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To test a new monitor, I decided to grab one of those “free” amazon prime movies, spotting “Rules of Engagement” among the d-list of movies available. I wanted to see more about the plot, so I Googled the title and found this TV Guide review.

Definitely written by a liberal wuss, the review reminded me how hatred of our military is inculcated into a “Blame America First” culture.


Rules Of Engagement

A knee-jerk valentine to American military honor, carefully disguised as a scrupulous examination of the split-second decisions that define courage under fire. Marines Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) and Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) served together inVietnam, where Childers saved Hodges' life. Twenty-eight years later, Colonel Hodges, now a military lawyer, is retiring, while Colonel Childers remains on active duty, an éminence grise in a Corps he hardly recognizes. While on routine duty in the Gulf of Aden, Childers is ordered to the American embassy in Yemen; it's surrounded by hostile protesters, and Childers' orders are to assess the situation and, if necessary, evacuate Ambassador Mourain (Ben Kingsley) and his family. Things get very ugly, very fast: The Marines find themselves under fire from rooftop snipers, the crowd below is hurling rocks and molotov cocktails, and the ambassador is in a panic. When the dust clears, Childers has ordered his men to fire on the crowd, and 83 apparently unarmed Yemeni citizens — including women and children — are dead. Childers swears the crowd was full of gunmen, and asks Hodges to defend him at his court martial.

The movie's climax, an extended courtroom sequence driven by the question of whether Childers is lying when he asserts that the crowd was armed, recalls the popular and smartly written A FEW GOOD MEN. But far from condemning the notion that a uniform grants exemption from the law, this film, efficiently directed by William Friedkin, panders to some very unattractive impulses. They include America's yen for kick-ass heroes who only kill bad guys; our national resentment that the whole world hates us for reasons we don't understand; and our populist need to see an individual win against perfidious big government and its weasely concerns. It's a deftly executed crowd-pleaser, but it's dishonest to the core.  

[OCS: The author of this review is clearly a disingenuous, blame America First, hater of the American military which affords her the right to publish this drivel. If anything, this is yet another example of a cowardly enemy that fights behind women and children – often pushing them to the forefront to produce cringe-worthy, heart-wrenching scenes of dead women and children that provide a propaganda win on the international stage. Being armed with rocks and firebombs is being armed – period.

The sleaziness of the Department of State is on display – much as it was during the Benghazi affair where nobody was held accountable for abandoning Americans in extremis.

About the author … Maitland McDonagh is an American professional film critic with the typical progressive socialist democrat background. Born and raised in New York City, educated at Hunter College and at Columbia University. A specialist and publisher of gay erotica. Not someone who should comment on military-themed films other than on the technical components of film making. The film’s authenticity is provided by Vietnam vet and military commentator Captain Dale Dye.]


The story appeared to be a knock-off of A Few Good Men which was a legal procedural set within a military context. It was a pleasurable time waster and served its purpose. Do I recommend it? NO! It’s Tommy Lee Jones playing Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson doing a credible job, and a waste of Ben Kingsley’s talent.

Bottom line…

Films can entertain, educate, and when written by Hollywood progressive socialist Democrat elites – subtly indoctrinate the viewer.

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


I saw a beautiful young woman at dinner last night.  Tall, slim, tanned, with shoulder-length blond hair, bright, sparkling blue eyes, a killer smile, and dressed in a thin white woven summer dress with small embroidered flowers. Enchanting, until she opened her mouth to spout garbage; about the need to adopt socialism to combat global warming along with the usual nonsense about carbon dioxide and a planetary catastrophe – enough to make Al Gore blush. All in an enchanting melodious voice and air of sincerity. The total “California Package.”

A stark reminder of why men have compromised their honor and their country to capture a siren’s attention and pursue a taste of the forbidden fruit.


Want proof, turn to the mainstream media of your choice and categorize and count the political stories and consider their eventual outcomes. Most end in s totalitarian regime wrested from those who sacrificed their freedom and individuality for the non-existent safety and security of an impossible utopian dream.

About that consensus that the “science is settled” …

How many people have read in the mainstream media about the Oregon Institute for Science and Medicine’s Oregon Petition Project that was signed by more than 31,000 American scientists, including those 9,000 with doctorates? …

There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the earth. <Source><Summary of Peer-Reviewed Research>

Or the letter sent to Ban Ki-Moon, the former Secretary General of the United Nations and signed by 134 international scientists?

Climate change science is in a period of “negative discovery”—the more we learn about this exceptionally complex and rapidly evolving field the more we realize how little we know. Truly, the science is NOT settled.

Therefore, there is no sound reason to impose expensive and restrictive public policy decisions on the peoples of the Earth without first providing convincing evidence that human activities are causing dangerous climate change beyond that resulting from natural causes. <Source>

About those peer-reviewed articles…

Even if one were to overlook the inherent bias in those institutions, scientists, and projects which were designed to attract funding, peer-review by activist scientists whose viewpoint is defined by ideology and self-interest, and the lack of money for confirmatory research, there are still literally thousands of papers falsifying some aspect of today’s fashionable science or the inadequacy of climate models.

Check for yourself at the No Trick Zone – named for an infamous passage in the stolen Climategate emails between some of the most prominent peer-reviewed climate researchers of their time including Michael Mann and Phil Jones. The email was sent by Phil Jones to the original hockey stick authors – Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley, and Malcolm Hughes.

From: Phil Jones <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 13:31:15 +0000

To: ray bradley ,,

Subject: Diagram for WMO Statement

Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 13:31:15 +0000

Cc: k.briffa@xxx.xx.xx,

Dear Ray, Mike and Malcolm,

Once Tim’s got a diagram here we’ll send that either later today or first thing tomorrow. I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline. Mike’s series got the annual land and marine values while the other two got April-Sept for NH land N of 20N. The latter two are real for 1999, while the estimate for 1999 for NH combined is +0.44C wrt 61-90. The Global estimate for 1999 with data through Oct is +0.35C cf. 0.57 for 1998.

Thanks for the comments, Ray.



Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) xxxxx
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) xxxx
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email

Read the emails with commentary here to see world-renown scientists manipulating the data and findings of their research or manipulating the peer-review process to suppress contradictory viewpoints, criticism, and research.

Bottom line …

Ideological poison can arrive in attractive packages.

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



The question: why are Republican politicians unable or unwilling to simply stand up and point out the toxic agenda and strategy of the Democrats?

The answer matrix is extremely limited.

** They are ignorant and cannot see the truth before their very eyes?

** They are venal and would rather sacrifice their country and constituents for the prestige, perks, privileges, and profits associated with their position?

**  They are compromised, perhaps by our intelligence agencies who are privy to embarrassing secrets or potentially criminal acts?

**  They are beholden to third-parties who hold power over them, either in the form of campaign funds, voter support, media attention, or the knowledge of a guilty secret?

**  They are beholden to their political party and the privileges that can be bestowed or withheld by the party’s leadership?

**  There is no incentive, moral or monetary, to do the right thing for their constituency?

**  They are apathetic and oblivious to the clear and present danger to our nation?

More on this later.

The question: what is happening today?

For those who have not studied political science, you might be amazed that the progressive socialist Democrat playbook was written by socialists and communists. And, that one single political theory can explain the chaos at the border as well as the willingness of the progressives to exploit this influx of illegal aliens to their advantage.

First, let us understand that a significant number of illegal aliens have arrived legitimately through official ports of entry and have subsequently violated their visa agreement by overstaying their authorized visit. So one might ask, why does the United States not track both entry and exit details and then automatically issue warrants for those who have failed to honor their obligations? Capturing biometric identification for all visa applicants? And, implementing a biometrically-based employment verification system?

Second, let us consider the Cloward-Piven Strategy named after two radical socialist Columbia University sociologists, Richard Andrew Cloward and his wife Frances Fox Piven. The Strategy is a one-two punch against capitalism. One, you hasten the downfall of capitalism by overloading all of the government's institutions: education, law enforcement, health care, and sanitation, to the point where the voting population is willing to discard a failing system for the promises of socialism. And two, you use Saul Alinsky’s (Rules for Radicals) Rule Number Four – "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules” – to destroy or delay in the courts any forthcoming solution that might ameliorate and resolve serious issues.

In practice, we can see that our educational system has been overloaded with illegal aliens, many of them functional language or subject-matter illiterates, who drag overall achievement scores down while overburdening the entire educational system. Aided and abetted by socialist unions who fight against testing teachers, fight for lifetime tenure after two or three years, and bleed the system dry with contractual demands for increased salaries and benefits without a corresponding improvement in educating students.

We can see our emergency medical systems overloaded to the point of bankruptcy and closure by those who freely use emergency rooms as primary care facilities without payment.

We can see our border apprehension and detention apparatus being overloaded to the point of having judges ordering the release of illegal aliens into the United States with no guarantee they will ever return for a mandated hearing. It used to be that illegal aliens would run and hide from the authorities, now they race to surrender – full well-knowing that the system is overloaded and that they will be eventually released into the United States.

The Cloward-Piven Strategy at its finest...

A Texas reporter in the Rio Grande Valley took her camera to Rincon Village and witnessed approximately 300 migrants crossing the border and turning themselves in to Border Patrol agents. The crossings occurred Tuesday night between 6 p.m. and midnight.

KGBT CBS4 Reporter Sydney Hernandez traveled to the Texas border at Rincon Village Wednesday night at about 6 p.m. The deserted area on the banks of the Rio Grande is a well-known border crossing area. During the next six hours, Hernandez sent out a series of tweets capturing the images of migrants walking up the dirt roads from the border river where human smugglers cross them at will. The migrant walk up to the first Border Patrol agent or other law enforcement officers they can find and turn themselves in. <Source>

[OCD: No worries – they are protected by progressive socialist Democrats, the party of lawyers, and their judicial stooges.]

Everywhere we turn, we see the actions of a relatively few activists forcing our judicial system into outrageous and nation-damaging behaviors.

It has gotten so bad that the courts willfully refuse to follow the U.S. Constitution when it comes to our sovereignty and the protection of our borders. We see law enforcement refusing to enforce existing laws and being ordered to allow rioters to destroy public and private property. We see violent leftist elements such as ANTIFA on the streets dressed in protective clothing, carrying weapons, and disguised from recognition by law enforcement. And, we see politicians openly aiding and abetting criminal activity with impunity.

Perhaps it is time to take a tougher stance in enforcing existing laws – in essence using our laws against high-ranking law-breakers: a radical concept to be sure…

Arrest and prosecute politicians who openly defy the law and issue illegal orders to law enforcement personnel. Spray riotous crowds with indelible dye and sort them out as they pass through checkpoints. With the exception of the United States Supreme Court, all of the lower courts are animals created by Congress – where rules can be amended to impose term limits and remove judges who knowingly obstruct justice with specious rulings or rulings that set bright-line standards that become de facto law –usurping the power of Congress.

So what is the answer to the basic question: are all Republican politicians compromised?

** Yes, because it is intuitively obvious that the Republicans are complicit in the damage and destruction of our Constitution and Country and there is not one valid excuse for violating their oath of office. Thus, they dare not say anything about the progressive socialist Democrats lest they are held equally accountable for the consequences of their actions.

Bottom line…

One can easily see why the progressive socialist Democrats are hell-bent on keeping a citizenship question off the 2020 census. Imagine the reaction of citizens when they find that the estimated twelve million illegal aliens are four to six times higher than they thought and the impact on the lives and well-being of legal American citizens is being compromised at a rate that would be equivalent to a foreign invasion. And, it would not only be the Democrats to blame, but Republicans are also part of the problem as they did nothing to protect our Constitution or our Country.

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


Every once in a while, I come across an interesting titled report that makes me pause and take a look …

The "New Energy Economy": An Exercise in Magical Thinking


Executive Summary

A movement has been growing for decades to replace hydrocarbons, which collectively supply 84% of the world’s energy. It began with the fear that we were running out of oil. That fear has since migrated to the belief that, because of climate change and other environmental concerns, society can no longer tolerate burning oil, natural gas, and coal—all of which have turned out to be abundant.

So far, wind, solar, and batteries—the favored alternatives to hydrocarbons—provide about 2% of the world’s energy and 3% of America’s. Nonetheless, a bold new claim has gained popularity: that we’re on the cusp of a tech-driven energy revolution that not only can, but inevitably will, rapidly replace all hydrocarbons.

This “new energy economy” rests on the belief—a centerpiece of the Green New Deal and other similar proposals both here and in Europe—that the technologies of wind and solar power and battery storage are undergoing the kind of disruption experienced in computing and communications, dramatically lowering costs and increasing efficiency. But this core analogy glosses over profound differences, grounded in physics, between systems that produce energy and those that produce information.

In the world of people, cars, planes, and factories, increases in consumption, speed, or carrying capacity cause hardware to expand, not shrink. The energy needed to move a ton of people, heat a ton of steel or silicon, or grow a ton of food is determined by properties of nature whose boundaries are set by laws of gravity, inertia, friction, mass, and thermodynamics—not clever software.

This paper highlights the physics of energy to illustrate why there is no possibility that the world is undergoing—or can undergo—a near-term transition to a “new energy economy.”

Among the reasons:

  • Scientists have yet to discover, and entrepreneurs have yet to invent, anything as remarkable as hydrocarbons in terms of the combination of low-cost, high-energy density, stability, safety, and portability. In practical terms, this means that spending $1 million on utility-scale wind turbines, or solar panels will each, over 30 years of operation, produce about 50 million kilowatt-hours (kWh)—while an equivalent $1 million spent on a shale rig produces enough natural gas over 30 years to generate over 300 million kWh.
  • Solar technologies have improved greatly and will continue to become cheaper and more efficient. But the era of 10-fold gains is over. The physics boundary for silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells, the Shockley-Queisser Limit, is a maximum conversion of 34% of photons into electrons; the best commercial PV technology today exceeds 26%.
  • Wind power technology has also improved greatly, but here, too, no 10-fold gains are left. The physics boundary for a wind turbine, the Betz Limit, is a maximum capture of 60% of kinetic energy in moving air; commercial turbines today exceed 40%.
  • The annual output of Tesla’s Gigafactory, the world’s largest battery factory, could store three minutes’ worth of annual U.S. electricity demand. It would require 1,000 years of production to make enough batteries for two days’ worth of U.S. electricity demand. Meanwhile, 50–100 pounds of materials are mined, moved, and processed for every pound of battery produced

Download and read the report for yourself … <Source>        

While I am sure that the author makes a compelling point that the advocates of “green energy” are blowing smoke up your personal smokestack, the real deal is that these “green programs” are about political power and profits and have little or nothing to do with the advancement of societal growth.

**  It is all about raw political power. By controlling the creation, storage, transmission, and usage of energy, in all of its forms, comes control over economies and individual behavior.

**  Those that seek political power understand that power comes from the consequences of supply and demand and that managing real or artificial scarcity, and not from the creation of abundance and plenty, allows one to accrete both power and profits. In fact, the last thing the elites want is unlimited free energy. Not only does this disrupt their de-growth/population control agenda, but it also highlights the toxic nature of their agenda to gain and maintain power at any cost.

**  No matter how smart the software might be in managing energy, you need the energy to manage. Commonsense tells you that there is a fundamental limit to cost-cutting and that without top-line growth you are doomed to a stagnating, decaying economy and culture. Something that our enemies, both foreign and domestic, is the reduction of America’s military and industrial capacity to that of a third-world nation.

**  There is no way, short of global dominance and enforcement robots (hat-tip “The Day the Earth Stood Still), that you can keep growing industrial powers like China, Russia, India, and emergency nations from using their abundant fossil fuels and natural resources to grow their own power base and economies. 

**  If “green power” was genuinely sustainable and cost-effective, the major companies would not require subsidies and legally-mandated production and consumption to convince (not coerce) creators and consumers to switch to non-fossil fuel products voluntarily.

I wonder how soon it will before activist scientists pooh-pooh the science presented and substitute their own convoluted and cockamamie papers that were peer-reviewed by fellow activist scientists with the same worldview?

Bottom line …

Let us pay homage to the doyenne of the Green New Deal,  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who famously opined, “Facts Don't Matter When You're 'Morally Right.'  Or transliterated into the language of the progressive socialist Democrats, “The ends justify the means, fair or foul.”

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



It appears that the progressive socialist Democrat rag, Vanity Fair, has published another one of those anti-Trump nonsense non-stories concocted for the sole purpose of damaging the President’s reputation. The shocking story is that apparently, Donald Trump knew that there was dirt on Clinton and his relationship with billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein – as did much of those who even read the widespread salacious accounts of Epstein’s alleged exploits in the mainstream media.

One might assume that the Obama Administration, and especially Hillary Clinton, not only knew of the particular Clinton-Epstein situation but was accepting of the situation as long as Epstein was not talking.

One might also wonder if Vanity Fair ever asked about Obama’s alleged homosexuality, Hillary Clinton’s relationship with Huma Abedin, the number of lesbians Hillary championed while in the White House, and of course, Hillary's knowledge of another sexual predator, Huma’s “husband,” Anthony Weiner.

With Vanity Fair, it’s always about Donald Trump, not Bill Clinton and his lascivious behavior with pal Jeffrey Epstein…

“He Said Not to Tell Anyone”: How Trump Kept Tabs on Jeffrey Epstein

In the months before he ran for president, Donald Trump was in conversation with National Enquirer owner David Pecker about his old acquaintance, Jeffrey Epstein, and how his sexual abuse scandal might affect the Clintons. “Trump said that Pecker had told him that the pictures of Clinton that Epstein had from his island were worse,” recalls a former Trump Organization employee.

[OCS: Would that former Trump Organization employee be the disgraced felonious liar Michael Cohen who repeatedly lied to Congress and who breached attorney-client privilege to get himself a lighter sentence?] 

Perhaps the most revealing commentary Donald Trump has offered on Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who pleaded not guilty this week to sex trafficking and conspiracy, occurred in late February 2015, onstage at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Trump, then flirting with a presidential run, was fielding softballs from Fox News host Sean Hannity when a lightning round of questions turned to a favorite topic: Bill Clinton. “Nice guy, Trump said. “Got a lot of problems coming up, in my opinion, with the famous island with Jeffrey Epstein,” he added, seemingly veering off topic. “Lot of problems.”

[OCS: Revealing of what? Anyone who was exposed to media reports knew that there was more; much, much more, behind the scenes and that powerful men were involved. Donald Trump had no legal duty to pursue the matter and the Clintons have always been the subject of idle chatter and speculation.]

In fact, Epstein was then very much top of mind for Trump, who had his own history with the registered sex offender. Over the previous several weeks, the National Enquirer had published a string of stories about Epstein, including a “world exclusive” interview with one of his accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who said in court documents that Epstein forced her to have sex with him at his Upper East Side home. She told the tabloid that Epstein paid her to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew, one of an expansive retinue of high-flying elites who enjoyed Epstein’s company and took advantage of his private jet. (Buckingham Palace has denied the allegations.) Another was Clinton, who the Enquirer reported had traveled with Epstein’s assistant on his plane, and was at Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean. (Clinton denies ever traveling to Little St. James Island, but has confirmed that he traveled with Epstein several times in 2002 and 2003, including trips to Africa in connection with the Clinton Foundation. In her interview with the Enquirer, Giuffre said she had seen Clinton around, but that she never saw him involved with women.)

[OCS: This is not journalism, it is an example of character assassination by association and mud-slinging of the first order. Trump knew or interacted with thousands of people in New York, Florida, and elsewhere. Some of them criminals, charlatans, or people of ill repute. That does not mean that he engaged or condoned their activities, and may have pursued his own agenda no matter what their flaws may have been.

Look at how the paragraph is constructed. A single mention of Trump followed by  allegations of dirty behavior by Epstein.]

Trump isn’t known to have gone on any trips with Epstein, which would have been out of character. “I don’t think Trump would go to someone else’s property or someone else’s island or villa,” Nunberg said. “He doesn’t even play golf at anyone else’s clubs.” But Trump did host Epstein as a guest at Mar-a-Lago, where he appears in photos in 1997 and 2000. Epstein’s personal little black book, which was leaked by an employee in 2009, contained 14 phone numbers for Trump, his wife, Melania, and several people who worked for him.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, President Trump dismissed his past appearances with Epstein, describing him as a “fixture in Palm Beach” in those years. “I had a falling out with him a long time ago,” he added, though he declined to elaborate. “I don’t think I’ve spoken to him for 15 years.”

[OCS: Notice the exculpatory material comes after the lead and demonstrates that this is a bogus story, contrived fake news if you will. The Obamas, Clintons, and Trumps have any number of photos with people taken at official or informal events, including with people with salacious or questionable reputations. But guilt by association is not legal nor is it even American. It is a well-known Marxist/socialist/communist tactic that has been used to discredit or destroy enemies.]


I find it ironic that New York Senator Chuck Schumer takes to the Senate floor to demand that President Trump explain his interactions fifteen years ago when this sleezebag politician took thousands from the very same guy. And, let us not forget that Schumer took money from Harvey Weinstein and employed Anthony Weiner. 

Bottom line…

Perhaps Vanity Fair might want to investigate the lengths at which Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton took to insulate themselves from Bill Clinton’s behavior while they were spying on Americans and setting up Trump as a suspected agent of Russia?

Truth-be-told, nothing President Trump has done while in office compares with the sexual misbehavior of high-ranking progressive socialists Democrats like the Kennedys (John, Bobby, and Teddy), Lyndon Johnson, and various other elected and appointed Democrat officials. Trump is a notorious germaphobe who shuns shaking hands, and the thought of him engaging in random gratuitous sex acts is ludicrous.

The fact that Trump threw Epstein out of his Mar-a-Lago club for interfering with staff and guests approximately fifteen years ago should be the takeaway,

Another Vanity Fair attempt to smear Trump rates the publication right up there with the National Enquire's tabloid trash.

In the final analysis, Epstein was a major Democrat fundraiser and many of those excoriating President Trump took Epstein's money without a second thought. This is their billionaire pedophile -- nothing to do with Trump, move along, nothing to see here.

With today’s fake news and dishonest media, we are so screwed.

-- steve

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

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

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

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

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

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



Spare me from billionaire buffoons that want to save the world …

Because an individual was successful in one area of business, it does not mean that their skills are transferable and that they have the knowledge, wisdom, or temperament to steer the ship of state.

Now comes Tom Steyer, a billionaire hedge fund manager turned progressive socialist Democrat activist, who refuses to listen to scientists as he demands we overturn capitalism, our economy, and our culture to fight a non-existent bogeyman.  According to Steyer’s public relations guru, “the campaign will focus on fixing two major ‘crises’ — reforming a ‘broken political system’ and ‘saving our planet from the ravages of climate change.’” Both goals of the international socialists, communists, and anarchists who are trying to bring about a fundamental transformation of the United States. All which looks suspiciously like the authoritarian manifestation of European-style “social democracy” – the latest re-labeling of socialism/communism.

According to Steyer, “The other Democratic candidates for president have many great ideas that will absolutely move our country forward, but we won’t be able to get any of those done until we end the hostile corporate takeover of our democracy. As an outsider, I’ve led grassroots efforts that have taken on big corporations and won results for people. That’s not something you see a lot of from Washington these days. That’s why I’m running for president.”

An example of Steyer’s disingenuous nature…

Steyer’s company took a significant position in a target company, demanded seats on the board of directors, demanded the divestiture or discontinuance of business lines along with the type of cost-cutting that mandates employees are laid off. He often demanded that a large portion of the cost savings be returned to the investors, from which he and company expected a big payout. Then he sold out at a profit and moved on.

Besides plundering corporations for profit, the “un-woke” Steyer invested in coal production and other fossil fuels. How about profiting from the incarceration of individuals through Corrections Corporation of America which owns and operates private prisons? Or personally owning an 1800-acre cattle ranch populated by cows busily destroying the environment with cow farts.

Steyer is an elitist, living in a secure San Francisco mansion that overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge. His education mirrors his progressive elitism: Buckley, Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale, and then Stanford for an MBA.

All while raising significant campaign funds for such feckless lefties such as Walter Mondal, Bill Bradley, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. All progressive socialist Democrats.

Steyer founded NextGen Climate, a tax-free non-profit to advance his flawed climate ideology – and it is an ideology – and then later renamed to NextGen America to pursue Steyer’s campaign against President Donald Trump. Steyer is the force begin the “Need to Impeach” campaign.

Bottom line…

Forget Russian collusion and interference in our political system, Steyer has spent millions of dollars to influence presidential elections, state campaigns, and ballot initiatives. All from a progressive socialist Democrat agenda that is steeped in Russia-like Marxism and Communism. More disturbing because Steyer purports to be an America and owes his entire fortune to capitalism.

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



Few things anger me more than politicians who pander to the special interests and then throw up their hands when faced with the consequences of their actions. But, not-to-worry, it always works out in the end – the taxpayers get stiffed, the politicians profess outrage, the media forgets, and life goes on getting worse.

Here in California, we are in the middle of our annual, wait-until-the-last-minute budget ballet that is little more than Kabuki theater. To give you some idea of the money washing through the system, consider that California’s proposed budget is approximately $209 BILLION,  the University system’s budget is roughly $35 BILLION, and a single school -- UCLA’S budget is roughly $9.3 BILLION. Not to mention the unfunded pension liabilities of at least $250 BILLION. All riddled with waste, fraud, and abuse that seems to be perpetuated year-after-year, many times by the very same people. But politicians do not want to know; they want their campaign funds and a cushy six-figure position with a commission that may meet twice a month if that.

But that is not the point …

The same thing is happening in our municipalities and states. And, will continue to happen until the money runs out or citizens get serious about switching-up their politicians after two-to-three years.

An example that I came across while listening to the background drivel of Democrats…

Williamsburg County avoids shutdown; bigger budget woes loom

Williamsburg County avoided a government shutdown by passing a budget, but the county supervisor warned council members their spending plan doesn't resolve ongoing problems.

[OCS: Isn’t it amazing that politicians appear to always pass a compromise budget at the last possible moment to avert another manufactured government crisis – usually in the dead of night and away from the media?]

Williamsburg County Supervisor Tiffany Wright asked County Council to pass a one-time $40 fee on vehicles or take other steps like furloughs for county employees to raise more revenue after the county ended up in a deficit and also is dealing with a possible big federal settlement over unpaid wages.

[OCS: And, isn’t it amazing that those touted one-time fixes do not really fix the problem and end up being extended time-and-time again until they are permanent? And, if the one-time fee is actually eliminated, the politicians take credit for cutting your taxes.]

Council members refused, leading to a possible shutdown because no spending plan was in place when the fiscal year started July 1. Instead, the council voted to basically carry over last year's $22 million budget with no cuts or additional revenues.

[OCS: What the hell have they been doing in the months preceding the budget deadline – a deadline usually imposed by law and well-known to anyone with the ability to read at the 6th grade level and comprehend English?]      

Wright went on Facebook after the council's emergency meeting Tuesday to explain her position, saying she told County Council in March they were $600,000 in the red.

[OCS: Emergency meeting? Again, they knew the deadline well in advance and knew that there were problems. But, let us remember, a budget is simple a guestimate of the revenue inflows and the expense outflows, it is not a true accounting of how any allocated money will be actually spent. There are any number of ways to paper-over the budget – including my favorite, stealing money from a designated fund and replacing it with a rather worthless I.O.U. to be paid from future tax revenues.]

"I won't let us go deeper in the hole. So I have to take action now," Wright said.

[OCS: Why are you taking action now? Shouldn't you have taken action from day one and demonstrated some of the leadership you touted during your campaign?]

Without the vehicle fee, Wright said the county may have to lay off employees or require them to take time off without pay to balance the budget.

[OCS: This is where you see the uniformed police, firemen, nurses, and teachers – almost always union employees if they are not professional actors – providing dire warnings about the public safety or some mythical harm to students, most of whom will graduate as functional illiterates. This is nothing more than extortion – promising to hurt citizens if the politicians and the special interests are forced to deal with looming fiscal threats.]

Looming over the budget problems is a possible federal settlement for unpaid wages over two years. Wright did not give details on how much that might cost.

[OCS: It appears that the politicians were busy elsewhere, possible raising re-election campaign funds from the unions and other special interests. With all of the legal and accounting assistance available, surely someone must of noticed something was amiss?]

"You voted for me, You asked me to do a job and I won't be intimidated," said Wright, who was elected county supervisor in 2018. "I will impose exactly what they have approved but we are going to make sure we are fiscally responsible."

Wright said she also is waiting for an audit of county spending that was supposed to be finished about the time she took office. A county or other local government has to have a clean audit to get their share of state money and court fines, according to South Carolina law.

[OCS: Has anyone noticed that government accounting systems seem to be defective by design; using fiscal years, temporary allocation, and other accounting legerdemain? Most auditors (wink-wink) often spend their time reclassifying bookkeeping entries, sampling accounts, and deciding what is material and what can be swept under the rug. And, if they are too thorough, the usually are rotated into oblivion.]      

"I am going to have to take some action necessary so at the end of the day that we don't bankrupt this entire county and end up shutting down for real," Wright said.

County councilman Samuel Floyd told The Post and Courier of Charleston that several council members aren't sure there is any deficit.

[OCS: Not only are many politicians dumb as rocks, but they simply do not have the expertise, time and energy to do much more than read staff reports.]

"Where the increased spending has gone to I'm not sure," Floyd said, noting earlier audits of county finances have shown no problems. "If we are operating in the red, it absolutely comes as a surprise."

[OCS: How can it be a surprise – these people knew months ago about pending problems or they have incompetent staff?]

Floyd said he can't support any fee or tax increases and if a deficit really exists, he has no opinion on what Wright should do.

[OCS: He gets his “no taxes” soundbite, throws up his hands, and passes the problem on. This is the type of politician that needs to be de-elected, not re-elected.]


To be fair, Tiffany Wright, the first female supervisor, was sworn into office at the beginning of 2019. She has a Ph.D. and was the county’s emergency management and 911 director since 2008. Also a 15-year history in civilian and military law enforcement. She looks great on paper, but time will tell if her intimate involvement with a hierarchical, bureaucratic system will render her just another self-serving politician.

Bottom line …

Why should we believe anything will get better if we do not take action to better ourselves, our families, and our community?

About the most honest politician, I ever met was Randy “Duke” Cunningham, a TOPGUN instructor who was a highly-decorated fighter pilot and the only NAVY air ace (along with “Irish” his RIO) of the Vietnam era. Yes, he was crooked and took bribes from defense contractors – for which he went to jail. But, the part that I admire is that he had a laundry list of payments based on the corrupt services he rendered as a Member of Congress He never went back on his word and never renegotiated a deal, even when it turned out to be a windfall for the recipient of his services.

(BTW: full disclosure -- I have an autographed TOPGUN cap signed by “Duke.” Was he arrogant? You bet.  He was an old-fashioned patriot with old-fashioned values. Consider that Tom Cruise, himself a pilot, was playing Duke Cunningham in TOP GUN and is working on a film about Cunningham’s life – from pilot to prison.

-- 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



Over the Fourth of July weekend, I was asked by a friend, who happens to be a flaming liberal, why I did not like Democrats. I explained that it wasn’t Democrats per se, but liberal progressive Democrats like himself. I went on to explain the difference between my constitutional conservatism and his boneheaded progressivism.

The difference…

One of the things that distinguish conservatives and progressives is the direction they look toward when they first seek answers to vexing problems. 

With conservatives, conscious of both the present and the future, they look backward at history, mindful that while environmental conditions change, human nature seems to be a somewhat dependable constant. Therefore, they can apply the lessons of history, many earned at an enormous and bloody cost, and consider the actions and reactions of individuals to arrive at a first-order estimated solution.

The system is not perfect, but it does provide a starting point and a rational framework for monitoring and analysis. No analytical scientist would begin research without a review of the literature in the area of their interest.

On the other hand, the progressives believe that they are the determinative factor and that conditions will be better and better in a future that lies within the imagination, unmoored from history and past experiences. The result is often an ideological worldview that cannot be achieved without tyrannical power to force outcomes -- and even then the result is likely to be catastrophic to freedom-loving individuals.

Consider socialist and communism which are theoretical constructs which were designed to create a perfect world, one in which experts in all areas use their expertise to bring about a world where individuals participate based on social justice; loosely described as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” Classical Marxism that ignores a constant tension in human nature as the strong dominate the weak, leaders make demands on followers, the consumers look to creators and producers for products and services, and the apathetic beg for crumbs.

Throughout history, consider that a number of empires were created and most empires were destroyed. One need only look at socialist counties like Russia, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and elsewhere to see tyranny. Yes, they may hold elections and call it a democracy, but the truth is that the candidates are pre-selected by the leadership, and there are severe penalties for dissent. These are not empires, but failing nation-states that may come to a catastrophic end sometime in the future – possibly by a bloody revolution.

Unbelievably, progressives expect conditions will be better and more fabulous in the future than they are now; provided, of course, that we pick the right leader — pure bullpucky. It is up to individuals, not leaders, to change the system, by participating, by voting, and by saying NO to nonsense.

We live in an age where the unelected bureaucrats wield unprecedented power. These unelected bureaucrats are allowed to promulgate administrative rules and regulations, many with fines and the possibility of incarceration.

And, you thought that the only constitutional authority that could create legislation was Congress and that legislation would pass into law when signed by the President of the United States or a Presidential veto was overridden by a two-thirds supermajority by both chambers.

Bureaucrats are creating wrong-headed and damaging laws. And, that’s not all: let us not forget the Executive Order which determines how federal laws might be ignored or interpreted or the United States Supreme Court where activist judges can override law -- finding hidden and mysterious meaning in the Constitution or by creating “bright line” tests which substitute for the actual law. Something is genuinely out of whack when the Constitution can be that easily side-stepped. 

Conservatives recognize that everything changes over time, except human nature, which proceeds at an infinitesimally slow pace. Progressives, on the other hand, are willing to apply coercion and force to speed up the process and force an outcome.

I find it exceptionally ironic that the Democrats speak of a planetary emergency and that we have only twelve years before we reach an irreversible tipping point. Yet, they respond to the imminent disaster by considering spending trillions on social welfare programs, paying off college loans, providing healthcare for all -- even though it would destroy our present healthcare system and place everybody at higher risk from adverse medical outcomes.

If wind power and solar power (no nuclear energy, please) were the cost-effective answer, the energy industry would self-decide to make the switch. As it is, most of the green projects are subsidized, or consumers are forced to adopt their overpriced output, but they are not the answer. I am willing to bet that the Sun plays a more significant role in climate change than cow farts, but that would mean we do not have to consider giving up meat to save the planet.

Truth-be-told, progressives do not want cheap or abundant energy because it interferes with their no-growth/population control agenda. They need scarcity to manage to accrete political power. And, they want a weaker and unhealthier population that is prone to disease and epidemics: De-Growth and population control in one package.

The progressives demand more and more money to save “endangered species,” ignoring that Darwinism, evolution by natural selection, acknowledges that species will come and they will go, and those who are better adapted to environmental conditions will survive.

There is no need to spend millions turning the California Condor, an ugly, smelly, scavenger, into an outdoor pet other than to keep institutions, scientists, and graduate students gainfully employed. Even in the face of contrary facts: that there are limited matriarchal bloodlines and inbreeding makes genetic damage a certainty. But then again, the progressives ignored the science and used the Condor Health issue to demand controls on hunting and the bullets that can be used. Or spending multi-billions of dollars on a train to nowhere that will never pay its way before being demolished for being obsolete.

With progressives, any issue is a cause to raise money, assume power, and continue to pursue their transformative agenda.

Everyone speaks of “disruption” as if it is an external force. The truth is that we the voters are the disruptors. We continue to elect and re-elect crooks, charlatans, and crazies over and over -- until they become leaders, if for no other reason than seniority on a committee which allows them to return governmental pork to their respective districts.

Why we continue to vote along the lines of color, race, religion, national origin, or gender when the candidate is severely compromised or unhinged from the American experience is an open question?

And truth be told, there is no more disruptive force in our lives than the Democrats who want to destroy our capitalist system and bring about their politically correct society -- with them in charge, of course.

Welcome to 2020, where your local choices will decide our country’s future.

Bottom line…

In the final analysis, neither side made any headway. The only things we agreed on were that the steaks were a little too well done, the coleslaw had a bit too much mayonnaise, and the kids would rather text their friends than talk to the person standing next to them.

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


With over twenty candidates vying for the Democrat nomination, it appears that there is a choice when it comes to politics, personalities, and policies…


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But you would be wrong; it is only an illusion, an illusion of choice orchestrated by the candidates themselves with the sanction of the Democrat Party.

Looking closely, you might find that most of these candidates are beholden to Democrat Party politics and policies, many of which are an anathema to the American way of life and toxic to American citizens.

The Democrats are a party of progressivism, the fashionable name for socialism/communism at this point in time. It really doesn’t matter how they label themselves, and one can clearly observe their motivations and the projected outcomes.

Some of the essential points you need to consider…

** Progressives do not believe in the American form of capitalism, which is the foundation of the great progress in our social, economic, and societal advancement. American capitalism which promotes self-determination, self-reliance, individuality, and minimal governmental intrusion and interference in our lives. The progressives believe in a European-style of democratic socialism that demands a strong central government, run by elite specialists and a bureaucracy that is necessary for the collective well-being of society -- and that individuals must conform their wants, needs, and behaviors  to the needs of the state to produce an outcome of equality which provides justice for all.

** Progressives do not believe in nor obey the United States Constitution unless it can be manipulated by crafty politicians, lawyers, and jurists to advance their agenda. In particular, we can see that they abhor the First Amendment with its free speech provision, which they counter by attempting to define and prohibit hate speech. Likewise, they appear to be no fan of the freedom of religion, which they attempt to suppress in daily practice. Sovereignty is a joke as the progressives demand open borders and wealth re-distribution to anyone other than those who spent a lifetime earning something for their retirement.

Progressives also hate the Second Amendment as its original purpose was to ensure that citizens had an effective means of rejecting tyrannical governments. They are about disarming the American citizen and creating an even larger pool of potential victims; full well-knowing that law enforcement cannot be where and when they are needed. The Democrats pass draconian gun control laws but refuse to fully prosecute those who use guns that slaughter citizens in the areas they govern with almost total control. They simply do not understand human nature where criminals, crazies, and terrorists do not respect nor obey ANY law.

** Progressives use class warfare to attract members of large voting blocks. They ignore that America is all about coming together as a nation while being able to celebrate our cultural differences. It is not about creating artificial distinctions and then exploiting those divisions for political gain.

Have you ever asked yourself why progressives give a pass to those members of a large voting block when it comes to observing societal norms involving familial values and social behaviors? Making excuses rather than encouraging more acceptable behavior? Of course, the answer is gaining and maintaining political power.

** Progressives have given us an educational system that indoctrinates, not educates. Producing decade-after-decade of functional illiterates who not only cannot compete in global markets, but have trouble competing with those in our own communities. Have you ever seen such folly as those various “studies” programs which exploit class warfare and start from the position that America is a terrible place and needs to be radically transformed – and always in the direction of socialism/communism? These people are unemployable in the real world and are little more than trained activists for employment in academic or government positions where they spread their toxic worldview.

**  Tyranny of the minority. I am tired of minorities dictating a path of action that destroys and damages our current system in favor of more political corruption and dysfunction.

** And, of course, Progressives cannot be trusted with the maintenance of a strong military. Former Democrat President Carter gave us Islamo-fascism. Former Democrat President Bill Clinton gave us a better-equipped Chinese military and a pass to North Korean nuclear ambitions. Former Democrat President Barack Obama gave Iran a path to both nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles capable of delivery to the American homeland.

I could continue, but this is depressing enough.

Bottom line…

The key takeaway is that being able to vote is not synonymous with democracy and freedom because it is only an illusion of choice when someone other than the people have determined the candidates to be chosen.

We are a relatively young nation when compared to other countries, suffering growing pains as we gain wisdom, yet we have exceptionalism not found in other nations, especially those with more homogenous and less diverse populations. To throw our exceptionalism away for a theoretical outcome which history has shown produces decay, death, and mass misery is absolutely insane. Yet, some individuals can be seduced by Pollyanna pictures and the appeals of celebrity to surrender their liberty and freedom of choice to false prophets, Judas goats that are attempting to lead us to our doom.

This is not the Democrat Party of my parents who would have been appalled at the changes to our society by those seeking power over the people.

If we want to preserve our nation and our freedoms, we need to remain awake but not woke.

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

Ridgecrest/Trona Quake


As one who lost their house in the magnitude 6.7  Northridge earthquake in 1994, I was somewhat more than concerned about the 30-second rolling motion that was a consequence of the 7.1 Ridgecrest mainshock following a magnitude 6.7 foreshock yesterday.

My first thought that it was a local event, possibly presaging a more significant local quake. Since this is Southern California, thoughts naturally turn to the big one – probably on the famed San Andreas fault. And, we were 160 miles away from the stricken communities of Ridgecrest and Trona, California.

But there are a few worthwhile observations…

In the local area, the first responders were quickly overwhelmed, meaning neighbors coming together to help neighbors. No mention of politics as everyone extended an open hand when necessary. No complaints when members of the command staff used the phrase, “There by the grace of God, we have the ability to respond quickly and decisively to this ongoing emergency which may continue for weeks, months, or possibly years.

There were no inter-agency squabbles about jurisdictions and budgets as neighboring communities in the state sent emergency aid to where it is needed. It is indeed fortunate that there were significant resources in the area in response to a 6.7 foreshock.

Now we are going to see our elected officials. Since part of the most significantly affected areas were on the 1.2 million acres China Lake Naval Air Weapons base, federal aid is likely to arrive quickly. It remains to be seen if presidential candidate Kamala Harris and others will take this opportunity to grandstand at the customary political dog-and-pony show?

The only strangeness seems to be with some of the younger crowd who didn’t stop to offer assistance as they rushed to grab video and post their shots on social media.

Bottom line…

You need to be prepared to take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors. You should be self-sufficient for at least one week and prepared to bug-out of the area if necessary.

You need a way to get back to your family if you are away from them when disaster strikes.

The rest you can get online from any of the checklists published by survivalists.

Best to all in the affected areas.

-- 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