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UKRAINE: CAN YOU TRUST THE MEDIA TO TELL THE TRUTH WHEN THEY ARE PROTECTING BIDEN?

The Biden Administration is an impotent, leaderless, and heartless political operation that appears to concentrate on saving the legacy of the Obama presidency and to cover up the unconstitutional and criminal activities they perpetrated.

They refuse to face the reality that Obamacons like Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, CIA Director John BrennanUnited Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, and others are manifestly corrupt and inadequate to the task of dealing with our enemies. And, of course, the perenially wrong Vice President who ran Obama’s Ukraine policy is worthless as a man and a leader.

They just don’t want to talk about it. Especially the activities of individuals like Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and the State Department denizens involved in the Obama/Clinton silent coup against Donald Trump. Not to mention problems in Lebanon and Libya (Benghazi), Syria, and elsewhere. 

This is the second coup attempt associated with President Obama and his national security team. The first was the 2013-14 Maidan Revolution in Ukraine, and the second was the 2016 coup in the United States. 

Putin was caught in a media trap, not of his making…

Nato

It appears that the United States, under the Obama Administration, was corruptly interfering with Ukrainian internal affairs. And, it is no secret that it was the United States who kept taunting Russian President Putin with the threat of allowing Ukraine to join NATO – analogous to the Russians conducting military operations and placing missiles in nearby Cuba, Mexico, and Canada.

Putin is neither a paranoid madman nor a fool despite the ignorant progressive talking heads and know-nothing retired colonels and generals. What he appears to be is an ego-driven individual, much like former Presidents Obama and Trump – acutely sensitive of his reputation and presence in the media.

I believe that the current Ukrainian conflict, less than all-out war, was a political gambit that went wrong. A false flag operation to provide a pretext for Russia to breach the Ukrainian border and expand its territory. At least to me, the goal appears to be preventing Ukraine from joining NATO and forcing it to turn its attention toward Russia rather than Europe and the United States – even though there is more economic advantage for Ukraine with trading partners in the West.

After months of threatening war, Putin’s only choices were retreat and face the loss of respect at home and abroad, restraint with more posturing, and faux retaliation against his own false flag operation with a gesture short of all-out war. Putin was gambling that peace and stability in the region were more important to the United States and its NATO allies than the sovereignty of Ukraine and the protection of its borders. Ukraine strongly disagreed, and Putin was forced to call his own bluff.  

What went wrong was Putin’s estimate of the degree of Ukrainian resistance to the invasion of their homeland -- and having tasted a modicum of freedom, decided to fight the invaders rather than becoming another slave state under the control of corrupt Russian thugs. Truth be told, Ukraine already had its share of corrupt thugs – some making deals with the President of the United States, his family, and a cadre of fast-buck artists.

The invasion of Ukraine was a hastily planned incursion that lacked logistical planning and support. Putin knows that he cannot wage all-out war or suffer the universal condemnation of Western nations, which could tank his economy. Thus he is continuing his nuclear saber-rattling while preparing for bilateral talks regarding cessation of hostilities. The price of peace: Ukraine turns away from NATO and Russia draws new borders.

Biden’s spin…

Look for a drugged-up Biden to use the State of the Union speech to pat himself on the back for this wonderful economy and his brilliant domestic and foreign policy. Ignore his interference in Ukraine, his abject surrender in Afghanistan, his relaxation of sanctions that saw the Houthis attack the UAE, and, of course, Hunter’s laptop, which documents decades of corruption.

Obamacons and the color revolution that set the stage for disaster…

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland was the “mastermind” behind the Feb. 22, 2014 “regime change” in Ukraine, plotting the overthrow of the democratically elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych while convincing the ever-gullible US mainstream media that the coup wasn’t really a coup but a victory for “democracy.” <Source>

We also saw a feckless Obama/Biden administration do nothing about violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity in contravention of the Budapest Memorandum, which promised protection in return for surrendering nuclear weapons. Accepting Russian weasel-words to describe the government change in Ukraine as a revolution that created "a new state” with which Russia has not signed any obligatory defense documents.

Bottom line…

Unfortunately, the ordinary innocent Ukrainian citizen is now paying the price for a failed Biden presidency built on woke identity politics and division among Americans. Memo to Ukraine: after this turmoil abates, act in your own best interests because the United States views you as little more than a geopolitical pawn and a source of easy funds for corrupt American politicians and their special interest friends. 

The war in Ukraine will end, low-level incursion and conflicts will continue, and corruption will reign supreme here and abroad.

However, domestically, we saw the Biden Administration destroy America’s energy independence and increase our Russian oil imports that are funding our enemy and its adventurism in Ukraine. We also saw the Biden Administration kill the domestic Keystone XL pipeline while lifting the sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Vyborg in Russia through the Baltic Sea to Lubmin in Germany -- bypassing Ukraine and Poland.

If the United States wants to regain much of its power, we must look beyond the Obama "Lead from Behind"  policy and stop using the United Nations and other multi-lateral organizations to implement foreign policy. We must put America First, cripple the embedded progressive communist democrats in our government, become energy independent and a mass exporter of coal, oil, and gas. Punishing the traitors who almost sold America to the communists.

We are so screwed as I do not see the Republicans stepping up to the plate with workable policies, foreign or domestic in the near future. Prove me wrong.

-- 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



IS THIS YOUR UNITED STATES?

Biden-unilateral

It is now time to re-think what the United States stands for and what it means to be a citizen of the United States...

Certainly, it is not what I taught in my Junior high school civics class. We have just watched, in real-time, where a madman has threatened world stability to declare war on a sovereign democratic nation and attack innocent civilians.

The United Nations, designed as a global forum where such matters are addressed, has proved itself a corrupt, self-serving, and impotent organization whose charter and functionality are meaningless.

Our politicians, the people's representatives, have proven to be lying, corrupt, feckless cowards that have little hesitancy to sell another country out in favor of a constant cash flow and an economy that can be exploited to advance their ideological agenda.

Our President is a cognitively impaired outer shell spewing lies, and an incoherent word salad as former President Obama’s cadre of communists run the nation.

We are more concerned with the sovereignty and borders of Ukraine than our own sovereignty, borders, and a mass invasion of millions of illegal aliens from numerous countries.

Did the Biden Administration sell out Ukraine to preserve Obama’s legacy?

How Moscow’s Man in Vienna Fooled Team Biden on Ukraine

Russia used the Biden administration’s obsession with a new Iran deal to distract from the Ukrainian invasion.

Reports from Vienna of Russian-facilitated progress with the negotiations in recent weeks must have come as welcome news in Washington, given the Biden administration’s prioritization of getting back into the JCPOA and the need to manufacture a diplomatic win for a struggling presidency. In fact, they may well have effectively acted as a blind to Moscow’s real intentions toward Ukraine if the U.S. team in Vienna has been praising their Russian counterparts as constructive partners in reaching a new deal. <Source>

Europe is, once again, ignoring history… 

Perhaps the best illustration of this attitude and behavior comes from Italy's Prime Minister, who sought carve-outs for luxury goods should EU sanctions be imposed.

'Apparently selling Gucci loafers to oligarchs is more of a priority than hitting back at Putin': Fury as Italian PM demands luxury goods are exempt from Russia sanctions as EU nations are accused of 'disgracing themselves' over economic reprisals

Mario Draghi was accused of prioritizing  posh shoes over punishing Putin as EU nations 'disgraced themselves' with a failure to take a hardline approach to sanctions against Russia.

They were accused of frustrating British and American efforts to kick Russia out of the world's biggest financial payments system. <Source>

Belgium's diamond leaders question effectiveness Russian sanctions

“Sanctions can have a significant impact on the diamond business,” said Tom Neys, spokesperson for the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), reported Gazet van Antwerpen on Wednesday (prior to Thursdays attack). “It is a blow that should hurt Russia but there is a chance that we do more damage to ourselves. The Russians can easily trade their diamonds with non-EU countries.”

The Brussels Times reported more than 1 billion euros of Russian diamonds passed through the Belgian port in 2020. A recently signed agreement between Antwerp World Diamond Centre and Russia’s ALROSA would see 86 percent of its rough diamonds pass through Belgium, the AWDC stated.

Then there are the machinations of Germany and the cheese-eating surrender monkeys in France, both of which have extensive experience with the consequences of a hegemonic madman. They both are fighting anything which upsets their world.

Closer to home…

It seems that the progressive communist Democrats, and some feckless Republicans, appear to like the concept of an all-powerful central government with a strongman who "can get things done."

Our media is corrupt and useless as they waffle about protecting Ukraine's borders and sovereignty while ignoring an invasion into the United States and the collapse of our borders. While attempting to censor and cancel regime-opposing narratives, they define the very essence of mal- mis- and disinformation.

I can only wonder what the Republicans will do if they re-capture majorities in the House and Senate? Will anyone stand up to an incoherent, cognitively-impaired President being run by a cadre of re-tread poseurs from the Obama era?

The enemy within…

There is no doubt in my mind that the communists have infiltrated the environmental movement and captured the Democrat Party. The Russians, a major exporter of energy to Europe and elsewhere (like the United States), must be celebrating as the Democrats impose draconian measures against fossil fuels while promoting budget-busting unreliable wind and solar energy. Using the peace movement’s template against clean nuclear energy. We are destroying our own economy for a climate myth promoted by our enemies and subsidized by American taxpayers. 

Putin’s Best Friend in the West: Environmentalists

Just as the Soviet Union encouraged—and clandestinely funded—the so-called “peace movement” in Europe back in the 1970s and 1980s, in recent years Russia has encouraged (and also clandestinely funded) environmental opposition to fossil fuel production, and especially fracking, in Europe and elsewhere.

Matt Ridley reported on this at length back in 2019 in “The Plot Against Fracking.”

The Russians also lobbied behind the scenes against shale gas, worried about losing their grip on the world’s gas supplies. Unlike most conspiracy theories about Russian meddling in Western politics,this one is out there in plain sight. The head of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said the Russians,as part of a sophisticated disinformation operation, “engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organizations — environmental organizations working against shale gas — to maintain Europe’s dependence on imported Russian gas.”

The Centre for European Studies found that the Russian government has invested $95million in NGOs campaigning against shale gas.

Russia Today television ran endless anti-fracking stories, including one that “frackers are the moral equivalent of pedophiles”. The US Director of National Intelligence stated that “RT runs anti-fracking programming … reflective of the Russian Government’s concern about the impact of fracking and US natural gas production on the global energy market and the potential challenges to Gazprom’s profitability.” Pro-Russian politicians such as Lord Truscott (married to a Russian army colonel’s daughter) made speeches in parliament against fracking.

The truth is that the environmentalists are gloating. Russia supplies more than one-third of Europe’s natural gas while the Democrats cut our production and exports. The Biden administration is willing to shut down our pipelines while encouraging Russia’s pipeline to Europe. The Democrats love higher gasoline prices as it advances their agenda against fossil fuels and American mobility – economically forcing Americans into cities and using mass transit they control through their communist unions. Plus, nobody in our government is rebating those increasing tax revenues generated with higher prices.

Bottom line…

With leaving thousands of American citizens behind enemy lines with the surrender of Afghanistan, our national credibility, trustworthiness, deterrence threat value, and honor have been destroyed by the Biden Administration.

But our true enemy comes from within, The Democrats and the RINO (Republican In Name Only) Republicans who want to reshape and deodorize the establishment deal-making dung heap.

The Democrat Party has a long history of aiding Russia, whether out of corruption, ideology, or the actions of 'useful idiots.' The Clintons, Obama, and Biden have done more to sell America to its enemies than the Rosenbergs.

We are so screwed.

Stand-with-ukraine-- 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



IS HILLARY CLINTON INSANE OR JUST DRUNK?

One might expect Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, to understand the basic elements of diplomacy and its alternative, war.

The basic rules…

  1. Hope is not a plan.
  2. The enemy gets a vote.
  3. You keep your mouth shut. Where you don't telegraph contemplated or planned future actions to your enemy or openly suggest actions that makes your homeland vulnerable to counterattack.

Hillary-evill

So, in what universe does a malignant American political actor like Clinton openly call for a cyberattack, an act of war, against the Russian homeland -- a major nuclear power with potentially indefensible hypersonic missiles?

Openly revealing that it was America that precipitated the attack and allowing our enemies in Communist China, North Korea, Iran, and elsewhere to spoof attacks on America’s enemy that makes America more vulnerable to attack?

Hillary Clinton promotes cyberattacks against Russia

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton touted the use of cyberattacks against Russia in response to its brutal military assault on Ukraine.

Referencing hacktivist group Anonymous’ recent cyberattack on a Russian state news site, Clinton advocated people who "believe in freedom" to employ cyberwarfare to undermine key Russian institutions and aid Ukraine. <Source>

Stupid is as stupid does…

During the phase of Russia’s troop buildup that began last fall, the White House presented evidence of Russia’s activities surrounding Ukraine to Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to the U.S., according to the New York Times. Instead of pressuring Moscow to back down, the Chinese government shared that intelligence with the Kremlin. <Source>

Stupid

Bottom line...

America, notably under Obama, Clinton, and Biden created the disaster in Ukraine and are now walking away.

We are facing a dangerous situation being led by a cognitively-impaired president, Obama’s retreads in positions of power, and progressive communist democrat propagandists in the media that endlessly feature ignorant commentary.

We are screwed and there is no solution in sight until the 2022 election.

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



A FINAL SALUTE TO THE 13 BRAVE UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS WHO TOLD RUSSIA TO "GO F*** YOURSELF"

UPDATE: It appears that the 13 soldiers may have been captured and imprisoned according to media sources.

Snake-island-honor

“This is a military warship. This is a Russian military warship. I suggest you lay down your weapons and surrender to avoid bloodshed and needless casualties. Otherwise, you will be bombed.”

“Russian warship, go f*** yourself.”

Snake Island, a small 40-acre rocky Ukrainian island in the Black Sea, located approximately 25 miles from Romania, a NATO member nation, came under attack from the Russian Navy. Defiantly defended by 13 Ukrainian soldiers acting as border guards who died when attacked by a superior force against which they had no defense.

Snake-Island

The strategic value of Snake Island is that it legally allows Russia to exert a 12-mile territorial waters control zone which impacts upon strategic shipping channels that could isolate the port cities of Odesa, Mykolaiv, and Kherson to crush the Ukraine economy and curtail the resupply of expended weaponry.

Bottom line…

Honor and national pride are not dead.

May these soldiers rest in peace, having rendered the ultimate sacrifice to their nation.

-- 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 DEMOCRATS ARE IN DISARRAY AS PUTIN ATTACKS UKRAINE

If anyone is gloating over the diminishment of the United States of America as the leader of the free world, it is the progressive communist democrat who wants to destroy America from within…

Obama-behind-biden-mask

Once again, I wonder about the fitness of President Biden to serve as the President of the United States in times of a grave threat to our national interests.

It is abundantly clear that diplomacy has failed and that the actions of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, and others are manifestly inadequate to the task of dealing with our enemies. Biden can’t keep his mouth shut as he incoherently spews lies and informs the enemy of our plans. It is no wonder that Biden’s “strategy” to oppose implementing sanctions on Russia before Putin invaded Ukraine failed.

Like his comment to the American people when he claimed,  “no one expected sanctions would prevent anything.” <Source> Perhaps forgetting that Vice President Harris said, "Sanctions will 'absolutely' deter Putin from invading." <Source> Nothing like incoherent messaging from the Administration.

NATO is what stands between freedom and Russia's expansion into bordering sovereign states...

Ask yourself why Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, and several other nations are members of the alliance known as NATO? Had Ukraine been a member of NATO, do you think Putin would have ignored Article Five of the treaty that states that, if an armed attack occurs against one of the member states, it shall be considered an attack against all members, and other members shall assist the attacked member, with armed forces if necessary? 

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Citizens of Russia, friends

I consider it necessary today to speak again about the tragic events in Donbass and the key aspects of ensuring the security of Russia.

I will begin with what I said in my address on February 21, 2022. I spoke about our biggest concerns and worries, and about the fundamental threats which irresponsible Western politicians created for Russia consistently, rudely and unceremoniously from year to year. I am referring to the eastward expansion of NATO, which is moving its military infrastructure ever closer to the Russian border. <Source>

Biden deflects the high cost of energy in the United States...

In a speech to Americans, Biden couldn’t help saying, “U.S. gas companies ‘should not exploit' this crisis to raise prices for Americans at the pump, he said, as he explained that allies are also working to keep fuel supplies flowing.”

Forgetting to mention it was Biden and his progressive communist democrats who killed the Keystone Pipeline, destroyed the coal business, diminished the natural gas business, and replaced reliable energy with expensive, unreliable energy.

Do you think the progressive communist democrats care about $6/gallon gas -- that's what the progressives have wanted for years to drive us from our cars? Especially, when higher energy prices yield greater tax revenues. 

Had we been able to return to energy independence and a net exporter of gas, oil, and liquid natural gas, Europe would have little incentive to appease Russia to keep warm in the winter. 

If there is ever a reason to condemn Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s leadership, it is the statement that “Senators will get a classified briefing when they return from recess on February 28.

As bombs are falling in Ukraine and the United States has been threatened with a Russian nuclear response if we interfere with Russia’s illegal kinetic attack on Ukraine-- you would think that the Senators would return to Washington to lend support in sending weapons to Ukraine and convincing our allies that the United States is still trustworthy.

And then there is the dumb son-of-a bitch John Kerry who is worried about climate change while people are dying.

John Kerry urges Putin to not let Ukraine invasion distract from combating climate change

The White House’s international climate envoy, John Kerry, warned Russia to not lose sight of the bigger need to combat climate change as it targets Ukraine.

Mr. Kerry, a former secretary of state, told BBC News earlier this week that it was important for Russian President Vladimir Putin and other global leaders to remain committed to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

“I hope diplomacy will win … but equally importantly, you’re going to lose people’s focus, you’re going to lose, certainly big country attention,” Mr. Kerry said. “I think hopefully, President Putin would realize that in the northern part of his country, they used to live on 66% of … frozen land. Now it’s thawing and his infrastructure is at risk, and the people of Russia are at risk.” <Source>

And other progressive communist democrat schmucks like radio host Dean Obeidallah who treat this severe matter as just another excuse to attack Trump and divert attention from the abject failure of the Democrats… 

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And, then there are the RINO (Republican In Name Only) "never Trumpers" who are as ignorant as Democrats...

GOP Senate candidate JD Vance said he doesn't 'really care what happens to Ukraine'

JD Vance, a Republican running for US Senate in Ohio, said he's not particularly interested in the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

"I gotta be honest with you, I don't really care what happens to Ukraine one way or another," Vance said on an episode of Steve Bannon's War Room. "I do care about the fact that in my community right now the leading cause of death among 18-45-year-olds is Mexican fentanyl that's coming across the southern border."

"I'm sick of Joe Biden focusing on the border of a country I don't care about while he lets the border of his own country become a total war zone," Vance said. <Source>

What a near-sighted buffoon. 

Bottom line…

By now, you should be wondering why the progressive communist democrat propagandists in the mainstream media haven't noted that while Biden poses as a "tough guy," his family received millions from Russian and pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians.

We’ve got eyes on the situation from a safe 55,000-foot perch with no human at risk. A reminder to Putin we are giving real-time intel to Ukraine, documenting strikes on purely civilian targets, and will be assigning blame should there be an accidental strike against a commercial airliner like Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014 -- murdering 298 passengers and crew.

Ukraine-uav

If we don't protect Ukraine, indirectly, without boots on the ground, who is going to trust the United States as allies, as trading partners, and when China, Russia, and others team up economically against the United States and bring the fight to our homeland? 

Isolationism, appeasement, and stupidity don't work. 

Why are we not strengthening our infrastructure, our military, and our spines?

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



WARNING: CANADA TO SCREW CITIZENS WITH BAIT AND SWITCH

It appears that two days after Canadian lawmakers voted to extend emergency powers allowing police to quell potential unrest, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now set to revoke them now that the Ottawa trucker’s protest is apparently at an end.

This is bullpucky because nobody is talking about the Canadian government’s actions concerning the financial institutions that allow them to unilaterally freeze or cancel accounts at will and be held harmless from their actions by the government. There is little or no doubt that Canada is implementing the Chinese Communist system of State Capitalism, where companies are allowed to own and operate privately-held assets but are responsible for following government suggestions rather than mandates. Using the government’s investigation, regulatory, and judicial powers to coerce private organizations into actions prohibited or too politically untenable for a government mandate.

Trucker-protest-202202141

It appears that, even with the emergency powers revoked, Canadians may still be screwed by other government policies.

Pray for the freedom-loving Canadians.

-- 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



JUST ASKING...

I wonder if Putin asked Hillary Clinton’s permission to invade Ukraine and sweetened her 2022 campaign fund? I also wonder if they are pissed at Biden because he wouldn’t stay bought.

Putin-msg-biden


“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



GUN CONTROL: ACADEMICS INVENT NEW MEANINGLESS METRIC

GUN-VIOLENCE

The headlines scream, “Gun deaths overtook car crashes as leading cause of trauma death in the U.S., study shows,” but what does it really mean?

It means that a group of progressive virtue-signaling physicians has published another nonsensical paper trying to distort the facts to pursue a gun control agenda. Even worse, they introduce a meaningless metric called “years of potential life lost,” which is a reductio ad absurdum result, the disproof of a proposition by showing that it leads to absurd or untenable conclusions. Especially if one applies that years of potential life lost metric to the number of children aborted each year or the deaths caused by heart disease, cancer, or other medical conditions.

The study details are published in Trauma and Acute Care Open journal.

Abstract

Objectives Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that firearm deaths are increasing in the USA. The aims of this study were to determine the magnitude of potential years of life lost due to firearms and to examine the evolution of firearm deaths on the basis of sex, race, and geographical location within the USA.

[OCS: From what we have seen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is no longer a trustworthy source of medical statistics, given large variances in the quality of underlying data collection. The metric. potential years of life lost is totally meaningless as it does not account for the quality of life, a major factor in suicides, or the productivity of individuals near the end of their careers.]

Methods Data was extracted (2009–2018) from the National Vital Statistics Reports from the CDC and the Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System database. Years of potential life lost was calculated by the CDC standard of subtracting the age at death from the standard year of 80, and then summing the individual years of potential life lost (YPLL) across each cause of death.

[OCS: Standard year of 80? A strange number considering that the CDC notes the average life expectancy is 77.0 years (Source: Mortality in the United States, 2020). And there are additional caveats buried in the research paper.

Limitations

Within the CDC WISQARS database, firearm deaths are currently only categorized into three different mechanisms: homicide, suicide, and legal firearm interventions. The legal firearm interventions remained constant throughout the study period and were not statistically significant in comparison with the YPLL secondary to homicide and suicide; therefore, it was only briefly mentioned in our article. Although the data obtained for this study are publicly available through the CDC website, there has been no previous systematic analysis and presentation of these data as has been performed in this study. This study summarizes the available data and therefore cannot fully determine the etiology behind the changes in YPLL caused by firearms without demonstrating bias.

Results The YPLL in 2017 and 2018 was higher for firearms than motor vehicle crashes (MVCs). In 2018, the YPLL for firearms was 1.42 million and 1.34 million for MVC. Males comprised the majority (85.4%) of the 38 929 firearm deaths. White males had the most YPLL due to suicide, with 4.95 million YPLL during the course of the 10-year period; black males had the most YPLL due to homicide with 3.2 million YPLL during the same time period. The largest number of suicides by firearms was in older white males. Firearm-related injury deaths were highest in the South, followed by the West, Midwest, and Northeast, respectively.

Conclusion Firearms are now the leading cause of YPLL in trauma. Firearm deaths have overtaken MVC as the mechanism for the main cause of potential years of life lost since 2017. Suicide in white males accounts for more YPLL than homicides. Deaths related to firearms are potentially preventable causes of death and prevention efforts should be redirected.

[OCS: Deaths relating to drunk driving are also potentially preventable, but we do not outlaw alcohol or vehicles.]

Level of evidence Level III—Descriptive Study.

<Source>

Why I think this paper is politically motivated…

“Previous studies have shown that firearm ownership, mass shootings, injuries, and death are more of a problem in the USA as compared with other developed countries.”

[OCS: There can be no comparison to other countries as the United States is unique given its size, structural freedoms and governance, population diversity. And reducing numbers to per capita metrics is statistically questionable when one considers underlying confounding factors, components of a study that make it difficult or impossible to isolate the effect of the variable being examined.]

“The demand for total freedom and the second amendment have resulted in high access to firearms in this country and this is undisputable. The main argument is that the right to bear arms to prevent injury or to defend against aggressors may result in a small number of preventable deaths is a plausible theory, however, the data reveal that the resulting access to firearms has equated to magnitudes of death due to firearm suicides in the same individuals demanding access to firearms. Effective suicide prevention efforts should include limiting access to all methods of suicide—including firearms—for at-risk populations.”

I am confused. Isn’t this the same group that demands freedom and “body sovereignty” when it comes to abortion while demanding total obedience to state mandates when accepting medical treatments with questionable efficacy and potentially life-threatening side effects in some cohorts?

There is no effective method, short of incarceration, that limits access to all methods of suicide for at-risk populations. And, as Jeffrey Epstein demonstrated, even close-watch incarceration may not be enough.

Bottom line…

Another bullshit study. It is little more than a trivia item that total gun deaths have overtaken car crashes as the leading cause of trauma death in the United States.

The findings that “suicides among older White men account for a large share of the problem” and “deaths in the black male population due to firearm homicide was significantly less than the total number of white male suicides” might be interesting but not really actionable. It is statistical bullpucky to note, “For each death, on average, black male homicides accounted for 50.5 YPLL, whereas white male suicides accounted for 29.1 YPLL.”

The truth is simple. Given the number of gun deaths in the U.S. population, as a percentage of the total population, the number is insignificant except as a political talking point. Instead of attempting to disarm the entire law-abiding population of gun owners, merely enforcing the gun laws on the books without favoring minorities or allowing plea bargains and curbing gangs would solve the majority of the homicide-related problem.

We are so screwed when you realize the regime wants to take away your guns as an effective method of resisting government tyranny – the original purpose of the Second Amendment.

-- 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



TODAY'S RANT: WHAT YOU DON'T SEE CAN HURT YOU!

TRASH-ATI have been dealing with technology for at least fifty years, so I am never surprised by outages, glitches, bugs, and other routine events. So when my onecitizenspeaking email stopped working, there was little cause for panic.

  • I checked my connection.
  • I checked my email vendor for outages.
  • I logged on to the vendor's web client and found no issues.
  • I checked for operating system updates.
  • I checked for email client updates.
  • I reviewed my email client settings, including log-on credentials.
  • I rebooted my computer.
  • I enabled advanced logging and sent a series of test messages.

Aha!

Congrats! Your email has been successfully updated to Microsoft 365. Check out your new dashboard!

Get Advanced Email Security for $4.99 per user/month and keep your emails safe from viruses and phishing.

My email vendor switched their account settings to those used by Microsoft 365, which is now their email provider of choice.

I updated my settings to accommodate the switch to Microsoft, cleared the logs, and re-sent my series of test messages.

All was well – or was it?

In the discovery process, I found that my email was being filtered by an unknown third party, Microsoft, and other than explicitly whitelisting domains or specific email addresses, I had lost control of my incoming and outgoing messaging. Since they are scanning my email, who knows what they are eliminating? Especially when we see big tech censoring and canceling conservative individuals, organizations, and sites.

There was no comfort in learning, "Your email is stored on Microsoft's secure servers, which prevent any damage while your email is at rest. However, when you send and receive messages, they can be exposed to attackers while in transit. That's where the Advanced Email Security add-on comes in. It keeps your emails safe from ever being seen or tampered with and helps prevent some of the common mistakes that can lead to compromises."

I confirmed that there was no way to really turn off this third-party spam filtering, only adjusting parameters; and that after fifteen days, any mail in the spam folder would be automatically deleted.

And, I am not the only one in the community with a problem with this policy.

When I have called GoDaddy about this (several times), they have not offered any solutions except to try to create Rules to take all incoming emails and send them to the Inbox. I am experimenting with this now to see if it will completely bypass the junk email filter. Ridiculous that turning off the junk email filter is not a selectable option, but it is a workaround that we will see if it hopefully works. -- Scott

Rules will not work - mail is filtered before the rules run. --Diane

I discussed this several times directly with Microsoft tech support and also discussed with an independent Outlook consultant. They said that the ability to turn off the junk email filter previously existed though it was removed from user control at some point. --Scott

Bottom line…

It is time to separate my email from my domain provider to another more secure vendor who is not likely to censor or cancel the account.

It is time for legislation to return ownership and control over users' information to the user, and restrict those onerous third-party unilateral terms of services that rape users.

I pay for my email service and expect it to be free from vendor manipulation.

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



WHERE ARE THE GOOD MEN WHO ARE WILLING TO FIGHT EVIL?

Burke

There is no doubt in my mind that President Biden is incapable of performing the duties required of the President of the United States, much less acting as the Commander-in-Chief of the United States military.

I believe that Biden is following the direction of former President Obama's minions like Jake Sullivan, Susan Rice, and Obama's hand-picked generals and apparatchiks.

These are the same people involved in spying on Americans, corrupting our nation's premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and who have produced a movement of corrupt and feckless diplomats in the State Department. Their foreign policy prescriptions have been a complete and utter disaster.

Don't blame our former allies for not trusting the word of the United States…

The United States pressured Ukraine into giving up its nuclear weapons by promising protection against invasion. Now, we are reluctant to provide offensive weapons to deter Russian aggression.

The United States removed nuclear weapons from South Korea as part of an agreement with North Korea to halt their development of atomic weapons.

The Biden administration ignores Israel and tries to cut another foolish nuclear agreement with Iran, brokered by the Russians, to save Obama's alleged legacy. I say allegedly because the deal was a sham from the start, and Iran continued toward their goal of producing an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear payload.

Afghanistan was just a preview of the damage wrought by the Biden Administration as they left Americans behind enemy lines.

Look around…

Consider Canada, our neighbor to the North. Black Lives Matter rampages without consequences, and when truckers protest, the Canadian political leadership turns authoritarian and oppressive.

Consider Mexico, our neighbor to the South. America is being invaded by illegal aliens from Mexico who are being secreted everywhere throughout the United States.

Consider that many illegal aliens legally fly into the United States with valid paperwork and overstay their Visas. The Biden Administration refuses to track exits and go after those breaking the law.

Bottom line…

Where are the good men and women in and outside our government?

Now is not the time for Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who looks at the enemy and tries to find bi-partisan measures to he can advance their agenda, freedom be damned.

I believe there is a special place in hell for the mainstream media who refuses to speak truth to power.

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