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While you are musing on the future and considering how many more illegal aliens will cross the border before the end of the year, here are some other things to consider.

Grunts have been punished for firing first at the enemy in a hostile combat situation… 

Pentagon Review Recommends No Disciplinary Action over Drone Strike that Killed 10 in Kabul

A Pentagon review concluded that a U.S. drone strike that killed ten civilians in the last days of the withdrawal from Afghanistan was not caused by misconduct or negligence, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

The review by Air Force Lt. Gen. Sami Said concluded that the strike occurred in spite of protocols meant to prevent civilian casualties, a senior defense official told the AP. Said found that the strike came while U.S. troops received multiple reports of threats, days after an ISIS suicide bomber killed 13 American service members and almost 200 Afghans at the Kabul airport. <Source>

Come to think about it, who was punished for ignoring the pleas of Americans under attack in Benghazi, Libya, and whatever happened to those seriously wounded who disappeared and were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements?

Energy shenanigans…

It appears that several political initiatives are designed to “incentivize” your behavior – allowing you to avoid penalties for following their orders. An example of this type of program is a tiered water system that charges additional fees and penalties for those who use more than their allotted amount of water per billing period.

We are now seeing proposals to do the same thing with electricity. It appears that Southern California Edison is proposing surcharges for energy consumed between 4 and 9 p.m. on weekdays. Of course, this is all presented to politicians in a clear and easy-to-understand format.

Customers receiving service under this Schedule will be charged the applicable rates under Option 4-9 PM, Option 4-9 PM-CPP, Option 5-8 PM, Option 5-8 PM-CPP, Option PRIME, Option PRIME-CPP Option A, Option A-CPP, Option B, or Option B-CPP, as listed below. CPP Event Charges will apply to all energy usage during CPP Event Energy Charge periods and CPP Non-Event Energy Credits will apply as a reduction on CPP Non-Event Energy Credit Periods during Summer Season weekdays, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., as described in Special Conditions 1 and 3, below.

The hidden purpose of these programs was originally straightforward: delay the construction of needed facilities by reducing demand to juice (pun intended) profits to shareholders and generate unearned executive bonuses.

Of course, today’s reasoning is more sinister and politically nefarious as reduced demand is necessary to hide the failure of unreliable “green energy” that starts to disappear when the sun sets and winds stop blowing.

Since the energy providers are commanded and incentivized to continue increasing the proportion of green energy concerning fossil fuel generation, the problem is getting increasingly worse—all to satisfy the progressive communist democrats and the destruction of America’s energy capabilities. The truth is that if we stopped all industrial progress and non-green energy production, it would not affect the global climate one iota as China, India, and Russia ramp up dirty energy production.

And, while you weren’t looking, the purpose of those added carbon taxes to existing fossil fuels are not only to reduce their usage but to make the cost gap between existing and wildly expensive future green technologies appear to be more reasonable when they are, in fact, outrageous costs for unreliable power.

The progressive communist democrats want to steal your money…

Biden’s new 401(k) rule threatens to funnel workers’ retirement funds into ‘woke’ causes

A rule quietly proposed by the Biden administration would allow companies to consider factors such as climate change, diversity issues and even political donations when selecting employees’ 401(k) plans, potentially forcing workers to funnel some of their pay into woke causes.

The proposal explicitly directs retirement plan administrators and asset managers to consider environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors when selecting investments.

That would require retirement plan sponsors to give as much weight to a fund’s support of liberal causes, such as donating to Black Lives Matter or building wind turbines, as they do to financial returns.

The Labor Department rule makes clear that “climate change and other ESG factors are often material” and should be considered “in the assessment of risks and returns.”

It also rescinds a Trump-era rule that requires administrators and asset managers to offer investment options solely in the financial interests of participants. <Source>

How many people remember that California’s largest public employees pension fund invested in a number of companies with affiliations with the Communist Chinese People’s Liberation Army?

California Pension Fund Investment Chief Tied to China Resigns

The chief investment officer of the nation’s largest public pension fund resigned Wednesday amid controversy over his ties to a Chinese sovereign massive wealth fund.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System—better known as CalPERS—manages about $360 billion and has been described as one of the most influential pension fund investors in the U.S. It said Wednesday that its chief investment officer, Yu “Ben” Meng, had stepped down from his position after less than two years on the job.

Meng’s appointment to the CIO slot was controversial from the start because he had most recently worked for China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), the country’s shadowy foreign-exchange and currency regulator that manages a $3 trillion investment fund.

Exactly what role Meng played as SAFE deputy chief investment officer is unclear, in large part because almost everything about SAFE is concealed behind a China Wall of secrecy. CalPERS did not respond to a request for more information about Meng, who managed a multi-million portfolio of assets for the pension fund before he went to SAFE. <Source>

It seems Hunter Biden is still walking free, as are members of the Biden crime family.

On being proud to be labeled a racist…

Hoping to capitalize on the power and negative connotation of the word “racist,” the progressive communist democrats have effectively re-defined the term to mean anyone who opposes the progressive communist democrat ideology of the moment. If you challenge their dogma, you are labeled a racist, bigot, or some flavor of ‘phobe in the hopes you will self-censor and shut up at the risk of negative media attention -- as if social media reflects reality. Yes, there is the risk of being canceled, censored, fact-checked, or de-platformed by those who claim to advocate free speech and the free exchange of ideas but who live in their upside-down Orwellian world.

Want to see overt racism at play?

Larry Sabato Disgraces Himself on MSNBC in Rant on Virginia Governor's Race

Professor and “political scientist” [at the University of Virginia Center for Politics] Larry Sabato, who we’ve been informed is a respectable and reliable pollster, proclaimed that the central issue in this contest was not education and the economy – which numerous polls show. It boiled down to one word, he alleged. “Race” or “white backlash, white resistance, whatever you want to call it.”

Larry Sabato campaigned for Terry McAuliffe at UVA in August, introducing him at a campaign event and "highlighting several achievements." <Source>

MSNBC’s Joy Reid Melts Down Over Youngkin Win: ‘Education’ Is Code For ‘White Parents Don’t Like The Idea Of Teaching About Race’

MSNBC’s Joy Reid went into meltdown mode on Tuesday night as Republicans scored upset victories in statewide elections in Virginia, at one point claiming that parents being concerned about “education” was really just “code for ‘white parents don’t like the idea of teaching about race.’”

“The exit polls showed that, which was interesting, that the Coronavirus or that the virus was a very low importance to many voters,” Reid said. “It was ‘education,’ which is code for ‘white parents don’t like the idea of teaching about race.’ And I mean, unfortunately, race is just the most palpable tool in the toolkit, it used to be of the Democratic Party back in the day when they were Dixiecrats and now of the Republican Party.” <Source>

Did you notice that the mainstream media propagandists who serve the progressive communist democrats have little or nothing to say about the historic other election in Virginia? Along with Republican Glenn Youngkin, the voters elected other Republicans, including the First Black woman Lt. Governor, Winsome Sears, and Jason Miyares, the first Hispanic and first children of immigrants, as Attorney General. Not a peep about diversity or even well-qualified candidates.

The GOP’S 2022 success may depend on Glenn Youngkin’s achievements in Virginia…

A certain number of Democrats, independents, and minorities who were dissatisfied with the incompetent, inept, ineffectual, and lying Democrat Party joined the GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin in a significant blue state to give him and other top elected GOP officials the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to govern effectively and efficiently.

Now, with the whole nation watching, and despite progressive pushback and mainstream media propaganda, Youngkin and the GOP team must deliver – and more importantly, rise above the pushback and propaganda to allow others to see their progress.

There is little doubt that the progressive communist democrats will attempt to monopolize all channels of communication with cancellations and censorship and mount an internal resistance movement using entrenched bureaucrats and unions. 

Bottom line…

While it may look like a victory in Virginia, the pushback against the evil progressive communist democrats who are destroying America from within is just beginning.

-- 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


Strong words, but true…

Consider that Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin went about his normal and customary police duties until responding to a call for assistance. Nothing that day portended the tragedy that was to follow – a life-altering tragedy that saw Chauvin vilified and imprisoned for the alleged murder of a criminal actively resisting arrest and already dying from a drug overdose and underlying medical complications.

Chauvin must be guilty because the progressive media told us so. A high-powered race-baiting attorney with a professional communications staff told us so. The community, roiling with racial discord and violence, told us so. The City of Minneapolis, with its premature multi-million dollar settlement, told us so. The State’s prosecutors told us so. The Jury told us so. And, the judge who sent Chauvin to prison told us so.

A single lawyer with a meager staff stood up against this onslaught of race-based lies and a racially-motivated opposition. Besieged with last-minute filings and adverse judicial rulings, dead tired but trying his best to defend Chauvin from lies, distortions, and prosecutorial malfeasance.

So, Derek Chauvin sits in prison, having done his duty and trying to subdue a resisting suspect. Operating in the moment, responding to circumstances, and being exploited by racially-motivated political activists and second-guessed by armchair lawyers who saw the orchestrated lynching led by 30th attorney general of Minnesota, Keith Ellison. Or should I call the admirer of white-hating, black segregationist Louis Farrakhan by his preferred name at the time, Keith X?


Now you can assist in righting this grievous wrong…

After numerous law firms and attorneys refused to assist Derek Chauvin to respond to a zealous, racially-motivated prosecution, a suspect judge, and a tainted jury, one law firm stepped forward,  Mohrman, Kaardal & Erickson, where partner Gregory M. Erickson represents Chauvin in the civil case and his partner, Bill Mohrman, will represent Chauvin in his appeal and acting a lead counsel. 

But he cannot do what needs to be done without backing. The resources to manage a million documents, engage experts when necessary, and fight a corrupt system with a racial bias against a police officer, corrupt prosecutors, and a public afraid of continuing riots led by professional agitators and the communist-infiltrated Black Lives Matter.

This is a critical juncture for Chauvin and his family. It is also a critical juncture for our nation and the righteous rule of law. 

I humbly beseech you to donate whatever you can to Chauvin’s legal defense fund. Knowing that you are up against a well-financed progressive movement and their race-baiting propagandists.

Bottom line…

Like the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” meme, much of what you have been told has been filtered by the racially-motivated progressive propagandists in the corrupt mainstream media. If nothing else, Derek Chauvin deserves another trial away from a racially-charged environment, scared witnesses and jurors, a community living in fear of organized racial violence led by professionally-trained agitators. Please help.

If there were such a thing as justice, I believe Chauvin would be released from jail, similarly compensated by the Minneapolis City Council, and given a public apology. While we all know that this is unlikely to happen as the racists double-down to demonstrate they were right, may Derek Chauvin get the trial he deserved in the first place?

Thank you.

-- 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