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WHAT'S WRONG WITH AMERICA: WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED

2020 has highlighted seven critical problems, exclusive of the CCP coronavirus pandemic…

AMERICA-ISSUES

Of course, the most dangerous problem we are facing is an ill-informed, apathetic population.

Consider the wisdom of Ronald Reagan...

Finally, there is a great tradition of warnings in Presidential farewells, and I've got one that's been on my mind for some time. But oddly enough it starts with one of the things I'm proudest of in the past 8 years: the resurgence of national pride that I called the new patriotism. This national feeling is good, but it won't count for much, and it won't last unless it's grounded in thoughtfulness and knowledge.

An informed patriotism is what we want. And are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world? Those of us who are over 35 or so years of age grew up in a different America. We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions. If you didn't get these things from your family you got them from the neighborhood, from the father down the street who fought in Korea or the family who lost someone at Anzio. Or you could get a sense of patriotism from school. And if all else failed you could get a sense of patriotism from the popular culture. The movies celebrated democratic values and implicitly reinforced the idea that America was special. TV was like that, too, through the mid-sixties.

But now, we're about to enter the nineties, and some things have changed. Younger parents aren't sure that an unambivalent appreciation of America is the right thing to teach modern children. And as for those who create the popular culture, well-grounded patriotism is no longer the style. Our spirit is back, but we haven't reinstitutionalized it. We've got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom -- freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It's fragile; it needs protection.

So, we've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion but what's important -- why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant. You know, 4 years ago on the 40th anniversary of D - day, I read a letter from a young woman writing to her late father, who'd fought on Omaha Beach. Her name was Lisa Zanatta Henn, and she said, ``we will always remember, we will never forget what the boys of Normandy did.'' Well, let's help her keep her word. If we forget what we did, we won't know who we are. I'm warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let's start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual.

And let me offer lesson number one about America: All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven't been teaching you what it means to be an American, let 'em know and nail 'em on it. That would be a very American thing to do.

We are so screwed if we do not implement "informed patriotism" immediately. We are so screwed when the GOP continues to fight among themselves rather than our enemies, foreign and domestic. 

"If you do not understand the values of America, you are not an American."

-- 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



GOING DOWN HILL FAST

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It wasn’t Trump; Trump was just the convenient excuse for a Democrat power play…

There were many things millions of individuals did not like about Donald Trump, primarily that he was of the opposite party, he was willing to use power without filtering through bureaucratic apparatchiks, and he did not conform to behavioral norms associated with past presidents. But this was all part of a narrative for the Democrats to gain power, to fundraise, to whip their supporters into a frenzy, and to mask recently discovered scandals and prosecutable criminality.

19 minutes into Trump’s Presidency, on January 20,  2017, the campaign to unseat a duly-elected President had officially been noted by the progressive socialist democrat media…

What was not mentioned was that the Obama administration had corrupted the nation’s premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies to engage in illegal domestic spying on Americans, to insert spies into Donald Trump’s campaign, to interfere and subvert a presidential election on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. Acts of unparalleled unconstitutional and criminal behavior that still have not resulted in the major players being held accountable for their actions.

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Politics

The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun
Matea Gold, Enterprise/investigations editor -- Jan. 20, 2017, at 9:19 a.m. PST

The effort to impeach President Donald John Trump is already underway.

At the moment the new commander in chief was sworn in, a campaign to build public support for his impeachment went live at ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org, spearheaded by two liberal advocacy groups aiming to lay the groundwork for his eventual ejection from the White House.

The organizers behind the campaign, Free Speech for People and RootsAction, are hinging their case on Trump’s insistence on maintaining ownership of his luxury hotel and golf course business while in office. Ethics experts have warned that his financial holdings could potentially lead to constitutional violations and undermine public faith in his decision-making.

Their effort is early, strategists admit. But they insist it is not premature — even if it triggers an angry backlash from those who will argue that they are not giving the new president a chance.

“If we were to wait for all the ill effects that could come from this, too much damage to our democracy would occur,” said Ron Fein, legal director at Free Speech for People. “It will undermine faith in basic institutions. If nothing else, it’s important for Americans to trust that the president is doing what he thinks is the right thing … not that it would help jump-start a stalled casino project in another country.”.       

The impeachment drive comes as Democrats and liberal activists are mounting broad opposition to stymie Trump's agenda. Among the groups organizing challenges to the Trump administration is the American Civil Liberties Union, which plans to wield public-records requests and lawsuits as part of an aggressive action plan aimed at protecting immigrants and pushing for government transparency, among other issues. <Source>

Impeaching the wrong person…

From what we have learned from documents and testimonial evidence, the first impeachment was an unconstitutional sham based upon third-hand “secret testimony” from a concealed political operative whose identity remains concealed and unchallenged to this day. Unfortunately, Representative Adam Schiff, House Intelligence Committee Chair,  a known liar and leaker, deliberately overlooked criminal behavior by Hunter Biden and the recorded confession of Joe Biden for the behavior that they were projecting onto Trump.

The second impeachment was also an unconstitutional sham, rushed through the House without a formal investigation. What evidence was forwarded with the Articles of Impeachment exonerated the President, and demonstrated that radical activists and agitators were actually in play before the President finished his benign speech.

When your political compass does not point to NEWS but up or down…

We are living in Orwellian times, where up is down, right is left, evil is good.

How can normally fair Americans ignore the outrageous partisan and illegal behavior of the Democrats? Could it be because the news of these disturbing events was kept from the public by corporate-driven journalism? Where censorship and the creation of political narratives were more about the partisan politics needed to curry favor with the progressives and compensate for their failing business model?

Bottom line…

The primary lesson from last week's crisis at the U.S. Capitol is that the Democrats will use any means, fair or foul, to accomplish their agenda -- and never apologize, much less prosecute their own evildoers, for the bad behavior. 

Now we are seeing the classic Democrat projection – where the Democrats claim their opponents are guilty of the behavior that they engage in – and the condemnation of the use of “Whataboutism” to illustrate the hypocrisy and double-standard of the mainstream media. The truth is that you cannot excuse poor behavior by pointing to other poor behavior. You need to investigate all wrongdoing and hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions.

What is happening is that the Democrats are attempting to introduce increased authoritarianism into our nation by using the Capitol uprising to justify increased domestic surveillance on American citizens, including monitoring their speech.

How many people know about the license plate readers installed on police cars and central locations within large cities? Power and light-pole cameras with facial recognition capabilities? Warrantless access to your activities, including conversations, that are captured by your home digital assistants? The ability to turn these devices on without any indication of status?

Remember when we used to laugh about the nuts who covered their wall with tinfoil to keep out government spies? They are no longer looking all that crazy.

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



CAN YOU TRUST YOUR GOVERNMENT, THE MEDIA, OR ANY INDIVIDUAL POLITICIAN TODAY?

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Coup d'état?

More like a clown posse, more interested in selfies and souvenirs. While we condemn entry into the Capitol complex, the damage, and the unnecessary violence and death, why are the Democrats deliberately conflating the actions of a relatively few activist-led fools with thousands of law-abiding individuals protesting the refusal of our Congress to do its job? Specifically, to hold a ten-day investigation to ensure the integrity of elections and an honest vote total.

Democrat demagoguery: impeachment redux…

There is no doubt in my mind that, after careful examination of various evidence and timelines that were available to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she authorized the unconstitutional impeachment of an innocent man and should be expelled from Congress. For those wishing to view the evidence themselves, it can be found in the link source here.

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House, With Some G.O.P. Support, Votes to Impeach Trump a Historic Second Time

The House impeached President Trump for inciting an insurrection against the government, and 10 Republicans joined Democrats to do so. Senator Mitch McConnell said he would not agree to use emergency powers to bring the Senate back into session for a trial before Jan. 19. <Source>

The first impeachment of President Donald Trump was Kabuki Theater based on the Democrat’s characterization of an official phone call between leaders of nations. Ignoring, of course, the evidence that the President-elect, Joe Biden, may have been involved in self-confessed illegal activities worse than those used to impeach President Trump. The second impeachment is little more than a political comedy since Vice President-elect Kamala Harris could be impeached for her encouragement of riots involving Antifa and Black Lives Matter over the summer.

A demonstration of bad-faith and ill-intent is on full display as Donald Trump cannot be constitutionally tried, as an ordinary private American Citizen, by the Senate. More Democrat balderdash.

Covid-19 Virus: Weapons of mass destruction redux…

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Trump team will blame China lab for growing Covid-19 with 'bombshell' evidence as part of final salvos of president's administration - but UK dismisses claim

  • Senior officials in Washington DC say outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to make 'bombshell intervention' as final act of the Trump administration
  • Pompeo is also expected to accuse the WHO of assisting in a Chinese cover-up
  • British sources say they are expecting the claims but have dismissed them in advance saying 'all credible evidence does not point to leak from the laboratory'

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Can you believe either of the premier intelligence agencies in the United States or the United Kingdom, both allegedly having conflicting "opinions" on the man-made origin of the Wuhan Virus? A resounding "NO" because both agencies are highly politicized liars with little or no credibility. Once again, the trust and credibility of nations have been shredded by their respective politicians over the last decade.

Politics 101…

Most complex behavioral subjects can be reduced to a few simple rules involving human nature.

In life, the great majority of people want to belong to a specific herd and to demonstrate their membership and rank within the herd hierarchy by using “hard to obtain” but easily recognizable, totemic symbols.

For those who have exploitable natural abilities or learned skills, it is normal to hide them behind complex language, rules, and regulations and restrict and protect the use of those skills to maintain valuable exclusivity.

In politics…

FUNDAMENTALS OF POLITICS

And the unwritten “secret” lesson: sex, money, and power are transmutable, and if you possess one, you can transform it into another form. Politics makes the alchemy easier.

Bottom line…

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



BOHICA: BEND OVER, HERE IT COMES AGAIN...

If you believe the Harris/Biden administration is not racist and viewing everything through a racial prism, think again…

Joe Biden claims that he intends to violate anti-discrimination laws by discriminating against white business owners.

“Our focus will be on the small businesses on Main Street that aren’t wealthy and well-connected and that are facing real economic hardships through no fault of their own. “Our priority will be on Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American-owned small businesses, and women-owned businesses, finally having equal access to the resources needed to reopen and rebuild. We will make a concerted effort to help small businesses in low-income communities, in big cities, small towns, and rural communities that have faced systemic barriers to relief.

Biden pick to head DOJ Civil Rights Division wrote Blacks had 'superior physical and mental abilities'

"Melanin endows Blacks with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities -- something which cannot be measured based on Eurocentric standards."  <Source>

Even worse, the Harris/Biden administration is attempting to replicate the proximate cause of the mortgage meltdown and the global financial disaster of 2008…

CREDIT

Biden wants to change how credit scores work in America

The credit industry isn’t working if you ask consumer advocates. The Big Three credit agencies—Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian—are black boxes, gathering and selling consumer data, grading us on our financial behavior without letting us in on how they do it, and perpetuating damaging racial disparities while they’re at it.

[OCS: The credit reporting agencies were never designed to be instruments of social justice. They merely report an individual’s past payments of obligations and the amount of credit available. They do not collect income data, they do not assess property valuations, and they do not make lending decisions.

In fact, most lending decisions on mortgage products are driven by the guidelines issued by the largest quasi-governmental agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

What was most damaging to the mortgage marketplace and the broader financial system was the government’s insistence on relaxing lending standards to provide home mortgages for people who couldn’t even afford payments on a car.]

That’s why consumer advocates are calling for a public credit reporting agency, and why President-elect Joe Biden has adopted a proposal for just that from left-leaning think tank Demos.

[OCS: These are the same progressive socialist democrats who nearly destroyed the financial system with their nonsense.

Consider the claim of former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) when he asserted that the two mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who he artificially propped up, were essentially a “public policy instrument of the government.” How very Marxist of him.]

The proposal suggests building a publicly run credit reporting agency within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that would eventually, over the course of seven years, replace the current for-profit credit system in America.

[OCS: Consider the ramifications of this proposal.

One, the government would have the legal right to monitor the bank accounts and financial affairs of every American and create the largest government dossier on every individual – especially when that information is aggregated with other commercial databases and self-reporting lifestyle comments freely available on social media platforms.

Two, decisions on reporting criteria would be made based on political considerations, namely pandering to a particular constituency which forms the current backbone of the Democrat Party.

Three, the progressive socialist democrats want dominion over the nation’s healthcare system with a government-run single-payer system – starting by destroying private insurers that could not compete with subsidized government insurance policies. They are now attempting the same crushing blow to the financial industry, starting with tampering with credit scoring mechanisms.

Four, as for safety and security of your information, remember the government lost information, included security clearance reviews, on every government employee, past and present when their OPM (Office of Personnel Management) was hacked by the Communist Chinese.]

The agency would be steered by consumer need rather than the bottom line, according to proposal author Amy Traub.  “Today, credit reports, which are issued by just three large private companies, are rife with problems: They often contain errors, they leave many ‘credit invisible’ due to the sources used to generate a credit score, and they contribute to racial disparities,” Biden’s plan for investing in communities through housing reads. <Source>

[OCS: Like so many things in the government, it’s not their money, so there is no personal consideration or concern how it is used to benefit vote-buying politicians as they pander to their class, racial, and sexual constituencies.

No credit scoring system can make creditworthy borrowers out of uncreditworthy individuals. Even the process of government-guaranteed loans handed out like jellybeans has proven disastrous – hence the crisis with student loans.

I am not aware of any database, especially government databases, that are not “rife” with errors and other problems. Of course, given the lobbying powers of the financial industry and the corruption of today’s politicians, I would look for a State Capitalism model as proposed by the Communist Chinese. The private companies would continue to do what they do provided there was money flowing to the government and campaign support funds made available to individual politicians.

As for Biden’s housing plan and the destruction of suburbia, that is a different fight for another day.]

Social justice is not American justice…

The American justice system is based on the concept that an individual is innocent until proven guilty, and it is the government’s obligation to prove their allegations beyond a reasonable shadow of a doubt. Not so when the progressive socialist democrats look at social justice. There you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent. In fact, the government does not even need proof of discrimination to allege you have violated the discrimination laws.

Disparate impact, often referred to as unintentional discrimination, is a statistical strategy of the progressive socialist democrats that is based on the faulty premise that each action involving a class protected by law should produce results that at least as close to or above that classes’ percentage occurrence in the general population.

If you look back over the years, you will find many organizations settling allegations rather than fighting them and risking “reputational” damage in the media. This was also a bounty for race hustlers and poverty pimps who earned enormous sums when they rushed to large corporations with proposals to provide “sensitivity” training. Even today, you can see book authors with bullshit content being paid significant sums by organizations to inoculate themselves and their executives against reputational damage. Why not? It’s not their money, and it prevents executive blowback and protects bonuses.

Bottom line…

Times are a-changing – and it is not for the better. Buckle-up!

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



PARLER VERSUS AMAZON: A MODERN DAVID VERSUS GOLIATH TALE

Amazon Web Services terminates Parler account, Parler responds with legal action…

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As much as I admire Jeff Bezos and his entrepreneurial creation of Amazon, much like I admire the earlier entrepreneurial creation of Federal Express by Fred Smith, I have come to believe that Amazon Web Services represents a clear and present danger to free and open political discourse in the United States.

A little after 12:10 a.m. on Monday, Amazon terminated the public’s access to its servers that were hosting Parler, a lightweight alternative to Twitter that featured free and open access to all, with the usual caveats about postings of a criminal or grossly abusive nature. Like Amazon Web Services, Parler enjoyed the protections of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (47 U.S. Code § 230), which provides that, under certain circumstances, providers or users of an interactive computer service shall not be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by a third-party information or content provider and thus be exempt from civil liability if the information is inflammatory, insensitive, inappropriate, or defamatory. And yet, Amazon enjoying the privileges of Section 230, appears to be denying the same protections to the similarly situated Parler as they offer to their other customers like Twitter.

After being operationally crippled by Amazon’s actions, which are likely to destroy Parler as a profit-seeking enterprise and a free speech platform for political discussion, Parler filed a 19-page complaint (Case 2:21-cv-00031-BJR Filed 01/11/21) against Amazon Web Services seeking a temporary restraining order reversing the precipitous shut down of Parler along with remedies for violations of the Sherman Act, Section 1 (15 U.S. Code §1 – anti-trust, restraint of trade); Breach of Contract (not providing adequate termination notice); and Tortious Interference with a Contract or Business Expectancy (interference with Parler’s vendors and customers).

Does the First Amendment Free Speech Clause apply only to the Federal Government?

But while the Constitution’s Free Speech provisions (First Amendment) apply specifically to the federal government, can one make an argument that Amazon Web Services may be acting as an agent of the government or influenced by political concerns related to government activities. More specifically, considering the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 1945 case, Marsh v. Alabama, which posed the question: “Did Alabama violate Marsh's rights under the First and Fourteenth amendments by refusing to allow her to distribute religious material in the privately-owned town of Chickasaw?

The court ruled … “In an opinion by Justice Hugo L. Black, the majority ruled in Marsh’s favor. The Court reasoned that a company town does not have the same rights as a private homeowner in preventing unwanted religious expression. While the town was owned by a private entity, it was open for use by the public, who are entitled to the freedoms of speech and religion. The Court employed a balancing test, weighing Chickasaw’s private property rights against Marsh’s right to free speech. The Court stressed that conflicts between property rights and constitutional rights should typically be resolved in favor of the latter.”

This is one of those First Amendment cases that are best left to constitutional lawyers to determine if Parler enjoyed the same speech protections and rights Amazon offered to its other customers, namely Twitter, which is alleged to have published similarly suspect material.

Is Amazon Web Services providing preferential treatment to Twitter and trying to kill a fast-growing rival?

Twitter has a lot going on, and it’s not always easy to manage that kind of scale on your own. Today, Amazon announced that Twitter has signed a multi-year agreement with AWS to run its real-time timelines. It’s a major win for Amazon’s cloud arm. While the companies have worked together in some capacity for over a decade, this marks the first time that Twitter is tapping AWS to help run its core timelines.

It is no secret that President Donald Trump has been de-platformed by the social media mavens and that even his official POTUS (President of the United States) account is subject to being censored, deleted, or tagged. Likewise, it is no secret that Parler may have approached Amazon Web Services for additional server capacity, perhaps in anticipation of some large fraction of the President’s 80-million followers that would join Donald Trump if he moved to Parler. A significant blow to Twitter.

Does Amazon Web Services have a multi-billion-dollar malign political motive and anti-Trump bias against Parler and its Trump-supporter users?

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Excerpts from the AWS Public Sector Blog 

JEDI: Why we will continue to protest this politically corrupted contract award

by AWS Public Sector Blog Team | on 04 SEP 2020 | in Defense, Government, Public Sector

Earlier today, the DoD announced it had concluded its corrective action and affirmed its prior JEDI contract award to Microsoft. Taking corrective action should have provided the DoD an opportunity to address the numerous material evaluation errors outlined in our protest, ensure a fair and level playing field, and ultimately, expedite the conclusion of litigation. Unfortunately, the DoD rejected that opportunity.

As we continue to pursue a fair and impartial review, and ensure our country gets the best possible technical capability to protect itself, we wanted to reflect on how and why we’ve arrived at this point.

AWS is honored to support our nation’s military, and extremely proud of our role in helping U.S. government customers achieve mission success. Today, over 6,500 government agencies rely on the AWS Cloud to achieve an unmatched level of security, agility, innovation, and reliability. It is our commitment to supporting the U.S. military, and our experience earning trust and helping deliver transformational results within the Intelligence Community, that led us to bid on JEDI. We felt strongly then, just as we do now, that our technology is uniquely suited to help our military maintain an edge on the digital battlefield of today, and tomorrow.

We also remain grounded in the facts: AWS is the clear leader in cloud computing, and by any objective measure, has superior technology. AWS has more services, and more features within those services, than any other cloud provider—by a large amount. AWS provides a more secure and more operationally performant offering, and remains the only cloud provider accredited to support the full range of U.S. government data classifications. AWS also has a much broader ecosystem of ISV and SaaS partners whose software runs on AWS, so customers can use the same software they’ve been running on-premises, in the cloud. We welcome competition, but any objective, apples-to-apples assessment based purely on the offerings, clearly leads to a different conclusion than the DoD made.

The ongoing dismissal of inspectors general across our government, civil servants who are entrusted to ensure ethical conduct, is another worrying trend. The President has removed perceived political threats from their roles simply for doing their jobs, including demoting the Acting DoD Inspector General just days before the release of the JEDI Report. A similar pattern has emerged within the DoD as senior military leadership cannot exercise their sound judgment without facing retribution. Even those who serve our country in the pursuit of justice and fairness under the law, have been sidelined by the President in favor of blatant cronyism. Likewise, the President has become emboldened of late in flaunting his role influencing government contracts for politically motivated reasons. When discussing a recent U.S. Navy award that selected a Wisconsin-based firm to build a new $5.5 billion frigate, President Trump stated, “I hear the maneuverability is one of the big factors that you were chosen for the contract…the other is your location in Wisconsin, if you want to know the truth.”

There is a recurring pattern to the way President Trump behaves when he’s called out for doing something egregious: first he denies doing it, then he looks for ways to push it off to the side, to distract attention from it and delay efforts to investigate it (so people get bored and forget about it). And then he ends up doubling down on the egregious act anyway. On JEDI, President Trump reportedly ordered former Secretary Mattis to “screw’” Amazon, blatantly interfered in an active procurement, directed his subordinate to conduct an unorthodox “review” prior to a contract award announcement and then stonewalled an investigation into his own political interference. “Corrective action” was used as a way to halt our litigation, delay further investigations and incorrectly give the appearance that only one issue needed to be fixed while giving the impression that the DoD was actually going to fix something. While corrective action can be used to efficiently resolve protests, in reality, this corrective action changed nothing, wasted five months that could have been spent getting to the bottom of these serious concerns, and was designed solely to distract from our broader concerns and reaffirm a decision that was corrupted by the President’s self-interest. When we opposed the DoD’s approach to corrective action, we predicted this would happen, and it has. By continuing to delay, distract, and avoid addressing these very serious issues, the DoD is turning out to be its own worst enemy with regard to speeding things along.

[OCS: It is clear, at least to me, that Amazon Web Services has an animus against President Donald Trump and may also look unkindly on any platform that gives rise to the voices of pro-Trump supporters. Not to mention currying favor with the incoming progressive administration that appears desperate to escape the accountability for unconstitutional and/or criminal acts allegedly committed by the prior progressive Obama administration, many of whose members will serve in the incoming administration.

Ironic that Amazon would mention “delay, distract, and avoid addressing serious issues,” which is the modus operandi of the progressive socialist Democrats with whom Amazon appears to be seeking favor.]

Bottom line…

Considering the number of former government intelligence, law enforcement, and high-ranking agency personnel employed by Amazon to do its bidding, could we effectively construe Amazon to be acting as an agent of the government? Or even worse, a national security threat for their business interactions with a foreign hostile power like China? 

AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog  Getting Started with AWS Services in AWS China (Beijing) Region and AWS China (Ningxia) Region (Source)

While Amazon is doing great damage to Parler, one might ask what damage is it doing to our Country?

Let us not forget that Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post which has a reputation of lying and fabricating stories about constitutional conservatives like the recent one about Mark Levin and a memo he never received.

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



AMAZON ATTACKS FREE SPEECH: SHUTS DOWN PARLER'S SERVERS

It's after 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time and Parler is still accessible. Gone at 12:30 a.m.

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I am greatly concerned that one of my outlets for news, commentary, and bloviating is being artificially restricted by Amazon Web Services, which appears to violate Section 230, which provides certain immunities for platforms that host third-party content. It appears that Amazon has chosen to moderate its customer's content, Parler, based on the content of their third-party posters and thus has forfeited all protections against being held accountable for their actions. AWS now appears responsible for content posted on their other customer’s platforms.  Platforms that may feature content from hostile foreign powers threatening America or American, content threatening harm to individuals, or content inciting illegal activities.

An essential truth…

It appears that the media moguls and tech tyrants have significant business and assets at risk in Communist China, so why wouldn’t they embrace “State Capitalism,” which is a parasitic symbiosis between government and the private sector? That is, assist the administration in controlling their messaging in return for continuing monopolies, a relaxed regulatory environment, favorable tax treatment, and government grants and contracts.

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The right to search for the truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true. – Albert Einstein.

Parler at risk…

From a letter from Amazon Web Services to Parler’s Chief Policy Officer, Amy Peikoff…

Dear Amy,

Thank you for speaking with us earlier today.

As we discussed on the phone yesterday and this morning, we remain troubled by the repeated violations of our terms of service. Over the past several weeks, we’ve reported 98 examples to Parler of posts that clearly encourage and incite violence. Here are a few examples below from the ones we’ve sent previously: [See images above.]

Recently, we’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms. It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service. It also seems that Parler is still trying to determine its position on content moderation. You remove some violent content when contacted by us or others, but not always with urgency. Your CEO recently stated publicly that he doesn’t “feel responsible for any of this, and neither should the platform.” This morning, you shared that you have a plan to more proactively moderate violent content, but plan to do so manually with volunteers. It’s our view that this nascent plan to use volunteers to promptly identify and remove dangerous content will not work in light of the rapidly growing number of violent posts. This is further demonstrated by the fact that you still have not taken down much of the content that we’ve sent you. Given the unfortunate events that transpired this past week in Washington, D.C., there is serious risk that this type of content will further incite violence.

AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we continue to respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow on its site. However, we cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others. Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday, January 10th, at 11:59 PM PST. We will ensure that all of your data is preserved for you to migrate to your own servers, and will work with you as best as we can to help your migration.

– AWS Trust & Safety Team

Not all is lost…

From Parler founder and CEO John Matze…

Sunday (tomorrow) at midnight Amazon will be shutting off all of our servers in an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet. There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch. We prepared for events like this by never relying on amazons proprietary infrastructure and building bare metal products.

We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies.


This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place. We were too successful too fast. You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out.

A last-minute statement from John Matze with 18-minutes to go...

I wanted to send everyone on Parler an update. We will likely be down longer than expected. This is not due to software restrictions—we have our software and everyone’s data ready to go. Rather it’s that Amazon’s, Google’s and Apple’s statements to the press about dropping our access has caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well. And most people with enough servers to host us have shut their doors to us. We will update everyone and update the press when we are back online.

Freedom of speech, the neutrality of platforms, and restraint of trade or commerce…

Normally, private companies are not bound by the Free Speech Clause of the Constitution’s First Amendment. Unless they are acting as an agent of or at the government's direction, could a case be made that they are acting as an agent of the government by hosting government activities on their platform?

If a platform wants to benefit from Section 230 protections against litigation for hosted content, perhaps they should not attempt to moderate their customer’s content, especially using partisan, political, or foreign-influenced so-called “fact-checkers.”

Bottom line…

Perhaps Amazon should realize that politicians and administrations come and go while there are Americans who have sworn to uphold, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution. Considering Amazon’s size, financial resources, and impact on commerce, they are still susceptible to prosecution under anti-trust laws, deceptive trade practices, restraint of trade, and can face being regulated like a utility, forced to divest divisions, and lose Section 230 protections against defamation lawsuits brought by third-parties for content “published” on their platform.

Perhaps, is it about time to investigate those foreign Amazon employees with H-1B visas and Amazon’s hosting of government information as a national security risk? Along with employees who are likely to have continuing associations with current or former intelligence, law enforcement, or other government agencies. Possibly demanding the disclosure of all former politicians and lobbyists with stiff penalties for non-disclosure. Perhaps altering those unilateral “take it or leave it” terms of service agreements to give users more power to litigate (not arbitrate) and obtain consequential damages for acts of malfeasance, misfeasance, and non-feasance.

Bottom line…

While there may be little that can affect one of the world’s richest men, being jailed for aiding and abetting a foreign power in taking adverse action against our country is a sobering thought. When one company attempts to regulate another company's conduct, either for political or competitive purposes, it is time to scrutinize their actions more closely. Although Amazon is a massive benefit during the pandemic and has reduced transactional frictions to a minimum, they are by no means the only company in the marketspace – merely the largest.

-- 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



YOU'E GOT TO BE KIDDING... SAVING AMERICA?

What were they thinking?

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After months of observing far-left radical activists organized by communist front groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter “peacefully protesting” night-after-night, it probably seems an incursion into the Capitol complex during a session of Congress would be a great “low risk” protest.

Perhaps, they too, thought that they would be feted by politicians for their patriotism and would see their organization’s name painted on major streets in letters large enough to be seen from space? Perhaps they thought that someone might name an open public place “Patriot’s Square” and place a plaque to commemorate the event. No statue, however, because we all know what the radical leftists think of statues.

Unfortunately, disrupting the business of the government, especially when it is about to be controlled by progressive socialist democrats who want to destroy conservatives, was a stunningly bad idea and could be considered insurrection. Insurrection being a suspension of belief when you look at these clowns – many of whom were so busy taking selfies that they ignored the chaos and damage created by the embedded trained radical far-left activists agitators dressed in black but wearing MAGA hats. However, they will pay dearly for being in the wrong place at the wrong time as they are identified and brought to justice.

What they actually accomplished was to scare the hell out of our legislators that left many of them cowering on the floor. Now they know what it feels like to be an unarmed law-abiding citizen with no means of self-defense. Luckily for them, they were surrounded by armed guards to protect their sorry asses. They also scared the GOP legislators into abandoning legitimate challenges to unconstitutional activities that saw electors falsely certified. Perhaps, the goal of a false flag operation.

As for Trump, he passed his shelf-life when he thought that a rally might convince legislators to see things his way. Why the lamest of lame ducks, with only days before the inauguration of his successor, would hold another rally is beyond me. Perhaps, like aging rock stars, this is the beginning of his farewell tour and cost-free promotion for his next venture.

About that impeachment…

Forget about Nancy Pelosi’s bleating about impeachment. It is the last thing the Democrats want.

First, it is likely that Nancy Pelosi could be similarly charged for attempting to disrupt the lawful activities of government by attempting to circumvent the power of the presidency that occurred when she approached the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in an attempt to control the president’s access to our nuclear codes. Not only, stupidly, she apparently naively believed that one man, the President of the United States, could authorize a nuclear strike on his own, but she has no conceivable constitutional authority for her actions.

Second, any impeachment, even after the fact, would allow public exposure of the Democrat’s corruption of the U.S. Constitution, bad faith, and criminal actions over the prior years.

Bottom line…

To say we are screwed, at least until 2022, would be an understatement. After all of the rules changes the Democrats are likely to make, it will be a miracle if the GOP  will be treated fairly in this next election cycle.

To believe the GOP will get its act, messaging, and organizing together and start campaigning now is to believe in the tooth fairy.

-- 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



APPROACHNG BIDEN'S INAUGURATION -- HOW BAD IS IT?

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Who do the hell they think they are?

Apple has removed social media platform Parler from its App Store, claiming that the platform has not adequately implemented moderation policies that crackdown on free speech. Google banned Parler from its Android app store on Friday.

You can’t trust the President-elect to be the President of ALL Americans… 

[OCS: Biden speaks of unity and has no problem condemning ALL non-progressives. Biden speaks of unity and has no problem racializing issues and pandering to blacks.]

Excerpts from Biden’s remarks…

But we, what we witnessed yesterday was not dissent, it was not disorder, it was not protest. It was chaos. They weren't protesters — don't dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob of insurrectionists, domestic terrorists.

[OCS:Notice how he conflates thousands of First Amendment peaceful protesters with the actions of a few violent individuals who destroyed property in what could be defined as an insurrection as it interfered with the proper actions of government.

Biden fails to note that many of the more violent actors do not appear to be affiliated with the pro-Trump protest.

And notice how Biden and his surrogates fail to mention that the person dressed in black and standing next to the woman who was shot was a violent BLM activist who had been captured on tape as he exhorted the crowd with amplified shouts of revolution.]

Our president is not above the law. Justice serves the people. It doesn't protect the powerful. Justice is blind. What we saw yesterday, in plain view was another violation of a fundamental tenet of this nation. Not only do we see the failure to protect one of the three branches of our government. We also saw a clear failure to carry out equal justice.

As we used to say in the Senate, excuse a point of personal privilege. A little over an hour and a half after the chaos started, I got a text from my granddaughter, Finnegan Biden, who is a senior in her last semester, the University of Pennsylvania. She sent me a photo of military people in full military gear. Scores of them lining the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Because of protests by Black Lives Matter. She said, "Pop. This isn't fair."

No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn't have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that's true, and it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable. The American people saw it in plain view. And I hope it's sensitized them to what we have to do. Not many people know it.

[OCS: Had they been a group of Black Lives Matter, the police and fire authorities would have stepped aside and watched the Capitol looted and then burned to the ground. High ranking Democrats would have excused their actions as “mostly peaceful protests” and the mainstream media would have glorified the “protesters.”]

You can’t trust the Democrat leadership…

Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), an 80-year-old white woman with over 30+ years of government service, and House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a 70-year-old white man with over 45+ years of government service, have proven that they will use any means, fair or foul, to gain personal power and promote the most extreme policies of the Democrat Party. Both are untrustworthy liars and even attempted to overlook unconstitutional and criminal behavior by Democrats to attempt to remove a sitting president on trumped-up charges leading to an impeachment proceeding.

Now the two ancient frauds, with only a few days remaining to a change in government, want to either invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the President for some unproven incapacity or trump-up a second impeachment for the sole purpose of ensuring that President Trump can never serve in government again.

With Nancy Pelosi even going as far as discussing restrictions on using the presidential nuclear codes with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

One might ask why the rush? Could they fear declassification of information that would severely damage the Democrats? Oh, I hope so! Or is it they fear a last-minute authorization of an Israeli strike on their future friends in Iran – or, even worse, additional sanctions on their current friends in China. Maybe it’s the full release of the contents, including disturbing pictures, on Hunter Biden’s laptop?

Look for these two to erase all evidence of Democrat wrongdoing as they quash past, pending, or future investigations of high-ranking Democrats. Even while the Durham Inquiry proceeds, the report may be classified and not provided to anyone but the Democrat Attorney General, probably Merritt Garland, if he is confirmed. A man with a major grudge against Republicans who denied him a seat on the Supreme Court.

You can’t trust the CIA, the Department of Justice, or the FBI…

Given the widespread corruption in the top echelons of the formerly-premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies, one should have zero confidence in these agencies going forward in a Democrat administration. Apparently, FBI Director Christopher Wray has done little to reform his agency and everything to hide their past misdeeds. And he remains duplicitous.

FBI Assistant Director Steven D’Antuono said Friday there is no evidence that antifa activists were involved in the violent riots in and around the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, debunking the baseless conspiracy theory propagated by several prominent Republican lawmakers and right-wing pundits that anti-fascist leftists—not a pro-Trump mob—were responsible for death and destruction at the Capitol.

When asked by reporters on Friday if antifa activists had disguised themselves as Trump supporters during Wednesday's riots, D’Antuono responded: “We have no indication of that at this time.” <Source>

[OCS: A lesson in weasel-wording…

It appears that the word “evidence” is never really defined and can range from a sworn statement of what someone “believes” to actual recorded events or biometric exemplars.

Notice the specificity of the word “Antifa,” a loose collection of alleged anti-fascist groups. Notice that they do not use the more inclusive and accurate term, radical left-wing extremists.

Notice the use of the word “debunking,” as if a mere assertion of an observation in a point in time would be sufficient, in and of itself, to falsify an allegation.

Notice that characterization of an assertion as a “baseless conspiracy theory.” Remember when the CIA, DOJ, and FBI asserted that their involvement in the Trump/Russia collusion affair was just and proper and that any assertions to the contrary were just baseless conspiracy theories. Through documents and sworn testimony, those baseless conspiracy theories turned into “fact.” They illustrated the use of government propaganda on behalf of the progressive socialist democrats and their fellow travelers in the bureaucracy, sometimes referred to as the “deep state.”

And note the use of the words “at this time,” which provides for plausible explanations if they are found to be incorrect or caught in a lie.]


Now for some real debunking…

[OCS: Standing right next to the woman who was shot as she attempted to enter the House Chamber through a broken window in a barricaded door was a man dressed in black, known to be a violent agitator and a proponent of both Antifa and Black Lives Matter.]

Utah activist inside U.S. Capitol says woman killed was first to try and enter House chamber

A Utah activist who faces criminal charges in connection with a Provo protest he organized in June claims he attended a pro-Trump rally that turned into a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol in order to see “the truth” about the protests for himself and the organization he represents.

Sullivan, who is the founder of Insurgence USA, a social justice group that calls itself anti-fascist and protests police brutality, was detained by Washington police for about an hour and a half Thursday night, a day after he talked to local and national media about what he witnessed Wednesday.

He was handcuffed the entire time, and said police questioned him about being inside the Capitol and witnessing the shooting death of one of the protesters. He was not arrested.

But some of the 40-minute video he posted to his social media sites contradicts his assertion that he and another woman were “only filming” the actions and not participating as he can be heard in the video encouraging people to join them as they push their way through police barricades.<Source>

You can’t trust the media moguls, tech tyrants, and “woke” corporations…

Imagine a Senator, representing his constituency, not making allegations of election fraud but asking the lawful authorities to investigate the claims of others before certifying the vote in a lawful, prudent manner. And, for this, there are loud calls for his ouster from the United States Senate.

When Congress met to certify the electoral votes – and the presidency for Joe Biden – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was one of the Senate's leading challengers. He led a group of 10 other senators that objected to various states' electoral votes being certified due to allegations of voting irregularities and constitutional concerns. His solution was to create an election commission that conducted an emergency audit over a 10-day period.

As a result of his objection, the Houston Chronicle is calling on Cruz to resign, saying he "knew exactly what he was doing" when he objected. The paper believes the Texas senator is responsible for the violence that ensued on Capitol Hill and resulted in numerous deaths.                                               

[OCS: It is a fact that without the electorate’s confidence in the integrity of any election, the entire concept of a representative democracy based on “one legal citizen, one vote” is forfeit to the most corrupt influences in the nation.

It is also a fact, notwithstanding the fanciful tales of Venezuelan dictators and other such nonsense, that the Democrats changed election law unconstitutionally to remove voting safeguards that protect against massive and systemic fraud. Ballots were cast illegally, through no fault of the voter, but by the directive of corrupt politicians and their surrogates.

Statistical analysis by credible individuals and organizations demonstrated that most anomalies were to the benefit of Joe Biden, whose previous lackluster performance and lack of campaigning made the numbers suspect. To believe that Biden could outperform Barack Obama in key areas demanded examination and explanation.

Yet, court after court ruled against conducting such examinations and requiring such explanations. The usual reasons for the denial were: it was too late to file, the plaintiffs lacked standing, or the court did not have jurisdiction or the ability to craft a remedy. But, no one heard the plea of the people petitioning their government.

And, if blame must be cast, it should be directed at Supreme Court Justice John Roberts who voted with the liberals to deny hearing a case which would have resolved the bulk of the issues before the election by ruling that the individual states must follow the U.S. Constitution and the laws of their respective states.

But, here we have the media blaming a Senator for rising to the challenge of a lifetime and requesting accountability before turning over the government to a group of hardcore radicals whose agenda did not bode well for America or Americans. In fact, that agenda promoted racism and favored hostile foreign powers.]

"A brilliant and frequent advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court and a former Texas solicitor general, Cruz knew exactly what he was doing, what he was risking and who he was inciting as he stood on the Senate floor Wednesday and passionately fed the farce of election fraud even as a seething crowd of believers was being whipped up by President Trump a short distance away," the paper's editorial board wrote.

The editorial board argued that Cruz compounded President Donald Trump's "lies" about voter fraud and the election. They shot down Cruz's assertion that any member of Congress that voted to certify the election would tell millions of Americans their concerns were unwarranted. <Source>

[OCS: What we have done to future elections remains unknown – but we do know that the present rules enable corruption and manipulation of our elections.]

The tech tyrants at work to de-platform conservatives…

Workers demand Amazon Web drop Parler over posts ‘inciting violence’ after Capitol riot

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[OCS: Notwithstanding the similarity of the logo to the circle and “A” of Antifa… who are these relatively few to demand the silencing of thousands of individuals who are enjoying free speech on an independent platform of their own? Where were these fools when BLM and Antifa were using social media platforms not only to organize and incite violence but to implement burning down cities, assaulting and murdering American citizens?]

Bottom line…

Sorry, all you suburban white GOP Karens and Democrats, you can take your racist bullshit about white supremacy and shove it up your wazoo … We will not be silenced.

You do not need to riot or fight – resist by slowing things down to bollix up the works, just like the Democrats taught us.

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