher Steele, to create an opposition work-product consisting of unverified, unsubstantiated rumors of events that were allegedly supplied by intelligence operatives who were Russian or had deep Russian connections. At this point, the so-called Steele Dossier needed to be sold to the media as a legitimate document – apparently not connected to the DNC or the Clinton campaign to prevent provoking skepticism raised by the obvious partisan bias. It is not known whether or not Fusion GPS paid reporters to publicize the Dossier.

Enter the FBI. Through a series of suspect action involving high-ranking members of the FBI, the Dossier was adopted by the FBI, and an attempt was made to vet the allegations. It appears that the allegations were not simply credible but may have been used to obtain a FISA Court warrant to enable the domestic spying on American citizens who may have been “unmasked” by members of the Obama Administration. The Steele Dossier now gained some form of official recognition which allowed people to conclude, often erroneously, that the Dossier was a product of one of America’s premier intelligence agencies. 

Round and round it went – libeling and slandering Donald Trump and his associates in the media echo chamber using partisan pundits. Thus setting the stage for a legitimate claim of “fake news.”

But is this anything new?

It appears that our most prominent Founding Father and first president, George Washington, was also troubled by the news of his time in an era before polling and wire services to disseminate essentially the basic story which then could be used in local media. Knowing that most newspapers of the day had become hyper-partisan – a few laudatory, most critical – Washington cast about looking for a method for detecting a reliable method to gauge the “will of the people” to govern.  As for the substitute for non-existent national polling, it appears that Washington was a reader of published sermons, believing that a pastor’s viewpoint pretty much was in keeping with the sensibilities of his congregation.

And, not being a classically well-educated, well-read man like Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin (or most of the other founding fathers), Washington was always looking to the opinions of others to inform him and provide options from which he could choose or synthesize a course of action. Thus the Presidential Cabinet, which is not in the Constitution, was born.

Pretty much the modus operandi of Donald Trump.

Bottom line …

I believe that there are very few patriots in today’s Congress – especially those who are willing to stand up for America and the American people to address the systemic wrongs which are so obvious to anyone who can access and digest multiple news sources.

How far has our country fallen when the government appoints its own Special Counsel when that Counsel has, not the appearance of impropriety or a conflict of interest, but an actual record that clearly illustrates that impropriety and conflict of interest?

Members of the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, and former President Obama all have left their dirty, greasy fingerprints on some scandals which include examples of criminal behavior. Dodging and weaving to delay and obstruct justice.

I believe that the GOP does not want to pursue wrongdoing lest it prejudices their reelection bids. And that President Donald J. Trump is the necessary distraction from a legitimate investigation and prosecution that the progressive socialists love to hate.

In this intersection between patriotism and partisanship creeps the shadow of corruption and the further erosion of the American institutions which make us uniquely Americans.

As for the media, they are getting progressive lazier and lazier. Instead of actually interviewing people, they locate a group of whack-jobs on Twitter and write a story around this fringe group as if it somehow represents mainstream thinking or the opinions of a larger number of individuals. Groupthink and political correctness combined to push fair and informed opinion to the wayside. 

We are so screwed.

-- steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ONE CITIZEN SPEAKING: HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2017

Wishing you and yours a safe and fulfilling holiday season … 

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lights03To my readers:

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones the very best for the coming Holiday Season.

Let us, for a moment, forget the political and financial catastrophes which has befallen our nation and concentrate on family and friends.

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Do not forget our troops who are serving abroad, putting their lives on the line to maintain your freedom and your right to protest.

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And let us never forget that it is America that insures our God-given freedom and liberty and makes us an exceptional nation.

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May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas ... and may Peace and safety be with you.

It is up to you how you will complete the final days of this year.

All my best,

-- 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


ROBERT DE NIRO AND HIS SHOE LIFTS: IT IS HARD TO TAKE THIS SUPPORTER OF GUN CONTROL SERIOUSLY WHEN HE MAKES MILLIONS FROM PORTRAYING VIOLENT CRIMINALS

It is amazing that many of Hollywood’s most vocal progressive socialist Democrats include a plethora of liberal New Yorkers who make a living portraying odious criminals and other bent individuals. Pretty much why I believe that they have few reservations from endorsing crooked progressive politicians in real life.

Now I know why DeNiro’s head is in the clouds when it isn’t up his a** …

De Niro portrays purported hit-man Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran to Pacino's role of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa.

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Robert De Niro really doesn’t want Donald Trump to win his bid for the Presidency of the United States. He’s made that clear several times throughout the 2016 election season, and as it happens he did so again tonight during the Hollywood Film Awards. The Oscar-winner was on hand to accept the Hollywood Comedy Award for his work in the upcoming Taylor Hackford-directed dramedy The Comedian, and used his acceptance speech as a last opportunity before the election to stump for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“We are here to celebrate the movies of Hollywood and nobody throws a party better than Carlos de Abreu and the Hollywood film awards,” De Niro said before pivoting to the election. “But the shadow of politics is hanging over us more than anything else and it’s hard to think of anything else. we have the opportunity to prevent Tuesday from turning into a tragedy. So vote for Hillary Clinton.”  <Source>

Yeah, let us all vote for someone who sold out her country for personal gain and knowingly violated the Espionage Act believing that her cronies-in-crime would cover-up any criminal activity and smooth-over any unpleasantries.  Like comics, the media gives a pass to hypocrites who make millions with portraying violent and perverted behavior and then go on to demand gun control that would disarm law-abiding citizens and make everyone vulnerable to the scum of the Earth.

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