Today, the nation appears chaotic and in turmoil. No, it is not a serious matter involving the continuity of government, but the perceptions created by the mainstream news media and those who are censoring the social media platforms.

As with any breaking – and ongoing news story – chaos abounds. Both amateur and professional reporters are experiencing confirmation bias; that is, they are unconsciously – or perhaps consciously -- searching for and interpreting events in a way that confirms or supports their own or corporate ideology.

It is next to impossible to tell whether were are looking at an organic uprising or something more sinister.

Unfortunately, given the ideological compromise and wrongdoing by our nation’s premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies, you cannot trust your government enough to automatically rule out a false flag operation by the so-called deep state. A right-wing conspiracy theory as the progressives tend to characterize such reporting? In light of the various Obama-era hoaxes like the Clinton/Obama Trump/Russia collusion hoax, the gun-running to Mexican cartels to support anti-gun laws, the cover-up of the gun-running to Isis militants in Benghazi – these have all turned out to be facts.

Those who claim that we are seeing the results of a domestic “color revolution” may not be far from the mark. But, then again, it might be a confirmation bias.


Building your own bullshit detector…

(1)  Never accept breaking news that purports to provide context or a narrative. Assume an event is happening or has happened and that few actually know anything beyond the one-hundred yards around them. In today’s world of clicks and audience-building sensationalism, the truth may be far down the list of necessary considerations. Some reporters do not mind they are wrong, just as long as they are among the first reporters and capture those eyes and ears that can be monetized. Other reporters hang back and simply report on what they are reading on Twitter. Given the censorship on the Twitter platform, you can never be sure of what you are reading or even if you are reading alternative accounts of the same event.

(2)  With most news sources, it is about narrative, not news. In fact, most stories meet the definition of “fake news” in that the story is synthetically generated by the reporter creating a story rather than reporting on events.

(3)  Be aware of the ideological bias of the news sources you are consuming. Look at two diametrically-opposed news sources. No, the truth cannot be found in the middle, but you can observe how the events are being spun.

(4)  There is no longer such a thing as trustworthy “official sources.” As we have seen, high-ranking public officials have no problem lying to the public. Think Susan Rice telling the nation on all five Sunday news shows that a video was responsible for the CIA annex attack in Benghazi, Libya. Or, Dr. Fauci telling you that you don’t need masks, then you need masks, then you don’t need “those” masks – all based on “the science” and his apparent personal credibility. All officials and bureaucrats want to cover their collective asses and avoid embarrassment. The key to knowing something is a narrative is the presence of a spokesperson or media consultant.

(5)  Pick a political benchmark against which you can measure comparative performance and ethical behavior. Mine is Vice President Mike Pence, who, despite being a politician possibly running for the presidency in 2024, has served the President faithfully as well as demonstrated he could resist some of the President’s more outlandish requests – all while upholding his oath of office to defend and protect the U.S. Constitution. At the opposite end of the spectrum, I use Senator Mitt Romney, a bitter, self-serving empty suit who is observably disloyal to his country, Constitution, and political party.

(6)  Read the foreign press. Many times those outside the Washington-New York corridor have a better perspective on the happenings within the United States than our domestic media.

(7)  Consume media with a purpose. Separate enlightenment, education, and entertainment. Ask yourself the old reporter’s basic questions: Who, What, When Where, Why, and How to create your own story. Rank the information in order of its importance to the overall story. Leave the context and any narrative to last. With practice, this becomes a habit that will serve you well.

(8)  Do not be caught up in the immediacy; you do not have to be first in your group to Tweet.

An example, Chuck Schumer excoriates the “mostly peaceful protesters” on the right while ignoring those on the left…

In a classic display of demagoguery, projection, wild exaggeration, and an illustration of the double standard that exists between the Republicans and Democrats, Senator Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor to characterize today's protest against a stolen election.

"Mr. President, it's very difficult to put into words what has transpired today. I have never lived through or even imagined an experience like the one we have just witnessed in this capital. President Franklin Roosevelt set aside December 14, 1941, as the day that will live in infamy. Unfortunately, now we can add January 6, 2021, to that very short list of dates in American history, that will live forever in infamy.”

[OCS: To  compare today’s “mostly peaceful protest,” to use the rhetoric of the left, to the sneak attack on America that killed 2,403 U.S. personnel, including 68 civilians, and destroyed or damaged 19 U.S. Navy ships, including 8 battleships, is demagoguery and wild exaggeration.]

“This temple to democracy was desecrated, its windows smashed, our offices vandalized. The world saw America’s elected officials hurried ushered out because they were in harm’s way. The House and Senate floors were places of shelter until the evacuation was ordered, leaving rioters to stalk these hallowed halls. Lawmakers and our staffs, average citizens who love their country, serve every day, feared for their lives.” 

[OCS: Sounds like ordinary workplace violence if you ask me.]

“I understand that one woman was shot and tragically lost her life. We mourn her and feel for her friends and family.”

“These images were projected to the world. Foreign embassies cabled their home capitals to report the harrowing scenes at the very heart of our democracy.”

"This will be a stain on our country, not so easily washed away, the final terrible indelible legacy of the 45th president of the United States, undoubtedly, our worst.”

[OCS: After the Obama administration scandals and the Democrat’s illegal attempts to spy on domestic Americans and their attempt to unseat a president through a bogus impeachment, it is hard to believe that this protest will be remembered next week, let alone be given any historical significance other than as a footnote to a stolen election.]

“I want to be very clear. Those who performed the reprehensible acts cannot be called protesters. No, these were rioters and insurrectionists, goons and thugs, domestic terrorists. They do not represent America. They were a few thousand violent extremists who tried to take over the Capitol building and attack our democracy. They must and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Hopefully by this administration, if not, certainly by the next. They should be provided no leniency."

[OCS: I do not remember such a vehement condemnation of the “mostly peaceful protesters” like Antifa and Black Lives Matter who burned down substantial parts of cities, killed a number of innocent people, and who appeared to have the tacit approval of the Democrat Party, especially Democrat Governors who ordered their police to “stand down” while public and private property was looted, defaced, and destroyed.

Or a call for such prosecutions as Democrat Judges turned protesters loose hours after their detention – to continue their activities.]

“I want to thank the many of the Capitol police, the Secret Service, and local police who kept us safe today. And worked to clear the Capitol and return it to its rightful owners and its rightful purpose.”

[OCS: This is the same party that excoriates law enforcement and sides with the protesters. Imagine how fast the tide turned when they were under attack. By the way, the rightful owners of the Capitol are “We the People,” and not our tenants, the political class.]

“I want to thank the leaders, Democrat and Republican, House and Senate. It was Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy, and myself, who came together and decided that these thugs would not succeed. That we would finish the work that our Constitution requires us to complete in the very legislative chambers of the House and Senate that were desecrated, but we know, always, belong to the people and do again tonight."

"But make no mistake, make no mistake, my friends, today's events did not happen spontaneously."

"The President, who promoted conspiracy theories that motivated these thugs, the President, who exhorted them to come to our nation's capital, egged them on, he hardly ever discourages violence and more often encourages it, this President bears a great deal of the blame."

[OCS: This is ludicrous. The Democrats ginned up the “pee-pee” Russia/Trump collusion hoax – and it turned out to be fact. The Democrats ginned up the Ukraine call and impeachment based on a hoax that turned out to be true. In fact, the President-elect Joe Biden confessed to committing the same impeachable offense on videotape. And, today’s events were the direct result of the Democrat’s attempt to steal an election.]

This mob was in good part President Trump's doing, incited by his words, his lies. This violence in good part his responsibility, his ever-lasting shame. Today's events certainly -- certainly -- would not have happened without him.

[OCS: But the primary cause remains the Democrats.]

Now, January 6 will go down as one of the darkest days in recent American history. A final warning to our nation about the consequences of a demagogic President. The people who enable him, the captive media that parrots his lies, and the people who follow him as he attempts to push America to the brink of ruin.

[OCS: Captive media? There is no doubt that the progressive socialist Democrats control the media, the social media platforms, educational institutions, much of our infrastructure, and, of course, the unionized bureaucracy.]

“As we reconvene tonight, let us remember, in the end, all this mob has really accomplished is to delay our work by a few hours. We will resume our responsibilities now, and we will finish our task tonight. The House and Senate chambers will be restored good as new and ready for legislating in short order. The counting of the electoral votes is our sacred duty. Democracy's roots in this nation are deep, they're strong, and they will not be undone ever by a group of thugs. Democracy will triumph, as it has for centuries.”

"So to my fellow Americans, who were shocked and appalled by the images on their televisions today, and who are worried about the future of this country, let me speak to you directly: The divisions in our country clearly run deep.

[OCS: Until former President Barack Obama and the identity politics of the left, race relations were slowly healing. Now they once again have exploded with the Social Justice Warriors demanding “reverse racism” and reparations.

Let us not forget, the Democrats were the party of slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, the KKK, and opposed civil rights. Even today they are invested in keeping race tensions high and the Black man down.]

But we are a resilient, forward-looking, and optimistic people. And we will begin the hard work of repairing this nation tonight because here in America, we do hard things. In America, we always overcome our challenges."

Thankfully nobody stood between Schumer and the podium or there would have been another death in the Capitol.

Bottom line…

Common things happen commonly. Be perceptive, not petulant or political.

-- steve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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