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FERRIS BUELLER DEAD

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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


CALIFORNIA: WILL THE DEMOCRATS STEAL THE RECALL ELECTION?

There is NO doubt in my mind that smarmy elitist Gavin Newsom must be recalled. Our state is aflame with wildfires, $30 BILLION in unemployment assistance has gone to criminals and fraudsters. The unions are dictating educational policy that creates racial animosity and division, and we are regulating small businesses out of business.

My recommendation to begin this change is to vote for Larry Elder, a commonsense conservative with roots in the South Central area of Los Angeles, and who knows what dangerous and ineffective schools look like.

A nod to former Democrat Mayor of Chicago and Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel…

During the “pandemic,” it’s all about your safety…

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Are these the threat vectors? Considering the extended early voting, who is ensuring that votes from heavily GOP areas are securely collected, transported, and processed?

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Can we trust the election officials? 

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Dear Voter, 

This September, California will hold an election asking voters if they want to recall (remove) the current Governor from office. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to cast your ballot early and safely.

In the coming week, every registered voter in Los Angeles County will receive a Vote by Mail ballot with two items:

  1. Do you want to remove the Governor?
  2. If the recall is approved, who should replace him?

The easiest and safest way to return your ballot is by mail (no postage required) or at any secure Ballot Drop Box in your community.

While you’re waiting for your ballot to arrive, you can easily view your Sample Ballot online with the Interactive Sample Ballot.

While the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to be a threat, we encourage all voters to take advantage of early voting opportunities and avoid crowds to keep ourselves and our community healthy.

During this election, we want you to stay healthy and have your voice heard.

Learn more about your safe and contactless voting options at LAVote.net!

Stay safe,

Dean C. Logan

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

[OCS: Can a partisan hack with a dubious history be trusted with the recall election? Is this a cautionary tale?

Dean Logan stole ’04 governor’s race, and he’s at it again in California

The man who stole the governor’s election in Washington state is now doing the same thing in Los Angeles. We had absolute criminals in charge of the Democratic Party in Washington in 2004.

In case you need your memory refreshed, that was when Attorney General Christine Gregoire was running for governor against Republican candidate Dino Rossi. When they counted all the votes, Dino Rossi was the winner – by 261 votes. Such a thin margin triggers an automatic recount. When they did the recount, they found some more Gregoire votes, but Rossi won again — by 42 votes this time.

And that is when the Democratic machine of Ron Simms, Christine Gregoire, and the head of King County Elections at the time, a guy named Dean Logan, got involved. What was revealed in subsequent lawsuits was remarkable. On the third recount, they miraculously found a few hundred more votes for Gregoire to steal away the governor’s race. Apparently, there were 300 illegal votes, 400 more where the voter could not be verified, 240 felons who voted illegally, 44 votes from dead people, and 10 people who voted twice. When all of those votes were counted, the third time around, all of a sudden Christine Gregoire was the governor.

Then and now, I think it was a Democratic Party criminal conspiracy. The guy spearheading this in King County was Dean Logan, who was finding uncounted ballots all over. He was absolutely amazing at finding Gregoire ballots in between counts.

Dean Logan had to resign in disgrace from King County Elections. Where did he go? Los Angeles County. <Source>

What could possibly go wrong?]

Does invisible electronic manipulation start at home?

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Frequently asked questions

What is the Interactive Sample Ballot?

The Interactive Sample Ballot is a digital version of your sample ballot booklet that will allow you to make selections and generate a Poll Pass.

What is a Poll Pass?

A Poll Pass is a QR code containing your selections. You can transfer your selections from your Poll Pass to a Ballot Marking Device at any vote center.

Is my personal information stored in the Poll Pass?

No. The Poll Pass saves your ballot type and selections. No information about you is stored.

Are my selections private?

Yes. Your selections are only saved in your Poll Pass or on your personal device.

Am I required to use the Interactive Sample Ballot and Poll Pass?

No. The Interactive Sample Ballot and Poll Pass are optional tools to expedite your voting experience at the vote center.

Where can I find a Vote Center?

You can find a Vote Center by visiting locator.lavote.net/locations/vc.

The unasked questions…

  • Are your selections being recorded and tallied by any system during the sample ballot and marking process?
  • Do I still need appropriate identification to vote if I have a poll pass?
  • Can I drop my poll pass into the absentee ballot envelope, and will it be counted?
  • Is this QR system similar to those used with some of the electronic tabulators that cannot be audited?
  • How do I reassure myself that election officials and poll workers will act appropriately?

The poll pass…

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My recommendations for a better California and to reduce the political waste, fraud, abuse, union, and special interest corruption…

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Bottom line…

Under normal circumstances, I would consider this an enhancement to our present voting system and the precursor to biometrically-authenticated voting using electronic devices. However, given the millions of dollars spent in delaying or derailing forensic audits of voting systems, I have zero trust in any election system managed by overtly partisan progressive communist democrats.

While the quote “Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything" might be misattributed to the communist tyrant and mass murderer Josef Stalin, the core truth is self-evident.

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


THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT LARRY ELDER SHOULD BE THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR

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1. Crime
From massive shoplifting to murder, CA crime rates are zooming up.   The most dramatic increases in crime are ALL occurring in the big, Democrat-controlled cities.  Democrats OWN the crime spree.  I think that ‘crime’ might be the top issue in this recall.

[OCS: In what other state can you walk into a store, steal less than $950 – and if caught given a ticket, and if arrested, released on a $0 bail?]

2.  Homeles​sness
Especially since Newsom publicly INVITED the nation’s homeless to come to California where we will take care of them. NO CA voter wants more homeless here. Even our state’s HOMELESS don’t want more homeless here!

[OCS: In what other state does the government openly provide drug paraphernalia and needles to street dwellers? Or accept needles, urine, and human feces on sidewalks? Not to mention panhandling, mugging, and crime? The city bought trailers to house the homeless AND THEN discovered they needed water, electric, and sewer services.]

3.​  CA gas taxes and prices
Our TOTAL CA gas tax and fee costs exceed $1.20 a gallon.  Yet our roads are among the worst in the nation. It’s a bread and butter issue that voters can and do understand.

[OCS: Just paid $5/gallon for gas.]

4.  Lockdowns
It appears that variations of a lockdown WILL be imposed again and again by Democrats whenever some new variation of a communicable disease appears.  People are sick and tired of this oppression, and of all the harmful side effects.

5.  Newsom’s hypocrisy
Newsom has blatantly violated his own mask and social distancing mandates, while unleashing police on the rest of us to enforce his diktats.  Moreover, he was fine with closing the public schools for a year while HIS kids attended an OPEN private school.

6.  The theft of THIRTY BILLION DOLLARS in CA fraudulent unemployment claims
Much of that loss will have to be paid by employees having bigger “unemployment insurance” payments deducted from their paychecks in the future. Most of that stolen money went to California prisoners and ​international crime syndicates.
Newsom was in charge. Not a SINGLE CA bureaucrat was fired as a result.  He doesn’t like to talk about it.

7.  ​High Speed Rail (HSR)
CA HSR is now opposed by voters by at least a 2-1 margin.  It’s the madness that proves Democrats should not hold office in the Golden State.

[OCS: The train goes nowhere, it is not high-speed, and only the developers, contractors, consultants, and unions are benefiting – as they ignore our functioning freeways.]

8. Public Education
The prolonged closing and “masking” of public schools while most private schools long ago reopened has enraged many parents.  Clearly the schools (and the politicians) are run by the teacher unions FOR the teacher unions.
The recall is a great time to call for “school choice.”  Let the parents decide what’s best for THEIR families.

[OCS: Teaching students to hate each other because of their skin color.]

9.  Fires, Water and Electricity
Newsom has GROSSLY mismanaged California’s fire threats, water supply, and the reliability (and price) of electricity.

10.  Newsom’s de facto support of open borders.
Indeed, Newsom recently invited the WORLD to come to our welfare state, stating that “we” will take care of them.
NOTE:  The GOP must NOT be anti-immigration. It should favor VETTED, limited immigration — with enforceable limits on welfare access by immigrants.  Even INCREASED immigration can make sense with these sensible safeguards in place. <Source>

Bottom line…

We are at the tipping point. Do the right thing.

-- 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


ONE CITIZEN SPEAKING: JUST THINKING...

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Thinking about MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and the Cyber Symposium circus…

EXCLUSIVE: Cyber expert says his team can’t prove Mike Lindell’s claims that China hacked election

The cyber expert on the “red team” hired by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell now says the key data underpinning the theory that China hacked the 2020 election unveiled at the Cyber Symposium is illegitimate.

Several cyber experts at the symposium became frustrated late into the first day with not being provided with packet captures.

Mr. Merritt and Mr. Wiebe said the missing packet captures could be a result of either the format the data was sent in or they were withheld by the source of the information, Dennis L. Montgomery.

Mr. Montgomery is a former government contractor who developed cyber tools named HAMMER and SCORECARD, which were allegedly used by the U.S. to influence foreign elections. Mr. Montgomery came forward with the data after he said the tools were being used to influence U.S. elections, according to Mr. Wiebe.

Mr. Merritt confirmed that Mr. Montgomery was the source of the data.

But the data Mr. Montgomery sent contains no packet captures and cannot be used to validate Mr. Lindell’s marquee theory, which he planned to unveil at the symposium, said the two experts.

Mr. Montgomery reportedly suffered a stroke on the eve of the symposium and has not been in contact with Mr. Lindell’s team or any cyber experts at the symposium.

He has been behind several other high-profile conspiracy theories, including allegations that U.S. security agencies wiretapped Trump Tower while Mr. Trump was running for president in 2016.   <Source>

Alan Dershowitz rips Dominion case at Cyber Symposium

High-profile defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz Thursday berated a federal court’s decision to allow Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.3 billion lawsuit against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to go forward.

Mr. Dershowitz‘s comment came during an appearance at Mr. Lindell‘s Cyber Symposium, where Mr. Lindell had promised to present “irrefutable” proof that China hacked the 2020 election.

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the voting machine manufacturer’s lawsuit against Mr. Lindell could proceed, despite Mr. Lindell‘s requests to dismiss the suit on First Amendment grounds.<Source>

I believe that Lindell may have been flattered, stroked, and conned by various individuals who saw Lindell was enjoying his newfound fame and willing to spend a portion of his fortune backing his beliefs. I have seen nothing in the presentations of Attorneys Sidney “Kraken” Powell, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and L. Lin Woods, other than a number of declarations and affidavits from dubious sources, that would convince me of their fantastical election claims.

I believe that the voting systems, like all big projects modified over time, contained exploitable vulnerabilities. While hacking always remains a possibility, I have yet to see proof that the vulnerabilities were actually exploited in the ways described by the legal documents. I plan to keep an open mind and continue to wait for some proof that will withstand a court challenge by court-recognized experts.

As for constitutional attorney Alan Dershowitz, I am not convinced that the First Amendment gives you the absolute right to slander, libel, and defame commercial enterprises, inflicting great reputational damage and requiring the expenditure of large sums to mitigate the damage. When you file allegations in a court document and use “expert” witnesses, one might reasonably expect that the witnesses were vetted and the allegations were corroborated with more than hearsay and speculation.

From the persistence and ferocity of the attack on forensic audits, I believe that there were significant irregularities in the election process and, when totaled, might overcome the margin of victory.  However, I do not believe there will be a constitutional remedy beyond a footnote in history and asterisks next to Biden’s name. If anything, the impermissible and illegal changes in the laws and procedures governing the conduct of the elections are likely to be the smoking gun – in plain sight for all to see.

Considering the audit reports so far and the historical record of the Democrat Party on election fraud, my estimate is 80/20 that the election was subverted.

Thinking about the origins of the virus…

Smoking Gun Evidence of Chinese COVID Cover-up Emerges

As the COVID Delta wave rages across the globe, China’s role in creating the pandemic is once again under scrutiny. The Washington Post is now reporting that Ben Embarek, head of the World Health Organization’s origin investigation into COVID-19, is admitting that CCP officials essentially dictated what was to be put in the report.

Part of that appears to be a clear attempt to cover up the lab leak theory, framing it as a distant possibility with no evidentiary backing. <Source>

WHO Scientist Says Chinese Pressured Investigation Team to Drop Lab-Leak Theory

“Follow the science,” right? Probably not the best advice when the science is tainted because of pressure from a Communist government to manipulate the conclusion.

The WHO sent a team of “blue-ribbon experts” to China in order to investigate the origins of COVID-19. The investigation is vital to discovering how the coronavirus responsible for the disease made the leap from infecting animals to infecting humans. Knowing which animal was responsible could lead to better treatments for COVID, more effective vaccines, and perhaps clues to how we can stop the next pandemic from starting.

The WHO team went to China because that’s where the first cases of COVID-19 appeared. But from the beginning of the team’s investigation, the Chinese Communist government put roadblocks in the way of the WHO’s efforts to uncover as much information about the virus as possible.

The Chinese delayed visas so that the team was several months late in assembling in China. The team was not given access to early patients or their histories. Reports about the research were lost or the team was denied access.

After solemnly telling the world they would cooperate fully, the Chinese stonewalled the effort. <Source>

So true -- “Follow the science,” right? Probably not the best advice when the science is tainted because of pressure from any government or political party willing to create political narratives by manipulating findings or suppressing alternative theories or findings.

From the virus sequencing I reviewed, I believe the virus was artificially created and probably leaked from the lab.

I do not doubt that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) did try to cover up their responsibility and that delays in notifying the global medical community contributed greatly to the global pandemic. It is also possible that, once the virus escaped, the CCP did exploit the pandemic, and for this, they should pay reparations and be excluded from the community for a period of time. Considering they appear willing to use military threats to stave off threats of political and economic sanctions, it remains for a strong coalition of nations to push back against China – which is unlikely. 

Thinking about masks and mandates…

Fact: The virus has been unleashed into the world, it exists, it will continue to exist and mutate, there is no such thing as zero-covid, and the answer is natural immunity and effective therapeutics to treat the disease and its symptoms.

Fact: All government actions taken were to “flatten the curve” and prevent healthcare facilities from being overwhelmed.

Fact: bone-headed government policies under Governors Cuomo (D-NY), Whitmer (D-MI), Murphy (D-NJ), and others killed thousands of elderly individuals without one shred of consideration for “the science” and the well-established and customary protocols of infection control in nursing homes and senior facilities.

As a member of the highest risk cohort (age plus comorbidities), I have been reading the medical literature about masks, vaccines, and therapeutics. My conclusion is that we are essentially playing a game of “he said – she said.”

I have lost all faith in government and other well-credentialed “experts,” prestigious institutions, and scientific journals—a shattering loss of trust. In addition to a loss of trust in the “experts,” I am losing faith in the data – much of which seems highly manipulated and cannot be measured against a metric that allows us to make rational decisions. Therefore, my only advisors are my own physicians who know me, my conditions, and what they have seen in clinical practice at the world-class hospitals in which they work.

As for the politicians who are using their emergency powers for political purposes, prioritizing protests over religious and other celebrations, they are beneath contempt. They should be ignored, defeated, and thrown out of office—ditto for school boards.

Thinking about Afghanistan…

'Not an Evacuation,' Insists State Department as Pentagon Sends 3,000 Troops to Evacuate U.S. Personnel

During Thursday's State Department Press Briefing, spokesman Ned Price said that the "increased tempo" of the Taliban's offensive is "of grave concern" but sought to tamp down assertions that a reduction of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Kabul is an evacuation as the Taliban closes in on Afghanistan's capital and the Pentagon readies an airlift.

Characterizing the reduction in embassy staff as a continuation of April's ordered departure that is resulting in fewer civilian personnel while leaving just a core diplomatic presence on the ground, Price struggled to make a convincing argument that the Afghan people could be confident in its partnership with the United States.

Price insisted the "overall status has not changed" at the embassy in Kabul which "remains open" — albeit with a smaller staff — as more civilian diplomatic staff prepare to leave Kabul through what increasingly appears to be a hastily planned evacuation. <Source>

This is Saigon 2.0! To pretend otherwise is similar to pretending that Joe Biden is a functioning President and our foreign affairs are not being run by Susan Rice and a cadre of Obamacons.

The fact that Joe Biden publicly announced 9/11/21 as our final day in Afghanistan was amateurish, dangerous, and just plain stupid. Why not just announce TVIA day – Taliban Victory in Afghanistan day when the existing government and those who assisted the United States will be beheaded? Accompanied by an iconic photo of the Taliban in the U.S. Embassy. Sounds like a Susan Rice/Ben Rhodes/Samantha Power production.

It was idiotic to think we could democratize a foreign culture rooted in the 12th century by troops, money, and good intentions. However, considering the profits to be made and the untraceable cash flowing through the system, much of the blame should be placed on our political leaders and the special interests who profited from the conflict.

For all those liberals who scream about human rights and protest over the use of police force in the United States, where is your voice about Chinese ethnic cleansing, live organ harvesting, and the women who will be condemned to a life of torture under the Taliban? Where is your voice on black-on-black crime in the progressive communist democrat-governed inner cities?

I am still waiting to see the U.S. punish Pakistan for hiding bin Laden while we were looking for him in the tribal areas of Pakistan?

Biden's, or should I say Susan Rice's, handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal is almost an invitation for Putin to take Ukraine and Xi Jinping to take Taiwan. 

Will we let our sunk costs in terms of time, effort, costs, and lives determine our future actions?

Bottom line…

We appear to be slipping toward the abyss and need new conspiracy theories because, unlike what we were told by the progressive communist democrat propagandists in the mainstream media, the old conspiracy theories are coming true.

-- 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


ONE CITIZEN SPEAKING: Just Thinking...

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Thinking about “peer review” …

Comparison of two highly-effective mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 during periods of Alpha and Delta variant prevalence

This article is a preprint and has not been certified by peer review. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice.

Abstract

Although clinical trials and real-world studies have affirmed the effectiveness and safety of the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines, reports of breakthrough infections and persistent emergence of new variants highlight the need to vigilantly monitor the effectiveness of these vaccines. Here we compare the effectiveness of two full-length Spike protein-encoding mRNA vaccines from Moderna (mRNA-1273) and Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2) in the Mayo Clinic Health System over time from January to July 2021, during which either the Alpha or Delta variant was highly prevalent. <Source>

I take exception to the phrase “certified by peer review.”

Peer review is a publishing process to select and polish scientific papers for publication, mostly in prestigious scientific publications. Peer reviewers are knowledgeable in the field and are charged with weeding out research that does not meet publication standards or lacks the clarity to convey a message.

When you’re reading the manuscript…

  • Identify the research question and key claims.
  • Think about context and related literature.
  • Look at the figures and tables. Are they clear? Do they represent what the study is about?
  • Examine the results. Are they supported by the data?
  • Read the conclusions. Do they make sense?
  • Check the methods. Are they appropriate and reproducible?
  • Review the journal guidelines and publication criteria.
  • Keep everything confidential! <Source: PLOS>

Peer reviewers do not validate or replicate the research, nor do they vouch for the legitimacy, accuracy, and authenticity of the paper. Thus, “certified by peer review” is meaningless and grossly misleading. As we saw in the Climate-gate disclosures, the peer review process can be both subverted and manipulated by peer reviewers to suppress dissent, protect reputations, and advance narratives.

Thinking about the Tucker Carlson domestic spying issue…

Watchdog to probe 'alleged NSA targeting' after Tucker Carlson claim

The National Security Agency's Inspector General will open an investigation into what it described as an "alleged targeting" of a U.S. member of the media after Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed the agency spied on him earlier this year.

The inspector general said in a statement Tuesday that it was "examining NSA’s compliance with applicable legal authorities and Agency policies and procedures regarding collection, analysis, reporting, and dissemination activities, including unmasking procedures, and whether any such actions were based upon improper considerations. If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider other issues that may arise during the review." <Source>

Yada, yada, yada. From the work of previous Inspectors General, we know that their investigations are limited to their own department, cannot investigate employees who have quit or retired, and lack enforcement authority beyond criminal referrals to the Department of Justice and agency recommendations. As we saw in the Intelligence Community Inspector General (which includes the NSA), the IG can be highly partisan, perjure themselves in Congressional testimony, and aid and abet illegal activity without consequences. They tend to protect their organizations and maybe as political as other partisans.

Thinking about the impact of the Alphabet people (LGBTQ+) on the Culture…

Robin becomes a bisexual icon in new Batman comic

Tim Drake is now canonically bi thanks to Batman: Urban Legends.

There's a new LGBTQ superhero on the block, but DC Comics readers already know him well.

The latest issue of Batman: Urban Legends, a monthly anthology series, revealed that the Caped Crusader's longtime sidekick Robin, specifically the Tim Drake version of him, is bisexual. <Source>

Comics should entertain, not indoctrinate. And where is it written that a cartoon world must be sexual and mirror human interactions? This is an example of an extremely vocal minority destroying traditional norms. Tyranny by the minority.

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


THE CLIMATE SCAM CONTINUES: REBRANDING -- "ENVIRONMENTAL COMMODITIES"

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The only thing I can change about climate is myself and how I react to local weather…

My long-time readers know that while I do believe the climate is a complex, chaotic system with numerous positive and negative feedbacks that are constantly changing, I also believe that man's effect on the climate is minimal when measured against the real drivers of climate change.

Not one scientist can tell me the Earth's optimum temperature or how to definitively measure man's climate-changing signal amid the background noise of climate's natural availability.

I believe the natural drivers of climate change are the Sun’s energy output in all spectral bands, cosmic rays, the Earth’s position relative to the Sun, the Earth’s precessional and rotational dynamics, the Earth's magnetosphere, plate tectonics and vulcanology, the deep ocean currents, the internal dynamics of the Earth, and the greatest greenhouse gas of all” water vapor. None of which, I might add, can be altered by man on a global – or even a local scale.

I also believe that the media creates an unnecessary fear of future catastrophe through hyperbolic narratives designed to support a political agenda.

And, to the extent that "the science" is used to justify public policy, it has been corrupted by the billions of government dollars washing through the institutions, the scientists, and the projects themselves. And where institutions, scientists, and projects are more likely to obtain funding for a project that supports the fashionable narrative than one which tends to falsify the hypothesis underlying the popular narrative.

Wall Street...

Wall Street's major product is creating, packaging, advertising, selling, and trading bullshit, nicely packaged and sometimes profitable bullshit, but bullshit nonetheless.

And, if Wall Street excels at anything, it is exploiting your fears and insecurities using the narratives of the day, even if they have to manufacture stories out of whole cloth.

Selling the Emperor's new clothes...

What could be better for Wall Street than generating profits from thin air -- using digital bits to create a perceived value which can be profitably marketed.

Enter the realm of what is euphemistically called "environmental commodities," or what the little people call tax credits.

Unlike traditional commodities that are hard assets, ranging from grains and food products, and metals to fossil fuels, environmental commodities are intangible artificial creations derived from legislative incentives.

The basic scam is easy to understand...

According to government dictate, organizations must strive for "carbon neutrality" or "net zero" by calculating their greenhouse gas emissions and then generating or purchasing sufficient "offsets" to reach neutrality.


How Tesla capitalizes on free money...

The government creates incentives to combat so-called climate change by incentivizing activities that reduce carbon emissions and penalizing activities that increase carbon emissions.

Since Tesla manufactures electric vehicles that do not generate carbon emissions like traditional vehicles powered by fossil fuels, they accumulate tax credits.

Once created using a government formula, these credits can be banked (accumulated), traded, or sold. The purchaser is traditionally a vehicle manufacturer who cannot meet their government-mandated emission standards, so they purchase credits from Tesla: and all is well with the government's regulatory agencies. And Tesla rejoices because the credits were a cost-free byproduct of their business activity and whatever they can be sold for represents 100-percent profit that flows to Tesla's bottom line.

Mitigate pollution, and the government creates credits. Plant trees, the government creates credits. Don't cut down trees, and the government creates credits. Install solar panels, and the government creates credits. Operate a wind farm, and the government creates credits. And so on and so forth.

The Al Gore dodge. The former Vice President of the United States traded a lost presidential election in return for hundreds of millions made in the arena of global climate change. Like many Hollywood celebrities and woke individuals flying around the world in private pollution machines, they assuage their conscience by purchasing carbon offset credits.

The bullshit...

The best analogy I can think of is to consider "climate change" as a religion, much like Marxist doctrine, and that offsets are the equivalent of medieval indulgences. An individual obtained or purchased an indulgence to eliminate or reduce the length and severity of punishment associated with a particular sin.

Truth be told, these credits are a government-created scam that allows gross polluters to continue polluting by purchasing sufficient credits to satisfy the regulators and pass the additional costs of the purchased credits to their customers or rate-payers.

The "locals" still have polluted land, water, and air while some nice trees grow elsewhere. Hypocrisy and hubris.

And, as with all government incentives, all it takes is a change in legislation, and poof, the incentives and credits disappear.

Bottom line...

I cannot accept the speculative hypothesis, based on history, science, and man's inability to control natural large-scale phenomenon, that the Earth is doomed unless we replace capitalism with socialism or communism, sacrifice our freedoms, and destroy our economy to achieve a 1.5 degree-Celsius reduction in global temperature. Something that cannot be measured or may even be apparent in the next thousand years.

The only doom I see in our future is if we continue to accept speculative science, hypotheses that support a political narrative, and the output of dodgy models using dodgy data accepted as fact -- and uncritically believe the narrative being told by politicians in the mainstream media. 

Can you believe there is a segment of the population that actually believes you can regulate climate change with legislation, taxation, and giving money to the United Nations?

Even the politicians are forced to admit, even if America’s industrial activity stopped today, the climate impact would not be measurable, nor will it affect global climate change – ditto the major polluters, China, India, and Russia.

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


CALIFORNIA: WHY WE NEED LARRY ELDER AS OUR GOVERNOR

All Californians can see the list of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s failures…

  • Covid restrictions are killing California’s economy and severely impairing our daily activities.
  • Lawlessness, homelessness,  and violence in the streets are rampant. Criminals are being prioritized over victims. Thieves are given a pass to steal $950 per theft.
  • Schools continue to crank out functional illiterates; teachers are paid handsomely for not working, teacher competency testing and charter schools are suppressed to satisfy union demands.
  • Water mismanagement sees billions of gallons of drinkable water flushed into the ocean to save an almost extinct worthless fish known as the Delta Smelt. California’s environmentalists have been infiltrated with radical communists and de-growthers who use our own laws against us. State regulatory agencies are killing California's agricultural areas, which are some of the most productive in the country. The State refuses to recognize Southern California is essentially a desert, and wet/dry cycles can be managed with adequate water storage systems and aqueducts during wet cycles.
  • Wildfires are crippling the state as logging and brush clearance are restricted. Fire is part of nature’s renewal process, and there is no need to fight fires in inaccessible, dangerous, and uninhabited areas – except to satisfy union overtime demands. 
  • Energy – we have the highest gas taxes, no new major refineries in 50 years, overpriced wind and solar energy mandates, and an unreliable electric grid that is shut down to prevent wildfires.
  • Taxes – waste, fraud, abuse, union sweetheart contracts, and the multi-billion high-speed rail system to nowhere are just the tip of the iceberg.

Liar, leaker Adam Schiff splits donations with elitist Gavin Newsom…

ADAM-SCHIFF-LOGO

Stephen,

It’s crunch time. In less than a week, millions of ballots will be mailed out for the Republican recall vote in California. And in just a moment, I am going to ask you to make a $5 contribution to help me defeat this partisan, Republican recall.

But today’s request is not an ordinary one — please give me a chance to explain why this one is so important.

Here is the truth:

The enthusiasm of far-right Republicans has made this recall far too close for comfort. They are fired up to vote and Democrats hardly know there’s an election, and may mistake their ballots for junk mail.

So our job is to make sure everyone in California knows about this election, and that their ballots are due by September 14. If that happens, we will win.

But that takes resources. And today is our deadline to wire funds to expand operations like our ad buy and field program before ballots drop for most people next week. And that is why I am asking:

Can you PLEASE split a $5 contribution to our campaigns today to help us beat this Republican recall? Do it before our ad buy deadline and you will be even more pivotal in helping us win this race.

Thank you, Stephen. Your support means a lot.

Gavin Newsom

If you've saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your split donation to Adam Schiff and Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Gavin Newsom will go through immediately:

During an interview with the Sacramento Bee editorial board, unhinged, Gavin Newsome rants on -- lying and distorting facts…

The full interview, in full and in context.

Now listen to Larry Elder running to replace Newsom…

Bottom line…

We are so screwed, and Larry Elder represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help California recover.

We need ELDER-care for California.

-- steve

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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


FEAR CLIMATE CHANGE? DON'T WORRY YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS A SOLUTION

I have realized that the greatest threat of climate change is not our ever-changing climate but the Democrat politicians pursuing their communist ideology and corrupting science with billions of dollars of institutional support and the selective funding of scientists and projects selected by the scientific bureaucracy working in the government.

Or, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words…

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“We’re doomed unless we lock down our economy.”

We saw how that worked when our response to the Chinese Communist Virus was spearheaded by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the long-time director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden.

It is a national tragedy that we can no longer trust our government or its hyper-politicized premier intelligence, law enforcement, medical, and scientific agencies. Or rely on the political propagandists that have assumed control over the national mainstream media and the social media platforms used for communication and news.

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


INFRASTRUCTURE BILL: MCCONNELL & GRAHAM LEAD THE GOP TO SLAUGHTER

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19 Republican Senators voted (69-30-1) with ALL 50 Democrats to pass the $1.2 trillion, 2,700-page White House-backed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H. R. 3684) l

  1. Roy Blunt, Missouri (retiring in 2022)
  2. Richard Burr, North Carolina (retiring in 2022)
  3. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
  4. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana
  5. Susan Collins, Maine
  6. Kevin Cramer, North Dakota
  7. Mike Crapo, Idaho (standing for reelection in 2022)
  8. Deb Fischer, Nebraska
  9. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
  10. Chuck Grassley, Iowa (standing for reelection in 2022)
  11. John Hoeven, North Dakota (standing for reelection in 2022)
  12. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
  13. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska (standing for reelection in 2022)
  14. Rob Portman, Ohio (retiring in 2022)
  15. James Risch, Idaho
  16. Mitt Romney, Utah
  17. Dan Sullivan, Alaska
  18. Thom Tillis, North Carolina
  19. Roger Wicker, Mississippi

Not Voting.

  1. Mike Rounds, South Dakota

On the previous cloture bill that stopped debate and allowed for the final vote…

18 of the Senate’s 50 Republicans voted to join 49 Senate Democrats (67-27-6) to end debate (invoke) and bring H.R.3684 to the floor for a full vote.

  1. Roy Blunt (R-MO) (retiring in 2022)
  2. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
  3. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
  4. Susan Collins (R-ME)
  5. John Cornyn (R-tx)
  6. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
  7. Mike Crapo (R-ID) (standing for reelection in 2022)
  8. Deb Fischer (R-NE)
  9. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) (standing for reelection in 2022)
  10. John Hoeven (R-ND  (standing for reelection in 2022)
  11. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  12. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  13. Rob Portman (R-OH) (retiring in 2022)
  14. Jim Risch (R-ID)
  15. Mitt Romney (R-UT)
  16. Mike Rounds (R-SD)
  17. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
  18. Todd Young (R-IN) (standing for reelection in 2022)

Not Voting

  1. Barrasso (R-WY)
  2. Burr (R-NC) (retiring in 2022)
  3. Graham (R-SC)
  4. Rubio (R-FL)
  5. Scott (R-SC) (standing for reelection in 2022)

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse…

The Senate voted in a party-line vote (50-49-1) on a motion to proceed to Senate Continuing Resolution14, a budget resolution that would allow the Democrat majority to approve another $3.5 trillion in spending without a single Republican vote.

Again Rounds (R-SD) did not vote.

Bottom line…

What did we learn?

(1)  ALL Democrats are not Republicans, but SOME Republicans appear to be Democrats—RINOs (Republican In Name Only).

(2)  Consider all those who voted to destroy our exceptional nation to be corrupt, compromised, or communist sympathizers.

(3)  Once again, Senator Lindsey Graham, following in the footsteps of his mentor John McCain, jumped real high to cross the aisle to side with the progressive communist democrats over the American people. Graham should not be considered a member of the GOP leadership as he is little more than a Judas goat leading the GOP to slaughter.

(4)  We are so screwed, and it does not appear there is a convenient or current remedy.

-- 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


GOP LEADERSHIP: SAD, BUT TRUE...

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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