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THEY ARE COMING FOR YOUR SECRETS

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Your information security is slip-sliding away...

We have witnessed the subversion of this nation’s premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies by the progressive socialist/communist democrats with the tacit permission of a Democrat-majority Congress—including the cover-up of unconstitutional abuses of power and criminal activities.

With the judiciary's abject failure, things may be rapidly progressing toward turning America into Venezuela.

All of the respect I had for the United States Supreme Court vanished the day they refused to accept legitimate cases involving disputes between the states, disputes between the Circuit Courts, and significant questions of constitutionality. 

Now we see the final push towards a surveillance state where secure, confidential, proprietary and private communications protected by strong encryption is about to be breached by Presidential fiat or Congressional mandate.  

In today’s uncertain environment, it is questionable whether or not the technology oligarchs and tyrants will stand strong over the use of government-accessible back doors and encryption key repositories as they have done in the past.   
Especially with multi-billion dollar long-term government contracts in play.  

There is no doubt in my mind that secure communications are critical for the preservation of freedom, democracy, and the protection of individual property rights. Not to mention the protection of jurors, journalists, and activists struggling to bring freedom to oppressed people in totalitarian states

If you believe that the government can maintain secrets, remember that the Chinese government compromised the Office of Personnel Management to grab data on all government employees, including personal and private information obtained during the security clearance process. Or the actions of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, who used their keys to the kingdom to compromise highly classified information.

Bottom line...

No matter how smart the designers, engineers, and chip architects may appear, there is always someone smarter or, more likely, someone who will compromise someone with the “keys to the kingdom” to gain access.

If intelligence and law enforcement agencies can use a government-mandated system to read encrypted messages, our enemies and criminals are sure to exploit these same methods.

We are so screwed.

— steve

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



RACE IN AMERICA: WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

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If one wanted to live comfortably and unmolested in a Democrat-dominated world, perhaps the Columbus, Ohio police officer should have held his fire and allowed one black teenager to stab another black teenager. Or stab two teens, as the case may be.

No harm, no foul because the Democrats, their captive mainstream media, race-baiters, activists, and Black Lives Matter accept this type of violence as normal and customary in the black community. Black-on-Black crime often goes unnoticed and unpunished in the inner cities.

After the unjust conviction of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for the in-custody death of George Floyd, perhaps a new policing paradigm is in order? Ignore all black-on-black crime as if the police were defunded and were unavailable to respond and intervene.

A police officer finishes his shift, goes home, enjoys time with his family, and then sleeps comfortably with nary a thought of the mob, race-baiting agitators, or asswipe race-hustling attorneys like Benjamin Crump. Crump, who had tweeted out that the assailant in Columbus, Ohio was unarmed even though the police released body-camera footage clearly and unequivocally shows the assailant swinging a knife towards one victim just as she was shot. A totally justifiable use of deadly force to protect the life of a third party.

The level of Democrat dishonesty is amazing. First, Crump claiming the girl was unarmed; second, the New York Times falsely editing the tweet, and when caught, claimed that Crump “misspoke;” and third, the self-described “aunt” telling reporters that the girl dropped the knife BEFORE she was shot four times. 

I wonder how long it will be before a “family attorney” files a “wrongful death” suit, claiming that four shots prove the officer used “excessive” force and the girl would still be alive after being stopped by a single shot? Perhaps claiming the girl was bullied in a hostile foster family home, had mental problems, and required a psychologist rather than a police officer?

It appears that the radical progressive Democrats are attempting to secure their black voter base before the 2022 midterm election by racializing everything they touch. America be damned. 

Bottom line...

I find it disgusting that the Democrats suggest that the police shooting of a 16-year-old girl just before she attacked another girl with a knife has either a racial component or is an indication of poor policing.

I hear nothing about the shooting of multiple children attending a birthday party in which nobody is willing to cooperate with the police in solving this heinous crime. 

We also find Attorney General Merrick Garland opening a civil investigation into potential “unconstitutional” practices in the Minneapolis, Minnesota Police Department. Garland rushed to link the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the in-custody death of George Floyd to broader police misconduct, including a pattern or practice of unlawful policing. Not to mention claims of systemic racism. 

If racism was such a factor in the George Floyd case, why did the Farrakhan-acolyte, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and his minions never mention race in a court of law but had no problem yammering about race on the streets and in the media?

It appears that the Marxist/Communist infiltrated Democrat Party is trying to bring about a race-based revolution. And as far as I can tell, they are succeeding.

We are so screwed.

— steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



COLUMBUS SHOOTING: TIME TO LOOT A STORE?

Same old, same old…

Police received a 911 call at 4:35 p.m. about an attempted stabbing on the 3100 block of Legion Lane, which is located north of Chatterton Road. The caller reported a female was trying to stab them, then the caller hung up.

In an unprecedented move, Columbus police showed body camera footage of the shooting of a 16-year-old girl by a Columbus police officer just hours after the incident on the Southeast Side.

The video shows an officer approaching a driveway with a group of young people standing there. In the video, it appears that the 16-year-old, identified now as Ma’Khia Bryant, who was moments later shot by police, pushes or swings at a person, who falls to the ground.

Bryant then appears to swing a knife at a girl who is on the hood of a car, and the officer fires his weapon what sounds like four times, striking Bryant, who died a short time later.

Of course, the dead teenager’s aunt was quoted as saying that the teen had dropped the knife before she was shot.

Hazel Bryant told The Dispatch that she is the aunt of Ma’Khia Bryant. The girl lived in a foster home there on Legion Lane and got into an altercation with someone else at the home, she said.  Bryant said her niece had a knife, but maintained that the girl dropped the knife before she was shot multiple times by a police officer. <Source>

The politicians are quick to pander…

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The call goes out…

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The social justice warriors gather: it’s not the facts, it’s the narrative…

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Kiara Yakita, founder of the Black Liberation Movement Central Ohio, said she is not surprised that another police shooting happened. "Why did they kill this baby?" she asked aloud. Mike Fair, 63, of the East Side, brought an amplifier and a microphone to the scene, and expressed his anger, suggesting "there should be an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."  We're not going to sit here and just sit around while you kill us, then go back in the suburbs," one protester said. "Over and over, keep killing us" another protester said. Hana Abdur-Rahim, with the Black Abolitionists Collective, said, "We are in a literal genocide. We are fighting for our lives."

Bottom line…

Who knows how it will turn out for the police officer? Had the police officer permitted the stabbing, he would have been guilty of dereliction of duty. Will there be a violent protest, I guess we will have to wait for the professional agitators to arrive.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



SOMETHING DODGY ABOUT MIKE LINDELL'S FRANKSPEECH.COM

There is no doubt in my mind that former President Donald Trump is not averse to working with dodgy characters and some of those associated with his stolen election claims seem dodgier than most. Sidney Powell, General Mike Flynn, L. Lin Wood, and the MyPillow CEO, Mike Lindell, come to mind.

Lindell promised to spend millions building out the infrastructure to compete with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Amazon, so I waited impatiently to experience Lindell’s new venture, “Frank,” and signed up for VIP access. Access that never came on schedule. And when accessed, the site looked amateurish and uninviting. Since all new ventures experience glitches and growing pains, I decided to peek behind the curtain to see which world-class group was building out the site. Unfortunately, my first impressions were negative and made me wonder if the hype exceeds reality.

I think my first shock was finding out that certain curse words (the n-word, the c-word, and the f-word) were banned, as was using the Lord’s name in vain. Not only curious for a free speech site but one that indicates the platform owner’s selective religious-based censorship.

My journey began at the bottom of Frank’s web page, where we find that the supposedly bulletproof site was “Proudly Built and Powered by Johnston Howse, LLC.

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Clicking on the link brings us to a webpage hosted by a third-party, drag-and-drop website builder, Squarespace…

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(One might expect a major site-builder to have its own site on a self-hosted platform instead of a woke site provider.)

Whose address appears to be a UPS store…

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And checking the State registration tells us that the enterprise was incorporated on 3/10/21…

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With one of the principals being Brannon S. Howse…

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Co-founder Howse is described as the President and Founder at Worldview Weekend on LinkedIn and elsewhere as a “Christian conspiracy theorist, and radio host. <Source>

And the other co-founder being RJ Johnston, who appears to be on the technical side of the operations with 4 years at Accenture Federal Services “managing on and offshore application and web development, database, operations, and mobile development resources,” along with several years relating to IT support of broadcast operations.” <Source>

Bottom line…

Sorry, but the names Sidney Powell, Mike Flynn, L. Lin Wood, and Mike Lindell raise red flags. As 2022 approaches, I hope Trump (and his family) stays clear of dodgy characters that can be exploited by the Marxist mainstream media and detract from the real message of freedom for America. As for "Frank," I am not sure that it can compete with all of the newly-created content platforms such as those run by Epoch Times, the Daily Wire, and others. 

We are so screwed.

-- steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



DEREK CHAUVIN: A WIN FOR THE MOB AND PROGRESSIVE PROSECUTORS, A LOSS FOR AMERICAN JUSTICE AND THE RULE OF LAW

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As was expected, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of the in-custody death of George Floyd.

However, it was unexpected that the Jury would find Chauvin guilty on all three counts: unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. After only ten or so hours of deliberations, with no questions asked of the Judge, the finding indicates, at least to me, that the jury may have been coerced by the mass civil protests and violence and fearful of their own safety. As I feared, they may have whiffed, leaving it to the Appellate Court to resolve.

I lay much of the blame for Chauvin’s conviction primarily on Hennepin County Court Judge Peter Cahill, whose denial of a change of venue, postponement, or jury sequestration, along with consistently favorable rulings for the prosecution, led to this lopsided jury finding.

Especially when the City of Minneapolis announced on March 12th, about two weeks before jury selection began, they had authorized a $27 million settlement of the civil lawsuit filed by the Floyd family. This unprecedented payout signaled to everyone that the city believed that Chauvin’s guilt was incontrovertible. As for the size of the settlement, one can only note that it wasn’t the politician’s money being used.

While the case is appealed, Chauvin must be kept in solitary confinement to protect him from inmates who might want a chance of fame by killing him, thus adding harsher conditions than faced by other inmates.

The big lie…

I have lost respect for Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who rushed to the cameras to issue a statement. “George Floyd died because Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck and stopped him from breathing for more than nine minutes. There is no question in my mind that the jury reached the right verdict.” Was he not listening to the expert testimony that indicated that Chauvin did not kneel on his neck and stop him from breathing for more than nine minutes?

And from the big liar, President Joe Biden chimed in with his racialized identity politics, "It was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off the whole world to see. Systemic racism is a stain on our nation’s soul.”

It gets worse...

It appears Chauvin's sentencing on the most serious of the three charges, second-degree murder will be in 8 weeks, and the State has filed a "Blakely motion" to allow for aggravated sentencing, above and beyond published guidelines. The motion will be argued over the coming weeks as sentencing approaches. 

Bottom line…

If you still believe in justice, ask why the police officer who shot and killed protester Ashli Babbitt has not been identified? Why is he not on trial for shooting an unarmed individual who presented no threat and was simply trespassing? What about reckless endangerment, shooting in the presence of armed officers on the other side of the door? Shouldn't we know his training, instructions, and who authorized the use of deadly force when the officer could have easily pushed her back on the other side of the window or Tased her? 

Gun-up America, policing everywhere has just been degraded. How many officers will resign, leaving communities under-protected? How may officers will refuse to intervene in an ongoing felony when they are faced with a life-altering decision that will affect their families as well as their personal freedom. If anything, Chauvin was guilty of being white while subduing a black criminal in racially charged times  Chauvin, becoming another victim of progressive identity politics. This was a political prosecution that did not result in justice!

Will the justice system ultimately work is yet to be determined. However, I am not optimistic that there will be a successful appeal and a re-trial. 

To say we are screwed is an understatement. God bless Derek Chauvin and keep him strong and safe until this Marxist madness is over and law and order can be restored to the land.

-- 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



JUSTICE IS DEAD IN MINNEAPOLIS

Today, my thoughts and prayers are with Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is caught up in a Kafkaesque nightmare – a political prosecution with the full weight of radical un-American progressive socialist Democrats with their collective foot on Chauvin’s neck.

The situation can be expertly summed up by cartoonist Antonio Branco…

Branco300291_imageThere is literally no way that Derek Chauvin can get a fair trial on the legal merits of the case for the in-custody death of George Floyd…

Reason one: biased mainstream media coverage starting on the first day of the death of George Floyd and continuing up to jury sequestration. The mainstream’s coverage was biased toward the prosecution’s shifting case and appeared to deliberately ignore defense questioning and testimony, thus raising expectations that the prosecution’s case was absolutely true as stated

Reason two: prejudicial statements of government officials, including California Representative Maxine Waters, who urged a crowd to continue protesting if Chauvin was not convicted of first-degree murder, a charge not even the State of Minnesota believed was warranted.

Reason three: jury intimidation by the wide coverage of the protests and civil insurrection, including rioting, looting, and arson, and the threat of more of the same if the jury fails to convict.

Reason four: the prosecution continually shifted the theory of their case after it was conclusively proven that Chauvin’s knee was not on Floyd’s neck, there were no chokeholds, and there were no physical signs of asphyxia, with Floyd dying from a multiplicity of factors including partially-blocked arteries, a fatal level of Fentynl ingested just prior to the arrest, and other underlying medical conditions. Floyd appears to be literally, a dead man walking.

Reason five:  while the Judge appears nice enough in court, he has made several questionable calls.

Refusal to allow a trial delay.

Refusal to allow a change of venue.

Refusal to allow for jury sequestration. The jury was exposed to mob actions and the damage done to the city on their daily commute. 

Allowed witness stacking when witnesses added little or nothing, other than emotion, to the proceedings.

Failed to sanction the prosecution for dumping thousands of pages of discovery on the defense during the trial, impairing the defense’s ability to read, comprehend, and respond to the proffered material.

Allowed expert testimony from an unvetted "self-proclaimed ‘expert’ on martial arts who was abjectly wrong on the matter of chokeholds.

Ignored prosecutorial misconduct in the prosecution closing rebuttal where the prosecutor, having been warned,  continued to disparage the defense in a manner that could lead to a mistrial.

This is judicial terrorism…

There is no doubt that we are experiencing judicial terrorism under the progressive socialist democrats and the mainstream media. Justice not defined by the legal process based on the merits of the case but by an outcome demanded by the mob – including government officials.

Select members of Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and California Representative Maxine Waters should be held accountable for their actions.

Bottom line…

Justice demands that, in the absence of clear and conclusive evidence Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin negligently caused the death of George Floyd, the case be dismissed with prejudice as Chauvin cannot get a fair trial anywhere in the United States accessible to the progressive socialist democrats and the mainstream media. '

However, it is unlikely that the matter will be laid to rest. Look for the Biden Administration and a corrupt hyper-politicized Department of Justice to bring a civil rights case as they pander to their base.

I fear that the jury will convict Chauvin, believing that the Appellate Court will correct any wrongs. If this is true, they are all cowards and unworthy to call themselves Americans.

We are so screwed, but not as much as Officer Chauvin, who left home that morning with no idea that the progressive socialist democrats would rain down hell upon his head for merely doing his job.

-- 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



RACIST MAXINE WATERS CONTINUES TO PROMOTE RACIAL ANIMOSITY IN MINNESOTA

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I wish someone would ask Representative Maxine Waters why a California representative who sits on the House Financial Services Committee was compelled to travel to Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, to incite further a mob of agitator/activist-led Black Lives Matter protesters if not to promote her own overtly racist views and to generate a photo-op for her 2022 reelection campaign?

Some of Maxine Waters’ fact-free comments relating to ongoing court trials over the accidental shooting of Daunte Wright as he resisted arrest and the Derek Chauvin case for the in-custody death of George Floyd in nearby Minneapolis…

“This is a very difficult time in the history of this country. We have to persist in calling for justice. We have to let people know we’re not going to be satisfied unless we get justice in these cases.

[OCS: As for history, race relations in America were improving until the presidency of Barack Obama who racialized America as part of his fundamental transformation of a nation using identity politics – the only way the Democrat Party can survive.

Of course, Waters does not mean “justice” in a legal sense, she means “justice” according to an agenda-driven, agitator/activist-led mob. Will the mob accept “justice” that finds Wright was accidentally shot while resisting arrest and fleeing custody and the matter should be a civil wrongful death case, not a criminal case? Will the mob accept “justice” that finds Floyd died of a multiplicity of factors and while the optics of the case support one narrative, the facts support another. Again, another civil wrongful death case, not a criminal one.]

“We’ve got to stay on the streets and we’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know we mean business.”

[OCS: One might think that Waters might be better off urging individuals to submit to a peaceful arrest and not resist arrest or attempt to flee. Then there is the matter of illegal guns in the hands of felons – most of whom ignored the stricter gun control regulations in effect.]

"I’m going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice We’ve got to get justice in this country and we cannot allow these killings to continue."

[OCS: Fight? I thought this was a peaceful protest? One might assume if the people did stand for justice, they would wait for the conclusion of legal proceedings and not try to influence the process through mob intimidation and coercion.

“I don’t know what curfew means. Curfew means that ‘I want you all to stop talking, I want you to stop leading.’ I’m hopeful that the protest will continue.”

[OCS: This is not leadership. This is unjustified civil disobedience. Breaking the curfew is a minor thing – until the mob turns ugly and attacks individuals and property. There is never a justification for rioting, looting, and arson. In this case, breaking a curfew should lead to sentence enhancement, not be the main charge that clogs the justice system.]

Does anyone see Maxine Waters challenging FBI Director Christopher Wray about the threat of armed white supremacist militias? At the same time, nothing is being said about the paramilitary Nation of Islam, the New Black Panthers, and the Marxist Black Lives Matter?

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Peaceful protesters outside the Brooklyn Police Department.

Another Black Marxist that has done well for herself, her husband, and the rest of her family…

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The out-of-district $4.5 million mansion in a mostly white area.

Bottom line…

After listening to Maxine Waters' recorded remarks, I find it unconscionable that Waters would appear to threaten the jury and to demand a guilty verdict in the Chauvin case: threatening further violence if Chauvin is found not guilty of murder. "Waters said she was 'hopeful' Chauvin would be convicted of murder, but if he isn’t, 'we cannot go away.'”

Why is Maxine Waters big on gun control and silent on the statistical fact that inner-city blacks are the most egregious violators of gun control and represent an exponentially greater threat to the black community than the police?

Why is Maxine Waters big on criminal justice reform that reduces criminal charges and incarceration for blacks who are killing blacks with their drug and gang activities?

Why is Maxine Waters shooting off her mouth about Adam Toledo without questioning why a 13-year-old was in a Chicago alley at 2:30 in the morning, carrying a gun that was just used, allegedly, by a 21-year-old gang member companion to fire shots at a passing car? Instead of allowing the parents to wail about their loss, where are the charges for child endangerment? It is almost certain that they knew about his gang activities.

But most of all, why is much of Maxine Waters’ constituency still disadvantaged after her 45 years in government?

Where is the condemnation over Maxine Waters' racism?

We are so screwed when you vote color over competence and fail to recognize that those who scream racism the loudest are likely to be racists themselves.

-- 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



WHY THE RIGHT IS ALWAYS WRONG ON HEALTHCARE

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Today’s inbox contains a new healthcare prescription, The American Health Care Plan, by Haskins & Karnick of The Heartland Institute that purports to “provide Americans with a pro-liberty, conservative proposal to fix the U.S. health insurance system, lower health care costs, and create universal access to health care services.” Neither author appears to be connected to the healthcare industry, and both seem to be researcher-writers with a political bent.

This Policy Study begins by briefly outlining the failures of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare,” and the shortcomings of our current health care system. It then offers to lawmakers and the public a commonsense plan to create a pro-liberty health care system that would make health coverage available to all Americans without compromising quality or putting individual liberty at risk.

The plan is laid out in two distinct parts. The first (Section 2, beginning on page 8) describes a proposal to reduce health care costs and establish a new “Health Ownership Accounts” program, which would supplement and ultimately replace the United States’ existing and irrevocably broken employer-sponsored model.

The second part of the proposal (Section 3, beginning on page 17) would provide substantial improvements and reforms to Medicaid, giving lower-income and poor families greater access to higher-quality health care services. <Source>

The “plan” is a top-line collection of various concepts that may be helpful in reforming today’s quasi-Obamacare health delivery system. Unfortunately, the “plan” is not a plan that can be implemented. It is not backed with the specific language of enabling legislation, and it fails to address fundamental healthcare issues.

Of course, the so-called plan muddles the distinction between those physicians, facilities, and support workers who actually provide hands-on healthcare and those insurers who administratively control access, authorization, and payment for medically-related services and durable medical equipment.

Questions rarely asked or answered...

(1)  What is the role of insurers in the overall health care delivery system, and how much of this costly, inefficient infrastructure can be disintermediated (eliminated or reduced) by an automated system based on a set of data descriptions and interconnection standards that allow disparate automated systems to work together as a single entity? Not a single-payer entity, but an underlying system to facilitate the flow of both medical and financial information. The present system is a failure and a hodge-podge of crippled systems that rarely speak the same language. In my estimation, systems that attempt to combine financial and medical test results and reports (especially those dealing with images of archived data) are doomed to failure by the sheer size and complexity of such systems.

(2)  What is the role of the insurer in the approval, delay, and denial of medical care as recommended by physicians?

(3)  Are gatekeeper primary care physicians necessary to rationalize the utility of specialist care? Can patients adequately manage a self-referral system?

(4)  What is the mechanism for caring for the uninsured, persons unable to afford prescribed care or medications, and a population segment perpetually in transit?

(5)  How does the paradox of healthcare savings accounts align with reality? Specifically, when a layman is asked to blindly shop for medical insurance based on price and coverages for as yet unknown medical conditions? The truth is that physicians recommend other physicians, the use of specific facilities, and the use of durable medical equipment. Few individuals may be willing to interrupt that linkage to substitute cheaper alternatives – some of which may be unacceptable to the treating physician for various reasons of location, access, quality, and speed of delivery.

Bottom line…

The idea that the ills of our current healthcare authorization, delivery, and payment system can be adequately addressed in a 28-page document is ludicrous. That this document is a plan rather than a collection of talking points is ludicrous.

I am not taking a position on the concepts contained within the paper other than to point out that this paper is symptomatic of the failure of the GOP to address the overall healthcare issue. It is one thing to give impassioned speeches about the evils of Obamacare, socialized medicine, and a single-payer system – loudly shouting "repeal and replace" – but never having an adequate replacement available. Perhaps an impossible task for “go along to get along” politicians taking special interest money and conditioned to outsourcing the heavy work of actual implementation to various Executive Branch agencies.

We are so screwed, especially by a system that is defective by design, so the billions attributable to waste, fraud, and abuse can accrue to those willing to game the system.

-- 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



WE ALL LIVE IN CHICAGO NOW

Communities across the nation are facing the possibility of civil unrest based on false narratives about policing... 

MN-RIOT

There is no doubt in my mind that we are experiencing a profound, abrupt, and dangerous shift in local politics. Where all of the laws and protective procedures of law enforcement are being eliminated or corrupted by local politicians as they pander to their minority political base and maintain their party's preferred narrative.

The idea that duly sworn, trained, and armed police officers will require the politician's explicit permission to protect the lives of citizens and both public and private property on a case-by-case basis is extremely dangerous; first to the officer, and second to members of the community.

Reporting versus narrative…

Because citizens are generally unaware of law enforcement decisions executed at split-second speed, many interactions can be characterized and portrayed as nefarious by activists and agitators seeking to advance a corrupt and dangerous political narrative. Even worse, we seem to find that mainstream media appears no longer bound by journalistic ethics to report facts, but feel free to substitute a biased narrative. A narrative conditioned by the reporter's own worldview or by a corporate-driven directive.

An egregious example can be found with CBS’s editing of the police-released bodycam footage of a thirteen-year-old suspect shot by the police in a dark alley.

It appears that the media outlet manipulated a portion of the footage showing the teenager with a gun and concentrated on the shooting while the teenager had his hands raised in the air. The full footage appears to show a continuous motion whereby the officer cannot see the gun is being tossed behind a fence, nor can the officer see the subject's hand as the suspect turns toward the officer. A split-second decision by an officer facing an armed assailant in a dark alley is being used to paint a false narrative of another wanton police killing and provide another false narrative supporting agitator-led protesters rioting, looting, and destroying property.

Busted: CBS reportedly caught editing out visible gun in Adam Toledo bodycam video

CBS News was recently called out for deceptively editing out the visibility of the firearm in possession of 13-year-old Adam Toledo from the bodycam footage recently released by Chicago Police. While it doesn’t change the facts relevant to the case, the deceptive editing performed by CBS News is concerning coming from an established mainstream news media outlet.

The March 29th officer-involved shooting of Adam Toledo comes at a time where criticism of police, especially regarding in-custody deaths and officer-involved shootings, is resulting in numerous protests and, at times, riots in cities across the country. With this in mind, it is pivotal that facts and evidence related to this fatal officer-involved shooting in Chicago be presented as accurately as possible.

On April 15th, CBS News shared a tweet online showcasing the recently released bodycam footage from the critical incident where a Chicago Police officer shot Toledo.

To the untrained eye, the video footage shared by CBS News looks like a standard presentation of bodycam footage. Except, upon closer inspection, CBS News clearly altered the aspect ratio of the original bodycam footage to the point where the firearm allegedly in the possession of Toledo during the incident is no longer visible. Another glaringly obvious tell regarding the deceptively edited footage by CBS News is the fact that in the upper right hand corner of the video footage shared from their official Twitter account, it can be seen that the superimposed date and timestamp from the original footage is cut off by roughly 50%. <Source>

Your political party, your politicians, and your city’s leadership are rapidly becoming the enemy of the people…

One overriding fact is that "We the People" are rapidly losing access to the community-based means to remain safe in our person, our homes, places of employment, and everywhere else, in general. This change in threat protection is rapidly producing a day of reckoning and decision-making. Where ordinary law-abiding citizens watch their city's leadership order law enforcement to "stand down" while agitator-led rioters and opportunistic criminals riot, loot, and burn property with relative impunity. Knowing that they will be mostly unopposed by law enforcement, described and feted as "mostly peaceful protesters" in the media. And released by a liberal-influenced judicial system with a slap on the wrist if prosecuted.

At this point, the political leadership appears more afraid of breaking the narrative set by their political party or condemnation by the mainstream media than they do of their constituents who voted them into office to represent their concerns and maintain law and order -- and general peace within the community. Part of the problem may be that some of the politician's largest and most prominent donors and special interests may be profiting from the chaos. Only the "little people" whose entire life is affected by losing their livelihood will suffer mightily.  

It’s always the system to blame, never the individual – excerpts from Chicago Mayor’s presser…

Mayor Lori Lightfoot: (03:19)
Two facts about this tragedy remain clear. First, in the middle of the night, this child was in contact with an adult who had a gun and then ended up being shot and killed by a police officer. Second, there are too many young people in our city, boys and girls alike, who have been left vulnerable by systemic failures that we simply must fix.

[OCS: What adult -- a gang member? And what of the child’s parents? An armed seventh-grader roaming the back streets of Chicago at 2:30 a.m.? No mention of a possible gang connection? This is not a systemic failure, except in the eyes of a progressive socialist democrat.]

Mayor Lori Lightfoot: (03:48)
These two realities urge us to reckon with and address the relationship between police, our communities, and especially our young people. And in turn, we must deal with the cancerous role of illegal firearms that plague every Chicago community.

[No, we must first address the relationship between the child and his parents. Parents who are partially to blame for the circumstances surrounding this shooting. The gun is innocent; the individual holding it is not.]

Mayor Lori Lightfoot: (04:09)
We must continue to face and not ignore the fact that Chicago, as well as way too many parts of our country, has a long legacy of police violence and police misconduct that have left far too many residents, especially those who are black and brown, in a constant state of fear and pain. This legacy has only been exacerbated by the many challenges that have hit us as a city and individually over this past year alone, from the worst public health crisis in a hundred years to the worst economic crisis we’ve seen in at least 75 years, and to the most civil unrest we’ve seen maybe ever but certainly in the last 50 years. Each of these challenges alone have been hard and breathtaking in scope, but all of them have come at the same time and keep reverberating across our city, making it sometimes feel easier to focus on their immediate impacts and instead of the ways in which they stem from systemic issues that simmer beneath the surface of our city, of our society. Issues like generational poverty, disinvestment, and yes, racism.

[OCS: Dump on the police and continue the progressive socialist democrat narrative.]

Mayor Lori Lightfoot: (05:24)
When left untreated, these systemic issues become malignant growths that manifest themselves in violence and the lack of opportunity. These growths then spread to our most vulnerable communities and jeopardize the health, wellbeing and access to opportunity for far too many of our residents. This means that whatever path we create to recover from the immediate challenges our city faces, must also reckon with and address the historic wounds that have been aggravated and brought to full relief over the course of this long, difficult last year. Adam’s death is a forceful reminder that we cannot delay this effort any longer.

[OCS: The Democrats, Mayor Lightfoot, and her corrupt ilk that plundered Chicago’s treasury for decades are the malignant growth. And, of course, they must exploit this tragedy as recommended by former- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.]

Mayor Lori Lightfoot: (08:36)
We have to do more starting with reforming the Chicago Police Department’s policies and particularly, the foot pursuit policy. I said this in August of 2018, and here we are now in 2021, foot pursuits put everyone involved at risk, the officers, the person being pursued and bystanders. We have to do better. I’ve charged the superintendent with bringing to me a policy that recognizes how dangerous this is. We can’t afford to lose more lives.

[OCS: The officer did nothing wrong. Training and policy prevailed.]

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What the hell is this radical progressive socialist Democrat saying? The 13-year-old suspect did not legally purchase the gun. The armed teenager was in a dark alley at 2:30 a.m. in an area where shots were being fired. The teenager did not drop the weapon immediately when the police arrive. So who is this “we?”  Had the officer been killed, we would have seen a moment of reflection by the Police Department and nothing more from the community.

The innocent 13-year-old seventh-grader was likely a gang member…

Various social media posts suggest that Adam Toledo was a gang member (allegedly nicknamed 'Lil Homicide' and 'Bvby Diablo'), possibly associated with the “Latin Kings,” and who may have fired on an unknown passing car.  

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A former top cop for Chicago said blame for 13-year-old Adam Toledo’s death should be laid squarely on street gangs — not police.

Garry McCarthy said gangs use “shorties,” or underage people who are paired with adult gang members, as accomplices. Minors can face less serious consequences in juvenile court. “They have the ‘shorties’ who they give the gun to,” McCarthy told WBBM Newsradio on Thursday, as a watchdog agency prepared to release video and other materials in the March 29 police shooting that killed Toledo. “This is very clearly that dynamic, and then something bad happens, and then we want to blame police.”

Authorities have said Toledo, a seventh-grader, was with a 21-year-old who fired shots around 2:30 a.m. near 24th and Sawyer in Little Village. By the time police arrived, they say, Toledo was holding the gun, and he was fatally shot by an officer after a foot chase.

McCarthy served as police superintendent under former Mayor Rahm Emanuel. <Source>

The most detailed depictions of the shooting so far have come from prosecutors from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, which brought new felony charges against 21-year-old Ruben Roman for his alleged role in the events which led to Toledo’s death. Initially, Roman had been charged only with a misdemeanor for resisting arrest, but prosecutors are now seeking charges against him for felony reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and child endangerment.

According to prosecutors, Toledo and Roman were walking together around 2:30 a.m. in the Southwest Side neighborhood of Little Village. A security camera at a nearby church supposedly shows Roman at one point firing a gun several times at a passing car, with Toledo standing close to him. After the gunshots were detected by a ShotSpotter system installed in the area, Chicago police officers arrived at the scene within minutes and began to give chase to Roman and Toledo. In the ensuing chase, Roman was quickly tackled by one of the police officers while Toledo was pursued by the other officer to a nearby alley and shot in the chest. The gun allegedly found near Toledo is said by prosecutors to match the shell casings found near where Roman fired the earlier shots. <Source>

"Pigs in a Blanket, Fry 'Em Like Bacon”

It's even worse for law enforcement. After a long history of operating with the tacit protections of their city's leadership, contentious at times to be sure, members of the rank and file face significant challenges with the current ambiguous situations that can cost them their employment, their freedom, their family, their finances, and of course, their very life. The choice between doing the right thing or sitting back and waiting for circumstances to unfold before investigating and writing a report. A simple risk/reward calculation leaning toward inaction in the present and a safer reaction in the future.

Consider what a police officer thinks as the rioters call for police officers to be attacked, injured, or killed? While the political leadership waffles on about “mostly peaceful protesters” and fails to prosecute the known agitators/activists leading the chaos.

Protection, if not the police, who?

Ask yourself how the politicians can vote to defund and disarm the police in the name of public safety? Perhaps increasing the safety of thugs, criminals, gang members, and terrorists – but not the community’s lawful residents.

After losing confidence in the city's leadership and law enforcement, individuals find out that self-defense, direct engagement with the evildoers, may be the only answer—the necessity to meet force with equal or superior force.

Forget the bullpucky about range-training, that first shot in the dark is liable to leave you flash-blind, somewhat deafened, shaking from an adrenaline dump, scared, and confused. A situation ripe for accidents involving family, neighbors, and arriving, if any, law enforcement. But with a chance to remain alive. 

Bottom line…

In the short term, we should expect to rely more on our own ability to protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors. In the longer term, we need to target and remove those corrupt politicians who have violated their oath of office and have assisted in destroying our communities, making us less safe, refusing to prosecute criminal behavior, releasing convicted criminals back into the community, and have attempted to disarm law-abiding citizens, thus depriving them of their inalienable right to survival and self-defense.

What is this bullshit about “healing?” As if we are speaking about a communist collective rather than freedom-loving individuals. As for Adam’s grieving family, “why the hell was your armed seventh-grader roaming the city at 2:00 a.m.?

Look for the heart-tugging media campaign, the wrongful death suit, and a large payout of the people’s money. Doesn't it seem peculiar that almost all of the people that symbolize the fake civil rights narrative of the progressive socialist democrats turn out to be low-life thugs and criminals? And their deaths are associated with big paydays for scummy lawyers? 

We are so screwed.

-- steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



ACT OF CONTRITION: FIRE COCA-COLA'S CEO JAMES QUINCEY

The only way to attempt to seek forgiveness for a demonstrably untrue lie is first to admit it is a lie, apologize, and offer an act of contrition that makes amends for the offense…

The remedy, in this case, is the removal of Coca-Cola’s CEO, James Quincy, for failure to perform his fiduciary duty to protect the value of the brand on behalf of Coca-Cola’s shareholders. By needlessly engaging in political matters, including the un-American suggestion that Coca-Cola’s employees “act less white” or enforcing the use of Marxist-based critical race theory in employee training, Quincey has brought unwelcome attention to the company and temporarily damaged the brand.

Supporting the big lie…

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Statement from James Quincey on Georgia Voting Legislation

Voting is a foundational right in America, and we have long championed efforts to make it easier to vote. 

We want to be crystal clear and state unambiguously that we are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation. Throughout Georgia’s legislative session we provided feedback to members of both legislative chambers and political parties, opposing measures in the bills that would diminish or deter access to voting. 

Our approach has always been to work with stakeholders to advocate for positive change, and we will continue to engage with legislators, advocacy groups, business leaders and others to work towards ensuring broad access to voting is available to every eligible voter in our home state. 

Additionally, our focus is now on supporting federal legislation that protects voting access and addresses voter suppression across the country. We all have a duty to protect everyone’s right to vote, and we will continue to stand up for what is right in Georgia and across the U.S.  <Source>

[OCS: The truth is that Georgia’s election reform legislation (Georgia Senate Bill 202) increased election integrity and improved voter access and reduced voter suppression/manipulation. To suggest or say otherwise is to support a partisan lie promoted by the progressive socialist Democrats who want to remove all election controls that safeguard elections.]

On progressive television…

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An attempt at conciliation?

Statement from Coca-Cola

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together to listen, respectfully share concerns and collaborate on a path forward. We remain open to productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views. It’s time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy." <Source>

Bottom line…

Insulting a large portion of your audience is one thing; lying about legislation to push a partisan narrative is quite another. Meanwhile, Coke remains useful for cleaning toilets.

We are so screwed when government and large corporations combine to promote partisan politics – a manifestation of fascistic tyranny.

-- 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