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WILL SENATE REPUBLICANS HAVE THE COJONES TO GO NUCLEAR?

Considering the adverse actions of the Democrat-majority House of Representatives on the Russia/Ukraine collusion matter and phony impeachment, and the deep unsuitability of the party’s last two presidential candidates, it remains to be seen if the Senate GOP members have the cojones to go nuclear to save the nation and restore our life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

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It’s time to come together and stop the GOP RINO’S like Mitt Romney and others from handing our country to the progressive socialist democrats who are fundamentally transforming our nation into partisan factions…

no

Prepare for a media attack on the most vulnerable Republicans…

The mainstream media has been compromised and appears willing to compromise our freedoms and promote un-American communism.

Bottom line…

Will the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham, see us out as he has done in the past?

Our nation is under attack, and I must ask.

If not the GOP, who; if not now, when?

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA

--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



VIRTUE-SIGNALING "WOKE" PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT ADMITS TO A FEDERAL CRIME?

PRINCETON

“Too cute by half” describes the virtue-signaling “woke” President of Princeton University,  Christopher L. Eisgruber, who rushed before the media to claim that his University was afflicted by systemic racism, but under his thoughtful guidance, is working on a solution.

The President of Princeton University admits that systemic racism does exist at Princeton …

Letter <excerpts> from President Eisgruber on the University’s efforts to combat systemic racism

Dear members of the Princeton community,

In June, I wrote to you as America entered a profound national reckoning with racism.  That reckoning is at once painful, because the harms done by systemic racism have been exposed so starkly, and promising, because we are seeing widespread and urgent desire to

We must ask how Princeton can address systemic racism in the world, and we must also ask how to address it within our own community.  That is true even though, for at least the past fifty years, this University has committed itself to becoming more inclusive.  At a University that, for most of its history, intentionally and systematically excluded people of color, women, Jews, and other minorities, Princetonians— from the oldest alumni to the newest undergraduates — now take pride in the diversity of our community.  They thrill to the achievements of all our students, faculty, and alumni, and they want Princeton to be a fully inclusive community.

Racism and the damage it does to people of color nevertheless persist at Princeton as in our society, sometimes by conscious intention but more often through unexamined assumptions and stereotypes, ignorance or insensitivity, and the systemic legacy of past decisions and policies.  Race-based inequities in America’s health care, policing, education, and employment systems affect profoundly the lives of our staff, students, and faculty of color.

Racist assumptions from the past also remain embedded in structures of the University itself.  For example, Princeton inherits from earlier generations at least nine departments and programs organized around European languages and culture, but only a single, relatively small program in African studies.   <Source>

How does such an “elite” individual openly confess to a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act?

42 U.S. Code § 2000d.

Prohibition against exclusion from participation in, denial of benefits of, and discrimination under federally assisted programs on ground of race, color, or national origin

No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

(Pub. L. 88–352, title VI, § 601, July 2, 1964, 78 Stat. 252.)

The potential ramifications…

(1)  The University has just provided a prima facie admission of wrongdoing, thus opening the University up to lawsuits by those who believe they might have been denied admission based on systemic racism, including others who might have lost funding for their projects. Possibly morphing into a class action lawsuit to draw the attention of rapacious trial lawyers, many of whom may have trained at these “elite” institutions. This violation is not limited to Princeton’s educational enterprise, but every department and program of the University and its affiliates. 

(2)  The reimbursement of tens of millions of dollars in government funding obtained under false pretenses. (Possibly hundreds of millions if the violations are extended across the enterprise.)

(3)  Individual criminal prosecution for those who applied for federal funding and attested, under the penalty of perjury, that they were not violating anti-discrimination rules, regulations, and laws.

The Department of Education wants to know more, and possibly the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice…

<excerpts>

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Since you became President in 2013, and in exchange for well over $75 million in federal Title IV taxpayer funds alone, Princeton University (“Princeton”) has repeatedly represented and warranted to the U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) Princeton’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq. Title VI provides no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Also, Princeton has made many material nondiscrimination and equal opportunity representations to students, parents, and consumers in the market for education certificates during this time.

On September 2, 2020, you admitted Princeton’s educational program is and for decades has been racist. Among other things, you said  … <snip>

Based on its admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) is
concerned Princeton’s nondiscrimination and equal opportunity assurances in its Program
Participation Agreements from at least 2013 to the present may have been false. The Department is further concerned Princeton perhaps knew, or should have known, these assurances were false at the time they were made. Finally, the Department is further concerned Princeton’s many nondiscrimination and equal opportunity claims to students, parents, and consumers in the market for education certificates may have been false, misleading, and actionable substantial misrepresentations in violation of 20 U.S.C. § 1094(c)(3)(B) and 34 CFR 668.71(c). Therefore, the Department’s Office of Postsecondary Education, in consultation with the Department’s Office of the General Counsel, is opening this investigation.

Based on the facts, the Secretary of Education may consider measures against Princeton  for false Program Participation Agreement nondiscrimination assurances, including an action to recover funds. Also, she may consider measures against Princeton for making substantial misrepresentations about the nature of its educational program, including a fine proceeding. The Department is aware of the challenges posed by COVID-19 to institutions of higher education. However, the serious, even shocking nature of Princeton’s admissions compel the Department to move with all appropriate speed.

For those wishing to read the letter in full and in context, it can be found here.

As of 2018, Princeton’s endowment was $25.9 BILLION, and they can easily afford any fines, penalties, and remediation measures.

Bottom line…

It is important to note that the elite Ivy League universities, notably Yale, Harvard, and Princeton place a disproportionate number of their graduates in the top levels of the government, notably the CIA and Department of State, educational institutions, and strategic industries where their biases deeply affect the policies that impact us all.

It is conceivable that the “system” will protect itself, and nothing will happen. Or, if it does, will be settled with a fine along with a statement neither admitting nor denying the allegations.

Look for Princeton and its alums to go all-in for Biden/Harris in 2020 to quash the investigation. Not that a majority of the students, staff, and personnel of these socialist/communist-dominated educational institutions would openly vote for freedom, liberty, and Trump.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA


“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



TIME TO DONATE TO WIKIMEDIA -- POLITICALLY BIASED WARTS AND ALL

Like national public radio and television outlets with their bi-annual funds solicitation, the Wikimedia Foundation has its hand out… 

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“This is awkward to admit, but I have to be honest: 98% of our readers don't give; they simply look the other way. And without more one-time donors, we need to turn to you, our past donors, in the hope that you'll show up again for Wikipedia, as you so generously have in the past.

If all our past donors gave a small amount today, our fundraiser would be over. But most people will ignore this message. We have no choice but to turn to you: please renew your gift to ensure that Wikipedia remains independent, ad-free, and thriving another year.

We're a nonprofit. That means we aren't selling the articles that millions of people read on Wikipedia each day. We don't profit from the knowledge you seek. In fact, we firmly believe that knowledge should exist outside of the realm of supply and demand. But that's hardly a given nowadays; so much of the world's digital knowledge is driven by profit in order to survive.

Wikipedia is different in that it doesn't belong to the highest bidder, the advertisers, or corporations. It belongs to you, the readers, editors, and donors. You're our community, our family. You're the reason we exist. The fate of Wikipedia rests in your hands and we wouldn't have it any other way.

It's folks like you who safeguard our nonprofit mission. You help us maintain our integrity, quality, and accessibility. And today, you have the power to keep this wonderful website free and independent for another year.
Now is the time we ask: can we count on you to renew your solidarity with a small donation? It will keep Wikipedia online, ad-free, and growing another year.”

I thought that, before making a contribution, I would first consider how reliable Wikipedia might be when it comes to credible information since I have personally observed that political organizations and individuals have had their entries either white-washed and negative information removed or muted, and others buried in scurrilous accusations.

Wikipedia’s posting policies facilitate deception and political bias…

“The reliability of Wikipedia concerns the validity, verifiability, and veracity of Wikipedia and its user-generated editing model, particularly its English-language edition. It is written and edited by volunteer editors who generate online content with the editorial oversight of other volunteer editors via community-generated policies and guidelines. Wikipedia carries the general disclaimer that it can be "edited by anyone at any time" and maintains an inclusion threshold of "verifiability, not truth." This editing model is highly concentrated with 77% of all articles being written by 1% of its editors, a majority of whom are anonymous.” <Source>

Wikipedia does not publish original thought. All material in Wikipedia must be attributable to a reliable, published source. Articles may not contain any new analysis or synthesis of published material that serves to reach or imply a conclusion not clearly stated by the sources themselves.” <Source>

“Readers must be able to check that any of the information within Wikipedia articles is not just made up. This means all material must be attributable to reliable, published sources. Additionally, quotations and any material challenged or likely to be challenged must be supported by inline citations.” <Source>

The key to my assertion is “verifiability, not truth.”

We have all seen false and misleading information knowingly published, many with unfounded allegations from anonymous sources, by the New York Times, considered to be among, if not the, most credible journalistic sources. Thus, if a lie or hoax is published by the Times, considered by many to be the Pravda of the West, it can be posted. Whereby a factual refutation that does not appear in a credible published source may not.

Over time, especially in the face of fading public interest, cruft builds up in Wikipedia and its usefulness is degraded.

Bottom line…

I have no problem donating the minimum requested donation of $3.00.

-- 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



A DEMENTED JOE BIDEN: A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO AMERICA

It is unbelievable that the Democrat Party would allow a candidate clearly suffering from dementia to run for the Presidency of the United States. A vote for Biden is either a vote for a shadow presidency with Jill Biden or a Kamala Harris administration.

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

There is no doubt America is about to be screwed.

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA

-- 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



LET US TELL THE MULTI-MILLIONAIRE PAMPERED ATHLETES TO STEP OFF

This bears repeating…

He is veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm where he commanded a 1,200-man Task Force into Saudi Arabia as part of the lead Marine Corps contingent in Desert Shield. He was decorated for valor while serving as Operations Officer for the lead Task Force into Kuwait. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps achieving the rank of Colonel.

He speaks for me…

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

As the 2017 NFL season got underway, an open letter written the year before by retired Marine Col. Jeffery Powers to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about players kneeling during the United States national anthem reappeared on social media:

Commisioner,

I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium.

I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.

Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.

Now I watch multi millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and Soldiers were!

You are complicit in this!

You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the morale courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this.

Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner. What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly?

I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that’s much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem. Hmmmmm, isn’t it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone? Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is ok? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multimillion dollar contracts for playing a freaking game! You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applause those who have not.

Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles.

They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday. They do 24/7 often with lead,not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice! Many do t have legs or arms. Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.

I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!

Time to change the channel.

Col Jeffrey A Powers USMC (ret)

Screw the NFL, NBA, and all those virtue-signaling pussies…

pow-mia

We are so screwed when communist trash and their useful idiots take the field.

-- 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



SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN ABANDONS SCIENCE FOR POLITICS

UN_SCIENTIFIC_AMERICAN

POLICY & ETHICS

Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden
We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now

Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly.

The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science.

[OCS: This is a bald-faced lie that is not backed by any evidence or science. One need only to consider that President Trump conferred with experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the long-time director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and repeated what he and his other experts explained. The record will show that Dr. Fauci and others have put forth false and misleading information, some of which have oscillated between opposing positions.

As for damaging the United States, one must realize that it was the governors of mostly Democrat—governed states that were caught flat-footed and unprepared for the pandemic they were warned was coming. It was President Trump that bailed them out of trouble by providing the necessary materials, facilities, and personnel that they pleadingly requested.

It is a fact that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo killed thousands of individuals with his insane policy of housing Covid-positive patients in facilities with large numbers of senior citizens, those who were most vulnerable to the virus.]

The most devastating example is his dishonest and inept response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, which cost more than 190,000 Americans their lives by the middle of September. He has also attacked environmental protections, medical care, and the researchers and public science agencies that help this country prepare for its greatest challenges.

[OCS: While President Trump was closing our borders to individuals traveling from virus-infected areas on January 31st, a move the Democrats labeled as racist and xenophobic, an unmasked Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was urging people to mass in San Francisco’s Chinatown on February 24th and assuring them it was safe to visit in large numbers. She was not wearing a mask and was followed by a dense gaggle of individuals and leg-humpers.

If one needs to assign blame for dead Americans, it needs to be the Communist Chinese and their lack of transparency that allowed the virus to morph into a global pandemic, the state governors who were unprepared to meet the demands of medical care, and those who promulgated insane public policies while claiming they were backed by the "science."

As for Trump’s criticism of researchers and public science agencies, it was well deserved. The World Health Organization served as a propaganda agent of the Communist Chinese. The Centers for Disease Control initially distributed bad virus test kits and the FDA placed artificial restrictions on laboratories that could process the test kits. And while Trump may have criticized individuals and organizations for poor planning and performance, there is no evidence that any of his official policies caused the deaths of any Americans. Again, the Democrats do not like his rhetoric and his Tweets, but that is not proof of malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance.]

That is why we urge you to vote for Joe Biden, who is offering fact-based plans to protect our health, our economy and the environment. These and other proposals he has put forth can set the country back on course for a safer, more prosperous and more equitable future.

[OCS: First, candidate Biden does not possess the cognitive ability to articulate, explain, and defend any of the policies proposed in the Democrat Party’s 110-page manifesto, which is a radically un-American and communist manifesto likely to wreak havoc on the United States’ military, economy, culture, and the wellbeing of all Americans.

Second, While Biden and the Democrats dithered in the early days of the Pandemic, concentrating on impeachment and not the health and welfare of American citizens, it was President Trump who took decisive action. Sometimes, overriding the experts who claimed the travel ban was unnecessary --and, if he had followed their nonsensical advice, would have cost thousands of Americans their lives.

And third, given the same scientists and institutions available to the President, there is no evidence that a Biden Administration could do any more than what was already done. In fact, after listening to the Democrats, it is likely that hundreds of thousands of Americans would have died.]

The Pandemic would strain any nation and system, but Trump’s rejection of evidence and public health measures have been catastrophic in the U.S. He was warned many times in January and February about the onrushing disease, yet he did not develop a national strategy to provide protective equipment, coronavirus testing or clear health guidelines.

[OCS: The intellectual dishonesty of this assertion is astounding. It was the duty of the states to provide for their citizens. In many cases, budgetary matters trumped the replenishing or renewal of outdated or depleted medical supplies. There is no constitutional duty for the federal government to serve as the supply depot for the states. As for testing and guidelines, again, we see the experts and their organizations that failed American citizens – not President Trump. Many of the systemic failures originated with the Obama Administration that failed to handle the much smaller SARS virus and stockpile the necessary supplies.]

Testing people for the virus, and tracing those they may have infected, is how countries in Europe and Asia have gained control over their outbreaks, saved lives, and successfully reopened businesses and schools. But in the U.S., Trump claimed, falsely, that “anybody that wants a test can get a test.” That was untrue in March and remained untrue through the summer. Trump opposed $25 billion for increased testing and tracing that was in a pandemic relief bill as late as July. These lapses accelerated the spread of disease through the country—particularly in highly vulnerable communities that include people of color, where deaths climbed disproportionately to those in the rest of the population.

[OCS: Tracing works with small populations under controlled circumstances. New York maintained an operational transit system without special precautions, and testing and tracking these people would be both ineffective and a bureaucratic nightmare – especially if one found asymptomatic spreaders.

This is not a sexually transmitted disease with a finite number of contacts. The lack of testing and tracing is almost immaterial to the broader population. If anything, it should have been applied to workers coming and going in senior citizens' and other healthcare facilities. While Trump’s assertion that anyone could get a test – it was the experts that limited the testing to first-responders and healthcare workers. As for presidential lies, it certainly did not rise to the level of Obama’s “You can keep your doctor, period!” falsehoods.]

To read the rest of this hyper-politicized drivel on behalf of the radical progressive socialists and their useful idiots, it can be found at here.

Bottom line…

I am so disappointed and disgusted with Scientific American that I will no longer read their publication because I cannot trust their editors to refrain from injecting politics into scientific issues. That one could so easily falsify the assertions contained in this editorial hit piece speaks to a larger problem with those who are attempting to subvert science and use it as a justification to push radical social justice programs and the communist agenda.

I now view Scientific American with the same disdain I hold for The Atlantic, one compromising their journalistic integrity, the other their scientific integrity. 

We are so screwed when a small number of editors, probably progressives, push propaganda. Truth-be-told, it is likely that President Trump will be feted as one of the most effective and greatest presidents in history, in spite of being attacked from his candidacy to the present day.

-- steve

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA


“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



HARRIS--BIDEN: PLAN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE

The plan for America’s future…

HARRIS-BIDEN

Good luck!


“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



A VOTE FOR JOE BIDEN IS A VOTE FOR GRIFTERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Why you can’t believe any political party or politician…

It is a fundamental fact of human nature that those who have power will use whatever system or means possible to remain in control and that some individual or group that is outside the power structure will always claim to change the oppressive system if they are given the power.

Unfortunately, whatever unethical, criminal, or egregious behavior that exists in the incumbent system is likely to be replicated by its successors and amplified to keep their opponents out of the system.

Likewise, the perks and privileges that are conferred to those in power will be retained and the spoils distributed to the select few special interests who assist the party in power to retain their position. And, if you are like the Clintons or Obama, punish your enemies using official state agencies and powers.

To become a special interest, one must provide one or more of the following items: support for the current regime in the form of creating strategies to maintain power and retard the popularity or growth of the opposition, funding, a voter block, or media attention.

Your rewards are proportional to your contribution, but you may be surprised at how cheaply politicians may be bought…

My personal favorite is Top-Gun pilot and politician Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) from San Diego, California. Probably the most honest guy in politics as he had a fixed price list for all comers, and never went back on a deal -- even if there was more money to be had. Unfortunately, Randy went to jail -- but not before giving me a signed “Top Gun” hat.

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Still waiting on Tom Cruise for the movie version…

From the Huffington Post (02/27/2006)…

Tristar Pictures announced today that Tom Cruise would play Randy “Duke” Cunningham in the story of Cunningham’s sordid descent into bribery and manipulation of defense contracts during his career in Congress. “This is a homecoming of sorts for me,” an exultant Cruise said. Cruise’s first blockbuster screen role was in 1986’s Top Gun, where his character, the brash jet fighter pilot Maverick Mitchell, was based on Cunningham, himself a fighter pilot in Vietnam.

Cruise purchased the film rights to Cunningham’s story after a brisk bidding war, convincing Cunningham to sell to him in part because of the way Cruise had played him in Top Gun. Even so, the rights were in doubt after the sealed bids had been given to Cunningham’s lawyer. But when Cruise sweetened the deal by also giving Cunningham a Rolls Royce, an antique commode and laser shooting equipment to replace the items seized by federal authorities when Cunningham was arrested, the outcome was sealed.

Cruise is going to write the screenplay himself. “It will be a docudrama,” he said. “The gist of the story will be true, but we will punch up the story to make it more interesting.” One fictitious character will be a sultry Washington defense lobbyist, Wanda Wickham, whose seductive ways help turn Cunningham to the dark side; she will be played by Katie Holmes. “We will delay the shooting until after the baby is born and Katie is back in shape,” Cruise said.

Cunningham, who faces a long prison sentence and is fighting at least to keep his congressional pension, said through a spokesman that he was thrilled to have his story told again on the big screen, and especially thrilled to have Cruise take on the role. “I am hoping my success at selling my story for the Silver Screen will serve as an inspiration and hope for other congressmen caught taking millions in bribes and facing jail terms,” he said in a prepared statement.

[OCS: “Balls to the wall!”]

Bottom line…

Consider self-dealing Democrat grifters like Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and Joe Biden – they were all willing to sell out their country to China, Russia, Ukraine, and Iran for personal gain. There is no guarantee that a Biden or Harris presidency would not do the same thing. Biden is a major grifter with an on-camera confession of strong-arming a foreign government investigating his son’s multi-million dollar deal.

At least give me a dishonest politician who loves America. Not a Joe Biden who is not likely to finish his first year, leaving another grifter, Kamala Harris, in charge. 

We are so screwed.

-- steve

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA

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

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

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

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

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

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



TEACHERS TURNING CHILDREN INTO RACISTS?

Another piece of progressive socialist democrat propaganda from the thoroughly disgraced radical rag known as The Atlantic…

In a piece titled. “How to Talk to Kids About Racism and Police” and stating “Schools do students a disservice when they fail to teach them about difficult issues,” we agree that schools do a poor job of educating students about useful life lessons and instead attempt to indoctrinate them in progressive propaganda that turns students into victims.

When I was growing up, we learned that the police kept the community safe, could be a reliable source of help in an emergency and were “our friends.” Later in life, we learned that you obeyed the police when they asked you to do something. Even later, we learned about the nature of “police stops” and interactions with the police when it comes to obeying commands, not arguing, and fighting any perceived battles in court. On a ride-along, I learned how scary and stressful it was to walk up to a car in a routine traffic stop, maintaining hyper-vigilance and not knowing what might happen. Trebled and quadrupled for “felony” stops where the officer believes a crime has already been committed. I was never taught that the police were oppressors and that I was a powerless victim, set upon by a systemically corrupt system.

So what are the propagandists at The Atlantic saying?

A few excerpts…

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How to Talk to Kids About Racism and Police

Schools do students a disservice when they fail to teach them about difficult issues.


On a Friday afternoon in early June, educators from a community-education project called Abundant Beginnings held an online workshop for kids between the ages of 3 and 5 and their families.

My own preschool-age child was 30 minutes away, at her grandmother’s house, but I tuned into the San Francisco Bay Area group’s Zoom call. This was a week after protests against police violence had spread from Minneapolis across the nation, and I needed help. I’d shown my daughter photos of protesters, but I struggled to answer the questions that came next about why the police had killed George Floyd. For that, I needed the guidance of skilled educators.

[OCS: The fact that an adult thinks that they need the “guidance of skilled educators” to explain a one-off occurrence of police action relating to an individual who appeared to be having problems and resisting arrest, speaks to the ill-education or idiocy of the parent.

That anyone would spoil the innocence of a preschool-age child with pictures of protesters and provide a progressive narrative involving the death of an individual speaks to problems with the parent.

My explanation, if I even chose to address the subject with a young child, would have been something like, “Some people think someone did something terrible, and it upset them. How about we look at … ]

Early in the workshop, two facilitators used simple words to describe a protest scene. They were in conversation, modeling age-appropriate language. Soon, we were introduced to the “white-supremacy fairy.” This fairy, we were told, is known to land on shoulders, including, sometimes, those of police. “It’s telling them white people are better than other people,” one facilitator said. “They’re whispering into the police officer’s ear, and their boss’s ear, and their boss’s boss’s ear. That boss is called the system. And they’re telling them to do the wrong thing.” 

[OCS: Already, you can see where this is going. White supremacy is the theme of critical race theory, which is not only riddled with factual errors but is little more than propaganda from those seeking to create discord and turmoil in their attempt to overthrow the government of the United States for their own nefarious and self-serving agenda.] 

Across the country, young children are turning to the adults in their lives to help make sense of racism and policing. The uprisings sparked by Floyd’s death kicked off in May, when many schools had already shut down for the summer, and much of the work of explaining this movement has fallen to families. But as schools prepare to reopen, conversations about police violence may move to classrooms—both real and virtual.

[OCS: The age-appropriate response to “racism and police violence” is to ignore the racism portion as it is a learned response, and as for police violence, it is so rare that it should not even be mentioned to young people.]

Howard Stevenson, the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education at the University of Pennsylvania, helps educators and families address race with children. Families of color have long sought him out as they confront race-based inequities around discipline and curriculum at school, he says. But this summer’s protests have led to a significant uptick in requests from white families and educators. “Since George Floyd died there has not been a week yet when I haven’t spoken to a new school,” Stevenson told me in mid-August. “For us it’s been nonstop.” Adults often have to examine their own assumptions and biases before they can facilitate conversations about police violence, he said—especially given that 79 percent of public K–12 teachers are white.

[OCS: Let us remember that those educators who teach with a racial viewpoint have a vested interest in coloring the United States as systemically evil and racist. It is their job to perpetuate their position by perpetuating racism. You do a great disservice to children by highlighting racial differences and teaching them that you must treat people of color differently. For adults to hold that people of color are victims that need special consideration is to infantilize people of color and sow the seeds of racial hatred in the future. Precisely what our enemies, both foreign and domestic, seek in pursuing their continuing program of distraction and division.]

Teaching all young children about police violence requires some understanding of structural racism. Educators have to reject any instinct to lie or sugarcoat, says Francie Latour, who co-directs Wee the People, a Boston-based social-justice project for kids between the ages of 4 and 12. Her organization offers a workshop called “What Is Racism?” to schools in the city and its suburbs, some of which have student bodies that are largely Black and brown and some of which are predominantly white. The workshop is used with children as young as kindergartners. In it, the facilitators start by challenging an idea that many young children have—that racism simply means being unkind to someone because they’re Black.

[OCS: There is profit in racism, and there are those, as the esteemed educator Booker T. Washington pointed out, who perpetuate problems for personal gain...

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

And, it pays on all levels, personal and professional, for individuals and organizations. And, progressive foundations and corporations continue to fund this nonsense with grants, stipends, and other support.]

To read the rest of this tripe, you can find the article in full and in context at How to Talk to Kids About Racism and Police.


[OCS: The Atlantic notes: “This article is part of our project “On Teaching,” which is supported by grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Panta Rhea Foundation.”]

Bottom line…

In the crazy Alice in Wonderland topsy-turvy world of progressivism, the radical progressives teach and promote the racial discord they are attempting to remedy – if fixing the problem is their goal, which I highly doubt.

In what rational society do we allow the minority to make slaves of the majority to redress a despicable historical practice which continues to occur in parts of the world, even today. Instead of celebrating the progress we have made and moving forward, these people are creating racists by artificially advantaging the racism of affirmative action—reverse-racism for profit, power, and political control.

One benefit of this pandemic and virtual schools is that parents, perhaps for the first time, are seeing what evil is being taught to their children by teachers directed by their progressive socialist democrat unions. Like the police, the majority of teachers are well-meaning Americans who must, by the circumstances of their employment, execute policies that are detrimental to the welfare of America. Even worse, we have a malignant mainstream media that refuses or is scared to reveal the truth in honest journalism.

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



ATLANTIC FESTIVAL: BIRDS OF A FEATHER ATTEMPT TO SCREW AMERICA TOGETHER?

ATLANTIC-FESTIVAL

I can still remember Jeffrey Goldberg’s scurrilous hit job on President Trump, where he used anonymous sources to claim that the President disrespected the military by refusing to visit a Veteran’s Cemetery and used weather as the excuse for skipping the event. A claim easily debunked by the evidence, including official emails from the weather people to the chief helicopter pilot, and eyewitness testimony from named sources, some of whom, like John Bolton, do not like President Trump. Goldberg was utterly oblivious to the fact that it is impossible to arrange a presidential motorcade in wet weather, on uncertain roads, and without proper route planning and security – including air assets, on a moment's notice.

Now Goldberg is back moderating the “Atlantic Festival,” which appears to be little more than a platform for those progressive socialist democrats who hate America and believe that one of the most accomplished Presidents in the history of the United States, Donald J. Trump, is both evil and corrupt.

One need only look at who is being featured: the corrupt, lying unindicted felon Hillary Clinton, Stacy Abrams, who continues to think she is the true governor of Georgia, and the “trained Marxist, Alicia Garza, one of the co-founders of the communist front group known as Black Lives Matter.

And in the middle of this radical leftist scrum, we find the long-term omnipresent Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci. No wonder how he managed to develop his malignant leftist worldview and is so willing to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy and culture while flip-flopping on almost every position he has taken.

A cavalcade of dangerous, lying radicals willing to sell out America for the proverbial thirty pieces of silver…

Atlantic-logo

The Atlantic Festival Announces Interviews with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Anthony Fauci, Stacey Abrams, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian, and José Andrés

First slate of interviewees includes: Samantha Bee, Ayesha Curry, Chris Evans, Hugh Evans and Priyanka Chopra Jonas of Global Citizen, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Alicia Garza, Ethan Hawke, Padma Lakshmi, and Billy Porter

AUGUST 26, 2020

The Atlantic announced today the first slate of interviews for The Atlantic Festival, happening September 21–24, 2020. As the United States looks to rebuild amid the coronavirus pandemic and our racial reckoning, The Atlantic Festival will explore the events of 2020 and venture to understand who we are as a nation and what we might become.

The festival will feature conversations with leaders across politics, activism, business, and the arts about the effects of the coronavirus on our health, the economy, education, work, and life; a tipping point for racial equity; the election and democracy at risk; and possible paths forward.

Among the interviews to take place during daily prime-time programming: former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci; Stacey Abrams, the founder of Fair Fight Action; CEO of Delta Air Lines Ed Bastian; the principal at Black Futures Lab and a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza; and the chef and humanitarian José Andrés.

The festival will also feature conversations with Samantha Bee, the host of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee; Ayesha Curry, a best-selling author and the founder of Eat. Learn. Play.; the actor and producer Chris Evans, along with Mark Kassen and Joe Kiani, co-founders of the civic-engagement website A Starting Point; the Global Citizen co-founder Hugh Evans and the actor, producer, activist, and Global Citizen ambassador Priyanka Chopra JonasThe Good Lord Bird author and National Book Award winner James McBride and the actors Ethan Hawke and Joshua Caleb Johnson, who star in a forthcoming television adaptation of the novel; Padma Lakshmi, the host and producer of Taste the Nation; and the actor Billy Porter.
The Atlantic Festival will take place virtually and is free to attend—offering four days of news-making interviews, performances, film screenings, and conversations about the seismic challenges the country is facing, and what comes next. A preliminary list of speakers and a schedule of events are available at The Atlantic Festival website, and will continue to be updated in the coming weeks.

Editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg will moderate conversations across the festival, and there will be appearances by many of The Atlantic’s journalists, including executive editor Adrienne LaFrance; managing editor Gillian White; staff writers Emma Green, Adam Harris, Peter Nicholas, and Ed Yong; senior editor Ronald Brownstein; and contributing writer Ibram X. Kendi, the director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.

The Atlantic Festival will be anchored by highly produced 90-minute evening-headliner programs that will be streamed live. The festival will also include specific topical forums on race and justice, education, small business, the future of work, and health equity, along with the annual “Women of Washington” event.


The Atlantic Festival is supported by Facebook as the Founding Level Underwriter; Genentech as the Presenting Level Underwriter; Allstate, Eli Lilly and Company, and U.S. Bank as Supporting Level Underwriters; and AARP, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ExxonMobil, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Nestlé Waters North America, and PayPal as Contributing Level Underwriters. <Source>

[OCS: Amazing how many organizations and individuals support progressive socialist democrat causes that want to fundamentally transform America, first into a nation governed European-style Marxism and then on to full-blown communism. Most of these people are pampered and privileged elites whose position and wealth isolates them from the reality of the radical un-American positions they support. And, in the case of Hillary Clinton, a person who is literally “above the law.”

I find it amazing that AARP, the billion-dollar organization that purports to support senior citizens while hawking health insurance, is willing to sell out their constituency by endorsing individuals and organizations that want to destroy Social Security and Medicare – turning Social Security into a guaranteed income for all (including illegal aliens) and Medicare into the welfare program known as Medicaid.

All willing to turn their back on the nation and the capitalist system that made them powerful and prosperous.]

The Atlantic is losing its mind…

Unbelievable, the Atlantic wants to “End the Nobel Peace Prize,” claiming “The Trump nomination shows that peace had its chance, and blew it.”

Wait, is this the same Peace Prize that was given to terrorist Yasser Arafat (1994) and Barack Obama (2009) before ANY accomplishments leading to peace anywhere in the world, and before he destroyed Libya with an undeclared war?  Even the Nobel Committee later agreed that the Obama Prize was a mistake and undeserved.

And yet, here is President Trump, who facilitated diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (one nomination) and the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo (a second nomination) – with more to come. Not to mention thawing relations, to a small degree, with North Korea in a time when the pundits were speaking about nuclear war.

According to the article…

“Do we give someone a Nobel Prize for the effect of his action, but not his intention?” At this he hesitated and said the effect and intention of the Israeli-Emirati agreement were aligned, and that was what should matter.

He admitted that Trump won’t win the prize, if only because of the man’s vulgarity and crude behavior. “I know a couple of [the five members of the committee],” he said. “And they are looking for people who should behave a certain way. It’s not like chemistry—if they find out you have four divorces and are bad personally, they will never not give you the chemistry prize for that.”

They don’t like his language, Tweets, or willingness to call them out on their elitist bullpucky – so don’t give him a well-deserved prize?

If it weren’t for the generosity of the widow of Apple’s Steve Jobs, The Atlantic would be on the ash-heap of history. Wonder what she thinks about Trump since Steve Jobs was often despicable and worse than Trump in almost every aspect of his life?

Bottom line…

God spare us from evildoers and their useful idiots with good intentions but without common sense.

Once again, a convocation of self-promoting virtue-signaling individuals and organizations that care nothing about America and are affirming their status as special interests should the Democrats win in 2020.

We are so screwed.

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA

-- 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