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Most of us love our first responders who risk their lives to keep us safe, their unions are a whole different matter …


Unfortunately, there are a few facts you should consider when it comes to public employee unions…


(1)  Collective bargaining is coercive bargaining, a Faustian deal between corrupt politicians who want union campaign funding and voter support and the public employee unions that use coercive tactics, peer-pressure, and thuggery to keep those members who disagree with their political positions in line. The Democrats own the unions and it is a marriage of both corruption and convenience.

(2)  Most municipalities and states are in financial trouble due to the continual wage increases negotiated between corrupt or frightened politicians and the unions. It is a sad fact that the taxpaying citizens are not represented at the bargaining table, having been pushed aside by the self-serving politicians and their union negotiators. It’s Kabuki theatre where both sides talk tough, posture for the media, and then settle on the increase that appears to be cooked into the negotiation scheme.

(3)  It is not simply money being discussed. The union uses complex and little understood contracts to beef-up their “take” from the table. Contractual items which split workloads to require more union members to perform a task that can be performed by one person; arcane calculation methods that reward highly-paid union employees with salary and retirement bumps just before retirement; and of course, those crazy linkages that mandate wage and benefit increases if another union or class of employee in a more easily manipulated small city wins an increase on their own.

(4)  The true costs of unions are often hidden as some public employees are paid to perform union duties while on their primary job.

(5)  Until recent court decisions, the public paid the cost of collecting union dues that were baked into the payroll system.

(6)  Unions do not add value and are mostly unnecessary as they suck up critical resources and short-change the public. The old idea that the union ensured worker safety and prevented management abuse is no longer true. With the number of official tip-lines and legal resources in the community, employees have adequate remedies for their grievances.

Then there is Joe Biden, a man of the people and a champion of the middle class…

(1)  2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is a serial liar and plagiarist. His entire “common man” persona is a fiction created by Biden and accepted without question by the mainstream media which serves as the propaganda arm of the Democrat party.

(2)  Like Bill and Hillary Clinton, corruption is a family affair as we find that Joe Biden’s son Hunter received an investment of approximately $1.5 BILLION from the Communist Chinese government during the period that his father was serving as the Vice President of the United States. In 2011 Hunter Biden, as part of an official delegation, flew on Air Force 2 to China with his father. A few hours before Biden met with the President of China, Hunter was busy meeting with the Communist state-owned Bank of China where he got a $1 BILLION dollar investment for his Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC., a private equity investment fund. The investment was subsequently increased another half-billion dollars.

According to published reports, part of the money was reinvested in AVIC’s (Aviation Industry Corporation of China) automotive subsidiary. AVIC is a large military contractor to Communist China’s military contractor and has been accused of stealing U.S. military technology. In late 2015, AVIC purchased, with the help of Joe Biden’s son, 51 percent of American precision-parts manufacturer Henniges, Hunter bought the other 49 percent. Because Henniges has contracts with the U.S. military and used technology that could be used for military purposes, the deal needed to be approved by CIFUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States). It is not surprising that the deal was approved by the same committee where Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder ruled the roost and allowed the Russian government to purchase twenty-percent of the uranium production in the United States.

And did we mention that Joe Biden apparently directly interfered in the Ukrainian judicial system to have its top prosecutor-general fired – who not so coincidently was investigating Burisma Holdings, a natural gas company that employed Hunter Biden on its Board of Directors?

(3) Then there is the vicious Joe Biden who attempted to destroy Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, even when he believed that a portion of the Anita Hill testimony was a lie. Biden shielded Hill from further scrutiny and still lost the battle. Let us not forget that it was Joe Biden who was behind the vicious smear of another Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork – and that time he succeeded in killing the nomination of a decent man and brilliant jurist.

Bottom line…


Joe Biden represents all that is currently wrong with America as he attempts to salvage the legacy of former President Barack Obama and his own legacy as Vice President during a time of economic collapse and “lead from behind” foreign policy that provided aid and comfort to our enemies while disadvantaging our allies.

Biden has been on the wrong side of history his entire political life. To allow this Democrat establishment tool in the White House would be disastrous.

The gaffe-prone Biden is a golden gift to the progressive mainstream media as their ratings collapsed as fast as their anonymously-sourced “collusion” fable. Look for Biden in the echo chamber as the media waits for his inevitable goof-up.

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



In their world of intersectional identity politics, the progressive socialist democrats invented the concept of disparate impact … that the percentage population in any minority cohort must mirror that minority’s percentage population in the general population or it is prima facie “evidence” of racism that can lead to government sanctions and court-enforced remediation. First applied to housing, employment, and loans, we are now seeing this unconstitutional, un-American excuse for reverse-racism enter education. The accused is guilty until they prove their innocence -- turning our system of jurisprudence upside down. 

It seems that all the rhetoric about “the best and brightest” and “preparing to cope with global competition” is more progressive bullpucky. The truth is that the progressive socialist democrats do not want to produce leaders or those who can think for themselves. They want to pander “to the numbers” rather than to the relatively few individuals with the potential to make a difference in society. They want more activists rather than academics. 

In a fantastic display of hypocrisy, it appears that the progressive socialist democrats want to erase the cultural differences between Asians, who venerate education, excellence, and hard work and those cultures that are content with the mediocre or underperforming status quo.

Let us look at a prime example from the heart of liberal-land, Montgomery County, Maryland…

Excerpts from the Montgomery County Public Schools: Study of Choice and Special Academic Programs report of Findings and Recommendations …

** Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is the nation’s 17th largest school system, serving more than 156,000 students in 202 schools, including 37 National Blue Ribbon schools. MCPS is one of the most diverse school systems in the country with students from 157 different countries and native speakers of 138 languages.

** According to the student enrollment trend data provided by the MCPS Division of Long-range Planning, the enrollment of Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and low-income students has increased dramatically—by as much as 20 percentage points over the past decade—within schools that have been historically high-poverty schools. As a result, MCPS is currently facing increasing levels of concentration of students by socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups at specific schools within the county.

[OCS: This is how life works and should not surprise anyone given the increasing numbers of illegal aliens, the number of people who choose to self-segregate into communities where they are comfortable, and the lack of dispersed affordable housing.]

Data on applications and acceptances to elementary centers and secondary magnet and application programs show that Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, Limited English Proficient (LEP), special education, and low-income students are less likely than White, Asian, and higher income students to be selected and enroll in these programs. As a result, Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, LEP, special education, and low-income students are underrepresented in academically selective programs when compared with districtwide enrollment data.

[OCS: Again, nothing new here. Less educated, less motivated, and less interested individuals are less likely to enroll in premier educational centers – and their parents are less likely to encourage such enrollment. You will note that it a basic characteristic of the progressive socialist Democrats to manage scarcity for political advantage rather than increase the availability of opportunity for larger numbers of students.]

These data are found despite direct efforts by MCPS to increase representation of all groups in the elementary centers and the secondary magnet and application programs. The district utilizes multiple indicators in the selection process that include, in addition to cognitive assessments, teacher recommendations and other school-based input, report card grades, unique student profiles, demographic data such as eligibility for free and reduced-price meals (FARMS), and the lack of an intellectual peer group at the home school. Yet, the lack of diversity and underrepresentation of some student subgroups in these programs suggests that the process may rely too heavily on one or more indicators or may need to consider additional measures of student ability.

[OCS: Yes, by all means, remedy the disparity in representation by gaming the system by changing the selection criteria to include some criteria that equate to “race” without explicitly using that term.]

These indicators may include broadening the definition of gifted to include noncognitive
measures such as motivation and persistence, using group-specific norms that
benchmark student performance against school peers with comparable backgrounds,
offering automatic admissions for students in the top 5-10% of sending elementary or middle schools in the district, or using other methods that are outlined in the report and utilized in other districts across the country.

[OCS: Yes, let’s concentrate on “subjective” criteria which can be manipulated rather than objective criteria like test scores. And it seems to be a swell idea to change the idea of excellent performance overall to simply measuring performance against others who do not measure up to objective criteria.]

So who is on the receiving end of the racial disparity conundrum?

It appears that the federal government is investigating the Montgomery County School system over allegations that it may be racially discriminating against Asian-American students by curtailing their admission to premier educational programs at select schools. According to published reports, Asian-American enrollment into two premier programs during 2016-2017 dropped by 23 percent; and the following year the enrollment declined by 20 percent. By using the “peer group” selection method, school authorities found it easier to deny admission to larger groups of superior performing cohorts (Asians) while enrolling those individuals who demonstrated excellent performance – not against the whole, but against their own peer group. Sort of trying to game the selection from the overall best performers to the best performers in the lesser performing group.

Bottom line…

Considering the overall dismal performance of our socialist-infiltrated educational system which produces decade-after-decade of functional illiterates who lack the abilities to compete against those across town let alone across the globe, it seems prudent to nurture those who actually are the best and the brightest while developing programs for those who will never exhibit academic achievement. It would also be wise to test the teaching ability and subject-matter knowledge of instructors and eliminate tenure to promote competition in the K-12 schools.

The fundamental problem with progressive socialist democrats is that they try to override human nature and behaviors to compel obeisance using the force of law, and when that fails, the force of arms. It is time that we conservatives point out that it would be better to employ waterfall education – where students can enroll in top-level courses and then fall-back to lesser classes if they lack the ability or preparation to succeed in high-level courses. A form of natural selection. It would also be helpful to de-racialize student discipline by identifying and eliminating those disruptive students who prevent individuals from learning or bully students based on their superior performance. I personally know two minority students who deliberately underachieve to avoid being beaten up after school for making the lesser achievers in the class look bad.

Enough with the political pandering to the parents of those who score 30 – 65 on tests and time to concentrate on and reward those who are superior students. Importing more poverty, illiteracy, disease, and crime into our schools is likewise counterproductive.

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


Once again the leading progressive socialist democrat publication in America demonstrates their anti-Semitism…


Not only is this cartoon which appeared in the New York Times’ International Edition visually offensive, but it highlights an anti-Semitic trope where Muslims portray Jews as dogs. Of course, the Times would never run this cartoon in New York, with its large population of Jews.

An apology is not enough…


It is time to hold the New York Times and the Democrats accountable for their actions.

Update: A second apology taking more responsibility…


While the second apology acknowledging that the cartoon was anti-Semitic, it is still not enough – scapegoating a single editor appears to be a sham. The New York Times is still responsible for what they publish.

It appears that the cartoonist is Portuguese Antonio Moreira Antunes who has a history of  controversial cartoons. Most notably his 1983 defacement of an ionic picture taken in a Warsaw ghetto in 1943  where he placed the Star of David on the helmets of rifle-wielding Nazi soldiers and added Palestinian '”keffiyeh” headdress on a little Jewish boy and the Jews captured in the moment.

Another example of his work…


While editorial cartoonists are given an appropriately wide latitude in their subject matter – even if it is offensive to a segment of society – they are still judged by the public on their morality and intellectual honesty. Personally, I do not condemn the cartoonist – he has artistic license to be a vile as he wishes -- but the New York Times which provided the platform to spread his hate-filled message at a time when rising anti-Semitism is rearing its head worldwide. And, just yesterday in Poway, California (near San Diego, California) where an teenager attacked a worshiping congregation and killed one and injured others. Even though the Rabbi had two-fingers shot off, he tried to calm the gunman and continued the service. To be noted, you will not see the local Jews or Jews worldwide rioting and destroying people and property over this incident. A fundamental difference between Jews and Moslems.

Bottom line…


I find it supremely ironic that a portion of the progressive socialist democrats suggest President Trump is anti-Semitic (even though his "golden girl" daughter Ivanka, son-in-law, and grandchildren live openly as Orthodox Jews) and a portion suggest that he is a Nazi (inconsistent with being portrayed wearing a yarmulke). And since this is the "international edition," one can only wonder how this might be received in Israel where Trump has an approval rating in the 90+ range.

It appears that the New York Times is not only the media arm of the increasingly anti-Semitic Democrats (Representatives Omar, Talib, and others who support BDS and the Palestinian terrorists) but the newspaper of record for the fifth column attempting to destroy America from within.

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


Is 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden totally delusional or is he lying to the American people once again?

If you do not see the video, it can be found here.

<The clip was hijacked by partisans and has been removed>

“The thing I’m proudest of is, coincidentally, we were each in a different part of the country and we were each talking to groups of people that were being televised. The same day, purely coincidentally, we were asked, ‘what are you proudest of from your administration?’ You know what I said — he said the same thing as I did. Not one single whisper of scandal. That’s because of Barack Obama.”

I can think of several Obama Administration scandals, especially those covered-up by Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch using the excuse of a “never-ending investigation” to hide documents that clearly show criminal wrongdoing within the Obama Administration.

** Obamagate – a successful attempt to politicize the nation’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to spy domestically on American individuals, to “unmask” the individuals involved, and to spread these raw intelligence reports throughout the government where they were more susceptible to be leaked to progressive news media.

** Hillary Clinton’s private email server that was designed to keep her communications secret and beyond the reach of government document archivists, congressional committees, the courts, and Freedom of Information Act requests. Also involving information between Clinton associates and various Clinton enterprises used in a pay-for-access scheme.

** The wholesale destruction and deletion of documents along with numerous counts of perjury in court and congressional testimony.

** The politicization and corruption of the IRS, ODI, CIA, NSA, DOJ, FBI, and other agencies for political purposes.

** The illegal arms transfers to militant Islamic terrorists in Benghazi in a Clinton-designed joint State Department/CIA venture that saw the arms transfer point attacked, our Ambassador and three other Americans killed, and the failure of the Administration to authorize a pending rescue attempt.

** The Veterans Affairs scandal that saw American soldiers dying for lack of care and a cover-up by VA officials.

** The hacking of the Office of Personnel Management which resulted in loss of records on every government employee, past and present, including security clearance information. The largest hacking effort by a foreign government.

** Operation Fast and Furious – to supply American guns to Mexican drug cartels for the political public relations purpose of demonstrating the weapons came from the United States and therefore justified stricter gun control measures. These weapons were use to kill at least one American and any number of Mexican citizens.

** Deliberately manipulating the mainstream media to lie about the Iran nuclear agreement which contained secret “side agreements” that were not made available to Congress or the American people.

And the ultimate scandal, few were found culpable and almost nobody was punished. Not only did Inspectors General for the agencies complain about lack of transparency

Coming back from the dark days of Obama?

Biden, who officially launched his 2020 presidential campaign with a video, was swarmed by reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, and was asked if he had a “message for the rest of the world.”

“Yes,” Biden firmly responded. “America’s coming back like it used to be; ethical, straight, telling the truth… supporting our allies. All those good things."

I guess Biden wants to return to “leading from behind,” providing nuclear weapons to Islamic terrorists, and openly disparaging our ally Israel while supporting the Palestinian terrorist groups. I wonder how many people remember that Obama directly interfered in an Israeli election to help defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu?

According to Biden, he asked Obama not to campaign for him so as to allow him to win the nomination on his own merit. Yeah. Right! Obama did not want his name associated with a gaffe-prone loser and buffoon in the primary.


Bottom line…

Joe Biden may be the “insurance policy” that is a last-ditch attempt to protect former President Obama and his Administration from being held accountable for criminal wrongdoing. When it comes to foreign policy, Biden has been on the wrong side of history for most of his life in politics.

He is a plagiarist and serial liar, definitely not a “man of the people” which is the persona he has carefully crafted to hide and obscure a vicious and destructive nature.

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



There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that there were significant and material omissions in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Donald Trump…

Even overlooking the lack of a credible “probable cause” and the highly-conflicted nature of the relationships between the investigators and prosecutors, it is glaringly apparent that while the Trump investigators scrutinized the 2016 meeting between Donald Trump, Jr. and the Russians in great detail, they did not pursue “collusion” leads involving Natalia V. Veselnitskaya the Russian lawyer with Kremlin connections or how she managed to obtain State Department permission to enter the country. Likewise, the hyper-partisan Mueller team showed no interest in following up the relationships between Veselnitskaya and Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS whose Steele Dossier was used to partially justify the first counterintelligence investigation that lead to a criminal investigation and allegations of obstruction of justice.

How is it possible that Robert Mueller’s team investigated everything except the Obama Administration officials who demonstrably engaged in unconstitutional, unethical, unprecedented, and illegal behavior?

Of the two possible reasons, incompetence and willful ignorance of material evidence, one is likely to form the opinion that they were being directed to ignore anything which linked the Obama Administration to domestic spying, interference with a presidential election, perjury, destruction of documents, or other criminal behaviors.

Considering the involvement of top-level officials of the Obama Administration at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Agency, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of State, and the Internal Revenue Service, it is unlikely and improbable that former President Barack Obama, his closest advisors, and former President Joe Biden did not know what was happening, even if only from widespread reports in the mainstream media.

In media parlance, was there a smoking gun that connected the White House with knowledge of the forbidden fruit?

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, we find that the Assistant Director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, E.W. (Bill) Priestap, testified in writing and under oath, that his investigators found Hillary Clinton’s email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President. Priestap was a member of the investigation team in both the Clinton email and the 2016 presidential campaign investigations. The same emails that were allegedly part of the Russian collusion narrative over Hillary’s hacked emails. <Source>

Joe Biden: A Step Backward in Time...

There is little doubt in my mind that Joe Biden is a habitual liar thinking about recreating Obama's disastrous policies -- not to mention that he shamelessly opens his campaign with an anti-Trump lie.

If this video is missing, it can be found here.

“Charlottesville is also home to a defining moment for this nation in the last few years. It was there on August of 2017 we saw Klansmen and white supremacists and neo-Nazis come out in the open, their crazed faces illuminated by torches, veins bulging, and bearing the fangs of racism. Chanting the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the ‘30s. And they were met by a courageous group of Americans, and a violent clash ensued and a brave young woman lost her life.”

[OCS: The truth is that the protest in Charlottesville was over whether or not a statute of Confederate General Robert E. Lee should be removed. On one side, there were those who thought the Lee’s statue was a symbol of racism; and on the other side, there were those who claimed the statue represented our history – good, bad, and ugly – and should remain in place as a reminder of what took place – and that people were free to draw their own conclusions.

Unfortunately, the protest turned violent as a group of neo-Nazis entered the fray.The courageous group of Americans were actually masked and armed members of the Marxist group ANTIFA who are equally as ideologic and dangerous as the neo-NAZIs.]

“And that’s when we heard the words from the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. He said there were “some very fine people on both sides.” Very fine people on both sides?”

[OCS: The truth is that President Trump was referring to the peaceful protesters on both sides of a legitimate question. He was not speaking about those who violently crashed the protest. It is highly unlikely that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the people of Israel would embrace someone who embraced neo-Nazis or was anti-Semitic. Funny because his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren are Orthodox Jews. And let us not forget, the Obama Administration was the most anti-Semetic Administration since FDR's admnistration.]

“With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.”

[OCS: The truth is that Joe Biden knows better but feels more comfortable with lies and smears than he does with speaking about his abysmal record or the many scandals of his long career. He is a plagiarist and liar – and that’s the truth. ]


Bottom line …

It appears that former President Obama’s top aides were unmasking individuals associated with intelligence intercepts at an unprecedented rate and spreading the unredacted copies far and wide in the bureaucratic agencies. It also appears that Obama’s National Intelligence Director, James Clapper. CIA Director John Brennan, and FBI Director James Comey, all knew that Russian election interference and that there was no collusion between candidate Trump, the Trump campaign, and President Trump and the Russians early on but did nothing. Likewise, Special Counsel Robert Mueller probably knew there was no collusion so prolonged the investigation until he could craft a political, not legal, report hinting at some form of obstruction of justice. Even though Trump, in an unprecedented action, did not invoke “executive privilege” to shield documents or individuals from investigative scrutiny as did former President Obama during the numerous scandals that swirled around his administration.

Since the Vice President receives the same briefings and has much the same knowledge as the President to preserve the continuity of government, what Joe Biden knew and when he knew it would be a critical issue in his upcoming race for the nomination as the Democrat candidate for the Presidency.


Personally, I would like to know if the Obama Administration was monitoring the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns since we know that Hillary Clinton manipulated the DNC into disadvantaging the Sanders campaign. And, since the Trump collusion investigation involved James Clapper and John Brennan, was the leak of Hillary's emails a false flag operation designed to protect Obama and his closest associates? Unfortunately, we the current revelations, we are now finding some conspiracy theories to be valid and prescient.

-- 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



It is clear to me that Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee are abusing the power of their committees by seeking information unrelated to legislation and the general oversight of the Executive Branch.

In effect, they are attempting to wield subpoena power as if they were a law enforcement agency charged with investigating criminal activities. Truth-be-told, they are nothing more than a corrupt and toxic cabal, an extension of the massive cover-up to protect former President Obama and high-ranking members of his administration from charges that amount to high crimes and misdemeanors and could very well see the participants and top-level Democrats held to account for their various conspiracies and criminal activities.

Everywhere you look, there is an unprecedented attack on the President of the United States by progressive socialist democrats and their propaganda arm in the mainstream media. The one-sided nature of the attack is readily apparent to anyone who possesses common sense and can read and reason.  Including the work of Special Counsel Mueller, himself deeply conflicted by his past and current associations, who abused his office to continue to interfere with a presidential election and damage a sitting president with a selectively-written report.

Therefore, one can only conclude that the correct response of the Trump White House is to withhold documents and invoke executive privilege to keep close aides from testifying before Democrat-dominated committees that are little more than a Kabuki theatre to openly disparage and attack the President of the United States in an open forum prior to the 2020 election.

Let us not forget that ACTUAL OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE USING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE was a key element in all of the Obama scandals and that Attorney General Eric Holder was held in “contempt of Congress” for withholding documents. Add that to the wanton destruction of documents, perjury while testifying, and other criminal activities and you must wonder who is protecting these miscreants. Perhaps it is the GOP that is being blackmailed and coerced by their own foibles?


Considering that the progressive socialist democrats have become the neo-communist party in the United States and their positions are decidedly un-American, their candidates have only one opportunity to win – make the election about Donald Trump and hope to sneak their toxic policies past the American people.

Say whatever you want about Donald Trump, he has cojones to fight his attackers and is not a mealy-mouthed apologist for the GOP like Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, and others who aspire to the Presidency but refuse to clearly promote liberty, American values, the Constitution, the Rule of Law – and defend the GOP from one-sided attacks in the media. Clearly the right man, at the right time, at the right position, and with the right attitude.

Bottom line …

As for the Congressional Representatives who insist that President Trump waived any claims of privilege when he cooperated with Mueller in a criminal investigation – that is not the same thing as a request from a co-equal branch of government with no duty to investigate “criminal” matters.

How is it that the House of Representatives is willing to spend time and effort on Trump, billions on illegal aliens -- and not strengthen our infrastructure or Social Security?

In the final analysis, President Trump is not obstructing justice but defending the Constitution from those seeking to destroy America from within.

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


Historical revisionism and anti-Semitism at the New York Times is nothing new for a newspaper that often sides with “Palestinian terrorists” than it does with Israel…

As a Black Child in Los Angeles, I Couldn’t Understand Why Jesus Had Blue Eyes by Eric V. Copage

As Christians prepare to celebrate Easter, a Times journalist wonders how others first visualized Jesus as a child — and what those images mean now. Share your experience in the comments. 

I must have been no older than 6. I was in church in my hometown, Los Angeles. Parishioners fanned themselves to stay cool in the packed, stuffy room.

On one side of each fan was an illustration of an Ozzie and Harriet-like American family — father, mother, son, daughter. All were black, like the parishioners in the church. On the other side was an illustration of Jesus Christ — fair skinned, fair haired, blue eyed.

Something seemed amiss to me about that depiction of Christ. Why was he white? Why was he not black, like my family, like me?

As I grew older, I learned that the fair-skinned, blue-eyed depiction of Jesus has for centuries adorned stained glass windows and altars in churches throughout the United States and Europe. But Jesus, born in Bethlehem, was most likely a Palestinian man with dark skin.

Read the rest of the article, in full and in context, at the New York Times. 


Eric V. Copage was a reporter at the New York Times and has also been an editor at the New York Times Magazine. He is also a book author and has written extensively about Kwanzaa.

Eric has contributed to the food pages of the New York Times Magazine and is author of Fruits of the Harvest: Recipes To Celebrate Kwanzaa and Other Holidays; Soul Food: Inspirational Stories for African Americans; and Kwanzaa: An African-American Celebration of Culture and Cooking.

Historically speaking, Jesus was Jewish and looked like the other Jews of his time in and around "Judea." Palestinians are Arabs who were not known to inhabit the area until 700 years after the death of Jesus. Therefore, one can conclude with some degree of historical certainty that Jesus was not a “Palestinian man with dark skin” but more likely an ancient Israelite/Hebrew with somewhat dusky/ruddy olive skin which is neither white nor black. Unfortunately, the biblical prohibition of creating graven images left us with no guidance as to the true look of Jesus. Perhaps it would be prudent to consider his “teachings” and not focus on externalities.

Bottom line…

It would have been nice, as well as historically accurate, to include a single declarative statement that Jesus was Jewish in his story.

For some modern Christians, it may be fashionable to consider Jesus to be an “other,” a Gentile born in a Jewish body but I can only ask, What would Jesus think?

-- 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



Today’s email brought a missive from Hewlett Packard Enterprise which was tag-lined “Insights and resources to help IT pros shape the future of business.” And, it serves as an example of how progressive socialist democrat thought infects science writers…

Example one …

Armed with artificial intelligence, scientists take on climate change

Researchers are using AI to tackle the flood of data needed to understand and respond to the effects of climate change.

[OCS: Man can adapt to varying local weather conditions, but not so much global climate changes on a geological timescale. At this point in time, all we can say is the climate appears to be changing as it has done since the Earth developed oceans and an atmosphere. How it is changing and why it changes is still in the realm of theories which need to be validated or falsified – with the end result being “we do not know that which we do not know” and more research is required.]

Science needs to understand and predict how climate change—and the growing onslaught of hurricanes, fires, and floods it’s bringing—affects tropical forests. Will the forests respond to the assault with shorter trees? Will they store less carbon, or support less tree and plant diversity and fewer wildlife species?

[OCS: Perhaps researchers should spend more time on the effects of natural oscillations which give rise to storms and extreme weather? Especially the effects of El Niño/La Niña (Southern Oscillation) which have been shown to affect global changes in temperature,  rainfall, and the severity of storms.

As for wildfires, they are a natural process where forests are renewed and overgrowth managed by a natural feedback cycle. As for wildfires in the Western United States, they have been potentiated by wrong-headed environmentalist policies and any increase in damages can be laid at the feet of political corruption in zoning and building codes.]

To better understand the effects a changing climate will have on tropical forests, Maria Uriarte, Columbia University professor of ecology, evolution, and environmental biology, needs to analyze images of forests. These bird's-eye view images are the size of a postage stamp. And she’s working with enough postage stamp-size images to cover a 28,000-acre national park. Since it would take her years to analyze even a dozen of those images, there’s no way she could handle enough to get a real understanding of an entire forest.

[OCS: Perhaps she will be able to compute an answer to those unable to see the forest for the trees. I wonder if she is going to collaborate with ecologist Dr. Thomas Crowther who specializes in ecology and is the chief scientific advisor to the UN's Trillion Tree Campaign. More specifically, Crowther’s work in tree mapping research to determine the  diversity and distribution of forest trees across the world for the first time which attempted to quantify the scale of human impact over time.]

Example Two…

Finding the needle in the haystack

Researchers are throwing their weight into better understanding the changing climate and finding ways to stall or even reverse it because of the speed at which the climate is changing and its effects on everything from rising sea levels to agriculture, wildlife, storm patterns, shrinking ice sheets, droughts, and human populations.

[OCS: Funny how those who seek funding always fall back on the dodge of looking at the rate of change rather than the gross change itself – which is almost insignificant when you find that the Earth has been hotter, colder, with more atmospheric carbon dioxide and less carbon dioxide, in the past and we are still here. That our forefathers experienced powerful storms and did not label them as the effects of global warming. Cold periods were called winter and warm periods were called summer. People adapted lived in arctic conditions and in deserts by choice. According to the experts, you would have thought that these people would have been smart enough to migrate to less hostile conditions.

Scientist/Activists, or those who must pursue “fashionable science” to obtain funding, seem to take delight in overlooking the fact that there is not a single method to directly identify, isolate, and measure man’s climate signal amid the noise of nature’s normal variability.]

And with such a massive undertaking, scientists need the most powerful tools they can get their hands on. Massive databases, data analysis tools, and high-performance computing are all being used. But AI, often feared as a threat to humanity, is turning out to be one of the most powerful tools scientists are using to protect the planet.

[OCS: Artificial intelligence (as if that really exists) as a method for interpreting patterns is as fraught with danger as those who “see” pictures in random events such as clouds (or with drug-induced hallucinations). Pattern-matching by imperfect brains can result in extreme danger when mapped into public policies. Just because a curve is trending upward, it does not always signify a planetary emergency that requires draconian public policies and the implementation of foreign ideologies.]

Example Three…

Making climate predictions that span decades

AI is proving to be a key tool for scientists working on climate change predictions, notes Dr. Eng Lim Goh, vice president and chief technology officer for high-performance computing and AI at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Unlike weather forecasting, which is more local and has a day-to-day time frame, climate modeling makes global predictions spanning decades and uses enormous amounts of corresponding data. With so much data and a myriad of factors to consider, it’s often difficult for us to ensure that all relevant causes are included. AI, according to Goh, can be a valuable tool to augment humans in taking care of this.

[OCS: Thinking in terms of decades is short-sighted because global climate change cycles are hundreds or thousands of years long. And, the shorter the timeframe, the more chaotic the climate system appears, making credible and reliable predictions unlikely.]

The accuracy of traditional top-down rules-based or laws-based approaches is only as good as the scientists having accounted for all factors that contribute to the prediction,” Goh says. “This is not a simple endeavor. For example, after accounting for heat absorbed by our oceans, scientists also have to remember to account for heat reflected by our ice sheets. After accounting for emissions caused by human activity, they need to remember to include livestock emissions, and so on.”

[OCS: All of the influences of human activity are relatively insignificant when measured against the real drivers of climate change (the Sun's energy output in all spectral bands, the production of extraterrestrial cosmic rays, the Earth's position relative to the Sun, the Earth's precessional and rotational dynamics, the Earth's vulcanology and plate tectonics, the heat transfer and behavior of deep ocean currents, and the most significant greenhouse gas influence, water vapor (clouds).

And that the significant drivers of climate are ignored in favor of nonsensical public policies that are meaningless in the scheme to change global climate. What they really change is human behavior in the pursuit of a political ideology.]

Example Four…

Informing critical climate decisions, policy

Lloyd A. Treinish, a distinguished engineer and chief scientist at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, says AI will be increasingly used in climate change research and in helping people make critical decisions.

“Ultimately, these are tools that can help people who are on the policy or business side understand the implications of the choices they are making,” says Treinish, who has worked with city officials and utility companies on long-term sustainability issues. “[AI’s] biggest potential role right now is in the decision-making aspects, trying to assess the implications of a changing climate and understand how choices affect it. It’s going to be a matter of policy to make the changes needed to reduce the effects of a changing climate.… We’d use AI to help them make decisions.”

[OCS: Funny, those decisions appear to be biased towards a single political ideology and public policy descriptives which reduce man’s freedom, liberty, and choices in favor of  centrally-planned progressive policies that have little or nothing to do with climate, such as wealth redistribution and the equality of misery as the progressives reduce everything to the lowest common denominator.

You do not need fancy AI tools to tell you when your inalienable rights are being violated or when the entire capitalist system, which is responsible for the major gains in society, is under assault by those who want to impose their brand of authoritarian socialism.]

Bottom line…

We should not fear AI or any scientific tools, we should fear corrupt individuals who misuse the tool for evil – much in the same manner evil is manifest by the individual who pulls a trigger to kill the innocent.

Just as socialism was sold as the “scientific method” of managing peoples and cultures, it remains a fact that history has proven that socialism is as much a global threat to humanity as unreformed Islam. Both requiring absolute fealty or be subject to draconian punishments.

Where the “science” of climate has been corrupted by political ideology, let us not forget that the purpose of science is to explain our universe, not direct its manipulation to the detriment of its inhabitants.

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


As we have repeatedly seen from many internet offers and apps, when the product or service is free – YOUR DATA IS THE PAY-OFF. You voluntarily surrender your non-public personal information to a profit-making enterprise to be used, ostensibly, to provide you with targeted advertising. What is rarely said is that the information you provide is aggregated with other available data to provide an enhanced and intrusive incursion into your life and lifestyle which goes far beyond your wildest imagination. In some instances, your information will be used against you in lawsuits or government investigations. In others, merely to spy on your activities for commercial reasons. YOU ARE THE PRODUCT THEY ARE SELLING FOR A PROFIT.

The clear and present danger of a FREE IRS TAX PRODUCT…

You may have noticed several articles and news stories on the efforts of a private company, TurboTax, to lobby Congress to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to offer free tax filing services. The hook is always that TurboTax, H&R Block, and other for-profit tax filing services are trying to cheat the public by curtailing this free government offer. However, the reality is must more sinister.

The picture painted by the government is the simplification of the onerous annual drudgery for gathering up all of your income and expense paperwork and filling out a long complicated series of tax forms. Or, in some cases, an E-Z version of the form for those with little or no tax complications such as property, investments, and other business affairs. The suggestion is that the ultimate goal of the exercise is that the government would pre-fill in the pertinent data, do the calculations, and then present your proposed tax return for your corrections, approval, and signature – accompanied with the appropriate check if there was a shortfall in your free government loan (withholding) program. Or, in many cases, a refund request where the government withheld more than the amount owed – and for some which appears to be a forced savings plan that yields a year-end “bonus” much like those Christmas Savings plans of past years.

The clear and present danger comes from completing the government’s data circle. The government already receives independent notice of your income from your W-2 (Wage Earner) and 1099 (Interest, Dividend, and other non-wage sources)documents. This provides an estimate of the income side of the equation.

But, what of the expense side of the equation? Here the government does not have access to how you spend your money. So it is conceivable, at some point in time, Congress will, in their infinite wisdom be coerced by lobbyists or the government itself to provide expense information to the government by providing access to your checking and credit card accounts, allowing the government to classify your expenses to complete the expense portion of the calculation. It is also conceivable that some form of access to your medical and pharmacy records might access to correctly differentiate between tax deductible and disallowed medical-related expenses. In this electronic era, big-brother writ large.



One cannot overestimate the irony in the naming of Congressional bills which almost always signals the opposite of the stated intentions in the title. Somewhat like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which provides neither patient protection nor affordable care.

Why would the government, who coerces “voluntary” taxes under the threat of fines, penalties, fees, and prison-time, be attempting to protect a citizen-taxpayer-consumer?

The first thought is that lobbyists for the accountants and tax preparation groups are legally purchasing (bribing) our elected officials with campaign contributions and other support. However, a more malevolent thought comes to mind. Perhaps we are experiencing the rope-a-dope technique of salami-eating (you eat the whole salami one slice at a time) where the legislators knowingly place onerous provisions into a bill for the sole purpose of passing incremental changes while making a great public show about rejecting the “bad” portions of the bill. The legislators get what they want (more money and control over your life) and the media facetime demonstrating they are protecting individuals. Cynical? You bet!\

Here is the bill with its “magic text…”

H.R.1957 - Taxpayer First Act of 2019
Sponsor: John D. Lewis (D-GA)

Taxpayer First Act of 2019

This bill modifies requirements for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding its organizational structure, customer service, enforcement procedures, management of information technology, and use of electronic systems.

The bill includes provisions that

  • establish the IRS Independent Office of Appeals to resolve federal tax controversies without litigation;
  • require the IRS to develop a comprehensive customer service strategy;
  • continue the IRS Free File Program;
  • exempt certain low-income taxpayers from payments required to submit an offer-in-compromise;
  • modify tax enforcement procedures that address issues such as the seizure of property, issuing a summons, joint liability, referral for private debt collection, and contacting third parties;
  • establish requirements for responding to Taxpayer Advocate Directives;
  • permanently authorize the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Matching Grant Program;
  • modify procedures for whistle-blowers;
  • establish requirements for cybersecurity and identify protection;
  • prohibit the rehiring of certain IRS employees who were removed for misconduct;
  • allow the IRS to require additional taxpayers to file returns electronically; and
  • increase the penalty for failing to file a return.

The bill requires the IRS Commissioner to appoint a Chief Information Officer, modifies the requirements for managing information technology, and authorizes streamlined critical pay authority for certain IRS information technology positions.

The bill also requires the IRS to implement

  • an Internet platform for Form 1099 filings,
  • a fully automated program for disclosing taxpayer information for third-party income verification using the Internet, and
  • uniform standards and procedures for the acceptance of electronic signatures.
<Source: Congress>
The magic text that keeps IRS from terminating the “free filings service” and not provide tax preparation software.



(1) The Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary’s delegate, shall continue to operate the IRS Free File Program as established by the Internal Revenue Service and published in the Federal Register on November 4, 2002 (67 Fed. Reg. 67247), including any subsequent agreements and governing rules established pursuant thereto.

(2) The IRS Free File Program shall continue to provide free commercial-type online individual income tax preparation and electronic filing services to the lowest 70 percent of taxpayers by adjusted gross income. The number of taxpayers eligible to receive such services each year shall be calculated by the Internal Revenue Service annually based on prior year aggregate taxpayer adjusted gross income data.

(3) In addition to the services described in paragraph (2), and in the same manner, the IRS Free File Program shall continue to make available to all taxpayers (without regard to income) a basic, online electronic fillable forms utility.

(4) The IRS Free File Program shall continue to work cooperatively with the private sector to provide the free individual income tax preparation and the electronic filing services described in paragraphs (2) and (3).

(5) The IRS Free File Program shall work cooperatively with State government agencies to enhance and expand the use of the program to provide needed benefits to the taxpayer while reducing the cost of processing returns.


The Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary’s delegate, shall work with the private sector through the IRS Free File Program to identify and implement, consistent with applicable law, innovative new program features to improve and simplify the taxpayer’s experience with completing and filing individual income tax returns through voluntary compliance.

The secret sauce …


Between the Internal Revenue Service and Free File, Incorporated

This Eighth Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") is entered into as of the date of the last signature on this document between Free File, Inc. ("FFI") and the IRS. This MOU is a 3-year follow-on agreement entered between the parties, and that has a termination date of October 31, 2021.



Members shall work in concert with the IRS to increase electronic filing of tax returns, which includes extending the benefits of online federal tax preparation and electronic filing to economically disadvantaged and underserved populations at no cost to either the individual user or to the public treasury. Further, the IRS and FFI (previously Free File Alliance or Alliance) agree that to serve the greater good and ensure the long-term stability of FFI, the scope of this program is focused on covering the taxpayers least able to afford e-filing their returns on their own. In recognition of this commitment, the federal government has pledged to not enter the tax preparation software and e-filing services marketplace.

<Source: IRS>

Bottom line…

As you can see, the essential provision that the federal government shall not compete with private industry in the area of tax preparation software and e-filing services is not even in the bill -- but lies in a “subsequent agreement” that is beyond the ability of ordinary individuals even to locate. Nothing is straight up when it comes to Congress.

Perhaps one might consider a paraphrasing of Benjamin Franklin’s saying … “Those who would give up essential privacy, to purchase a little temporary ‘convenience,’ deserve neither privacy nor convenience.”

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



Why is the United States Supreme Court being asked to render an opinion on the limits of Executive Branch discretion when it comes to enumerating the number of illegal aliens who might be residing within the United States for the purposes of planning and managing the delivery of government services?

Especially when hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens have poured across our borders or simply overstayed their visas each year and yet the estimated count of illegal aliens still remains a constant number of twelve to twenty million individuals when other estimates suggest that the true number may be north of thirty-seven million people.

There is no doubt that this invasion of illegal aliens is a significant and growing portion of our population and that it affects our sovereignty, those with an allegiance to a foreign sovereign power, our culture, our economy, and the necessity to deal with unanticipated issues of illiteracy, poverty, education, disease, crime, employment, housing, taxes, and the health of our social safety nets.

Department of Commerce v. New York
Docket Number 18-966; Granted February 14, 2019; Argued April 22, 2019)


1. Whether the district court erred in enjoining the Secretary of Commerce from reinstating a question about citizenship to the 2020 decennial census on the ground that the Secretary's decision violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 701 et seq.

2. Whether, in an action seeking to set aside agency action under the APA, a district court may order discovery outside the administrative record to probe the mental processes of the agency decisionmaker-including by compelling the testimony of high-ranking Executive Branch officials-without a strong showing that the decisionmaker disbelieved the objective reasons in the administrative record, irreversibly prejudged the issue, or acted on a legally forbidden basis.

[OCS: Essentially, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross testified that his decision to include the citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census was in response to a request by the Department of Justice to assist in enforcing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

A federal judge ruled that Wilbur Ross’ motives were “pretextual” and that his rationale for including the question had already been made for other reasons.

Thus, the progressive socialist democrats turned, once again to the courts, to issue a ruling on a trivial non-issue because a compelling case can be made for including the question based on little more than commonsense and the need to appropriately allocate government resources.]

Why does this really matter?

There are three things at stake:

(1)  Of primary importance the public’s awareness of the number of illegal aliens and their impact on our nation which could create a demand for harsher treatment of those who have no legal right to be present in the United States.

(2)  Of secondary importance, especially to unionized government workers, teachers, etc., is the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending to states based on populations that now includes significant numbers of illegal aliens.

(3)  And, most importantly, the presence of the question on the census is likely to produce a reluctance to provide census data leading to a massive undercount in the number of people residing within a state and would directly affect the number of congressional seats and electoral votes.

Bottom line…

There comes a point when “We the People” need to recognize that the progressive socialist democrats are using our own laws against us – and concentrating on the minutiae of rules and regulations to override common sense and the necessity to defend our nation from those who do not wish us well, both foreign and domestic.’

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